Devotion, Faith

Symbiotic Relationships

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Proverbs 27:17 states “As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

If you’re surrounded by people who encourage you in your Faith & Walk with Jesus, who lift you up not tear you down, push you to be better, hold you accountable, but love you as you are: these are the Proverbs 27:17 friends.

They are the friends we need and need to be in this life, and they are hard to find…

In nature there are three kinds of relationships called Symbiotic Relationships.

1.) Mutual (or Mutualism)

2.) Common (or Commensalism)

3.) Parasitic (or Parasitism)

In a mutual relationship both organisms benefit, such as a bee and a flower. In a Common relationship one benefits and the other isn’t affected at all. A Parasitic relationship is great for one but harmful, and sometimes fatal, for the other.

Which best describes you and your relationships? Think about the closest people in your life right now and reconsider… Are you both building and encouraging one another or is one person really gaining from your relationship and the other, not so much. Are you suffering cruel actions or discouraging words to your detriment and the destruction of your self-esteem, while the other profits in mind, body, and soul?

Jesus tells us,

Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love.

Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness(Jeremiah 31:2 TLV)

and that

“No one has greater love than this:

that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13 TLV)

Jesus loves you so much that He died for you and has granted you everlasting life, love, and mercy.

A man with many friends may be harmed by them,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 TLV)

Jesus is our best and truest friend, one who sticks closer than a brother, loves us unconditionally, and walks with us everyday of our lives; through the good and bad.

Friends, if Jesus loves you and tells you that you are valuable, that you have unconditional, everlasting, never-ceasing love from the Father, then don’t surround yourself with people who say otherwise.

Jesus said “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!” (John 10:10 TLV) 

If you are not living life abundantly in your relationships, relationships of a mutual standing, it’s time to let them go.

I like this quote from Booker T. Washington, it says, “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” -Booker T. Washington

And that’s a true statement, it may not be fun being alone, I know, but you are not harmed, hurt, or worse-off all together in bad company. And best of all when you’re in a season of being friendless , that’s when you see God’s love and glory and closeness in your life more than you ever have before. And that is the most beautiful and all-satisfying thing!

The Bible clearly leads us on the path of choosing good friendships saying,

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” -Proverbs 12:26

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.”-Proverbs 17:17

 

I hope this blog encouraged you my friends, to know that you are valuable, loved and worthy of good relationships! I pray that Jesus’s Love and the Truth of His word will fill you and bring you peace and blessings!

 

Shalom🕊& God Bless you! ☀️

 

 

Devotion, Faith

“Jesus Is All The World To Me”

“Jesus is all the world to me; My life, my joy, my all. He is my strength from day to day; Without Him I would fall. When I am sad, to Him I go; No …

“Jesus Is All The World To Me”
Christianity, Devotion

I Know Whom I have Trusted

For this reason I also am suffering these things—but I am not ashamed, for I know in whom I have trusted and I am convinced He is able to safeguard what I have entrusted to Him until that Day.”


‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Devotion, Faith

Fear Not, I Am

Fear not, for I am with you,

be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you.

Surely I will help you.

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

-Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭TLV

Bible, Devotion

The Short Term, The Long Term, and, with Every Step

landscape photo of pathway between green leaf trees

What is our purpose?      What is our work?

That was the question a crowd in Capernaum, gathered around Jesus’s feet, wondered. They asked Jesus “What shall we do to perform the works of God?”  (John 6:28 TLV)  and Christ replied ” This is the work of God, to trust in the One He sent.”(John 6:29 TLV)

Really? That’s it? Just trusting in Jesus?

Yup. That’s it. But I’ve discovered 3 things about trusting in Jesus, it’s a simple request, the best thing you could do, but also the hardest. Whether it’s trusting God with our short term goals, long term future, or our daily lives, trusting can be difficult.

What makes trusting in God so difficult is the conscious decision to fully submit life’s circumstances and outcomes to God. An idea your senses cannot grab and only your faith can cling onto. It ultimately involves walking into the unknown.

The unknown can be a scary place, especially if you’ve experienced hurts, pains, and disappointments in your life, but remember, there is never anything to fear.

If we remember that Jesus loves us enough to die for us, and only wants what’s best for us as our Heavenly Father, we can take courage to believe that if He asks us to completely trust in Him, it will always be for our good. We can know without a doubt that it will be better than alright, it will be perfect as only He could do!

Trusting in God frees us to walk with joy and peace into all the wonderful plans and promises He has for us in our lives. Trusting in Jesus also brings you closer to Him, to see Him work in ways you would not have seen, or even fathomed, if you hadn’t trusted in God.

Trusting God with our long term future, short term goals, and every step of our lives is the work which fulfills our purpose. It is the best and surest thing you could possibly do.

“Surely no one who waits for You will be ashamed.”

-Psalms 25:3 TLV

    

 

Devotion, Faith

Trust & Rest in Jesus ❤️

“In a day when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you…”

“This I know—that God is for me.”

“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For in You my soul takes refuge.

In the shadow of Your wings I take refuge, until destruction passes by.”

“…But I—I sing of your strength! Yes in the morning I sing aloud of Your lovingkindness”

“For God is my strong tower—My God of lovingkindness”

Psalm 56:4,10 . Psalm 57:2 . Psalm 59:17-18

Bible, God

The Loving Shepherd

white sheep on farm

Like a shepherd, He tends His flock.

He gathers the lambs in His arms

carries them in his bosom,

and gently guides nursing ewes.”

-Isaiah 40:11 TLV

Devotion, Faith

He Also Appeared to Me…

For I also passed on to you first of all what I also received —

That Messiah (Jesus Christ) died for our sins

according to the Scriptures,

that He was buried,

that He was raised on the third day

according to the Scriptures,

and that He appeared to Kefa,

then to the Twelve.

Then He appeared to over five hundred

brothers and sisters at one time—

most of them are still alive,

though some have died.

Then He appeared to Jacob,

then all the emissaries

and last of all, as to one untimely born,

He also appeared to me…

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 TLV

Jesus, Love

Love

Love

                   1 Corinthians 13- TLV “The Superior Way of Love”

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels

but have not love,

I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy

and know all mysteries and all knowledge,

and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains

but have not love,

I am nothing.

 

If I give away all that I own

and if I hand over my body so I might boast

but have not love,

I gain nothing.

 

Love is patient,

love is kind,

it does not envy,

it does not brag,

it is not puffed up,

it does not behave inappropriately,

it does not seek its own way,

it is not provoked,

it keeps no account of wrong,

it does not rejoice over injustice but rejoices in the truth;

 

it bears all things,

it believes all things,

it hopes all things,

it endures all things,

 

Love never fails

 

but where there are prophecies,

they will pass away;

where there are tongues,

they will cease;

where there is knowledge,

it will pass away.

 

For we know in part and we prophesy in part;

but when that which is perfect has come,

then that which is patial will pass away.

 

When I was a child,

I spoke like a child,

I thought like a child,

I reasoned like a child.

When I became a man, I put away childish things.

 

For now we see in a mirror dimly,

but then face to face.

Now I know in part,

but then I will know fully,

even as I have been fully known.

 

But now these three remain—

faithhope, and love.

 

And the greatest of these is love.

 

 

 

Bible, Faith

New Year New Beginnings!

body of water near brown soil under blue sky during sunset

For I know the plans that I have in mind for you,

declares ADONAI,

plans for shalom and not calamity

to give you a future and a Hope.

                                                             -Jeremiah 29:11 TLV