UPDATE & A Promise of the Bible

UPDATE: I apologize for the long break, however I was in Romania for a couple weeks and I didn’t have a chance to post anything. But I do have REALLY great news! As some of you may know, I am serving in Austria as a missionary. We have quite a few ministries here and a rehab center is one of them. As of this last week, we now have a new leader, two more students, and we might even be getting another student on Friday. We have seen such blessings from the Lord in just the past couple of days, so thank you to all who sustain us in prayer and fasting! God really is working!

Today I want to encourage you all with a passage I read from 1 Corinthians that is really powerful when you accept it, believe it, and trust it!

“8 He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NLT)

These verses were so amazing for me to read. It doesn’t matter who you are, as a Christian, somehow satan will find ways to discourage you, and make you lose heart, and get attacked, and so on. That is why I wanted to share this with you all.

If you are in a difficult time, if you are facing a storm in life, if the problems in your life are bringing you down, then you must read these verses and realize the truth they can have in your life. Paul says God will keep us strong to the end. And he says that God will do this. He says that God is faithful to do what he says he will do. He is saying this confidently and this means that this is a promise!

Let’s trust in this promise of the Bible! God will keep us strong. So if today you’ve lost heart, if you’ve been discouraged, please, don’t let it continue. Please turn to Christ and give it all to Him. He will help you out in this time. Only He knows how to bless us and help us out of these situations.

Thank you for taking the time to read today’s post. Thank you for sharing. May God bless you! If you need encouragement, have any questions, have any concerns, or even need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com

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Hope In Hopelessness

Hello dear friends! I read something really amazing today in the book of Romans and I wanted to share it with you all! So many times in this life we find ourselves without hope. We find ourselves being hopeless in many situations. Maybe at home we don’t have the best relationship with our spouse, children, parents, or siblings. Maybe we are in a bad place at work and we feel like we can’t move up. Maybe we are stuck in sin and addictions that we feel are preventing us from living up to our full potential. Maybe we are in ministry and we can’t find a way to be satisfied with what we are doing and feel stuck.

Well, today I want to share with you something AMAZING! No matter what your situation is, THERE IS HOPE! In the Bible, we see so many examples of people who hoped in hopeless situations and circumstances and God came through. However, the example I want to talk about is from the Old Testament in Genesis, referenced in the New Testament letter written to the Romans by Apostle Paul. He says in Romans, chapter 4, verses 18-21;

“18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”

We can see that Abraham had zero reasons to have hope in the idea that he could be the father of many nations being that he was already 100 years old and had zero kids. In reality there should have been no hope. BUT, Abraham KNEW the God he serves and held on to hope of God’s promise that He would come through. He held on to the word the God had spoken to him and didn’t waiver! It says in verse 20, that in fact, his faith GREW STRONGER.

I know that we each have our own problems and I can’t sit here and minimize certain situations while really giving attention to others. But, I can say that no matter what you are going through, no matter what brokenness and hopelessness you face, there is, among all of these things, hope. There is as a matter of fact much hope. That hope is Jesus Christ.

When you truly surrender your problems over to Jesus, when you lay your worries at the foot of the cross and acknowledge that you cannot fix anything that has been broken on your own, you cannot make something happen that is supposed to happen by yourself, and that the only true source of hope is found in Jesus Christ, only then will you be able to see this hope and cling onto this faith that Abraham had. Believing in a God who can raise the dead to life, who can create something from nothing, and who would send His son to die for you and me who deserve nothing but hell, this is the real hope.

There are always reasons to be hopeless, but there is one bigger reason to be hopeful. The promise of everlasting life found in Jesus Christ. When you focus on this hope found in Jesus, these problems, no matter how big, your heart will no longer be hopeless and burdensome, but peaceful and calm. Remember this!

God bless you all. I hope this post encouraged you and grows you as I have. Please feel free to share and encourage others with it. Don’t ever hesitate if you want to ask me a question or have a prayer request that I can post up!

What Really Defiles A Man: Food For Thought – Day 11

So I just moved in to my dorm at WIU and EVERYONE is really nice and friendly! I just wanted to share what the Lord spoke to me today from Matthew 15:11, when Jesus tells us that not what we eat is what makes us dirty, but what we speak. If we speak evil, that’s what defiles us. I believe the Lord gave me this verse today to reassure me and to help me realize that these next couple weeks I will be making a first impression on those around me so I HAVE to be conscious of what I say so that I may speak nothing but what the Lord would approve and want me to say! 

