Want To Know You Better!! Challenge

GOD'S LOVE

Thank you husband @AHappyLife  for sending me this challenge. This is the first time I have got put into a challenge. But, go and check out his blog. He just dropped a post with the most delicious spanish omelette. You should go right now and follow.

WHAT’S THE

3d-game-word-isolated-17061255.jpgHere’s a list of questions given below. You need to frame a blog post and answer those questions. Invite any of your favorite fun loving bloggers and spread the game. Let’s know each other better.

STEPS:

  1. Title the blog post as “Wanna know you better!!” ( try to make your post pictorial as this will make it look interesting)
  2. Mention Riya’s blog (me) and the one who nominated you.
  3. Copy all the questions and answer them one by one.
  4. You may create your own questions for your targets (it will be fun).
  5. Pass the game as a challenge to any of…

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Want To Know You Better!!

A Happy Life

I to give Riya @Riya’s Blogfor sending me this “Want To Know You Better” Challenge. This is a good way to get to know your wordpress family. I haven’t been following the blog to long but, there are some great post on there. Go and check the blog out.

WHAT’S THE download-5

Here’s a list of questions given below. You need to frame a blog post and answer those questions. Invite any of your favorite fun loving bloggers and spread the game. Let’s know each other better.

STEPS:

  1. Title the blog post as “Wanna know you better!!” ( try to make your post pictorial as this will make it look interesting)
  2. Mention Riya’s blog (me) and the one who nominated you.
  3. Copy all the questions and answer them one by one.
  4. You may create your own questions for your targets (it will be fun).
  5. Pass the game as a challenge…

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Blogger Recognition Award IV

View from the Back

I was recently, very kindly nominated by Flavia who, like me, started her blog to keep in touch with family and friends. Flavia is an Italian polyglot (she’s currently learning her sixth language – Greek). This obviously gives her a greater insight into the places she visits and which she kindly shares with us. Do drop by her blog and give her a follow – you won’t regret it!

Here’s those pesky rules (which I rarely observe)

1. Write a post displaying your award.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to her/his blog.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10-15 bloggers who you believe deserve recognition.
6. Tell the nominees they’ve been nominated.

As this is my fourth Blogger Recognition Award I have already explained how my blog started. Maybe…

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Barnabas Award #2

Spread the Word

meme_-barnabas-award I was nominated for this award by Lydia Rose on October 23rd.

I have been nominated for the Barnabas Award by Lydia Rose!! Thank you, Lydia!

Make sure you check out her awesome blog!!

“You have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.“

The way this works: Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog. Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them. List five things about yourself. Answer the questions you got asked. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because is the number that signifies grace.

5 Facts about me:

1. The Holy Spirit showed me my sins and that I need a Savior, and I prayed and asked God to forgive my sins and now I am saved through faith in Jesus Christ!

2. I define myself as a man of…

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A STRONG ROPE FOR ROUGH SEAS

Eccl. 4:9-12. These verses speak of the value of fellowship. They remind us that two are better than one and the three together are better than two together. Solomon uses the analogy of a three-fold cord. He reminds us that one stranded cord is weak by itself. A double-stranded cord is stronger, but that a three-stranded rope is stronger than either. If I were sailing a stormy sea and wanted to drop my anchor for stability in the storm, I would want such a strong rope. I would want something that would allow me to get anchored and weather the storm that was assailing me.

There are times when life is like a stormy sea. Times when we need to anchor ourselves in Someone stronger than ourselves. Times when we need such a strong rope to bind us to a Rock of safety. Our text verse tells us of such a three-fold spiritual rope. When these three things, Faith, Hope, and Love are utilized and exercised together, they enable us to weather any storm that arises in our lives.

If we aren’t properly anchored, there is a tendency to drift when the storms come. If we aren’t tied connected well enough by this strong, three-fold cord, then when the going gets too tough, we just might find ourselves trying to run away. Psalm 118:27 speaks of binding sacrifices to the horns of the altar. This was done to prevent them from running away until it was their time to die. Well, we are told to present our bodies a living sacrifice to the Lord, Rom. 12:1. Since this is true, and since we have a tendency to drift away and run away when the pressure is on, then we need to bind ourselves to the things of God and determine in our hearts that we will stand for Him, regardless of what others do!

Let’s examine the three-fold cord Paul speaks of in 1 Cor. 13:13. I believe you will see that this cord is a Strong Rope For The Rough Seas Of Life!

