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Seeds

My life may not make sense to someone on the outside looking in. I pray, I go to church, but I also actively recognize my need for Jesus. I am broken. I need mending. I need grace and mercy. In order for me to have grace and mercy, I have to give that to others. That is where the problem lies!

My human flesh doesn’t always want to turn the other cheek. My first instinct is often to lash out and give that person a piece of my mind. Afterwards, something in my head says, “You did good. You told them the truth.” That might be true, but I didn’t do it love. I did it out of anger and frustration. I projected my feelings on to the other person. In other words, I vomited hate and anger all over the place!

I am continually needing God’s grace to let go. I can’t control other people, BUT I can control my reactions to situations. I am responsible for the words I say whether I like it or not. Have I been sowing seeds of love lately? Not always.

I was listening to Charles Capps the other day and he said something that struck me: “When you sow seeds of faith it produces faith, but if you sow seeds of strife it produces strife.” It sounds simple, right? It hit me that the negative words I had spoken produced strife. I had never thought about that! I don’t want to produce strife in my life OR someone else’s.

My mom’s actions early in life hurt her witness. She said whatever she felt like saying. When Mama wanted to talk to old friends about Jesus, they didn’t want to listen because of her attitude towards them before she found Jesus.  When you do things God’s way, your light grows brighter.

A soft answer turns away wrath. That’s what the Bible says we are to do, even when we know a person is doing wrong AND they know.

As Christians, we are held to a higher standard. Jesus expects us NOT to respond to situations the way the world would. This week a friend said that God gives us grace to walk in patience and love with people that we don’t have patience for. With Him, all things are possible…even the hard things.

~ Madison Sanders

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Put Me in Remembrance

We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many people.” Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” ~Romans 4:17-18 (The Message Bible)

We are to call things as though they were according to the Word of God. Abraham had to transition from a possible situation to an impossible situation. In the natural Abraham could not see this. In the spirit realm it was already done.

Abraham heard from God then he had to believe what God had said would happen. Just like Abraham we must be believe what God’s Word says about our situation and hold on until that word manifest in our life. We must mediate on that word and confess the Word of God out loud for yourself, nation, and church.

In the Word it says that God is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. He has exalted His Word above His name.

~ Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie; nor the son of man that He should repent: hath He not said, shall He not do it? Or hath He not spoken, shall He not do it?

God is the God of the impossible! All things are possible to those who believe. There are promises in the Word that apply to your situation. Take hold of the Word and apply them. Let the Word do the work!

 

~Tammy Sanders

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Give me my blessing! (part 2)

child-laughingI think we have such a religious definition of the word “Blessing”, that it’s hard for us to see the deeper implications of what it means to BE Blessed. Even most of the Bible study resources out there say that to be “blessed” means to be “happy”. The Blessing of God is more than a feeling! Happiness is the by-product of being blessed.

Whenever I’m having a hard time getting beyond my preconceptions about a thing, I try looking at its opposite for a clearer definition. In this case, the opposite would be the Curse.

It’s easy for us to look at these things and think that being blessed means that everything goes your way, and you’re happy all the time; while being cursed means that everything works against you, and you’re sad all the time. The problem is that we stop there. We just look at the things, the stuff, the product of being either blessed or cursed. Being healthy doesn’t mean you’re blessed. There are plenty of healthy people who live under the curse. And being sick doesn’t mean you’re cursed. There are plenty of sick people who are blessed.

Let’s go back to my analogy with my own mother. The blessing I received from my mother was her ability (imparted to me through instruction, mentoring and equipping) to live successfully in this world. You see, the Birthright (or the inheritance) is all about the stuff that our parents’ blessing provided for them that they could, in turn, give to and share with us. The Blessing is all about our ability to then produce an inheritance for our own children. This is why Christ said “The works that I do shall he do also (Birthright); and greater works than these shall he do (Blessing)” (John 14:12)

It’s so important for us to understand these things because we have to know that we are Blessed (empowered with God’s ability) and we have to know that we have a Birthright (legal access to God’s authority). When we understand that we have BOTH God’s authority AND His empowerment, then we will truly understand that nothing is impossible. Mark 9:23 “Jesus said unto him, IF thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.

~Anessa

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