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Trusting God When It Makes No Sense

Written by scoopsnews on February 10, 2018 – 5:56 am -

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“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

There is a wonderful Bible story that describes a much greater God. It’s the story of three Hebrew boys who refused to worship the idols of Nebuchadnezzar. Their response, “God can spare us from the fiery furnace; He has that power. But, even if He does not, we’ll never serve your gods or bow down to your statue.” They chose to trust God even when it made no earthly sense to do so. And God came through for them, Remember?
God will never take us through a trial that is too hard for us to deal with. No matter how difficult your trials, you can trust His promise. He will give us a way to endure it, to resist it, or to get through it. I’m sure folks made fun of the three boys as they do us sometimes today, but they trusted God. Are you trusting him with your trial today? You can! Even when it makes no earthly sense.

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Weekend Word From SGN Scoops “Are YOU a Person Of Prayer?”

Written by scoopsnews on January 20, 2018 – 9:25 am -

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Weekend Word From SGN Scoops “Are YOU a Person Of Prayer?”

“‘Now Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.’ So, Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. … It came about at the seventh time, that he said, ‘Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.’ And he said, ‘Go up, say to Ahab, “Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’”

1 Kings 18: 41, 42 & 44

What does it take to become a person of  prayer and faith like Elijah?

  1. Righteousness. (James 5:15) To be righteous means to be right with God, walking with and trusting God – even when it isn’t popular. James tells us that the prayer of a righteous man accomplishes a lot.
  2. Persistence. (James 4:2b) Elijah prayed persistently in God’s will – and this is key. Too often we pray for things we want rather than things God wants. It comes down to the motives behind our prayers – is it about ME or about GOD?
  3. Faith. Elijah prayed with great faith. From overcoming the prophets of Baal (850 of them to 1 of him), to informing the King of Israel that he better hurry on home before getting caught in the storm when it hadn’t rained in over three years – Elijah had incredible faith.

Today, what our homes and families, churches and communities need now more than ever before are people who pray powerful prayers.  Just like Elijah, an ordinary man who believed in an extraordinary God. You too can become a person of powerful prayer. (Right From The Heart Ministries- One Minute Devotions)

Have a Great Weekend!


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God is Speaking, Are You Listening?

Written by scoopsnews on July 8, 2017 – 5:27 am -

God Is Speaking to You…Are You Listening?

(Love Worth Finding, Adrian Rogers)

“The heavens declare the glory of God’ and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

This may not come as a surprise to you, but God is speaking to you right now. Maybe not in the same way He did when He spoke creation into existence. Or when he instructed his disciples on the hillside. But let me assure you, His voice still goes forth.

All you have to do is look up, look down, and look in. Look up. God is speaking to you through the inspiration in His creation. Look down. Read and meditate upon the words of instruction He has given through His word. Look in. Allow your heart, your soul, and your mind to be illumined by His Spirit.

The Inspiration In His Creation
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2
Right now, God is declaring His glory, His greatness, and His goodness. Just look out your window. Do you see the clouds? The trees? The birds? Find a mirror and look at your reflection. You are His grandest creation!

Colossians 1:16 tells us that all things have been created by Him and for Him. As a result, all of creation declares the glory of God. The very stars of heaven are His candelabra!

Not only does creation declare the glory of God, it speaks of the greatness of God. There was nothing, then God spoke. A gifted pastor once said, “God stepped from behind the curtain of nowhere and stood upon the platform on nothing and spoke a world into existence.”

God has put together a universe with great immensity and complexity. The warmth of the sun is a reminder of the warmth of His grace. The laughter of a child is a reflection of His joy. The majestic mountains are a proclamation of His strength.

Instruction Through His Word
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalm 19:7-8
God’s Word is likely to be the first place you would look to listen to God. It is here where you learn about the heart and mind of God. And it is here that we learn not only what God has wrought, but also what He has taught. The Word of God is…

Sure. Within its pages you’ll find a firm place to stand.
Simple. It is deep enough that a scholar can forever explore the bottomless truths, yet shallow enough that a child can drink without fear of drowning.
Straight. Truth will never lead you astray. Some may think that “straight” means “difficult.” But that’s not what Psalm 19 says. “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.” His way is a way of joy, not of difficulty.
Spotless. There are no seeds of corruption, no suggestion of error, no stain of evil.

Illumination By His Spirit

“Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins…Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight…” Psalm 19:12-14
This final way God speaks to you is clearly unique. You can look up at His handiwork to see Him. You can look in His Word to read about Him. But it’s only when you are illuminated by His Spirit that you begin to put it all together.

When the Holy Spirit fills your life at the point of your salvation, you are given an intimate privilege to experience the conviction, cleansing, control and sweet communion of God Himself.

Psalm 19 says, “Who can understand his errors?” I can’t. You can’t. We need the conviction of His Spirit. After He has convicted us of our sins, He cleanses us. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

And to strengthen us from falling again, the Spirit controls us. “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins” (Psalm 19:13). Finally, the Spirit’s illumination gives us the greatest of privileges — communion with God — the Creator, the Word, the Truth, and the Life.


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Weekend Word from SGN Scoops- Belonging

Written by scoopsnews on June 24, 2017 – 6:01 am -

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If you could see as Jesus sees, would you change the way you view yourself?

Jesus always welcomes those who no one else takes in. He invites the ones that no one else invites.

