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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DO YOU DREAM DREAMS?


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Many people wonder if they have dreams to pursue. While others have dreams and lack the courage to pursue them. Then there are a few, who have dreams and walk out in courage to bring those dreams into fruition. A case in point of course, is Walt Disney. Thus his quote above. We all know that this was a man who had a dream, used his courage and brought his dream into reality.

Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

There will be many times in ones life that they will recognize they have a dream, even if it is very vague. Muster the courage and walk toward your dream. If you step out, God will help you to bring it about.

"And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome." Acts 23:11 KJV


God plants a dream in our hearts because He created us with skills and abilities so we could accomplish what He called us to do. Trust him, follow him and He will take you to places on high.

Monday, August 29, 2016

When Do You Get Boldness?





“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3 (KJV)
There are many reasons in life ever day that we need courage, strength and boldness in our spirit.  For most of us we wait till we need them before we cry out and ask for them.
Perhaps it would be better if we prepared our hearts with God's words each day so when the time comes that we need these things, we will already have them, deep down inside of us ready to come to our aid immediately.


Friday, August 26, 2016

CAN YOU FORGIVE AND FORGET?

 



Joseph's brothers definitely did Joseph wrong in many ways because they were jealous and envious of his relationship with their father.  We have all been hurt by someone in our lives and sometimes we hold grudges. The sad thing is, the grudges hold us in bondage, our unforgiveness creates unrest in our lives and misery. Nine times out of ten the other person is totally oblivious to our feelings toward them. So they aren't the ones hurt–we are.


"So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him." Genesis 50:17 KJV


Here Joseph's brothers send him a message from their father and Joseph's father asking him to forgive his brothers for the evil, the wrong, they did him. And Joseph forgave them.


It was hard on Joseph to be taken away from his father and home and sold into slavery. He did endure hardships, yet through it all, God's hand was upon him, and what was meant for his harm God produced good.



Our prayer:


Father, because of you, I can forgive those for the wrongs they have committed against me. Although it is not easy, and in the natural, my feelings are hurt you give me the strength to choose to forgive, and overcome those feelings and forgive them. What was meant for my harm you will bring good out of it. You are faithful to forgive me of my wrongs; therefore, I must forgive others of their wrongs to me. Amen



Are there people today, that have hurt you and you have unforgiveness in your heart for them? Do you wish them misery? Let go of those feelings. Those feelings are toxic and harmful to you mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Choose to forgive them. In doing so, it is you who is set free.






Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DO YOU HAVE GOD'S GRACE?

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Grace, is a wonderful gift. It is an unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification by God. Do you feel God's grace? There are times, I have felt it so strongly, I just want to wrap my arms around it and hold it so I will always have that feeling.

It would be wonderful if we could go through the day with that feeling. Yet, we live in a fallen world and have to deal with things as they come up and with people that sometimes are not the most pleasant. Some even have hidden agendas.

It is during those times I try to remember God's words. "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times having all that you need you will abound in every good work." II Corinthians 9:8 KJV

This is God's promise to all of us who are children of God. His divine assistance is given for each of us, so that regardless of what we need to do the work we are called to do we will have all that we need to do it.

Sometimes we forget, we are not alone. He is with us, whether we feel Him or not or we get so busy and forget. Regardless He is there.

He promised He would be there and assist us. To regenerate us ( restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state) , and to sanctify us (make holy).

Doesn't it make sense then, that we should stop, and talk to Him? Asking for His help in all things. Even to the point of discussing with Him, situations, and asking Him to direct and give us direction will make our lives not only manageable but wondrous and inspiring to others.

Monday, August 22, 2016

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

 
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God said, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Acts 2:21 KJV

God is no respecter of persons - he wants all of us saved.  How do we know that? "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 KJV

When you see a homeless person, what do you automatically think? Do you have compassion for them or disdain? I see a person that God loves dearly, so much so, that He sent His son to die on the cross for them. Just like He did for me.

If God loved them so much to do that, can we not lift them up in prayer asking God to move in their spirit and remind them how much God loves them. To let them know inside God wants to help them.

We don't know how they got there, in that place of homelessness. But we can pray for them.

"Lord God, we lift the homeless up to you. We don't know the reasons they became homeless, but you do. Come unto them Lord, let them feel your mercy, your grace and your love overflowing in and towards them. Enter into their situations and work your perfect will in their circumstances. Fill them with strength and a desire to reach out and take your hand out of their situations.  Open the doors Lord and lead them by the hand and restore to them the life you gave them, one of love, mercy and joy. Now it is with faith that I know you will work in their situations for you said whatever we ask in your name you would do. I know it is not your will they be in these situations. What Satan meant for their harm you can turn around and bring good for them. We thank you Lord for this...for moving and shaking the dregs off of their heart, soul and minds. In Jesus name, Amen."

 We who love the Lord must do our part to further God's kingdom and we do this by prayer. We are to intercede for those who need God's help. Interceding for others is important. We can also give to organizations who provide food, clothing and shelter for the homeless. They need our help to continue those services.

Let us love others as God loves us!

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

 
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God said, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Acts 2:21 KJV

God is no respecter of persons - he wants all of us saved.  How do we know that? "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 KJV

When you see a homeless person, what do you automatically think? Do you have compassion for them or disdain? I see a person that God loves dearly, so much so, that He sent His son to die on the cross for them. Just like He did for me.

If God loved them so much to do that, can we not lift them up in prayer asking God to move in their spirit and remind them how much God loves them. To let them know inside God wants to help them.

We don't know how they got there, in that place of homelessness. But we can pray for them.

"Lord God, we lift the homeless up to you. We don't know the reasons they became homeless, but you do. Come unto them Lord, let them feel your mercy, your grace and your love overflowing in and towards them. Enter into their situations and work your perfect will in their circumstances. Fill them with strength and a desire to reach out and take your hand out of their situations.  Open the doors Lord and lead them by the hand and restore to them the life you gave them, one of love, mercy and joy. Now it is with faith that I know you will work in their situations for you said whatever we ask in your name you would do. I know it is not your will they be in these situations. What Satan meant for their harm you can turn around and bring good for them. We thank you Lord for this...for moving and shaking the dregs off of their heart, soul and minds. In Jesus name, Amen."

 We who love the Lord must do our part to further God's kingdom and we do this by prayer. We are to intercede for those who need God's help. Interceding for others is important. We can also give to organizations who provide food, clothing and shelter for the homeless. They need our help to continue those services.

Let us love others as God loves us!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I Would Like That Peace!

Peaceful Setting. Quiet accept for the water lapping up on the sand. Slight rustle in the trees as the leaves sway with the breeze.

This is the ideal spot to sit and concentrate on words that can bring me peace. With the world in such a hurry, all of us need a particular place we can go and separate ourselves from the noise the world makes. If we can't be at this beautiful, restful spot, then we will have to picture this scene in our minds as we sit in our living room. Breathing in and out, slowly. Exhaling the cares of the world and breathing in the peace that is ours through God's words.

When I see this scene I am assured that God truly blesses each of us, everyday. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't realize it, because we are so hurried we don't see the blessings.

God's word says, "Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14(KJV)

Many times we feel like we can't take the time to sit and be still and spend it conversing with God. But it is important that we do this so that we can be filled with His peace.
You will note in the verse, He tells us to seek peace...He even says pursue it.
He tells us this because it is important to our well being both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
...listen to the water as it comes ashore and hear His calling you to peace.