Timothy 4 (1-5)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5.For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Matthew 19:25-26 (NIV)
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 10/13/2014
2He came to Jesus* by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ 3Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’* 4Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ 5Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.* 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You* must be born from above.”* 8The wind* blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ 9Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ 10Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ 16A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’
Ephesians 5:25 (NIV)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Psalm 23:6 (NIV)
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
|“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.”|
|(Luke 5:37, NIV)|
|TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria|
|Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? Sometimes, in order to move forward into the blessing God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of the old. The things that are behind you are not nearly as important as what is out in front of you. It’s time to get ready for the new!You may have had some unfair things happen, things that you don’t understand; but let me tell you, you have come too far to stop now. Instead of allowing those things to hold you back, why don’t you let go and take a step of faith into the new? It’s time to get a new, bigger vision; it’s time to get a new, fresher outlook; it’s time to rise up with a new attitude! Instead of settling where you are, pick up and move forward. Have the attitude that says, “I may not understand it; it may not have been fair, but I am not getting stuck on this page. I know God has a new chapter for me — a chapter filled with blessings, favor and victory!”|
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)
Who shall find a valiant woman? This is a lovely reading about and for a woman and the man in her life.
The Book of Proverbs 31:10-31
31:10. Who shall find a valiant woman? far, and from the uttermost coasts is
the price of her.
31:11. The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of
31:12. She will render him good, and not evil all the days of her life.
31:13. She hath sought wool and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of her
31:14. She is like the merchant’s ship, she bringeth her bread from afar.
31:15. And she hath risen in the night, and given a prey to her household,
and victuals to her maidens.
31:16. She hath considered a field, and bought it: with the fruit of her
hands she hath planted a vineyard.
31:17. She hath girded her loins with strength, and hath strengthened her
31:18. She hath tasted, and seen that her traffic is good: her lamp shall not
be put out in the night.
31:19. She hath put out her hand to strong things, and her fingers have taken
hold of the spindle.
31:20. She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to
31:21. She shall not fear for her house in the cold of snow: for all her
domestics are clothed with double garments.
31:22. She hath made for herself clothing of tapestry: fine linen, and
purple, is her covering.
31:23. Her husband is honourable in the gates, when he sitteth among the
senators of the land.
31:24. She made fine linen, and sold it, and delivered a girdle to the
The Chanaanite… The merchant, for Chanaanite, in Hebrew, signifies a
31:25. Strength and beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the
31:26. She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her
31:27. She hath looked well on the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her
31:28. Her children rose up, and called her blessed: her husband, and he
31:29. Many daughters have gathered together riches: thou hast surpassed them
31:30. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the
Lord, she shall be praised.
31:31. Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her works praise her in
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”
(Hebrews 11:6, NIV)
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours”
(Isaiah 61:7, NIV)
” Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you”
(Isaiah 60:1, NIV).
Today’s Word:I believe that in the coming decade, God wants to exceed your expectations! He has amazing things stored up for you. He’ll take you places that you’ve never dreamed and give you breaks that once seemed impossible. I believe that His glory is rising upon His people. I believe that things are going to fall into place so that you can accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Even the hidden dreams that you’ve given up on, God has not given up on them. He is going to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you could ask, think or imagine!Your mind may try to talk you out of it, but if you’ll listen with your heart, it will resonate on the inside of you. Don’t let discouragement hold you back or keep you down. It’s time for you to arise. It’s time for you to shine. Let that sink down into your spirit today because it’s time for you to receive His blessing so you can be empowered to do everything He has called you to do!
Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. Thank You for choosing me and for preparing a bright future for me. I will rise up and reflect Your glory! Let everything I do bring honor to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Joel Osteen 2/19/11
“Those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness”
(Proverbs 14:22b, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Today, don’t let the negative voices of the world steal your focus or get you off course. Don’t start planning for a bad day; choose to plan for good. The scripture doesn’t say, “Plan for good as long as the economy is booming.” It doesn’t say, “Plan for good as long as the housing market is strong.” It doesn’t say, “Plan for good as long as you aren’t facing any adversity.” No, we can plan for good because we serve a God who is good, and He is ready, willing and able to bring us through any adversity we face! Boldly plan for good today and watch God show up in the midst of your plans!
A PRAYER FOR TODAYFather in heaven, thank You for the good plan You have for my life. I choose Your plan and ask that You direct my mind and thoughts according to Your purposes. Fill me with Your peace and joy. I set my mind on You and boldly embrace the good things You have for me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Isaiah 58: 8-10
WE SO NEED THESE WORDS.peyton 2/6/11
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
These are words and actions we need. peyton