Author: revronbennett

Shaking off the Dust

 

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There are times when we need to shake off the dust of life.

The goals we have we often dream of accomplishing but daydreaming and actual work are two different things.

The question we have to ask at times to ourselves if are we complacent and has the dust settled on us?

Are we a person who is on fire in our hearts with a passion to achieve something that is significant to us or our dreams?

Too many people today are walking around with little purpose in life or focus to accomplish what they want to.

The person who says I want to retire by age 50 but has not saved a penny by age 30 does not have their focus very likely in the right directions. It takes constant effort focussed in the right direction to allow our dreams and goals to take shape.

I have a reminder saying.

Miraculous things happen when faith and action comes together.

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When God comes to us do we even notice?

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When God comes to us do we even notice?

Jesus was laid in the tomb and as the prophets told us He would rise again but many wondered why He was even killed or what it even meant going forward. The people did not understand truly why, how or what the future would hold as they had forgotten in many cases the scriptures. 

  • 13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 21

    These two people were so caught up in there concern and life they did not even recognize Jesus was walking with them.

In life we too can be so busy we do not recognize when Jesus is talking to us.

  • 25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

  • Luke 21:32

  • Would you be talking about what could have been?

  • Is it possible Jesus is talking to you but you are to busy to listen, too distracted by life?

  • 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 21:32

  • What will we say to Jesus when He talks with us?

  • Will we only regret we did not know or recognize Jesus was talking with us

  • What will our excuses be

  • Too tired          Too busy      The kids had school stuff

  • Too worried about?           Excuses

  • Could see the forest for the trees

The truth that Jesus lives in our hearts when we accept Christ as Savoir is true.  

Do we live as though Jesus is with us everywhere we go? 

Would we have to change what we do on a daily bases if Jesus were right there with us? The truth is He is and if we need to change something that is a clear sign we need to take some time to listen, grow and change. There are days I have much to learn and unless I start my day with God and end it with Him it is easy to lose focus on what is important.  

The things of life can distract us from what is really important, our relationship with Christ which is eternal.

The wonderful fact is that if we find we have neglected our relationship with Christ or even allowed it to grow cold we can allow Him to refresh our hearts and Spirits. 

Life is spinning out of control

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Is it possible to change our future or do you believe we are destined to a life of where you are?

Can I have a different job?

can I have a better relationship with my spouse or friends?

Can I have more income or a different quality of life?

Can I have a truly great spiritual life?

Can I change where I spent eternity?

Can I change things about my health?

Can I become smarter or understand more?

Can I move from pain to happiness again?

Can I turn my whole life around even though I am over 40?

Can I become someone people will like to be around?

Can I become a leader or influencer to others?

Can I change the world?

Do I have control over tomorrow or even my future?

Decisions are made with a choice to change something in our lives.  I am interested in what people think about these questions.  What do people believe we can control?

Are we puppets on a journey or do we have free will to change?

 

I know what I believe and will share it but let us discuss what people think and see if we can help some get answers to their questions. 

 

Sorry, I have been missing my weekly posts but I am back on track now. Thank you to all who contribute and read these.

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Friendships build bridges

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Friendships can be the bridges to all the people we will ever need to know in our lifetime.  The saying goes we are only 5 people away from the whole world.

 

Never hide in a box but allow friendships to grow.

Friendships do require we put ourselves out there and the possibility of getting hurt is there.

Life is full of risks we take either to talk to others and build relationships and we are rewarded with the results.

The other plan would be not to build them, either way, we are rewarded with the results.

So what will you do? build friendships or not, either way, we reap what we sow.

Called to be a Joshua?

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I believe we are all called to lead in some way or another.  Leadership is the influence we have with others which means we all are influencing someone.  There are times in life when we go through seasons. These seasons often define our lives in many ways.  Joshua was at a very powerful season in his life.  Moses had died and it was time for Joshua to lead the people or step down.

In life, we all face similar times when we too are called to stand up and lead or make life-changing decisions.  I find myself at a crossroads in a battle that I must choose to fight or step down. I am strong willed so when I am told I cannot do something I tend to want to prove people wrong.  I am not talking about doing wrong things but good things that have a tremendous impact on others as well as myself.

