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THERE IS REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD

GOD PROMISED REST FOR HIS PEOPLE:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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There remains therefore a rest for the people of God; for he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from his. (Hebrew 4: 9-10)

As you read and study the Word of God you see the word rest in the beginning of creation: the heavens and the earth and all the host of them were finished on the seventh day, God ended his work which he had done and he rested on the seventh day…then he blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he rested from all his work… (Genesis 2:2-3; NKJV).

For as long, then, as the promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. If we believe in faith we will experience that state of rest that God has prepared and promised his people.  Setting aside the things of this world that requires so much of your attention requires a process; refresh, reflect and release.

Refresh simply means setting aside time each day to commune spiritually while centered and focused on the plan and purpose that lives within you. Take time to meditate, pray, and listen to what the spirit has to say. While refreshing yourself; your thoughts and actions, are they beneficial to your growth? Are you able to understand the growth process according to your goals in life?

Reflect on the good life, that includes your loved ones, community, those known and unknown throughout the world. We are all on a journey that will leave many footprints in time and through the process it is well that the memories you acquire will always be those you chose to reflect upon from time to time.

Release brings you to a place in which you no longer desire to hold on to negative thoughts, influences and people who hinder your blessings. You are not in control of actions that God has not allowed; therefore, by holding on to the very thing you need to release, you create havoc and misery in your own life, so, Release! Scripture reminds you this way; stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1).

While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow for you and me  to assure each of us that there remains rest for the people of God.

THRUSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGEMENT

HE CARRIED OUR PAIN:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away; we looked down on him, thought he was scum. The fact is, it was our pains he carried, our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us…he took the punishment, and that made us whole, through his bruises we are healed.

We’re all like sheep that have wandered off and gotten lost, doing our own thing our own way; God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong on him.

He was beaten and tortured, but he didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and he was lead off—and did anyone really know what was happening? (Isaiah 53: 2-9; MGS)

It’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself for an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it…God’s plan will deeply prosper through him (verse 10).

As you consider the sacrifice that has been made to secure your freedom; be reminded of the significance of such a gift of love, because Jesus carried your pain all the way to the cross.

 

 

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FAITH BRINGS ABOUT REWARDS

FAITH BRINGS ABOUT REWARDS TO ENDURE THE RACE:

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PINK ROSE PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

 

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

 

FAITH and TRUST IS: A perfected combination for Christian growth. The question is do you really trust God if not are you able to say why?  The following virtues should help in understanding just how much power lies within your physical body powered by the spiritual.

Endurance:

Endurance requires determination to follow the plan Jesus laid out for each of you before he departed this earthly realm. His care, compassion and concern were that each of you listen carefully and be obedient to his call on your life. Therefore, in this world you are encouraged to lay aside every weight and sin which so easily ensnares us and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…consider him who endured hostility…lest you become weary and discouraged… (Hebrews 12: 1-7; NKJV).

Patience:

We all experience moments in life that patience is a virtue we must tap into. Patience usually brings you to that place you’ve discovered that life does not go according to “your” plans, but in all actuality according to the plan of God. It is here we become frustrated, impatient, and sometimes even angry due to lack of patience. What you must remember is that patience is what Jesus displayed in dealing with this world and those who challenged him, we are no different. When you are able to come to the mindset that godliness and contentment is great gain…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on to eternal life to which you are called… (1Timothy: 6:6-11). Therefore my friends, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience; but let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete (James 1:2-4).

Humility:

Meekness, absence of self, overcoming pride, arrogance

When you become self –absorbed, you become blinded to the needs of others. What is most important in this Christian walk is that you must remember, it’s not about you, but about the lives you touch in such a way change is experienced. We are all a part of something greater than we are as mere humans, so grab hold of the source of power that leads you to heights you’ve never experienced. Take on the attitude of “love” for one another while understanding that the Holy Spirit is directing your every move, thought and action. There is no greater joy to reach for or to become a part of because the scriptures reminds you, that “greater is he that’s in you than he that is in the world.”

Strength:

Your strength to overcome, endure and run the race lies in your relationship with God who inspires hope through faith and grace. God is salvation, refuge, helper, and mighty in power for those who chose to follow his plan; all things come from him, we are his instruments and can live life in expectancy for a greater day. The Lord is my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27: 1-2)

When troubles come remember that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)

He gives power to the weak, and those who have no might he increases strength. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength (Isiah 40: 29-31)

Strengthen your brother (Luke 22:32)

Integrity:

Reading through scripture opens the mind to all avenues of this earthly life; therefore, you are encouraged to seek knowledge and understanding that will guide you to and through your purpose. Titus chapter 2 describes character and how to encourage as well as apply those principles to ones’ own life journey.  As for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine (Titus 2: 1; NKJV). First addressed: guide older men in virtues as temperance, dignity, wisdom, faith, love and endurance. They are in return to guide younger men to live discipline lives; build up their courage; discipline them if they get out of line; do this your- self and lead by example.

As for older women, they should be reverence, non-gossipers, nor drunkards but models pf goodness. They are to teach young women to love their husbands and children; be virtuous and pure; keep a good house and be good wives. The older women are to lead by example as well.

You may ask the question why?

