FAITHHILL Life Study

Online Bible Study For Life
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Welcome to FAITHHILL Life Study!   Life Study is your weekly practical, down to earth and inspirational bible study about life, love and faith.  
 
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TAKE THE WEIGHT OFF YOUR WAIT ON GOD

 
Don’t you just want to scream sometimes when you know God is going to do it but the wait is killing you?  We all go through this and if we keep on living, we’ll go through it again.
 
Have you noticed waiting on God is the only time that we feel the weight of our faith?  Faith under pressure is the condition that challenges us to trust God on a new level, to walk in peace even though we’re in pieces.
 
I remember a time when I was in God’s waiting room and everything that could go wrong went wrong.  Everything that was supposed to go right went wrong.  The longer I waited, the more stuff seemed to go wrong.  If you’ve ever been in that position, or maybe you are now, you know that keeping your sanity is a job all by itself.  After I put down the weight, I thought to myself, “If God is real, this has to be a setup.”  The fact that we’re in the waiting room is evidence that it is a setup.  God said, “All things work together for the good.” That means all!
 
It’s hard to see a setup when emotions are hot, when we’re stressed up and borderline desperate.  When it has to happen on our schedule, when it has to go the way we planned it, when it has to do what we want it to do or they have to do what we want them to do when we want them to do it, the wait is 10 times worse.  Eventually, we realize or God forces us to understand, no amount of worry, no amount of tears, no amount frustration, no amount of anger will make God do anything.  Only faith and work can do that (Hebrews 11:6).
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The thing you’re waiting on is the very thing that God is going to use to grow you with.  When you’re waiting on God, God is growing you in an area that almost always hinders you from walking in peace when you’re going through the  process.
 
God’s waiting room is always about preparation.  Even when the deadline is coming, or passed, it’s always about preparation.  Even when we think the worse is going to happen, or is already happening, it’s still about preparation.
 
When we’re in God’s waiting room, it’s never about what we’re waiting for, it’s about what God is waiting for.  What God is waiting on to grow inside of us.  There is nothing wrong with putting a timer on a blessing or a breakthrough, as long as we don’t forget these 3 things:
 
  1. We’re never waiting on God to do something, we’re growing to what God has already done. (Psalm 139:16)
  2. God does not work on our schedule.  He works things together for the good when the time is good. (Romans 8:28)  
  3. God is not working on what we want, God is working on what we need — the two can be the same but the fact that we’re in the waiting room says that what we wanted or when we wanted does not lined up with God’s plans. (Philippians 4:19)
 
Remember the bible says, “Be anxious for nothing…”  This is not always easy to do and the harder it is for us to do it, the longer the wait will be.  “Be anxious for nothing,” doesn’t mean don’t do anything while you’re waiting, it just means that trust in God has to go up in order for our focus to stay on our peace rather than on God’s timing.
 
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
 
If you’re in God’s waiting room, no matter how long or no matter what for, focus on keeping your peace while you keep walking.  The bible says, “…And hope will never make us ashamed,” so as long as we hope right, walk right and wait right, God will make everything turn out right.  Stay focused, talk to yourself, encourage yourself, you got this!
 
 
 
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HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

What do you do when you have to deal with difficult people?  You can’t just walk away from every difficult situation or just cut off every difficult person.  A difficult person is not somebody who’s optional, a difficult person is somebody who we have to deal with.
 
Why? Optional people are not difficult.  If they aren’t required or necessary, you can walk away from them instead of putting up with them.  Problem solved!
 
No, your difficult person is not that simple.  The spirit of difficulty has to use somebody who is a part of your life, who has a role and a position in your life that makes dealing with them necessary or even required.  Family can be difficult, bosses can be difficult, spouses can be difficult. We can even be our own difficult person. 
 
How do you deal with somebody who is difficult? Let’s address some points up front. Somebody right now is being abused — mentally or physically.  If this is you or somebody you know, tolerating abuse is not difficult, it’s deadly.  Deadly is not to be tolerated, cooperated with or confused with God’s will.  We’re not talking about people who are a threat to our well being, we’re talking about people who we desire to get along with but for some reason, it’s difficult.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Haven’t you noticed that the difficult person affects the way you deal with them?  Remember, self-control is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  The first rule for dealing with difficult people is, “Be the thermostat and not the thermometer.”  This is easier said than done but nothing is possible until you use your power to control you first.  
 
Some folks think that believing in God means that we don’t or won’t encounter difficult spirits. That’s foolery. Grown Christians have read: “A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating” (Proverbs 18:6).
 
