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ABANDONED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/abandoned/

Don’t give up on God when you feel abandoned / Why did Rehoboam abandon God?

ABILITY, ABILITIES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ability-abilities/

Definition of ability, abilities / Given each of us the ability / The Spirit gives the ability / Don’t let your abilities diminish / Responsibility to use abilities well / Invest your abilities wisely / Utilize abilities in the church / Use well your abilities and gifts / Use abilities and gifts regularly in serving

ABUNDANCE, ABUNDANT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/abundance-abundant/

Don’t forget God in your abundance / Abundance can be a barrier to faith / Abundance of God’s love / Abundance of praise / God’s abundant generosity / Place of great abundance / Abundance of prosperity / Abundance of joy

ABUSE, ABUSES, ABUSING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/abuse-abuses-abusing/

Dealing with abuse, verbal / Shouldn’t abuse what God has made / Don’t abuse your possessions

ACCEPT, ACCEPTABLE, ACCEPTANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accept-acceptable-acceptance/

The definition of accept, acceptable, acceptance / What is socially acceptable is not always right / Jesus accepts you as you are / Help the rejected feel accepted / Many won’t accept your faith / Many find it difficult to accept Jesus / God accepts anyone who turns to him / Accepting only parts of Scripture / God unconditionally accepts us

ACCESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/access/

Our easy access to God

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accomplishments/

Attitudes more important than accomplishments / Don’t look for meaning in accomplishments / Accomplishments evaporate quickly / Accomplishments cannot earn salvation / Don’t base your self-worth on accomplishments / See also SUCCESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/success/

ACCOUNTABLE, ACCOUNTABILITY : https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accountable-accountability/

We are accountable for many of our problems / All are accountable to Christ

ACCURACY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accuracy/

Wanting accurate information but not God’s truth

ACCUSATIONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accusations/

What does an accusation mean? / Untrue accusations against Jesus / Jesus’ warning that Moses will accuse them / Accusations against Stephen / Evaluate accusations against God’s workers / Accusations against Paul / Your conscience may accuse you

ACCUSED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/accused/

The accused could flee to city of refuge / Be impartial toward the accused until after fair trial / If you are unjustly accused

ACHIEVEMENT, ACHIEVEMENTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/achievement-achievements/

Relying on achievements for self-worth / Depression may follow great achievements / It is pride to take full credit for achievements / No achievements can earn you salvation

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/acknowledgment/

Acknowledgment of our need for Jesus

ACTIONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/actions/

Children copy their parents action / True repentance is revealed by our actions / What actions mark you as a follower of God? / Balancing prayer with action / Think before you act / Complaining versus acting on problems / Act on what’s right / When we must take decisive action / God doesn’t act through those unwilling to act for him / Jesus’ actions proved who he is / True faith results in action / Do your actions back up your words? / Good actions don’t always reflect good attitudes / You will be treated as you treat others / Action must be consistent with attitudes / Actions demonstrate what we think about Jesus

ACTIVITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/activity/

Finding time with God in midst of activity

ADMINISTRATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/administration/

Don’t let administration become more important than God’s Word

ADMIRATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/admiration/

Why we admire those we most despise

ADVERSITY: See CONFLICT, CONFLICTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conflict-conflicts/; PROBLEMS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/problems/; TROUBLES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/troubles/

ADVICE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/advice/

Advice of parents often helpful / Always seek God’s advice / Be careful about negativism in advice / Don’t be too quick to reject advice / Seek God’s advice even in minor issues / How to carefully evaluate advice / Don’t seek God’s advice if you’re going to ignore it / Test others’ advice against God’s Word / Understand a person’s situation before giving advice / Some need compassion more than advice / Seek advice from those with more wisdom and experience / Seeking advice from everyone but God / Love often means giving tough advice

AFFECTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/affection/

Affection is / Affections control the way we live / Love each other with genuine affection / Pray with deep affection

AGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/age/

How did Bible people live so long / Our responsibility to honor the elderly / Old age not a barrier to being used by God / Young age not a barrier to being used by God / Begin to obey God at a young age / Age not a criterion for wisdom / Elderly have great value / Those older than you can give good advice / Seek God while still young / Respect of elders / Bible relevant to all ages

ALCOHOL: see DRINKING

ALLIANCES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/alliances/

Alliances can lead to compromise / Alliances with those who follow God / Alliance dangerous with unbelievers / What to ask before entering into an alliance

ANGER, ANGRY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/anger-angry/

God doesn’t use his anger to judge us / God’s anger versus God’s patience / Anger blinds us to our wrongdoing / Controlling anger / Anger resulting from wounded pride / Using anger constructively / Anger can lead to hatred and murder / Learning from God’s anger / Anger takes our focus off God / When God’s patience gives way to anger / Danger of words spoken in anger / Jesus’ anger toward money changers / When anger is appropriate / Why God is angry with sinful people / Determine why you are angry with others’ sins / Venting anger under the guise of discipline / Do you get angry when confronted? / Don’t discipline out of anger / Anger is a dangerous emotion

ANSWERS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/answers/

Not knowing all the answers develops faith / Only God has all the answers / Don’t think you have all the answers / Eternity will answer our questions / Beware of those who claim to have all the answers

ANXIETY: See Worry https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/worry/

Don’t worry about details beyond your control / Worry can cause us to forfeit peace with God / Worry can reveal a lack of faith in God’s control / Don’t worry if you can’t understand everything / Worry’s ill effects / Difference between planning and worrying /  Holy Spirit helps us stop worrying / Other ways to resist worry /  Most worries will seem trivial in the future / Turn your worries into prayers / Seven reasons not to worry

APPEARANCES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/appearances/

Don’t judge others by appearances alone / Lying to make yourself look good / Pharisees’ concern about appearances / Outer appearances versus inner appearances

APPLY, APPLICATION, APPLIED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/apply-application-applied/

Principles of God’s Old Testament law still apply today / The people didn’t know how to apply the Bible / Importance of application / Applying a true principle wrongly / Application makes faith come alive / Knowledge must be applied / Bible can be applied because it is inspired / Using the Bible for life’s application

ARGUMENTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/arguments/

Why arguments are so harmful / Use a quiet response to stop arguments / Interfering in arguments

ASK, ASKING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ask-asking/

Asking God anything but also expect anything / Ask questions before fighting / Don’t be afraid to ask others for help

ASSUME, ASSUMPTIONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/assume-assumptions/

Don’t assume God won’t help you / Don’t assume worst in others / Don’t assume someone won’t respond to the Good News / Don’t be suspicious in your assumptions / Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions / Assumptions comes from applying a true principle wrongly / Don’t assume your problems don’t have solutions / Don’t assume you’ve married the wrong person

ASSURANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/assurance/

Assurance of God’s presence & power / Assurance of answered prayer brings peace / Assurance of eternal life / Assurance found in the Holy Spirit’s presence / Assurance you received when you heard the Good News / Assurance that you will share in Christ’s glory / Holy Spirit gave you full assurance / Assurance of what we hope will happen

ATTITUDE, ATTITUDES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/attitude-attitudes/

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”  Winston Churchill

Attitude toward giving / Cain’s attitude was wrong / Attitudes of Joseph’s brothers were changed / Attitude about approaching God/ Having a positive attitude toward God / Is your attitude more negative than positive? / Snowball effect of a negative attitude / God’s anger at Balaam’s greedy attitude / Lashing out a sign of wrong attitudes / Don’t conform your attitude to those of society / Attitude toward menial tasks / Do you let others dictate your attitude? / Attitude of always looking for good in others / Effective living begins with right attitudes / Attitude color our personality / Do your attitudes reflect values of the world or of Christ? / Outward obedience without a change of heart / Slipping into skeptical attitudes / Attitudes must be consistent with actions / Jesus exposed true attitudes of religious leaders / Developing new attitudes toward problems / Attitudes toward money and wealth / Several hurtful attitudes toward others / Attitudes of worldliness / Attitudes displayed in the Good Samaritan parable

BAD: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/bad/

Do you focus more on the bad than good? / How to handle bad news

BALANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/balance/

Balance in worship / Balance between God’s blessings and judgment

BARRIERS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/barriers/

Should be no barriers in marriage / Barriers can develop faith and obedience / Don’t let barriers block you from Jesus / Jesus’ death removes barriers / Jesus breaks down barriers of prejudice

BASICS OF FAITH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/basics-faith/

Never forget basics of faith

BATTLES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/battles/

God fights our battles / Don’t fight when you can make peace / Fighting battles God’s way / David consulted God before battle / The final battle of history / Are you fighting on the winning side?

BEATITUDES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/beatitudes/

How to understand beatitudes

BEAUTY, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/beauty-beautiful-beautify/

Beauty’s definition / Beauty begins inside a person / Our work can take on beauty / Beautiful thoughts / Perfection of beauty / Beautify a palace / Composite of ideal womanhood / Everything beautiful for its own time / Awe-inspiring beauty / Beauty will be gone / Beautiful feet / Beautiful on the outside

BEGINNINGS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/beginnings/

Forgiveness of sin leads to fresh start, new beginnings

BEHAVIOR: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/behavior/

Do you let others dictate your behavior? / Repentance is changing the behavior that produces sin / How can we be perfect in our behavior? / Faith results in changed behavior / Why God asks us to restrict our behavior

BELIEVE, BELIEF: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/believe-belief/

God declares us righteous when we believe / What you do can’t be separated from what you believe / Belief seems too simple to many / What your attitudes reveal about your belief / Belief gives us courage / Difference between belief & faith / When it is hard to believe in Jesus’ help / Faith requires belief / Don’t miss opportunities to believe / Refusing to believe leads to a hardened heart / Stages of belief / Importance of believing in others / Believing for the wrong reasons

BELIEVERS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/believers/

Should provide for the needy / Must support each other in difficult times / Must trust God in adversity too / All are God’s chosen people / People will be judged by how they treat believers / Many who claim to be will be rejected by God / Must coexist with unbelievers / Now have direct access to God / Essential for them to be united / Secret believers / Importance of helping new ones / How others’ life experiences can help you better know how God works / Do people know you as one? / How to know if you are one / Do you act more like an unbeliever? / Two gifts God gives to believers / Be wary of binding partnerships with unbelievers / No barriers should separate them / All believers are our brothers and sisters / Need companionship of other believers / Elements that should characterize them

BIBLE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/bible/

Scriptures in the Bible a map to guide us / To fulfill what the Bible says / The other parts of the Bible / Measuring the effectiveness of your Bible Scripture study time / Forcing the messages in the Bible to fit our desires / The Bible should have immediate impact on us / Acts not condemned in the Bible aren’t necessarily okay / The Bible teaches us difference between right and wrong / Reliability of the Bible / The Bible helps us find wisdom / The Bible as a light / The Bible is our responsibility to pass it on / The Bible must be put into practice / Don’t ignore the parts of the Bible that make you uncomfortable / Pastors and leaders must not be ignorant of Scriptures in the Bible / Using the Bible to combat temptation / Using the Bible wrongly to support sinful desires / Keeping God’s laws but missing true intent of the Bible / Knowing the Bible but not living it / The Bible Scriptures are truths that never change / The Bible reveals a living God / The Bible offers help for our problems / Holy Spirit helps us understand the Bible / Ask others to help you understand the Bible / Don’t accept only certain parts of the Bible / Compare what you hear with the truths of the Bible / What to do when Bible Scripture is silent on an issue / The Bible not for information but transformation / Don’t miss main point for the details of the Bible / Ignoring the Bible is neglecting God / The entire Bible is inspired by God / Purpose of the Bible / Cannot shape Scripture doctrines to match your opinions / Ignorance of the Bible makes us vulnerable to deception / The Bible reveals who we are and what we are not / The Bible is relevant to all ages / Don’t distort the message of the Scriptures in the Bible

BITTERNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/bitterness/

Removing bitterness from your life / Don’t mix despair with bitterness / Bitterness can build to an obsession / Forgiveness changes bitterness to joy / Turning bitterness to opportunity / Danger of bitterness / Poor often affected by bitterness

BLESSINGS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/blessings/

Five parts of an ancient blessing / Blessings come to the faithful / Limiting blessings by lack of faith / Blessings received through humble obedience / Prosperity not always an indication of blessings / Don’t use blessings to impress others / Balancing God’s blessings and judgment / Don’t let God’s blessings make you forget him / Some of God’s blessings are conditional / What keeps us from God’s ultimate blessings / Blessings comes from reverencing God / Messiah’s life-giving blessings / Blessings may lead first to pain / Being hardhearted despite our blessings / How persecution is a blessing /  Blessings come from staying in contact with God’s people / Blessings don’t always come as material possessions / Blessings of eternal life

BODY, BODIES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/body-bodies/

How we pollute our body / Jesus came to save our bodies too / Body illustrates unity among believers / Body and soul inseparably related / Spiritually the body belongs to God / Physically the body belongs to spouse

BURDENS, BURDEN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/burdens-burden/

Let burdens make you better, not bitter / Why God is able to bear our burdens / How Jesus frees people from burdens / Give your burdens to the Lord / A burden too heavy to bear / To help ease the burden / Not be a burden to anyone

CALL: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/call/

Call has several different meanings / Preparing children to fulfill God’s call / God will listen when we call / Call on God for help and strength / A prayer is calling God / Call on God now / Jesus calls Peter and Andrew / Those who love God are called by Him / Is God calling you? / Every job and ability can become your Christian work, calling / Has God called and chosen you?

