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The Message of Cross – 09

Pungent Point 2126 Dated 18 Oct 2018

The Message of Cross – 09

O God, why hast thou cast us off forever? Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? (Psalms 74: 1 KJV )

In this scripture of Psalms, Psalmist explains the spirit of Christ Before so many years, It is prophesy by man of God about believers who trust in the God, Who lives among other nations’ guidance. Psalmist’s pain exposed in great suffering, it might be considered as complaint to God, Oh God , Why you have forsake us forever, Why your anger is against us, even we are sheep of your pasture. This is situation of Cross, why Lord Jesus Christ said on the Cross, My God , My God, Why you have forsaken me,

Believers’ suffering, disappointed in great pain and helplessness explains real persecution. In fact, they cannot tolerate more persecution due to long time continual persecution. Psalmist explains in question to God, Why you have forsaken us of God in other nations, you have forgotten us, we are suffering a lot, even our basic needs, protections had been blocked. It seems that psalmist pain is under continual those who are not belong to God, but are suffering under their control of everything. It seems that it had been for long time ago with believers. They are forced to complain to God.

if we see to current situation of Pakistani Christian, Asylum seekers & Refugees of different countries especially Asylum seekers & Refugees of Thailand, Malaysia. As They had been deprived again. May God restore all of us believers in Christ, may God send his divine supernatural help, May God set us free from these countries and other nation’ guidance to be blessed to live our lives righteously according to His Holy Words.

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Farhad

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For The GLORY of GOD! Having Fun On A Monday Night :P

Psalm 30:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;


PRAISE GOD!!! The GOD of Abraham, Issac, and JACOB! Ahhhh! hehe ♥♥♥

2018 has been the best year of my life thanks to Yeshua!
#herestoLIFE❤️ #lifemoreabundantly
#foriknowwhomihavebelieved

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Random things tonight…

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Praise The Lord! I sure loved me some tractor rides back in the day lol ❤️ Rest In Peace daddy! 🙏

Some R & R tonight… Throwback hits of years past take on new meaning in my life now!

I am so blessed.

I am SO ALIVE!!!

 

JESUS/Yeshua is the only answer! My life is so radically different because of what The LORD has done! He saved my life many times and my soul!

I am NO longer cursed because of what YESHUA did on The CROSS for ALL of us!

In the past year I’ve lost over 60 pounds! Praise THE LORD all the earth!

Oh my goodness! I was so blessed for 32 years that even when I was cursed it was just phenomenal! ♥

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

I pray this encourages someone tonight!

God will set you free too! It’s only in His Son!!!

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My Favorite Song in The Whole World! “The Dark Hills” by Day of Fire

This is my most favorite song of all time EVER, in the whole world!

This is RAW EMOTION. The human soul crying out for his Creator like NEVER before! This is pain and pure anguish crying out for LIFE, which is Jesus Christ alone. Yeshua!

This song means everything to me and The LORD wants me to share it with you all tonight. It was shared with me by a very special person. This person is very dear to my heart. He knows Jesus. I never knew a man could be kind. Christ manifesting in someone is a Marvelous thing. The Spirit of God blows my mind. I have personally had bad experiences with men all my life. It starts with my testimony which I’ve yet to share. The Lord has revealed a lifetime worth of new information about everything. I never thought possible. To God be the Glory for all this!

Anyways, Father God wants you to receive this HOPE tonight!

Salvation in Jesus Christ ALONE is only one breath away. Cry out, friend. I pray these lyrics stir your soul with a longing like you never thought possible. A longing for LOVE. A longing and a yearning for Jesus Christ. Yeshua.

Praise THE LORD!!! 🙂

Day Of Fire Lyrics

“The Dark Hills”

[Verse 1:]
Sittin in the dark shakin in a cold wind dyin to get well keep trying but I’m broken
A kiss on my lips that use to thrill me, if I go another day it’s gonna kill me
Slipped into a dream woke up in a nightmare scars on my skin don’t know how they got there
How heavy was the crown of thorns? I wonder if I’m to far gone?

