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  1. Hello Friends! Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share with you one of our most recent articles we have posted called " 7 Ways to Be The Light Outside of Church." This is something I have personally been doing for a little while now and it has positively impacted my relationship with God. Come and check it out! There may be something you may not have thought of or something you could share with someone you know! Be Blessed, Nick & Leah Co-Founders of Abide and Seek 7 Ways To Be The Light Outside Of Church t Living each day as a Christian is not as easy as it may seem. To live like Christ, you have some very big shoes to fill, but it is something so powerful and life-altering. It is well worth the changes you make to your life so you can light the way and live as God intended. Living as a Christian, not just Sundays is something that not only affects your relationship with God but it can directly influence others. It can encourage others to seek Him because of the wonderful changes they have seen through your relationship with Him! Being a true living example, as a Christian will inspire more people to seek the Lord than anything you could say. Let us not love with words or speech but with action and in Truth!. In Matthew 5:14-16 it states,“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” So how can we be that light on the hill and glow brightly for the world to see other than on Sunday mornings? I have listed 7 main things we can all focus on to be that light that will carry on throughout the week! 7 Ways to be a Light Outside of Church 1. Be a Leader In Your Community People will take notice when you decide to live your life in a Christian-focused manner. You will stand out without actually drawing attention to yourselves. This is because when people in your community see your attitude, your outlook on life and an overall change in you, they will want to know what has happened to cause such an inspiring change within you. This is where you can open up to others and be a leader in your community in your Christian faith. This can mean helping those when there is a need or stepping up at your local church. If you are not sure where to start, begin by asking your church leaders if there is an area that is in need of support. 2.Remember God Is Guiding And Watching Us If we strive to be more Christ-like and remember that God is guiding us and watching us, it changes our motives. It can have an impact on how we react to certain situations. Again, this is so important because how we portray ourselves to others should directly reflect our relationship with the Lord. 3. Helping One Another We live in a small community, so when anyone is volunteering or helping one another, it gets noticed by many. This may influence others to want to help out as well. By doing this, we can open a whole new door for others to be introduced to Jesus just by simply volunteering alongside them. This is also something that is expressed many times in the Bible, helping others is something that is deeply rooted in us. When you help someone you are being a blessing to them and to God. 4. Share Your Testimony With Others This is one of the most personal ways to share the love of Jesus. I have seen people come to Jesus because of it! It changed my life when my now husband, shared with me his testimony over a year ago. I wanted to know exactly why his life dramatically changed. My interest was simply because I wanted that same change. I wanted exactly what he had and the day I decided to give it up to God, is the day my life changed forever. Testimonies are so powerful especially when you know that individual. Don’t hesitate to share your journey with someone when the timing is right, that maybe the day their life is given a spark of interest that sets their spiritual journey in motion. 5. Listen To What God Is Calling You To Do and Do It! Before we decided to dive into our ministry, we both felt I should quit my job to put everything we have into it. Many people had mixed responses to me leaving my job. Yet, even if it wasn’t something they agreed with, it definitely left a statement. I was leaving my 8-5 job to give it up to God. That in itself was empowering and it has drawn attention to those who don’t know Jesus. So if you feel you are being called to serve God, don’t hesitate! It will have a positive impact on your life and to others who are watching you stand tall in your faith. 6. Memorizing Scripture My husband is a super talented man. He seems to amaze me every day, but one of the most impressive things I have discovered about him is his ability to memorize scripture. When I say memorize scripture, I mean like the whole Book of John. For those of you who are not familiar with the Book of John, it is 21 chapters long, with 879 verses that include 15,635 words!! That may be an impossible amount of words to memorize to someone, but for those of you who know the power of God, it’s not! This is something that will not only impress someone but also will give them the opportunity to ask how you did it. I did ask my husband just recently how he was able to memorize the entire book of John. He said he felt he hasn’t memorized it but, that “God had written the words from the Book of John on his heart.” Truly amazing! What a great testimony to share with others as well! 7. Filling Your Spare Time With Things That Glorify God God wants us to live happy and fulfilling lives. He wants us to be submerged in interests we love and surrounded by others. We should be doing all things to glorify His holy name. Like writing, reading and drawing, taking local classes, or even regularly volunteering at an organization that interests you. This will improve your overall quality of life and your relationship