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Keep Climbing!

In Philippians 3:14, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, the Apostle Paul told the people at Philippi, “I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.” In The Message, that verse says: “I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” In other words, Paul was encouraging the people to keep climbing, keep trusting, keep reaching for the stars. Only problem with that, though, is that whether it’s a literal mountain, or a goal you have set for yourself, climbing can be rough. It takes a lot of energy, and depending on how far you have to go you can become weary and stressed. You wonder if you’re ever going to make it to the top. Paul wanted to encourage the people to not give up but to keep pressing. That message applies to us today as believers. He’s telling us, “Don’t stop now, you’re almost there. You’re going to make it.” When you became born again, you started on your journey with God on your side. God has never left you. By faith, and with the help of His Holy Spirit, you will make it to your goal. Begin to see yourself as a mountain climber. You’ve reached the halfway point. You’re right there in the middle. The time it would take for you to stop, turn around and go back down the mountain is probably the same amount of time it would take for you to keep climbing to reach the top. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Lord says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” That means when you feel weak, you are actually strong because you have His strength to carry and help you. Don’t give up now. You’ve come too far to turn back. Let the devil know you’re not stopping now—that you’re not backing down. Show him you have Christ Jesus to strengthen you to scale the mountain and complete the climb.

 

Thank you for being faithful to return here each week to share in these Spiritual Nuggets. I enjoy being a blessing by sharing them. Every day, you also have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries because your gifts enable us to continue sharing

the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-04-22T20:03:12-04:00

Squeeze Me, See What You Get!

 

Have you ever had a piece of fruit that looked so delicious you could hardly wait to bite into it? Only, when you took a bite—and squeezed out the juice—it wasn’t very tasty. In fact, maybe it was sour or bitter? That can be very disappointing. The same is true when it comes to us as Christians, and the image we present to others when they “put the squeeze on us,” by trying to pressure or coerce us into doing something—usually something bad. Out of our mouths we may confess to be Christians, but sometimes our actions paint a much different picture. In Matthew 7:15, The Message, Jesus told His disciples: “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character.” When we profess to be Christians, our character—how we conduct ourselves—is one of the first things people see. If our actions and speech are no different than the way ungodly people react, then our profession is empty. Verse 15 says, “A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.” Ever heard the expression, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”? It literally means it is much easier to get what you want by being polite rather than by being rude and insolent. As believers, what we want is to see people’s lives changed for the good as we share with them the saving message of Jesus Christ. Proverbs 16:24, New Living Translation, says, “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” What are people seeing when they squeeze you and try to influence you to do wrong? Are your words and actions kind and loving, or do you respond in a rude, negative manner? Live so that no matter if people try to put the squeeze on you all they will see is the sweet love of God.

2021-04-18T21:56:26-04:00

Don’t Worry; Have a Plan!

In Philippians 4:6-7, New Living Translation, the Apostle Paul says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” That’s good sound advice, especially as we try to navigate the many difficulties we face in life. It’s good to know God will comfort us during those times, and give us His peace so our minds and hearts are not filled with anxiety, fear and worry. But in the midst of all the chaos, and while we wait on Him to deliver us, God expects us to always stay prepared—to have a plan for moving forward when our deliverance comes so we don’t miss out on His blessings. How do we do that? By keeping our focus and attention on Him and His Word. Take a few moments and read the story of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 and you’ll see what happens when you don’t have a plan. It will help you understand the importance of keeping your focus and your heart on the Lord and that, just as Jesus could return at any moment, so can His blessings come to us. When that happens, you want to be ready to seize the moment and receive whatever He has for you. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life—so busy that you take your mind off those things that are most important. You can become so consumed with the cares of daily life that you don’t recognize God’s voice from that of the devil. But when your mind is fixed on the Lord, you won’t be deceived or confused. You won’t be caught off guard. You’ll recognize Him and know that His blessings are upon you. Get ready, and stay ready. Always have a plan!

 

Today is “Giving Friday,” so consider taking a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this spiritual nugget with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using

our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-04-15T22:22:46-04:00

Let God Do It!