[Chorus:]
They say Jesus walked the dark hills He broke bread with beggars and thieves
If I cry out in this darkness, if I fall down on my knees
If He walks the dark hills, will He come for me? Will He come save me?

[Verse 2:]
Searching for the truth through stained glass windows covered up in shame things that only I know
Strike a match and light another candle, raise my hands a sing a pretty song.
If anybody knew this ugliness inside me would they throw a stone would the crucify me?
How Heavy was the crown of thorns? I wonder if I’m to far gone?

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
How Heavy was the crown of thorns? I wonder if I’m to far gone?

[Chorus 3:]
They say Jesus walks the dark hills He breaks bread with beggars and thieves
When I cry out in this darkness, When I fall down on my knees
When He walks the dark hills, I know He’ll come for me. I know He’ll come save me.

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The Day of The Lord

The Day Of The Lord Is Coming

Are we on the threshold of that terrible time when God openly intervenes in the affairs of men which is called “The Day of the Lord”?

The phrase “the day of the Lord” is used nineteen times in the Old Testament (Isaiah 2:12; 13:6, 9; Ezekiel 13:5, 30:3; Joel 1:15, 2:1,11,31; 3:14; Amos 5:18,20; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7,14; Zechariah 14:1; Malachi. 4:5) and five times in the New Testament (Acts 2:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Peter 3:10). It is also alluded to in other passages (Revelation 6:17; 16:14).

The New Testament calls it a day of “wrath,” a day of “visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14) and refers to a still future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on unbelieving Israel (Isaiah 22; Jeremiah 30:1-17; Joel 1-2; Amos 5; Zephaniah 1) and on the unbelieving world (Ezekiel 38–39;Zechariah 14). The Scriptures indicate that “the day of the Lord” will come quickly, like a thief in the night (Zephaniah 1:14-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:2), and therefore Christians must be watchful and ready for the coming of Christ at any moment.

Besides being a time of judgment, it will also be a time of salvation as God will deliver the remnant of Israel, fulfilling His promise that “all of Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26), forgiving their sins and restoring His chosen people to the land He promised to Abraham (Isaiah 10:27; Jeremiah 30:19-31, 40; Micah 4; Zechariah 13). The final outcome of the day of the Lord will be that “the arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17). The ultimate or final fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the day of the Lord will come at the end of history when God, with wondrous power, will punish evil and fulfill all His promises.
THE LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOR WILL DELIVER US

Many believers look around the world today and ponder whether these prophetic times will be upon us soon. For the church, it will be a great day indeed. For it is bible based & correct to state that the Day of the Lord will be ushered in by the Rapture of the church.

God has His plan for the earth and His own. Make no mistake: God will execute it according to His revealed will. So that we know the following from scripture:

Until this time of “grace” is over the Holy Spirit (through the True church) restrains evil in the world (2 Thess.2:1-12). The church is empowered to spread the Salvation message of “The Gospel “.

The church is the corporate vessel that The Spirit indwells. Once the church is removed from the earth evil will have its full day in the first stage of a period called “The Day of The Lord”. It is called this because the Lord is suddenly acting on the earth, first in judgment, the darkest time in human history, and then in His sovereign right as King of Kings in His 1000 year rule from Jerusalem. (1 Thess.5:2-4).

These times and seasons leading up to the conclusion of this age of man is NOT for the church. They belong to the “lost” earthly people. The church is looking for Jesus Christ, NOT for times and seasons. The word for “times” in Greek is chronos, from which we get our English word chronology. God’s chronology including “The Day of The Lord” and “The Great Tribulation” is for Israel and the gentiles. (1 Thess.5:1).

The church is not in darkness. We are in the light (1 Thess.5:4-5).

We are not appointed to wrath (1 Thess.5:9).

We are to comfort one another with these truths (1 Thess.5:11).

These things cannot happen until the true church is removed from the earth (2 Thess.2:1-12).

