Philippians 4:6-7do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever sat down and evaluated your life? Have you noticed where God has brought you from? Can you see growth within yourself? So often in our lives, we miss the move of God because we are in the wrong position. We never sit down long enough to see where the Lord has brought us from. We become focused on our own agendas. We’re constantly moving. Constantly doing something. Are you a better person than you were this time last year? Have you graduated to new levels? Are you still imprisoned by the same test and storms as last year?
Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My friend, When You Look Back Over Your Life … can you see how good God has been? (Briefly close your eyes) Think back to the time in your life when nothing seemed certain. Think back to the time when your back was pressed against the wall. The time when you had no money, no peace, no joy, no job, no vehicle, no spouse nor children. Think back to the time when your friends walked away. The time when sickness attacked your body. The time when depression attempted to destroy you. The time when death tried to overtake you. The Bible declares in Genesis 18:14 - Is any thing too hard for the LORD? … When You Look Back Over Your Life … have you neglected to give God the rightful praise? When no one understood your pain, God gave you comfort (John 14:26). When no one could be trusted, God reminded you of all He has done for you (Psalms 118:8). When you wanted to give up on life, God strengthened you (2 Corinthians 12:10).
My brother, my sister, what are you currently facing today? What decision are you battling with today? Have you forgotten about all of the things God has done for you? Dear friend, When You Look Back Over Your Life … you will notice that God never forgot about you. The Bible declares in Psalms 91:1 - He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. When attacks came against you, God was your shield (Psalms 28:7). When the weapon was formed against you, God promised that it would not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). When cancer or any other disease tried to take you out, God sent Jesus to die for your healing (Isaiah 53:5). When You Look Back Over Your Life … you have to testify that God has been good.
Thought to Ponder: Is your current problem greater than your eternal Father?
It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My brother, my sister, did you wake up this morning in a hurry? Rushing to get you and the kids ready. Rushing to get things in order without being late for work or class. Did you get out of bed dragging? Hating the fact you have to go to work or class another day. You are concerned something is going to go wrong. While getting your kids ready, did you gripe and moan the entire time? You nagged about everything they did or did not do. While you were in the shower, did you complain to the Lord about “that job” you hate? Knowing you need the job, you go but you complain the entire time you are getting dressed and the entire ride there.
My friend, we should be ashamed of ourselves. As faithful as God is to each of us, we spend more time complaining about what He is not doing for us than thanking Him for all He has and is doing. It is a shame to think our personal, intimate time with the Lord is spent murmuring about all that is wrong in our lives. We complain about everything from clothes to traffic. Beloved, Just Tell Him, “Thank You!” Learn how to thank the Lord in stead of wasting His time being ungrateful. Do you realize there are many people who would love to have what you have? They would love to have what you consider worthless. The Bible declares in Psalms 100:4 - Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
From this day forth, Just Tell Him, “Thank You!” Thank Him for …
·This morning’s rising AND Last night’s lying down
·The food on the table AND Clothes on your back
·Healthy kids AND Activity of your limbs
·Being in your right mind
·A job to go to AND A car to drive each and every day
·Peace in the midst of the storm
·Shelter from the devil and every demon under his authority
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray, He gave them what we know as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13). As you meditate on each phrase, you’ll see how The Lord’s Prayer touches on each facet of our lives and God’s character. It is a wonderfully complete outline for our prayers and is a good model to build on. As we pray The Lord’s Prayer, we begin by acknowledging God’s sovereign fatherhood when we say, “Our Father, who art in heaven.”
Then we adore His name. Because His name represents His nature, we praise His very being when we say the next phrase, “Hallowed be Thy name.”
Next, we must be concerned about the extension of His kingdom. We must care that people should come to know Him and submit to Him, so we say, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Then we turn to our personal concerns and ask God for our daily bread — not only literal bread, but whatever we need to carry out His work. This prayer is for His daily provision for our immediate needs, and so we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
Next comes a prayer of release from sin and guilt, the prayer of confession, repentance, and forgiveness: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Here we are asking God for His grace in our relationships with other people, because His forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others go hand in hand. If we are going to expect answered prayer, we must be willing to forgive other people, even as God is willing to forgive us.
Finally, we seek God’s protection from temptation and evil: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” We ask Him to keep us walking in His way, so that we might be covered by His power and anointing and might not be susceptible to evil influences.