with God! To God be the glory and the power forever and ever amen! So be the light on the hill that stands out for everyone to see! Continue showing your love for Jesus Monday through Saturday and let Sunday be a day of recharging your faith, not just building it!! 2. Remember God Is Guiding And Watching Us If we strive to be more Christ-like and remember that God is guiding us and watching us, it changes our motives. It can have an impact on how we react to certain situations. Again, this is so important because how we portray ourselves to others should directly reflect our relationship with the Lord. 3. Helping One Another We live in a small community, so when anyone is volunteering or helping one another, it gets noticed by many. This may influence others to want to help out as well. By doing this, we can open a whole new door for others to be introduced to Jesus just by simply volunteering alongside them. This is also something that is expressed many times in the Bible, helping others is something that is deeply rooted in us. When you help someone you are being a blessing to them and to God. 4. Share Your Testimony With Others This is one of the most personal ways to share the love of Jesus. I have seen people come to Jesus because of it! It changed my life when my now husband, shared with me his testimony over a year ago. I wanted to know exactly why his life dramatically changed. My interest was simply because I wanted that same change. I wanted exactly what he had and the day I decided to give it up to God, is the day my life changed forever. Testimonies are so powerful especially when you know that individual. Don’t hesitate to share your journey with someone when the timing is right, that maybe the day their life is given a spark of interest that sets their spiritual journey in motion. 5. Listen To What God Is Calling You To Do and Do It! Before we decided to dive into our ministry, we both felt I should quit my job to put everything we have into it. Many people had mixed responses to me leaving my job. Yet, even if it wasn’t something they agreed with, it definitely left a statement. I was leaving my 8-5 job to give it up to God. That in itself was empowering and it has drawn attention to those who don’t know Jesus. So if you feel you are being called to serve God, don’t hesitate! It will have a positive impact on your life and to others who are watching you stand tall in your faith. 6. Memorizing Scripture My husband is a super talented man. He seems to amaze me every day, but one of the most impressive things I have discovered about him is his ability to memorize scripture. When I say memorize scripture, I mean like the whole Book of John. For those of you who are not familiar with the Book of John, it is 21 chapters long, with 879 verses that include 15,635 words!! That may be an impossible amount of words to memorize to someone, but for those of you who know the power of God, it’s not! This is something that will not only impress someone but also will give them the opportunity to ask how you did it. I did ask my husband just recently how he was able to memorize the entire book of John. He said he felt he hasn’t memorized it but, that “God had written the words from the Book of John on his heart.” Truly amazing! What a great testimony to share with others as well! 7. Filling Your Spare Time With Things That Glorify God God wants us to live happy and fulfilling lives. He wants us to be submerged in interests we love and surrounded by others. We should be doing all things to glorify His holy name. Like writing, reading and drawing, taking local classes, or even regularly volunteering at an organization that interests you. This will improve your overall quality of life and your relationship with God! To God be the glory and the power for ever and ever amen! So be the light on the hill that stands out for everyone to see! Continue showing your love for Jesus Monday through Saturday and let Sunday be a day of recharging your faith, not just building it!!
  2. If a human, loving genitor sees his son doing something wrong, maybe against his brothers, he usually feels some of these feeling: sadness, bitterness, hope the he'll change. I think it's rare for a genitor to feel "wrath" against his sons and daughters, even in the last moment before they are condemned to the electric chair. Now, we learn from the Gospel that in the Last Day, Jesus will separate the goats from the sheeps (Matthew 25:31–46). This makes sense, because the goats should never be able to hurt the sheep anymore. Now there are 2 mutually exclusive options: Option 1) This separation will be done just out of love, in order that the goats won't be able to hurt the sheep. God will put unloving people in another place, and their punishment will be their absence of love for God and for themselves, and they'll likely inflict punishment to one another without God needing to actively punish them. Their sufferings will be eternal because they'll never be able to become loving beings, for their decision. Option 2) This separation will be done out of wrath and vengeance ( Words that many like to attribute to God more than love and mercy!) , God will actively punish people like a sadist, punishing eternally for temporary sins, with God-invented tortures. I think option 1 is more likely with the God presented by Jesus in the Gospel. A God who accepts the repentance of someone, regardless what he did and when he is repenting, if he repents sincerely. While maybe option 2 maybe be more close to the language used in the OT by the OT authors. And sometimes by the author of Revelation, who borrows a lot of expressions from OT. But as Jesus changed a lot of things that have been stated in the OT, I think He also presented us a loving God who doesn't need "vengeance". What do you think?
