Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Conqueror-Tuesday Truth

When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,

my adversaries and foes,

    it is they who stumble and fall.

Psalm 27:2 esv

God uses adverse situations to keep us on track. Let’s look at David and Saul. When David was a boy Saul was King of Israel. Plain and simple King Saul was an egotistical and arrogant jerk. He was a hater in every sense of the word. As a grown man he tried to kill David on several occasions, starting when David was just a child. David went on the run and Saul died trying to end David’s life. Saul missed his destiny trying to block David from his. BUT... without Saul David would have been Saul number two. David was handsome, a prolific writer, and a mighty warrior. He was especially famous as the one who slayed Goliath. David had a high propensity to be just as evil and arrogant as Saul, but his running from Saul and God’s provision made David humble and ready to be king.

Negativity keeps you from straying outside of God's will. We all have the potential to be full of ourselves and not focused on God. So Christ allows haters in our lives to keep us focused on Him. The pain keeps you in prayer. Take your focus off of that person or those people and focus on God’s provision. God has lessons for you to learn. Seek Him and forget about your haters. Be confident in God’s love. You will prevail!

-HC Armstrong

Monday, March 30, 2015

Conqueror-Monday Motivation

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

God is greater than your problems! If you are truly seeking God expect issues to arise in your life. The more you seek Him, the more problems you may encounter. Anytime God’s people let their lights shine opposition will arise. The enemy doesn't like to see us joyful and living successful spiritual lives. So he works through bitterness and brokenness to try and break us down. Yet with God on our side the enemy can not succeed.

If you are a true follower of Christ then expect Him to do amazing things in your life. If Christ does amazing things in your life, then expect opposition. The world hated Jesus and the world will hate us. And that’s just fine because God is on our side. When you are doing something right expect a few barriers. But also expect The Lord to be on your side! You will prevail in Christ.

-HC Armstrong

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Process-Thursday Thought

So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Jeremiah 18:3-4 esv

What is God trying to remove from you? One of the reasons a potter has to smash a vessel is that a stone is stuck in it. The only way to get rid of the stone is to start from the beginning. Israel had a stone stuck in them. Their hearts had turned away from The Lord and they were stuck in their devotion to idol gods. God had plans for Israel and couldn't let them continue that way!

What is God trying to remove from your spirit? Too often we are waiting on God to do great wonders in our lives and He is waiting on us. He wants us to to let go of lust. He wants us to lay aside bitterness and anger. He wants us to stop gossiping. God wants to seek Him and His will for our lives! In Christ you are God's workmanship, a masterpiece in the making. Got God's best! Let go of what you know He wants to remove from your life!

-HC Armstrong

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Process-Wednesday Word

So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Jeremiah 18:3-4 esv

Deliverance comes when your heart turns back to God! Jeremiah noticed that this potter saw an imperfection in this vessel. So he smashed the vessel back to an amorphous lump and reworked it into something great. God had to do this with the nation of Israel. Their hearts had tuned away from God towards many idol gods. To work these unholy affections out of them God allowed Babylon to pillage and ravage Israel as well as enslave the Israelites for seventy years. They were never a perfect people, but after this captivity they never sought idol gods like they had before captivity. The Potter had made an impression in their spirits.

Felling crushed? Feeling broken? Does it seem as if you are hitting a brick wall in life? The Potter may be working something out of you. Some habits, addictions, or mindsets are so ingrained in us that God has to crush us with a spiritual mortar and pestle (situations, circumstances, and other people) to separate the sin from our souls! In the midst of your negativity ask yourself what God may be trying to remove from you. Don't fight the Potter's will. Let the pain push you towards perfection!

-HC Armstrong

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Process-Tuesday Truth

 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Jeremiah 18:3-4 esv

Clay has no will of its own.  It only goes along with the shifting of the potter. Whatever the potter wishes to do with the clay, the clay always goes along with it. It doesn't have a choice. It has no will of its own. It is simply raw material in the hands of one who can make it something great.

