Can Persecution be a Good Thing?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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We have a special guest blogger today. Taylor Wilkins ison staff for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is reaching out to the local high schools in my area, and Taylor (with God) is the reason for all of its success. This post will show you why.

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Signs of Hope- The Honor of Persecution

“they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” -Revelation 12:10-11

Have you ever been put down, persecuted, or physically abused for your belief?

I’m sure to some extent all of us have experienced this; but for most of us, we don’t consider persecution a blessing—At least not yet!

Throughout this past week God has been highlighting to me Persecution. In John 15:20 Jesus tells his followers; “no servant is greater than his master, if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” and again in John 16:33 Jesus says; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I asked God to search me and show me the places in my life that need to grow, the fear of persecution has been revealed to me as a weakness. This is not good because this causes a compromise in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading in my walk with him.

The reason to fear persecution usually comes from a lack of understanding about the treasure behind it. Jesus says that blessed are you when you are persecuted for my names sake. Even when the world comes against us for our faith we are blessed by our father in heaven. The weight of being persecuted by man compared to being blessed by God is of no comparison, yet we often fear the latter!

It could be that what I’ve been describing above is resonating with you—or maybe you have been abused for things completely unrelated to faith. We live in a world that often tears people down better then it builds them up. Your story could be of broken trust, abuse, bullying, an affair, sexual abuse, or abusive parents. My heart breaks thinking of the terrible things that are happening to wonderful innocent people—and often the ones who can’t defend themselves. If your story of persecution is along these lines, I want you to know it is the glory of God to redeem that which was lost. God has been through everything with you and he will not let your tears fall to the ground unnoticed. He loves you, and He will redeem your life.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Sacrifice of Worthship

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Look for updates here.

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Sacrifice of Worthship

“You must worship the LORD your God

and serve only Him.”

(Matt. 4:10 NLT)

What is ‘worship’? How does the Bible define it?

Combined, the Hebrew words for ‘worship’ mean to bow down to royalty or God, humbly beseech, do reverence, do obeisance, and so on. The Greek words combined mean to prostrate oneself in obeisance or reverence, honor, adore, venerate, praise, minister to God, serve, and so on.

Our English word for ‘worship’ comes from the Old English word ‘worthship.’ To worship Almighty God is to bow down in reverence to Him because He is worthy, to acknowledge His divinity, to bow in humility and obedience, to bow to His will, His plan, and His purpose by relinquishing one’s own agenda, to bow in service to Him with one’s life, to honor Him as the One True God.

Do you seek God’s face just to worship Him?

Do you seek the Lord’s Presence or His presents? Do you seek His handout or His hand?

If I asked you to answer, without thinking, what you love the most, what would be your immediate response? Your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, your house, your bank account, your investments, your career, your physical appearance, your morning Starbucks? Jesus asks you, “Do you love Me more than these others?” (John 21:15 TLB)

First place in one’s heart should be reserved for God alone, as scripture says, “What does the Lord your God require of you except to…love Him, and to worship Him with all your hearts and souls?” (Deut. 10:12a,13a TLB)

Matthew Henry said, “Those cannot worship God aright who do not worship Him alone.”

 What is a sacrifice of worship?

According to the English definition, sacrifice means, in part, an animal or possession offered to a deity especially for homage, or the surrendering of something prized for something considered to be of a higher or dearer value.

It is that which costs you something in order to obtain something greater, that which is given out of a heart of humility, love, pain, grief, suffering, lack, abundance, or obedience.

The prophet Micah asked, “What shall I bring to the LORD, the God of heaven, when I come to worship Him?” (Micah 6:6a GNB) Whatever the gift that a petitioner brought to the Lord in the ancient temple, the heart had to accompany it; otherwise, God rejected it. God said to Judah, “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me [unless they are the offering of the heart]?” (Is. 1:11 Amp)

 How lavish is your worship of the Creator’s worthship?

What is my favorite lavish gift of worship in the Bible? It is this…

The New Testament relates several from-the-heart, sacrificial worship gifts of expensive oil given to the Lord. According to one in the book of Mark, before Jesus’ betrayal, as He reclined at the table at Simon the leper’s house, a woman broke open her beautiful, alabaster passion box, full of the extremely valuable, perfumed oil of spikenard. As she lovingly poured it upon Jesus’ head, it probably trickled down His cheeks, seeped into His beard, and gently dripped upon His shoulders, saturating His garment.

In Eastern culture, the garment of the bridegroom is saturated with rich perfumes. This woman lovingly poured out her precious possession upon the heavenly Bridegroom which permeated His garment. Almost as prophetic words, the Shulamite woman says of her beloved in the beautiful Song of Solomon, “While the king is at his table, my spikenard sends forth its fragrance.” (SOS 1:12 NKJV)

Don’t you know that throughout those long hours of His agony in the garden, during His betrayal, and in the courtyard of His judgment, and until that garment was removed, Jesus breathed in that sweet, sacrificial aroma of love poured out upon Him? Maybe this scripture echoed in His Spirit, “The odor of your ointments is fragrant, your name is like perfume poured out.” (SOS 1:3 Amp)

As some of the disciples were indignant at what they perceived as this woman’s expensive waste, Jesus defended her, “Let her alone, why must you make her feel uncomfortable?” “She has done Me a most gracious service.” (Mark 14:6a Phillips, Mark 14:6b Weymouth)

The most gracious sacrifice of worship from the heart is one that glorifies the Lord with all of one’s life. A heart that is humbled and repentant before Him will “offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ,” as “a sweet-smelling sacrifice.” (1 Peter 2:5 Amp, Phil. 4:18 NLT)

Is your worship a gift of a sweet-smelling aroma of sacrifice? Do you worship and praise the Lord even when your world comes crashing down around you? When a job is lost, when the bank account is empty, when an event rips apart the family, when a spouse dies at an early age, or when a spouse’s libido finds another outlet, do you still praise the Lord?