  3. Moving In A New Direction

    To secure our attention and place us on the pathway God desires, there are strategies that He employs that are very effective. As much as we are not to be ignorant of satan's devices (2 Cor. 2:11), we must be even more knowledgeable of the ways of the Lord (Ps. 25:4). Knowing God's ways will result in us experiencing His mighty acts (Psalms 103:7). Three ways God works to move us in a new direction: 1. DISRUPTION OF OUR PLANS When stuck at an impasse, it is a natural tendency to return to familiar surroundings. We see this in the lives of the disciples after Jesus' death. They went back to fishing even though they had clearly been mandated to forsake their vocation and follow Christ (see Luke 5:10-11; John 21:3). Because they were commercial fishermen, there may even have been economic motives behind their actions. Nevertheless, we see clearly that there was no lasting provision and no permanent peace in returning to past environments. When God leads us out of a place of familiarity and the way forward is blocked, what is the solution? There are some breakthroughs reserved for us that can only be accessed through prayer. We must seek God until we receive a clear answer from Heaven. Whether it was Paul's night vision of the man in Macedonia summoning him, or the voice of Jesus speaking to the disciples on the seashore in Galilee, the New Testament Christians received clear direction from the Spirit and were able to regain momentum and experience breakthrough. 2. DISSIPATION OF RESOURCES Just as Elijah had foretold, the word of the Lord came to pass. "And there was a severe famine in Samaria ..." (1 Kings 18:2). During the famine, God looked after Elijah. He gave him specific instruction relative to how he would be sustained. "Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 'Get away from here and turn eastward and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.' So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook" (1 Kings 17:2-6). Cherith which means "place of covenant," was where the Lord demonstrated His faithfulness in taking care of Elijah. However, the day would come when the brook would run dry and the birds would no longer fly (see 1 Kings 17:7). Although Elijah had come to depend on such provision, God seemed to have no compunction at all in cutting off these resources. Has Your Brook Dried Up? Have you experienced something similar? Your streams of resource have dried up. During such a time, trust that the Lord will soon speak to you like He did to Elijah. "Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 'Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you'" (1 Kings 17:8-9). You will see that the place where He leads you will be the place where He feeds you. Where the Lord guides, He provides! 3. DISSOLUTION OF RELATIONSHIPS Here is a powerful truth to embrace when a key connection you value has dissolved for no apparent legitimate reason: The Lord is turning the hearts of men in the direction He desires (Prov. 21:1) and is, in fact, making it easier for you to let go and move forward into your next assignment. Therefore, do not take the matter personally nor become bitter with people as though they are rejecting you. TRUSTING IN GOD'S GOOD GUIDANCE Sometimes Father God's ways do not make sense to us. Scripture even attests to this reality."For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9). No matter how it may appear on the surface, He is actively involved in the affairs of our lives. On occasion, He may even interrupt our plans resulting in us experiencing a sense of anxiety due to a perceived loss of control. However, as uncomfortable as we may become, we must trust that He is leading us along the best pathway for our lives. "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye on you" (Psalms 32:8). ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  4. Anew!

