How much more do I have to Take?

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How much more do I have to take? That would depend on what God has planned for your life. So many times we make the mistake of thinking that everything that goes perfectly smooth, has to be God. Other times we think that just because things are not going right, it can’t possibly be God. The only way to know what is or what is not what God is to know him and to know his word. You must have a relationship with him.

  1. The first step is to repent and believe that Jesus died for your sins and accept his gift of salvation.
  2. Then you must start learning who he is by reading his word, The Holy Bible.
  3. You must develop a relationship with him through prayer. Speak to him and listen for his response.
  4. The more you start learning his word, the more you will start changing how you live and the closer you will be to God in relationship.
  5. The stronger your faith grows, the more you will be able to endure!

As you develop a relationship with Christ, remember that life still goes on around you. There will be good and bad situations. Some will last for a day. Some will last for a week. Some will seem like they will never go away. Always remember that God is not to blame for your bad situations, but he can certainly calm your fears, hurt, anger, and disappointments if you let him. He will speak to you and you will know what you should do. If he allows you to go through a bad situation, he will give you peace. He will comfort you. He will strengthen you through the process. When he tells you that you need to get out of the situation, then follow his lead. If he instructs you to stay in it, believe me he has a plan to work it out. We want all of the blessings, but we are not willing to complete the course that leads to the blessing. There are no short cuts in kingdom living. Everything has an appointed time. So, how much more do you have to take?  Not necessarily a right or wrong answer, but a simple answer would be as much as God wills for you to take. Remember, he won’t allow you to go through something that he can’t bring you out of. Jesus followed all the way until death and God resurrected him…Follow his lead. No matter how dark or dead the situation is, with God, it will always end in life!

Be encouraged.

T Brown

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The Choice is Yours!

If you believe it, yif-you-want-your-life-to-change-your-choices-must-change-and-today-is-the-best-day-of-your-life-to-beginou will receive it! How unfortunate it is that many don’t believe. If you are waiting on God to change a situation on your behalf, believe that it will be done. When there is absolutely is no possible way that it can work out, that is an opportune time for God to get the glory out of your life. For some reason, we seem to think that our circumstance is unique. We somehow  think we have a different set of guidelines to follow just because we are in a particular situation. God’s word does not change based on the person, the doubt, or even the situation. His word is true and remains the same. We have to stop choosing to believe a lie. We can have and can do everything the bible tells us we can as long as we are born again, and obeying his word. The word still works! There is power in the name of Jesus! There is hope in Jesus Christ! There is power in his word! And yet, you choose not to believe. Notice I said choose. We decide how we want to feel each day. We can decide to focus on the negative or focus on the positive. We can decide to complain or rejoice. We can decide to believe or not believe. If you are in a bad mood, you choose to be. If you are are walking around defeated, you choose to be. We can choose life or death every time we are faced with a situation. But whatever we choose, will not move God out of position. He is still on the throne with all power in his hands, waiting on you to choose him. Will you change the way you think today? Will you choose to believe? Will you choose to make today the beginning of better days in your life. The choice is yours!

Be encouraged

T Brown

The Cute Little Fox Is Destroying Your Vineyard!

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We spend a lot of time focusing on the big things and it’s the cute little innocent things that are destroying our lives. When God speaks to you and tells you to cut something out of your life, do it right away. Don’t hesitate. Don’t rationalize it. Don’t entertain it another day. There is a reason God is telling you to get it out of your life. In this picture, the little foxes look so cute, but the longer they stay in the vineyard, the more damage they will cause. They could destroy one little bunch of grapes or an entire vineyard. When you don’t respond to God’s instructions for your life, it is then called disobedience. Disobedience is sin and the wages of sin is death. I don’t know too many people who are willing to pay that price for a little disobedience.

Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Like the scripture says, we claim to know God, but deny him in our actions. Let’s stop giving God lip service and start serving him with all that we have. Remember, your convictions are your convictions. If he told you to stop wearing certain clothes, stop watching certain shows, stop hanging around certain people, or stop eating certain foods- walk in obedience and let it go. (Speaking from experience) The word of God speaks specifically on some things. Our convictions cover everything else that we are not sure of.

Phil 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Obedience is so much better than sacrifice. If you don’t obey his instructions you are going to sacrifice far more than you are willing to and far more than you can afford to give up. Stop looking at everything like it is innocent. Remember, Satan is not going to come to you with flashing lights and sirens announcing that what you are doing is sin. He is going to come subtly and incognito looking like a cute little fox. And before you know it, that cute little fox is destroying your vineyard and eventually your life. Heed the voice of God and continue to grow in his grace. Be encouraged and keep the faith!

T Brown

Speak and Listen

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There will be times that people are not going to want to hear what you have to say, but your words should not annoy the people around you all the time. When you speak you should always have something fruitful to say. Your words should edify and bring life. Even words of correction will yield good fruit when properly stated. Negativity has no place in the mouth of a believer.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

There will be times that you won’t feel like being a listening ear, but you should not ignore people or come off as rude just because you don’t feel like listening. You may be the key to their healing or their deliverance just by making yourself available.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Not only should you speak life, but you should listen and pray. Life is full of ups and downs, but God has a plan in everything. He uses people like you and me to shed a little light in the dark times. Be that voice which ministers grace. Be the ears that listen in the time of need. Be available and let God be glorified.

T Brown