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What Will It Take For You to Follow God? | Obtaining God’s Blessings

5317913527_5471047557_4dc13f5376_xlargeAsk yourself this simple question if you haven’t decided to totally surrender to God and allow Him to govern your life according to His will -

“What will it take for me to follow God?”

Well today, I want to give you some examples of what it might take for any of us who haven’t surrendered to God to change our mind and say ‘Yes Lord, I surrender!”

1. Cancer

2. Heart Attack

3. Stroke

4. Loss of a loved one

5. Poverty

6. HIV/Aids

7. Natural Disaster such as Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, etc.

The list could go on and on, but I want you to keep one thing in mind while reading this blog…

God doesn’t want to step back and allow the enemy to do these things to us, but we on the other hand don’t give Him any choice.  God wants us to love and respect Him.  Surrender our all to Him.  Allow Him to care and love us the way He first designed

What will it take?  Only you can answer that question and I hope it only takes knowing that God so loved the world, that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him (the Son) will not perish, but have everlasting life with Him (John 3:16)

Inspired by Sister Laraine Turner for Blessed Magazine

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God’s Feelings Are Not Important…Part 1 of 5

love-god-commandments_medWe all know how much it hurts when someone breaks a promise to us, but have we ever asked ourselves why we feel so comfortable breaking  promises we make to God?

The sad truth, is even when we know we are going to hurt God by breaking a promise, which usually involves sinning in a way we promised not to, we see more benefit from giving into whatever the enemy is dangling in front of us than keeping our word

Regardless of whatever we tell ourselves during, or after, these moments, these sinful, dishonest choices reveal how we care more about pursuing worldly happiness than showing God how much we love him–how can we feel so comfortable doing this?

We Cannot Be Honest With God If We Are Not Honest With Ourselves

This is going to sting, but if we, who claim to love God, knowingly do things to hurt him by sinning, and breaking our promises, we have to ask ourselves why this behavior is even an option, let alone something we think is okay enough to do on a regular basis

I mean, it is not like anyone is forcing us to sin or break our word, we do so by choice, but it is extremely rare for us to take responsibility for doing so, almost as if our behavior was conveniently out of our control

What am I talking about?

Look at the statements below, as we have all either said, or continue to say, these things when trying to justify our sinful actions, and broken promises to God as if we have no responsibility in how we live:

“If I sin, God will forgive me anyway so what does it matter”

“Yes, I know this is wrong, but God knows my heart”

“I will start giving once I start making more money”

“I really love God, I do not mean to hurt him by the way I act”

“I want to spend more time with God, but there is just not enough time in the day”

Now, these statements may sound rational at first, but on closer examination, we see they are really ideas like this:

“God, I expect you to love, and forgive me no matter what I do, who cares if I hurt your feelings while I seek happiness in sin”

“Even though this is wrong, I want it more than I care about our relationship, but I do not want to admit this because I might actually feel guilty”

“I do not want to adjust my lifestyle in any way, and I do not trust you to provide, so I will only give to others when I have what I want first”

“I like the idea of being in a relationship with you, and I know you well enough to even know what hurts you, but your feelings do not matter enough for me to change the way I act”

“I like the idea of spending time with you, but in reality, I like doing other things more”

Um, yeah…

No matter what we say to ourselves or others, our actions demonstrate the true desires of our hearts–words are meaningless when our actions contradict what we say

To show this is not exactly a new problem, look how Jesus openly addressed this in the parable of a man with two sons he asked to work, as many people claim to love, and have a heart to obey God, but they only do so with their lips, then turn and deny him by the way they live:

Matthew 21:28-32

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard’

“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went

“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go

“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him

Does the son who said “Dude, I will toootally do what you ask of me” sound like any of us?

Of course not, we all obey diligently without question!

*cough*

Right, if that were true, the world would be a very different place

Titus 1:16
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good

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It is incredibly important to be honest with ourselves when it comes to separating what we say, or think, from how we live, as it is easy to say things that make us feel good, or sound nice to others, but the way we choose to live is what really matters

Uncomfortable truth or what!

Article re-posted from: Nathan

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13 Blessings You May Be Overlooking

bigstock-Blessings-Plaque-2052147-300x225I’m sure there has been much pain in your life. You have probably had extreme ups and downs, and times of emotional, spiritual, and physical unrest.

This is why gratitude can be one of the most difficult virtues to uphold.

We forget that gratitude is not only about our accomplishments, what we have, or the good fortune we experience, but that gratitude comes from simply being a person alive in the world.

There are many blessings in disguise that aren’t always apparent to us, and many of these blessings are afforded to us simply for being alive!

As long as we have life, we can learn to be grateful for it, and uncover our unique human blessings despite the hardships.

Below are some broad and general blessings that you may have overlooked.

1. Wisdom

Through life we have so many opportunities to grow as a person and gain greater awareness and understanding of ourselves and world around us. This is a true blessing. Learning from our mistakes and growing from experiences is a part of the gift of life. Recognize how fortunate we are to be able to grow spiritually and reflect on our own existence in order to reach greater contentment.

