It Starts with YOU! …You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God's living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it. 2 Corinthians 3:2, 3 (The Message)
Don’t choose anything that will make you a liar for life. Your story is with you wherever you are and it is your story forever.
Authentic Communication Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:6 (ESV) And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (ESV) Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance? Romans 2:4 (NIV—1984)
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
These are the commands, decrees and laws the L ORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the L ORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the L ORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. 4 Hear, O Israel: The L ORD our God, the L ORD is one. [a] 5 Love the L ORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.a Deuteronomy 6:1 - 9
Authentic Trusting Even if God kills me, I have hope in him…Job 13:15 (NCV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV—1984)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:27-30 (NIV—1984)
Authentic Resting Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7 (NIV—1984) The L ORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14 (NIV—1984)
This is what the Sovereign L ORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.’ Isaiah 30:15 (NIV—1984)
Authentic Praying Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. Psalm 127:1 (NIV—1984) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV—1984)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:9 – 21 (NIV—1984)
Strength of the Lord Sometimes life seems like words and music That can’t quite become a song. So we cry inside, and we try it again And wonder what could be wrong. But, when we turn to the Lord at the end of ourselves Like we’ve done a time or two before We find His truth is the same As it has always been We’ll never need more Chorus: It’s not in trying But in trusting It’s not in running But in resting Not in wondering But in praying That we find the strength of the Lord (2 times) He’s all we need For our every need We never need be alone Still He’ll let us go if we choose to To live life on our own Then the only good That will ever be said Of the pain we find ourselves in There are places to gain The wisdom to say I’ll never leave Him again Chorus (2 times) Not in wondering But in praying That we find the strength of the Lord More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/larnelle_harris/#share
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