Within

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Within, that’s where she
matters the most.
It’s not the hair
with a stylish boast.

It’s not the brows
arched to shape.
It’s not the makeup
upon her face.

She is who she is,
the woman within.
The woman found there
is where true beauty begins.

There in the places,
hidden from the sight of man,
there within, she is fitted
for God’s plan.

In the crevice of her being
there is a light that shines there
that has nothing to do
with outward beauty or hair.

Within, she is valued.
Within, she is gold.
Within, she holds treasures
of stories untold.

She is fashioned with purpose.
She is made with love.
She is uniquely created
by the Father above.

Not to be an image
of anyone else.
God designed her perfectly
to bring joy to Himself.

He knows her person
from the inside out.
The person within
is what her story’s about.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:13-17

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“Our God is in the Heavens!”

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There is futility found in the heart of a person who seeks help and solace in any other place than our true God, who resides in the heavens (Psalm 115:3).  

God is present for all if all would tear their eyes away from the worthless and look to He who is worthy.

Stop running after the idols of silver and gold. Stop seeking the works of man’s hands (Psalm 115:4) and their ideologies, and start seeking the Creator who sits high above it all. Seek Him who is “high above the nations, and his glory above the heavens” (Psalm 113:4), for our true God – the true God is there in the heavens.

The earth can only offer you earthly things and earthly solutions. Things of this natural world that capture the imagination are just that – imaginary help.  

But, our God is in the heavens, and He is real, and His help is real:

“Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.

The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 115:11-18)

If real help is what you are seeking for your life, turn your attention away from the false advertisements of this world, then turn your face, your heart, and your soul toward the true God who is in the heavens. There, you will find help for all you need in this life and the life to come.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)

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“God, Guide Me Today Prayer” + 10 More Inspirational Quotes and Verses about God’s Leading and Direction

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Father God, 

Where I go today, I pray it be only in the path You have directed for me.

If I stumble today, I pray it only be into the deep waters of grace You have provided for me.

If I fall today, I pray that it only be into the arms of Jesus where I know I am held and loved.

No matter what comes my way and no matter where You lead me, I pray that my eyes will only be focused on You; my Rock and my Stay.  Please, God, guide me today for I don’t know what the day may hold, but I do know that You are holding my day!

Amen!

Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

Psalm 37:23 – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”

Psalm 25:12 – “What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”

Charles Stanley – “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.”

Thomas Merton – “For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.”

Frederick Buechner – “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Psalm 25:10 – “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

Luke 22:42 – “Not my will, but thine, be done.”

Dr. Tony Evans – “When you realize God’s purpose for your life isn’t just about you, He will use you in a mighty way.”

Joanna Gaines – “God, . . . I trusted you with my dream and you took it far beyond what I ever could have dreamed or imagined.”

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“I will remember My covenant!”

There once was a time in our history where God, due to His righteousness in comparison to the sinfulness of mankind, had to take actions to cleanse what had become polluted. We know the familiar story of Noah and the flood, when only eight people out of all the people who lived on the earth at that time, were saved (Genesis 6-9).

In chapter eight, after the events of the flood took place and Noah built an altar to worship God (Genesis 8:20-22), God determined in His heart that He would not curse the ground in such a way ever again to destroy everything and that while the earth remained so would seedtime and harvest.

God, in chapter nine, relayed this promise to Noah and his sons, saying, “And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Genesis 9:14-15).

In the future, they had this promise to cling to because some days there would be gray skies and fearsome weather. Some days storms will blow and cause the world to look like it was being torn apart, but God said to them they had no reason to fear these times because “I will remember my covenant.”

How much comfort must those words have brought in turbulent times? How much peace must they have felt by holding on to God’s Words of His faithfulness to keep what He has spoken?

Remember the time of the Exodus? When God commanded the lamb to be slaughtered and blood to be placed on the doorpost to cover His people (Exodus 12). God spoke, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13). God had a promise that would keep His people and bless them from being destroyed.  As His covenant people, God was going to protect them!

Words such as these are pivotal to our Christian faith. They stand as reminders that, we too, are covenant people and God always keeps His covenant.

On the night of His arrest, the last Passover celebration Jesus would celebrate here on earth with His disciples, also to become known as the Lord’s Supper, Jesus spoke these words, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Through His sacrifice, they who by faith accept the Lord Jesus Christ, are found in a covenant relationship with God: “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises” (Hebrews 8:6).  