A true, sacrificial worship gift costs us the surrender of our hearts, for we sacrifice our emotions to glorify the Lord. It costs us the surrender of our lips, for we sacrifice our praise to God when all seems lost. Whatever it costs, it must come from a loving and willing heart.

Is your worship a sacrificial gift of worthship to the Lord?

~~Blessings, Lynn~~

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

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Taking Steps in Faith Can Change a Life

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Growing in Boldness and Grace

Do you ever feel really passionately about trying something new, but lack the courage to step out and try it?

Or maybe you have always wanted to travel?

Its like the feeling you get before you talk to your first crush. You have anticipated the moment for so long that when the moment finally comes your heart begins to beat louder than ever before!

When we begin to walk a new trail in life we can experience several things, and depending on the road you are taking it will be either a good feeling or a bad one. That because God speaks to the heart of man, and councils him in the ways of God. If you make bad decisions you will feel guilt, shame, remorse, anger, frustration, anxiety… etc. But if you you make good decisions you will be experiencing the love, and joy that God pours out as a blessing to those who are walking in obedience to His will.

Sometimes when we first begin to step out in faith and make the decision to love with grace and boldness we will feel a sense of stress or anxiety. Its completely normal to feel that way, and that is a good thing! You will feel very uncomfortable when you begin to follow God’s voice, but don’t worry, the reason God sent the Holy Spirit is to be our comforter.

When we do what God tells us to do things will become uncomfortable, that is why God sent the Holy Spirit, our Comforter.

When I first began to step out in faith I decided to take a big step. I felt like God was leading me to leave my job that paid well and had great bonuses to spend my summer at camp teaching kids about Jesus. I wrestled over the decision for a few weeks, but finally it came to the point where I couldn’t ignore the voice of God anymore, I had to go to camp.

I quite my job and two days later I left for camp! I was really nervous, and really excited, something inside me felt like fireworks going off. I was taking a step of faith and I couldn’t wait to see how God would bless me throughout the summer.

God showed up in ways I never could have imagined, I made almost no money during the summer, but that didn’t prevent God from blessing me. After I got back from the summer I found out that my parents had received a huge financial blessing which they decided to use to buy me a car and my books for school.

I believe God loves me and cares for me. When I walk in His ways it gets Him excited and he pours out blessings on me. Those same blessing are just waiting for you, all you have to do is trust in Jesus with everything in your life. He loves you and He wants to take care of you. Trust Him and don’t be afraid to step out in faith and follow His lead. It will be the best decision you ever make.

I hope you are encouraged, and remember:

Everything in this world will someday fade away, but Love never ends.

Taylor Wilkins
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Area Representative Salem Oregon

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Don’t Limit God’s Choices. He Can Use You if You Trust Him

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* 09-2-13 …Update on our new book, “Your Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.” We have sent many devotions to the editor. We will have 100 when we are finished. We have a ways to go. My co-author Dennis Booth, is hard at work getting some wonderful devotions just for you. He sent in several devotions this week. It is a slow process of making sure each devotion is meant just for you and will have some positive meaning to you.

I have done work on the preface, forward, table of contents, and appendix.

(Keep  Looking here for more updates.)

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No matter what level you feel you are on the ladder of success, you can be used by God.

A great example is Mary, the mother of Jesus.

She was very poor, and a woman. In the days of Jesus the woman in the house wasn’t highly regarded. They were to be considered lower than their husbands, and obey their commands. Mary was very young. Some say as young as 12 years old.

How could someone like this be used by God is such a mighty way?

The fact is that God chose Mary for one of the most important acts of obedience that He has ever demanded of anyone.

You may feel your ability, experience, or education makes you an unlikely candidate for God’s service. Don’t limit God’s choices. He can use you if you trust Him.

God’s favor does not automatically bring instant success or fame. His blessing on Mary, the honor of being the mother of the Messiah, would lead to much pain; her peers would ridicule he; her fianc`e, Joseph, would come close to leaving her; her Son would be rejected and  murdered, but through her Son would come the world’s only hope. This is why Mary has been praised by countless generations as the young girl who “found favor with God.” Her submission. was a part of God’s plan about our salvation.

If sorrow weighs you down and dims your hope, think of Mary and wait patiently for God to finish working out His plan.

If you feel you don’t have a purpose, or wonder what worth you are? Always know you are a child of God, and He has a plan set aside just for you. Be praying and wait on the Lord, and you will be blessed far more than you could ever dream.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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