Another way to pray is to organize your prayer time according to the different modes of prayer. The first part should be praise for our heavenly Father, followed by intercession for the needs of others. Then, in prayers of petition, you ask for your own needs to be met. All prayer should close with praise and thanksgiving to our Father, who out of His love for us provides answers to our prayers.
Conclude prayer with praise, like Jesus concluded The Lord’s Prayer, saying, “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever, Amen.” (Matthew 6:13b)
Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. It is the most intimate relationship with the Creator you can have. In prayer, the depths of your spirit are in communion with the depths of the Spirit of God. Out of this can come instruction, guidance, and suggestions for new focal points in your prayers.
It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My brother, my sister, in obedience to the Holy Spirit I want to send you this short, life-changing devotional.
God forgives you…
·In spite of all you have done wrong in your life.
·In spite of all you have thought wrong.
·In spite of all you have forgotten to do.
·In spite of your inconsistencies.
·In spite of the lies the devil has spoken in your ears.
·In spite of your past failures.
·In spite of your times of stumbling and falling.
·In spite of your internal battles.
·In spite of the gossipers and liars around you.
·In spite of your lack of discipline.
·In spite of your bad decisions.
·In spite of the times you acted against God’s will.
In spite of it all, beloved, …
God Forgives You!
(Romans 5:8 - But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.)
My friend, yes your past mistakes are many but are they greater than God (Genesis 18:14)? Yes you have stumbled and at times fallen, but are you outside of God’s reach (Isaiah 59:1)? Yes you have done many things that displease God, but He still forgives you. NOW, do you forgive yourself?
Just wanted to know that I have finals this week, so I may be a little absent. I will be on as soon as I fill in the last bubble on my scantron! Be blessed and keep me in your prayers as I am working hard this week! Have a great week all :)
I'm a Christian and I've been struggling with premarital sex, I know it's wrong, but it's hard. We've been together for a while, he is agnostic. I don't know what to do. I've been praying about it, but the simple idea of never seeing him again breaks my heart and brings me to tears. How do you walk away from love? I don't think I have the strength, I have prayed and asked the Lord for strength, but I just don't understand. Leaving him for not following Christ seems wrong in a way.I'm so confused
As someone who engaged in premarital sex and has been celibate for 2 years now, I can understand the struggle you may have with abstaining from sex, but as a Christian it is something that God has commanded of us. I know it can be hard, and God knows that as well. He is the one who designed and created sex, and our urges, but as a part of the Christian walk and a fruit of the Spirit, we are called to have self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Bible also stresses that we as Christians are supposed to be the image of Christ to others as in 1 Corinthians 9:27 it states “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” Meaning that non-believers may be confused about what being a Christian is because of wrong our actions. (I know we are not perfect in every area although)
Abstinence is God’s only policy when it comes to sex before marriage. Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and, most importantly, honors God.
Since God has designed sex, it is good, but only in the boundaries of marriage. God gave man and woman the joy and pleasure of sexual relations within the bounds of marriage, and the Bible is clear about the importance of maintaining sexual purity within the boundaries of that union between man and wife (Ephesians 5:31).
What God says about sexual purity is this. “You should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God.” “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; 7).
I noticed that you said you have been praying for a while, and I was wondering if God has given you answer yet, which I am assuming He has since you have been battling against yourself back and forth to the point of tears. Sometimes you just have to be faithful, trust God, and obey what he has commanded of you.
For a Christian, dating a non-Christian is unwise. 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us not to be “unequally yoked” with an unbeliever. The imagery is of two incompatible oxen sharing the same yoke. Instead of working together to pull the load, they would be working against each other.
The Bible also says, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ (1 Corinthians 15:33). (Which could be seen in you having contradicting thoughts about premarital sex yet still engaging in it, and him being okay with it.)
Having any kind of intimate relationship with an unbeliever can quickly turn into something that is a hindrance to your walk with Christ. We are called to evangelize the lost, not be intimate with them. There is nothing wrong with building quality friendships with unbelievers, but that is as far as it should go.
Therefore you need to ask yourself, what is your priority, romance or winning a soul for Christ? And how would the quality of this relationship be built and maintained if you disagree on the most crucial issue in the universe—the Lord Jesus Christ?