    Hi, I am a worship leader at churches when they need help; very small town churches on the Space Coast. It's a bit busy and I was hoping to be able to speak w my brethren here. I would like to use chat rooms and get to share information, opinions, chew the cud, and maybe write some songs! Lord hear my prayer! Amen
  5. DAILY BIBLE VERSE AND DEVOTION – PSALM 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8 New International Version (NIV) Now, many of us may lie down and sleep thinking of all the circumstances and problems in our lives and whether the following day is going to be different and solutions to them are going to be brought. There might be countless times where you’ve asked yourself why you’re surrounded by a large number of circumstances or whether the huge adversity you’re going through will end at any time. What’s more, you feel like you cannot find a way out of it. The other day, I was at university with some mates; classes had already finished and we’d decided to have a get-together, afterwards. So we sat down on the grassy ground and a guy suggested that we could sing something from our church. And we did so and an another guy joined us by playing the guitar. That precise moment let me remember memories of my childhood. One summer morning, at the age of 13, I got up feeling that that day was going to differ from the others. Mom and dad had started arguing again and I was in the middle of the shouting among them. One week had gone by and they had decided to get divorced. That was, for me, one of the most horrible and hard moments, and I’d never thought that I was going to be one of the children in the list of “Divorced Parents”. Honestly, I wasn’t able to assimilate what was going on at that very moment. The promises of God, we all regularly repeat like “ God’s in control”, “Trust in him”, “He’s going to get this problem fixed” among others seemed to be gone. All of a sudden, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and let me understand that it was possible to get out of the current troubles in our lives. God managed to do so and this is demonstrated on the cross. Have you ever imagined whether it could’ve been extremely hard for God to accept that his one and only son was going to be sacrificed? God is a father to all of us, and a father cares about his sons and daughters; he even cries for them. Would you dare to let your son or daughter be sacrificed? If you thought of it, I think your answer would be, “No”. When God says he’s on your side and he encourages you to keep going is because he went through the hugest adversity ever, the death of his son who later rose again. So, I’m here to encourage you and to say that God loves you, and he’s carrying you through the circumstances so that you don’t get hurt. Do not give up. Remember that circumstances are a excuse for God to bless your life in all aspects. Stay Still!
  6. I'm new hi guys!

    Hi guys God bless you! I'm new to this chat i am a Christian counselor who specializes in Relationships, trauma, and intimacy if you'd like youcan contact me personally for more information! God bless loves!
  7. Broken Streets and Homes

    So many broken hearts walking Down the Boulevard of forgotten Dreams, The homeless search for food to eat While God is humbling the meek, No wonder God's heart cries for Justice Where doctors and witches pursue wickedness.... Lord, while we yell and throw our fists in the sky in demand, Asking you "Why are you not doing anything about this?" While the eyes of the unbelievers are always upon us... Broken Daughters and Sons Thirst for Revival as we slam doors At those who love us more than our own Blood Families.... Help us not to grieve the Holy Spirit- If cobwebs and antidepressants clog our rooms, What air is there left to breathe?
  8. Genesis 1:2 - "The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Observation: AS I MEET WITH GOD HE COMES LIVING AND BREATHING THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES INTO MY HEART. AT THAT MOMENT THE VERY SAME SPIRIT THAT HOVERED OVER CREATION, IN THE BEGINNING, IS HOVERING OVER ME, TRANSFORMING ME INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST THROUGH THE WORD. THAT LIVING, BREATHING WORD IS GOD! 2 Corinthians 3:18 - "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." Matthew 14:27 - "But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."' Christ's assurance, "It is I", literally translated reads, "I Am" - the eternal designation of God. While Jesus indeed comes to the aid of His disciples, He also reveals Himself transcendent of time's barriers. As such, He proclaims His availability to all His disciples. He is God with us, even to the end of the age! AFFIRMATIONS: Since I am in Jesus Christ all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in me. (Col. 2:9,10) God has put eternity in my heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The Lord is like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I cannot contain it any longer. (Jer.20:9) Matthew 7:25 - "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock." Observation:I CANNOT BUILD MY HOUSE "IN A STORM". MY HOUSE MUST BE BUILT DAY BY DAY, BEFOREHAND, BY DIGGING DEEP AND BUILDING ON THE ROCK OF HEARING AND OBEYING THE WORDS OF CHRIST. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRYhttp://afministry.ning.com
