"Fear not tomorrow, God is already there."
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
As a Bible school student, there are plenty of opportunities to allow my mind to worry. Worrying about things such as: What I am going to wear today? What am I going to eat today? When am I going to get money for laundry or gas? ….None of these things are bad, but if I’m not careful, I could be so consumed with worry I could forget the reason why I came to Bible school in the first place.
Just as God provided in Luke 12, how much more will he provide for his children?
At the beginning of the semester, my roommate [Eva] only had a few uniform jumpers for classes, she wished there was some way she could get more jumpers, but it was too late to have any more made for her. *God took note of this before she even prayed.* As me and Eva were getting all situated in our dorm, one of the faculty members came in with a few folded jumpers and said “Eva? I heard you were needing some more jumpers, so I brought you some.” The faculty member sat the bag of jumpers down and walked away. Eva was so excited she jumped off her bed to try them on. This is just one of many examples of how God cares about our need’s and even our wants.
Shortly after Jesus was baptized and had initiated his ministry, the devil was right there to tempt him. Jesus used Scripture to defend himself against this “tempter”.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
We also can take the same approach when the devil tries to discourage us. Maybe you’re getting ready to step out, in faith, to pursue the ministry. You need to keep in mind that the devil will be right there to tempt you as well. He will throw negative thoughts to make our minds be full of worry and doubt. I would like to challenge us today to be aware of this fact,
BUT be encouraged, our trust is in the LORD.
He will provide and give us strength to overcome and not lose sight of our calling and the reason we chose to pursue the ministry. God is willing and able to provide all your needs. It’s never going to be an easy road but we know it will be worth it.
Thank GodHe is worthy
Many times, God in his mercy and grace will give us things we don’t deserve. We need to make sure we give God thanks when this happens to us. We may not realize a blessing at the time, but once we realize it we need to thank God immediately. He is worthy of all our praise.
Written by: Hannah Johnson
Hannah is currently a student at Free Gospel Bible Institute, located in Pennsylvania. She is also a member and leader at GEM Ministry.
GEM's Ministry is an outreach program targeted to reach young ladies who have an interest in learning about God and pursuing His will. We invite anyone who is interested in participating to contact Director. Sonia E. Vargas at email@example.com
Are you one of those people who are 'lied to' and in turn 'lie to themselves' about where the GOOD things in your life come from? Maybe you're one of those that use the familiar phrases, "I'm soo good" or "Man I'm good"...or maybe "Man, I just don't know what to do with myself. I can't handle all this awesomeness". Well, the TRUTH is, that really, YOU didn't do it at all! You're just taking the credit for it. If you did something good, how would you like someone else to take the credit for it and be praised? I'm only guessing, but I'd say you couldn't take it! Am I right?...Well, whether you ADMIT it or not, I know it's true...and so do you!...YOU didn't do a thing! You really dont even know what happened...or how. All you know is, it was GOOD!...so you took the credit. Don't be so easily deceived. There's a HIGHER Power! One "all too easily" disreguarded. One that 'SO MANY' ROB of HIS praise and glory! When will YOU start giving credit to The One the credit is REALLY due? Don't DENY the TRUE Power! Deny means, "the state that one REFUSES to ADMIT the TRUTH or existence of". Don't allow yourself to be LIED to...by the devil! It's easy to say "I'm good at this" or "I'm good at that",but really, Who CREATED you? Who GAVE you the mind and imagination you have? Who BLESSED you with talent?...and good looks?! NOT YOU! You could have 'JUST as EASILY' been born with VERY LITTLE or NO imagination, talent, or...should I say it? Good looks...YOU didn't give yourself the color hair you were born with, or the color eyes...maybe you have dimples (that so many or "jealous of"). YOU didn't create yourself! GOD did! So why all the pride in the way you look? Why all the flaunting?...as if you had something to do with it. Why all the pride in your talents? They're GOD-GIVEN! You ONLY have them because HE BLESSED you! He's the HIGHER Power! HE'S The One that deserves ALL the credit! So why are you taking it? Why are you robbing God? God HATES pride! In His Word it says that, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. -Proverbs 16:18...He also said, "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." -Luke 14:11...This is definitely a HIGH-ranking problem in our society, and sadly, even our churches today! How do you think God feels when you CONSTANTLY take credit for the things He does?...Something to think about!!
