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    Friday, July 31, 2009, 4:08 PM [General]

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    adding patience

    Friday, July 31, 2009, 1:22 PM [General]



     2 Peter 1:6 (KJV)
    6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;


    As we have been seeing in the first few verses of 2 Peter, we have a precious faith.  It is a gift from God.  As with all gifts, we need to receive it and take care of it.  The Apostle, Peter, has given us several things to add to our faith.  Any gift we receive must be cared for if it is not to be lost or broken.  Peter outlines some ways we can take care of our precious faith by making an effort to add some things to it.  In 2 Peter 1:5,  we added virtue, and knowledge.  In 2 Peter 1:6, we have seen that we might need to work on our self-control, otherwise known as temperance.  Exercising that muscle will always add to it and bolster our faith.  But, there's even more.  And, there will be more after that.  If you are like me, I like to get things done in a hurry, even multi-task, so that I might accomplish several things at once.  I am not, what one might call, patient.  I stand by the microwave shouting for it to hurry it's one minute warm-up.  That's too slow for me.  I want it, now!  Of course, no one reading this is that way, but you might  know someone who is that way......  It is said that patience is a virtue.  Maybe it is because, in Peter's list of things to add to our faith, virtue is the first one.  Hopefully, we have added that already.  If we are va lent in the battle of life, we will be able to, and we really must, add patience.  


    We can't hurry along God's work in our lives.  We see and walk by faith.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)  7 We live by faith, not by sight. Precious faith.  That faith is the evidence and substance of things we can't see.  It is our assurance and confirmation of those things we have not yet seen with our eyes.  Having that knowledge gives us the ability to add patience to our faith with each passing day.  Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)  1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].  I don't think Peter made any mistake letting us know that in the list of additions to our faith, we have to have some self-control before we can add patience.  For instance, I can't rip the microwave door open when only thirty seconds have passed and then be upset because I haven't waited the minute needed to warm my food.  I need to contain myself first and resist the urge to open the door.  Then I need to settle down and be patient!  I really can't see the food getting warm.  I just have faith that, in one minute, the food will be warm if I control my urge to open the door before the time is up and then stand there patiently.  We can't see what God is doing in our lives.  But, by faith, we know He is doing things which are more than we can even believe.  Ephesians 3:21-21 (NIV)  20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Have you been waiting quite a long time, in faith, for something for which you have asked the Lord?  If that desire is according to His Word and will for your life, it will come.  Matthew 21:22 (AMP)  22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. Lack of self-control and patience will cause us to sometimes take matters into our own hands and try to "materialize," our own desire.  Most of our problems in this world today are due to the fact that Abraham and Sarah did that!  (Genesis 16:1-4)  God had promised them a child of their own and they waited, but not long enough!  They waited until they were past the age of child bearing and it didn't happen.  In our own lives, sometimes we have to wait until a thing is impossible before we see the manifestation of the promise.  We have to wait, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.  (Luke 1:37)  That's so God can get all the glory!  So Sari and Abram took matters into their own hands.  Very dangerous for them and for us!  Now we have constant conflict in our world between the Arabs and the Israelis because two people didn't use self-control and have patience.  These were people of faith.  (Hebrews 11:8-11)  They didn't have Peter's words about adding self-control and patience to their faith, but we doGod was faithful to bring about the evidence of His precious promise to them but He didn't stop them from doing what they insisted on doing.  They suffered great consequences for it and we are living out those consequences today.  No wonder Peter tells us to add patience to our faith!


