2 Timothy 1:8-14 Hold onto what Christ has given you

Life is a journey. Its not what we make, but what we hold on to.  We must not have a consuming lifestyle.

My God will supply all my needs. We must show good stewardship with what God has entrusted to us, for God to give us more.

We must have a keeping mentality.  We must store our good things in a heavenly safe. That which comes from the world can be taken from the world.  Only what is secure in the heavenly realm is truly secure.

I know whom I believe in and am persuaded that Christ is able to keep what I’ve committed unto Him against that day. Even when we don’t feel like it; we must trust The Living God! 

We are sanctified, Justified, and righteous in Christ the moment we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. We must hold on to this gift God gives us.  We want what Christ has given us and press on toward what Christ is laying up for us when He returns for us,( believers).  

We must hold onto what good God has accomplished in our weaknesses.

 

This is my summary of the Message given today by Pastor James Ladon Alldredge, at the Lighthouse Church of God, in fort Lauderdale, FL, on Sunday Nov 3, 2013.

2 Timothy 1:8-14

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8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner.Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus,who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospelI was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

13 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

 
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Be strong and courageous

for your encouragement this week

daily meditation

Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

How many times does God have to tell Joshua not to be chicken-hearted? In that one verse it seems that it is the same message repeated four times: be strong; be courageous; be not frightened; be not dismayed.

Be strong

This is about your ability. Paul says: be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). In another place he said: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Strength is about your capability. Philemon was told that he needs to acknowledge every good thing in him because he is in Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:6). That means that he should not allow himself to feel inferior, because…

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Christian Hymns playlist ( most with lyrics )

For you encouragement this week

Christian Praise and Worship in Sermons and Songs

Christian Hymns playlist ( most with lyrics ):

Onward Christian Soldiers – Christian Hymns Lyrics Choir / William Booth Film – Salvation Army

Christian Hymns / Choir / Lyrics in Description: The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want ( Psalms 23 )

Eternal Father, Strong to Save – Christian Navy Hymn with lyrics

Nearer My God to Thee ( lyrics in description ) – Christian Hymns (Titanic a capella)

J.S. Bach / O Sacred Head, Now Wounded – Christian Hymns with Lyrics ( Choir )

Christian Hymns with Lyrics: Poor Sinner, Dejected With Fear ( Harmony Vocals )

Be Still My Soul ( Christian Hymns with Lyrics )

Christian Hymns with Lyrics – Come Ye Disconsolate

Christian Hymns with Lyrics – Cast Thy Burden Upon The Lord

Christian Hymns with Lyrics – The Thought of God

Christian Hymns with Lyrics: Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast

Christian Hymns with Lyrics –…

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Our Best Devotions This Week: Women Who Desire More of God Nov 1

 

Week of October 27
Awakening 

“Wake up, Deborah, wake up!  Wake up, wake up, and sing a song!  Arise, Barak!  Lead your captives away, son of Abinoam!”  ~ Judges 5:12

God suddenly alerted Deborah to speak a battle command to Barak, Israel’s military leader, that would free their nation from 20 years of captivity and oppression.

Like Israel, how long and how often have we found ourselves held captive by ruthlessconsequences of sin?  Perhaps by our own volition or that of others.  Perhaps even by generational iniquity.  Did it not it feel like an eternity?  And did we not cry out for God to rescue us, just like the Israelites?

Indeed, God hears our cries.  And in His time, His gavel falls.  And when it does, it is swift.  Because He loves us, He not only puts an end to our suffering by driving a tent peg through the enemy’s head, He revives us (Judges 4:21).  And we begin anew.

An awakening is a revival or renewal of something.  It is the beginning of a new beginning, a spring season in bud.  In Deborah and Barak’s case, it was the beginning of a renewed freedom for Israel, a complete turnaround.

Awakenings are a call to action that give us a sudden, glorious opportunity to remove the grave clothes, shake off the dust and get it right.  They are rooted in God’s infinite mercy and His heart of love for us.

Consider Peter.  Acts 12:7 tells us, “Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter.  The angel tapped him on the side to awaken him and said, ‘Quick!  Get up!’  And the chains fell off his wrists.”

As in Peter’s case, divine awakenings offer us miraculous opportunity for escape, and they reposition us to fulfill God’s plan.  Awakenings awe us and burst open doors of opportunity for us to receive God’s abundance of life.  In divine awakenings, we are quickly relieved of burdens.  We are reminded that God’s yoke is light (Matthew 11:30).

Divine awakenings send our hearts singing out of gratitude and joy.

Just last week, while sitting in my office, I noticed a bird singing right outside my window.  I don’t often hear birds singing this time of year, and when I heard it’s lovely chirp, I immediately sensed a spring season in my spirit. 

This occurred a few more times during successive days, which prompted me to pray about what God was telling me.  He responded by showing me the word, “Awakening.”  As I continue to seek His heart, I believe the Lord will reveal what type of awakening He has at hand.

Are you in need of God’s awesome awakening, His miraculous and “sudden” turnaround?  Spend time in His presence seeking His heart, worshipping Him, and ask Him for one.  God can reverse your circumstances in an instant and can reset you on a path of freedom to complete your divine destiny.  He can awe you!


Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God’s Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God’s greatest power source – the love of Christ. 

Our Best Devotions This Week NIV for Women Nov 1

 

 

Myth: “I’ll never be free from my past.”

John 8:36

I feel as if I’ve lived two or three different lives. And if any one of those past lives ever catches up with me, then everything I can safely call my own today is gone—my reputation as a leader at work, a successful marriage, loving family—my past threatens all of it. I fear someone, somewhere will claim to know what I’m “really like.” Only I’m not that person anymore. Not perfect, but thank God not what I used to be. I truly believe I’ve changed and am growing into the person Christ wants me to be.

But that person still carries a secret burden. As bright as her future is, she’s never free from her past.

I’m never free from the haunting accusations surrounding yesterday’s mistakes that may ambush me today. Imaginary scenarios and entire conversations play out in my head. They sneak into my thoughts with crafty subtlety. Sometimes when I tuck my baby girl under the covers for the night and she whispers, “I love you, Mommy,” I want so much to enjoy the moment and soak in her affection. But a faint, persistent voice inside tells me, “You don’t deserve her, you know. Not after what you’ve done …”

And when I meet someone that I genuinely like, whose friendship I really enjoy, the thought inevitably traipses through my head that if she knew my past, she wouldn’t think so highly of me.

When my boss compliments me at a meeting for my “innovative leadership,” I beam with a sense of accomplishment. Until I begin to remember all my failures.

It sounds hypocritical to say I believe Jesus has forgiven my past. I do believe. I just want to know, will I ever be free from it?

—Karen

Have you ever felt like you’re the only one with something to hide? That sense of isolation magnifies your feelings of guilt. Satan wants you to feel alone, crippled by a false sense of guilt. Yet the truth is that every person on earth has a “past”—even those we consider “Mother Teresa” types who seemingly never did anything wrong. The book of Genesis describes how we inherited a sinful nature. Adam and Eve instilled a sinful nature into the entire human race (see Romans 5:12,17).

However, we must understand and accept that we are free from the penalty of our past because we trust Christ’s sacrifice as the ultimate and final payment for sin (see Hebrews 7:27). Even so, sometimes the pain of our past comes calling. Many women have an emotional disposition or personality type that lends itself to dwelling on bitter memories. Our adversary, the devil, often misuses this sensitivity to accuse and discourage us. He tempts our thoughts with guilt over past deeds. He calls into question the penalty of our past as if it is somehow unpaid—an outstanding debt he convinces us we must pay ourselves. We respond to his perverse persuasion by feeling as if we don’t deserve the love of family or friends, much less God’s love. After what you’ve done? Who are you kidding? This is the language of lies—a familiar tongue to anyone who longs to be free from a shameful past.

Satan tries to slip the chains of guilt back on our shoulders. And sometimes we again pick up those old familiar chains—our guilt feels so comfortable that we revert to it out of habit. But Christ has set us free! He paid the FULL penalty for our sins. Every wrong thought, word or action—all paid for.

Don’t believe the lie. God set you free; Christ died that you would be free—but you must choose to live that way.

“Christ’s call on our lives is a call to liberty. Freedom is the cornerstone of Christianity.”

—Brennan Manning

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36

See also

Romans 8:1–4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:1

 

Our best Devotions This Week: Open Doors Nov 1

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WALKING BY FAITH

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Brother Wei from South-east Asia tells his story to a staff member of Open Doors. He is too shy to look at him directly. While he is speaking, he keeps his eyes lowered.

I’m forty-one years old and I’m a simple rice farmer. Twenty years ago, I became a Christian and in the past years, I’ve been in prison thirteen times because of my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The last time I was in a notorious prison, surrounded by a moat. In order to torment the prisoners, we were given rice mixed with sand. There were no toilets – we just had to find a spot somewhere.

I was arrested because I believed in Jesus and because I was active as a preacher. The punishment for this “crime” was two and a half years in prison, but I could be released sooner if I renounced my faith.

The guards constantly tried to force me to deny my faith. I was to sign a form which stated that I had “voluntarily renounced my faith” and that I would “no longer attend meetings.” I was bound hand and foot and beaten, but I refused to deny my faith. My fellow prisoners mocked me and swore at me. They called me the “Jesus man.” I wasn’t allowed a Bible, and if I was caught praying, I was beaten.

After my release, as a result of the abuse I was no longer able to walk fast or to run. Sometimes I could no longer find the words to describe something.

Once I was back in our village, I heard that we had to leave because we hadn’t been granted permission to go on living there. We were not allocated any land to work, the children were no longer allowed to go to school and the hospital was no longer willing to help us. Then we left and went to another district, where we had to start over again.

When the Open Doors worker asked him how he had been able to endure all this persecution, Brother Wei said, “I don’t trust in what eyes can see, but I’ve put my trust in the Eternal, the Lord Jesus.”

RESPONSE: Today I will persevere through the challenges that come my way with faith in the Eternal God.

PRAYER: Pray that all Christians being persecuted today will respond with this strong faith!

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS)
A daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks

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