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Overthinking

I’ve become more aware lately of how many costly mistakes I’ve been making by not taking the time to stop, take a breath, and think—and by my inclination to think too much.

Am guessing you’ve noticed, as I have, that inspired words meet us on both sides of the road. The first Psalm urges us to meditate day and night on the story and teachings of the Five Books of Moses. Then Solomon, a collector of thoughtful proverbs, reminds us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart without relying on our own understanding (Prov 3:5-7).

We’ve been considering together how Jesus gives us a new (restored and refreshed) way of understanding all things.

At 12 years of age, he amazed teachers of Moses with his thoughtful questions and understanding of Scripture  (Luke 2:46-47). Later, as he began his 3 years of public teaching he began by turning the thoughts of his people’s expectation of a liberating Messiah and kingdom of God— upside-down and inside-out (Matthew 5:1-11).

Yet he did so with inexpressible humility and insight, later adding,

“By myself, I can do nothing”… and…

“Without me, you can do nothing”. (John 5:19) (John 5:30) (John 15:5).


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart, yes I too have learned that there are a great many Scripture verses that seem in opposition to each other (other side of the road).

    I have to laugh at the concept of “overthinking” as that nearly defines my entire intellectual life.

    Recently I have had reason to talk (long distance) to someone who is questioning their Christianity, questioning the Bible, wondering about all of the new approaches of worship, why God would send people to hell, if is God real, and on and on and on.

    The search for God begins with questions we ask ourselves and our peace comes in simply having faith.

    Faith is not an intellectual exercise. In truth it comes into opposition to it.

    Hebrews 11:1 JKV, Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV, Philippians 4:7 KJV tells us clearly that our peace comes by not “overthinking”, but by just believing in opposition to trying to reason it all out.

    58 degrees with light fog, rain on its way.

    Steve

  2. poohpity says:

    Overthinking can cause us to imagine things that are not there and miss the simple things that actually are.(Romans 1:21 NLT; Col 2:8 NLT)

  3. poohpity says:

    In the sermon on the mount Jesus gave the more important things to think about and be:

    “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
    4
    God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
    5
    God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
    6
    God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied.
    7
    God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    8
    God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
    9
    God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
    10
    God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

  4. poohpity says:

    11
    “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.

  5. street says:

    God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
    for they will be satisfied.

    thinking of the difference of justice and righteousness.
    if we seek justice no one would be satisfied. hell comes to mind here, we all deserved it. yet we are told those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied. i find i am not righteous. when righteousness and justice meet they can only meet in Christ. if i am unrighteous and unjust how can i become righteous and just when it is so far from me?

  6. poohpity says:

    One can not be just or righteous in and of self it is only through Christ. We are made right with God only through Jesus Christ but we can act justly that means doing what is right and just thing to do but the reason it is only through Christ is because we often fail at doing that even though we may try. So you are right it is so far from you or anyone for that matter that is why grace is so totally amazing.

  7. street says:

    overthinking
    thinking of joseph and the whole story played out in all the painful difficult heart wrenching twist and turns of personal failings and God’s Triumphant Mastery of them leading up to the Exodus! like paul said shall we continue in sin that gace my abound ?????? my first though was not “not!” continue in Christ the Author and Finisher of your Faith. digging is obedience. thinking of joseph telling his mom and dad his dream. lol funny thing is they understood the dream of the dreamer…..amazing! do you know your Father’s dream? the old has given way to the new. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

  8. street says:

    NASB 7 For God has not given us a spirit of [f]timidity, but of power and love and discipline, sound judgment.

    NKJV 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

    23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much [a]grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

    1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

  9. poohpity says:

    What do you think the Lord was telling us through those scriptures, street? What is the point you are trying to make from them? They seem scattered. Did Joseph’s parent understand his dream or did they think he was just being arrogant as did his brothers? Do you think our Father(God) dreams even if He does not sleep? What would lead you to think He has a need of rest or sleep? What is the new command that is actually from old, street?

  10. Beloved says:

    Yet he did so with inexpressible humility and insight, later adding,

    “By myself, I can do nothing”… and…

    “Without me, you can do nothing”.

    NKJV 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

    Amen! When I am fearful I ask Jesus for help and He always does, if it’s in His will. Oh He’s so good! Yesterday I asked for courage to share Jesus with a neighbor and He orchestrated events so I was able to provide her with a large print Bible also. She was thrilled! She’s 74 and very tough, if you know what I mean. Praying for softening of her heart. The Gospel is so simple yet my tendency is to overthink and not forget any details, making it more of a theological treatise. Bla bla bla, if you know what I mean :-). Working on that too Mart.

  11. street says:

    thinking about a Father’s dream.
    how about a Father’s will?
    what is our Father’s will?
    i understand He gets what He wants.
    you just got to love a Father like that!

  12. street says:

    thinking of mart’s post about the one followed by 10 then a little more than 600 then and an explosion of commands. thinking about the very first command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. thinking some continue to eat from it through ignorance or deception. seems to me, the true bread from heaven is available along with living water. yet some still prefer the cuisine of egypt. i can see why His thought are so much better than my thoughts.

  13. street says:

    Did Joseph’s parent understand his dream or did they think he was just being arrogant as did his brothers?

    Genesis 37:9-11

    9 Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

  14. Beloved says:

    Thats a very comforting thought street.

  15. Beloved says:

    Re: 10:12 post.

  16. street says:

    thinking of the difficulty jacob and his father, dealing with dreams and separation and being restored from the dead. figuratively. one other story of even more profound transformation of thinking was when mary had to understand who Jesus Is. she was told a sword would pierce her heart. it gets more personal when must go too. thinking of Matt 5 we are not intrinsically humble kind or loving. thinking the cost of righteousness or the cost of peace the cost of mercy the cost of pure heart. we are warned to count the cost.

  17. street says:

    after counting the cost and a decision is rendered. what to build with or what to build? we are told some build with wood hay and stubble, while gold silver and precious stones were available.

    127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
    They labor in vain who build it;
    Unless the Lord guards the city,
    The watchman keeps awake in vain.

  18. poohpity says:

    Very good examples of why Mart said “reminds us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart without relying on our own understanding (Prov 3:5-7).

  19. poohpity says:

    Confusion and darkness comes from our own understanding. Again that Romans 1:21 NLT proves to be so true. There is overthinking to come up with vain imaginations but there is also construing and twisting facts to make up our own story or point maybe haphazard thinking comes to mind or no reliance at all on the Holy Spirit to guide one into all truths. John 16:13, 14:26

  20. jeff1 says:

    I am thinking of how I have always been an over thinker in life in general and blame that on my mental breakdown which now scars me.

    I had a good mentor when it comes to knowing that following Jesus is not overthinking God.

    I now see the difference because my dad taught me that there is a big difference.

    My dad had one big advantage on me and that was his stability of mind as it was that stability that I now know kept him secure in his thinking which led him to godly decisions.

    He was by no means any more knowledgeable on God than the community he lived in and that is what leads me to believe that it is faith and not knowledge that matters to God.

    My dad did not have expectations in life and I know this because he did not get angry with God when life was not going his way because his focus was on Christ and His risen life.

    When I asked him about suffering in the world he would simply reply ‘Jesus suffered’ and he didn’t question his own suffering but accepted it as being part of life.

    When I look back to Jesus’s disciples Peter in particular had many failings but he showed loyalty to Jesus in the end by his commitment.

    In this world today we have different challenges as many are doubting God, do not believe in Him, or, don’t care either way.

    I will not have to suffer as Jesus and His disciples had to suffer for their faith as I live in a country where I can practise it without persecution.

    Living in a divided country I was more persecuted for being British than I ever was for my faith in God.

    Following Christ today is very different to ancient times because it is very much about trusting God more than it is about sacrificing.

    One of God’s greatest enemies today is religion and I know a little about that as I live in a country that is steeped in it.

    What keeps me faithful to God is that I know He has been faithful to me as I have seen glimpses of His mercy and goodness throughout my life.

    I have also got the men like Peter, Paul and Job who suffered in ways I cannot imagine and that is what convinces me that God is worthy of my worship today because there is nothing else I can do for Him as He has already done all there is for me in sacrificing His Son for my Salvation.

    To God be the glory great things He has done.

  21. poohpity says:

    Hosea 6:3,6

  22. Beloved says:

    He gets what He wants!

    Working in us and through us His will is done. How could He use a worm like me to get His way? Must be love. Without it we would be destroyed! Scripture says we have the mind of Christ, yet His ways and mind are beyond knowing!! For God to show up in bodily form boggles the mind, really. But, 8
    God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.

    Confusion comes from the supreme enemy of God, the satan. We battle not with flesh and blood…. We are commanded to love God and our neighbors and our enemies even while God does the heavy lifting, so to speak. Oh yes Hes a good Daddy! Praise and honor and glory go to Him. My rock, my shield and my deliverer. Holy is His name and greatly to be praised. Amen

  23. Beloved says:

    Theres no need to fear confusion. God is on it! John 3:8 “the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”

    2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

  24. street says:

    The search for God begins with questions we ask ourselves and our peace comes in simply having faith.

    thinking of the call of God. living and active in a wilderness. we live unsettled lives in fear and obscurity. far from the Truth. we are told Wisdom calls Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.
    thinking of the tyranny of the urgent. oswald chambers spoke distractions during quiet time even profane thoughts in how we are to bring them to God, even enemies. yes, He knows our thoughts, He knows we need a Savior. they overcame by the blood of the Lamb. even given a new Spirit. a Spirit that would never leave us or forsake us. learning to come to God, i bet the next step is obedience. thinking of peter saying go away from me i am a sinful man. Jesus Truly Gentle Kind and Good. 3 years with peter. was it just 3 years? i think not. rc says the search/struggle for life starts when the profane meets the Holy. bethel thinking of the change from building alters to becoming living sacrifices.

  25. poohpity says:

    He gets what he wants! Seems sort of like a dictator rather than a character builder, doesn’t it?

  26. jeff1 says:

    Be still, my soul, Thy Lord is on thy side.
    Bear patiently, The cross of grief or pain.
    Leave to Thy God, to order and provide.
    In every change, He faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul, Thy best thy heavenly Friend.
    Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end.

    Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake.
    To guide the future has He has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake.
    All now mysteries shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul, the waves and wind still know.
    His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

    Chorus:
    In You I rest, In You I found my hope.
    In You I trust, You never let me go.
    I place my life within Your hands alone.
    Be still, my soul.

    Be still, my soul, the hour is hastening on.
    When we shall be forever with the Lord.
    When disappointment, grief and fear are gone.
    Sorrow forgot, Love’s purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past.
    All safe and blessed, we shall meet at last.

    Bridge
    Be still, my soul
    Be still, my soul
    Be still, my soul

  27. street says:

    He may be harsh even dangerous, but He is Good!

  28. street says:

    oh last thought was from c s lewis i think it was a mouse speaking about the Lion.

  29. street says:

    thinking about the lives Jesus touched and worked with for His Father’s will. how the were undone the rejects of society the remnant that was left over the ruble no one knew quite what to do with them. the 12 fit the bill too, the rejected from rabbinical call and teaching. then there’s this untimely one born called paul! simply amazing! a great hope!

