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Post  Admin on Mon 14 Aug 2017, 9:40 pm

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"Taste and see that the Lord is good." Psalm 34:8-10.

Two conflicting opinions about material wealth exist among believers.

One says that to be truly spiritual, a Christian must keep few worldly goods.

Proponents of the opposite idea think that prosperity is a sign of God’s favour and, therefore-
- a desired possession can be claimed by faith.

Bewildered, many followers of Jesus wonder-
Which of the two is the correct approach?

But neither answer gives the full picture.

A hindrance to answering the question is our common view of what constitutes “good things”; usually these are defined as items and experiences that make us feel happy.

From God’s perspective, however, the good things in life are-
- those that fit into His individualized purpose and plan for us.

His will could include prosperity, robust health, talents, and opportunities.

But more than likely-
- the Lord’s plan involves some periods of trouble and need, and He considers those times valuable too.

When our vision of what is truly good clears-
- we are ready to understand how to receive God’s blessings.

The key to receiving life’s good things is to seek the Lord Himself rather than just the treasures He has to give.

We often approach God with an empty basket rather than an open heart-
- we tell Him what we need and wait for the bin to be filled.

But an open heart says:
“God, I just want more of You.”

According to Psalm 34:8-
God is good, and James 1:17 says that He is the source of “every good and perfect gift.”

Giving blessings from His storehouse is in God’s nature-
- but He wants His children to seek Him ​​​​​​above all else.
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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Aug 2017, 10:30 pm

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W​e often think seconds are not very important.

But seconds tick away into minutes, minutes into hours, and hours into days.
We have all been amazed at how swiftly days turn into weeks, months, and years.

Think of it this way:
A 70-year-old has lived the equivalent of about two billion, two hundred seven million, five hundred and twenty thousand seconds!

While you read that last sentence-
- about five seconds of your life elapsed, and you can never go back and decide to use them differently.

As small as they are, seconds are precious because they are a creation and a gift of God.

How we use even these small time increments makes a difference.

Since our heavenly Father has a plan for each life—that we live for His purpose and His will-
- then we must consider how we spend not just years, months, and days, but even minutes and seconds.

And the time to decide is now-
- before any more of your life passes by.

Understanding the value of each moment, the apostle Paul urged us-
“Be careful how you walk... making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians. 5:15-16.

In essence, he is instructing us:

“Take advantage of every opportunity God gives you. Don’t waste your time!”

Let Jesus be your role model for keeping a balanced schedule.
He knew that spending time with the Father was the most important thing He could do.

Follow His example, and begin each day in the Father’s presence.
He will help you ​​​​arrange your schedule and can make every second count.
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Post  Admin on Mon 07 Aug 2017, 11:27 pm

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"And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the LORD​."Exodus 15:23-26.

Murmuring or complaining is one of those sins that are overlooked. 

Sometimes we focus on the "big sins" such as murder and adultery that we overlook this sin-
- but the Lord doesn't give this sin a free pass- quite the opposite. 

It's a ​​​​​​​​hidden killer! 
This sin unleashed a plague that killed thousands of Israelites! Numbers 16.

In this passage, we read how the Israelites, who were desperately thirsty, looked only at the fact that the water they had come to was bitter and undrinkable. 

How quickly they forgot their God who had led them out of Egypt with signs and wonders.

They had just witnessed His dividing of the Red Sea and destruction of those who had enslaved them.
And yet, so quickly they returned to looking only with their natural eyes at the problem in front of them, completely forgetting the miracle working power of their God!

And so they murmured against Moses.
But honestly, weren't they really murmuring against God?

Once again, Moses interceded for them-
- revealing the faithfulness of His God to answer every impossible dilemma and provide for every need;
- and again, setting them the example: they simply needed to go the Lord!

So often, just like the Israelites-
- we focus on our desperate situation with our physical eyes, and not with eyes of faith, and then fall into the trap of complaining.

And if you're like me, once I start, it can be really hard to stop...until the Lord stops me, right in my tracks and He reminds me- aren't you really complaining against me? 

I have to remember to see that I actually hinder the Lord's answers to my problems by unbelief-
- which leads to the sin of murmuring!

Let's not allow this sin to gain a foothold-
- because it can easily become a stronghold!

