Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Our True Identity



What guidelines do we use to determine our true identity?   
     Is our worth measured by what others think of us?
       Is it the amount of education we have obtained?
       Is it the people we associate with that determines our value?
      Do our possessions or our social standing determine our worth?


God loves us this much:  "For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world, that He even gave His One and only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him as Savior shall not perish, but have eternal life." 
 John 3:16  Amplified Bible

Friday, June 9, 2017

Celebrate God's Goodness


We have so many reasons to celebrate God's goodness!


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Friday, May 19, 2017

God Alone Meets Every Need.



God knows us, yet still loves us


     There is such deep comfort to be found in God's Word.  When we realize that our heavenly Father knows everything about us, all our secrets,  sins, fears, and doubts,  yet he still loves us.  This is such an amazing love.

     Scripture helps us to picture in our minds everything concerning our lives spread out before him.  We see him examining every detail of our lives, very carefully going over all our intentions and comparing them with what we actually did, scrutinizing every moment.

     There is a cleansing value to the discipline that comes from being examined  by God in this way. It may call to our minds the feelings we had as a child when we needed correction and guidance from our parents.

     None of us enjoy being corrected.  We do not enjoy changes most of the time, even changes for the better.  We are much more content to stay where we are.  Often we cry out for help with a problem in our lives, and when our Father begins to help, it may not be the help we had in mind.


We want our way.  



     We always want healing and restoration, peace and happiness, but we are afraid to allow God to take full control of our lives.

     We begin to rationalize with ourselves.  No matter how much we hurt, it seems better to stay as we are than to step into the unknown.  We're afraid of what changes we may face.
It brings such a terrifying, helpless feeling that seems much worse than the pain we are presently facing.  We take comfort in the "familiar pain," because we know what that is.

     That first step may feel like stepping off a cliff into nothingness!  We long to be free of our pain, but we are filled with fear of that unknown future. 

     Thank God, that when we dare to trust him for that first step, we find the peace and change we are looking for.  More often than not, we find that what God does is so much better than anything we had ever hoped for.
    
     We are much like a child who is sick and needs an operation.  We fight anyone who wants to do anything that we perceive as being painful.  Often, God has to allow us to run until we  wear ourselves out, and the pain becomes greater than our fear of his answer.
     

Then the healing starts


     When we reach this point, and take that long dreaded first step, we are relieved to realize it is not emptiness we are stepping into.  We didn't fall!  He supplied the "floor" we needed to stand on.
     
     After taking that first step, we feel a sense of relief.  Sometimes though, we may become fearful again and begin to wonder what God is going to change in our lives.  We wonder what he will have to do to bring about the needed change.
     
     God will begin to open up the wound.  Yes, our hurt, bruised spirits, our problems, feel like very deep wounds.  Sometimes, it seems like a disease of cancer of the soul that has grown untreated except for the surface surgery we have allowed God to do.

     The Bible says,  
"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12).  

     When we allow God to perform the spiritual surgery necessary to take out our cancerous problems, there will be pain.  We will often feel much worse before we begin to feel well.
    
     God has to cut down to the very core of the source of our problems, if we are to be made whole.  It is generally not a quick process. We may even wish for our old lifestyle again.  However, if we allow God to complete his work in us, there will come a day when we realize that we are beginning to recover from this painful surgery. We may feel so weak and helpless inside, but different in a good way, as we feel a healing taking place in us.

   
     We will wake one morning and feel better, relaxed.  
 
     Walking through life today isn't as hard as it was yesterday.

     We're on the road called, "Renewal," and it's been worth all we've had to experience !









Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Faithful Friend

 

Do you have a friend with whom you can share your deepest thoughts and desires?



 God is always ready, not only to listen, but to walk through life's journey with us.



This is God's message to you today:

 

"Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need,   always giving thanks. And God's peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus".
Philippians 4:6-7  (New Century Version)   


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Blessings From Heaven!

Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.  This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.

Ephesians 1:4-7  (NLT  Translation)



How has God blessed you? 
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