2. Service

As human beings we have been blessed to able to give and serve others. We can do kind things for other people, or altruistically help another person in need, and we can get this same behavior reciprocated to ourselves. Taking an approach to give back what we have been given and help others feel better is a wonderful gift. When we grow full of gratitude and joy we can begin to share it with others.

3. Protection

We are all afforded protection. Think of the many close calls and moments where you have safely made it through a precarious situation. Most of us have a sense of security and faith that we are going to be okay in difficult times. This is something to be very grateful for. Things may not be perfect but as long as we have a sense of safety it makes it possible to experience love, pleasure, and trust.

4. Rest

If you have a type-A personality like me you are always on the go, and viewing rest and relaxation as a blessing can be overlooked. However, we all need time to restore our body and mind, and having time to relax can be one of the most valuable gifts to receive in this busy world. It provides us a new beginning and fresh perspective. Don’t take for granted the opportunity to simply relax and be restful.  Recognize your downtown as a blessing.

5. Healing/Health

If you’re going through a difficult medical situation right now, this may be hard to accept, but our bodies are made to heal. Every cut, scrape, and bruise heals in time. Focus on the magnificence of your bodies natural healing ability. Learn to cherish your health, preserve it, and when you get sick feel blessed that you will get better.

6. Guidance

We all have moments where we receive guidance, whether directly or indirectly. We are given advice and receive advice every day if we are willing to stop and notice these moments. Feel blessed when you ask someone a question and they happily give you advice. When you are able to help another person, recognize the beauty in this encounter. There is an infinite amounts of knowledge in the world that is at our finger tips. If you are uncertain about something, guidance is around the corner.

7. Purpose

Everyone has a purpose. It just needs to be discovered. When we uncover our purpose we have a whole new outlook on life and can approach each day with vigor and resolve. This is a true blessing that we can uncover a purpose beyond ourselves. This may be one of the major reasons we are alive. Consider what you do best, what you desire to offer the world, and how you can make a difference, and start following your purpose.

8. Free Will

It’s an amazing thing to have free will. We can make choices that better our life and have a sense of control. In this sense, we have control over our destiny. We can also make choices that will cause us to learn from our mistakes and become a better person. We can choose to have fun and pursue our goals at the same time. We are free to choose how to live our life despite what others may say. This is a blessing is used appropriately.

9. Abundance

We are made to experience abundance and have our hearts desires. The universe does not lack in any outlet. There is enough in the world for everyone. This relates to creative ideas, wealth, and influence. The world’s abundance may not be distributed equally, but don’t let that fool you, there is enough for everyone, including you!

10. Eternity

If there is one thing that is easily overlooked in our day to day hustle and bustle is that we are eternal beings in an eternal world. We are hear to live our a purpose until our bodies expire. There are many beliefs about what happens after we die, but one thing that seems persistent is the eternity of time, and we are a part of this. We are eternal and everlasting.

11. Love and Sorrow

Our relationships, friends, and family are something to be thankful for everyday. Having someone who can give us support and allows us to experience love and affection is such a blessing. Whenever you develop a loving relationship realize how much of a blessing this is. Cherish relationships in all the joy and sorrow they provide. As the saying goes, “it’s better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”

12. Patience

When you are waiting in line, sitting in traffic, or anticipating a meeting, do you ever focus on these situations as a time to practice patience? It definitely requires a perspective shift to recognize what a blessing our ability to be patient is. Patience gives us a chance to be at peace, experience the present moment, and remain contented in a world of immediate gratification. Next time you have an opportunity to be patient recognize it as a blessing and use this capability.

13. Work

Work can seem like a pretty dirty word, but labor is a rewarding part of life. I’m sure we have all complained about work at one point or another. Yet without work, where would we be? Work is the fiber of our lives, and when we find work that is fulfilling, it offers us a sense of purpose, meaning, and pride. Work is a blessing. Even if you aren’t fulfilled by your work, you can be grateful for doing good work, and for what you do well.

We all have many things to be thankful for and that we can view with appreciation. Sometimes it takes a change in perceptive to find all the blessings in disguise that surround us. Begin to incorporate some of the ideas above and consider other blessings you may be overlooking. By doing so, it will help you develop acceptance, strength, and courage to make a better life.

Article re-posted from: Joe Wilner

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How Often Do You Lay Down Your Cross?

coffee houseToday’s Topic: How often do you lay down your cross?

How many of us would be honest to say that we from time to time lay down the cross to handle business in our way? Well, if you are like me, sometimes when I’m not prayed up enough, I tend to allow the flesh to rise up and therefore set aside my cross

Although this is not the behavior that Jesus warrants, but thank God He knows that we are in the flesh and is ready to forgive us for those moments

Take up your cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24) is what Jesus is saying to all of us. It’s an invitation to not just follow Him, but also to walk in His footsteps, allow Him to be our strength and guide us in taking care of business


Pray, fast and read the Word to stay prayed up so that we won’t be so tempted and easily persuaded to lay down our cross to handle business

Inspired by Missionary Laraine Turner

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“Why You Should Not Commit Suicide?”

suicide-noteOur hearts go out to those who have thoughts of ending their own lives through suicide. If that is you right now, it may speak of many emotions, such as feelings of hopelessness and despair. You may feel like you are in the deepest pit, and you doubt there is any hope of things getting better. No one seems to care or understand where you are coming from. Life just is not worth living…or is it?

