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Trusting and Living for God

If you Read 1 Peter 4:11-12 you will see just how powerful our words, actions, and intentions are. We must know who we are in Christ.  We are human so we will have our days when we are discouraged to the point where we feel as though we have no where left to turn.  But we have to remember that we always have God.  He is truly always right there waiting on us to call out His name and believe in His living words. I just love Peter. When I really got into a strong church many years ago and begin to learn about the disciples I would compare myself to Peter.  Just his temperament and other characteristics.  I have always wanted his anointing.  To heal people by my shadow simply falling upon them.  I just admire how he would never succumb to his doubt but he would always push on in the name of God and Jesus Christ. If you get some time this week read this chapter below and really focus on verses 11-12.  There is power in these verses that will touch your heart and spirit.

Living for God

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

 

Reference

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%204

 

Dr Lisa Melton


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Luke 8

This week as you meditate on this scripture acknowledge which soil you are.

1After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

4While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.6Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

9His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“ ‘though seeing, they may not see;

though hearing, they may not understand.’a

11“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.13Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.15But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Resource
http://biblehub.com/niv/luke/8.htm

Dr Lisa Melton


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Don’t Judge-Picture This

Picture this:

Crowded subway in New York. A young lady holding a small baby boy and two elementary age boys walking beside her all get on the subway. The lady had been crying. You could see the traces of tears on her face. As she sit down with her hair looking rather out of place, with an expensive business suit and high heels on her baby begin to cry. The other two boys refused to sit in one spot. Initially she called out, “boys, sit down”. But after a few minutes it was as if she didn’t notice the boys behaving rather unruly. She didn’t even seem to hear the baby in her arms crying. Of course by now those on the subway were making comments like, “wish they were my kids”, “can you believe her”. Finally, an older lady rudely said, “lady do something with your kids!” The young lady, with tears in her eyes looked over at her and said I am sorry. I just left the hospital where my husband just passed away. He was in an accident this morning on his way to work.

The older rude lady along with the other subway riders who were making comments all became silent. As they sit in judgement of her they had no idea of what she was going through. Her heart was broken because the love of her life, the father of her children and the glue that held them all together was gone. Without any warning he was just gone. She was so consumed with the grief, numb and shocked that she didn’t pay attention to what her children were doing.

Moral of this story is never judge others. You dont’ know what they are dealing with. So the next time someone cuts you off stop and think before you curse them out. They could have just left from getting chemo or they could have just gotten a call that a loved one had passed. You just don’t know. Be prayerful and not judgemental.

Sincerely,

Dr Lisa Melton


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Jeremiah 1: Is Jesus Calling You?

Is Jesus calling you to do something? Do you have a burning passion that you know you are meant to do but each time you try it doesn’t work out or you are shot down before even getting a chance? Don’t give up! Seek God even more so you will know His words and directions. You are never too young or too old to do what God has called for you to do. Obey His words and walk in the fullness of obedience. Read Jeremiah’s story and be inspired!

The Call of Jeremiah

4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[b] to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13 The word of the Lord came to me again: “What do you see?”

“I see a pot that is boiling,” I answered. “It is tilting toward us from the north.”

14 The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. 15 I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones
in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;
they will come against all her surrounding walls
and against all the towns of Judah.
16 I will pronounce my judgments on my people
because of their wickedness in forsaking me,
in burning incense to other gods
and in worshiping what their hands have made.

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Resource
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%201

Dr Lisa Melton


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Running Out Of Time

There are stages in life when you reflect on where you have been, what you have done and how close you are to what and where you desire to be in life. Its at those times when you compare your life and successes to others around you. Sometimes reflection brings about a feeling of defeat. You begin to think to yourself that you are running out of time. You think to yourself that half of your life could be gone and you have nothing to show for it based on the plans you had/have for yourself.

Think of the fact that if you are here then God still has a work for you to do. When we read the bible we see many people who didn’t walk into greatness until they were way up in age. There were Abraham, Elijah, Moses, and many others. Never feel that your life is over just because you are measuring your accopmplishments based on what others have. This is the perfect time for you to seek God and find out exactly what you should be doing. It is also a time to start seeking God and asking Him to open the door for your path to be made clear for you to walk into your destiny.

You are certainly not running out of time. God’s timing is perfect. Find your focus and start your true journey to your path of success and joy.

Dr Lisa Melton