God loves you whether you feel it or not! His love has been poured in your heart—in other words, in your spirit. And His love isn’t conditional upon your good actions, or holiness. You’ve got to start from this place that “God has already provided everything, and if I don’t feel His love, it’s not that God didn’t give; it’s that I don’t realize what I have.” Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath [past tense] blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” When you know that you have something, it takes the struggle out of it. It takes you out of condemnation. It takes you out of a legalistic mentality of trying to earn things from God. It removes doubt. How could you ever doubt that you’d get something that you already have? It’s really that simple. Looking at it this way, God has already done His part. When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And the Scripture reveals in Ephesians 1:20 that He is now seated at the Father’s right hand. He’s not working anymore. He’s already done it. So remember, It’s not a matter of trying to get God to move in your life; it’s a matter of you moving over into agreement with Him and receiving what He has already provided.
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People often disappoint us. They forget about us, or forget promises they made to us. But God never forgets His children! Paul said in 2 Cor 1:20, “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory.” One of the reasons why Joseph spent 2 additional years in Pharaoh’s dungeon was because the cup-bearer never gave him a second thought after his release (Genesis 40:23). However, unlike the chief butler our Chief Priest reminds us daily that He will never leave us nor forsake us and that He will be with us even until the end of this age. As it was for Joseph so shall it be with you. God gave Joseph the grace that gave him strength and comfort even in the darkest pit-filled moments in his life but God’s presence was like a hug wrapped around his neck day and night.
I typically don’t go public with every service act of obedience for the Lord (Matthew 6:3-4) but this is a good story. After shopping at Kroger yesterday, I walked outside and notice an older gentleman sitting in his car waiting on his wife as she loaded a few bags. I could tell that he was a little frustrated so I yelled out, “Good afternoon sir.” He nodded and abruptly responded, “Come here!” At this point, I am thinking to myself ooh okay! He pulls out a $20 dollar bill and hands it to me. Of course, I’m shocked and my immediate response was, “Are you serious?” He gave me that grandpa look like, ‘Didn’t I give it to you!!’ So, I politely thanked him and proceeded to my car. After putting the groceries up, I went to return my cart. As I was returning the cart, I notice an older lady walking up so, I ask her if she needed this cart. She said, “No sir, but I just put $2 of gas in my car and I have to go see my dad at memorial hospital and I wanted to ask if you had a few bucks to spare so that I can get so more gas?” My first thought was this is a test. I sure wanted to keep that $20 bucks but here stood a lady who need was greater than mine and not to mention this man out of the blue just bless me because I chose to speak to him. So, if your still skimming this message you know what I did! I said, “Ms. God just blessed me with this $20 and I believe He wants to now bless you with it, so here it is and God bless and I hope all goes well with you and your dad.” Sometimes you don’t immediately see your position in God’s plan but this was experience blew my mind. It was a back-to-back experience. There is no real moral to this story however, I will say that it pays to be polite to people (man) and it pays to be obedient in giving (God). We live in a heartless world and it’s so important as Christians to share the goodness of God’s grace. We are called to be a light to an immorally dying world! Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Would you agree that names are important? Imagine a world where people didn’t have names? Your name is the main thing people ask for when they meet. It is the most important means by which someone can identify and refer to you. Our Heavenly Father understood the importance of names, that’s why He created them. He said in Isaiah 42:8, “I am the Lord; that is my name!……). There are over 16 names that describes God in the Old Testament times and of course each name was not only used for identification, but an His identity as well. The meanings behind God’s names reveal His central personality and nature. If God wants us to understand the importance of His name than it would behoove us to understand the value of our name. I can confidently say that most, if not all, names have significance. Lowell, derived from an English surname which was derived from a Norman French nickname, from lou “wolf” and “beloved”. Many people love their name and get angry when someone mispronounces and misspells it, but how can you feel that way without even knowing what your name means? It is important that you understand that meaning is the definition of initially obsolete words. By comprehending it, you can start to better understand your name; maybe you will soon start to notice some similarities between it and your characteristics.
Sometimes it’s just hard to do and say the right things at the right time. As humans we are limited to emotional highs and lows. At times, deception will integrate into our perception, which skews our thoughts, actions, and ultimately our judgement. Yes, we are flawed creatures hence our need for a savior, grace, mercy, forgiveness, revival, renewal, and restoration. When we make mistakes, we often worry that we’ve fallen out of God’s will. You’ve probably heard people talk about “missing out on God’s perfect will.” And now you’re afraid you’re permanently stuck with God’s plan B. On the contrary, God’s will for you is right where you’re standing, whether in the sunshine of your hopes, or the storm of your regrets. Beloved of God, if you’re living right now through the consequences of mistakes, whether sinful or not, God is still a forgiving heavenly Father. So when your mistakes feel like a 1,000 pounds strapped to your back, remember God’s forgiveness, grace, and mercy. Remember His faithfulness to you, His sovereignty over you, and providence for you. Remember that He has made a covenant promise to work all that out for your good and His glory!
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Trust God with everything today and allow Him to guide, direct, and orchestrate the affairs of your day. If you experience problems, lean not on your own understanding and stop looking for your solutions through people or man made things. Through prayer and supplications let God know about it and His peace that transcends human comprehension will safe guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus! Never forget that God knows you, He cares about you and He loves you!
Do you believe that HOPE is just as real as your last HEART beat? Without hope FAITH would be incomplete. One definition for hope is: To look forward with confidence or expectation. We must believe in the Word of God with all its hope even when we are hopeless. When we believe in hope we breathe life into our ‘right now’ situations. Hope is more than just asking God for something we so badly need; we must expect our miracle to manifest and in the midst of asking, believing, and expecting God to answer, we will find what we are looking for is already in front of us. David said, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”(Psalm 27:13). Throughout scripture you’ll read words like “be strong, take courage, wait, reverently and worshipfully fear God, tarry for the hope, wait patiently for it, and be joyful in hope. These are all action words that come alive in your heart as you speak the word of over yourself and situation. Paul said, “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:24). So today, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
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