CARE, CARING, CARED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/care-caring-cared/

God’s personal care for hurting people / Jesus’ caring nature / Caring for those who are afflicted / Does God care about your church?

CARELESS, CARELESSNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/careless-carelessness/

Careless ones will begin to care / Careless living, drinking, or foolish pursuit of pleasure / Carelessness in obeying God / Carelessness of David in transporting the Ark / Don’t be careless about your faith

CHALLENGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/challenge/

Let God help you with life’s challenges / Challenge others with your vision / The world will challenge our faith

CHANGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/change/

God patiently waits for us to change / God can work a change in even the hardest heart / Trusting God when tough circumstances don’t change / Don’t just pretend to change / Prayer can change things / God’s presence helps us handle change / Problems often solved by change of heart / Change doesn’t always come quickly / God is our foundation in midst of / Have you gone far enough in changing your actions? / Repentance is changing behavior that produces sin / Inner change leads to faithful action / God never changes / Jesus may ask you to change life’s direction / A changed life is the result of true repentance / God changes people we consider unchangeable / Have you changed on the inside / Don’t ignore needed change in your life / How the Good News transforms lives / Should becoming a Christian make you change jobs? / How to prepare for change / Christ can make a great change in a relationship

CHARACTER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/character/

Developed by difficult circumstances / Degraded by sin / Tainted by jealousy and immorality / God judges by character not appearance / Can yours face pressure? / Evaluating God’s / How can we be perfect? / Strengthened by temptation / How ours is strengthened

CHILDREN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/children/

Children follow parents’ example / Significance of children’s names / Teaching children to follow God / How children are affected by the sins of their parents / Child Sacrifice / Parent-child relationships / Is it ever right for children to disobey parents? / Preparing children to fulfill God’s call / Children a blessing from God / Discipline of children / Avoid complaining in front of children / Importance of obeying God at early age / Pray for children / Encouraging children to follow wisdom / Teaching children to make their own choices / Teaching children life’s lessons you’ve learned / Hard for parents to let children go / Jesus welcomed children / Having faith like a child / Being childlike versus childish / Our responsibility to instruct children in faith / Children have the kind of attitude needed to approach God / God’s will for children vs. parents’ will for children / Children are important to God / Purpose of parental discipline / Believers are God’s children

CHOICES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/choices/

Choices given to us by God / Why God gives us the freedom to make our own choices / What choices seem wise vs. what is wise / Abraham made a good choice / Why God chose Israel as a special nation / Disobedience a foolish choice / Making right daily choices / May need to seek more options, choices / The day to day choices we make are important / Consider long-range effects of choices / Benefits of good choices / Questions to ask to help us to make right choices / Following Christ means making difficult choices / Maintain an eternal perspective in choices / God allows us to make choices / Trusting in God’s choices for you / Making choices on sensitive issues / Mature choices vs. immature choices

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/christian-community/

CHRISTIANITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/christianity/

Examine it for yourself / Beatitudes describe it / Not all who talk about heaven belong there / May separate friends or loved ones / Its growth from small beginnings / Is ridiculed / Why some may resist it / For all people / Can’t have benefits of while clinging to sin / Are you attracted to it for wrong reasons? / The two sides of the Christian life / How to know if you’re a believer / Its relationship to government / Impacts both physical & spiritual / May bring few earthly benefits / Jesus’ resurrection is key to Christianity

CIRCUMSTANCES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/circumstances/

God used Jephthah despite his unfair circumstances / Make good use of present circumstances / Look at your circumstances from God’s point of view / Steps for dealing with difficult circumstances / God has put you, in your circumstances, where you are for a purpose / Circumstances not always a measure of God’s goodness / How believers can react to circumstances

CLEANLINESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/cleanliness/

Definition of / Cleanse me from these hidden faults / Be cleansed of your sins / Cleansed their hearts through faith / Spiritual cleansing comes only from God / Outer versus inner

COMFORT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/comfort/

Is your faith getting too comfortable / Doing God’s will doesn’t guarantee a comfortable life / Sensitivity in how you comfort others / Ways to comfort those in pain / May come through adversity / In knowing God keeps his promises / Comfort instead of conflict – sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt

COMMANDMENTS, LIFE’S GUIDANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/commandments-lifes-guidance/

Purpose of Ten Commandments / Significance of the first one of Ten Commandments / Why we should still obey the Ten Commandments / Commandment regarding to God’s name / Commandment regarding the Sabbath /  The first commandment with a promise attached / Commandment not to testify falsely / Commandment not to covet

COMMITMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/commitment/

Learned through being tested / Don’t compromise commitment to God / Renew yours to God by taking a spiritual holiday / Destroyed by sex outside marriage / How we live shows our commitment to God / God wants our total commitment / Brings rewards / Confession involves / How we commit everything to God / Commit to praising God daily / Temptation distracts us from / Marriage designed for a lifetime / What true commitment to Christ means / Ours for Christ must be total / What it means to take your cross and follow Jesus / What it takes to follow Jesus / Determines our fate in God’s Kingdom / Jesus’ commitment to love us / Fades quickly when based on wrong things / Determines our ability to keep promises / God calls us to commitment not comfort / Submission is mutual commitment

COMMUNICATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/communication/

Reliability needed in communication / Nagging hinders communication / Why many are afraid to talk with God

COMPARE, COMPARISONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/compare-comparisons/

Avoid comparing yourself to others / Compare yourself with God not others

COMPASSION, COMPASSIONATE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/compassion-compassionate/

Compassion goes beyond keeping the law / Be as compassionate as God is to you / Some need compassion more than advice / Sailors showed more compassion than Jonah / Compassion – responding to the needs of others / Compassion of Jesus / Show compassion instead of judging others / Luke is an example of compassion

COMPLAINING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/complaining/

Don’t respond to crisis with complaining / Complaining a response to stress / Pray instead of complaining / Take your complaining to God / Complaining comes from forgetting what we have / Don’t complain about problems without doing something about them / Temper complaining with words of joy / Why is complaining so harmful? / Complaining erodes our faith in God

