THE TRUE ATHLETES

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Christian’s are true born athletes, the problem is to many sign up for the race but never reach the starting line.  I believe it is mostly because they don’t feel they have the gifting to make a difference or they let their sin get in the way, either way the sleeping giants are counted out for the time being. Some start the race but get discouraged and drop out of the race, never seeming to find the heart to get back in.

Lets start with gifting and faith because the two go hand to hand. In the christian life gifts of the spirit are something that has to be searched out, worked out and even formed. It is no different than any other athlete except you have already been guaranteed a win. This reason alone gives Christians no excuse not to enter or persevere in the race.

Lets look at any other athlete like a runner for example or a boxer, both have to begin by training and getting involved with the sport. If you talk with any athlete, champions especially they will tell you that their accomplishments didn’t come overnight. They were tested at one point of their journey that could have changed everything for them if they hadn’t found the heart to push through.

Faith is what Christians should be living by. The problem is most lack faith in themselves. This is more of a reason to put their faith into action. Putting faith in God where they lack it in themselves. Stepping out in faith with God is the very thing that exercises spiritual muscles, which opens up incredible possibilities.  When we reach out to serve and enter the race of faith, God meets us. Many times our gifting are not even revealed until we have been in the race for some time.

Most fighters can tell you they have been knocked out and beaten more times than they can count, yet they continue to get up and fight. In the fighting world they call it heart. True champions find the heart to get up and keep fighting. They can also tell you the challenges they faced and the times when they wanted to throw in the towel. They can also tell you how many times they were told they couldn’t do it. Somehow true champions men and women of heart found the strength to get up and continue to fight.

2 Timothy 2

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2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

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12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

You who need to go to the starting line, go in the name of Jesus. You who need to get back in the race, go in the name of Jesus. God has enough grace for you to overcome the things you are struggling with. Life is hard no matter how you run, so run in a way to make it count. My prayers are with you. Bless you in Jesus name amen. 🙂

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EASTER THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR

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Easter is a time for resurrection and the power of Christ from it. Lets lead up to it though, remembering where it came from and that is the Cross. If our Savior had not went on the ultimate rescue mission, where would we be? Love sent Him. A love so pure and deep most cannot imagine. What would cause an all powerful perfect being to put Himself through all He did?

This is the question most ask trying to figure out this God called The Christ! I am not surprised so many are lost trying to answer or find the answer to this question. None of us have even a tear drop of Gods love and that is why it is so deep and so beyond our ability to take it fully in. Purity, Humility, Honesty, Kindness, Sweetness, Gentleness, I could go on forever. I find myself weeping trying to put my words together.

The lost think they are wise to question such a God! The lost have the same argument saying they can’t follow a God that would forgive a child molester. Yet, those who have encountered Him know and submit to Him knowing He is worthy to judge. His blood is enough to cover those He chooses to sanctify. Do not think I am angry at the lost! My heart goes out to the people who are lost!!

Nonbeliever, us Christians hope and pray for you. Not because we Love or know love fully but because we found genuine Love In Christ. His love makes it possible for us to begin to scratch the surface of love. You and I don’t know what the child molester has been through! The abuse they went through as a Child! The evil, where it began or how it started? We do not know the heart of man, only God does! I know my own sin and I am not one to judge but Christ knew no sin, who is worthy to judge!

Easter is coming and it represents the dead body of a beaten sinless crucified Christ, who rose from the dead. Conquering death and sin! If He chooses to make one evil man well, why on earth wouldn’t we want this Christ and want Him to make all men well!!!! Please open your eyes! See the opportunity He has given you. Turn from your sin and receive His forgiveness and His resurrection power in your life this Easter! Open your heart, open your eyes, see His purpose and power to redeem the sinner. To make those who are dead by their sin to rise by the grace and mercy of Christ! If you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior you too will rise from the dead. I am going to pray for you now.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in prayer for this Man or Women who is choosing to receive Your free gift of salvation. Father I pray that You will forgive them of all their acknowledged sin. I pray You would wash them by the power of Your blood. I pray You would forgive them of their sin and call them children of the living God.

