YES!!! This is so important for you and me to know
and to follow!! We just can't blend in we've got to stand out
like a beautiful scented yellow rose-everyone admires it and
loves its scented petals.
1 John 1
New Living Translation (NLT)
1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,[a] whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.2 This
one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And
now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal
life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.3 We
proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that
you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ.4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.[b]
Living in the Light
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus[c] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.7 But
if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have
fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us
from all sin.
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+1&version=NLT
Yes, we all need to learn to love more. That
starts with an internal heart transformation and we can not bless
someone if we dont dare to care and share the air they breath to really
feel what life is like for them for real and then be there not with just
some money or stuff but with your time and shoulder to cry on or hand
to give n encouraging gesture. their's more to life than giving money
and so much more to people behind the crazy lifestyles look deeper and you might see a soul crying out for someone to really see them and to care to be a true friend.
Love Is the Greatest
13 If I could
speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I
would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of
prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans an
possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move
mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave
everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast
about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5
or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it
keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never
loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge
will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is
partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part
of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these
partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I
spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put
away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling
reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect
clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I
will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=NLT
I HOPE everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving
thursday and enjoy this time with your loved ones!! I am so very
thankful for my 2 handsome sons and wonferful husband who I adore and
all of our family! we get to have 2 thanksgiving meals one thursday n
one saturday how wonderfully blessed we are! i'm most thankful for my
salvation through Jesus Christ!! I love you Lord!
My Better Half Genesis 2:24 My husband is my anchor, He is the visible of all that Christ is by faith. He shows me unending love and forgiveness, His love is unconditional, And so is his heart towards me. He is the only one, Who goes beyond his limits And dares to care.
He gives me more than material needs and comforts, But most valuable: his time. He’s cried with me, laughed with me, Endured my anger, as I have his, And received my forgiveness, As many times as he’s forgiven me. He sees me for more than his lover & mate, But as his best friend and a helping hand. We’ve moved forward and two steps backwards together, But most important with Christ dwelling within And always together!
I've been studying all about couponing for the last week or so and I've even used some to save some money and get a few free things. I started out after watching TLC's Extreme Couponing and seeing how these extreme couponer's had all this free stuff that kept their family supplied and they donated alot to help out their community. A spark of inspiration drew within me. I've also seen people who spend 30-60 hours a week couponing and wear an ugly attitude and a very greedy spirit, cleaning shelves and taking out pallots filled with items they will not even use just because they could get it for free. So, as I considered everything that I observed I prayed and prayed only wanting to follow God's plans for me and for my family and then this sunday either the bible study teacher or pastor mentioned something about testing the spirits and a light-bulb went off in my brain....I haven't been doing this. It's like I forgot that this is so important! Test the Spirit's this alone would have saved me many bad thoughts and attitudes as of late. As I was praying this morning alone the Lord brought me to the very passage on Testing the Spirits: 1 John 4: 1-7 and after reading this passage to be honest it didn't really make much sense to me, but that's why we have the best teacher the Holy Spirit who had already given me understanding of testing the spirits to do with my personal life and so I will share 1 John 4:1-7 and then I will share my personal example from the best teacher I know the Holy Spirit.
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the
Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from
God. For there are many false prophets in the world.
This is the way to find out if they have the Spirit of God: If a
prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ became a human being, that person
has the Spirit of God.
If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from
God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that
he is going to come into the world, and he is already here.
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your
fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is
greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
These people belong to this world, so they speak from the world's viewpoint, and the world listens to them.
But we belong to God; that is why those who know God listen to us.
If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we
know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
Now, the example for my life is to do with the spirit around couponing on the TLC show. I observed many worldly spirits showing in these people: greed, idleness, lust of the flesh, and hording, selfishness, rudeness, etc. Also, I know that the Word of God says that we should not do our giving before man (or on the TLC Extreme Couponing show), that we should do it as unto God in secret so that our reward will come from Heaven not from Man. So, even if I got so ridiculously good at couponing that I could give all of Corsicana, TX a free deodorant....LOL!!! I shouldn't show off as if I'm so awesome-that is pride. I can however be proud and give glory and honor to God for putting this resource before me and that's true and would be okay to boast in the Lord and even help others in need with some of my stock of deodorant or anything else that I have an excess of. But, it's important that as we rely on the Living water for Life that we Honor God in everything that we are doing and ask Him how can I do this to honor you and to make you smile down on me from Heaven that is so much more important to me than doing things just for me I like to make Jesus smile on me because it's Him who gave me a new life and a purpose for living life! all comments and positive feedback are welcome. thanks and don't forget to say hi on my facebook page. Have a great day!! www.facebook.com/kimfincher