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Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Graceful Wife Gives Life

New International Version
"A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones."
New Living Translation
"A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones."
Proverbs 12:4


On the 31st of each month I try to read the infamous Proverbs 31: 10-31. It gives me encouragement, instructions, and quiet a challenge to live with such character, moral integrity, and grace. I will just share the last seven verses but highly encourage you woman and men to read from verse 10. Men should pray these qualities for their wife and woman should seek to be a woman like this which is pleasing unto the Lord, her husband, and children. Have a blessed weekend!


"She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
    and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
    and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
    Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
    but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
    Let her deeds publicly declare her praise." Proverbs 31:25-31
Joseph & David
 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Why Do We Praise Him


Why Do We Praise Him:

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. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

LOVE.  An expression of our deep gratitude and appreciation for His saving grace and our salvation. Why do they not praise Him? Religion. Cold, impersonal, a to-do list.

Why do we speak in tongues? When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will speak in tongues. It’s another way to express your love to Him and a gift of the Spirit to give a message, with either you being the interpreter or another with this gift. The saddest thing is to see people who’ve been going to church all their lives speak down on these expressions of being spirit-filled. They walk by religious things instead of by spiritual things. We are called to walk by faith, not by site. We can not see Jesus with our physical eyes, yet we are called to be like Jesus to others and these miracles will be done and even greater it says to the disciples; when the Holy Spirit comes on the day of Pentecost. It is Jesus’ gift to us, from the Father to all believer’s. I pray today that somebody will ask the Holy Spirit into their heart, somebody whose saved, and baptized but not filled and overflowing with God’s Spirit, somebody who doesn’t praise God, sing unto Him a new song, nor gives to others as a generous giver. I’m speaking to you today. My heart aches for your soul, for salvation is a spiritual matter, not a religious one. There are many who say they’ve cast out demons in Jesus’ name, but He will say: “I do not know you.”

Have you replaced faith, with rhetoric. Have you replaced conversations with your Father God, for bible studies, and AWANA. Are you teaching your children the most important things in life- How to love like Him? There is no salvation without LOVE.

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”                    1 Corinthians 13:13
Kimberly Fincher is author of two books: Freedom Behind Bars and Following God. You can purchase them on Amazon.com. She's also a minister of the Word of God publishing a monthly newsletter to those in prison through out the U.S. and writes a daily blog: Loving Water for Life.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Be a Generous & Cheerful Giver

"You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully." 2 Corinthians 9:7

"And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" Acts 20:35

Are you a person who is always in need? Do you usually pray for something from God and ask others for something that you are in need of when they ask you how you are doing?  Many people in the U.S. are living pay check to pay check and many more are relying on government funds such as medicare to provide a free hospital bed and services during pregnancy, W.I.C. (woman, infants, children) to provide formula, baby foods, and milk, Food Stamps or Lone Star for monthly food allowance. But, the big problem with this is our government is bankrupt in deficit and yet we still ask for more, more and woman have babies knowing the only way they will be able to provide for them is through the above government "handicaps" programs. That's what it does handicaps people into believing that these things are good. But, I'd like us to reflect on what God's Word says and there are many, many more scriptural references to it's better to give than to take a loan and a loan makes you slave and servant to the giver. Relying on others for our desires, needs, and wants is not the way to go. We are to rely on the Lord God Almighty. He tells us that He will provide for all our needs, if we will put our trust in Him, if we are seeking His word daily, praying to Him from our heart daily, and expecting our prayers to be heard and answered then we will live in a way that the world doesn't understand or know.
As a Christian family personally, my husband has a ft. job that provides for all our needs. We give God's portion first in tithe and offering. Never test God on this. As His people it's clearly written in the Bible the first portion of all our earnings 10% goes to the store house of the believers or church. This is so important. God does bless our cheerful giving. Our attitude of giving is also very important. I am not doing all the biblical research for you on these because I want you to have a thirst for His living water and start research into what I'm saying and you will discover truth, wisdom, and a good counsel from His Word that will enrich your everyday life and I pray that each of you reading this will be a generous and cheerful giver. In Jesus' name. Amen.
 
Have a Blessed Day!


Kim Fincher
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Do Less, Pray More & Be Content

"Do Less, Pray More & Be Content"
This is what the Lord spoke into my heart as I was praying for a friend's situation and it led me to the Philippians 4:11
"Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have."
 This whole chapter has such great advice and wisdom as to what we should be doing when we hit a rock in the road of our plans and when something isn't going quiet as we planned it. In the NLT Study Bible it is entitled Words of Encouragement and rightly so. From the first verse Paul starts by saying: "stay true to the Lord." In verse 4: "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice! 5. Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon." What a powerful reminder of the times we are living in and where we should be at all times- full of joy, rejoicing in the Lord; ready for His return.
Verse 8: We are to fix our thoughts on whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Thinking about those things which are excellent and praiseworthy. Goodness, what a difference our daily thought lives and emotional states would be if we actually did this. To be at this place would take daily devotion and prayer time and it would take putting God first. I know that this whole chapter is worth reading through several time and as I read it in regards to my friends situation it certainly ministered to me too. So I encourage you to take a break this evening before you go to sleep and read Philippians 4 for it's Words of Encouragement.
God Bless You In Christ's Love, Kim Fincher
www.KimFincher.org

Monday, August 26, 2013

"My Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness"

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

Once you read verses 7-10 you can get a clearer understanding of verse 9. Paul pleaded with God to remove an infirmity/ a weakness from him. Just as Jesus did, right before his time had come to be persecuted on the cross. So, you can say there was pain and struggle involved from the flesh. It could have been a physical problem or a struggle with a sin or temptation that bothered him.

As God speaks words of comfort, love and encouragement it leaves Paul stronger; even in his weakness. He now says he's going to boast in the Lord, having confidence in the words God had just spoken to him; that His grace is sufficient and He is strong enough for us in our weakness. We can lean on God just as Paul did and He will hold us up and cover us with His great love and grace.  We can continue living for Jesus through the sickness, pain, when people discourage us, make fun of our faith, disrespect us, use us, and when we are struggling with depression, sadness, loneliness, disappointment at ourselves and others; whatever our "thorn in the flesh" Jesus is the answer and God is strong enough, His grace is sufficient for you, His strength is made perfect in weakness.

So, choose today to get up and rejoice in the Lord. Pray to Him intimately. Seek His word. Study it and store it in your heart and so wherever you go God will be with you and He will be your strength.
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