Trust the Lord with all heart, He's Best Friend
Friend who comforts my soul always
Always broken heart He mends
Mends so with Him I walk
Walk each day, and night
Night, day, with song
Song of Love
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
-'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)
- Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Romans 12: 12 ( NIV )
-The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.'
Exodus 14: 13 ( NIV )
-For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this World, against spiritual
wickedness in the high places.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4: 13 ( NIV )
-This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that
God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
1 John: 5
-What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Matthew 16:26 (NIV)
1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.
4. Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
~2 Timothy 3 - 5 - King James Version (KJV) ~
-Read: Matthew 24: 1-50
- HOW TO KNOW JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR -
A salvation prayer, known by many Christians as a 'Sinners Prayer,' is a prayer one would say to repent from sin, ask God for forgiveness, confess belief in Jesus Christ, and accept him as Lord and Savior. Saying a salvation prayer is the first step in your personal relationship with God.
If you believe the Bible offers truth about the way of salvation, but you have not taken the step to become a Christian, it's as simple as praying this prayer. You can pray by yourself, using your own words. There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and he will save you. If you feel lost and don't know what to pray, here's a salvation prayer that you can follow:
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don't please you. I have lived my life for myself only. I am sorry, and I repent. I ask You to forgive me.
I believe that You died on the cross for me to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to You now and ask you to take control of my life; I give it to You. From this day forward, help me to live every day for You and in a way that pleases You.
I love you, Lord, and I thank You that I will spend all eternity with You.
If you have just prayed this prayer, congratulations!:))
You have received Christ as your Savior and have made the best decision you will ever make—one that will change your life forever!
Why is this happening to me? We've probably all asked that question at some point in our life. Perhaps our world was turned upside down by a medical diagnosis, a seemingly insurmountable financial crisis, a relationship that fell apart after starting out well, or a loss of some kind.
It's natural to want to know why a storm has occurred, but how we choose to handle it is also important. Will our trust in the Lord increase as we watch Him use our suffering to make us more Christlike, or will we become bitter and resentful toward Him? In other words, will we rage against God or humbly submit?
Sometimes we bring trouble on ourselves with willful disobedience; other times, storms come through no fault of our own. In either case, difficulties are common to all of us. And Peter tells us not to be surprised at fiery ordeals as if something strange is happening to us. Whatever the cause, God uses trials to purify and refine us. Therefore, as we aim to continually do what is right in the Creator's eyes, let's keep on rejoicing in the Lord, with our hope firmly set on Christ's return.
In the first of a series of promises for overcoming your fears, Dr. Stanley illuminates for us that no matter the difficulties we may be facing, God is our ultimate Friend and Helper in our time of need.
There are days when all we really want is some assurance that everything will be all right. We see everything that is happening around us and feel so out of control that we wonder if we will ever be okay again. There is something about facing uncertainty about the future that reaches deeper within us and shakes us more intensely than most things can.
We know that the most pervasive doubts we can experience are those of insecurity, failure, and, ultimately, of death. And from what I have seen, in this season, people are facing destructive thoughts such as:
•"I am all alone. No one is going to help me."
•"This is happening because God doesn't love me. I'm too flawed, too damaged, and He's rejected me."
•"The economy is failing. I am going to be left with nothing."
•"I have no future. I'm trapped."
•"I'm so powerless. I have no idea about what to do."
•"I fear I am not going to survive this."
Thoughts such as these can lead us down a path of despair that is difficult to escape. We can feel so helpless and hopeless to the point that we no longer have the desire to go on. The more we try to push these thoughts out of our minds, the more they assail us. We cannot outrun them or overcome the bondage they cause on our own.
Yet, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 teaches us, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."
In other words, when we engage this problem in our own strength and with our own resources, we are fighting on the wrong battlefield. An example of this might be trying to fix a virus on your computer with a hammer. With the wrong tool, you will not achieve what you desire, and may end up causing more of a mess than you intended.
Rather, God says that when you think or hear something that does not align with who He is or what He says in His Word, you take that thought captive to Jesus. You do not ignore it because that allows it to run rampant within you. Rather, you must view that idea or belief as an enemy you are bringing before Christ for judgment. Jesus can show you where that thought comes from, what stronghold it has within you, and how to fight it with "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17).
Therefore, in the next few weeks, to help you overcome fearful thoughts (such as those I have listed above), I will provide promises from Scripture that can assist you in this process. When the destructive notions surface, go before the throne of grace with them, ask Jesus to defeat them in you, and replace them with these words of truth.
Of course, the first fear we must tackle is one of the most pervasive and destructive:
"I am all alone. No one is going to help me."
Fight that thought with the truth:
•"The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." —Deuteronomy 31:8
•"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." —Joshua 1:9
•I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. —Psalm 16:8-9 NLT
•You have always been my helper . . . O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. —Psalm 27:9-10 NLT
•The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. —Psalm 28:7
•You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, "You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." —Isaiah 41:9-10
•Thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and Hewho formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I havecalled you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lordyour God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." —Isaiah 43:1-3
•"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me," declares the Lord. —Isaiah 54:17
•We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:15-16
Next week, we will look at the fear: "This is happening because God doesn't love me. I'm too flawed, too damaged, and He's rejected me."
By Dr. Charles F. Stanley
-Reflect & Pray -
There's no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to
do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
-1 John 4: 18
When do you find yourself feeling pressured to believe fear is greater than love? How might your relationships with others change if you believed you don't need to be afraid?
Loving God, thank You for Your Love. Help us to trust in and follow Your Light and Love even when the way gets dark.
-Lord Jesus, as You sat looking over Jerusalem, You wept.
Give me the same compassion for those who have not accepted Your remedy and been BORN AGAIN.
-SALVATION IS FOR TODAY,SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND.NO ONE IS PROMISED TOMORROW.
- Bless is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.
~"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." ~
- Abraham Lincoln -
-May God bring great comfort and healing to all of you who have lost a loved one, be a family member, a very dear friend, someone, to the COVID- 19.All my heartfelt prayers are also for
all my very dear friends, family members each and all, and the whole wide world, each and everybody. Wish you each and all the very best in everything n' all you do!BE STRONG N' POSITIVE! PLEASE STAY HEALTHY, WELL, AND SAFE!!! God bless you always!
Lots of Love, Hugs, and Prayers surely, Everyday, Always, from the U.S.A.! D .