Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bible Verses for Dealing with Others #2



Sometimes life throws you a curve ball by simply putting people in your path that you would rather not be around. It may be that they have annoying tendencies. Maybe they are on the opposite side of the spectrum than you in thoughts, beliefs, goals, attitude, and everything else. The easiest thing is to simply not deal with them. But sometimes your expectations and plans don't match up with God's.

This is the second of three blogs in which I am providing Bible verses confirming God's thoughts of dealing with others. Use these for prayer in your quiet time as you prepare for the times that you will meet with the person(s).
“Who are you to judge another?” (James 4:12).


“Don’t grumble against each other ” (James 5:9).

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).

“Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another” (James 5:16).

“So don't judge each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian's path.” (Romans 14:13).

“Live in peace with one another” (Mark 9:50).

“Love each other with genuine affection,and take delight in honoring each other” (Romans 12:10).

“Carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bible Verses for Dealing with Others #1


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball by simply putting people in your path that you would rather not be around.  It may be that they have annoying tendencies.  Maybe they are on the opposite side of the spectrum than you in thoughts, beliefs, goals, attitude, and everything else.  The easiest thing is to simply not deal with them.  But sometimes your expectations and plans don't match up with God's. 

In the next three blogs, I will be providing you with Bible verses confirming God's thoughts of dealing with others.  Use these for prayer in your quiet time as you prepare for the times that you will meet with the person(s). 
”Greet one another” (Romans 16:16).


“Be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2).
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).

“You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (Colosians 3:13).

“So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.” (Romans 15:7).

“Serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).

“So encourage each other and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

“Do not speak evil of one another” (James 4:11).

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Same


In my quiet time I am finishing up Hebrews.  Today, God spoke to me from chapter 13, verse 8.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

This verse reminded me of something that I heard singer and songwritter Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife say in an interview after his daughter was killed.  Here is a excerpt from the interview.


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

It is Well with My Soul


I have always loved the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" by Haratio Spafford.  But it wasn't until I heard the story behind the amazing lyrics that I truly appreciated it.  Here's the background of the song as shared by Kenneth Osbeck in "Amazing Grace, 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories."   How humbled I am to see all that Spafford went through and yet he was still able to say, "It is well."


Inner peace through an implicit trust in the love of God is the real evidence of a mature Christian faith. Only with this kind of confidence in his heavenly Father could Horatio Spafford experience such heart-rending tragedies as he did and yet be able to say, "It is well with my soul'."
Spafford had known peaceful and happy days as a successful attorney in Chicago. He was the father of four daughters, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and a loyal friend and supporter of D. L. Moody and other evangelical leaders of his day. Then, a series of calamities began, starting with the great Chicago fire of 1871, which wiped out the family's extensive real estate investments. When Mr. Moody and his music associate, Ira Sankey, left for Great Britain for an evangelistic campaign, Spafford decided to lift the spirits of his family by taking them on a vacation to Europe. He also planned to assist in the Moody-Sankey meetings there.

In November, 1873, Spafford was detained by urgent business, but he sent his wife and four daughters as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Harve, planning to join them soon. Halfway across the Atlantic, the ship was struck by an English vessel and sank in 12 minutes. All four of the Spafford daughters-Tanetta, Maggie, Annie and Bessie-were among the 226 who drowned. Mrs. Spafford was among the few who were miraculously saved. Horatio Spafford stood, hour after hour, on the deck of the ship carrying him to rejoin his sorrowing wife in Cardiff, Wales. When the ship passed the approximate place where his precious daughters had drowned, Spafford received sustaining comfort from God that enabled him to write, "When sorrows like sea billows roll, it is well with my soul." What a picture of our hope!

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll-Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well with my soul.Tho Satan should buffet, tho trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ hath regarded my helpless estate and shed His own blood for my soul.And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll: The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, "Even so"-it is well with my soul.

Chorus: It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Praying for One Thing and Getting Another


This excerpt is taking from Henry Blackaby's Experiencing God Bible study. If you have never done this study, I highly encourage you to.

Praying for one thing and getting another
Author: Henry Blackaby

Have you ever prayed for one thing and got another? I have. Then some dear soul would say “God is trying to get you to persist. Keep on praying until you get what you want. “ During one of those times I kept asking God in one direction and I kept getting something else.

In the middle of that experience, I started reading from the second chapter of Mark in my quiet time. That is the story of the four men who brought their crippled friend to Jesus to be healed. Because of the crowd, they opened a hole in the roof and let the man down in front of Jesus. Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5)

I started to read on but I sensed that the Spirit of God said, “Henry, did you see that?” I went back and began to meditate on that Scripture. Under the guiding, teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, I began to see a wonderful truth. The four men were asking Jesus to heal the man, but Jesus forgave the man’s sins. Why? They asked for one thing, and Jesus gave another! This man and his friends asked for a particular gift, but Jesus wanted to make the man a child of God so he could inherit everything!

I found myself weeping before God and saying: Oh, God, if I ever give You a request and You have more to give me than I am asking, cancel my request!