*The Holy Spirit will remain on earth to do the works GOD has ordained but will no longer RESTRAIN EVIL. The calling out of the Church by The Spirit is over and it’s restraining influence over evil in the world as well. It is the time of terrible judgments Christ will send upon the earth.
In Matt.24:14, a message is preached during the entire “Tribulation” period called “The Gospel of The Kingdom”. It is the same message both Jesus and John the Baptist preached to Israel before they rejected Jesus. Once again, IT IS GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL FIRST THEN THE GENTILES! And this time God will make it work for the believing remnant as set forth below. (Matt. 4:17).

This is NOT the message we preach. We direct our witness to individuals to come out of this world to Jesus. We do not know the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, but those in the Tribulation will and that is their ministry. It is a ministry rekindled TO ISRAEL. It is for the believing Jewish remnant to do. We, on the other hand preach “The Gospel of Grace”(Matt. 11:28;20:28).

After this event( the rapture of the church) scripture reveals “the man of sin”, The Antichrist, who will come upon the scene arising from the western powers and be possessed by Satan (2 Thess.2:9).
Preceding this will be the falling away of the apostate church (2 Thess.2:3-12) which will enter into the “tribulation” and cozy up to this world ruler in an an unholy union and alliance(Rev.17). This will lead to the world rule of Antichrist and God’s judgments upon the earth culminating with the triumphant return of the Lord to defeat all the world powers(Rev.17:14) and usher in the millennium (Rev.20:1-3).

For the believing Israelite’s it is good news. This terrible time will lead to a revelation of the true Israel, in belief, in the land God granted them. This will happen as a result of God’s actions on their behalf who will deliver them from all their enemies at the conclusion of the great tribulation. The 144,000 of Rev.7:2-4 form the foundation of a new Israel “Born in a day”(Isaiah 66:7-9). Their deliverer will be none other then Jesus Christ, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The Old Testament saints will be raised from the dead and they too will complete this miracle promised them by God.

Ample biblical proof exists to conclude that today’s efforts to secure peace and safety for Israel are bound for failure according to God’s revealed will and His plan for humankind(Isaiah:chapters 12-13; Joel 1-15;2:2).

The day of the Lord, in prophetic times, covers the coming tribulation ( Rev.chaps 6-19) and Christ’s reign on David’s throne for 1000 years (Rev.20). It ends at the great white throne judgment of the lost of all ages (Rev.20:11-15) and the ushering in of the new heavens and earth called “the day of God” (2 Pet.10-13)

Let’s take a look at some scripture, directly relating to Israel, that addresses God’s fulfillment of His plan for His chosen people.

In Jeremiah 31:27-40 we see God acting in the affairs of Israel according to His covenants with their forefathers. Prophetically it looks into the future time of the day of the Lord when believing Israel will be regathered from all the nations of the world and God will make a ” new covenant” with them that will never be forgotten (See: Jeremiah 32:37-40; 50:5; Joel 3:1; Isaiah 11:10-12; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Acts 15:15-18).

It is God who will cause Israel’s salvation and bring them peace and security. For Israel will never achieve these goals through the help of worldly powers. They are God’s property now and forever. He is their jealous guarantor, their husband and deliverer. And those nations that she makes deals with will have God to answer to now and at the conclusion of mans age.

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Not without Jesus.

Today could be your last day. Today The Trumpet could sound, and it would be too late if you are not ready to go with Jesus. Don’t be left behind for the horror that is soon to come. Jesus is the ONLY way out of HELL and the Tribulation soon to come. The New World Order has everything set up, but it cannot be implemented until The Bride of Christ is removed.

GOTOHEAVEN

 

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THE DAYS OF NOAH

We are told that when Jesus comes again to rapture (harpazo) us home, that it will be like when it was in the days of Noah. This passage, frequently cited to by Biblical scholars and writers, indicates that it was a sign of the end times and as such, should be a condition that should alert us to the coming of the Lord.

Matthew 24:37-41

37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 

These verses tell us that when the Son of Man appears again, people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving up in marriage just as they did right up to the day when Noah went into the ark. Everything was normal, in other words, for those who were unaware of God’s intentions. However, for Noah and his family, it was clear that the time was coming when God would bring all of creation to an end.

