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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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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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IDENTITY – Who you are in Christ

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“Beloved, now we are children of God;

and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,

but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,

for we shall see Him as He is”

~1 JOHN 3:2~ (NKJV)

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God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ.

As we become more and more like Him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be.

How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness?

BY READING AND HEEDING THE WORD

 

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By drinking deeply and regularly from the well of God’s word, our entire value system will be gradually transformed from the temporal to the eternal

 

BY STUDYING HIS (JESUS) LIFE ON EARTH THROUGH THE GOSPELS

 

(Get ready for a Life-Changing Encounter with God as we continuously seek His face)

 

BY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT

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You must be growing in your understanding and application of God’s word

 

AND BY DOING HIS WORK IN THE WORLD 

(even simple things matter)

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God is just  waiting for our YES – and He will enable and empower us to do things that is pleasing and according to His will (things that seems impossible for us to do). NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

 

Embrace Your Identity In Christ

“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22a NLT)

Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ (Galatians 2).

What this means is that you abandon any image of yourself that is not from God. You stop accepting what others have said about you, how others have labeled you, and how others have defined you.

You start believing what God says about you, that he is pleased with how he created you, and that God defines you.

You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you say you own when the bank really does.

You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).

The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are, and no one else has a vote in the matter.

This “identity issue” is an important part of living the abundant life. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of his mission because he knew exactly who he was. He knew that he mattered to God, and that gave him confidence to move purposefully in faith. (RICK WARREN)

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Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it! (Joyce Meyer)


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Time is Gold

Time is gold, don’t waste it, and don’t take it for granted, always make the best of it…

Because you never know when you might run out of it.

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DON’T WASTE TIME

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

~Ephesians 5:15-16~

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We need to be so self-controlled that we don’t waste time. That doesn’t mean that we can never do anything fun.

It doesn’t mean we can’t do things that we enjoy.

We don’t need to be rigid, stiff or boring.

But we do need to use our time wisely, choosing to give the best part of our day to spend time with God.

The word encourage us to be prepared saying, “Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come” (Proverbs 19:20).

Starting your day with God’s instruction will keep you walking in wisdom, making the most of your time.


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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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Something to remember 17 October 2015

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~John 3:16~

God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrongdoing. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve deliberately oppressed  or even murdered people, or how much you’ve abused yourself. The younger brother knew that in his father’s house there was abundant “food to spare”, but he also discovered that there was grace to spare. There is no evil that the father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for his grace.

Act 1, then, demonstrates the lavish prodigality of God’s grace. Jesus shows the father pouncing on his son in love not only before he has a chance to clean his life and evidence a change of heart, but even before he can recite his repentance speech. Nothing, not even abject contrition, merits the favor of God.

The Father’s love and acceptance are absolutely free.

~The Prodigal God~ Timothy Keller

The Parable of the Lost Son