Archive for June, 2011


From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook” No Cause to Blush June 11 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed. (Isaiah 54:4) We shall not be ashamed of our faith. Carping critics may assail the Scriptures upon which we ground our belief, but every year the Lord will make it more and more clear that in His Book there is no error, no excess, and no omission. It is no discredit to be a simple believer; the faith which looks alone to Jesus is a crown of honor on any man’s head and better than a star on his breast. We shall not be ashamed of our hope. It shall be even as the Lord has said. We shall be fed, led, blest, and rested. Our Lord will come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended. How we shall glory in the Lord who first gave us lively hope and then gave us that which we hoped for! We shall not be ashamed of our love. Jesus is to us the altogether lovely, and never, never, shall we have to blush because we have yielded our hearts to Him. The sight of our glorious Well-beloved will justify the most enthusiastic attachment to Him. None will blame the martyrs for dying for Him. When the enemies of Christ are clothed with everlasting contempt, the lovers of Jesus shall find themselves honored by all holy beings, because they chose the reproach of Christ rather than the treasures of Egypt.

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Hope For Today…

My husband gets Joel Osteen daily devotions and I was on his email and seen one of his posting so I clicked it. This was not the devotion I clicked but i love reading positive things so I went to the devotions. This title caught my eyes because I was just praying to God about basically breaking free. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and tied down about just life situations that I just pray and ask God to set me free. Sometimes I feel like a trapped eagle and I just want to fly. So this post to me, just seemed to fit my current circumstances. It was truly my “Hope For Today”. So I pray that this also touch other individuals as well and be a reminder. God Bless…

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The Key to Breaking Free

Posted by Joel Osteen on June 3rd, 2011

In the book of Acts, it tells about two men, Paul and Silas, who were unfairly bound by chains and thrown into prison. Earlier in the day, they had been beaten. They were not even given a trial. They were treated like the worst of all criminals. What was their charge? They had not stolen anything. They had not hurt anyone. They had not broken any laws of the land. Yet, they were imprisoned simply because they were spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

But they didn’t complain or get depressed and say, “God, it’s not fair. How could You let this happen?” Instead, they chose a different response. They trusted that God was still in control. As they sat in chains, beaten, bruised and exhausted, the scripture tells us that they began to sing praises to God. Can you imagine what the other prisoners must have thought? “Are these two guys crazy? Why are they singing? They’ve just been beaten. They’re in jail. What’s wrong with them?” I can imagine the whole prison quieting down to hear these two strange, new prisoners.

All of the sudden at midnight, while Paul and Silas were still singing praises, there was a great earthquake. Instantly, the prison doors flung open and their chains just fell off! An angel of the Lord came by and said, “Come on, let’s get out of here.” And as if that wasn’t enough, the jailer, the one who had beaten them earlier, came and began to bandage up their wounds. He said, “What do I need to do to serve this awesome God of yours?”

Friend, Paul and Silas serve as an amazing reminder that when things looks dark, when all the odds are against you, when life seems unfair, that’s not the time to get depressed. That’s not the time to start complaining. That’s the time to turn up your praise! That’s the time to say, “Lord, You are good! You are in control! You’re bigger than my enemies, and nothing can stand against You!” Friend, praise can break the chains of the past. Praise can bring down walls that are locked. Praise can turn enemies into friends. Praise can break addictions. Praise can bring healing. Praise activates God’s favor. No matter what you are facing today, even if things look impossible, the key to breaking free is to keep singing, keep praising, keep rejoicing and keep trusting because God is working behind the scenes. Declare His praises because He is ready to lead you out into freedom in every area of your life!

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