Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31 - Freaking on Kindness


Day 31
 

I Corinthians 13 : 4

 Charity is kind…(KJV)

 Kindness

What a rare art

It can be considered weak

It can be considered work

You can get run over

You can lose

You might  not get your way

It can be very frustrating

What’s the point

Why do the mean ones seem to win

Doesn’t it just make things build up

Who can do it?

Only those who practice it.
 

Thanks to Barbara London
for suggesting this verse
check out her blog at
http://scrapper123.blogspot.com\

To read freaking on I Cor 13 from the beginning click here
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 30 - Freaking Day Two

Day 30
 

Thanks to Barbara London for suggesting
this verse check out her blog at

I Corinthians 13 : 4

 Charity suffereth long…(KJV)

 The second day you freak on a verse you take a section and a question or two and go at it!

What does suffering long mean and how long is long?

In the 2000’s we do anything and everything to keep from suffering.  Honestly, we don’t even want to even be uncomfortable.  or embarrassed.  or inconvenienced. or wronged.  

Nope.  We want comfort, convenience, and things our way.

Suffereth long – makrothymeo - means to be patient.

If you love you

persevere patiently and bravely

endure misfortunes and troubles

          bear offenses and injuries of others

are mild and slow in avenging

are slow to anger

are slow to punish
 
How long is long? 

Probably as long as you want God to suffer and be patient with you

Oh, yeah
 
To read freaking on I Cor 13 from the beginning click here
 
 
 

If you would like to read this series from the beginning click here!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 29 - How Do You Start Freaking on a Verse?


Day 29
When you Freak on a verse you start by asking a ton of questions.
Thanks to Barbara London for suggesting this verse check out her blog at http://scrapper123.blogspot.com
 
I Corinthians 13 : 4-7
  4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
  5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
  6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
  7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (KJV)

 The first day of freaking looks like this.
How long is long? 

Why are so many people not kind? 

What is the harm of envy?

Isn’t good self esteem important?

Are we not to be proud of ourself?

What makes people rude?

What is the underlying cause of being self-seeking.

How do you keep from being provoked?

You seriously could think no evil?

Isn’t it normal to rejoice in evil and the truth?

How in the world would one bear ALL things?

You are suppose to believe everything?

What should you hope in?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 28 - More Than My Need Met

Day 28

More Than My Need Met
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

We are all about getting our needs met.

We are all about receiving mercy and grace.

What about the importance of being that approachable person who gives mercy and grace to people in their time of need?

Sometimes we have a hard time receiving mercy and grace because we have not generously given mercy and grace to others.



Let us be that place where people can come to receive forgiveness, help in their time of need, love, counsel, truth, and kindness.
As we lavishly give it out, we are more likely to be able to receive it.
Let mercy and grace become a central part of our life – both giving and receiving it.

Thanks to Beth Hess for giving me this verse to freak on.  Check out her blog at justbebeth.wordpress.com
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 27 - Finding the Grace

Day 27
Finding the Grace
Hebrews 4: 16
… find grace to help us in our time of need

Finding grace is essential because it is grace that helps us in our time of need.


Grace is that place where we receive our help at exactly the right time.

Grace is that place where we not only don’t get what we deserve, but it is the place where we receive what we don’t deserve.

When we understand that he loves us so lavishly that he wants to pour on us what we do not deserve, then we are open to receive the help.
We are dancing in the rain of His goodness listening and watching for the help we need to come.



If you cannot receive the grace, you will not believe you should receive what you have not earned.

If you are still trying to earn the help – chances are you will not receive it through God.

The throne does not work like capitalism where there is an exchange of goods  – it is a place where love, gifts, favor, opportunity, wisdom, and grace are poured out. 

Just approach.




Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 26 - He Knows the Perfect time

Day 26
He Knows the Perfect Time
Hebrews 4: 16
…that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need

Time of need is a very important part of this verse… it translates in the Amplified Bible

Appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it

God is watching the clock

                               
Can you say Halleluiah?

Can you love it?

Can you believe God constantly gives us what we need “just when we need it.”

