I believe that we have to encourage our selves. David in the Bible did. But even though we may not obtain any encouragement from the guys that we hope to have received or the other girls within our circle we still must encourage our selves.
take an inventory of what we have achieved and give our selves a pat on the back because we earned the grade, the stripes, the medal the trophy whether it was noticeable to be placed in the newspaper or on the television media itself you earned it.
Many times we expect too much from others. As a result instead of obtaining the applause or the praise for a work well done we receive nothing.
We should celebrate ourselves whether anybody say hey keep up the good work you are looking good or not.
You truly should not look to others.
People will let you down when they find out in the beginning what you want to do they will become jealous
filled with animosity
Eventually they will stop associating with you all together because you thought who you was sharing your dreams with became anything but your peanut gallery.
So be your own cheerleader for your achievements.
The Bible said your gift will make room for you. So don't tell just anyone what you would like to achieve because they might see that you will never achieve it...
Many years back there was this beautiful bouncing baby girl who grew up with flexibility and grace. She wanted to be a cheerleader. She tried out for the team and low and behold she made it.
She had practiced and practiced and practiced being flexible and agile that she made a mistake one day.
She opened her mouth up to the wrong somebody.
When she told another person the other person told her mother. The other person's mother saw how good this blabber mouth was and she went to the finals of the tryouts for cheerleading.
Nobody saw what was going to happen to blabber mouth. But the Judges of the cheerleading squad only saw the best talent blabber mouth displayed. The other girl's mother saw it too and jealousy rose so strongly in her that once the Judges declared blabber mouth as the accepted cheerleader the other girl's mother rose up and shot her dead.
See they say it is curiosity that killed the cat.
But I say it is over talking to someone who isn't in your best interest who developed jealousy.
And jealousy is cruel to the grave.
Since jealousy is cruel to the grave well death is jealousy's twin sister.
So on that note, don't go around looking for others to support you in your interest otherwise you might end up like blabber mouth, dead on the spot.
Now you know the rest of the story.
I know you want to display your talent but the Bible said that your gift will make room for you, not sharing it with others who did not have an interest in supporting you.
So be careful.
Just the other day a beautiful singer was killed after she singed in a talent contest. They gave the talent contest a fancy name but the bottom line it is a talent contest.
What had happened was that the contestant had been given great reviews regarding her talent. Well you would have thought everything is great (luck be a lady tonight.) But it did not turn out that way. Many fans lined up to have an autograph from the talented contestant. Then while signing the autographs a crazy jealous bean bag shot her until she was dead then turned the gun on his self. The police and ambulance came. The brother rushed his sister the talented contestant to the hospital later to find out that his sister who singed beautifully died on the way. The evil wicked bean bag was caught yet he died too.
Yet this beautiful singer did not do anything but sing there wasn't any advertisement stating she would be singing at this contest where it was being held.
She just showed up after applying for the singing contest and yet she was killed.
If you look at both cases there were two crazy people who was armed and dangerous yet they were not suspected that they would do anything as sinister as that.
So always be careful watch your back if you have to obtain an audible tape send it in or audition at a private studio don't go on a national media and sing because this is what can happen I am not saying that you have to be paranoid just be safe.
send in a video of yourself along with your tape cassette or your DVD of yourself singing and then make sure your tape cassette has been proof read and edited before sending it off to the major studios who major in music singers.
You might come out safer that way.
What are the rewards of meditating on Scripture?Rewards of Scripture Meditation
success, wisdom, faith, fellowship, and victory
The Lord offers a host of rich rewards for those who meditate on His Word, including success, wisdom, faith, fellowship, and victory over sin.
God uses the words good success to describe the rewards that He will give to those who walk in obedience to His ways and meditate on His Word day and night. The Lord instructed Joshua, who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land, with these words: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
David contrasts the destructive results of following the false philosophies of men with the prosperity that comes from meditating on God’s Word and obeying it: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away” (Psalm 1:1–4).
