Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Raising a Hallelujah in the Struggles


Raising a Hallelujah in the Struggles

Raising a Hallelujah

In the struggles


How many of you have been through those struggles where you just couldn’t continue anymore? You know, those situations like your spouse left because you had been fighting for days, weeks or months on end and they didn’t want to work it out. Or you couldn’t afford your electric bill and your lights got shut off along with your heat and you feel like a failure of a parent because you can’t cook a warm meal or keep your kids warm at night when they sleep. Or your car broke down, you don’t have the money to fix it and fixing it would cost more than the car is worth, you let it go to the junk yard, and now you are without a vehicle. Or you have been late on your rent, it’s been over three months and you get an eviction notice.

It seems like a long dark tunnel with no light at the end. Problems keep arising and things seem to be getting worse and not better. You have been strong for what seems like forever and you feel like you can’t be strong anymore.

You’ve prayed daily asking for a miracle. You’ve prayed asking God for a break, some rest. The struggle has broken you. 

Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. He petitioned (prayed) three times a day to God. He didn’t turn to man, he turned to God. An angel was sent to shut the mouths of the Lion. Daniel’s enemies were cast into the lion’s den after Daniel was set free. His enemies were immediately devoured by the lions. Daniel 6:1-28

In your struggle RAISE UP A HALLELUJAH! Praise God during these struggles and you will see him move in a way you haven’t seen before. Things will work swiftly in your favor.

SURELY, LORD, YOU BLESS THE RIGHTEOUS; YOU SURROUND THEM WITH YOUR FAVOR AS WITH A SHIELD. PSALM 5:12 

Look up and know that this struggle is only temporary, look up and know that God is on your side! You don’t see what God is doing.  But, you should know that no matter what he is doing you need to keep the faith and know that all things work together for your good.

Raising a Hallelujah is sending up praises to God. Praising God lets him know that he is welcome into your situation and welcome to take over. You are laying your struggles down at his feet and trusting him to take care of every wrong thing.


Sincerely Silver


Praising God makes it so that the enemy no longer has control of the situation and he must flee. We have the authority to make the enemy flee.

NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN OF MY OWN ACCORD. I HAVE AUTHORITY TO LAY IT DOWN AND AUTHORITY TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN. THIS COMMAND I RECEIVED FROM MY FATHER.” JOHN 10:18

God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. God shows your enemy that they aren’t in control of your situation, God is! HALLELUJAH, PRAISE GOD! Our enemies are defeated and cannot be victorious over us.

YOU PREPARE A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES. YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL; MY CUP OVERFLOWS. PSALM 23:5

I pray that this has encouraged you and you start Raising a Hallelujah in your struggles. Start praising God and watch the enemy flee!

Has this encouraged you? Tell me about a time when you Raised a Hallelujah in the comments.















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Monday, April 8, 2019

Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First

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Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First

Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First


Personally I read my Bible every day. This wasn’t always the case. I made an attempt to read my Bible every day but would fail often. I eventually felt Gods pull on me asking me to read the Bible daily.

When I started writing the Purpose and Love blog I started to read the Bible multiple times a day because I would need multiple verses for reference in my posts.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to read the Bible every day. Reading the Bible every day would be because of a personal conviction. We need to pay attention to personal conviction by God. When God tells us or asks us to read our Bible we should pick up our Bible and read it. The Bible is God’s way of speaking to us, and when God asks us to pick up our Bible he is wanting to talk to us. When we don’t pick up our Bible, we are telling God no and not letting God talk to us.

God calls for us to read the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. How can we come against the schemes of the devil if we don’t read our Bible? God shows us how to defeat the enemy, shows us love, forgiveness, and so many other things in his Word. If we aren’t picking up his Word how do we know what he is trying to say to us? 

Exodus 24:7 "Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient."Exodus 24:7 - “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

How do we know what the Lord has spoken if we don’t read the Bible? We need to read the Bible to hear what he is telling us to do so that we can be obedient to him. Reading the Bible helps us to hide God’s Word in our heart.

This brings me to obedience.

Obedience and Putting God First


When we tell God no and don’t read our Bible when he asks us to, we are being disobedient. Disobedience isn’t okay. God gives grace and forgiveness but we shouldn’t be disobedient intentionally.

If God asks us to read our Bible every day we should do it.


God wants us to put him first. If we aren’t in the Bible and praying every day we aren’t putting God first. We are putting our life, work, family, friends, desires, phone, TV, etc., first. We are telling God that we are too busy for him. We should desire a close relationship with God, putting God first. To know God we need to read the Bible. God wants to be our friend. We should talk to him daily and part of listening to him is by reading our Bible.