  30. Beloved says:

    I was just reading Romans9, Paul makes a good argument for Gods right to choose whoever He wants, and why. Thought of His response to Job also.

  31. street says:

    Seems sort of like a dictator rather than a character builder, doesn’t it?

    i think the correct term is Sovereign, Holy,Holy,Holy!!!

    i really think it is a trap/snare to compare ourselves to God.

    thinking of the case job wanted sue God in court. he did get a chance to go to court but he recanted in the pretrial motions. when confronted with pretrial questions he could see God. lucky guy! anyway one of the question God asks him is will you condemn Me to justify yourself???? pilot did not do so well in his court. pilot and caiaphas were trying to keep the peace/piece and voted to kill the Prince of Peace. the battle continues, but the war is over. Jesus is waiting like the Good and Great Son that He Is. to receive title/deed of creation. paid in full. seek first the Kingdom and all these things will be added. look for the King. subjects in His absents, ambassadors. a new Spirit comes to mind here. to delight in His Majesties Service. the clothing will take your breath away.

  32. jeff1 says:

    O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free
    Rolling as a mighty ocean, in its fullness over me
    Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
    Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above

    O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore
    How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, evermore
    How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own
    How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne

    O the deep, deep love of Jesus, tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me
    And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee, yeah
    (incomprehensible)

    And it lifts me up to glory

  33. jeff1 says:

    Beloved says, ‘He gets what He wants’!

    I prefer to say that ‘He has the upper hand’ in that whatever I don’t know about God I know that He knows best and so I bough to His superior knowledge.

    When I am working in the charity shop we often get jigsaws handed in to resell but we are not allowed to sell the jigsaw unless all the pieces are there and so we have to count and make sure none are missing.

    I think of God’s plan as being like a jigsaw and I may be just a small piece but God’s plan is not complete until all pieces fit together.

    Think of the world at large and how massive God’s jigsaw is and be at peace knowing that it is in His hands.

    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands

    He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
    He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
    He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands

    He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
    He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
    He’s got a-you and me brother in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands

    He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
    He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
    He’s got a-you and me sister in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands

    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands
    He’s got the whole world in His hands

  34. poohpity says:

    I guess the most important part of “He gets what He wants” is knowing what He wants for us. Most people do not even have a clue that is why they think of God as a ruling dictator rather than a just, good, loving God.

    I don’t think He wants us to be rebellious, but to trust Him.
    I don’t think He wants us to be full of pride, but to be humble.
    I don’t think He wants us to be self centered, but to be other centered.
    I don’t think He wants us to rely on our own understanding, but learn from Him.

    So I would say that God does not get what He wants or this world sure would be a better place.

  35. poohpity says:

    He wants us to get to know Him and develop an intimate relationship with Him. Does He get what He wants?

    He wants us to share His great love that He has for us but often we never even mention His name to others. Does He get what He wants?

    He wants us to love others the way He has loved us. Does He get what He wants?

    He wants us to spend our time doing good. Does He get what He wants?

    Those are some of the areas that we should really think about but rather we tend to overthink the areas like following the law and looking at our sinfulness rather than His salvation and the freedom that brings to do what He really wants.

  36. street says:

    This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.

    13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”

    14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

    And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,

    “they are before the throne of God
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
    and he who sits on the throne
    will shelter them with his presence.

    “Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah.
    For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.
    11
    They triumphed over him
    by the blood of the Lamb
    and by the word of their testimony;
    they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death.
    12
    Therefore rejoice, you heavens
    and you who dwell in them!
    But woe to the earth and the sea,
    because the devil has gone down to you!
    He is filled with fury,
    because he knows that his time is short.”

    children of Light.

  37. street says:

    6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

    10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

    because God always gets His way, thinking of of the times He ask to come and ask Him for things. thinking of Who He Is and the kinds of gifts He gives.

  38. Beloved says:

    Romans 8:28-30 The Message (MSG)
    26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

    29-30 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

  39. jeff1 says:

    It isn’t what I don’t know about God that matters but what I do know and that is that He takes me as I am, ‘Come you who are weary and I will give you rest’.

    I am weary of not coming up to another’s standard for me and why I rest in Christ as He does not seem to mind that my head is all over the place as He speaks to my heart in telling me:

    “All is well with my soul”.

    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.

    It is well with my soul,
    It is well, it is well with my soul.

    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

    My sin-oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!-
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

    For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

    But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

    And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

  40. street says:

    thinking of the joy of Otherness.

  41. bubbles says:

    Jeff1, my mother chose this song to be sung at her funeral. She died at age 40. What a tremendous testimony she had that she could say this about her short life. I will see her again in Heaven.

  42. jeff1 says:

    Thank you for sharing Bubbles, yes, it will be a joy to be reunited with our loved ones.

  43. Beloved says:

    Pooh, God brought you to mind during our communion service today so I prayed for you. May the LORD bless you with knowledge of the Holy. Joyce

  44. jeff1 says:

    Pooh’s 9 Sept 6.46 am post

    Pooh says that God does not get what He wants or this world would be a better place but Jesus says do not focus on the world but on HIM.

    He has overcome the world and so there is no more important time to focus on Him than when the world seems out of control.

    Peter, too, sank when he took his eyes of Jesus and so it is good to remember myself that I am no different than Peter when it comes to taking my eyes of Christ.

    Without Him, I can do nothing.

    WITHOUT HIM

    Without Him, I could do nothing
    Without Him, I’d surely fail
    Without Him I would be drifting
    Like a ship without a sail

    Without Him I would be dying
    Without Him I’d be enslaved
    Without Him life would be worthless
    But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

    Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
    Do you know Him today
    Please don’t turn Him away
    Oh Jesus, my Jesus
    Without Him how lost I would be
    Without Him how lost I would be

  45. poohpity says:

    Joyce, usually in the quiet time of self reflection before one receives the elements is a time to see if we are harboring ill feeling towards someone or they have ill feeling towards us and the Lord brings that person to mind so that we do not receive the elements in an unworthy manner. Since the elements represent the forgiveness, mercy and grace that was shown us by the Lord we also must have that in our hearts as well. (Matt 5:23-24 NLT; 1 Cor 11:27-29 NLT)

    Viv, I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying. I was saying that IF we did what God wants then the world in which we live would be a better place. We are called to be the salt of the earth or a shinning light on the hill that says to me, if we are doing what God wants we will bring that to the world. Matt 5: 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

    14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

    So IF we are focused on Jesus then the world will be a better place because that is what God wants from those who follow after Him and shows He abides in us.

  46. poohpity says:

    Matt 17: 7 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

    20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

    22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!”

  47. Beloved says:

    Pooh before God I harbor no ill feelings toward you, in fact I feel sad you don’t understand Holiness and the sovereignty of God. But I believe in the great grace and mercy of God to change even the hardest of hearts and those damaged by sin as we all are. Our communion service focused on the grace and love of God through Jesus death on the cross. Do this in remembrance of me, Jesus said. It was not about whether we were worthy or not. Christ makes us worthy. The more we understand Holiness He becomes higher than ourselves, and our tendency to overthink about our own value becomes less of a stumbling block, as all idols are. Children keep yourselves from idols. One preacher said recently that we are idol factories. So true. So sad. So it doesn’t matter what you think I am thinking, pooh, trust God and cast your cares on Him despite what anyone says. His ways are perfect. And I will continue to intercede for you as a dearly beloved child of God as instructed. Blessings, Joyce

  48. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, people tell me all the time that I misunderstand their point and that is perhaps understandable because comprehension was my worst subject at school.

    I am focused on Jesus who gives me strength to abide as I am weak in my mind but trust God in my heart.

    It is not a surprise to God that this world has gone astray as false teaching is widespread and just the other day a member of the Roman Catholic church said to myself and another how she accepted what the church told her without questioning and today the revelations are making many think again about their teaching and I happen to think that is a positive change to see people thinking for themselves rather than being led by false teaching.

    As I see it God is very much working in the world today in bringing out truth’s that have been kept hidden so that those in power can hold on to that power.

    I do not know why you think this world should be a better place as God tells us not to make this world our home which suggests He expects us to be aliens in this world.

  49. Beloved says:

    Overthinking

    RC Sproul says never water down the gospel to appease men.

  50. street says:

    I was saying that IF we did what God wants then the world in which we live would be a better place.

    34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

    “‘a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
    a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
    37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

    a Kingdom of priest,
    the office of a priest is difficult, thank God for Christ

    Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins [d]by His blood— 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to [e]His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.

    Jude 22-24

    22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

    24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

    stay focused on your Lord.

  51. foreverblessed says:

    God Calling, November 5 – Second Advent

    “Jesus, Comforter of all the sorrowing, help us to bring Thy comfort into every heart and life to which Thou art longing to express that comfort through us. Use us, Lord. The years may be many or few. Place us where we can best serve Thee, and influence most for Thee.”

    The world would be brought to Me so soon, so soon, if only all who acknowledged Me as Lord, as Christ, gave themselves unreservedly to be used by Me.

    I could use each human body as mightily as I used My own human body as a channel for Divine Love and Power.

    I do not delay My second coming. My followers delay it.

    If each lived for Me, by Me, in Me, allowing Me to live in him, to use him to express the Divine through him, as I expressed it when on earth, then long ago the world would have been drawn to Me, and I should have come to claim My own.

    So seek, My children, to live, knowing no other desire but to express Me, and to show My Love to your world.

    -He must increase, but I must decrease.-
    John 3:30

  52. poohpity says:

    Beloved, don’t feel sad about my relationship with God because it is actually very close. Isn’t the rest of what you said actually assuming something you have no idea about nor will you ever know but think you do? lol

    Viv, if God does not want us to make a difference for good in the world then what actually did He save us for besides a guarantee of having our eternal home? While we still live this life in the flesh shouldn’t it be to do something like sharing the Gospel and helping others? Or are we just to hide in our homes, hide our heads in the sand and keep looking to heaven and not do anything as in being God’s hands and feet. Eph 2:10 NLT Oh my that would really be a waste now wouldn’t it?

  53. poohpity says:

    street, as for what you wrote there are people even within our families that hate us because of our relationship with Jesus (Mark 13:13) but Jesus also promised for those who have division and lose mothers, bothers/sisters, because of Jesus will receive hundreds times more. (Matt 19:29). So in the long run we actually gain more.

  54. poohpity says:

    forever, good word! It is nice to hear every now and again something that holds true to God’s word and His Spirit.

  55. Beloved says:

    Pooh, I never said anything about your “relationship” with God. As for “assuming” I only know how you think by what you write here.

  56. Beloved says:

    Street, Jude is to me a stunning reminder. How far to go? This helps. When the roll is called up yonder I will be still weeping for those that have rejected Christ. However, God made me this way so I rejoice in Him and His ways which are beyond our understanding, mostly. He is not safe, but He is good!

  57. jeff1 says:

    If you believe that God has called you to preach the gospel then do so Pooh but do not criticise other believers if they do not believe that is their purpose.

