Tuesday, November 15, 2016

God Doesn’t Play Favorites

Believing in Yeshua Christ

Galatians 2

Paul Was Accepted as an Apostle by the Leaders in Jerusalem


Believing in Yeshua Christ

1 Then 14 years later I went to Jerusalem again with Barnabas. I also took Titus along. 

2 I went in response to a revelation from God. I showed them the way I spread the Good News among people who are not Jewish. I did this in a private meeting with those recognized as important people to see whether all my efforts had been wasted.

3 Titus was with me, and although he is Greek, no one forced him to be circumcised.

4 False Christians were brought in. They slipped in as spies to learn about the freedom Christ Yeshua gives us. They hoped to find a way to control us.

5 But we did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the Good News would always be yours.

6 Those who were recognized as important people didn’t add a single thing to my message. (What sort of people they were makes no difference to me, since God doesn’t play favorites.) 

7 In fact, they saw that I had been entrusted with telling the Good News to people who are not circumcised as Peter had been entrusted to tell it to those who are circumcised. 

8 The one who made Peter an apostle to Jewish people also made me an apostle to people who are not Jewish. 

9 James, Cephas, and John (who were recognized as the most important people) acknowledged that God had given me this special gift. So they shook hands with Barnabas and me, agreeing to be our partners. It was understood that we would work among the people who are not Jewish and they would work among Jewish people. 

10 The only thing they asked us to do was to remember the poor, the very thing which I was eager to do.

Paul Shows How Cephas Was Wrong


Galatians 215  We are Jewish by birth, not sinners from other nations

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I had to openly oppose him because he was completely wrong. 

12 He ate with people who were not Jewish until some men James had sent from Jerusalem arrived. Then Cephas drew back and would not associate with people who were not Jewish. He was afraid of those who insisted that circumcision was necessary. 

13 The other Jewish Christians also joined him in this hypocrisy. Even Barnabas was swept along with them.

14 But I saw that they were not properly following the truth of the Good News. So I told Cephas in front of everyone, “You’re Jewish, but you live like a person who is not Jewish. So how can you insist that people who are not Jewish must live like Jews?”

15 We are Jewish by birth, not sinners from other nations. 


16 Yet, we know that people don’t receive God’s approval by any effort to follow the laws in the Scriptures, but only by believing in Yeshua Christ. So we also believed in Yeshua Christ in order to receive God’s approval by faith in Christ and not by our own efforts. People won’t receive God’s approval by their own efforts.


17 If we, the same people who are searching for God’s approval in Christ, are still sinners, does that mean that Christ encourages us to sin? That’s unthinkable! 

18 If I rebuild something that I’ve torn down, I admit that I was wrong to tear it down. 

19 When I tried to obey the laws in the Scriptures, those laws killed me. As a result, I live in a relationship with God. I have been crucified with Christ. 
20 I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live I live by believing in God’s Son, who loved me and took the punishment for my sins. 

21 I don’t reject God’s kindness. If we receive God’s approval by obeying the laws in the Scriptures, then Christ’s death was pointless.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Grant Us Peace

Peace


Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Philippians 4:6-7
 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Toxic Feelings

Don't make a permanent decision on temporary feelings.



Proverbs 16:32

It is better to be patient than to be a strong soldier. It is better to control your anger than to capture a city.


Toxic feelings, do not make a permanent decision on temporary feelings.
Toxic Feelings


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones

The Great I Am

Proverbs 19:17


One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.

Proverbs 19:17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Holy Spirit is a Powerful Advocate

The Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit is a powerful advocate, your powerful advocate. 

The Holy Spirit is a powerful advocate, your powerful advocate.
Amen

The mere whisper of the Holy Spirit can drown out the thundering noise of an entire world. - Dr. David Jeremiah


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

1 year = 365 Opportunities to praise God

Psalm 63:5 "When I sit down to satisfy my hunger, my joyful lips hunger to praise you!"


Because God is great in all things, we can praise Him in all ways. There is no limit to how, when, or where we can praise God.


Psalm 63:5 When I sit down to satisfy my hunger, my joyful lips hunger to praise you! 1 year = 365 Opportunities to praise God

 1 year = 365 Opportunities to praise God



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Be patient with yourself, nothing in nature blooms all year long

God's love is patient and kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Names of God Bible


Be patient with yourself, nothing in nature blooms all year long
God's love is patient and kind
4 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant.

5 It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs.

6 It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth.

7 Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.


8 Love never comes to an end. There is the gift of speaking what God has revealed, but it will no longer be used. There is the gift of speaking in other languages, but it will stop by itself. There is the gift of knowledge, but it will no longer be used.


 God's love is patient and kind.

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Words are powerful

It is well with my soul

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Prayer is simply a conversation with God

Prayer is simply a conversation with God
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go plant their seed but they sing as they return with the harvest.