Monday, December 29, 2008

Lord, Make Me A Blessing.

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"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing." (Gen. 12:1,2 KJV).

As children of God, we are part of the covenant of Abraham. It is God's will to bless us. But, an important condition to the blessing promised to Abraham was that he would not only be blessed, but that he also would be a blessing till all families of the earth are blessed.

As I thought about the new year and goals that I would like to meet, I immediately remembered a message I had heard several years ago. The preacher spoke on being a blessing. He mentioned in his sermon that we should ask God to make us a blessing everyday. The preacher said this would change our lives completely. After I heard that message, I began to pray everday that God would make me a blessing. I prayed that I would be so tuned in to God that I would hear his voice when he prompts me to be a blessing. I prayed that God would show me ways in every situation how I could make a difference in peoples lives. After I prayed that everday for several months, I began to see doors open for me to jump right in to bless someone. At times it was just chance to say something encouraging to strangers in the line at the store. I began to feel much bolder to speak what God laid on my heart. I began to get such a zeal to witness to people in any way that I could even if it was just a friendly gesture.

Now after several years, God has laid it on my heart to start praying that same prayer again. It is my goal to be bless more people this year than ever before. I pray that God lays it upon your heart to walk through doors that you have never walked through before so that you can be a blessing to some one. You will never truly know what kind of a blessing you are to someone just by saying the simplist things that God lays on your heart to say to people. It could just be a hello, or God bless you or even letting someone know you are praying for them. Sometimes those kind of comments can really bless someone.

It is not necessary to do or say something really extravagent just to bless someone. It can be those little things you do each day that can have the greatest impact on a persons life. I encourage you to be open in every moment of every day to act on the things that God lays on your heart to do or say. It will not only change others lives but it will also make a great change in you forever.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

WHEN PEOPLE CAN WALK AWAY FROM YOU, LET THEM WALK.

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Below is an amazing word from T. D. Jakes that I want to share with you.

By T. D. Jakes.

Happy New Year to all my friends!!!!

There are people who can walk away from you. And hear me when I tell you this!

When people can walk away from you,

let them walk.

I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you,

let them walk.

Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left. The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay.

Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person, it just means that their part in the story is over. And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead. You've got to know when it's dead. You've got to know when it's over.

Let me tell you something. I've got the gift of good-bye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it.

Stop begging people to stay.

Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains ......

LET IT GO!!!

If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth.....

LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you.

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction......

LET IT GO!!! (Okay, now that's on you!)

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents

LET IT GO!!!

If you! you have a bad attitude.......

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......

LET IT GO!!!

If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him......

LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship.......

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves......

LET IT GO!!!

If you're feeling depressed and stressed .........

LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to......

LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things.

GOD is doing a new thing for 2008!!!

LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left .. think about it, and then.

LET IT GO!!!

"The Battle is the Lord's!"

During the next 60 seconds, Stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally it is only ONE minute!)

All you have to do is the following: You simply say "The Lords Prayer" for the person that sent you this message (or shared it with you):

The Lords Prayer:

Our Father, who are't in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come,Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen.

Next, send (or share) this message to everyone you know. In a while, more people will have prayed for you and you would have obtained a lot of people praying for others!

Next, stop, think and appreciate God's power in your life, for doing what you know is pleasing to Him.

Jesus said, If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before My Father"

"Yes, I love my God. He is my fountain of Life and My Savior. He Keeps me going day and night. Without Him, I am no one. But with Him, I can do everything, Christ is my strength."

If you love God and you are not ashamed of all the great things that He has done for you, send (or share) this to everyone you know.

God loves you and watches over you everyday.

T.D. Jakes

I hope these words have been a blessing to you in some way. It contains words that are directed toward me and words that I know might bless others I know.

Thank you T. D. Jakes for these words of wisdom and to God who inspired him.

God Bless,

College Mom

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Is Still In Control

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After watching the 2008 presidential elections outcome, I stumbled upon some words that were very refreshing to my spirit. It said "It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in people". That reminds me that God is still in control no matter who becomes president. We need to pray for America and our new leader even if your choice of candidates was not chosen. The new president needs our prayers greatly.

I thought about writing my true negative feelings down but I decided to just think on something more positive and fill my heart with God's word. I was reminded of a powerful scripture that says " Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:9 ....and the God of peace shall be with you." When I thought of that scripture, I decided to think more positive about our new leader and our country. The word of God always has a way of giving me peace. I pray that these words have given you that same peace also. Remember, God is in Control.

God bless,
College Mom

Friday, January 4, 2008

A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS LETTER


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Dear Children,


It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just get along and love one another. Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santa's and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks was. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to a church or charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine. Don't forget; I am Jesus and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest.

Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember.

I LOVE YOU,
JESUS



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Monday, December 3, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007


A Thankful Heart



Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)


Look around you and take notice of all that you observe. What are you truly thankful for? I give thanks to the Lord for the air that we breathe, the sun, the stars that shine in the night sky, the trees, flowers, plants, shrubs, especially for the richness of the earth and soil, for without that richness and the mineral content of the soil, we would not have the abundant crops growing that help sustain us every single day. I am so thankful for the animals that in turn feed us. I am thankful as well for the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams and other bodies of water which give us the most important fluid, water, to keep us alive, healthy and clean. I am thankful for income resources, for my family, for my children, for education, for health, for the people that I have known all my life, for the friends that I have met along the way and for the ones who lift me up in prayer.

