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So you fell flat on your face- Ahh!

There is no need to throw your hands up in the air when things don’t go as planned. Resist the temptation to embrace frustration or to have a meltdown. There is no need to hide from the world to disconnect, and there is no need for you to try to find someone to blame for the failure. Frustration is the everyday bread to those who give up and that is not you!

So you fell flat

on your face… Oh no!

What to do?

Just get back up! Go back to the drawing board and do things God’s way. He is more than able to help and lead you to success if you follow His lead! He will make your path strait. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

There is one thing to keep in mind. We do need people in our world to speak truth and to counsel us as we prepare to make big decisions. We don’t know it all. If you ask God, He will lead you to these people so that you have all the insight you need. Even though you make your own decisions, remember as well that you can’t ignore God’s council and expect things to go right. A one-man band is only good for entertainment…

P.L.A.N.S.

P– Pray for direction.

L– Listen to counsel.

A– Always let God have the final word.

N– No need to rush. God’s timing is the right one.

S. Success should always be measured by God’s
standards and not men’s standards.

–>Wisdom from Proverbs

Proverbs 16:3 Proverbs 4:26

Proverbs 16:20 Proverbs 15:22

Proverbs 3:6 Proverbs 11:14

Proverbs 16:9 Proverbs 4:18

I drew the acronym for the word PLANS from these verses. It is not meant to be your ABCs of life, but more as key components that should be part of your decision-making process.

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Thanksgiving Bible Scripture Verses

 Put the happy, the giving, and the thanks back in…

*Happy Thanksgiving!*

A merry heart doeth good like medicine. – Proverbs 17:22

On Thanksgiving, too many people are preoccupied with turkeys, family gatherings, parades, football games, and even Black Friday  sales. It seems that over time, this holiday has become more about getting things—whether that’s food, entertainment, chill time, or bargains—than about giving thanks for what we already have. Be grateful for what you DO have instead of focusing on what your life is missing.  Just do it –don’t just think it-  Give a voice to your Gratitude!

 Speak and Sing Thanks!

Speaking Thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the LORD.”

Psalm 107:29-31 –He stilled the storm and calmed the waves. They were happy that it was quiet, and God guided them to the port they wanted. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love and for the miracles he does for people.

Ephesians 5:3-4 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

1 Chronicles 16:8 – Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

Singing Thanksgiving

Psalm 28:7 –The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 95:1-2 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Holiday History *The purpose of Thanksgiving in America is to commemorate the good harvest of the Pilgrims in 1621 and in Canada, to give thanks for Martin Frosbisher’s safe journey from England 1578. We comemorate these events and give thanks for our friends, family and good fortune. For more information on the history of this holiday  check (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving)

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If you Fail under Pressure your Strength is too Small.

 

If you fail under pressure

your strength is

too small. Prov. 24:10

Be encouraged by His word.

Your strength is in the Lord!

Bible Verses to encourage you today~*

I Peter 5:7 – Casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you.
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Psalms 46: 1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.

Psalms 119:28 – My soul is weary with sorrow: strengthen me according to your word.

Isaiah 40:29 – He gives power to the weak. He increases the strength of him who has no might.

II Timothy 1:7 – For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love,and self-control.

I Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalms 138:3 – In the day that I called, you answered me. You encouraged me with strength in my soul.

Hebrews 13:6 – So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Romans 16:20 – And the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Psalms 27:1 – Yahweh is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Yahwehis the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Psalms 18:32-33 –   The God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect? He makes my feet like deer’s feet, and sets me on my high places.

John 16:33 – I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.””

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall take wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10 – Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed,for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.

I Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

You are strong in THE LORD!

Disarming Fear – Freedom from Fear

Freedom from Fear (f.e.a.r.)

False Evidence Appearing Real

There is no fear in love; but perfect loves cast out fear: because fear has torment.

Faith and fear do not co-exist they cancel each other.

Both faith and fear are unshakable beliefs in an unseen future. Neither is merely emotional. But both are spiritual forces. The only difference between the two is that one believes that God will come through for you. The other believes He wont.

God says that He has not given you a spirit of fear, but, He has given you a spirit of love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.) They are your most powerful weapons in your battle for freedom as you deal with the emotions of fear, doubt, and worry. God’s love wins the battle for you!

God’s Power +Yourself discipline = a powerful force

Love drives out fear, but where do we find perfect Love? The only place where you can experience perfect Love is in an intimate relationship with your heavenly

That is something that should really make us stop and think. When fear creeps up inside of you, it should raise a red flag that you need to continue deepening your relationship with God.

So how do you begin controlling emotions of fear, doubt and worry? Your faith in the unyielding love of your heavenly Father is what removes fear from your mind regardless of your circumstances.

God has promised: “ For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. The arte plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

5 Steps to Help You Win Your Battle Against Fear

1 Recognize the fearful thought as a threat. *2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

2 Think of God’s promises for that situation. There is a list of some verses to get you started at the end of this post. *Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

3Pray and tell God your concern. *Matthew 21:22 -And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

4Praise God for His promises, and faithfulness to keep each one of them too. *Psalm 50:23 He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.

5 Refuse to worry about it anymore. If it comes to your mind again, confess that you have given it over to God in prayer and begin praising Him for hearing your prayers and that the prayers of the righteous avails much – *James 5:16

No matters how many times fear tries to return, continue to repeat step 5.