God is infinite wisdom. It is no wonder that those who engraft His words and thoughts into their hearts and minds will share in God’s wisdom. The Apostle Paul wrote this instruction to believers in Colosse: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). The word dwell means “to live in us and become a part of our inward being.” As you hide God’s Word in your heart and meditate on it, you will learn and understand God’s ways.
Scripture states that without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6), but how can you get faith? It comes through hearing God’s Word. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). As you memorize and meditate on God’s Word, God will increase your faith in Him.
After delivering to the disciples the commandments He received from His heavenly Father, Jesus stated, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). As you learn the commands of Christ and meditate on them, the Lord will make Himself known to you.
Victory Over Sin
The Word of God is a powerful, two-edged sword. When used correctly, it overcomes the attacks of Satan. Jesus demonstrated this truth in the wilderness when He used Scripture to overcome Satan’s temptations. Three times, Jesus said, “It is written … ,” and three times Satan was defeated. Engraft God’s Word so that you, too, can have victory over sin.
David affirmed the relationship between knowing God’s Word and conquering sin when he wrote, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
Meditating on God’s Word is to the soul what getting under a shower is to the body. Cleansing of the mind, will, and emotions is an essential component of sanctification: being set apart for service to God. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Jesus said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).
The Apostle James declared, “Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). Follow this instruction and begin today to meditate on the Word of God. As you do, your life will be blessed with increased faith and wisdom and rich fellowship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
How can I "engraft" God's Word into my life?Engraft God’s Word Into Your Life
the importance of meditating on the Word of God
Have you experienced the futility of trying to produce spiritual fruit by your own efforts? If you redirect your energies to “engraft” Scripture into your life and meditate on it day and night, God’s Word will successfully bear good fruit in your life.
God uses the analogy of engrafting to describe how His Word is to function within a believer’s soul. “ …Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). To engraft Scripture means to make it a living extension of your life so that it can produce spiritual fruit in you. For example, if you engraft I Corinthians 13 and continue to meditate on it, it will produce the fruit of genuine love in your life. If you engraft the Book of I Peter, it will bear the fruit of patience during suffering. If you engraft Romans 6 and 8, you can have victory over sin.
There is value in engrafting every single verse in the Bible, because “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). There is great benefit in focusing on the verses that contain commands, because they express the foundational message of Scripture: how to love God and others.
As you memorize and meditate on Christ’s commands, you will demonstrate your love for God, you will be His friend, and you will know His love. Most of all, Christ will reveal Himself to you through these commands. (See John 14:21.)
As you see the need for spiritual fruit in your life, humble yourself before the Lord. He will give you grace to carry out the steps to engraft Scripture.
Receive the Living Word of God
The first step to engrafting God’s Word in your life is to receive the Living Word, Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Living Word of God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9–10).
Feed Upon the Word of God
One of the first evidences that you are a child of God is a love for Scripture. God compares His Word to the milk that a newborn baby requires: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” God also compares His Word to other types of food, thus confirming our need to feed upon it daily. (See Matthew 6:11 and Matthew 4:4.)
As you read the Bible, God’s Word, it is important to read both extensively and intensively. There is rich reward in reading the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. (By reading just a few chapters each day, you can read the entire Bible in a year.) Read intensively—carefully and repeatedly—in order to discover Scriptural insights that God wants to reveal to you. Additional insights and applications will continue to emerge as you engraft the Word of God.
Focus on a Passage
As you read the Bible, certain passages will stand out to you. They will have special application to your life because of decisions you are making, goals you are establishing, questions you have, or pressures you are facing. Engraft these passages into your soul, so that God can transform your mind, will, and emotions through them. Other passages that are foundational to the Christian life need to be engrafted as well, so that you can understand the ways of God.
