Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Taking a Step Forward in Faith

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Taking a Step Forward in Faith

Taking a Step Forward in Faith

Faith to step forward:
Isaiah 7:9…If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.

Taking a step forward in faith can be scary. But, if we don’t take that step forward in faith we are being disobedient.

A Centurion man went to Jesus to ask if he would heal his servant. Because of his faith he healed the paralyzed man without having to go to him. The Centurion man stepped forward in faith. He trusted that Jesus could and would heal his servant. Jesus was marveled at his faith.
When we trust Jesus and step forward in faith he works miracles in our favor.

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

God wants us to trust him and take steps forward in faith. When we have faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. But if we have no faith what can we do?


Have no fear:

Before taking that step forward we may be living in fear and be afraid of the unknown. But, we shouldn’t fear what God wants to show us or give us. He wants us to step forward knowing that what he has for us is the best for us and his blessings are beautiful.


Matthew 10:26 So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

And

Matthew 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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When we take that step forward in faith God reveals what is covered and uncovers what is hidden. We don’t have to fear the unknown. He works miracles in our favor. He doesn’t ever let us walk into the unknown without going before us. Deuteronomy 31:8


Psalm 119:113 Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

God opens doors:


God will open doors and show us the path to take when he asks us to take a step forward in faith. When we run into closed doors we need to wait and be patient for God to show us the path and the open door.


Proverbs 8:34
Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

I had a dream about a week ago where Jesus was in front of me, guiding my steps. We were walking through a hedge maze. Before us was a dead end, but he turned around, looked at me and opened the hedge door. When he looked at me it was as if he was saying to me, “Trust me, I’m going to make a way.” And, he did it! He made a way. What looked like a dead end was just the door that he had to open. He went before me and showed me the way. I just needed to step forward in faith.

The end result:


God blesses us when we are obedient. When we step forward in faith and trust him-he blesses us and the end result is beautiful.

We can’t have the same beautiful end results doing things on our own. We need God before us, guiding us to get the end result we desire.

We need to trust him. We don’t need to be afraid because he goes before us and he is with us, he won’t leave us or forsake us. He goes before us and prepares a place for us.

The end result is always amazing when God goes before us.

Are you taking steps forward in faith

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How to be Still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

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How to be still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

How to be Still and Have Patience While Waiting on God


Many of us don’t have patience. This is something that God has been working on with me lately. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me to be patient and I remember that in the end everything will turn out beautifully. Other times I want answers right now, I want results without working for it, and I want things my way on my time.

Fortunately for us, God works his way on his time. When we are waiting it doesn’t seem like his way is always best or that his timing is perfect because we wanted it done yesterday.

When we ask God for answers he answers in different ways: Yes, no, not yet, and silence. Read my post “Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer” to learn more about our prayers being answered.

When God tells us not yet or is silent we need to be patient. He has a purpose for our patience. The end result will be more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. James 5:7

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold the judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:7-11

God’s way and timing is perfect. When we are still and wait on God we are letting him know that we fully trust him. His timing is perfect and our timing is sloppy.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you tried to rush God and worried about his timing? How did it turn out? We tend to worry over nothing. God tells us not to worry because he knows that our situations are under control and they will turn out way better than we trust they will.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Everything God has us wait for turns out to be beautiful. The end result is always worth the wait.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God is patient with us and knows when we are ready for his promises to be fulfilled. We need to be patient with God knowing that his time is perfect. When the time is right his promises will be fulfilled as it is written. God is patient with us, shouldn’t we be patient with him as well?

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

When we wait patiently for God he will listen and hear our plea, our prayers. We just need to wait patiently for his response, understand his response, and not fight his answer.

When we pray to God we need to hand everything over to him. We can’t pray and keep to ourselves what we prayed about, we need to lay it at his feet and keep it there. Don’t pick it back up and carry that burden on your shoulders, let God take it and carry it for you.

Then, wait and be patient for God to take care of the situation or to give you the answer you are seeking. We can’t rush God or his timing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to keep walking toward that light and know that God is carrying us the whole way. He has had this situation in control before we knew it existed, before the situation arose. God already took care of it and he is victorious.

Once you get your answer thank God for giving you the answer, whether it was what you wanted to hear or not. God answered your prayer and his answer is perfect. If it wasn’t the answer you were looking for, just know that God always has a perfect plan. His answer was for a purpose. God protects us and always wants what is best for us.

