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A Friday Prayer and Message!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Goooooooooooood Morning SP Members! Sorry about not sending a message yesterday. I'm doing well but my computer is not. Give God the glory!

PRAYER: "Most Holy Father, Loving God! Fill us with your love and mercy. Help us to keep from wandering away from You. Make our hearts undivided. Take away any hard-heartedness in us. Take charge of our heart and life. Help us to transfer all power and control from the old man to the new man, the one you have created in us. Light a flame of desire in us to love You and follow Jesus. Light a flame in us that will never go out. This we pray and ask in the blessed name of Jesus our Savior, Amen!"

MESSAGE: Following Jesus!
1. How can we change ourselves?
a. God has shown us in Eph 4:22-24 "WHAT" we must do.
b. That leaves two unanswered questions: WHY? And HOW?
2. Let's look at WHY first?
a. Jesus explains it in Luke 6:46-49:
1. Vs 46 - "And why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say".
2. Vs 47 - "Whosever comes to me, and hears what I say, and DOES THEM, I will show you to whom he is:
a. LIKE: A man who built his house on the rock foundation, and it was able to withstand the test of time.
b. UNLIKE: A man who built his house on the sand, and it was unable to withstand the test of time.
3. What do you think about this? To hear what Jesus teaches and not respond is as foolish as building a house with no foundation. Are we listening to Jesus? Do we understand what He is saying? What kind of foundation are we building our life upon? To Be Continued Monday!

May God bless us with knowledge, understanding and power as we "Get Right With Him".
In His Love and Grace, Vic.

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DOOBIE893 4/17/2011 9:12AM

    Love it.

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NTSOHLTHNT 4/15/2011 8:52PM

    Thank you!

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LMMIMI 4/15/2011 2:01PM

    Great messages. I am making a promise to myself that I am going to start each day on Sparks reading your message and prayer. Thank you for your ministry.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/15/2011 10:57AM

    amen I love starting my day with these prayers. Thank you for sharing them.

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ILUVTTV 4/15/2011 10:49AM

    Sorry your computer is giving you trouble. Thank you for your insight. And yes, May God bless us with knowledge, understanding, and power as we "Get Right With Him."

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/15/2011 10:46AM

    What a beautiful lesson!!!

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A Wednesday Prayer and Message!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Blessed Greeting To All SP Members! What a lovely morning! Thank all of you for your wonderful responses. Praise God and give Him all the glory!

PRAYER: "Heavely Father, Holy God! We arise and cry out in the night, as evening shadows fade into darkness. We pour out our hearts to You our God; we lift up holy hands to You as we pour out those things that cause us grief and sorrow. We know You are our only hope and that Your Compassion for us never fails. Heal us, O Lord, of all our emotional pains. Use the sorrow we feel to demonstrate Your goodness and glorious love. In Your presence we find restoration, peace and healing. In the midst of our sorrows we find Your awesome love. Thank You Father for loving us! This we pray in the glorious name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: Following Jesus!
1. How can we change ourselves?
a. It's vital that we understand the concept of changing our life in order to receive the promise of eternal life.
b. As we look at Eph 4:22-24, we see a scale with weights on either side of the pivot point which moves what God is weighing, from one side to the other, to create either a balnce position or an unbalanced position: (Put off the old man - Be renewing the spirit of our mind - Put on the new man).
1. In Christ the scale of life can be balanced.
2. Without Christ, the scale of life are always unbalanced.
3. Salvation is in believing and obeying Jesus.
4. Heaven is in changing our life to follow Jesus' example.
5. Eternal life is in becoming like Jesus.
6. This requires changes on our part.
2. What do you think about this? God has mercy on us, because we believe in Jesus and promise to change and become like Jesus. Failure to make this change cancels out our promise to God and God's promise to us. To Be Continued Tomorrow!

May our Wonderful God bless us with mercy as He shows us how to change our life to balance the scales of life and receive the reward of His promise.. In His Mercy, Vic.

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NTSOHLTHNT 4/13/2011 7:46PM

    Thank you!

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ILUVTTV 4/13/2011 1:45PM

    Great post! In our struggles we gain strength. May God shower us with His Mercy and Grace.

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MEOW2580 4/13/2011 10:45AM

  Great post! Thank you very much. I need to print this and remember it.

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TAZZ46 4/13/2011 10:17AM

  Gm Vic thank you this is just what i needed this morning wishing you a very blessed wednesday Vickie

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A Tuesday Prayer and Message!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Aloha SP Members! Thanks to all of you who responded with comments to the new lesson. Praise God for it!

