3 Ways God’s Plan Is Better Than Your Plan

Obviously, there are uncountable reasons, but here are three reasons or ways that God’s plan is much better than yours or mine and better for us.

He Sees the Future

A major part of the reason that God’s plan is far better than ours is that He can see the future and we cannot. We can’t even see into the next minute. At best, we can only take educated guesses, but God knows for certain what will happen tomorrow, next week, and years down the road. It’s like He can see around the blind corners of time. Isaiah writes about God, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10). So wouldn’t you want to trust God’s plan for your life over your own plan? That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?

His Ways Are Higher Than Ours

We think we know what’s best for our future, but God alone says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). My plans often blow up in my face, but “the plans of the LORD stand firm forever” (Psalm 33:11). How much higher or superior are God’s ways than mine? How about this for ways where God’s way is higher than ours: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

We Plan, He Directs

We might think we’re in charge of where we’re going, but the Word of God says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Prov. 16:9), and “many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21). You think you are putting forth your own steps for the future, but “a person’s steps are directed by the LORD” (Prov. 20:24), whether you know it or not. Even Jeremiah understood that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps (Jer. 10:23).

Conclusion

There are surely more than three ways that God’s plan for our lives is better than ours, but these are three sure ways to know that were better off trusting God with our future than making our own plans. I’m not saying we shouldn’t plan for the future, but in the end, God’s ways are always higher, and His way always prevail. He knows the future; we do not.

4 Interesting End Times Bible Facts

Here are four interesting facts about the end times from the Bible that some Christians may not have known.

Heaven Comes Down

Many people have the idea that when believers enter heaven, they’ll go “up to be with the Lord” but heaven actually comes down to earth.  Heaven is actually the New Jerusalem and John describes this event in Revelation 21:1-3 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”  The idea that we go “up” may not actully be as we expct puting in to consideration the Bible reverence in I Thess. 4:13-18 We who are alive when Jesus comes shall be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” For those 7 years Tribulation period the Church will be with the Lord in Heaven. 7 years later when Jesus comes to establish His kingdom on the earth for 1000 years then The New Jerusalem will be suspended over the earth and the Church as the Bride of Christ will rule and reign with Him. Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: , heaven is anywhere Jesus is. So when the word heaven is mentioned we should not conclude it to be somewhere above but it is actually the place of God, I mean a home, where God lives which could be anywhere He wishes.

Jesus’ Immediate Appearance

Many people are looking to world events and biblical prophecy to occur before Jesus returns but the fact is that Jesus can come at any moment for His church.  There is nothing that needs to happen before Christ can return.  When we start studying prophecy and the end time’s events and try tying them into world news, we take our eyes off of Christ. Jesus said that He would come when it is least expected (Luke 12:40).  Don’t take your eyes off of Jesus because He is coming in the clouds of glory at any time which is another great reason to warn those who are not yet saved.

Satan is Bound, Then Freed

When the millennium starts, many believe that Satan is once and for all gone but he actually is bound but then is released again after the millennium reign ends.  This is written in Revelation 20:7-8 “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.”  Naturally, Satan and his evil army is no match for God “And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and eve” (Rev 20:9-10).

There are Anti-Christ’s here Today

Maybe you’d be surprised that there are actually anti-Christ’s here today and even in the apostle’s day.  John writes in 1 John 2:18 “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.”   Today there are many anti-Christ’s because John defines just how is an anti-Christ in 1 John 2:22 “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”  That’s why there are many anti-Christs around today…in the form of the false cults, atheists, and agnostics.  If anyone doesn’t believe that Jesus is God and the Son of God, they are an anti-Christ.  The prefix “anti” simply means against so anyone against believing in Christ is an anti-Christ.

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4 Ways To Cope With Change With Biblical Views

Here are four biblical ways that you can cope with change in your life.

Paul wrote to Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6), but for Paul it didn’t come naturally any more than it does for us. Paul had to learn contentment, as he wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Phil. 4:11b). Paul didn’t let his contentment rest upon circumstances but upon God, and thankfulness really helps. It’s hard to be discontented when you’re thankful. Have you heard that we all live under one of two tents? They are the tents of discontentment and contentment. Where you live is up to you.

