City On A Hill

Matthew 5:14-"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Positive Atmosphere

Did you pray today?  Although we are busy and don't have time to alter our schedules or chores we can find a moment or longer (recommended) to pray. When we pray we are releasing positive words into our atmosphere.

When we pray we show our love for the Lord. Taking time to meditate on God's Word and drawing closer to Him in prayer keeps our minds on a positive note. We are strong and when we release words they come from what we put inside of our minds.

The Word of God is filled with words of encouragement. Change your words and speak positive, respectful, kind and uplifting words to others daily. YOU WILL BE ENLIGHTENED.

PSALM 18:28-FOR THOU WILT LIGHT MY CANDLE; THE LORD MY GOD WILL ENLIGHTEN MY DARKNESS.

Bad Words-Please Put Them Away

Are you a mother and you have raised your kids to do the right thing in all situations pertaining to life and you look on the surface and what do you find?

Anger, blasphemy, filthy communication out of the mouth of babies you raised who are now grown men and women.

Ask them to please put them away. The Bible says that we ought to walk in love and kindness. We need to be gentle to everyone; especially to our mothers, fathers, church family, and friends.

If it's difficult to do; meditate on the following Scripture and ask God to help you.

YOU WILL FIND THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR WORDS.

Colossians 3:8-But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Meditating

Meditating on Scriptures to study for our January and February Bible meetings are as follows:

Psalms 27:1-7
Ephesians 4:29
Matthew 15:18
Proverbs 16:24
Colossians 3:8
Ephesians 5:14
Proverbs 29:18
John 7:38
Ephesians 5:11
1 John 5:12
Psalm 119:11
Psalm 119:105
Matthew 5:14-16

Our Beginning

January-Discussions- We had a total of 8 posts in January 2014 so all of the discussions were on a monthly basis rather than on a weekly basis (only because) all posts fell towards the end of January (at the beginning stages of our on-line Bible studies).  However, you are still able to post comments and discussions on topics even if we are in our February stages of Bible Study Topics.

Our topics of Bible study posts for January were

1. The Lord Is My Light/Psalm 27:1-7-posted on January 30th.

2. Living Word-posted on January 29th.

3. Today's Lesson-Arise-posted on January 28th.

4. Jesus Gives Living Waters

5. Shine Your Light

6. Under a Bowl or on a Table

7. The Message-Matthew 5:14-16.

8. The Light-posted on January 27th.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Broken Road

There is a hole on the pavement near my home and when the traffic goes by daily I wonder if there is someway or somehow that I can fix that piece of hole on the broken road. It's not a huge hole but it's a dip and it sits right at the edge of my pavement near my home and the thing is if someone turns on my neighborhood street they may or may not see the dip. It's not huge; just a tad mediocre but once the driver hits it they will know. It won't cause much damage to a vehicle's tire but who knows. It's a sharp hole right at the turn of the street.

I started to research to see if there was anything that I could do about that hole. I'm not sure if anyone has called about it; since there are neighbors who had been living there longer than I have but for some reason I want to fix it. So I walk to the edge of my driveway to see if I could somehow figure something out. If only I could make some cement or pour a bucket full of rocks in it that would be great.

It's broken and I want to repair it. Have you ever felt broken? You might want somebody to somehow put your emotions back together. Well, God can. Just give it to the Lord. He can fix it. Oh yes He can. Just like a broken road one day we can and will be molded.

Read about Jeremiah:
Scripture:  Jeremiah 18:3-4 says, "Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, He wrought a work on the wheels. 

4. And the vessel that He made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter. So He made it again another vessel as seemed good to the potter to make it."

Annette's Bible Study Topics Of The Week-2014

Week 1-The Light Of Jesus-

Discover how the light of Jesus can shine in your life and bring power to live a happier life. 


Week 2-Shine Your Light-

How you can spread your joy to others daily?


Week 3-Living Waters-

Discover how the living waters of His Word can fulfill you.


