Philippians 4:8-9… “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. (9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I hope that you had a very nice Thanksgiving! You know…we’ve learned lately, how important it is to give thanks to God…no matter what we may be going through at the time because praise can actually become a weapon that deadens the forces of evil; but have we ever thought about the way we think? Could we be allowing Satan to lead us into further problems; just through our thoughts?
Yesterday, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my legs and as I was getting around for my evening, I looked up to a picture of Jesus that I have hanging on my wall and I thanked Him for bringing me through a very tough day. You know…I could have sat there and complained to Him about everything bad that happened at the time or I could’ve chosen to not speak a word to Him at all but rather than dwelling on those difficult moments, I began to think on the good things that came about, through those tough moments of pain…such as coming through the tough time itself and for God allowing me to have the strength to keep going, until I was finished with my day.
Have you ever wondered what can come about, through thoughts of negativity? I have and I’ve come to see that when I think on something negative; then these become the moments, when I begin to see that God isn’t as close to me, as He once was and instead of feeling His presence, I begin to feel as though I have walked into some unknown territory, where Satan is not only attempting to destroy me with the existing problem but also other problems that stem from the main problem.
I wonder what would happen, if we were to exchange a negative thought or word, with something positive. I think that we would find that no matter what we may be experiencing for the moment; those good thoughts and words would become the key that unlocks our hearts to the presence of a great and mighty God.
How many times have we prayed for peace but never truly received a peace that would be a lasting or eternal peace…a peace that would be ongoing and carry us through a time of affliction? Maybe it’s because we are asking for peace at one moment, while we turn around and go back to the wallowing hole of self-despair the next moment…just by the way we think and react to the problem.
One thing we need to remember today; is that our thoughts and words can truly affect our lives. In other words, a negative word can become the welcoming mat for Satan to enter the heart, while a good word can open the whole heart up to a God that can free us from these difficult moments we’re facing.
Maybe we haven’t had a prayer answered in a while and maybe the suffering continues because we have found a comfortable place in these moments of suffering, while our words and thoughts continually keep us imprisoned within these painful moments.
One thing I have truly come to see within my own life; is that we tend to reach out to God at one moment, while we immediately turn around and allow our thoughts and words to lead us back to a wallowing hole of self-despair. When we choose to do this; then all our time with God in prayer has been wasted, while we continue to let Satan have complete control of the problem.
If we are ever going to escape these problems that just seem to be so overwhelmingly difficult to escape; then first, we need to get ourselves back in God’s presence, rather than Satan’s territory and the only way we are going to be able to accomplish that; is when we allow the positive words and thoughts to lead us there.
Have a blessed Sunday…God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit.”
I Thessalonians 5:18-19
--------------------------------------Hello everyone! I would like to welcome you back to “Sunday Inspiration!” As we begin today, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! You know…it’s so easy to get caught up in what we are going to enjoy and who we are going to enjoy it with; that we forget that the One we owe the most gratitude to, is Jesus Christ.
I don’t know about you but it’s not always easy to give thanks to God, while going through the tough times that we experience in this life. I remember a time, when I first read a Bible reading in II Corinthians 12:7-10 and in verse 9b, I read… “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” My first response to God was this… “How does a person rejoice or give thanks to God, while going through intense moments of suffering?” I’m sorry but that just didn’t make sense to me at the time. Later, as I read more, I began to see that this time of rejoicing, was not due to the suffering itself but to the One, who could become my hope and work in a way; that could free me of these moments that were attempting to have control over my life. In other words, I could find a reason to rejoice through these difficult times…just knowing that this was the greatest opportunity, for me to experience the hand of a powerful God, at work within my life.
In our Bible reading today, it says that we should give thanks to God through everything. You know…it’s so easy to say thank you Lord, while everything is going well but I have come to see that we truly pass the test with God, when we are able to love God and thank Him for everything; that He allows within our lives. To me this is a form of trust because we are saying that no matter what you allow into my life Lord, I know that you will work it out for my good and you won’t allow anything to destroy me; and that alone, should send our hands into the air, with a true heart of praise and thanksgiving.
Don’t we realize that God has the control stick of our lives within His hands? If so, then we should be able to have a settled back feeling; that God will do what is best for us…no matter what we have to walk through and no matter how long the trial may last.
In verse 19, of our Bible reading, it says… “Quench not the Spirit.” Do we realize that when we give into our problems and allow them to control us, rather than seeing the good through the bad; that we are adding fuel to the fire that Satan first started, while we are smothering the work of what God longs to do, through these difficult times we’re facing.
The only way we are going to be able to remain on course with God; is when we choose to trust and praise Him, especially through the difficult times. When we can have a heart of thanksgiving, while enduring the tests of time; then we will soon find that this path will lead us to better things; that are truly blessed, by a God who longs to do His very best for us.