  9. Letting The Holy Spirit Reign

    "Oh, my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me, that I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, 'O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.'" Jeremiah 4:19 The Holy Spirit within us wants to use us to properly do battle against the enemy. However, we must remember, "...the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty THROUGH GOD for pulling down of strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:4 We must allow the Holy Spirit the "right of way" to take it over and to direct it. We must turn TO it and not from it. We must not be ashamed of the WEEPING that He desires to cry out through us! "...Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts...." Hebrews 3:7-8 SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS WEEPING? We need to ALLOW the Holy Spirit to cry, to pray through us when this unction comes upon us, and to NOT "shut it down." Additionally, don't worry about the "words" you will pray.... Romans 8:26-27, "...the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." As we allow the weeping unction of the Holy Spirit to cry out through us, we will be praying for the things for which the Spirit within us is weeping, in the way the Lord wants it prayed about, and in the will of the Lord for the outcome. Romans 8:28, "And (then) we know that all things (will) work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." PRAY IT THROUGH When those tears and/or deep groanings come, LET them! Don't stop it! Be led by the Holy Spirit. And understand that even if you don't have your prayer language, you are still His Sheep, and you can still hear and obey the voice of the Lord, and be directed to pray according to the will of God. In whatever way He desires for you to pray, "pray it through!" Until you have a "release" or a sensing of peace that it has been "taken care of." Don't be concerned about "words!" It may be that you will experience tears and/or groanings alone. Also, we don't need to be embarrassed by tears (ours or others) if they begin to flow. We just need to "let go and let God!" And let's not "fake it" or get loud to get attention. Weeping may very well and most likely occur when we are all alone. Let's just allow the Holy Spirit total access to and through us, to be led by Him, for His purposes to be accomplished when and how He causes that unction to come. It is a time to let the "rain" of the Holy Spirit "reign!" To let Him cry out through us for souls and for mercy! In this time when so many have serious needs, let us heed the voice of the Spirit to "pray it through." Revelation 2:11, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches..." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  10. Exodus 16:4 - "Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law or no." God did not give the children of Israel the heavenly manna until they exhausted the flour brought from Egypt. This bread of angels is disagreeable to the palate of anyone who wants to taste human food. Persons feeding on other strange tastes not only become incapable of the Divine Spirit but are not satisfied with God alone but entertain a desire and affection for other things. John 14:6,7 - "Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him."' Unless we can be corrected, unless we are seeking God for an unfolding revelation of His son, our so-called "faith" may be, in reality, just a lazy indifference, a deception concerning the things of God. Subconsciously, we may actually want a dead religion so we do not have to change. True faith is freighted with the power of God. Timothy 3:5 - "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."AFFIRMATIONS: I do only those things that I see the Father doing. As I take communion, partaking of the bread and wine, I confirm my oneness with Jesus. I am in Christ Jesus. I walk worthy of the Lord - I am fruitful, and I increase in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord. Each day I seek to draw ever nearer to Christ, seeking to yield, ever deeper, my will to His will. Psalm 145:2 - "Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name forever and ever." WHAT I DO DAILY DETERMINES WHAT I BECOME PERMANENTLY. Proverbs 8:34 - "Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  11. Genesis 21:10 - "Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac." Freedom cannot abide in a slaves heart dominated by worldly desires and honors. Royal freedom of spirit attained in divine union has nothing to do with slavery. There are certain foundational attributes of servanthood and sacrifice that create a seedbed for the fragrance of Christ in our lives. Luke 22:26 - "Not so with you: on the contrary, the highest among you must bear himself like the youngest, the chief of you like a servant." Romans 5:5 - "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us." The proof of love is the willingness to changeObservation: I HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SAME LOVE THAT COMPELLED JESUS TO GO TO THE CROSS. IT IS THE LOVE THAT COMPELS ME TO INTERCEDE FOR OTHERS. I PRAY FOR OTHERS TO RELEASE THEM FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE ENEMY. I PRAY FOR THEM SO THEY CAN COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. Romans 