Sovereignty

Does Romans 8:28 ring a bell for you? This verse says that “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” The sovereignty part comes out with verse 29: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Being conformed into the image of Christ is hard and sometimes painful, but God is sovereign and knows the end from the beginning; thereby, we can fully trust in Him at all times.

Trust

If I tell my child that I’m coming to their music program, they know from experience that they can count on me. The difference is that things happen that can prevent me from being there, but nothing is impossible for God (Matt. 19:26). Can’t we trust a God Who can do all things? He is infinitely more trustworthy than anyone. That can help us cope with the change we’re facing.

The Kingdom

While being imprisoned, Paul wrote to the church at Philippi and said, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14), showing that he is not focusing on where he was then but where he’d be in the future (Rev. 22). Paul would look at his present circumstance and then place that against the eternity with Christ, as he wrote, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8:18). Today is off the charts when you try to compare it with being with God! That can help you cope with change, knowing that this is not your home.

Conclusion

It’s hard to cope with change. We are creatures of habit. It’s hard for us when we get out of our routines, but if we live in contentment with God, if we understand that He is sovereign over all that happens, if we see that we can completely trust Him, and if we fix our eyes upon Jesus, we can cope with almost any change that comes into our lives.

Thanks.

5 Reasons to Fight for Your Marriage

Here are five reasons we should all fight for our marriage with every ounce of our strength.

God Hates Divorce

You know that God hates divorce, even though He loves divorced people. God hates divorce because it destroys the vital unit that is the family. When families crumble, society is weakened. It takes more resources for divided families in society than it does when they stay together. Of course, ongoing, unrepentant adultery justifies divorce, and if there is violence in the home, not only should the person leave that situation, they should by all means remove the children from that home, too. The violent offender needs to be turned into and prosecuted by the law, for there is never any justification for spousal or child abuse. Why fight for your marriage? Is it just to help society? No. God wants you to fight for your marriage, as it’s a God-honored institution (Heb. 13:4) and a God-ordained one (Gen. 2:21-24).

For the Children’s Sake

We know that children that come from single-parent homes or even homes where the spouse has remarried have lower test scores in school, have fewer friends, have more behavioral problems, are less likely to go onto college, and have even less of a chance of graduating from high school. The vicious cycle of poverty, divorce, and not graduating is difficult to break. However, many Christian single parents and those who have remarried have broken this cycle and have lifted their children out of this ongoing circle.

The Bride and Bridegroom Relationship

Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” God expects spouses to remain faithful to their own spouse. The intimacy and the relationship of marriage is strongly symbolic of the intimate relationship that Jesus (the Bridegroom) has with the church (the Bride). The church right now is betrothed (engaged) to Christ, and in the Jewish culture, this was seen as legally binding. On the day when the wedding feast takes place between the church and the Lamb, you can just hear the joy of this event: “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7). The Lamb is Jesus Christ and the “Bride” is the church. Husbands and wives are to have that same relationship in marriage (Eph. 5:25-27), and it is intended to be permanent, just as the Bride and the Bridegroom’s relationship is.

Preserving Agent of Society

The society in which families exist is never stronger than the family that it lives in. Families are the foundation of any nation because they are designed to instill into the next generation biblical morals and core family values. When children are raised in two-parent homes, they are more successful, less dependent on government or state services or subsidies, and as workers, their rate of productivity is generally higher. Also, children raised in a two-parent home have fewer divorces themselves, lower crime rates in the family, less risk for drug or alcohol abuse, and a tendency to live longer, happier lives. A nation that has strong families as the foundation is less likely to have crime, substance abuse, divorces, violence, and other negative occurrences that are detrimental to society.

Reason for Hope

I think you should fight for your marriage if your spouse is seeking and getting counseling or at least wanting to work on themselves. It takes two people working together to make a marriage work. It doesn’t just happen, and it’s not 50/50. If you are fighting for your marriage, then don’t give up hope. God wants you there for a reason. Perhaps it is to help lead an unconverted spouse to Christ. Maybe it’s to learn how to live with people’s differences. Maybe you need to learn how to love unconditionally, which is what God does (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8-10).