That's  where you and I differ from the clay. We have our own will. We have our own ideas of what God should be doing in our lives. How absurd it is to think of clay telling a potter what to do, yet that is how so many of us treat God. We want to call the shots. We want to shape ourselves. Therefore, at times God has to smash us back down and start us over again. Be like the clay. Give in to the Potter's will. Be blessed and let God shape you into His masterpiece!

-HC Armstrong

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Process-Monday Motivation

 So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Jeremiah 18:3-4 esv

Throughout our life we can face many ups and downs. What makes the tragedies of life more unbearable is when we attempt live by our own strength apart from God. A Christian who seeks God's will on a part time basis will NOT be happy in life at all. Why? Because God is the Potter and we are the clay! He is sovereign. He is in complete control. His process for bringing you into Christian maturity may be different than yours, but you must trust Him!

The main difference between us as human beings and clay is that clay has no will. It always conforms to the shape that the potter is molding in into. Are you facing troubles today? Are you feeling disconnected from God? Do you feel stifled in your spiritual walk? Lay your troubles down! Understand that God is your Potter. Be totally open to His direction and will. He has your best interest in mind. At times God may break you down, but only to ultimately build you up!

-HC Armstrong

Friday, March 20, 2015

Everlasting Love-Friday Freedom

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 esv

Are you a Christian? Then you are God’s friend. There is nothing you can do to make Him stop loving you. His dedication to befriending you is based upon His love for you and nothing else. ISN’T THAT A WONDERFUL FEELING? I’ve had a few good friends throughout my life, but Christ is by far the best! Whenever you call; He is there. Whatever you need; He has it. Whatever is bothering you; He already knows and has the answer. Jesus Christ loves you unconditionally. His love is beyond feelings. God’s love is an action. The Lord is the realest Friend because His love for us is so real.

You know all about me

The good and the bad

You know when I rise

Yes and fall

You see my beginnings

Stand at the end

And yet you remain faithful to say

I am your friend

~Juanita Bynum

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Everlasting Love-Thursday Thought

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.       
John14:15 ESV

Do you love God? That may seem like a silly question, but take the time to stop and really ask yourself, “Do I really love the Lord?” Most of us who are saved are mindful of what Christ did for us. We talk about His goodness. We understand to a certain extent how much God loves us. But Jesus says clearly says  that if we love Him, then we will follow His commandments.

Truly loving Jesus is displayed by living to please Him. God is pleased when we carry ourselves according to Biblical principles. This means we must study and live according to the Word. We have to give God more than lip service and just attending church a few times per week. Real love for Jesus Christ is displayed in a Christian’s lifestyle. Now think about that and ask yourself again, “Do I REALLY love Jesus?”

-HC Armstrong

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Everlasting Love - Wednesday Word

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

Most adults can say they have experienced love in some form. Love from their spouse, family member, friend or child. Think of all the things that encompass that love – patience, understanding, kindness, and the list goes on and on. What about someone who you have tried to love? That sibling or parent that you just keep disagreeing with. How does love look towards them?

The Bible tells us that “above all love each other deeply”, meaning that in all that we do, do it in love. Serve in love, communicate in love and most important forgive with a loving heart. God forgives and renews us with His grace daily. After all, “we love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

-Kimberli Armstrong

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Everlasting Love-Tuesday Truth

For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.
Hebrews 12:6 ESV

Sometimes God’s love hurts. Love (real godly selfless love) is not all about making the other person feel better. Agape love is about seeking the actual well-being of the other person. Therefore sometimes God lets us endure trials. This can be the result of our own actions or just something He has allowed into our lives to make us stronger.

If you have accepted Christ, then God is your Father. Like any good father He wants you to be as successful as possible. Sometimes He must let you endure painful circumstances that shape you into who He made you to be. Don’t let the world or misguided Christians fool you. God disciplines and chastises you in love! Wouldn’t you rather have God’s discipline in love over the foolishness of the world?