    I have seen enough preachers in my time standing on street corners threatening hell to get people to believe in God and they have stopped doing it for one good reason it isn’t working.

    The world has changed dramatically since I was a young girl and I was influenced by my parents when it came to my faith in God but today’s young people are influenced by no one and have their own minds on everything including God.

    I may not share their beliefs but I understand why they are disillusioned with religions as in my country alone it has created division causing violence and hatred that has effected us for decades.

    History tells us that religions are not working so it is not surprising that many are falling away from their churches.

    As for doing good in the world non believers are just as active as believers today so I think it is up to one’s own conscience as a believer whether they choose to do good works or not.

    I know that in the church of believers I belong to all are active in their community but I don’t believe God makes demands on us but rather wants us to be united in our efforts which is where we fail the greatest to my way of thinking because jealousy and rivalry raises its ugly head and division is the end result of a competitive spirit.

  58. poohpity says:

    Joyce you said, “I feel sad you don’t understand Holiness and the sovereignty of God.” that is called assuming. Only in having a relationship with God do we learn those things. If you even had a clue then the things I write you would know that is not true in the least and show that I do in fact know the holiness and sovereignty of God that is the very reason I do not think it is not my job to judge the spirituality of another and would rather leave that into His mighty hand and understand that He is more than capable of handling those matters. Do you really trust Him or is it all words as is most of everything else you write.

    When we are celebrating the Lord’s supper we are to look within not at others. When one understands what was done for us in that celebration then we know that anything anyone else does they answer to Him not to us. So it would seem it is you that does not understand the holiness and sovereignty of God, right? Romans 2:1

  59. poohpity says:

    Joyce, whether you admit it or not you do have an attitude towards me or else God would not have brought me to your mind during the Lord’s supper if that is even the truth or just another lie as usual.

  60. Beloved says:

    the accuser is busy today.

  61. poohpity says:

    Viv, we are all called to share the Gospel at least that is Jesus and the bible teaches and I believe in what it teaches.

    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

    Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

    Just like someone shares their favorite receipt with others or when they love someone they want to introduce that person to everyone they know, how much more should we share about the glorious works that Jesus has done for us and to tell others how much He loves them. It should just come pouring out of us and we should be excited to share with everyone.

  62. poohpity says:

    Beloved, are you busy today, it sure doesn’t seem like it.

  63. jeff1 says:

    God is not a dictator but sadly people by their words and actions make Him seem like one and turn just as many away from the gospel as they draw others to it.

  64. Beloved says:

    It did occur to me that sharing what the LORD laid on my heart could be misconstrued as prideful, arrogant, and putting someone down. That couldn’t be further from the truth. However, I do not care what others think of me. Love is patient, kind and thinks of others as better than themselves. My prayers are an offering to God, even and especially prayers for those who deem themselves my enemies. Lesson learned here, stay in my prayer closet! Wise as a serpent comes to mind. Getting wiser!! Praise God

  65. Beloved says:

    Steve and Pearl thinking of you with the storm on its way.

  66. Beloved says:

    Read a couple commentaries on 1 Cor 11:27-29 and they will explain what those verses are written about. Self examination was to determine if one is part of the body of Christ and honoring Him or if their eating is gluttonous and pagan. The early church had shared meals, not like our juice and wafer today.

  67. Beloved says:

    I Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

  68. Beloved says:

    12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you”.

    Hes not safe, but He is good!

  69. poohpity says:

    Joyce what do we drink the juice and eat the wafers to remember? If we are holding a grudge or hate in our hearts are we remembering what Christ did or clinging to the flesh. Yes in the days of the Corinthians they were eating that as a meal and not as a remembrance but it says way more than that they acknowledge His body and blood shed for us.

    Luke 22: 19 He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me. After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people–an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.”

    If we know we are forgiven and shown grace why would we not want to do that to others as we eat and drink and to not do that is spitting(that is in an unworthy manner) on what Jesus did. It is sad that that is not understood.

  70. foreverblessed says:

    Today is another day, a New Day, I would say
    Today, if you hear His voice

    For some it means that they are drawn to Christ’s heart even closer, yes, inside their homes, and Jesus heals them. As His Life flows through us, He cleanses us.
    We cannot make ourselves right, it is His Spirit within us, as we look in faith up to Him.
    As the israelties looked up to the snake on the pole, that is how we are healed in spirit, soul ( mind) and body.
    Mart is talking about that he thinkts so much, That is what I do too, on some points,
    Jesus came that we might have life, and have it to the full
    When I was in a fundamental church, it was taught that keeping the 10 commandments was making us whole. That we would ask the Holy Spirit to help us.
    I am sure that God looks at the heart. Is it in our hearts to follow God? Then He will set us on track.
    It took me some time to get the point that it is Life in Jesus that is the clue of the New Convenant!
    Jesus is the bread of life,
    We eat His bread, He Himself is our meal. DO we only eat Him when we eat the Lord’s Supper?

    We all eat from the same Loaf, Paul said. And that is Jesus.
    We drink from the same Rock, that is also Jesus.

    Livingn in faith in Jesus! What a great truth, and how long it took me to get it. I remember asking God about it, and then I would go on in the tantrum of church-life.

    It also took Jesus a long time to heal me from fundamentalism.

    But Jeff, please stay in your house, and get that Rest in Christ, as you just seek it.

    I was in a healing ministry when I was searching for Jesus, and for healing (ha ha, that is so obvious) and this man was saying: In the church there are prophets, there are teachers, there are apostles,
    The apostles are the ones who keep saying to you:” Go out and preach.”

    But you must not let any christian make you do thinings that the Spirit had told themsleves, but the SPirit has not yet told you. If the Spirit wants you to be in the shadow of Jesus, stay there.
    It is also Oswald Chambers who wrote:
    Doing intercessory prayer is something you can do, inside your home.

    The prayer goes before the preaching of the Word. There are thise who preach the Word, by opening their mouth.
    But they must remember how much prayer has gone on before!

    Prayer

    Loving interaction
    And then the loving interaction. Love makes the soil soft. Before a word is spoken, they must see the love of christians.

    And then, when the time is right, speak the Word, not by our own will, but because the Holy Spirit gave us the Words inside us.

  71. foreverblessed says:

    We cannot make ourselves right. We can only chose to be connected to the Vine, and we are the branches.
    If there is a misunderstanding, leave it to Christ. And just bless each other.
    God, please bless Jeff, Beloved, Pooh, and all the others here. Especially Bubbles, who has gone through such a storm. That You keep her close to you.

    Please let our eyes be focussed on You, and not on the faults of each other here.

    And bless Steve, and Pearle, and all people in their area with the storm approaching.
    Be with them in the storm.
    Please be with Matt, we pray for a Revelation of Jesus in his heart. That he knows that Jesus is always with him, no matter the circumstances, how hard they may be. Please give him rest, a rest only known in You.
    The peace that surpasses all understanding.

    I pray that for all of us here, that no matter what other people say abouut us, Your peace is so great in us. We look up to You, You are the only Source of all the good gifts from Heaven.
    And we give You our worries, our grumbles, our irriation.
    And we wait on You, for Your response.

    Give us more Hope, that we can pray for the people around us, who do not believe in you yet, that we may pray in hope, not dishope. That the hope that springs up in our hearts for them, make our prayers more full of faith.
    In Jesus Name we pray

  72. foreverblessed says:

    Overthinking:
    We cannot overthink Who Jesus is
    What He did,
    Words He spoke

    That Joy in our hearts may grow, while thinking about Him.

  73. jeff1 says:

    Pooh’s post 10 Sept 5.31 pm

    Pooh, each of us are on a different journey in life and I don’t know where you have been anymore than you know where I have been.

    I not only have inherited mental illness from my mum and brother but I was effected by the war which lasted 30 years
    which was most of my young life so I believe that God understands that my mind is not in a good place and accepts me as I am without making demands on me.

    I do what I can which is to work in a charity shop and visit elderly who are glad of the company.

    I may not measure up to your standards of what a follower of Jesus should look like but I have stopped trying to live up to others standards and do my best in the circumstances I find myself as unlike people God doesn’t make demands but comforts and gives me hope that my contribution however small is pleasing in His sight.

    The one thing we can agree on is that God does not get what He wants because there is too much division in our world today and it is driven by controlling people who try to play God rather than follow His leading.

    I had a good mentor in my dad because he was the most uncontrolling man I knew who was driven by seeking God’s understanding and not his own.

    My dad got it right when he said it is up to us to be on God’s side but I have discovered in life that too many believers today expect God and indeed change God to suit their beliefs which is why I am glad that God has the upper hand in not conforming to peoples ways but continues in His own.

    Thank you for your posts Forever and your as they are always encouraging, comforting and uplifting and also for your prayers.

    Beloved thank you for understanding my weariness as I am often too tired to think never mind overthink and I believe you know something about that from reading between the lines.

    FOUNTAINS OF MERCIES, GOD OF LOVE

    Fountains of mercy, God of love,
    Whose gifts all creatures share,
    The rolling seasons as they move
    Proclaim Thy constant care.

    When in the bosom of the earth
    The sower hid the grain,
    Thy goodness marked its secret birth,
    And sent the early rain.

    The spring’s sweet influence, Lord, was Thine,
    The seasons knew Thy call;
    Thou mad’st the summers sun to shine,
    The summers dews to fall.

    The gifts of mercy from above
    Matured the swelling grain;
    And now the harvest crowns Thy love,
    And plenty fills this plain.

    O ne’er may our forgetful hearts
    O’erlook Thy bounteous care,
    But what our Father’s hand imparts
    Still own in praise and prayer.

    To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
    The God Whom we adore,
    Be glory, as it was, is now,
    And shall be evermore.

  74. SFDBWV says:

    “Overthinking”.
    The one thing I can pretty well predict is that overthinking will most certainly produce “confusion”.

    Is there a benefit to confusion?

    Lawyers are trained to confuse juries so as to produce the slightest “doubt” of guilt, and thereby relieve their clients of facing punishment.

    But is there a benefit to we professing Christians to trying to read too much in the simplest statement or verse of Scripture?

    The problem is that our imaginations or even perhaps our training, and certainly our own world view of everything, influences our interpretation of the simplest statement. And as we turn the matter over and over again and again in our mind what we may actually be doing is trying to make it say what we want and not what it says.

    A common saying today is that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I would remind you that you still need sugar to make lemonade.

    In that scenario I would say that “sugar” would have to be the presence of Jesus in order to turn a dark sky into a sunrise.

    My unqualified advice is to always try and keep it simple and not complicate things by “overthinking”.

    Vivian remember the peace your dad led you to. Drown out the interference of too many voices by relaxing with your music and commune with God in song.

    Even though Pearl, Bubbles and I are in the bullseye of the approaching storm, I am sure we will be fine, after all, you guys are praying for us. How can we not be?

    58 and light rain.

    Steve

  75. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Steve, I know you are right about keeping your faith simple as I seen it with my dad and today I am surrounded by other believers who do likewise and I see the peace and stability of their faith and envy them.

    I have to say Steve the one thing that scares me is storms and I have only seen them in the movies as we do not get them to the extent that you do in America.

    God be with you all and safe in His keeping.