Memorize the Passage
By memorizing a passage of Scripture, you become equipped to meditate on it at any time—day or night! God promises rich rewards to those who ponder His words throughout the day and night, so memorization is a worthwhile investment. Learn more >>
Ask Questions About the Passage
As you engraft God’s truth in your life, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about it. Begin your study of the passage by asking questions. Learn more >>
Study the Passage
Search to understand the truth of God’s Word by studying the meanings of the words He has used. Consider the insights offered by the original languages, cross-references, and historical information. Learn more >>
Meditate on the Passage
The words of Scripture are living words. (See Hebrews 4:12.) By pondering the words, discerning their meaning, and applying it to your life, you gain their deep riches of wisdom and understanding. Learn more >>
Apply Your Insights
When you immerse yourself in the study of Scripture, the Holy Spirit will show you ways to apply what you are learning. Obey God’s Word! The application of what you are learning is the most critical step of engrafting Scripture into your life. Learn more >>
Cultivate a Teachable Heart
Remember these facts as you begin to engraft Scripture in your life:
This passage is inspired by God. (See II Peter 1:21 and Psalm 12:6.)
This passage is profitable for your instruction. (See II Timothy 3:16–17.)
God wants you to understand this passage. (See II Timothy 2:15.)
The Holy Spirit is your Teacher. (See John 16:13 and I Corinthians 2:12–13.)
You cannot exhaust the riches of this passage. (See Romans 11:33.)
Your natural thoughts are opposite of God’s thoughts. (See Isaiah 55:8–9.)
You will probably bring to this passage worldly ideas about what you think it means. Ask God to give you spiritual eyes to see what the passage actually says and means. (See Colossians 2:8.)
How Can I Get Motivated to Actually Do This?
“Your motivation or the lack of it will determine whether you undertake meditation as the lifelong adventure King David knew it to be. The critical issue in meditation is not time, but love. … He [David] knew how utterly valuable God’s precepts were, and as a result was willing to pay any price to make them a part of his heart.
“Why was David so passionate about God’s Word? He knew that meditation was the means of addressing the deepest needs he possessed. That is what makes the practice so critical. That is why David’s heart broke with longing for God’s commandments, and why he pleaded with God to teach him the Word! Meditation remains God’s chosen method of meeting the cravings of our hearts.” (Doug McIntosh, God Up Close: How to Meditate on His Word, Moody Press, Chicago, Ill., 1998, 44–45.)
David faced his Goliath. Moses faced his Pharaoh. Esther faced her enemy.
Giddeon faced his wall. Abraham faced his sacrifice. Samson faced the Philistines. John the Baptiste faced his wilderness. Peter faced his prison. Paul faced the crocked neck sinners and prison. Elijah faced Jezabel. The three Hebrew boys faced the fiery furnace. Yet they climbed every mountain Jesus faced the cross. You must face your mountain whatever it is. You will succeed with Jesus Christ.
When you pray believe and don't doubt and you shall receive what you are asking GOD to do for you make sure it is something GOD will be pleased with. Because HE will not destroy Christians because they are HIS children.
When GOD said let US make man in OUR IMAGE HE did that and when HE was finished HE said this is good.
How can I understand and apply Scripture?Understand and Apply Scripture
live according to the Word of God
All Scripture must be diligently studied and accurately applied. The Bible says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [expounding correctly] the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
Consider the Context
As part of a thorough, accurate application of Scripture, it is wise to ask questions such as these:
To whom was it written? By whom?
What were the circumstances?
What are the precise meanings of the words in the original language?
What related Scriptures might provide additional insights?
Meditate on the Passage
Studying to show ourselves “approved unto God” involves more than simply learning the facts. Meditation on the text is the next step. Only as you meditate on Scripture—a verse, several verses, or a passage—will you begin to see underlying principles that can be applied in your life. In Psalm 119:99, the psalmist testified, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”
Discover One Interpretation and Many Applications
There is only one interpretation of Scripture, but there are unlimited applications of Scripture. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth and show you how to apply God’s Word in your life. (See John 16:13–15.)