THE CORD OF A CONVINCED FAITH

Faith Defined – Heb. 11:1 – Faith is not a blind leap into the dark, but it is a confident leap into the arms of God. Often the end is not in view when this leap is made, but the landing is never in doubt! Faith has the capacity to behold what the eyes cannot see. Faith is the knowledge that God is in absolute control of all the situations of life and that He is working in everything, all the time, Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1:11. Faith cashes the checks God has written in His Word!

Faith Demanded – There is only one life that pleases the Lord and it is the life lived in faith, Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23. The secret to experiencing and enjoying God’s best is to let go of your life, place it in His hands and live it His way.

Faith Demonstrated – Heb. 11:3-40 Genuine biblical faith can be seen in thousands of ways in the Bible and within your life and mine. It takes faith to stand when others are falling! It takes faith to serve God when those around you won’t. It takes faith to follow God into an unknown future, believing that He will work all things ours for your good and His glory!

It takes faith to be like the Widow of Zarephath, 1 Kings 17. It takes faith to be a Daniel, to be a Shadrach, a Meshach and an Abednego. It takes faith to be an Abraham, a David, Peter, a blind man looking for a miracle. But, it takes faith to be a parent, a partner in a marriage, a friend, deals with sickness, goes to work, etc. Life is all about faith! When we learn that God is in absolute control of it all, then it will bind us more securely to Him and His will for us!

THE CORD OF A CONFIDENT HOPE

Hope’s Features – What is hope? The dictionary defines it as “to have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true, especially something that seems possible or likely.” Biblical hope is something far different. Biblical hope is, “A confident expectation which rests upon the promises of God.” In other words, Hope is believing that God’s Word is true and can be believed. Hope’s Focus – Genuine hope is not wishful thinking, but a confident expectation that God will do as He has promised. Hope takes the Word of God at face value! (Psa. 119:89; Matt. 24:35 – Friends, we can believe the Bible!)

THE CORD OF A CHRISTLIKE LOVE

Love’s Nature – Genuine biblical love is a rare commodity in this world. There are plenty of manifestations of fleshly and worldly love, but genuine, biblical love is hard to find! It is Constant – Jer. 31:3; It is Impartial – John 3:16 and it is Stable – Rom. 8:38-39. Biblical love is described in 1 Cor. 13:4-8. (Note: Biblical love loves in spite of ………. all! Notice 1 John 4:7-13; 1 John 4:19-21.)

Love’s Necessity – Matt. 22:36-40; 1 Cor. 13:1-3. (Note: If you do not possess the right kind of horizontal love, that is, love for your fellow man, you will fall out. If you do not possess the right kind of vertical love, that is, love for the Lord, you will fall away!) Without genuine, biblical love, we are wasting our time trying to live for the Lord. Why? Because we will always be out of step on one level or the other! When we love the Lord as we should, nothing will be allowed between us. When we love our brother as we should, nothing will be tolerated between us! It is genuine love that keeps all the relationships in our life in perfect balance!

Here is the invitation: Are you bound to God, His work and His people with this three-fold cord this evening? If not, bring your sacrifice, you, Rom. 12:1, to this altar and bind it to the horns of the altar! If you can see that you are bound with 1 cord, but not the other two; or with two of them, but one is missing, I want you to know that 1 or 2 of them is not going to be enough! You need all three cords binding your life to the altar for the glory of God.

Make Me Over Lyrics by Tonéx

You know my other side
I can no longer hide
Let you down so many times
Sin freshly crucifies

Thought that I had a plan
had it all figured out
but the more that you tried to be by my side
the more I put you out

Lord make me over (repeat x 3)

Make me over again (repeat x 4) between this some one says “Is that anybody’s prayer tonight”

Time after the time I failed you
Pierced your side when they already nailed you
Jesus heal my open wounds
I just want to be more like you

Father I let you down
what’s not like you just take it out
Reconcile me Jesus, I just want to please you
wash me and make me whole (hold)

Lord make me over (repeat x 3)

Make me over again (repeat x 4)

Make me over again Lord
cause I’m tired of my evil ways
and I want to make a change make me over Lord

Help Me Say Oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Help Me Say Oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Help Me Say Oh
Oh oh oh oh oh

Make me over again (repeat x 16)

Pursue Holiness

Why should we pursue holiness?

