Who would have guessed that questions like this exist in the Bible… James 4:1 (AMP version) “What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflict (quarrels and fightings) originate among you?” Oh those conflicts that we have…
And you know what? It also gives the answer… “Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?”
It is only God that can help us fight against our flesh and desire to sin. He knows and understands the things we go through. That’s why He confronts these issues and gives us the answers in His Word.
I would encourage you to read His Word everyday. 🙂
I’m thinking of you and miss that you are so far away. Do you remember when I was apart from God and family and how you wished I would return home? We talked about that the other day. I need you to know that now I want YOU to return home. Nothing else matters except that you too to be restored to God. I believe God will heal our family. Wouldn’t you agree that would be a good thing?
God knows all my mistakes and sin, and how I’ve hurt people, His people, along the way. Even though He had completely forgiven me, I wish I made better choices along the way. I am so blessed in how much my family forgave me and took me back graciously into their arms. That was a bonus, but not the reason why I sought out God to forgive me. I was born for reason. He created me with a purpose. I am seeking him, believing in Him, relying and trusting in Him, He is preparing me for His purpose.
The focus is not about our failures but rather what we do with them and how we move forward. God, who created us, longs to be with us forever. I encourage you to seek Him with all your heart and rest in His arms today.
I love you everyday.
Ever noticed how much the Bible talks about sinning with our mouth? Our words are powerful- for good or for evil. God takes what we speak very seriously and so should we. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36-37 “But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.” Words are powerful containers. We can speak life and we can speak death. We have the power to lift up and encourage and the power to tear down and destroy. We repent with our words and bring new life and salvation, or we curse and bring damnation. In Proverbs 6, God proclaims 7 things that are an abomination and 3 of those things have to do with our mouth: 2 speak of lying and 1 of sowing discord among the body of Christ. It’s interesting to me that lying and speaking evil of your brothers and sisters in Christ is ranked right up there with murder. Yes, God takes our words VERY SERIOUSLY. Could it be because what comes out of our mouth is what’s brewing in our heart? Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Examine yourself. Let God cleanse, renew and change your heart THEN speak life!
God is good ALL the time. You need to settle this fact in your spirit once and for all. I watch Facebook and I see people getting the things they want and post “God is good.” But never once have I seen a post from someone who didn’t get what they wanted and still proclaim “God is good.” Why is this? God is not only just good when things go your way- He’s good ALL THE TIME. David said this Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!” Throughout the Psalms we see David go through healing and sickness, pain and pleasure, prosperity and lack, victory and loss; but he never loses sight of the fact that GOD IS GOOD. On the day of the greatest calamity that could happen to one person, Job exclaimed,” the LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job continued to BLESS GOD in the midst of extreme adversity because he knew and understood that no matter what happened to him- GOD IS GOOD. Are you guilty of only giving praise to God when you get what you want? Whether you’re rich or poor, healthy or sick- GOD IS GOOD.