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HOW ABOUT MEEKNESS? DO YOU HAVE IT?

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is . . meekness, . . .

Many of us have no difficulty with this quote as we are already bashful and introvert.

But there are also times when the pilgrim should act with boldness, such as when going to the throne of God for mercy and forgiveness.

This meekness is most beneficial when we are confronted by unbelievers or by troubling circumstances. This is when it stands in contrast to the character of Satan.

Let’s remember that these fruits of the Spirit contrast the love of God with the hate of Satan.

Let’s also remember that these fruits can be gotten only through Spiritual Exercise.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH FAITH?

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is . . faith, . . .

This is difficult to understand because it takes faith to get the Spirit in the first place.

God places a kernal of faith into the heart to get the process started. This small yearning for God leads to the Spirit of God and then faith begins to develop.

Paul says that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, and so we need to do daily Spiritual Exercises in order for our faith to grow.

We all need more faith as we grow in Christ.

I praise God for these words of Paul that help us understand.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HOW GOOD ARE YOU?

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is . . goodness, . . .

The comment of the actor, Mae West, illustrates how low goodness has come. She said, “when I’m good, I’m bad, and when I’m bad I’m better.”

I believe goodness is more than just being good, and as we come close to God we will do more than just good, and move on to goodness.

Goodness is when the heart is full of good, and good is done, not because of rules or laws, but because it is fruit of the spirit.

When we partake of God’s divine nature, we change inside and become more like Him.

As we do Spiritual Exercise, we walk a path to a place called goodness.

I praise God for so much help. I praise Him for Jesus.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HOW GENTLE ARE YOU?

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is . . gentleness, . . .

I’ve known many a Christian who was not gentle, but harsh and mean sounding.

To be gentle is one way that Jesus attracted children.

To be gentle is an attribute of love, and if you fail in this, then you know what needs to be done.

Gentleness is something that men, sometimes, think is weakness, but that is not true.

Each one of us can benefit from this Bible text.

It is fruit, and if you want to change it, then Spiritual Exercise is the only way.

I praise God for this text that holds so much truth.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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ARE YOU DEPRESSED?

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is . . joy, . . .

Most Christians fail to understand that joy – the opposite of depression and sadness – is found in Spiritual Exercise.

Spending time with Jesus in prayer, Bible study and meditation is like taking a drug to fight depression.

The life of Jesus is overwhelming and creates great feelings of gratitude and that creates the seeds for joy.

This gratitude spills into joy and changes our attitude – lifts it up and influences our subsequent behavior.

Picture in your mind’s eye, Jesus holding a two year old child on His lap. Imagine how the mother feels when Jesus blesses the child.

This imaginary scene brings joy to my heart as I contemplate it.

I’m guessing that the mother was very happy all day after an experience like this.

So, when Jesus listens to our prayers, why shouldn’t we be happy also?

I praise God for our best friend Jesus and want to be like Him.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HERE’S HOW IT WORKS! :)

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . . .”

God primes the pump of love and desire in our hearts, and then we come to Him for more and He willingly bestows for our benefit.

And as we spend time with God in prayer, study and meditation, our love for Him continues to develop and grow.

Is it possible to love God with All our hearts at the beginning? I’m not sure, but I can tell you that I love Him more now than a year ago, or a month ago.

Love and obedience are fruits of our relationship with Jesus. The closer to Him we come, the more powerful will be the fruit.

It’s a simple process – Spiritual Exercise, and I wish for you to partake of God’s divine nature through this daily experience.

I praise God for this power that He wants us to use.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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I WANT TO BE LIKE THE APOSTLES, HOW ABOUT YOU?

Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

I love this text because it portrays my deepest sentiment. I want to believe what the apostles believed. I don’t want to follow the beliefs of other people.

It seems to me that the apostolic doctrines are pure. They are untarnished by human ideas. They reflect truth.

Many doctrines have been introduced in the past two thousand years, and they might be interesting, and they might make some happy, but I try to ignore them and stick to the apostolic doctrines.

Church tradition, they say, is important and binding. But I believe the apostles would reject them outright.