If you have confessed your sin and asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart, please let me know, so I can pray for you by name.  Thank you and God bless you. May this resurrection day be Christ resurrected in you. Amen

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SALT GOOD OR BAD INGREDIENT FOR CHRISTIANS?

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I am realizing more and more the lack of understanding I have had on the subject, is salt a good or bad ingredient. As Christians we have been told we are the salt of the world. How many Christians really understand what this means? First of all why does the bible use salt as a description or ingredient? Well that answer is  salt added to anything preserves it from going bad. What happens when we add too much salt? What is our part to play when it comes to using the Bible described salt. What is our part and what is Gods part when using salt?

First of all I must tell you I am guilty of confusing what part of the salt ingredient I am responsible for and what part is God responsible for?

I am responsible for preserving the light, salt=light for I am the light of the world as you are. God Is responsible for truth=salt  You see If I try to become the salt of God I will add way too much salt and then I am nothing more than a salt spring. Meaning trying to push Gods word on people or trying to convict them. It is Gods job not mine. My job is to present Gods truth (His salt) as an offering. Like giving a warm piece of bread to a homeless man. As I give the bread I do it in love trusting God will become the salt in His word and I remain His lamp.

Matthew 5:13

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13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

My light or salt is my actions. Salt is my lamp of the truth I have come to know In Christ and how it shines forth through me in love.

Starting In James 3:12 the bible says

James 3:12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

God is the only one that can produce fresh water. He is the only one that can water His word through the power of the Holy Spirit. I can not water it but I can shine a light on it in love.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, nonspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

I hope this helps you as It has helped me. Be His light, give His truth in love and grace like bread to someone starving. Don’t force them to eat it, offer it in love and keep shinning your light. May the Lord bless you and fill your heart with joy peace and love. Bless you today.

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AWAITING A PRAYER ( A PRAYER FOR SINGLES)

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I know what it is like being single and my heart and prayers go out to those of you who are waiting patiently for God to bring that special person in your life. The important thing is to have your heart in the right place while you are waiting. It is easy to get discouraged, find yourself lonely and even very depressed when you long to have someone to share your life with. My hope is to encourage you. First of all you don’t have to be lonely, there are many single groups you can connect with. However you choose to connect it is important to know that God desires to have a deep intimate relationship with you. The Bible says seek first the kingdom of heaven and everything else will be added unto you.  I believe this apply s to everything we desire. God wants to build a deep relationship with us that will help any future relationship when it comes.

Building a foundation in the Lord is everything. I would encourage you to take this poem and sing it to the Lord first. Everyday say this prayer to the Lord, desiring Him to come out from hiding. I believe if you will take the approach to seek out a deep relationship with God you will be overwhelmed with what takes place. After you fall in love with Christ you may or may not even need or desire anything more. I know that might be hard for you to grasp, I understand. God says He will give you your hearts desires. So I am suggesting you give Him His hearts desire and that is to build a deep relationship with Him first. I am confident if you choose this path everything will turn out greater than you can imagine.

If you already have this kind of relationship with Christ take it even deeper, there is a reason God is holding back from you your greatest desire of relationship. There is still something very important God is doing. Waiting on the Lord is not easy for any of us. Still I would encourage you to change the way you are looking at things. Find your joy in Christ and choose to believe God is putting together great things. Stand on His promises push out the lies and walk in faith He will come through.

God bless you, my prayers are with you. I said a prayer for you as I wrote this. The tides are working together God bless you. Awaiting a prayer can be purchased from our store. www.fullofrosesinspirationals.com

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THE PRAYER CHAIN

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The object of the prayer chain is to like and  re-blog a continual Prayer. We have started a fire now lets cause it to spread!

