Saturday, March 30, 2013

Successful home..


A successful home is one which has Jesus Christ as it's Lord and where He is given the 1st place and all honor.
A successful home is one that is fenced and hedged with prayer and the Blood of the Lamb.
May our Lord find His rightful place in our lives and homes....
Stay blessed...
Julia

One man+one woman=marriage



A young man of God asks,
"How can one believe that a person can be a Christian(Follower of Christ) while wantonly engaging in habitual sin; such as homosexuality, fornication, adultery in mind or body, the support in any way whatsoever of the murder of the unborn, or any other sin."


LET'S PRAY AND DO ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN COVENANT RELATIONSHIP~
"MARRIAGE"
Our pastor always says..."God created Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve."
**1 Corinthians 6:9
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders.
**Jude 1:7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
What we 'tolerate' we can never change!!
One Ronnie (a brother in Christ) writes
"if we, as Christians continue to "accept" that which we know to be an abomination in the eyes of God, where does it stop? 
Do we next also accept incest, blasphemy and finally murder? Why should we compromise our values and the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus just to accommodate roughly 2% of the population? 
Mankind advances while God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow for eternity. If it was sin in the beginning, it's still sin now. There is no compromise. I don't care if anyone disagrees with me or what they may think of me for my stance on this issue. I WILL NOT compromise and accept what I know to be a sin. When I accepted Christ as my savior I vowed to be as much like Him as I possibly can. This is what Christian means, Christlike."
May the Lord pour His love in our hearts so that we can pray and reach out in love and with the truth of His Word to those who feel rejected, unloved and struggle to be set free.
May the Lord bind and restore broken marriages, heal wounded relationships.
I like what Max Lucado writes, "It’s easier to talk about a person than to help a person. It’s easier to debate homosexuality than to be a friend to a gay person. It’s easier to discuss divorce than to help the divorced. It’s easier to argue abortion than to support an orphanage. It’s easier to complain about the welfare system than to help the poor.
It’s easier to label than to love.
Is that to say we should be unconcerned for doctrine or lax in a desire for holiness? 
Absolutely not."
 May we love like Jesus did to all who need His touch.
May prayers of children unite spouses who are in the verge of separation....
Daddy's little girl..
God bless...
Julia






God beginner of marriage...


If God is the beginner of marriage and home, there is a divine covenant present between the man and a woman in the institution of marriage called home.

May our relationship with our spouse be held with cords of Your love O Lord...

This picture says it all...
When the enemy is trying hard to destroy and break marriages, God's trying to restore, bind and heal relationships.

O Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, help us to love our spouse freely & harbor no bitterness or grudge,
Help us to learn to forgive & forget when we are hurt,
And be quick to say 'sorry' when we hurt our spouse.
All this will come easy if Your love will rule & reigns in our hearts.

Be blessed,
julia

Friday, March 29, 2013

Stop and pause and be refreshed...


Hi...
Everyday we find there are so many jobs to do. No matter who we are, a professional, home maker, student  the chores seem endless.
But in midst of all the running around, we need to stop everything once in a while, sit back, deep breath and just do something to relax ourselves. Even if we are at work in office we can stop a while to feel refreshed. May be we can just sit or just stretch ourselves a bit, or sit back and sip a hot cup of coffee.
We can listen to some good music or just close your eyes a while. If you have a lovely view outside your window, sit by a while & look at the flowers, birds, enjoy the beauty around you, watch the kids laugh and play.
Doing too much and working for many hours without rest makes us feel physically and mentally stressed out, this causes physical ailments too!
Relaxing a bit sure helps to ease the work pressure and helps you get back to work with fresh energy.
Life is precious and so short, let's take time midst our busy schedule to relax a bit and be refreshed.
Do take time to enjoy God's gift of time, once in a while or you'll just miss the joy it brings.
Have a beautiful weekend.
May Our Lord Jesus Christ's presence refresh your mind and heart and make life worth living!
YSIC,
Julia

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hang on to what God thinks about you...

Hi...

