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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Daily encouragement- A cheerful heart!

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. - Pro 17:22. TNIV

Where have you been?

Sometimes women are overly suspicious of their husbands. When Adam stayed out very late for a few nights, Eve became upset. "You're running around with other women," she charged.

"You're being unreasonable," Adam responded. "You're the only woman on earth."

The quarrel continued until Adam fell asleep, only to be awakened by someone poking him in the chest. It was Eve.

"What do you think you're doing?" Adam demanded.

"Counting your ribs," said Eve.


A very faithful woman

An elderly lady was well-known for her faith and for her boldness in talking about it. She would stand on her front porch and shout "PRAISE THE LORD!"

Next door to her lived an atheist who would get so angry at her proclamations he would shout, "There ain't no Lord!!"Hard times set in on the elderly lady, and she prayed for GOD to send her some assistance.


The next morning the lady went out on her porch and noted a large bag of groceries and shouted, "PRAISE THE LORD."The neighbor jumped from behind a bush and said, "Aha! I told you there was no Lord. I bought those groceries, God didn't."

The lady started jumping up and down and clapping her hands and said, "PRAISE THE LORD. He not only sent me groceries, but He made the devil pay for them. Praise the Lord!"


A minister tells a joke

A preacher, who shall we say was "humor impaired," attended a conference to help encourage and better equip pastors for their ministry.

Among the speakers were many well known and dynamic speakers. One such boldly approached the pulpit and, gathering the entire crowd's attention, said, "The best years of my life were spent in the arms of a woman that wasn't my wife!"

The crowd was shocked! He followed up by saying, "And that woman was my mother!" - The crowd burst into laughter and delivered the rest of his talk, which went over quite well.The next week, the pastor decided he'd give this humor thing a try, and use that joke in his sermon.

As he surely approached the pulpit that sunny Sunday, he tried to rehearse the joke in his head. It suddenly seemed a bit foggy to him.Getting to the microphone he said loudly, "The greatest years of my life were spent in the arms of another woman that was not my wife!"

The congregation inhaled half the air in the room. After standing there for almost 10 seconds in the stunned silence, trying to recall the second half of the joke, the pastor finally blurted out, "...and I can't remember who she was!"

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Have a cheerful & blessed week!! *grins* :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Being thankful!

The story of the Thankful Leper is an amazing story about 10 lepers calling out to Jesus to have pity on them and heal them. All ten lepers realize they were healed, but only one comes all the way back to Jesus, praising God for his mercy in healing him. only one... what happened to the other 9?

Firstly, what is leprosy?
Leprosy in Biblical times was a terrible thing, what may be known today as "Hansen's Disease." Whatever it was, once a person caught it, it was considered incurable, and those diagnosed with leprosy were banned from society. The cure of a leper was as difficult as raising a person from the dead.

Thankfulness brings breakthroughs! With thanksgiving, comes joy! And we know that the joy of the Lord is our strength!! Yes, friends!! God delights in the praises of His people!! Wouldn't you want to put a smile on God's face for all He's done for you? ^^

Not only that, a thankful person is a positive person!! :) A thankful person is positive about the future cos they are always grateful for everything in their life! The spirit of thankfulness to God, brings positive-ness and the power to embrace the future knowing full well that all things are possible with God!

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1. When in need, pray!

  • Luke 17:13

A life of thanksgiving is a life of prayer!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

2. Obey, to receive!

  • Luke 17:14b

When God says you're healed, you are!!! When God says you're saved, you are!!!

And as God calls you to go out in faith believing He has healed and saved you, as an act of obedience... you go out! You obey His voice to receive His promise. to receive His healing power!! :)

3. Don't forget to.......... THANK HIM!

  • Luke 17:15

We are call to give thanks to God!! :)
In verse 17 and 18,
Jesus asked,"Were not all ten-cleased? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Sometimes we take God for granted and forget to thank and praise Him for all He has blessed us with! I'm sure that no matter how hard your day has been, or your week for the matter, there's always something you can thank God for
!! Each breath that we take is a gift from God and the fact the Jesus died on the cross for our sins is something we can never thank God enough for!!! :)

4. Faith always go with action!

  • Luke 17:19

Jesus said to the leper who thanked Him, "Rise up and go; your faith has made you well."