It is easy to become frustrated or angry because something you’re trying to do just isn’t working right. Despite doing all you know to do; you just can’t seem to make it happen. Let me ask: Have you considered involving God in your project? Did you consult Him on what’s the right way to proceed? If not, then I can assure you that’s the reason things are not working for you. I say that because God, who is our Creator and the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), never makes mistakes. He does things right the first time—every time! Just read how the Bible describes Creation in the Book of Genesis and you’ll see what I mean. Your problem is, instead of inviting Him to be involved in your project, you chose to do it yourself—trusting and depending on your own ideas and plans. That’s never the wise thing to do. Proverbs 3:5-6, The Message, says you should “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.” That’s part of the problem right there: We assume we know it all, so we refuse to turn to God for help. The problem with that is, our way of doing things is not always the right way. Hebrews 3:4-6, English Standard Version, tells us: “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” Stop leaning on your own understanding and ask God for help. Believe that He knows what’s best, and that He will always direct you in the right way. Do that, and you’ll have a life of success and victory, and say goodbye to disappointment, frustration, anger, and failure—forever!

2021-04-11T18:25:36-04:00

Check Your Spiritual Email!

In this technological age we’re living in, the chances are you own or have access to either a computer or smart phone. That means, like most of us, you probably also receive email. We enjoy email because, other than text messages, it is a quick way to communicate with others. It’s also a convenient way to keep up with things so we don’t run the risk of missing out on something important. But there’s another aspect to email that’s not so inviting or welcome. It’s the fact that email messages devised by hackers, once opened, can potentially do serious damage to your electronic device—or worse, steal your personal and financial information. Once that happens, it can be very costly, and difficult, to repair the breach. In the same way, Satan has an army of hackers who are working against the Body of Christ. Like email, these hackers appear to be real and genuine, but underneath they are like a virus whose goal is to attack, infect, and possess our spiritual lives. They’re counterfeits hoping to get us to open up to them so they can destroy us. Once we open up to them, we run the risk of total exposure, and possibly eventual destruction. That’s why it’s important to know the real from the fake, the true email from that which is junk or fake. In John 10:24, New Living Translation, Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” And Ephesians 5:6, English Standard Version, tells us: “Let no one deceive you with empty words.” Don’t be deceived by empty words that can potentially infect your relationship and fellowship with your heavenly Father. Yes, it’s important to check your email. But it’s more important to make sure you know where that email is coming from—BEFORE you open it!

 

Every day, you have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to ministries like The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries because your gifts enable us to continue sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using

our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-04-08T23:49:16-04:00

Live Expecting to Be Blessed!

Did you know that, despite whatever difficulties and challenges you face, God has an abundance of blessings waiting for you? Jesus made that clear in John 10:10 when He told His disciples, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The “they” Jesus is referring to are believers. As Christians, that includes you and me.” In the New Living Translation, the last part of that verse says, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” The Message refers to the abundant life as “real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” As His sons and daughters, a “real and eternal, more and better life” than we are experiencing today is what we can expect as we continue to love, serve, and obey our heavenly Father. That’s His promise to us. So, instead of walking around depressed, disappointed, and feeling sorry for ourselves because things are not going the way we had planned, we can turn our eyes toward God—believing and expecting His blessings to come to us. Ephesians 3:20, New American Standard Bible, says God stands ready to “do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” The power that is at work inside us is God’s Holy Spirit. His Spirit is working together with Jesus on our behalf as we pray to Almighty God regarding everything we need or desire. Don’t become discouraged if something you’re expecting does not happen as quickly as you think it should. Instead, just ask God for what you need or desire and then expect to receive it as you wait patiently (James 1:4). That’s your right as a son or daughter of the Most High God. It is also His pleasure to bless and prosper you, according to His will for you.

2021-04-04T09:28:10-04:00

God Is In Control!