If Jesus is to be our example, and He is, we ought to pursue holiness for the Joy that is set before us just as He did. Many believers lose sight of this. We often pursue holiness out of duty. We can see obeying God’s Word as a big checklist our lives are governed by. God never intended holiness to be this. God calls us to be holy as He is holy to lead us to deep, satisfying joy. Jesus saw it this way. We should not pursue holiness in our lives out of duty, but rather delight. Our hearts should soar at the thought of bringing God glory and making Him look good. Our soul should swell with happiness at the thought of pleasing God with our lives!

How do we pursue holiness? 

Put sin to death – Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)

Live a holy life – Just Do It!!!

• Holiness begins in our minds and works out in our actions.
• Right motivation – heart of faith.
• Right manner – according to the Word.
• Right end – to glorify God.
• Guard your eyes, ears and mouth.
TV, movies, books, magazines, music, conversations.
• Remove yourself from temptations.
• Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
• Overindulging, laziness, sexual immorality.
• Deny the cravings of the body.

We died to sin vs. Putting sin to death

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:6) So you also must consider [or reckon] yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign. (Romans 6:11–12) This is imperative. Get about the business of killing sin, reckoning yourself to be dead to sin, and bringing yourself under the reign of Christ, not the reign of your mortal body. So, the indicative statement “you have died” (see also Romans 7:4) and the imperative statement “consider yourself dead and live in the power of it” (2 Corinthians 13:4) 

Spirit whom He has given us

• We are responsible for the choices we make!
• We need to make conscious efforts to not sin.
• We actively participate in the process of sanctification.

Conviction of our sin 

What is a conviction? “And when He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” The Spirit’s role is to bring conviction to people regarding their sin to bring them to faith in Jesus and faithful service to Him. (John 16:8) The standard for our convictions must be the word of God. Holiness raises the standard of personal purity as we honor the lordship of Christ. God’s character, Christ’s example, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance provide our understanding of personal holiness. It’s being set apart from the world in a way that distinctly reflects who God is and what He’s about.

Our Spiritual Workout

• Discipline begins with the Word. (2 Timothy 3:16)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
• Don’t just come to church to hear the Word.
• Don’t just read through your Bible.
• Study the Word in depth.
• Memorize verses, sections, chapters…
• Meditate on the Word day and night.
• “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Eph 6:18)

Make A Commitment To Not Sin 

• Put the sin you are convicted of to death.
• This will not happen overnight!!!
• Humility, Humility, Humility!
– “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:10)
• Be consistent – Don’t ever give up!

If we are to put to death the misdeeds of the body, is commitment. We must honestly face the question, “Am I willing to give up whatever the Holy Spirit convicts me of in order to live a life of holiness?”(Luke 14:13, Luke 9:23).
It is at this point of commitment that many of us fail. We prefer to “dally” with sin, play with it a little, without getting too deeply involved. However, we must recognize that we have developed habit patterns of sin. These habits must be broken, but they never will be until we make a basic commitment to a life of holiness without exceptions. The apostle John clearly stated what the goal of everyone Christian should be – not to sin (I John 2:1). If we examine our hearts, we may find out that our real aim is to not sin very much.

Can you imagine a soldier going into battle with the goal of not getting shot very much? Ridiculous, eh? His goal is not to get hit at all! If we have not made a commitment to holiness without exception, we are just like a soldier who is hoping not to get hit very much. We can be sure that we will be hit – by temptation – over and over again. There is no point in praying for “victory” over temptation if we are not willing to make a commitment to say no to it (Titus 2:11- 14). That is where personal discipline comes in.

Donnie McClurkin – Holiness

Holiness, holiness is what I long for
Holiness is what I need
Holiness, holiness is what Youwant from me, from me…
Holiness, holiness is what I long for
Holiness is what I need
Holiness, holiness is what You want from me

Righteousness, righteousness is what I long for
Righteousness is what I need
Righteousness, righteousness is what You want for me,

So, Take my heart and mold it
Take my mind, transform it
Take my will, conform it
To Yours, to Yours, Oh Lord

Brokeness, brokeness is what I long for
Brokeness is what I need
Brokeness, brokeness is what You want
Form me
For me

So, take my heart and mold it
Take my mind and transform it
Take my will and conform it
To Yours, to Yours, oh, Lord
(Repeat) 3*

Holiness, holiness is what long for
Holiness is what I know I need
Holiness, holiness is what
You want
From me
Gotten be holy…

AVOIDING FUTURE MISTAKES

In truth, man just doesn’t know what the future holds. People spend millions of dollars per year calling psychics and visiting palm readers to no avail. They still don’t know any more than they did. By the way, did this thought ever occur to you: If those psychics know so much about the future; why don’t they know you are going to call, and why don’t they call you first? We are able to look backward fairly clearly on the past, but we cannot look forward into the future at all.