    "Okay," we might say, "I'm going to grin and bear it.  I'm going to have patience."  Oh dear, wait a minute!  There's a small problem with that attitude.  According to the Greek word from which we get this word, "patience." we're not to get that strained look on our faces and have tensed muscles when the trials come that will provide the patience we need to add to our faith.  No!  Quite the contrary.  Patience is a cheerful, hopeful, constant, enduring, waiting on the Lord!  Okay, I have to stop at the word, "cheerful."  Not only am I not naturally patient, I have lots of work to do when it comes to being cheerfully patient!  Do you, like me, have that first impulse to go just go ahead and add patience to your self-control and the other aspects of the precious faith God has given you just as fast as you can?  Not so fast!  It doesn't work that way.  It has also been jokingly said, "Don't pray for patience!  If you do, you'll get the trials that allow you to have patience."  Actually, I don't think we really need to pray for trials these days so that we can gather some patience.  In my world, there are plenty of trials.  God is giving me many opportunities to add patience to the other things contained in my faith.  Am I willing to slow down and cheerfully add the patience He is offering me?  Many times, He tells me to wait, right in the midst of a trial that is demanding me to do things my own way because, deep down, I'm thinking, "God, I can do this a lot faster than You are doing it!"  Lamentations 3:25-26 (NLT)  25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.  26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.  I am reminded of an incident in our lives that kind of illustrates this point.  My husband and I were on a trip.  He ran out of socks so we went to K-Mart and he got a bag of new socks.  Back in th hotel room, he was minding his own business spending way too much time (in my opinion)  trying to get those socks out of the bag.  Me, being goal oriented and "faster than God," said, "What is taking you so long."  Fast like a bunny, I grabbed that bag of socks from him showing him that all you had to do was take both hands and just rip  clean apart.  "There, now you can have your socks - pronto!"  Recalling this incident, I am haunted by the look on his face as he looked first at the shredded bag on the floor and his socks thrown on the bed and then at me.  Sadly, he said, "I wanted to save that bag."  In my impatience, I did not realize that the bag was reusable if you opened it the right way, which obviously took some patience.  He had wanted to use that bag for the rest of the trip.  He was content to be patient so he could save the bag.  We need to be content to add patience to our precious faith too.  God is patiently waiting to save souls.  In our impatience we may just "shred a bag" that God has been trying to save.  Are you ready to add patience to your self-control and all of the other aspects of this precious faith God has given us?  There's a lot to be said about adding patience!

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    The Nature of Love

    Friday, July 31, 2009, 9:57 AM [General]

    Love is…
    Love is patient.
    So let us learn patience for one another.
    Love is kind.
    So let us not be cruel to each other.
    Love does not envy.
    So let us delight in the other’s smile.
    Love does not boast.
    So let us just listen to the other for a while.
    Love is not proud.
    So let us not be slow to apologize.
    Love is not rude.
    So let us speak to each other without spiteful chastise.
    Love is not self-seeking.
    So let us serve each other with a giving heart.
    Love is not easily angered.
    So let us quench our anger before it has a chance to start.
    Love keeps no record of wrongs.
    So let us not keep record of our wrongs against one another.
    Love does not delight in evil.
    So let us not cast venom at each other.
    Love rejoices in truth.
    So let us forever be true to our love.
    Love always protects.
    So let us keep one another protected in our prayers to God, above.
    Love always trusts.
    So let us trust in each other.
    Love always hopes.
    So let us always find hope in the midst of despair for one another.
    Love always perseveres.
    So let us persevere together through the trials of life.
    Love never fails.

    - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

    Sending A Sweet Message Of Love To You Today!~~~ "Hope"

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    The Master's Choice

    Friday, July 31, 2009, 9:10 AM [General]

    “The Chosen Vessel”

    "Take me,” cried the gold one. “I'm shiny and bright,
    “I'm of great value and I do things just right."

    Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay.
    Empty and broken, it helplessly lay.
    No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose,
    To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use.
    “Ah! This is the vessel I've been hoping to find,
    I will mend and use it and make it all mine.”

    Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay.
    Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day.
    Spoke to it kindly, “There's work you must do,
    Just pour out to others as I pour into you.”

    The poem “The Chosen Vessel” tells how God picks a vessel to use:
    God passed by the gold, silver, brass, crystal, and wooden urns, and chooses the vessel of clay.
    Why would God deliberately choose improbable people (vessels)? I believe it is because He wants to make clear that the power lies in Him, not in us. When people observe drastic healing and transformation in their broken lives, their eyes turn toward Him. That's where
    the true power lays.....

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    Is self-control something you need to work on?

