Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began—in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior,
To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Titus in Crete
I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you: someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious. For a bishop, as God's steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain; but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled. He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.
There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision; they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach. It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said,
“Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons.”
That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they may become sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths or to commandments of those who reject the truth. To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure. Their very minds and consciences are corrupted. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
For these verses hold true to me and I try my best to live as God would have me to live by them. I am a simple woman of this time and when I read God's Holy word I try to make sure as to what version of the Bible that I am reading to cross reference it with several others. Before passing it on. I truly hope you enjoy the reading.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Friday, February 07, 2014
Hi this is a must read article and I really had to share it with everyone. I hope you've found it every bit as useful as I did. Much Love. Your sister Jill
Forgive Yourself and Lose Weight
By +Diane Petrella on Feb 06, 2014 09:00 AM in Dieting & You
As you well know, February is the month of love! But as you're honoring friends, partners and loved ones with hearts, cards, and roses, I'm going to urge you also to honor your most important relationship: the one you have with your own body.
And I'll tell you the number-one thing you can do to honor that relationship, and to begin to love your body unconditionally as you create permanent, positive results...
Yes... this might sound simple, but if you're like so many on a weight-loss journey, you can be relentless when it comes to self-criticism and contempt for yourself and your body. When you let go of the guilt and shame about how you look or how you've treated your body, you enter a world of love and positivity that helps you create the healthy body you want and deserve.
A self-forgiving state of mind helps you more easily release negative judgments of yourself. You're then less likely to act on those feelings by hurting yourself and your body. You'll naturally want to take better care of your body. You see, when you learn to love yourself unconditionally and forgive yourself more readily, you're likely to eat healthier foods, give your body the movement it needs, and talk to yourself with greater compassion.
On the other hand, when your body is filled with the poisonous energies of self-contempt (and I know you have experienced times like this), you're more likely to turn to food for comfort or self-punishment. The negative feelings can quickly lead to a very old and familiar sense of being out of control or a victim.
As you begin to develop the habit of self-forgiveness you will notice significant changes in your physical health and in your ability to no longer rely on food for comfort. And when you feel that love for yourself and your body, you might, for example, be less likely to skip Zumba class in order to head right home after work and watch TV.
So, how do you forgive yourself?
It takes patience and persistence. Here are three heart-based exercises to help you open to the healing power of self-forgiveness, love yourself more and bring peace to your mind.
1. Be Willing to Forgive Yourself
Self-forgiveness starts with a willingness to release guilt, shame and self-hatred. Open the space for this healing energy to enter your mind and body by setting the intention to do so.
Simply say to yourself right now: "I want to forgive myself."
Additionally, write these words down on paper several times:
"I want to forgive myself. I want to love myself fully and treat myself with loving kindness."
This may seem like a very simple process. It is. Don't equate simple with ineffective. A sincere and deliberate intention to stop berating yourself, and to forgive yourself when you do, helps you take charge of your life, feel less like a victim, and stop the cycle of emotional eating.
2. Wrap Negative Thoughts in Love
We all fall into old patterns. So the next time you slip back into less than healthy eating or exercise habits and berate yourself with unkind words, turn to your heart for comfort.
For example, instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts and feelings, remind yourself you can stop. Take a deep breath. Then, focus your attention on your heart and at the same time think of a beautiful memory or someone you love. I learned this exercise from the Institute of HeartMath and it helps you feel calm very quickly. Then, say this affirmation to yourself or out loud while keeping your attention on your heart:
"I release these thoughts and feelings (or shame and guilt, etc.) into the arms of Love and I open to loving and forgiving myself."
Directing your attention to your heart infuses your words with calming, heart-based energy. It is as if you are wrapping your self-contempt in a blanket of love.
3. Connect to Your Heart, Literally
Become quiet. Place your hand on your heart. Feel your heart beat. Now, while keeping your hand on your heart, say to yourself:
"I totally and completely love and accept myself with all my problems and all my limitations."
Feel into this process. Repeat several times daily.
This exercise helps you connect with the loving energy of your heart. Your heart doesn't judge you for overeating or for talking harshly to yourself. It simply keeps beating on. Feel that beautiful, consistent heartbeat and know that you are loved by the pure energy within it.
Practice the above steps faithfully and you'll begin to create a lightness of spirit within you.
Be patient and have faith. Over time you'll notice that the love you give to yourself on the inside will be reflected in the ways you care for yourself and look and feel on the outside.
Will you practice self-forgiveness?
Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist and life coach. She offers her clients a spiritual approach to weight loss and helps them develop a loving, respectful relationship with their bodies. Receive a free copy of Diane's Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets by signing up for her monthly e-newsletter, Living Lightly, for spiritual insights and tips to release weight with confidence and love. Visit dianepetrella.com.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Let's start taking our God given lives back to reality and Spiritualy. First we need to get in touch with our feelings, our true emotions of "Why" we over eat in the first place. Then maybe we can begin to understand exactly why we feel the need to turn to food instead of God. What do you think?
I think we can do both through open discussion and prayer, alot of prayer. Start by reading
(Ephesians 6:12)The Full Armor of God
…11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.…"
I believe that as we fight our own emotions we are also in a fight with ourselves spiritually. That age old enemy that has controlled us all along is trying to control us still. Trying to keep our emotions in turmoil, to keep us locked in the past, keep us locked in the pain that causes us to turn to food, alcohol, sex or even drugs.
So when we turn to our comfort foods and tend to over eat, we are trying to soothe those hurts, those unbearable emotions. That is why it is critical that we turn to Christ on a daily basis. We must never loose site of this.
We must first secure ourselves with the complete truth and face it and to do this, We have to accept the absolute truth: Jesus Christ and we need to put on the complete Amour that God has Provided us with. Next read "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32)."
Become secure in your Lord and Saviour, Gird yourself with the full armour of God in order to win this Spiritual Battle.
Our emotions and what we tell ourselves about ourselves is what conforms us and our images. It is what we tend to believe about ourselves. And sometimes we lie to ourselves, like after overeating, we might call ourselves a pig or tell ourself that we deserve to be over weight. And that is just not true. No one deserves to be over weight and no one is related to a swine. This is just what we tell ourselves when we are feeling low and bad about our actions. But now it is time to learn about forgiveness and healing. Learning to let go of the past because you are now reborn in Christ.
Remember how much Christ loved you and what He did for you, me and the whole world. And if He is willing to do that just think How willing He is to work with us on our health and weight.
And all we have to do is ask, make it known to Him through daily prayer and spiritual studies.
Love in Christ your sister
Monday, September 02, 2013
It is entirely true that the one verse in the Bible that contains the exact phrase "faith alone" seems to argue against salvation by faith alone. James 2:24 reads, "You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone" (ESV). However, rejecting the doctrine of salvation by faith alone based on this verse has two major problems. First, the context of James 2:24 is not arguing against the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. Second, the Bible does not need to contain the precise phrase "faith alone" in order to clearly teach salvation by faith alone.
James 2:14-26, as a whole, and especially verse 24, causes a lot of confusion. The passage definitely seems to cause serious problems for the "salvation by faith alone" concept. First, we need to clear up a misconception, namely, that James means the same thing by "justified" in James 2:24 that Paul means in Romans 3:28. Paul is using the word justified to mean "declared righteous by God." Paul is speaking of God's legal declaration of us as righteous as Christ's righteousness is applied to our account. James is using the word justified to mean "being demonstrated and proven."
The 2011 NIV provides an excellent rendering of James 2:24: "You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone" (emphasis added). Similarly, the NLT translation of James 2:24 reads, "So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone" (emphasis added). The entire James 2:14-26 passage is about proving the genuineness of your faith by what you do. A genuine salvation experience by faith in Jesus Christ will inevitably result in good works (Ephesians 2:10). The works are the demonstration and proof of faith (James 2:18). A faith without works is useless (James 2:20) and dead (James 2:17); in other words, it is not true faith at all. Salvation is by faith alone, but that faith will never be alone.
While James 2:24 is the only verse which contains the precise phrase "faith alone," there are many other verses that do, in fact, teach salvation by faith alone. Any verse that ascribes salvation to faith/belief, with no other requirement mentioned, is a declaration that salvation is by faith alone. John 3:16 declares that salvation is given to "whoever believes in Him." Acts 16:31 proclaims, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." Ephesians 2:8 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith." See also Romans 3:28; 4:5; 5:1; Galatians 2:16; 3:24; Ephesians 1:13; and Philippians 3:9. Many other scriptures could be referenced in addition to these.
In summary, James 2:24 does not argue against salvation by faith alone. Rather, it argues against a salvation that is alone, a salvation devoid of good works and obedience to God's Word. James's point is that we demonstrate our faith by what we do (James 2:18). Regardless of the absence of the precise phrase "faith alone," the New Testament definitely teaches that salvation is the product of God's grace in response to our faith. "Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? . . . On that of faith" (Romans 3:27). There is no other requirement.
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