In I Corinthians 9:7–14, the Apostle Paul presented an application of a teaching in the Old Testament. He emphasized the right of ministers of the Gospel to receive a living wage. To support his instruction, he cited Deuteronomy 25:4: “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” At first glance, it may appear that this verse had nothing to do with the subject at hand. However, upon closer examination, it is clear that Deuteronomy 25:4 offers an excellent illustration of the principle Paul was teaching.
Understand Christ’s Commands
Paul told Timothy that he based sound doctrine on two things: Christ’s own words and that which leads to Christlike living. (See I Timothy 6:3.) A powerful way to apply Scripture is by first studying Christ’s words, including the commands He gave to us, and then finding their foundation in the Old Testament and application in the New Testament Epistles. Discovering this threefold witness will increase your understanding of the Bible. (See II Corinthians 13:1.)
For example, Jesus spoke of honoring parents in Matthew 15:4: “God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” His statement echoes Exodus 20:12: “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” The Apostle Paul reinforced these concepts in Ephesians 6:1–3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
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How can I receive salvation?God’s Gift of Salvation
sin and judgment meet grace and mercy
Have you ever taken something that did not belong to you, told a lie, or envied someone’s possessions? What about hating another person or harboring a lustful heart? When we are honest, each of us will admit to doing wrong things.
Our wrong motives and actions—even ones that seem small and insignificant—condemn us as sinners: those who have missed the mark of God’s holiness. Because of sin, each of us is justly sentenced to eternal separation from God. In this place of need, God invites us to come to Him and receive His gift of salvation.
The Human Problem
Mankind has consistently resisted and disobeyed God’s Law. We have believed Satan’s lies and rebelled against loving God with all that we are. Being holy and just, God will not tolerate our sin. “Your iniquities [perversity, moral evil] have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you…” (Isaiah 59:2, ESV).
God holds every person responsible for each thought, word, and action. When you do what is wrong, “the wages [earned reward] of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23). Your sin condemns you to eternal separation from God and perpetual suffering in hell. (See Matthew 13:49–50.)
Your efforts to make amends for the wrong you have done cannot reverse the just judgment of God. Even those who are religious, morally upright, and do good works cannot fulfill God’s requirement of perfect righteousness. “There is none righteous, no, not one … . For all have sinned, and come short of [failed to meet the excellence of] the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23).
Along with being holy and just, God is merciful and loving. He designed the human race to know Him and to bring glory to Him. We failed to fulfill this great purpose and instead became slaves to sin—but God orchestrated a plan for our redemption. He provided a Savior who can lead us to freedom from sin and restore our relationship with God.
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to fulfill this mission. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life in complete obedience to God. He willingly took upon Himself the fury of His Father’s wrath against our sin; He suffered and died in our place.
After Jesus’ death and burial, God raised Him from the dead, thus proclaiming Jesus’ divinity and validating His sacrifice in our place. (See Romans 1:1–4.) “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing [taking an inventory of] their trespasses unto them … . For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:19, 21).
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
In the Bible, many verses explain what God did through His love for us. Below are several references telling the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
“The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16–17).
“God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“The kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:4–6).
When you believe on Jesus Christ, accepting God’s gift of salvation, you are justified (declared free of the guilt and penalty of sin) before God because of what Jesus has done. God forgives you of all of your sins. Your relationship with God is restored; you become His child. (See I John 3:8–10.) You are redeemed from the bondage to sin and will spend eternity in heaven with God. (See Romans 6:22.)
The Holy Spirit dwells in each believer. He is “the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…” (Romans 8:15–17).
Accepting God’s Gift of Salvation
To receive the redemption God provided for all of us through Jesus Christ, believe the truth. Turn to God. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19, ESV). “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).
Does that sound too simple to be true? God’s truth is simple. You can believe in Him. Humble yourself as a little child and admit your need for God. (See Mark 10:15.) Turn away from sin. Come to Jesus. He beckons to you with open arms. He has already purchased your salvation—will you receive it as a gift from Him?
“Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1–2).
What brings true success in life?Discover True Success
meditate on the Word of God
When God speaks of success in Scripture, He relates it to a focus on His Word and the inner activity of meditation.
Meditating on Scripture involves bringing God’s Word into our hearts so that it gives direction for every area of our lives. By walking in obedience to God’s Word, we can fulfill God’s purposes for our lives and experience true fulfillment and success.
Promises for those who meditate on Scripture:
You will have good success.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
Whatever you do will prosper.
“His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:2–3).
You will excel in wisdom and understanding.
“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. . . . I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:97, 99).
You will have power over sin.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. . . . Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:9, 11).
You will discover how to live.
“He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live” (Proverbs 4:4).
Your success will be obvious to all.
“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (I Timothy 4:15).
Good Self Esteem For Girls and Young Ladies
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Think on the way that you see yourself not how others speak downward about you.
You matter you must remember that you are not what those jealous people say that you are.
If you believe what other people say then you are going to be like Humpty Dumpty.
Remember when he fell that when all of the King horses and all of the King men could not put Humpty together again.
Remember GOD loves you.
Philippians is a book that you should read and do not forget what you read.
You should not stop reading it until you fall asleep.
Then read it again and include reading
1 John read it you might want to keep reading it until you begin understanding it then apply it to your life. You can stop reading it but I doubt if you will want to stop reading it.
I have given you a video you can place on a speaker so you can start renewing your mind with after you give your life to the LORD.
When you read it and study this you are going to stick your chest out so far out that it is going to help you answer problems in your daily life and you won't feel vulnerable to life anymore.
The reason I know is because you would have read it daily and feel better about yourself.
See it more to life than the outward appearance of your body because you have to build your Spiritual body. But by studying this daily each day.
Mankind would like to convince you that man was created as a monkey or an ape. But don't believe it because GOD said let us make man in our image.
Now do you think GOD is a monkey?
Do you think Jesus Christ is an ape?
You cannot believe that those things are true can you?
Because they are not true.
Otherwise you would think yourself of being made in the image of a dog or a cat or some slime like creature that has no feet or hands.
But GOD made you in HIS image not a dog or cat or a monkey or an ape. Let's read Genesis which speaks about Creation.
The Sixth Day: Creatures on Land
…26Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."…
Now if somebody call you a dog or a creature that GOD did not make you to be do not respond I am loved I am the head not the tail I am above not below.
See we are not to be walked on or dogged as though we are dirt, but we are to be respected, loved, cared for and we are to show respect, care and love in return.
I am speaking about Agape love which means to love without conditions oppose to loving with conditions or rules.
GOD loves all of us like that. GOD does not love us because we are good or because we do good deeds. GOD loves us inspite of the sin we were born into. Because GOD showed mercy and GRACE.
It means that it was not earned but accepted as you are. For the Bible says come as you are all ye who are heavy burden and laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke among you and learn of me for I am meek and lowly and my burdens are light.
Isn't it better to be accepted as you are oppose to trying to make yourself accepted?
Because all has fallen short of the glory of GOD.
So your good deeds will not be the reason you have been accepted but because of St. John 3:16 and it says
For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON that who so ever believeth on HIM shall not perish but have everlasting life.
When you read about what image you are created in you will know for yourself that you are made in the image of GOD not an animal.
They will try to make you think that you came from a caveman. But you didn't.
So study these two videos about the Bible play it everyday. One you do this I want you to study and learn how many books of the Bible there are in the Bible. Then accept Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior then read the Word of GOD. After that keep your face before GOD and you will not be uncertain about who you are in Jesus Christ.
People will make you think less than who you are. But GOD told you in Genesis who you are. So when someone say you are less than you read Genesis the 2nd chapter also remember
…5You meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. Behold, You were angry, for we sinned, We continued in them a long time; And shall we be saved? 6For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us And have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.……
8But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. 9Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Behold, look now, all of us are Your people.…
What are the commands of Christ?49 Commands of Christ
words to live by
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Keeping the commands of Jesus begins with recognizing what they are. Following is a collection of 49 of Jesus’ commands. As you read through them, ask God to help you observe these words, apply them, and faithfully follow them throughout your lifetime.
