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In Christ Alone

“In Your name they rejoice all day long.”
Ps 89:16 NKJV

DON’T LET BAD NEWS STEAL YOUR JOY

Yes, segments of our culture have grown hostile to the Christian faith. But the popularity of faith-based films has caught Hollywood by surprise during the last few years. Meanwhile, popular Bible teachers get as much traction on social media as secular celebrities like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. The amount of Christian content on YouTube is staggering. Let’s stay informed and engaged with the culture around us so we can answer their questions. And let’s keep in mind that Jesus said, “I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18). God is still on the throne. The last book of the Bible reminds us that when it’s time for Jesus to come back, He will return victorious. All His enemies will bow down and acknowledge His lordship. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Php 2:9-11 NKJV). God has called you to walk in supernatural peace, love, and joy. As His redeemed child, you are the citizen of a different kingdom: God’s kingdom on earth. Do you want to know how it all ends? “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev 11:15 NKJV). Do you want to know your destiny? Picture the excitement of fans whose team just won the World Cup or the Super Bowl—that’s us!

Devotional//Word For You Today

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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Fresh Oil

simply-divine-creation:
“ Dian || @thehappycandle
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Happy New Month. We thank God for allowing us to see a new day/month. God has been faithful. If not God, then who? As we embark into this new month, I pray that the love of God will overflow in your life and those around you. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding rest upon every storm in your life. May joy come every morning amidst the trials you are facing. May you call upon the name of the Lord at all times. May you go deeper in your walk with God. May God carry us through every single day and we continue to remain in his presence at all times. Have a blessed month 🙂

Verses:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. -Lamentations 3:22-24

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”  -Isaiah 43:18-19

“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” -Revelations 5:9

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. -Psalm 145:3

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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His Peace I Receive

 

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.”
Isa 26:3

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

Here is a prayer for peace: “Lord, Your Word says, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.’ Your Word says, ‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’ (Ps 29:11 NIV). Your Word says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (Jn 14:27 NIV). Your Word says, ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Php 4:7 NIV). Today I need this peace which transcends understanding to settle my nerves and calm my mind. Instead of thinking about my fears and worries, help me to focus on Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your healing power, Your overflowing resources, and Your forgiving heart. Take up residence within me and fill me with Your peace. Show me what’s robbing me of it. I really want to know, Father, so I can be specific in what I need to confess, what I need to commit to, and what I need to change. I open myself to You now. Teach me the secret of lasting peace. I thank You now for whatever it will take to help me receive the peace You have so generously offered to me. Your Word says, ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts’ (Col 3:15 NIV). Today I want to be ruled by Your peace instead of my fears and worries. So I give all my concerns to You, trusting You to work them out for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray: Amen.”

Devotional//Word Of The Day. Picture Credit: Me. Have a lovely day 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Seek Him In All Things

Please fight for me Lord, and uphold me with your Righteous Right hand. Praise be to God. He's in the business of restoring all things!:

When Jesus Prayed Part #1

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Lk 5:16 NIV If you want to know about prayer, examine the life of Jesus: (1) He prayed when the pressures of life increased. “News about him spread…so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed…But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (vv.15-16 NIV). It’s when you think you don’t have time to pray, that you need to pray most. Spending time with God is the secret to having power with Him. (2) He prayed when important decisions had to be made. When it came to picking His closest friends, Jesus sought His Father’s guidance. He “went out to a mountainside…and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve…[as] apostles” (Lk 6:12-13 NIV). When you really think about it—the truth hits you up the side of the head! We can spend a year, not to mention a small fortune, planning a wedding. Yet amazingly we won’t seek God’s guidance when it comes to choosing a mate to spend the rest of our life with. God is not just the creator of the universe; He’s the CEO who runs it. Can you imagine what He knows about operating a successful business? His résumé reads: “I am the Lord…Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (Isa 48:17 NKJV). Before you hire an employee, form a partnership, formulate a plan, or invest a penny, God invites you to discuss it with Him and get His input. “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do…he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Pr 3:6 TM).