As I read this scripture I was reminded of the news I had gotten this week.  Do I again stand to fight giving it everything I have or do I retire to mediocrity?

Are you facing a similar situation where you either must fight again with all you have to achieve the prize or life goal?

This could be a medical situation, educational goal, career, spiritual, or any other area of life.

Do you find yourself tired, drained, and do not even know if you can continue to fight?

I am reminded of what God is speaking to me. I am your strength lean on me, I have the Power of God at my fingertips, I am His child.  The purpose God has called me to do, He has gone before me to prepare the way. I share this to encourage you on your journey it is not over till it is completely over.

I choose to fight, to battle, to wage massive action toward what God has called me to do.

What about you today, do you believe God has a plan or purpose for your life? Is this the season for you to go for it?

Read the passage from Joshua and see if it speaks to you as well. Blessings

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After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand 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. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

The bible is the book we must keep close to us, God’s word is full of advice and wisdom for us on our journey.

Battle Ready

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Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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.13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 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.

It is vital to use all the weapons that God has for us.

Keys:

The Word of God is something we must know, understand, learn, and use in our lives.

I would love to hear some experiences with using the Amour of God.

One key element to mention is Prayer.  It seems that many have at times not understood prayer or just have not taken the time to pray.

How has prayer impacted your life?

What do you consider intercessory Prayer?

How has this passage impacted your life?

 

 

Submit our requests to God

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It is very clear in God’s word to be thankful for everything God has given us.  God also has made it clear that He wants to know our problems, issues, requests, and so on.

What are you worrying about today?

 

What things do others have need of you know about?

 

Do you have friends who have issues they need to work on?

 

There are so many things to talk with God about

Pray that God would exalt his name in the world.

“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.’” (Matthew 6:9)

Pray that God would extend his kingdom in the world.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

Pray that the gospel would speed ahead and be honored.

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

Pray for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13; cf. Ephesians 3:19)

Pray that God would vindicate his people in their cause.

“And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night?” (Luke 18:7 RSV)

Pray that God would save unbelievers.

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1)

Pray that God would direct the use of the sword.

Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:17–18)

Pray for boldness in proclamation.

[Pray] at all times in the Spirit . . . and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:18–19)

“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.” (Acts 4:29)

Pray for signs and wonders.

“And now, Lord, . . . grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness . . . while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29–30)

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. (James 5:17–18)

Pray for the healing of wounded comrades.

Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. (James 5:14–15)

Pray for the healing of unbelievers.

It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. (Acts 28:8)

Pray for the casting out of demons.

And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” (Mark 9:29)

Pray for miraculous deliverances.

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. . . . When he realized [he had been freed], he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. (Acts 12:512)

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake. (Acts 16:25–26)

Pray for the raising of the dead.

But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. (Acts 9:40)

Pray that God would supply his troops with necessities.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)

Pray for strategic wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)

Pray that God would establish leadership in the outposts.

And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. (Acts 14:23)

Pray that God would send out reinforcements.

“Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:2–3)

Pray for the success of other missionaries.

I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints. (Romans 15:30–31)

Pray for unity and harmony in the ranks.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20–21)

Pray for the encouragement of togetherness.

We pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith. (1 Thessalonians 3:10)

Pray for a mind of discernment.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1:9–10)

Pray for a knowledge of God’s will.

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Colossians 1:9)

Pray to know God better.

[We have not ceased to pray for you to be] increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10; cf. Ephesians 1:17)

Pray for power to comprehend the love of Christ.

I bow my knees before the Father . . . [that you] may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. (Ephesians 3:1418–19)

Pray for a deeper sense of assured hope.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:1618)

Pray for strength and endurance.

[We have not ceased to pray for you to be] strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11; cf. Ephesians 3:16)

Pray for a deeper sense of God’s power within you.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know . . . what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe. (Ephesians 1:1618–19)

Pray that your faith not be destroyed.

“I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32)

“But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)

Pray for greater faith.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24; cf. Ephesians 3:17)

Pray that you might not fall into temptation.

“Lead us not into temptation.” (Matthew 6:13)

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

Pray that God would complete your good resolves.

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

Pray that you would do good works.

[We have not ceased to pray for you that you would] walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10)

Pray for the forgiveness of your sins.

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12)

Pray for protection from the evil one.

“Deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13)