To my mind, it is a great blessing to know that God has veiled the future. If we were able to see it, then our lives would be altered. If we knew that prosperity was coming, we would live carelessly. If we knew that adversity or trouble was the forecast, then we would live with constant anxiety and fear. Man would die a thousand deaths before his physical death ever arrived.

Certainly, God is good to keep the future a secret. James deals with this idea in these verses. He tells his readers that even though they cannot know the future, they should deal with it honestly. They are told not to presume on a future which they can not control, or makes plans regarding the future without taking God into consideration. They are also told not to postpone until the future those things God has commanded to be done today.

There were mistakes being made by these early believers that many in our day still make. I would like to share these three mistakes with you in an effort to prevent us from falling into the same trap into which these folks fell. I would like for us to look into these verses together for a few minutes as I preach on the thought: Avoiding Future Mistakes.

One of the best known atheists in American history was a woman named Madelyn Murray O’Hair. She was responsible for prayer being removed from the public schools in this country. Miss O’Hair, along with her son and granddaughter were murdered for their money some years ago. But, during her life she was famous because she was an atheist. She said that she did not believe in God. She was an intellectual atheist, she said, “I do not believe that God exists.”

You may recall many years ago now when the first Russian Cosmonauts went into space and returned. Listen to what one of them said when he returned from his journey in outer space, “Some people say there is a God out there, but in my travels around earth all day long I looked around and I didn’t see him. I saw no God, nor angels, I don’t believe in God.” Well, if he’d stepped out of that capsule he’d have seen God within five seconds and he would have known that there was a God! But, he was an intellectual atheist, he said, “I do not believe that there is a God.”

Did you know that there is another kind of atheist? And, did you know that some are sitting on these pews today? You see, an intellectual atheist says, “I do not believe that there is a God.” They are honest, and while I disagree with them, I can respect an honest person. The other kind of atheist is called a “practical atheist.” While an intellectual atheist says there is no God; a practical atheist knows there is a God, but lives as if He does not exist.

Everyone here believes that there is a God and you are here to honor that fact. However, is it not safe to say that many are living their lives as if there was no God? Is it not safe to say that many here are doing as they please; living as if God did not exist; making plans and living life with no regard for the Lord’s will? If you fall into that category, you are a practical atheist. You may believe in God, but you live as if He does not matter! My friend that is a dangerous way to live your life! You will get into trouble if you continue to follow that path!

God has a wonderful plan for your life. And, as His child, your first consideration ought to be, “What would God have me do with my life?  What is the Lord’s will in this situation?” The thought mentioned in verse 15 is worthy of note. All of the future is in the hand of the Lord. Your best course of action in this life is to find the Lord’s will for your life and follow it to the letter. You will find the Lord’s will by submitting to Him, Rom. 12:1-2.)

When we fail to acknowledge God and His leadership for our future, we are living in pride. We must do nothing, plan nothing and attempt to bring nothing to pass without first seeking the Lord’s will in the matter. What I want is immaterial. What God wants is material. For what I want may never come to pass, but what He wants will always be done. Whatever we do, we need to be sure that God’s goals are our goals and that we always maintain a proper view of the future. Have you been guilty of these things? Planning and leaving God out? Let’s not be guilty of the sin of pride and presumption. But, rather, let us learn to trust the Lord and submit to His will for our lives. We must never leave God out of our planning.)

AVOID THE MISTAKE OF FOOLISH PRESUMPTIONS

They Failed To Grasp The Complexity Of Life – They counted on too many things going just the right way. Life is filled with too many variables. How could they know what the future held? How can we believe that we do? Notice their “I will’s” – This was the main characteristic of Satan’s rebellion – Isa. 14:13-15.)

Some time ago, a Senate Sub-committee made the following predictions: Men will be working 22 hour weeks, 27 weeks per year and will retire by age 38. This was predicted in 1967, for the future. The year all this was to happen? 1985! They certainly did miss that one!) The fact is no one can know what will happen!

They Failed To Grasp The Uncertainties Of Life – Their statements in v. 13 – These people seem so certain regarding what is going to happen.) Nobody knows what curve life will throw you tomorrow. (Death, illness, accident or injury, etc.)  V. 15-16  All of life is subject to God’s will, not mine or yours! The future is best left in His hands.  People ignore God when they make their plans because they are afraid that God will get in the way – Matt. 6:31-33. And, He will! People would do well to remember that even with our best laid plans, our lives, our futures and all that we have and are, are in the hands of Almighty God. Only He knows what the future holds. Therefore, the advice given in verses 15 is of note. The phrase “If the Lord wills…” should be more than a catch word with believers. It should be a way of life!

