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chilevolcanoeruption_en-us1005377464.jpg Endurance for an athlete is a means to his goal, to win the race by outlasting the competitors. Training, diet and practice are a part of the champion’s daily experience.
The physical and mental disciplines of competition are where the race is won by building up strength. In prayer, we realize that our own strength will not determine the answer to our petitions to God. Also, our own understanding is not sufficient to realize change in the hearts of men and the world we live in.
The grace of God is revealed to be the source of strength for our faith in James4:6-8;
“He gives more grace. Therefore He says:’God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” The times are perilous, beware of prideful motives cloaked in moral outrage at the world. The news will deliver new injustice to your door each day; stand firm in a healthy relationship with our Lord Jesus in humble thanksgiving, for He cares for you.
BLESSINGS !

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In our understanding of God’s principle of Sabbath for each seventh day there is some greater treasure in His word. 

Leviticus 25:20 ” And if you say,’What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we may not sow or gather crop ?’ I will

command my blessing on you in the sixth year, so it will produce a crop sufficient for three years. When you sow in

the eighth year, you will be eating some of the old crop ; you shall eat the old until the ninth year, when its crop arrives.”

THE NEW HARVEST

Your weariness and discouragement will soon pass. The stale crops and old wine will be replaced with the coming HARVEST

and NEW WINE of His Covenant. Be refreshed in body, mind and Spirit as God’s Grace provides and stand in His Peace.

 

Useful to God or Obedient ?

” We have nothing to do with God’s purpose, but only with the sacrament of God in us, that is, the real Presence of God coming through the common elements of our lives ( JN.7:37-39). The measure of our service for God is not our usefulness to others. We have nothing to do with the estimate of others, nor with success in service; we have to see that we fulfill our ministry.’As thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I sent them into the world'(JN. 17:18). Our Lord’s first obedience was not to the needs of men, not to the consideration of where He was most useful, but to the will of His Father, and the first need of our life is not to be useful to God, but to do God’s will. How are we to know the will of God? By living in Romans 12:1-2. By being renewed in the spirit of the mind and refusing to be conformed to this age, we shall make out the will of God,’even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect”. The Psychology of Redemption- Oswald Chambers

CrossJust wondering if we’re still falling, but haven’t landed yet. I was paid Friday, have gas in both vehicles and been eating regularly. Bills are not getting that threatening tone yet and I have a dispatch for Monday. Street/ traffic lights seem to be working and mail was delivered, police presence seems average around town. Debit card is working and church service was awesome today…….
Interesting that the one sure part of my life, God , won’t be diminished or removed under economic or any other circumstances; in fact He increases in the midst of our decrease.He has done more in my life when I don’t try to fix things my way. Even times of not ‘doing something’ release a miracle from Christ…the raising of Lazarus from the tomb for example.
With all the hype generated from the actors in our government,there is an Apocolyptic tone that I can’t relate to. It will be a curious month of ‘spin to win’ and cause/effects, but I’m choosing worship and prayer.

I Wish I Could Share Their Stories, But Not.

As the 2012 passes, what were the features of most interest to you ?
Challenges that were overcome are worth review, as our Lord allows them for our growth. New relationships can be significant, are they edifying and safe, to build up your faith ? In our day, a portion of these experiences can settle into our personality. My year was full of challenges, and without serious consequences, thanks to Christ’s grace. I have learned a bit and still need to review all the ways that God showed up, or I can drift out of this valley of life to my predestined course (hand of the tiller). Blessings for you in the New Year and stay the course with Christ !diwalilanterns_en-us1023188923.jpg

The Son shines through your thoughts and actions to reveal an active work in His purposes. What we ‘create’ is an environment or relationship infused by His love for us.
Consider the possibilities….

Cooling Down & Getting Close!.Support Thrive Rescue Home, a ministry to girls trapped in the sex-trade of Pattaya, Thailand. Jeremy and Jen Kraus have moved to this foreign land with God’s vision and heart for these girls, with their faith and obedience as the main provision for this work. Sustaining prayer is the first priority, that they may stand firmly rooted in Christ’s love and favor. Much more to come !