The same wonder working God that led the children of Israel out of Egypt, is still at work today-
- but are we hindering Him?

If we are grumbling and complaining-
- we are missing out on His answers and blessings which are waiting in the wings to meet our faith in Him!
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Post  Admin on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 10:39 pm

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“Look, the days are coming”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 33:14.
The prophet Jeremiah told us God would fulfill His promise of a Saviour. 
The people could look forward to someone who would save them from captivity.
What did they expect as an answer to their prayers? They thought the Messiah would be a powerful leader, capable of subduing an empire and ushering in God’s reign. 
But instead of answering the promise as they anticipated-God did the opposite. He sent a servant who would die on the cross for their sins.
God often does that!He answers our prayers in unexpected ways. 
We ask for healing, but God chooses to give us strength for each day. We ask for relief from our trials, but God helps us endure and grow stronger. We ask God to deal with our adversaries; instead, He transforms our attitudes.
God is always faithful to his promises.He just doesn’t do things the way we expect. 
When you don’t see answers to prayer that you are anticipating-- take a look to see if God is blessing in unexpected ways.
"Father, You are faithful to Your Word. I give You praise
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Post  Admin on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 12:26 pm

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"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14. 

There are two kinds of birds that roam the desert: 
Vultures and hummingbirds. 

The vulture thrives on a diet of rotting meat. 
He flies overhead searching for traces of leftover carcasses from slow-footed critters eaten by wild animals who’ve already had their fill.

Hummingbirds, on the other hand-
- will sweep through the desert, passing over all those repulsive, dead animals and seek colorful patches of beautiful wild desert flowers. 
They will suckle the delicious juices of those sweet desert blossoms and be satisfied.

While vultures look to the dead for their survival, the hummingbird seeks the living! 

Likewise, some of us unconsciously look to our past with its regrets, failures and sins to keep us alive. 
We think that somehow by looking back to those dead things, we might find some motivation to keep surviving here and now. 

But let’s take a lesson from the hummingbird.

Let's sweep past that which is dead and focus on the sweet new life-
- the exciting future that God holds for us as we continue seeking Him and moving forward in our relationship with Him!
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Post  Admin on Sun 23 Jul 2017, 10:39 pm

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"...your youth is renewed like the eagle’s". Psalm 103:5.
When we read “your youth is renewed..,” most of us think in terms of the physical body. 
Yet a youthful heart attitude can contribute greatly to keeping us young.

What characterizes such a youthful heart?

Approach!
A youthful approach to life. 

This includes curiosity, passion, enthusiastic responses, optimistic viewpoints, and enduring confidence. 
Jesus promises us a full life. John 10:10. 

Are you passionately pursuing the Lord and life in Him?

Adaptation!
Active pursuit of learning.

The young at heart are willing to embrace new ideas, make changes in their lives, and adapt to new things. 
For Christians, God’s Word is to be a primary source of learning. 2 Tim. 3:16. 

What have you learned from the Bible this past week, and how has it impacted your life?

Attitude! 
A hopeful outlook in the face of trials. 

A youthful attitude is resilient and able to find meaning and strength in adversity. Rom. 5:3-5. 
Ask the Lord to increase your trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope. 15:13.

Affection! 
Those who are youthful in spirit willingly reach out in friendship. 

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, whom will you befriend?

Beware of hindrances to being young at heart. 

One obstacle is self-absorption-
- which can close us to new ideas, new people, and even to the Spirit’s call. 

Heed Jesus’ command to deny self. Matt. 16:34. 
If self-focus describes you, confess it, and seek to have a youthful heart attitude. 

You’ll experience the inward vitality that characterizes the young at heart.2 Cor. 4:16.
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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 11:32 pm