Heavenly Father We come to you in a chain prayer. Our hope is that this prayer will be a constant act of worship and power from earth to heaven and back to earth. Father we pray for the lost. Those who are clouded by this world and the things of it. We pray you will turn their eyes towards heaven and You. We pray for a revival in Your name. Cause Your fire of love and truth to burn in our hearts. Cause us to rise up as children of God that provoke Your spirit to move again as in Acts. We pray we would play a part In the Blind seeing, The deaf hearing and the lame to leap. We pray for the power to break strong holds, addictions, anger, adultery, murder, fear,and anything else that hinders us from becoming all you desire. I pray for a pouring out of your spirit, an anointing of your spirit on all who read and respond to the chain. People across the nations joining hands by this miracle of the Internet and joining hearts to honor and glorify your name. Father protect us and our children from sickness. Give us gifts of the spirit to bless in your name. Give us an ever increasing faith and the ability to carry our cross. Father we praise you. I thank everyone who joins in this prayer Amen.

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THE MIRACLE OF THE BROOK

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There are seasons In our walks with God when He calls us to hide in Him. Hiding In Christ is when we put our complete focus and trust in Him. This usually happens when you are faced with what seems to be the impossible. When life takes you to a place that is beyond yourself. We can do one of two things. First we can harden our hearts, caused by fear and anger of what we are faced with. Second we can pour ourselves into Christ. Hiding ourselves in Christ by hiding ourselves in His Word, through worship, continual prayer and placing your full trust in Him.

In 1 Kings 17:1 Elijah is told by God to hide in Him. The call was to hide by the brook of Cherith, The dry brook. The symbol of the dry brook represents those problems or situations in life that are bigger than ourselves. They require faith or test our faith. When we are faced with a dry brook, if we hide ourselves in Christ many things can happen. First we will see God provide for our need like as for Elijah the ravens brought him bread. Second we will be called to wait on the Lord for direction and answers. Third we will be called to walk out from the dry brook taking with us what we gained during the time of hiding in the Lord.

You see placing your trust in God is a gift and when we choose to do so, God shows up and does big things but it doesn’t happen without the season of hiding in Him. God puts things in you during the time of hiding, making the miracle that is coming possible. Notice in the picture, the brook is not dry. I believe It is overflowing because God wanted you to see the mental picture of His overflowing provisions that come when we walk close to Him during a dry brook experience.

What happened next was that Elijah rose and went to Zarephath to the widow. This was the first miracle of God releasing his purpose from the time of hiding in Him. The widow only had enough oil for her and her son to eat before they laid down to die. Elijah told her not to fear to make a cake with what she had and bring it to him and then make some for her and her son. Then the Lord said the Jar of oil shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty until the day the Lord sends rain upon the earth. This means the blessings of our faithfulness and the rewards of trusting Him. His word shows He is faithful to provide abundantly promising the rain that will cause the dry brook to overflow once again.

The second miracle came from the power of God manifested through Elijah and His faithfulness to God. Then the boy died and the women said to Elijah “You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son.” Elijah said to her” give me your son and put him in my arms.” He carried him up stairs to his bed prayed and the boy was brought to life.

Dead situations will come to life from our obedience in a dry brook experience. They could be finances, a job that is needed, a failing relationship. Many things can come alive from this place of obedience in the Lord. This is the truth of the word of God we are so blessed to be a part of. If you don’t know the story I suggest you read it. 1Kings 17:1

It is good to practice hiding in the Lord always especially when times are good, it will make it that much easier when things get tough. Enjoy your day and hide in the Lord. God bless you and may He keep you strong in Him. 🙂 The miracle of the brook can be purchased from our store.  www.fullofrosesinspirationals.com

THE SINNER CAN WALK WITH GOD

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If I was put on this earth for one reason It is to bring the message the sinner can walk with God! So many people struggle with the fact that if they walk with God They will Instantly feel guilty about who they are and feel bad all of the time. If I walk with God I will have to give up everything I enjoy. It kills me inside to see what is taking place in the minds of people. Usually people can tell when someone is lying to them but It is much harder to realize when you are lying to yourself. If we could see and understand our own lies that direct our decisions It would radically change our lives. I believe this is Satan’s greatest tool. Satan can keep people from the truth simply by the lies in their own heads.

