Archive | January 2010

Stop running and be still…

We run around looking for something better. All over the city; uptown and downtown; in the suburbs, or in the heart of the city, people are looking for something better.  A better home; a better relationship; a better job; a better church; a better friend; a better connection; a better doctor; a better form of transportation….looking for fulfillment, and looking for something better.  We move from this to that; changing our minds and our direction…and yet we find that we are still searching and still seeking.

What’s the problem? If we would stop running after people and things, then we could be still, and find what we are really looking for. If we seek God, then we find that everything we need is in Him. What He has for us is better than what we have, and more fulfilling than what we are searching for.

What is it that you want that is outside of God? What do you need that is outside of God? Whatever is outside of God, is outside of His will. And if we are outside of God’s will then nothing will work and we will never be complete.

So, today, decide to stop running after people,  places and things, looking for something better. Decide that you will be still and seek God; seek His will; seek His directions; seek His instructions; seek Him diligently and expectantly. You will find that what He has, is not only better, but it’s BEST.

Stop running and be still….

“Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6
 
“Be still and know that I AM God…” Psalm 46:10

GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU!

Love somebody today who doesn’t love you; doesn’t care about you; won’t repay you, can’t repay you and doesn’t want to repay you…then you will be treating them the way God treated you…

A Bondservant of Christ
Rev Toni-Brooke Brown, Pastor

www.Gods-Storehouse.org

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Hearing from God Each Morning

“Hearing from God Each Morning,” Joyce’s newest devotional, is just what you’ll need to kick-start or strengthen that connection with God. Read an excerpt below:
 
Let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts. (COLOSSIANS 3:15)

I try to run my life by fi nding peace. If I am shopping, I don’t buy something if I don’t have peace about it. If I am involved in a conversation and find myself losing my peace, I become quiet. When I make decisions, I look at the options before me and see where the peace is. When I am trying to discern between the voice of God and the other voices that compete for my attention, I listen to see which voice or message brings the peace of God into my heart.

I have learned that maintaining peace is important in order to maintain power in our lives. When we don’t have peace, we may very well be making a serious mistake. I would go so far as to say we should never act without peace. We might say that peace is an “internal confi rmation” that God approves of the decision we have made.

God leads us by peace. The verse for today says peace is like an umpire that decides what is “safe” or what is “out.” If there’s no peace, it’s “out”! We are to let the inner harmony in our minds and souls rule and act as an umpire continually in our hearts, deciding and settling with fi nality all the questions that arise in our minds and the decisions we must make in our lives.

We must learn to obey our own sense of right and wrong and resist doing things our inner conscience is uncomfortable doing. God gives or takes peace from our conscience to let us know whether or not we are on track.
 
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU TODAY: Let peace be your umpire today. Know that your decision is “in” when you have peace, and “out” when you don’t.

GOD’S TRUTH….

When you tell God, “I want the truth more than anything else,” he will reveal his truth to you in a variety of ways, such as through creation or your conscience and also through careful consideration.
In other words, truth is knowable. You can test it; you can experiment with it; you can prove it.
If I want to go to San Francisco and I follow a map that takes me to San Francisco, and the next week I follow the same map to San Francisco again, eventually I figure out that the map is true.
The same is true of the Bible: If you follow its map again and again, you’ll find it to be true. It always takes you where it says it’s going to take you. You may not always like where it takes you, but it always takes you where it says it’s going to take you.
Often people say, “Why won’t God just write it in the sky?” Why would God do that? He gave you a brain. But most people never slow down long enough for such careful consideration. Most people just drift through life.
The Bible tells us, “Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established.” (Proverbs 4:26, HCSB)
Spend some time in careful consideration, in thoughtful observation, and ask yourself: “Am I on a true path?”

How to Get Comfortable with God

Written by Joyce Meyer

Do you know how much God loves you?

God proved His love for us through His Son, Jesus, who died for our sins. But, for some reason, it’s hard to carry on a conversation with Him. We can be so distant.

