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From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
This Body Fashioned Anew- April 13
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body. (Philippians 3:21)   Often when we are racked with pain and unable to think or worship, we feel that this indeed is “the body of our humiliation,” and when we are tempted by the passions which rise from the flesh we do not think the word vile at all too vigorous a translation. Our bodies humble us; and that is about the best thing they do for us. Oh, that we were duly lowly, because our bodies ally us with animals and even link us with the dust!  But our Savior, the Lord Jesus, shall change all this. We shall be fashioned like His own body of glory. This will take place in all who believe in Jesus. By faith their souls have been transformed, and their bodies will undergo such a renewal as shall fit them for their regenerated spirits. How soon this grand transformation will happen we cannot tell; but the thought of it should help us to bear the trials of today and alt the woes of the flesh. In a little while we shall be as Jesus now is. No more aching brows, no more swollen limbs, no more dim eyes, no more fainting hearts. The old man shall be no more a bundle of infirmities, nor the sick man a mass of agony. “Like unto his glorious body.” What an expression! Even our flesh shall rest in hope of such a resurrection!    From Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotion Android app – http://www.WhitneyApps.com

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Conquering Your Fears…

Here is a great short article from Dr Charles Stanley about conquering fears. We all have fears in life and sometimes we are in so much denial that we get ourselves stuck in a place in life and dont know why because we convinced ourselves we’re not fearful of anything yet we cant make the next move necessary to forward in our lives. God want to use us (you and me) to do great things in our lives but first we have to admit that we have the fears no matter how small so that God can guide us THROUGH them. God bless… :)

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Conquering Your Fears

If you want to keep your confidence strong, study the Bible, apply God’s principles to your life, and walk with Him each day by faith. When you hide His Word in your heart, you will have the light of His truth to guide you—not only for your present circumstances, but also for eternity.

After you have given your worries to the Lord, meditate on His Word. David understood the power that was available to him through God’s personal promises. He wrote, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? . . . My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear” (Ps. 27:1-3).

By Charles F. Stanley

Would you consider yourself a free person? More than likely, you would. But perhaps somewhere in the back of your mind, you wonder, Am I truly free?

We live in a country that has a rich heritage—one that is steeped in freedom and liberty. But many people are not living free lives. They are bound by invisible chains that prevent them from reaching their full potential. These shackles are made up of links that have been cast and shaped in the emotional fires of fear.

Once this deadly emotion captures a person’s heart, breaking its bond is difficult—but it can be done. Though fear’s grasp is strong, it is not greater than the power of Jesus Christ. The Savior told His disciples, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).

How do we break free from the bondage of fear? There is only one way, and that is through faith in Christ. But before we can do this, we must come to a point where we admit that we are battling a deadly foe and need God’s help.

I’m not fearful!

The young boy leveled his eyes at his mother’s gaze and said, “I’m not afraid. I want to camp outside with my friends!” His mother softened as she thought through the situation. He would be in the fenced-in backyard, within range of her hearing his every move, and more than
likely, she would be awake—watching to make sure he and his friends were safe. And if they needed anything, they could easily come inside the house.

This is exactly what happened. Somewhere around 2 am, she heard the backdoor open and close. She got up, grabbed her robe, and hurried downstairs to check on her son. As she flipped the lights on in the kitchen, she was greeted by the sight of her boy and two of his best friends—sleeping bags in hand along with a crumbled bag of chocolate chip cookies. Sensing their embarrassment, she asked, “Son, what happened?”

“There’s something out there,” her son replied. “I don’t know what it is, but it snarled at us. We could hear it in the yard. Maybe it was a big dog, a wild fox, or even a large bear!” Trying not to smile at the thought of their imagined foes, she said, “Why don’t you just sleep in the den and go back out to the tent in the morning? I’ll make pancakes for you when you wake up.” The mood of the group immediately brightened. She didn’t bother to mention the fact that the chances of meeting up with a fox or a bear were extremely low, especially since they lived in a densely populated city.

Fear attacks without warning. It tempts us to believe things that will not or cannot happen, and often leaves us feeling helpless and without hope. Each day, we are bombarded with words and messages that have the ability to stir thoughts of fear within us. Turn on the news, and more than likely you will hear a dismal rundown on the economy and many other items that strike notes of panic in your heart.

