inspirational thoughts

pleasure & passion

God’s Word is my pleasure and my passion! I am intense about God’s Word for it is God’s breath in my life that I may live. God’s Word is alive right NOW.

“All Scripture is inspired (breathed) by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,”

“The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It cuts all the way through, to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together. It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart.”

2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12

God’s Word is Light

By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order.
Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don’t forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don’t swerve an inch from your course.
I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever— what a gift! And how happy it makes me! I concentrate on doing exactly what you say—I always have and always will.

Psalm 119:105-112 The Message (MSG)

God Is Light

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 RSV)

The pit-falls of walking in darkness are clearly evident: they are illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and more. (Galatians 5:19-21)

God Is Forgiveness

These words of Peter’s moved them deeply, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

And Peter replied, “Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. For Christ promised him to each one of you who has been called by the Lord our God, and to your children and even to those in distant lands!”

Acts 2:37-39 _Living Bible

Did you ever wonder why a personal understanding of the complete forgiveness of your sins is so important before you can abide in God’s unmerited favor?

It’s a good question.

The answer is simply this: without a clear sense of God’s complete forgiveness in your life, you will constantly be on an emotional seesaw. One day you will feel that things between you and God are all right, but on another day you may think that everything is all wrong. Sometimes, you will feel confident that the Lord is with you to bring you success, but at other times, you will think because you blew it, the Lord will not help you. How then, can you have bold and steadfast faith to believe Him for the things you need in life?

Let’s take a deep dive into 1 John 2:12 to understand how completely forgiven you are through Jesus’ finished work.

“I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.”

1 John 2:12 RSV

The more clearly you understand that all your sins (past, present and future) are forgiven, the more powerful your faith to come boldly to God to receive everything in life you need will be! And, in moments of doubt, remind yourself that when Christ gave His life for you at Calvary, ALL your sins were future sins.

God Is Love

Love comes from God . . . because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8 NIV)
We were created in God’s image to do two things on Earth: Learn to love God and learn to love other people. A Godly life is all about love.

Love all started with God. He loved us first, and that gives us the ability to love others (1 John 4:19). The only reason we can love God or love anyone else is because God first loved us. He showed His love by creating each of us individually. He showed His love by giving you everything good you have in life; it’s all a gift of God’s love. And he showed His love by sending Jesus Christ, His Son, to die for your. sins. In order to love others well, we first need to understand and experience how much God loves us. We don’t want to just talk about love, read about love, or discuss love; we need to encounter the love of God. We need to reach a place where we truly understand how God loves us completely and unconditionally. We need to become secure in the truth that we cannot make God stop loving us.

Once we’re secure inside God’s unconditional love, we’ll start cutting people a lot more slack. We won’t be as angry as we’ve been. We’ll be more patient. We’ll be more forgiving. We’ll be more merciful. We’ll have grace to offer for ourselves and for others.

God Is Our Provider

God’s provision is in His promise. There are over 3,000 blessings promised in your Bible. If you don’t know them, you can’t claim them.

“And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you.”

Ephesians 6:17

God’s Word Will Renew Your Mind

… be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, in true righteousness and holiness.

“as a person thinks” [their everyday mental attitude] “so he IS.”

“the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Ephesians 4:21-22, Proverbs 23:7 AMP, Matthew 12:34 and Luke 6:45

For us, as believers, this means a new nature dependent entirely upon filling the heart and mind with positive, Christ-like thoughts and the mouth with positive, uplifting words. Everything needed to accomplish this can be found in God’s Word – The Holy Bible.

Walking with Jesus means learning to understand your Bible. To understand your Bible requires spending time alone with the Lord, with His Holy Spirit, listening to the Words of God The Father.

When Jesus heard the news about John, he left there in a boat and went to a lonely place by himself. The people heard about it, and so they left their towns and followed him by land.

After sending the people away, he went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone

Jesus knew that they were about to come and seize him in order to make him king by force; so he went off again to the hills by himself.

Matthew 14:13, Matthew 14:23, John 6:15

May I strongly suggest that you make God’s Word your pleasure and your passion too. Spend some time alone with the Father every day. Allow his Word to renew your mind and your heart. Special times alone with God’s Word will give you a new mental and spiritual attitude, causing you to grow up into the likeness of Christ, which is truly what being a Christian is all about.

The Word of God Is An Eternal Power

The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God will stand for ever.

Isaiah 40:8 (RS

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