Looking at the story of Noah contained in Genesis 6, the condition of the world was vexatious to the Lord. He looked down from His throne in heaven to find that corruption had filled the world. The perfect creation of His hands had become everything He did not intend.

Genesis 6:1-13

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

These were days that brought sorrow to the heart of God. As we look at this passage we see that giants walked the face of the earth as angels had mated with God’s creation thereby corrupting the flesh that God had created. This was the age of the Nephilim, the age of Nimrod, the age of men of renown. We now wonder if this was a time when many of the great ancient monuments were built such as the pyramids of Egypt, the Sphinx, Stonehenge, Easter Island and others. There are a number of ancient wonders that we cannot explain so we wonder if mighty men constructed these wonders.

Whatever the result, ultimately there was a judgment upon all of mankind. Previously, God had granted man long life but He then decided that life should be limited. Consequently, the term of man’s existence upon the earth after this would be one hundred twenty years. I know it sounds like a long time to us but in comparison to what man had been given, it was a dramatic reduction. Men would now be limited to a lifespan that was 1/8 of what it had been. For us, it would be like being told that your life would be over at ten years of age.

Many people concentrate upon the fact that everything would be “normal” before the end. However, I think that Jesus meant much more than just that. Otherwise, that is what He could have said. Instead, He gave us a metaphor stating that it would be like the “days of Noah”. So, what were the days of Noah like?

According to Genesis 6:5, God saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth. We hate to contemplate it but does wickedness run rampant today throughout the earth? As we look upon God’s creation and the moral fiber of the people who inhabit this earth, can we honestly say that we must please God?

Do we murder children such as those who offered their children in the fire to Molech? We don’t do such a thing. Instead, we offer our children to the god of greed, the god of mammon, the god of convenience and of money. We have aborted (murdered) 43 million babies since the decision in Roe v. Wade was written. Do you wonder how many babies have been murdered in China for the sake of population control or the desire to have male children? What about other nations through the world? Hitler had nothing on us. He only murdered 6 million Jews. He could have learned a thing or two from Planned Parenthood.

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Jesus said that it would be like the days of Noah. In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence and corruption. The only righteous person in all the earth was Noah and his family. As we look upon God’s creation today, can we honestly say that it is not corrupt or violent? The answer is no, we cannot. The earth today is filled with violence and it is thoroughly corrupt. It is now as it was then.

Depressing? Pretty much but just as God saved a remnant then, He will save His remnant now. Do not despair for the days grow shorter. The time is coming when the trump will sound and our names will be called and we shall find ourselves removed from this state that plagues us now. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is coming and when He does, all of His children will finally be called home never to suffer corruption again. My brothers and sisters, keeping looking up for our redemption draweth nigh. Jesus, Mighty King and Victorious Lord is coming with a might shout. Yes, it’s real, it’s very real.

 

This is the moment of Salvation. I encourage you to give your life to Jesus right now. Not another day is promised to any of us. He is waiting with open arms. Departure is imminent, and so is the horrific 7 year Tribulation. All things are possible with God. Put everything down and just Let Him in.

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Lasting Investments

Growing up I was always looking for something bigger. A greater meaning. You know like they say, “More than this.”

But now at 30 years old I know why. I see clearly know why I have always longed for more, for something else.

This world is not my home. My body wasn’t created for the clothing of this planet or its ideal woman body type and swimsuit figure.

There’s music running through my veins, songs that I can’t sing here…because I don’t know all the words. Once a Christian is living in Heaven in the new incorruptible body, there’s no sin, nor any mortal limits. I have the dance inside of me, but I can’t perform it out in the mortal body I currently operate in.  My body is not me. The body does not reflect who I am. My spirit does. The way I treat other human beings, the way I spend my time, the words I choose when I speak. What’s actually in my heart.

Kindness trumps being a single digit jean size at every moment.

When I was a kid I always heard adults say that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. I thought they were out of their mind and just trying to make us all feel better. I was wrong. Friend, it really IS what’s on the inside that counts.

Because it’s what is inside of you that LIVES ON eternally.

Believe it or not, you are a spirit being. You just have a temporary, mortal body of flesh for now. There are 2 eternal worlds.

