sexta-feira, 30 de agosto de 2013
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domingo, 25 de agosto de 2013
As Christians, we can't accept every thought that comes into our heads. Instead, we need to measure each thought against the standard of Scripture, like the verse above tells us to do.
Here's a practical example: If someone hurts your feelings, you shouldn't remain upset with them for days on end. That only gives Satan the opportunity to plant seeds of bitterness.
Instead, you need to reject negative thinking and refuse to let it drain you of your peace and joy.
You must turn to God and say, "Father, I need Your strength. By faith I choose to receive Your grace so that I may forgive those who mistreated or wronged me. I ask You to bless them and help me go on with my life. In Jesus' name, amen."
As our minds are renewed with God's Word, our thinking will change and line up with Scripture. Then, day by day, godly boundaries around our thoughts will be established and reinforced. These limits will not only keep out the deceptions of the enemy, but help you live a more enjoyable, godly life.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I only want to accept the right thoughts. Alert me when the enemy brings a bad thought my way so that I can take it captive into obedience to You.
sexta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2013
Como você gosta de se molhar na piscina?
Você é um easing-in tipo de garota, avançando seu caminho descendo as escadas? Habituar-se a água até os tornozelos, pernas, quadris, cintura, todo o caminho até o pescoço? Segurar a respiração enquanto você finalmente decidir abaixar sua cabeça debaixo d'água e esperando o flash frio não vai dar-lhe um pequeno ataque cardíaco?
Ou você é uma bala de canhão-em-the-deep-end, obter-it-all-over-com-at-once mulher?
Há alguns lugares onde facilitando In é a escolha certa. Talvez quando você está aprendendo a cozinhar, você não quer começar com carne bourguignon e creme brulee. Quando você está aprendendo fotografia, você não oferecer para filmar o casamento de um amigo antes de dar uma aula.
Mas ao escolher Cristo, acho que Lydia nos mostra o caminho certo é o método bala de canhão.
Lydia foi conduzido pelo Espírito de acreditar. Enquanto ela já adorou a Deus, agora ela sabia que o Seu Filho. E imediatamente, ela saltou para o papel de Christian. Ela usou o que tinha como uma empresária rica e ofereceu hospitalidade a Paulo e seus companheiros. Lydia não apenas convidar os viajantes cansados, ela "persuadido"-los em ficar em sua casa.
Para mim, isso sussurros que Lydia era apaixonado a desempenhar um papel, qualquer papel que ela poderia, no grupo de novos crentes. Ela estava tão ferido pelo amor de Cristo, que não podia deixar de oferecer o que ela teve que aqueles que também o conhecia. E ela continuou a fazê-lo - no versículo 40 do mesmo capítulo, Paulo e Silas voltar a Lydia depois de ser libertado da prisão.
Vemos depois que Paulo escreveu para Lydia e seus companheiros crentes de Filipos:
"Dou graças ao meu Deus por cada lembrança de você, sempre rezando com alegria por todos vós em todas as minhas orações, por causa de sua parceria no evangelho desde o primeiro dia até agora." (Fp 1:3-5, HCSB)
Desde o primeiro dia!
Pode ser assustador ou perturbador para você. Mas o primeiro dia de sua crença é o melhor dia para ir direto para a amizade cristã, de amor e de serviço. O segundo melhor dia? Hoje. Mesmo se você colocá-lo fora, se atrapalhou ao redor, não tem certeza de como você pode prosseguir. Lembre-se de Lydia. Talvez só convidar alguém em sua casa é o primeiro passo para o seu serviço a Cristo.
Atos 16:13-15 Filipenses 1:3-5
In authentic Christian fellowship we learn the art of giving and receiving. We learn healthy ways to depend upon each other.
The Bible says, "The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part." (1 Corinthians 12:25 MSG).
Mutuality is the heart of fellowship: building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other. Paul said, "I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you." (Romans 1:12 NCV)
All of us are more consistent in our faith when others walk with us and encourage us. The Bible commands mutual accountability, mutual encouragement, mutual serving, and mutual honoring.