I am even thankful for the problems that come up, as they help to strengthen my relationship with my heavenly Father. I am most thankful for Jesus Christ, for He died on the cross for me. I am thankful for salvation and the promise of an eternal life in heaven with Him. I am also thankful that as I sit down at my Thanksgiving table, heavily laden with food, that I know Jesus loves me and has given to me and to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, all of this and so much more. "Give thanks with a grateful heart."

Lord, stop us in our tracks and make us open wide our eyes to all that You have so graciously provided and given for our enjoyment. Make us truly grateful to You. Thank you, Lord, for the most precious gift of our salvation. In all that we have, let us lift Your name in praise and thanksgiving.




A Thankful Heart
Elaine SutcliffeScarborough, Ontario, Canada

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Friday, October 12, 2007

THE DEFINITION OF RELIGION

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What do you think about the definition of "Religion"?


  1. "a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects"

  2. "the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices"
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/religion


Does it mean what you thought it meant?

Does it say anything about your relationship with God?

Does it say anything about God?


This definition does not describe what I have and experience with my God. The God of Abraham. I can not even find where "religion" fits in my life. If "religion" is about obeying man's rules or set of beliefs than I don't want to be considered "religious". I do not want any part of it in my life concerning my relationship with God. I don't want "religion". I want a relationship with God: a relationship with him that is so close that I speak with him everyday and he with me. I want a relationship with God that leads me and guides me in the direction I should go, to do whatever his will is for my life, and to serve others. I want a relationship with God when I know him so well that I recognize when he tells me no and I reply "yes Lord" because I just want to please him. Who needs "religion"when you have a relationship with God like that? I will not need man's set of beliefs and rules. I will have God's beliefs and rules. I will have the mind of Christ not the mind of man.

After considering the definition of "religion", I realize that I don't have or want "religion". I have God and a relationship with him. The bible never said that I need "religion". It says that I need Christ. The question is: What do you have? "Religion" or a relationship with Christ. Selah (pause and think on this)

God bless,

College Mom

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

What Does Legalism Mean Anyway?

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This information is from a website that I found on Legalism. I found it so interesting that I decided to post it on my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as I did.

Legalism

What really is a legalist? There is a false definition of legalism and a Biblical definition. In the thinking of most Christians, any presentation of Christianity which maintains standards, practices separation from the world and has a code of conduct is guilty of legalism. This notion is expressed in the liberal Dictionary of Philosophy which defines legalism as “The insistence on a strict literal or overt observance of certain rules of conduct, or the belief that there are rules which must be so obeyed.” Christians who decry legalism invariably turn to the book of Galatians for a Scriptural indictment of legalism. Galatians is the book that speaks against legalism and warns believers not to let themselves be put under the law. But this “legalism” described and written against the Galatians is not the legalism spoken against today. The Biblical concept of legalism is far different.

Biblical “legalism” was the teaching advanced by some of the Jewish community which insisted that it was necessary to keep some of the law of Moses in order to gain salvation. To them salvation was gained by faith in Christ and observing the legal system of Moses. Webster properly defines legalism in this way as “the doctrine of salvation by good works.” Paul wrote the Galatian epistle to counteract such legalism and make it plain that salvation was by faith alone, without the deeds of the law. “...a man is not justified by the works of the law” (2:16); “...if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (2:21); “...that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident...” (3:11); “...if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law” (3:21); “...the law as our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (3:24).

Against this backdrop of maintaining that legal observances have nothing to do with our salvation Paul exhorts, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (5:1). Let us be clear. The legalism which the apostle opposed was that thinking which made the observance of the law a condition of salvation. Certainly no Bible believing Baptist teaches that law-keeping is part of salvation. We are saved by faith alone. The works of the law do not and cannot either help us gain salvation or help us keep salvation. Salvation is all of grace—none of works. For anyone to accuse us of being legalists then is either to deliberately distort our position on salvation or else to abandon the Biblical concept of legalism and adopt the modern notion advanced by the moderns.

In spite of these facts, why is it that folk like to label us as legalists? There are two related reasons. First, the thinking of most people has been heavily influenced by the thinking of humanism. Humanism is diametrically opposed to all rules, standards, codes of conduct and moral absolutes of any kind. It believes that everyone should be free to do as he pleases. Those who disagree are labeled “Legalists.” Secondly, most people want to use their liberty for an occasion to the flesh (5:13). They do not want anyone telling them that some of the things they enjoy may be wrong so they banish all such suggestions by labeling them “legalistic.”

The real issue is this: should we teach do’s and don’t’s in Christian living? Should we preach that there are standards which ought to be maintained and deeds which should not be done? A large crowd would say “no - don’t be negative - don’t be legalistic.” But what saith the Scriptures? Every page of Scripture lists things we are not to do. The first page of the Bible tells Adam “thou shalt not” and the last page of Scripture warns not to take away or add to the words of the Book. All of Scripture has rules of what to do and what not to do. Every page is replete with “thou shalt” and “thou shalt not.” To say that rules of conduct are only found as part of the Mosaic law is certainly a misrepresentation of the truth.