Sincerely Silver



Our timing isn’t God’s timing. He could be wanting you to be still and wait on him. He could be telling you to take this time to rest. He could be teaching you to be patient or to trust in him. Pray and ask God to show you what you should be learning in this time of waiting. Then, thank him for the wait, the lesson, and his answer.
















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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Purpose of Jesus' Life, Being Born Again, and Eternal Life: What it Means to Have Jesus in Your Heart

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What it means to have Jesus in your heart

The Purpose of Jesus’ Life, Being Born Again, and Eternal Life: 

What it means to have Jesus in your heart


The Bible tells us a story about Jesus’ birth and his death upon the cross. But why was he born and why did he die on a cross? What was the purpose of Jesus’ life? How do we get to heaven? Why should I believe in God?
(Learn more about who God is here.)

Jesus wants our hearts and for us to live for him and him only. The problem is that there is evil in this world. The enemy is hard at work trying to keep us from accepting Jesus. The enemy wants us to believe that God isn’t the truth and that Jesus isn’t the way to heaven. The enemy wants us to believe that there are many ways to heaven, not just through Jesus. Many people believe that you can get to heaven just by good works or being a good person. Then, there are others who believe in tolerance of others beliefs and that there are multiple ways to heaven. Most atheists don’t believe in heaven or the afterlife.
But, what is the TRUTH?

Jesus was born for the very purpose of dying on the cross for our sins. (Matthew 1:21). As long as we give our life to him, live for him, and believe in him we will have eternal life with him. The purpose of Jesus’ life was to teach about the kingdom of God and to tell people to repent for the kingdom of God is near.
You Must Be Born Again

John chapter 3 (ESV)
You need to have Jesus in your heart to see the kingdom of God1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Jesus was explaining to the man that you have to be born again in order to go to heaven. The man thought that Jesus was saying that you have to be born again from your mother. But, what Jesus meant was that you need to accept the Lord as your Savior. You need to have Jesus in your heart to see the kingdom of God. Christ makes all things new! He has forgiven our sins and we have a new slate.


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9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, Truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Whoever believes in God will have eternal life. Before this only Jesus was able to descend from heaven and ascend into heaven. But now, those who believe are able to ascend into heaven.

Acts: 16:31- And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God loves us so much that he sacrificed his only son, Jesus, so that people who believe in him won’t go to hell but they will go to heaven and live forever. Jesus was beaten with whips and pierced in his side while he was on the cross. The pain he went through on the cross is greater than any pain anyone on earth could bear. He died on the cross to forgive us of our sins.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

God wanted things to change so that we weren’t punished and condemned. He wanted people to have a chance to be saved. He wants people to make the decision to follow him, he won’t force anyone to believe in him.

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Whoever doesn’t believe will be condemned and will go to hell. Those who believe won’t be condemned.

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

Jesus has come into the world, people loved darkness (evil ways) rather than light (Jesus) because their works were evil. People like evil things, it’s easier to like evil than it is to like goodness and wholesome things. It’s easier to live like the world than it is to go against the world and live for Jesus.

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

God sees our works, he sees if we are living in the light or in the darkness, he sees if our works are carried out in God.

25 Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Jesus began to baptize people and everyone went to him to get baptized. John let his disciples know that he wasn’t the Christ and that he was just sent before Jesus to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus must increase and we must decrease to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If we are filled with ourselves we can’t be filled with the Spirit.

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

God is above all. God is above humans, angels, all other gods, any and everything. That is why he is an amazing God. No one can compare.

32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Those who receive his testimony and believe in the Son of God will have eternal life

We need to receive the testimony that God is true. Those who receive his testimony and believe in the Son of God will have eternal life, they will be saved. Those who don’t accept his testimony, don’t believe that God is true and don’t believe in the Son won’t have eternal life and will go to hell.

What happens when we accept Jesus as our Savior?

1.     When we are saved we become a child of God. We belong to God. (John1:12).
2.     We are a new creation. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17

What Next?

After we accept Jesus as our savior we should do the following:
1.     Find a church to attend that preaches from the Word of God, that teaches biblical truth, and focus on God’s love, grace, and mercy.
2.     Get baptized. Getting baptized is proclaiming that we are saved and not afraid to tell the world that we gave your life to Christ and that we will live your life for Christ. It is an act of obedience and we should be offering up repentance when getting baptized. Repentance is changing our life for Christ. Turning from our sins to live a life in obedience.
3.     Pray and read our Bible. There is no better way to get to know our Heavenly Father than by talking to him and reading his Word given to us by him. Everything he wants us to know is in his Word.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Raising a Hallelujah in the Struggles

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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!

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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


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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