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    Making a Difference

    Sunday, October 24, 2010, 11:03 AM [General]

    So many times we (believers) take the written word of the Biblical prophetic and historical position, to form our opinions, without being led and used by the Holy Spirit, to make a difference, in what seems to be an impossible situation. Here are two that choose to do so.

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    Saturday, October 23, 2010, 12:35 PM [General]



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    Beatrice: Morning Manna

    Saturday, October 23, 2010, 9:38 AM [General]

    Philippians 4:9 (KJV)  9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
    Everyone is looking for peace these days, aren't they?  World peace.  Peace in schools.  Peace in the marketplace.  Peace in churches.  Peace in our families.  Peace within ourselves.  What if we could have the God of peace with us all the time?  Well, we can!  The Apostle, Paul, has told us to think about things that have to do with God.  (Philippians 4:8)  That's a good start because we become what we think about!  Now, Paul is telling us that there are some conditions for us to meet, but we can  experience the presence of the God of peace!  I read a Facebook post today that said something like, "If we can't find peace within ourselves, it is pointless to look for it elsewhere."  We can find peace within ourselves.  But, that peace does not come from ourselves.  It comes from the God of peace who is present inside of us!  As with many of God's precious promises, the promise of having the God of peace with us has some, "if's."  In this case, we're supposed to have learned, received, and heard God's Word from Paul.  We're also supposed to have taken a good look at Paul's life.  But, it doesn't stop there.  We're supposed to do what we have learned, received, heard and seen in and from Paul!  No wonder we need to be in the Word constantly!  Most of those things that we're supposed to do are not commonly done in the world we live in today.  That's also why we need each other.  To remind ourselves that we're "straight-running, overcomin' saved by grace," children of faith (as the song says).  We're not only all of that but, we need to live according to what we are.  What we've learned, received, heard and seen in Paul and other people of God.  In a world that is severely lacking in peace, do you want peace?  Of course you do!  And so do I!  We can have the presence of the God of peace if we will just do what we have been taught by His Word to do!  And, if we have the God of peace, others will experience peace when we're around and they will want it too.  Everybody wants peace!  The only true peace comes from having the God of peace present within us!
    1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)   33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
    PRAYER FOCUS FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I need peace.  I need You, the God of peace, to be present with me.  Help me to do what I have learned in Your Word.  As I do that, I thank you that You are with me, my God of peace! 
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    God is good

    Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:29 PM [General]


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    Beatrice:Morning Manna

    Friday, October 22, 2010, 5:57 AM [General]

    Current mood:  blessed
    Category: Religion and Philosophy
    Philippians 4:8 (KJV)  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    Can you think of anything commendable in your life?  Can you think of anyone in your life who is worthy of commendation?  That's what praise means.  As I began to write this little devotional concerning whether there is any praise to think about, I immediately thought, "no problem."  There is always room to praise God and we cannot exhaust all of the things for which we can praise God!  But, as I looked up the specific meaning of the word Paul has used for, "praise," here, I discovered something new!  This word is used, according to Vine's Dictionary, "of those on account of, and by reason of, whom as God's heritage, "praise" is to be ascribed to God in respect of His glory (the exhibition of His character and operations)."  This same word, translated, "praise," is used in Ephesians 1:12, regarding us, as believers.  We're supposed to be to the praise of His glory.  It's used again in Ephesians 1:14, this time to describe our inheritance in Christ which is to the praise of His glory.  It's also in Ephesians 1:6, where Paul describes the praise of God's grace which has made you and me accepted in the beloved.  In Philippians 1:11, it is used to describe how we're to be filled with the fruits of righteousness which will be to the praise of God.  It is used to commend the Jewish people who truly worship God in spirit so that their praise is of God and not of men.  (Romans 2:29.)  I love this next verse.  It is used in 1 Corinthians 4:5.  This verse is proof that, at the judgment day, if we have truly served Christ, no matter what others thought of us, we will have the praise of God!  Lastly, it is used to let us know that, if we live proper lives, we will receive the praise of those who rule over us.  (Romans 13:3; 1 Peter 2:14)  Once again, God has given me a new revelation.  Yes, I must praise God, first and foremost.  But, if anyone around me is worthy of praise because they serve God, I can honor them too.  Next to God, is there someone in your life of whom you can say, "They really live to the praise of God."?  In this word, I see the cross with praise to God going up and praise to those who serve Him going outward!  While there are lots of things that tempt us to negative thinking about others around us, there are also lots of people who love the Lord and are serving Him!  How many of them can you think of today?  Perhaps you just might want to encourage them by letting them know that you see them living for the praise of God!  If there is any praise (and there surely is), think about that!
     1 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV)   5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