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"Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.Your sins have been your downfall!Take words with you and return to the Lord.Say to him:“Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously,that we may offer the fruit of our lips." Hosea 14:2.
How do we deal with demandingness? 
We must repent of it. Our passage today tells us how. 
First:Return!
"Return to the LORD." 
The key to ridding ourselves of anything that is spiritually injurious is to return to God. 
The pursuit of God involves a shift away from dependence on one's own resources to dependence on God. 
Doing good and correcting wrong behavior does not automatically make us good people. 
Obedience is extremely important, but it must be accompanied by deep, heart repentance.
Second:Repent!
The passage says: "Take words of repentance with you."
This phrase means that we must put into words a clear description of what we are repenting of. 
If we are not clear about what is going on inside us, how can we repent of it? 
Next: Receive!
"Forgive all our sin." Repentance puts us in touch with God's forgiveness. 
We can work to bring about change also-- but the greatest catalyst for change is humbly positioning ourselves before God and asking for His forgiveness.
Then: Rejoice!
"Accept what is good, so that we may repay You with praise from our lips."
The thought here is: "Receive us that we may worship You more effectively."
The purpose of all restoration is to worship God. 
We will be drawn into true worship when we give up insisting on our own way and learn to trust God for our own happiness. 
When repentance moves us from a spirit of demandingness to absolute trust in God-- then we are in the place where God is able to make our feet like "hinds' feet," - and equip us with the ability to ascend into the heights with Him.
"Tender and skillful Invader of my heart, I yield my stricken being to You for healing.Drain every drop of demandingness from my being. For I want not only to be better but to be whole. In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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Post  Admin on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 8:52 pm

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Do you believe that the Lord has absolute control over our universe—including all the people in it? 

The best way to know the truth about the Lord is to see what He has inspired men to say about Him in Scripture.2 Tim. 3:16. 

God declares He is sovereign over . . .

• Nature. 
Psalm 135:6 says, “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.” 

God causes the rain to fall, the grass to grow, and the land to bring forth food. 
There isn’t a single aspect of nature over which the Lord lacks control.

• Nations. 
“He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.” Job 12:23. 

God’s rule is certain and sure. 
He keeps watch over the nations (Ps. 66:7), knows all that is happening, and maintains His authority over both good and evil governments Rom. 13:1.

• Natural man. 
God has control over unbelievers as well as believers. 

“He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:25. 
He forms us in our mother’s womb, knows the number of hairs on our head, and determines the appointed times and places of our lives. Psalm. 139:13; Luke 12:7; Acts 17:26. 
Spiritual life as well as physical life is under His complete control. John 6:44.

When we believe God is sovereign and experience this truth in our lives, we will be filled to overflowing with peace and joy. 
We will rest secure in the knowledge that no matter what is happening in our world, our God reigns. 

His will shall be accomplished. 
Does your life show trust in God’s sovereignty?
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Post  Admin on Sat 15 Jul 2017, 10:58 pm

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"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35.
One of His greatest promises to us is that nothing can separate us from the love of God. 
No tribulation or distress we might ever suffer can obliterate the power of His love to carry us through!

This tells me so clearly that I cannot read God's love for me by my circumstances alone, and that's often my greatest temptation: 
"How could a loving God allow this to happen to me?" 

But the Lord never promised we would escape hardship, persecution, poverty or danger.
His promise is that His love for us would be greater than any and all circumstances we might have to endure. 

Consider the life of Jesus. 

He went to the cross and died an excruciating death.
He didn't escape difficulties.

He experienced them more than anyone could ever imagine! 
So, allow His death to settle any questions you have about the love of God!

Don't ever judge God's love for you based on circumstances alone-
- but rather evaluate your circumstances from God's point of view: 
Love. 

It's His main motive for everything that happens to you.
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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 9:42 pm

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"We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.

You’ve a 1,000-piece jigsaw ​puzzle

The challenge is going to be enormous and time consuming-
- but you’ll have fun putting all the pieces together. 

As you get started, do you know which part of your new purchase is the most important? 

No, not the first piece. 

Not a corner or edge piece. 

The most important part is the box top, the picture of the completed puzzle. 
Without it, you don’t know how to fit everything together.

Life can be much like a puzzle. 

We find ourselves in various situations that confuse. 
Things don’t fit together. 
Nothing seems to make sense. 

Living like this can lead to discouragement and depression.

When you look at the overall picture found in the Bible-
- life starts to make sense. 

Every piece of life fits together for God’s glory for those who seek His purposes. 

In every triumph and every trial-
God wants to be praised. 

He wants to demonstrate His power, presence, peace and wisdom in every experience you have.

"Father, I believe everything in my life will lead to Your glory. May Your name be praised. Amen!"
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"Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” Mark 1:27.

