ENCOURAGEMENT!!!

A Life of Regret
by Marlo Wells
01/09/12

A Life Of Regret

2And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. –Matthew 3:2 (AMP)

I wish I hadn’t done that. I can’t believe I said that! If only I could take it back. Or to quote the famous Steve Urkel, “Did I do that”? How many times in any given day do you find yourself uttering these very words? And if you are doing this daily, the task of rising above whatever the situation is that caused it can seem insurmountable. Days carry over to weeks, weeks to months, months to years and years to a lifetime.

Why are so many lives filled with regret, from the smallest slips of the tongue to the major blow outs that separate for a lifetime? It’s very simple. We stop at regret. Regret is only a part of repentance. Look at today’s Scripture.

“Regretting your sins and changing your conduct”.
Repentance, followed through to completeness, is what in fact liberates you from a life of regret. Repentance will bring you face to face with reality and send you in the opposite direction. Regret keeps you in bondage.

I believe that people who continue to do the same things over again, don’t necessarily regret what they are doing. In my opinion, they regret getting caught and regret how they are viewed after getting caught. Sometimes that is enough for them to view their behavior with a clearer perspective. However, a lot of times it is not. The more realistic approach would be to ask yourself, “What is it that I regret”?

Looking back on my life, there have been so many things that I have regretted. From my childhood to my life today, there are many things that I wish I would have done differently. The problem is that the very moment that has just passed can never be regained. All the money in the world, all the begging and crying, all the regret can never retrieve that single moment in time.

How then is there any hope for us? Grace.
Try as we may, imaginations, movies and wonder creams, there is yet to date no such thing as a time machine. In order to grow, we have to accept responsibility for that which we regret and change our ways and move forward.

The only guarantee that you have with repentance is God’s grace and freedom. Your regret and repentance does not assure you a place in the person’s life that you have hurt. It does not even guarantee you their forgiveness. But it does guarantee you God’s forgiveness and that it the most important thing.

I cannot tell you the times I have had to apologize to a telemarketer or help desk phone support. First of all, I don’t have to answer the phone if I don’t know who it is. Second of all, if I call in for help, I have to remember; they are doing their job and have probably been talked down to all day. All these things aside, I am Christ’s representative, ouch!

That is a seemingly minuscule thing in the greater scheme of our regrets. I have sat down with my children and asked for their forgiveness where I have failed them. I point out that they should learn from our mistakes and go on to have better marriages and be better parents. Don’t repeat our struggles. Don’t live with our regrets.

I have had to seek the forgiveness of my husband for the things I have said and done that have wounded him along the years. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing; it is a gift, a treasure. It should never be taken for granted. If someone bestows such a gift on you, should you not guard it? That is changing your conduct. Feeling the pain that you have caused another and never wanting to wound them again.

There are things I have said and done in my walk with Christ. There are people I have wounded along the way in the Body. I have cried out to God for His grace and mercy, His forgiveness for myself. But I have also cried out for those that I have hurt. I ask God to guard and keep them, that they will not be led astray because of my actions.

Looking at our lives and how we live can be very disheartening. It can leave you unable to move forward, weighed down in the muck of despair. You can easily find yourself defeated before you can even get started. What’s the key?

10For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death]. – 1 Corinthians 7:10

Godly repentance, that leads you to regret your sin and change your conduct, will never lead you back to regret. If you don’t regret your sin to begin with, there will be no repentance. But upon attaining true repentance, you will have no regret.

Paul is our shining example. If anyone had cause to be weighed down with a life of regret it would be him. But he lived a life of repentance and made it his life’s “one aspiration”:

13I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead –Philippians 3:13

Let us join with Paul. Let our lives be one of true repentance. Pursue God whole-heartedly, making this your one aspiration. There will we find freedom from a “Life of Regret”

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YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS!!!

LEARN FROM TECHNOLOGY!!!

GOOGLE: I have EveryThing!!

FACEBOOK: I know EveryBody!!

INTERNET: Without me, You All are Nothing!!

ELECTRICITY: yeah right, keep talking Guys!!