Conclusion

There are certainly more than five reasons to fight for your marriage but no less than these five reasons–that God hates divorce (but loves divorced people), what it does to the lives of the children, how it relates to the Bridegroom-Bride relationship, how it benefits not only the family but also society. Marriage is worth fighting for, fighting primarily from our knees.


5 Possible Means to Ward Off Worries.

Look Back at God’s Faithfulness
I know that prayer journals are very helpful when we are going through periods of worry. Many times I dated my prayer requests so that I could look back and see just how faithful God has been in helping me through difficult times. I see so many answers to my prayers that it is hard not to trust Him with the ones I am presently experiencing. If you are going through a time of worry right now, stop and look back at the many times when God came through for you and think about how He has helped you through these seemingly impossible situations. We know that God cares for even the tiny sparrow, as “even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself” (Psalm 84:3a). How much more of value are you to Him than they?

Worry Is Wasted Energy
Jesus once said, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Matt. 6:27). The obvious answer is you cannot add a single day by worrying. On the contrary, worry can shorten your life by weakening your immune system and making you more vulnerable to disease and sickness. Further, our Lord says, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes” (Matt. 6:25), for “the flowers of the field grow [and] they do not labor or spin” (Matt. 6:28). If you have something you’re worried about and can’t change it, pray about it; if you can change it, change it!

Worry Is a Choice
You can’t choose your problems, but you can choose how you react to them. Life is full of choices. When we are worried, we have made a choice to worry. Worry is the opposite of trust. Think of it this way: When I worry, I tell God “I don’t trust You, God, to take care of me, so I’m handling it myself.” You might not mentally or verbally express it that way, but that’s what your worry tells God. Choose to trust God no matter what you see with your eyes. Try to see problems through the eyes of faith, and trust God, for He is more than faithful. We have His promise that even the bad things will work out for our very best (Rom. 8:28).

Write Down Your Worries
This might seem strange, but when you write down what you are worried about by putting in on a piece of paper or a Word document, it doesn’t seem to be as insurmountable as it was in your mind. It seems to be more manageable and not the monster that our minds make it out to be. Look at what you wrote down. In the big scheme of things, it’s simply ink and paper now. Or if it’s a Word document on your computer, it’s something that you can click on and drag to the trash. One of my favorite verses is “no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed” (Isaiah 54:17a). If your worry is from the enemy, it is no match for God.

Take a Walk
This might seem to be another strange strategy, but it does work. When we take a walk or a bike ride, it seems that our minds are forced to focus on something else for a time. There is also the knowledge of where we are, in that we see the beauty of nature, and that our Creator has no problem in dealing with our problems because to Him they’re all small. If we just think about the God Who created the universe, how big is our problem compared with His omnipotence (all-power)? Also, exercise has been proven to improve our mental capacity to handle and process problems and increase our ability to problem-solve. Your walk might bring down your worry to manageability.

Conclusion
It is so easy to worry and so hard to hand these things over to God, but He wants us to unload every burden onto Him and just pray about what we can’t solve ourselves. That way, He receives all the glory, and nothing else matters but the glory of God.
May God richly bless you.

Faith that is Alive

…faith without works is dead.
(James 2:20, NKJV)

Did you know that faith can be alive or dead? Dead faith doesn’t do anything. There are a lot of people who love God, but they aren’t overcoming obstacles or accomplishing their God-given dreams simply because they are not putting any action behind their faith. Their faith is simply dead.

What can you do today to keep your faith alive? It doesn’t have to be something big. By simply obeying God’s Word and doing your best, you are keeping your faith alive. When you go to work every day and give it 100%, you are demonstrating your faith. Sometimes just putting a smile on your face when you feel discouraged is putting action behind your faith. Taking time to go to church—that’s faith that is alive. That’s faith that activates God’s power. That’s faith that opens the door for God to move on your behalf! With faith that is alive, you’ll rise up higher. You’ll overcome obstacles, and you’ll move forward into the blessing and victory God has in store for you!

Remember in another way, when the Angels visited Abraham, they said; ‘where is Sarah your wife?’
It’s clearly noted here that before one can claim anything he must have ‘claim’.
As you take a step of faith by laying your hands on something and work towards achieving your goal with prayers and devices to God and men, May God put smiles on your face in Jesus name.

