Does wisdom require patience?

Throughout my life, I have come to a place where I had to make a decision. Naturally, I'm sure you have been in this place too. Often times, I have not been sure about the thing I should do or the words that I should say. ¬†If I am to be completely honest with you, at moments where I am full of emotions, I don't want to wait or take my time. ¬†I get rather antsy... I want to hurry up and make a decision or say something. I have come to realize that the wise are patent because they wait to hear wisdom speak. ¬†When we move or act hastly, we are unable to hear wisdom clearly because we are acting out of our own wills and thoughts. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. ~Proverbs 8:33 When we decide to turn from our own wills and thoughts, we turn from pride and arrogance. ¬†We turn from evil and perverse things. ¬†By turning from that which God hates, evil and perverse things, we turn to God. ¬†By turning to God we turn to wisdom. I wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. ¬†The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. ¬†~Proverbs 8:12, 13 This seems so simple, but it is harder to … [Read more...]

Is Our Faith Valid

Have you ever thought about the validity of your faith? What about the law and our faith? It is mentioned in: Romans 3:27 Romans 2:17, 23 1 Corinthians 1:29 Ephesians 2:9 After reading scripture, I can see all God has done for me has been done in a strategic way. Allow me to explain... I am ¬†"saved by grace through faith and not of myself. ¬†It is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9 I knew that I was saved by grace, but I have never taken the time to think about what this scripture really says. Take a moment and look into this with me... My works nor my deeds saved me. ¬†My salvation is a gift of God and the word says that it is through faith that I am saved. Is it through my faith in God that I am saved? Yes, but by His grace. ¬†It is through my faith in what He has done. ¬†There is nothing alone that I can do apart from God. ¬†I cannot even save myself. For if I had faith, that would be great, but it is not until the grace of God has entered in to the equation that I am saved. So, what then is the grace of God? I believe it is the power to be saved. ¬†It is, as one commentry puts it, "the source of … [Read more...]

10 Scriptures To Read When You Are Experiencing Doubt

We all have faith issues sometimes. Faith vs. Doubt Faith deals with what you can't see, while doubt deals with what you can. It sounds confusing, but Faith tells you that something that hasn't happened or that can't be seen, will be. Doubt says that because of what you see or because of what has already happened, things won't be. Faith As A Gift It has been said that faith is a gift from God and there is no way to increase it. ¬†While I agree with the first part of this statement, the second part is not true. So then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~Romans 10:17 So what does this mean? Can Faith Grow? Well, we have all been given a certain measure of faith by God (Romans 12:3), but our faith can grow. (Luke 17:21, Mark 4:24) ¬†However that growing is not in the sense of more or less. ¬†Instead it is in the sense of being of quality. The question is not, "How much faith do I have?" as much as it is, "Is my faith strong?" Without strong faith, doubt creeps in and exposes us to troubles and fears in our lives. Steps To Take There are steps that can be taken to help with this process. We have to hear, read, or speak the word of God because … [Read more...]

Tearing Down Barriers

There are times in our lives, when we look to people to affirm the message in our hearts that God has already spoken. ¬†At these times, we have to realize that unless an individual has heard from God, they cannot affirm our call, our mission, or even the message that God has given. ¬† The truth is that looking to people for affirmation can sometimes lead us to a place of hurt, frustration, and even doubt. ¬†That's when it's most important to turn to God. ¬†It is at these times that we have to look to the Word of God to tear down barriers in our lives. That turning may feel difficult... You may not want to or even feel like going to your Bible. You may find so many other things to do that seem more important than turning to the Word of God for the moment, but let me assure you of one thing‚Ķthere is nothing more encouraging and powerful than the Word of God. So, when you feel that it is hard to get the Word, I encourage you to push‚ĶPUSH‚ĶPUSH‚Ķpush your way to the Word and watch God speak into your situation. He will give you boldness, clarity, and the affirmation that you were seeking... You will find yourself with the same boldness that Paul had. ¬†Read today's word from … [Read more...]

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement: a directive/s issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy. I want to apply this to the spiritual battle all born-anew, followers of Christ engage in on a daily basis. Let's answer several¬†FAQ's! Why is this battle raging? When will it end? What is my defense? What are my weapons? Because your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.¬†1 Peter 5.8 Truthfully? When we die and go to heaven!¬†No more curse! The Word. The Word. The Word. After Jesus' baptism and before He began His earthly ministry, He went into the mountainous desert places surrounding the city and there He was tempted by the devil for forty days. His defense? He quoted scripture. You can read exactly what Jesus said to Satan¬†here. Here's where we can get excited because our God has armed us well! Every morning after we brush our teeth and comb our hair we get dressed, right? The best-dressed believer adds these items every day to their outfit! The belt of Truth -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The breastplate of Righteousness -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The shoes of … [Read more...]

What About Halloween?

This is a podcast that I am discussing on another one of my sites. If you are interested in the show notes go "What About Halloween?" on my other blog. If you are just wanting to listen feel free. Leave your comments below. … [Read more...]

Episode 1 Health & Wellness

Episode 1 [display_podcast] This is Episode 1 of the In Faith Today podcast. I hope you find encouragement for the day. Click on the link above that says "Episode 1" or you can listen through the options of the music player. The music player does not pause. You can download the podcast and it is available on iTunes. Tell me what you think. Leave your comments and questions below. Thanks and God Bless You! … [Read more...]

Coming As A Child…

It's not everyday that things are so plainly brought to our attention, but when they are, we must use all our senses to receive what is being pushed in our direction. That being said... Today I read Luke 17:11-19 In this passage, Jesus was headed to Jerusalem. He was between two different lands, Samaria and Galilee. There were ten lepers that saw him passing and cried out to Him for mercy. The first thing that I noticed was that they had enough faith to cry out to Him. Not only did they cry out to Him, but they knew that He cared enough, that if they called out to Him, He would answer. Question: Do I have enough faith to call out to God? And if so, will I also make my request known to Him? Answer: It seems that this question alludes to a type of prayer. Prayer is communication between me and God, right?! I guess the real question here is, am I willing to pray and make my requests known, with expectation...not just that my prayers will be heard or answered, but instead that He will answer my prayers? I am willing to pray, but I guess the best way to put it is that my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak. I think that I made my prayer time so complicated that … [Read more...]

Psalm 139:9, 10

If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. … [Read more...]

What do you see?

Read Numbers 13:17-33 17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way by the South, and go up into the hill-country: 18 and see the land, what it is; and the people that dwell therein, whether they are strong or weak, whether they are few or many; 19 and what the land is that they dwell in, whether it is good or bad; and what cities they are that they dwell in, whether in camps, or in strongholds; 20 and what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the first-ripe grapes. 21 So they went up, and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, to the entrance of Hamath. 22 And they went up by the South, and came unto Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came unto the valley of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it upon a staff between two; they brought also of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 24 That place was called the valley of Eshcol, … [Read more...]

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