Over fifty times in the New Testament we're commanded to do different tasks for "one another" and "each other." The Bible says, "Make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." (Romans 14:19 NIV)
You are not responsible for everyone in the body of Christ, but you are responsible to them. God expects you do whatever you can to help them.
quinta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2013
A importância da adoração corporativa
Eu não vou discutir com você sobre a natureza pensamentos inspiradores de Deus. David disse: "Os céus declaram a glória de Deus, eo firmamento anuncia as obras das suas mãos." Mas, ao mesmo tempo, gostaria de lhe dar nenhum conforto cerca de ausentar-se da casa de Deus. A Bíblia diz: "Cristo amou a Igreja e se entregou por ela." Se nosso Senhor amou o suficiente para morrer por ela, então devemos respeitá-la o suficiente para suportar e participar. Eu gosto do que Theodore Roosevelt disse uma vez: "Você pode adorar a Deus em qualquer lugar, a qualquer momento, mas as chances são que você não vai fazê-lo a menos que você aprendeu primeiro a adorá-lo em algum lugar em algum lugar particular, em algum momento particular."
Ao longo dos anos, amado Senhor, os cristãos se reuniram para adorar-te. Obrigado que eu sou uma parte dessa família abençoada.
The Importance of Corporate Worship
I will not argue with you about nature inspiring thoughts of God. David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” But at the same time, I would give you no comfort about absenting yourself from the house of God. The Bible says, “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it.” If our Lord loved it enough to die for it, then we should respect it enough to support and attend it. I like what Theodore Roosevelt once said, “You may worship God anywhere, at any time, but the chances are that you will not do so unless you have first learned to worship Him somewhere in some particular place, at some particular time.”
Down through the years, beloved Lord, Christians have met to worship You. Thank You that I am a part of this blessed family.
Many Christians are lying along the roadside of life devastated because they have not learned how to deal with disappointment, but it's not God's will for you to live a disappointed, devastated or oppressed life today, or any day.
Part of Jesus' earthly ministry was to go about in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and deliver all those who were oppressed by the devil. Disappointed people everywhere found new hope when they encountered the power of Jesus. This same power is available to us today.
Use that power to defend yourself against disappointment by focusing on God, meditating on His promises, confessing His Word, and submitting yourself and your situation to Him in prayer. Through Jesus, you can fight the enemy's attempts to weigh you down, rebuking him so that he can't destroy you.
When the devil makes one move toward you, keep yourself so spiritually tuned in that you can discern what he is trying to do and then back him down. With the power Jesus made available to you, he has no choice but to run.
Prayer Starter: God, setbacks and discouraging things will come my way, but I will not remain disappointed. As I stay tuned in to You, I will fight off the devil and send him running every time.
quarta-feira, 21 de agosto de 2013
God intends for us to experience life together. The Bible calls this shared experience fellowship.
Today, however, the word has lost most of its biblical meaning. Fellowship now usually refers to casual conversation, socializing, food, and fun.
The question, "Where do you fellowship?" means "Where do you attend church?" "Stay after for fellowship" usually means "Wait for refreshments."
Biblical fellowship is experiencing life together. It includes unselfish loving, honest sharing, practical serving, sacrificial giving, sympathetic comforting, and all the other "one another" commands found in the New Testament.
When it comes to fellowship, size matters: smaller is better. You can worship with a crowd, but it's hard to fellowship in a crowd. The body of Christ, like your own body, is really a collection of many small cells. The life of the body of Christ, like your body, is contained in the cells.
For this reason, every Christian needs to be involved in a small group within their church, whether is it a home fellowship group, a Sunday school class, or a Bible study. This is where real community takes place, not in the big gatherings.