    PRAYER FOCUS FOR TODAY:  Thank you, Lord, for placing people all around me who live for Your praise and glory.  Help me today and everyday.Current


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    Beatrice:Morning Manna

    Thursday, October 21, 2010, 11:22 AM [General]

    Current mood:  blessed
    Category: Religion and Philosophy
    Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
    8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    The way we think is the way we're going to be.  If we think about good things, the chances are that our actions are going to be good.  If we think about bad things, those things will eventually invade our actions.  The Apostle, Paul, in Philippians 4:8, is trying to guide us into proper and positive thinking.  Not the positive thinking that many secular humanists teach.  Paul wants us to think on the things of the Lord, which are always positive because God loves His creation and everything He says is true.  Paul tells us that, if there is any virtue, to think about that.  There are so many things we can think about as we watch the nightly news or hear others complaining about the challenging times in which we live.  But, we, because we believe that God is in control, have many other things to think about!  What is virtue, as translated in Philippians 4:8?  According to the Strong's Talking Dictionary, it is something, "manly," as in the word, "valor."  Things that are virtuous are things of excellence and things that are praiseworthy.  The Apostle, Peter, encourages us by letting us know that God has given us everything that concerns life and Godliness.  God expects us to use those things to live a life of virtue.  God has called you and me to virtue.  To be excellent.  To be people of valor.  So, why not start thinking about things that are virtuous?  2 Peter 1:3  Peter also gives us a list of things to do in order to live a Godly life of faith.  To our faith, we are to add virtue.  This morning, I encourage you to think about things of virtue.  Things of excellence.  2 Peter 1:5   According to Peter, we are to add virtue to our faith and then knowledge to our virtue.  It's time to start thinking virtuous thoughts!  It's interesting to note that the translators of the King James Version of the Bible translated the Greek word, "dynamis," as, "virtue," in Mark 5:30.  This is the story of the woman with the issue of blood that pressed in through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus's garment; and she was healed.  Jesus knew that power had gone out of Him even though He did not see her touch his robe.  So, if we want to have the dynamite power of the Holy Spirit, we might want to begin to think virtuous thoughts.  What is foremost in your thoughts this morning?  Let's check to be sure every thought is an excellent thought.  All of the previous things that Paul has urged us to think about in Philippians 4:8 are virtuous thoughts.  It's time to develop virtuous thinking so that our lives will become lives of excellence for the King of Kings!  
     2 Peter 1:5 (KJV)  5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
    PRAYER FOCUS FOR TODAY:  Lord, help me to be a person of excellence for You by thinking about things of virtue!
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    Beatrice: Morning Manna

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:26 AM [General]