15:13 - "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit." One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is JOY! One way you can know that you are communing with the Holy Spirit is when His love, joy, and peace begins to flood your heart. It is a supernatural result of your love for God in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 - "For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." There is a domino effect when we choose to live in sync with the Holy Spirit rather than following the fleshly mind. Faith and trust blossoms in the presence of God. When God is big in your life, you won't make molehills mountains and mountains molehills. You will magnify the Lord and rejoice in Him at all times. Be encouraged in your faith, believe God for greater, keep moving forward, and rejoice in His presence! ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  12. Romans 5:5 - "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us." Observation: ACTING IN LOVE WHEN OTHERS ARE NOT ACTING IN LOVE TOWARD ME - THIS IS THE HIGHEST VALUE TO MY SOUL. LOVE IS THE PATH ON WHICH I WALK AS CLOSELY AS IS POSSIBLE TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY LIVING IN THE LIFE ETERNAL. THE MORE I FOLLOW LOVE THE MORE MY OLD SELF IS CONSUMED AND DIES. Galatians 5:22 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." Proverbs 18:21 - "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Affirmation:I SPEAK GOD'S WORDS CONTINUALLY, AND THEN WATCH THE HOLY SPIRIT BLAST THE MOUNTAINS OF OBSTACLES OUT OF MY WAY. Psalm 77:12 - "I will meditate also of all Thy work, and talk of Thy doings." What I think about the most will grow the strongest in me. Joshua 1:8 - "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night." "Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." - Ephesians 5:20 Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why He has instructed us to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Him thanks (regardless of your feelings), and He gives you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is a spiritual act of obedience—at times, blind obedience. Thankfulness opens your heart to His Presence and your mind to His thoughts, enabling you to see from His perspective. It is this Light of His Presence that removes the sting from adversity. "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." - Psalm 118:1 "Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord." - Psalm 89:15 ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  13. I have the best kids.... So, last night, strong storms blew through, 60+mph winds, and electricity went out. My 2 youngest who still live at home came into my room and we passed time talking because it was stuffy and humid and .....quiet. lol I wasn't feeling well, and the 2 of them were talking mostly quietly... as I dozed. The room was pitch black. As I'm dozing, I hear giggles and laughter ... and my son says, "Mom's asleep... let's keep it down." Pretty soon he says, "Hey... wanna play I Spy?" (lol) My daughter giggled and then replied ... "Umm, it's pitch black... we can't see anything." My son... "That makes it really easy if everything's the same color." (lol) The two of them really busted up over that (quietly, of course) ... they decided they'd attempt playing by memory of what's in the room. Haha! I love my kids so much, making a somewhat unpleasant situation into something fun.... and they didn't know I was listening in .... I'm so blessed! *my 2 youngest at home ... daughter, age 18; son, age 15*
  14. 2 Corinthians 3:18 - "But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." Our goal is not to become perfect people, but to abide in the one who is perfect. Our righteousness will never be in us, but will always be in Him. It is not what we do, but what He has already done, that changes us. Affirmation: NO MENTAL STRUGGLES, NO SADNESS, NO TEMPTATION, BONDS, OR TEMPORARY AFFLICTIONS ARE GOING TO MOVE ME OFF MY COURSE -- GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN ME THE VICTORY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. 2 Timothy 1:6 - "Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands." The Greek word for gift is "charisma" which describes those spiritual abilities with which God equips believers. Nothing in the realm of the Spirit is accomplished without this "charisma", or supernatural ability of God. Affirmation: I AM GOING TO COMPLETE MY CALLING IN CHRIST -- IM GOING TO REACH MY DESTINY. We must pass through a door to enter the new season. When we go through a door, we enter another realm. Many times we don't want to go through the open doors because they are scary. Even if we can see past them, we don't know what to expect when we go through them. We say things like, "I've never gone that way before. Suppose I am inadequate? What if I fail?" Paul was aware of the scary things that lay ahead through his new door, as he said in 1 Corinthians 16:9, "For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." Going through an open door symbolizes trusting Him. Fear of the future and inability to control things can prevent you from doing that. Even though the door is not closed, you really don't know what is on the other side. So going through is an act of faith. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  15. Surpassing Knowledge