CONCERN, CONCERNED, CONCERNS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/concern-concerned-concerns/

Prayers concerning a variety of situations / Being concerned about wrong things

CONFESSION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/confession/

Confession explained / Must precede forgiveness / Paves way for God to work / Involves commitment / Importance of confessing sins to one another

CONFIDENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/confidence/

Comes from God’s strength, not our own / In the face of global destruction / Lack of it makes us struggle with new challenges / To speak out for Christ / How Holy Spirit gives us

CONFLICT, CONFLICTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conflict-conflicts/

Take the initiative to solve conflict / Preparing for conflict / When it’s wise to avoid conflicts / Conflict not always worth the consequences / Try to make peace first before conflict / Find common goals bigger than your differences, conflicts / Jesus controls the storms, conflicts, of life / Conflict between believers & unbelievers / Finding peace in conflict / Conflict need not affect spiritual unity / Conflict sometimes inevitable for the Christian / Should Christians go to court over conflict? / Selfish desires often a cause of conflict

CONFUSION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/confusion/

Confusion is found in sinful sexual relationships / Confusion makes us ineffective for God / Confusion caused when others add to God’s Word / Our confusion toward sin

CONSCIENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conscience/

Job’s conscience was clear / Absence of a guilty conscience doesn’t mean you’re doing right / Pilate ignored his conscience / Follow your conscience when the Scriptures are silent / Avoid harming conscience of weaker brother / How can you keep your conscience clear?

CONSEQUENCES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/consequences/

Consequences of even a small sin is deadly / Consequences of Shechem’s rape / Consequences of living with the choices we make / Consequences of sin last a long time / Consequences of sin are passed on to loved ones / Consequences of disobedience to God / Consider consequences before making a choice / God’s warnings help us avoid tragic consequences / Forgiveness of sin may not stop its consequences / All your decisions have consequences / Consequences of intentional sin more severe / Consequences ignored when we want something bad enough / Consequences of David’s sin with Bathsheba / Consequences of sin caused ruined lives / Think before you act / Consequences of rejecting Christ’s offer

CONTENTMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/contentment/

Satan tries to undermine our contentment / Contentment understands who supplies our needs / Contentment not found in money / Humility brings contentment / Contentment with what you have / Contentment in any situation you face

CONTROL: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/control/

You must choose what will control you / God always in ultimate control / Satan’s temporary control of earth / Submitting to Christ’s control / Practicing thought control / God’s control over Satan / Freedom from sin’s control

CONVERSATIONS, CONVERSATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/conversations-conversation/

Share spiritual experiences in conversations / Different ways God speaks in conversations / Avoid destructive rumors in conversations / Your presence more important than words in conversations / Stay away from irrelevant disputes in conversations / Listening an important part of conversations / Learning what not to say in conversations / Damage the tongue can do in conversations / What our words in conversations reveal about us / What motivates our speech in conversations?

CORRECTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/correction/

Correction must be motivated by love / Be affirming in correction / Caring enough to correct / Wrong approaches in confronting correction

COURAGE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/courage/

Courage to face new situations and surroundings / Courage shown by Hebrew midwifes / Courage of Moses’ mother / With God as our refuge, we can dare to be bold and have courage / Courage comes through obedience / Courage can be misinterpreted as cowardice / Courage to stand firm in your convictions / Courage to respond boldly to events around us / Courage to back down for the sake of others / Courage comes from belief / Why all believers can have courage / Courage to take advantage of opportunities / Courage in witnessing

COVENANT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/covenant/

What is a covenant? / God’s covenant with Noah / God’s covenant and the conditions with Abraham / Conditions of Abraham’s covenant / Why God made a covenant with Abraham / God restates his covenant with Israel / How to fulfill our covenants with God / Purpose of God’s covenant with Israel / God’s covenant with David / Did God break his covenant with David? / Covenant between God and returned exiles / Jesus’ new covenant / How Jesus fulfills old covenant / God’s true covenant people / New and old covenants compared

CRIME, CRIMINALS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/crime-criminals/

Making the punishment fit the crime / Those crimes Jesus was accused of / Criminals who died by Jesus

CRITICISM: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/criticism/

Much of it doesn’t focus on the real issue / Have your facts straight before you criticize / Reacting to unjust criticism / Don’t let it stop you from serving God / Criticizing others for your own weaknesses / Maintaining composure when criticized / Reproving those in authority / Doing it for right reasons / How do you react to? / Learning from / How Jesus said to avoid it  & Magnifying others’ faults & excusing your own / How it becomes hypocritical / Excusing your sinful actions while criticizing others’ / Be affirming in / Must be motivated by love / Don’t be defensive when criticized / Principles of confrontation / How we become critical of others / Keep your conduct above criticism

DANGER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/danger/

How to keep it from paralyzing us

DEATH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/death/

How to face death / Why you need not fear death / Don’t let death leave you empty-handed / Planning for death / Death as the result of sin / If you’re not ready to die you’re not ready to live / Being spiritually dead

DEATH OF A CHILD: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/death-of-a-child/

DECEIVE, DECEIT, DECEPTION:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/deceive-deceit-deception/

How Satan tries to deceive us / Not justified, even to achieve worthy goal / Wrong miracles can deceive us / How we deceive others / Comes when we want to believe what we shouldn’t / More powerful than we realize / Leads to disaster / Of flattery / Of money / Of Christians in the end times / Ignorance of Bible leads to

DECISIONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/decisions/

Teach us to be responsible / Principles for making sound ones / Deciding daily to follow God / Don’t delay them when God gives you all the facts / Have lasting consequences / Weight both positives & negatives / Don’t let impatience affect yours / May need to seek more options / Getting support for yours / Don’t let money affect yours / How prayer helps in / Too much alcohol affect the king’s decision making / Identify your motives when making / God increases the available options / Following Christ requires difficult decisions / Maintain an eternal perspective when making / Taking responsibility for yours / You must decide for yourself who Jesus is / How peer pressure affects them / Indecision about Christ is deciding against him / Making wise ones in difficult circumstances / “Ignore it and it will go away!”

