I have a new blog for the Cookie a day devotionals

I just made a new blog where all of my “Cookie a day” will be displayed. I hope that you would visit and be blessed by God’s Word in the Cookie devotionals. I will continue to do deep studies with spiritualminefield but all of my devotionals will be @ thecookieadaysite.wordpress.com

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The Danger Of Unrighteous Anger

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Anger makes your blood pressure rise, impatient and clouds your judgment in making the right decision. It can cause you to hurt or in an extreme case kill someone without thinking of the consequences. However, there is a distinction between ungodly anger and righteous anger that is directed at sin and injustice which would convict you to do the right thing lawfully by prayer and fasting.

Being angry for long periods of time induces depression which can make a person’s life halt, damage the family and relationships with friends and can even cause a person to take his/her life. Anger opens the door to the devil to wreak havoc and to destroy your life physically and spiritually. The angrier you get without controlling it, the more dangerous your life gets. Before a flood of destruction comes in, close the door of anger by seeking the Lord’s strength and committing your life to Him.


Ephesians 4:26-27

26 Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and don’t give the Devil an opportunity. 

James 1:19-20

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 

Proverbs 19:11

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. 

Proverbs 15:18

A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict, but a man slow to anger calms strife. 

Colossians 3:8

But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 

Psalm 37:8

Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated—it can only bring harm. 

Matthew 5:22

But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire. 

Proverbs 29:22

An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man increases rebellion. 

Romans 12:21

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good. 

Colossians 3:13

accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. 

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

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Deuteronomy 13:4

4 You must follow the Lord your God and fear Him. You must keep His commands and listen to His voice; you must worship Him and remain faithful to Him.


Follow the Lord your God:

Exodus 20:3 Do not have other gods besides Me.

Joshua 24:14-15 “Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. 15 But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

Matthew 6:24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.


Fear Him:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.

Proverbs 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?


Listen to His voice:

John 10:3-5 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

John 14:23-24 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.


Remain faithful to Him:

Hebrews 10:38-39 But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

1 Kings 19:17-18 Then Jehu will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Jehu. 18 But I will leave 7,000 in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

John 6:59-60 He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. 60 Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?”  Verses 66-70 From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. 67 Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God!” 70 Jesus replied to them, “Didn’t I choose you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is the Devil!” 71 He was referring to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, one of the Twelve, because he was going to betray Him.

What Are You Filling Your Heart With?

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Luke 6:45

A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

When you give a cup to someone, you fill it with what’s in your fridge like milk, juice, water or soda and that cup contains whatever it is filled with. In the same way, we become whatever we fill our mind with. Are you filling your mind with the things of this world? You will become like the world and your heart will speak and act like the world which is contrary to the Word of God (Colossians 3:1-10). Your eyes are the windows to your soul and when you watch things that are sinful, it will feed your flesh to do those things and fill your mind and heart with it, becoming less like Christ and more like the enemy of your soul. How do you get strengthened? By filling your heart with God’s Word and through prayer you will start to be molded into the image of Christ and His desires which are found in Holy Scripture will become your desires so that His will, will be accomplished in you for His glory and praises.

God Wants You To Repent

 

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A Heart that has been transformed will repent of sin

 

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus is a merciful and gracious God who desires a relationship with you (John 14:23). It can only happen when you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 3:16). The byproduct of a saving faith is living a life that’s according to His will through His Word for His glory (James 2:17). The moment we sin against the Lord, we break that pure relationship (not salvation wise) because we are doing something that displeases Him, and we have to repent of that sin to be in good standing once again with Him. Whenever we do sin, He waits expectantly for us to repent because He takes great joy and pleasure in using His creation to participate in His will. Especially, when believers are walking according to His righteousness, by obeying what the Scripture teaches.

Here is an illustration of how forgiveness would look like. You are in a classroom and you happen to have a handful of candy sprinkles. You decide to throw all of them at once into your mouth and when you do, only a few make it in and the rest fall to the floor making such a mess. Out of embarrassment, you look away from the teacher and your classmates. Someone comes in and cleans it all up for you that when you take a magnifying glass for curiosity’s sake to see how many sprinkles might have still been left, to your amazement, not even an iota (an extremely small amount) of sprinkle can be found.

The sprinkles represent your sins and when you repent, all of them are picked up and thrown away so that your area around you (your life) is clean once more. This is how easy it is for the believer to be forgiven by the Father whose very desire is to forgive because He loves us so much in such a capacity we can never truly understand. Remember, that when you have some grievance or animosity towards someone, resolve to fix it immediately or else God won’t use you or forgive your sins. Doing so serves as a testimony to that person because when you forgive (even though it might be entirely his fault), he might see Christ in you.