The uniformed guards snapped to attention.
As the senior officer barked commands, they completed their drill. 
The officer didn’t beg or plead for cooperation. 
He didn’t say, “Please.” 

He gave orders with total confidence in his authority and the men’s obedience.
The synagogue crowd in Capernaum was familiar with authority figures. 
Roman officials ruled Galilee, and Jewish scribes taught God’s laws. 

However, the crowd was astonished when they saw the scope of Jesus’ authority. 
As Jesus taught the Scriptures, a demon-possessed man cried out. 
Christ spoke only a few words: 
“Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” 
The demon fled screaming.

Christ’s words carry power because He speaks with God’s full authority. 
If Christ rules over demonic spirits, then no problem is outside His reach. 

Where would you like to see ??????His authority demonstrated in your life today?
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"​Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.​​"Psalm 34:3​​.​

In the New Testament-
- the word translated "magnify" is the Greek word ​​"​​​​​​​​megaluno." 

It means to make great or enlarge.

We certainly cannot make God any greater-
- but we can perceive Him as greater in our lives. 

In other words, what we think of God can be enlarged.

How can we do this?

What you focus your attention on will seem bigger-
- because you are choosing to let it occupy your time and thinking.

Very small objects can block very large ones. 

A small coin in front of your eye can block the sun from view. 
Yet the sun is infinitely larger than the coin. 

It's the placement in your life that determines how big things seem to you.

An airplane in the sky can look very small-
- though in reality it is huge. 

That is only because you are far away from it.

When Scripture talks of magnifying God-
- we assume it meant they were praising God and talking of His greatness and goodness.

Does God seem big and capable in your thinking? 
If not, then magnify Him!

Do the problems you face seem like giants? 
Then remove your attention and focus from the problems -- de-magnify them -- and focus on the Lord. 

To shrink the problem, magnify the solution.

The more you think about a problem you are facing, the larger it can seem. The more you think about God, what He has created, and all He has done, the smaller the problem will look compared to God.

God​ is greater than any problem or any situation you face. 
You just need to realize it and quit letting the problem be your focus.

Praise God and magnify Him!
S​ay this: 
​"​I will ​​magnify God in my life
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"There is no one righteous, not even one." Romans 3:10.

It is relatively easy for us to recognize sin in one another. 
It is much more difficult to recognize it in ourselves. 

Yet Paul writes, none of us is righteous, not even one.

We tend to think of ourselves as the exception-
- but when it comes to sin, there are no exceptions. 

Until we understand the holiness of God-
- however, it is almost impossible for us to clearly see our own sin.

Years ago, the London Times ran an article encouraging its readers to respond to the question-
"What is wrong with the world?"

I am sure the editor must have read the following reply more than once before its profound truth sunk in:

"Dear Sir:
In response to your question, ‘What is wrong with the world?’

​​I am.
Yours truly."

We ARE what is wrong with the world! 

God's standard is absolute righteousness-
- and when we begin to see His holiness, 
- we understand how short we fall. 

No matter how skilled we may be at hiding our sins, we cannot make them disappear. 

Only God is able to save us. 
He has chosen to save us through His son. 

This is why Jesus came and died and rose again to pay for our sins on the cross-
- and to claim His victory over sin and death through His resurrection.

Our sin is the problem. 
Jesus Christ is the solution. 

That is why this message is called Good News!
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"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit." Titus 3:5.

The outward change is often without the inward-
- though the​​ ​​​​inward change is never without the outward!

People can go through the motions and not necessarily be Christians.

You can pray and not necessarily be a Christian.
You can be baptized and not necessarily be a Christian.
To the best of your ability you can keep the Ten Commandments and not necessarily be a Christian.
You can even believe that Jesus is coming back and not necessarily be a Christian.
People may even make visible changes in their lives and not necessarily be Christians.

There was a rich young ruler who came to Jesus and said, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" Mark 10:17.

Jesus told him, "You know the commandments," and then He listed them.

The young man said, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth." v.20.

This guy was basically moral.

He had kept the commandments to the best of his ability.
Certainly he had broken them, but at least he tried.
But then Jesus told him what to do, and he wouldn't do it.
He stopped short of Jesus.

It is not your works that make you saved.
You put your faith in Christ, and then you will see the evidence in your life.

While it is true that faith without works is dead (James 2:20)-
- it could be said that works without faith is also dead.