Have a great Sunday & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” I Corinthians 16:13
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” I Peter 5:8
Hello everyone! I would like to welcome you back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I hope you’re having a great day with God and that you will be truly blessed, as we spend this time together today!
How many of us can say; that there have been times, when we have fallen prey, into the hands of Satan, without even realizing it? Do we realize that the weaknesses we experience in our lives can actually bring us down to a place, where we appear to be a wounded animal…ready for the catch?
I have come to see repeatedly; that we need to remain strengthened through our weaknesses. In other words, we need to allow God to work through our weaknesses; so we can be lifted high above them, rather than falling prey to them; to the place where Satan can see us as an easy catch.
How do we find the strength that can lift us above these weak moments in our lives? I am learning more and more that there are two things that can help to produce a greater strength, through moments of weakness and that is when we are alert to what is taking place around us and also, when we remain steadfast in our faith. When we are aware of what is taking place in our lives and when we are willing to use our faith, to take us to a level that is closer to God, rather than the problem; then we will find that we are truly being drawn to a realm that can keep us safe and distant, from the evil one.
We might as well face it…when we are wallowing in the muck and mire of self-pity, while focusing deeply on the problem; then we are only making it that much easier for Satan to have his way with us; but when we choose to let God strengthen us through our weaknesses; then that strength will help us to quickly flee, from these moments that can become destructive within our lives.
Let’s look at it this way…when a deer is injured and has lost its strength, due to the injury; then it’s less likely to survive the attack of another wild animal. In a similar way, if we are allowing the weaknesses in our lives, to take us down to a level, where we are too spiritually weak to fight back; then we will soon find ourselves struggling even more, to keep our heads above the troubled waters.
Today, we need to let go of the problems that are keeping us in the muck and mire of despair and begin anew, by reaching up for the hands of God…hands that have the strength to keep us lifted high above these difficult moments. Once we are able to truly let go and allow God to have His rightful place, in the situation that we’re facing; then we will begin to see that we have become more distant from the evil that once attempted to have a grip on our lives.
As you begin this brand new week, I pray that you will become more deeply connected with God and less connected to the problems; that can drain us of life itself, while making us vulnerable to the ways of Satan.
Have a great Sunday & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13
Hello everyone! I would like to welcome you today, to “Sunday Inspiration!” This is something that I have wanted to do for some time now and God has finally opened this door for me to walk through.
Through my own long life of pain and surgeries, I have found it very difficult to sit in church, due to a rod in my right leg, which has kept my leg permanently straight, for over 9 years now. Through this experience, I have come to see how difficult it can be, for someone who is disabled or living with chronic illness to be in church.
It was just recently; that God began to speak to my heart about this project on the Diane K Chamberlain Ministries website and now everything is complete. My prayer, before we begin today; is that you will find this part of the website; to be a place where you can come and worship and connect deeply with God, when you are unable to be in church.
As we begin today, I would like to start out by reading the first Bible reading, which is found in II Corinthians 4:17-18 and we read… “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
I have come to see, through my own experiences of pain and deep heartache; that we can become so deeply connected to the circumstance; that we seem to forget what is awaiting us in heaven. I don’t know about you but when I’m in pain; that pain seems to dictate my thoughts and attempt to take me to a place of no hope.
If we were to weigh out the situation and compare these moments of suffering, to an eternity with God; then we would clearly see; that what we are experiencing right now, is only an ounce of suffering, in comparison to the time that we would be eternally free from pain and heartache.
There can be days, when all we feel is the problem standing before us. The problem of pain and heartache becomes an obstacle that almost seems impossible to get over. We feel as if this obstacle will blow up in our faces and destroy us…just by what these problems are dictating to us. We must remember that it’s not only Satan’s goal to afflict us but to also wiggle the thorn of affliction and work towards pushing us deeper into a pit of despair.
How do we escape these moments that seem to make us feel, as if all hope is gone? First, we must do like the Bible verses state and walk beyond the moments that are only temporal and pursue what is further down the road, which is heaven. When we focus on God and heaven, rather than these temporal problems; then we will be reminded; that a time will come, when we will be able to escape these difficult moments we face, for all of eternity.
A Bible verse that has always inspired me, during the difficult times; is Matthew 24:13, which reads… “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Think of it this way…we are running a race and as we make it our aim to head in God’s direction, we soon see that obstacles enter our path…obstacles that can seem very difficult at times to get over but we know that as long as we keep our focus on God and where we’re headed; then we can find the strength through God, to get over any obstacle that gets in our way. You know…the way may seem long…hard and very difficult at times; but when we choose to keep pressing on; then in the end, we will be saved and no matter how hard Satan attempts to knock on heaven’s door; these doors will remain locked and sealed to evil.
Have a very blessed Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."