I bet God really gets a kick out of how some of us talk to Him. We can be so serious and formal. “Oh, Lord Most Higheth! Howeth my heart doth longest for Thee!”

We need to get comfortable with God. I don’t mean disrespectful, but we should know that He loves us and that we don’t have to be afraid of Him.

The Importance of Spending Time with God
First Corinthians 8:6 says that God created us to live for Him He’s given us the gift of life and He wants us to enjoy it!

You can have a joyful, fulfilling life by living in close, personal relationship with God. But in order to get there, you have to spend time with Him. God doesn’t want to just be the button we push when we have an emergency.

Whether we know it or not, without God, we are always in an emergency. Without Him operating in our lives, helping and protecting us, there isn’t one of us who knows one iota about anything we’re doing!

Unlimited Time, Unlimited Blessings
You and I can spend as much time as we want with God. We have an open invitation to invite the Creator of the universe into our life each day. We get to speak to Him personally and read the book of instruction that holds the answers to everything in life.

The devil doesn’t like that. That’s why he works so hard to tell us that God doesn’t want to be around us if we’re not perfect. I’ve got a news flash: We aren’t ever going to be perfect. That’s why Jesus went to the cross for us!

We can go to our heavenly Father as often as we like and He will never get tired of us coming. The Bible says we can come boldly before God fellowship with Him, and have our needs met.

James 4:8 says, Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (NASB) God the Father longs to fellowship with you. The moment you accepted Christ into your heart, God made His home in you. So kick up your feet, get cozy and enjoy the company.

It’s Not Worth It…

It’s not worth it. Following the lust of the flesh; temporary excitement; momentary satisfaction; short-lived pleasure; a brief thrill; it’s not worth it.  If we are walking upright; following God’s Word and listening for His voice; whatever we need, we will receive. It’s not worth it to compromise your eternal salvation for temporary satisfaction.

 David, a man after God’s own heart… He knew God and he had experienced His power; protection; provision and peace. He knew what God could do and he knew what God had done. But even after all that God had done for David and through David, the king was still not satisfied; he still wanted more.  He had wives; he had wealth; he had position; he had power; he had favor; he had all that he needed and more. But still, he wanted something that wasn’t his; something that would compromise him and God’s Word. He still found the need to jeopardize his relationship with God…For what; for temporary excitement; momentary satisfaction; short-lived pleasure; a brief thrill?  It’s not worth it.

Whatever he needed God could have provided. Whatever he wanted God could have given. Whatever he asked for God could have given him more.

God told David,
“I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.” I Samuel 12:8 NIV

Once David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband Uriah, God was angry. God wanted to know why David would do this evil, in His sight. God let David know that as a result of his greediness; his unfaithfulness; his ungodly acts, there would be trouble in his family, and it began with the death of David and Bathsheba’s baby.  It’s not worth it!

Don’t compromise your eternal salvation for temporary satisfaction. Everything in this world is temporary and subject to change. Focus on the spiritual things; keep your mind on things above; store up your treasures in heaven. Don’t compromise God’s Word in your life… If you are partially committed to walking with God, you will never experience His fullness and His all…because you won’t give Him your fullness and your all.

If you are satisfied with a dysfunctional relationship with God; then maybe it’s worth it to you. But if you want it all, it’s not worth it!

Love somebody today who doesn’t love you; doesn’t care about you; won’t repay you, can’t repay you and doesn’t want to repay you…then you will be treating them the way God treated you…

Twitter.com/revtonibrown

A Bondservant of Christ
Rev Toni-Brooke Brown, Pastor
God’s Storehouse, 18301 John R, Detroit MI 48203
313 867-1234
www.Gods-Storehouse.org

Its Hard

Its hard. 
When you give all you have just to be scared.
Damaged by those you feel so much for.
Your plees for love is what they ignore.
The weight you have bore has no real baring.
On the love between two ment for its sharing.
Comparing your pain to any life you could choose.
Means very little you have nothing to loose.
Confuse no other being with the one you have chose.
When love becomes business that business must close.

Composed by Jason Brown