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Never Give Up!

24 Apr

cat hangingGod’s WordPsalms 119:89-96

God’s Attribute: God’s Word and Truth are dependable

God’s Message to me:

Today I challenge you to never give up.  I will never give up on you.  My Word and Truth are dependable, will never go out of “style” and will carry you through whatever your tomorrows hold.  Hard times will come but I will never leave nor forsake you.  Everything human has limits and boundaries but My love and forgiveness are limitless.  Even in the hardest of times I will give you moments of unspeakable joy and peace.  Just keep hanging on. 

And not only hang on but rejoice and share the joy and peace that you receive from Me.  It is there in abundance through the darkest of times—but it lies dormant until you open the eyes of your heart and let Me lead you into My fields of delight.  And once you have had a taste of My deep joy and peace you then you will become a channel of that joy and peace into the lives of others. 

As my Word and Truth are dependable, I call you to incorporate those truths into your life and be there for others.  You be the one who others can depend upon in their times of trouble.  You are My ambassador to share My Word and Truth with those whom your life touches.  Unless you share—others may never know. 

God’s Question for me: 

Can I depend upon you to never give up sharing My Word and Truth? 

God’s Promise to me:

What I say goes, and stays, as permanent as the heavens.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To remember as I treat others I am treating You.

My voice:  May You encourage others through the words I speak.

My heart:  May Your love overflow from my life into others’ lives.

My body:  To use my body to honor you by honoring others. 

God’s Comforter

1 Apr

God’s WordPsalms 119:73-80

God’s Attribute: Gives comfort

God’s Message to me:

I knew you before you were even born.  Whatever the circumstances of your birth, I saw your life laid out before you, and provided opportunities for you to follow My path of victory.  But I gave you totally free choice to choose or reject My wisdom.  How I am honored and blest when you choose to follow Me.  Draw near to Me and I will teach you what is true and right.  My comfort will surround your life so you can live life to the fullest.  Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in—I am eager to be your Comforter.

When you fix your mind on My counsel, instead of buying into the worlds bill of goods, I will give you wisdom and a deep peace that passes all understanding.  When you walk with Me at your side you can hold your head high with confidence for you know victory is in store.  The world tries to make you fit into its mold of self-centeredness, but I call you to live a selfless life.  Receiving from Me and giving to others is what life is all about.  I give to you so you can give to others.

I give you love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control so you can give these same attributes to others.  In the same way, My comfort I give you, not just for you to be comfortable but for you to be a comforter for others.

God’s Question for me

Will you step outside of your comfort zone and extend My comfort to those in need?

God’s Promise to me:

To the extent that you comfort others—I comfort you!

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: May I always seek to be Your comforter to others.

My voice:  To speak comforting words whatever the situation.

My heart:  May Your love flow into others lives through my heart.

My body:  To be your vessel of comfort to the hurting around me.

God Guides

23 Dec

God’s Word:  Matthew 2wise-men

God’s Message:   (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

The Wise Men followed My star to find Mary, Joseph and Jesus.  Along the way, they encountered the arch-enemy of the child Jesus—Herod—the power-hungry king who even murdered his own sons to prevent them from taking his place as king.  “What?” Herod said. “There has been a new-born king?”  Herod pretended desire to worship this new king and told the Wise Men to let him know where He had been born.

An angel was sent to warn the wise men not to return to Herod.  Joseph too was warned by an angel to flee from Bethlehem to Egypt, because Herod was on the hunt for the child.  He obeyed and fled to Egypt.  Wicked Herod, enraged that he could not find the child, ordered all baby boys near Bethlehem murdered.  Joseph and his family remained in Egypt until after the death of Herod.  Once again, I sent an angel to tell Joseph it was safe to return home.

As I guided the circumstances around the birth and life of Jesus, I too am willing and eager to guide your life.  And I have a distinct vantage point that you are unable to see.  I can see the result of each of your choices.  Even though some of your foolish choices lead you down blind alleys—I will never leave nor forsake the one who turns to Me.  Instead of waiting until you are facing a brick wall—invite My guidance in your daily decisions.  My path doesn’t always lead through a rose garden but My daily presence in your life can give the bleakest of circumstances the fragrance of peace and inner joy.

God’s Question:  Are you happy with where your life is going?  Could you use a little help from Me?  I only come to help when invited.

God’s Promise:  The one who obeys the leading in My Word can be assured of My daily guiding presence.  Never will I turn from you.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for your promise of guidance and I give myself to You.

I am sorry I am so easily tempted to stray from your guiding wisdom.

Thank You for forgiving and accepting me back into Your grace.

Help me to look to Your Word and listen to Your guidance.

 

Jesus’ Family Tree

22 Dec

God’s Word:  Matthew 1jesus-family-tree

God’s Message:   (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Your family tree carries the history of your family but it doesn’t determine your destiny.  Each generation makes its own choices—for good or ill.  For the person who loves Me and looks to Me for guidance, even in their failures, I will make all things work together for good.  The family tree of Jesus was not made up of perfect people.  There were liars, cheaters, wife stealers, selfish people, and the whole gamut of sins.   Jesus did not let his ancestry determine his destiny.  He chose a destiny to live and die for others sake.

Joseph, the man I chose to be the husband of Mary, Jesus mother, was handpicked by Me, based upon the choices he made in life—not because of his heritage.  He was a good man that I knew would care for and train Jesus in His growing up years.  Joseph chose his destiny when he believed the angel I sent in a dream.  The message he received was not an easy one to swallow.  “His girlfriend was pregnant with a Spirit-conceived son.”