Remember, they are difficult because they are necessary, important or not optional at the moment. Every difficulty in life, every wall, every challenge is a symbol of our difficult person. Sometimes God puts us in difficult situations because there is no way around it except through Him — If we allow it, our most difficult person or situation will cause us to go deeper in Him and higher in power.
 
Without difficult situations, we would not know what Jesus meant when He said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  The difficult person, difficult situation is going to be overcome by your power.  This is what is meant by, “Turn the other cheek.”  Turning the other cheek has nothing to do with letting somebody slap you twice.  You’re not literally turning the other cheek, you’re turning to power to respond instead of turning into them, acting like them or turning your power over to them.  Turning the other cheek and owning your power, feelings and response is your victory in difficult situations.
 
When the situation or the person, the problem or the difficulty has control over us, we are owned by them and that’s what makes them difficult. Think about it — If you’re smart enough to know they’re difficult but you’re letting them dictate how you act or feel — they’re controlling your temperature.  You have to flip the script — be the thermostat and not the thermometer and watch what happens.
 
Every difficult person, difficult situation and difficult problem has one thing in common, purpose.  When God allows difficult, He’s preparing you for a greater release of your power.    
 
They may never change, the problem may never change but the victory is not about them or it.  The victory is about walking in power when you have to deal with difficulty.  If you stay in power, God will move or remove what will not change.
 
 
 
 
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Together we can reach more and do more! Through the financial support of friends and partners, FAITHHILL is on a mission to impact, teach and transform lives in community and around the world.  Thank you for believing in God’s vision.
 
 
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Join us at the HILL, FAITHHILL Church this Sunday as we dig deeper and put difficulty in check with practical application for every situation!
 
 
 
 
 
 


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THE TROUBLE WITH EXPECTING TOO LITTLE

Some of us have lived, lasted and survived on too little for too long. Existing on crumbs or fumes instead of chasing the life that God planned for us.
 
Settling for less, expecting or accepting less than what we deserve is dangerous. We aren’t just living, we are fulfilling prophecy. Every decision allows or blocks what God planned for us: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).
 
 
Put This In Your Spirit: The bible says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). We close the door on God when we open the door to less than we deserve. 
 
We don’t have to get spooky but let’s get real. We don’t need to believe in God if we don’t believe that we were created for greatness (Psalm 17:8, Psalm 139:16, Jeremiah 29:11), that we were saved to leave a legacy by living a legacy (John 10:10).
 
Haven’t you been in a situation, a relationship that you couldn’t explain why but every day that you were in it, it felt like a bear was sitting on your chest? The longer you stayed in it, the heavier it felt. You actually started to feel depressed, sad and even distressed without knowing why. You were not grieving beloved, the Holy Spirit was grieving (Ephesians 4:30).
 
When we abandon God’s plans for our life, His will, the Holy Spirit Grieves. Our soul knows, and we know when our soul is aching that something is wrong, something is off, something is not right. Call it sixth sense or, call it woke or connected, but every Christian has a divine frequency that the Holy Spirit speaks on. The bible said it this way, “…The Holy Spirit is a witness to my conscience” (Romans 9:1).
 
If it causes us to walk away from God’s blueprint for our life, the Holy Spirit will disturb our conscience. The longer we keep doing whatever it is that is against God’s plans for our life, the more uncomfortable it becomes. Eventually, God will make settling or being on the wrong page unbearable.
 
Put This In Your Spirit: Continuing to settle for less, walking away from our promise denies Jesus (John 10:10). God said it’s like a Dog returning to his vomit (2 Peter 2:20-22). When we walk away from God’s will, the bible says: “They are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).
 
Haven’t you noticed whenever you’re out of order, nothing goes right, all hell breaks loose, and a feeling of joy dying starts to rise up?  God said it would — James 1:13-15.  Jesus was serious when He said we should pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). 
 
This is the key. Right now, you are going in the right direction. But sometimes we can be going in the right direction, “South,” but on the wrong road or with the wrong person, or with wrong thinking. With the wrong attitude or the wrong desire. With the wrong emotions or the wrong influences. You have to do right by you in order for God to prosper you.  
 
It’s time. From how you go through to who you go though with. From your love life to your best life. From emotions to thinking.  If it walks you away from, causes you to settle, act beneath or detours you from God’s plan for your destiny, make it right beloved. You know like I know, we don’t always do right the first time but when we know better, we have to do better (James 4:17) — Our life, our prophecy is on the line.
 
When you do right by you, you give God the ability to work through you to bless your life in ways that you never dreamed of.
 
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Follow Pastor Patrick
Together we can reach more and do more! Through the financial support of friends and partners, FAITHHILL is on a mission to impact, teach and transform lives in community and around the world.  Thank you for believing in God’s vision.
 
 
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