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“God is all powerful and knows what He is doing”

Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world where both believers and unbelievers are hit with the tragic consequences of sin.

God allows evil for a time although he often turns it around for good (Romans 8:28). We may have no answers as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure he is all powerful and knows what He is doing.

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“God providentially works all things together for good for His people according to His purpose”

We may have no answers  as to why God allows evil, but we can be sure He is all powerful and knows what He is doing. The next time you face trials and dilemmas see them as opportunities to turn to God for your strength.

You will find a God  who only desires to show His love and compassion to you. If you can trust Him in pain, confusion and loneliness, you will win the victory and eliminate doubt, one of satan’s  greatest footholds in your life.

Make God your foundation. You can never be separated from His love.

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~Life Application Bible~

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Faith

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast”

~Ephesians 2:8-9~ NIV

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When someone gives you a gift do you say, That’s very nice – now how much do I owe you? No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank you”. Yet, how often Christians, even after they have given the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God.. Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise and joy.

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“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh  the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

~1 John 5:4 KJV~

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Jesus never promised that obeying Him would be easy. But the hard work and self-discipline of serving Christ is no burden to those who love Him. And if our load starts to feel heavy, we can always trust Christ to help us bear it.

Too often, Father, I try to think my way through my problems rather than feeling my way. Open my heart so that I might know Your Love in the deepest way possible. Amen

 

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Spiritual Refreshment

“For this is what the high and exalted One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

~ISAIAH 57:15 NIV~

 

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“In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed”

~EXODUS 31:17 ESV~

 

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The giver of life is also the renewer of hope, and He is ready and waiting to fill you with new life, new hope – to transform your heart and lift you out of the pit. All you have to do is ask.

Breath of life, breath into me Your sweet joy and peace.

Help me see the coming years as an opportunity to discard the old and embrace the new.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 


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Ambassador for Christ

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”

~EPHESIANS 4:1-3 ESV~

God has chosen us to be Christ’s representative on earth. In light of this truth, Paul challenges us to live lives worthy of the calling we have received – the awesome privilege of being called Christ’s very own.

This includes being humble, gentle, patient, understanding and peaceful. People are watching your life.

Can they see Christ in you?

How well are you doing as His representative?

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Waiting

Let God use times of waiting to mold and shape your character.

Let God use those times to purify your life and make you into a clean vessel for His service.

~Henry Blackaby and Claude King~

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The ability to wait in the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and what God is doing. It means confidence in God’s person; confidence in His wisdom, love, timing, and understanding of our situation and that of the world. It means knowing and trusting in God’s principles, promises, purposes and power.

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