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“If you have anything against anyone, forgive him.”
Mk 11:25 NKJV

REMEMBER TO FORGET

No matter how much two people love each other, conflicts are sure to arise that call for extending grace and showing forgiveness. Do you know that couples who are happy and stay married have the same number of disagreements and conflicts as couples who are unhappy and get divorced? Statistically, that is true! It’s not the absence of conflict that preserves marriage, but the ability to manage conflict when it happens. So how do you “manage” conflict? By practicing the kind of self-control that keeps conflicts from mushrooming into hurtful and divisive standoffs. It also means knowing what to do with hurt feelings like anger, disappointment, and dashed expectations. In other words, it means knowing how to forgive it and forget it. But emotional hurt and tension are almost impossible to forget; the harder we try, the more we remember. So what’s the answer? Remember to forget! Try to act like God, who chooses not to hold against us what He knows about us. He says in His Word: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isa 43:25 NKJV). That means if you are holding something against your spouse, there’s only one solution: Forgive it and forget it. You may never forget how you’ve been hurt, but you can choose to forgive it and move on. No, it’s not easy, but you can do it. How? By remembering the things, known or unknown to others, that God has forgiven you for and extending that same grace to your spouse.

Devotional//Word Of The Day

Question of the day from me to you:

  1. Who do you need to forgive?
  2. What is prolonging the process of your healing?
  3. Have you surrendered the hurt, the pain to God?
 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Tough Seasons

Good evening. I hope all of you are doing well by God’s grace. Tonight, I’ll like to share a video with you all. Please do take the time to watch it and if you can, take notes. Stay Blessed & Encouraged.

Devotional//Word For Today

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize.”
1Co 9:25 NLT

ARE YOU BEING STRETCHED?

When you’re being stretched spiritually, your faith in God grows. When you’re being stretched mentally, your old ideas are challenged and replaced with new ones. When you’re being stretched relationally, selfishness dies and love grows. So, are you being stretched right now? God allows us to have stretching experiences that prepare us for the race He has called us to run in life—and every so often your soul will “hit the wall.” No amount of strength and no amount of pressing will move the problem. This is soul stretch! Often, these moments aren’t the real test; they are just warm-ups that prepare us for future challenges. They are points of reference designed to keep us from panicking when we’re in the midst of the real race. Remember that God never allows a person to run for Him, or with Him, who hasn’t been stretched in their thinking, their faith, and their ability to live and love. So when you face a problem that just won’t move, remember to take a deep breath and remind yourself that God is stretching you. It’s the stretching of the soul that enables us to face situations we think will kill us, but don’t—to endure times when we think we won’t make it, but do. Sooner or later we will all face difficult times and relationships, but they are just the deep knee bends of life. So when it feels like you’re being stretched to breaking point, don’t quit. See it for what it is—preparation for running and winning your God-assigned race in life.

Verses:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1:2-4

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. –Psalm 27:4

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. –James 1:12

Take time to pray for others. Who has the Lord placed on your heart for you to reach out to? Have you done so or are you making excuses? May the Lord bless you as you take heed to his obedience. Have a lovely night 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 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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No Other Name

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“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
Ps 150:6 NKJV

Put Your Heart into It!

Solomon says there’s “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecc 3:7 NKJV). Now, you shouldn’t interrupt the church service and draw attention to yourself, but when it’s time to praise God you should give it 100 percent: “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart” (Ps 9:1 NKJV). The story’s told of an old guy named Joe who’d been a drunk and a derelict most of his life, and as a result he could barely make ends meet. During a Sunday morning service he gave his life to Christ, and the transformation was so radical that everybody in the congregation noticed it. Joe had a problem, however; he was so thrilled with Jesus that he sang louder than everybody else. And when the pastor made a point that touched his heart, he’d jump up and shout, “Hallelujah!” Concerned that the dignity and decorum of the church were at risk, the pastor said, “Joe, you’ve got to be quiet. As a matter of fact, if you’ll just sit in church next Sunday and say nothing, I’ll buy you a new pair of boots.” Joe needed the boots, so he said he’d try. But after restraining himself through several high points in the sermon he couldn’t stand it anymore. He jumped up and shouted, “Boots or no boots, I’m gonna praise the Lord!” You say, “But I’m the quiet, reserved type.” Sorry, there are no exceptions based on personality types. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” In other words, unless you’re dead you’re supposed to praise the Lord!