The problem in Christianity today is the seeping scourge of humanism that has saturated the minds of Christians, Christian leaders, Christian authors and even preachers. Humanism maintains that the ultimate goal of man is to enjoy himself and develop his potential without the restriction of outmoded taboos and irrelevant rules. Humanism says that each one must decide for himself what is right and what is wrong—no one else should interfere. This is the thinking that causes Christians to throw off any restraints and label them as “legalism.” In so doing they open the door to the inroads of all sorts of worldliness, questionable conduct and ungodly living. Christian standards have been discarded, Christian conduct has sunk to the level of the world and all is done to the theme of freedom from the law.

Christians are free from the specific ceremonies of the laws of Moses. Certainly Christians are free from the necessity of keeping the law in order to gain salvation. But that does not make Christians free to do as they will and live as they please. God has His directives for Christian living. He tells us what to do and what not to do. There are not 10 suggestions but rather 10 commandments. The Beatitudes promise blessing to those who do and do not do certain things. Every epistle in the New Testament is replete with injunctions, commandments, prohibitions and orders. The person who seeks to obey the Scriptures is a Biblicist, not a legalist.

Are we legalists? No, we are just people who believe the Bible and are simple enough to believe that if God says, “do it,” we ought to do it, and if God says, “don’t,”we shouldn’t. The accusation of legalism is a phony accusation trumped up to excuse those who prefer to ignore the directives of God’s Word and live to satisfy themselves.


By Pastor James R Hines
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Friday, August 17, 2007

GUIDLINES TO MEASURE SPIRITUAL MATURITY



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God has a schedule for your life, a plan for becoming the person He expects you to be. But He measures your progress by the signs of spiritual maturity in your life, rather than by the days marked off your desk calendar.

Maturity is a measurement that applies differently to different people. A mature infant will gurgle and coo, while a mature high school student will recite the Gettysburge Address. They are vastly different in their capabilities, yet each is mature.


So how do you measure spiritual maturity?
Here are some guidelines:


  • You are making the most of the opportunities God has given you. To get a picture of what this means, review Jesus' Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

  • Your life is bringing glory to God. This means your life acts as a mirror, reflecting God's blessings to people who have not seen what He can do (Matthew 5:14-16).

  • You can discriminate between good and evil choices. You have learned the difference by repeatedly choosing the good (Hebrews 5:14).

  • You gladly receive instruction from God's Word and act upon it. You have become good soil for the seed of the Word (Luke 8:4-15).

  • You measure yourself by Christ. He is the true model of spiritual maturity, rather than your friends or famous Christians you have read about (Ephesians 4:13).

  • You think as an adult-that is, as a spiritual adult (Corinthians 12:20).

Characteristics of adult thinking:

  • Ackowledges reality. Confronts the true facts of each situation, even when the facts are painful.

  • Defers satisfaction. Willing to wait months, even years, for the things desired.

  • Contributes to community. Addresses the needs of neighbors as well as personal needs.

  • Concedes predominace. Knows one cannot get his own way every time.

    Is your own thinking mature in each of these respects?

    1. You care for others as deeply as you care for yourself. The spiritually mature person often deals with his neighbor's needs before he deals with his own (Philippians 2:3-4).

    2. You apply what you've learned from your failures. This is a rich concept. When you have a disheartening experience, don't write it off as a failure; consider it an experiment, Remember that an experiment never fails. It always teaches you somethings.

    Selah.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

HONOR THY FATHER


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Inspirational By Terri Johnson
Selah. Think on these things
Volume 2, Issue 2,

Date June 16, 2007

HONOR THY FATHER
Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother ;
(which is the first commandment with promise;)

Our life begins with the union of a man and a woman, our earthly Father and Mother. Our earthly father figure we most come to know as Daddy. Do you want to make your Daddy's eyes light up with joy on this Father's Day? "What can I get" is usually the first thing that comes to our mind on special days such as this. But I would venture to say, from experience, a gift is not always what a parent looks for from a child. They want your love, a visit or maybe a phone call if you aren't where you can be there on that special day. Why not take time out this Father's Day to call your Daddy or go to see him and put a sparkle in his eyes? You will be glad you did in years to come when Daddy is no longer there in your presence.
We also have a heavenly Father who is there regardless of whether we have our natural father in our lives or not. He will never leave nor forsake us in our need.

Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, [is] God in his holy habitation.


Every child wants a Daddy he or she can look up to, maybe set on his lap, share the day with him and just know he will be there when we need him. For those not so blessed, there is a Father that is always there for us, never judges us, and loves us more than anyone.

Psalm 36:7 How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings .

Psalm 61:4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings . Selah.


Matthew 15:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?


Remember, that regardless of our age, to our parents, we are always their "child". To God, we mean so much he had his only begotten Son lay down his life for us.


John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my [ sheep ], and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep .

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