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Post  Admin on Tue 07 Jul 2020, 10:48 am

And We Know
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Some time ago, two Chinese women shared their father’s story with me.

He was arrested in a roundup of house church members and given a choice—to deny Christ or go to jail.
The man spent 20 years imprisoned for his faith.

I was moved to tears by this brother’s godly testimony.

He understood that God was in control of his life, and that realization gave him the courage to please his Father regardless of the repercussions.

Romans 8:28 teaches that-

“God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him.”

But relying on that guarantee gets tough when we’re in the midst of trials.

The first few words of the verse—“And we know” —provide a hint about how Christians are to trust that the Lord will keep His promise.

We can face adversity courageously when we make a habit of finding God’s fingerprints on prior situations in our life.

While God causes good to come from our experiences-
He doesn't necessarily initiate trials.

Psalm 103:19 says, “His sovereignty rules over all”.

Other forces are at work in the world, but the Father’s power reigns supreme.

Satan may touch our life with pain, but only because the Lord allows him to do so.

And God gives permission-
-only when a situation fits His ultimate purpose.

Regardless of the tragedies we face-

God’s commitment remains the same;

He makes good out of bad, just as He has always done.

Paul knew the promise was true, and so do I.

Examine your life for evidence of the Lord at work.
And you will be assured as well.



Cast Your Cares
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"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;he will never let the righteous be shaken." Psalm 55:22.

Imagine walking through a crowded airport.

You cannot move without bumping into someone, you’re late for your flight, and the wheels just broke on your over-packed suitcase.

With no other option, you are forced to carry the luggage in your arms and slowly maneuver through the congested lobby toward the ticketing area.

Almost immediately, a young man approaches and offers to carry your bags, but you refuse, saying-
“No, thanks. I can do it myself.”

Realizing that the ticket counter is two levels up, you make your way to the stairs.

Someone asks, “Wouldn't it be easier to take the elevator? It’s right over there.”
But you reply, “No, I can do it myself.”

As you finally make it to the top of the staircase, your arms feel numb from the pressure of your bags.
Your legs are starting to buckle from the weight.
Your back aches from supporting the heavy load.
Then you spot a collection of unused baggage carts but ignore them, thinking-
No, I can do it myself.

This is a silly story, isn't it?
Who would prefer to carry such a heavy burden, ignoring every opportunity to set it down?
Yet many believers are doing just that.

Our heavenly Father has called us to lay our cares at His feet.

But when we fail to come to Him in prayer, we are just as foolish as the person staggering through the airport, mumbling-
“I can do it myself.”

Are you trying to carry a burden that is greater than you can bear?
Don’t ignore God’s offer to help.




True Freedom
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:34-36)

Today, we talk about political freedom, religious freedom, economic freedom, personal freedom, financial freedom.

Freedom has become synonymous with personal independence – doing what you want to do, making your own choices, choosing your own path, saying what you want to say.

So I ask those who say they want freedom:

What do you want to do?

What choices do you want to make?

Which path do you want to take?

What do you want to say?

You don’t have the freedom to hurt another person.

You don’t have the freedom to pursue your hobby and neglect reading your Bible.

You don’t have the freedom to commit suicide.

You don't have the freedom to say things that are not true.

True freedom is freedom to do what is right and good for yourself and others for the glory of God.

When God created man, He gave man the freedom to enjoy all the good.  But man abused his freedom and chose to do what is wrong.

As a result, man becomes enslaved to do what is wrong, that is, sin.

Sin is rebellion against God.  It is running away from God and running into enslavement.

True freedom comes first by being free from enslavement to sin.

This freedom was purchased by Jesus, the Son of God, when He died on the cross and paid for the penalty of our sin.

We are also set free from the power of sin, worry, all kinds of fear, anger, impatience, lying. 

We are set free to:

Do the will of God, be who God made us to be, take time to be holy, be controlled by the Spirit.

Choose to exercise faith in God, love others, do good.

Walk in the paths of righteousness, think wise and holy thoughts.

