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Treat others the way you would have them treat you….

Proverbs 25:21-22 – If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

God’s form of retaliation is most effective and yet difficult to do. Paul quotes this proverb in Romans 12:19-21. In Matthew 5:44, Jesus encourages us to pray for those who hurt us. By returning good for evil, we are acknowledging God as the balancer of all accounts and trusting him to be the judge.

Now if we are to do this for our enemies, how much better should we treat family, friends, co-workers, relatives, associates and those around us. The rule is simple. Treat others the way you would have them trat you. Look out for one another, be compassionate and caring and reap the rewards in doing so. You cannot go wrong in treating others right not even your enemies.

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Pride

Pride Comes Before A Fall

JANUARY 10, 2012 BY LINDA BAILEY
Linda is having a break over the Christmas holidays. Here is one of her most liked posts:
The saying means that if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are.
Daniel 4:1-37
Reference: v.30 He [Nebuchadnezzar] said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Pride comes before a fall. This is a saying that I learned early in life when one of my teachers picked up on a fellow student who was boasting about their sporting ability. I was never the kind of student to boast about athletic ability but the teacher used the situation as a chance to teach us all about humility. The saying means that if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are. This isn’t about karma or fate but often when people boast about their own abilities they become lazy and stop trying so hard. It’s at this time that failure can come knocking on the door.
Application: This kind of pride is certainly not on God’s top characteristic list! God often promoted those who were humble and in Christ’s ministry he was quick to condemn the arrogance of the powerful and build up the confidence of the downcast. Even King Nebuchadnezzar could not escape the teaching of God. When he boasted about his power and ability to build a nation God brought him to the lowest of positions. It was in this lowly place that Nebuchadnezzar really understood and appreciate the glory of the King of Heaven. All of us have a tendency to become proud of our own achievements. While a positive self-esteem is good we must be careful not to take the glory from God when it is through Him that all things are possible.
Prayer: Lord God, forgive my pride. Help me to not rest on my own ability but to give all power and glory to You. Amen.

When do you find pride creeping into your life?

Word for the Day

Under Gods Command (Bro. Robert Henry)

Jesus is the way to the Father

 

John 14:12-14 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to theFather.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.   

 

Jesus is not saying that his disciples would do more amazing miracles-after all, rising the dead is about as amazing as you can get.  Rather, the disciples, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, would carry the gospel of God’s Kingdom out of Palestine and into the whole world.

 

When Jesus says we can ask for anything, we must remember that our asking must be in his name-that is, according to God’s character and will.  God will not grant request contrary to his nature or his will, and we cannot use his name as a magic formula to fulfill our selfish desires.  If we are sincerely following God and seeking to do his will, then our request will be in line with what he wants, and hewill grant them.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.   

 

Under Gods Command

ARMY OF CHRIST
Sergeant First Class Henry

United States Army Retired

 

Passion Drives Perfection.

If you don’t care about a task,

It is unlikely that you’ll excel at it.

 

Army of Christ
http://undergodscommand.wordpress.com/

 

Army of Christ

https://gary007446.wordpress.com/

 
Living Waters, Odenton MD

http://www.thewaters.tv/

 

The Way of Life Church of Hanover Maryland
http://101020.agchurches.org/

St. Mark United Methodist Church

http://www.stmarkhanover.com/

 

Abundant Life Church of Glen Burnie Maryland
http://abundantlifechurch.us/index.html

Spirit of Faith Christain Center of Maryland
http://www.spiritoffaith.org/home.htm
 

Our Daily Bread (Daily Devotional Guide)

http://www.rbc.org/odb/odb.shtml

 

 


Holding to Tightly – Charles Stanley

Holding Too Tightly

http://www.intouch.org/broadcast/this-week-on-tv

Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: Luke 12:13-21
I. God is the Source of every blessing: But when we treasure His gifts more than our relationships with Him, He sometimes has to strip away some of those benefits. As Life Principle #19 says, anything you hold too tightly, you will lose. This truth is illustrated by the parable of the rich man, found in Luke 12:13-21.

II. There is more to life than living for yourself.

A. In the parable, God blessed a rich man with abundance. But the one who received this great provision failed to acknowledge the Lord as its source. In arrogance, he planned to take life easy, but God ended his life that very night (Luke 12:13-21).

B. It is foolish to ignore our Maker and think only of what we can experience, achieve, or accumulate (Luke 12:15). Example: An elderly man challenged his grandson to think about eternal goals, not just material ones.