-HC Armstrong

Monday, March 16, 2015

Everlasting Love-Monday Motivation

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

When we didn’t deserve any of His love or generosity God sent His Son Jesus Christ. It is so easy to get our focus off of the Lord; especially during this season when Christ is the last thing on the minds of the world. However we have to remember how great this gift is that God gave us. When we did not deserve it Christ came to ultimately give His life up for us.

When nothing else seems to be going your way, remember what God did for you. If no one else loves you, God love you that much. If another person never cares about you, the Lord cares about you more than you could imagine. If you are a child of God then you have the greatest gift of all. God loves you and He proved that through the gift of His Son. Be blessed!

-HC Armstrong

Friday, March 13, 2015

Life & Peace-Friday Freedom

I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.
Psalm 119:15-16

If you want to grow in Christ, then diligent Bible study is the nourishment that you need. If you want to walk into and fulfill Jesus' calling for your life, then you must be mature enough to handle the assignment. The Word is our instruction manual. The Bible is our ultimate guide. At 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible; longer than some books. The psalmist declares his absolute and fervent love for the Lord and His Word. Why? Because he understood that God’s Word is the key to salvation and a successful life. Learn to love the Word of God immensely and you will be successful in whatever you pursue. Grow in Christ and get all that he has for you! Be blessed!

-HC Armstrong

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Life & Peace-Thursday Thought

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 
Romans 8:6 esv

Why do we waste time worrying? When faced with a tough decision or issue we can easily let it take over our thought life. We think about every possible outcome. “What if this does not work out right? How will I make it if I go this way? What will people say?” The list goes on and on. We think and think about our situations. Before we know it so much time has elapsed and worrying gets us nowhere. Why do we waste so much time on a useless act?

How much time do you spend praying to Jesus? When we have concerns we should simply take them to Him. “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pains we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” I love that song. We can give everything to Him! Don’t worry…PRAY ABOUT IT! Watch the Lord do something beyond your wildest dreams.

-HC Armstrong

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Life & Peace - Wednesday Word

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 ESV

“You are significant! Your life has meaning. Do you really believe these things? I pray that you do; if not, it’s time to ask yourself, “why not?” It’s so easy to get caught up in material or worldly things that are incorrectly labeled as “good” or “satisfying” and are wrongly packaged into living a life that is complete when God has already told us that HE makes all things work together for good.
The truth is that your life is significant. God created you, just like He created me to glorify Him and live a life honoring and being obedient to Him (Isaiah 43:7). Believe in God's eternal purpose for your life.”

-Kimberli Armstrong

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Life & Peace-Tuesday Truth

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 
Romans 8:6 esv

Setting your mind on the Spirit brings life and peace. This is what God desires for each and every one of His children, life and peace. The Lord wills that all of us would experience life to full and abundantly blessed. He wants us to know true peace, that inner tranquility that surpasses all understanding.

How do you experience the life and peace that only Christ can bring? By setting your mind on the Word of God. When we hide the Word in our hearts we are connecting with God. We are setting our minds on the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads us into God’s best which is abundant life and true peace. Set Your mind on the Word. Set Your mind on the Spirit. Experience life and peace!

-HC Armstrong

Monday, March 9, 2015

Life & Peace-Monday Motivation

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 
Romans 8:6 esv

We live in a dark world. Alone we cannot make it through life successfully. How do you endure life effectively and successfully? By clinging to The Word of God. The psalmist tells us here that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. In this dark world the light of The Bible gives us direction!

God has given the commandment in His Word for your success. They are not hard rules to keep you from enjoying life. The precepts in the Bible, followed correctly, will lead you into God’s best. Christ wants you to live the abundant life, life to the full. He wants you to know Him intimately and deeply. Make time to study the Word. Meditate on it. Actively apply what you learn to your daily life! You WILL walk into God’s best!

