Anger is the Same as Murder…

Is anger the same as murder? Certainly not, right? But Jesus says differently, equating anger with murder when it comes to the root of the sin. In other words, there’s no scale when it comes to sin: losing ones’ temper, contempt for others including name calling, and murder are the same in God’s eyes. In Matthew 5:21-23 Jesus said, “….But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty…..”and Paul said in Ephesians 4: 26: “In your anger do not sin.” We are constantly being bombarded with some form of hate in all types of media streams and truthfully speaking it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon because we are all emotional creatures. However, when this happens it’s time to redirect your energy.  Ask God to help you redirect the energy from your negative feelings of anger into positive actions that are useful and productive, such as cleaning your house or exercising your body. Rather than letting anger take root in your soul, pray daily for God’s help to let go of your struggles and forgive others so you don’t carry over unhealthy attitudes into a new day.  Also ask God to fill your mind with thoughts of His goodness toward you, which will give you peace.

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God Loves You!!

We don’t ‘dodge’ bullets, we are not ‘just’ making it, nor do we ‘just’ get by. We are exempt from these worldly idioms. However, we are favored by God because of Christ. It is his divine grace, his undeserved mercy, and his limitless provisions that keeps us from hurt, harm and danger! Don’t you get it?! Even on our worst days we are the apple of God’s eye! When he thinks about us, he gets excited with immeasurable joy! He loves us beyond words and there is nothing that he won’t do to help us remember who we are in him! I hope this reminder stirs your soul and wakes up your heart. God really does love you. He made you and believes in you. He’s for you.

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Joy!

Don’t let any one or anything steal your joy today. God brought us here to live an abundant life in Christ (John 10:10) Will we experience storms? Of course! But remember storms come and go! We have access to subterranean joy that is simultaneous with, and deeper than, our sorrows. God is as committed to our joy in him as he is to his ultimate purpose in the universe (James 1:2).

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God Ain’t Broke!

As our culture continues to spiral deeper into the pit of fascism, narcissism,  nationalism, hatred, and racial injustices it’s easy to take matters into our own hands. But, we must not forget that God is large and in charge. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” We should not depend upon our own wisdom and understanding in the conduct of civil life rather, we should always seek direction from almighty God! I’ve heard it said, “God is never blind to your tears, never deaf to your prayers, and never silent to your pain. He sees, He hears, and He will deliver you!” Notice that God never once said, ‘Figure it out’. But over and over He says, “Put your trust in me.” Yes, we live in a broken world but remember God ain’t broke!

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PRAYER

Merciful and gracious heavenly Father, thank You for not giving up on us. Instead of turning Your righteous back, You chose to keep a watchful eye on us despite the many times we failed and disappointed You. Thank You for Your generosity in forgiving our past, present, and future sins. Thank You for sending Jesus to our aid and for blessing us with the Holy Spirit to help us mature and grow to become more like Him. Please forgive us for our impatience with others when You have been so patient with us. Stir up the living waters in us so we can live a life pleasing to You, and to be a blessing to our family and our neighbors. In Jesus’ name I pray; hallelujah and amen.

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Incessantly Surrounded!

Every day, little changes in schedule or small irritations occur. Everyday, we can choose to let these obstacles (aka) distractions upset us, or we can rest in the knowledge that God lovingly and strategically ordained them as small irritants to help us look to and rely on Him. For example, we can grumble about the frustrating traffic jam that is keeping us from getting somewhere on time, or we can remember that God knows about our deadlines and view the time sitting in traffic as an opportunity to pray. We can either complain, or we can rejoice. Fact is we must put our trust in believing God controls and allows every detail of our lives. Nothing happens without His knowledge and approval. In times of unexpectedness it’ should be a comfort to know we are continually surrounded by God’s presence, protection, providence, and peace. Psalm 32:10 says, “The LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him…..”

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Prayer

Father God who is able to deliver, forgive, redeem, empower, heal, create, mend, bless……We praise you for your love, deliverance, redemption, protection, and direction. We don’t deserve it, but oh how we look forward to receiving it from you one day, face to face. Until then, please help keep our faith strong so we know that no matter how strait the gates or charged with punishment the scrolls, Jesus is the captain of our faith and the master of our souls. Lord, we need you everyday and more specifically we need you right now! Thank for standing with us in our right now situations. We love Father God, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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