DEEDS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/deeds/

God performs many wonderful deeds / Deeds publicly declare praise / Good deeds should come from a changed life / That which is in your heart are the deeds you do / Loving deeds are marks of effective Christians

DELIGHT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/delight/

What does the word “Delight” mean / Delight in obeying God, the more fruitful we are / Delight in the Lord’s perfections / How we delight in the Lord

DEPEND, DEPENDENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/depend-dependence/

God is faithful and you can depend on His Word / Reliable communication you can depend on / Depend on your God / What it means to depend on God / Disciples were to depend on others for support / Dependence on God as a key to prayer

DEPRESSION, DEPRESSED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/depression-depressed/

Depression often follows great achievements / Depression often follows a spiritual victory / Remember God’s goodness when depressed

DESIRES , DESIRE, DESIRED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/desires-desire-desired/

The burning desire for possessions / Immediate vs. long-range desires / Some desires are worth waiting for / Don’t let unfulfilled desires obsess you / Wanting to love God vs. feeling obligated to / Make sure your desires aren’t selfish ones / Satisfying right desires in wrong ways / How to do what God wants, desires  / Your heart’s desire / Aligning your desires with God’s / Evil acts begin with evil desires / Desires control how we live / Wrong desires blind your judgment / Using the Bible to support wrong desires / Desire to do wrong is like doing it / Wrong desires lead to wrong actions / Prayer involves God’s desires not ours / When desires conflict with obedience / Making desire for God top priority / Lessons Paul leaned about sinful desires / Desire the most helpful gifts / Dealing with our natural evil desires / Our wrong desires vs. the fruit of the Spirit

DESPAIR: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/despair/

We don’t have to despair / Don’t respond to crisis with despair

DESPERATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/desperation/

Sinning out of desperation

DESTRUCTION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/destruction/

God’s mercy keeps us from complete destruction / Destructive consequences of sin / Evidence of Sodom’s destruction / Destroying evil in your life / Why Israelites were told to destroy Canaanite people / Destructive force of jealousy / Destroy what takes God’s place in your life / Confidence in the face of global destruction / Destructive intent of demons / Destruction not the purpose of God’s judgment / No fear of destruction when it comes / Wickedness leads to destruction / God will not permit the godly to slip and fall into the pit of destruction / Pride goes before destruction / Careful plans for their destruction

DETERMINATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/determination/

Determination to obey God / Determination to do what Jesus asks of you

DIFFERENCES, DIFFERENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/differences-difference/

Religious differences in marriage / Do people see the difference God makes in your life? / Disciples were to work together despite their differences / How early church settled their differences / Differences of opinion need not harm Christian unity

DIFFICULTIES – See PROBLEMS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/problems/

May be testing your faith / Danger of solving them our way / Blaming others for ours / Don’t run away from / None too complicated for God / Lying brings more / God will help solve yours /God overcomes the impossible ones / Christianity doesn’t guarantee problem-free life / Wrong solutions worse than no solutions / Let them make you better / When you can’t solve yours, God can /  How God views our problems / Can exercise our patience /  Big problems let God give big answers  /  Maintain your faith despite them / God can get you out of any kind / Do you complain or pray about them? / God concerned about each one / Finding hope in midst of / Focus on positive aspects of / Don’t trust God with only the small ones / From failing to trust God / Overrating yours / Sometimes caused by allowing sin to remain in our lives / How to keep them from getting the upper hand / Our problems are no problem for God to solve /  Turn to God first when problems arise / Look first within yourself for why they come / Don’t complain about them without doing something about them / Putting giant ones in perspective / Look for solutions rather than blame / Come from excusing sin / Don’t question God’s goodness in / Refine our character / Why God is able to bear ours / Are you just using God to escape yours? / Do you rejoice at others’ problems? / Jesus controls the storms of life / Trusting God with / How we underestimate Jesus’ help in / Should not keep us from God / God hasn’t lost sight of yours / Why we should be able to help others with / Developing a new attitude toward / Your life not too complex for God / Don’t let them hinder love / Make prayer your first step in solving / How God works them all for good / Legalism causes us to look for / Let them drive you toward not away from God /  May be a sign of effective living /  What they can teach us

DIGNITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/dignity/

Dignity comes from knowing sin is forgiven / Show dignity to all people equally

DISAPPOINTMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/disappointment/

Comes from leaving God out of your plans

DISCERNMENT, DISCERN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/discernment-discern/

What discernment is / Discernment vs. negativism / Discernment in teaching / To ask God for the right things / Discernment essential for spiritual growth / Help us discern what is truly from God

DISCIPLINE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/discipline/

Guidelines for discipline / Discipline important to character development / Let discipline turn you toward God, not away / Undisciplined children lack of it / Ask God to temper his discipline with mercy / Self-discipline developed through trials / Discipline helps one discern right from wrong / Consistency in discipline / Don’t discipline out of anger / God’s discipline is a sign of his love / Our various responses to discipline / God may discipline you to wake you from complacency

DISCOURAGEMENT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/discouragement/

Don’t be discouraged when some reject your faith / Keep your faith in times of / Pray when you feel discouraged / Don’t let people discourage you / Often comes after spiritual victory / Makes us feel sorry for ourselves / Remember God’s purposes during / Avoiding it when you witness / Turning it into opportunity

DISEASES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/diseases/

How obeying God’s laws can keep us from diseases / Leprosy explained / Jesus heals both physical and spiritual sickness / Sin as an incurable disease / Disease will one day be no more

DISTRACTIONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/distractions/

Don’t let distractions keep you from Jesus

DISTRESS, DISTRESSED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/distress-distressed/

How God rescues us from distress / God may use distress / You don’t have to live distressed / God the only one who can reverse our situations / When you are weary from your distress / Source for our strength / Change of mind and heart / Holy Spirit helps us in our distress

DOUBT, DOUBTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/doubt-doubts/

Satan raises doubt within us / Doubt causes us to forfeit peace with God / Don’t doubt God’s ability to help / Momentary doubt vs. lack of trust / Doubt about God / Zechariah an example of obedience despite doubts / Doubt demonstrates a human perspective only / Doubt makes us vulnerable to temptation / How Jesus helped John’s doubts / Admitting doubts helps resolve them / Believing despite having doubts / When you doubt Jesus’ help / Using doubts positively / Jesus’ reaction to Thomas’s doubts / How wisdom eases doubt

DREAMS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/dreams/

Magicians couldn’t interpret Pharaoh’s dreams / Joseph’s dreams were coming true / Dreams of Nebuchadnezzar / Dreams of Joseph, Mary’s husband

DRINKING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/drinking/

Lessons from Noah’s drunkenness / Drinking affected Xerxes’ decisions / Drinking lowers the capacity for control / Your drinking affects others / Drinking won’t solve your problems / Drinking not the answer for confusion / Don’t be brought low by wine Dangers of alcohol / …or is abusive, or a drunk / Use this for depression, monotony, or tension instead of drinking / Drinking to avoid pain / Drinking can be a slave that controls you

EFFECTIVE, EFFECTIVENESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/effective-effectiveness/

