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Undeniable Grace

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“ Even when you feel like you’ve used up all your passes
or when you think you’ve overstayed your welcome
when it seems like you’ve taken advantage
of this love freely bestowed
His grace for you will never run out
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“The Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.”
Ac 20:23 NIV

UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WILL (Part #3)

About 75 percent of believers now live in Third World countries, often in anti-Christian environments. Xu Yonghai is one of them. He worked to see the legalization of house churches in China. The government responded by locking him up for two years in an eight-by-eight-foot cell in a Beijing prison. There was no bathroom, only a pipe in a corner from which water flowed onto the concrete. “My cell was the last stop for prisoners sentenced to die,” he said. “At times there were as many as three other prisoners in the tiny damp room, awaiting their date with the executioner.” Yonghai survived through prayer, meditation, and writing. Using a bar of soap to write on the walls of his cell, he outlined the major points of a book about God. When he was finished, he committed the thoughts to memory, and upon his release he turned his prison notes into a fifty-thousand-word book entitled God the Creator. More often than not, your difficulties and hardships confirm you’re in the will of God rather than out of it! Paul writes: “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace” (vv. 23-24 NIV). Note the word grace. No matter how difficult the will of God may be, you can accomplish it by drawing each day on His limitless supply of grace.

Devotional//Word For You. Stay Blessed & Encouraged 🙂

 

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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Living Example

grace–upon–grace:
“Eva M. Winters
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Question of the day: How does your life represent Christ?

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Php 2:5 NLT

HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

How many jobs do people lose every day because of poor attitudes? How many are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their work and the people around them? How many marriages fall apart? It would be impossible to calculate. No one should ever lose a job, miss a promotion, or destroy a marriage because of a poor attitude. Why? Because a person’s attitude isn’t set; it’s a choice. Chuck Swindoll writes: “Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.” Paul writes, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” He always approached people with love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to serve rather than be served. So if your attitude hasn’t been as good as it could be, make this your starting point. Pray: “Father, give me a Christlike attitude toward everyone I meet.”

Reflection:

Take time to reflect. As you do so, invite the Holy Spirit. Allow God to reveal to you the areas in which you can grow spiritually. Write it down. Ponder on it. What are some ways you can grow in your walk with Christ? Until next time,  God bless you all. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Good Friday

grace–upon–grace:
“ Patrick Laurent
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“It’s what God had in mind all along.”
Isa 53:10 TM

CALVARY WAS ALWAYS PART OF GOD’S PLAN

The Psalmist wrote: “My God, why have You forsaken Me…I am…a reproach of men, and despised…All those who see Me ridicule Me…saying, ’He trusted in the Lord…let Him deliver Him’…I am poured out like water…My bones are out of joint…My tongue clings to My jaws…They pierced My hands and…feet…and for My clothing they cast lots” (Ps 22:1-18 NKJV). Think about it: David could be describing Jesus’ crucifixion in detail. Yet when he wrote these words crucifixion hadn’t been introduced as a form of execution. It was initiated centuries later by the Phoenicians, and long after that before it was adopted by the Roman Empire. Dr. Charles Augustus Briggs says: “You can take this psalm…lay it side-by-side with New Testament accounts of the crucifixion…and see how they dovetail perfectly. It’s astonishing that someone could describe something so intimately and intricately a thousand years before it happened.” Calvary wasn’t the result of happenstance. Long before Jesus came on the scene, God had a plan to reconcile us to Himself through Christ (See 2Co 5:18 NIV). Historian Paul L. Maier says: “In Isaiah chapter 53 we have almost a running commentary on what happened on Good Friday…It would be mathematically impossible for anyone else to fulfill all these parameters of prophecy in the Old Testament better than Jesus.” Bottom line: “It’s what God had in mind all along…that he give himself as an offering for sin.” That means long before there was an Easter, God was thinking about you!

