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Always Be Grateful

Always Be Grateful

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds (NIV).

Psalm 9:1

Always Be Grateful

We live in a society where you don’t see gratefulness every day. People seem to be complaining about something constantly. Things have become so fast-paced all around us that it’s challenging to slow down and embrace the beautiful things right in front of us. But that’s exactly what God has called us to do. If we ask for His help in prayer, He will help us take the time to see and appreciate all of the blessings that He has filled our lives with.

We often go through life chasing a big dream, sacrificing so much along the way. When we finally get there, we realize that we have missed all the important things in life. It becomes clear to us that what we considered the small things were actually the big things all along. Everything that we need in life was really there all along. We spend so much time looking towards the future that we can’t see how much God has blessed us today.

Recognize those blessings that God has filled your life with, and share them with others. Help others to see the things they should be grateful for in life. All of these things point back to the Lord and inspire us in our faith. God helps us to reset our priorities and find meaning in the everyday occurrences in our lives.

Living life with a grateful heart opens us up to abundant peace, love, and joy. This life is the kind of reality that God desires for us to experience. When we invite God into our hearts, He begins His transformative work and transforms our perception from the inside out. He wants to show you all of the blessings in your life. Are you ready to walk with Him today?

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Connected Through Prayer

Connected Through Prayer

Connected Through Prayer

Prayer is communication from us straight to the Lord. We do not need anyone to go on our behalf; we can talk to Him directly. When we need direction in life, we can go to Him. When we feel thankful and blessed, we can go to Him. When we are sorrowful, we can go to Him. Praying continually keeps us connected to God and others. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” This verse tells us exactly how we should pray. 

God longs for us to communicate with Him. When we pray, we should express the joy He has given us. Joy does not necessarily mean happiness, but instead an inexpressible feeling that God gives us in all circumstances. Never stop praying; always stay in communication with God. Pray in the morning and thank Him for a new day. Pray as you go throughout your day, as you make decisions and are faced with difficult circumstances. Pray in the evening and spend time with the Lord, and pray for those in need and your own relationship with the Lord. As this verse says, be thankful through everything, knowing that you belong to Jesus. He is with you and will lead you and guide you. When you pray, give Him thanks for all He has done; praise Him for the blessings in your life.

The best part about having a relationship with Christ and praying is that it does not matter who you are, how much education you have, what type of job you have, or how long you have been a Christian. Prayer is what ties us together as Christians. We can pray individually and strengthen our own relationship with the Lord, and we can pray corporately with other believers for unity and peace. 

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You Were Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

You Were Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

You Were Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Did everything in this world come about due to a big bang? Or were we specifically created and uniquely designed? This is a debate that has been discussed throughout generations. Which of these theories brings you more comfort? For me, I choose to believe that I was a product of a God who loves me and chose me to be His child. If I am wrong at the end of this life, I have lost nothing. But if I believe in anything other than God creating me and I deny God, I lose everything. So why not believe in a creator? In a world where we praise innovators, authors, inventors, and creators, why wouldn’t we want to believe that God knit us together? Psalm 139 is one of the most specific scriptures detailing how the Lord created us and how He feels about us. 

David knew and understood how much the Lord loved His people and how He created them to love Him. This Psalm details David’s understanding about the characteristics of God. His relationship was so intimate with God the Father, and his writings show how much He loved the Lord. He understood how the Lord knew everything about him, from the number of hairs on his head to his very thoughts. He praised God as Creator, the One who knit him together. He understood that there is nowhere man can go where he is out of the presence of the Lord. He knew there was nothing he could hide from the Lord, for He knew every thought and every word! The Psalmist especially knew how intricately he was made by the Creator Himself. He formed us with His own hands. Look at a little baby and how uniquely each one is made. Look at the specific DNA and how everything has to work together to create a little life. 

David ends Psalm 139 by proclaiming how precious God’s thoughts are to him and a plea for God to search Him and know his heart. May you know Him in the intimate way David knew God.  

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Surrender to Live like Jesus

Surrender to Live like Jesus

Surrender to Live like Jesus

What do you think of when you hear the word surrender? Do you picture one side surrendering to another in a war? Or a criminal surrendering to authorities? Maybe you think of a low time in your life when you surrendered all hope. The world tends to portray surrendering as a sign of weakness or shame. However, the word surrender means so much more in relation to the Christian life. 

Surrendering means giving up control over your own life into the control of another, specifically into the Lord’s control. Galatians 2:20 gives us a perfect picture of surrender: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Throughout time a white flag has signified the surrender of a person or group to someone else. White can also symbolize death, so when we give our lives over to the Lord in surrender, we are saying that we no longer want to control our own lives and we are putting our old lives to death and taking up a new life in Christ. Surrender is a beautiful thing. When we have exhausted every resource and find that we can no longer make it on our own, we can surrender to the love of the Lord. Romans 5:5 says that we can have hope and hope will not disappoint us. He will never let us down. He knows us fully, knows what we need, and is a good caretaker. When the world says fight for what you want and never surrender, the Bible says to offer yourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Everyday put Christ above yourself and your own wants and desires. As Christians, we surrender everyday so that we can continuously focus on God instead of us. 