  76. poohpity says:

    Oh my gosh talk about “Overthinking” things. Doing good deeds no matter how small we believe they are, are none the less good deeds. That does not mean we have to do grand things like fill a stadium with people and share the Gospel it means going the charity shop and helping or going to the old folks home and talking to someone, just one person or sharing on a blog what Jesus means to you. How about going to the grocery store and smiling at someone who looks like they are having a bad day. Or praying for others whether they know it or not. It is not the grand things that matter but those little things that come from one’s heart to lift the spirit of someone else. It can be a touch on the shoulder, or a hug, or a kind word or a cup of coffee with someone who needs to talk.

    I never set out measures for anyone. People with faith have doubts. We do not have check list to live up to or it would not be love but works. We do good deeds because of a desire in our hearts to do them not because we have to. We sing songs because we love to not because we have to. So like I was saying before what I said was totally misunderstood and overthought. A person may think what they do because it may be small to them is actually a good deed no matter how small we think it is, it all matters.

    When our feet hit the floor in the morning we are still children of God and Ambassadors for Christ. Any action we do out of love for God and others is a touch of God’s love. It does not seem to be based on the size of the action but the heart behind it. We are never forced to do anything nor are we measured by our actions, we have the Love of God because of who He is not based on anything we can do. Any actions we take are an out pouring of the love that fills us in our hearts, there is no measurement for that, there is no perfection in that, it just is and it just happens.

  77. poohpity says:

    Have you ever noticed that they way we think about ourselves we project on others that they think about us the same way we think about ourselves, even if they don’t?

  78. poohpity says:

    There is nothing we can do that will make God love us any less nor is anything we can do that make God love us any more than He already does. It is after all not about us but about the love of God and when we overflow in His love it just comes pouring out to others.

  79. jeff1 says:

    If it is the little things that matter so much then I see people doing them everyday and everywhere but it doesn’t change the world as it is those with power and money who have the power to do that and it seems the more power and money people get the more corrupt they become.

    I have often heard people say I’d rather be poor and now I understand why because there is less temptation to become corrupt when you don’t have the power and money to do so.

  80. poohpity says:

    Viv, If I knew your email address I would send this to you secretly but since I don’t this is only for you so everyone else please scroll past this, it is not for you to read.

    Here is what I think about myself, I do not measure up to God’s standards nor to my own for that matter. I fall so short in so many areas. BUT Jesus has covered me by His blood so God looks at me clothed in the righteousness of Christ so that is how He sees me, thinks about me and feels about me on my own I would never make it. The bible isn’t a book of the things I should do but of what Christ has done that is why I love reading it. No one told me I should read it but when I handed my life over to God the desire came into my heart to do so, so I could learn all about the person who loved me first before I ever knew anything about His love for me but in the years since I have learned and continue to learn about that love.

    So I not only think but know that I would never measure up to God’s standards or mine or anyone else for that matter. So please do not accuse me of thinking that I have standards for anyone else because it is just not so, I KNOW that no one measures up so I do not impose that impossibility on anyone. I also KNOW that it is the Lord that changes hearts nothing I can do or say can do that because only God has that power.

    The only thing I do know for sure is that I am a sinner saved my God’s grace. People are not here to live up to my expectations because I do not expect anything from anybody not even other Christians because I KNOW how often I fail so why would I expect anything different from anyone else but it is not about me, not my failures or successes but about the all encompassing love of God for His creation those are the one’s He calls by name, we hear His call and follow Him.

  81. poohpity says:

    Yes the little things can change the world one person at a time. If everyone did one little thing they would add up to great things.

  82. Beloved says:

    Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name!
    8The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
    9 He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
    10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
    11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
    12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

  83. street says:

    for those who missed oswald chambers today, this caught my attention.

    “Notice the kind of people that God brings around you, and you will be humiliated once you realize that this is actually His way of revealing to you the kind of person you have been to Him. Now He says we should exhibit to those around us exactly what He has exhibited to us.”

    giving to them what God has given to us.

  84. Beloved says:

    That particular devotion I remember often. Lesson in humility.

  85. foreverblessed says:

    That is a very good one Street!

    Today we had a devotion in the big church of our city. Many tourists come here and write their prayers in the prayerbook.
    Once a week they are prayed over, by different church pastors. A Psalm is read, and a reading of another Bible verse, that is part of the national Bible site.

    Today was Psalm 54.

    And I did some reading about it. David complains to God about the Ziphites, who betrayed him to Saul.

    This is the side of David, the viewpoint from what happened to David.

    But from the viewpoint of the people of the desert of Ziph, a place in Judah, the story sounds different!
    King Saul was the annointed king, the anointing of Favidvwax find in private.
    1 Sam 23:19-29

    From a human point of view, thisis insolvable!
    But David asks God to defend him.

    It was God who had annointed him king.
    But there David met Saul.

    So it could be that Hid is giving you company of people who are like you have been.
    Or…
    God sends you people to train you for the job you will get given to you by God, like God trained David, through Saul.

    God made Saul an adversary to David, to train David, never to become like Saul, when he would be king.

    Not: that is what you have been,
    But: this is what you would become,
    We’re it not for the training God is giving you.

    I do notwant to downsize.what Oswald Chambers has written, but just to think this through. Is it always like this?

    We have to learn to listen what the Spirit is telling us!

    Not what sensible is.

    Good to hear from you Steve!
    We keep on praying!

  86. Beloved says:

    Oh how glorious is the grace of God!!

  87. jeff1 says:

    Pooh, whether you realise it or not your posts say a lot and since I am bad at comprehension I may doubt my own understanding but I read the other posts here and their comments tell me that I am understanding very well and we cannot all be wrong.

    I have no doubts about your faith or your love of Christ but I do have doubts about your love for your brothers and sisters in Christ as your posts reflect animosity and judgement towards others.

    I have animosity towards others of a different faith as I suffered persecution because of their faith and so I understand a battle within and the struggle to let God have His way.

    I agree that people are not hear to live up to another’s expectations but that doesn’t stop us having them as we are all human and are not all at the same level of understanding.

    I expect more of my Minister than I do of other believers and I take his advice as I trust his knowledge and teaching as you do Mart.

    My greatest enemy is my head and so songs are my escape from the confusion in my mind.

    I have learned to live with others who have no faith or have a different faith as I see them just as vulnerable as I am in a corrupt and uncaring world where money and power are men’s God.

    For me it is a learning process and God is full of surprises as what I once thought was important God has stripped away and I now see myself as a sinner saved by Grace but that does not change this world and how I see it.

    There is the good, the bad and the ugly and I am still struggling with being the good guy in a world where authorities that should know better put power and money before the people.

    In what way does my little deeds free anyone from persecution or hatred or violence?

    The truth is it doesn’t and once I realise that I realise just how much I am depending on God to make all things new because man or I sure is not up to the job!

  88. Beloved says:

    I like this from John Piper, fighting for faith in future grace!

    How to Fight Anxiety

    Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)

    Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in thee.”

    Notice: it does not say, “I never struggle with fear.” Fear strikes, and the battle begins. So the Bible does not assume that true believers will have no anxieties. Instead the Bible tells us how to fight when they strike.

    For example, 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” It does not say, you will never feel any anxieties. It says, when you have them, cast them on God. When the mud splatters your windshield and you temporarily lose sight of the road and start to swerve in anxiety, turn on your wipers and squirt your windshield washer.

    So my response to the person who has to deal with feelings of anxiety every day is to say: that’s more or less normal. At least it is for me, ever since my teenage years. The issue is: How do we fight them?

    The answer to that question is: we fight anxieties by fighting against unbelief and fighting for faith in future grace. And the way you fight this “good fight” is by meditating on God’s assurances of future grace and by asking for the help of his Spirit.

    The windshield wipers are the promises of God that clear away the mud of unbelief, and the windshield washer fluid is the help of the Holy Spirit. The battle to be freed from sin is fought “by the Spirit and faith in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13).

    The work of the Spirit and the Word of truth. These are the great faith-builders. Without the softening work of the Holy Spirit, the wipers of the Word just scrape over the blinding clumps of unbelief.

    Both are necessary — the Spirit and the Word. We read the promises of God and we pray for the help of his Spirit. And as the windshield clears so that we can see the welfare that God plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), our faith grows stronger and the swerving of anxiety smooths out.

  89. Beloved says:

    “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
    Martin Luther

    1
    A mighty Fortress is our God,
    A Bulwark never failing;
    Our Helper He amid the flood
    Of mortal ills prevailing:
    For still our ancient foe
    Doth seek to work us woe;
    His craft and power are great,
    And, armed with cruel hate,
    On earth is not his equal.
    2
    Did we in our own strength confide,
    Our striving would be losing;
    Were not the right Man on our side,
    The Man of God’s own choosing:
    Dost ask who that may be?
    Christ Jesus, it is He;
    Lord Sabaoth His Name,
    From age to age the same,
    And He must win the battle.
    3
    And though this world, with devils filled,
    Should threaten to undo us,
    We will not fear, for God hath willed
    His truth to triumph through us:
    The Prince of Darkness grim,
    We tremble not for him;
    His rage we can endure,
    For lo! his doom is sure,
    One little word shall fell him.
    4
    That word above all earthly powers,
    No thanks to them, abideth;
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours
    Through Him who with us sideth:
    Let goods and kindred go,
    This mortal life also;
    The body they may kill:
    God’s truth abideth still,
    His Kingdom is forever.

  90. Beloved says:

    I love this hymn also. Luther wrote this amidst horrible conflict with the papacy of Rome and their hellish ideas and actions. 1500’s

  91. street says:

    In what way does my little deeds free anyone from persecution or hatred or violence?

    it’s a beautiful thing.
    the little things, are they so little they go unnoticed?
    thinking little birds and flowers here.

    i don’t think for one moment that kindness patients gentleness or faithfulness ever go unnoticed. Jesus got noticed and was crucified according to the scriptures. the conflict of the flesh and the Spirit go on. you must master it. paul speaks of it. moses spent a lot of time in God’s present in order to lead a nation in a wilderness. even Jesus was found many times alone with His Father. thinking the interruption were like an alarm clock. Jesus was never alarmed and He never failed. thinking we reflect Him best when we are empty/still.

    thinking of a priest praying and using his finger to lighten a load. seems to me there is some obedience involved. James speaks of it.

  92. poohpity says:

    Viv, the only answer I could give to your question, “In what way does my little deeds free anyone from persecution or hatred or violence?” Just look into the eyes and on their face when you do your little deeds, or an act of kindness, or a kind word and just see how it effects them. It does make a difference.

    Jesus said, “whatever you do for the least of these you do it for me”. No act of love is a little deed and thinking it makes no difference is the kind of thinking that prevents people from doing anything at all.

  93. jeff1 says:

    I am much more hopeful that people will not stop doing their little deeds as I don’t think you have to believe you can save the world to be generous of Spirit but I am looking at the world and don’t see it changes the corruption or violence in it.

    I think it is wrong to make people believe that their deeds changes the world when the truth is that while they give comfort and support they do not actually change anything in the world.