We hear that all the time, but do we honestly believe it? Do we have the faith to believe that, no matter how difficult and chaotic things may appear to be today, you don’t have to be afraid because Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe, is still in control? I hope your answer to that question would be a resounding yes. Because the truth is—God is still in control! How do I know? Because of what Jesus said in John 16:31-33, The Message: “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” Because Jesus has overcome the world, we have no need to fear. Though things look bleak, and at times there appears to be no relief in sight, we follow the advice of Proverbs 21: 31, The Message, which says, “Do your best, prepare for the worst—then trust God to bring victory.” How do we do our best? We keep praying, we keep believing, and we keep trusting God to lead us through to victory. Don’t fear the uncertainties of life. Don’t fret over the challenges the devil sends your way. As a believer, you have an assurance through God’s Word that no weapon meant to hurt you will succeed (Isaiah 54:17, The Passion Translation), and that, according to God’s Word, you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) through Him who loved you.

2021-03-27T08:43:22-04:00

Beware of Counterfeits!

The wolves are out to get you. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. If you are a believer, then the devil has assigned someone, perhaps a number of people, to seek you out and try to destroy you. That’s what the Bible is talking about in 1 John 4:1, when it says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says: “Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.” In both translations, that word false means “not genuine,” or “counterfeit.” As a believer, you must know there are counterfeits in your life, ravenous wolves disguised as innocent sheep who have attached themselves to you, not because they love you, but because they want to see you hurt or destroyed. They may be your co-workers or your classmates. They could be among your closest friends, or members of your family. They could even be someone who sits beside you in church every Sunday. The truth is they are counterfeit friends or associates, and they are on assignment from the devil to deceive and destroy you. It’s up to you to uncover them. How? Do what the Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, The Message: “Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.” Just because someone calls you their friend, doesn’t make it true. Pray and ask God to help you recognize the truth from the lie, the real from the fake, the genuine from the counterfeit. Then watch and pray, and keep your eyes open. That way you won’t be deceived and taken advantage of.

 

Thank you for being faithful to return here each week to share in these Spiritual Nuggets. I enjoy being a blessing by sharing them. Every day, you also have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries, because your gifts enable us to continue sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to www.thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-03-25T10:25:02-04:00

Be Consistent With Your Workout!

Do you work out? I didn’t ask if you’ve ever worked out. I’m asking if you work out on a consistent basis. If you’ve ever started a workout regimen, and didn’t stick with it, then I’m sure you understand what I’m saying. To get the results you desire from exercising, you must be consistent. You can’t just go to the gym whenever it’s convenient, or eat healthy one or two days a week and spend the balance of the week eating junk food. If you want to get something out of your exercise program then you must put something into it by being consistent. The same is true in your spiritual life. You wonder why God doesn’t seem to hear you when you pray, your faith seems weak, your prayers seem powerless, and so does your life. How often are you feeding your spirit? How much time do you spend in prayer and reading God’s Word? Read what Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Philippi: “What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13, The Message). Want to get the most out of your relationship and fellowship with God? Be consistent in the time you spend with Him. Pray and study His Word daily, and you’ll keep your spiritual muscles built up so your life is filled with faith, power, and victory.

2021-03-21T20:11:32-04:00

Let’s Not Talk Trash!

Whether it’s during a sporting event, an individual competition, or, unfortunately, when we are with others who are gossiping or talking bad about someone, we’ve all been guilty of “talking trash.” We speak out insults like they’re nothing, never stopping to consider how they may be affecting the person or persons we’re talking to, or about. And we excuse it by saying that we’re “just joking,” or that it’s “all in fun.” Well, that’s not what God’s Word says about the words that should come out of our mouths. Ephesians 4:29, English Standard Version, tells us to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” And Ephesians 5:4, New Living Translation, says, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Many would probably argue that they mean no harm when talking trash—that they’re “just fooling around.” But according to these scriptures, God doesn’t make provisions for “just fooling around.” In fact, Colossians 4:6, The Message, tells us, “Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” It’s always good to have innocent fun in conversation, but never at the expense of someone else. The bottom line is talking trash is “out of place.” And it’s not pleasing to God. So, it’s best to not do it—period! When others around you start to “bad mouth” someone, or they invite you to join a conversation that is not wholesome or profitable, stop long enough to ask yourself: “Is what I’m about to say going to build up, or will it tear down?” Then, politely remove yourself from the conversation. Remember, God created with His words. Use your words to bless others.

 

Today is “Giving Friday,” so consider taking a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this spiritual nugget with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to www.thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using

our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-03-17T22:47:05-04:00