Written by--Esther Scrogham
The following is the blog of a friend of ours in Montana...
There is much controversy with the question “was there any form of standard in Bible times: sexual distinction, modesty etc…
Many will argue that men and women in Biblical Times wore much of the same attire and very similar styles. True to a point, there was still a distinction that was given to men and women. I can’t not believe that God would saying in His word that we are to have a sex distinction and not follow through with His own words, that would indeed make God a liar, would it not??? (ask yourself).
In the research I have done for my own personal education I have come to discover that there is a matter of fact a distinction.
To read more, check out Christiana's blog here.
I'm a teacher. I taught Children's Church and Preschool. I teach young women. I teach Bible classes. With topics ranging from the ABC's to the character of the heart; my sole, most important purpose must be to teach JESUS. When my lesson may not be on the person of Christ, I pray that Who He is is being taught by my attitude, my character, my reponses... by my entire being.
At this point, I am not a mother but I understand that the ministry of motherhood is to teach their offspring true godliness and commitment to the ways of God.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The moral decay of our country proves that perverted curriculum, opinionated ideas and teaching of immorality have proven ineffective for future generations.
In the name of tolerance, we have taught children they can be what they want and do whatever they want as long as it makes them happy.
In the name of happiness, immorality has the stamp of approval but in the end the individual realizes that they are the most miserable.
Psalms 78:8 - And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
They would seek to become like this generation of Israelites, who followed after their own desires and cursed God in spite of his miraculous care of them.
How many then seek to take out their own life as misery seems to overtake them? How often does the "Pursuit of Happiness" lead to self-destruction? What will it take to truly be content?
In an age that teaches that love is the key to happiness and contentment, the source of love is being snuffed out. The Book that teaches to love our enemies and to do good to those that hate us is being disregarded and condemned. Why then do we shake our fist at God when the unthinkable happens and circumstances shake us to the core of our being, yet we refuse to acknowledge His presence?
Let's teach JESUS. The Biblical Jesus. The Savior Who came down from Heaven to minister to the hurting and humble the self-righteous.
Teach Jesus daily. Demonstrate His character and attitudes through YOUR life.
Written by : Sonia E Vargas
If you're falling short of reasons to be thankful during this season of THANKSgiving, the Bible has several reminders for us.
1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
God's Faithfulness - 2 Thess. 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
1 Thess. 5:24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
God's Goodness - 1 Chronicles 16:34
O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Comfort - 2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
Thanksgiving - 2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks unto the Lord , call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
Rejoice in the Lord , ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Can you think of any more reasons to be thankful?
Surely we can remember to give thanks for all this and more than on just a declared holiday!
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Recently, I heard about a man who was so overtaken with anxiety that he tried to end his own life. In his desperate attempt to calm his troubled soul, he jumped off a bridge thinking that the water would surround him in its peacefulness but instead it put him into even more misery. He did not die, but was severely injured and ended up in the hospital.
This true story saddened me and reminded me that every human being, regardless of social status, struggles with the cares of life whether it be physically, financially, socially, or spiritually. Sadly, however, not every human being knows the Giver of peace. This often leads to the vain pursuit of relief in immoral relationships, drugs, alcoholism, and the most gruesome; suicide. This fake peace that the world offers is temporary and always ends in total destruction. All may seem hopeless, but let me tell you about a close Friend of mine, named Jesus! He said in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest... for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
My friend, take your troubles to the Master!
He loves you, He cares for you, and He will gladly give you the peace you have been searching for.
Trust me, for I have tried Him and found it to be true. Jesus is ALL that you need!
Written by: Kristyn Johnson
Sonia E. Vargas
Sonia's desire and hope is to write for the purpose of inspiring this generation, especially young woman.
Hannah Helm is a fun and outgoing young woman who loves to bring laughter and joy to anyone she comes in contact with. She is 24 years old and is a leader of Girl's Exalting the Master Ministry.
Paula is a passionate follower of Christ and loves to encourage others around her to do the same. She is 27 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014.
Kristyn is a sweet and gentle young lady from Trinity Holiness Tabernacle. She is 19 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014 and Honduras team in 2016.