God is always speaking. The question is, are we listening? It is essential that we believe He wants to communicate with us personally. Today, make some sacred space to seek the voice of your Creator. Quiet yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to speak into the depths of your soul. What is He speaking to you? #WithoutRival
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. What a mighty God we serve!!!! You are the potter we are the clay. You or the Vine, we are the branches. (We are pruned if we do. Pruned if we don’t)😎Glory be to God!!!!
This is absolutely true. It is unfortunate that some people would rather attack you than to work on what is keeping them from building their own self-esteem. After awhile, one would think that they have discovered that tearing down another does not build them up. We have to pray for them (and for ourselves) when we become their target … or even before if we perceive this characteristic in someone. It was indeed Albert Einstein who first said (in a letter to a friend) that it is insanity to repeat the same thing expecting a different result. The effects of negative criticism destroys the target (potentially) and the source. In all respects it erodes relations.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen where not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: & by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; & was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without fail it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, & that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, & became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; & he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac & Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder & maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, & was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, & him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, & as the sand which is by the seashore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them a far off, & were persuaded of them, & embraced them, & confessed that they were strangers & pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; & he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; form whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob & Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; & worshiped leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; & gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; & they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, & the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, & of Barak, & of Samson, & of Jephthah; of David also, & Samuel, & of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: & others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might receive a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings & scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds & imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins & goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, & in mountains, & in dens & caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.