I’m NOT suggesting that those who follow church traditions are losing their salvation over it. But I AM suggesting that the apostolic doctrines bring peace and love into the heart and are sufficient.

I want to be like Jesus. I want to act like Him. I want to believe what He taught. I want to be sensitive and loving like Him.

And so I focus all of my attention on what He taught, and that’s how the apostles lived and worshiped.

I praise God for Jesus.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HOW DO YOU USE YOUR LIBERTY?

 

Gal 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

The American Declaration of Independence talks of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But the Bible talks of liberty and the freedom to serve others.

There is a large difference between these two, and Jesus would have us use liberty for spreading love to others.

While the world seeks happiness, the believer should seek peace and opportunities to spread it further for the benefit of all people.

Most fail to realize that when we draw close to Jesus, we also receive happiness – a pure and holy happiness that doesn’t fade like Satan’s substitute.

I praise God for the liberty in the country of my home, and pray that you also have liberty to go in peace where the Holy Spirit leads you today.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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IS WASHING A STRANGER’S FEET CREEPY?

John 13:14-15 “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

Many churches incorporate this act of love into their service as a reminder of these words of Jesus. The Pope even does this once each year.

So, why doesn’t everyone do this as an act of humility and love?

Why do some people think this commandment is an option?

Can we pick and choose which commandments of God to obey?

I can hear people thinking, “It’s only symbolic of how we should treat people.” And I respond by saying, “Does Jesus washing the disciples feet look symbolic to you? Or does it look real?”

We need to break down barriers that separate us from serving others in a personal, touching manner. This is true humility.

I’m so thankful that my Savior is willing to touch me and love me with tender hands.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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WILL YOU HELP SOMEONE THIS WEEK?

Mt 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

This is an easy thing to forget. Those who are in need are blessed when we give them help.

And when we help the needy, we are partaking of God’s divine nature. We are brought closer to Him.

To help those who need it, is to be like Jesus. This is a noble and honorable work.

Sometimes, just an encouraging word or verbal exchange can make a difference.

We should be smiling and eager to spend time with people who will benefit from our presence.

The needy should not be looked down upon. They should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as a child of God. In this work we need to be humble as was Jesus.

We can be a blessing in more ways than one as we minister to others.

I praise God for the example that Jesus is that guides us in this service.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HOW FORGIVING ARE YOU?

Mt 6:14 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you”

This is very difficult to do at times.

On Facebook there are videos of great trespasses and it angers me to see people suffer. I read comments about what should be done to this person or that and they might be warranted, but shouldn’t Christians be more interested in the welfare of the persecuted than justice to the persecuter?

But forgiveness should come from the heart of those close to Jesus. We should not be quick to utter harsh words.

Yes, we will be abused. We will be looked down upon by some, but we will take the high road as did Jesus.

We will be willing to forgive only if we engage in Spiritual Exercise, because only the Holy Spirit will give us the desire and the strength.

This is a blessing we should embrace.

I praise Jesus for His eagerness to forgive.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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DO YOU FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE YOU?

Mt 3:11 “he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”

Have you been baptized with the Holy Ghost?

If you have not, then you only need to get closer to God. And this is where Spiritual Exercise helps.

Spending more time with God each day allows the power of the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. It allows the Father to bestow His power upon our lives to help us and to be a blessing to others.

Our life will change and we will desire to help others more than before. We will live a life of self-denial and service.

In short, we will become more loving, just like Jesus.

Don’t you want that? I know that I do.

I praise God for helping us and showing us the way through the life of Jesus.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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SHOULD WE BE CLOSER THAN WE THINK?

1 Cor 12:13 “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”

Yes, we are ONE body, regardless of differences of theology.

We follow Jesus Christ and embrace Him as our Savior.

Jesus sent the Spirit of Truth for us to learn as we study the book of nature and the Scriptures.

You and I are on the path of truth, although we might be at different places. One person is ahead of another, but all are saved as they journey on the same path.

This is very comforting to me, to know that love is the main characteristic of all believers, and of God.