Prayer/Meditation
Father, thank You for Your Word which is life to my soul. Show me ways to put my faith into action. Guide my steps and keep me close to You so that everything I do brings honor to You in Jesus name. Amen.
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Angels Around Us

But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth… Acts 5:19

Demonic activity and Satan worship are on the increase in all parts of the world. The devil is at work more than at any other time. The Bible says that because he realizes his time is short, Satan’s activity will increase. But his evil activities are countered for the people of God by His ministering spirits, the holy ones of the angelic order. Christians should never fail to sense the operation of angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle’s light. If you are a believer, expect powerful angel to accompany you in your life experiences. And let those events dramatically illustrate the friendly presence of “the holy ones” as Daniel calls them. Certainly, the eye of faith sees many evidences of the supernatural display of God’s power and glory. God is still in business, don’t give up admitting the whole world is corrupt, there are real worshipers all over the world.

You might have been disappointed by many pastors and prophets, come on! The Lord count on you brethren as living souls and not as pastors or whatever title you know.
Do not be defiled by stains of the modern civilization together with their Music, Love of money, Selfishness, greediness, Pleasure, Deceitfulness….
Let’s put it According Galatians 5:19-21;
Everyone knows the kinds of bad things that people can do by their own human power. They have sex with people who are not their own wife or husband. They think and they do dirty things. They do things that people ought to be very ashamed to do.

They worship false gods. They ask bad spirits to help them. They become enemies and they fight. They hate other people because they themselves want to be like those people. They become very angry without any good reason. They want to be more important than other people. They refuse to agree, and so they belong to separate groups.

They want things that are other people’s. They are drunks. They have parties where they do all kinds of bad things. And I tell you again. People who do things like this will not be God’s people. They will not belong to God’s people that he rules over they of the devil. Nor will they receive the things that God has prepared for his people – for you.
You can be the very person God is searching for to influence your own self, family, group, community, and generation. Remember before destroying Sodom and Gomara Abraham asked for mercy upon them if certain number of faithful ones were there but.. NOT AVAILABLE, brethren if only you and I were there faithful, God wouldn’t have destroyed the Land.
Let’s make up our minds to go God’s way for the rest of our lives.

Prayer/Meditation
When I am tempted by Satan, I will remember Your angels are around me, Lord.
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6 Places To Find Your Inner Strengt.

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6 Places To Find Your Inner Strengt.

Here are six places where you can find inner strength.

Meditating on God’s Word
The psalmist loved to mediate on Scripture (Psalm 119:15), but this is not the type of mediation that the world gets into, because they try to empty their minds, but that opens them up to all sorts of evil spirits and demonic influence. The problem with having an open mind is that anything can come in. We don’t sleep with our doors open at night…we lock them to keep the thief out, so when I say meditate on God’s Word, I mean ponder it, consider it, and reflect on it, and you’ll find strength for your soul.

Praying Back God’s Word
When I came to saving faith many years ago, I remember praying back Psalm 51, which is a psalm of repentance. It is the perfect prayer in psalm to pray back to God, because for me, I am in the place of David. In other words, I did similar things that were still worthy of God’s judgment. Not adultery or murder, but enough sins to land me in hell, and being fully worthy of God’s wrath. Put yourself in the Scriptures when the psalmist says “Have mercy on me” (Psalm 51:1), and “Wash away all my iniquities” (Psalm 51:2). If you do, you are praying in a biblical manner.

Focus on Christ
If Peter had kept his eyes on Jesus while walking on the water, he might have reached Jesus, but like all of us, Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the winds and waves. That’s when he began to sink and had to cry out, “Lord, save me” (Matt 14:30). Of course, Jesus did save him and “reached out his hand and took hold of him” (Matt 14:31). When you feel like you’re about to drown in trials, and it’s getting up over your head, cry out to Jesus and say, “Lord, save me,” and He too will reach “out his hand and” take hold of you. A great source of inner strength is to focus on Jesus.

