Tag: Matthew 7

Can You Put Down Your Stick?

Seriously. Can you put down your stick? I am so tired of people finding fault with each other. Who gave any of us the right to be each other’s Holy Spirit anyway?  You can do the right thing with the wrong spirit you know. And it will NOT be received.

We are not stupid. We feel that condemnation in your spirit. We feel that “holier than thou” attitude, even before you say a word. What happened to humility? What happened to grace and love? If you don’t put down that accusing finger your nose will grow as long as Pinocchio’s. Seriously. Let it go. You are not my Holy Spirit. If you want to be helpful to me, then pray for me. I need it. I admit I am not perfect. I do not do everything right. So put down that finger, and pray already.  And you might want to look in the mirror…that plank you see in me is reflecting from you…

Do Not Judge
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. (Matthew 7:1-6 NKJV)

 

 

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Printing with God’s Abundance

Printing with God’s Abundance? What are you talking about Miss D? Let me share a funny story.

This past year has been our test – with relation to money. This is just one example of God’s provision in my life. We own our own small business, INNOVATIVETEKS,  an IT Consulting and Computer Repair Business. As in all small businesses there are times of feast and times of famine. This past year or so has been the famine. Yet our God, has provided. In amazing ways.

Two years ago I broke both bones in my lower leg at a job. We did not have workmans comp – we are independent contractors. We didn’t want to sue the hotel and lose our business. So my husband Bob has kept things going, despite my years of therapy. I have done what I could, yet my capacity to stand, bend, and climb on ladders is not good at the moment. God will heal me – in his time, not mine. (see GOD HEALS)

Yet this past year God has provided in a way we never could have ourselves. We bought a house. We bought a car after the old one got totaled by a deer. (See DIVINE PROTECTION IN EVERYDAY LIFE) We were blessed with a new computer (thanks Dad!) after Bob had to borrow the Pastor’s laptop (thanks Jeff!) to do some work. Our old laptop battery would not last long enough to do a site survey. Bob had to disassemble my recording computer and use that hard drive in the Pastor’s laptop so this new software wouldn’t crash. Use what you got right?

We have had numerous jobs where we have installed a new printer and were asked by the buyer to dispose of the old printer. We have been using these old printers faithfully for the last few years.

This past month things were so tight we could not even buy a new printer cartridge. So what did Bob do? He took his soldering iron, burned a hole in the old printer cartridge and refilled it himself with all the old toners we had. Yes, it was messy. Yes, he was covered in toner. And he used metal tape to close the hole. And it worked, thank you Jesus!

Anyway, Bob has been working for the last 10 days straight. And today he was supposed to take off. But God had other plans – plans for provision. We get work day by day from different National Buyers, so we never know for sure where, when, or how much.

The phone went off. It was a printer job. And they wanted you to dispose of the old printer. Some fancy furniture store. They just bought a new one. God bless him, he went. And guess what he brought home?

A COLOR LASER JET PRINTER WITH SCANNER with extra toners – let me be more specific to share with you how Good God is…this printer retails for $2000. And the ink cartridges they gave him to throw out retail at over $1400. Yep. we had $3.00 in the checking account this morning. And God blessed us with the tools that we need for our business worth over $3400!!!!

Don’t give up.

Your miracle is on it’s way.

God has more than enough – He owns it all and He wants to bless his kids.

I think I’ll just say, “Thank you Jesus!”, and let Him!

Thanks Daddy God!

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:13-14 NIV)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”(Matthew 7:9-12 NIV)

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14 NIV)

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your Divine Provision. Thank you for your grace and abundant mercy. Thank you for this abundant life. Forgive us for doubting You. You are faithful, You are awesome, and thanks for the new attitude, the new stuff, and the new life, in Jesus Name.

Solid Foundation – NaPoWriMo Day 5

What does a solid foundation do?