News organizations often broadcast with the goal of creating an emotional reaction from those who watch, listen, and visit their Web sites. To increase their audience, they target people with the messages that produce the greatest response. Therefore, if the fire of fear works, the flame is turned up.

From a worldly perspective, the future may look pretty bleak, especially if you decide to calculate your situation apart from faith in Jesus Christ. The fact is, if you do this, fear will reach out and grab your heart, telling you that the worst will happen and it will be beyond anything you can imagine. Don’t buy into the Enemy’s lies. The nightly news cannot give you a complete picture of reality—certainly not from a heavenly standpoint. And remember, nothing the Devil whispers to you is based on the truth of God’s Word (John 8:44). While we are facing very serious times in our nation’s history, we are not alone. God is with us, and He is never out of control.

The apostle Paul discovered this in a fresh way during a very difficult time in his ministry. Somewhere near the end of his second missionary journey, he was staying in the city of Corinth. He had left Athens to go to Macedonia, but something happened that almost caused him to stumble in his faith. The Jews resisted his teaching to a point where they “blasphemed.” Paul was fed up with their stiff-necked ways. He declared that he would no longer go to the Jews first, but instead would preach God’s message to the Gentiles (Acts 18:5-6).

At every turn, Paul faced opposition from the Jewish leaders. On several occasions, his very life had been threatened. He was tired and likely felt alone and worn thin emotionally—vulnerable to the destruction of fear. One night as he drifted off to sleep, God’s Spirit spoke to him, saying, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10).

There we have it: one of the greatest apostles who ever lived, battling fear. But the verses that follow do not mention this again. Why? Paul changed his focus. He came face-to-face with the reality of his fear and chose to abandon it. Was this something he could do on his own? Absolutely not. There was no way he could move past the anxiety he felt without the assurance found in Jesus Christ. Once God’s Spirit spoke to his heart, the issue was settled, and Paul knew there was only one thing for him to do: complete the work God had given him.

The Enemy uses many things in an effort to distract us and prevent us from reaching our full potential—and fear is one of his choice weapons. He usually follows it with words of discouragement and accusation: “You can’t do that”; “You haven’t been trained”; “What would people think if you fail?” And that was his strategy in Corinth: Satan knew he would face ultimate defeat if Paul succeeded, so he tried to keep the apostle fearful. The Lord’s faithful promise, delivered at just the right moment, was all the encouragement Paul needed to continue preaching the truth of the gospel.

The right steps to overcoming fear

If you are going to overcome fear, the first step is to acknowledge and admit your anxiety. Confess, “Lord, I feel fearful, and I don’t know what to do. Please show me how to go forward from this point.” Next, ask God to enable you to conquer your fear. The more you understand your relationship with God, the more intimately you will relate to Him. Your level of trust will increase, and you will begin to notice the many ways He is at work in your life and circumstances.

Shortly before his death, Paul wrote an interesting word of instruction to Timothy. He reminded his young protégé, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7). Fear doesn’t fit who we are as believers. It usually surfaces when we have the wrong response to disappointment and trial. God wants you to be victorious, not harassed or tormented by anxiety.

Let God remove fear from your life. He may choose to do this by placing you in a frightening situation where you feel out of control. But you do not have to worry, because the One who has promised never to let you go is holding your life in His omnipotent hand.

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Good points to staying in line with Christ. Stay in prayer (1 Thes 5:17) and God Bless… 🙂

It seems every mont I'm hearing about another pastor who has fallen out of ministry for committing adultery or some other shot at his integrity. Usually, it is pastors no one has heard of, but sometimes, it is someone known. Someone from a large church, a charismatic leader doing some great things. Almost 2 years ago, I wrote about Gary Lamb and how that shaped my thinking. Yesterday, another leader I followed on twitter and on his blog announced … Read More

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Battling in Prayer

I am fan of In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley and I was looking at his website and reading some of his articles and I came across his article about Battling in Prayer. Basically it’s about how we deal with conflict, worry, stress, etc and for me this is right up my alley with what I’m dealing with in my life right now. Not necessarily that I have a lot problems but just decisions that have to be made. I know sometimes people tend to think they need to pray more when there having problems but forget that you dont have to have problems to pray. We should be in prayer with every decision that has to be made so that is where I am going to God for everyday decisions and not stressing out trying to get the right answer. I think this is a great article to read. It’s short but covers a lot. So check it out and learn how to go to God in everything. He wants us to. God Bless!!!