  94. poohpity says:

    Oh my gosh what?? That is one of the saddest things I have ever heard in my life. That is the very reason I do not pay any attention to the opinions or accusations that others have about me on this blog. Ooooh my!!

  95. jeff1 says:

    Why bring others into what is my opinion Pooh?

    You do not pay attention to others opinions because you are too opinionated yourself to think that anyone else’s opinion other than your own has any credence.

    And I happen to think that is one of the saddest things I have ever heard in my life.

  96. Beloved says:

    Jesus was never alarmed and He never failed. thinking we reflect Him best when we are empty/still.

    Good point street.

  97. Beloved says:

    Ive been thinking about how our depravity is so much a part of who we are. The things I want to do I don’t and the things I dont want to do I do. Pauls frustration is well understood by me. But Jesus!!! I can spent hours overthinking things as Mart says and mistakes are made, regrets ensue, depression gets a foothold. Again. What was that you said yesterday street? Keep your eyes on Jesus, or something like that? Sure would save me a lot of grief. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

    It is nice to have a place where the worst of sinners, me, can be real about my struggles. And my joys in the LORD.

  98. Beloved says:

    Sometimes though, I get beat up pretty good and its not my fault. Jesus said in the world we would have troubles, but that He has overcome the world! It always comes back to Him! Truth, light, hope.

  99. poohpity says:

    Viv, I must have misunderstood when you said, “Pooh, whether you realise it or not your posts say a lot and since I am bad at comprehension I may doubt my own understanding but I read the other posts here and their comments tell me that I am understanding very well and we cannot all be wrong.” Yes you all can be wrong about many things which is often the case yet because the gang(clique) says so, it must be so.

  100. Beloved says:

    This is not the 7th grade, seriously.

  101. Beloved says:

    Pooh I don’t think you are capable of rational adult judgement. Probably from the years of drug use, yet, I commend you for seeking God and hope you have found friends off the blog that are more your emotional age to relate with. I really do pray for you, even though you completely distrust me, which I understand. Healing of a severe addiction unfortunately does not reverse the damage done. If you can understand that we do think differently then you then perhaps you will stop feeling so persecuted and accept the loving help you’ve been offered here for years, yet reject time and time again. You are not as well or Biblically astute as you think you are. This place is a great gift to us all for various reasons. Yet you continue to set yourself apart. You do this to you. Let God have His way with you, I’m working on the same thing; trust, love, and patience. Joyce

  102. jeff1 says:

    Beloved, I take prescribed drugs for my manic depression and I know when I am more manic I am not capable of rational adult judgement and depend on others whom I trust to rationalise for me.

    Pooh, like so many I know takes the verses of the Bible that suits her beliefs but the Bible has to be taken as a whole to see God’s intent.

    I have listened to Mart on discover the word and others taught like him and they have studied their Bible and its content so as to translate it in layman’s terms and as an untaught person with comprehension difficulties I find they make it easier for me to grasp.

    I agree, Beloved, Pooh is her own worst enemy and I know that I can be my own worst enemy and why I need others to help me understand because God says seek and you will find and so when I need solace I seek it and find it in others who share my faith or in hymns or songs but it is their for to comfort me on my journey and help me feel closer to God.

  103. poohpity says:

    Why bring Mart’s name into this when he is the same person who put up comment guidelines to follow when discussing the topic yet no one respected him by following them, so he took them down and gave in to the free for all.

    As far as the scriptures I use more often than not they fit right in with the topic rather than making the choice to act like the others who use trash talk like gossip, slander against someone all devoid of facts, just opinions based on a lack of understanding without the desire to learn what is true.

    Yes it is me that acts like I am in grade school because I constantly kick sand in every bodies face and it is me who gangs up on people to see how far I can tear them down and alienate them from everybody else just like cliques in school do. Yup that is me all right, lol.

    Yep accusations often show the heart of the accuser not the one being accused.

  104. poohpity says:

    When I read a scripture and feel that gentle tug in my heart I know that is the Lord convicting me not the person sharing His word. My guilty conscience is the Lord either correcting me or encouraging me because I have so much yet to learn and I just love learning especially when it is the Lord teaching. Proverbs 15:14 NLT

  105. poohpity says:

    If I “overthink” the simplicity of what scripture is teaching, I may be falling into the hands of Satan who is the accuser of the brethren who takes God’s word and beats us up with it so much so that we become inactive in living out God’s will.

    “His weapons are accusations to produce guilt and shame. If guilt and shame is a good thing, if it makes us turn to God when the Spirit of God convicts us, it tenders us. It draws us to God. But, there is satanic conviction. many of God’s people have confessed things under satanic conviction instead of God’s conviction. Satanic conviction leads to despair. It leads to guilt. It turns you inward. You can confess your sins and confess your sins, and it gets darker and darker. You despair. It becomes hopelessness. It leads unbelief and rebellion against God because you do not find any relief in that sort of confession. That is satanic conviction. The Holy Spirit conviction brings relief and points to the remedy. The satanic conviction does not point to the remedy. It points to the action that you did or did not do and leaves you there. If it leaves us with our sin and there is no remedy and no pointing out and no sweet reminder, that is satanic conviction. It will drive you to despair. Unless it has been handled, it has driven some people to suicide to get away from the thoughts of the accuser. He is a cunning foe. He is the accuser of the brethren. (overthinking)

    God does not intend for you to live with guilt from day to day. When you take it to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, it is under the blood. It is gone forever… “their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” written by Dr. J.B. Buffington

  106. Beloved says:

    Viv taking drugs for a medical condition is so different from illicit drug use/addiction. I myself take an antidepressant for dysthymia. I’ve tried many times to stop taking it but each time I would fall so deep it was unbearable. So I am finally thankful that modern medicine has come up with these stabilizers. Major depression is no fun at all!

    I’m not reading poohs posts for a while, shes probably gaslighting again and I can’t take it right now. Just being good to me.

    Found out yesterday my best friend has cancer and we don’t know the prognosis yet. Trying not to overthink until shes sees the specialist. Her faith is what I call “flakey” but trusting in the grace of God for her.

    Yes you are a seeker and a learner Viv which is so good.

  107. jeff1 says:

    How could I not live with guilt Pooh when for 30 years the IRA was killing and blaming us who were British for the occupation of what they say is their country.

    They demonised us as their oppressors called us Nazis and all sort of names and in the end I hated them as much as they hated my Britishness.

    Talk is all very well but when you live with hatred and violence up close and personal you get to see the worst side of human nature and it is not pretty. I am not driven to despair for I believe God forgives me for the hatred I harboured as I no longer have it in me.

    I have moved on from those times and live a different life where I am trusting God and not on my own understanding.

    There are many in this country who still harbour hatred on both sides of the divide but I learned the hard way that my dad was right as he never all through the troubles harboured any hatred towards his enemies because he kept focused on Christ and I learned from him the folly of my ways.

    It is God that is good and not people and that is what I keep in mind today when I see despair in the world because of a lack of Godliness in it.

  108. jeff1 says:

    I am not quite sure what you are saying Beloved when you say there is no difference in prescribed drugs and illegal drugs as I have always believed that the prescribed drugs are tested whereas illegal substances are dangerous because we don’t know what is in them.

    I am sorry to hear about your friend and I too can be flaky when going through a crisis but God is good even when I am flaky.

    You will be good support for her and that means a lot as I have friends who are likewise.

    What do you mean by gaslighting?

  109. Beloved says:

    Beloved says:
    September 12, 2018 at 9:28 am
    Viv taking drugs for a medical condition is so different from illicit drug use/addiction.

    Gaslighting is very basically a narcissists tool to manipulate people into thinking they misunderstood them, or their intentions. You can Google it.

  110. street says:

    In what way does my little deeds free anyone from persecution or hatred or violence?
    it’s a beautiful thing.
    redeeming the moments one by one from the darkness.
    each one freed from the bondage of sin and death.
    how could you not get noticed.
    David delighted in His law,
    because in the Law were the Promises of God!
    david got some big promises and was stunned
    to delight in Him and not in ourselves.
    our goal and purpose.
    He lives! and you will too.

  111. jeff1 says:

    Sorry, Beloved, I read it wrong.

    I looked it up and thank you because it helps me to understand why the twisted responses.

  112. poohpity says:

    Gaslighting is telling lies over and over again until everyone believes it and to manipulate others to believe them as truth when there is no truth or facts involved at all.

  113. poohpity says:

    Please enlighten me since you accuse me of gaslighting Joyce of just “one” lie I have told in an effort to control someone to think less of and not for themselves???? Then let’s examine who it is that really lies a lot?

  114. Beloved says:

    No problem Viv, it happens but thanks for asking.

  115. Beloved says:

    Street, yes, its a beautiful thing! Reminded me of letting our light so shine that our Father would be glorified. Every good gift comes from the Father of lights. Every good thing we do: whether a smile, a meal, a thank you, or a prayer for someone reflects the goodness of our Father and brings change, Kingdom type change. I think the Kingdom permeates the planet more than we realize.

    I was just reading about a pastor(?) who visited a 3rd world country with many Christians and when asked what he thought about the culture said “I think heaven is going to be full!” That gave me hope and encouragement that what I do in my seemingly very small corner of the world is part of the greater Light in and throughout the world.

    Of Christian unity (another subject) last evening’s Spurgeon devotional reminded that the outside world is watching us. So I felt guilty about my part in the squabbles here. Defending myself never goes good. I will try to remember this before I hit send. Ha ha I just thought of it, (my mind is preoccupied in prayer for my friend and her family who she is very close with).

  116. jeff1 says:

    I know what you mean Beloved I take it more after my mum to squabble while it was my dad’s nature to be a listener and not opinionated at least not unless it mattered.

    He had his priorities right and knew when to speak and when not to.

    I am learning that the least said the easiest mended as those who put their brain into gear before their mouth are very much in control of the outcome.

  117. street says:

    Proverbs 10:19
    Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

    what can you compare grace and mercy too?

  118. bubbles says:

    Thinking about overthinking…. when I “overthink”, this can turn into worry. God tells us to be anxious for nothing, He tells us to think on whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are just, and so on. That first word, TRUE helps me because most of worry thoughts have NOT happened yet.

    If these things have not happened yet, this also means they MAY NOT happen, and therefore, those thoughts are NOT REAL…yet.

    When the overthinking begins, whether it is about the possibility of those things that have not happened, or I am overthinking someone’s motives or comments, I must take control of those thoughts and say, “whatsoever things are TRUE,” and stop the overthinking because they are not true.

    This sweet verse from Phillipians is similar to a weapon that I use to fight these thoughts. With the help of the Holy Spirit this verse comes to mind and helps bring thoughts under control. I fail many times but this is a process. Thankful God has given us this verse and gives us help.

  119. foreverblessed says:

    Thank you very very much Bubbles!
    Thinking about the good things!

    Jesus has already overcome the evil.
    We are free to serve Him.
    What would Jesus do
    Could also be:
    What would Jesus think.

    He has all good thoughts about me, even when I fail,bwhen I do not trust fully in Him, when I waver, when Jeff flakes, whatever that means?
    Jesus has positive thoughts about us.
    About the world

  120. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Pooh, you are a dearly beloved child of God.

