Sunday, May 14, 2006

Post A Predicament!

Leave a one word anonymous comment on an issue you want some scripture back up on.

21 Comments:

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

perseverence

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acceptance

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courage.

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my parents are CRAZY

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

self image

 
At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lust

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

letting go of people when you know that it won't ever work

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Hello everyone, I will post what I can find by word. I pray that you will find a nugget that helps.
Above all, remember Jeremiah 29:11 it is a verse that has provided great direction and encouragemnet when times were/are hard, even in combat. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Perseverance

Romans 5:3-4 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

1 Corinthians 13:7 (about love) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

2 Corinthians 12:12 The things that mark an apostle—signs, wonders and miracles—were done among you with great perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 1:4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

James 1:3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

James 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

2 Peter 1:6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

Revelation 2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.

Revelation 2:19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Acceptance-okay, there are about 149 verses that use that word accept, acceptabe, acceptance, i will try and narrow them down:)


Genesis 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

Psalm 6:9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.

Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

John 13:20 I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

Romans 14:1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Here is a great article from Brio Magazine on Acceptance

Are You a Clique Maker or Breaker?
by Steve Russo

Everyone wants to fit in. We all want to feel accepted and important. We all need relationships. What kind of friend are you? Do you treat others the way you want to be treated? Do you truly strive to love as Jesus loved?
There’s nothing wrong with having a few close friends. Even Jesus had close friends. He chose 12 disciples, and He was closer to three out of the 12 (Peter, James and John). And out of those three, He was even closer to one (John). It’s natural for you to want to hang out with those you’re most comfortable around. That’s OK. It only becomes wrong when you start to exclude others. When that happens, you’ve become cliquish.

Jesus didn’t exclude. He welcomed all who would come to Him. He was a pro at loving the unlovable. He reached out to lepers, thieves, prostitutes, . . . even you and me.

God has designed us as social beings. He often uses people to help us through tough times. However, God is against the abuse and misuse of friendships. That’s why we must examine friendship in light of the Bible and use Jesus as our example. He wasn’t looking for status, and He was constantly taking heat for spending time with misfits. Jesus wasn’t concerned with acceptance; He wanted to do what was right by God’s standards. He didn’t play favorites or isolate himself from those who didn’t fit in. Jesus was the original clique breaker.

Check It Out
The Bible has strong things to say about showing favoritism to some people and discrimination toward others. Check out James 2:2-4. “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there,’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”

When this part of the Bible was written, people were having problems with certain standards of money and clothes. We still struggle with the same problems today, don’t we? Think about it. Are you caught in this kind of trap?

The bottom line when it comes to God’s point of view is found in the same chapter of James: “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers” (James 2:8-9).

This isn’t merely something God wants us to consider; it’s mandatory. If we love God, then we’ll prove it by our love for those around us, not simply the few people with whom you’re most comfortable. God calls us to reach out — to love the unlovable. Let it be your goal to help others discover how significant they really are!

Here’s the Strategy
How can you do this? Follow the strategy below:

1) Thank God for making everyone unique and different. Stop comparing yourself and others to the standards of the world.

2) Accept others just the way they are. This includes their strengths and weaknesses.

3) Demonstrate your love for others. You can do this in practical ways; offering a smile to someone no one else smiles at is a good start. Determine to love even the people who seem to be unlovable.

4) Know when to leave an unhealthy clique — and do it. If you’re excluding others, it’s wrong. If your status and self- worth come from those in your own little group, it’s wrong. Ask God to help you walk away from that clique and begin reaching others who need a friend.

Of course, none of this can be accomplished without Jesus living inside you. He’s the One who gives you wisdom, courage and strength. Ultimately, you can only become a clique breaker when you find your significance, security and acceptance in your relationship with God. When this relationship is right, you will have healthy friendships with others.

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Courage-When I think about courage I think about the Cowardly Lion on the Wizaed of Oz. If you haven't seen it watch it! He does his little song about "courage" and it is very funny. We all need courgage, even the greatest leaders in the bible have faced times when they needed to encouraged to stand strong in the Lord.

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 31:7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.

Deuteronomy 31:23 The Lord gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: “Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you.”

Joshua 1:6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.

Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 10:25 Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”

2 Chronicles 32:7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.

Matthew 14:27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Mark 6:50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Acts 23:11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

Acts 27:22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.

Acts 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

Philippians 1:14 Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

Philippians 1:20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Crazy Parents-okay, I don't know about crazy parents, my grandmother was crazy (really) but my parents....Okay, I know there are times when we really think that our parents are wayyyy out of touch with reality. I will try and provide some passages that may help:)

First one is about Samson. Sometimes parents don't know what God is doing in our lives, they didn't understand why Samson wanted to marry a person that they saw as "bad news" but God had a bigger plan. Now, this doesn't mean we just go out and go against our parents, just shows us that parents don't always understand

Judges 14:4 (His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel.)

Jesus-Luke 2:43-52 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.

Jesus' parents didn't understand what Jesus was doing.