Surrender to God
I have a close friend who has battled with pornography for years. He never had any peace. He do fine for a few days, but then fall back into it and feel hopeless again. One day, after many years of this struggle, he said, “I surrender. I give up.” He told me, “When I said ‘I surrender,’” there was an overwhelming sense of peace that came over him, because he finally realized that he could not fight this on his own. The Bible teaches, “The battle belongs to the Lord” and we are not saved by “the arm of flesh” or by our own strength. He mediated on his inability to conquer this addiction, and by surrendering in his quite time, he found victory, but by the hand of God, not his. Ironically, there was victory in surrender.

Memorizing Scripture
The psalmist wrote, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11), which means he memorized or stored up the Word of God in his mind (heart) so that he would not sin against God. In other words, memorizing Scripture can give us an inner resource of strength that is found only in the Word of God and in the God of the Word. If you dwell on the Word, the Word will dwell in you.
Trust in God
If we trust in ourselves, then we are building our house on sand. But whoever trusts in the Lord, “will discover good” (Prov 16:20), and “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD” (Jer 17:7). When you think about Who God is, that should renew your spirit because you know that He is God and there is no other, and what He says, cannot be changed. I trust that. I don’t trust my feelings.

Conclusion
You can find strength for your soul in meditating on God’s Word, on praying back God’s Word, by focusing on Jesus Who is the Word of God (John 1:1, 14), by surrendering to God, by memorizing the Word, and by trusting the God of the Word, as found in the Word of God.
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4 Little Known Facts about the Resurrection of Jesus

4 Little Known Facts about the Resurrection of Jesus
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What are some things about the Resurrection you may or may not know?

The Burial Linens and Facecloth

In John 20:3-8, it says, “When Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed.” The interesting fact here is that when the disciples went into the tomb, Jesus was gone, but the linen wrappings were folded up and the facecloth was rolled up as if to say, “I don’t need these anymore, but I will leave things lying separately but placed strategically and organized.” The implications are that Jesus must have done this himself, as if He simply moved through the wrappings, apparently without a struggle. If Jesus’ body had been stolen, as some claim, the thieves would not have taken the time to remove the wrappings or roll up the face cloth.

Five Hundred Plus Eyewitnesses

In 1st Corinthians 15:3-6, Paul writes, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep.” Jesus also appears to His half-brother, James (1 Corinthians 15:7), to the ten disciples (John 20:19-23), to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18), to Thomas (John 20:24-31), to Cleopas and a disciple (Luke 24:13-35), once again to the disciples but this time all eleven of them (John 20:26-31), and to seven disciples by the Sea of Galilee (John 21:1). If this were part of a courtroom testimony, this would be considered absolute, conclusive evidence.

The Rolled Away Stone

Jesus or the angels rolled away the stone at Jesus’ tomb not so He could get out, but so others could get in and see that the tomb was empty, testifying to the fact that He had risen. The stone was 1-1/2 to 2 two tons and would have taken many strong men to move. The tomb was sealed and guarded by Roman guards, so to believe that the disciples secretly came at night, overpowered the Roman guards, and snatched Jesus’ body away so that others would believe in the resurrection is ridiculous. The disciples were in hiding, afraid that they would be next, and kept their door locked, as it says, “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19). Now if the tomb had not been empty, claims of the resurrection could not have been maintained for even one hour, knowing that people in Jerusalem could have gone to the tomb to check for themselves.

Jesus’ Death Opened the Tombs

At the very moment Jesus yielded up His Spirit, meaning that He died voluntarily (Matt 27:50), the temple curtain was torn from the top down (Matt 27:51a). This indicated the end of the separation between the holy of holies (representing God’s presence) and man being accomplished by Jesus’ torn body (Isaiah 53), but then something very supernatural happened. “The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matt 27:51b-53). Jesus’ death allowed the saints of old and those of us today to not be bound by death or held by the grave. No wonder “the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, ‘Truly this was the Son of God’” (Matt 27:54)! That would make a believer out of me if I hadn’t already been one!

Conclusion

Jesus’ sinless life, death, and resurrection ended the separation between us and God that our sins had created. We believe that He will come again and that those who have died in the faith and are now with the Lord and those of us still alive will join the King of kings and be part of His kingdom of which there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:33).