Let Us Celebrate Mothers Today

A  Message from Streaming Faith:

“Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverb 22:6 – AMP)

“Happy Mother’s Day!” to you great and awesome women who have fulfilled God’s very first commandment: “Be fruitful and multiply.”

As we honor those formed from the feminine/maternal side of God’s heart–who carried us in the womb, nurtured us, fed us, walked the floor with us through feverish nights, clothed us, taught us, corrected us, worried over us, prayed for us, and loved us unconditionally–we command a collective blessing on all of you, offering up thanks and praise for your contribution to our lives and to the world! Mothers, Grandmothers, Great-Grandmothers, Step-Mothers, Mothers-In-Law, and women who have been supernaturally placed in our lives as Mother-Figures (“Treat the older women as mothers…” – 1 Timothy 5:2)…you’re all important, and we celebrate you today!

Creativity’s finest moment was when the Creator created creators. Instead of making all the people who would ever live on this planet at once (which He certainly could have done), He started with one man and one woman, giving human beings the ability to make more human beings! The Law of Genesis is re-enacted every time the miracle of birth takes place.

Of course, birth is just the beginning–mothering goes on and on, even, on some level, after the children “rise up and call her blessed.” But babies don’t come with instructions, parenting is basically on-the-job training, and each child arrives with his or her own individual personality and needs, so there really is no perfect standard of what is a “good” mother, other than the obvious.

To be sure, our heavenly Father is the ultimate model of parenting, and we have seen other great examples of what we believe to be good mothers. But, in reality, even the best mother is only a steward of her child’s life–she doesn’t own them–and, in the big picture, she must seek God’s will for her children, even above her own hopes and desires for them.

Usually, when Proverb 22:6 is quoted, it is used to express the idea that if you raise children the right way, you will set the course for their whole life. The Amplified Bible more accurately captures the true essence of that verse, as in “Train up a child in the way HE should go…” in the way that is “in keeping with HIS individual gift or bent….” The “right way” is unique to each child. Part of a mother’s responsibility is to instill morals, values and spiritual heritage into her children, but the Proverb is really talking about helping a child become the best version of who he/she is meant to be…to guide them on their personal journey toward their personal destiny…to give them both roots and wings.

So, at the end of the day, the best thing a mother can do for her children is what moms do best…just to love them…because love never fails!

Bishop Jim Swilley is the founder and senior pastor of Church In The Now, located in Conyers, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. For more information about Bishop Swilley, visit www.churchinthenow.org or his personal blog at www.bloginthenow.blogspot.com.

Unity in the Body of Christ

Unity in the Body of Christ

Pastor Bryan Crute

There is unlimited power in unity! Unity simply means having continuity in purpose or action. Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (New King James Version).

Unity is the glue in the body of Christ that allows us to be one. Even with all the differences…different perspectives, races, experiences, denominations, worship practices-we can celebrate these differences and still work together.

The three key components associated with unity are agreement, harmony and oneness.

via Daily Devotional.

Power of Praise

Today’s devotional on Streaming Faith is about the Power of Faith. I just felt like sharing this devotional with my readers.

It is always good to praise God. Many times you might be preventing your own delivrance and healing.  To recieve mine I had to let go of shame, worrying and bothering about what others will think when I raise my hand and just press into God for He is good.

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Dr. Frederick K.C. Price

The sacrifice of praise is the sacrifice God wants our “holy priesthood” to offer! How do we do that? With our mouths, by making a joyful noise to the Lord, speaking forth His praises, telling forth and extolling God’s goodness.

First Peter 2:1 says:

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

You cannot praise the Lord and speak evil at the same time. Jesus said you cannot get sweet water and bitter water out of the same fountain. You cannot have evil speaking and praise for the Lord coming out of your mouth at the same time.

The Apostle Paul said that there is nothing unclean of itself (Romans 14:14). He was speaking about ceremonial uncleanness in reference to the Jew. Under the Old Covenant, there were certain animals that were classified as clean and unclean. Unclean animals were never to be used in sacrifices to Jehovah God. It was not that the animals were dirty, it was just a distinction that God made between certain animals. But Paul said there is nothing unclean of itself, except to that man who thinks it is unclean. All things are made by God and they are to be received with thanksgiving. Let’s go back to First Peter, and cover some other things concerning who we are in Christ Jesus.

First Peter 2:6-9:

6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,”

8 and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

This is why we shout, this is why we clap our hands, because we have been called out of darkness into His light. Many of us, before we were born again, walked in darkness for many years. There wasn’t anything to shout about in the dark. But, praise God, we are in the light now, and there is a whole lot to shout about, because we are getting to see all the things we could not see when we were in the dark.

First Peter 2:10:

Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

There is a two-fold priesthood we are involved in under the New Covenant. First of all, we are a holy priesthood. The holy priesthood offers up spiritual sacrifices and praises. In other words, we extol and tell about the goodness of God. We praise His name, and we give Him honor and glory in verbal ways. Now the royal priesthood, on the other hand, deals with the things concerning God by His Word.

The holy priesthood function is our personal, private extolling and exalting of the Lord. We can also do that publicly, but it is primarily for our personal and private worship. In our royal priesthood function, we extol and present the things of God and the things of Christ through the Word of God–it is the manifestation that comes through the Word.