Posted: June 19, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.”

– Isaiah 58:9b -11a NIV

Someone in our realm of influence is in need of what God has deposited in us to share with them to make their world a better place. I am learning that material wealth, alone, is not the only means by which God can make use of me to be a blessing to others. In the book of Acts, Peter said to a man who was crippled that he did not have silver or gold, but that which he did have he would give to the beggar who was crippled. Peter spoke by the authority and anointing of the name of Jesus Christ and the crippled beggar was restored. We may not be encountering people in our lives who are physically crippled as Peter encountered the crippled beggar in the book of Acts, but there are those around us who have been crippled mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Each of us knows someone who has been crippled by sin, life’s circumstances and the internal  opposition we all face that cripples our ability to stand firm and walk by faith.

Is there someone in our family we can intercede for investing our lives in prayer on their behalf to invoke the authority and anointing of God’s power and love to cover them and draw them closer to Him through a personal faith walk with jesus Christ? Who do you know could benefit from an encouraging word? Is there someone, whom by your presence alone, could gain strength from your interested presence that could help them endure and persevere? My mother and I try to read one psalm every Tuesday (now on Psalm 11) sharing what we understand from what is written. The bible teaches that God is present where 2 or 3 are gathered together in His name. A longtime friend told me early in my Christian walk that no time invested with God is wasted time. Is there someone at work who could benefit from a passage of scripture or testimony you have in your heart? A teaching I heard from Dr. Charles Stanley, a long, long time ago, reinforced the reality of the amount of time we spend at work and the opportunities we have daily to be a witness for Christ in spending my life with eternity in mind. A church member’s testimony about starting a bible study at work led me to conduct bible studies after work with students and fellow colleagues in Christ for over 10 years.

Blogging has broadened my understanding of God that He will provide an audience for any who seek to be a witness for Him and serve His purposes. Jesus admonished His listeners to store up for themselves treasure in heaven. Apart from the bible, you will not hear anywhere a  message that will challenge us to consider our eternal life as the bible does. The longer we live in this world, the more we become influenced by how we operate and seek to live according to the principles of this world. Only through a renewed mind consistently influenced by the principles of scripture could we begin to consider how we would spend our lives now with eternity in mind.

May God bless you and help you to move forward, through faith in Christ, to consider how to spend your life on behalf of others as you encounter the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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