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Patience

“Be patient, then brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.” (James 5:7 NIV)

Easier said than to do- believe me it’s something I work at every single day. During my time of being homeless, I lost patience every day. I questioned God, cursed, and yelled. I was pissed that I was going through this situation. All I ever wanted was to live a good life and be happy. Again that’s what I wanted but God wants more.

IMG_1340Patience is suffering, we all must go through the flame to get to the other side. The blessed are those who “PERSEVERED”. We all saw Job and all that hew went through, but he persevered also with much and much patience and look what God brought about. Our God is full of compassion and mercy but we must be patient and pray.

Yes it’s hard to see others get all their heart desires but we are only seeing the outside. We don’t know what struggles they have gone through in life or how long the process of patience took them. Whether you are in trouble or happy stay in prayer and while in prayer be truthful and full of love in your heart. For what is for you no man can take, God again knows what he has for us. Slow and steady with patience will succeed every time.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

 

 

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Submission

Submitting yourselves to God is easier said than done but this is what we must do to be receive all God has for us.

We ask God for things we desire but we are battling not only with ourselves but with others and we put them on a hIMG_1339igher post and think God will grant our desires – NO. You must SUBMIT yourselves totally.

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

James 4:6 NIV

When we ask God and we don’t receive it’s because we have the wrong motives and God knows that so we need to ask in a deeper passionate of submission. One way is resisting the devil, getting closer to God, washing your hands of the past, and purifying your heart. It must be a full submission of your heart, body, and soul.

Planning for Tomorrow, WHY? Saying what you are going to do, where you are going, how much money you are going to make. Boasting about tomorrow and you don’t even know what will happen in the next minute. I have learned on a personal note don’t PLAN. God laughs at your plans, “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

Instead just say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15, NIV) –enjoy and live your life for we don’t know the seconds, minutes, or hour our breath shall be taken. So submit.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

 

 

Faith & Restraint

The book of James Chapters 2 & 3 focuses on these two words: Faith & Restraint which are defined.

Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence & strong belief in God or in the doctrine of a religion.  Restraint is defined as a measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control or within limits. IMG_1337

Faith without works is Dead, because faith apart from works is useless (James 2:20, ESV). Abraham believed in God no matter what and was called a friend of God (James 2:23, ESV). No matter the circumstance and yes I know that’s hard don’t lose faith and remember you must have works.  Remember, for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead (James 2:26, ESV).

Taming the Tongue, can be the hardest thing for any human to do.  We all get frustrated and we scream in an outburst of frustration and believe what is happening is the worse, when in fact it’s a test of our restraint.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so (James 3:10, ESV).  I am guilty of this yes I speak well when things are going good but when just a moment of frustration steps in and out of the mouth blessing came cursing follows.  I need to do better because God has brought me so far.

Things in our life will not always go the way the want- God knows what is best and test will always be with us, we must learn to trust God no matter the situation without any doubt and know from the frustration will come a blessing.  God never fails.  So remember Keep the Faith, have Works, and Tame the Tongue.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Esther- BRAVE

Esther, born Hadassah, is the eponymous heroine of the Book of Esther. Esther was a Jews queen of the Persian King Ahasuerus. Ahasuerus was identified with Xerxes I.IMG_6893

In Persian the name of Esther mean, “STAR”, which refers to the planet Venus.

The story of Esther takes place in the Persian Empire when Ahasuerus (XerxesI) was the ruler. Esther was from the tribe of Benjamin, her families were among the Jews who chose not to return to the trek back to Judah.

The King is upset that his Queen, Vashti refused to come when called so he removed her. He met a beautiful Jewish girl name
Hadassah, she received praise from all who met her. So the King selected her to become his Queen and made her name Esther.

Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, convinced her not to reveal her Jewish identity, because Jews were still looked at as suspicious people. So she kept the secret to herself. At that time a plot was set to kill the King so Mordeca
i informed Esther so she could warn the King. The identities of the men were revealed and they were hanged.

Now enter Haman, who was second in command of the Persian Empire behind the King, was not only evil but also arrogant. Haman expected everyone to bow to him but Mordecai would not, this angered Haman.

He wanted the Jews dealt with and Mordecai warned Esther. Mordecai stated to Esther she must let the King know, but Esther feared for her own safety, but she wouldn’t allow risked her life for her people. At a banquet E
sther revealed the plot to kill her and the Jewish people and name Haman, the king was upset and full of anger, he had to walk out of the area to regain his poise. When he returned he requested Haman be hanged for his plot.

Esther story is incredible. Here is a woman who was willing to risk her own life to save her people knowing she would possibly be killed. She put others needs ahead of her own. She was truly BRAVE. The main aspect to remember was trying to protect your true identity from others only hurt. But accepting your TRUE self is not only BRAVE but that the TRUTH shall set you free and you are FREE indeed.

 

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Book of Lamentations

First the word has a meaning of expression of passion or grief.

Lamentations begin “How lonely sits the city”, Jeremiah was walking through the streets and back alleys of Jerusalem and saw nothing but suffering and pain. The IMG_6792book looks at how a person (Jeremiah) is unsure how there is so much suffering, death, and children begging but in the midst of this this was the judgment of God upon the city of Jerusalem but faith always appeared: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3: 22-24

I think of this even in the midst of darkness you must be able to see light (which is hard) and know the suffering will not last. Like myself I was in hope of being in my new city and then darkness felt on me, I became homeless and lost hope and wanted to return back home but that would be easy, so I looked for the light.
But I kept my FAITH– believed in HOPE, knew God LOVE me, and VICTORY would be mine.

“ The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:25-26


Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Zechariah-Minor Prophet

Zechariah saw signs from the future and one was the coming of the Messiah. He made references to not only the first but second comings. Zechariah spoke of Christ’s life events: entering Jerusalem, being betrayed, and being pierced.

img_5689There were individuals still returning from exile who needed encouragement of forgiveness knowing their nation would be judged but also knowing they would be cleansed and restored by God, who always rebuild his people.

We all face discouragement in life and fear facing the outcome but knowing we have a God that will always be there to lift us up and lead us back on the right path.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Micah – Minor Prophets

Micah prophesied the fall of Israel to the Assyrian Empire. Israel was showing the effects of unfaithful leadership, ascending to the heights of its destiny. In the book, Micah prophecy of Jesus’s birth is one of the most insight into the New Testament but the book focuses on two predictions- Judgment on Israel & Judah and the Restoration of God’s people. God reflects to his people how much he cared for them.

“Yet they lean on the Lord, and say, is not the Lord among us? No harm can come upon us”, Micah 3:11

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It is clear that if we desire eternal life, we are required to put God first in our lives. This life is an opportunity to put our personal relationship with God first. Micah’s plea for God’s people to repent puts us all into reflection of has any of us thought of cutting others down, our mind has a way of wondering but we must seek repentance even for our thoughts and walk in humble with our Lord and Savior..