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March 13, 2021 at 2:18pm
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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Luke 12:37-40
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

What does it mean to watch and be ready? What are we watching for?

Answer:
We are to watch and be ready for the second coming of Christ. We never know what time he will return. It is important to keep our hearts right with God. We don't want him to return when we are not prepared.

Here is a link to an article online about the parable of the 10 virgins. This is what I think about when I read this Scripture.

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Scripture writing - Psalm 91:14-16

Scripture:
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Observations:
Verse 14- God delivers those that love him. He sets them on high places.
Verse 15- God answers their prayers and will be with them and honour them. He will deliver them from trouble.
Verse 16- God will show them his salvaiand satisfy them with long life.

Application:
Love God. He will deliver you out of all trouble. He will satisfy and honour you. He will give you long life and bless you with Salvation. He will answer all your prayers.

Prayer:
Dear God,
I love you. Thank you for all your blessings and promises. I am glad I can always trust in you.
In Jesus's name,
Amen

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Gratitude List

1. Emergency rooms
2. Hospitals
3. Swings
4. Park benches
5. Pick nick tables
6. Walking trails
7. Monuments
8. Slides
9. Birds
10. Outside decorations

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March 12, 2021 at 2:35pm
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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Psalm 119:1-2
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

How can we be undefiled in the way and seek God with our whole heart?

Answer:
What does it mean to be undefiled?
Free from stain, blemish, evil or corruption; immaculate; uncorrupted.

We can be undefiled by following and obeying the law of God. We keep God's Word close to us. We are made righteous (undefiled) through faith in the righteousness of Christ.

Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

There are several verses that tell us to seek God. Here are a couple of my favorite ones.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Deuteronomy 4:29
29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Deuteronomy 6:5
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

With these other verses also in mind, seeking the Lord with all your heart is seeking him with your deepest passion and sincerity. We are to seek him first and foremost above anything else. We should pursue God with everything in us and all our being.

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Scripture writing - Psalm 91:9-13


Scripture:
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Observations:
Verse 9- Because you have made God your dwelling place, (He is a refuge. We make him our dwelling place by keeping our focus on him. We live according to his will and seek his presence always.)
Verse 10- We have God's protection from any evil thing. No plague or sickness will come upon us while we are in God's presence.
Verse 11- God commands his angels to protect us no matter what.
Verse 12- They will protect us even in small matters of stubbing our toes.
Verse 13- we can face and conquer larger enemies such as the dangers wild animals might present because his angels have been told to protect and to help us.

Application:
When we stay focused on God and continually seek his presence, we have God's protection. In God's will and presence is the safest place to be. He will command his angels (plural as in more than one) to protect and help us in all of our ways.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Help me to seek your presence and your will always. Give me confidence that I can face any obstacle life throws at me with your help and the help that you send through your angels. Thank you for your protection. Deliver me from evil.
In Jesus's most holy name,
Amen

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1. Study Bible
2. Bible study
3. Time
4. Prayer
5. Food to eat
6. Dishes to wash
7. Washing Machine
8. Dryer
9. Soap
10. Deodorant

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Make-Up Scripture writing - James 1:13-18


Scripture:
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Observations:
Verse 13- No man is ever tempted with evil by God.
Verse 14- Man is tempted by the devil when he is enticed by his own fleshly lusts and desires.
Verse 15- Lust is conceived and brings forth sin when temptation is yielded to. When sin happens, it works death within us.
Verse 16- The note in my study Bible says that man is prone to error and must be constantly warned against it.
Verse 17- Every good gift comes from God. He does not discriminate.
Verse 18- God brings us into being by his will and word of truth. (We are born again by the truth of his word and his will.) He wants us to be the best and first of all his creatures.