Battling in Prayer

India… 🙂

 

Push On…

In January, I took up the challenge to post a blog weekly and I have fallen very short of that commitment. I think about it often but its discouraging if you made the commitment and havent kept it, then it gets even more discouraging as time goes on because then you start thinking “man..it’s been ___ long since I wrote”. Well I’ve decided to go on and cross the bridge and write. Forget about what WASN’T done and concentrate on what can be done today. Everyday is a blessing and a new opportunity to fulfill your dreams and aspirations that God has for your life. I cant dwell on the past, which is what I’m working on now, it cant be changed I can only change the present which in turn will create the future.

Write down how you want your life to be, your dreams, your hopes, your goals and write a plan to achieve them. Ask God to guide you in the process and forget out your past, learn from it and move on. It’s easier said then done (I know) but I have to constantly fight with my mind daily about the negative thoughts. Things and promises that were left undone by myself or attempts that I didnt succeed in or follow through with. God is a forgiving God and something I struggle with right now is believing that I deserve great things in my life right now. Sometimes I feel I have to pay for things in my past BEFORE I can reap any goods but I know thats not the truth. So this post is saying forget about what WASN’T done and start from where you are (which is all you can do). When you miss the goal, reset it, reevaluate, and go after it again and forget what others say. You can have anything you want in life if your willing to do what you have to do to get it. God wants the best for us, you and me so continue to move on… Ephesians 3:20-21

God Bless,

India

Happy 2011, All!!!

I’ve decided I want to blog more in 2011. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I created this blog in beginning 2010 and looking at my listings I have not been very active. But this year is the year for NOW, no procrastinating but getting things done. I will be posting on this blog AT LEAST once a week for all of 2011. This is not to say I wont have more postings throughout the week but I’m starting with AT LEAST once a wk. Which is my first message for this year… forget about what you have or have NOT done but rather what you will and want to do. The important things is to start off small to not overwhelm yourself and create a habit, once the habit is created than you can increase it.

I know it won’t be easy, but I’m sure it will be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful for me and prayerfully for you. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

When I first created this account my vision was/is for this to be something fun and cool, and to be able to inspire and help others so that maybe through my experiences I can somehow be a blessing to you. I also wanted to be able to grow from networking with others as well.

Please subscribe to blog and I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

God Bless,

India

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Faith Without Works…

Good verylate Evening, tonight I’m going to keep it short and sweet. I’m currently studying James. The book of James is basically about faith. He speaks about having faith with no works being dead (James 2). Many people say “I have faith, I believe in God and I go to church and/or read the bible sometimes”. What was revealed to me through my study is that I speak on faith but faith is also about the ACTIONS of doing what God told/tells me to do in my daily walk. We can tend to get side tracked or allow fears to stop us from doing what He wants us to do. We think about “but what if they say this or they say that, or what if this happens or this dont happen”, but if u believe that God has ordained for you to do something if you have step out and know “I dont have all the answers and I dont know where this is going to take me but I do know that God has told me to do this”. We have to take down the barriers that we have up between us and God. God will not invade our space unless we ASK Him to because of the free will He has given to us.

Also another part of our faith is how we are when we don’t SEE God in our lives. What are we doing? What are we saying? Are we trusting and believing God for deliverance. This is something that I’m still continuing to pray and work on but we have to sing when it’s raining knowing that when it stops the rainbow shows. The works here is praising God even though people dont see the evidence of His blessings in your life, knowing that your praises aren’t determined by the material things He gives us only but His blessings of another day to live which means another chance to make a better and different decision than the day before.  Learn to dance and sing in the rain… God bless and good night 😀

Yes you notice I have been more active lately…I’m working on being consistent and since I would like to get back into writing what better way to do it that to what… WRITE… you got it!  So I’ve decided to make an attempt to write AT LEAST 1 a day and do a product highlight AT LEAST 1  week.

