Tuesday, February 12, 2019

4 Reasons Our Spirit Grieves and What We Should Do About It

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4 Reasons Our Spirit Grieves and What We Shoud Do About It

4 Reasons Our Spirit Grieves and What We Should Do About It

  Grieving the Spirit, when you realize what you are doing, is kind of depressing. For a long time, I didn't realize that my actions could affect the Holy Spirit in such a huge way. 

  When we sin and don't listen to the Lord the Holy Spirit grieves. When the Holy Spirit grieves we get depressed. When we get depressed sometimes we don't know why we are depressed until we spend some time with God, listening and figuring out what is going on.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. -Ephesians 4:30 (NIV)"

  There are times that our Spirit grieves and we didn't sin. But what could be the cause of the grieving? God may be telling you that there is an aspect of your life that needs attention and/or prayer. There may be a relationship that needs prayer and healing. There may have been a loss in your life and you need to call out to God for healing. 
Sincerely Silver

Reasons our Spirit grieves:

  1.) We need healing. Whether mentally, physically or emotionally we have all needed healing.

And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:15

"And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. -James 5:15 (NIV)"

  2.) Mending. We need to mend relationships with family or close friends.

  3.) We need to get closer to God. God is calling for us to go deeper. He is ready for us to take that next step to get closer to Him. He knows we are ready and he is calling us forward. We may not think we are ready and we are hesitating. But, God knows we are ready because he has equipped us and gave us the tools we need. He has been preparing us, we just need to take that step.
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. -Romans 13:11 (NIV)
  4.) We have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God. This is the biggest way to grieve the Holy Spirit. He is sad that we have sinned against him. Until we realize our sin and repent our Spirit will grieve.

What you should do when the Holy Spirit grieves:

  1.) Repent and ask for forgiveness. When we grieve the Holy Spirit we may have sinned, didn't listen, or did something the Lord didn't agree with. It wasn't of Him. We need to promise the Lord that we won't do it again and strive not to. The Holy Spirit can help us overcome temptation and sin. Once we have repented we should ask for the Lord to forgive us of our sin.

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults, keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. Psalm 19:12-13

 "But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. -Psalm 19:12-13"

  2.) Pray. This goes hand in hand with repent and ask for forgiveness. We should pray often so that it is harder for us to fall back into that same sin. Praying also lets our Father know that we want to talk to Him and listen to Him.

  If we needed to heal, mend a relationship or need to get closer to God then praying is still the answer. God wants to heal us. God wants to help us mend those relationships. And, God wants us to draw closer to him, what better way than talking to him through prayer?

Sincerely Silver

  3.) Read the Bible. This is one way we can listen to God and let him know that we are serious about our repentance and wanting to listen to him or serious about wanting to heal, mending or digging deeper. Reading the Bible every day along with praying will help us overcome sin and temptation.

  4.) Pray scripture. Praying scripture such as Psalm 10:12-13 { Heavenly Father, Who can discern their own errors? Please forgive me of my hidden faults. Lord, Please keep me also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. In your name, I pray, Amen.} Praying scripture works for any situation in our lives. 

  5.) Listen. Listen to God's still small voice. When God is telling you not to do something, ask him to help you to refrain. If God is asking you to do something, do everything you can to do it. The Holy Spirit will help you. Let God guide you.

  6.) Spend time worshiping and praising God. God wants us to spend time with him. Take some time out of your day to focus on God and make him your number one priority. Start your morning with God and end your day with God. 

  When we grieve the Spirit we need to spend quiet time with God. We should take time to always put him first. We should put God first in our family, relationships, work, and every aspect of our lives. God will help guide us when we put him first. 

  When we put God first, pray, read our Bible, and worship God daily it will be harder for us to grieve the Spirit. 

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Monday, January 28, 2019

7 Words I Never Want to Hear Jesus Say to Me

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7 Words I Never Want to Hear Jesus Say to Me

There are 7 words I never want to hear Jesus say to me:
Depart from me, I never knew you. 

Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' -Matthew 7:23

I would be devastated to hear him say that or anything like it. 
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15
What Jesus meant by this was that there were and are many false
prophets and they come as wolves in sheep's clothing. (Matthew 7:15)

A person can seem like a Christian but they are putting on a front. They are the blind leading the blind. They take the Word of God and tickle their followers ears with what they want to hear and not the truth of what the Word of God is really saying. 

It is important to really pay attention to what people are preaching and fact check with what the Bible says and what it was literally saying. 

Some people like their ears tickled because they want to be comfortable living the life they are living, what they think, and (they think) no consequences. Hopefully they get the reality check they need before they meet our maker. 

Only the ones who do the will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 7:21Only the ones who do the will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 7:21) 

If you want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven be careful of what you're listening to, watching, and speaking. (Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil). When you go to a Church (or don't go to a Church) because you like your lifestyle and they wont tell you that you are sinning you need to find another Church.  