In Christ, you are secured in His holy covenant. In Christ, you have a blessed and better promise to hold on to:

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:11-15)

Regardless of the gray skies in your life and the storms that blow or even the floods that rise, God is never far from His people. The Bible reminds us of this wonderful truth, saying, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). The blood of Christ has placed us in the safest place we could be, in a pure covenant with God, and God always remembers His covenants and those who are part of it.

“I will remember my covenant”, though spoken to Noah, are words of promise that we can hold on to as children of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, today, and forevermore.  

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I AM THE LORD!

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Reading in Leviticus chapter 22, in the middle of what seems to be a bunch of rules, regulations, and requirements for offerings, these four words stand out in the midst of them all: I AM THE LORD. Looking further, you will see these words appear in this exact order seven times in this one chapter alone.

Many shy away from reading through books such as Leviticus because they can be lengthy and somewhat boring to read for some. In a book that is filled with details and sacrifice, commandments and consecrations, what to eat and what not to eat, cleanness and uncleanness, relationships and feasts, laws and penalties – all was laid out with this purpose in mind: worshipping God in the holiness He deserves, because, as He said, “I AM THE LORD!”

If you do a deeper study, you will see that these four words appear throughout this entire book, not just chapter 22, many, many more times.

The gist of it all is what I think most, even in our modern churches and lives, forget that everything we do, we do for the Lord. Our lives, our worship, are not our own. We are to be dedicated to Him and give Him what is due to His holy name.

When we come before God, we are to have a devoted mindset and heart. Our worship is to be as pure as any sacrifices offered unblemished before the Lord in the Old Testament. Our lives are to be pure and open vessels ready to receive what His Spirit pours into us, and in turn, we are to pour out His blessings into the lives of others.

What are we giving to God daily? What are we offering to Him in our times of worship?

God wants the best of us!

He wants holy lives that recognize and live for Him because of who He is: the LORD! He is God, the Author and Creator of the universe and beyond. He is as supreme as supreme can get, and He deserves to be reverenced as such. The Bible states, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Other parts of Leviticus tell us, “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God” (20:7).

God wants holiness in our lives and our worship. I love a message that pronounces blessings just as much as the next person, but without holiness, it means absolutely nothing in His sight. As a whole, we need to come back to the central theme of true holiness because the LORD requires nothing less.

I am not talking about rules and regulations, but rather hearts fully dedicated to Him because they recognize that He is the LORD, and they want to give Him the best of themselves. And, that is a holy life.
We must never lose sight of, diminish, or bring down to our level the glory and honor God deserves. He is the LORD! He is Sovereign overall! He is Master! He is Savior! He is King! “I AM THE LORD!” He exclaimed, and holiness before Him is what He desires.

Amen!

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“We all have a past…”

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We all have a past. We all had a life former to the one we now have in Christ.

The Apostle Paul taught the church of Ephesus, saying, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Ephesians 2:2,3).  

Everyone, before their conversion in Christ, walked in the ways of disobedience, and in ways that were not pleasing to the Father.  

In his teaching, this great apostle also included himself as one who fulfilled the “desires of the flesh and mind” by using the word “we”. He said, “We all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh.”

We all have a past. We all had things that were not characterized as being a godly lifestyle. Still, even if one tried to live perfectly, we all had a place and time in our history where we had to choose to trust and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior because any personal righteousness we may have thought to have had, outside of Him, it was merely “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Anything without the transformation of Jesus Christ in one’s life amounts to the sin of pride and self-sufficiency. 

 We all have a past.  

We all have things we wish we could take back and have a do-over.

While we may not be able to travel in the past to undo a wrong, we can travel forward in the newness of what Christ has done for us.  

Just staying in this one chapter of study, Ephesians 2, we see myriad promises that testify to the better that we now are, and the better that is up ahead as opposed to the past we left behind.

Verse 1 says what we were: “dead in trespasses and sins”, but, by God’s mercy and great love (vs. 4), He took what we were, changed us, and made us alive in Christ Jesus (vs. 5). 

Because of our new position in Christ, He “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (vs. 6). 

We have been “saved through faith” (vs. 8), and not because of anything we could bring to the table.

Where we once walked is not where we walk now. What we once did is not what we do now. Now, we are made for “good works” (vs. 10). We used to be “far off” and are now “made nigh by the blood of Christ” (vs. 13). 

Jesus is now our peace (vs. 14). We are now members of His body (VSS. 15-16).  

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22). 

Yes, we all have a past, but what we have now in Jesus Christ and what God has in store for our future is so much better.  

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“God is for the Unloved!”

