Father God, we need you more today than we did yesterday. Help us O’God to lean on You for everything! We have tried to do things on our own and time and time again we have failed! Therefore, we humbly submit ourselves to You O’God and we stand in agreement with you that we have sin and fallen short of Your glory! However, we stand on Your word in I John 1:9 that You are faithful and just not only to forgive us our sins but to also cleanse us from all wickedness. Holy Spirit, we ask that You move in our lives by leading, developing, and maturing us into the image of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Father God, as you know the enemy seeks to steal, kill, and devour us but You desire to give us life and life more abundant. We receive Your promises today in our lives and we thank you for loving us with a love that so strong that You would die to save us. Help us not only to know You but to also grow in You. Our purpose in life Father is to make it to heaven and to take as many people with us by allowing Your light to shine in our lives. We choose You today O’God and we thank You for all that You are and for what You continue to do! In Jesus’ matchless and life preserving name, amen and amen!

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How much does God love us? Well, check out Isaiah 43:2 from the Message Bible translation. “But now, GOD ’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” Welp, whoop there it is! God’s Love for us is greater than we could every image or fathom and all I can do in response to His love for me, is to love Him with all I got and love my neighbor as I do myself!

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“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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Feel Inadequate?

Don’t allow your inadequacies to assassinate your peace. We’ve all heard it said, “What the enemy meant for evil, God meant it for good” (Gen 50:15-21). Truth be known, our inadequacies helps us to identity opportunities in our life to trust God More with our life! Paul’s greatest legacy was his utter dependence on God to be his “strength in weakness.” He believed with every bone in his body that the effectiveness of his ministry (preaching the gospel) depended on God’s power, not his own (2 Cor 12:9).The amazing truth is that God is enough. He uses our less-than-perfect talents and our inadequate abilities to advance His kingdom work. Therefore, we should be filled with confidence knowing that the Lord is with us and working through us. So when you begin to feel the fear of inadequacy creeping up, take a moment to pray and ask God to show Himself to be enough in your situation. After all, God equips those whom He has called (Heb 13:21). And He does it all regardless of our perceived inadequacies.

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What are the differences between love and fear? Great question! Well, I have heard it said that love responds- fear reacts. Love connects- fear separates. Love uplifts- fear deflates. Love creates- fear destroys. Essentially, when we are afraid we have the tendency to become closed-minded and apply the brakes in our lives. In contrast, when we are in love, we are open to all that life have to offer; our foot is on the gas pedal! I John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Therefore, if there is no fear in love and fear is a spirit not bequeathed by God, the choice is obvious. So today, allow the inner Truth and Light (Jesus) to guide you and don’t allow fear (Satan, the world, and your flesh) to paralyze you and keep you in darkness?

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Life is Short!

We all have in the past and some in the present have taken life for granted. Mainly because we all have a tendency to focus on the material, temporary things in life and neglect the relational and eternal. You see, none of us knows the number of days God has planned for us. Here’s my point…don’t put off until tomorrow the really important things you can do today. Show your family how much you love them today!! Surprise them by occasionally coming home early. Tell them you love them. Plan fun things to do with them. Say thank you to those who help you and were there for you when you needed them. Help someone you care about–someone who needs you at the office, in the neighborhood, or maybe someone who needs a friend. I Timothy 4:8 says, “…godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

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Where is God when I need Him? Well, the real question is where are you when you need God? Often times when we are experience difficulties of various kind, we have tendency to run in the opposite direction; away from God. We get caught up in our feelings real quick and then have the audacity to question God and His level of commitment to us in our situations. God’s phone number nor His address haven’t change since day one! Trying, difficult, and tormenting circumstances are mechanisms God uses to grapple our attention. C.S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasure, but he shouts to us in our pain.” Pain is God’s megaphone. Psalm 46:1 reminds us that despite our troubles that He is not only our solution, He is also very present. David said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” So stop running away from God and run to God. One thing is true, God has never used a change of address card!

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