    Thursday, July 30, 2009, 5:31 PM [General]



    2 Peter 1:6 (KJV)
    6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;


    It's good to know that the Lord has new things for us to add to what He has given us, as we continue to walk in His ways.  The Apostle, Peter, has given us lots of rich things in the first eleven short verses of his second epistle.  He has reminded us that we have a precious faith.  (2 Peter 1:1)  He has reminded us of God's precious promises.  (2 Peter 1:4)  You and I have everything we need that concerns our lives and the way to live in a way that glorifies God.  (2 Peter 1:3)  Because of all this and the many more things we find in the first four verses of 2 Peter, Chapter 1, we are urged to add some things to the gift of faith that has been given to us.  We are told to diligently add virtue to our faith and then to add knowledge that virtue.  But, Peter doesn't stop there.  That means we need to put forth some effort, but, as we can see, the benefits of this effort on our part will be rewarded.  The benefits far outweigh the efforts!  There are more things to add to our faith!


    Once we have added virtue and knowledge, the Lord wants us to continue with the addition of temperance.  What is temperance?  Basically, it is self-control.  There are lots of things going on around us that can tempt us to anger, deceit, lies, lusts, etc.  We can have the knowledge that these things are wrong because we have read it in God's Word.  But, the Lord wants us to add self-control to the weapons in the arsenal of our faith.  We can know perfectly well how to behave but, if we have not added self-control to our faith, virtue and knowledge, it will be for nothing because we will bend to the pressure to do wrong.  Is self-control something you need to work on?  Are you diligently seeking to add self-control to your life?  It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.  When we use it, we won't be ashamed of our own behavior.   Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP) 22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,  23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].  The more self-control we add to our faith, the less time we will have to spend repenting of those things we do on the spur of the moment that are not so great in God's sight.  We will be able to "contain ourselves," even in pressing situations.  This is something we must make an effort to work into our lives every day so that it, more and more, becomes common practice for us.


    What might lead us to a lack of self-control?  Perhaps fear plays a large part in that since the Apostle, Paul, reminds us that God did not give us a spirit of fear.  Conversely, God has given us the gift of faith which includes, power, love, and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)  7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.  The enemy uses fear to try to shut us down and finally even try to devour us.   1 Peter 5:8 (AMP) 8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.  If the devil can cause us to forget that God has promised us the gift of faith, we're on the road to losing our self-control.  If we have been adding temperance (or self-control) to the other ingredients outlined for us by Peter, we will have a sure and swift victory!  It takes a faith filled with self-control to stand up to something that looks like a lion with a roar that will send even the bravest of men to their knees in fear.  It is said that a lion's roar can paralyze it's prey in fear.  It's not hard to defeat and tear apart a victim that is paralyzed.  Our precious faith, combined with virtue, (the Amplified Bible partially defines "virtue," as, "Christian energy") and then combined again with the knowledge of the Word of God takes us along the right path.  When, all of a sudden, from seemingly nowhere, the enemy jumps out from the brush on that good path we are treading and trys to paralyze us with fear in order to steal what we've added so far, the self-control that we are constantly adding will enable us to remember that we do not have the spirit of fear.  We have the precious gift of faith.  This roaring lion that is trying to paralyze us does not rule over us.  We can use that self-control we have added to our faith because we know that our King, Friend, Protector, and Provider is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!  (Revelation 5:5)  The enemy may have a loud and scary roar but when the Lion of the Tribe of Judah roars, everyone has to fall on their knees!  If we have received Jesus, we have placed ourselves on His side.  Remembering that fact, it will be a lot easier to add that self-control we need to our lives and then to use it.  We don't need to fall prey to fear, to self-vindication, or to any other temptation that rears it's ugly head in the presence of difficult situations.  We just need to be diligently adding self-control to our faith and turn our eyes on the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Hear Him roar!  Use that self-control, let Him fight the battle and watch the enemy disappear! 

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    Behold a Mystery

    Thursday, July 30, 2009, 12:29 AM [General]

    The Book of Joel has always been a complete study..Because of the statements made by Peter Acts chap. 2 comparing the events of the Upper Room experience and the infilling of the believers at that time..with what was to take place in the end times of the Book of Joel..Peter stood up and said this is like that which is to take place..