People can live without a lot of things in this world but love is not one of them.  True love holds you in good times and bad.  Love is there for you when the storms of chaotic mess are ravaging your life.  Love shelters when you feel as though your house is being blown in by the big bad wolf.

Love.

The strongest of all of God’s attributes is love.  In fact, the Bible tells us, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8).  With that in mind, it is no wonder He is a defender of the unloved.  God knows the inner man needs the nourishment of love to help him through the struggles of this life.  He goes to bat for them filling the gap where man seems to lack.

In Genesis 29:31 we see someone who is struggling with feelings of being unloved.  It seems no matter what she does she can’t get a break or find favor with those whom she is seeking it from.  Her attempts have gone unrewarded.  Her heart lays empty from unfulfilled desire.  “Oh, to be truly loved,” must have been her silent, lamenting plea that soaked her pillow with tears as she lay her head down at night.

Man ignored her and left her feeling hated.  In such a condition, where would her life end up if not for the intervention of the Lord?

But, God stepped in.

He pays attention to those silent pleas.  God sees the heart that is rent from the lack of human compassion and kindness.  God sees the emptiness and He stands up to fight for her cause.  “And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated (other versions use the word “unloved”), he opened her womb…,” (Genesis 29:31).

This really gives us a clear view of how much God wants us to be loved.  It shows that no matter what others may or may not be doing to you or for you, God is for the unloved and the hated.  God doesn’t like to see people in a hurt condition, and if no one else will alleviate the silent suffering of this woman, then He would.

Powerful!

God’s love is no joke and how He is concerned about people who are lacking love in their lives is no joke.  God is for them.  God is for you.  Others may not always see the hurt that goes on inside, but God does.  People will not always pay attention to your tears, but God has every one of them recorded.  The psalmist said, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” (Psalm 56:8).

God knows it all.  Your hurts, your pain, your silent sufferings have not escaped His eyes of compassion.  If you are feeling unloved, turn to God today.  Unload every burdensome feeling on Him: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you,” (1 Peter 5:7).

God loves you and He wants you to feel loved.  He stepped in for Leah and satisfied her need for love and He can do the same for you too.  Let Him be your ultimate source of love.  His love is like no other.

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“Come to the Waters”

 

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters . . .” Isaiah 55:1

Come to the waters, the Lord beckons.  This world will tire you out and the pursuit of it will leave you drained.  Refreshment can only be found in Him.  As one traipsing through a desert of darkness that this world so often leads you through, His plentiful Spirit will satiate the aridness and will water your life where it was once dry.

Do you need that touch from Him?

Come!

Do you need that refreshing spring that flows from the everlasting Father?

Come!

Do you need the tenderness and hope that can only be found in the stream of His salvation?

Come!

Do you need to be rejuvenated into new birth in the waters of His spiritual deliverance?

Then, come!

Don’t lighten your pace.  Run with haste to the pool of His mercy and grace, and come.  Don’t let anyone stop you from dipping in.  Dive in with full surrender and with full abandon, and come.

A sip just won’t do.  We are thirsty for You, O God!  We have nothing to offer for the price You paid, yet, You say come.  We have no value on our own, but You speak, come anyway.  There is no good thing that dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18), but You invite us to draw near to You and come.

Come to the waters.  Step into the abundant life He so offers (John 10:10).  Come and let your soul be spiritually satisfied.  Come and take the offer of His salvation for yourself.

Come, and don’t turn away.  Don’t give up this great treasure that can only be found in God.  Don’t let the delight of what the Lord Jesus Christ bought for you on that cross slip through your fingers.

“Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live . . .” (Isaiah 55:3, NKJV).  Live in Him.  Live in the peace He offers through the pouring out of His blood.  Live a life free from spiritual drought because you were once thirsty and you came and partook of His holy waters.

Yes, this world will dry you out, but He restores, He redeems, and He puts in right fellowship with Him every thirsty soul that comes to Him and drinks.  Jesus said, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” (John 4:14).

Therefore, come to the Water!

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“My soul shall make her boast in the LORD!”

Boast, soul. Go ahead, and boast. Not in what this flesh has done. But, in what our God has done. Today is a testimony of His goodness in your life. Today says that He still wills to work in you. Therefore, boast, oh my soul, boast.

The greatness of our God is incomparable. He is lovely. And the wonder of Him is beautiful to hold in the heart.

Boast. Let His praises flow from not only your lips but from your heart, let the greatness of Him swell therein. Sing to the Lord within – carry the amazement of Him – for this is where your true boast begins.

Boast, oh my soul, boast in your God, for He alone is worthy.

“My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” Psalm 34:2

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