Say words of encouragement, affirmation, wisdom to others.

As a result of practicing true freedom in Christ, we have love, joy, and peace.

That is true freedom.
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Post  Admin on Mon 06 Jul 2020, 11:48 pm

I Surrender All
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God said (to Abraham), “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Gen 22:2)

God instructed Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac.

Notice that God said, "Your son, your only son, whom you love."

Isaac was Abraham's treasure.

God had promised Abraham that He would make of him a great nation through Isaac.

Abraham had great hope that God's promise would come true through Isaac.

He had already sent Ishmael away.  If Isaac was no more, Abraham would be without an heir.

But Abraham believed that God's promise would come true. Perhaps God would cause another miracle and give Abraham another Isaac.

Abraham was resigned to the command to sacrifice Isaac.

He must be very heartbroken to give up Isaac.

He loved Isaac dearly.  He was a lovely boy.  He was a miracle.  Abraham was already 99 years old and Sarah, being barren, was already 89 years old when Isaac was born.

But if it was God's will, he would carry it out.

It was not easy for him to carry out God's command.

He had to surrender his beloved son, Isaac.

He had to be childless again. 

What was God thinking?  How can this be God's plan?  I can never be a great nation, he thought.  Or perhaps God meant to make Ishmael a great nation?

He had to give up his future plans. 

He thought he could raise up Isaac for God.  He thought of being a grandfather to Isaac's sons and daughters.  Maybe he might live to see his great grandchildren.  How wonderful that would be!

But all these dreams would be gone.  God called him to sacrifice Isaac.

If God calls you to sacrifice your dearest dreams, would you do it obediently and willingly?

Are we holding back anything from God?

God sacrificed His only beloved Son.

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Rom 8:32)

God calls us to deny our lives and dreams and live the life that He calls us to live, that is, to live God's dream for our lives.

He is wiser than us.  His plan for us is better than our plans for ourselves.

Will you surrender all to Him and walk in His ways and live out His will for your life?
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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Jul 2020, 9:51 pm

Claim His Promises
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"Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised." (Heb 10:35-36)

The Bible is full of the promises of God.

Someone counted 7,487 promises in the Bible.

God wants to bless us.  He promises so many times to bless us in so many ways.

His promises reveal who He is and His relationship with us.

He loves us.  That is why He wants to bless us.

Imagine a person possessing a nice house, with nice furniture, a comfortable bed, a beautiful garden.  Yet he is sleeping on the roadside.

We are surrounded by God's promises.  They are ours.  Yet we are living in spiritual poverty.

How can we claim God's promises?

The verse above tells us of three responsibilities we have to fulfil:

Faith or confidence.
We must believe that what God promises, He will perform.

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He is as faithful as He was in the past. 

The Bible contains stories of His faithfulness. 

God is holy.  He cannot lie.

Endurance.
We need patience to wait for God to act.

He promises He will act, but according to His time-table.

He is the all-wise God.  He knows the future because He is already there.

He knows when the best time is for Him to provide for us.

Obedience.
We must do the will of God according to His Word.

If we are not right with God, we need to straighten our relationship with Him first.

We cannot depend on our own cleverness.  We must submit to God.

Are we exercising faith in Him?  Are we patiently waiting on Him?  Are we doing His will?

Then we can be sure we will receive what He has promised.
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Post  Admin on Fri 03 Jul 2020, 2:34 pm

Trust God’s Timing
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"Lord, how long will the wicked . . . triumph?" (Ps 93:3).

I'm sure you also have asked that question. This sentiment is expressed many times in Scripture. The great saints of God cried out, "O Lord, how long?" When David was being chased by King Saul, many times he said, "How long, O Lord, before I get my throne? You've promised it to me." (Ps 94:3-10)

The psalmist tells us that God has His plan. He hears our prayers and sees our need. He knows exactly what is going on. The wicked think that they have everything under control. "Yet they say, 'The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand"' (v. 7). "God can't see what we're doing; God's not going to do anything."

That's the false confidence of the wicked.

