What the world needs is more of Jesus, and the way it is going to see more of Him is if we as Christians love Him more-know Him better-believe and trust in Him with all our hearts. This collection of essays is specially written for God's "Samuel Generation": every believer who wishes to know and do the heart and mind of their Father in Heaven. In a highly personal and encouraging style, they bring a fresh and convicting look at topics such as grace, love, trusting in dark times, unity, and the character of Jesus Christ.
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It all boils down to impatience. We need to develop patience and endurance, and we can by waiting upon the Lord. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Through God, you can find the strength you need to persevere! Last evening I was watching on T. Bible teacher Mike Murdock. He made a statement, saying, "When you let go of what's in your hand, God let's go of what's in his hand. I thought, "That relates to the anectodal testimonies that I shared last Sunday. One of our church members shared a personal story of writing an offering check to the church not knowing if it would bounce or not.
The check didn't bounce and her family always had plenty to eat. Another member shared that when she received her last unemployment check, she decided to just give it all to God. Three days later, she finally got her new job. God is 'Jehovah Jireh': the Lord our Provider. Obey God today.
Listen to the leading of the Spirit within, and step out in faith when you feel like you should, and God will reward you.
Proverbs 21 English Standard Version , "Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. Yes it's Monday, but it's going to be a good day because you are standing on solid ground. God is your Rock! And who is the rock except our God? God is my strong fortress and He makes my way blameless. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and stations me upon the heights.
God is your strong fortress. He is your Rock. Lean on Him today. I need your stability and security in uncertain times. You are my Rock and you give me divine, supernatural strength, in Jesus' mighty name, amen! Are you facing something today that seems impossible? With man it may be, but with God, ALL things are possible! If you seem to be in an impossible situation, agree with God's Word that all things are possible! But remember, the battle belongs to the Lord. With God, all things are possible. Do your relationships need healing?
Is there sickness in your body? With God, all things are possible! I choose to trust You and believe that all things are possible! Show me Your power today. I want you to know that God sees that you're doing your best. God sees your effort, that you are trying your best. Some days you wake up and your full of spirit and spunk and energy and you get things done, and then some days it just takes all kinds of energy to just get out of bed and it takes three cups of coffee to feel normal and you feel like you're not doing all that you need to do or what you're doing is not being done well enough.
As far as God is concerned, your best is good enough. God made you Genesis and God doesn't make junk and God doesn't make mistakes. God has already done His part on our behalf in the spiritual realm. It is finished! We just need to get into agreement with what God has already done! We need to just believe that we already are saved! We already have the victory! We already have the financial breakthrough! We already are healed! I have the victory! I already am financially free!
I already am healed because Jesus did it all on the cross! I am fully in agreement with your Word, in Jesus' mighty name, amen! April What can man do to me? After Easter Sunday, the disciples were excited about the fact that Jesus was risen, but not Thomas. Thomas told his friends that he did not believe their story hence why he is called doubting Thomas. A week later Thomas' doubts would vanish, but for that week after Easter, the disciples had a choice; be happy with their experience with Jesus or allow Thomas's doubts to dampen their enthusiasm and decrease their joy?
You and I have a similar choice! You and I are going to encounter people who do not share our beliefs. You and I are going to encounter people who have a lower energy than us. We can either allow other people's opinions to dampen our faith and joy or we can smile and maintain our enthusiasm and keep our faith strong.
Today, don't allow negative people to dampen your joy. Don't allow people who don't share your faith to decrease your faith or enthusiasm. Listen and be a friend, and then smile and go on your way, trusting your God experiences, your God moments. God's real to you, and that's all that matters.
Don't worry, everything is going to be alright Matthew 6: 25 and Maybe not right this second, but God makes everything beautiful in his time Ecclesiastes Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave Your shoulders are bigger than mine.
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You got this for now on, and I'm just going to go on laughing and smiling and singing! In Jesus' mighty name, amen!!! Jesus said in Mark that we are to believe that we have received what we've asked for in prayer. Think about and talk about what you want in your life. Don't talk about what you don't want.
As Bible teacher Joyce Meyer said, you need to start saying and thinking the right thing before the right thing starts happening to you. It works if you work it. Begin now. The Bible says that the righteous, " His heart is established; He will not be afraid I am prone to anxiety and insecurity. The key to peace is surrender to God. God delivers me all the time from my fears and he will for you too. Happy Good Friday April This is the day that we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But nothing could stop the amazing love of Jesus Christ, not even the scourging with the whip, not even the crown of thorns piercing this brow, not even nails hammered into his flesh That is the heart of Jesus.
