When Your Thoughts Run Your Life and Ruin Relationships

Really good word from Heather today especially speaks to my heart so I wanted to share this. Thank you Heather for allowing God to speak through you!!!

To Declare His Glory

 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,… (Proverbs 18:12).
 
While having an argument in the kitchen one day with my husband, I blurted out, “Grow up.” Immediately, after the words left my mouth I was hit with deep conviction and wished I could go back and undo what I just said. How foolish I was to blurt out such disrespect. But, if I could be quite honest, it’s what I said, because it was something I had been storing up in my heart and mind for far too long.
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That’s how sin goes. It ravels around our hearts over time, until it just starts leaking out. This is why it is paramount that we, “Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” There are other times when I start to suppress thoughts, thinking, “Ah, it’s not that big of a deal.” Quite honestly, the only reason…

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Desperate For His Presence

I wanted to share this because it really speaks to my heart.

To Declare His Glory

And if I perish, I perish.”….(Esther 4:16).

Esther understood that unless God showed up in her situation, she was as good as dead. She asks the Jews to fast with her so that she can be prepared well, full of God’s power and blessing as she enters into King Xerxes presence to make her petition.
 
I’m not sure we live the same way as Esther, with a sense in our lives that if God doesn’t show up, we’re done for. We either rely on our own abilities, get lost in worry or give way to prideful motivations. We’re not all too desperate for God because our minds are busy stewing over senseless things that have no weight in the Kingdom. I’m only saying this because I live it, almost on a daily basis. I don’t operate with an awareness that each day I need to live with a desperation…

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You are Not a Dissapointment ​

I think everyone needs to hear this. This really speaks to my heart today. Thank you Heather for this.

To Declare His Glory

When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done….(Luke 9:10).
 
You are not a disappointment to Jesus. Nor are you a failure in His eyes. I have felt that way before. Like Jesus and everyone around me sees me as a total disappointment.
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There’s this journey that God is taking me on, deep into my heart to uproot lies and set me free from things that have created deep bondage in my life. I am no longer a slave to sin, but one of righteousness. Along the journey of letting go and being made new, the devil will whisper lies into our hearts that attempt to destroy our newness in Christ. Sometimes the process God takes us through of becoming like Him means that we become small in the eyes of the world. It means that we have no stage or place to shine for…

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Let Go, Seek His Face, and Become Like Him

Resting in our Father’s arms is where I want to be.

To Declare His Glory

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,…. (Romans 6:6)

There will come a day when every tear upon my eye will be wiped away. I will see my Lord in all of His glory and I SHALL THEN BE LIKE HIM. Wow, what an overwhelming thought. That I, Heather, the girl who struggles against all sorts of sins will one day be caught up with her Lord in the air and He will robe me in white. I will be purified by His love.

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Until that day, I have one desire and calling as a Christian, to become more and more like Him. We will never grow in our newness in Christ unless we come to Him like a child, with innocence and humility.

When I was a teenager I had to go…

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When the Praise of People Becomes Your Highest Goal

This is a really good blog from Heather. I really see myself doing this sometimes. Actually, it’s a constant battle. What God thinks of us is truly more important than what others think. Thank you Heather for this inspiring word for today.

To Declare His Glory

“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”…. (2 Corinthians 10:17).

I spend a lot of time, in my head, boasting about myself. It’s there, inside my own mind, that I am the very best and most commendable of all God’s children. In my own sinfulness, I am hoping the people of God reciprocate back to me my own self- aggrandizement.
 
It’s easy to get our focus off of God and onto ourselves. God gives us gifts, for they are many, and we are quick to praise ourselves instead of Him. Every good and perfect gift is from above. Therefore, we must remember that the praise of our heart must always be in check. We must be careful, as we live, that our own hearts are not held captive by pride and the praise of man.
 
We live in a world where a platform, albeit big or…

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Hold Fast, A New Season of Fruitfulness is Coming

This is a blog from Heather Quiroz. I just wanted to share this.

To Declare His Glory

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God…(Romans 5:2).

Last night as I was speaking to the students at SOLID youth group it felt like God pulled a plug off my mouth and for the first time in months I sensed such a strong demonstration of the Spirit’s power that I was overwhelmed with thankfulness for the grace of God.
 
This season I have been walking through in life has been far from easy, in fact, it has been extremely painful. Yet, I am seeing the fruit of holding fast to the Lord Jesus through suffering. I now see the grace of God being displayed in my life in ways I have not experienced. It is a demonstration of the Spirit’s power that for many months was silenced so that God could go somewhere in my heart to bring healing.
 
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Medicine for your soul

I am always hearing people say, Don’t worry, God never gives us more than we can handle. Truth is, He allows us to go through more than we can handle because He loves us and wants us to depend on Him. He wants to teach us to be content in Him and remember His goodness.

But also to reflect on eternity and comfort other Christians who are going through the same thing we went through.

Paul penned these words in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9:

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.”

Paul’s agonizing choice of words, “under great pressure,” “far beyond our ability to endure,” and “despairing even of life,” show us that the difficulties he and the other disciples experienced were well beyond their human ability to handle.

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Losing Everything

This is really good Heather.

To Declare His Glory

They will seize everything you value and carry it away.’ ”…(1 Ki 20:6).
 
Sometimes I get tired of the Sunday school answers, the ones that paint this perfect idyllic picture of following God.
 