Scripture says, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him you called you out of the darkness and into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Praise God , We are a chosen people! We are precious and valuable to HIM.

Have a great day and share this message with someone that is not feeling like they belong.

 

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Weekend Word from SGN Scoops

Written by scoopsnews on May 6, 2017 – 6:38 am -

Weekend Word

Do you feel Inadequate?

If you could see yourself as Jesus sees you, through his eyes of acceptance, how would this change your view of yourself?

Paul tells us to accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.

You can do it!  If you are the one suffering from this today, dump all those feelings of inadequacy at the feet of Jesus and trust Him with your fears.  Bring praise to God and start seeing yourself the way Jesus sees you!

Romans 15:7

 

 


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Weekend Word from SGN Scoops

Written by scoopsnews on April 15, 2017 – 7:26 am -

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Be Stronger

Ephesians 6:10

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

We have strength. Sure, there are days when it’s a battle to just get up, when it seems like everyone is against you and you’re not certain you will be strong enough to fight your way through.  But as a believer, we have a secret power. It’s called the Holy Spirit , and he’s ready to give us strength when we no longer have any of our  own.

God is mighty and He shares his strength with us.

Prayer for today:

Dear Lord,

I am in awe of your power and might. Thank you for making us strong. Bless each person reading this today.  In Jesus name…..

Amen

 


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Weekend Word… What is Your Big Fish?

Written by scoopsnews on April 8, 2017 – 6:29 am -

WeekendHappy Saturday!  I Love it when a prayer warrior calls just to pray for you and give you a God sent word. I call that a divine call.

Jonah 1:17
Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

I want to share. This may be for you as well.
God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jonah ended up in the belly of a Big Fish because he didn’t do what God told him to do.
Big Fish could be different things . It’s that thing that is strapping you today. It’s the thing that God has placed to get your attention because you didn’t do what He said.
Praying for each person today reading this.
We could all be so much more for God if we would do what He is telling us to do.

#itwasthelittlefoxthatdestroyedthevine

Written by: Vonda Easley

 


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Did He Rise from the Dead?

Written by scoopsnews on April 1, 2017 – 4:41 am -

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Did He Rise From the Dead?

Do you know what would make Christianity worthless?

If Christ did not rise from the dead, Christianity would be built around a big lie. It would mean Jesus was a liar, because He said He would be killed and rise again. It would mean that the Bible is filled with lies, because over and over it writes of Jesus’ resurrection. It would mean that of all people on earth, Christians are to be pitied the most, because we have bought into a colossal hoax.

But if Christ rose from the dead, it means that when Jesus says He is the Son of God, He is believable. It means there is hope beyond the grave. It means every miracle in the Bible is believable. After all, if a man rises from the dead, what’s the big deal about parting the Red Sea or making the lame walk? Christianity rises and falls on the resurrection. No resurrection, and Christianity is worthless. But if He did rise, it means everything.

I believe He did rise from the dead. How about you?

Taken from Daily Devotion Right From The Heart …….

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Weekend Word from SGN Scoops

Written by scoopsnews on March 11, 2017 – 7:13 am -

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Psalm 16:8

I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

God wants us to live our lives focused on His Presence in the present. Since we know that He is always with us , leading and encouraging us , we can live in that reality moment by moment.

Whatever we do, we should do it for Him.- with Him, through Him, and in Him.

Have a Blessed Weekend!


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Weekend Word about Christmas

Written by scoopsnews on December 24, 2016 – 3:39 am -

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This Weekend word was taken from Crosswalk.com.

Enjoy!

Keeping it Simple
“…his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
Devotion:
My excuses for not decorating my home, not cooking a big meal on Christmas day, and not shopping till I dropped were valid ones. Our new business would be opening two weeks after Christmas, and I was working furiously to meet a book deadline. My husband and I had more to do than we had hours in the day.
When December approached, my neck stiffened and my heart skipped beats as I anticipated the stress more activities would bring to our already overstuffed lives. The thought of more clutter, even my favorite Christmas decorations, in our topsy-turvy home with all the undone laundry and crowded kitchen counters about sent me over the edge. So I began to think about how we could eliminate some stress to have a peaceful Christmas.
“Keep it simple” became my catchphrase. With my family’s assurance they’d join me with the simple Christmas idea, I gave myself permission not to do it all. I wouldn’t say yes to every invitation or fill the calendar every night, and I didn’t even send the annual Christmas photo and newsletter. These choices brought me a large measure of peace.
Each family member named some traditions they wanted to keep. We included a live Christmas tree, a wreath on the front door, reading the Christmas story from the Bible, Christmas Eve church service, limited gifts, helping with a toy drive, favorite Christmas movies, and a few get-togethers with good friends. Being more selective about our Christmas traditions brought us less stress and more peace. In addition, because we weren’t caught up in the seasonal frenzy, the activities we did include became more meaningful. We were able to focus on what really mattered: time with our family and hearts centered on the birth of Christ.
At the end of Christmas day we agreed that despite the stressors of a new business and meeting my deadline, and despite giving up some of our usual Christmas activities, we hadn’t missed out on a thing. Simplicity had given us breathing room and fresh hearts to celebrate the Prince of Peace.
Dear Lord, don’t let us miss You this Christmas season. Help us to simplify our activities and traditions so we can focus our celebration on Your birth. Thank You for being the Prince of Peace, and I ask You for that supernatural peace to reign in our hearts. Thank You for the simple but life-changing message of Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


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