Comes from organization /  Effective living starts with right attitude / Strategy for effective living

EFFORT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/effort/

Importance of community effort / Getting to know God takes effort / Our own effort not enough to defeat sin

EGO:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ego/

When you’re too concerned about what others think of you /  Put aside to point others to Jesus

EMOTIONS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/emotions/

Emotions can cause us to forget facts about God / Avoid rash promises in heat of emotions / Worship involves full range of emotions  / Don’t be afraid to express your emotions

EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/employers-employer/

Employer-employee relationships / Submitting to employers even if unjust

ENCOURAGEMENT:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/encouragement/

Important role of God’s prophets / Can change someone’s life  / Giving it to new believers / When loved ones die / Prayers can be a source of  / Finding it from other faithful believers / Checklist for Encouragers

ENDURANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/endurance/

Endurance of Jeremiah / Endurance an evidence of salvation / Endurance essential to faith / We will find our endurance has been worth it / The secret to endurance

ENEMIES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/enemies/

Loving enemies / Do you believe God can help you with enemies? / God has already defeated our enemies / God not intimidated by lots of enemies / Are differences bigger than common goals? / Who our enemies are / When you feel surrounded by enemies / Our reluctance to share God’s love with enemies / Resolving differences with enemies quickly / Be prepared for enemies / Can Christians dislike enemies?

ETERNAL LIFE (HEAVEN): https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/eternal-life-heaven/

Spend more time thinking about eternal life / What keeps us from God’s ultimate blessings of eternal life / How to get eternal life / How eternal life is different from life now / Eternal life begins at spiritual rebirth / God is the source of eternal life / Gate to eternal life is narrow / Comes through faith, not just being good / Cling to this life and lose eternal life / Security of eternal life / Eternal life comes only through Jesus / This life just the introduction to eternal life / Eternal life includes presence of Holy Spirit / Our full reward comes then / Can’t earn eternal life / Becoming acceptable for eternal life / Human views about eternal life are faulty / Relationships in eternal life / How Jesus proved existence of eternal life / Rich promises of eternal life / Those who do God’s will find eternal life / We have eternity in us now / What eternal life involves / Choose what is lasting over what is temporary / God will create a new earth in eternity / What eternal life will be like / Blessings of eternal life / One way to eternal life with God

EVIL: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/evil/

Avoiding it / Evil exploded with earth’s population growth / Lot absorbed evil because of his surroundings / Would God destroy the righteous with the wicked in Sodom? / Wrong to return evil for evil / What about the “lesser of two evils”? / God brings good even from evil / Find little ways to act against evil / Occult is rooted in evil / Holiness is separation from evil / Never side with evil / Destroy evil in your life / Don’t become curious about evil practices / Why God doesn’t punish all evil immediately / How Saul could be filled with the Spirit and later do such evil things / No evil too great for repentance / Must admit your evil potential / Evil permeated northern kingdom / How to pray to God about evil / Why do evil persons become wealthy? / How its effect backfires / Why are we upset when evil persons prosper? / We’re never alone in our battle against evil / Cant’ get away with evil forever / Don’t be tempted by wealth of wicked / Evil acts begin with evil desires / Planning evil as bad as doing evil / A small amount of evil can destroy us / Why does God seem indifferent to evil? / Why do evil people go unpunished? / God sometimes uses evil people to punish evil people / A small amount of evil affects many / The “sacrilegious object that causes desecration” / Final state of the wicked / Church won’t shelter you from evil / Conquering fear of evil / Jesus’ ultimate victory over evil / Ambition can lead to evil / Evil is always trying to push Holy Spirit out of our lives / Don’t be silent against evil / How to withstand Satan’s attacks / Powerful evil forces work against us / Learning to see good in midst of evil / People usually slip into evil gradually / How can a person keep away from the evil system?

EXAMPLE, EXAMPLES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/example-examples/

Being an influence on others by example vs. being influenced by others / A righteous example affects other for good / Children follow parents’ example / Rising above the influence of poor models example / Many will not follow your good example / Teaching others by example / Jesus’ resisting temptation an example to us / Why Paul was such a good example / Examples for us / Younger believers are watching your example / Does your example make it easier for others to believe? / Example of patience in suffering / Lead them by your good example

EXCUSES, EXCUSE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/excuses-excuse/

How we excuse sin / Making excuses to avoid serving God / Your limitations won’t excuse you from serving God / Don’t make excuses for your disobedience / The sins we excuse cause the most trouble / Don’t look for excuses to leave your marriage / Excuses for not believing / Excuses for avoiding what God wants you to do / Pilate’s excuses for condemning Jesus didn’t remove his guilt / Excuses for avoiding the needs of others / Excuses for not witnessing / How we excuse indifferent to others / No excuses for bad behavior / No excuse for being disrespectful

EXPECTATIONS, EXPECTED, EXPECTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/expectations-expected-expects/

Our expectations may not be in harmony with God’s / God does what we think is impossible / Those with an attitude of service go beyond what is expected / Opportunities may come when least expected / God often uses unexpected sources when working in our lives / What God expects from us / Don’t underestimate God expectations / Good people exceed normal expectations / If you expect opposition you can be prepared for it / Wrong expectations about God / Wrong expectations about Christ / Will come when least expected / Jews’ wrong expectations about Jesus / Correct expectations of Jesus / Don’t limit God by your expectations / Expectations in God’s Kingdom may surprise us / Faith as expectation / What to expect when you pray / How Jesus exceeded people’s expectations / Expect an answer / A wonderful expectation

EXPERIENCE, EXPERIENCES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/experience-experiences/

Share your experiences with your children / You grow spiritually through experiences / Those who have much experience may offer good advice

FAILURES, FAILURE: http://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/failures-failure/

Let failures strengthen, not weaken you / Our fear of failure causes us to hide / Don’t repeat those failures of others /  God’s work not limited by human failure / Recognizing our failure(s)

FAIRNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fairness/

Was God fair to people of Sodom? / Those in Christian service should be paid fairly / Fairness ignored by King Jeroboam II / Fairness in business transactions / Life isn’t always fair / Fairness in judging others / Fairness a condition for a relationship with God