When Napoleon Bonaparte mentioned to a friend his plans to invade Russia, the man tried to dissuade him by warning, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” Napoleon replied, “I dispose as well as propose.” The arrogant move of Napoleon was ultimately the turning point of his own downfall. He learned that while man may propose his plans, only God could bring them to fruition. So man must bow the stubbornness of his heart to the wisdom and might of the divine will.)

They Failed To Grasp The Brevity Of Life – At its very best, life is terribly short. How could these people know whether or not they would be alive tomorrow, much less next year? Death is coming and it comes suddenly and unannounced!

The Rich Farmer – Luke 12:19 – His mistake? He planned his future without God. He presumed on years that he had not seen!)

AVOID THE MISTAKE OF FOOLISH POSTPONEMENTS

Procrastination is nothing new. There are a couple of notable examples in the Old Testament times:

      1.)  Pharaoh – Ex. 8:10

      2.)  Belshazzar – Dan. 5:1-31

If we know that the end of life is coming, and if we know that it may come sooner than later, we are fools if we do not prepare. There are two areas of life where this is vitally important.

The matter of salvation – 2 Cor. 6:2; Pro. 27:1 – The pits of Hell are filled with men and women who said, “I’ll do it later.” The problem with that is the fact that later may never come! Felix and his procrastination – Acts 24:24-27.)

A certain king sent for his court jester one day and presented him with a stick. He said, “Take this stick and keep it until you find a bigger fool than yourself.” When he was lying on his deathbed, the king once again sent for his jester. “I am going away,” the king said. “Where?” asked the jester, “to another country,” replied the king. “What provisions has your majesty made for this journey and for living in the country whither thou goest?” the jester asked. “None,” was the answer. The jester handed the stick to the king. “Take it,” he said. “I have finally found a bigger fool than myself, for I only trifle with the things of time while you have trifled with the things of eternity.”

The matter of service – When we put off what we know we ought to do, in the Lord’s work, it is sin!  It is the sin of omission. There is a price to pay for this sin – Luke 12:47-48. There are some very important areas where we need to act and act today:

We are to obey God’s commands – The time to live for Jesus is now! A better day and more opportune time may never present itself. The time to witness, to preach, the worship, to go in His name is now. The time to work is now, John 9:4. The time to do good is now – Pro. 3:27-28.)

We are to surrender to God’s will – Where are the Isaiah’s who will hear the call of God and say, “Here am I; send me”? The time to serve Him is now. The time to go all out for Jesus is now.

Tomorrow may never come. What a tragedy it would be to have to face God with unfinished business hanging over our heads! You don’t know what you’ll be on the morrow, your life is a vapor, it appears for a little while and it’s gone. What have you been putting off in your life? Have you been putting off serving the Lord? Make up your mind to do it today! Have you been putting off coming to Jesus for salvation? Get to Him today, tomorrow may never come!

WE BOW DOWN – Viola Grafstrom

Come, let us worship and bow down, Let
us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
Psalm 95:6-7

We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place
We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place

You are all I need
It’s Your face I seek
In the presence of Your light
We bow down
we bow down

We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place
We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place

You are all I need
It’s Your face I seek
In the presence of Your light
We bow down
we bow down

We bow down
(We bow down)
and confess
(and confess)
You are Lord
(You are Lord)
in this place

We bow down
(We bow down)
and confess
(and confess)
You are Lord in this place

You are all I need
It’s Your face I seek
In the presence of Your light
We bow down
we bow down

**higher key
We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place
We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place

You are all I need
It’s Your face I seek
In the presence of Your light
We bow down
we bow down

***INSTRUMENTAL***

..
.

We bow down
WE confess
THAT You are Lord
YES You are Lord
in this place
in this place

We bow down and confess
You are Lord in this place

We bow down
(We bow down)
And confess
(we confess)
You are Lord
You are Lord in this place

We bow down
(We bow down)
And confess
(we confess)
You are Lord in this place

We bow down
(We bow down)
And confess
(we confess)
You are Lord
You are Lord in this place

We bow down
(We bow down)
And confess
(we confess)
You are Lord in this place
You are Lord in this place
You are Lord
in this place
You are Lord

TO GOD BE THE GLORYO/O/
***LIFTJESUSHIGHER***