Application:
God does not tempt man with evil. Every man is tempted by the devil and the lust and desires of his flesh. Lust causes us to yield to sin, and sin’s final result is death. We need to be constantly reminded not to yield to our fleshly lusts and sin. Every good gift we receive comes from God. He gets all the glory. We are born again through God's will and the truth of his Word. He wants us to be the best of all his creatures.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Help me to resist temptations. Reveal to me the lust that is in my flesh so I can deal with it appropriately. Thank you for all the good things that you have given me. Let me never give credit belonging to you to anyone else. Thank you for always wanting what is best for me.
In Jesus's name,
Amen

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Dear person in the mirror stairing back at me,

Hi, You need some encouragement. I know not everything is going the way you want it to. You are frustrated with yourself. Everything will eventually work out. Just keep trying. I am not sure how we are going to get you to log your intake. I know it is hard. It isn't enjoyable. It takes extra time and effort. It isn’t easy or convenient to measure everything out precisely. I know this is a big reason you don't want to record your intake. Maybe you can find a better way to do it. There has got to be a way that will work for you. We just have to find it. Don't be to hard on yourself. You are having legitimate health issues that make every day life a huge challenge. The last thing you need right now is to give in to depression. God has got this. Continue to count your blessings. There is a time and purpose to everything. Everything works together for good for you because you are called according to God's purpose. Your only and complete help is from him alone. Praise him and trust him in everything.

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Take UpYour Cross


Prompt:
Isaiah 30:18
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Why is the Lord waiting and why do we have to wait for him while he is waiting?

Answer:
Long-suffering is one way to describe the Lord. He is willing to wait until the time is just right and we should be willing to wait until then too. In this verse, he is waiting so he can give grace and mercy to whom he chooses. This brings him glory. It allows him to be the ultimate judge. So when you see someone constantly being bad, making foolish life choices, and hating the laws and ways of God, praise him for his mercy. God is giving them time to repent because he loves them too. He isn't ignoring it. On the other hand, if they still refuse to repent and change their evil ways, they are heaping upon themselves the wrath of Almighty God, and it shouldn't be taken lightly. This is why the Psalmest says the following in chapter 50, verses 21 and 22.

Psalm 50:21-22
21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

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Scripture writing - Psalm 91:5-8


Scripture:
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Observations:
Verse 5- We don't have to be afraid of terrors in the night or weapons during the day.
Verse 6- we don't have to be afraid of pesky unseen threats like viruses, nor do we have to be afraid of terrorism or unexpected calamities.
Verse 7- People may be dropping dead all around you, but God will deliver you. Give him praise!
Verse 8- You will be able to see with your own eyes what happens to the wicked.

Application:
God is in control, and he will protect me. Nothing catches God by surprise. He will let me see him reward the wicked for their evil works against me.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I give you praise! I can trust you at all times. You always have my back. Nothing can take you unaware. You will allow me to see you take your wrath out on my enemies, but you are full of mercy. I love to see your grace and mercy more than I do your wrath. Teach us to only fear you.
In Jesus’s name,
Amen
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Gratitude List

1. God's mercy
2. God's protection
3. God's grace
4. God's peace
5. God's presence
6. God's Word
7. God's goodness
8. God's kindness
9. God's judgment
10. God's discipline and laws

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Make-Up Scripture writing - James 1:9-12

For March 4th, 2021


Scriptue:
9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Observations:
Verse 9- The brother of low degree is a brother of lower status. If someone else exalts him, he has reason to rejoice.
Verse 10- However, if a rich man is brought low, he doesn't have his riches to take security in. He has to rely on God. As the grass dies, so will the rich man. All his riches can not save his soul or his body from eventual death.
Verse 11- This is an explanation of verse 10.
Verse 12- We are blessed when we don't yield to temptation. God gives us the crown of life.

Application:
God gives us the crown of life and blesses us when we refuse to yield to temptation. We should never rely on riches. All the riches of the world can not save our soul or our body from death.

Prayer:
Dear Father,
Thank you for your promises and your Word that we can trust in. Help us to endure temptation so we can receive the crown of life and be blessed. May we never rely on the riches of this world, but put all of our hope and trust in you.
In Jesus's Holy name,
Amen
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Do you want to get closer to God? Do you need some Bible study helps? Do you need resources to help improve your prayer life? You should take a look at the Bible study that was posted Monday. It is full of resources and links to help you out.

