Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Practicing Patience When God Has You Waiting - Barbara Erochina

Some days, it is a lot harder to be patient. When we’re bringing our concerns to the Lord again and again, we grow tired of waiting. It soon begins to feel like our prayers are falling on deaf ears. Often our desire is to take control and just “do the best we can”; it is our fleshly reaction to the silence. We know Galatians 5 lists patience as a fruit of the Holy Spirit so we confess our desire to rule our own lives. We ask the Spirit to fill us, empowering and directing us even as we continue to wait on the Lord.

This doesn’t mean our circumstances change. Our only child remains sick in the hospital, the thread our marriage hangs on continues to splinter, and the hope we’ve held on to for years fades with increasing speed. Having prayed fervently about whatever issue you are facing too many times to count, it’s easy to feel your bank of patience depleting once again. On these days, let these reminders on the nature of patience be an encouragment to you as you continue to wait.

You are not alone in the waiting.

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” – Romans 8:22- 25 (New International Version)

Waiting is a common experience. All your brothers and sisters in faith, as well as all of creation know what it is like to wait on the Lord. Consider those who have waited before you: Job, David, a myriad of Prophets. There is plenty of encouragement in the Bible concerning a need for patience and those who have excelled in it. James 5:7, Colossians 1:10-12, Psalm 40:1 and Revelations 14:12 are just a few examples of the myriad of passages about the topic.

Facing Fear and Finding Freedom by Joyce Meyer

If you don't remember anything else from this article, remember that fear is not from God but from Satan. See Second Timothy 1:7. Every time you feel fear in your life, it's a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. I often say in my teachings that fear is the "master spirit." It's the spirit Satan uses to try to rule God's people and keep them from coming under the leadership of the true Master, Jesus Christ.

What Are You Afraid Of?

Multitudes of people never fulfill the call of God on their lives simply because every time they try to go forward, the devil uses fear to stop them. Is he using fear to stop you? Satan uses fear to keep people from enjoying life. Fear brings torment, according to 1 John 4:18, and you surely can't enjoy life and be tormented at the same time.

I want to encourage you to take an inventory in the fear department. What are you afraid of? Are there any areas in your life that are being stifled because of fear? Satan is always going to bring fear against us at various times. It's one of his major weapons—not a cap gun, but a cannon.
Stepping Out in Spite of Fear

All of us must learn how not to "fear the fear." The devil brings fear, but you can choose not to bow your knee to it. David said, "What time I am afraid, I will…trust…in You" (Psalm 56:3). I believe we can say that when God leads you to step out in an area to do something new, or leads you to make a bigger commitment, you may (or probably will) feel fear. However, if you're sure God told you to do it, put your trust in Him and go forward.

RCCG: Christ Church parish holds 18th anniversary service

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Christ Chapel Parish will be celebrating its 18th anniversary next week, starting with a vigil service on Friday, October 26 and ending with a celebration service on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

Pastor J. T Kalejaiye will be the guest minister and he will be ministering at the vigil and the celebration service.

According to a statement by the Pastor-in-charge, Remi Morgan, the church intends to carry out some CSR initiatives around its community during this celebration. As part of this, there will be a visit to the Heart of Gold Children's Hospice, the Juvenile Home for Girls for their physical, medical and spiritual needs.

Other activities lined up for the celebration include; an evangelism outreach and environmental clean-up around Diya street, Ifako, Gbagada; a special all-night "High-Praise to the Lord" which will feature various RCCG parish choirs and gospel artistes.

Methodist Archbishop Job wants better deal for victims

METHODIST Church Archbishop of Kaduna, Dr. Joseph Oche Job, has urged the Federal Government and other stakeholders to evolve a realistic approach to aid victims of the flood.

The Archbishop, who spoke during the 6th Methodist bishops’ wives summit held in Otukpo, Benue State with the theme, “Except by prayers and fasting” elucidated that spiritual solutions to natural and artificial occurrences militating against the country remained the most reliable alternative.

He noted that no part of the country was spared of disorder like insecurity, abductions, violence and militancy, stressing that the entire nation had been polluted by these vices and as such required urgent attention.

Church speaks against fraud, violence in Ondo state

The Vicar and Dean of the Chapel of Annunciation of the Archbishop Vining College of Theology in Akure in Ondo state has urged stakeholders in the upcoming Governorship elections to abide by the rules of the game and eschew violence.

In a statement yesterday, Venerable Ayodeji Fagbemi appealed to the Federal Government to ensure adequate security for the exercise which comes up this Saturday, 19th of October 2011.

"As a Christian body, we view it as a responsibility to speak to the society in relation to thr forthcoming exercise, not only because we are part of the society, but because our society belongs to God and we believe that every soul matters. We also believe it is the church's duty to speak out at a time like this".

There has been so much tension gripping the state as the election day approaches and most of the political parties are trying their best to unseat the current Governor Olusegun Mimiko. 

What's Your Life Purpose? Finding and Knowing Your Life Purpose - Karen Wolff

If finding your life purpose seems like an elusive undertaking, don't panic! You are not alone. In this devotional by Karen Wolff of you'll find reassurance and practical support for finding and knowing your life purpose.

What's Your Life Purpose?

While it's true some people seem to find their life purpose easier than others, it's also true that God really does have a plan for every single person, even if it takes a while to see what it is.

Most people think finding your life purpose means doing something you truly love. It's an area that just seems natural to you and things just seem to fall into place. But what if things aren't so clear for you? What if you're not sure what your gifts are? What if you haven't discovered any particular talent that makes you think it could be your true calling in life? Or what if you're working somewhere and you're good at it, but you just don't feel fulfilled? Is this all there is for you?

How To Deal With Unemployment - Jennifer Slattery

In the Christian community, it’s easy to lump all negative emotions as sin. We read commands to rejoice during trials and assume depression is failure, but biblical joy is not a temporary, surface emotion. According to John C. Hutchinson, author of Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong, “The biblical teaching of joy or rejoicing has more to do with confidence in one’s convictions than it does with emotion.” Joy is a deep assurance that God is good even when life is not. This is not an emotional stance, but instead, a choice of belief.

Emotions aren’t good or bad.
Throughout Scripture we read accounts of faith-filled men and women continually used by God who went through periods of depression and experienced intense anger. Elijah grew depressed and wanted to die. In the Psalms David expressed moments of great pain. Job poured out his heart in an expression of raw, honest emotions. He even accused God of hunting him down like a lion. Yet God didn’t condemn Job, but instead, reminded Job of his limited understanding.

Be honest. God already knows how you feel and what you’re thinking anyway. Praying through your feelings will help draw you to God.

The Power of Praise

Praising God means adoring Him, honoring Him, and exalting Him

God takes delight in praise and worship. He enjoys praise and worship

Praise ye the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary.
Praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts
Praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet.

Praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance.
Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals.
Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
(Psalm 150).

It is does us good to praise the Lord.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto your name, O most High:
To shew forth your loving kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night,
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
For you, LORD, have made me glad through your work: I will triumph in the works of your hands.
(Psalm 92:1-4)


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