“BE BOLD!”

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Being bold means being courageous . . . . . .

Being bold means being fierce . . . . . .

Being bold means there’s no hesitation in what you’re going after  . . . . . .

Being bold means stepping over obstacles . . . . . .

Being bold means daring to look beyond the here and now . . . . . .

Being bold means having confidence in the gifts God put in you . . . . . .

BEING BOLD IS HOW THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE!

“THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BOLD AS A LION!” PROVERBS 28:1

IN WHAT AREA IS GOD CALLING YOU TO BE BOLD?

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“Dear God . . .”

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God Gets Personal!

Omnipresent and personal, those words are kind of an oxymoron, don’t you think?  Yet, that’s what God is known as.  He is never kept within the walls of the status quo erected by the human mindset anyways.

Yes, omnipresent (everywhere at the same time) and personal (individually based)  are contradictory in the finite statement of the human mind, but not in the loving nature of God.  When we think of omnipresent we think of God’s work being far reaching.  He can extend His love, power, and authority through an infinite number of channels to touch an infinite number of lives all at the same time.  Yet, the heart and life of each individual soul are precious to Him.  You and I are a special creation to Him.  Fashioned uniquely.  Designed particularly to be you.  And, loved personally.

This is a role only God can fill.  He can govern the universe while at the same time lean in close to hear from you; paying special attention to just you.

So, if you feel lost in the vastness of all that is going on in your world today, be encouraged.  The same God that is running everything also has His eyes focused on you personally.  The same God that is everywhere all at once is reaching specifically to your heart.  And, there He gets personal with you.

 

“The most important conversation you will have . . .”

We don’t pray to center ourselves or to seek something from the universe. We pray to talk to our Heavenly Father and to receive of Him in our lives. We pray one on One because we are His children; because we are in a covenant relationship that allows us to cry out, “Abba, Father!” (Galatians 4:6), making my conversation with God my most important conversation of the day.

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“God’s Restoring Love” Sunday School Lesson Summary for Joel 2:12-13, 18-19, 28-32

This week’s lesson is available once again, just in case you missed it. Enjoy and have a blessed day!

“Peace is not something you work hard for.”

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Devotion – Dealing with Failure

God specializes in fixing the broken and healing what others thought was impossible. Trust Him with everything that is bothering you and let Him work it out.

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dealing with failure

I don’t know about you but have failed at so many things in life.  If I would begin to go down the list and check off all the goof-ups, blunders, and short-comings it would tell a story most don’t get to see on the outside.  In every area of life, be it marriage, raising children, my relationship with God, or whatever – there is a mark of imperfection there, a blemish on my record.

Failure is one of those things that are hard to overcome for some.  Mess-ups have a way of smearing defeat in one’s face making them feel that there will never be a space for recovery and restoration.

The children of Israel had a propensity of straying from the will of God and messing up on several occasions (actually more than several but who are we to judge).  Knowing their history, when Solomon was praying at the…

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“Stop the Madness!”

“. . . And bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5

 “I can’t get this thought out of my mind!”  That’s the howl of frustration that has come from many persons I know.  It has probably come from you, too.  The relentless, almost like water dripping from the faucet thoughts that drip, drip, drip their way into your mind.  Sometimes making your head spin with a bothersome problem.  If the thoughts were pleasant to us then we wouldn’t mind so much.  It would cause us to feel as though we were walking through a field of flowers all day long.  It’s when the invasion of the unpleasant stuff comes and messes with our peaceful reverie that we have a problem.  These things continually bounce off the mind, not allowing rest for the soul.

The apostle Paul taught, “Take every thought captive.”  The Christian has to make the conscience effort to have a fly trap mentality.  There is a barrier that every individual is to put up to guard their precious mind.  That barrier is the Word of God.  Whatever does not fall in line with Him and His Word is to be trapped and discarded as refuse like that old, dirty fly trap.  There’s some really bothersome stuff that people put up with every day. They are buzzing around your head and just plain ole getting on your nerves.  I mean, you really just wish you could tear it out of there and throw it away.  Guess what? I have good news for you, you can.  Today, you can stop the madness because the Word of God declares, “You will keep him perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trust in You!” (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).

When you are dealing with all that annoying stuff, it is robbing you of the peace that God wants you to have in Him.  As I am writing this I’m looking at my cats, Charlie and Rusty, stretched out on the floor sleeping.  Outside, there is some kind of stone work being cut with a loud machine not far from my window.  When the work first began it caused their ears to perk up and I think they were wondering what is going on out there.  As time went on they stopped wondering and started sleeping.  I guess they figured, hey, whatever is going on out there doesn’t affect me in here.  I’m in my safety.  I’m in my shelter.  I’m in my place of trust.

That’s what God wants each of us to experience.  This rest and peace that only comes with first, trusting Him, and secondly, taking every thought captive.  These two working together will give you the peace you so desire.  After all, who doesn’t want more peace?  One can have all the money in the world and be miserable because there is no peace of mind.

Stop the madness.  “Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”  I once heard this described as a wrestling match.  I forget who I heard it from but the idea is taking hold of that thought, pinning it to the ground, and making it obey Christ.  If that thought does not profit my spiritual growth in God or my relationship with people or any of the good stuff God wants for me, then it is to be pinned down.  It is not allowed to get the victory today.  It’s not even allowed in the ring with me.

How do I do that?  “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” (Phil. 4:8).  That’s how you do it.  I know from personal experience how easy it is to focus on all the negative stuff that tries to rob you of peace.  But, if you will change, on purpose, the focus of your thought life you will begin to experience what He said you can have.  I have heard it said that if you keep doing the same thing, then you will keep getting the same results.  No truer is that than here, in dealing with what you think throughout the day.

So, instead of letting all that madness overrun you, today, stand up against it.  Take control of it and capture it.  It is not allowed to have access.  For today, I declare, it is time to “Stop the madness!”

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“Only Planted People Grow!”

 

Only planted people grow!

If you want to thrive and grow and be all that God called you to be, you have to have deep roots planted in His house, in His service, and in His worship that your soul may be fully nourished in Him.

“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God,” Psalm 92:13.

Sometimes life brings . . .

 . . . a whole new level of experiences. Our job is to trust God with every step of the climb. – Word For Life Says