Month: July 2016

Think on Him: A Question of Posture Pt 17

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.~PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9 To think on things that are ‘good’ in the face of those things that seem to weigh our minds down with stress and pressure seems like a call to ignore reality. To think on good things is not to misuse our faith and words of…

The Call: A Question of Posture Pt 16

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.~PHILIPPIANS 2:1-4 When the Apostle Paul, led by the Holy Spirit, wrote this letter to the Church in Philippi, he made certain to remind them of the foundation of our Faith which binds us together: Being like-minded Having the same love Being of one accord Of One mind To walk and do all things with a humble spirit toward one another In letters written to other congregations, Paul makes sure to first remind them of our bond and call as One New Man in Yeshua Jesus as well, before expressing…

Abiding Love: A Question of Posture Pt 14

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
Faith. Hope. Love And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~I CORINTHIANS 13:13 Hope. What is hope? The hope we have in the Body of Christ, the hope that binds us together as One, is not the same as the ‘hope’ of the world. The hope of the world doesn’t deal in absolutes. It is based on thin chances, 50/50’s. It is the kind that says, “I hope I get off of work early today.” or “I hope it doesn’t rain.” There are no guarantees within the world’s kind of hope because it has no basis, no foundation, no promise. But that is not the truth for those of us who abide in the love of Yeshua Jesus. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.~ HEBREWS 11:1 In order to understand and define the absolutes of the Hope of the children of God, we have to take a quick look at faith again. (Also,…

Abiding Love: A Question of Posture Pt 13

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~I CORINTHIANS 13:13 Faith. Hope. Love. Faith, faith is to believe in with confidence that which has been promised by God simply because God said so. Faith is the substance of our ‘hope,’ in the moments before that which is hoped for is made physically manifest. Faith is to believe and trust even beyond the contradictory physical evidence before you. (HEBREWS 11:1) The Body of Christ, the One New Man: I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.~EPHESIANS…

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Blog

Having a blog requires maintenance just like most things in our lives. If you own a car and expect it to run at full peak and power you need to make sure that you have it tuned-up, the oil changed, tires rotated etc. If you own a house, you need to keep the gutters clean, make sure your air filters are changed on a proper schedule…you need to clean the house period. Goodness, even our own bodies need regular maintenance and the occasional sprucing to ensure we look and feel our best and operate at our highest and best capacity. The same goes for our blogs. When our blogs lose their ‘new-car-smell’ and fall dull where they used to have a bright luster, we lose our focus to create our post. We lose our drive in the dust of a neglected blog platform. We lose that magic that called us to blogging in the first place. The good news is that we don’t have to! HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO SPRUCE THINGS UP AND KEEP YOUR BLOG …

Abiding Love:A Question of Posture Pt 12

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  ~JOHN 15:8-12 How does Yeshua Jesus love us? He loves us unconditionally. He loves us so much that even while we were His enemies He still chose to die a brutal and gruesome death that we deserved in order to give us a life, freedom and perfect acceptance that we do not deserve. (ROMANS 5:8-10) He loves us by reminding us beyond our faults who we are in Him as new creations (II CORINTHIANS 5:17). This love that He gave for us was not one that was based upon our merit but strictly upon His unmerited Grace…

How He Sees Us: A Question of Posture Pt 11

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~JOHN 8:31-32 What is it to abide in His truth? First, what is it to abide? According to Merriam-Webster, to abide is to “to accept or bear…to stay or live somewhere…or…to remain or continue” To abide in the Word of Yeshua Jesus is to accept what He has said, to live therein and to continue in it. As His children, we are called to remain and continue in what He has spoken about us and bear fruit to that end. When we look back at the previous teachings within this series and glance at the most recent ones concerning ‘Love Language’ we may find ourselves being challenged with the call. We may find it difficult to abide in the truth of love by loving others in the Body of Christ who do not ‘look’ or…

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: July 25th 2016

OPENING LINE (S): “Had things gotten so bad that she was actually considering kissing a frog?” RULES:  Using the above line and the picture provided, (Or a line of your own choosing) create a story (or even a poem) within up to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of THIS POST to your story for others to read,as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” If you do not have a blog of your own, leave me a comment and send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post your lovely words here on my blog. (PLEASE KEEP ENTRIES THAT NEED TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG WITHIN A PG13 RANGE. THANK YOU) My results will be posted by Thursday. ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

How He Sees Us: A Question of Posture Pt 10

Originally posted on If My People Pray:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”~JOHN 13:34-35 Our Messiah, Savior, and King made it very clear and very simple what would be the distinguishing factor, the evidence to the world that we are His Redeemed children, and that mark is how we love each other. He did not say it would be how many times we pray, or which day of the week we decided to worship. He did not say it would be by which foods we decided to eat or not to eat or by which traditions we choose to keep, all of which are ‘doubtful’ things. (ROMANS 14) No. He simply said it would be by our love for one another because He loves us and we are one in Him.  “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called…