Week 4-God Is Not A Secret-

How keeping Him 1st adds all good things to your life.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Arise & Shine

Is someone disrespecting you, calling you names or controlling everything that you do? Stop the cycle by calling out to the Lord Jesus.  He came to save. Stretch you arms out to Him. He understands. Let His Light shine in your situation. Today!


Scripture to study and memorize:

Isaiah 60:1-"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."

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Friday, February 7, 2014

A Light For Me

There are certain department or furniture stores that carry some of the most polished, unique and original light fixtures or lamps. Some of the lamps have a shiny decor of gold or silver. Some lamps have the perfect color to match a room wall or a comforter on a bed. Many lamps have beautiful designs for a boy or girl's room; with a baseball or a doll figure, etc. Pretty lamps can get us going. We would probably dish out a few extra dollars for a lamp to match our living room furniture.

Why are light fixtures or lamps so desirable? Is it only because of the designs or color? No, it is mainly because of the light that it gives. We need lights in our homes and lamps definitely bring light to a dark room.

Psalm 119:105 says, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." His Word is a lamp that lights our feet. His Word is a light that directs our path. His Word is a beautiful light. His Word is the most beautiful lamp that exists. It's not pink, blue, silver or gold; it's a spiritual light.

Let His Word guide you daily!

Scriptures To Study:

1 John 1:5-This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

John 12:36-While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus and departed, and did hide himself from them.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Alive In Christ

What's the foundation for a person's deliverance from sin? Becoming alive in Christ is the starting point. He is the foundation and we can be delivered from the sin of our old man. Once we receive Jesus as our personal Savior we come alive in Christ and are born again. It's a spiritual re-birth. When you receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that He died for your sins you can start your new walk in Christ; your new life in Him.

The old sin that we knew will began to fall away. The things that we used to do, we will not want to do anymore. Our flesh can die to the sin that we are accustomed to. The Bible says that our old man or old person has been crucified with Him. When Jesus died on the cross He crucified our sin on the cross, our flesh was crucified. Once we realize this spiritual re-birth, and how the Holy Spirit takes residence in our being, we feel new. Our desire will be to walk with God daily and to put away sin.

Galatians 5:24 says, "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."

1 Corinthians 3:11 says, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ."

His Atonement And His Love

We cannot get to the Father without receiving Jesus. We must surrender and accept Jesus to draw closer to God. Jesus is our Mediator; He is in the center of a bridge and God is on one side and we are on the other.   We must go through Jesus our Savior to get to our Daddy, our Father, our Creator, our Hope, our Strength, our Deliverer.

Jesus was put to death but with the mighty power of God, He rose again.

He was moved with compassion as He healed and ministered to others on earth. Now He sits beside His Father. His atonement paved the way for us. He redeemed mankind by dying for all of the sins of everyone and He is love.

God is love and He loves us.

He suffered a literal suffering. He carried the heavy cross. He was first beaten. He bore our sins upon His shoulders; heavy, heavy sins. The cross substituted the huge sin we had and He carried them. It was a terrible suffering. It was selfless because of His love for us. He was sinless and just and suffered for the unjust to bring us to the Father.

Study:
1 Peter 3:18-For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rush Hour Traffic

The honking of horns and the impatience of drivers makes for a tougher day. When it's rush hour and everybody seems to be going to or coming from work, school or appointments; these mandatory things can all make our schedules hectic. How about just taking a breather for a moment? But that can be difficult sometimes, right?

You can almost feel the loud booming sounds of another driver's radio from their vehicle. When you are a mild mannered person who loves the Lord and who would rather listen to the soft sounds of inspiration, those things can be uncomfortable. I for one love singing to the sounds of beautiful Christian music, particularly from some of my favorite Christian singers.

"You poured out all Your blood, You died up on the cross, You are my Jesus who loves me".  I just love that song by Third Day.  It sits in my spirit and no matter what's going on around me; the traffic, the boom bass, the honking, and the evident stress of other drivers; all of which can disturb many people, but when you focus and keep your eyes on Jesus; you can find peace in your day. And we can all take a deep breath, love God, sing songs in praises to Him and raise our hands in worship.

