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07 Jun

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I AM ALL AROUND YOU, like a cocoon of Light. My Presence with you is a promise, independent of your awareness of Me. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. My children tend to accept worry as an inescapable fact of life. However, worry is a form of unbelief; it is anathema to Me.

Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But if it is I, then worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive. When you start to feel anxious about something, relinquish the situation to Me. Back off a bit, redirecting your focus to Me. I will either take care of the problem Myself or show you how to handle it. In this world you will have problems, but you need not to lose sight of Me.” 

Luke 12:22-31 – And he said to his disciples: “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. If how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”

John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart: I have overcome the world.

“Forgiveness…in accordance with the riches of…grace.”

Eph 1:7 NIV

LAVISH GRACE

Peter asked, “‘How many times should I forgive someone who does…wrong to me? Is seven times enough?’” Jesus answered: ‘Not…seven…but seventy-seven times!’” (Mt 18:21-22 CEV). But we shouldn’t stop there. If God gave each of us only seventy-seven “forgiveness passes,” we’d be in trouble! You can’t bankrupt your “forgiveness account” with God. But when you refuse to forgive others, you’re overlooking the fact that “You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out” (Gal 6:1 TM). Jesus said, “Forgive—only then will your heavenly Father…wipe your slate clean” (Mk 11:25 TM). Whether it’s seven, seventy-seven, or seven thousand times, you always reap what you sow (See Gal 6:7). We’re all human, and when somebody hurts us we want justice. But God wants you to forgive the wrongdoer before he asks or shows any sign of remorse. Does that mean he will escape the consequences of his actions? No, it just means you’re not responsible for making it happen, God is. Harboring grudges is spiritually, emotionally, and physically draining; forgiveness energizes and frees you to move on. Remember, you’ve been forgiven “in accordance with the riches of…grace…he lavished on us.” But it comes with the requirement that you forgive others! When you think about the debt God forgave you, anything anyone could ever do to you pales by comparison, right? “His love has no limits, His grace has no measure, His power no boundary known unto men; For out of his infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again” (Annie Johnson Flint, 1866-1932). Now that’s lavish grace!

 

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