LESSON
No matter how highly placed you are, over someone, always remember, there is a God!!!(After all the long list of people above you, there still is a God,the highest of all that is high!)
The thing is this;you are were you are, so you can function with respect to someone(that includes YOU,thinking, but i have not reached anywhere,YET),either above you or below you…
Listen,what CAN Google or Facebook do without the Internet?(understand me,in the above example,they are the lowest level one can ever attain, so therefore, picture where you are as the lowest level you will ever be;thus, you been Google for today’s teaching!,as Electricity is the highest in the example),but with the Internet, what CAN’T they do?(We all know their functions).
Could it be, that the reason you are not known or your function is not yet appreciated is because,the immediate above(Internet) you need is missing and has not yet been acknowledged? NOTE,with or without the Internet, Google still remains a SEARCH ENGINE(so with or without your immediate above,you still will be somewhere),but ONLY with the Internet is it a FUNCTIONAL SEARCH ENGINE,definitely with Electricity behind it. Likewise Your Situation,couldn’t it be, that, it’s because of the lack of your immediate above(Internet gotten as a result of Electricity),that you are were you are Today?Remember, Only With Your Immediate Above Can You Know Were You Ought To Be!
In other to enjoy and appreciate life,you must find the immediate connection that will come before you(your immediate above), so you can actually” Make Sense” when you introduce yourself to life!
But seek ye first the kingdom of God(ELECTRICITY)and His righteousness(INTERNET),and all these things will be added to You(GOOGLE or FACEBOOK).(Matthew 6:33 TCV)
The lesson here is simple:
-Realize God as the Greatest(none before Him and none after Him),knowing your the smallest,Reference Him as the Highest,thereby seeking Him always…

-Then follow His righteousness(you must know Him to know His righteousness)

-And everything you could ever imagine(…Exceedingly Abundantly Above all that we ask or think…
Ephesians 3:20 WEB),would be added onto you(I believe the place you want to be in life, would fall somewhere above),
its that simple! but Note this: When you type a search in Google,you do not ask how Google would find the answer,that’s FAITH!!!( you’re google in this case,remember!),So after God decides to use you, after following the above principles,don’t DOUBT your ability to be used for His glory!!!
IN CONCLUSION
Immediately you realize that, just as you are above someone,someone is also above you,humble yourself,because only then, will the Lord lift you up!!!(“No matter how highly placed you are, over someone, always remember, there is a God”).THE POINT FROM THE START WAS TO TEACH US HUMILITY AND THE BLESSINGS ATTACHED TO IT(to a person that is humble)!!!

By: OLABODE OLUWATOSIN

IT’S LIKE THIS!!!

RELATIONSHIP
No matter how successful a man is,he will always be better with a woman by his side!God calls her “helper”,a helper makes your work easier while improving on it…
…Olabode oluwatosin…

PRAYER
Lord, cleanse our hearts so what we speak will be reflective of Your grace; And help us to control our tongues, So we’ll not bring on You disgrace…
…SPER…

FACT
The World system is that of complaining,you are of the World and your wondering why your complaining!read the first line again…
…Olabode oluwatosin…

THE WORD
Jesus answered and said to him,if any man loves me,he will keep my word,and my Father will love him,and we will come to him and make a dwelling with him
…John 14:23…

He Told You So!!!

Learn from the Barber!
A man went to a barbershop to have his
hair cut and his beard trimmed.
As the barber began to work,
they began to have a good conversation.
They talked about so many things
and various subjects.

When they eventually touched
on the subject of God,
the barber said:
‘I don’t believe
that God
exists.’
‘Why do you say that?’ asked the
customer. ‘Well, you just have
to go out in the street to realize
that God doesn’t exist.

Tell me, if God exists, would
there be so many sick people?
Would there be abandoned
children?

If God existed,
there would be neither
suffering nor pain!
I can’t imagine a loving God
who would allow all of these things.’

The customer thought for a moment,
but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument.

The barber finished his job
and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop,
he saw a man in the street with long,
stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed
beard.
He looked dirty and unkempt.
The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:

‘You know what?
Barbers do not exist.’

‘How can you say that?’
asked the surprised barber.
‘I am here, and I am a barber.
And I just worked on you!’

‘No!’ the customer exclaimed.
‘Barbers don’t exist because if they did,
there would be no people with dirty
long hair and untrimmed beards,
like that man outside.’

‘Ah, but barbers DO exist!
That’s what happens when people
do not come to me.’

‘Exactly!’ affirmed the customer.
‘That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist!
That’s what happens when people do not
go to Him and don’t look to Him for help.

That’s why there’s so much
pain and suffering in the world.

Unknown

YOU are still priceless!!!