That is a heart of the Christian faith. That's God's heart towards you, right now, today. So today, rejoice that God took away all of your sins when Jesus died on the cross, confess your sins, and believe that you are forgiven, and forgive yourself. Jesus said, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. Today, let the words of Jesus dwell in your heart deeply. If you walk in close relationship and connection with Jesus, then you can ask for any of your needs to be met, and the Lord will change things and move things around behind the scenes for you, to get your needs met and to help you through anything you faced today.
Therefore I know that if I ask for anything, you will meet my needs in natural ways or supernatural ways, in Jesus' mighty name, amen! There are several instances in which the people of God were never content with God. For instance, after the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites felt like Moses and God were taking too much time. So they made a golden calf and begin worshiping it. Later on in the history of Israel, the Israelites wanted a human king. The prophet said, "But we have a king God is never enough for humankind. We always want more, we always want something visible, something tangible, something physical.
And yet, God never gives up on us. Be happy and rejoice today that we have a God who is faithful to us, slow to get angry, but full of compassion for us silly human beings. What is your "golden calf"? Who is your "King Saul"? Meaning, what is the thing or person that you are trusting in more than God today?
Your income? Your insurance? Your spouse?
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Today, renew your full trust in the Almighty God who has always been there for you, and remember that the golden calf and King Saul didn't work out too well for ancient Israel. You are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness, in Jesus' mighty name! God said to Moses' assistant Joshua in Joshua , "This book of the Law must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in all you do. Sometimes you get cranky and grumpy.
Sometimes you complain. Jesus understands. Sometimes you get very angry. Sometimes you're just not motivated, just not inspired, and all you want to do is just sit there. Sometimes you want to be all by yourself and not have anybody around you. Sometimes you don't have much faith. Sometimes you're messy, and you don't stick to your diet, if you have one, but Jesus understands.
Sometimes you don't feel like you're enough, sometimes you feel like you don't do enough. Jesus understands YOU, even when you cannot understand yourself Romans 7: Hebrew , "For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those whom He sanctified. So basically Hebrew really says, "Through Jesus' blood, God has made perfect forever you and I whom He made holy. Did you catch that? Hebrew says God has made you perfect through Jesus!
God has made YOU perfect! So NO more evaluating yourself based upon society's norms or standards of beauty or intelligence or accomplishment. When you know that you know that God has given you his 'thumbs up', then smile and enjoy your life. Help me to correct myself when my actions towards others are less than good.
Help me to lighten up and go easy on myself when my behavior is less than perfect, in Jesus' mighty name, amen! Hebrews , "Both the one God who makes people holy and those who are made holy that's us are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. You don't have to make yourself holy; if you even could, there would have been no reason for God to send Jesus to take away our sins.
This verse says Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters, which is the Biblical way of saying that Jesus is proud of you, and He is proud to call you His brother or sister! So since God had made you holy and since Jesus is not ashamed of you but proud of you, then be proud of yourself! Yes, it's Monday, but if you start your day and week with praise, you will put yourself into a positive mental attitude and you will create joy. Smile and say the words of Psalm and Psalm Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary!
You and God got this! It has been said that on average every adult makes around 35, choices every single day. You make 35, choices. Many of these decisions are not conscious but our unconscious or automatic based on your conditioning and habits formed over your entire life span. These decisions can be mundane like choosing your socks or where you're going to have lunch.
Some decisions are life-changing like entering a relationship, leaving a relationship, starting a new job, or choosing a new home. The choices you make every day determine where you will go, what you will say, who you will spend time with, where you will live, what you will eat, etc. The choices you make every day determine the direction of your life, the quality of your life. Now, please read once again the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Corinthians , "For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
George Bernard Shaw once said "life isn't about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself. You're not living on the "shifting sand" of random life circumstances. Your steps are directed by God Almighty! These verses tell us that you will stumble, you will make mistakes. But you will not fall, for the Lord upholds you with his hand. Though I may stumble, I will not fall! The Lord holds me up everyday, in Jesus' mighty name!! Listen to the Spirit whisper this morning " My Love is unconditional. Jesus Christ AND his love are the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Rest in HIS acceptance. You are steady in your faith. You are immovable. Because God is fighting on your behalf. Repeat after me: "God is fighting for me! That's strength! That's power! Do it once more! March Jesus can sympathize with you because he has been tempted in every way that you have. Have you been tempted to get depressed? So did Jesus. Have you been tempted to be overwhelmed with stress? So has Jesus, when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and sweat great drops of blood because he was overwhelmed with stress.
