Temptation and the Kingdom of Heaven

24 11 2016

changeToday we are talking about temptation and Kingdom of Heaven through James 1:13 – 15. Temptation is all around us, I was tempted as I look at writing this post just to let it slide another week, as I had done for months, I didn’t so here we are looking tempation.

 

 No one being tempted should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and God himself tempts no one.  Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire.  Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.  Don’t delude yourselves, my dear brothers.  James 1:13-15

 

Webster’s dictionary defines temptation: to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain. So temptation is an action taken to engage our will (our right to choose) to act in a self gratifying way resulting in wrong choices and short-term gain and for many long-term guilt and shame.

 

If we look at my temptation not to write this post, the temptation was to spend time with my husband watching TV or choose to come temptationinto my cold office on Thanksgiving morning and press into God believing something of value would result. As I pondered my choice I realized not to go into my office would have put off the inevitable, sitting down and writing about temptation, something everyone knows about, but seldom talks about because it brings with it personal responsibility, and who wants that on Thanksgiving!

 

Temptation is a natural part of being human as we exercise our right to choose. We are all going to make good choices and resisting temptation while on other days we will be overcome by temptation and make those dreaded bad choices we wish we hadn’t made. Praise God for Yeshua who made the choice to die, taking away the sins of the world!

 

Join me next time as we delve into James 1:13, looking at this truth, God doesn’t tempt us.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Surprise – Long Time NO See!

17 11 2016

changeFor some of you who have been with me for a while you have asked, have I quit blogging. I never quit, rather I was undergoing some changes and writing took an unexpected turn.

 

I lost a close friend in May 2016 who died unexpectedly from pneumonia. She was a key part of Complete Joy Ministries. When she died everything in the ministry fell upon my shoulders. It was a tough transition and I am glad to say our ministry is coming through to the other side. I am stronger, I am more committed to the work of the ministry to equip the saints of Yeshua to do the works of service Yahweh has prepared them to do.

 

As I come back to blogging I am not picking up where I left off with the Kingdom of Heaven and righteousness but speaking instead to where we are today in James 1:13. We are talking about change, temptation and the Kingdom of Heaven! We have a new president and we are in a new season. Here in the USA we are tempted to walk into the downward spiral of a country who walked much like I did into unexpected change.

 

James 1:13 No one being tempted should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and God himself tempts no one. 14 Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire. 15 Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. 16 Don’t delude yourselves, my dear brothers.

 

We are often tempted to do one thing or another. Join me next time when we take up the conversation on change, temptation and the Kingdom of Heaven!

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.

 

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Kingdom of Heaven – Righteousness

16 09 2016

10606784_sWe are in a series Kingdom of Heaven. Today we are looking at the key of righteousness through the first of 3 kingdom of heaven scriptures.

 

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:10

 

In our last post I left you with the definition of righteousness: acting rightly, according to what is right. To discuss/understand this key we need to know the definition of persecute:  to suffer because of belief.

 

Since the days of Adam and Eve, there have been many right ways of thinking, according to man. Eve caved to the peer pressure of the snake, Adam caved to Eve, both eating the apple rather than doing what was right.

 

In this kingdom age, the righteousness of God is being tried, tested and in many cases man-pushing-rock-up-hill-ok-to-usediscarded like the 10 commandments, giving rise to the most unholy of actions. Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the full armor of God, specifically the breastplate of righteousness. When we are tried, tested and sometimes persecuted we must have on the breastplate of righteousness, so we can stand firm. Not because we are better than others (pride) or more righteous (arrogance) but rather so we can stand firm staying true to who God has created us to be. Some times standing firm will look like Stephen as the rock flew. As we are tried, tested and during moment of persecution, let us keep our eyes focused upon the author and perfector of our faith as Stephen did!

 

Join me next time as we look at righteousness in Matthew 5:19.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.

 

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Righteousness, Key to the Kingdom of Heaven!

12 08 2016

10606784_sWe are in a series about the Kingdom of Heaven. Last time we looked at the poor in spirit and today we are looking further in Matthew 5 at the Kingdom of Heaven and righteousness.

 

Righteousness is a major key in functioning in the Kingdom of Heaven. As we look at righteousness and the Kingdom of Heaven through Matthew 5 there are three verses which we will focus on as a group.