2 Timothy 4:3

 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

 As Christians we are suppose to hold each other accountable and only share the TRUTH, not twist the Bible to our personal liking. We are to go to our brother or sister in Christ about their sin. However, we need to make sure we don't have sin ourselves first. (Matthew 7:3-5)
Matthew 18:15-17 (NIV) 
 "If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listent to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of the two or three witnesses.' If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 

Depart from me, I never knew you.Another thing that Jesus meant by "Depart from me, I never knew you" was that they didn't have Jesus in their heart. They didn't have a relationship with him. They wanted nothing to do with Jesus. And Jesus tells us very clearly that non believers (anyone without Jesus in their hearts) will not inhearit the Kingdom of Heaven.(Galatians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Matthew 5:20) They wont have the chance to go to heaven. 

When anyone choses to follow Christ and receives Jesus in their heart as their personal Lord and Savior they are restored and now walk with Jesus. 

If they are removed from the Church because they refused to listen (reference Matthew 18:15-17) they can be restored to the Church once they have repented and show that they have repented. (Philemon 17-22) 

As for me, I want to have and do have Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I never want to go into judgment day and have Jesus tell me that I can't enter the gates of heaven. I want to hear "Well done, good and faithful servant." 

Jesus is waiting for the unbelievers to turn their hearts to him. He is also waiting for the believers who are sinning to turn back to him and repent

For anyone that doesn't turn their heart to him, this is the end result:

 Revelation 20:15 (NIV)
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Is your name in the Book of Life, or is Jesus going to say, "I never knew you, depart from me"?

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Spiritual Warfare: The Battle Belongs to the Lord

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Spiritual Battle: The Battle Belongs to the Lord

Spiritual Warfare: The Battle Belongs to the Lord

You may not know it, but we are in a spiritual battle. The moment you gave your life to Christ you started this battle. The deeper you go in your walk with God the stronger the fight will be. Why? Because the devil doesn't want you to have anything to do with God. The enemy fights hard to keep you from following the truth. We are fighting an invisible war.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV

Christians fight a spiritual battle. We have a fight against evil rulers, evil people in authority, the demons, and any evil person plotting against us. We need to be ready for the spiritual battle by putting on the armor of God.

'For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.' Ephesians 6:12-13 NIV

We need to stand our ground and fight the good fight. When we fight it is important that we are ready and equipped. We need to be equipped with righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God. We need to pray in the Spirit on all occasions. We always need to be alert and ready for battle because the battle won't end until we die.

It is important to stay in the word because if you know the truth you can fight the enemy with confidence and fight against deception. It is also important to pray against attacks.

Put on the full armor of GodThe armor of God:
'Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of
righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.' Ephesians 6:14-18 NIV

We need to be careful not to sin because sin will wage war against our minds. We will be a prisoner to guilt and shame.

but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. Romans 7:23 NIV
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11 NIV

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No weapon formed against me shall prosper. The devil is a liar.

The Spirit that God gave us gives us the power to help us fight the battle.

'For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.' 2 Timothy 1:7

When we are fighting the good fight, it is important to remember that God has already overcome the world and has already won the war. The enemy doesn't win, he wants our souls but he will not conquer, he will be defeated. The battle belongs to the Lord. Let the Lord fight your battles.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.  Revelation 17:14 NIV

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 NIV

The victory belongs to Jesus. Jesus had victory over sin and death and we do too!

Are you prepared for war?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Guide to Become a Woman of Valor

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A Guide to Become a Woman of Valor

Proverbs 31:10-31 has been picked apart by many pastors and writers. While some believe that women should follow Proverbs 31 others read it for what it is.

In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel wrote an acrostic poem praising his wife. He wrote it as a guide for men so they could see how they should praise their own wife.

Proverbs 31:10-31This acrostic poem starts in v.10 with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Alph. Each verse down to v.31 has a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in order from Alph to Tav. bibleodyssey.org explains in further detail how Proverbs 31 has themes (the preciousness of wisdom and the difficulty of obtaining it, the fear of the Lord).

(Read about the 7 steps to achieving wisdom).

I love how Rachel Heldevens explains Proverbs 31 in her article "3 things you might not know about Proverbs 31".

Proverbs isn't and never was intended to focus on women's "roles". It focuses on Women of Valor, "Women of Virtue" and a husband praising his wife for being so excellent to him.

Be an excellent wife to your husband. Be a woman of valor.
However, I believe Proverbs 31 is still a good guide for women to follow to honor God and to strive to be an excellent wife like King Lemuel's wife. It shows an example of how we can be women of valor:

*She is more precious than rubies
*She is trusted by her husband
*She does her husband good
*She works hard, whether at home or at a job
*She feeds her family
*She makes sure that her family is well taken care of at all hours of the day
*She is strong
*She helps the poor and reaches her hand out to the needy
*She makes sure her family is dressed well
*She has wisdom and speaks with wisdom
*She teaches kindness
*She isn't lazy
*She fears the Lord
*She is a virtuous woman (True, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence, holy and beloved, compassionate, kind, humble, meek, and patient. - Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:12, 2 Peter 1:5)
*She lives by the fruits of the Spirit (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. - Galatians 5:22-23)

Even if you're not a married woman, you can still live by most of Proverbs 31:10-31. If you plan on finding a husband, find one like King Lemuel that will praise you with a little poem or song.