Clara Yap

Reflections:

Take time to reflect upon this special day. Christ died for you and I. We were so unworthy but he still died for us all. What do you need to surrender to God today? Where does your focus lie on this day? What does this special day mean to you? May we never forget what Jesus did for us on this day. This is not just any other day or a an event but a call to Salvation. Who will you be praying for today? Who in your life needs to experience the presence the of God? Remember that, There is Power in the Blood. It’s still effective today and every day. Call on the Name “Jesus”. God bless you all. 🙂

Song of the day: Mighty Cross//Elevation Worship

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Filthy Rags

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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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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Divine Grace

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“My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
2Co 12:9 NKJV

TEMPTATION (3)

You ask, “How long will this temptation last?” Sometimes the Enemy’s attack is short-term, other times it is long-term. Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh, one that wouldn’t go away. Why did he have it? Pride! “Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me” (v. 7 NKJV). Paul spoke five languages and wrote half the New Testament. With credentials like that it’s easy to become arrogant. Finally he stopped praying for an exit strategy and began to understand God’s purpose: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (v. 9 NKJV). Pride is one of the most neglected subjects in church today. Perhaps that’s due to the fact that we receive our teaching from people who struggle with it themselves. Pride doesn’t necessarily show on your face, but when you’re under pressure it surfaces in your actions and attitudes. Pride originated with Satan: “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isa 14:14 NIV). Often the core of atheism is pride; a person with no God, plays God. Satan used this strategy in Eden. “God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God” (Ge 3:5 NKJV). That’s why Paul told the Philippians, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God…he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave…Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor” (Php 2:5-9 NLT). The key to overcoming temptation is submitting to God and living in daily dependence on Him.

I WANT TO BE CENTRAL in your entire being. When your focus is entirely on Me, My Peace displaces fears and worries. They will encircle you, seeking entrance, so you must stay alert. Let TRUST and thankfulness stand guard, turning back fear before it can gain a foothold. There is no fear in My Love, which shines on you continually. Sit quietly in My Love-Light, while I bless you with radiant Peace. Turn your whole being to TRUSTING and loving Me.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
-2 Thessalonians 3:16

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
-1 John 4:18

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Imperfect Vessel

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I am a mighty God. Nothing is too difficult for Me. I have chosen to use weak ones like you to accomplish My purposes. Your weakness is designed to open you up to My Power. Therefore, do not fear your limitations or measure the day’s demands against your strength. What I require of you is to stay connected to Me, living in trusting dependence on My limitless resources.When you face unexpected demands, there is no need to panic. Remember that I am with you. Talk with Me, and listen while I talk you through each challenging situation.

I am not a careless God. When I allow difficulties to come into your life, I equip you fully to handle them. Relax in My Presence, trusting in My Strength.

“For nothing is impossible with God.”
-Luke 1:37

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
-2 Corinthians 12:9

In my weakness, he makes me strong. Unrighteous & so unworthy of his love yet he basked me in his image for his glory. Imperfect Vessel, that’s what I am but by his grace & love I am perfect in his eyes. God uses our test and trials for a testimony but obedience is key. Is there anything too hard for God? He is able. 

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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I Need You

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You need Me every moment. Your awareness of your constant need for Me is your greatest strength. Your neediness, properly handled, is a link to My Presence. However, there are pitfalls that you must be on guard against: self-pity, self-preoccupation, giving up. Your inadequacy presents you with a continual choice deep dependence on Me, or despair. The emptiness you feel within will be filled either with problems or with My Presence. Make Me central in your consciousness by praying continually: simple, short prayers flowing out of the present moment. Use My Name liberally, to remind you of My Presence. Keep on asking and you will receive, so that your gladness may be full and complete.

Pray continually. -1 Thessalonians 5:17

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. -John 16:24

“Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”
Isaiah 41:10 NIV

Instrument Rated 

Instrument rated for depression. Depression can cause you to do some crazy things, like walk away from a good job or a healthy marriage, or turn to alcohol and drugs. The dictionary defines depression as “to be flattened vertically or dispirited.” Now you know why sometimes you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. The word “depression” is not mentioned in Scripture. The closest definition to it is “heaviness.” “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop” (Pr 12:25). The toughest battles you will ever fight will be those with your own mind. What’s the answer? Start speaking God’s Word—out loud! “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Heb 13:5-6 NKJV). Pastor Sarah Utterbach points out: “People say, ‘The Lord has promised never to leave me nor forsake me,’ then they go right back to discussing their problem. In so doing they invalidate the power of what God said. The Holy Spirit is authorized to act on God’s Word when you begin to say what God has said.” When you dwell on your problem, it’s like a pilot flying by sight and senses. But when you agree with God’s Word and begin to stand on it, you’re flying by your instrument panel. So get into God’s Word, get God’s Word into you, and start speaking it over your situation. “My word…will not return to me empty…but will…achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa 55:11 NIV).

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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