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2 Chron. 20:17
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”
Some years ago a young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job. "That depends," replied the foreman. "Let’s see you trim this tree." The young man stepped forward and skillfully trimmed a great tree. Impressed, the foreman exclaimed, "Start Monday!"
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday rolled by, and Thursday afternoon the foreman approached the young man and said, "You can pick up your paycheck on the way out today." Startled, he replied, "I thought you paid on Friday." "Normally we do," answered the foreman, "but we’re letting you go today because you’ve fallen behind. Our daily trimming charts show that you’ve dropped from first place on Monday to last on Wednesday."
"But I’m a hard worker," the young man objected. "I arrive first, leave last, and even have worked through my coffee breaks!"
The foreman, sensing the boy’s integrity thought for a minute and then asked, "Have you been sharpening your ax?"
The young man replied, "I’ve been working too hard to take the time."
When we go through life without seeking God’s direction and His plan for our lives we are a lot like that young man. Our efforts become powerless and fruitless but when we seek God’s direction, follow His plan and let Him reveal His power, nothing can stop us. So for Victorious living for 2013, seek Jesus.
Happy New Year and Victorious living
Love You, Pastor Handy
Don’t spend major time with minor people. If there are people in your life that continually disappoint you, break promises, stomp on your dreams, too judgmental, have different values and don’t have your back during difficult times...that is not a friend. To have a friend, you must be a friend.
Sometimes in life as you grow, your friends will either grow or go. Surround yourself with people who reflect values, goals, interests and lifestyle. When I think of any of my successes in this life, I am first of all thankful to God who placed people, family and friends that enriched my life.
I love the Lord and thank Him for all that He does in my life and the Morning Star Church Family therefore, I’m taking this time to say thank you and pray that God will continue to richly bless us in our endeavors to serve Him more in this New Year.
Yes I love Jesus, because He is my Savior and source of my existence. He keeps me functioning each and everyday. Without Him, I will be nothing. without Him I am nothing, but with Him, I can do
If you love Jesus, Be POSITIVE – Be PROGRESSIVE – Take the time to make a positive difference in someone’s life.
Walk by faith - Not by sight - That is how you receive God’s blessings!
Happy New Year!
“For unto you is born this day in the city of
Are You Ready for Christmas? Or, should I say, “Are you ready for the holidays?” There is a difference, you know. Christmas is a celebration, an observation of an event in history. The holidays are a celebration of traditions and man-made affairs.
This is what we have come to know as the holidays, an event that begins on Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Day. The word “holiday” itself means “holy day”, which is a day set aside for religious or secular celebration. It is a day that emphasized giving and sharing and promotes unity and love for our fellow man.
Somehow, Christmas was swallowed up by the holiday. The true meaning of Christmas was strangled by the traditions of men to celebrate a holiday rather than to observe the birth of our Savior.
We love the holidays. We love the eating, the gifts, the decorations, the family gatherings, the vacation time, the time off from work, the time off from school, the food, the baking, the shopping, the pushing, the shoving, the noise, the chaos, the pandemonium that comes with the holidays.
We must love it, because we are willing to get up at 3:00 a.m. on “Black Friday”, to be at Wal-Mart at 6:00 a.m. to find the best deals for that Christmas present, just to turn around the day after Christmas and stand in line for hours in the “return items only” line to exchange that perfect gift. We must love it. We’re willing to go through all the stress and strain of celebrating this holiday. But why? I can say without any hesitation that we are looking for happiness.
But our focus shouldn’t be on material and commercial things. Our minds and hearts should look back to memory of the event that took place on this day and the reality of what our Lord and Savior accomplished by being born to save all mankind.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”. Ephesians 2:8
Do you have all your shopping done yet? There are some folks that are hard to shop for:
- First of all, you have no idea what they need or want.
- Second, you don't know what size or color they like.
- They are just plain picky (Years ago, I made the mistake of buying a green suit for my wife- guess what? she never wore it)
But, God knows exactly what we need. He gives us good and perfect gifts. Just to help us keep our spiritual perspective in these last days leading up to Christmas let us be reminded of some of God's gifts to us.
1. The gift of the Savior.
2. The gift of salvation.
3. The gift of the Holy Spirit.
4. The gifts of grace.
It was the week before Christmas. Parking spaces were hard to come by. There were long lines, crowded stores, rude people, and grossly inflated prices. In one long checkout line, one man was heard to say, "They should kill the guy who started Christmas." One wise and godly woman in the line said, "They did- they hung Him on a cross." Therein lies the
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you”. Proverbs 4:23-25
Spiritual vision is our capacity to see clearly what God wants us to do and to see the world from his point of view. But this spiritual insight can be easily clouded. Self-serving desires, interests, and goals block that vision. Serving God is the best way to restore it. A “good” eye is one that is fixed on God.
Our heart—our feelings of love and desire—dictates to a great extent how we live because we always find time to do what we enjoy. Solomon tells us to guard our heart above all else, making sure we concentrate on those desires that will keep us on the right path. Make sure your affections push you in the right direction. Put boundaries on your desires: don’t go after everything you see. Look straight ahead, keep your eyes fixed on your goal, and don’t get sidetracked on detours that lead to sin.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. Romans 12:2
Did you know God has good, pleasing, and perfect plans for his children? He wants us to be transformed people with renewed minds, living to honor and obey him. Because he wants only what is best for us, and because he gave his Son to make our new lives possible, we should joyfully give ourselves as living sacrifices for his service.
The world wants to control your mind, but God wants to transform your mind. The world wants to change your mind, so it exerts pressure from without. But the Holy Spirit changes your mind by releasing power from within. If the world controls your thinking, you are a conformer; if God controls your thinking, you are a transformer.
Don’t become a conformer, today you need to become a transformer by the renewing of your mind. God transforms our minds and makes us spiritually minded by using His Word. As you spend time meditating on God's Word, memorizing it, and making it a part of your inner man, God will gradually make your mind more spiritual.
"That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." -Ephesians 4:22-24
People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live. We are to live as children of light in a dark and evil world. We are to leave behind the old life of sin, since we have become followers of Christ.
Living the Christian life is a process. Although we have a new nature, we don't automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Christ.
But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time. As you look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes and actions? Although change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you. I do believe that many of us are not trusting God for change because I still see some attitudes that are in need of a "Divine change". Please stop looking at others and look at your own self. "A change, a change! A wonderful change has come over me!" Can you truthfully say that?
“Now the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land." - Joshua 8:1-2
Please note the words, “have given” meaning it is already done by the power of God. In Him, and by His power, we can do all things, because He is doing it.
Joshua, with the help of the LORD conquered and destroyed
You may be asking what does that have to do with us today? Well there is a spiritual application for us. Just like Ai was their enemy, we have enemies that we deal with daily. They are: the world, the devil, and the flesh, the biggest of them all. All these enemies can be defeated, if they are handled according to the word of God.
These verses in Joshua teach us that: we can have victory, if we really want it!
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