Make friends with the problems in your life. Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a patter for good, but only to the extent that you trust Me. Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be. The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall, if you react with distrust and defiance. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.The best way to befriend your problems is to thank Me for them. This simple act opens your mind to the possibilities of benefits flowing from your difficulties. You can even give persistent problems nicknames, helping you to approach them with familiarity rather than with dread.The next step is to introduce them to Me, enabling Me to embrace them in My loving Presence. I will not necessarily remove your problems, but My wisdom is sufficient to bring good out of every one of them.

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. ~Romans 8:28 (AMP)

but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.~1 Corinthians 1:23-24

Dear God,

Thank you for this day that you have blessed me to see. I know it’s only by your grace and loving kindness towards me. I surrender everything and all that I am to you today. I can’t do it on my own. I lean not on my own understanding but I put my trust in you. Spirit lead me where my trust does not border. Have your way in me. I ask that whomever is reading this today, that they will be blessed. I place all that burdens at your feet O Lord. I give it all to you today. Give me a heart to worship and praise you with all that I am. Only the living can praise you. Work in and out of me. In your name alone I pray. Amen.

Have A Blessed Day Everyone. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 5, 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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I Surrender

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Good morning. Kenosis: I wonder if anyone has ever heard of this word before. I found out about it last year but came across it again and wanted to share it. Very deep definition and word. I guess I learn something or come across something every day.Keep on learning, never be afraid to learn something new.

                                                         Devotion: (February 15)

Come to Me with all your weaknesses: physical emotional, and spiritual. Rest in the comfort of My Presence, remembering that nothing is impossible with Me.

Pry your mind away from your problems so you can focus your attention on Me. Recall that I am able to do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine. Instead of trying to direct Me to do this and that, seek to attune yourself to what I am already doing. 

When anxiety attempts to wedge its way into your thoughts, remind yourself that I am your Shepherd. The bottom line is that I am taking care of you; therefore, you needn’t be afraid of anything. Rather than trying to maintain control over your life, abandon yourself to My will. Thought his may feel frightening-even dangerous, the safest place to be is in My will.

(Luke 1:37; Ephesians 3:20-21; Psalm 23:1-4)
 
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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Time Will Come

                                                     “I will wait, till my change comes.”
                                                              Job 14:14 NKJV

                                                       Waiting for Things to Change

Before you quit and give up in discouragement, consider the long and difficult process by which a butterfly emerges from its cocoon. If you try to rush God’s purpose and process in your life, you’ll produce something deformed—something that can’t get off the ground and fly. Perhaps you’re thinking, “I can’t wait for this to be over.” That’s understandable. Job couldn’t either. He said, “All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes.” But by God’s grace he survived, and ended up with twice as much as he lost. So hold on, your change is coming! God won’t give up on you, so don’t give up on Him! There’s a work going on in you right now. Something is dying that has to die, so that something better can be brought to life. Let it happen. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told a king, “We will not bow down to you” (See Da 3:18). Don’t bow to temptation, or to manipulation, or to ungodly persuasion. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, or surrender to selfish ambition and self-promotion. Don’t bow to the spirit of anxiousness and impatience. Continue to walk by faith and not by sight, knowing that “[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think” (See Eph 3:20). They say, “Good things come to those who wait.” The determining factor is Who you are waiting for. God says there’s a purpose for all these things (See Ecc 3:1). Wait, God will make the pieces fit together. He won’t disappoint you.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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