I praise God for His love and His desire that we should be one in Him.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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IS THERE ANY GLADNESS IN YOUR LIFE TODAY?

Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:”

I love the word “gladly” in this text. I long for this feeling when I connect with God.

As I write this post the sun is about to break over the horizon and the eastern sky is pink/orange. The beauty is inspiring and brings gladness to my heart.

Much of the Christian experience involves gladness, an inner gladness, and I am thankful for this.

Rejoice with me and thank God for Jesus who sends His Spirit to sustain us on our holy journey and in our holy work.

I praise God for all the blessings He gives.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HERE IS A GOLDEN KEY TO THE HEART OF GOD”HUMLITY”

                          Psalm138:6

”Though the Lord be high ,yet has He respect unto the lowly.”

The world is moving so fast and the enemy is mad and angry everywhere.

Each day that comes by brings with it the delusion of popularity.

While the rich display their personal gainthe poor strive to be like them.

I must confess, without Christ it is absolutely difficult here .No, we cant make it at any cost.

I am a sinner and suffer the temptation of pride too but each time I look at the cross I marvel at the beautiful condescension.

Jesus our Lord who long was with the Father descended from heaven ,left the peace and glory and suffered shame and anguish unspeakable in the very hands of created men.

Jesus’meekness man hence the devil would not prevail against him.

Get this, the humble don’t die.

Satan in his pride rebelled against heaven and in his pride wanted to kill the son of God but He rose again that Sunday morning.

Praise the Lord!

Christ is honored and respected again.

From heaven to Calvary? Isn’t that amazing?

I thank God for the life of Jesus Christ and the demonstration of His humility.

I want to be like Jesus today.

What say you about God today?

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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JESUS TOLD HIS PEOPLE WHAT TO DO & IT’S HAPPENING

Mt 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

It is thrilling to me to consider the number of people from so many places that are doing this work.

Missionaries from so many countries are serving in so many other places, even each other’s countries.

And yet the work is not yet complete. But there is hope as new doors open and hearts are changed.

You and I need to support these special ambassadors for Christ with prayer and money.

It is our responsibility to join in this effort with love and emotional support.

We may not do the baptizing, but we can share the Holy Spirit, right?

I praise God for the work He gives us to do and the joy that results.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

Follow me on Twitter @geraldegreene

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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ARE YOU BORN AGAIN, AND ARE YOU BORN AGAIN TODAY?

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

To be born again represents the freshness that comes daily to the Christian.

We die and are born again when we are baptized with water and we die daily and are born again daily as we are baptized by the Holy Spirit.

To have a new life each day is rejuvenating. it is exciting. It overcomes depression.

The life of a dedicated follower of Jesus is a life of energy and positive expression.

It brings life to the heart. It brings salt to the earth. It brings light to all around.

I praise Jesus today for His invitation for us to be born again.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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DO YOU REALLY LOVE OTHER PEOPLE?

1 John 4:11 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

Life is so busy that we find it difficult to understand what this Bible verse means.

Love is so many things and is so forgiving, so reading the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians each day is helpful.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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THE BIBLE SAYS THAT DOCTRINE MATTERS. WHAT DO YOU SAY?

Eph 4:14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

I’m not here to tell you what to believe. That is what the Holy Spirit does.

But I’m here to remind you that it matters.

Do you know the doctrines of the church you attend?

Are you in agreement with your brothers and sisters?

If not, then you should find a church that believes as you do.

Doctrine matters a great deal. Doctrine is truth as found in Scripture.

Because so many churches believe so many different things, we know that most are, by definition, deceived.

This doesn’t matter if we are in ignorance, but as we grow we are led from darkness into light and then it matters.

Spiritual Exercise is the tool that helps us grow in spirit and in truth. It draws us closer to God and changes our desires and our beliefs.

It is a wonderful path to follow as we walk with Jesus each and every day.

I praise God for Jesus, who loves us and is interested in our life.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

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HAVE YOU HELPED ANYONE LATELY?

Gal 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

You and I should be eager to provide assistance to each other.

We might not have money, but we have energy and we have the ability to encourage and speak supporting words of love.

