Finding Faith In God’s Forgiveness

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Making Straight The Way

Do you still not perceive or understand?  Mark 8:11-26  Let’s just say if I had a dollar for every time I thought those words concerning my own children, I  might be a little closer to retirement. I tried to refrain from actually speaking the words out loud because I felt it was equivalent to saying “I told you so.” When Jesus warns the disciples to beware the yeast of the Pharisees, they start talking about the bread they left behind! Jesus had just fed 4000 people and before that a group of 5000 people, all with a few loaves and some fish. Bread was not the issue. Though Jesus did have a habit of speaking in parables and the disciples didn’t always understand those either, he really needed them to understand the impact that the teaching of the Pharisees had on the people of Israel. We…

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A God of Peace

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” – (I Corinthians 14:33)

Though this verse is given as instruction in the context for holding worship services in the church, if we are living our lives as an ongoing act of worship before Him, I imagine that the same principles are meant to be applied throughout our daily walk with Him. When we exercise the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given, we are meant to do so in harmony with one another. Chaos should not reign, for God is not given the opportunity to work among us as He intended, when the world we operate in is a constant whirlwind. When we slow down enough to allow His peace to reign, it permeates our perimeters and is passed on to those around us.

After one of my busiest weeks of the year so far, this is a timely…

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Above All Else – Love

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

- (I Corinthians 13:1-3)

Paul was speaking to the people of Corinth. The point Paul was driving home, is that no spiritual gift is of any value, if it is not utilized in love. If the purpose for our actions (our exercising of our spiritual gifts) is not to build up the body as we love the Lord, there is no point. It is love that makes the gifts that God…

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Love Over Law

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

Often, it seems, Jesus spent the Sabbath teaching in synagogues.  Word of His teaching, must have been spreading like wildfire, for everywhere He went, there were both those in need, and those who hoped to trap Him in some sort of violation of the law.  In Luke chapter thirteen, verses ten through seventeen, there is an account of Jesus healing a woman who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen long years.  “When Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.’  Then He put His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.” – (vs. 12-13) 

The synagogue ruler had his undergarments in a bunch, and was outraged that Jesus would dare to heal on the Sabbath.  “The Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites!  Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey…

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Healed Hands Reach Out

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

Healing happens regularly, we just have to be ready to recognize it as such, when it does.  Sometimes it is through a Divine touch, and other times, it is through the miracle of modern medicine.  Either way, God orchestrates each occurrence, so to Him, we ought to give our eternal gratitude.

Beyond thanksgiving, what are we meant to do, when healing happens?  Through this morning’s study of scripture, the following verses really captured my attention: “Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.  So He bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her.  She got up at once and began to wait on them.” – (Luke 4:38-39)

What stands out as so significant, is that not only was she healed, but she embraced her healing and immediately set…

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Happy New Year!! and remember, have Faith!

Originally posted on The Christian Gazette:

Wishing each of you a very Happy and Blessed New Year!

I know that many of us have not had a very easy or smooth time over the last few years, but we have to hold onto the One who holds all of our futures in His Hands…  Just have a little Faith in Him.

from Secret Angel of The Abuse Expose’ and Secret Angel Ministry

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