Have you been tempted to give up hope? So has Jesus. Have you been under spiritual attack? So was Jesus.
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Have you ever been so lonely that it feels like even God is not there? So was Jesus, that's why he hung on the cross and prayed "my God my God why have you forsaken me. You're not alone. Jesus knows your pain and struggle. He's here now and he will walk you through your valley of the shadow of death. You're coming out of your misery!
You're walking all of your dark valley! Jesus has got you, and he won't ever, ever let you go! Are you believing? Are you believing for good things to come into your life? Are you believing that you will come out of whatever problem you face right now? Are you believing that your life matters and that people love you? When you stop believing, you have no more joy and no more peace and you only have anxiety and fear. But the more you believe, the more you will have joy and peace. If you keep your faith, your joy will increase on your peaceful increase.
The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Is he talking to God? Not exactly. Really, the Psalmist is talking to himself. He's talking to himself and he's building up his faith by reminding himself how great God is. It's good to remind ourselves about the greatness of God, and the beauty of our own soul, and about the strength that we possess. I have no one to be afraid of. The Apostle Paul said, "Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand. As a believer, you are living in a place of high privilege.
Meaning, God thinks highly of you. Also, because of your faith in Christ, you are guaranteed a place in Heaven. Also, every day you are connected to the power of God through prayer and worship and thinking about God. So lift up your head, smile, and choose a positive mental attitude today Because of the resurrection, Christ has brought me personally into this place of highest privilege!
Thank you Lord, in Jesus' mighty name, amen! I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me. Jesus is calling you out of your tomb! What is your "tomb"? Low energy? Whatever you're a "tomb" is, Jesus is calling you OUT! Jesus is calling you out of fear, out of worry, out of self-pity, out of low energy living, out of shame! But he's not going to make you let it go; you have to put forth the effort to walk out of your "tomb" and into new life. So if you're ready to leave behind the old life, if you're ready to leave behind your "tomb" and make your life new, pray this prayer:.
I'm a lion and not a kitten and it's time for me to roar! I am walking out of my "tomb" with a smile on my face, a spring in my step, faith in my heart and love in my actions! My life is awesome, my mind is alert, my decisions are wise, and my best days are ahead of me! I will never go back, I will only move forward, with aggressive faith and unspeakable joy, in Jesus' mighty name, amen!! The Bible says "the joy of the Lord is your strength! There's so much ahead! You're going to be shocked when you see the things God can do.
Joy over your heart! Joy to your mind!
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Joy and peace to endure. Joy is strength! You are entering your breakthrough! Everything is working out better than expected! I have new reasons for joy in my life now! Thank you God, in Jesus' mighty name!!! You may feel weak but you're not weak. You may feel timid but you are not timid person. God sees you as strong. God sees you was able. God said she was confident. So get into agreement with Heaven, because God says He will not leave you nor forsake you. I am not afraid of them; for the Lord my God, He is the One who goes with me!!
He will not leave me nor forsake me!!! Yes, it's Monday. Yes, we all have to go back to work. Yes, some of us have long-standing problems that take time to resolve in our lives. But please read this promise from God's Word slowly and take it into your spirit He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Three days later, hearing problem GONE! God's healing is still radical today! Most people just can't understand it or accept it though it is still needed today as much as ever. Acts says, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Some people think that healing is no longer available, but it is. In Hebrews the writer says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Because God does not change, forgiveness, love and healing are available to you right now. Sorry for the lack of posting. Site has been down due to technical difficulties. How amazing is God? I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation.
My faith has been increased through my research. Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God. Studying science brings you closer to God! The God who made the molecules also made YOU! Today, be in awe of God's goodness in your life.
Yesterday I got to visit with a church member who was discharged from the hospital after a minor stroke. Then the news of actor Luke Perry dying at age 52 of a massive stroke. It's just one more reminder that you never know when your time is up. Hebrews says, " Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. February Stop trying to fight your own battles and start trusting God!
His will for us is always the best. Take time to take a deep breath and say "Thank You God, for I know that this battle is not mine but yours, and I give it into Your hands to do as You will.