HC Armstrong

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let God Lead!-Friday Freedom

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.  
Psalm 37:24

God calls us to commitment, but He knows we are not perfect. God is not as concerned about your outside actions as He is with the condition of your heart. When you are committed to the Lord He knows your heart is in the right place; His will. Even when you slip God will uphold you because He knows that you are overall committed to Him. Commit to the Lord and be reassured by the fact that He loves no matter what you do!

“For he's my rooftop in the rage of the storm.
He's my protector, there'll never be no harm.He is the bread that sits on my table,My God can do it, he's truly able.
I will serve him
I will serve him
I will serve him
I will serve him

Try my Jesus, try him out, He's worthy to be served."

~Mighty Clouds of Joy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Let God Lead-Thursday Thought

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him,  And He shall bring it to pass. 
Psalm 37:5

This is such an awesome statement for several reasons. God makes a promise to us here. When we give our all to Him, then He handles our lives for us. That is such an assuring statement in regards to our relationship with God. But also this is written by King David. David who had defeated Goliath and sinned with Bathsheba. David who had his ups and downs in his walk with God to say the least. David wrote these words from experience as an old man. David knew what he was talking about.

After all the slips, trips, and falls David concluded that if you just commit your way to the Lord, then He will bring it to pass. Many times while we are in the middle of a storm we get worried and fear if God will still come through. We wonder if God will still take care of us and love us. Take it from someone who is looking back on life and speaks with wisdom. God’s love for you is unconditional, but you have to choose to walk into His promises. Jesus will bring it to pass under one condition; just commit to Him!

-HC  Armstrong

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Let God Lead - Wednesday Word

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. – Psalm 33:20-22 (ESV)

"Hope is such a strong emotion. It has a comforting power that can turn any negative emotion to its extreme opposite: envy to excitement, sadness to joy, anger to optimism, materialism to generosity and bitterness to forgiveness. There is temporary comfort in what the world calls “hope” - hope that your favorite team will score, hope that you get the present you wanted, all based on “things” and “wants”.  But imagine the power of hope in Jesus Christ filling your life. The Bible tells us the encouragement and endurance that we find in the Scriptures were written so that we might have hope (Romans 15:4). This heavenly hope that the Lord has blessed His children with gives us the push that we need, reminds us that we have potential and most important that God’s perfect plan for our life includes our God-given purpose.

Still, these wonderful promises of hope that we find in His Word are promises for those who have given their life to Him; those who are saved. Confess and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God raised Him from the dead and begin to live a life running over with hope".

-Kimberli Armstrong

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Let God Lead-Tuesday Truth

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 
Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)

Committing to God means committing to success. There are so many other things we run to try to find success. We seek to improve our résumés, join professional organizations, spend less, and save more. We go for whatever seems reasonable and secure. Why other commitments may be necessary to personal success; a sincere commitment to the Lord is what we all need first.

When you commit to Jesus Christ you commit to success. David tells us here of one of God’s many promises to us. He promises to bring our situation to pass. God promises to handle our situation in His sovereign way. This is a simple recipe for success. No matter what you can figure out, understand, or calculate keep committing to the Lord. Keep trusting Him. God promises to handle the rest.

-HC  Armstrong

Monday, March 2, 2015

Let God Lead-Monday Motivation

Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, He shall bring it to pass. 
Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)

Life can be hard. There are so many things that can get in our minds and cloud our thinking. We want so earnestly to live in a way that pleases Christ. We have a heartfelt desire to please. But everything else seems to get in the way. And when everything we can see seems to be going wrong trusting God becomes even more difficult than usual.

God can work your situation out much better than you can. Stop trying to manage your own life, but Jesus gives us a much better plan. God says if you commit to Him and trust Him, then He will handle the rest. Learn to exist the way the Lord intended you to. Rely solely on Him and be abundantly blessed!

-HC  Armstrong