You may say, "Well, I went to a Crusade" or "I stood up and prayed the sinner's prayer."

That is good, but it doesn't necessarily make you a Christian.
There has to be a movement of your heart toward God.
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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 10:58 pm

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Since eternity past and throughout history-
-the Almighty God has ruled with ​​​​​​​​supreme authority​!​

Nothing is hidden from His knowledge or beyond the scope of His control. 

Because of His sovereignty-
- we who by faith in Christ are part of His family can live with assurance that:

God performs for our good.

Scripture declares that God has the power to work every circumstance in our life into something that is beneficial in His eyes. 

He has the knowledge and power to accomplish it, as well as the desire.
God promises to do this for those who love and belong to Him. Our part is to believe.

God protects us every day.

Scripture declares that “the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him.” Ps. 34:7.
Apart from His permissive will, nothing can touch God’s children.

When our Father allows painful things to happen, we must trust in His unchanging nature and enduring promises. 

People and circumstances change-
- but the Lord’s good and loving character does not.

God plans our future.

He’s fully worked out a plan for the body of Christ and each of its members—a plan so good that it is beyond imagining. 1 Cor. 2:9. 

We can entrust our future to God because His character and plans are perfect.

Resting in the Lord’s sovereignty will free us from fear and anxiety.

If you lack assurance about any of the points listed above-
- confess your unbelief to the heavenly Father.

Ask His forgiveness, and commit to meditate on His character and promises.
Then you will experience the strengthening of your faith.
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"Fathers, do not exasperate your children, that they may not lose heart." Colossians 3:21.

​​​​Dads, looking for a little help in being a good father? 

One particular verse from the Bible really helps:
"Fathers, don't provoke your children, instead bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

Irritation!
"Don't provoke your children." 
That means don't make unrealistic demands. 

Don't crush their spirit with being overly strict or with passive aloofness. 
Every child has a fragile psyche that needs to be built up and not torn down.

Intention!
"Bring them up in discipline." 
Discipline should be fair and consistent. 

They need to know what the boundaries are and know there are negative consequences if they ignore them. 
This gives children security and it helps them know they are loved.

Instruction!
"...and the instruction of the Lord." 
Discipline precedes instruction--any good teacher knows that. 

But discipline without instruction exasperates children. 
They need Dad to teach them right and wrong, and do it with love.

It's not easy being a good dad but we sure have a great model in our Heavenly Father revealed to us through Jesus.
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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 11:33 pm

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‹Jesus said, "You are to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone, everywhere." Mark 16:15.

According to an article in Turning Point Daily Devotional, "Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. 

So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn't able to buy it. 

Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase that beautiful instrument. 

But to his great dismay, it had been sold to a collector.

"Kreisler made his way to the new owner's home and offered to buy the violin. 

The collector said it had become his ​​​​​​​​​​prized possession, and he would not sell it. 

Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea. 

'Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?' he asked.

Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector's emotions were deeply stirred. 

'I have no right to keep that to myself,' he exclaimed. 'It's yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it.

God has given you and me the greatest news and most powerful "music" in the world—the message that Jesus died on the cross to save mankind from the dreadful consequences of sin, so that all who come to him can receive God's forgiveness and His gift of eternal life. 

This is the message Jesus commissioned us to take to the world so everyone, everywhere will hear it and have the opportunity to have their sins forgiven and receive God's gift of eternal life.

"Dear God, please make and use me 'as an instrument' of your love and peace to communicate your great salvation in some way to every life I touch—through being "as Jesus" to all and as opportunity arises share your gospel message of salvation. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' Name, Amen."
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Post  Admin on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 10:36 pm