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:11–12).
Let Your Light Shine
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Honor God’s Law
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matthew 5:23–25).
Do Not Lust
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell” (Matthew 5:28–30).
Keep Your Word
“Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37).
Go the Second Mile
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matthew 5:38–42).
Love Your Enemies
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?” (Matthew 5:44–46).
“If ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:46–48).
Practice Secret Disciplines
“. . . When thou doest thine alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. . . . When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. . . . When thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:1–18).
Lay Up Treasures
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).
Seek God’s Kingdom
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:1–3).
Do Not Cast Pearls
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6).
Ask, Seek, Knock
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8).
Do Unto Others
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
Choose the Narrow Way
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).
Beware of False Prophets
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:15–16).
Pray for Laborers
“The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37–38).
Be Wise as Serpents
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Hear God’s Voice
“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).
Take My Yoke
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).
Honor Your Parents
“For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 15:4).
Beware of Leaven
“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6).
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:23–25).
Despise Not Little Ones
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
Go to Offenders
“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican” (Matthew 18:15–17).
Beware of Covetousness
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15).
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21–22).
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4–6).
Be a Servant
“. . . Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26–28).
Be a House of Prayer
“It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer . . . ” (Matthew 21:13).
Ask in Faith
“Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea: it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:21–22).
Bring In the Poor
“Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:12–14).
Render to Caesar
“Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:19–21).
Love the Lord
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37–38).
Love Your Neighbor
“And the second [commandment] is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:39–40).
Await My Return
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:42–44).
Take, Eat, and Drink
“As they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26–28).
Be Born Again
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:5–7).
Keep My Commandments
“If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
Watch and Pray
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41).
Feed My Sheep
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep” (John 21:15–16).
Baptize My Disciples
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
Receive God’s Power
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19–20).
This material is adapted from the Commands of Christ Pocket Guide [Offsite Link] .
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Commands of Christ
Command 1: Repent
Command 2: Follow Me
Command 3: Rejoice
Command 4: Let Your Light Shine
Command 5: Honor God's Law
Command 6: Be Reconciled
Command 7: Do Not Lust
Command 8: Keep Your Word
Command 9: Go the Second Mile
Command 10: Love Your Enemies
Command 11: Be Perfect
Command 12: Practice Secret Disciplines
Command 13: Lay Up Treasures
Command 14: Seek God’s Kingdom
Command 15: Judge Not
Command 16: Do Not Cast Pearls
Command 17: Ask, Seek, and Knock
Command 18: Do Unto Others
Command 19: Choose the Narrow Way
Command 20: Beware of False Prophets
Command 21: Pray for Laborers
Command 22: Be Wise as Serpents
Command 23: Fear God, Not Man
Command 24: Hear God’s Voice
Command 25: Take My Yoke
Command 26: Honor Your Parents
Command 27: Beware of Leaven
Command 28: Deny Yourself
Command 29: Despise Not Little Ones
Command 30: Go to Offenders
Command 31: Beware of Covetousness
Command 32: Forgive Offenders
Command 33: Honor Marriage
Command 34: Be a Servant
Command 35: Be a House of Prayer
Command 36: Ask in Faith
Command 37: Bring In the Poor
Command 38: Render to Caesar
Command 39: Love the Lord
Command 40: Love Your Neighbor
Command 41: Await My Return
Command 42: Take, Eat, and Drink
Command 43: Be Born Again
Command 44: Keep My Commandments
Command 45: Watch and Pray
Command 46: Feed My Sheep
Command 47: Baptize My Disciples
Command 48: Receive God’s Power
Command 49: Make Disciples
Deuteronomy 28New International Version (NIV)
Blessings for Obedience
28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Curses for Disobedience
15 However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:
16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.