III. What do people hold too tightly?

A. Relationships—A sure way to destroy a relationship is to smother or try to control someone.

B. Goals and dreams—We should ask the Lord to show us which goals to pursue.

C. The past—One of the most destructive things you can cling to is the past.

D. Old hurts—Surrender those difficulties, heartaches, and problems to the Lord.

E. Wrong ideas and perceptions—Every thought should be tested against the Word of God

F. Timing—We must learn to submit to God’s schedule.

G. Possessions—We should be careful not to make anything into an idol.

IV. Benefits of Intimacy with the Father

A. Stability. In the midst of life’s storms, a solid relationship with God is your anchor.

B. Security. You can have the assurance that He is always with you, ready to help in any situation or circumstance.

C. Serenity. Intimacy gives you quietness and peace in your spirit, no matter what happens. You can trust that the Lord will guide you through difficulty.

D. Sensitivity. God will give you greater spiritual understanding and increased awareness to the needs of others. .

V. Biblical Examples

A. Some people believe that Judas betrayed Christ in hopes of forcing Him to take military action and set up an earthly kingdom.

B. Pilate agreed to have Jesus crucified because he feared losing political power.

C. King Saul relentlessly pursued David, who had been anointed as the next king.

D. Peter tried to protect the Lord, even when his good intentions hindered Christ’s divine mission.

E. Potiphar’s wife forfeited all interaction with Joseph when her false accusations put him in jail.

F. When the children of Israel tried to hoard manna, it always spoiled.

V. Biblical Examples

A. Fear of loss—Remember that if God gives you something, He can guard it for you.

B. Failure to trust God—When we start to love His gifts more than we love Him, we lose our contentment and joy.

C. Pride—We can grasp our positions, possessions, or prominence in a way that deeply hurts other people.

D. Wrong sense of values—Many folks place too much importance on worldly goals, such as accumulating wealth. Don’t let anything ruin your relationship with God.

E. Jealousy—Do you ever wish you could have someone else’s looks, accomplishments, or wealth? Most likely, you wouldn’t be prepared for it. God gives each of us what we are equipped to handle.

V. Biblical Examples

A. When we make anything a higher priority than our relationship with the Lord, He sees it as competition.

B. God will target whatever comes between Him and us.

C. The Lord may allow us to experience brokenness so that we turn from sin. He doesn’t want any idol to hinder our fellowship with Him.

V. How can you release your grip?

A. Begin by recognizing that God is not first in your life.

B. Then ask Him, “How much of my time, thoughts, or energy do I put towards this item, position, or person?”

C. Acknowledge that you devote more time and energy to something other than the Lord.

D. Decide to put everything in its proper place. Let Jesus be first, and He will help you arrange all other priorities.

VI. Conclusion:Is the Lord the most important person in your life? Don’t fixate on your own objectives and thereby miss out on His blessings and purpose for you.

I pray that you will make the Lord top priority. Open your hands and let Him have what you’re holding. When you allow God to be number one in your life, the blessings will flow beyond human explanation.

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Christmas Celebration

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Sunday’s Service – Testimonies of the Saints

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God’s Gift Of Grace

We Need Air
By Jamie Carte
This week’s topic: God’s Gift Of Grace

What are you facing today? Is it a dead-end at work that you’ve given your all on and it still seems you won’t be able to finish? Is it a spouse that you’ve prayed for, for such a long time and it just doesn’t seem he or she will ever come to God? Has a doctor given you a report that is not what you expected and you now feel like all hope is drained from your mind and body? Have you recently received a phone call from a family member that has told you someone in your family is involved in sin . . . again?

Have you been betrayed by someone you trusted that you never thought would ever deceive you? Have you been laid off from work or have you been looking for a job for a very long time? Has your child disconnected from you, walking away from God more and more with every passing day? Do you just need to know that you’re not alone? Then let God encourage you and remind you that He’s working on your case! He says that when you’re in over your head, when the waters of life and people are throwing you and your feelings around, you will not drown! You will not lose your breath and suffocate in your situation! When your circumstances are screaming at you that they will not change, remember God, and you have the last Word! And when it appears that there’s only ONE WAY your situation is going to get better and that way out, or in, is not happening, God will open another door and make another way through!

If you are smothering by what seems to be a dark hole that you are deeply in, then know that God will take your condition of being in that tight, hard place and blast open a new tunnel, a new route and a new way for you! You are never too deep, too low or too far away for Him to grab you, rescue you, free you, or change you and your circumstances. His Grace is amazing. You are most definitely not too far for Him to save you, the ones around you and conditions facing you.

You are not alone. Give Jesus your life today. Give Him you — and your situation — and breathe again in Him. Receive The Breath of Life today, because in this life on planet Earth, we all need Him. We all need air!

Scripture Of The Day: “When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end – because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.” – Isaiah 43: 2-3 (MSG)