1 Peter 5:7-Let Go And Let God

Sharing from Debra Aiken’s page. A beautiful and true reminder to give it ALL to God.

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I_Love_YouI put together a short list of some of my favorite marriage quotes, hope you all enjoy 🙂  God Bless.

  1.  “The single most important key to a strong marriage, it seems to me, is humble repentance.”
  2. Love grows deeper over time. There is a richness to long-lasting marital love that is hard to describe in words. When you are married, you go through tremendous highs and lows as a couple. You will endure crushing defeats. You will enjoy soaring heights. You will suffer pain together. And you will laugh together. All of these times only add muscle to your love, they build your relationship. If you are willing to hang in there and suffer and laugh and cry and forgive and repent together, you will, at the end, find a love that is far richer than the plastic, Hollywood, fake infatuation you think you desire.”
  3. Every day you spend with your spouse is a day for which you should praise God.”
  4. “Make each other a priority.  Never let your spouse feel like they come second place to your career or any other thing.  Your spouse has to feel like they matter to you.  Use random acts of kindness and romance to show your spouse how much they mean to you.”
  5. “If lived out as God intended marriage should be the ultimate fulfilling relationship. There is no better relationship other than one with God.”
  6. “Marriage is an exclusive union between one man and one woman, publicly acknowledged, permanently sealed, and physically consummated.”
  7. God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.” 
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…Or Anyway

…Will you love only because? Or are you willing to love anyway? Will you love a man or woman who doesn’t appreciate your sacrifice? Will you love a husband or wife who takes you for granted? Will you love a spouse who isn’t nearly as kind to you as you are to him or her?

Just about every faithless marriage is based on because love. Christians are called to anyway love. That’s what makes us different. That’s what gives glory to God. That’s what helps us appreciate God’s love for us, because God loves us anyway. He gives and gives and gives – and we take Him for granted. He is eager to meet with us, and we get too busy to notice Him. He is good to us, and we accuse Him mercilessly when something doesn’t go just the way we planned it.

But God loves us anyway. To love anyway is to love like God – and to learn about God’s love for us.

That’s love, the way God intended it.

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The God of patience – Romans 15:5

In our enlightened, can-do age, patience is seen as more weakness than virtue: it is for those who can’t invent a solution or aren’t physically fit to climb the stairs when the elevator is slow. Patience is for those who can’t get their own way.  

But repeatedly the Bible teaches us that God is at once all-powerful and patient. In other words, He is not patient because He has to be, but because He wants to be. In fact if, in His omnipotence, there is anything left to do of all God desires, then we see in that period of waiting the patience of God. As someone has observed, “God charted the course of the universe according to His patience.”

Patience, then, being an attribute of God, is not a weakness but a virtue. It is not only to be exercised because we can’t get our way; it is to be exercised because God is getting His way. God is never anxious, perturbed, or distressed and so we do not need to be either, if we are trusting in Him.

It is crucial, however, that we not assume that the patience of God toward us will last forever. He will not always wait; one day He will fulfill all His pleasure, saving some and condemning others.

 Do not presume upon the longsuffering that He has shown toward you. As Paul warns, “Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Romans 2:4).

If the patient, goodness of God does not lead you to repentance, then you have misunderstood its purpose.

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Christ in Me

Like Mary, you and I are indwelt by Christ.

Find that hard to believe?  How much more did Mary?  No one was more surprised by this miracle than she was.  And no one more passive than she was. God did everything.  Mary  didn’t volunteer to help.  What did she have to offer? She offered no assistance.  And she offered no resistance.

Instead she said, “Behold, the bond- slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Unlike Mary, we tend to assist God, assuming our part is as important as his.  Or we resist, thinking we are too bad or too busy.  Yet when we assist or resist, we miss God’s great grace. We miss out on the reason we were placed on earth-to be so pregnant with heaven’s child that he lives through us. To be so full of him that we could say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20)

What would that be like?  To have a child within is a miracle, but to have Christ within?

To have my voice, but him speaking.
My steps, but Christ leading.
My heart, but his love beating
in me, through me, with me.
What’s it like to have Christ on the inside?

To tap his strength when mine expires
or feel the force of heaven’s fires
raging, purging wrong desires.
Could Christ become my self entire?

So much him, so little me
That in my eyes it’s him they see.
What’s it like to a Mary be?
No longer I, but Christ in me.

From Next Door Savior
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2003) Max Lucado

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God is the software! You are the hard drive!

Whenever there is something you need to know, push your faith button.  God will do the rest.  If there is something you need to do or accomplish, push the trust button and voila!  God will do it through you!  If you have been wracking your brain trying to remember something, let God program you to receive grace.  In an instant, what you need will be downloaded into your thoughts.  If you need restoration or reconciliation in a relationship, simply enter forgiveness.  Mercy will generate a new program.  If you are faced with an illness or disease of any kind, put a power, strength or wholeness disk in the zip drive of your mind.  Program a new diet, a new thought pattern, a better connection to your source.  Enter a prayer.  Ask that your thoughts be formatted for a new design.  Just you wait and see what comes forth!

Until Today by Iyanla Vanzant

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Real Faith Produces Action

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:
Greetings.
 
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.James 1:1-27; 2:14-26 

WORSHIP

The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The LORD is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD
Than to put confidence in princes.
Psalm 118:6-9

WISDOM

The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.
Proverbs 20:27

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