Something changes in your heart when the Sunday school answer just doesn’t cut it anymore. Sometimes the enemy seizes everything we value and carries it away and we are brought to a true crossroad in our faith. A place where we are thrust into a crisis of faith, where we must choose what we really believe Jesus to be like.
 
Jesus doesn’t change. It’s out attitude about Him, when life seems unfair that must be reshaped by His love. I get it, that even sounds like an easy answer. You may be facing the reality of a health crisis, the death of a loved one, divorce, betrayal, loss and abuse. If that’s the case, I…

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God’s Promises, life lines of Hope

When the storms of adversity come blowing through our lives threatening to upend everything, we need to remember that God’s promises to us are life lines of hope, so not only should we know the promises of God, we should take hold of them when we need them. We were never meant to bear this burden alone.When we stand on these promises, we can overcome diverse circumstances. No matter what is going on in your life and no matter what your circumstances are, God is with us through it all! He may not answer in the time frame you want, or even answer in the way you want, but you must remember, His ways our not our ways.

We cannot fathom the ways of God, even though we can know some things of God, but “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 58:9), so we might think we know God’s ways and chose a certain way, but later we find out (usually the hard way) that God’s ways are “much higher” than our “ways and [His] thoughts” much higher “than [our] thoughts.” Examine your way and then read about God’s ways and you’ll see what I mean.

We are not delivered from adversity, we are delivered in adversity.

As Oswald Chambers puts it,
The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling…”(Psalm 91:1,10)
God does not give us overcoming life— He gives us life as we overcome.


I felt powerless when someone asked me why do bad things happen if God is in control? God doesn’t make any bad thing happen and since He is sovereign,  He is always in control. Just like with Job, it was the devil who did all those things to Job, and Job never blamed God.  God always brings something good out of every bad thing that happens. We may not understand this side of eternity, but this is not our final home, when we die, it’s not “program over”, we have an eternal home with Jesus, and Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. Jesus loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1).

Forget the past, and reach for those things still ahead. Earnestly pursue the goal of the heavenly call of of God in Christ. Seek to know Him and recognize that wholehearted, focused pursuit of Jesus is a mark of mature Christianity and devotion. Consider everything loss compared to knowing Jesus. Being in Christ through faith enables you to know Him in His resurrection power and to “suffer with Him, sharing in His death.

 Seek to be a man or woman “after God’s own heart,” devoting yourself to the pursuit of intimacy with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to birth in you a deep hunger and longing for more of Jesus. Ask Him to place in your heart a burning desire to know God in a greater way than ever before. Seek Him with all of your heart and soul, and you will find Him. (Deuteronomy 4:29)

The hope of glory is the fulfillment of God’s promise to restore us and all creation (see Romans 8:19–21 and 1 Peter 5:10). This hope is not a wishful thought, but the confident, expectant, joyful knowledge that we are being changed by God and will one day see Christ face to face, having been conformed to His image (Romans 8:291 John 3:2).
Christ’s presence in us is the hope of glory, and this truth is full of “glorious riches.” Our once dead, darkened spirits are made alive. Christ is in our hearts, and we know that there is life beyond this earthly existence—a life that will be glorious beyond all imagination.
It’s like Billy Graham always said, “this world is not my home, I am just passing through”
When you pray for God to send someone to tell them to tell your loved ones about Jesus Christ,
As you pray for them to hear about Jesus Christ, be willing to tell them yourself. In fact, ask God for the open door to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them and others. You might be the “someone” that others are praying for to tell their friend or family member about Christ. Be faithful to ask God to use you to share Jesus with others.
We fail because we are ignorant of the way God has made us, and we blame things on the devil that are actually the result of our own undisciplined natures. Just think what we could be when we are awakened to the truth! We can be an amazing part of God’s plan when we let Him use us, giving us the privilege to serve Him in this way.

Lord, we ask that you would halt the plans of the enemy over these we love as we bring them before you right now.  We pray that his schemes be demolished and that your plans for good, for a future and hope, would prevail. Would you open blind eyes that they might see your Truth. Would you rescue those walking in darkness and heal the deep wounds of those who’ve been hurt.We pray for the miraculous intervention of your Spirit to draw them to yourself, to work strong on behalf of our loved ones who are lost and wandering. For you came with good news, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release for the prisoners. Though we deserved penalty for our wrong, you stood in our place and took the blows on our behalf.  You choose to die, so that we can live. Forever and free.


Psalm 1
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.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

When we allow God to implement His Word in our lives others will draw encouragement from us and the more we grow in God’s righteousness, the stronger we become. We can only be a blessing to others when we follow God’s word and implement into our lives.  Simply knowing about the truths of God does not mean that they have become a part of our life. It’s only when we meditate on His Word day and night, we will be satisfied.

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When you read the first four chapter of Romans, you will see that it clearly states,  the principle that the only way a man can be justified is by faith. He has shown that the means of ignorance, morality and religion are insufficient for salvation. He has clearly shown that faith is the only way sinful men could be saved and illustrated that men of all ages were saved by this same principle.

Romans 10:3,4 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone. Some interpret Christ to have accomplished the purpose of the law in the sense that He is the goal or fulfillment of the law. However, “law” here refers to the system of earning righteousness in one’s own strength. Christ has indeed accomplished everything the law requires, but He also put an end…

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