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Monday, January 15, 2018

Put God First this Year

Happy New Year & MLKJR Day 2018!

There's no better time than now to put God first in our lives. Don't go another year without God's Word in your life. Christian, there's no way to walk with your God without the Bible. The Bible says, that Jesus is the Word (John 1:1, 14). Therefore, we need to read and apply the Word every single day. After all, we have a spirit and it needs to be properly nourished (Matthew 4:4).

How do we put God first?
1) Pray,
2) Read/Apply the Bible,
3) Let His Word be your 1st option and,
4) Let God have the final say!

I'm writing this blog to express the urgency for God's people to become radical followers of Jesus Christ. It doesn't matter about opinions, religious beliefs or worldly trends. We've been called by God and set-apart. Abiding in God is the only way we'll ever be able to see God's glory manifest in our lives.

Exhortation:
I am deeply concerned with some Christians within the Body of Christ who dabble in witchcraft. We cannot conform to the patterns of this world. We must renew our minds to the Word of God!

It's NOT okay to check your daily horoscope and not pray or read your Bible. Matter of fact, it's NOT even okay to believe in horoscopes! It's a form of witchcraft. All throughout the Old Testament we're warned about the dangers of idolatry.

Exodus 20:1-6 (KJV): "And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

If God was angry back when the Israelites rebelled against His Word then what makes us believe that He will pay no attention to what we do today? We serve the same God. Sure, the blood of Jesus covers us but that's no excuse to blatantly hurt God's feelings. We have got to reverence the Lord enough to honor Him because He's so loving and kind.

Anything that we put before God automatically becomes an idol. But I'm specifically interceding for those that dabble in witchcraft unknowingly because they're deceived. No where in Scripture do we see God's people succeeding in life as a result of divination. Honestly, those things actually bring curses into your life because it gives access to the enemy (Deuteronomy 28). So no more comparing zodiac signs and boasting about them. Let's obey God and end the witchcraft in all forms— evil hand signs, new age movement cult, healing crystals, rocks, tarot cards, ouija boards, buddha decor, stars, planets, moons or anything else that goes against the Word of God. Instead, pick up your Bible this year and pray for guidance every day!

Guard your hearts. Don't do what everyone else is doing. Be more careful of how you prioritize and spend your time. It's a problem if you're spending much of your free time without God. You're not just what you can see. You have a spirit that starves when you neglect your time with God or do things that are spiritually harmful. It's so vital that we seek the Lord morning and evening and walk with Him in the day by meditating on His Word, praying, declaring and seeking guidance. The Lord truly cares about you. Jesus died and God sent the Holy Spirit to be with us here on earth to befriend us, comfort us and guide us. Therefore, we need to interact with Him everyday.

My book 'Bible Journey' is all about having a personal relationship with God. Please give it a read and review, and share with a loved one.

I've been reading my NIV Bible lately for personal Bible study and it's given me a new love for God's Word. It's lightweight and easy to read. I also read daily devotionals and sit at Jesus' feet praying each morning/night.

Download the Holy Bible app onto your smartphones or tablets. You'll find tons of daily Bible reading plans and translations that will be a great benefit to you.

There's a plan on the Holy Bible app by (YouVersion) that's titled 'Bible in One Year (2018).' It's beautifully written! There's also an app for the plan that's titled 'Bible in One Year.' Go ahead and download either one and enjoy!

I'm praying for you to forsake all idolatry and return to your first Love. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all of His righteousness then all (good/godly) things will be added unto YOU! I'm not perfect. There's many things that I have to forsake and work on. Oftentimes, I'll ask the Lord to reveal my heart to me so that I may repent and become cleaned of my filth. All I want is Him. I want my life to please God so that I may glorify Him and lead others to His Kingdom.

Consequently, I've found that obedience to His Word results in a blessed and successful life. The Bible works. Its the only truth. I desire for everyone in my territory of influence to walk with God this year!