Rather than dismiss the dream, and Mary as his intended, he did just what the angel commanded him.  He married Mary but did not consummate the marriage until after Jesus was born.  Mary gave birth to Jesus as a virgin.  The angel gave Joseph the name for the baby—“Jesus—meaning ‘God saves.’”  Loved one—I orchestrated the writing of the Bible as the family tree of humanity.  As you read and heed, you will come face to face with Jesus, My Son, sent to bring you salvation.

God’s Question: What destiny are you choosing for your life?

God’s Promise: To those who choose to align their destiny with My higher purposes for life—there is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for giving us wisdom in choosing our destiny.

I am sorry that I often ignore Your wisdom and make foolish choices.

Thank You for Jesus’ forgiveness that covers the faults of my choices.

Help me to daily align my life with your purposes for living and live in victory, come what may.

 

Joy to The World

21 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 2:8-20joy

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

You may wonder why I chose shepherds to receive the first announcement of Jesus’ birth.  I wanted it understood, from the very beginning, that Jesus’ birth was good news to everyone, starting with the lowly.  The first to hear the greeting from the angel were those shepherds that were on-watch.  They set aside their own need for sleep to guard the sheep and other shepherds for which they had accepted responsibility.  Good shepherds are selfless—they are top on my priority list. That is why I gave them a front row seat at the huge angelic choir on that night of Jesus’ birth.

The shepherds not only heard the news—they went into action.  They ran to find Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.  Then they spread the good news of this birth to everyone they met along the way.  All who heard the story from them were impressed.  They spoke with passion and conviction.  When Jesus later called Himself the Good Shepherd, He may have had these who visited Him in the manger in mind.

Therefore, you do not need to know the Bible from cover to cover to be My ambassador.  Share the information you do have with everyone you meet along your life’s pathway. As you share, I am with you and help you understand more and more, plus developing your appetite for learning more of My Word.  It’s all good. . . .very good.  My joy of salvation is good news for the whole world.  But how will they know unless someone tells them.  You are that someone to the little part of the world that surrounds your daily life.  Live it–share it.

God’s Question: Who will be in heaven because of your life?

God’s Promise: Peace to all who follow Christ’s example.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for sharing Jesus with our world.

I am Sorry I am not sharing Him more with others.

Thank You for giving me the JOY of Your salvation.

Please help me be a joy to others on Your behalf.

No Room!

20 Dec

God’s Word: Luke 2:1-7baby-jesus

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Have you any room for Jesus?  Do you suppose the owner of the Inn that turned Mary and Joseph away wished later he would have given up his room and went to the barn himself?  How many times have you looked back and wished you would have made a different choice?  When making a choice, you are looking at the situation from one vantage point—yours!  That, my friend, is why the world is in so much chaos even today.  Everyone looks out for his own good, without regard to the welfare of others.

I offer you this information on making choices in your life.  Look for every opportunity to bless another person—regardless of what it may cost you.  Jesus came to earth to set the example.  His entire life was lived for others—to bless, encourage, teach and heal. Who is being blessed today because of what you are doing for others?  There is NO satisfaction in living to please self.  You are never satisfied.  Never!  Jesus’ example showed that instead, you should never be satisfied with the number of people you can bless.  Keep reaching out to more.

If there is NO ROOM in your heart to bless others, there is NO ROOM for Jesus.  Serving others is serving Jesus—literally.  Good deeds done to make you look good hold no satisfaction.  Only when you set self aside can begin to realize Jesus’ heart of love and compassion.  Emulate Jesus—become His hands and feet of mercy to a hurting world.  He considered no cost to be too great to offer you a room in heaven.  As a matter of fact, He promised that there is a room reserved with your name on it.  You could never do enough good to repay Him for shedding His life’s blood to purchase that room.

God’s Question: Who are you living to bless?

God’s Promise: My heart is blessed as I see you bless others.

My Prayer to God:

I Praise You for Jesus’ willingness to suffer in my place.

I am Sorry I live so selfishly rather than for others.

Thank You for Jesus’ example for me to follow.

Please help me expand my heart to make room for others.

Promises that Rejuvenate

8 Dec

God’s WordPsalms 119:49-56promise

God’s Attribute: God’s promises rejuvenate us

God’s Message to me:

My Word is so much more than an accurate history and prophecy book—it is My Book of promises.  My promises could be likened to a legally binding declaration that gives you (the reader) a right to expect or to claim the performance or withholding of a specified act.  As I said to Joshua, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” I say that to all who seek to follow My words of wisdom.  I do not change My mind.  You can count on My promises and I hope that rejuvenates you!

Those who say “my word is my bond” are saying that you can expect them to do what they say—without fail.  I too can say MY WORD IS MY BOND.  How are you doing at living out your word?  Can others depend upon you to do what you say?  Countless numbers of people make promises to Me and then fail to carry them out.  A vow is a promise to Me.  Be careful that you do not fail to carry out your vows.

Promises rejuvenate when you have confidence in the promise giver.  Please know for certain that My promises will never fail to be fulfilled.  So, live that others can be rejuvenated by your promises.  They will when they can so trust you that they know you will keep your word.  What a legacy you leave when you are a promise keeper.

God’s Question for me

As you know you can trust My promises are others as assured that you will keep your promises?

God’s Promise to me:

My Word will never fail.

My Prayer to Emulate God’s Attributes:  I Pledge:

My mind: To connect my thoughts to Your Word and live them out.

My voice:  To always fulfill what I say I will do.

My heart:  To love all others with Your sacrificial love.

My body:  To serve others as though I were serving You.

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