It seems like so many people live their lives on fast forward in today’s world. They work overtime to pay the bills, the rent/mortgage and try to do the best they can. Looking forward to the summer vacation (if they are financially able to do so), and counting on that 401K unawares to the future ahead.  And it is all temporal.

Houses break and need fixing. Vacations don’t last and neither do the souvenirs. Make memories… Invest in the lives of your children, families, or spouse.  Investments like those are everlasting. The good things we leave behind us when we go are later exchanged for Heavenly rewards and Crowns. We are saved by Grace through faith, but we can’t harbor hatred and ill feelings toward others inside. We are to love others and love God with all our hearts. The first time I heard that, I was like uh-oh!!! I had some envy and bitterness, a few grudges on my back. I believed in my heart there was NO WAY I could possibly love EVERY one! Later on as I walked with Jesus, I found that we must, and we can!

Ezekiel 36:26-27 (KJV)

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

We just have to ask God The Father for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, for Him to change us because we can’t do it ourselves. I have a new nature right now because of HIS work. I TRULY had stone in my heart! But Jesus made me new!!! If there’s something that you believe is just impossible to change or overcome, it is..without Jesus. Come to Christ today and find peace and healing. Find Salvation for eternity at The Cross 🙂

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You are loved more than you could ever know by God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! The Rapture is about to happen any moment now. Jesus is taking His Church out before the 7 year Tribulation. We are at the end of the story of man.

 

 

 

 

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The Blind Man

This poem was written by a dear Brother in Christ concerning his awakening in God.


THE BLIND MAN, by Joseph Arthurs

My eyes have been shielded
Too many years by now
My heart of rock not yielded
Remaining made of stone.
Why have I ignored this
Letting life pass wearily along
Did I not see the answer
Shining clearly all day long
My arrogance and pride misled me
Telling me I was doing fine
I just decided to let things be
Submitting my heart each time
Til the day He nudged me
Riding on my high horse
My eyes blinked open slowly
As I saw I was at a loss
Now let me say to you clearly
I hope those days are past
It was His grace shocked me
To learn,to pray..but fast
May God now maintain me
Keeping me on His path
With Jesus’ love redeeming
The Spirit too has my back.

©Joseph M. Arthurs, 2015
“I felt compelled to write this today and I have chosen this community to have the option of reading my mini testimony. I thirst for more knowledge and counsel. Ty, Be Blessed sisters and brothers in Jesus.”

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What Does Real Love Look Like?

Nicki Koziarz By NICKI KOZIARZ

“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:40 (ESV)

She’s a name-dropper.

The kind of woman who always needs the world to know what famous person tweeted at her, liked her post or followed her on Instagram. She’s always at the important meetings, the ones where the people in charge see her. And she schedules lunches and coffee dates with people who can take her career further.

We all know this woman. She’s our neighbor. Our co-worker. Our ministry leader. She’s everywhere.

And maybe, at times, there’s a little bit of this woman in each of us.

The world tells us in order to go higher we must surround ourselves with people who will take us higher. Our mommas taught us at a young age we will become like those we keep close. And in high school we grouped together with people who were like-minded.

While I understand the importance of keeping company with the right kind of people, I see Jesus taking a different approach at times as I study His life in the Bible.

It’s true Jesus had good friends like His disciples, Mary, Martha and Lazarus. But as I look closely at the steps of Jesus, I see He invested a lot of His time into the “least of these:” the poor, the hungry, the broken, the weak and the people who had absolutely nothing to offer Him.

Jesus always had a genuine concern and focus on people in need.

If we are always surrounding ourselves with the “best of these,” how will we ever truly learn to love the least of these?

It’s an honest question to reflect on as we go about our days, make our schedules and choose where to invest our energy. But I don’t really know if in Jesus’ eyes this concept of serving the least of these is optional.

Do I always get this right? Goodness no.

My excuses for a lack of service to those in need are shameful:

  • I’m too busy.
  • I already give so much.
  • I don’t have what they need.
  • I forgot.

God blesses us so that we may bless others. May we be compelled to take our eyes off ourselves and turn our heads to the right and to the left. Let us see those around us in need and give whatever we have to bless them.

