There’s a difference between tired and being weary. Weary means we loosen our hold on doing what God wants us to. Galatians 6:9 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition) And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall […]
Joy: deep satisfaction and assurance that God is in control no matter what our circumstances are. James 1:1-2 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
It’s important to have the Holy Spirit with us when we’re saved, then we need the Spirit in us to cleanse our temple. Romans 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which […]
It’s not an option whether we can deny ourselves or not. Jesus said to deny ourselves. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples,If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. To deny ourselves we put God before our own desires and will.
Are we limiting what God can do by our actions and attitudes? thinking of him in human terms? Abraham and Moses knew the voice of God. The Israelites were used to hearing about a people who worshipped idols. They were afraid of God who had sent the death angel to kill all the firstborn of […]
When God speaks to us it is clear, without static or confusion. It is specific and we know it is him. If it’s confusing, we know it’s from the devil because God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33). We can have confidence that God hears our prayer, but we may not be […]
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Ephesians 3:20
There will be many times when the enemy will come in like a flood and you need to know that God is your refuge, your strength and a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. It will calm the heart like it says […]
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:14
One thing about setting goals is to set them according to God’s will and His will is for us to have a closer relationship with him. You can say that you want to draw closer to God. You then have to put yourself into a position where you want to learn and you want to know about God. There are 24 hours in a day. In a year there are 8,760 hours. If you say you only have five minutes to spend with the Lord and you are doing what you want the rest of the day – how do you expect to draw closer to God. If you want to draw closer to the Lord, you are going to spend more than five minutes a day with the Lord. You will spend more than that reading your bible and praying. You will spend more than that getting down and asking God to search out your heart and to help you be what he wants you to be.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” Leviticus 23:26-32
In this scripture, the word “afflict” means to fast. In the Old Testament, there was one day that the children of Israel were supposed to fast. It was The Day of Atonement. The reason for The Day of Atonement was because God wanted the people to be humble. Fasting means you go without food. But the fast that God asked for on The Day of Atonement was not just to be without food. They were to be seeking God and drawing closer to him. God is the only one who can answer prayer.