Demonstrating how to turn their backs on a godless indulgent life and how to take on a God filled, God honoring life, for the glorious day when our great God and Savior Jesus Christ appear; he offered himself as a sacrifice to free you. Your have a hope in knowing that whatever comes you will experience growth that often come when least expected.

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TODAY IS A GIFT

TODAY IS A GIFT BUT YOU MUST STAY IN THE RACE:

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PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

Scripture reminds you that, the power of God…has saved us and called us with a holy calling, but not according to his own purpose and grace…revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ who abolished death and brought life and immorality to light through the gospel…(2 Timothy 1: 9-10; NKLV). You must therefore endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3).

We all begin each day in search of something because we have hopes and dreams; when we place all of our cares in the master’s hands we will be able to accomplish what is purposed. From the God who cares more than you can even begin to imagine, today is your gift, yesterday is past, tomorrow is a hope, but the moment you’re experiencing now is yours.

Sharing encouragement, spreading laughter and joy nourishes your own spirit and what you release to the universe comes back to you.

For this day, this moment in time, allow it to be well spent in acts of gratitude and thanksgiving because it is a gift.

As you journey, remember that the day is filled with possibilities, take time to explore those areas of life that encourages growth, strength, and courage, determined to fight the good fight of a soldier well trained in godly living and principles that are sure to bring you in line with all possibilities. TODAY IS A GIFT BUT YOU MUST STAY IN THE RACE!

THURSDAY’S SCRIPTURE OF ENCOURAGMENT

 

GATHERING SOULS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM:

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Deciding to become a follower of Jesus requires self-evaluation, commitment and obedience. There are many today who seem to be less concerned with value of a relationship with the Lord; therefore, chose to seek their own way. Consider a blueprint and how it’s designed to produce a master piece, if there are any discrepancies in the plan it will not serve its desired purpose. Reaching out to the lost is a responsibility that’s not to be taken lightly without following the blue print laid out in the word of God.

In your quest of gathering souls for God’s Kingdom understand the process, and move forth. Scripture reminds you this way: How can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? How can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? How can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?  (Romans 10: 14-17; MGS) as it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, which bring glad tidings of good things.”

Jesus went about the cities and villages, teaching…preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. When he saw the multitude he was moved with compassion because they were weary and scattered like sheep having no shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9: 35-38; NKJV)

Consider the world you share each day as children of God, as kingdom builders working to reach human experiences in every corner of the world. Now, take a look at the blueprint, is it sufficient to perfect God’s plan and purpose for which you are chosen? Do you share compassion as Jesus did when he was about his journey which was focused and purposed? God’s Spirit lives in you; therefore, you possess power for kingdom work—think about it

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GOD IS IN CONTROL

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

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INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGTH BUILDING:

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

My friends know this one thing and have confidence that, God is in control and what he has set forth in your life no one can dismantle no matter how hard they may try. So nurture your inner spirit through calmness and being mindful. It is inner assurance that keeps you…holds you together when…and brings completion where complexities of life seem overwhelming.

God’s everlasting grace (favor) toward you is a gift of love and admiration for what he has created for his purpose. You are here to produce and show gratitude for that show of love because he cares about everything that connects you to him. Aim for perfection in bringing about unity within your family, community and the world. God’s light shine bright within you to display the inner beauty he has instilled from your beginning.

Darkness looms in the corridor of your soul waiting for the one opportunity to discover your weakest point. When you take your eye off God, you are subject to fall. Remember Peters’ walk on the water; be reminded of what happened when he took his eyes off Jesus. When Peter grew afraid and lost focus, he cried out “Master save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate, he reached down and grabbed his hand and said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:26-31) He patiently waits and encourages your heart as well.

For scripture reminds you of the plan of Satan, his intended purpose…therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time…be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5: 6-8; NKJV).

INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGHT BUILDING; so, when life seems to bring chaos and confusion look to Jesus who is waiting to gently guide you through your purpose and to your planned destination. Grace and Peace!

GOD IS IN CONTROL

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGTH BUILDING:

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

My friends know this one thing and have confidence that, God is in control and what he has set forth in your life no one can dismantle no matter how hard they may try. So nurture your inner spirit through calmness and being mindful. It is inner assurance that keeps you…holds you together when…and brings completion where complexities of life seem overwhelming.

God’s everlasting grace (favor) toward you is a gift of love and admiration for what he has created for his purpose. You are here to produce and show gratitude for that show of love because he cares about everything that connects you to him. Aim for perfection in bringing about unity within your family, community and the world. God’s light shine bright within you to display the inner beauty he has instilled from your beginning.

Darkness looms in the corridor of your soul waiting for the one opportunity to discover your weakest point. When you take your eye off God, you are subject to fall. Remember Peters’ walk on the water; be reminded of what happened when he took his eyes off Jesus. When Peter grew afraid and lost focus, he cried out “Master save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate, he reached down and grabbed his hand and said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:26-31) He patiently waits and encourages your heart as well.

For scripture reminds you of the plan of Satan, his intended purpose…therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time…be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5: 6-8; NKJV).

INNER ASSURANCE IS STRENGHT BUILDING; so, when life seems to bring chaos and confusion look to Jesus who is waiting to gently guide you through your purpose and to your planned destination. Grace and Peace!

 

 

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