Author Jennifer Quetant
www.biblejourneymovement.com

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

True Worship—Bible Study of 2 Kings

God is doing a NEW thing! He’s outpouring His Spirit onto all peoples of the earth who receive Him with a sincere heart. What an incredible time it is to be living for the one and true God. Yes, the world is dark. But the Church is glorious!

I believe that we’re in the Last Days. We’ve recently celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on this past Christmas. God has greatly provided for my family this holiday. He answered every one of my prayers! I’m so blessed by Him. But something dawned on me this season… Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah that was spoken into existence by the prophets in Ancient times. Thousands of years later, Jesus Christ was born into the world and then He died and rose again. Today, we read about this great history in our Bibles. Friends, this has already been fulfilled thousands of years ago! So this means we’re closer today than ever before to the return of our Savior!

The Bible is an incredible book! As I read through 2 Kings, I began to see how God chose Israel and set His people apart so that the world could come to know Him through them. Meaning, these people were to be a holy people who didn’t live like anyone else in the world. They were to be blessed, divinely protected and provided for. They were also designed to be victorious and successful in all of their endeavors. Why? Because these people were a reflection of the Lord. Their lives had to be like God’s. They were to be the light in the world so that other people would want to be like them too!

I believe that we serve the same God as them and have the same high calling on our lives. We serve the same God and He’s the same today as He was back then. He doesn’t change. Sure, we may be living under a new covenant (grace and not the Law) but God is still God. He deserves honor, our praise, our love and our faithfulness.

So I view the Bible as a book for believers. God is speaking to HIS people. We can’t even understand it or make use of it if we’re not saved. So therefore, the Bible becomes a tool for those that believe.

My husband says that discipline is a form of love. God loves us so He disciplines us because we’re His children. We get out of line at times, so our Father corrects us so that we may avoid suffering and evil. God doesn’t tolerate evil because He is holy. Therefore, He requires holiness from His people. Christ in us makes us holy. We cannot be holy apart from Him. We must yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit so that we can walk according to God’s Way. We must also renew our minds to the Word so that we can transform our lives and resemble Jesus’.

In 2 Kings, I sadly read that very few kings served the Lord faithfully. A bunch of them did evil in the sight of God, therefore, leading others astray and causing judgment to fall onto them. (The gospel says that it’s a horrible thing to cause others to stumble and forsake God).

I had sparkles in my eyes as I flipped through each chapter. I thought, “God, you saved the best for last!” We were chosen to live on this earth at this glorious time under grace. But grace isn’t a license to sin but rather an empowerment to do right. God has mercy on us. So why trample over the blood of Jesus as if He died in vain? We should be totally convicted (not condemned) to live a life pleasing to God because of His grace and mercy that He lavishes so dearly on us.

So let’s consider it a far worse thing to rebel against God in these times because we’re reaching the end and Christ has come to redeem us from the curse of the Law.

Lessons:

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Kings 22:2 NIV

God honors our faithfulness. It obviously pleases Him to walk in obedience. So let’s do what the Bible tells us and pay NO attention to those influenced by Satan who encourages us to forsake holiness because they think it’s not possible or necessary.

“The king of Assyria deported Israel to Assyria and settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Harbor River and in towns of the Medes. This happened because they had not obeyed the Lord their God, but had violated His covenant—all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. They neither listened to the commands no carried them out.” 2 Kings 18:11-12 NIV

There are consequences for our disobedience. Unfortunately for the Israelites, they were punished. Gracefully, today we aren’t punished. However, we do forfeit our blessings. It doesn’t bring any glory to God when we live outside His Will. Our light becomes dimmed and our Christian walk becomes less effective by the people of the world.

However, obedience results in favor from God. So we can conclude that God does honor our efforts, willingness and faithfulness.

“He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.” 2 Kings 18:6-7 NIV

Obey the law but not when it comes against the Word. Christians honor the laws of the land so that we can glorify God by being respectful and loving to others.

Altogether, obeying God’s Word will make you successful in all of your ways and bless God! Obey God no matter what.