God sees what's going on in this world. He hears the cries of His own people and disciplines those who need discipline.

Our tendency, of course, is to take things into our own hands. Moses tried that approach, and it sent him to the wilderness for 40 years to learn how to trust God's timing and method.

When you find yourself crying out, "How long, O Lord, how long," focus on God and remember that He knows as much about the situation as you do—probably more. Then wait on Him. Watch and pray. You can be sure that He will keep His promises.

Learning to trust God's methods and timing is a lifelong course. When you need to wait patiently for God to act, first look to Him and lay hold of His promises in Scripture. Then rest in His care. He knows your situation, and He keeps His word. He will act at the right time.- Warren Wiersbe

Prayer: Lord, I put my time entirely in Your hands. Though circumstances may not seem to be in my favor, I will still trust in You no matter what happens. I believe that Your eye will guide me.
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Making Sense of Our Suffering
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“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isa 43:1-3)

 Maybe you are undergoing pain because:

You were wrongly accused
You were unfairly treated
You lost your job
You lost a loved one
You have a serious health condition
You are bearing a very heavy burden
You are stuck in life
Why does God allow us to go through suffering?

Suffering is a part of life in this fallen world.  There is a time to weep and a time to laugh.

We will experience peace in the midst of our suffering when we believe that God is in control of our suffering.  We believe that God still loves us.  We still believe He is good all the time.  We accept this suffering as from our Heavenly Father's hand.  We know that this suffering is not going to last forever.  Our faith in God will help us overcome discouragement and doubt.

God allows suffering to come into our lives:

To toughen us.

To help us become more spiritually mature and Christlike.

To accomplish His plan through us.

To help us desire God and heaven.

To allow God to show to the devil that we still fear Him.

So that we can show the world He is real as we trust Him.

So that we can know He is our sovereign, all-wise, good God.

So that we can comfort and bless others.

To understand the sufferings of Christ.

To present the Gospel that Jesus suffered for our sins.

To glorify God.

Are you still struggling with God?  Let Him continue His good work in you through your suffering.
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Post  Admin on Wed 01 Jul 2020, 7:22 pm

Live by His Grace
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My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12:8)

God wants us to live by grace.  His grace.

Our God is a gracious God.  Jesus is full of grace and truth.

God is love.

Though there are laws and commands in the Bible, God commanded them out of love for us.

A caring mother will warn her child, "Don't go near the stove.  It is hot."

God's grace is His favor upon us regardless of our race, age, gender, our past or our present.

We don’t deserve His blessings, but He lavishes His love upon us (Eph 1:3-8).

And because God is gracious, we should reflect His grace.

We should live life fully aware and thankful to Him that we are alive because of Him.

We worship Him because we love Him and want to worship Him.

We bless others because God loves them.  

We serve others not to earn any reward or expecting anything in return.  We serve out of love for others, whether they deserve it or not.

We forgive others.  We love our enemies.

We love the unlovely.  We help the needy.

All because God extends His love towards us though we don’t deserve Him.

We were once enemies of God.  We were sinfully unlovely. We need God's forgiveness.  We are still needy people.

Yet God continues to forgive us, bless us, and provides for us.  

When we think life is hard or when we find it uncomfortable helping others, think about God's grace towards us though we don’t deserve it.

His grace is sufficient for us.

Ask the Lord to help us to live by His grace.
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Jun 2020, 12:08 am

Now do it!
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"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today" (Hebrews 3:13). 

Many a long-distance runner has come around that final turn wondering if he has enough energy left to finish the race, only to be energized by the cheering of the crowd.  

He may feel like he's running the remainder of the race in slow motion.

But his exertion is fortified by the voices of onlookers. 

Words can have a powerful effect.

They can build up or tear down.  

Our words can, and should be, encouraging ones, words that help others-especially those who are running the race of faith alongside us.  

The race is hard, the challenge real, and the temptation to sin constant. 

Hebrews warns us of the possibility of drifting, of allowing our hearts to harden, of being deceived by sin.  

That is a very real danger that each Christian faces.

