When people talk about faith, most of the time they are actually talking about works. they are talking about doing things—confessing the word, doing this or that—thinking all the while that they will move god. we are into works, not faith, when we call attention to what we have done in order to get god to do something.
but faith can’t bring to pass something that god hasn’t provided. faith receives what god has provided already. when we understand this, we take all the struggle out of faith. how much better would life be if we knew we didn’t have to struggle for the things god wants us to have?
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Let my soul live to praise you, and let your ordinances help me. (psalm 119:175)
yesterday i reflected on gratitude and appreciation and today, praise. this short verse from psalm 119 packs a lot of punch in this regard. praise and ordinances or rules: two things we don’t consider together very often. .
to praise the lord is to worship and honor the one who gave us the rules; actually, the one who made up the rules! rules can be seen as infringing on our freedoms but, in my experience, they give structure to an otherwise unfettered world. and lord knows, we need that. i need that! so yesterday we counted our blessings; today we praise and honor the one who has blessed us... not just with freedom but with constraint. .
lord, you are the source and summit of all that is good in our world. thank you for making up the rules that encourage us become the saints you intend us to be. pray with me 🙏🏼
I'm going off instagram till 20th =) so hang tight! ~~~this little quote reminds me not to crumble under the weight of my burdens. but rather to submit to someone who promised to take care of them for me :)
🍒the word for today.
🍒god bless you is loaded! speaking them releases god’s blessing into our lives. when you say, god bless you, god backs you up because his word says, "whenever you bless people in my name, i myself will bless them."
🚩i say to you all, "god bless you!"
🍒have a blessed day🙏🏼. #thewordfortoday#devotion#scripture#godblessyou#bible#stellaprogy
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Believe in the lord and savior jesus christ! give your life to him! repent and believe the gospel! ➡️“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in christ jesus,”
romans 3:23-24 ➡️“for "everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved."”
romans 10:13 ➡️“and they said, "believe in the lord jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."”
acts 16:31 ➡️“and saying, "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of god is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."”
mark 1:15 ➡️“jesus said to him, "i am the way, and the truth, and the life. no one comes to the father except through me.”
john 14:6 ➡️“for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 corinthians 5:7 ➡️“and we know that the son of god has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his son jesus christ. he is the true god and eternal life.”
1 john 5:20 ➡️“for by grace you have been saved through faith. and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of god, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
ephesians 2:8-9 ➡️“jesus said to her, "i am the resurrection and the life. whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. do you believe this?"”
beyond the rewards, testimonies and praises from all your accomplishments in this outgoing year, there will still come the moment when you, despite all such accomplishment and achievements, will have to face the "i am.".
when you do, how will it be?
achievements, fame, wealths, etc. without god factor is a great loss in eternity!
I will praise you as long as i live, and in your name i will lift up my hands.
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my life and my future is in the palm of your hands jesus. i trust you to lead the way. wherever you go i will follow.
strengthen our feet so that we may be able to walk by faith and not by sight. guide our paths and make it straight. just like a shepherd leads his flock, lead us your children into the way of life. help us to hear your voice clearly and be obedient to what you call us to do.
for you will never lead us astray so help us not to trust in our own understanding but with all our heart trust in your ways. for your purpose for our lives will never lead us where your grace doesn’t cover.
wherever you lead us, wherever you go, we will follow. 🙏🏾♥️ .
post inspiration: song by pat barrett - hymn of the holy spirit/i will follow.
once jesus was asked by the pharisees when the kingdom of god was coming, and he answered, "the kingdom of god is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, 'look, here it is!' or 'there it is!' for, in fact, the kingdom of god is among you." then he said to the disciples, "the days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the son of man, and you will not see it. they will say to you, 'look there!' or 'look here!' do not go, do not set off in pursuit. for as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the son of man be in his day. but first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation." •some thoughts on today's scripture•
the disciples eagerly await the coming of the kingdom. for us, the death and resurrection of jesus mean that the kingdom is already within our reach: ‘behold, the kingdom of god is among you’. it is already present through the teaching and healing ministry of jesus.
wherever we give or receive true love, kindness, gentleness, compassion, generosity, we experience the kingdom.
📖 deuteronomy 32:1-12 (http://ow.ly/u3qk50w8glh)
key verse: he shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye (v.10).
“god is like an eyelid,” my friend ryley said, and i blinked in surprise. what did she mean by that? “tell me more,” i said.
we had been looking up surprising pictures of god in the bible, things like god as a woman giving birth (isa. 42:14) or as a bee-keeper (7:18), but this one was new to me. ryley pointed me to deuteronomy 32, where moses praises the way god takes care of his people. verse 10 says that god shields and protects his people, guarding them “as the apple of his eye”.
but the word we translate as apple, ryley told me, actually means pupil (as in the centre of the eye). and what covers and guards the pupil? the eyelid, of course! god is like the eyelid, which protects the eye in an instant. the eyelid guards the eye from danger, and by blinking helps remove dirt or dust. it keeps sweat out of the eye. it keeps the eyeball moist and healthy. and it closes, bringing rest.
as i think about the picture of god as an eyelid, i couldn’t help but thank god for the many images he’s given us to help us understand his love for us. when we close our eyes at night and open them in the morning, we can think of god, and praise him for his loving protection and care.
thinking it over . . . what is your favourite image or description of god in the bible? why?
when you blink, remember to thank god for his protection.
Pensez-vous qu'il est capable de vivre sans jésus. pensez-vous qu'il est capable d'être une bonne personne sans jésus. pensez-vous tout simplement qu'il est capable d'avoir une vie paisible sans jésus ?
je pense qu'il ne faut pas être comme les apôtres sur la mer qui avait peur tant que jésus était endormi à leurs yeux.
malgré les péripéties de votre vie vous pouvez avoir une vie paisible. vivre sur un fleuve tranquille ayez pour barque jésus comme boussole jésus. il a dit lui-même il est le chemin la vérité et la vie
Ahhhh when i tell you that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that jesus is lord! until then i love you🥰and i just love this!!! 🔥🔥🔥 i’m excited about what god is doing in this generation, that the next generation is going to talk about! until china comes in, the middle east comes in, and russia comes in… god ain’t coming back! let’s keep pushing the enemy back & bring in these souls!!! the people are our harvest! #1billionsouls •