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Also if you dont know the history of Nutrilite brand. I’ll be posting a post for that s well in the near future so stay tuned…

Be blessed and have a great night!!! 🙂

Now I’ve only been married for about a year and a half (since 9 Jan 2009) and it’s new to both me and my husband but I think sometimes my husband forgets this is my first marriage as well. He expect so much from me and I guess I do the same to him, but the difference is I realize that we’re both learning and getting the hang of this but he dont seem to take the time to consider that. When we first got married he was never that good for his word but was improving (I know, then why would I still marry him…it happened..anyways) but now and days he’s been getting better but has been saying things more often without following thru. So now me trying to be the peace maker I’m trying to do what he said he was going to so that it wont make us look bad but it’s not easy when he dont work with me. I’m trying to take care of things that he slacked on and he’s snapping at me for asking information so that I can follow it thru. Why do the person that’s suppose to be your “partner/teammate” makes things the hardest? This might sound silly when I say this but I thought once we got married it was going to be us against the world. You know… that we would be able to take on anything together. But God is/has given me a rude awakening and it’s not like that at all (at least not right now). Most of the time (well not most anymore Thank God but a lot) but it’s me against the world including him. He don’t want to communicate with me about serious things and I think a lot of times he forgets I’m on his side. I told him before “I’m for him, I’m for us” but a lot of things and decisions he make seems to be just for him. He still don’t think about whats good for US. When u get married you lose the I’s for US but he hasn’t YET. A lot of times I try to not say anything because I dont want to make him feel incapable of making decisions for us. But would I be a good wife if I stood by my husband and watched him make the same mistakes over and over? Then when he gets frustrated  I have to be his punching bag (not literally..he’s never hit me) but verbally it’s just painful. The smart comments, snapping at me, raising his voice, etc. So sometimes I just get confused what IS our responsibility as wives? I pray and strive and desire to be a virtuous women but believe me it’s easier read then done. I know it’s possible but also takes a lot of work. Sometimes I just feel like I’m drowning and speaking positively becomes very difficult. I have faith and hope and know for a fact things will be better but the journey getting there is just that “a journey” that you just dont feel like taking but what else can you do? You can stop, your moving forward in life or automatically moving backwards. So with that being said I found my NEW answer move forward FASTER!!! I think I’ve been slowing down and what happens when u slow down? The stuff you’ve been moving out of starts to catch up with you. So the answer becomes move forward FASTER til the point that what ur working your way out of cant even be seen.

As I study being a virtuous women and the place of a wife I’ll let you guys know and also feel free to do the same as well. I will continue to pray to be gentle with my husband and learn how to nurture him as a man and not attack him. God will and is turning him into an awesome man and husband for His will and works.

I receive daily devotions (Leadership Promises) from John Maxwell and  they are very enlightening so I thought about it before but now I decided to do it. I will post his daily devotions for you guys so that u can reflect on them as well and grow as a christian and leader in your daily walks. Feel free to share your thoughts on the daily posts as well… Here is today’s devotion…

May 6
The Tough and Tender Leader
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

In his previous letter to the church, Paul played the role of the tough leader. He instigated conflict. In this letter, he speaks more from a personal viewpoint, more from his heart. He exudes tenderness.

In 2 Corinthians 7, the apostle discusses how he caused the Corinthians sorrow, but distinguished between good sorrow and bad sorrow. Every leader will find this distinction profitable to understand.

Consider the differences:
Bad Sorrow                                           Good Sorrow
1. Pain goes on indefinitely                     1. Pain is temporary
2. Example: Judas  (Matthew 27:3-5)       2. Example: Peter (Luke 22:54-62)
3. Leads to regret and death                   3. Leads to repentance and life
4. Suffering based on selfishness            4. Suffering based on God’s will

Leaders should never seek revenge or desire to hurt someone just to vindicate their action. The pain they bring should have the constructive purpose of repentance and recovery.

The Maxwell Leadership Bible

I may post yesterdays and the ones prior for this week as well. But remember “in order to be a leader you must be a follower FIRST”.