13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
Sharing an old FB post from 5/24/2014.
I see posts with negative comments or jokes on Facebook and YouTube about people praising the Lord at weddings and currently graduations, etc. all the time, and I find it is interesting that some think praise is appropriate only in church. What about “I will bless the Lord at ALL times! Why is it okay to dance and scream about someone carrying a ball across the goal line for a touchdown, but you should be quiet when the Lord has carried you safely through 13 years of school (more if you are graduating from college). It’s okay for schools to blast secular music in the gym for physical education everyday and to hold dances for kids who are only 5 and up (which automatically leads them to talk about dating and boyfriends and girlfriends even in kindergarten), yet Christians should not pray at school or out loud to avoid offending others. Yes, there is a time and season for all things. Yes, all things should be done decently and in order. My only question is why is that time and place becoming less and less while our world is getting worst and worst everyday. To those who want to get your praise on I say celebrate to the fullest, dance like David danced inspite of the ridicule of others, because the world sure enough won’t stop doing their evil to avoid your discomfort or respect your lifestyle and God’s ways. To God be the glory!
The joy of the Lord is our strength!!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
WALK IT OUT
It’s a brand new year with brand new opportunities! It’s a great time to refocus and reprioritize the things of God and His plans for your life in this season. The more you focus on the Lord: reading, praying, and studying the Word of God the more your desires will align with His will for your life and the more He can reveal and give to you. Seek the Lord and lay out your requests before Him, and trust that He will direct you and show you the way you should go. The Lord will bless you abundantly with the things that matter the most in your life which are spiritual and enduring even as you prosper in the natural. Remember not to become super focused on pursuing material gains that will ALL pass away while forsaking the pursuit of spiritual fruit in your life which is the most important for you and the body of Christ as a whole. Trust the Lord and trust the process as He leads and guides you from day to day. Unfortunately we live in a sin sick world, and will all have to deal with the negative influences and hurtful words and deeds of those around us who fail to walk in the Spirit and in obedience to the Word by choice or negligence. This is the day that the Lord has made so rejoice in it and give praise for all of the great things that lay before us! God is good and He is faithful to do exactly what He has promised each of us His children, so trust Him and never doubt. What you need God’s got it, so seek ye first the Kingdom of God that he can supply it for you and for me!
STAND ON THE WORD
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.