    This is a hard saying and if you find difficulty with it..and you do not believe in the Rapture..thats ok just give it some thought before you rule it out..Ok

    Remember that we who are on earth prior to this time of trouble will have an experience of the Catching up with those who have died in Christ a long with those who are present at this time will be "Snatched away" (1 thes. 4:16 and 17) We will be with Christ at this Wedding Feast during this most difficult time. "the Wedding Feast of the Lamb"

    Zech.12:10: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son,” In Acts 2: The words 'your sons, your daughters, your old men, and your young men' are all referring to the fact that God is speaking to Israel then and also in the future. When Peter quoted this, it was to the Jews who were there in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. The future fulfillment also refers to the Jews in Israel. This is not applied to the unsaved Gentiles but to all the flesh of Israel (Rom. 11:25). The timing of this event is in the tribulation v.31 before the great and awesome day of the Lord. In Rev.6:12 it relates this event with the sixth seal of the tribulation. V.32 it is the remnant that calls upon his name. If we go back to Joel 2:20 it refers to the defeat of the Northern Army, God himself removes it. However, the context in which we read about Joel's Army clearly shows that this army is destructive to Israel (vs. 3, 5, 6), and God will destroy it. V.25 This army is described as locusts that have brought ruin. In v.28 we find it is after this army marches and is destroyed, that God will pour out his Spirit. This all occurs just before the end of the tribulation. Peter inserts “in the last days” for his application of this verse.....

    For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.” So there is an ultimate fulfillment to occur for this prophecy that happens in Jerusalem to the Jewish people who are saved from this destructive army which marches through their land. It is Gods way of humbling them and bringing them to repentance. Joel 3:1 says “in those days” and “at that time.” This describes the time period which ends with Armageddon, as he gathers all the nations into the valley of Meggido for judgment. In vs.12-15 he enters into judgment which is found in Rev.14:18. In Joel 3:13 he puts in the sickle for the harvest (Rev.19:15). v.15 the sun and moon grow dark and the stars become dim (also found in Mt.24:29, Rev.6:12 ). It is in these days that the complete fulfillment will occur. The judgment of the nations begins after the Tribulation ends, just before the Lord sets up His millennial reign (Mt.24 continues into Mt.25 where he separates the sheep from the goats). Only at this time will peace between the nations occur.Keeping those things in the context in which they were written is most important. While there is a spiritual application we find it is to Israel and to the unsaved, giving it no application for the church today. Joel’s book is about the tribulation period and Israel (natural Israel) the Jews.

    Footnote: I realize that there are many varying views on the end times and how it will all play out..and I am not suggesting that this is the only practical application, however they are my personal views on this subject. But  in no way meant for argument, but merely my views.. So, if you have a different perspective that is ok to..Just be thoroughy convenced in your mind and work out your views with fear and trembling ..for the day of the Lord is at Hand!

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    Live A Life that Matters..

    Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 9:00 PM [General]

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    Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 2:26 PM [General]

    2 Peter 1:5 (NIV)
    5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
    Are you inundated with opportunities to add to what you have?  Does every TV and radio commercial talk about more things you can get?  When you see someone with something you don't have yet, are you inspired to try to figure out a way that you can have that thing too?  The world is into adding.  But, the world's way is foolish.   Jesus gave us a good example of  this.  Luke 12:16-21 (TLB)  16 Then he gave an illustration: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.  17 In fact, his barns were full to overflowing—he couldn’t get everything in. He thought about his problem,  18 and finally exclaimed, ’I know—I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones! Then I’ll have room enough.  19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, "Friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Wine, women, and song for you!" ’  20 "But God said to him, ’Fool! Tonight you die. Then who will get it all?’   21 "Yes, every man is a fool who gets rich on earth but not in heaven."  Is it that the Lord doesn't want us to have earthly things?  Not at all.  But, if our end goal is to get more, build bigger barns, and coast along in life, we are foolish.  There is much more to life than having more, "stuff." 
    There are some things that Jesus does want us to add to our lives.  He has already given us everything that pertains to life and godliness, but, like the promised land of old, we need to make an effort to receive those things and to use them.  (1 Peter 1:1-4)  Because we have been given the precious faith and promises of the Lord, we need to be diligent to add to those things by the way we live.  Just as in the material world, we have to work to be able to add things to our lives, we must do so even more in the spiritual realm.  Peter begins a list for us.  He tells us that we must diligently, earnestly, hastily add to our faith and the list goes on.  