How often do we talk to our best friend or spouse that is our friend (best friend)? Probably every day. And part of that friendship is listening. When we have a friendship with God, we want/need to listen. He’s supposed to be our closest friend, even closer than our best friend or spouse. (Proverbs 18:24)

Exodus 33:11 – Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…

Religious vs Obedience

Some people think that being religious includes how often we read our Bible. Which is incorrect. Being religious is listening to the rules or laws of the church. Reading our Bible and how often is a personal conviction given to us by God. God doesn’t want us to be religious. God calls us to be obedient to his laws and commands. One thing he asks us to do is read his Word. How often we should read the Word is between us and God. God will convict each person by their walk with him. If we want to grow in our relationship with Christ and get to know God deeper then we need to get into his word. In all things, listen to God.

2 Corinthians 2:9 – For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

We need to be obedient to what God says to us. We shouldn’t let another person tell us how often we should read our Bible that is between us and God. We need to be obedient to what God tells us to do.

Exodus 23:22 "But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will become an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries."
Exodus 23:22 – “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will become an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

 If he tells us to read our Bible once a day, every day, then we should do it. If God asks us to read our Bible every other day then we need to do just that. We shouldn’t intentionally be disobedient.

Romans 6:1-4 – What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

We shouldn’t knowingly sin or be disobedient to God just because we know that there is grace. Grace works when we unknowingly sin or are unknowingly disobedient. Don’t be a slave to sin. Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)

In Closing

God wants to be our closest friend and to put him first. When we are putting him first we are having daily conversations with him and part of listening to him is reading his Word.

If we don’t feel like we need to read our Bible every day that is between us and God. Everyone has different convictions concerning how often to read their Bible.

If we want to get closer to God and show him that we are putting him first that requires us to put down things that we value more than we value our time with God. It also requires us to be obedient to when God is asking us to read the Bible.
God Speaks to us through his Word.God speaks to us through his Word. We can’t have an effective conversation with him if we are quick to talk to him but not quick to be silent and listen. Being an effective listener requires reading the Bible.

Having conversations with God is praying. But understand that prayer and conversations with God requires listening. If we want answers from God and to hear from God we need to read his Word.

Talk to God and ask him how often he wants you to read your Bible. Be silent and listen to his answer.















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Monday, April 1, 2019

A Step by Step Guide on How to Let God Fix Your Broken Heart

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The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

I think we can all say that we have had a broken heart at some point in our lives. We can all think back to a time when we were curled up into a ball on our bed or couch weeping and we could feel our hearts shattering into pieces. You may be facing that right now.

When I was 13-14 years old, I started dating my first long-term boyfriend. We dated for 2 years before we called it quits. The first year and a half was an ideal relationship. He was kind, loving, gentle, always there for me, and I was the same in return. He always surprised me with gifts and always wanted to talk to me throughout the day. In the last 6 months of our relationship I found out that he had cheated on me, was writing other girls flirtatious notes, and he had gotten into doing drugs. 

I was so heartbroken because the boy I thought I knew was no longer the
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted an saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
same person. He had let others influence him on how they thought you should treat women, they thought cheating and having multiple girlfriends was cool, and they had influenced him to start doing drugs. Because of my heartbreak I decided to cheat on him too, but it just made things worse.

We made the mutual decision to end the relationship and go our separate ways. Taking things into my own hands and trying to deal with the heartbreak eventually only hurt both of us. I should have given my broken heart to God and let God deal with it. But, at first I didn't and it just got worse. I now had to live with regret instead of just a broken heart.

I’m here to tell you that it does get better. I know it doesn’t feel like it, it may not seem like it will happen any time soon. God wants to heal your broken heart. Here is how we let God fix our broken heart:

STEP ONE: Share our brokenness with God.

God wants us to have conversations with him. He wants us to tell him what is breaking our heart. We should confide in him, he will answer our prayers and have a conversation with us.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 

STEP TWO: Realize that we aren’t so broken that God can’t heal us.

We’re not broken goods, God can always heal us. Nothing is too big or too small for God. God will heal our brokenness. We may feel so broken that it’s impossible for any kind of healing. But, we need to just know that nothing is impossible for God and he wants our broken heart.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

STEP THREE: Lay down whatever broke our heart at God’s feet.

We should ask God to heal and mend our broken heart. Give our heart and the situation that broke our heart to God. Let God heal our heart. God is our strength!

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

Be Still Silver Necklace
Sincerely Silver
STEP FOUR: Wait on God/ be still.

We shouldn't focus on our brokenness. We shouldn't focus on the situation that broke our heart. We shouldn't go through the "what if's" or "could haves", we should just let God heal us. While he is healing us we only need to be still.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14   

STEP FIVE: Let God take full control.