    You could overthink these words of Jesus:
    Bless your enemies, do good to those who hate you..
    Matthew 5:1-13

    Rejoice in the Lord,always.
    The Lord rejoices over you too.

    But you are free to choose for yourself what to do.
    God bless you lots and lots and lots.

  121. foreverblessed says:

    My utmost of today is sooo good.
    Good to think that over!

    I just copy and paste it here:

    September 13
    After surrender then what
    John 17:4

    True surrender is not simply surrender of our external life but surrender of our will— and once that is done, surrender is complete. The greatest crisis we ever face is the surrender of our will. Yet God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. And once that battle has been fought, it never needs to be fought again.

    Surrender for Deliverance. “Come to Me…and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is only after we have begun to experience what salvation really means that we surrender our will to Jesus for rest. Whatever is causing us a sense of uncertainty is actually a call to our will— “Come to Me.” And it is a voluntary coming.

    Surrender for Devotion. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…” (Matthew 16:24). The surrender here is of my self to Jesus, with His rest at the heart of my being. He says, “If you want to be My disciple, you must give up your right to yourself to Me.” And once this is done, the remainder of your life will exhibit nothing but the evidence of this surrender, and you never need to be concerned again with what the future may hold for you. Whatever your circumstances may be, Jesus is totally sufficient (see 2 Corinthians 12:9 and Philippians 4:19).

    Surrender for Death. “…another will gird you…” (John 21:18; also see John 21:19). Have you learned what it means to be girded for death? Beware of some surrender that you make to God in an ecstatic moment in your life, because you are apt to take it back again. True surrender is a matter of being “united together [with Jesus] in the likeness of His death” (Romans 6:5) until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him.

    And after you surrender— then what? Your entire life should be characterized by an eagerness to maintain unbroken fellowship and oneness with God.

  122. foreverblessed says:

    Sorry, here I come again:
    I keep thinking about what Bubbles wrote:

    “or I am overthinking someone’s motives or comments, I must take control of those thoughts and say, “whatsoever things are TRUE,” and stop the overthinking because they are not true”.

    This is so applicable here on this blog!
    Where the accusations @#&

    We have spoken more than enough what we think is not well here, so you cannot say that we keep our eyes closed to evil.

    But there is a time to let go,cancel leg God!

    Just stop the thinking about the other, and have our eyes on Jesus, on the good, the beautiful, the calmness that He had

    Jesus was always One with the Father.

    Jesus said: _
    “I of Myself can do nothing”
    “Without Me you can do nothing”

    But, … when unattended I overthink, and think I can solve the trouble. Instead of letting go and letting God.
    What a waste of time!
    I could have focussed on the good God has done to me, and not on the behaviour of my dominant brother, or my stressed sister.
    I could have blessed them, with faith in knowing thatmy God is a Powerful God,
    That with Him all things are possible.

    So I repent: My God, forgive me for this waste of time, please
    of over thinking the evil…
    fill me with Hope, patience, Love, all good gifts from heaven, that we receive because of Jesus Christ.
    Thank You Lord, my Lord, our Lord.

    Without You I can do nothing,
    But IN You I am all You want

  123. poohpity says:

    bubbles very true words. Often we subject or project our own thinking as it being the way another thinks, feels and acts when more often than not it is our own perspective and emotion coming out and does not come from the other person at all but one still accuses them nontheless. It is a grand day when we become self aware then we are more apt to understand more fully the grace God has covered us with.

  124. street says:

    overtinking
    Surrender for Death

    Romans 6:4
    Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

    Romans 6:10
    For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

    Romans 6:23
    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Romans 8:6
    For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

    38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    2 Corinthians 4:11
    For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

    1 John 3:14
    We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

    12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, [a]acceptable to God, which is your [b]spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this [c]world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may [d]prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [e]acceptable and perfect.

  125. jeff1 says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen.

  126. poohpity says:

    Hello my name is _______

    Hello, my name is regret
    I’m pretty sure we have met
    Every single day of your life
    I’m the whisper inside
    Won’t let you forget

    Hello, my name is defeat
    I know you recognize me
    Just when you think you can win
    I’ll drag you right back down again
    ‘Til you’ve lost all belief

    These are the voices,
    these are the lies
    And I have believed them,
    for the very last time

    Hello, my name is child of the one true king
    I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
    Amazing grace is the song I sing
    Hello, my name is child of the one true king

    I am no longer defined
    By all the wreckage behind
    The one who makes all things new
    Has proven it’s true
    Just take a look at my life

    Hello, my name is child of the one true king
    I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
    Amazing grace is the song I sing
    Hello, my name is child of the one true king
    What a love the Father has lavished upon us
    That we should be called his children
    I am a child of the one true King

    What a love the Father has lavished upon us
    That we should be called his children

    Hello, my name is child of the one true king
    I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
    Amazing grace is the song I sing
    Hello, my name is child of the one true king

    I am a child of the one true king

    Songwriter: Matthew West

    Sadly this is one of the many areas we overthink the simplicity of our new identity in Christ, we are what we call ourselves.

  127. jeff1 says:

    Bubbles, thank you for sharing and I was very much an overthinker but thankfully my medication has stopped me worrying and I can live a day at a time which I find helps greatly for someone who has my problems.

    I am learning to trust God and not on my own understanding and that is good as I have learned that I understand very little of what is going on in the world and how much I do depend on Him.

    The world changes beyond my recognition but God remains true in His goodness and mercy.

    Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
    Thou changest not, Thy compassion’s they fail not
    As thou hast been Thou forever will be.

    “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided-
    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord unto me!

    Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
    Join with all nature in manifold witness
    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

    Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

  128. poohpity says:

    I think often human beings “Overthink” God’s love that it may be like the love of people. We have to act and be the way someone else approves of before they will like or love us but God’s love is not dependent on us in any way. There is nothing we can do to make God love us any more than He already does and when we mess up He does not love us any less. As street used Romans 8:38 NLT it is so fitting to not “overthinking” but is the simplest of facts to hold on to every moment of our lives.

  129. poohpity says:

    I simple way to elevate whether we believe in the Love of God was what Jesus said during the last supper; John 13:34-35 NLT

  130. jeff1 says:

    Peter believed in the love of God and told Jesus he would die for Him and yet Jesus knew that when a trial would come Peter would deny Him.

    Yes, when life is good it is easy to say I will follow Christ but when the storm clouds gather I am no different to Peter in taking my eyes of Jesus and the real me stumbles and the words spoken are not of allegiance but of betrayal.

    When it comes to faithfulness what Jesus asks of me is commitment to Him and in today’s world that is more about going the distance than having to suffer what the early follower’s of Jesus suffered for their faith which was horrendous.

    I have great difficulty seeing myself as a disciple today when I look at what it cost these courageous and faithful men as my little deeds are just a drop in the ocean to their commitment to the gospel of Christ.

    Human love is conditional is what I think you are saying Pooh and why I cannot measure it with God’s love.

  131. street says:

    Thinking about overthinking…. when I “overthink”, this can turn into worry. God tells us to be anxious for nothing, He tells us to think on whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are just, and so on. That first word, TRUE helps me because most of worry thoughts have NOT happened yet.

    bubbles Thank You so much! very insightful and a big help.
    i think the promises cover what will happen very well for trust in the One Who made them.

  132. Beloved says:

    Bubbles I join with the thanks here for your insight. I’ve often thought, so, what is true? Never considered that true is what we know about today, that tomorrows truths have not happened yet so why worry!!

    This has been very helpful as I was triggered by a bad memory yesterday (the accusers tool) and struggled with it until I remembered the Truth of Christs perfect atonement for not only my sins but the sins of others who have hurt me. It was good for me to remember the all encompassing everlasting Truth that remains Truth today tomorrow and forever. Jesus.

  133. Beloved says:

    One can certainly overthink the demands of the enemy but one little word from Jesus, forgiven, brings light life and peace.

  134. bubbles says:

    I was thinking about an email I received late last night from my boss. I was in bed, and the message came in on my iPad. It was not urgent, so to me the email being sent late at night when I am off the clock was unnecessary and intrusive. My mind began overthinking and judging the motive and that was not right for me to do so. This is what I was referring to and not to anyone here on this blog, and I apologize if it came across this way. I am sorry.

    I am humbled and thankful for the mercy of God.

  135. jeff1 says:

    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
    o’er the world’s tempestuous sea;
    guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
    for we have no help but thee;
    yet possessing every blessing,
    if our God our Father be.

    Saviour, breathe forgiveness o’er us:
    all our weakness thou dost know;
    thou didst tread this earth before us,
    thou didst feel its keenest woe;
    lone and dreary, faint and weary,
    through the desert thous didst go.

    Spirit of our God, descending,
    fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
    love with every passion blending,
    pleasure that can never cloy
    thus provided, pardoned, guided,
    nothing can our peace destroy.

  136. Beloved says:

    No you didnt come across as critical of anyone here, it was a refreshing truth that can be applied in just about any situation we run into. Thanks again and praise God!

  137. Beloved says:

    John 15:5 (ESV)
    5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

  138. jeff1 says:

    I just want to say Bubbles that you sharing that you were overthinking and that consequently you made assumptions and conclusions that were not necessarily true give me insight to my own tendency to do the same and so I found your post both honest and helpful and did not think you were referring to anyone on the blog.

  139. Beloved says:

    Overthinking

    PROMISE #3: And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life’s span? And why are you anxious about clothing? (Matthew 6:27–28).

    This is a promise of sorts — the simple promise of reality: anxiety will not do you any good. It’s not the main argument, but sometimes we just have to get tough with ourselves and say, “Soul, this fretting is absolutely useless. You are not only messing up your own day, but a lot of other people’s as well. Leave it with God and get on with your work.”

    Anxiety accomplishes nothing worthwhile. John Piper

  140. Beloved says:

    I really need to work harder on my anxiety.

  141. bubbles says:

    I believe women have a greater tendency to overthink; perhaps men do also but they don’t articulate what they are thinking.

    Breathe. . deep breathing and remembering things we think that are not real will help with anxiety. I have to tell myself to STOP. It’s NOT real and it has not happened yet. It is not real. It is not true. That may help.

  142. jeff1 says:

    My anxiety led to my breakdown Beloved so I know how it can overwhelm, but I have to say my medication has done wonders for me as one of my most worrying times was when my son went to Afghanistan but I was remarkably well through it.

    I am very much living in the present now and medication helps me to do that as I take one day at a time.

    I say to my friend that this is my song:

    I’m only human, I’m just a woman
    Help me believe in all I could be and all that I am
    Show me the stairway I have to climb
    Lord, for my sake teach me to take one day at a time

    One day at a time, sweet Jesus
    That’s all I’m asking from You
    Just give me the strength to do everyday
    What I have to do

    Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
    And tomorrow may never be mine
    Lord, help me today, show me the way
    One day at a time

    Do you remember when You walked among men?
    Well Jesus, You know, if You’re looking below, its worse now than then
    Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
    So for my sake, teach me to take one day at a time

    One day, at a time, sweet Jesus
    That’s all I’m asking from You
    Just give me the strength to do everyday
    What I have to do

    Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus
    And tomorrow may never be mine
    Lord, help me today, show me the way
    One day at a time

  143. Beloved says:

    Thank you bubbles and viv I really appreciate the help.