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Know Jesus Know Peace

Know Jesus, Know Peace

Know Jesus Know Peace

To know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord is to know peace. True peace. There are two types of peace in this world: worldly peace and godly peace. John MacArthur, a theologian and Bible teacher, describes worldly peace as just the absence of trouble (MacArthur, 2016). This makes perfect sense when looking at world events. When two countries cease fighting, they have peace, literally the absence of trouble. When siblings are getting along, they have peace, the absence of trouble. This type of peace is temporary and can vanish in an instant. Godly peace is so much more. MacArthur says that “Biblical peace is unrelated to circumstances; it is a goodness of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside.” (MacArthur, 2016). True biblical peace has nothing to do with outside circumstances and everything to do with the heart.

Something miraculous happens when someone comes to know Christ. God places His Holy Spirit in their heart and life and with that comes His peace. This person no longer needs to control and lead his or her own life, but they now have the Spirit leading and guiding them. They have peace in the midst of turmoil. God never promises to take away the trials in our lives, but He does promise we won’t be alone. He is there with us through the Holy Spirit, breathing His peace over them. With the Holy Spirit, Christians can take comfort knowing that God Himself is within their midst. 

Have you ever met someone who was diagnosed with cancer or another disease, and yet they seemed like life was still the same for them? They were okay with their diagnosis and trusted the Lord to carry them through. We don’t see what happens on the inside, their struggle, or the battle that may be raging within, but we do see a peace on the outside. With God in your life, you will have an ever-present peace that quiets your soul and helps you know that you can trust in the Lord no matter what the outcome. May you feel His peace today!

MacArthur, J. (2016, August 18). The gift of peace. Retrieved February 03, 2021, from https://www.gty.org/library/articles/P21/the-gift-of-peace

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Gratitude Is The Best Attitude

Gratitude Is The Best Attitude

Gratitude Is The Best Attitude

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful.  It is good to give thanks, and to do so at all time. When counting your blessings, be sure to give thanks for what God has done for you and for whom He is. Having an attitude of gratitude will prevent negative emotions, which are generally toxic. Let’s take a look at some of the importance of gratitude;

  1. Gratitude opens the door for more. 

The Lord Jesus on a certain day encountered ten lepers who asked Him to have mercy on them. In response, He said to them, “…Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed” (Luke17:14).Notice that Jesus didn’t tell the lepers, “You’re healed.” He just gave them an instruction, and they went in obedience to the Word. As they went, they were cleansed! Then one of the lepers, who realized he had been healed, returned to give glory to God and the Lord answering, said, “…Were there not ten cleansed but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made you whole” (Luke 17:17-19). In giving God thanks, you receive more than healing; you receive wholeness! Some people fail to notice the supernatural things God does for them, and therefore fail to give Him thanks. Remember, they don’t have to be spectacular to be supernatural. Your ability to recognize His blessings in your life, and glorify Him as a result, will take you from “being healed” to “being made whole.” As our text reveals, the Samaritan that returned to give thanks received much more than healing; he was made whole. Everything he had lost because of the leprosy was restored to him. This is particularly significant because leprosy eats up the victim’s extremities and leaves scars. The fact that someone is healed of it doesn’t mean he’d have his affected body parts restored. But the grateful Samaritan positioned himself for
more when he returned to give the Lord thanks. In giving God thanks, you open the door for more miracles and blessings in your life.

  1. Gratitude leads to Joy.

Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationshipsJoy comes with gratitude. Everything changes when your heart is filled with thanksgiving and gratefulness. Are you the kind of person that is constantly complaining about this and that? Complaining will drain your Joy and Strength. A person with an attitude of gratitude cannot be held captive by the spirit of despair, frustration, or sadnessPeople who are ungrateful are always grumpy. God wants you to be joyful in the midst of every circumstance. The more you are grateful, the happier you are.

  1. Gratitude pleases God.

God desires your praise and he prefers it to animal sacrifices. Ps 69:30-31. He is pleased when you are thankful.

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Have Faith

Have Faith – God’s Got You Covered

Have Faith – God’s Got You Covered

Keep Calm and Have Faith.

In a world of uncertainties, many approach each day with trepidation as the many events that continue to unfold can be frightening as well as disheartening.  The hopeful are now becoming hopeless, the strong are now becoming weak and the brave are losing their courage to fight in becoming victorious on this journey of life.  Yes, there are many challenges today and there will be many more ahead of us but you can rest in the calm assurance that God has not forgotten you and he has you covered.  God sees and he understands everything that you experience and He stands ready to cloth you in His garment of peace, love, joy, compassion and protection.

