Think on these Things : The Door of Full Surrender

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“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

I was recently sitting with the leader of a workplace organization as he described a question he poses to workplace believers. “What if there were two doors to choose from; behind one door was the complete will of God for your life and behind the other door was how life could be according to your own preference. Which door would you choose?” The struggle for most lies in the desire to follow God completely and the fear of what might be behind the door of full surrender. Most of us desire to follow God, but few of us will do it at any cost. We do not really believe that God loves us to the degree that we are willing to give Him complete permission to do as He wills in us.

If we desire to fully walk with Christ, there is a cost. We may give intellectual assent and go along with His principles and do fine; however, if we are fully given over to Him and His will for our life, it will be a life that will have adversity.

The Bible is clear that humans do not achieve greatness without having their sinful will broken. This process is designed to create a nature change in each of us, not just a habit change. The Bible calls it circumcision. Circumcision is painful, bloody, and personal.

If God has plans to greatly use you in the lives of others, you can expect your trials to be even greater than those of others. Why? Because, like Joseph who went through greater trials than most patriarchs, your calling may have such responsibility that God cannot afford to entrust it to you without ensuring your complete faithfulness to the call. He has much invested in you on behalf of others. He may want to speak through your life to a greater degree than through another. The events of your life would become the frame for the message He wants to speak through you.

Do not fear the path that God may lead you on. Embrace it. For God may bring you down a path in your life to ensure the reward of your inheritance. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:17)

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

2017 Testimony: The Tides of Trials

The Life of a 21st Century Prophet
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For over a year now God has been impressing on me to create christian videos, vlogging. I started in earnest recently, allowing him to lead me and take away my insecurities about being in front of a camera and just do them. I created the YouTube channel and shared on social media ‘Gospel Bite with Denise Fyffe’.

Then, I felt led to create them for Instagram and via my WordPress website Revealing the Christian Life. I posted the first two and yesterday, my phone went missing.

Its been a rough couple months, the tides of trials have been rocking my ship and its hard going. Every aspect of my life is a battlefield, spiritual warfare tun up! Primarily my relationship, then my job, then my mental state. I have had to be holding to Jehovah for my life.

I hold on to God for He has already won it for me. This morning, I doubled up on Jehovah’s love, anointed myself and continued with the videos using whatever I had. The devil is roaring and prowling seeking whom he may devour, but Thank God that wont be me, in Jesus name.

I will continue to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, using whatever means He permits.

– Author Poetess Denise Fyffe

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved · Denise N. Fyffe

Think on these things: The Works of the Flesh

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The Works of the Flesh

We’ve all heard someone say, “He’s a self-made man.” What are they saying in this statement? Are they saying that this individual achieved success by his hard work and sweat? Many a person has achieved success through honest hard work. There is a danger for any of us who may have achieved significance through our work. That danger is the belief that we achieved it through our own efforts apart from God’s grace and mercy. When we live in this belief, we assert that we are entitled to certain rights and privileges because of the position we have earned and feel we deserve.

The prodigal son’s brother who refused to celebrate the wayward son’s return was a man who felt he was entitled to certain rights. He saw himself as one who had been faithful to his responsibilities and deserving of more attention. He could not appreciate his brother’s failure and the pain of falling into a sinful life because, in his mind, he had never failed. This pride kept him from experiencing God’s real grace. This is how legalism develops in believers. It grows into a cold heart and an insensitive attitude toward others who may have stumbled in their lives. This same brother did not truly understand the love of his father apart from works; for he felt he gained acceptance only by doing his job.

Do you feel accepted by God, regardless of what you do? Have you wrongfully viewed your works as something you alone have achieved? These are the minefields of which each of us in business must be aware. God has gifted us to accomplish anything through His grace, not by our works.

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.'” Deuteronomy 8:17

 

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Godly woman – What it means to submit to God

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Being a godly woman does not mean that you give up all of your own ideas, opinions, desires, feelings, emotions, convictions, plans and dreams. It does mean that you submit all of yourself and all of these things to Christ and seek His will above your own.