  144. jeff1 says:

    Bubbles I would so agree with you that woman overthink more than men as I worked 33 years in a male dominated workplace and men do not overthink nor do they multitask and I did both and it played havoc with my head.

    Men are much more black and white in their thinking whereas woman see the grey better and I believe that makes them have more empathy.

    I also found that men will vent more while woman will hold grudges.

    Although I didn’t work directly with woman I heard stories from others about the bitching and so I was blessed to work with men for whatever their faults this wasn’t one of them.

  145. poohpity says:

    I have noticed that about men that hang around more with other men but men who find comfort in hanging out more with women than men also take on the same behaviors as the women they hang out with. But I do not think that is necessarily a gender issue but over all we begin to think and act like the people in general that we are in the company of most, so it seems to have more to do with peers, no matter their gender, that one takes on their likeness in thought and actions. Just an observation.

  146. poohpity says:

    A good example in the bible of becoming like who we hang around with was the confrontation of Paul towards Peter in Gal 2. Those who lived by faith in Jesus alone for salvation opposed those who went back to following the Jewish laws that would never make them right with God because no one was ever able to follow the Jewish laws perfectly or there would have been no need for Jesus. Law vs Grace.

  147. poohpity says:

    Is this true in my life? “We’ve been considering together how Jesus gives us a new (restored and refreshed) way of understanding all things.” Or do I still think and act on the old way before I even knew Jesus? Do I “overthink” or do I “overcome”?

  148. Beloved says:

    Good morning, I just read your post from last night Viv. I agree the workplace can be tough but God used my negative experiences when I used to work to shape my thinking to be more like His. Just like here on this blog. Its tough. I opened my email just now and this verse was in it.
    Philippians 2:1-2
    New Living Translation

    [ Have the Attitude of Christ ] Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

    God is still at work shaping me. Its tough because my sin nature fights against submitting my will to Gods will. Even though I know He is good my “self” wants to overthink to justify itself. I hate to be wrong it seems but am delighted when I submit, finally. I’m a fighter, as some of us are and like Peter am sword ready to fight the good fight!!!?? NOT. Pauls plea in this verse softens the muscles ready for battle and bends the knee. Hard to fight from a position of humility. Theres so much in the verse; comfort, encouragement fellowship love etc. Following Jesus with a limp, and with Joy in my heart! Blessings to you in Christ Jesus.

  149. street says:

    restored and refreshed
    thinking each new morning
    an end to darkness
    grace for another day
    provision and protection for another day
    6 days of light and darkness
    days of good and evil
    then a day of rest
    a day with no more darkness.
    hope…sure and secure in Christ Jesus.

    man are like grass of the fields they spring up and then turn brown and wither and the place where they grew no longer remembers them. we are told of the early rains and the late rains. we are told to wait for them. God remembers our place. job went through a very dark time, the anchor of his soul held. faithful to the end, God

  150. street says:

    Yet he did so with inexpressible humility and insight, later adding,

    “By myself, I can do nothing”… and…

    “Without me, you can do nothing”.

    2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

    6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

    7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

    8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

    Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

    9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

    10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

    12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

  151. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Beloved, it has been the same for me as I am closer to God for the difficulties I have had in life. I believe God is changing me though it seems I sometimes take more steps back than forward but I know that I desire to be the person God wants me to be but it gets tough at times because of my mental health.

    I believe and know in my heart that God’s way is right and I find great comfort in that even when I feel distant from God I know I can trust His ways.

    I wasn’t a fighter but became one and now I struggle to let go and let God, more so in my mind than in my heart if you can understand that.

    My bark is worse than my bite so to speak.

  152. Beloved says:

    Just found out that my friends’ cancer is throughout her major organs. I’m so sad. Please pray for Sue and her family, thanks.

  153. Beloved says:

    Steve Pearl bubbles and others I pray you are all safe in the storm.

  154. jeff1 says:

    May your friend find strength in Jesus and hope in prayer.

    When I’m confused Lord, show me the way,
    Baffled and bruised Lord, show me the way.
    Still my heart and clear my mind
    Prepare my soul to hear
    Your still small voice, your word of truth.
    Peace be still your Lord is near.
    Always so close to show you the way.

    When I’m afraid Lord, show me the way,
    Weak and dismayed Lord, show me the way.
    Lift my spirit with your love,
    Bring courage, calm and peace,
    You who bore all for my sake,
    So I could walk from fear released,
    With you beside me showing the way
    Showing, showing the way.

  155. SFDBWV says:

    Thank you Joyce and others for your concern for us in the path of hurricane Florence. I have lived through several including “Sandy” a “snowicane” that had some here in town without power for over two weeks.

    No one fully knows what to expect next up this far from the Carolina’s so it is a game of wait and see.

    In truth it always is a game of wait and see as all anyone can do is do the best to get ready and then deal with what happens once it has past.

    It is very difficult to imagine such destruction being called “an act of God”, but that is what insurance companies call it. I suppose because liability wise no one except God can be responsible for its coming and for not stopping it.

    Watching the news though it is always heartwarming to see people step up and do all they can to help. Very sad to see of the death of the young mother and her baby, and emotional to see the firemen in prayer over the matter.

    The Army Corps of Engineers called yesterday to see if there was anything they could do to help prepare us, after discussing it, there is nothing they can do now, I told them I would give them a call after the storm passes if needed. In all my 42 years of dealing with them they have never helped, never.

    My prayers for all suffering this storm’s wrath and my thanks for those of you who may be concerned for us ahead of it.

    My prayers also Joyce, for Sue and her family.

    Drizzle and 64 degrees.

    Steve

  156. bubbles says:

    Joyce, thank you. We have had some hard rains last week, so the ground is probably saturated. Personally my house is not near water sources or low ground. What concerns me is the New River. It originates around Blowing Rock, NC and flows north. I haven’t seen if that area will receive much rain; if it does, the river will rise and people in this area could be affected. Praying for those in the dangerous areas and those helping them.

  157. poohpity says:

    There were many of us who prayed before the storm and I believe that is why it went from a category 4 to a 1. Many attribute to God things that He may not have caused because people like to blame someone. I know Jesus was into calming storms not creating them and in the book of Job it was Satan who caused those storms that destroyed his family and possessions. God did the raining down of sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah and the flood of Noah’s time which He said he would never flood “the whole earth” again because of the condition of the heart of man that in fact were causing their own destruction anyway but had in mind a plan and sent Jesus to change those hearts.

    As I think about God we have been shown so much mercy for those who are bent on destroying others with words and actions which while in this flesh, we will experience as forewarned, all kinds of suffering but Jesus asked us to take heart because He has overcome this world. Are natural disasters just a result of the sin in the world because after all God said it was the groaning of creation and was not meant to be forever unlike the new heaven and earth that will be created with eternity in mind?

    Meanwhile we are given a heart to comfort those who have experienced loss, suffering and to grieve with those who grieve just as God has comforted us in our times of sorrow.

    I have family in NC who are in the military but have followed the instructions given to them to leave the area so that lives will be saved, property can be rebuilt but lives can not but just like with God who forewarns us many do not listen and chose to do things their own way which not only will bring harm upon themselves but on those who have a heart to help. YET God’s still shows mercy and grace.

  158. poohpity says:

    My cousin’s husband is in the 82nd Airborne Division which was called into action this morning to rescue those who were asked to leave so they would be safe. Now they risk their lives to save lives. Now that is grace in action.

  159. Beloved says:

    1 John 4:16
    New Living Translation

    We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

    Steve praying you don’t need help! Bubbles I’ve heard about the high amounts of rain causing problems. Hope your feet stay dry and you’re able to get to work on monday ok!

  160. Beloved says:

    Its a good reminder to pray also for those sent to help in the storm.

  161. Beloved says:

    Viv that is exactly what my friend needs, to find her strength and hope in Jesus! He’s usually her last resort and gets mad sometimes when I try to nudge her that way. But I think shes met the end of her rope, the biggest storm of her life, but I know the grace of God gets what He wants done. Sooo thankful!!

  162. Beloved says:

    Steve I read this earlier and thought of “act of God”. Amos 9:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
    5 The Lord God of hosts,
    he who touches the earth and it melts,
    and all who dwell in it mourn,
    and all of it rises like the Nile,
    and sinks again, like the Nile of Egypt;
    6 who builds his upper chambers in the heavens
    and founds his vault upon the earth;
    who calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out upon the surface of the earth—
    the Lord is his name.

    Its obvious to me the insurance companies don’t understand grace like Christians do.

    Earlier in Amos8 he says the presence of the LORD had left the land because of their sins (Israel). I’m sure some feel that way but with Christ in us we are never left behind, so to speak. We are like lighthouses to a lost and dying world. Shine on!

  163. jeff1 says:

    In my wrestling
    And in my doubts
    In my fail-ures
    You won’t walk out
    Your great love will
    Lead me through
    You are the peace in my troub-led sea
    You are the peace in my troub-led sea

    In the silence
    You won’t let go
    In the questions
    Your truth will hold
    Your great love will
    Lead me through
    You are the peace in my troubled sea
    You are the peace in my troubled sea

    My Light-house, My Light-house
    Shining in the dark-ness, I will follow You
    My Light-house, My Light-house
    I will trust the prom-ise, You will carry me
    Safe to shore

    I won’t fear what
    Tomorrow brings
    With each morning
    I’ll rise and sing
    My God’s love will
    Lead me through
    You are the peace in my troubled sea
    You are the peace in my troubled sea

    Fire be-fore us
    You’re the brightest
    You will lead us
    Through the storms

  164. Beloved says:

    We sing this at church, its high energy for this old lady but i like it. The group is going to be about 100 miles from me in November. God is using them at this time.

  165. bubbles says:

    Yes, it sure does seem the storm that was Cat 4 has downgraded and that can be attributed to prayers of people. God answers prayers.

  166. jeff1 says:

    From Sunday morning reflections:

    The rich and the poor they got this in common
    The Lord is the maker of them all
    The bomb in the boxcar, the guitar pickin’ rock star
    The Lord is the maker of them all

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    He knows when the sparrow flies
    And when that sparrow fails
    The quiet and the loud
    The humble and the proud
    The Lord is the maker of them all

    The lost and the found they got this in common
    The Lord is the maker of them all
    The hands that have to fight
    The hands that pray for peace at night
    The Lord is the maker of them all

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    He knows when the sparrow flies
    And when that sparrow fails
    The givers and the takers
    The movers and the shakers
    The Lord is the maker of them all

    Well, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    He know when the sparrow flies
    And when that sparrow fails
    The left and the right
    The black and the white
    The Lord is the maker of them all

    The losers and the winners
    The saints and the sinners
    Yeah, the Lord is the maker of us all

  167. jeff1 says:

    sparrow falls not fails

  168. Beloved says:

    This made me think of “acts of God”. Imagine witnessing this…

    Matthew 27:51-55 (NIV)
    51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[a] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

  169. jeff1 says:

    I have learned not to overthink God as I had a breakdown from overthinking life in general which consequently caused me to fall into depths of depression and anxiety creating episodes of psychosis and needing medication to control it.