It doesn't matter what people say or think about you.
What's important is what God thinks of you.
When people call you a failure or say things to discourage you, don't let it affect you. You'll always meet people around you who do not take time to see your heart but will be quick to judge, condemn,lie, magnify your faults & fail to see the good in you.
So Look up to God. Remember He loves you the way you are. He never gives up on you.Your help comes from the Lord.
Even when you fail & fall,if you cry out to Him with a sincere heart, He will lift you up, dust the dirt off you and will help you do better. He's still working on you. You are His treasured possession. He'll not condemn you when you fail and turn to Him for help. He'll look past your failures & sin at your repentant heart & help you stand & walk with a renewed strength & confidence.
Better hang on to what God thinks & says about you. If you have back-slidden, failed or fallen in your spiritual walk, just call out to Jesus, He'll be by your side to lift you up.
Let not the people who rejoice at your fall & failures bother you. God will take care of them! He will not allow you to be put to shame. He will contend with those who contend with you.
But choose not to look back at the sin you left behind. Desire to walk holy before God and work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
As we walk with God, He will fight for us.
Psalm 40: 14 May all who seek to take my life 

       be put to shame and confusion; 

       may all who desire my ruin 

       be turned back in disgrace.
Psalm 35:1, Contend, O LORD,
       with those who contend with me;
       fight against those who fight against me.
Psalm 35: 26 May all who gloat over my distress 

       be put to shame and confusion; 

       may all who exalt themselves over me 

       be clothed with shame and disgrace.
You can't avoid people misjudge you & speak ill of you but sure can choose to let God lift you up & make you stand on higher ground. Then one day the world will see that you find favour with God & that God's well pleased with you.
You are valuable to God, when He sees you He sees the price He paid for you, HIS SON. So your value is not in who you are or what you own but who you belong to.
So today will you choose to hang on to what God thinks about you?
Have a blessed day.
YSIC,
Julia

Friday, March 22, 2013

Behind every tear there is a story...



Hi..Family and friends....

Greetings from India....
God speaks in ways that are amazing..
 I read this poem written by: 
Raymond Anthony Fernando and was so..blessed..
I learnt a valuable lesson. 
Here is the poem:
Today, if someone is rude or impatient 
I will continue to maintain a healthy relation 
Today, if someone discriminates 
I will not engage him in a debate 

Today, if I come across fair weathered friends 
I will treat them as past tense 
In my heart, I will silently ask God to bless those who are insincere 
Even though their hurtful actions bring to my eyes many a tear 

Today, if someone spreads gossip or slander 
I will stretch out my hand to him like a brother 
For today, I will not strike back or retaliate 
For in God, I have full faith 

Today, I will share the sorrow of any individual 
For today, I yearn to find ways to make this a better world 
Today, I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way 
For today, I must make someone’s day 

Today, I will give them my smile, my support 
Even though, in the past, my kindness, many forgot
Today, I will praise the Lord with all my heart and soul For His mighty hand can create miracles, the bible has told 

Today, I will thank God for the food on my plate 
And ask that he always keep me in a healthy state 
Today, is a so special to me and my wife 
Because for 27 years, Doris, you have given me such a fulfilling life 
Sincerely, 
Raymond Anthony Fernando 
.copyright raymondfernando

Isn't that good?

Yes behind every tear is a story, some may 
be genuine and some fake but when we judge quickly we wound the hurting...:(
How often we listen to stories about people 

and pass it on to others without even trying 


to find out the fact.
How many hearts we may have 

wounded by spreading false rumours without 

stopping by to find out if the message we 

heard was true.
How many hearts we broke because 

we choose to listen to the "lie" of the 

enemy.
There are some out there who have been 

hurt and abused.

Their life has a story we are not aware of.
We have not walked their path so we really 

don't know the facts.
Instead of reaching out to help we are 

quick to judge and label


It's sad...
So in future let's think twice before we accuse a fellow brother or sister. Our false judgement and accusation can end up as a costly blow to that person for no fault of his/hers.
Even if they are struggling with sin we need 

to see how we can help them get out of the 


enemy's snare.

We can pray with them and for them.

But if some one keeps sinning repeatedly,we 


ought to warn him!
We need to be careful not to talk about and uncover past sins or mistakes  of our fellow believers which our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven and forgotten long back.

"Lord give us your love in our hearts to love 

everyone like you loved, to pray for those 


who persecute us, not be quick to judge 


others as we may not really know what the 


truth is.

Love you Lord,

 In Jesus Name,

 Amen!"


Change our hearts O Lord...
Be blessed
Julia

Those without sin cast the 1st stone...