God made an incredible promise about small groups of believers: "For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them." (Matthew 18:20 NLT)
terça-feira, 20 de agosto de 2013
Em Sua Imagem
Você foi criado à imagem e semelhança de Deus. Você foi feito para a comunhão de Deus e seu coração nunca pode ser satisfeita sem a Sua comunhão. Assim como o ferro é atraído por um imã, a alma em seu estado de fome é atraída para Deus. Embora você, como milhares de outros, podem sentir-se em estado de pecado que o mundo é mais sedutor e mais a seu gosto, algum dia, talvez, mesmo agora, enquanto você lê estas palavras, você vai reconhecer que existe algo dentro de você que não pode ser satisfeita pela liga de terra. Em seguida, com Davi, o salmista, que tinha provado as delícias do pecado e tinha encontrado insatisfatório, você vai dizer: "Oh Deus, tu és o meu Deus, cedo irei procurar-te: a minha alma tem sede de ti, minha carne te deseja muito em uma terra seca e cansada, onde não há água. "
Como eu anseio por Ti, Deus, ainda que muitas vezes o meu coração é desviada de seu líder. Como Davi, eu desejo um coração limpo.
In His Image
You were created in the image and likeness of God. You were made for God’s fellowship, and your heart can never be satisfied without His communion. Just as iron is attracted to a magnet, the soul in its state of hunger is drawn to God. Though you, like thousands of others, may feel in the state of sin that the world is more alluring and more to your liking, some day—perhaps even now as you read these words—you will acknowledge that there is something deep down inside you which cannot be satisfied by the alloy of earth. Then with David, the Psalmist who had sampled the delicacies of sin and had found them unsatisfying, you will say, “Oh God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
How I long for You, God, yet so often my heart is drawn away from Your leading. Like David, I desire a clean heart.
In times of crises, it's easy to feel like God can't deliver. To bolster your faith, consider these biblical accounts of when God delivered His children from their afflictions.
In 1 Samuel 17:37, David knew he could defeat Goliath because God had already saved him from a lion and a bear.
In Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused the king's edict to bow to his idol, and continued to worship God. As a result, they were thrown into a fiery furnace heated seven times hotter than normal. But God delivered them so completely from this ordeal that they didn't even smell like smoke! He even showed up with them in the fire!
Daniel is another example of God's willingness and ability to deliver. Thrown into the lion's den for praying to God, Daniel knew such deliverance that he came away from the ordeal unscathed while his enemies were completely vanquished (see Daniel 6).
Do you notice a trend here? God can deliver His children out of any circumstance. Know today that His power to deliver is bigger than your problem.
Prayer Starter: God, time and time again, You have delivered Your children from trouble, and I know You won't fail now. You are more than able to deal with my situation, so I trust in You.
Faith is more than something you just feel. Many people confuse emotions and feelings with faith. They come to church and they're moved emotionally, they're inspired, and they're stimulated. But that doesn't mean they're walking in faith.
The Bible says faith is something we do, not just what we feel. In other words, faith is not mere sentimentality. Let's say I go out on the street and I see someone who is homeless and destitute. I see that person is hungry, cold, in need of clothing and shelter. Would I be showing great faith if I walked up and said, "Cheer up! Don't worry, be happy! Feel good! Put on a happy face?"
It doesn't take much faith to do that. Faith carries compassion. Faith says, "I'll do anything I can to stop your hurt." Throughout the New Testament, the witnesses say Jesus was moved with compassion for people. Jesus showed us that faith is practical.
When we see a need, we do something about it. We don't just toss out a quick - "Well, I'll pray for you." The Bible says we show our faith by what we do.
quinta-feira, 8 de agosto de 2013
Do you ever wonder if prayer really works? You're praying about something and Satan whispers to you, "This is a waste of time. Forget it! Who do you think you are? What do you think you're doing? God is not listening. Don't waste your time."
Prayer works because God is in control. The basis of all miracles is God's sovereignty. Why does He do one and not another? Because God is in control. We have to trust His wisdom and His goodness.
Ephesians 3:20 says, "God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes." (LB)
Prayer can do whatever God can do. His resources are available to you. Twenty times in the New Testament it says, "Ask." It's encouraging to know that things that are out of my control are not out of God's. I may not be able to change a situation but I can pray and God can change it.