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Here are two that you rarely read:)
I don't think we do this any more (PTL)but it shows us how careful we need to be when we are mad at our parents.

Exodus 21:15 “Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
Exodus 21:17 “Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.

Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Psalm 27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Okay, this is a start. reality-there were times that I couldn't stand my parents, thought that they were way out of touch with planet earth, but there is a counter. They are my parents. How do I honor them when I don't agree? Parents want what is best for us believe it or not. When we don't agree we must try and talk to them and try to understand where they are coming from. This is a topic that we can all address later, way to detailed, but start with the passages

 
At 7:05 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Lust or Temptation

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Mark 14:38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Luke 11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”

Luke 22:40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

Luke 22:46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Timothy 6:9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

James 4:1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

James 1:13-17 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Lust and Temptation they have been our biggest struggle since the fall of Adam and Eve. We will all struggle until the day we die, the key is to nevr give up in our resisting. There are times whn we fail and we feel like 500lbs. of sin on a popsicle stick, but we must keep going. I know that sometimes we tell God we will never do "it" (whatever it may be) again and then we blow it 5 minutes, or 5 days later and say "I'm back" You feel horrible and you wonder if God will ever forgive you. Well, the great news is that His love, forgivenes, and grace are new everyday. He loves us, period! We sin, we fail, but He will welcome us back as we repent (forgive me) and try to do our best. Read Psalm 103, awesome!

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

In the movie Galaxy Quest Tim Allen has a great saying "Never Give Up, Never Surrender" This needs to be our battle cry in our fight against Lust/Temptation

Last of all, let us all get our Armor on!
Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Hope this is a start

 
At 7:18 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Self-Image

When I was in HS, I was sooooooo shy! I walked around looking at the ground, just painful! Never felt like I was worth much or had much to offer. Good news-God thinks that we are awesome! We are made in His image. He thinks about us all of the time, can't get enough of us and thinks that we are the perfect 10. Problem-we are human and the world around us tells us what is cool, or hot or whatever.

I still struggle at times, but God has really helped make a difference in my Self-Image. Here are a few things that helped.

First step-start listening to what God thinks about us (read the Psalms)
Second-Ask God to help us see ourselves through his eyes.
Third-Ask Him to help us with our fears, insecurities etc.
Fourth-Take it one day at a time.
Fifth-Worship. Put on some great music and have a heart to heart with God, He will let you know how He feesl about you!

Humility:
Romans 15:17-19 Paul was excited about what God had done through him.
Matthew 10:9-31 Realize your worth comes from God.
Luke 1:48-49 Accept the gifts God has given you and use them to serve Him.
Luke 14:11, James 4:10 Those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Pride:
Proverbs 16:5 The Lord detests the proud.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before a fall.
Luke 9:49-50 A proud person is jealous of the success of others.
Philippians 2:3 Consider others better than yourself.
Matthew 4:3 Satan attacks through our strengths — the areas of our pride.


Smart Stuff to Remember:
“Humility is the ability to see ourselves as God describes us.”
— Henry Jacobson


“True humility is contentment.”
— Henry F. Ameil


“Swallow your pride occasionally. It’s nonfattening.”
— Frank Tyger


“Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick except the one who has it.”
— Buddy Robinson

“A person who gets too big in the britches will be exposed in the end.”
— Anonymous

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger XtremeFaith said...

Letting Go-Not sure of the whole context on this, but here are two scriptures that none of us can go wrong on.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God knows the plans that he has for our lives. We may not understand, but he does. His plans are better than our plans, why? he can see the big picture, He knows what is best for us and wants what is best for us. Key to it all is TRUST! We all will face times when we don't understand and all that we can do is know that God does and trust Him. That is really the only choice. He really wants what is best for us, so if something doesn't work out, and we rally wants God's will, then we must trust and let Him work it out in His time according to His plan. Thi will bring us peace and help us move on with the things that God wants us to focus on.

More to follow:)

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

God sees tomorrow so trust Him. Things happen that we don't always understand, but God does. Our heart and our mind will play tricks on us, but if we acknowledge (God I want your will in my life or God whatever you want I want) God daily in our life, He will make a path where there is no path. He will help us through when it seems there is no possible way to get through this hurt or situation.

God loves us. He loves us like no father we have ever seen. He wants what is BEST for us. Not second best, but the best. Seek Him for what you want, don't settle for something that isn't in His will for you. Sometimes it means waiting, but somethings are worth the wait, especially God's best for your life.

 
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At 4:08 PM, Blogger Luke said...

Steve,

Thanks so much for putting the time and effort into this. You're awesome!

XtremeFaith,

Take the time to read over this. It will be helpful. Also, if you find a passage that particularly helps or speaks to your situation, commit it to memory. Secondly, take the time to thank Steve for doing this for us.


I'll be the first.

Thanks Steve!

 
At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

laziness

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous da bomb guy said...

thanks steve!

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger T_Griff said...

Thanx Steve!
Tim? out.

 
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