FAITH: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/faith/

Definition / Spirit gives special faith / Using the Bible for life’s application /  What is faith? / Lack of it brings series of problems / Grows with exercise / Complaining can show lack of / Lack of it brings troubles / Is following God despite the difficulties / Involves endurance to the end / Affected by relationships / How well does yours take pressure? / Criteria by which God works through people / God’s provision as large as your faith / Opens the door to new resources / Is believing in the impossible / Don’t get so preoccupied with yours that you don’t share it / Your life must show evidence of / God can rekindle the smallest amount / Not knowing all the answers develops it / Adversity destroys counterfeit faith / Could you trust God if you lost everything? / Does not guarantee prosperity & Mustn’t be based on personal comfort / Linked to optimism / When you feel stagnant in / Comes alive when we apply Scripture / Won’t eliminate feelings of rejection or disappointment / Being faithful regardless of the circumstances / Is yours real? / Doesn’t always exempt us from suffering / What motivates your faith? / Relationship between faith and deeds / New believers can share it too / Our faith affects others / Why some may resist yours / Often proved through persecution / It alone brings eternal life / Difference between faith & belief / When it isn’t popular to believe / Strengthened by waiting / No excuses for not believing / What to do when yours falters / Turning small faith into sufficient faith / Christ can increase yours / Despite doubts and questions / Two ways people lose it / Must be put to work / Can yours withstand persecution? / Jesus’ resurrection is the key to / Taking the final step in / Anything is possible with / As a constant process / Aided by prayer / How much is necessary / Having childlike faith / Wealth not always a by-product of / Faith without substance / Results in changed behavior / Life’s central issue / Never too late to believe in Jesus / An attitude of expectation / Not admitting yours / What happens to unproductive believers / Stages of / Based on facts / Holy Spirit marks beginning of / Sharing it no matter what the cost / God will help when yours is under fire / Why does God save us by faith alone? / Does it cancel Judaism? / How much do you need? / What is weak faith? / Talking about it vs. living / Does not free us from obedience / Combines assurance & anticipation / The beginning & end of / God will help us remain true to / Never forget basics of faith / The world will always challenge yours / Faith will die away / Faith that works

FAITHFULNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/faithfulness/

Be encouraged by others’ / Hezekiah’s faithfulness made a difference / In marriage need not be boring /Remember God’s

FAMILY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/family/

Children follow parents’ example / Sharing spiritual experiences in / Parents’ immorality can destroy a family / Don’t take its spiritual well-being for granted / Nation’s strength & family’s strength related /  Helping yours to follow God / One of God’s greatest resources / Importance of honoring yours / How faithful parents can impact world /  How to be a member of God’s family /  Building relationships at home / Families responsible to care for their members / Paul’s strong words for those who neglect their families / Share the Good News with yours / Man’s responsibility to

FATIGUE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fatigue/

Fatigue often comes after spiritual victory / Focus on God’s purposes during fatigue

FAVORITISM: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/favoritism/

Danger of favoritism / Favoritism reveals a double standard / Playing favorites, favoritism, is contemptible in God’s sight / Show no favoritism among people / Why it is wrong to show favoritism

FEAR:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fear/

Two reasons not to fear / What it means to fear the Lord / Fear should not keep us from God / Running from vs. praying about / Fear is normal but shouldn’t paralyze us / Can keep us from opportunities / Fear is sometimes caused by over-anticipation / Don’t respond to crisis with fear / Why God said “Don’t be afraid” / Relationship between fear & love / Fear keeps us from utilizing God’s power / God can cause your enemies to fear you / Fear comes when we leave out God / Fear doesn’t excuse us from God’s work / Evaporates when we trust God /  Becoming preoccupied with fear / Fear can immobilize you / How to resist fear / Fear of people vs. fear of God / Letting Jesus deal with your fears / Why you need not fear death / Fear keeps us from speaking for Christ / Fear of life’s circumstances / How faith overcomes fear / Faith makes trouble less frightening / Fear neutralizes effectiveness for God

FEELINGS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/feelings/

Expressing feelings to God / Behaving right despite feelings / Feelings can hinder obedience / Right actions lead to right feelings / Don’t confuse feelings with Holy Spirit’s leading

FOCUS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/focus/

Do you focus more on negative than positive? / Keep it on God, not yourself / How we lose ours

FOLLOW, FOLLOWING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/follow-following/

What marks you as a follower of God? / How we fall short of following God / If you believe in God you must follow his ways / Deciding daily to follow God / What it takes to follow Jesus / Do you follow Jesus for right reasons?  / Submission needed to follow Jesus / You can choose to follow / Requirements for following Jesus / Follow-through: Follow-through vital in God’s work / Follow-up: Follow-up is a sign of good leadership

FOOLISH, FOOLISHNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/foolish-foolishness/

Who is a “fool”? / Recognizing foolish plans / When we look foolish we want to lash out / How could Samson have been so foolish? / Be willing to look foolish for your faith / Wisdom & foolishness contrasted / Foolishness of rejecting Christ’s message

FORGET, FORGETTING, FORGOTTEN: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/forget-forgetting-forgotten/

Definition of forget, forgetting, forgotten / Satan makes us forget what God gives us / When we feel forgotten / God never forgets our troubles / Forgetting what you have leads to complaining / Don’t forget the causes of our sins / Don’t forget God is on our side / Don’t let God’s blessings cause you to forget him / What makes us forget God? / Never forget what God has taught you / How quickly we forget God’s mercy / God’s forgiveness means he forgets sin

FORGIVENESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/forgiveness/

Understanding God’s forgiveness should make us more willing to forgive / Rich and poor both need it / Brings freedom and dignity / Only antidote for revenge / Doesn’t eliminate sin’s consequences / Confession & repentance essential to /  Demonstrates strength not weakness /  Conditions for / No sin too great for God to forgive / Means forgetting the wrong committed against you / First step in restoring relationship / God won’t forgive those who don’t forgive others / How often should we grant it / Don’t withhold it from others /  Admitting the need for / Use it first before judging others / Must lead to change of heart / How it is tied to obedience / Found only through faith in Christ /  Love should be the response to Jesus’ forgiveness / The key to our relationship with God / Why sin against Holy Spirit is unforgivable /  Changes bitterness to joy / Only way to God’s power / How to experience the joy of / Why we should forgive our enemies / Involves both attitudes & action / Can’t occur without God’s mercy / What true forgiveness involves / Involves God forgetting that we ever sinned

FORSAKE, FORSAKEN, FORSAKING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/forsake-forsaken-forsaking/

Definition of forsake / To forsake evil is real understanding / God doesn’t forsake those who trust him / An urgent appeal to not forsake him / Godly people and their children are not forsaken / Confess and forsake sin / Jesus asked why God had forsaken him

FREEDOM: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/freedom/

Freedom found in obeying God / Freedom often results from being trustworthy / Finding freedom from sin / Salvation is freedom from sin & death / Why sin doesn’t offer freedom / Jesus’ truth sets us free / Freedom given to us by Jesus’ death / Finding the freedom to obey / Don’t let your freedom cause weaker Christians to stumble / What Christian freedom is all about / Abusing Christian freedom

FRIENDS, FRIENDSHIPS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/friends-friendships/

Friendships can be torn apart by jealousy / Friendships with the wicked / Who your friends are says much about you / Loyalty a true test of friendship / Become a friend to others / Believers become friends of God / Broken friendships can harm our relationship with God / Befriending those who hurt you / Dealing with a possible conflict between friends

FRUIT: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fruit/

Bearing no fruit in our lives / Bearing fruit for God’s Kingdom / The kind of fruit we should be bearing / Fruit of the Holy Spirit / Producing the kind of fruit that outlasts death

FRUITFULNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fruitfulness/

How to be productive for God / Vine is a symbol of fruitfulness. What happens to unfruitful believers?