    What does Peter tell me to add to my faith?  He tells me to add virtue.  What exactly does that mean to me?  It means that I need to be valiant in living out my faith and defending it if someone should ask me.  1 Peter 3:15 (TLB) 15 Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord, and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way. It means I need to strive to live a life of excellence so that I can bring praise to the Lord.  Matthew 5:16 (NLT) 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.     But, Peter doesn't stop there.  I must also diligently add to my virtue.  What is it that I need to add?   Knowledge.  That means I need to learn about the things of the Lord. 2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP)  15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. I also need to be aware of what is going on around me.  Another word for the word, "knowledge," is "science."  God has given us a precious faith but He doesn't want us to sit around like spoiled children bragging about something that we didn't have to work for.  No!  He says we must diligently add to what He has given us.  We must make an effort.  In one short verse, I am encouraged to add excellence to my life.  To be strong and full of valor.  I am encouraged to dig into God's word and learn more.  Also, to learn about what is going on in this world so I can be prepared to discern what is of God and what is not.  Hebrews 5:14 (NLT)  14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.  There is so much more in 2 Peter 1:5 that is implied in adding virtue and knowledge to my faith.  I'm sure you can think of other things that can be applied to these two things we're instructed to add.  Adding is going to take some effort on our part!  Are you up to the challenge?  It can be overwhelming but I am comforted in many promises of God, including the fact that I can do all things because Jesus is my strength!  You can too!  Philippians 4:13 (TLB)  13 for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

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    Great and Precious Promises

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 1:36 PM [General]

    2 Peter 1:4 (KJV)
    4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    Today, like every day, is a good day to remember that, if we have received Jesus, we have a precious Savior.  If you have not received Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, there is a precious Savior waiting for you today.  He wants you to have His gift of eternal life.  This Savior was the fulfillment of a precious promise of God.  Isaiah 28:16 (NIV)  16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.  The Apostle, Peter, uses this word, "precious." to describe our faith and to describe the promises of God.  He borrows it to reaffirm the preciousness of our Savior which was declared years before Peter came on the scene.  1 Peter 2:6-7 (NIV)  6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."  7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,
    This precious Savior, has given all those who will receive Him, the gift of eternal life.  Romans 6:23 (AM)  23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.  If that was all there was, that would be more than enough for undeserving sinners like you and me.  But, that's not all!  Peter tells us that we have been given a precious faith.  2 Peter 1:1 (AMP)  1 SIMON PETER, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves in and through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:   Sometimes we may forget that, even our faith, comes through the righteousness of God and through our precious Savior.  This faith is precious because, no matter what we face in life, we can know that God has made us some precious promises.  What is it that is challenging you today?  Will you stop and remember that you have a precious Savior, if indeed you have received Him?  If you are still bound by sin and the evil of this world, will you stop and know that God has promised that, if you will call on Him right now, you will be saved?  Acts 2:21 (NIV)  21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'  You can make a choice today to receive Jesus as your precious Savior.
    God is filled with goodness.  With excellence.  With virtue.  Because of these things He has provided you and me with a precious Savior.  He has given us a way to have relationship with Him.  To gain knowledge about who He really is.  To receive His grace and His peace.  (2 Peter 1:2)  To receive a precious faith. (2 Peter 1:1)  To receive everything we need for life and godliness because He has shared Himself with us.  Finally, He has given us great and precious promises.  Some have said, "terrific" promises.   Put another way, "rich and wonderful blessings."   This idea comes from a Greek word from which we probably get our word, "mega."  God has given us "mega" promises to which we can cling in every situation in life!  They are costly.  They are honorable.  They are beloved and dear to us.  They come from our God who has a reputation for never backing down on a promise!  Psalm 18:30 (NLT)  30 God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. Perhaps the most difficult thing we have to do in this world is to separate ourselves from the decay all around us.  To separate ourselves from the temptation that always asks us to give in to our human desires rather than doing life God's way.  One of the most precious things about God's promise to us in 2 Peter 1:4 is that we are allowed to participate in His divine nature.  This allows us to escape the great temptation to give in to the worldly things that try to catch our eye every day.  I can't think of a greater promise or miracle than that of having a precious Savior, who gives me precious faith, along with precious promises that will never fail!  Is that not enough?  If anything is discouraging you or challenging you this morning, turn to your precious Savior.   Step out in the precious faith you have been given. Participate in His own divine nature.  Then rely totally on those precious promises you learn from His Word. 
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    Monday, July 27, 2009, 2:16 PM [General]