PRAYER: " Heavenly Father, Divine God! Let us never seek great things for ourselves because they only lead to disaster. But grant us a way to escape with our lives as we seek to serve You, our God. Be with us in the most trying and difficult areas of our lives. Help us in ways we cannot even comprehend. Even when there is trouble ahead, we will not fear nor be afraid because with walk with You, and You will not let us fall. You bring balance to our lives and we thank You. Teach us not to complain nor murmur for we know You will make a way for us to come through all of life's challenges. This we pray in the glorious name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: Following Jesus!
1. How can we change ourselves?
a. Let's look at Eph 4:22-24 more closely"
1. Life is a daily balancing of many activities.
2. Vs 22 says we must "Putoff the old man" (get rid of old bad habits). How?
3. Vs 23 say "to be renewed in the spirit of the mind" (That's how). Why?
4. Vs 24 say we must "put on the new man" (That's why).
b. When we put away something (bad habits) , we must of necessity replace it with something new (good habits); otherwise, we will create an unbalanced life.
1. An unbalanced life occurs when we:
a. Put off one thing and fail to replace it with something better; or,
b. Put on something new and forget to get rid of an old one.
c. This creates issues, conflicts, revolutions and wars in our life.
c. What does it mean "be renewed in the spirit of our mind"?
1. This is the key to understanding this concept and achieving ballance.
2. This means to transfer power and control.
a. The "old man" who has been in control must no longer be in control.
b. We must transfer power and control of our life to the "new man".
2. What do you think about this? When we obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ and become Christians, God washes away all our sins and create in us a new creature and a new life (putoff the old man and puton the new man). The new man now needs to take control of our life (that is one of the conditions of salvation); and than the new man starts "putting off the old man (bad habits) and putting on the new man (good habits)", by following the examples set by Jesus (that's the second condition of salvation). Many of us want to "putoff old habits", but fail to replace it with the "new habits". This leads to an unbalanced life with issues, frustrations and conflicts. Some of us try to add new habits but fail to get rid of the old habits, and this too leads to an unbalanced life. The question is: "Do we understand What, How and Why we have been called to make these changes in our life and live a balanced life? To Be Continued Tomorrow!

May God help us to see and discern this concept not only what he has called us to be, but how and why we need to make these changes according to His calling and instructions.
In His Love and Grace, Vic.

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ILUVTTV 4/12/2011 9:09PM

    It is with the help of the Holy Spirit that I have been able to putoff the old and puton the new. Praise the Lord!

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NELLIEC 4/12/2011 4:58PM

    It is very important to put in those new habits, since without doing that the old habits come back too easily. I had a friend who kept saying she didn't want to turn out like her mom did. Unfortunately, that is all she focused on, instead of deciding how she did want to be.

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KLC1925 4/12/2011 2:33PM

    Thanks for such a great message!!!

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CANMTCA 4/12/2011 10:56AM

  Thanks! I really needed to read that today.

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A Monday Prayer and Message!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Goooooooooooooood Morning SP Members! We hope you had a wonderful weekend....we did! Give God the glory!

PRAYER: "Gracious Father, Loving God! We need You to show us where to go and what to do. Teach us to always be in the right place at the right time. Keep us from wandering off like sheep. We lift up to You those decisions we need to make today with regard to our situations in our life, both hose that we know about and those that we are not expecting. Speak directly to our hearts and enable us to hear your instructions. Help us to do what You are teaching us to do. This we pray in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"

MESSAGE: Following Jesus.
1. Today we start a new series of lessons entitled: "How can we change ourselves?"
a. We are creatures of habits.
b. We all have difficulty with having to give up old habits.
c. We want to change but we continue to do the same things as before.
d. Habits of itself are not bad, unless there are serious consequences associated with them.
2. Eph 4:22-24 - Shows us that major changes must occur when we are converted.
a. Vs 22 - Put off......the old man, which is corrupted by lust".
b. Vs 23 - "Be renewed in the spirit of our mind".
c. Vs 24 - "Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and holiness".
3. What do you think about this? God has washed away all of our sins. He has given us a new life and not a "DO-Over". God expects us to assume a new character and new conduct. A change must take place, otherwise, we have violated our agreement with God. To Be Continued Tomorrow!

May God show us and help us to change and become more like Christ Jesus.

In His Grace, Vic.

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NTSOHLTHNT 4/11/2011 7:38PM

    Yes, we are creatures of habit, and we're given do-overs, but we can't just sin all week, ask for forgiveness and then get a do-over. It only works if we are true and faithful and truly are sorry for the mistakes we make, strive to not make them again and become better human beings in the eyes and spirit of God.

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ILUVTTV 4/11/2011 1:30PM

    As I knelt in prayer this morning I prayed that I would become more like Christ so that I would be pleasing to my Father. As I read your blog, I felt so in sync with you today. Thank you for your words.

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EAGLEDALEGIRL 4/11/2011 10:49AM

    Thanks if it weren't for God where would we be. He gets me through all things even if it isn't always the way I want. His will be done not mine. Right? There isn't enough time in the day to thank his for all he does. so it is nice to be able to say thanks now. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

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THENAMESLISA 4/11/2011 10:38AM

    Thanks, I needed that! Praise God in all things!

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CJD2000 4/11/2011 10:37AM

    This means a lot to me this morning.

Thank you,

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A Sunday Spiritual Hymn!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Blessed Sunday Morning To All SP Members! Here is another oldie and lovely hymn about Christian living. The words were created by Ralph E. Hudson in 1882, and the music by C. R. Dunbar, that same year. The inspiration came from Phil 1:21, "To live is Christ and to die is gain".

HYMN TITLE: I'll Live For Him

1. My life, my love, I give to thee, Thou Lamb of God, who died for me,
Oh, may I ever faithful be, My Savior and my God! ( REFRAIN)

2. I Now believe thou dost receive, For thou has died that I might live;
And henceforth I'll trust in Thee, My Savior and my God! (REFRAIN)

I'll live for Him who died for me: How happy then my life shall be!
I'll live for Him who died for me, My Savior and my God!

Have a blessed morning and experience the joy of worshipping our Savior and our God.
In His Love, Vic.

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SAMMIESMOM13 4/10/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks. What a lovely reminder.

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COOP9002 4/10/2011 9:08AM

    I remember this classic well. Thanks for sharing such an encouraging word today.

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