There is much we can do for each other and I pray that each of us reflects the character of God.

Just think how much God has done for the human family!

Why then should we not be the same?

I praise God for these words of the apostle Paul.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

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ARE YOU AFRAID OF GOD THE FATHER?

John 17:22-23 “And that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

These words of Jesus are very comforting to me. They convey the unity between the and assure us that the Father loves us just as much as does Jesus.

Jesus asked us to address our prayers to the Father and as we know Jesus, we can know the Father.

The Father has every reason to hate me and I have every reason to love Him. My sins caused Jesus to suffer on the Cross, but the Father forgives and forgets. He offers grace through Jesus Christ.

I praise God, including the Father, from whom all blessings flow.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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UNITY WITH GOD IS ALSO GOD’S DESIRE. WHAT’S YOURS?

John 17:22-23 “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;

Yes, we are to be one with Jesus and the Father.

We are called to partake of divinity and be holy people.

These words of Jesus are not for preachers, ministers or priests. No, they are for you and me.

Each person is called to be one with God and this can happen only through Spiritual Exercise as we come to Jesus through prayer, Bible study and meditation.

As we spend time with God our desires change and we become more and more like Him.

I praise God for this wonderful process of growth in Christ.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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UNITY OF BELIEVERS IS GOD’S DESIRE. WHAT’S YOURS?

John 17:11 “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

Spiritual people have a connection.

As you read this you might feel this connection to others who are on Social Media and who are close to God.

God’s people are like salt – sprinkled over the face of the earth – a little here and a little there.

We don’t know exactly who they are, but the Holy Spirit guides His people as needed.

All we know is that we need to be open, inviting, sensitive and loving in order to be one with these people.

Spiritual Exercise is the process that allows this to happen.

I praise God for the life of Jesus that is our example for unity with God and each other.

Please add your comments to this thought at the bottom of this post so others can be blessed through your words also.

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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PRUNING CAN BE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE AND CHALLENGING

John 15:1-6 I AM the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Here is a lesson from nature, from the garden.

Here in the northern hemisphere, my wife cut back some flowers last June in order for them to regrow and blossom in October. So now, we have beautiful flowers at this time of year when most plants don’t.

Spiritually speaking, God allows us to be pruned, and that means that this sinful world encroaches on our liberty, and our economic situation is not always stable.

We suffer with financial shortages and we suffer with disease.

Last week my sinuses were infected and my nose was running profusely, and I thought of Job.

Our lives aren’t always peaceful, but our faith in God remains unaffected as we are shaped and pruned by the Father.

I praise God that we can be reshaped because that allows us to regrow and be more like Jesus.

Do you get that?

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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HOW LOVING ARE YOU?

John 13:35 “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

I have some friends who have big hearts and will do anything to help other people, but who, at the same time seem angry about everything.

They are severe in their attitude about life, government and work.

They are unhappy about everything, it seems. And I’m trying to reconcile, in my mind, these words of Jesus with these friends.

It seems to me that if I want to be loving like Jesus, then my expressions and my words will be more cheerful. Yes, there are reasons to criticize injustice and sin, but there are so many other things one can talk about and react to in a positive way.

My love for God should color my entire life. My love for God should change the way I’m perceived by others. It should soften me and make me a blessing to my friends.

This is what I desire and this is what Jesus wants in us.

I praise God for these words of truth that Jesus spoke.

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You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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JESUS POINTS OUT HIS CLOSENESS TO OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS

Mt 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

When we offend a fellow believer we offend Jesus.

When we discriminate against a fellow believer we discriminate against Jesus.

It does us well to remember the importance of these words of Jesus about our behavior.

What say you about God today?

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

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ARE YOU A TROUBLE MAKER OR HEALER?

Prov 6:16-19 “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: . . . he that soweth discord among brethren.”

This is a large problem as there are trouble makers in many worship groups.

Some people like to stir the pot and create discord.

We might easily criticize leaders or the way someone dresses, or we might judge the actions of others.

In any event, discord damages the work of God and our relationship with Him.