    "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in Heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." - Ephesians 3:14-19 Thank God that the Holy Spirit dwells within us with the fullness of His love so that we are not left with our limitations. As we think on God's love, forgiveness, compassion, and grace we know that there is no way to measure or contain His capacity in these things. Every attribute that God has is eternal and cannot be contained or measured. UNLIKE HUMAN LOVE His love has no beginning and no end; it is eternal in every way. His love was upon us before we were formed and will extend to us throughout eternity. Human love most often depends upon the actions of another, but God's love has no dependency or expectation upon another. He is not capable of withholding love or wavering in His love toward us. Even in the midst of our sin and constant "wavering" affections, His love is immeasurable and unmovable. The same is true with every attribute of God. His forgiveness is eternal in every sense of the word. His grace, mercy, wisdom, power, righteousness, justice and goodness are absolutely measureless and cannot be contained within time or space. Often we misunderstand God's ways with us as being measurable by believing that He is withholding from us (healing, provision, blessings, etc.). Our understanding is limited to our experience or our ability to imagine God's ways, but still everything we know or imagine is contained within the limits of our humanity. We are not able to comprehend that which is not comprehensible. As humans, we live within the boundaries of time and space; God is the only immeasurable thing we know. So how do we do what Ephesians 3:14-19 says? How do we grasp how long, wide, high, or deep is the love of God if it is immeasurable and uncontainable? We can only grasp it by understanding verse 19: "to know this love that surpasses knowledge..." We must grasp the truth that HIS LOVE for us will always SURPASS our knowledge and our limited understanding. ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  16. The seeker-friendly churches are growing by leaps and bounds.... the ones holding to the pure simplicity of the Gospel and the unadulterated Word of God are shrinking. Not to mention, the love of many has grown colder and colder.... one cannot tell the "church" from the world. When they look in from the outside, do they behold the love of God in action, or do they see anything at all to be desired? Can they truly look into this place, even, and say, "I want what these people have" .... or do they look and walk away to search elsewhere? John 13:35 ”By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” 1 John 4:7-21 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. If we say we love God who we've not seen, and yet we hate and treat with disdain our brothers and sisters who we have seen..... what does that make us? Liars..... liars.... how sad is that? 1 Thessalonians 4:9 “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.” It's a choice .... to let ..... it requires a purposeful act of the will. Love will flow .... if we let it. It's not a chore or hard labor.... just let! Love is a wonderful thing!! Not the weak "everything goes" love, but Godly love that is kind, gentle, meek, preferring others before ourselves... slow to anger, slow to speak... continuing in prayer, abiding in His love. Can we do it? Where is the Church?? Because if we have trouble walking in brotherly love.... we aren't truly lovers of God. Scripture bears that out. Listen... the law of Christ is love! IF we love others, it is proof to the world that we are different and we are followers of Christ. IF we love Jesus, we will keep His commandments! What are His commandments? Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” The law of Christ is love... Mark 12:28-31 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Matthew 22:34-40 34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 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. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets ____________________________________________________________________________________________ What does love look like? How does love conduct itself? 1 Corinthians 13 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. What about you? Are you up for the challenge? What would happen if the envy, bitterness, strife, hatred, and debating ceased in this place.... and in our personal lives... families, workplaces, churches... or when we visit the supermarket or mechanic shop? We might be witnesses to something miraculous... and that miracle might be within our own hearts....
  17. Offense!!!

    Some Folk Easily Take Offense For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 1 Peter 2:21-23 (New American Standard Bible) Others, Not So Much Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (English Standard Version) Beloved, What Do You Think?
  18. Very interesting video about how our spiritual and emotional health affects our physical health. Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” *** Look up this title on youtube on the Dr. Josh Axe channel: You May Have Cancer But Cancer Does Not Have You Wonder what your thoughts are....
