God Cares

God Cares

Psalms‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”

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Yah know when the Bible says, ‘Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart,’ it’s really true. Some of my most enjoyable moments came during my most difficult trials. God not only provided my needs He gave me things He know I like. Sometimes these came in the form of knowledge on how to acquire them without paying the normal high price.💰 He didn’t have to do that. I’m sure many of you have similar experiences.😊

But what if we don’t get what we want as fast as we want it? Does this mean God doesn’t care? Of course not. Let’s take for example the desire for a husband or a wife. These are honorable desires. But some may feel like since it hasn’t happened yet maybe God doesn’t care about them. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact not having a spouse yet could be an expression of God’s love. ❤️ Sometimes we’re not quite ready as we may think. And besides we’re not talking about owning a new pair of sneakers here, or a new smart phone, etcetera. We’re talking being joined together for life to another human being! That’s huge! Marriage is no light matter. It shouldn’t be viewed like getting a new car or even buying a house. This is way more serious.🤔

Let’s fight hard not to let disappointments😞 trick us into believing God doesn’t care about us. He does care. Look at all the trouble He went through to redeem us through His son Jesus. Not only did He die for us He was TORTURED on our behalf. Is that a God who doesn’t care about you and me? He loves us more than we can know. The truth is we need to LEARN how to love God.😊

1 John 5:3 KJV “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

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Renovate Your Mind

Renovate Your Mind

Revelation 3:20 KJV “Behold, I STAND AT THE DOOR, AND KNOCK: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

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What we think about🤔 opens doors and closes them in the spirit realm.🚪

Isaiah 26:3 KJV “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose MIND IS STAYED ON THEE: because he trusteth in thee.”

When our minds are, “Stayed on thee,” our door is wide open to God. We are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.😊 This results in perfect peace and eternal life. Doing this also securely shuts our door to the Devil. Ask yourself, “What do I think about most? What is constantly on my mind? Stuff about this life? Or the things of God?” These a very important questions. Because what we think about determines our destiny:

Romans‬ ‭8:6-7‬ ‭HCSB “For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so.”

The mind is a powerful thing. Listen to how God described the mindset of everyone in Noah’s day:

Genesis 6:5 KJV “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that EVERY IMAGINATION OF THE THOUGHTS of his heart was ONLY EVIL continually.”

God said, ‘Every imagination of the thoughts of mankind’s heart in Noah’s day was ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY.’😳 They had no good thoughts? Their minds were corrupt 24/7? That’s what God said. The world back then was an open playground for the dark side. (Genesis 6:1-7) Man’s wickedness was, “Great in the earth.” Interestingly our schools never taught us about how wicked things were in Noah’s day.🤔 Could it be because our days are similar? Did you know that Jesus said when he returns the world will be as it was in the days of Noah. (Matthew 24:37-39) Most have no idea just how wicked things were back then. Man was wicked enough to provoke God to destroy the whole world in a flood. God says when Jesus returns He will destroy this evil world by fire. (2 Peter 3:6-7) Mankind’s wickedness is great again in the earth. His mind is totaly corrupt.

Are our minds garbage dumps? Which side of the spirit realm are we opening doors to by what we think about?🤔 Has this world’s entertainment fooled us? If you look up the etymology of the word, “Entertainment,” you will find that word means to go inside of (enter), and control the mind. What?😲 That’s right. Is this world’s wicked music, movies, and other forms of media going inside of and controlling our minds? Or is my mind being renewed daily by the word of God?😊

Romans 12:2 HCSB “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

A mind not renewed by God can not discern God’s will. And that’s exactly why Satan wants to control our minds. He doesn’t want us to open the door and let Jesus in. No, he wants full, inhibited access to us. Satan wants our minds to become amusement parks for him and his demons. He will entertain us in order to achieve this. He will make raping our minds, our hearts, and our souls, seem like fun. Reject wicked, worldly entertainment that dishonors God. It is harming us though it feels good momentarily.

“REPENT” IS NOT A CURSE WORD

Did you know that the word, “Repent,” used in the Bible literally means to change one’s mind? To change one’s way of thinking? Yes, check the Greek etymology of the word. The Devil has made, “Repent,” sound like a curse word. Whenever people hear, “Repent,” all kinds of wild, scary ideas pop into their heads. This is partly because people don’t know what the word means. All God is asking people everywhere to do is change their mindset (Repent). The same way we change a channel on a T.V. set with God’s help we can change our mindset. Repentance is a decision. When one changes one’s mind one’s actions follow. God is asking us to examine ourselves, our thoughts, our ways, and be honest with ourselves. If we are truly honest we will recognize we have sinned against a Holy God. None of us have done what is right all the time. (Ecclesiastes 7:20) In fact some of us will admit we’ve done wrong most of the time. If we humbly admit this to God in prayer asking for His forgiveness, and let Him know we want and need Him in our lives, do you know that GOD WILL FORGIVE US? No matter what we’ve done?😊 (Proverbs 28:13)

