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Feb
25

God’s Word: Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1Peter 5:9

Wisdom Shared: How often do you feel chained to a hard circumstance? … Hardships come for many, many reasons in most cases God will reveal the lessons we are to learn in those times of distress that bring on stress. It seems simple enough to give an encouragement from the word, and receive a retort because you are not the one going through it. To love one another from a point strength is love in action…more importantly it is living and walking by faith. How we stand during the most horrendous hardships in life is what truly determines our weight in faith. Are we light weights or heavy weights? Do we shun evil and do good as the word of God exhorts us to? Or do we take every opportunity to share our heart ache? We must be extremely careful, because our desire to move out of a situation may be the source of dare I say it? “PRIDE” … And in case you didn’t know it, “Pride is a Thief” …

The Word of God States:

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:6-8

When we allow God to enlighten, reveal and restore; there is only victory ahead of us.

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

Mark 5 – Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

Feb
04

The Need for Self-Discipline: 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 someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to 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 9:24-27

Wisdom Shared:
The Race for Grace… Is truly the race for life, an eternal life. However, do you find yourself caught up in a different race? We are racing against the clock at all times, sometimes even to the point we are sleep deprived. We race to get our day started, … rushing the children out the door. Then we race to get to work, get the projects done, skip lunch after all lunch is for wimps. Then the clock strikes five, and we are off again for the race; Kids, homework, dinner, house chores, bill paying, maybe a little television or activity on social media then bed. We wake up and it starts all over again.

Self-Discipline is not a Curse:
I recently discovered that in order for plans to succeed we need to have the power of self-discipline in order to keep order. Discipline seems to be one of those bad words we find to be completely annoying. Is it perhaps because we find it tedious? It requires effort, and consideration. The word submission similarly has the same negative connotation, when I share word submission with a friend, right away there is a grimace. Beloved 1 John 5:2-4 states; This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. … Yes, the scriptures state that his commands are not burdensome, truth is not seeking to do his will in fact is burdensome. Seeking excellence rather than perfection is the goal of our faith, and is the victory in the race. Trying to live according to our will, our goals and timelines creates, havoc and disillusionment. In my very own journey for the race for grace it has led me to be angry, bitter and distressed opening the door to displaying no mercy, no grace, no empathy and definitely no sympathy. How is that the love of God at work in me? It is not love… It is critical cynical thinking that demolishes others, prideful behavior. I have this scripture verse hanging off the rear view mirror of my car; But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33;34 … Seeking God first puts life in correct perspective; seek to live according to his will empowers us to face the day and what ever may go astray, God will turn it around. Beloved seeking God first adds a godly confidence, wisdom, knowledge and understanding that reinforces discipline in our lives. Where there is no discipline there is every kind of disorder waiting. The bible reaffirms; For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:16-17

Beloved; Run the race for “Eternal Life”…

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