All kidding aside, find a good, strong Christian man that will appreciate you and love you.

Your future husband should strive to be an Ephesians 5 man. One who
An Ephesians 5 man: One who wants to be an imitator of God, walks in love, be a light in the Lord, discern what is pleasing to the Lord, walk in wisdom, be filled with the Spirit, praising God, giving thanks always
wants to be an imitator of God, live as a beloved child of God, walks in love, be a light in the Lord, discern what is pleasing to the Lord, walk in wisdom, be filled with the Spirit, praising God, giving thanks always, wanting to fully love his future wife, wanting to spiritually lead his future wife, present himself in splendor, and willing to leave his father and mother to be united as one with his future wife.

Not only should he strive to be an Ephesians 5 man, but he too should be virtuous and live by the fruits of the Spirit.

No one is perfect, but in everything we do, we should strive to be more Christ-like and honor God.
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

7 Simple Steps to Achieve Wisdom

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 7 Simple Steps to Achieve Wisdom 

If you want to dig into the Bible or learn more about following God's instruction you are wanting wisdom. God wants all of his children to gain insight. He wants us to get wisdom and get insight, not to forget, and not turn away from the words of his mouth. (Proverbs 4:5) God's wisdom will guard us.

What is Biblical Wisdom?

Biblical wisdom is different than wisdom. Biblical wisdom is a keen insight into life, a Christian way of dealing with problems, and following God's will and purpose for our life. It is the words from God's mouth.

The beginning of knowledge

The beginning of wisdom is
The Beginning of Wisdom is Knowledge
knowledge. The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord.
"To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth-- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." -Proverbs 1:1-7 ESV
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The Call of Wisdom

Wisdom is the Words of God's Mouth
When wisdom calls we need to hear and listen. We know that wisdom is the words of God's mouth. We shouldn't ignore the call of wisdom. We can listen to the words of God's mouth by reading the Holy Bible and studying.

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"Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: "How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, Would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster." -Proverbs 1:20-33 ESV

I don't know about you, but I don't want to ignore the call of wisdom. I don't want to ignore God's counsel. I wouldn't want to be mocked by God or have terror strike me. I want to be secure.

The first step to achieving wisdom:

Listen to the Voice of God to Gain Wisdom
Listening: Listen when wisdom calls. We need to listen to the voice of God to gain wisdom.
(Proverbs 8:1, 4, 6, 34). The words Listen and Silent are spelled with the same letters. In order to listen, we must be silent. Sometimes God stays silent until we are ready to listen.

The word listen (listened, listening) is in the NIV Bible 412 times, in the KJV only once. The word hear appears in the KJV 516 times.

The Value of Wisdom

The Value of wisdom is understanding the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. You will also understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path. Read Proverbs chapter 2.

The second step to achieving wisdom:

Reading: EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! Reading the Bible will help us listen to the voice of God to gain wisdom. (Joshua 8:34)

A Father's Wise Instruction

Keep Hold of Instruction and Don't Let Go
Hearing the Fathers instruction, being attentive so we can gain insight. Hold fast his words and keep his commandments, and live. Keep hold of instruction and don't let go. (Proverbs 4)

The third step to achieving wisdom:

Praying: Praying for God's wisdom will help us attain wisdom. God will lead us. (James 1:5, Proverbs 2:6)

The Blessings of Wisdom

Wisdom is truth. Wisdom dwells with
Wisdom is Truth
prudence and finds knowledge and discretion. Riches and honor are with wisdom, enduring wealth and righteousness. Those who love wisdom will be granted an inheritance.

"And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death." -Proverbs 8:32-36

All these blessings you can have by finding wisdom.

The Fourth step to achieving wisdom:

Choose: Choose instruction and knowledge. (Proverbs 8:10)

The Way of Wisdom 

Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight. -Proverbs 9:6

When you leave your life of sin and simple ways and live life for Christ and walk in wisdom, insight, and understanding; God will add days and years to your life.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. -Proverbs 9:9

Trying to give instruction to someone who doesn't want it will get you hated. Wise people want more wisdom.

The Fifth Step to Achieving Wisdom:

Wisdom Loves Those That Love It. Proverbs 8:17
Love Wisdom: Wisdom loves those that love it. (Proverbs 8:17)

Words of the Wise 

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.
That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. -Proverbs 22:17-19

Hear and listen to wisdom, don't turn away from it. Apply your heart and your life to his knowledge. Put your trust in the Lord. Trust that he will guide you.

The Sixth Step to Achieving Wisdom:

Keep Wisdom: (Proverbs 8:32)

Those who keep the Lord's ways are blessed. Keep wisdom and be blessed.

The Seventh Step to Achieving Wisdom:

Fear the Lord: Fearing the Lord is the
Fearing the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom
beginning of wisdom! (Proverbs 9:10)

When we fear the Lord and seek wisdom our days will be multiplied and years will be added to our life.

In Closing:

We should seek the Lord and his wisdom. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, therefore if we want wisdom we need to fear the Lord. When we seek wisdom we are blessed by the Lord.

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