17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.
18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
20 The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.[a] 21 The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. 22 The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. 23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. 24 The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.
25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away. 27 The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. 29 At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.
30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. 33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. 34 The sights you see will drive you mad. 35 The Lord will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.
36 The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. 37 You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the Lord will drive you.
38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. 39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. 41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity. 42 Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.
43 The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. 44 They will lend to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, but you will be the tail.
45 All these curses will come on you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. 47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.
49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. 51 They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or olive oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined. 52 They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lord your God is giving you.
53 Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you. 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities. 56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For in her dire need she intends to eat them secretly because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of your cities.
58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— 59 the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60 He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. 63 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.
64 Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see. 68 The Lord will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.
Be proud because you are of your ethnicity.
Be proud that you have the same opportunity as anyone else have in regards to
Be proud because GOD gave you the same brain cells that HE gave everybody else, just use them constructively.
Be proud because you can be anything you want to be.
Look at the occupations your ethnicity is constructively working as and you will lift your voice up and be counted because there aren't any limits to what you want to be.
If you want to be a doctor then so be it
If you want to learn how to read then so be it
If you want to be a Judge then so be it just make sure that you are a great one.
Be proud of your ethnicity you are in. Don't try to be anybody else because you don't fit the mold.
And don't fall into that stereotype either because you are one of a kind.
There isn't another like you.
When GOD made you HE threw away the mold.
Yet we are told "I saw your look alike."
It is a shame to see someone you thought look like you and then discover that she never looked like you.
Deception is a cruel sister. She will have you to believe a lie and if you are not careful you will try to act like them instead of being yourself the way that GOD made you to be.
Don't get me wrong. Anybody can be what ever their little hearts decides to be, but don't try to be somebody that you are not because then you lose your own identity and then you're lost and don't know where your true self is.
So be proud of what GOD made you but don't be so proud that you can't socialize.
And please by all means don't be so proud that you think you look like some one else that you start spreading the word just they may have some sort of fame or fortune connected to them.
Because you don't know truly how they obtained their fortune.
Go ahead and look at their talent but don't forget you have talent too.
You might not be a singer, but you play a bad instrument.
You might not be a carpenter but you sure is a bad cook. What you say!
So be in tuned with what GOD made you to be.
If you are that soft spoken person with a smile. Then be that.
If you are honest and kind. then be that. Your honesty, kindness, truthfulness and loving in other words without conditions then be that and having Jesus Christ in your heart and serving and encouraging and rejoicing with those who succeed will take you a long ways in life. Especially when you keep Jesus Christ as you focus.
So try your hand at what interest you
perfect it. But make sure it is something that has integrity because integrity will keep you with Jesus Christ.
Let's face it Joseph in the Bible shared his dream with his brothers and parents. The Bible did not mention anything about him having any sisters.
Yet his brothers threw him in a hole to be left to die. Yet a caravan was coming and his brother sold him to the caravan. Joseph was a slave then a servant then a ruler over the land.
See when GOD has something for you to do nothing can stand in the way in HIS services.
But then on the other hand even when you are minding your own business people will go out of their way to silence you let's take Daniel all he did was pray every time he thought about praying and yet he was thrown in the lion's den. Yet because he prayed to GOD nobody could see every day like clock work.
The bottom line your gift will make room for you.
When Daniel was thrown in the lion's den the lions did not chew him up or take him for a midnight snack. GOD was with him and demanded that the lions do HIS servant any harm.
But low and behold when the king found out that the man Daniel was still alive then the king threw the two men who tricked him into signing a decree about not praying at all into the lion's den and they both were the breakfast to the lions.
So there you have it keep your chin up and your eyes on the gift that GOD GAVE you and your eyes on the plow. Don't look to east or the west or the north or the south.
For your help cometh from the LORD. Because you are not fit for the Kingdom of GOD.