Eventually the devil will get the hint** . James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.I Corinthians 15:57

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Verses to keep you strong and encouraged

No special formula is needed to pray over your situation. As you read and discover treasures in God’s word, mark them, and pray them over you in faith. Use your own words if you want to, but do pray His truths. Pray believing and expecting the blessing and love of God to breathe faith and life over you and it will! —– For example – Psalm 23:4 You could say, confess or pray – Even when I walk through difficult or scary situations I will not dread or be in fear because God is with me. He protects me and guides me. I am safe.

VERSES

(Just a sample of the many verses on this topic found in the Bible.)

Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

1 John 4:4Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.

Isaiah 54:14 You shall establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God’s will and order): you shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Psalm 91:10-11There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

1 John 4:18 \There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].

Psalm 18:2The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.

Philippians 4:13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Philippians 4:6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Luke 1:37For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Joshua 1:9Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

James 4:7 So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.

James 5:16 Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

***I am free and you can be free too!***

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Disarming Fear Before the Explosion Comes

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STOP! DON’T BECOME DISTRESSED

Guard your heart!

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.  

stop
DONT BECOME DISTRESSED

There is a process toward the place of distress.

It looks something like this.

(1) DISBELIEF in the PROMISES requiring faithAnd without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 **Other verses for encouragement -> Matthew 24:35 2 Corinthians 5:7, 1 John 5:4

(2) DISCOURAGED by the PROBLEMS opposing faith I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 **Other verses for encouragement ->Proverbs 3:5-6, Galatians 6:9, James 4:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:13

(3) DISENGAGED from the PEOPLE and PLACE of faithLet us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 **Other verses for encouragement ->Proverbs 27:17, Mark 3:25

(4) DISTRESSED as a PERSON without faith*Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.Psalm 43:5, *May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 **Other verses for encouragement ->Psalm 18:2, , Ecclesiastes 4:10-12, Prov. 12:25


>>>>>KEEP BELIEVING GOD’S PROMISES<<<<

God is FAITHFUL TO FULFIL His promises.

ABOVE ALL ELSE guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23

Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed,for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

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Best advice for the New Year! A word for you!

Proverbs 4 Today

 New Year advice~>

Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly,

Love extravagantly.

How does love work?

Love never gives up.    Love cares more for others than for self.    Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.    Love doesn’t strut,    Doesn’t have a swelled head,    Doesn’t force itself on others,    Isn’t always “me first,”    Doesn’t fly off the handle,    Doesn’tkeep score of the sins of others,    Doesn’t revel when others grovel,    Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,    Puts up with anything,    Trusts God always,    Always looks for the best,    Never looks back,    But keeps going to the end.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all…

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*The Christmas Gift We All Want!

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Faithfulness, Goodness, Gentleness Self-Control and – 

God brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard.  Share them~

 Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23


Follow the Leader?

Only if they are going the right way!

My child, if sinners try to lead you into sin,

turn your back on them and do not follow!

Proverbs 1:10

My child, if sinners try to lead you into sin,

turn your back on them and do not follow!

Proverbs 1:10

When tempted or invited to do what is wrong, there is always a powerful moment where you can choose not to go the wrong way, but if you miss it, it is ok to make a u-turn and move yourself away.

It is easier said than done, only when we try to do it in our own strength, but with God’s help and commitment on our part it can be done. With every good choice we make we will feel more and more confident in our daily walk. We can be strong with His strength!

In Christ we can do all things!

Let The Children Come

God loves children. He does not discriminate against children. He does ask us parents, to train them. Do not underestimate your children’s faith. They can hear from God too. They can walk a victorious life in God’s love and grace just like adults. do 

May your children grow up to be your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Matthew 18:4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” Luke 9:37

~Godly Men Need Godly Men~

~Godly Men Need Godly Men~

As men who have given our lives to Jesus, we may have second thoughts and doubts from time to time, but none of us wants to go back to the garbage we were redeemed from. One thing we’re sure of is that we have chosen the best thing possible to give our life to.

The question then becomes, what do we do when the world pulls us one way and our faith another? We can pray, and that helps, but rarely do we get an instant, emphatic answer that God loves us and everything is fine. We can read the Bible and learn from people like Joseph, John the Baptist, and Paul. That encourages us too, but sometimes it is just not enough.

We must also trust in those relationships that we have with other men who have the courage, and love us enough to give us a swift kick in the rear if we need it. If you don’t have that kind of relationship …. you need at least one. You should have men in your life that will hold you accountable to walk the walk.

Men can get uncomfortable baring their soul and being brutally honest with other men, exposing their weakness and being humble enough to ask for help. This has been a hinderance in the body of Christ, and I believe, has prevented the church from walking in the fullness of the Spirit.

The bottom line, as always, comes down to trust in Jesus Christ. Is He the way, the truth and the life, as He said, or not? Did He save us from our sins because of His tremendous love for us? Is He the best possible choice you can make on this planet, while the world offers only a shallow, temporary promise of enjoyment?  … You know the answer to those questions.

It can be hard for men to trust other men with personal things. When we do that we become vulnerable and open ourselves up to the possibiliy of being hurt and betrayed. That is just part of relationship. These feelings come from fear and pride. To trust in Jesus is to trust in His body, to believe the best of others, to honor the relationships by letting them function as they were designed, in true fellowship.

1 John 1:7 ~ But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

JC