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We seek Him… We find Him… Then what?

Christ said that if we seek Him, we will find Him. What happens when we do find Him?

How many “Christians” only find Christ when they seek Him . To fill the void that only He can fill, yet to be frustrated into thinking that this is where our search ends? Okay great I am a christian, I go to church, pay my tithes, and do my volunteer hours life is great! No, it is not… maybe for a while that sense of same old routine will be enough but eventually you will want more. Just like any good thing! If we simply find Christ, but we do nothing with what we’ve found in Him, then have we really begun the transformation mentioned in Romans 12:2 (‘Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind’)?  Lets take food for example… If it is an amazing german chocolate cake one bite would be a shame although everyone has told you to keep that figure and not give in, but yet it is so good you just have to! That is how our relationship with Christ should be! We should constantly want more and no matter what people tell us or discouraging things that may come our way, we should always hunger for more growth in Him. After we have this mentality in us we have to find things that will help us continue to grow and become more Christ-like.

You must ask yourself a question. “Are we changing into something that God’s wants us to be or are we just staying saved?”

We want to be people who are overly committed and convicted in what the word says.

Revelations 3:15-16

I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! 16But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth!

Basically what that scripture is saying to me is that because you are either not a christian or on fire for God you are useless to me. Although that is a hard way of looking at it we have to see how many times God brings up in the scripture that He wants our whole heart. God gave us free will but staying in the grey is not a way to live. Anyways, we have to ask ourselves “Am I going to go all the way with this Christ-like life style or am I going to choose to take salvation without truly giving myself to Christ.” And I guess this begs the question, “If I choose to refuse to give myself completely to Christ (refusing to allow Him to change me into His image) am I truly saved?”

Who would ever want to be “just saved” and risk missing out on God’s help becoming what he designed us to be? I know I sure do not want to be luke warm! I’m tired of struggling personally and seeing others struggling to find out who they are. I want to be committed to becoming who and what God wants me to be. I want to change, redesign normal, “be transformed by the renewing of my mind”! I want to become a great person created and shaped by God’s hands! How about you?

I will leave you with this!

1 Chronicles 22:19

“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise, therefore, and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD.”

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Joseph’s Dream…

I’ve had this message on my heart for a long time and I finally feel like it is time to share it…

Lets start by  looking over the journey of Joseph…

The Story of Joseph (  Genesis 37-50 )
Joseph, because of the jealousy of his brothers, is sold into Egypt where, after a series of events, he becomes a ruler of Egypt, ranking just under Pharaoh ( 37-41 ). Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food during a time of great famine. After a time, Joseph reveals his identity to his brethren (42-45). At the insistence of Joseph, Jacob and his family settle in Egypt (46-47).

Now lets expand on it!

Joseph had a dream and the people around him were not ready for it. They thought they could change God’s will because they didn’t think it was best, but that wasn’t what God had planned. No matter what happen to Joseph God was always there. I’m saying, I know its hard but I gave you a dream, trust me and it will be fulfilled. So let’s simmer on that while we move on…

Writing this post and studying these scripture came from a personal reason. God gave me a dream and I opened it to the world when it was time to keep it closed. Now I am going through a hard time like Joseph (Trust me I know it is not EXACTLY like him). I have that empty feeling sometimes wondering is He still out there, has the planned changed, kind of a sense of wonder. Honestly, I have been in ministry and heavily involved in the church for all my life and still there is times where I have to look back and be like God, you still got me?

This is what I felt like He gave me for the up coming year…

It says in Isaiah: “This is God’s year to act.” Not next year. Not five years. Not in the sweet by and by. This is the year God will shift things in your favor. He is lining it all up. What you could not make happen on your own, God will cause you to accomplish. It will be bigger than you thought. It will happen quicker than you imagined and it will be more rewarding than you ever dreamed possible.

That is my story now lets just back to Joseph’s dream.

“Joseph’s story reveals that even though we cannot control circumstances, we can control how we respond to those circumstances.” Margaret Feinburg

God’s main point is He never gives up on you! If He is going to birth a dream in you, He wont ever let it go. So you don’t either!

We are not to regard suffering as a strange occurrence, but rather as a sign of God’s work in our lives. (See I Peter 4:12-19 and Romans 9:14-24.) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

Faithfulness…

Galatians 6:9(KJV)

9. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

“You have seed in your spirit of everything that God is. You must learn to be faithful as God is faithful”

 

John 1:14 (AMP)

 

 

14. And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.

{Many times throughout Scripture, love is linked with faithfulness. Faithfulness means being consistent in doing what God asked you to do, finishing what you start, worthy of trust or belief, adhering firmly, loyal, reliable. The great leaders of the bible were finishers. Men and women who stuck with the assignments God gave them to the end. Why do you think faithfulness is such an important aspect of loving people?}

” It’s not what we do once that brings victory to our lives… Faithfulness is knowing what God is telling you to do and doing it over and over again.”