FRUSTRATION: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/frustration/

Remain faithful when frustrated by evil / Comes from trying to fulfill rash vows / That comes from suffering / Don’t discipline out of

FULLNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/fullness/

Definition of fullness / The fullness of gifts / Fullness of life / Grow into the fullness / Christ is the fullness of God

FUTURE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/future/

Your present situation is training for future service to God / The future is shaped by how you lived your past / Don’t let a bleak future make you give up on God / Why we can trust the future to God / Don’t look to occult for guidance about future / Occult gives distorted view of the future / Why God chooses not to reveal some of the future / Our children will shape the future / How prophecy relates to the future / The future should cause us to change our present behavior / God will keep his promises about the future / The future depends upon how we live now / What we need to know about the future / How to prepare for Jesus’ return / How not to fear the future / What we know about the future helps us live now / Don’t forfeit your future with God

GENEROSITY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/generosity/

Giving should come from a generous heart / God’s laws reflect his generous character / Show some to the needy / Seen in nature /  Balance between generosity and stewardship

GENTLENESS, GENTLE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/gentleness-gentle/

Gentleness, Gentle – kind, mild-mannered / Holy Spirit5 produces kindness and gentleness when He’s in control / Being gentle / Gentleness as love in action / Wisdom that comes from heaven is gentle / The unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit

GIFTS:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/gifts/

Look for those gifts God has given you / Don’t use God’s gifts for selfish purposes / Giving gifts vs. expecting gifts / Responsibility to use our gifts well / Salvation a gift from God / God uses whatever gifts you have / Two gifts God gives to new believers / God gives us good gifts that he wants us to enjoy / Unique gifts to contribute to strength and health / Are you using the gifts in ways pleasing to you and to God? / Use well your abilities and gifts / Use abilities and gifts regularly in serving

GIVING, GIVE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/giving-give/

What our attitude should be / Commitment to God and generous giving are closely related / Cheerful vs. reluctant giving / Give in proportion to what you have been given / Our giving shows our real priorities / A true sacrifice is giving something of value / Giving to God first / Why we should give generously / Giving only to get something in return / What you may have to give up to follow Jesus / Jesus uses whatever we give him / Giving a little is better than nothing / Being obedient in all areas of giving / The spirit of giving / Giving sacrificially / A natural response of love / Principles of giving

GIVING UP:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/giving-up/

Never an option when you believe in God

GOALS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/goals/

In marriage, the same for man & woman / Achieving worthy goals in wrong way / Some are worth working and waiting for / God may not lead you on shortest path to / Don’t stop trusting God as you near your goals / Make sure they are worthy of your devotion / Aligning yours with God’s / Obedience to God our greatest goal / Jesus’ contrasted with Satan’s / God’s ultimate goal for us / Believers have individual differences but a common goal / Don’t leave God out of your goals

GOD’S WILL: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/gods-will/

God wants you to help carry out his will for you / Asking for God’s guidance / Can’t change God’s  will / God works his will through people / Seek it first /  Our true purpose / Praying for / Seeking it for your children / Prayers must be in line with / Comes from God’s Spirit in us / What to do when seeking it / Must accept all that comes with it / God lets us choose against his / May be for you to stay where you are

GOOD, GOODNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/good-goodness

God brings good out of bad circumstances / Not enough to be good some of the time / Doing good in the wrong way / Looking for the good in others / You can be good but miss what’s important / Something done well is not always good / Determining the quality of your goodness / Learning to ask for what is good for us / Goodness alone won’t bring eternal life / Some may call your good deeds evil / Doing good for wrong reasons / How to live a truly good life / How God works in all things for good / You may not see fruits of your good efforts / Being good vs. being godly / Learning to see good in midst of evil

GOOD NEWS:  https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/good-news/

What Good News is / Doom for those who reject Good News / The urgency to spread Good News / Responsibility to share Good News / Why Good News baffles many people / Prophecies predicting Good News

GOSSIP: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/gossip/

Harmful effects of gossip / Dealing with gossip

GRACE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/grace/

No limit to God’s grace / God’s grace is for everyone / Grace of God in granting salvation / Why we must depend on God’s grace / Explanation of grace

GRATITUDE see THANKFULNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/thankfulness/

GREED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/greed/

Greed can lead us into sinful surroundings / Lust leads to greed / Greed often disguised as ambition / Greed blinds us to God’s guidance / Greed can cause you to lose everything / Greed, following God only for what you can get / Greed caused Judas to betray Jesus / Greed comes from pride / Greed, using religion for person enhancement

GRIEF: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/grief/

Finding the freedom to grieve /Rash vows bring / Don’t be ashamed to grieve / Moving from grief to action / Can’t take away life’s real purpose

GROWTH: http://ahelpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/growth/

Difficulties an opportunity for

GUIDANCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/guidance/

God’s guidance can come in unexpected ways / God supplies help wherever he leads / A clear message from God doesn’t mean instant results / Stubbornness excludes you from God’s guidance / God doesn’t always do what seems best to us / Definition of  / God guides you more than you think / Comes from acting on previous directions /  How do we receive God’s? / Find it in the Bible /  Why God’s is important / When God’s isn’t clear / God increases the available options / God comes only to prepared hearts /  Recognizing God’s leading in your life / Follow God’s leading even if it seems a demotion

GUILT, GUILTY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/guilt-guilty/

Involving others in our guilt / Guilt warns us of wrongdoing / Admitting guilt is only part of true repentance / Be careful about accusing others of guilt / Guilt comes from trying to fulfill rash vows / Don’t let guilt keep you from praying / Guilt shouldn’t cripple believers / Absence of guilty conscience doesn’t mean you’re doing right / Why all are guilty before God / How to be declared “not guilty” before God / How to forget past guilt

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