It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. –Hebrews 10:31
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” –2 Chronicles 16:9
I will enter His gates
with thanksgiving in my heart,
I will enter His courts
I will say, “This is the day that the Lord has made.”
I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
He has made me glad,
I’m so glad,
I will rejoice
for He has made me glad!
The Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.
–2 Thessalonians 3:3.
True Spiritual Growth
I am hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed, …Therefore, I will not loose heart. Even though my outer appearance is perishing, my inner spirit is being renewed day by day.
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9,16).
The Holy Spirit continues to impart spiritual knowledge to my human spirit. It is Almighty God’s awesome power operating in me, and through me.
It is not I, by myself. (2 Corinthians 4:7).
After I chose to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I also decided to follow the path of His direction and guidance. The Lord is my Shepherd! (Psalm 23).
Through my spiritual growth, I am able to see the things, which are not seen. I have been gifted with seeing the invisible! (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
When life wants to take you lower than low, allow the Lord to take you higher than high!
Break free from the world’s mind-set of depression, failure, and defeat. The world can make losers out of people. Only Jesus makes TRUE WINNERS! Each day, make it your goal and life commitment to say, “I will not let life take me lower than what Jesus has already established for me in my life.”
Our Heavenly Father has a great plan for our lives, and we will not allow ourselves to get stuck (crushed, despair, not forsaken or destroyed), in the mud of life. If we should ever find ourselves stuck in the “mud”, all we need to do is call on Jesus. And He will pull us out! (Matthew 21:22; John 14:14; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 4:16).
We can then move forward with learning and experiencing all of the good things that life have to offer us, because Jesus already has an awesome plan for our life!
“…For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. -1 Peter 3:12-13,17
Walking By Faith
A life of stress and worry will cause us to prematurely age beyond our years, and make us miss out on the more important things in life. We have already been freed from worry. And, we are too blessed to be stressed!
Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life…” “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ” -Matthew 6:24-25,27
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. –Matthew 6:34
We are simply choosing to believe God’s Word above the evidence of the senses, when we walk by faith, knowing that natural circumstances are to be kept subject to the Word of God. We are walking by faith, not by sight, because, we are assured of the “end results”. (2 Corinthians 5:7).
The Just Live By Faith
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses was faithful in all His house.
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, “They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.” So I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter My rest.” –Hebrews 3:7-11
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. –Hebrews 10:23
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. –Hebrews 11:1
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. –Hebrews 11:3
The Invisible Realm: Faith gives us the power and ability to understand that everything we see in this physical world was created out of the invisible or spiritual realm. The entire universe, including the earth, was created by God out of the invisible realm. The many things that we see in our society today are the direct results of warfare and conflict in the invisible realm. The only way to solve the problem is to enter the invisible realm through prayer with faith, and to change reality on our knees.
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”… -Hebrews 11:5
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household… -Hebrews 11:7
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place, which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. –Hebrews 11:8
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. –Hebrews 11:11
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son…
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning on top of his staff. –Hebrews 11:21
By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. –Hebrews 11:22
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. –Hebrews 11:23
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin… -Hebrews 11:24-25
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. –Hebrews 11:27
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. –Hebrews 11:28
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. –Hebrews 11:30
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. –Hebrews 11:31
And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented… –Hebrews 11:32-37
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. –Hebrews 11:40
How have we prepared ourselves for the race of faith?
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
It has been said that our lives are like the pages of a book on which Jesus can rewrite the story of our lives by His power. Jesus has definitely rewritten the story on my life!
Through His blood, Jesus can remove any previous chapters where we failed in life, and blew it. Today, Jesus is still writing brand-new and exciting chapters on our lives. Jesus is perfect, and He’s finishing our faith. Jesus demonstrated His faith by dying on a cross, knowing that He would be resurrected to sit at the right hand of Almighty God!
By faith, we shall overcome our Adversary, and any other adversities in life that would attempt to distract us, from the perfect plan that Jesus has established for our life.
JESUS IS THE ONLY ANSWER FOR THE WORLD TODAY.
~ Jonahs Sister ~