Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
SUFFERING??? i call it JOY.
I pray that you continue to strengthen your relationship with God and continue on your journey with Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit. The way I strengthen my relationship with my Heavenly Father is to read the Holy Bible. Truly, I tell you… this is the written word of our Lord. THANKS BE TO GOD.
I stumbled upon a writing from the Apostle Paul while on my walk with Christ… I want to share this writing with you.
Romans 8:18-25New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in[a] hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes[b] for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
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Please excuse my excitement; however, this is AWESOME!!! Paul’s word guided by the Holy Spirit makes me want to workout harder… yes, to those who do not know me in my personal life, let me explain. I love going to a gym and discovering my limits. A wise man once said that the only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. Can’t wait to discover mine AGAIN!
While on our journey, with encouragement from the Holy Spirit, we find out that it truly does not matter what happens to us on earth as long as we have a hope in the life and resurrection of Christ Jesus. I remember the words of our Lord to a criminal while being crucified… Today, you will be in paradise with me (Luke 23:39-43).
*NOTE* THERE IS MORE TO JESUS’s WORDS… read that story in LUKE 23.
I want to be in paradise; however, I will try to keep my grace while making my own here on earth…
THANK YOU GOD FOR YESTERDAY…
THANK YOU GOD FOR TODAY…
THANK YOU GOD FOR TOMORROW…
(let’s go2 church and read those lessons)
Deuteronomy 30:9-14 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, 10 if you obey the voice of theLord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
The Choice of Life or Death
11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not toomysterious for you, nor is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.