    2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
    3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
    When looking deeper into 2 Peter 1:3, I am impressed with God.  I should be impressed with God!  You should too!  Every day He will surprise us with new things.  He will work in and through us in ways we cannot begin to believe.  Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)  20 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. If we really believe that God is able to do such things in and through us, much glory should be flowing in His direction as we realize that His divine power has given us everything that has to do with life and with living it for Him!  His knowledge is so vast that we could never exhaust the wisdom and revelation He desires to give us about Himself!  We are but "dust balls" on this earth.  Psalm 103:14 (AMP)  14 For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Even dust in the hands of the Master can become a marvelous creation!  Psalm 39:14 (NLT)  14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.  Right now might be a great time to stop and "selah," (or pause) with the Psalmist and thank God for making us in such a wonderful way!  After all, when was the last time you took a lump of dirt, made a human figure out of it, tried to breathe into it and saw it come alive?  When was the last time you and I were even able to make the dirt to begin with?
    It is a miracle that we live and move about.   And, that we have intelligence!  It is even more of a miracle that God would cherish these beings that He made and call them to glory and virtue!  John 17:22-23 (AMP)  22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: 23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me. Why would Almighty God call you and me to glory?  His intention was that, through His glory, we, as believers might find unity.  That's what Jesus said.  God is interested in the world He created. (John 3:16)  He is interested in every miraculously formed "dust ball" that is walking around!  He's interested in you too.  So, maybe you have gathered a little dirt as you walked the earth.  Maybe you're looking more like a "dirt ball" than just a little dust ball this morning.  It could be that you have never received the cleansing that comes from salvation.  (2 Corinthians 6:2)   Today is your day!  Just honestly lay out your life before the Lord and ask Him to take over.  Repent and He will wash you white as snow.  Right now!  Maybe you have believed but then your feel have collected a little extra dust as you walked through this corrupt world.  Will you allow Jesus to wash your feet this morning?   John 13:10 (AMP) 10 Jesus said to him, Anyone who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is clean all over. And you [My disciples] are clean, but not all of you.  The Lord knows which of us need to have our feet washed but He leaves the choice to us. We can either go along and collect more mud on our dusty feet until we stumble and totally fall or we can repent right now of anything that is not worthy of His glory and start out on a new path with clean feet!  Walking in His glory.  1 John 1:9-10 (NLT)  9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

    God is not only calling us to glory, but also to virtue.  Being a woman, I am drawn to Proverbs 31.  The chapter that describes the woman that all of us believing woman want to be.  The virtuous woman.  Proverbs 31:10 (AMP)  10 A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman—who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. Wow!  Wouldn't every woman want to be valued far above precious jewels?  Wouldn't every man desire to have a priceless woman like that?  I needed to know how to be "that woman."   So, I looked up the original meaning of that word, "virtuous."  The original Hebrew meaning.  I got quite a shock!  This word, "virtuous," is translated, "army," fifty-six times in the King James Version of the scripture.  It is translated, "man of valor," thirty-seven times.  It includes something which is probably "a force," (by means of people, means or other resources).  It is described as "wealth," and "strength."  It is powerful, worthy, strong, substantial, etc.  So much for the current idea of what a virtuous woman might look like!  The thing is that God has called us all, both men and women, to virtue.  His virtue.  He has given us everything we need to get there too.  Only He is totally wealthy, all-powerful, worthy, and full of strength.  We cannot see Him with our eyes, but He is the Creator of true substance.  By faith, we know that our substance lies totally within Him.  Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)  1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  It is that precious faith that Peter tells us about that assures us of the substance of God.  2 Peter 1:1 (NIV) 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:  It is that faith that tells us that we can do all things because Christ will strengthen us.  Philippians 4:13 (AMP)  13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. What is it that you are facing this morning?  Remember, our Lord has called us to glory and virtue (strength and valor).  Jesus has given us the glory that the Father gave Him so that we might live our lives in unity praising Him and giving the glory back to Him.  He has given us His virtue to strengthen us even in the midst of the worst trials.  Are we walking in that glory and receiving that virtue?  He is calling us to take those things and claim the victory.   He has already won it for us on the cross and through His resurrection.  2 Corinthians 2:14 (AMP)  14 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, Hopefully and prayerfully, it will be said of you and me that we have displayed His glory and walked in His virtue!

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