“They worshipped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.” 2 Kings 17:33 NIV

Don’t worship God the way you see fit or what others say! Do as God says. No one can satisfy the needs of someone without doing the exact things that they want. As for God, He is perfectly holy. We can’t go into His presence any kind of way nor can we bring Him anything less than acceptable in His sight. He says to worship Him in spirit and in truth!

Don’t do what people of the world are doing. Don’t even do what other Christians are doing! Do what Jesus did. Listen to the Holy Spirit and walk in His direction. Act on the Word and seek God daily for everything! This is true worship. At the end of this life as we know it, we want to hear Him say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” We don’t want to give the Lord excuses because He won’t tolerate them. We want to have made our lives counted. We will want to have lived in such a way that glorified God.


Choose God’s Way according to HIS Word! Worship Him truthfully. Worship the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind.

Author Jennifer Quetant— www.biblejourneymovement.com

Friday, December 8, 2017

Vision: Trust in God Alone



In my dream (12.8.17), I was in Walmart standing at a checkout line. I was with a younger girl who worked at the store. I offered to give her a ride home. So I was waiting for her as she put her items onto the scrolling checkout register table.

Some guy that she worked with came and tossed all of these rollback clearance items onto the table. They were really nice household items that I really wanted and kinda needed. Each item was really cheap- about $0.35 average. I wanted to buy those items but I couldn’t afford any of them because I only had $0.45 and no extra money for tax. I thought maybe the girl would give them to me as a generous gift for giving her a ride home. Plus, she looked way too young to be even interested in those items.

Anywho, it was really late and I drove this girl home to a nearby neighborhood. It would’ve been a 15min walk for her but I didn’t want her carrying all of those grocery bags by herself that late at night.

By the time we reached her apartment, I asked about the items and she didn’t say anything. I asked who she lived with and she didn’t say anything. So I helped her carry her bags then I let her go on her way.

But somehow my car turned into a bicycle and I was lost. The neighborhood was rough and I didn’t know what to do. So I tried to remember to follow the signs that I used before. I was stopped by the police and told them that I was lost. An officer lit up when he seen me and he was very nice. He managed to help me get back home.

Interpretation:

We must give to men without expecting to receive from men. Be encouraged that what you sow you will surely reap in time. We will receive from God. He will return to us back in His own way.

We must trust God with all of our needs and wants.
-God can’t be mocked. (Gal 6:7)
-The Lord is our Shepherd, we shall not want. (Ps 23:1)
-Those who take delight in the Lord, will receive the desires of their heart. (Ps 37:4)
-Those who put God first, will be blessed with every good thing. (Matt 6:33)
-Our Father supplies all of our need according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

Don’t look to man for your wants and needs. Look to God who will surely do as His Word promises!

Don’t make people your source. Make Jesus your source of everything.

-We’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Eph 1:3)
-We lack no good thing. (Ps 34:10)

So even if you don’t yet see the manifestation of what’s promised to you, keep believing. God will answer all of your prayers. Everything
according to His Will, is “yes” and “amen (2 Cor 1:20)!”

I’ve seen Him do it countless times in my life. Honestly, I’m living off my Father’s provision daily. Like the ‘Lord’s Prayer’, I expect my daily needs met (Matt 6:11).

I survive off the Word of God. He is all that I have. He is my life. He is my everything. I’m learning to put my complete and total trust in Him. I’m no longer worried about anything. What can worry do anyway? I rather save myself from the stress and just let God do what He does.

I can’t do anything apart from Him. I’m a branch and He's the Vine. I'm the child and He’s the Father. So, I keep my faith childlike... trusting, and believing every Word that He says because He’s never let me down in the past.

The Lord has given me this vision to encourage me to keep believing Him for provision, increase and overflow. I don’t have to look to anyone for anything. Yes, it’s okay to ask for help from others...

But sometimes God wants to put you through the fire to stretch your faith to see if you’ll stand (James 1:3).
Will your trust waver?
Will you look to man or your own efforts?
Or will you keep standing on the Word?

God wants to be your primary resource. He wants you to seek Him in His Word and prayer first. When you do so, you’ll become totally dependent on Him, be blessed and bring glory to His Name. Hallelujah!

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