Monday, September 21, 2009

The Person of God, the Promise of God, the Power of God, the Provision of God, and Perseverance

Last week God’s word was encouraging, empowering, replenishing, and an abundant blessing to my life. (More so than usual.) It started earlier in the week and was wrapped up on Sunday with a fabulous sermon by pastor, Jim Smith. As always, God stayed faithful from start to finish and I am going to write it down here to help me remember His beautiful, loving encouragement!

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8. ESV.)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8. ESV.)

Author Martha Peace writes, “You develop a “meek and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 2:3) by humbly trusting God while being submissive to your husband. Your motivation comes from placing your hope and trust in God just like the “holy women” in “former times” (1 Peter 2:5).

"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15. ESV.)

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3. ESV.)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way;… it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love… endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7. ESV.)

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27. ESV.)

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives."…he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:6-11. ESV.)

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:36-37. ESV.)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:2-5. ESV.)

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13. ESV.)

And, in conclusion, here is the link to Pastor Jim Smith's excellent message on Sunday based on Hebrews 11:17-19 entitled "Faith Tested"!!!
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