It’s not that you would be leaving him for not following Christ, but rather you chose your fully, deserving Savior over him. You should really talk to your boyfriend about this, and if he truly loves you, he will understand, not want to hinder something so important to you, even if it causes your relationship to end. And if you really love him, tell him about the gospel, and continue to pray for his salvation, even if you guys do not remain invovled romatically. I know it can be hard, but take this step of faith in your weakness, for God will be your strength! (2 Corinthians 12:10) Choose Jesus, as He has already chosen you. The most important thing in this world is your relationship with Jesus, which will last forever. God Bless <3
“You mean so much that Heaven would touch the face of humankind for you. How special you are revel in your day. You’re fearfully & wonderfully made. You’re wonderfully made.”—Skillet (via southern05belle)
"Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God."
I have thought about this statement quite a bit… and it is pretty powerful! I think about times in my life when I was jealous, and of course I only have my sinner of version it. But I just remember feeling like there was a fire burning inside of me. It always revolved around a guy that I “thought” I was madly in love with, and a girl who was trying to “take” him away from me. When I say him, I mean all of him. His time, attention, affection, money, love… I mean everything that this person had to offer! I would usually just want to walk up, and punch the girl who was taking what should be rightfully mine! And so now when I channel those feelings of jealousy, wrath, and disappointment, I think “WOW”, how many times a day does God have these feelings for us?
"…do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything" How many of us have idols that we carry around? There’s a long list of things it can be, but the bottom line is, it is something that we allow to take our time, energy, attention, affection, money, love… everything, that we should be giving to God. For the Hebrews at this time, their idols ranged from false cow gods, to trying to preserve the manna from the sky. And it was all unpleasing to God, and surely made Him jealous.
An idol is defined as “something adorned, often blindly or excessively”. You would be surprised at some of the things that become idols to people. It could be something that a person even just thinks about excessively or allows to constantly worry them (another sin, to discussed at another time).
I know a woman who had 3 abortions, and 1 adoption in her youth and she carried that burden around with her for 20 years. It became an idol, although she had since repented, and now was living a Christian life, she allowed it to always be on her mind (taking time, affection, and attention). She lost her peace as well, because she always feared that her children with her husband would be hurt or killed because of her past. She allowed that to be her idol. It dictated everything she did in everyday life.
I have idols myself, and for each person it is different. Some it may be a fear, some a significant other, and maybe even tumblr for a large few! Lol. But it is important to figure out what idols exist in our lives. We are taking away time, energy, attention, affection, love, and so forth that belongs to God, and he rightfully deserves! I think that there is so much beauty in knowing that God is Jealous for me, but I also what Him to punch out those idols my life, so I can fully be His! That I give Him what is His… and that is my life! Wholly His, & Fully Surrendered!
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It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Have you ever felt unfulfilled? No matter what you accomplished in your life, you always felt empty within? From the outside you seem so successful, but on the inside you are broken. You are surrounded by people, places and things that always applaud you. People say, “I want to be like him/her.” You have achieved great things, BUT why do you feel a void? So often in our lives, we never submit our will to the Will of the Lord. We follow our own blueprints. We have our own agenda. Does this sound like anyone you know? Does this sound like you?
Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. What do you do when your success leaves you broken? What do you do when your accomplishments leave you alone? My friend, There’s a Higher Calling For You! God has more in store for you. Ask yourself this question: why do I feel incomplete? The Bible declares in Proverbs 16:9 - A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. There is much more to your life than what you currently see. God has a purpose for you to uphold. You are the righteousness of God. You are a son and a daughter of the Most High God. The Bible declares in Psalms 37:23 - The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
My brother, my sister, There’s a Higher Calling For You! There’s more work for you to complete. I know things seem cloudy right now. You cannot see the sun shining in your life. Everything and everyone has lost hope in you. You feel beaten, battered and bruised. You wonder what the Lord is trying to teach you. The Bible declares in Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to H;s purpose. You must know things will work together for your good. God will not fail you. He will not leave you stranded. There’s a Higher Calling For You! There’s more God has in store for you.
Thought to Remember: If your life feels incomplete, now is the time to surrender to the God of all completion.
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
It’s a wonderful day to be a child of God. Today, I have been commissioned to come and minister to you. My brother, my sister,
Kick The devil Out … NOW!
Once you discern it is him, do not play with him … get rid of him. The Bible declares in James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Beloved, stop trying to negotiate with the devil. he is not your friend and he definitely does not care about you. You know what you need to do … so do it … NOW!