Category: Teachings

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

 

 

 

 

 

·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

7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship Part 2

Lets dive right back in… We just finished #4 in part 1… So here is 5-7 🙂

5.) God’s Word guarantees that you will become wise if you hang out with wise friends. Surround yourself with wise friends who can help you make wise choices in every area of life… Peer Pressure is good if pointed in the right direction

6.) God’s Word guarantees that you can avoid suffering by not hanging out with foolish people. So choose to avoid inevitable heartache by steering clear of those who make bad choices.

7.) God’s Word guarantees that you will reap what you sow into your friendship. If you sow dishonesty you will have dishonesty in your friendship… If you gossip you will reap gossip in your friendship… Friendships have to be nurtured in order to thrive. If you take your friends for granted, the relationships will eventually wither and die.

Thanks for enjoying me on the journey of the 7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship…

Notes thanks to: The Little Black Book

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

7 Bible Guarantees For Friendship Part 1

God recognized man’s need for relationship when He created a companion for Adam in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” We need godly relationships in our lives to strengthen and encourage us. Here are 7 bible guarantees for friendship.

  1. God’s Word guarantees that you will have friends if you show yourself friendly. {Proverbs 18:24  A man who has friends must himself be friendly. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.} You will have quality friends if  you make the effort to always be friendly.
  2. God’s Word guarantees that godly friends make you stronger {Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. } As you grow in your relationship with God and pursue godly relationships, the friends you choose to surround yourself with will either move you closer to or father away from your goals. Good friends will sharpen you, because they are moving int he same direction as you.
  3. God’s Word guarantees that godly friends will help you realize your potential. {Proverbs 20:5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart;
    a wise person draws from the well within} 
    God has a unique purpose for you. Good friendships will help you achieve all that God has planned for your future.
  4. God’s Word guarantees that true friends will stick with you no matter what. {Proverbs 17:17 Friends love through all kinds of weather,
    and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.}
    Fair weather friends will leave at the first sign of trouble. But true friends do not change their attitude towards you just because negative circumstances arise.

Part 2 coming soon! 😉

Notes thanks to:  The Little Black Book by Blaine Bartel

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

Restoring Your Relationships

Relationships arent easy, they’re risky and we’re often disappointed by the choices that other people make… Its not just parents that are sad for there kids. Also watching close friends, valued neighbors, family members struggle is painful too. To often, we either say nothing or get irritated when their pain gets in our way. But love doesn’t sit back and watch. Love doesn’t celebrate someone else’s struggles… Love believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.  I’ve found one of the greatest ways to experience restoration in my own life is to help restore someone else. Here is a enlightening scripture on this subject:

Galatians 6:1-3 (MSG)

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

 

Think on these questions:

  • Who in your life is hurting and needs to be restored?
  • Prayerfully consider two practical things you could do today and help them in this process. Write them down

Try this:

  • Think of someone you see/talk to everyday. Ask God to give you a simple, clear way to speak a loving, restoring word to them.

Notes thanks to: Love Life Women’s Conference Devotional Journal by Joyce Meyer

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

 

4 Steps To Finding Favor With God

Lets be honest. If you can get yourself in favor with the most powerful person in the universe, you’re going to do really well… The great thing is that God has told us clearly in His Word that we can fall into favor with Him… Here are 4 biblical steps to getting there 😉

1.) Diligently seek after Him.
He promised to reward and bless anyone who wholeheartedly seeks Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

2.) Search out the wisdom of Gods Word
He promised that when we discover His wisdom, we will obtain favor from Him. (Proverbs 8:35)

3.) Develop a lifestyle of praising God without apology
The church’s that are talked about in Acts were bold and courageous to praise God with their voices and found favor with all the people.

4.) Walk in goodness and integrity towards others
God promises you favor, but condemns the person who is wicked in his actions.

Hope u guys have a great week! 😉

Over and Out
Lindsay A. Barth