The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Since all have sinned all legally deserve to die. But the good news is Jesus paid our sin debt when He died for us on the cross. That’s a debt we don’t legally have to pay.😊 ANYONE WHO BELIEVES in this provision from God (what Jesus did for us on the cross) can be forgiven for ALL their sins and wicked thoughts, and have eternal life!😊

If you haven’t done so I encourage you to ask God in prayer for His forgiveness of all your misdeeds and sins. Believe that Jesus paid your sin debt so you won’t have to in hell. Thank God for His mercy and ask Him to come into your heart and life. If you sincerely do this He will let you know you are truly forgiven. And He will let you know what to do next. Don’t worry just trust Him.😊

John 3:16 HCSB “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

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A Sign On A Fire Truck

A Sign On A Fire Truck

1 Corinthians 1:13 KJV “Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”

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Earlier this week I had a dream. I saw a white sign on a fire truck. The truck was moving and the sign on top of the truck was as big as the truck. As I got closer to the fire truck I was able to see what was written on the sign. It read, “1 Corinthians 1:13.” I woke up wondering what the dream meant. I knew the dream was from God. I prayed for interpretation and read 1 Corinthians 1:13, which reads:

1 Corinthians 1:13 AMP “Has Christ been divided [into different parts]? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Paul? [Certainly not!]”

“Has Christ been divided [into different parts]?” I discerned that God was talking to me about divisions in the church. He is definitely not happy about it. I also reflected on a church split I went through recently with people I’ve known for 30 plus years!😲 “1 Corinthians 1:13,” sitting on a fire truck. As I prayed for interpretation my mind shifted to, what does the fire truck represent? What do fire trucks do? They’re used to put out fires and help save lives. The more I prayed and asked God for understanding I knew that God was telling me just as a fire truck puts out raging fires, obeying what 1 Corinthians 1:13 encourages– UNITY IN THE BODY not divisions–will put out God’s fiery judgment🔥 that is coming on all who cause divisions in the body of Christ. God was letting me know He didn’t want anyone to burn. Neither should we. And I also believe God was telling me to, ‘Use the gifts I have given you to warn people in the church. Help put out the fire, help save some lives like a good fireman.’ (Jude 1:22-23)

I also began to discern from this dream that I should not feel immune from God’s fiery judgment. Let’s say you or I have a falling out with a brother or sister and to the best of our knowledge we’ve done all we can to resolve matters peacefully. After we’ve done our part we should not feel proud because of this or careless about what happens to those who’ve fallen. First of all we may have done our best only according to OUR KNOWLEDGE. What if we missed a step that God requires when it comes to reconciling with a brother or sister? (Matthew 18:15-17 Matthew 5:22-24). And even if we know we have followed the scriptures in this regard we should still examine ourselves carefully and prayerfully to BE SURE we did everything according to the word of God and not our emotions.

When someone falls and stops following the Lord this is a very sad thing. Some believe that if a person stops serving God they were never following Him in the first place. If that’s true in every case how could this passage written by the Holy Spirit be true?

2 Peter 2:20‭-‬22 NET “For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than, having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb: “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and “A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.”

Passages like this and others make it plain that some were following God who turned away from following Him. (Hebrews 10:38-39) The dog left it’s vomit but then returned to it. The sow was washed, cleansed by Jesus, but now is wallowing in the mud. You know what’s really scary about all of this? Any of us can do the same thing and think we are still serving God.😲 That’s what has happened to MANY who have separated themselves and cause divisions among true believers. Satan has tricked them into thinking they are right and between them and God things are ok.👌Oh the sad words so many will hear on Judgment Day! Let’s do our best to be sure we are not one of these:

Matthew 7:21‭-‬23 HCSB “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’

May we never be deceived to believe we can serve God how we want to, by our emotions, and not according to scripture. I know we all get on each other’s nerves sometimes but this is not a reason to split up as a church or stop fellowshiping with one another. I’m reminded of Peter who once asked Jesus, ‘Lord how many times am I to forgive my brother when he sins against me, up to seven times?’ And Jesus answered him, ‘No, up to SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)

May we individually and as a church put out God’s fiery judgement which is coming on all who claim to belong to him but refuse to love one another and be united in the Spirit. May we continue to examine ourselves carefully and prayerfully in this regard:

Colossians 3:13 NET “Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.

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