The Greek word for “time of need” is
chronos
1.    due measure
2.    a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence:
1.    a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for
2.    opportune or seasonable time
3.    the right time
And need I remind you that at times we are not sure what kind of help we need at this time? – that too must be entrusted to God. 
Sometimes the help we need is to stop needing something – he too can take that from us as we nestle down in his arms. 

Thanks to Beth Hess for giving me this verse to freak on.  Check out her blog at justbebeth.wordpress.com

To read the 31 Day Challenge from thebeginning click here.




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day 25 - Four Things You Should Do After Receiving From God

Day 25
 Four Things You Should Do After Receiving From God.
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

If you follow the invitation of this verse, you will have received mercy and found grace to help in your time of need.  Then what?
1.    Like a child, skip joyfully away with full confidence in the lover of your soul.  Do not give in to worry.  Do not give into fret.  Do not base your help being met on how you feel or your circumstance.  Do not go to others who might talk you into unbelief and fear.  Do you think a child of a loving, kind parent gets afraid that the parent will not do what they have promised? 

2.    Meditate on this verse and receive its promise.  You will have received mercy and found the grace to get help.  Do not believe anything less. 
3.    Expect direction.  Be ready to follow what you are hearing.  You are about to see something shift.  You are about to hear or see the help for your need.  Things will be different.  You can rest easy and excitedly.  You can know it is God’s will to help you in your time of need. Receive it by faith even before you see it.  
4.    Be grateful for the answer to your need in advance.  Thank God verbally for the answer to the need - often.  Let your heart be full of thankfulness that you have a Father who wants to help.  Be full of cheer that you can live in great expectation for the answer from the throne.  What is that to not be excited and pleased about?

Thanks to Beth Hess for giving me
this verse to freak on.  Check out her


Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 24 - What Does God Get Out of This?

Day 24
What Does God Get Out of This?
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

In Freakanomics you ask yourself what a person would get out of a situation.   Even God does not ask for something if he’s not getting something out of it.

What is His big pay off?
What is the benefit to God?
What does God get out of this?
You
Time to love on you
Time to fill you with hope
Time to weep with you
Time to hold you
It’s you that he is after – always.
Are you a parent?  Then you understand.

To read The 31 Day Challenge from the beginning start here




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 23- Did You RSVP?

Day 23 – Did you RSVP?
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Visualization is important in a faith walk.  You must see yourself before the throne receiving the gift of mercy that leads you to be able to find grace to help in your time of need.
It is neither a commandment nor a suggestion.
It is an Invitation
To be given mercy and grace
It is an Invitation
To Find Help in Our Time Of Need
It is an Invitation
You Don’t Have to Accept 

BUT
Have you ever seen a child with an invitation?   Visualize that as you come to the throne with your invitation!

Can you see it?

To read this blog from the beginning of the 31 Day Challenge click here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22 - How Not to Get Help From God

Day 22 – How not to get help from God
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

God asks us to be confident that He will give us
                    Mercy to be able to find the
                             Grace to get
                                      Help. 

When you are in need, you need grace to pave the way because you feel like a failure – discouraged and unworthy. 
Jesus calls you to approach so he can say
Hey, your failures cannot keep you from grace.  I paid for that.
But if you are not confident in his desire to show us the grace to help us in our time of need, you Won’t receive it. 
Mercy and Grace are the doorways to our help.

If you won’t approach His throne of grace.
If you are not full of faith in His Word that tells you to come
If you won’t receive mercy
You will not find grace
You will not get help

To read all of the 31 Day Challenge posts start here. 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 21 - Approach, Please.

Day 21- Approach, Please.

Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace …
Approaching is the coming towards something.  We are to come before the throne.  
Many times that is the last place we come.
We are clearly approaching with the confidence in the Word that is telling us to come.
The biggest mistake when we have a need is to Not approach.

Can you even count the times you did not come?

   You were too busy going to another person
stewing
complaining
feeling sorry for yourself
getting mad
We approach to receive mercy.  We approach to find grace to help us.
We must approach listening.  Confident that we believe God is delighted at our presence and ready to help us.
   He would say –
I’ve been waiting. 
So glad you came.
 I can help.
To start the 31 Day Challenge from the beginning click here.