Placing your complete trust in Him is not always easy, especially when the storms of life are raging and you are fighting against the currents that are threatening to engulf you.  In the midst of this threat however, you cannot afford to give up so stay on board.  You are not alone as God will never leave you nor forsake you.  You can rise above the challenges when you seek to pray,  trust God and believe that He will do all that He says He will do in your life.

It is God’s desire for His children to receive all the blessings that He has in store and by faith you can remain hopeful knowing that the promises of God will be manifested in your life. God loves you in spite of your weaknesses and when you confess your sins and surrender all to Him, He is willing and able to give you the strength you need to overcome life’s challenges. Even when you may feel helpless, stand in faith knowing that God loves you unconditionally and He will provide your daily sustenance.

He shall cover thee with His feathers and under His wings shalt thou trust, his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4 kjv. God’s arms of protection are also available to shield you from the many calamities of life. God is faithful… you cannot burden Him, you cannot weary Him but He who invites His children to seek shelter in Him is always inviting you to run to His arms of safety where you can find peace as you nestle close to a heart that throbs with parental love and care. Stand strong in faith and watch God perform His mighty works in your life. Seasons change, plans fail but God’s love for you will never change.  God continues to outpour His tremendous blessings and if He continues to care for the birds of the air, how much more important are His children who He even chose to die for?  Do not worry or become distressed about anything around you that sometimes causes you to quiver in fear. Seek God each day and allow Him to fulfill His will in your life.  The road may be rocky at times but you are never alone.  Be hopeful; be joyful because you are covered by God.

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Keep Calm and Pray

Keep Calm and Pray

Keep Calm and Pray

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (NIV). - Philippians 4:6-7

There’s no denying it: life can be challenging. The demands on our schedules seem to mount daily, and we find little time for rest. It’s no wonder why anxiety is affecting the hearts of so many people today. It’s a real problem and one that seems nearly insurmountable. Thankfully, the Bible has a simple but powerful solution to this challenge that we face.

In Phillippians 4:6, we are told to replace our worry with prayer. It’s a tough discipline to master, but if we’re diligent, we can achieve it. We must take every anxious thought captive and resolve to give it to God. He can handle anything that we bring to Him and replace it with His immeasurable peace. If we ask Him to help us tackle this challenge, He will show up in a big way.

When we replace our worry with prayer, Jesus guards our hearts and minds. We can live out every day with God’s peace, which is unlike anything we’ve ever known. God desires to take your anxiety away and give you freedom from worry. The starting point of this newfound way of life is prayer. All you must do is keep calm and pray.

Communication is vital to every relationship, and prayer is how we talk to God. He is available at all times and in all circumstances. There is nothing that you can’t bring to God in prayer. When you do, incredible things will happen. He will renew your heart and mind, setting you free from the chains of worry that have bound you for so long. What are you waiting for? God wants to speak with you today.

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Let Your Light Shine Before Others

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine Before Others

This world is full of darkness and all sorts of evil deeds. As all are found to have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. None finds themselves doing what is right on their own.

Jesus Christ then comes into this dark world and announces that He is the light of the world that He whoever follows Him shall not walk in darkness anymore but have the light of life.

But unfortunately men found themselves desiring to walking in darkness in fear that their evil deeds will be exposed. But however, the scripture says that and the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Those now who believe in Jesus Christ and get born again, and they have been turned from darkness to light.( Acts 26:18)

Therefore as people of the light much is expected from them. They should make sure that they make an impact in this world by walking and shining the light of Jesus Christ.

Salvation is never a private issue, those already in the light are called upon to rise up and shine brightly to the world. No more hiding nor being ashamed of testifying about the light.

Jesus Christ compared born again believers to a city that is set on a hill which can never be hidden. And also believers are a lamp that instead of being put under a basket should be put on a lampstand that it should give light to all who are in the house. 

Jesus told His disciples like this; Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.( Mathew 5:16). And that is exactly what is expected of all believers; shinning as lights in to the world.

 The verb let as used in the above scripture shows that it is a deliberate action that one decides to do without being pushed.

One beauty about salvation is that God doesn’t expect you to produce your own light. What God needs is for any believer to arise and the light of the Lord will shine upon him.

This is because it is God is the source of everything we do and He is constantly working in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

God isn’t demanding a lot from us but only our availability as vessels that He will use for His own glory. God will always work with vessels which are available to be used to shine His light to the world.

This means that we have no choice to continue living in darkness nor live according  to the patterns of this world but rather be  transformed by the renewal of our minds that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

God is expecting each and every believer to arise and be an effective ambassador of Jesus Christ shinning light wherever we go. And making sure that we spread the gospel of Jesus Christ both by the word of God and the lifestyle we live and doing this all for the  glory of God.