{Sometime with faithfulness persistence is the key}

 

Hebrews 11:25-27 (GNT)

 

25.He preferred to suffer with God’s people rather than to enjoy sin for a little while. 26. He reckoned that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward. 26.It was faith that made Moses leave Egypt without being afraid of the king’s anger. As though he saw the invisible God, he refused to turn back.

{God wants us to faithfully do what’s right simply because it’s what we’re supposed to do. He wants us to trust that he will reward us appropriately and in the proper time.}

~What shift in attitude would help you release your “give to get” mentality?~

~What’s the immediate reward of trusting God with every outcome?~

“Keep on it. Even if you aren’t getting the results you want, you have to keep doing what you’re doing. Hold steady in the storm”

{God is coming and helping you. Trust I know it feels like forever! God has a perfect plan even if you can’t see it.}

{If you are having a hard time finding peace I have found praying is the best way. The God wants you to live happily now that doesn’t mean he will give you everything you think you want but as you seek him you will find peace.}

~ Are you faithful in giving even when the results are not what you want or expect?~

~ Do you praise God regardless of your circumstances?~

{As you look back at your life so far, how would you characterize you faithfulness to God? Your relationships? If you haven’t always been faithful… what excuses have you offered until now?}

Just a little something to ponder over the rest of the week 😉

Over and Out

Lindsay A Barth

Notes thanks to: Fruit of the Spirit workbook by Joyce Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

Peace…

John 14:27 (nlt)

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

My thoughts on that verse is the peace of God gives transcends all our circumstances.

Maybe think about today what habits can you practice to ensure that your circumstances don’t get the best of you and rob you of your peace?

Read over these scriptures…

Psalm 4:8

In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

Proverbs 1:33

33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
    untroubled by fear of harm.

Isaiah 32:17

17 And this righteousness will bring peace.
    Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.

After reading those what is going on in your mind? Jesus spoke about peace the world can’t give. Pursuing peace is a deliberate choice. One thing you can do is surround yourself with joyful,patient, peaceful people. You become who you hang around.

Just a little teaching this Sunday am to make you think hopefully…

Ps: Sorry haven’t blogged in a while been sick for a while with oral surgery and cold stuff! Hopefully this summer I will be able to get back on track 😉

Love you all…

Over and Out

Lindsay A Barth

 

·3 characteristics of a good and loyal friend·

There is a big difference between an acquaintance and a true friend. People you simply just hang out with will come and go as I have experienced many times, but true friends are\ people who will always be there for you. Even in the bad times when all hope seems lost. Here are 3 markings of a true friend I have found to be good.

1· Honesty. A true friend should always tell you the truth no matter what. Having someone who is honest is priceless and someone you can not afford to lose.

  • Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (NIV)

2· Dependability. The people who truly value their friendship with you will keep their words . If you cant count on that friend what do you have?

  • 1 John 2:5a – “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.” (NKJV)

3· Respect & Honor. It is a huge part of a good friendship. If you do not respect someone, their opinions and feelings you will be discounted and overlooked. Without respect, friendship will simply not work.

  • Romans 12:10 – ” Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. (NKJV

I feel like these tips have really helped me weed out who should be my good friends and who really don’t belong in that category. Hope you guys all have a good week!

Over and Out

Lindsay A Barth

 

Can you hear the birds?

Spending time with God… Our lives are so busy and so noisy. We don’t have enough solitude, we don’t have enough time being alone the examples can go on and on.

Isaiah 30:15 (NLV) says
The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In turning away from sin and in rest, you will be saved. Your strength will come by being quiet and by trusting.” But you would not

We always think we’ve got to have something on the tv, shopping, social media and such. One of the best ways to experience the presents of God is to get quiet enough in your own house or maybe even sitting outside just to stop hear the birds. Sometimes I just think we don’t stop and intake the small things.

1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV)
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

This scripture just brought this teaching into perspective for me. God had the ability to use the wind, mountains, earthquake, fire but no God chose to use a still small voice. He wants us to take time to keep quiet and just listen for His voice. He is a jealous God who wants and longs for us to take time out of whatever we have going, to stop and put him first and listen.

So just ponder this finishing out the end of this week… Are you taking time to hear the birds?

Over and Out
Lindsay A. Barth