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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Isaiah 56:1-2
Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

How do we keep judgment and do justice and keep from polluting the Sabbath day?

Answer:
I believe this is saying to make good choices. Do what is right always. The way to do this is to make Christ your focus. We keep the Sabbath by setting it aside for rest and worshipping God.

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Scripture writing - Psalm 91:1-4


Scripture:
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Observations
Verse 1- If dwell wrapped up in God, then we have his protection always.
Verse 2- I will trust God for my protection.
Verse3- He will deliver you from any small traps set for you or from any pestilence.
verse 4- He watches over me like a hen watches her chicks and I am sheilded in his truth.

Application
If I stay focused on God, He will keep me safe.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to keep my focus on you and stay dwelling in your presence. Let me know your truth as a shield. Keep me safe.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
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Gratitude List

1. Conscience
2. Pain (it tells us when something is wrong)
3. Eye glasses
4. Smart watch
5. Email
6. Hair
7. Hair accessories
8. Windows
9. Mirrors
10. Shovels

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Make-Up Scripture writing - James 1:2-8

For March 3, 2021


Scripture:
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Observations:
Verse 2- When you are tempted, be joyful.
Verse 3- When your faith is tried, it causes you to increase patience.
Verse 4- As patience is developed in you, you will become whole and not lack any good thing.
Verse 5- If you lack wisdom how to face any trial, ask God what to do. He will give you the wisdom to know how to handle it.
Verse 6- when you ask anything of God, you need to have unwavering faith, knowing he here's you and will answer your prayers.
Verse 7- If your faith wavers, you will not receive what you ask for.
Verse 8- If you are not focused on God, you will not be stable.

Application:
Stay focused on trusting God. We can be joyful when we are tempted or have our faith tried, knowing it is for our good and we will come out better for it in the end. We can trust God to give us wisdom on how to handle any situation if we just ask him for it. Wavering faith shows lack of complete trust.

Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for the confidence you provide in faith. Thank you for working in us to make us better even if it hurts a little. Help me to stay focused on trusting you. Don't let my faith waver.
In Jesus name,
Amen

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March 9, 2021 at 1:38pm
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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Revelation 22:12-14
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Explain these verses.

Answer:
The Bible says, Christ’s coming will be like a thief in the night. He comes back quickly when we least expect it. Another thing I noticed about verse 12, is that he not only comes back quickly, but he comes prepared to give every man according to his works. Verse 13 simply says he is the beginning and the ending and everything in between. When he returns, we are going to be very blessed if he finds us obeying his Commandments and doing what we are supposed to be doing. Our forefather, Adam, ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and brought death upon the whole human race. When Jesus leads us to the tree of life to eat of it, we will then live forever.

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Scripture writing - Romans 15:1-6


Scripture:
1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Observations:
Verse1- The ones that are stronger in the faith should help the ones who are weaker. We are to put others before ourselves.
Verse 2- First of all, it is important to understand what edification is. After looking it up on Google, I got this definition. Edification is the act of edifying, or the state of being edified; a building up, especially in a moral, emotional, or spiritual sense; moral, intellectual, or spiritual improvement; through encouragement and instruction. Basically, this verse is saying that we should lift each other up and encourage one another.
Verse 3- we should edify each other and put others first because that is the example Christ set for us.
Verse 4- The scriptures were written so that we might have education, patience, comfort, and hope.
Verse 5- After looking up the definition of consolation, here is what I found on yourdictionary.com. The definition of consolation refers to comfort that is given to someone in a time of disappointment, or to the people or things that are providing that comfort. I find it interesting that this refers to God as the God of patience and consolation. I can't help but see this a picture of a very loving and compassionate God. I notice that he is the one that makes us like-minded one toward another in Jesus Christ.
Verse 6- God the Father makes us like-minded in Christ so that we can glorify him in one mind and one voice.