  19. Genesis 12:1,4 - "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him." Abraham may not have known where He was going, but He did know what He was looking for. He left everything to be a part of what God was building. This is also our quest, to be a part of what God is doing (our DESTINY). Mark 9:23 - "Jesus said unto him, 'If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.'" If we choose not to heed the leading of the Spirit and become PROACTIVE in renewing our minds, it is possible that we will limit God's power and anointing from flowing through our lives because of UN-RENEWED thinking patterns that we are still embracing. We have the potential to believe impossibilities into possibilities. Let's break the bondage of a passive spirit. Let's take up the sword of the Spirit and embrace the fight of faith! Observation: THE ONLY LIMITS I HAVE ARE THE ONES THAT I PLACE UPON MYSELF. There is a mighty battle going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth intersect in your mind; the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking. He created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven. When you shut out the world and focus on His Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Him in heavenly realms. This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Him and seek His Face. Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Him. As you concentrate on Him, His Spirit fills your mind with Life and Peace. The world exerts a downward pull on your thoughts. Media bombard you with greed, lust, and cynicism. When you face these things, pray for protection and discernment. Stay in continual communication with Him whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world. Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of His Presence. Stay alert, recognizing the battle being waged against your mind. "And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." - Ephesians 2:6"The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." - Romans 8:6"Do not love the world or anything in the world… The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." - 1 John 2:15–17 ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  20. Trapped In Self-Condemnation

    The enemy has many Christians trapped in unbelief and self-condemnation. They know what they did was wrong and they hate it, but they cannot unburden themselves of the guilt. Remember, our Redeemer came to proclaim liberty to those who are "prisoners" (see Isaiah 61:1). Is He speaking only of those who are incarcerated in jails? No, His mission is for all of us who are prisoners of our past failures. God wants us to learn from our mistakes, not be held captive to them. Jesus came to deliver and restore those whose dreams lie buried in self-blame. Today God is restoring joy to His people. Many whom the Lord has touched were weighed down – just like you might be – with either moral failure or tragedy. In the very place where our deferred hopes produced heart sickness, Christ is here" to bind up the brokenhearted" (Isaiah 61:1). Where once sorrow and heaviness reigned, He gives a "garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting" (v. 3). No longer will church attendance be a penance for our failures. From now on we shall enter His gates with thanksgiving. Indeed, to every Christian struggling with an unbearable burden, the Lord says, "You are still My Bride." ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com
  21. Ephesians 1: 9,10 - "Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might GATHER TOGETHER IN ONE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him." THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF GOD IS THAT ALL THINGS WILL BE SUMMED UP IN HIS SON. Observation: IF I DO NOT KEEP THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF GOD AS THE FOCUS OF MY LIFE, AND ASSURE THAT ALL I DO IS FOUNDED IN JESUS I WILL BE CONTINUALLY DISTRACTED FROM THE RIVER OF LIFE. John 6:63 - "It is the spirit that quickeneth (or makes alive) ; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Jesus described the words that He spoke as "spirit and life" -- Jesus' words were an investment into others revealing the heart of His Father to them. When He opened His mouth, word-shaped containers of God's grace would bring Heaven to earth in the hearts of the hungry that heard Him. They still do today through the mouths of believers advancing His kingdom. Affirmation: EVERY TIME I TAKE THE WORD INTO MY HEART, BELIEVE IT AND ACT ON IT, THAT LIFE OF WHICH JESUS SPOKE, THE VERY LIFE OF GOD HIMSELF, IS RELEASED IN ME. Try to see things more and more from His perspective. Let the Light of His Presence so fully fill your mind that you view the world through Him. When little things don’t go as you had hoped, look to Him lightheartedly and say, “Oh, well.” This simple discipline can protect you from being burdened with an accumulation of petty cares and frustrations. If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery: You realize that most of the things that worry you are not important. If you shrug them off immediately and return your focus to Him, you will walk through your days with lighter steps and a joyful heart. When serious problems come your way, you will have more reserves for dealing with them. You will not have squandered your energy on petty problems. You may even reach the point where you can agree with the apostle Paul that all your troubles are light and momentary, compared with the eternal glory being achieved by them. "A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?" - Proverbs 20:24 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:17–18 ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  22. Hi guys, this is obviously a very tough day for the country, and as Christians, we have to be lights to the world. I'm a YouTuber trying to spread greater humanization and love, which we really need especially now. I just did a video on this tragedy, and would appreciate the views and generally spreading around the work I'm trying to do through this channel. *** deleted *** Thank you so much. Keep up the prayers and please be loving toward each other and everyone (1 Thessalonians 5:15).
  23. "He will NEVER leave us or forsake us" for this I am thankful. This verse has has literally helped me through so much. Even though I strayed from fellowship and HIS presence, it is reassuring to know "HE NEVER leaves me." Thank you Father for your unconditional LOVE...I long to be in your presence again. Thank you for this site and the people you have chosen to create it. Even though I have not been faithful to you, you are always faithful to me...you have NEVER left me. I hope this is your will and your way for myself and many others to fellowship, learn and fulfill your will for my(our) lives. Teach me to LOVE others the way you LOVE me, UNCONDITIONALLY. Amen Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; "He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Isaiah 41:17 "The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. "Isaiah 42:16 "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do;I will not forsake them." Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
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