“He went…to a solitary place; and…prayed.”
Mk 1:35 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #2

By failing to pray—you set yourself up to fail. The reason Jesus never failed is because He never failed to pray. Note the times when He prayed: When His heart was heavy. During His ministry on earth, His cousin John the Baptist was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin. “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew…privately to a solitary place” (Mt 14:13 NIV). Disappointment, desertion, divorce, and death will write their chapters in the book of our lives. Thank God for therapists and doctors, but ultimately there’s no one who can heal a broken heart like God. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power” (Ps 147:3-5 NIV). Whether placing stars or healing scars, no situation is too big or too small to get the attention of our loving God. To understand God’s healing expertise, look at the life of Job. No one in history lost more than Job did, yet God brought him through it all. In Job chapter eleven we read: “You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help” (vv. 16-19 NLT). Are you sad and heavy-hearted today? Do what Jesus did. Take time to pray about it.

“He departed to the mountain to pray.”
Mk 6:46 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #3

Let’s look at another point at which Jesus prayed: When the pressures and expectations of others threatened to derail God’s plan for His life. The Bible says: “While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching” (Mk 1:35-39 NIV). The lesson here is this: Unless you get God’s plan and stick with it, others will try to plan your life for you. Given the success Jesus enjoyed in every town He visited, many preachers would have stayed and built a church and enjoyed the accolades and rewards of their ministry. Not Jesus; He marched to the beat of a different drum. As you look back on some of your mistakes, you find decisions made in response to pressure instead of prayer. When you’re prayer-less you get careless. God has a plan for your life, and a schedule. To stay in sync with both you must pray regularly. Jesus realized He had only enough time to do what His Father wanted done, and that gave Him the ability to say no to other things. You’ve been called to love people—but please God. And your confidence in prayer comes from knowing you’re operating within His will (See 1Jn 3:21-22 NIV).

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. God bless you all 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 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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Power of Contentment

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/1th.5.16-18.kjv:

Merry Christmas to you all. On this day, let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. It’s not all about the gifts. Sometimes, we forget and get caught up in materialistic things and forget the reason why we celebrate this season. God has been so good to us. From January till December, he has kept us. Though some days are tougher than others, he has sought us through it all. “Not everyone is truly content with with his or her life. Often times we are unsatisfied and seek more for what we don’t have and who we are. Through scripture however, we are commanded to be content with all we have in life.” (Bible Study Tools). Let’s take a look at what Scriptures says in regards to being content. A great reminder of being content is found in Philippians 4:11-12.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
This is a reminder that no matter how little or small we have in life, we should always be thankful. There’s nothing wrong with worker hard to purchase something you want but when it becomes an idol in your life then that when it becomes a problem. So as this day is wrapping up, take time to reflect and write down what your’e thankful for. During this time, there are people all around the world, who don’t have the means of giving but they are still content. We must learn to have a heart of gratitude in every season, not just when we receive gifts but in those times when we have to be the givers. May God help us to be content in everything. May we be seekers and doers of his word. Remember that God loves you, he cares for you and he has a plan for your life. Stay blessed.  🙂
Devotion:

“Enoch walked with God 300 years.”
Ge 5:22 NIV

WHY JESUS CAME

Life is a journey with a definite beginning and end. And if you’re wise you’ll do what Enoch did for 300 years—he walked with God. Can you imagine how well you’d know God after spending all those years with Him? There’s nothing dull or boring about walking with God. The Psalmist says, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Ps 16:11 NIV). God made you for Himself, and only when you discover His purpose for your life will you find peace and joy. If you were to take a fish out of the ocean and place it on the beach, you’d see its scales dry up as it gasped for breath. Is that fish happy? No. If you covered it with a mountain of cash, would it be happy? No. Would an iPad, a good book, and a cool drink make it happy? No. Would a new wardrobe? No. Only one thing will make it happy: putting it back in the water. That fish will never be happy on the beach because it wasn’t made for the beach. It was made for the ocean, in the same way you were made for fellowship with God. You’ll always feel like a fish out of water—never knowing peace and joy—until you find Him. And the good news is He’s as close to you as a prayer. Once you ask Him into your heart you’ll never feel empty again. Do you know why Jesus came that first Christmas? He tells us: “So that [you] may have the full measure of my joy within” (Jn 17:13 NIV).

Song of the day: I Will Boast In Christ by Hillsong
 
 
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