    The simplest faith is what pleases God is what I believe because my dad kept it simple and he remained steadfast to Jesus’s teaching rather than believing what he was being told by preachers who were more knowledgeable than him on the Bible but who were not trusting God in their understanding.

    When my former husband spoke to me of three work colleges who were discussing their knowledge of the Bible at work, each from different denominations they all disagreed on interpretation and in doing so in a public place disrespected the word of God and they did this repeatedly so that others were fed up listening to them.

    The word of God is Holy and those who do it an injustice also do God an injustice.

    Non believers do see God through religion today and perhaps why God is so misrepresented in the world.

    Religions have part truths and non believers today want more than that so they are seeking answers from science which God may well use to His advantage.

    Education without values, as useful as it is, seems to make man a more clever devil, quote from C.S. Lewis.

  170. street says:

    Am guessing you’ve noticed, as I have, that inspired words meet us on both sides of the road.

    how wonderful it is to meet Christ in the way, the Truth, and in Life, He sets us in a very broad place.

  171. Beloved says:

    Overthinking or?

    Ever heard the saying “the devil is in the details”? Well, yesterday I had decided I wanted to stay home so watched Alistair Begg live on FB. He talked about how listening to satan keeps us from being obedient to God. I had lots of reasons (overthinking) to stay home. Then he quoted Augustine who said something like (can’t remember the exact quote) change me Lord, but not yet. Meaning, let me sizzle a while in this firey dart the devil has thrown at me. Wow! I hurried up and got dressed and just made it to church to be blessed by our association s leader who encouraged us to be disciple makers and not just church attenders! It was so good and wow, I really love this new church I’m in now.
    So the next time I overthink something I know to be against Gods will I am not thinking twice to be obedient so as not to miss out on a blessing!

  172. street says:

    believers today want more

    you have to ask yourself and we all do, ” is Jesus enough?”

    i know one thing for sure, this world is not enough.

    yet this is my temporal geography, renewed each day, yes Jesus is enough.

  173. Beloved says:

    A couple of quotes from our service, I hope you dont mind:
    “Bring light, not heat to divisive issues”. (Street you are so good at that.)

    “God uses our service to non- believers to soften their hearts”. Something we all do!

  174. Beloved says:

    Jesus is enough for me and I want the world to know!

  175. street says:

    thinking about heat we all experience. ore, gold silver,or precious stones are never hurt by the heat. that which is of the Spirit will thrive in the most difficult circumstance. trust and depend on Him, he said when you pass through the fire, not if, it will not hurt you.

    Hebrews 2:10-12
    10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.

    11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.[a] 12 For he said to God,

    “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
    I will praise you among your assembled people.”[b]

    thinking everything will praise the Father. oh, this glorious thought to be a brother or sister of Christ! humbled by truth, yet preserved for glory.

  176. jeff1 says:

    The more uncertain the world the more Jesus is enough because when I do not understand what God is doing it is Jesus I take refuge in.

    I can trust God with the unknown because I believe Christ is the fulfilment of the gospel.

    Christ has died:
    Christ is risen:
    Christ will come again.

  177. Beloved says:

    Heat, Refiners fire. He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. Yes its so good to be a sister of Christ and a joint heir with Him. Burn away LORD, but dont destroy me. I am Your beloved, and You are mine, always.

  178. Beloved says:

    I’ve been thinking about odor –smell,
    when you pass through the fire.

    2 Corinthians 2:15 NLT
    15 Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.

    God is busy refining my ego today.

  179. poohpity says:

    I had the privilege of being invited to attend a conference that had Joni Eareckkson Tada as the keynote speaker. She reminded us that Christianity is not the words we speak but the out reach to the least of these. So it is really not about overthinking but about allowing the Lord to live His life through us.

    Joni used the parable of the guests in Luke 14: 12Then Jesus said to the man who had invited Him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or brothers or relatives or rich neighbors. Otherwise, they may invite you in return, and you will be repaid. 13But when you host a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, 14and you will be blessed. Since they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”…

    In all her pain and struggles she still manages to share the Gospel not only in words but shares her faith in deeds. It was so great to be in the midst of a whole auditorium of millennial college students praising the Lord in song and a call to service. GCU is my oldest son’s alma mater and that was were the conference was, then I spent 2 wonderful hours with him and his wife afterwards. The best day I have had in a long time.

  180. jeff1 says:

    The overthinking comes when I judge another’s journey against my own as it is for God to live His life through us as He sees fit.

    I have found in my own experiences this quote from C.S. Lewis to be true.

    “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

  181. Beloved says:

    Praising God for the time you got to spend with your son, pooh.

  182. Beloved says:

    Pooh, I am truly sorry for the many times I have slandered you here, by Gods grace and mercy it will not happen again.

  183. street says:

    Overthinking
    comparing or making talent compete against talent is futility. should not God had been thanked and praise for such gifts?

    overthinking and comparing

    was reading about how we should pray the Scriptures. ok if we should be praying the Scriptures the Lords prayer should correspond to scripture. Our Father, 1 have no God’s before Me, Who art in Heaven, make no idol, hallowed be Thy Name, don’t take my name in vain, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, keep the Sabbath Holy. there is a Sabbath day of rest for the Children of God who are in Christ Jesus. trained and equipped to serve. serving where ever the Lord places them. train my fingers to lift burdens and my lips to speak Your Truth in Love.

  184. poohpity says:

    Joyce, thank you so very much.

  185. jeff1 says:

    Thinking of when my mind was so disturbed and how my friend got me to keep repeating the Lord’s prayer over and over into myself as she said it is the most powerful prayer and I do believe that she is right.

  186. Beloved says:

    Thinking about the ‘tags’ for this post, humility is one. It takes humility to recognize the gifts others have and thank God for how He has chosen to distribute them. Good point street.

  187. Beloved says:

    Viv I recall a Satanist saying many years ago that Our LORDS prayer was the most effective prayer against Satan. I praise God for delivering you, He is so good and loves to heal help and deliver His children!

  188. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Beloved, I feel great contentment when I say the Lord’s prayer and I cannot explain it but it is the one prayer I can pray when I am unable to pray any other.

  189. poohpity says:

    Just call on the name of Jesus. Luke 10:17 NLT; Mark 16:17

  190. jeff1 says:

    Overthinking is when I don’t understand a lot that is going on in my life and I assume that I must have displeased God in some way.

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark
    At the end of the storm
    There’s a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark

    (Pre-Chorus)
    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown

    (Chorus)
    Walk on, walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk alone

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark
    At the end of the storm
    There’s a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of the lark

    (Pre-Chorus)
    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown

    (Chorus)
    Walk on walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk
    You’ll never walk
    You’ll never walk alone

  191. poohpity says:

    I guess many do not understand what pleases God and it is very simple; Believe that He exists and seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

  192. foreverblessed says:

    Overthinking:
    This is what I have mind:
    If I overthink, let me overthink about Jesus.

    Yesterday, in my utmost was a devotion about the temptation of Jesus. I must have read this before, but now the meaning really struck me:
    Jesus was not tempted lkkdvwr are, in our old man, ax Jesus had no old man, no sinful nature.
    Jesus was tempted on another level:
    To let go of His one-ness with God.

    About such a topic, I could think, and meditate.

    This morning in our housegroup we were talking about the first miracle at the wedding, now from the viewpoint, what was the morality of Jesus?
    What was He doing at a wedding:
    He likes festivals,
    He likes people to rejoice
    He likes it when the wine is good
    He loves weddings,
    He is looking forward to the wedding of His Bride
    He looks forward to drinking the wine with His disciples, and all of His people at the Great Wedding banquet!
    He looks forward to more souls to be part of it.

    Thinking over about these things really brighten my day!

  193. poohpity says:

    We can think and think about those things but unless we use our mouths to share the Good News how will people know so that they will join us in that heavenly place, the more the merrier as the saying goes.

    Romans 10: 14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

  194. poohpity says:

    I don’t know about anyone else but the more I sit around and think about things even if it is the Lord, I do nothing. Then I get all into my head and at times that is not a good place to be but the minute I do something it changes everything by taking what I learned and putting it into actions. James 2:17 NLT

  195. Beloved says:

    Forever I just listened to a teaching on Col 3:1-4. It says to think about heavenly things as you spoke about in Jesus teaching. A point mentioned is that we use the good things of this life not as an anchor (money was his example as Jesus talks about it a lot) but to propel us upward, to rejoice in how its going to be even better in heaven! Things like a beautiful day, good food, a party, time with loved ones and friends also which I’ve heard many here speak about. Such good thoughts! We can and should talk to ourselves as scripture says, “Bless the LORD, Oh my soul”, and direct our minds to think about heavenly things. Viv mentioned how praying the LORDS prayer calmed her mind- so good! We have much more to look forward to than is happening today or yesterday. Praise God!!

  196. jeff1 says:

    Having always been an overthinker has been exhausting for me while I have to say my dad was very much a thinker but in his case it led him to making good sound decisions.

    I think his discernment was better than mine as though my mum said my dad was too trusting of people I found him to be very astute about them in that he knew whom to listen to and whom not to listen to.

    I am learning to do likewise as I have discovered honesty is not high on some peoples priorities.

  197. Beloved says:

    From Jesus Calling, 19th Sept.

    There is a mighty battle going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth intersect in your mind. I created you with the capacity to experience the foretastes of heaven. When you shut out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in heavenly places. This is the incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Me and seek My face. Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Me.
    Ephesians 2:6 Psalm 27:8 Romans 8:6 1 John 2:15-17

  198. jeff1 says:

    Thinking I feel much more connected to God in my heart than in my head but then that is I think because of the struggles I have of the mind because God finds a way when their seems to be no way.

    The clearer I see God the more I see the wrongs in the world and the more I know I must trust God and not on my own understanding.

  199. Beloved says:

    “Without me, you can do nothing”. Underthinking?

  200. street says:

    I’ve been thinking about odor –smell,
    when you pass through the fire.

    Holy Smoke? beloved ?

    learning peace in the valley, because the Lord is near the broken and contrite in order to uphold them.

  201. street says:

    over thinking….had a conversation with a dear friend today and we were talking about the Temple. how the construction of the Ark was first and it was in the “Holy of Holy.” he reminded me there were two alters at the Temple and i looked at him funny thinking only one? i though of the bronze alter out front. he reminded me of the Alter of Incense. ok i remember that, but i did not connected it with the bronze alter because it was made out of gold and had a different function. this is the part the really caught my attention. the Alter of Incense was outside the vale where the Ark of the Covenant was. it is pictured as a place where the prayers of the Saints are offered in Revelation. and God calls this Alter Most Holy! the prayers that will be offered there, will be Most Holy. linking the Ark in the the Holy of Holies with the Alter of Incense, outside the vale, Most Holy. the way the words are use really caught my attention in How God views these two very unique places. just think WOW! i’ll never look at prayer the same way again.

  202. Beloved says:

    Street I was reading Hebrews9 yesterday, is this what you are describing?

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