~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
See the words in red that Jesus spoke:
Let not your heart be troubled.
I will never leave you as orphans.
If that is you today and your heart is troubled, hear the Lord saying to you
“Let not your heart be troubled. I will never leave you as orphans”
Jesus, thank you for your words in red. May they just not be some words on a page we read and forget but may they be the very hope and help we need today.
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
They NEVER disappear.
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Heaven and Earth disappear, but My Words will never disappear. ~ Luke 21:33 NLT
For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God.~ 2 Corinthians 1:20 Berean Study Bible
For just as the body is one and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form only one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Holy Spirit we were all baptized into one body, spiritually transformed—united together whether Jews or Greeks Gentiles, slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Holy Spirit since the same Holy Spirit fills each life. ~1 Corinthians 12:12-13 AMP
May we all celebrate our differences.
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
Some time ago I was going through some tough times. I went to visit a Church on a beautiful Sunday morning and the Pastor said something pro found to me. He said, ” The God of Abraham, Jacob and Issac is also the God of me.”
I read or listened to the scriptures before about the great men and women in the Bible, but my thought always referred to them as the elite, the anointed, or His chosen people that only God worked directly with.
I realized we cannot disqualify ourselves of the same God of Abraham, Jacob and Issac and think he will not be there for you or me.
My attitude changed from discouragement to being encouraged and my Faith was being raised up.
I accept and know Jesus as my Lord and savior the true Son of God. I am the child of a God I can boldly go to as my Father because just as any child knows they belong and can go to their parent, I know I belong to the Father.
Be encouraged. Father delights in all His children. We are never alone. He will never leave us or forsake us.
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.-Psalm 149:4
“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Joshua 1:5
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
These packages can be pretty little gift boxes all wrapped neat and tidy with a big red bow. We wouldn’t dare mess it up and rethink it with any other ideas about God. After all, we learned some of these beautiful ideas about God in church. Other times our box exists as a sloppy unkept package with rips and tears formed from our personal hurts and disappointments. It is too painful to unwrap so we push God and the box aside.
There is no need for a package of pain to remind us of our failures in life. We put God front and center in the box of blame. The process of unknowingly characterizing God by our own limited understanding and reasoning has begun.
God can be viewed as a distant God who wasn’t there to help us. He abandoned us when horrible things in life came knocking at our door. Sometimes we even go as far as to learn about God solely by what others teach us. We go to church and listen to others never once looking for ourselves what is the truth about God. There is no desire to seek out God for ourselves. The thought never occurs to us to look in the Bible. We don’t personally know who He really is and what His story can mean for our own lives. At times that isn’t even an option because we may have convinced ourselves that the Bible isn’t even true.
Too many disappointments with people who claim the Bible is true causes us to to avoid the out dated book. Reasoning tells you it doesn’t seem possible that any book could survive any real divine inspiration. After all it was written by lots of imperfect people thousands of years ago. It becomes the experiences in our life that determine what we believe about God and the Book He wrote though the hands of many.
That becomes our box we put God in and we shut out any other views of who or what He is to man. It is packaged up and signed by our life experiences and delivered. We deliver to it other people as our truth. It has become our experience so therefore it must be truth. Or it is left alone high on a shelf of disbelief and disappointments.
I could try and convince you otherwise, but then wouldn’t that be me delivering you my package of truth? So then I wonder how do people discover what is true about God? How do they rely on a Book that comes along with Him as an instruction guide? There are so many religions and beliefs about God. I have met many amazing people who fall into lots of categories of various thoughts and beliefs.
Here’s my thinking. I want to keep it simple.
Boxes represent our life’s experiences or what others have told us about God.
The Book or Bible represents what truth we know about God.
The essential key:
It takes faith to believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
What if we take a step of faith to unlock the truth.
1) Read the Book
2) Believe the Book
3) Talk to the Author by
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
A Truth Challenge
OPEN up your box of beliefs and turn it into a box of believing that God is who He says He is and does what He says He will do. Allow for the possibility that He is a good good Father who created you and has amazing plans designed just for you. Seek Him out solely with the intent to find the truth by reading His instruction manual for instructions. Ask Him. Seek Him. The truth you discover from Him and His Word will set you free from your limited box of beliefs.
Pack one item only in your box of beliefs.
Use your key of Faith to open it up and discover a boxless God.
Look in the book,
I just love 1 John. To me this letter from John is my love letter. 1 John shows us how to love. Not only ourselves, but others as well. Most of all it tells us about how much Jesus loves us. So much that He was willing to die on the cross for us and our sins. If we believe and confess our sins, God’s love and His light shall shine on us for eternity.
It doesn’t get any better than that!
In 1st John 5:13 it says “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. And we are confident that when He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our request, we also know that He will give us what we ask for. If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death. We know that God’s children’s do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and He has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And know we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and He is eternal life. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
These are His words, not my words. They are God’s words. Straight from His Word (The Bible).
So my friends, if you are feeling condemned from you sins, your condemnation is not from God! Confess your sins to Him, and He will forgive you. But you have to let it go because He remembers it no more. It is time to move forward. Have a great day my friends, and remember there is no greater love than God’s love.
~ Michelle Smith
1. strengthen or support physically or mentally. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for
To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage
To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
Behold, God is my helper and ally;The Lord is the sustainer of my soul [my upholder.]~ Psalm 54:4
A strong spirit sustains us.~Proverbs 18:14
We are never alone. We have the strength and support both physically and mentally we need. We have all our necessities and nourishment provided for us. We have support for our spirit, vitality, and resolutions to anything we face. We have encouragement and a prop holding us up and keeping us from sinking or falling.
Declare these promises!
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
Freedom from death. We have eternal life through the salvation of Jesus Christ, not anything we do, but from God.
In the Bible it is relational to spiritual freedom that a person can experience in Christ Jesus.
Through Jesus Christ the law of the spirit of life sets me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
If the son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36)
According to Christ a person can’t be spiritually free unless he has Gods Word;
His truth makes you free.
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “if you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
We experience true freedom in Christ by knowing Him, walking in his ways, and abiding in The Word.
Those who find freedom in Christ also become God’s children. The sons and heirs of The Most High, the partakers of the inheritance – eternal life.
Lord Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Amen