Once we have laid it at God’s feet we need to let him take full control. We can’t try to take back our broken heart and start mourning again. We need to let God heal it and keep it. 

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 2 Corinthians 12:8


STEP SIX: We can’t look back on the situation that made our heart break.

Looking back will only break our heart again and means that we are trying to take over the situation again after we already gave it to God.

But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

STEP SEVEN: Forgive the situation or person that broke our heart.

Forgiveness is a big step in the healing. We're not healing the person or situation for them, it's so that we can heal and move on.                       

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

STEP EIGHT: Move on from our broken heart.

There is no need in soaking in the brokenness. We can move on without more pain, more scars or more brokenness.

He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before. Isaiah 41:3

I Am Enough Silver Necklace
Sincerely Silver

STEP NINE: Rejoice in his healing.

We should then rejoice that God healed us and we can now be used for God’s good to help others going through the same brokenness.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

STEP TEN: Let God use our broken heart and testimony of healing to help others.

Our broken heart can now be used to help others in the same situation. We can be there for each other and help each other make it through hard times. 

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13                    

In closing:

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we need to be strong. God will be our strength. The church is there for us to help be our strength.

We need to put our hope in God and praise him. He is our help and our redeemer. He is always there for us when no one else is or when it seems like no one else is.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5)

God can heal, he can deliver, and he can mend broken hearts. He's waiting for you.
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Sincerely Silver

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Remaining Faithful to God

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Remaining Faithful to God

Remaining Faithful To god

We all go through struggles, some harder than others, and our life is full of them. Unending, everyday struggles. How we handle those struggles says a lot about who we are.

I think we have all gone through days where our struggles were so big that we wanted to give up or we’ve almost lost our faith. We don’t get the answers we want when we want them instead of waiting on God. You may get the thought that God gave up on you.

No matter our struggle or lack of faith, God will never give up on us. God always remains faithful to us. God wants us to be faithful in him and trust him always.

2 Samuel 22:26
To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless

When you are faithful (loyal and constant), God sees your faithfulness. When you are innocent of wrongdoing, God sees you as blameless. 

Sincerely Silver Co.

God sees when we are being faithful. He sees when we are being consistent. We need to be consistent in our prayer life. He wants us to pray every day, throughout the day, not just on Sunday. That is faithful!

God wants all of us. Our whole self, not just a small piece. He wants us to give him our life, our mind, and our soul. When we are in Church and the worship team is worshiping God, He wants us to stand, put everything down, give him our troubles, struggles, and cares to praise him and worship him. We need to respect him and our time with him. We need to be faithful to him, give him our full attention and give our whole self to him.


Luke 16:10
 Luke 16:10
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

God trusts us with certain things. When we give God reason to trust us with what he gives us, he believes he can trust us with a lot. If we give God a reason not to trust us, he won’t give us much. We need to be honest and faithful in the things we have and the things God gives us. Whether its’s money, situations, our spiritual calling, etc. if God gives us something he wants to be able to trust us with it.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

These three things are part of the fruit of the Spirit. Rejoice (be joyful) in your expectation and desire for that thing you want to happen, be patient through that suffering, be steadfast (loyal, constant) in prayer. We need to be intentional in our prayer life. We need to have consistency in our prayer life.

Sincerely Silver Co.

When it is prayer time in church, whether someone is being prayed over or a leader is praying over the church, no matter what prayer is being said, the congregation should be quiet. We need to respect the person praying, the one(s) being prayed over, and God. During the time that someone is being prayer over or prophesied to, we should be praying to ourselves or reaching our hands out and praying for the one being prayed over. This is all part of being faithful to our God and Father and showing respect. God calls us to pray for others. If we aren’t praying for the ones being prayed over, we can pray to ourselves, God may be trying to talk to us during this time as well. Have a conversation with God.

Proverbs 2:8 
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

He protects our path when we are faithful to him. When we walk with the
Lord he protects the way. He guards our course. He won’t protect the way of the wicked.
Proverbs 2:8

2 Timothy 2:13 
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

God will always be faithful to us even if we are not faithful to him. God is a faithful God and he cannot lie or disown himself. God will always be a faithful God, he will always be a loving God, he will always be there waiting for us, waiting for us to call on him, waiting for us to be faithful to him. He will never leave our side, he is always with us. Even when we walk away, he is still there waiting for us to come back.

God wants us to be faithful to him in all things. He wants us to be faithful in prayer, in our walk with him, in our life. He wants us to put him first in all things as well. He wants our hearts, minds and soul. He wants all of us, our whole being, all day, every day, in every situation. Give yourself to him. All-of-yourself.












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

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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