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Grow and Bloom

This is a follow up to the last blog post Always Ready


Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.     – Numbers 9:22


In thinking about the travels of the Israelites a well-known saying came to mind. “Bloom where you are planted” or “Grow where you are planted”. I quickly looked it up and found a brief history of the origin. The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is credited with the quote, “Bloom where you are planted.” Later Mary Engelbreit made the phrase popular.

I like the simple saying and the state of contentment it encourages. But we also need to beware of becoming overly comfortable in a certain way of life. We need to keep in mind that we are still travelers who have not arrived home yet.

The following quote from Spurgeon is a good reminder for us.

“The Christian is the most contented man in the world, but he is the least contented with the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, considering it as an inn, but putting quite out of all consideration the idea of making it his home.”  – Charles Spurgeon


We should wholeheartedly serve the Lord in our present situation but also be ready to move when God says go. Simply put we need to daily live out the fact that God is in charge. Don’t make a plan and ask God to bless it. Ask God to show you His plan and then wait for His answer.

God can use you, exactly where you are. Wherever that is, serve joyfully. But be ready and willing when God’s hand reaches down to move you according to His plan.

You can grow and bloom where you’re planted or even on the move!

It’s not about where you serve. It’s all about Who you serve.

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Bible, Faith

Faith Quest

Are you on a quest for more faith?

A quest for faith often involves searching, studying and prayer to find the faith supply that seems hidden. However, this is not necessary. It is like someone leaving their home and going on a journey in search of a treasure that is waiting back at home. The answer to the faith quest is simply this   ~  God’s Word 

I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.       ~Dwight L. Moody

Let’s look at Romans 10:17 in a few different translations 

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 So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  – KJV

So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.    – NKJV

 (Belief you see, can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ.)      – J.B. Phillips 

 So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.    -NASB

 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).  -AMPC

So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.   -AMP


This verse is certainly telling us that the Bible is all we need to acquire more faith. If you look at this verse in different Bible translations it becomes more noticeable that the particular part of God’s word that is needed is the gospels. It is clear that the words of Jesus are the key.

Let’s take a look at what happened in John 4:4-30 and John 4:39-43  This is the portion of scripture about the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus. However for the purpose of our topic today, I want to focus on the group of people that hear about Jesus through the Samaritan woman.

Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman and she then shared with others. John 4:39 tells us that the people believed in Jesus because of hearing what the woman said. Those people then invited Jesus to stay with them and He did. It would be great if you could get your Bible out and read this portion of scripture now, but in case that isn’t possible, I have included it below in a couple of different versions.

 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of His word;  and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee.  -John 4:39-43 NASB

 Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal message to them];  and they told the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.” After the two days He went on from there into Galilee.  – John 4:39-43  AMP

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We don’t believe any longer now because of what you said. We have heard him with our own ears. We know now that this must be the man who will save the world!                                            John 4:42  J.B. Phillips

The people believe after hearing the words of Jesus from the Samaritan woman. So this is an example of faith coming by hearing the word of God as Romans 10:17 says. But we also clearly see that another level of faith is reached when these people have their very own personal encounter with Jesus and hear Him for themselves.

Compare the Samaritan’s experience with your own faith experience. When you first believed you had faith to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Later you moved to another level of faith after spending time with Jesus. I hope that you have come to know Jesus personally, yourself and not just second hand through other people’s testimonies. I pray that all who read this will have the desire to get to know the Lord Jesus Christ. The Samaritans had two special days with Jesus. We can have every day with Jesus. Open the Bible to hear Him speak to you!

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Bible, Corrie ten Boom, Faith

A Mentor

What is a mentor?

  • a wise and trusted counselor or teacher
  • a person who trains and guides someone
  • an experienced and trusted adviser

A good Christian mentor will always be directing your focus to Jesus. They will live out what they teach. Their guidance will be Bible-based.

It was at the very start of my faith journey that I found Corrie ten Boom.  I got to know Corrie while reading her book “The Hiding Place.” Many years have passed since she became a mentor to me through her writings. I’ve received a wealth of practical guidance for my life.  Today I continue to be richly blessed because I’m able to access so much of what she shared through her books and video recordings.

Corrie was a living example of

  • the life of faith
  • true forgiveness
  • how to help others
  • prayer
  • humility
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts. When I try, I fail. When I trust, He succeeds.
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.
This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.
~ Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom said faith is a    Adobe Spark (5)

Fantastic

Adventure

In

Trusting

Him

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Would you like to know more about Corrie ten Boom?

Visit →  Corrie ten Boom where you will find quotes, videos, audio, and general information.

Please leave a comment below and share about someone who has been a mentor to you.

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Corrie ten Boom  (1892 – 1983)

 

Bible, Bible reading plan

Daily Bible Reading Plan

What daily Bible reading plan are you using right now?

What do you like about your reading plan? What don’t you like? Please share by leaving a comment below.

I have been reading the One Year Chronological Bible, again this year and love it! Reading the Bible in chronological order is wonderfully helpful and enjoyable. I also participate in the Read Thru the Word Bible Study.

My usual morning begins by spending quiet time with the Lord. This includes reading the daily portion of scripture from the One Year Chronological Bible. The Read Thru the Word Bible study provides access to a daily teaching video by Wendy Pope. I love Read Thru the Word and highly recommend it to anyone who wants more from their daily Bible reading experience.

Would you be interested in finding out more about it? You can sign up now to receive news and updates for the 2020 Bible study at Word Up Ministries

Today is a perfect time for you to start researching and deciding what Bible reading plan to choose for 2020. If you pray about it and explore the options now you will have plenty of time to be ready on January 1, 2020.

No matter what your other plans, goals or desires are for next year, make sure to have a plan in place for daily reading God’s word.

Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.

Please comment below or send me an email – Lynn@everydaywiththeking.com