I know that You are with me. I will be still and allow You to take over! In Jesus' mighty name, amen! I know things seem hopeless sometimes, but believe me when I tell you that you are NOT hopeless or helpless. Do all that you can and trust God to do the rest! Pray about it and get on with enjoying your day, trusting that God's got this! God says to you today: "Keep running the race set before you. Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Because I AM right there with you.
I AM in you. The Holy Spirit lives within you. I know it is hard at times to keep going. The devil is throwing everything he can at you right now. But you say: "God loves me. I am His Beloved. I am blessed with ALL the blessings of Abraham. I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. Greater is He Who is in me, than he who is in the world. Though I may fall down many times, My Lord picks me up and sets my feet upon a Rock. It means that no storm can sink your boat!
Walk in faith and you will never walk alone. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor rest on God, my strong rock; my refuge is in God! Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. Even the winds and the waves obey him! During the storms of life, it is natural to panic certainly, I tend to.
He does not appear to be doing anything about our problems. However, Jesus brings peace as we go through the storms of life. Whatever it is that is trying to sink you in this world today, simply give it over to God. Cry out to Jesus and he will either 1. God says, "you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you Receive it, that you are so precious and honored in God's sight, and that He loves you so much. In Mark chapter 5, Jesus and his disciples set sail all the way across the Sea of Galilee just to reach one man who was possessed by demons.
It didn't matter to Jesus that the people of that region rejected him according to Mark It didn't matter that Jesus didn't have some big, mass revival in that region. All that mattered to Jesus was it he changed one life, and he was willing to travel all the way across the Sea of Galilee and back just to reach that one soul Jesus is willing to go through Hell just to reach you and to love you and release you from the enemy's power.
Today, remember how special you are to our Lord Jesus. He would have gone to the cross even if it was just for you! The reason Peter pointed out the peoples' sin was to not to 'judge' them but to make them feel sorry for their sin contrition and to get them to want the Savior repentance. It worked! How does this apply to us? What would your sin be? Today is the best day to be sorry for your sin and turn away from your sin. Acts promises, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. January For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
If you sow to your sinful nature, you will reap corruption. But if you sow to the spirit, you will reap life. Today, sow good seed. Think positive thoughts. Think piece thoughts. Think grateful thoughts. Speak happiness.
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Speak joy. Declare, "My, what a glorious day! Remember, what you sow, you reap! Don't think God is disappointed in you. God sees you as the beautiful child He created. He knows your shortcomings and failings and has already forgiven you for them through Christ Jesus. God's holiness is one of the primary reasons why the advent of Christ is so incredible: it allows men who were once unable to come before God the ability to kneel before the throne of God and worship forever and ever Revelation , God does not sit back and merely observe a creation which he set in motion millennia ago; he is present and actively participating in His world.
This gives the believer rest in the knowledge that there is no place or situation that is too far to be under God's protecting hand. The fact that God does not change his mind, his characteristics, his plan, or anything else is a security better than any earthly insurance for it guarantees His quality of character and gives security to the believer that if He has saved one of us, that saved person WILL persevere to the end for God has chosen him and will not change his mind and let that man slip through His fingers into the breach of hell.
No, God neither changes His plan, His covenants, His prophecies, nor His justice; this lends greatly to His dependability "there is [in God] no variation or shadow of turning". There seems to be so much injustice in the world men lie, cheat, steal, and kill all the time with no seeming repercussions , but true justice is not meted out in this earthly realm, but in the true realm the eternal heavenly realm. In the end, each man will receive his just deserts at the hands of an immutable God who cannot be persuaded or bribed.
Christ will look at each man's heart and if it is the least bit corrupted by sin, that man, not being pure, will receive the justice of hell. The believer too would fail this test, if he were not already made clean by his baptism into Christ's death. Thus he is rightly judged clean by Christ and enters into eternal Sabbath. In God's justice, we can find a comfort for all the wrongs perpetrated against us and against mankind. We know that our cruel boss who cheated us for so many years will receive what he deserves.
We know that the politician who did wrong to gain personal power will receive justice. We know that killers like Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot will receive justice. And we know that we will receive justice as well. That can be scary for one who truly knows his heart's deceitfulness and is not a believer, but the Christian rests in his sweet faith in Christ, knowing that he is judged in Christ cf.