What If you didn’t listen to those lies and you decided to believe God loves you right where you are? What if you chose to believe He died on the cross with you in mind, so you wouldn’t have to bare the shame of your sin. This does not mean you do not have to recognize your sin. It simply means we can give it to Him to never be remembered again. The subject of grace and love. What kind of door does this open for us? I believe it opens the door of acceptance and deep love. You see the cross is the bridge Christ built for us. A way for us to be able to cross it and stand before God in our broken state. Notice I said cross it! Put the cross to it, your sin that is.

If you never cross the bridge Christ built for you, It will be impossible for you to come to the knowledge of His acceptance and love for you. It is this encounter of truth Satan doesn’t want you to know. True love, pure love, holy love divine acceptance is the only thing that can shatter the human heart. You will never be different or want to change unless you encounter the real Jesus. Matthew 11:30 says for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. This means the lie you can’t approach Him is exactly that a lie. Jesus loves you and wants you to know Him right where you are. I challenge you to do nothing but encounter the Jesus I know and you wont have to change, His love will change you!!!!

May the Glory of God be revealed in your life and the blinders be removed. May you enter into His unfailing love and grace. Bless you today 🙂

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THE TRUTH TO COME

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THIS IS OUR SEASON!!!!! The season to resurrect our spirits, our hope in the Lord.  Thank you so much for all of the support in this ministry. This Ministry is for you, so do not miss what the Lord wants you to know and that is the power of His resurrection!   We have a living hope in all of our personal situations and there is no better time than now to believe.  So here is what we are going to do together, Pray! So please join me.  Heavenly Father we come to you in prayer for every person who reads this post. We pray for every person especially the non- believer. Father help us to rise to your truth. Help us to believe and stand on your word. Whatever situations we find ourselves in, such as broken marriages, addictions, finances, sickness, faith, and all other needs that are out there. Father please resurrect them in Jesus name, resurrect our hearts to the truth in you Amen.

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CONFIRMING

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Boy don’t we all know this one. Falling short of Gods glory. Failing Jesus or the ones we love. At times it can seem as If we never knew Him or know Him. When we deny Him or His words. When flesh takes over and you leave a trail behind you that leaves others to question If you are really His. How do you think all of those who asked peter if He was with Christ, felt later seeing him preach knowing he denied Christ three times? I’m sure they didn’t have much faith in him at all. So did peter stop doing the will of the Lord? At first he did. He went and hid himself away from everyone. He was broken most likely beating himself up.

Some of us harden our hearts and turn away from God until he calls us back to Him. The important thing is to see where we have gone wrong and repent. Our repentance may not be seen at first, it will take time to allow others to see that we are a work in progress.  God restores and God forgives never quit or buy into the lie that you should quit. It is when you walk close and serve the Lord that change comes. If you quit you might as well lie down and die because your purpose and heart will die inside if you accept defeat.

God wants you to serve but he also wants you to become like Him. This is a challenging process. Trust God and submit to His will. God bless, this blog is for me 🙂 Confirming can be purchased from our store.
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A GLIMPSE OF YOUR GLORY

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We as Christians live for just a glimpse of  Gods glory. Much of the time we miss it because we are so rapped up in our busy lives. When we stop open our hearts, ears and eyes taking a moment to look, listen and hear, we sometimes encounter what we have been missing. Gods voice calls out from His creation. The trees worship God. The birds worship Him. When we set apart our morning or day for God we just might get that glimpse. His still small voice that calls out from creation seeking to speak to our hearts. Seeking to reveal Himself to us. Our God loves intimacy, He loves when we go deep into what he loves. Stop and look at a tree or a bird and imagine the day God formed it. The day God created It. Imagine His emotions for something as simple as a tree and the heart He had creating it. Think of His joy! Now if He took that much heart and emotion creating the trees how much more did He feel creating you. He loves taking a moment with you to enjoy His gift of Art. He is the most magnificent creator. Take time to share Gods heart today in His beauty, the beauty He gave us to share with Him.

May your day be changed, and may you share and encounter His creation with Him. This photograph was of myself and God doing just that. God bless you 🙂

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