Posted by: Anne | November 10, 2018

faith, in other words: stand firm

“And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
~ Exodus 14:13-14 ESV

Read more Bible verses about standing firm:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/standing_firm

Posted by: Anne | November 3, 2018

faith, in other words: wait expectantly

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
~ Psalm 42:5

Posted by: Anne | October 27, 2018

faith, in other words: be brave and patient

“Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards. Learn to be patient, so you will please God and be given what he has promised.”
~ Hebrews 10:35-36 (Contemporary English Version)


Read more Bible verses about courage:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-courage/

Posted by: Anne | October 20, 2018

faith, in other words: forgo fretting

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret–it only causes harm.”
~ Psalm 37:8 (New King James Version)

Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually… It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? If this “Do not” doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere…

Read the full commentary at the source:
https://utmost.org/one-of-gods-great-donts/

Posted by: Anne | October 13, 2018

faith, in other words: keep on

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
~ Matthew 7:7 (New Living Translation)

Many times we pray and don’t get the answers we want in the time we think it should have been answered. Have you given up on God? Don’t! Let’s look at what God says about praying.

Are you willing to surrender your will for God’s will at all cost? That means you give in to your own idea of how things should be and trust God for how He will answer.

What does God’s Word say about the issue you are praying about? God’s Word is living and powerful and discerns our hearts and motives. While reading it and looking for God’s answer to your prayer, you will know if your prayer is according to God’s will.

Read the full commentary at the source:
https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2007/09/10/when-god-says-no-keep-asking

Posted by: Anne | October 6, 2018

The Power of a Clear Conscience

For anyone who struggles with feelings such as guilt and regret, I recommend the MoodyMedia.org series that I’m currently following: The Power of a Clear Conscience.

The audio files are available in the radio programs archive; scroll down to “Previous Programs” and select from the titles listed. (NOTE: the series begins on September 26 with “Living In The Shadows, Part 1.”)

So far for me the biggest takeaway has been the reminder that there truly are “honest mistakes.” With today’s widespread rush to shame-and-blame, we don’t hear that enough!

If you prefer to read – or when months have passed and the audio series is no longer available – Dr. Lutzer’s book on the topic is also available: The Power of a Clear Conscience: Let God Free You from Your Past.

Posted by: Anne | September 29, 2018

faith, in other words: rely on God, not on self!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB)

See also: commentary on these verses
http://faithisland.org/bible/lean-not-on-your-own-understanding-proverbs-35-6-explained/

Posted by: Anne | September 22, 2018

faith, in other words: trust

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)

Read more:
https://biblehub.com/john/3-16.htm

Posted by: Anne | September 15, 2018

What Does Faith Look Like?

What Does Faith Look Like?

Faith in God means that we trust in God to keep his promises and we trust in God’s perspective. We believe that God will really rescue us through Jesus Christ. We believe that God will watch over us, and use all the experiences of our lives for our benefit as he says in Romans 8:28.

Read the full article at the source:
http://www.pursuegod.org/what-does-faith-look-like/

Posted by: Anne | September 1, 2018

fighting doubt and fear

QUESTION: I know God is my only hope, but I can’t get free from chains of doubt and fear, and I feel like a useless blob of nothing. What do I do?

ANSWER: You’re doing the right thing by continuing to hope in God.

And the fact that you recognize your stumbling blocks is praiseworthy as well.

Here are a few practical suggestions that I pray will help. First, keep memorizing verses of Scripture. Focus on verses that remind us that we can cast our care upon the Lord, and that we need not be anxious for anything. Psalm 27, where David deals with the issue of fear, is a good place to start.

Now this step may be a little more difficult, but it can be done. Commit your way to God, and genuinely take those burdens and transfer them onto His shoulders. You were not meant to bear those heavy burdens. When doubt enters your mind, immediately pray and give it to the Lord. He’s able to bear what you can’t.


Read the full article at the source:
https://www.moodymedia.org/ask-pastor-lutzer/archives/question-6/

Read more on this topic:
https://finds.life.church/some-simple-words-of-encouragement-for-hard-times-and-dark-days/

https://www.therebelution.com/blog/2017/09/3-steps-to-trusting-god-in-your-confusion/

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