Proverbs 3  (KJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Peaceful Single Girl

Being a godly woman does not mean that you give up all of your own ideas, opinions, desires, feelings, emotions, convictions, plans and dreams.  It does mean that you submit all of yourself and all of these things to Christ and seek His will above your own.  But – you will still be making a lot of choices for yourself – whether you are single or married.  It is important for you to be able to think for yourself, my sisters!

IF YOU ARE SINGLE:

You will need to be able to make decisions like –

  • Do you want to go to college? What should you major in? What is God’s will?
  • What does God desire you to do about a career?
  • Handling finances
  • Deciding where to go to church and how to serve and minister to others
  • Finding godly friends
  • Deciding how to best use your time to honor…

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Think on these things: Fiery Trials, have a purpose

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Everybody is either in a trial now or between trials. You have either just had one, you are going to have one, or you are having one. But why call it a “fiery” trial as Peter does? This is because by its light the fire reveals precisely what we are spiritually.

It is apparent, of course, that this only appeals to those who have a desire to be godly.

These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. —1 Peter 1:7

Excerpted from When God Says “Well Done!” (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1993).

Morning Meditation: Changing Besetting Habits

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The $10 Challenge

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” – John 8:34

“I hate being late,” my friend lamented. “It has been a problem for me all my life.”

“Do you really want to change that?” I asked.

“Yes, I do.”

“All right. Every time you are late to work or anywhere else where you have committed to be at a particular time you must give me $25.”

“No way!” my friend responded. “I would go broke! But I will do $10.”

“All right, $10 it is. It has to be a large enough amount of money for it to hurt your pocketbook.”

“Believe me, that will hurt,” my friend said. About a month later my friend found great motivation to be on time to every place she had to be. In the first week, I got only $10 from my friend. The next week, $20. The third week, nothing. By the fifth week, my friend had changed a lifelong habit that had hindered her all her life. In order for my friend not to be resentful of me for the money she had to give, we put it in a jar to be given to some other Christian cause. This ensured my motive was only for her best interest.

Some might be reading this now and say it is legalism. For my friend it was freedom. For the first time she had some means of changing a behavior that had caused her problems in relationships and her own work habits. Psychologists tell us that it takes 21 days to form a habit. So, if you need to change some habit, you need to be actively engaged in that new behavior at least 21 days. My friend needed help to change a habit she didn’t like about herself. It took another individual to hold her accountable, and it took a potential loss of something to provide the added incentive.

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

Morning Meditation: God’s Word has not changed on Homosexuality.

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God’s Word has not changed.

If 10,000 pastors declared they were #gay tomorrow, it would not change the truth of the #Bible one iota. If 10,000 worship leaders declared that God had made them gay, it would not change a single scriptural truth.

As I have emphasized repeatedly, despite the increasing number of professing “gay Christians”–-by which I mean those who claim that you can follow Jesus and practice homosexuality at the same time–there are “no new textual, archaeological, sociological, anthropological or philological discoveries [that] have been made in the last 50 years that would cause us to read any of these biblical texts differently.”

And so, once more, we see the fundamental error of “gay Christianity,” namely, people interpreting the Bible through the lens of their sexuality rather than interpreting their sexuality through the lens of the Bible….

via How Should We Respond to Vicky Beeching? by Micheal Brown

Morning Meditation: Importance of understanding Spiritual Warfare

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Spiritual Warfare

Over the past several decades we have watched as good, upstanding leaders in our churches have been destroyed by Satan’s strongholds in their lives. It appears to me that many of today’s Christians do not realize the importance of spiritual warfare, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) We must take a stand against it and carry out the teachings from God’s Word, for without Jesus and His power we are nothing. Left to our own devices, we shall perish, and this world’s time is very short.

Truth and Love from God's Word

Over the past several decades we have watched as good, upstanding leaders in our churches have been destroyed by Satan’s strongholds in their lives. It appears to me that many of today’s Christians do not realize the importance of spiritual warfare, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) We must take a stand against it and carry out the teachings from God’s Word, for without Jesus and His power we are nothing. Left to our own devices, we shall perish, and this world’s time is very short.

I am nearly finished with a study that I feel strongly God led me to – the book, “Reflections of His Image” by Nancy Missler. In her book she shares an example of Spiritual Warfare Prayer that, if we…

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