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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 8/1/21

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 NIV

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One Way Satan Lies to Us: Misapplication

Satan tries to get us to believe erroneous things. The Scripture tells us he is a liar. In fact, he is the father of lies. (John 8:44)

You are probably familiar with the passage where Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Read Luke 4:1-13 here. There is so much we can learn about how Satan operates from this passage, but I want to focus on one particular scheme he likes to use.

If you look at verses 9-12, we see the devil attempting to make Jesus misapply Scripture. The devil says,

“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.  For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Satan actually quoted Scripture to Jesus! I find that amazing! But Jesus knows Satan is trying to get Him to misapply God’s Word. Jesus knows the full counsel of the Word of God. He knows that in Deuteronomy 6:16, the Scripture also says,

“‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

This passage shows me that one way the devil will try to deceive us is by getting us to misapply the Scripture. This is easy for him to do if we take verses out of context.

This is exactly how false doctrines are taught and spread. To correctly understand the Scripture, we must study the Bible in context, not by picking a verse here and a verse there. We must study the Bible in its entirety, not relying on books about the Bible.

If in your heart you love the truth, you can trust God to teach you His Truth.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” John 16:13 NIV Read full chapter

It always boils down to the condition of my heart. I must ask myself, do I really love and desire truth, or do I want to prove my personal beliefs? Am I studying the Bible for myself or do I read books about God from a Best-sellers list?

“Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139: 23-24 NIV Read full chapter

“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV Read full chapter

God is faithful. He will do it!

With Love, Cindy

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Quote of the Week, 7/21/21

We must mirror God’s love in the midst of a world full of hatred. We are the mirrrors of God’s love, so we may show Jesus by our lives.”

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom and her family managed to save an estimated 800 lives during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. During the War, her profound faith and belief in God’s plans gave her the bravery and resourcefulness to make it through situations worthy of a spy story.

She survived Ravensbruck concentration camp near Berlin, the largest camp for women in German-controlled territories. The prisoners were used for forced labor in farm projects and armament factories. Thousands of women were executed there.

But it was after the war that she achieved her greatest accomplishment – forgiving her former enemies and teaching the world to do the same.

With Love, Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 7/20/21

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 7/12/21

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 KJV

With Love, Cindy

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Worry Is Like a Rocking Chair

Corrie Ten Boom was a prisoner and survivor of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. If anyone ever had an excuse to worry, it was her. Corrie, her sister, and their elderly father were whisked from their home and sent to Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, “the deepest hell that man can create”¹ because they were caught hiding Jews during WWII. Following are some quotes on worry from Corrie.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. It does not enable us to escape evil. It makes us unfit to face evil when it comes. It is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair; it keeps you busy but does not bring you farther.”

Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, had a profound effect on me as a young adult. Her faith and trust in Jesus Christ will encourage you through any trial you may find yourself in today.

Corrie lived her life, before and after Ravensbruck, serving the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:6-7 AMP

So many times, people say, “I’m a worrier. I worry about everybody.” It’s as if they think it’s a badge of honor. It’s not! To worry means we are not trusting God. To please God, we must have faith. We must trust Him.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NIV

If I have learned anything on my Christian journey of 60+ years, it is this: Seek God with all your heart. Love Him with all your heart. Trust Him with all your heart. Obey His Word with all your heart. If you do that, He will take care of everything else.

With Love, 

Cindy

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People Who Make Wise Decisions Do This

Making a big decision can be really scary. Whether it’s concerning your children, your parent, or just about anything of importance – You need God’s guidance.

Sometimes, because we don’t know what the future holds, it is even harder to make the right decision. If only we knew how our situation was going to unfold, we would know what to do now. The importance of making a good decision may be heightened by having limited funds. Financially, you can’t afford to make a mistake!

Nowhere is this more true than when making decisions about long term care with an elderly parent. This is when trust in the faithfulness of God is vital. We must pray for the wisdom we need, and then trust that He will lead us. God has given us these promises:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 NIV Read full chapter

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Read full chapter

No matter what situation you’re facing, you can ask God for wisdom and trust Him to guide you. You may not have an angel show up at your door with exact instructions, but you can still trust God to lead you.

Do we have enough faith to take God at His Word?

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV Read full chapter

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV Read full chapter

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV Read full chapter

Our Prayer

Father, We ask for your wisdom. We thank you because you have promised to give it generously. We trust you to make our paths straight because we trust in you. Lord, we live by faith in your Holy Word. We thank you for guiding us and giving us wisdom. We thank you for loving us and watching over us every day. Your are our faithful God. We put our trust in your loving kindness. Thank you for giving us the peace that passes understanding. Thank you for guarding our hearts and our minds, as we trust in you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Trust your loving Father to guide you along life’s paths. He loves you. He is faithful!

With Love, Cindy

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Quote of the Week, 6/16/21

“…the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by his letting us have our way in the end, but by his making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what he taught his disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”

Elisabeth Elliot

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Friday’s Verse, 6/11/21

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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