Whew! Wasn't that a comfy ride to wherever? Hallelujah, peace has invaded your day. The joy of the Lord is our strength every day.

Scripture of study:
Matthew 5:9-Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Be Filled With Light

Matthew 28:19 says, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost."

There are some people who believe baptism washes away sin and others consider it a form of rebuking evil spirits out of someone. There are those who believe baptism to be a step of obedience towards God and toward acknowledging the experience of salvation that the person already has. However, just being baptized has no real power of cleansing us or saving us from sin.

Acts 2:38 says, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

Again, real baptism is receiving Jesus into our hearts and giving our lives to Him. In the name of Jesus for the remission of our sins.  Remission is cancellation of a debt, charge or penalty. He cancels our sin. He has died and became a ransom on the cross. He has risen and is alive and those who live in Jesus are baptized, and the Bible says then they will receive the Holy Spirit.

Scriptures to Study: 
Acts 19:6-And when Paul has laid (his) hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
John 3:5-Jesus answered, Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and (of) the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Night-time Call To Prayer

Have you ever had a bad dream? I mean really bad. And you are awakened from this nightmare and you anxiously look around the room to make sure that all is well. You might pull the covers over your head and try to fall back to sleep.

Psalm 3:5 says, "I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the Lord sustained me." God wakes us up and we have to be thankful for that so when we have bad dreams or nightmares and we are awakened maybe this is a call to prayer. When we pray God sustains us, so don't let fear take over. Just pray.

The Bible says to arise and God saves us.  The Psalmist says to Him "save me O my God" and He protects us.  He makes all things good even in the middle of the night when fear may invade us.  The fear we have even if temporary can be shut down with faith and prayer.

Psalm 4:1 says, "Hear me when I call, "O God of my righteousness; thou has enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer." In times of fear and uncertainty just get up, say a prayer and the peace of the Lord will fall on you.

God saves us from the terrors of the night.  God calls us to pray for our children, our parents and our other family members. God speaks to us in the night and He covers us beneath the blankets. He is our Shelter of peace.

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Scriptures to study:

Psalm 3:5-I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the Lord sustained me.

Psalm 4:1-Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness; thou has enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

God Is Not A Secret

Shhh! Can you keep a secret? Not many of us can or would. However, some of us can keep a deep dark secret in our souls when we feel compelled to do so.  It's not a secret that life is filled with so many surprises, trials, happy times and confusing situations. Things happen that we would not have dreamed of or foresee would occur to us and our families. 

For instance the terrible storms; literal storms such as hurricanes or tornadoes can unravel homes and bring trouble and chaos.  Forest fires, train derailments and crime inflicted upon victims are beginning to look like a common thing.  The school and mall shootings are terrible and we shiver when they happen.

How many of us know that God is not a secret? When people face trials they pray, come together and draw near to a Father who cares. So we need to call on Him at all times because He is not a secret to be kept.  Matthew Chapter 5 in the message version says that God is not a secret to be kept.  The Scripture says that we are going to tell everybody; we are going public with this; with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  God is available for you in good times and in bad.  We need to be as public as a city elevated on a hill.

Just believe.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 2014-Scripture of the Month

Psalm 119:105-Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

John the Baptist Bears Witness Of The Light

At the River Jordan Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized.  He ministered and later died for the sins of man so that we can have eternal life and receive and bear the light of Jesus. Jesus is the Word and the life and the true light.  John the Baptist bore witness of this.

1 John 5:8 says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one."  Matthew 3:13 says, "Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14. But John tried to deter him saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" (NIV).  John the Baptist bore witness even if he said to Jesus that he didn't think he was worthy to baptize the Son of the Living God.

Matthew 3:16 says, "As soon as Jesus was baptized He went up out of the water.  At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and aligning on Him.  17. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased."  (NIV).

January 2014-Reflection Scripture of the Month

Matthew 5:14-Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  (Keep Him in your heart but let others know about Him.  He is the light of the world).