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Aug
17

Encouragement Shared:

Life has a way of geting in the way of LIFE!
Sounds rediculous but it is certainly true…
As we take a brief moment to analyze how this quick pace society can paralyze.
If we look to God and know he it the only one in true control of everything in our lives.
The good, the bad and the ugly…

God’s Word:
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
Does not the ear test words
as the tongue tastes food?
Is not wisdom found among the aged?
Does not long life bring understanding?
“To God belong wisdom and power;
counsel and understanding are his.
If he holds back the waters, there is drought;
if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.
To him belong strength and victory;
both deceived and deceiver are his.
Job 12:10-13;15-16

There are seasons in our life that take us through time of drought… In those times we need to embrace those promises in God’s word so that we can be equipped for each circumstance. The joy of the Lord is truly our strenght. We need to fight the good fight of faith to reach the goal and finish the race well.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you… 1 Timothy 6:11-13

The first time I heard my then Pastor Carl V Johnson Lead Pastor: http://www.gracepointgospel.org/ … He read 1 Timothy 6:11-13, “FLEE FROM ALL THIS” was emphasized in his voice when he read these verses; … It was then I came to the revelation and realization that God’s word has power to ignite the fire and passion for the living Christ via the Holy Spirit to teach, direct and reveal those secret things, that those out side of Christ find mysterious. However there is no secret or mystery, we need to seek the wisdom of God through the study and memorization of His “awesome” word. Yes, beloved the word of God bring change.

When life does not go as we planned we need to commit all our plans unto the Lord and our plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 Regardless of how small the plan it will be yes and amen in Christ- but we need to commit to him in order to see the victory come to fruition.
So when those doors keep shutting in your face. Or you miss the goals you have set in your heart. It could regarding work, school, relationship, or spiritual, what ever the case. You need not to lose heart, and as Paul says, Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 The prize is eternal life with Christ and Our Heavenly Father… Finish the race and finish it well!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In His Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-Excellently~

Dec
10


God’s Word: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 1 Chronicles 16:10

Encouragement Shared: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
In this race for life remember your journey of faith. Reverence is fearing the Lord, beloved do not let fear of trials and hardship dictate your emotional well being. Rest confidently in the wisdoms through the knowledge of God’s word bring you full understanding. Seek for the Lord beloved and seek his strength and continually seek HIM in all you do. [ 1Chronicles 16:11 ] … In the midst of our troubles the Lord is with us beloved, we must act in confidence, humility and most importantly love. Regardless of the circumstances of life … God is an everlasting presence in times of trouble. We need to seek him in our quiet time, through his word of wisdom the Bible. His word is faithful and true. Our emotions are mistrusting and destructive. God’s word will bring forth healing and direction. Just rest confidently that there is Power in the Word. It will illuminate the path of righteousness that is the living Christ in you.

May the peace of God bring forth many good things especially in those times of trouble. There is joy in our times of trouble beloved the word states; Do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 … Jesus is the joy that is our strength. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 1 Chronicles 16:10
Yes, beloved it is healing through the illumination of God’s word that brings us deliverance and success in our great time of need. Do not allow the fear of hardships and disappointment divert your faith.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford


Nehemiah’s Prayer

1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:

In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.

3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I was cupbearer to the king.

Jun
20

God’s Word for Your Joy: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

Encouragement Shared:
Joy in Our Trials~
Is there really joy in our trials? Yes, there can be if we trust in God through the power of Christ in us. James 1 reminds us to consider our trials as joy, maturing to completion- Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2;3;4 [ Paul states the same; Romans 5:1-5] God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. …Hebrew 13:5-8 May your whole spirit and mind be strengthen as you grow during your trials. Ask God to reveal the lessons he desires for you to learn for the character building he is forming in and through you. My Dearest Beloved, the one who calls you is faithful and he will do it! That is a promise in His Awesome Word! Yes, the joy is our strength when we put our dependence in God through Christ. The hope we have comes through the lessons of the word of God the Bible. In the those difficult times the word continually shows me God is my strength and our refuge. The enemy will flee when we stand firm on the truths of God’s word the bible.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love
Jennifer Pettiford


Recommended Reading: 2 Corinthians 10 ~

2 Corinthians 10 Summarized Via Commentary on Biblegateway.com
Satan seeks to blind us from keeping our eyes on the prize (Jesus) our anchor of hope….He also wants to distract and distort our minds from God’s word of truth [Verses 1-6] that never perishes or fades. In This Chapter Paul gives us sound advice through power of the inspired word of God for Victory in spiritual warfare… In essence preparing us for every good work we are called to as written in God’s Word of Truth- Paul encourages young Timothy and I encourage you; All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man [woman] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Be Christ like- Boldness must be balanced with meekness- [Verse 1]God’s mighty power is displayed and experienced in humility. [Matthew 5 The Beatitudes Psalm 138:3 When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.] Satan is our enemy, we are not a people to be held or seduced by his destructive power. (Matthew 4)
Use Spiritual Weapons- [verses 2-6] Look at the victory Joshua had in Joshua 6 he followed the commands of God and meditated on the word of God day and night! They shouted and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down because of Israel’s “Faith” and we know without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 Read, memorize and pray-Ephesians 6:1-2 Our war is not against flesh and blood, but in the spiritual realms unseen by the human eye. So be faithful and diligent to put on your full Armor-The Armor of God Daily…
Keep your eyes on the prize- [Verses 7-11] Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 You must know that the world says about the Bible, there is inconsistency in the bible, chances are that they have not looked intently to study the scriptures; that is deception of the enemy blinding them and having the opportunity to continue to work in their lives. My friend there are instances that this also occurs in the life of a Christian by keeping us in fear; allowing our emotions to control our actions; un-forgiveness; not being in God word daily or studying and memorizing the word of truth that prepares us for every good work, the list is endless you fill in the blank- So we do lose heart because the battle has already been won! [ Revelation 12:10-12]


Be joyful and accept the providential service God gives you- [Verses 12-16] Every child of God has a place to fill, if we are willing and obedient to follow his orders we the church will win the battle.. For victory we need many counselors; …for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers. Proverbs 24:6- God’s word states; For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. Proverbs 11:14 We are witnessing what Jesus stated would happen [Read Matthew 24; The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age & The Great Tribulation] The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD. Proverbs 21:31-but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. Psalm 44:7-So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD… ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6 This is clearly visible in the account of David’s Victory over Goliath-David stated boldly to Goliath: This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:46;47 [Read 1 Samuel 17; Zechariah 4] My friend the Lord is Mighty to Save! The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. Zephaniah 3:17a


Seek God’s unfailing beauty and His glory alone- [Verses 17-18] How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9- Think about this how can we boast in victory that only comes from the Lord? … give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, … Isaiah 24:15 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my [your] heart. Psalm 73:26 When you read these verses Paul is quoting scripture; Jeremiah 9:24 reminding the church where the glory belongs. LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. Isaiah 26:12 [Read Isaiah 26] Remember what Nehemiah stated as he over saw the rebuilding the broken walls of Jerusalem-The joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 [Psalm 121]