Romans and his safety is thus secured. This is the love that God embodies. God is the genesis of love; He is its source; and it is by Him that we experience love. God's love is based in a supreme desire to glorify Himself, for He is the being most worthy of love. By seeking His own glory, God pours forth His love upon His creation that it might better give glory to Him. God loves His creation and better than His creation, God loves His people — those whom He will take with Himself into eternal glory!
This is one of the greatest truths of Scripture: in spite of who we are and though God hates the workers of iniquity Psalm , in spite of all this, God still loves us! It's amazing. God has demonstrated this attribute in abundance with respect to mankind. We from nearly the beginning of our existence have deserved nothing but wrath; having sinned and fallen short of eternal life in glory, we can do nothing to commend ourselves to or defend ourselves before God. But thankfully, God has been so amazing in His mercy.
Over and against merely having the mercy to allow us to live out our miserable lives without destroying us instantly, God has chosen us to greatness and glory by the hand of His Son. The believer finds himself in Christ and enjoys full well the fruits of God's mercy. The things God does are neither difficult nor easy for God; they are only either done or not done.
This is because difficulty is a factor that comes about only through the potential for not accomplishing a task. This does not apply to God for potentials do not apply to Him — only actuals. God's power to do all that He desires is the fuel for the engine of sovereignty, which accomplishes His providence. A senseless challenge to God's sovereignty is the question of whether He can make a rock so heavy that he couldn't lift it.
This is a senseless question because the feat requested is not a thing to be accomplished through power, but rather by contradiction of reality — the equivalent of asking whether Homer could write an epic so long that he couldn't read it. This allows Him to interact in any places at any times even in multiple places simultaneously. Being in all locations present in the whole of His being, there is no place we can go and not be in His presence; this is a comfort for Christians and a torment to nonBelievers. God is not spatial or dimensional in existence as we are; if He were, we would constantly be bumping our heads on Him.
While it is beyond the scope of our understanding to work out how it is that God can be ubiquitous but act locally, we accept it in like manner as many other recalcitrant ideas: the Virgin Birth, the Incarnation, the ex nihilo Creation, etc. There is nothing that is outside the scope of His conception, understanding, or attention. God neither studies nor learns for one cannot increase a knowledge that is already insurmountable. Neither does probability exist for God; all things either are or are not in His perspective. There is no maybe.
There are no potentially infinite realities as the faux-hip coffeehouse philosophers and comic book writers are so fond of speculating. There is one reality and God knows it in its entirety, as it exists by, through, and for Him. God is neither surprised by the way the world works itself out, nor shocked by the choices we make. Omniscience is the passive end of His providence — the working out of God's predetermined purpose via His sovereignty that is, His mastery over all that is — in that it is the means by which providence can exist, but neither the engine nor the fuel that brings about His action.
Something like Adam can be holy, but not righteous if good works do not accompany it. God is good, but He refers to Himself as righteous because He works the good as well. Christians are called righteous, not because they have any ability to accomplish good works, but because they reside in the good works or righteousness of Christ.
Christ's obedience is transferred to us and God grants us eternal life as a result! Unlike all other things that relate to our existence, God does not owe His being to any other thing. I owe my existence to my mother and father and all my varium of ancestors.
My computer owes its existence to Compaq employees and a host of subcontractors. And our earth owes its existence to God who through whatever means and processes he saw fit, created the world. All events have causes. All creatures have been created. Except for God. God is the uncaused cause and the uncreated creator. God did not depend upon anything outside Himself for His existence, nor will He ever depend upon anyone for it.
There is nothing outside the control of His loving Hand: not the designs of the wicked even the plans of history's most evil dictators , not the way the earth works itself seemingly against the lives of men such as the recent earthquake in Turkey , not the workings of demons or even Satan , and not my own free will. Romans tells us that all things work together for the good of God's children and verses implies that there is nothing beyond the control of God's sovereign hand.
God's sovereignty is a huge source of comfort to the believer, for it helps him to know that no matter how chaotic any situation may seem, he really need not fear for God is still in charge and on the throne and that combined with His love is unassailable. His ways are so other than our ways that we cannot predict Him, categorize Him, or comprehend Him with any sort of accuracy.
All that we truly know of God comes solely through what He has chosen to reveal about Himself to us through His Word. As odd as this might seem, this is really a comfort to the Christian for if God were comparable to us, He would likely have the same problems rectifying the seeming chaos and injustice that is now so rampant on our earth; but thankfully, we know and trust that He will eventually make all things right and pay back every iniquity and reward all righteousness.
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