    Current mood:  blessed
    Category: Religion and Philosophy
    Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
    8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
    Among everything that started flooding your mind this morning when you awoke, were there thoughts of good reports?  Perhaps you went to the doctor this week and are awaiting the results of testing.  Of course, you want a good report!  Is it time for report cards in school?  A good report is exactly what you're looking for!  And what about that performance review at work?  Everybody is looking for a good report in that area.  A good report could even mean a better paycheck!  There may be times when the doctor's report doesn't look so good to us or the grades aren't exactly what we thought we had, or the performance review is less than expected.  But, there are things that we can think about that are of good report.  As believers, we are never without a good report.  We have the good news (good report) of the gospel.  (Matthew 24:14)   The good report, in spite of all of our challenges and unmet expectations, is that Jesus lives! (John 21:14, Hebrews 7:25)  A good report is something reputable.  It is something of fame.  Something shining and clear.  As with all of the other things that Paul asks us to think upon in Philippians 4:8, it comes right back to God.  Luke 4:37 tells us that the fame of Jesus went all over the land.  The underpinnings of this word used to describe the fame that Jesus had are a part of the words, "good report."  Whether or not our circumstances are exactly favorable or worthy of being of good report, we always have good reports to think about.  Jesus came and loved us when we were still sinners.  (Romans 5:8)   That's a good report.  He died for us to save us from our sin.  (Romans 1:16)  Another good report.  He did not stay in the grave.  (Matthew 28:6)  Now there's a very good report.  And, an even better report is that He lives today and has promised never to leave us or forsake us.  (Matthew 28:20)  If we will follow Him, He has promised to be our Light.  (John 12:46)  If we will give generously, He has promised to meet all of our needs!  (Philippians 4:19)   If we will use His Word, we can send the devil running.  (Matthew 4:10) If we read His Word, we can renew our minds and be conformed to His image.  (Romans 12:2)  All of these things are things that are of good report.  All of these things will allow us to maneuver through this world of strange, and sometimes uncomfortable, circumstances knowing that the final good report is that, "we win."  Because God is for us.  Nothing can separate us from His love.  These things are good reports, if I have ever heard a good report!  Do you need some good reports to think upon?  Just start going through the above and all of the other promises in the Word!  I love a good report and we certainly have plenty of good reports to meditate upon when we open up the Word of God!
    Proverbs 15:30 (KJV)  30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
    PRAYER FOCUS FOR TODAY:  Thank you Lord for all the good reports in Your Word.  When I can't seem to find a good report in this world, thank you that I can find plenty of them in Your Word! 
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    Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 12:48 AM [General]

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    BEATRICE: Morning Manna

    Monday, October 18, 2010, 11:42 AM [General]

    Current mood:  blessed
    Category: Religion and Philosophy
    Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
    8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    I have been having a lot of fun digging into Philippians 4:8 and finding out lots of things I did not know about what I am supposed to be thinking!  I hope and pray that I am getting a wholly renewed and revived mindset!  It's amazing to find that some words in Philippians 4:8 , that we take for granted that we know, have extensively deeper meanings!  Today, I am digging for treasure in the word, "just."  Are you thinking about things that are, "just," this morning?  Or, are you just thinking about the things you have to get done today or all the obstacles in your way?  What does it mean to think of things that are just?  The word that the Apostle, Paul, used in Philippians 4:8 for, "just," is really most often translated, "righteous."  Things that are just are things that are equitable or fair.  Sounds like the word we use a lot for legal affairs - justice.  It is that, but, as with all the other terms Paul has used, it is so much more!  It also implies innocence and holiness.  There we are, right back to God again!  What are you thinking about this morning?  Things that have to do with holiness?  With righteousness?  As they used to say, "rightwiseness"?  God is righteous (John 17:25)  The world, at large, does not know Him.  Do you suppose that is why most worldly just-ice systems seem to fall apart sooner or later?  As believers, we can know and be known by a just and righteous Heavenly Father.  Not only that, we are endowed with righteousness.  Not our own righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ!  If we are, then, righteous people because of Christ, how fitting that Paul should remind us that we are to think of righteous things.  Of things that are just!  Even Jesus, when He walked the earth as a man, thought of the things of His Father.  Of things that were just (and still are).  Jesus said that His judgments were just because He didn't seek His own will but, instead, He sought the will of His Father.  (John 5:30)  In our daily lives, when we think of things that are just, we are thinking righteously, looking for the will of our Father instead of leaning on our own understanding and seeking to follow our own agenda.  I want to walk in the righteousness that Jesus died to give me, don't you?  (1 Corinthians 1:30)    We can stay on the straight and narrow much easier when we think about things that are just.  With these things on our mind, we will have no room for the unjust things that the devil and the world try to bring upon us!  Today, let's try thinking of things that are just (righteous)! 
    Proverbs 3:33 (KJV)  33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
    PRAYER FOCUS FOR THE DAY:  Lord, I purposely set my mind on Your will and Your ways because I know that You are just and righteous.

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