Thanks to Beth Hess for giving me this verse to freak on.  Check out her blog at justbebeth.wordpress.com


Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20 - How Can You Have Confidence in a Time of Need

Thanks to Beth Hess for giving me 
this verse to freak on.  Check out her
Day 20 
How Can You Have Confidence in a Time of Need?

Moving on to actually freaking stage two!

Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.


Freaky Question From Yesterday 
How does one find confidence in the time of need?  Isn't that an oxymoron?

I think we need to embrace that what we are living is a faith, not a philosophy, or a self help method, but a faith. 

The very act of faith requires that we do things we believe to be true and not always what we feel.  We are moving with our born again spirit not our mind.

In Christianity, God’s Word is the truth we act on.  

The confidence then is not in yourself, but in the Word that calls you to approach with confidence.  It is very likely your need might even have caused you to lose your confidence. 

In an age when we put confidence in self help books, talking it out with friends, or even “figuring things out," we should ponder this verse. 


When you are in need -big or small, practice  this verse that gives you hope to come to the lover of your soul.  No one and nothing else is worthy.

To start reading this 31 Day Challenge from the beginning start here. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 19 - This Might Freak You Out

Thanks to Beth Hess for giving me this verse to freak on.  Check out her blog at justbebeth.wordpress.com
Day 19 – This Might Freak You Out
I don’t want to freak you out, but this is what the first day of freaking looks like.
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

How does one find confidence in the time of need?  Isn’t that an oxymoron?
Approach with prayer? just with confidence? Should you bring up your need? are you pretending to be confident?  are you being confident by faith?  can’t God discern that you aren’t confident? (hello)  Where do you get this confidence if you don’t have it?  Does God just like the gesture?
Why would God ask for us to be confident?  What are we being confident about our need, God, mercy and grace? 
What if you don’t believe you should receive mercy and grace?
Then …What happens if you can’t receive the mercy and grace at the throne?
What if you can’t muster up the confidence?
Isn’t confidence not humble?  Doesn’t God reject a haughty heart?  Can you be confident and not haughty?
Are we to think of being like in front of an actual throne?  Do we bow down?  Should we visualize?  Should we just receive the mercy and grace and go on about our business? What about the need?
Is this a commandment?  Suggestion?
So do these 2 things – approaching God’s throne of grace with confidence correlate with receiving mercy and grace?  If I don’t come with confidence then there is no correlation?
Should it be obvious that if you come in a certain way you will receive it?  How will you know?  Is the feeling obvious?  Does it make you want to give out mercy and grace? 
Can you pick out of a crowd the people who practice this because they have an abundant supply of it? (mercy and grace)
Can I see myself as a little child confidently approaching, skipping to the throne with my need and skipping away, laughing and giggling with mercy and grace?
Or do I see myself as a sin filled woman approaching with my head hung, wondering if I would even be granted mercy and grace?  Is that how I want people to approach me?
Is my life a throne of mercy and grace to others?
Do people feel they can approach me with confidence to receive mercy and grace as the extended hand of God?
Aren’t there some situations where one (God and I) would refuse mercy and grace?  Aren’t there are levels of sin?
What would I really get out of doing this?  Why would God ask us to do this? What is God getting out of this?
Is it a fact that this will work or does may change everything?
Can you confidently walk around receiving mercy and grace if you are confident even in time of need?  cab this become a lifestyle? Could this  happen all the time automatically if you were mindful of this verse?
Why the us?
Approach seems slow – opposite of run. Should we come slowly?
Are there other thrones?  Throne of information?   
Why are we there?  Just to receive mercy and grace?  What about direction? What about forgiveness?  What about kindness?  Are they all wrapped up in mercy and grace or is this a special time when what we need is mercy and grace?
Does the need have to be only for mercy and grace?  What if the need is healing?  Financial?  Relationship? 
How will mercy and grace help me in a time where I want to give up?  when my loved ones have abandoned me ?  when I feel like I can’t do another thing for another person?
What if you don’t want help?  You don’t need any help, just love?  Just a listening hear?
Our time – isn’t our time of need always?  Why does he say our?

Is this a time of approaching the throne different than with thanksgiving and praise?  Do these scriptures work together – like if you come just with the need but not with the thanksgiving and praise will you be received?

31 Day Challenge Starts Here