Let us pray that wherever we may be at or go, that we can speak nothing but good and be an example to others! Also PLEASE KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS BECAUSE COLLEGE IS A PLACE WHERE MANY GET LOST! I ALREADY SEE THE TEMPTATIONS THAT LIE BEFORE ME! 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

Purity Before The Lord: Food For Thought – Daily Devotional Day 9

This week the Lord has really inspired me on the topic of purity and I want to thank a close friend of mine by the name Emanuel for sharing with me a set of sermons from Elevation Church called “Bringing Sexy Back”. The link for that is at the bottom of this page and once you click on it you have to scroll to the last set of sermons on the website. I REALLY REALLY REALLY encourage you all to listen to them!! They are truly mind blowing and life changing!

   Moving on, I, as well as many other teens my age, strive for a relationship with a girl who is a woman of God. The problem with this is that many of us DO NOT have pure intentions for a relationship and only want some temporary satisfaction! We really need to focus on what the Lord wants for our lives and with this said, in the first part Ephesians 5:3 tells us that there shouldn’t be not even A HINT of sexual impurity! We are all in it for the short run, dating, kissing, this and that, but we need a girlfriend or boyfriend that is in it for the long run, and eventually marriage!!! We should all think about relationships long and hard before we try to pursue them! Let’s get ourselves in check first, and become the men and women God calls us to be (2 Timothy 2:1-7),  and respond to his calling for our lives (2 Peter 1: 3-10). Don’t Worry the Lord will provide us each with a spouse but we must first be found married to Him and obeying His every command! Again I strongly recommend these sermons! Check them out! One sermon a day – we all have 45 minutes a day to spare!

God Bless YOU ALL!

http://www.elevationchurch.org/archive/detail/104 – scroll to the bottom set of sermons called “Bringing Sexy Back”

Doing Work & Being Lights: Food For Thought – Daily Devotional Day 8

Today the Lord inspired me from the book of John 9:3-5, 

In verse 3, God tells us that sometimes there are events that transpire for the glory of God to be displayed through them!

In verse 4, He reveals to us in this passage that we MUST, not should, not could, not would, but MUST do the work of the one who sent Him, which is God the Father! He tells us as long as it is day we must work, and by this I believe He means as long as we are alive, have time, and there is the availability to do God’s work, we must. Because He says, there is going to be a time when Night comes. I believe this passage means that there will be a time when there will be trials and struggles and it will be difficult to do the work of the Lord. God has a time for everything to be done in (day) and a time when you may not be able do it anymore (night).

In verse 5 He says while I (Jesus) am in the world, I (Jesus) am the light of the world. With this we can see that Christ is the Light that we need to be, because we are Christ’s image! Refer to John 9:3-5, John 11:9-11

This is what I’ve received and believe from the scripture and if there is anything you might want to talk about, let me know! God Bless

Bearing Fruit: Food For Thought – Day 7

The Lord inspired me today to speak about growing and bearing His fruit! This is a very powerful passage because he lets us know a few important things. In John 15:1-8 God tells us that He is the true vine and that if we bear fruit, we will continue to bear MORE fruit and be even MORE fruitful!

Also God tells us in verse 4 that if we remain in Him, He will remain in us, and that alone is just so powerful and reassuring! It really leaves me in awe that Christ tells us basically “if you follow me and continue to pursue me and live like me, I will be with you wherever you are”. Honestly just having that reassurance is enough to keep me with Christ.

Another thing in verse 4 is how Christ tells us that we cannot do it by ourselves. We cannot do be fruitful and bear fruit alone through our own actions, deeds, thoughts, words, etc., unless we are in Christ!

In verse 5 Christ clarifies that his is our vine and we are the branches that feed off of him! Through Him, He’s letting us know that we can be rich fruits, however apart from him he tells us we can do nothing!

Let’s pray that Christ can really help us to bear His fruit and be humble, yet still seeking more of Him. Also let’s pray that God can truly help us see that we cannot do anything without him!

Allowing The Word to Work: Food For Thought – Daily Devotion – Day 6

Today the Lord inspired me to speak about the Word, the Holy Bible, the living scriptures! I hope that as we continue to grow in Christ, and as Christians, we need to allow the word to continually shape and change us for the better. We have to see some change in our lives, the way carry ourselves and the way we do things, speak words, and think about things! The more we read, the more we are encouraged to do the work of the Lord and really become more Christ-like. The more we read and allow it to shape us and mold us, the more we will be more and more thoroughly equipped to fight the good fight! See 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Also the next time someone asks you “How do you know the Bible is real?”, or “I don’t read the Bible because it was written by imperfect humans so it has to be faulty.”, you can answer to them with 2 Timothy 3:16 which tells us that all Scripture is GOD INSPIRED! So even though the Bible was written by imperfect humans, it was written through the Spirit of God, which is perfect!

AMEN BE BLESSED!!!!