Application:
Wow! These verses are loaded! When just reading over them at first glance, I did not expect to get what I got out of them by taking a closer, more in-depth look. God wants us to put others needs before our own. He wants us to live as a sacrifice for others just as Christ lived as a sacrifice for us. He wants the strong to help the weak. The scriptures were given to us for our good, and not to just condemn us all. When we are like-minded, we are able to glorify and praise God as a whole with one mind and one voice. It is God who causes us to be like-minded one toward another so we can glorify him together. God comforts and consoles and is patient with his people.


Prayer:
Dear God in Heaven,
I give praise and glory to your name. You are so good and loving towards us. Help me to put others first before myself. I trust you to care for me. Help me to live out the example that Christ has set before me. Thank you for your Holy Scriptures.

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1. Pets
2. Facebook messenger
3. Ceiling fans
4. Sinks
5. Clouds in the sky
6. Trees for shade
7. Mail
8. Bible study
9. Worship music
10. Bible study helps

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Make-up Scripture writing - Joshua 1:5-9

For March 2, 2021


Scripture:
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Observations:
Verse 5- God's promise to Joshua is good for all of us. He is a faithful God. He will not fail or forsake us when we are doing what he has called us to do.
Verse 6- God desires us to be strong in his strength and not weak. God desires us to have courage in difficult times. God will fulfill his promises.
Verse 7- God is telling Joshua that the only way he will prosper is if he follows God's laws and does it without variation.
Verse 8- Joshua will have prosperity and success when he makes God's law his focus day and night. He should always be thinking about it and speaking it continually.
Verse 9- In this verse, God tells him again to be strong and courageous. It is a command from God. He tells him to not be afraid or dismayed (To cause to lose enthusiasm or resolution; disillusion or discourag; A feeling of discouragement or consternation, as at the prospect of trouble.), because God is going to be with him wherever he goes.

Application:
God is faithful to keep his promises. We can trust him 100%. We do not have to be dismayed or discouraged, because God will bring to pass everything he has promised. We can be courageous and strong and bold because he is with us always everywhere we go. He never leaves us or for sale a us. We can have confidence to perform his will in our lives. We will experience prosperity and success when we live, breathe, and think constantly on the Word and laws of God.

Prayer:
Dear God in Heaven,
Hallowed be your name! You are so precious to us, a constant and consistent companion and friend. You are our Holy Father and bless those who do your will. Thank you for all your precious promises that we can rely on. We can have confidence to increase our faith in you. You are so good.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Psalm 1:1-3
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.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 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.

This scripture is loaded with information. It tells us what we should not do and what we should do and that we will be blessed for following these instructions. How can these verses apply to our lives?

Answer:
Walking not in the council of the ungodly means to not follow their advice to sin. To not stand in the way of sinners means to not spend a bunch of quality time with them doing the things they are doing. To not sit in the seat of the scornful means to not sit around mocking and passing harsh judgement on and criticizing other people.

The godly delight to read and study God's law. They will think about it all the time. Because they delight in God's law and do not spend a majority of their time associated with the ungodly, they are blessed. Whatever they do will prosper and they will be like a well-watered garden.

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Scripture writing - Ephesians 4:29-32


Scripture
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Observations
Verse 29- Let your speech be only good at all times so those that hear it will be blessed.
Verse 30- The Holy Spirit is our seal for Salvation. We don't want to grieve him.
Verse 31- Don’t hold on to negative emotions. Get rid of them quickly.
Verse 32- Be towards others as Christ is towards you.

Application
Love others as Christ loves you. Don't grieve the Holy Spirit. Don't hang on to negative emotions. Speak only things that are good for others to hear.

