April 19, 2019 Verse Of The Day

Philippians 4_13

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What does sufficient mean to you? (guest post)

 

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My wonderful wife, Cammie, wrote this little article on the day we had to say goodbye to a very dear man of God. 

Ponderings from my heart today as we said goodbye to a dear friend today…

What does Sufficient mean to you? The Bible says that God’s grace is sufficient for us. But do we really know what that means? Webster defines sufficient like this, Sufficient: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end. That doesn’t sound like a permanent solution to me. To me is sounds like a day by day situation, like in The Lord’s Prayer. Give us this day our daily bread. Sounds like a walk by faith to me. That is so counter-culture though. Aren’t we supposed to have a 5, 10 or 15 year plan? Goals are fine but to be so wrapped up in the plan, that isn’t freedom in Christ. God has it all under control. Trust Him.

I think instead of sufficiency we crave security in tangible things. Things will fade though.
Webster defines security as, : the quality or state of being secure: such as the freedom from fear in any situation. However, if you’re a Christian your security rests in Christ not man. Also counter-culture. God didn’t create us so we could walk securely through life without a thought because then we would not need faith. He created us to love and obey him out of our own free will. To seek His plan. The End. That is our job.

So BE ENCOURAGED whatever you are going through because God’s grace IS sufficient and there in lies your security.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges (Guest Post)

Here is a devotional I read a few days ago by Denise Pass that really spoke to me. I think it is something that everyone needs to hear once in a while. 
Daily Devotion – Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

 

It might start with a whisper to your soul. A nudge in your heart. We get uncomfortable in our spirit and sense God is leading us in a new direction. But we do not want to budge. Really, we don’t. We might rationalize that it was just indigestion or those silly emotions, but the nudge continues.

Or perhaps God gets our attention a little more blatantly. This can often be the case with me, when I stubbornly cling to what I know instead of the one Who knows my soul best. It is what we do in those moments of revelation, when we pause long enough to look up and ask God for direction, that can make all the difference in the world.

We tend to be….

To read the rest of the article, and other great articles she has written at Denise’s blog page: Daily Devotion–Having The Courage To Budge When God Nudges

How The Truth Sets Us Free (guest)

Here is a small part of a post from Michael Young that I follow. I encourage you to follow the link at the end and read the rest of this great post. Check out his site and see some other great posts that he has written.

How the Truth Sets Us Free

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“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV)

This is a common saying among many believers and non-believers alike. I’ve used it many times. Though, to be honest, I just thought it sounded good…and spiritual. You know, Jesus said it, so it must mean something. But I really never put much thought into it. That is, until I was doing some journaling Sunday afternoon.

I recently started a writing project that I hope will turn into a book. In it, I’m exploring how we can each see Christ working in our very own lives–right there on paper, in black and white–by going through our own lives and looking for Him there. (More on this to come some time later.) Anyway, so I was looking back through my last few months, looking for the ‘fingerprints of God’, and boom! I hit paydirt!

Here is the link to read the rest of the post: How The Truth Sets Us Free

Homeless: Sheep VS Goats (Guest Blog)

Here is a blog by Glenn Kaiser, who I follow. He puts out some very good points on homelessness and believers. Please check out his blog. 

Homeless: Sheep Vs. Goats

With permission, I snuck in and sat in the back (next to my wife!) of a kind friend’s seminar on homelessness today. “Snuck in” because it was Deeply Rooted, a women’s fellowship, worship and teaching gathering.

I had no idea Beth was going to discuss The Bonus Army [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army ] or key issues of African-Americans immediately after the American Civil War as elements of history to help us understand homelessness.

Indeed, today, Veteran’s Day in the U.S., far too many vets are in deep trouble!

Jesus in Matthew chapter 25 lists 6 things we need to be concerned with if we profess to love God and neighbor; indeed if our attitudes and choices reflect being one of His or not:

To read the rest of the article please go to: Homeless: Sheep VS. Goats

When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good (Guest Blog)

Minister Aldtric Johnson wrote this excellent post on being smart in your own way. 

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It’s amazing to me that God is humble enough to allow those He created in His image to attain enough knowledge and wisdom of this world to decide that He is not real.

Some of us can allow the aspects of being created in His image to become a stumbling block..

Please read the rest of the article at: When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good…