Sorry , this should have been posted yesterday, and I have no excuse..life is just coming at me fast..and I decided to play and take a break. Check out this study going on at Philter48 , click on the button “Philippians Study”. (easy huh?)
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.(ESV)
These verses are intense. I love Paul’s Kingdom-minded perspective. All for the Kingdom. In every case of what the world would say is trial and persecution in Paul’s life, was the finger of God moving HIS plan into action, to spread the gospel to all nations. Totally blows my mind. Paul could have whined and complained about all that was happening to him, but his Believing God was always in tact! He knew that God was good, and if HE allowed such things, then GREAT things of a larger magnitude was at stake. Can you think of anything greater than a lost soul coming to Christ?
Paul was imprisoned and his charge was following Christ, and telling others about HIM. Can you imagine the guards in the prison, knowing this, and still the man keeps going, and going, and going…(talk about energizer!)
I am convinced that without the mind of Christ, and Knowing the heart of God…this is where the rubber meets the road! Many claim to know HIM, but in the slightest discomfort, the whining, and complaining is unbelievable! Paul demonstrates a heart fixed on Christ, the author and perfector of his faith, and not the world.
Are we focused on the Kingdom? Are we all about ourself? or all about God? seems to me there is no middle of the road.
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I have been blessed to be part of a group of people who are looking to God (by being in the Word), and also gleening from each other. Philter48 is much more than a forum, it is discussion, articles (blogs for men , women, teens-this one not quite ready), forum style Bible Study, and also other topics following after the Verse Philippians 4:8 Whatever is… Registration is easy and painless, and you will not be given to spambots, or any solicitation. Its just a safe place to think and build community with other believers. Do you have to be a believer? No, but those are the topics we are looking at..and I do think everyone can benefit from it.
I have been posting on the Womens Blog, and I am excited about what God is doing in me through this. CPKroboth III has been blogging there on the Mens Blog, and I am sure there is a blessing there for you men.
There is just so much there, TV/live chat…which can also be used as a chat area, a section in the forum to leave prayer requests (who does not need prayer? that is my question) God has been good in giving Carl and Brian this vision, and providing the support they need to get it going.
Hoping to see you all there, and hope that you will be as blessed as I am in this. Join us, we would love to hear your thoughts, encouragements, and your struggles. Come, do life with me!
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Interesting…while thinking today of a young mother (16), who chose to keep her baby, and is trying very hard to keep good grades (maintaining an A average), taking on her motherly duties, and the baby is a picture of health and being well taken care of…one happy baby. This mother is wanting to go to church…I know there are consequences to our poor choices. But those consequences should never be with holding Jesus Christ, or the gospel as if she has really out sinned God’s forgiveness. Curious..
-Would your church be okay with this young lady being part of your daughters youth group? why or why not?
-Would you let your daughter be her only friend?
give me some feed back….(BTW-I already am loving this young mama)
Alot have opinions, and alot speak a good God talk…how about you? how do you think one should respond to this situation?
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Spiritual storms are the worst. But its more experience for me to walk by faith and not by sight. I hate the dark…but I have learned that my battles there are life changing, not only for me but for those around me. When ever I finish a womens study, I seem to enter this realm that although I sense it coming, I am still never ready for it. We (as a family) are in total surrender to the LORD, and after much struggling and prayer, we believe HE is relocating us and a new ministry is going to form. We don’t know when exactly, and we think we know where.
The enemy would like me to crawl under a rock, and shut my mouth, and I can’t do that..see I know too much for that, and bowing to him is not an option for me. The enemy always goes after my children when he can’t reach me. For a long time I thought that if I spoke to the people who are in positions to encourage them and look after their souls (with in the church), and pray and encourage them myself, that was the best I could do, and well God has to do the rest.
Sometimes God wants us to pick up our sword, and fight the thing out. Feeling that call right now. Its become so important to me that my children never have their fire for Christ stepped on by believers. This is serious…children are being taught by adult actions to give the LORD lip service, and to turn their flame down. No that is so wrong!
We would love to have your prayers as we press on, and refuse to take one step without our God. The world will fade away, but Yahweh…remains forever! We know our need for more of HIM, and we know that laying everything down at HIS feet is worth more than worldly riches.
Lord God, you know the situations and the hurts that have plagued us, we watched as people lost their fire, and wondered how could this be? Please don’t let us lose our fire, increase the flame of desire for You, we will go with You, just not without You.
Thanks for your prayers, we are blessed to have you all as a blog faith family..you are truly the body of Christ…Beautiful!
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I don’t know where you all are at spiritually this morning, but this is where I am at..so sharing a bit of my heart through video and CeCe Winans
We thirst for you..
Hallelujah is the highest praise…
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