Prayer
Dear God,
Help me to love others the way you love me. Keep the door of my mouth. Teach me to only speak what is right. Teach me to forgive quickly and to never hang on to anger or other negative emotions. Help me to never grieve your spirit. Thank you for your salvation. I love you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Gratitude List


1. Money to pay the bills and get essential items
2. Insurance
3. Transportation
4. Pharmacy
5. Allergy medicine
6. Lotion
7. Hand sanitizer
8. Face masks
9. Wrist brace
10. Dish soap

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Make-up Scripture writing - Joel 2:12-14

For March 1, 2021


Scripture
12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?

Observations
Verse 12 - God is giving his people a chance to repent of their sins and to change their attitude and behavior. He wants complete repentance. He wants them to truly be sorry for their sins against him. He wants them to show that sorrow by weeping and mourning for offending him and by afflicting the body in fasting. (to show true grief because of their sins against him)
Verse 13- Let your sin break your heart and return to serving God. God is very merciful and gracious. He is slow to anger (long suffering) and very kind. He may change his mind about the evil he has planned toward you in his anger.
Verse 14- Who knows? He may even bless you instead.

Application
When we realized we have sinned against God, we should immediately enter into an attitude of grieving repentance. God wants us to be truly sorry and heartbroken over our sin just as it also breaks his heart when we sin.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to be truly sorry for my sins against you. Let me realize how much they hurt you. Teach me to grieve over my sin the way you want me to. Show me your great mercy and kindness. Forgive me where I have failed you. I love you, God.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen
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Scripture writing - Ephesians 4:22-28



Scripture:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Observations:
Verse 22- When we are born again, our conversation, behavior, and thought process change. The new person we become in Christ is no longer corrupted by deceitful lusts.
Verse 23- Let the way you think be changed.
Verse 24- We begin to act like, talk like, think like, and look like Christ because God recreates us in righteousness and true holiness.
Verse 25- Speak truthfully because we are all the one body of Christ.
Verse 26- It is ok to be angry, but don't be controlled by emotion. Being controlled by emotion only leads to sin. Don't dwell on or hang onto anger. Let it go quickly while it is still today.
Verse 27- Don't give any opportunity to the devil.
Verse 28- Work to make an honest income without stealing, and give to others in need.

Application:
When we are born again, God recreates us in righteousness and holiness. The way we think, act and speak changes. We tell the truth. We don't steal. We work to earn our money honestly. We give to others when they are in need. We control our emotions, and our emotions don't control us. We avoid giving any opportunity to the devil.

Prayer:
Dear God in Heaven,
Thank you for remaking me into a new person, an upgraded and improved version of my former self. Continue to remold and reshape me in your righteousness and holiness. I know you are not done with me yet. Help me to stay in control of my emotions and let good the negative ones quickly. Help me to live a life that sets a good example to others, and help me to know when I am about to give opportunity to the devil so that it can be avoided. Renew the thought process in my mind.
In Jesus’ Holy name,
Amen

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Gratitude List


1. Sabbath day of rest
2. Friends
3. Memories
4. Pictures
5. Pillows
6. Cushions
7. Springtime
8. Ice water
9. Color
10. Quiet
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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
There are some other scriptures that speak of spiritual blessings besides the beatitudes. I hope for us to take a look at some of them over the next few days.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

What does it mean to endure temptation?

Answer:
Enduring temptation is simply not yielding to it.

James 1:13-15
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Instead of receiving the crown of life, when we yield to temptation, the end result is death.

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I have joined a scripture writing group on Facebook. I feel led by the Holy Spirit to share it with you here. You are welcome to copy what I have here or you can do your own study on the scriptures I share or choose your own Scripture to study. Some people like to draw doodles or pictures when they write their Scriptures out. Each scripture I am using here was assigned by the Facebook group leader. I personally like to use the soap method for Scripture writing. (S-scripture/o-observations/a-application/p-prayer) I hope this helps some of you be able to read and study the scriptures better. I hope sharing this with you is also a blessing to you.