If you will take a few moments to consider letting God truly be God in your life right now, He will prove how big He really is, “for nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Perhaps scars from past hurts have resulted in an overwhelming sense of rejection or abandonment. That may lead to self-pity, anger, bitterness, vengeful thoughts, or unhealthy fears that have caused problems in some of your most important relationships.

Why should you not commit suicide? Friend, no matter how bad things are in your life, there is a God of love who is waiting for you to let Him guide you through your tunnel of despair and out into His marvelous light. He is your sure hope. His name is Jesus.

This Jesus, the sinless Son of God, identifies with you in your time of rejection and humiliation. The prophet Isaiah wrote of Him inIsaiah 53:2-6, describing Him as a man who was “despised and rejected” by everyone. His life was full of sorrow and suffering. But the sorrows He bore were not His own; they were ours. He was pierced, wounded, and crushed, all because of our sin. Because of His suffering, our lives can be redeemed and made whole.

Friend, Jesus Christ endured all this so that you might have all your sins forgiven. Whatever weight of guilt you carry, know that He will forgive you if you humbly receive Him as your Savior. “…Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you…” (Psalm 50:15). Nothing you have ever done is too bad for Jesus to forgive. Some of His choicest servants committed gross sins like murder (Moses), murder and adultery (King David), and physical and emotional abuse (the apostle Paul). Yet they found forgiveness and a new abundant life in the Lord. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Why should you not commit suicide? Friend, God stands ready to repair what is “broken,” namely, the life you have now, the life you want to end by suicide. InIsaiah 61:1-3, the prophet wrote, “The LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.”

Come to Jesus, and let Him restore your joy and usefulness as you trust Him to begin a new work in your life. He promises to restore the joy you have lost and give you a new spirit to sustain you. Your broken heart is precious to Him: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:12,15-17).

Will you accept the Lord as your Savior and Shepherd? He will guide your thoughts and steps—one day at a time—through His Word, the Bible. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8). “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6). In Christ, you will still have struggles, but you will now have hope. He is “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you in your hour of decision.

If you desire to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior, speak these words in your heart to God: “God, I need you in my life. Please forgive me for all that I have done. I place my faith in Jesus Christ and believe that He is my Savior. Please cleanse me, heal me, and restore my joy in life. Thank You for Your love for me and for Jesus’ death on my behalf.”

If you are considering suicide, please seek help now. Call 1-800-273-8255, the national hotline, get yourself to a hospital if you can, call 911, go alert someone in your home, apartment, or workplace, or wherever you are, and do whatever it takes to get help.

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
To Write Love on Her Arms:http://twloha.com/find-help
Befrienders.org:http://www.befrienders.org/directory
Suicide hotlines available in most countries:http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

Article re-posted from: S. Michael Houdmann

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Free Life Insurance

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If you are like millions of Americans, you have put off life insurance.  Maybe it’s because of the cost.  You feel you don’t need it.  Or, you simply can’t find a plan suitable to your needs.  If any of these statements apply to you, then this post is for you..

This life insurance has already been paid for on your behalf.  The person who paid for it knew you would need it and arranged it so that everyone could benefit from it if they so please…

It’s free.  It’s available to you and your family, your friends and all you have to do is want it…

This life insurance comes with many benefits…

  • Access to God’s throne
  • Access to sit and talk with Jesus
  • Access to a mansion fully furnished
  • Access to free health care (no more sickness, no more pain)

and, countless other benefits you can access before leaving this earth such as;

  • Joy in the midst of sorrow
  • 24/7 access to contact Jesus
  • 24/7 protection
  • Peace

the list goes on and on…

To sign up for this incredible offer which has been around for thousands of years, simply accept Jesus as you Lord and Savior.  Just allow Him to govern your life and everything you could possibly need will be supplied through Him in this life and the life beyond…

Inspired by Sister Laraine Turner

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Praying for Our Kids

Originally posted on The Pursuit of God:

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As Christian parents, we should be praying for our children, right? Well, it depends. If we’re like most Christians, we define praying as making a series of anxious requests to God.

“Help my children to come to know You. Help them to make wise choices in life. Help them to do well in school. Help them to overcome their fears. Help them to make friends. Help them through this difficult time. Be with them. Comfort them. Strengthen them.”

These are some things that we can all resonate with. We want our children to succeed in life and to seek the path of righteousness. But what are we saying to God when we pray these kinds of prayers? For starters, we’re saying that we feel it is necessary or even vital that we make these kinds of requests. But why? Don’t we believe that God is already taking care of our…

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