Hi ..family and friends..
Greetings...
Starting with a prayer..
Lord give us your love in our hearts to love everyone like you loved, to pray for those who persecute us, not be quick to judge others as we may not really know what the truth is. Love you Lord, In Jesus Name, Amen!"
O how easily we publicize or criticize a fellow brother/sister's weakness, judge, condemn instead of praying for them...!
Sorry Lord for the times I've done that...
If  someone we know is struggling with a weakness we need to first pray for them, then see if we can talk to them and help them out.
Let's not be quick to judge things by what we see and hear for it  may not be what we think it is!
If we have doubts a fellow sis/ bro is doing something wrong it's very important we find out the exact truth. For our eyes and ears may deceive us.
Proverbs 25:7b and 8a it's said.."....what you've seen with your eyes do not bring hastily to court....."
Proverbs 25:9b " ...do not betray another man's confidence..."
How would Jesus deal with this....?
When a woman caught in adultery was brought to Him (JOHN 8:1-11)
1) He didn't listen to her accusers and condemn or accuse her. He loved her though He hated the sin she was involved in.
He asked her accusers,
John 8:7 " If anyone of you is without sin let him be the first to throw the stone at her."
We need to love those the world tramples and help them steady their faltering steps, pray for them and not be quick to condemn them.
2) Jesus without condemning her, just by showing His love unhooked her of her past. She no longer was a prostitute.
We too got to forgive and release people of their past.
When Jesus forgives He immediately forgets and let's that person follow him.
http://www.passionup.com/images/colstar.gif3)He gave her back her lost dignity.
He accusers called her a 'prostitute' but Jesus forgave, forgot and calls her 'Woman'.
John 8:10 "Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you. Go now & sin no more."
John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."
We need to be imitators of Jesus...!
We need to have the Father's heart...!
So in future let's think twice before we accuse a fellow bro/ sis. Let's not laugh at a struggling fellow traveler who slipped and fell.
It may drive them further down the pit they fell, instead of pulling them back.We are all, as our Pastor always says, "Sinners saved by Grace walking towards perfection."
And let's not uncover past sins or mistakes  of our fellow believers which Jesus had forgiven and forgotten long back. Let God's love rule our heart at all times.
When we turned to Him as sinners He picked us up as we were, looked upon us with mercy and compassion. He didn't look at our past and accuse us.  When we turned to Him from our sinful ways, He did not cast us out or abandon us, He lifted us up from the dirt and filth of sin, dusted off the dirt, looked past the shame of sin and looked lovingly into our eye's and said
" I love you as you are" "I died that you may live, you are mine I'll make everything new for you. I will bring glory to my Name through you. And it doesn't matter what people say, I'm able by my blood to wash you clean. I will make you white as snow".
He cleansed us with His precious blood and clothed us with His righteousness.
That's God's love.
Let's imitate Jesus Christ our Lord.
YSIC
Julia

" God's unfailing love for us is too big to understand, but it's not too big to share."
"We can never untangle all the woes in other people's lives. We can't produce miracles overnight. But we can bring a cup of cool water to a thirsty soul, or a scoop of laughter to a lonely heart."


Judge not!


"Lord give us Your love in our hearts to love everyone like You loved, to pray for those who persecute us, not be quick to judge others as we may not really know what the truth is.Love You Lord, In Jesus Name,
Amen!"

Hi.....
 God's word says.."Judge not..."
Luke 6:3 [ Judging Others ] "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
But...how easily we judge people.
In the body of Christ there are people with different level of faith. Some are just babies in Christ, still learning to walk. so they fall and stumble.
The stronger brothers and sisters need to help the struggling and weak. They need to teach them, discipline, rebuke and correct them and pray for them and with them.
That's why God's Word says in..
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
The stronger you grow in the Lord our walk gets steadier and we are well equipped to resist the enemy.
But the strong and standing too need to be careful...
1 Corinthians 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
We are not all perfect..
We are all sinners saved by Grace and walking towards perfection.
HE IS PERFECTING US DAY BY DAY.
He's moulding and making us into a beautiful vessel of His choice.
He'll refine us in fire.
LET US BE YIELDED VESSEL IN HIS HANDS.
He clothes us with robe of righteousness
Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
The Bible says...
1 John 3:2 "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."
Then there are others who have wandered away. We need to pray for them and see if we can help in leading them back to the right path.
Let's not point fingers and scoff at the weak and struggling.
Let's not judge and label people.
Max Lucado writes....:
You’ve judged. You’ve labeled. You’ve slammed the gravel and proclaimed the guilt before knowing the facts. If that is you, go back to John 9:4 and understand what the work of God is: “While it is daytime we must continue doing the work of the one who sent me.”
        What is the work of God?

Accepting people.
Loving before judging.
Caring before condemning.
        LOOK BEFORE YOU LABEL.
~Max Lucado~
Let's not laugh at the weak and foolish, for God can choose them and make them mighty men and women of God.
1 Corinthians 1:27 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."He detests the proud.
Proverbs 16:5 "The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished."
As we grow stronger in Him..we walk steadier and we will know to flee from sin and temptation.
He will help us in our weaknesses...
Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."

Let's think thrice before we act or speak...!
Let God's love rule our heart at all times.
Jesus expects us to be like the good Samaritan.
Let's be willing to learn, eager to grow and keep serving the Lord with gladness.
God Bless each of you..
Good Night,
Julia