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"We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us."1 Corinthians 2:12. 
God desires for us to know what He has freely given to us. 
One of the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to reveal His plans and purposes to us. 
They may be hidden for a time, but if we seek Him with our whole heart, we can know what He has given to us.
John the Baptist understood this principle. 
When asked if he was the Messiah, he replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven" John. 3:27. 
John understood his role in the Kingdom of God. He came to pave the way for the Messiah; he was not the Messiah himself. 
His ministry on earth was very brief, yet Jesus described his life in this way: "'I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he'" Mat. 11:11.
Once we understand what God has given to us-- we can walk freely in our calling. 
However, if we strive to walk in a role that He never gave us, it will result in frustration and failure. God wants to reveal His plan to us by His Spirit. 
This requires a willingness to seek and accept what He gives us. It may be different from what we thought. It may require adjustments to follow His path for our lives. 
As we learn from the life of John the Baptist, obedience requires death to our own wills.
Ask God to reveal what He has freely given to you. Pray that you receive and embrace only those things He has reserved for you to receive and to accomplish in your life. 
Then you can be assured of a life full of meaning and purpose, and you can look forward to hearing those all-important words someday:"Well done, My good and faithful servant.
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Post  Admin on Thu 25 May 2017, 11:16 pm

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When you feel deserted-- alone in standing for what's right, read Psalm 12.The emphasis in this psalm is on words, on speaking. First,David speaks in prayer.Vs.1-3.
Where are the godly?People today don't want to take a stand for the truth.But David stood for what is right. Sometimes we feel the faithful have disappeared--those who believe in prayer, giving and commitment.
Today's generation doesn't believe in commitment, especially with our words.
We hear so much empty talk, lies and flattery.Flattery is manipulative, not communicative, like our advertising and some of our preaching. Second,The wicked speak in pride.v. 4.
Never underestimate the power of speech.
Jesus told the truth; His enemies argued.He gave words of life; they rejected Him.He came in love; they crucified Him. One of the evidences that a person is giving the truth of God's Word is that he is rejected. 
People don't want to hear truth unless they belong to truth.John 10:4. Third,God speaks in promise.Vs. 5,7.
His words are pure, not empty lying.v. 6.But the words of the wicked will burn in the furnace.
God's Word is precious, because it cost Jesus' life.
It is proved.v. 6.And permanent.v. 7. He keeps His promises.God knows where His people are, and He helps them."I will arise"; "I will protect"; "I can be trusted".Vs.5-7. So much that is spoken in this world is untrue and empty talk.
Be encouraged that God speaks in promise.His Word is pure and true. When you are surrounded by lies-Rest on the promises of the Bible
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Post  Admin on Sun 21 May 2017, 10:55 pm

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"The Lord caused the sea to go back…all that night".Exod. 14:21.

There is a comforting message showing how God works in the dark.
The real work of God for the children of Israel-- was not when they awakened and found that they could get over the Red Sea.But it was "all that night."

There may be a great working in your life when it all seems dark.You cannot see or trace, but yet God is working. Just as truly did He work "all that night," as all the next day.The next day simply manifested what God had done during the night. Is there anyone reading these lines-- who may have gotten to a place where it seems dark? You believe to see, but you are not seeing.
In your life-progress there is not constant victory.And all seems dark.
"The Lord caused the sea to go back…all that night."Do not forget that it was "all that night." God works all the night, until the light comes.You may not see it.
But all that "night" in your life, as you believe God, He works.
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Post  Admin on Thu 04 May 2017, 1:34 pm

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"To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen."Romans 16:27.
In the year 1920, young Oswald Smith stood before the examining board for the selection of missionaries.
He had wanted to be a missionary for as long as he could remember, and for all that time had been crying out to God that He might open a door for him to do so.
Finally, his time had come. There he stood awaiting his destiny.
His long-awaited was about to come...“No.”
Smith had not met the missionary board's qualifications and was turned down for service.
After a time of disappointment-- he decided that if he couldn't be a missionary, he would build a church which would raise up some.
And that is precisely what he did. The church he planted sent out more missionaries than any other church of its time. And God used Oswald Smith mightily for His Kingdom.
This is what happens when we don't let our circumstances rule us. We will always be victorious.
Have you been disappointed recently? Not all our hopes and expectations come to pass like we think they should.
Let's not let it get us down. Surely God has something better!
Continue to seek. Continue to knock. Continue to ask. Continue to get revelation.
We need to walk in victory!
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Post  Admin on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 9:58 pm