One who creates discord separates himself from Jesus, and it might take multiple days for the person to come back, and while they are separated, they lose the blessings of intimacy with Christ.

This is a big deal – one that we need to be aware of.

We should all be healers, right?

I praise God for this good counsel from Proverbs.

It is too easy to fall into this trap of dishonesty.

A small lie here and there drifts until we are willing to tell whoppers.

When I was a child many stories had moral lessons built into them regarding the importance of honesty.

I’m not sure about new stories being published today, but I do know that this is a challenge for all generations.

Let’s face it, it’s easy to lie and we find it too easy to do it.

But God will help us overcome any problem if but ask. He is eager to give us extra power to strengthen our willpower and our character.

Spiritual Exercise provides the framework for Spiritual growth and a closer relationship with Jesus, and so we must do this on a daily basis.

I praise God for the gift of Jesus, who is our best friend.

What say you about God today?

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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MISCHIEF ISN’T FUNNY – IT’S SERIOUS BUSINESS TO GOD

Prov 6:16-19 “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: . . . feet that be swift in running to mischief. . ”

Throughout history there have been leaders of nations that fit this description. Men who are troublemakers. Men who care not about peace.

Ambassadors who lie and deceive are commonplace. Statesmen who spread rumors in order to advance their own interests are everywhere.

These people will face judgment one day and the outcome will be sure.

On a smaller level, you and I can also be guilty of these same things. We can use social media to destroy the reputation of people and we can spread unsubstantiated rumors quickly and effectively.

You and I should be peacemakers, and as we perform Spiritual Exercise we will be less tempted to fail in this direction.

God will help us remain firm and honest throughout the day and evening, so we can be the salt of the earth as intended.

I praise God for these words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs.

What say you about God today?

You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.

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DO YOU WANT TO KNOW JESUS?

To pray in His name is never enough.
.. A thank you will also not do.
But more time is needed to get close to God,
.. and there find a place to renew.

He said we must “know” Him and talk with Him.
.. He said “Come to me and find rest.”
He told us to love God with all of our heart.
.. Yes, these are the thoughts He expressed.

John the apostle did write of the matter,
.. confirming the need as required.
So, what is involved to know our God,
.. accepting these words as inspired?

Time is the answer, the answer is time.
.. Time must be given in prayer.
Time spent alone with frankness and honesty,
.. Time spent with Jesus, anywhere.

Study, I must say, is also required.
.. The Bible should we freely read.
Inspired and holy with wisdom and love,
.. it’s there to help us in our need.

But more than help does the Bible provide.
.. It brings us in touch with the Lord.
We learn how He dealt with the people of God,
.. and get to know Him in the Word.

Meditation is also important,
.. as we contemplate what we know.
To think about Jesus and all that He said,
.. brings blessings and helps us to grow.

Yes, four things are needed to know Jesus,
.. so let me repeat them for you.
Prayer is the first one and study the next
.. and meditate follows the two.

The first three take time to do well each day,
.. and this must you faithfully do.
You spend time with God as one would with a friend,
.. and that’s how it works with Him too.

Copyright 2016 by Gerald E. Greene, all rights reserved

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WERE YOUR THOUGHTS PURE YESTERDAY?

Prov 6:16-19 “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: . . . An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations. . ”

I’m guessing we’re all very guilty of this.

Someone does something that makes us upset and we think of all the things we want to do to get even, and we are guilty of this sin.

It’s so easy to let our minds conjure scenarios of evil. Even if we don’t act them out, we are guilty.

So seldom do we consider turning our cheek and suffer for love’s sake. We are quick to look for revenge and justice.

But justice is not our lot in this sinful world. Our unique role in life is to serve and be humble and loving, regardless. . .

This is not easy, but the rewards are immediate as we partake of divine nature and receive fulfillment from above.

Our life is a calling, not just an opportunity to become wealthy.

I praise God for the life of Jesus that teaches us so much about love.

What say you about God today?

MySpiritualExerciseSmallYou and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.

Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.

So, join me and spend time with God. Spiritual Exercises are fun, You’ll love it!

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If Jesus spent all night in prayer then why do we think we need so little?

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