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Following on from yesterday’s blog post, Nothing Left, I want to share with you another bible translation of 2 Corinthians 12:10, this time from The Message

Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

It’s true, when we face difficulties in life and struggle to get through those times, that’s when God helps us become stronger spiritually.

God will step in

Ever felt like you have nothing left either to get yourself through a day, or support someone else?

While that is an awful way to feel, I do have some good news if you feel like this – You are not alone, because God is with you and will help you through. 

Temptation

Posted: November 6, 2015 in bible, life, music, quotes, religion
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1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

We all get tempted sometimes, however what defines us is whether we actually succumb to the temptation or not.

What actually determines whether we strong enough to overcome all temptations? Our faith in God.

Yes, God really has promised not to let us face anything he doesn’t think we are strong enough to handle, and that includes temptation, so be strong and trust God, and He will make sure you get through all you face.

So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18

It’s hard to remember sometimes that all the things around us, are just here for a short period of time, so if we want something that will last forever we must look heavenward, as God’s love is eternal.

Treat people like mirrors and watch how you reflect in their eyes. – Nnamdi G. Osuagwu

It’s true isn’t it, when we treat others with anger they respond in anger, but when we treat other with love and understanding, they usually respond in kind. It just shows that as the above quote says, our words and actions are reflected by others, so isn’t that a good reminder of our responsibility to act in a Christ-like manner?

mirror_Jesus

 

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV):  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Easter for me is the most important time in the Christian calendar because it’s when God proved to everyone just how much he loves each one of us. Because of God’s love for us, we are able to lead our lives as we do. That is why on this day I want to simply say thank you to God for  Jesus dying just so to save me!

Thank you God for all you do for me each and every day, so much of which I know I take for granted. However today, I thank you specifically for sacrificing your son, Jesus, for me because that is the greatest sacrifice anyone will ever make for me. I pray that all I do will be done for your honour and glory, and my words and actions will always be guided by you.

Amen

 

In Jesus Christ every one of God‘s promises is a “Yes” (2 Corinthians 1:19)

During life, there are many times when we questions God, and ask Him why He hasn’t done this or that, or why He hasn’t answered a specific prayer. It’s funny how we’re always quick to question God when we don’t get our own way isn’t it!

Surely we should be concentrating on what God has promised he will do for us.

As the above song The Promise by The Martins says, God always keeps His promises:

‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
My grace will be sufficient in your time of need
My love will be the anchor that you can hold on to
This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

reason for the seasonIf I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.

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If I asked you to list five things that mean everything to you, what would you say?

I’d guess that most of us would list at least some of the following:

  • Family
  • Money
  • Friendships
  • Health
  • Holidays
  • Home
  • Job

What other things might you include in your list?

My list would most definitely include some of the above, family, friendships, home, health, but my list would definitely also include my faith.

If your list wouldn’t include your faith, is it because you do not believe in God, or have you simply listed worldly things that mean everything to you and missed out/forgot about God? Whatever your reason, I challenge you today to consider the difference you would experience in your life if God was your everything.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

God can and will make a difference in your life, all you have to do is love Him, and give the whole of you to Him.

1 Corinthians 10:12-14 (NIV)

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

In the last few days I’ve spoken about how we must be faithful to God, but what we should never forget is that God is always faithful to us – He will never leave our side or forget about us, but more importantly He will never burden us with more than He knows we can cope with. Yes it might be tough for at times for us, but God knows just how many struggles/difficulties we can cope with at any time – After all He never expects us to cope on our own.

So if you’re feeling like you’ve too many burdens/problems to deal with at present, think again…have you taken them to God? God will never let you carry more than you can cope with, so take your problems/burdens to God, as He will be faithdul to you, and will lighten your load.

I hope you enjoy Brian Doerksen singing Faithful Father – a great inspirational song of worship: