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Want – Five Minute Friday #FMF

Want – Five Minute Friday #FMF

What do I want? What does God want? Are the two compatible? Once again I think it comes down to our life’s purpose (which changes in seasons).

I am joining Five Minute Friday writers with a prompt of want
…and write for five, yes five minutes. 

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Jeff Goins helped me find my focus at this point in time – God’s Word.

He asked:

What do you like?
What are you good at?
How can you help others?

After reading this statement found in The Art of Work by Jeff Goins:

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it (Paul Coelho).

I changed it to follow what God wants:

If you are in God’s will, all your passions and abilities will open doors for God’s glory (Janis Cox 2016).

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We need to pay attention to where God is leading us – that will show us what He wants. Don’t tell your life what you want, listen to God and watch where He leads.

More and more I am becoming aware that God leads me to where He wants me to go.

From a study called Experiencing God by Blackaby I remember one important lesson. Be aware. Pay attention to God and He will guide you in the next step. Be open.

But I have also learned that I can take a step in any direction (it is good to move) and God will tell me if I am going in the right direction and correct me if He needs to.

If you ask for things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss (Oswald Chambers).

Knock on God’s door. Spend time with Him so you will want what He wants.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, NIV).

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If you are in God’s will, all your passions and abilities will open doors for God’s glory. (tweet this)

If you ask for things from life instead of from God, you ask amiss ~ Oswald Chambers. (tweet this)

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God’s Will – What is it? HopeStreamRadio

God’s Will – What is it? Hope Stream Radio Podcast

As I started a quick study on prayer scriptures my first one brought me to understanding God’s will. I have heard that question many times: “How can I be in God’s will?”. I think I found the answer.

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This week my podcast at Hope Stream Radio answers that question: What is God’s Will?  You can listen to the podcast here.

Here are the show notes:

This past week I have been studying 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

People are always asking: Is what I am doing God’s will or saying: I would like to be in God’s will.

What is God’s Will?

Paul answers this question, doesn’t he?

To be in God’s will we need to have continual joy, continual prayer and continual thanks in all circumstances.

That’s pretty clear. But it is not easy.

Paul encourages us on our spiritual walk. It is a journey, not a step or a marathon, but a walk.

In Thessalonians Paul talks about the second coming of Christ. But he focuses on how we are to live this life her on earth – the now – the present time – with the end in mind, learning to be in the presence of God now and hopeful of being in His Presence later.

In the meantime we can focus here on earth on those three things: Joy, Prayer and Thanks

Joy:

There’s a lot to joy. It is not happiness, which ebbs and flows. Joy is in knowing Christ. We can find joy at all times just in knowing Him.

How to we know Him? By reading the Bible and by prayer. We can actually learn to hear His voice. That’s why God left the Holy Spirit here on earth. I picture the Holy Spirit as a cell phone line to God. The Holy Spirit rings me in the middle of the night to talk to me. He beeps me when I am to watch or be careful. Words on the page of the Bible come alive when I have the right connection.

In sorrow, the joy I feel is comfort and peace in knowing He is with me.
In inspiration, He gives me words to write and pictures to draw to encourage others.
In study, He opens doors of understanding.
In pain, He soothes my spirit and heals me.

Prayer:

Next Paul speaks about prayer. He says to pray continually. At first I wondered how I could do that. Could I talk to God on an on-going basis? After much practice, I think I am getting better at having those minute to minute conversations. Learning to have a close connection to Jesus is the way to be able to pray continually.

Thankfulness:

Finally there is thankfulness. And that’s being thankful in all situations – good and bad.

The best book I have ever read to discover this deep gratefulness is A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s a book that needs to be read slowly, as a careful, prayerful and thoughtful study. I read it through 3 times. I started to develop an understanding of giving thanks for everything.

How can I be thankful at all times?

Seek God and know that He has me in the palm of His hands, holding me safe and secure. (click to tweet)

This is a verse worth remembering, so I can stand fast in adverse times, trust God through all things, and show the world the glory and wonder of my God.

Remember these words:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

God's Will - what is it?May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we live in confusing, sometimes violent times. We don’t understand this world we live in. We are grateful to be a part of Your Kingdom so we can stand firm in Your promises of being with You forever. In the meantime, we will endeavour to be joyful, prayerful and thankful always and in all circumstances because this is living in Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, take time to be with God daily in prayer and in the study of His Word.

Sunday Stillness – What is purity?

Sunday Stillness – What is purity?

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I am continuing to study Titus using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study and Ed Hird’s book Restoring Health. Today I am working through Titus 1:15.

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Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.

S – Say the passage aloud.

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted (Titus 1:15, NIVUK).

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

Pure? What is pure? I read a post the other day about the purity and innocence of a newborn baby, written by Peter Black, called Musings on Dreaming Babies.

Paul is still telling Titus how to work with the Cretans – pirates and all.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

How do people become corrupted? How do people stop believing in God, the Bible, the sovereignty of God? Maybe some of them never believe because they were never told.

Purity – How do we become pure?

Jesus makes us pure.

Blessed are the pure in heart
for they will see God (Matthew 5:8, NIVUK).

I want that – to see God. Don’t you?

The Old Testament way of purifying themselves through water, blood and fire, was only temporary. It had to be repeated again and again.

But in the New Testament, Jesus has made the way for us to be pure all the time, so we can be with God. Thanks to His death on the cross, and resurrection we have been made pure if we declare Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

P – Pray for God’s Guidance

Always a wow!

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

This connects with my study on The Workbook of Living Prayer by Maxi Dunnam. We learned to bring our requests to God – to be clear. After we have spoken these requests by ourselves or in front of others (if we share) it helps us to refine our thoughts to get closer to God’s will.

Refining thoughts = PURITY! = being in God’s will

What’s on your mind? Are there things you have been asking God that need clarifying in your own minds?

I did this. I asked God about things I had been praying for. I found out some important answers to my life.

One thing I asked was to RESTORE my body. God led me to try eating pure foods, no more processed foods, nothing that is man-made. It is making a tremendous difference in my life.

And He told me to REST. Yes there are times when I go, go, go. He told me to space it out, take breaks to refresh my body and spirit.

These two things are helping me to see God’s will in my life, more clearly.

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving (1 Timothy 4:4, NIVUK).

And look at this – Whatever God created, NOT man. This is Food for Thought.

As usual I would never have thought a verse on purity would go this way. God links things together for us. God-incidents.

God can make us pure by refining our thoughts.

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Heavenly Father, I thank You for creating purity of mind, body and spirit. Continue to show me how to live a pure life and grow closer to You. Thanks for Your communication method of prayer and Your Word. All things are clearer when I study Your Word and pray. Hallelujah!. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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 God can make us pure by refining our thoughts. (click to tweet) 

Studying Titus 1:15 with SIMPLE Bible Study method. Check it out. (click to tweet)

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Please link your post about what God has been teaching you. And please remember to visit your neighbour, leave comments and get to know more people in this group. We are a growing community of believers.

Thanks,

Janis 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request.

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Wow! What Happened?

Wow! What Happened?

by Ron Hughes

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For those of us who resolutely subscribe to the “we pray to align ourselves with God’s agenda, not to get Him to do our will” philosophy, answered prayer can come as a bit of a shock. There we are, earnestly seeking the Lord and trying our best not to tell Him what to do when, all of a sudden, the outcome we were inwardly hoping for becomes reality.

I have come to understand these situations as evidence of the Lord drawing close to us as we seek Him.

As we know Him better, our will is more perfectly lined up with His so that the outcome He ordains is the very one we have come to desire.

Example: A man whose son was not walking with the Lord prayed frequently and longed for an opportunity to talk to him. Entirely unexpectedly, the Lord arranged for them to be alone together for 2 hours and got things started by prompting the son to raise the very spiritual issues the father wanted to address with him.

But there’s more.

Let us never forget that God delights in blessing His children beyond the limits of their imaginations.

I suspect that sometimes we think God has not answered our prayer because He gives us something so far beyond what we expected that we fail to make the connection.

Example: a friend went to emergency over the Christmas break with a severe lung infection. The attending physician ordered tests and x-rays which revealed a chronic condition with which the woman had been living as a symptom of advancing age. The doctor was able to treat both the acute and the chronic problems and now my friend is rejoicing in the goodness of God experienced in a way she hadn’t even considered.

Sometimes God wants to use our circumstances to shape us into the very image of Jesus — something that most of us can’t see very well in ourselves at all.

Example: An elderly widower who has lost much of his vision, hearing, mobility, and independence, had a health crisis. When he was discharged from the hospital and well enough to get back to his beloved church family, he was overwhelmed as one after another confided in him how much they had benefited from his spiritual interest and care for them over the years.

The examples mentioned here all took place in the lives of believers I know personally in the last six weeks. God’s promise to respond to us when we delight ourselves in him and leave the outcomes Him is still good.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4 NKJV).

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As we know Him better, our will is more perfectly lined up with His.  (tweet this)

God wants to use our circumstances to shape us into the very image of Jesus. (tweet this)

Ron Hughes

Ron is president of FBH International , a multi-language media ministry and maintains an active itinerant speaking ministry in churches and conferences.  Ron is a professional member of The Word Guild and has one published book, “Refresh: 19 ways to boost your spiritual life”, and is working on several other writing projects. Much of his writing is published on the ministry website and has been used in radio broadcasts.

Ron has been married to Debbie since 1976.  They have four children, one of whom is married.  They live on a 100 acre farm in the Niagara region which they share with a few horses, chickens, cats and a dog.

ARE YOU PRAYING THE RIGHT WAY?

Are You Praying the Right Way?

by Laura Davis

“What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desires battling inside you? You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray!  Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires” (James 4:1-3)

 In my last post it was clear that James was dealing with many problems in the early church. Everyone wanted to be in charge. In chapter four he continues to address his concerns over all the quarrels and fights. He gets right to the point too.

These early Christians were far too worldly and far too childish! They sounded like they wanted to have one foot in the world and one foot out. Everyone seemed to be complaining about something and no one was satisfied.

So they got jealous and fought and quarrelled with each other. Hmm…sounds familiar doesn’t it?

People want something, perhaps a change in how things are run and who it is run by and before you know it there is division in the church.

How many of you today are having problems within your own church community?

What about the emergent church and the division it has caused?

It started innocently enough, but now they are so far away from teaching the Word of God that they are leading thousands astray. And all because of people who wanted their way and not God’s. It all seems to start the same way too.

The older folk can’t stand the loud rock ‘n roll music in the church and the younger folk can’t stand the old boring hymns. The old folk insist the hymns aren’t boring and have more substance to them than the repeated refrains that they hear in the newer songs. The younger ones disagree. So what happens? The leaders of the church decide it is time to step into the future and they cater to the young folk.

Unfortunately, by catering to one group, the other group is neglected and what happens then? They leave – by the droves. Unfortunately, now many churches are suffering horribly. Why? Because it is the elderly who were faithfully supporting the church financially. In the end everybody loses.

But what does James say?

 The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! 

And the reason they don’t get what they ask for when they pray, is because they ask with wrong motives.

If you are praying for a revival in your church what are your motives? To change the hearts of the young or the old toward your way of thinking?

If you are praying for the right leadership in your church, what are your motives? To get your own way, or to glorify God?

If  you are wondering why your prayers aren’t being answered, examine your motives.

What do you really want? Is it in line with God’s Word and His will? If you are causing division within your church then you know you are not at the centre of God’s will. This is not the way of the Lord or His people.

Why are you praying and what are you praying for?

ARE YOU PRAYING THE RIGHT WAY?

We have a guest post today from Laura Davis, who writes at Learning from the Master.

Are You Praying the Right Way?

by Laura Davis

“What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desires battling inside you? You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray!Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires”  (James 4:1-3 NIV).

In my last post, Are You Qualified to Lead, it was clear that James was dealing with many problems in the early church. Everyone wanted to be in charge. In chapter four he continues to address his concerns over all the quarrels and fights.

He gets right to the point too. These early Christians were far too worldly and far too childish! They sounded like they wanted to have one foot in the world and one foot out. Everyone seemed to be complaining about something and no one was satisfied. So they got jealous and fought and quarrelled with each other.

Hmm…sounds familiar doesn’t it? People want something, perhaps a change in how things are run and who it is run by and before you know it there is division in the church.

How many of you today are having problems within your own church community? What about the emergent church and the division it has caused?

It started innocently enough, but now they are so far away from teaching the Word of God that they are leading thousands astray. And all because of people who wanted their way and not God’s.

It all seems to start the same way too. The older folk can’t stand the loud rock ‘n roll music in the church and the younger folk can’t stand the old boring hymns. The old folk insist the hymns aren’t boring and have more substance to them than the repeated refrains that they hear in the newer songs. The younger ones disagree.

So what happens? The leaders of the church decide it is time to step into the future and they cater to the young folk. Unfortunately, by catering to one group, the other group is neglected and what happens then? They leave – by the droves.

Unfortunately, now many churches are suffering horribly. Why? Because it is the elderly who were faithfully supporting the church financially. In the end everybody loses.

But what does James say? The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! And the reason they don’t get what they ask for when they pray, is because they ask with wrong motives.

If you are praying for a revival in your church what are your motives? To change the hearts of the young or the old toward your way of thinking? If you are praying for the right leadership in your church, what are your motives? To get your own way, or to glorify God?

If  you are wondering why your prayers aren’t being answered, examine your motives. What do you really want? Is it in line with God’s Word and His will? If you are causing division within your church then you know you are not at the centre of God’s will. This is not the way of the Lord or His people.

Why are you praying and what are you praying for?