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Testing Comes from the Lord

Job 23:10; Jeremiah 17:10; Psalm 26:2; Psalm 17:3 When training a horse that has never been ridden, the trainer will purposely and for the horses’ good, bring that horse into the round pen to be trained and tested. A horse that is not broken is not useable. The tests the trainer puts the horse through are to bring that horse to the point of trusting that trainer and making him useable or fit for use. When teaching the horse to accept ridding gear, the trainer will rub the bridle on the face and neck of the horse. He will put the leather reins on his ears and let the horse feel every part of the bridle. The trainer is encouraging the horse with soft words and gentle pats that he is safe and he won’t be hurt. Sometimes, the horse will rebel and the trainer must make the horse start running around the round pen again to get his attention. The horse needs to understand that when he does not obey there are consequences for his decisions which in this case, is running around and around in the…

The Battle is in Your Mind

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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;
Do you ever remember being afraid of the dark as a child? I can recall waking up in the middle of the night fearful that someone was in my room. My heart would pound so hard I thought it might jump right out of my chest. One night, I thought a man was standing in the doorway of my room. He appeared large and monster like. I could not yell or even move because of the fear that had gripped my heart. Then I realized, when my eyes finally adjusted to the darkness, it was only my dad’s shirt hanging on the door frame. Crippling fear comes to us in many ways and for just about any reason. What is paralyzing fear? What do women fear most…

Do I Love God with my Mind?

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 
I consider the above verse to be one of the most important verses in the Bible. What occupies your mind and what you think means more than anything else in your life. Your thought life will determine how much you love others, where you go to church, and what you become in life. Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart so is he... Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
A healthy thought life--a thought life that is pleasing to God--comes out of a closer relationship with Him. Reading God’s Word daily, praying and being ob…

Is God Really Good?

Psalm 107:1-2,8-11,13-15
Because of the evils that exist in the world, the goodness of God is one of the most difficult doctrines to accept. Unless we wholeheartedly believe that, “God is good,” we will be paralyzed in our Christian growth. Let’s look at the Garden of Eden where Eve was caused to doubt the goodness of God. (Genesis 3:4-5) Satan convinced Eve to believe that God did not have her best interests at heart--that He would hold her back from developing her full potential. Eve believed a lie. How can God be good? If He were, He’d give me what I want. Doesn’t He know how lonely I am? If God loves me, why did He allow my parents to treat me like they did? A good God would never have allowed this to happen! If you are a worrier, you doubt God’s goodness. You will be afraid God will bring circumstances into your life that are not in your best interest. In the garden, Satan focused on a restriction and used it to blind Eve to God’s blessing. Satan will urge you to focus on one issue, …