You might turn into a pillar of salt like Lot's wife did in the Bible when they left Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 19th chapter.
You can do all things through Christ which strengthens you.
A try is better than a fail.
How can I meditate on Scripture?How to Meditate on Scripture
letting the Word of God dwell in our lives
The words of Scripture are living words. (See Hebrews 4:12.) They contain eternal wisdom held in the shell of human words. God wants us to “break open” these human words and begin to discover the rich wealth of personal application and understanding that they hold. This goal can be accomplished as you memorize and meditate on Scripture.
The Apostle Paul said, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you [live in you] richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16). Meditation on Scripture will cause Scripture to “dwell in you” and become a source of wisdom in your mind, will, and emotions.
Remember, meditation cannot be done in a hurry. It takes time. Doing studies on the meaning of a passage and committing it to memory prepare you to meditate on it. As you meditate, the Holy Spirit will teach you the ways of God through His Word. (See John 16:13.) Use the following keys to meditation:
Worship God in Your Spirit
Your times of meditation should be times of worship and fellowship with God. Worship God in your spirit as you quote God’s Word back to Him. Reverence God’s Word and purpose to “do according to all that is written therein” (Joshua 1:8).
Personalize the Passage
Turn the Scripture into a first-person prayer back to God. Personalize it by putting it in the first person, using I, me, and my. For example, Colossians 3:16 (quoted above) could be personalized by saying, “Let the word of Christ dwell in ME richly in all wisdom.” When you put Scripture in the first person, it becomes a living expression within your heart, which is one aspect of meditation.
Give Attention to Each Word of Each Verse
Focusing on one verse at a time, quote it to the Lord, pondering each word. With each recitation of a verse, emphasize a different word. For example, if you are meditating on John 3:16, you would emphasize a different word each time you repeated the passage:
“For God so loved the world … .”
“For God so loved the world … .”
“For God so loved the world … .”
“For God so loved the world … .”
“For God so loved the world … .”
“For God so loved the world … .”
Be attentive. This simple method of meditation will reveal new insights and give you greater understanding of phrases and sentences. As you hear the words of the passage, you will discern nuances and associations that are often overlooked when the passage is read silently.
“Martin Luther, one of the pivotal figures of church history, gave detailed instructions on how to meditate … . ‘You should meditate not only in your heart, but also externally, by actually repeating and comparing oral speech and literal words of the book, reading and rereading them with diligent attention and reflection, so you may see what the Holy Spirit means by them.’ ” (Doug McIntosh, God Up Close: How to Meditate on His Word, Moody Press, Chicago, Ill., 1998, 65.)
Illustrate the Main Concepts Found Within the Passage
As you memorize and meditate on a passage, look for Biblical concepts and patterns. Sometimes drawing simple illustrations with stick figures and symbols can help you remember the main ideas of the passage. Not only will the actual creation of the illustration help you further meditate on the meaning of the passage, but your illustration can serve as a simple summary of what the Lord taught you through meditation on His Word.
Each illustration should represent your current understanding of the action being described in the verse or phrase. As your understanding of the verse deepens, your illustrations will expand.
Meditate on Scripture as You Go to Sleep at Night
One of the most critical times to meditate on God’s Word is as you go to sleep each night. In Scripture, there are many references to meditating on Scripture at this time. (See Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, 63:6, and 119:148.)
The quiet moments of preparing for sleep offer an ideal setting for contemplation and fellowship with the Lord. The thoughts that are on your mind as you go to sleep will be in your subconscious mind all through the night. They will strongly influence your attitudes the next day, consciously or subconsciously.
Respond to God as He Teaches You
As you meditate, don’t be discouraged if you have to go over the passage several times before insights begin to come to mind. As God reveals an insight to you, pray it back to Him and ask Him for the grace to apply that truth in your life. If the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin in your life, confess it to the Lord and be forgiven.
Aim high don't aim low because that will not help you. But aim high so that all man can speak of your mighty works in GOD.
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