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"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matthew 7:13-14.
Many people today have essentially believed-- a watered-down gospel that deletes the message of repentance.
They believe in an all-caring, nonjudgmental God-- who requires no repentance or a change in their lifestyle. They will say things like, "I believe in Jesus Christ, but my God is not judgmental. My God would never send a person to hell. But I am a Christian."
Yet they cannot have it both ways. They can't make it up as they go.
There are many people, even in the church, who hold to a watered-down belief.
This diluted gospel may be the most dangerous plague the church is facing today-- because it gives a sense of false assurance to the person who believes it.
The Bible speaks of false prophets who give false assurance.
In Jeremiah 6:14, God says, "They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, 'Peace, peace!' when there is no peace."
It would be like going to the doctor when you are having a heart attack, and having the doctor tell you, "Oh, you are fine. You are being so dramatic! You will be OK."
There are ministers today who say-"God loves you and everything is fine. You can do whatever you want and live however you want to live. Let's just love one another and have a great time."
But that is a false gospel.

Yes, God loves us. Yes, God receives any person who comes to Him.
But He asks us to repent. He asks us to turn from our sins.
If we are not willing to do so-- then we are not experiencing biblical faith. And thus, we are not going to receive what the Bible describes as genuine salvation
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“Thomas answered Him and said, ‘My Lord and my God!’” John 20:28 When Jesus appeared to the disciples the first time-Thomas was not there.
They tried to tell him what they had seen-- but Thomas was emphatic, “Unless I see His hands and nail prints and touch Him, I will not believe.”
Much has been made since that time of “Doubting Thomas,” and he has been used in many a sermon regarding the dangers of doubt.
But, maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on him.
If you really think about it-Thomas was not so much doubting as he was grief stricken, angry and sad.
Given the circumstances of the past few days-- how could anyone say that Jesus was alive?
“I’ll believe it when I see it” is more a statement of the reality he knew rather than one of doubt.
But, are we so different? How often have we required some type of proof for our beliefs? Some type of proof that we are loved? You know what the wonderful thing is? God is willing to give us proof of His love.
Christ took the extra step with Thomas and was willing to give him proof.
Now, here is something else that is interesting: Thomas didn’t take the proof he wanted.
In the end, he believes the same way the other disciples believe—by sight. But, Thomas goes on to make the ultimate declaration of faith.
He claims Jesus as his Lord and God. Then, Jesus gives us a great blessing. We are blessed because we believe, even though we have not seen.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe We are blessed for believing in Jesus. Think about the beliefs you have that are based on faith – those are blessed.
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"John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light" John 5:35.
The moon is lovely on a clear night only because it reflects the light of the sun. It has no qualities by itself to reflect its beauty.
Without the sun shining onto its surface, you and I would never see the moon. It would simply be a dark object in the sky.
A diamond is designed to reflect the light to reveal its true value. The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance.
There is no single measurement of a diamond that defines its cut-- but rather a collection of measurements and observations that determine the relationship between a diamond's light performance, dimensions and finish.
Jesus came to bring the light of His love and grace to each of us. However, we are born into a world dulled by the sin created by Adam and Eve that makes our lives dark until we meet Jesus.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Rom 3:23-24.
Jesus contrasted in many parables that those who allow His life to live in them will live in the light amidst darkness.
When you invite Jesus Christ to live in your heart it is as though a light is shining upon your life in order to reflect the glory of God's Son through you.
Jesus calls you to be a vessel to reflect-- the brilliant light of His love to others.
The workplace is a great place to reflect His glory!
How are your reflective qualities? Ask Him to make your life a continual reflection of His light to others
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"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this." Psalm 37:5.

A great business legend, now retired, agreed to share a dialogue with the students of a prestigious Ivy League business school.

The students hoped to glean from the leader's experience.
And if at all possible, the students hoped to learn the key to success that would help earn them a small fortune.

So all ears were trained when the professor asked the man what the most important life lesson was that he had learned.

The business tycoon said, "The most important lesson I have learned in life is that what I think doesn't matter."

The class was completely surprised by his answer.
The professor countered awkwardly, "Really? Well, that's a pretty surprising comment coming from one of the world's most influential people."

The businessman replied, "That may be so, but when I gave my heart to the Lord, I made Jesus the most important thing in my life. If I had never made one dollar, that would have been okay with me. That was not my goal. The money has never been my goal. My goal was, and still is, to put Jesus first. Do you think I made a mistake?"

The dialogue continued down a much different path than the students had expected.
And, indeed, the students did learn the key to success!

Ask the Lord to show you what matters most to Him and then do whatever He says
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