Here are three ways to do this right now:

    1. Spend time with someone who has nothing to give back to you.
    1. Ask God if there’s anything you have in your possession that could bless someone else. Maybe it’s a coat, a pair of shoes, a purse, jewelry … what can you give up to bless another?
  1. Write a note of encouragement to someone who is down, sick or weary. Tell her specific things you are praying over her life.

We don’t always need to be with the “best of the best.” There is life, love and opportunities to expand our souls if we will humble ourselves and become just a little bit more like Jesus today and serve the least of these.

God, help us to see those in need today. Help our lives ring loudly as we take steps to serve others more than ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Hebrews 6:10, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (NIV)

1 John 3:18, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
There’s still time to join our next Online Bible Study of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst starting today. Click here to for more information.

Looking for a creative way to send a note of encouragement? Check out this unique notecard set.

For more ideas on how to bless someone in need visit Nicki Koziarz’s blog.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Why do you think we are naturally drawn toward surrounding ourselves with “the best of the best”?

What is one thing you will do this week to focus on the “least of these”? Share it with us in the comment section today.

© 2015 by Nicki Koziarz. All rights reserved.

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When Concern Consumes Me

Renee Swope By RENEE SWOPE

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

As we drove home from a weekend away in the mountains, I felt a heavy sense of dread and sadness. Laying my head back on my seat, I told my husband, JJ, “I don’t want to go home.”

The stress and strain of countless commitments at home and at work were taking a toll on me. If only I could return to that little mountain town where no one knew me or needed me.

JJ asked some clarifying questions, and then he suggested I make a list of everything on my plate so I could ask God what needed to be cut back.

Honestly, at first I resented the fact that he was adding one more thing “to do” on my already long list of things I’d never get done.

But later that week I took his advice and wrote out all my commitments and concerns. I made a list of deadlines and dates on my calendar with every appointment, event, conference call and meeting I could think of for the next six months.

And I prayed: Please God, show me where I need to make changes.

I assumed the Holy Spirit would suggest adjustments in my schedule, but that’s not what happened. God didn’t tell me to make cut backs at work or in ministry. He didn’t show me our family had too many activities. He didn’t challenge me to take a sabbatical, although I was hoping He would.

Jesus showed me it was worry — not my workload — that was making me weary.

You see, during the weeks leading up to my “meltdown,” I let my thoughts dwell on the possible negative outcome of several different circumstances and decisions, all at the same time. And without realizing it, I had spent as much time thinking and worrying about concerns, commitments, circumstances and deadlines as I did working on them.

It was not only how I spent my time, but how I spent my thoughts that left me depleted. It wasn’t until I brought it all to God, and wrote it all out, that I recognized what was happening.

Instead of escaping to the mountains where no one knows us or needs us, in today’s key verse from Matthew 11:28 above, Jesus invites us to come to Him so He can give us:

Rest for our weary hearts and minds.
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV).

Freedom from the captivity of our concerns.
“‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back from captivity’” (Jeremiah 29:12-14a, NIV).

Maybe there are worries making you weary. Do you hear Jesus gently inviting you to come to Him, seeking and trusting that His heart is big enough to care and strong enough to carry all that concerns you?

Dear Lord, when concerns consume me, help me remember You are there inviting me to come to You and talk about all I’m thinking and doing. Show me if my workload or my worries are making me weary and help me trust You more with both. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (NLT)

RELATED RESOURCES:
If you ever tire of feeling like you’re not good enough, smart enough or gifted enough, you’ll enjoy A Confident Heart Devotional: 60 Days to Stop Doubting Yourself by Renee Swope.

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If you’ve tried everything else to tackle the disease of stress in your life, with little success, maybe it’s time to give Jesus a try. Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles can help you do just that.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
When you think about all you need to get done, what makes you feel like you’re coming undone?

Write three concerns on a piece of paper and put them in an envelope. On the outside of the envelope write: “Jesus, I’m giving my cares to You because You care about me.” Put your envelope in a journal or notebook and let God take care of what’s concerning You today.

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