The Meaning of the Stone

But the Master, God, has something to say to this:

“Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion,
    a solid granite foundation, squared and true.
And this is the meaning of the stone:
    a trusting life won’t topple.
I’ll make justice the measuring stick
    and righteousness the plumb line for the building.
A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies,
    and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.” (Isaiah 28:17-17 MSG)

SOLID FOUNDATION

©by Diana Rasmussen (3/2010)

 

Solid foundation, I have a solid foundation

when the world is falling apart

The LORD is my refuge, my rock and salvation

I refuse to lose heart

I am who He says I am, and I can do what He says I can do

I’m a child of God, forgiven and free

bought with the blood of Jesus you see

I’m righteous and holy and so dearly loved

I am who He says I am, and I can do what He says I can do

The enemy of God has no hold on me

The LORD  my God has all authority

His Word is my sword, so I’m taking a stand

I’ll conquer the enemy, take back the land

I am who He says I am, and I can do what He says I can do

The Dangers of Negative Self Talk

We have all done it – talked to ourselves.  But what are we actually saying? If we have the power of life and death in our tongues – are we using this God given power to speak life, or death? Yep, killing ourselves softly – with our own words.  Negative self talk will bring us down faster than anything or anyone.  And today, after reading the scripture below in a new version, I saw that any gossip or criticism I speak about another person will COME BACK TO ME!  Ouch!

God’s Word for You:

Do not say what is wrong in other people’s lives. Then other people will not say what is wrong in your life.

You will be guilty of the same things you find in others. When you say what is wrong in others, your words will be used to say what is wrong in you.

Why do you look at the small piece of wood in your brother’s eye, and do not see the big piece of wood in your own eye?

How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that small piece of wood out of your eye,’ when there is a big piece of wood in your own eye?

You who pretend to be someone you are not, first take the big piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you can see better to take the small piece of wood out of your brother’s eye.

“Do not give that which belongs to God to dogs. Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will break them under their feet. Then they will turn and tear you to pieces.

(Matthew 7: 1-6 NLV)

And I had to ask myself about the first part – DO NOT SAY WHAT IS WRONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES.

From: Pinterest

What if that other person is me?

Am I always finding things that are wrong with me?

Am I quick to criticize myself?

If someone else says something bad to me or about me, are those the words I cling to?

Do I repeat those words to myself – even if they are NOT TRUE?

Are those the words I want to bring life to?

So what can I start to speak over myself and others?

Words of Life – from God:

WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST
From Neil Anderson’s “Bondage Breaker”

I Am Accepted
John 1:12 — I am God’s child.
John 15:15 — I am Christ’s friend.
Romans 5:1– I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 — I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19,20 — I have been bought with a price. I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:2 7 — I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:1 — I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:5 — I have been adopted as God’s child.
Ephesians 2:18 — I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1:14 — I have been redeemed and for¬given of all my sins.
Colossians 2:10 — I am complete in Christ.

I Am Secure
Romans 8:1,2 — I am free forever from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 — I am assured that all things work together for good.
Romans 8:31 — I am free from any condemning charges against me.
Romans 8:35 — I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21,22 — I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:3 — I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 — I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected.
Philippians 3.20 — I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 — I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.
Hebrews 4:16 — I can find grace and mercy in time of need.
1 John 5.18 — I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.

I Am Significant
Matthew 5:13,14 — I am the salt and light of the earth.
John 15:1,5 — I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life.
John 15:16 — I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
Acts 1:8 — I am a personal witness of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3.16 — I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17 — I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
2 Corinthians 6:1 — I am God’s co-worker (1 Corinthians 3:9).
Ephesians 2:6 — I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 — I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 — I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4.13 — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

We confess we have spoken ‘death’ over ourselves with our own negative self-talk.  Today Lord we ask you to turn those words into dust and let them fall to the ground.  They are not true – no matter if we said them, or someone else said them over us.  Today is a new day Lord.  We will begin today – now – to SPEAK LIFE over ourselves and over others as well.  Let all gossip and criticism cease, in Jesus Name.

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