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Be Still. Rest in the Lord – Wait Patiently for God While Riding in the Storm

wpid-img_20140630_182757.jpgGod knows our need before we ask him for a blessing. Sometimes the blessing may not come as we expect, but will come from a perfect stranger.

Don’t look to the right or to the left. Look to the hills from whence cometh your help. God will meet every need. You’ll be blessed indeed!

Sometimes God will put unsuspecting people who are a peculiar people, just as you, in familiar places to bless you. The blessing is for you. You may not see God while going through.

While you’re waiting on God for your breakthrough, do something for someone else. If you know someone who needs a breakthrough, bless them.

Go beyond that which is familiar to you. Leave all that is familiar. Walk in righteousness. Believe what God has for you is for you. Wait on Him. Be patient.

Patience is a fruit of the spirit and develops when you’re going through the storm. God’s teaching you how to wait on him while in the storm. Wait I say. Wait on the Lord. Trust God. Have patience. He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion. Be patient. He’ll do it.

Be blessed! -JD

Romans 12:12-18 “12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (ESV)

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You’ve Been Picked Out to be Picked On….Rejoice! God is Pruning You to Bear Good Fruit!

wpid-img_20140409_205929.jpgEvery experience is part of God’s pruning process. You’ve been picked out to be picked on. He cuts off fruitless branches and prunes fruitful ones.

Jesus tells us no branch can bear fruit by itself (John 15:4). When a branch is cut off from the truck of a tree, it’s dead.

Branches rely on their connection to the truck to receive nutrients to bear fruit. So are we to rely on God to bear good fruit. Just as the branches rely on its connection to the truck for physical nourishment, we must learn to depend solely on our connection to God for spiritual sustenance.

Fruit of the Holy Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) is the fruit we produce. We grow spiritually. We work to become more like Christ. We rely on our connection to Him for our spiritual life. He is our source of life.

When trials and trouble beseech you, don’t fret. God is pruning you, preparing you for greater. You’ve been picked out to be picked on… Rejoice! God is pruning you to bear good fruit!

Be blessed! -JD

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2″Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3″You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4″Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. (NASB)

 

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What Seed Are You Sowing?

There are days when I find myself asking “Why?”
Why must people hurt others with deception and lies?
What makes a person do such a thing?
Knowing how much heartbreak and pain it can bring.

What is it we are not sure of when the Bible tells us this?
God is not mocked in that he cannot be deceived.
For whatever a man sows, he shall also reap. (Gal 6:7)

We may fool ourselves when we hit or miss.
And for our actions, think we will not be punished.
Regardless what we may think, we cannot fool God.
He will not ignore what we have done.

We are not exempt when we impose our foolish will.
There will be a consequence.
Our behavior will not go without punishment.

Remember God is all knowing.
Nothing can be hidden from his sight.
He sees and knows all our wrongs and rights.

Ask yourself this.
What kind of seed are you sowing that you may be blessed?

Are you planting seeds to please God that you may reap?
Blessings of God’s joy, love and peace?
Are you planting right to receive a harvest in the afterlife?
An eternal reward; God’s gift of everlasting life.

Or are you planting seeds to please your own desires?
By doing the exact opposite of what God desires you to do?
To only reap what you planted; the seed sown by you.

“For as he thinketh in his heart so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)
It is the things he will do as his thoughts cause him to be.

In the end, we all must give an account to God for what we’ve done.
We will account for our conduct in this world, whether right or wrong.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Co 5:10)

Let the Word of God be your conscious and your guide.
Plant the right seed that you may reap good fruit in the tree of life.
Live to please God. Sow good seed.
Plant acts of kindness and good deed.

So that your efforts are rewarded as you prosper and grow.
Fruit of the Spirit can be an example you follow
To determine what kind of seed you are to sow.

These are the attributes of a true Christian life.
And are the fruits that we are to produce in our life with Jesus Christ.

What seed are you sowing?

Be blessed! -JD

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.”

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