Scripture Writing - Ephesians 2:4-10


Scripture:
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Observations:
Verse 4- God is rich in mercy (not giving deserved punishment). God has a great love for us.
Verse 5- God has this before-mentioned great love and rich mercy towards us even when we are not saved and dead in our sins. Because of this, through grace (giving what we don't deserve), quickened (to revive; restore life to:) us together with Christ.
Verse 6- God raised us up together with other saved people, not by ourselves alone. He has set us up in heavenly places, and put our feet on higher ground.
Verse 7- He raised us up to heavenly places so in time to come he could show his rich grace and kindness towards us through Jesus.
Verse 8- we are saved through our faith (belief) in Jesus Christ by the grace and gift of God. There is nothing that we can do in and of ourselves to obtain God's gift of Salvation.
Verse 9- Man can't boast or take any credit for God's gift to us. It can't be earned with the works of men.
Verse 10- God created us. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can do good works. God planned ahead of time that we should do good works.

Application
God is so rich in mercy and grace towards me. He has great love for me. While I was living in sin, outside of his will, he gave me life in Jesus Christ. He has justified me and sanctified me. He sets my feet on higher ground and leads me into heavenly place with Jesus. I am saved because I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and God has given me Salvation which I don't deserve and has forgiven my sins. Jesus paid the price of my sins for me. My salvation is my gift from God. Nothing I could do could ever earn God's gift of Salvation to me. God created me to do good works through Christ who gives me strength.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you so very much for your precious gift. Thank you for loving me and giving me grace and showing me mercy. Let my only boast be in and of you and all you have done for me. I praise you, and give you glory in return. Here is my life. I have given it to you. Direct my path. Help me to remain in your will.

In Jesus’ Precious Name,

Marvelous Friend

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1. Food I don't have to cook to eat.
2. Understanding
3. Notebooks
4. Writing utensils
5. Prayer
6. Praise
7. Church family
8. Doggie bags
9. Leashes
10. Flashlights



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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Matthew 5:13
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Right after the beatitudes, Jesus says we are the salt of the earth. What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?

Answer:
According to dictionary.com, the definition of salt is a crystalline compound, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring as a mineral, a constituent of seawater, etc., and used for seasoning food, as a preservative, etc.

I have heard different explanations for this. The common one I hear is that we are to be set apart. We represent Christ. We are a peculiar people. I am sure there is a lot of depth and different meanings that can be taken from this verse.

We know salt is a seasoning. I find it interesting that right after saying we are the salt of the earth, Jesus tells us we are the light of the world.

Matthew 5:14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

I believe these verses all go together. We are to season the earth and to lead by example what it means to follow Christ. By being a good example, we are lighting the way for others.

Salt is also a preservative. We, who follow Christ, preserve the earth. We preserve it in a few ways. We preserve it through prayer, and by teaching future generations what is right and to fear God. We preserve it by fearing and honoring God. Can you think of a few other ways we preserve the earth? Tell me in a comment.

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1. Doctors
2. Nurses
3. Musical instruments
4. Face masks
5. Groceries
6. Cleaning supplies
7. Flowers 💐
8. Rain clouds
9. Rain
10. Beauty
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Take Up Your Cross


Prompt:
Matthew 5:10-12
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

This is the last beatitude. What does it mean to you, and why should we rejoice when persecuted?

Answer:
A good example of this, is found in Genesis 39. Joseph was falsely accused of trying to force himself sexually on the wife of his master, and was put in prison. Later through a series of events, he became 2nd in command to the kingdom of Egypt.

It is so easy to find ourselves getting angry when we are falsely accused of anything, especially when we know we are doing what is right. Life seems so unfair sometimes. However, God sees us. He has our back. If he rewards us for our evil deeds, how much more wouldn’t he reward us for doing well?

What I noticed in verse twelve is that we will be rewarded in heaven. It makes me think of another scripture in the sermon on the mount.

Matthew 6:19-21
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.



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1. Dishes
2. Laundry
3. Towels
4. Tax returns
5. Cell phone apps
6. Locks
7. Doors
8. Walls
9. Nice day of weather
10. Pictures


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