 

They are:

 

Mat 5:10:  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Mat_5:19:  Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others righteousnessaccordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Mat_5:20:  For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

In these verses we see three aspects of righteousness that were key in the day’s of the apostles and they are key for us today. They are the persecution & righteousness, verse 10,  teaching and righteousness verse 19 and models of righteousness in our day, verse 20.

 

In the next three posts we will be camping on righteousness to understand the importance of this vital key in the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

I leave you with you with the Webster’s definition of righteousness: acting rightly, according to what is right.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.

 

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.

 

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Poor in Spirit – Kingdom of Heaven – part 3

5 08 2016

10606784_sWe are in a series about the Kingdom of Heaven. Today we are looking at the poor in Spirit!

 

Jesus speaking in Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

At first glance these words blessed and poor seem to be polar opposites. They are use by our Messiah to awakens us to the truth we are all poor in spirit. We are not the spiritual giants we want to be, we are not God and yet the kingdom of heaven belongs to us.

 

Our Lord and Savior wanted us to know God isn’t looking for spiritual giants. He isn’t looking for everyone to be a Billy or Franklin Graham, or a Mother Teresa or a Cindy Jacobs. God is looking for the Susie the homemakers and the Joe the handyman’s who know they need a relationship with God and are willing to seek Everyday family cologeHim with all their hearts.

 

Our Messiah said to us, it is okay to mourn and it is okay to be meek. It is okay to hunger and thirst for righteousness and to be merciful. To have a pure heart and to be a peacemaker of great value in the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

In this day and age of the Hillary Clinton’s and the Donald Trump’s God is using these words to say to us, be who I created you to be for the Kingdom of Heaven belong to you!

 

Join me next time when we continue looking at the Kingdom of Heaven from Matthew 5 and the key of righteousness.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.

 

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.

 

Beyond completejoy.org…

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Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is Near!

29 07 2016

10606784_sWe are in a new series about the Kingdom of Heaven. Today we are looking at how repentance is key to the kingdom of heaven coming near!

 

Matthew writes: From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Matthew 4:17

 

Let’s set the stage, in the beginning of chapter 4 Yeshua had been tempted by Satan in the desert, then upon his return he learned of John the Baptist jailing. As a man, think of all the emotions he was feeling. He did the best thing, and stepped away.

 

Yeshua could have chosen to be mad at man, mad at God or mad at Satan. He chose to do12490293_s none of the above. Yeshua knew he had to stay focused. We forget that, choosing instead to walk into anger and away from the kingdom of Heaven, as we break relationship with  our God. Remembering even righteous anger turns into sinful behavior.

 

I say all this because in these days people (including those who are believers) are going to do things which you have the right to be angry about, because they wronged you, or hurt someone you care about.

 

It is not if we will get angry, for even Yeshua revealed his anger toward the money changers in the temple. But when your anger turns into sinful behavior, repent and walk back into relationship with God for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

 

Join me next time when we look at the Kingdom of Heaven from Matthew 5:3 and the poor in spirit

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.

 

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Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.

 

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.

 

Beyond completejoy.org…

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

 

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Kingdom of Heaven – part 1

8 07 2016

10606784_sWe are entering a new series about the Kingdom of Heaven. In doing my research I found that the term Kingdom of Heaven is found 10 times in Matthew’s gospel alone while the term Kingdom of God is found 68 times over 10 different NT books.

We are not here to debate if the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are different or the same, but to begin this series I need you to understand that we will be using both of these terms as they share a common root, Kingdom.

Readers of the Old Testament were familiar with the term God of Heaven (Daniel 2:44) so with the coming of Yeshua the term Kingdom of Heaven spoke deeply to the fulfillment of our soon coming king and savior of the world, whether you call him Jesus Christ or Yeshua!

Join me next time when we look at the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 4:17 and the need to repent!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie


Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:
   CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.  

Give to CJM, by popular request we have made a simple link allowing you to give your tax-deductible donation by credit card through Paypal.

Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.  

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.  

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to MaturityCheck out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.  

Beyond completejoy.org  

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

On Twitter http://twitter.com/MyCompleteJoy

Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Complete-Joy-Ministries/312629665430235?ref=hl

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