All 10 lepers were healed from their leprosy, but what did Jesus meant when He said to one of the leper, your faith has made you well. Jesus was offering this leper something more than the others. They received healing, but this Samaritan receives a deeper salvation in addition. His faith has prompted him to return to the feet of Jesus in thanks, and that personal contact, that personal submission signifies a soul healing that is more than skin deep.

The bible says, faith without works is dead.(James 2:26) Our faith prompts us to action!!! As we speak loud words of faith, even the mountains will move!! as we walk in faith in the actions we take, breakthroughs happen!!! :)

10 lepers were healed by Jesus, but only ONE came back to thank and praise God, only ONE.

Would you have been the ONE who was thankful???

Will you be the ONE who thank God today for all He has blessed you with?

Will you be the ONE? ^^

Friday, July 6, 2007

All things work for the good... :)


The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened - everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me?" he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

It's easy to get discouraged sometimes when things appear to be going badly, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.

Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground, it may just be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it...

You say, "It's impossible".
God says: "All things are possible". (Luke 18:27)
You say, "I'm too tired."
God says: "I will give you rest". (Matt 11:28-20)
You say, "Nobody really loves me".
God says: "I love you". (John 3:16; John 13:34)
You say, "I can't go on."
God says: "My grace is sufficient." (II Cor. 12:9; Psalm 91:15)

You say, "I can't figure things out."
God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say, "I can't do it."
God says: "You can do all things through Christ." (Phil 4:13)
You say, "It's not worth it."
God says: "It will be worth it." (Romans 8:28)
You say, "I can't forgive my self."
God says: "I forgive you." (I John 1:9; Romans 8:1)

You say, "I can't manage."
God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Phil 4:19)
You say, "I'm afraid."
God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Tim. 1:7)
You say, "I'm always worried and frustrated".
God says: "Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)
You say, "I don't have enough faith."
God says: "I've given everyone a measure of faith." (Romans 12:3)

You say, "I'm not smart enough."
God says: "I give you wisdom." (James 1:5)
You say, "I feel all alone."
God says "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Heb. 13:5)
– Source unknown.

There are some weeks that we all feel our huts are burning. I don't know why we go through these times, but I do know that after each trial, there is strength for the next trial, and I know we can't do it without Him.

*grins* Just some food for thought! :)

Just know that no matter what happens, God understands. Whatever problems we may be facing, heartaches that are dealing with, Jesus has gone through it all. All our pain, our sins, our burdens, He has paid the price for it all when He choose to die on the cross for You and Me! Rejoice for God has conquer death!!! And know that He can conquer everything else!!! There's no problem bigger than our GOD!! and yes, rest assure that all things are possible with GOD!

..for we know that all things work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

*grins* Do you love GOD? If you do, then praise God! Rest in His peace and assurance that only He can give. Cling on to His promises and I know He will never fail you! :)

God bless ya!!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Temple of the Holy Spirit

Do you know that when you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior you were ‘born-again’ and at that instant your spirit was renewed (or made brand new). And if you invited him to do so, the Holy Spirit moved in to live, dwell and abide in your spirit.

"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

"Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own." 1 Corinthians 6:19


We are
  • God's Residence!
  • God's Address!

1. Purity

  • The Holy Spirit only lives in cleansed places.
  • We are cleansed from sins by the blood of Jesus

Matthew 12:34 says, "....out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks"

2. Presence of God

In 2 Corinthians 6:16, "..For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said : 'I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

John 14:16-21 says, "And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. "

  • Tabernacle of Moses
  • Tabernacle of David
  • Temple of Solomon

3. Praise & Prayer

Our spirit need to be in one with the spirit of God which is the Holy Spirit!! To be aligned with the Holy Spirit, we need to walk in the spirit and die to our flesh!

When our spirit is in one with the Spirit of God, we are filled with God's annointing and it makes it easier for us to hear God speak & easier for the Holy Spirit to guide & lead us each and every day.

Therefore, we need to build our inner man!! We need to edify our spirit, and scripture tells us that we build our spirit man by reading the word of God & praying in tongues (praying in the Spirit)!

  • 2 Chronicles 7:1

Let our temple be filled!!