“God is for YOU!”

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Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation. . .,” John 16:33a. He knew that there would some days where we face trouble and discouragement; there would be times when we feel like we are in this alone. In those times, He wants to reassure us that He is for us. He has never left us. He has never forsaken us. His plans for us is a glorious end so don’t let any circumstance make you believe that God doesn’t have your back because He does. He’s here and He is for you!

Jesus went on to days, “. . . but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” John 16:33b; and if you are in Him and stay with Him and believe in Him, you will too. Because God is for you!

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“RELEASE!”

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There’s an old congregational song that just dropped in my spirit that says, “If you been through what I’ve been through, you would be in shouting shoes. I can dance, dance, dance dance, dance, dance, dance all night!”

Sometimes God delivers you in such a way all you can say is RELEASE!

Won’t He do it?!  Let Him do it today!

Morning Prayer:

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Today, Father God, we choose to lay these burdens at Your feet.  Amen!

Thank You, Lord for meeting me here today! | Words to Live By

What a blessedness to know the sovereign Lord of all has made personal time for us, to come near where we are, to hear the pleas and the cries of our hearts.  Don’t bypass this time.  Don’t waste this treasure.  Hold on to the grace that grants us access to the throne where we can unload every care, burden, and trouble; every worry, fear, and hope.  This is such a special meeting.  Thank You, Lord, for gracing me with Your presence and attending.

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What you sow today you will reap tomorrow | Words to Live By

What you sow today you will reap tomorrow (Galatians 6:7).

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ROBERT LOUIS STEPHENSON

Reconciling Love | Sunday School Lesson Summary for Romans 5:6-11; 8:31-39

This week’s Sunday School lesson summary is available again, just in case you missed it. Enjoy!

Devotion | “I Come Quickly!”

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Recently, while attending Bible study, this verse in Revelation 22:12 became a point of reference.  But, as I perused through the rest of the same chapter I noticed those words written in red, indicating Jesus speaking, were written exactly the same way three times: “I come quickly,” (see verses 7 and 20 also).  This really got my attention for any good Bible student knows that if Jesus repeats anything it means take special heed to.  This statement which is triple repeated is as a warning siren beckoning one to be aware of what’s about to happen.

Preoccupation with this world has so many in its clutches and has lulled multitudes into a false sense of security.  How many of our waking hours are spent on the temporary trappings of now instead of the glory that awaits our future?  Our time on this earthly sojourn is not infinite.  Time will pass.  Days will turn to night and eventually, at our proper time, we will step into eternity or as the older folk used to say, when Jesus cracks the sky – it will all be over.

Will we be ready or caught unawares?  On more than one occurrence that coming day and the Lord Jesus Christ are described as happening by surprise, as if a thief came in the night (1 The. 5:2, 4; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 3:3; 16:15).  Suddenly the end will arrive.  There will be no processional heralding His coming as during the time of His triumphal entry.  The preachers, teachers, and sharers of His Word are doing that from the pulpits, at the street meetings, and witnessing through the many avenues available even as we speak.  Rather, without warning, He shall appear.

At that time we will all be forced to answer for the life we lived while here.  What will our story tell?

As much as mankind tries to dismiss the truth of the second coming or sweep it under a spiritual rug – it will happen.  Jesus is coming back.  Now is the time to get ready.  Tomorrow is not promised.

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus,” (Revelation 22:20).

Blessings~

“Remain Strong in God!”

 

One morning as I was making a cup of coffee I ran out of creamer and had to open a new container.  I unscrewed the top and picked and picked at the protective seal underneath to no avail.  I couldn’t get it to rip off for anything.  Finally, out of frustration, I reached into the dishwasher and grabbed a knife and punctured a small hole in the top of the seal.  After that it was easy for me to put my finger in the hole and manipulate the seal for its ultimate removal.  Coffee time!

This had me thinking on how the enemy works in our lives.  As long as we stay sealed up in Christ the enemy can pick and pick but our packaging in Him remains strong.  No wonder Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1-3) felt such a compelling urge to get the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt to their full strength once again.  Wherever there is a hole or a breach in any structure it allows opportunity to an enemy to poke his nose into and gaining access to manipulate the circumstances of life.  It makes his job easier.

Paul admonishes us, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,” (1 Corinthians 15:58).  Our diligence will pay off after a while.  We must be like a wall without breach.  We must take our cue from Nehemiah to patch up any deficiencies in our spiritual walls.  We are the ones who have to be “steadfast and unmovable” to have our work count in the end.  If we stop building and maintaining our walls then they will fall to utter ruin and we will have nothing to show for our work.

We must work at the upkeep of all that God has given us.  “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9).  Our press matters.  Our work matters.  Our walls matter.  We must continue forth with the mentality of Nehemiah when he stated, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down . . .,” (Nehemiah 6:3).  The enemy wants to thwart your work so that holes and weaknesses can be left for him to poke and manipulate.  But, if we want to “reap” then we must not “faint.”  We must push forth in doing good and leave the benefits to God.

Obtaining coffee creamer this morning was a struggle until I broke the seal.  Don’t let the enemy break your seal.  Stay covered in Christ and push forth until the end for your reward is coming.  Now is not the time to give in or give up.  If necessary, ask God to help you repair what is broken that you may be whole once again.  Remain strong in God!  You can do this!

Be blessed.

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Love Others!

Love is more than the flowery speech of some. It is commitment and devotion put into action for the whole world to see. This is the same kind of love God showed toward us and this is the same kind of love we are commanded to have toward others. Learn from Jesus, our best example, so that you too can be an overcomer of love.

1 Johnn 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

We Are Praying…

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Father God,

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are praying against hopelessness and discouragement. We are praying for healing in lives that need restoration; that need to feel Your peace. We are praying for loved ones to find their way to You before it’s everlasting too late. We know that You are a God of deliverance and You can work out any situation and circumstance.

There is nothing too hard for you, O Lord. With that, we lay every burden and tear at Your feet. Even in the midst of pain and confusion we believe Your word that tells us, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” (1 Cor. 2:9). And Father God, we can’t wait to see the blessedness that You bring about after the storm. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!