What money teaches You!
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by
holding up $200.00. In the room of about 180 People, he asked,
“Who would like this $200 ?”
Hands started going up.
He said, “I am going to give this $200 to one of you
but first, let me do this.
He proceeded to crumple up the $200 .
He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
Still the hands were up in the air.
Well, he replied, “What if I do this?”
And he dropped it on the ground
and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.
“Now, who still wants it?”
Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson.
No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it
because it did not decrease in value.
It was still worth $200.
Many times in our lives,
we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt
by the decisions we make and
the circumstances that come our way.
We feel as though we are worthless!
But no matter what has happened or
what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased,
you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you.
The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know,
but by WHO WE ARE.
You are special- Don’t EVER forget it.

Unknown

Be Optimistic!!!

AN INTERESTING OBSERVATION!!!
Be Optimistic about life…

Two pots were in existence. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect
and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked
pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home
only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments..
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and felt
miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to
leak out all the way back to your house.’

The old woman smiled, ‘DID YOU NOTICE, that there are flowers on your
side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’

‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted
flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk
back, you water them.’

for two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate the table.

WITHOUT YOU YOU BEING JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, there would not be this beauty to grace the house!!!

Each of US has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we
each have that make our lives together so very interesting and
rewarding.

You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, that would view this site!!!have a great life and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!!!

Edited A Bit By Me!!!

SPREAD D GOOD NEWS

MY INTENTION
In a forest that has No one in it,when a tree falls, does the sound still come out?The sound can’t be heard if nobody is present(no ear to hear it),but does that mean the tree didn’t actually sound?that does not mean the sound does not exist, but that sound has lost its essence with the absence of a person and so is not heard!
The gospel is ONLY good news when it gets to people. Naturally the gospel is good news but what’s the use if NOBODY knows about it? The essence of it been a good news would have been lost. Just like for the sound of a tree that fell to be heard,the presence of a person is required so also it is with the GOSPEL,for it to be the good news it is, people will have to hear it or else…
The reason you know is so others can know,just like the reason your blessed is so you can be a blessing to others!Thus the Birth of this blog. This blog is focused on HIDDEN TRUTHS(hidden because you do not already know,at least not this way!)
I intend to share on this blog the truths as the come to me and as I find them. This would be in the form of Poems!Quotes!Stories! E.T.C… As long as the Bible can reference the fact to the glory of God, then it shall be told!As myself once said”Any Christian that cannot base what he says or does in scriptures is No Christian”!!!

By : Olabode Oluwatosin

MY RESOLUTION!!!

My Resolution . . . Solution
by Deborah Ann Belka  
12/25/2011 / Poetry

Lord, I going to navigate,
through another year
and I am going to need You
to stay close to me and near.

I am going to chart,
a new course for every day
and I am going to need You
to shed light on my way.

I am going to steer,
the obstacles that I am able
and I am going to need You
to keep my faith stable.

I am going to weather,
the storms that are out at sea
and I am going to need You
to keep Your eyes on me.

Lord, I am going to make,
a new year’s resolution
and I am going to count on You
every day for my solution!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 58:8

“Then your light shall break forth like the
morning, Your healing shall spring forth
speedily, And your righteousness shall go
before you; The glory of the LORD shall be
your rear guard.”

Copyright 2011
Deborah Ann Belka
bdebby@hotmail.com
http://www.hiswingsshadow.com

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

GOD’s BLACKBERRY!!!

Hey Guys, God has a BBM!!! here is His Pin; BIBLE247,

His subscription lasts a life time, He is the hottest and coolest Person to chat with!

He always has something to say, He’s never dry and He’s always ready to hear your heart speak…

He’s hot cake yet not proud, to all, His pin has been given, those that love him and those that don’t…

He’s open to all schools of thought, even if the reason you picked up his pin is to tell Him you don’t love Him…

He’s ready to listen, remember He also has a reason for loving you and He wants you to know you were created to be loved by Him, He’s dying to let you know this, you were created to love Him.

His Display Picture is Definite Salvation He brought for you…

He does not have privacy policies, once you get his pin you can directly communicate with great contacts like GOD, JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT, it even gets better, you can do a group chat with all of His contacts including the TRINITY all at once!!!

WOW!!!

-I need God’s BBM; Basic Bible Messages,

-I need to know God’s PIN; Personal Intimate Nature,

-I need God’s BlackBerry; Bible Languages All Continents Keep! Because Emmanuel’s Righteousness Reaches You…

-All these can only be found in God’s WORD, The BIBLE; Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.

By Olabode Oluwatosin

 

Walking in GRACE !!! Teaching d TRUTH-

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