Our natural tendency is away from God, not toward Him. 

An antidote for this is encouraging words.

The community of believers should daily give exhortations to help keep one another from developing a hardened heart.  

As each of us has a responsibility to keep our hearts anchored close to God-

- so each has a responsibility to help others do so as well.  

Notice that we are to encourage one another "Today" (v 13).

Any day that you can call "today" is a day that you are to be an encourager. 

Your assignment is to encourage someone in his faith today.

Who will it be and what will you do?  

Now do it!
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Jun 2020, 12:04 am

Anxiety
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"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:6-10.

Did you ever wonder why a passage dealing with anxious thoughts mentions Satan prowling like a roaring lion?

Worry can feel like an attack—we get torn up on the inside by fears, frustration, and helplessness.

Anxiety is a tormenting emotion, and today’s reading reminds us that the devil wields it skillfully.

But we don’t have to live with worry-
- because God closes the mouths of lions that threaten His followers. Dan. 6:22.

Peter described how to keep clear of anxiety’s jaws.

First-
Response!

We humble ourselves before God.

What causes worry is a sense of helplessness in a given situation-
- so the best response is yielding yourself to God,
- submitting to Him with the confidence that He has the power to control your life.

Second-
Realization!

Another thing that builds trust is the realization that God is always engineering circumstances for your good and His glory.Rom. 8:28.

Third-
Request!

Remember, prayer is a declaration of dependence.

When you humble yourself, you’re kneeling before omnipotent God.
And since nothing is a challenge for His power, the second step in casting cares on Him is the simple exercise of telling the Lord your troubles and then trusting Him to deal with them.

He assumes responsibility for meeting believers’ needs; your part is to prioritize obeying Him and living a righteous life. Matt. 6:31-33.

Lastly-
Remaining!

Resist Satan by remaining firm in faith.

In other words, don’t snatch those concerns out of God’s hands to worry over them anew.

When the devil’s ways make you tremble with anxiety-
- reject his lie and affirm that the Lord is adequate to handle the situation.
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Post  Admin on Fri 26 Jun 2020, 8:28 pm

God’s Cure for Bitterness
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See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. (Heb 12:15)

Bitterness begins as a root.

It is hidden.

But it soon grows and produces bitter fruit.

Bitterness begins as a seed.

When things don’t go the way we want it.  When bad things happen to us.  When others hurt us.

That feeling of bitterness arises inside of us is caused by our reaction.

We feel disappointed, frustrated, angry, cheated, short changed, humiliated, betrayed, threatened.

We start blaming others and God.

We fail to see how it can work out for our good.

We can't bring ourselves to forgive that person who did something bad to us.

We don’t see God at work.

But if we trust the Lord and believe:

that nothing escapes His attention,
that all things will work out for our good,
that God allows it to happen with a purpose,
that we will understand it some day,
that His grace will carry us through.
If we see God at work behind that situation and exercise faith in Him, we will be at peace.

We will not despair or be discouraged.

We will have hope, faith, and love.

We will be rewarded for our faith in Him one day.

So believe that God is gracious. 

Receive His grace instead of becoming bitter.

Be planted in the grace of God and bear the fruit of God's grace.
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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9:23 pm

God At Eventide  by Two Listeners

June 25 - Ladder of Joy

You see in your lives cause for praise or prayer. You praise or pray. Your heart is lifted thereby into the Eternal, into My very Presence.

Thereafter the drudgery or commonplace or dreary waiting ceases to be the colorless something to be endured. It is the ladder, whereby you rise to Me.

You can then smile at it, welcome it. It is friend, not foe. So with everything in life. Its value for you must depend on whether it leads you nearer to Me.

So poverty or plenty, sickness or health, friendship or loneliness, sunshine or gloom, each may add to the Joy and Beauty of your lives.

Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25


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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Jun 2020, 9:23 pm

Shortcuts make long delays!

Shortcuts in our lives often lead to misery, and, more than that, to sin.  

The story of Abraham and Hagar is a very well-known story from the Bible (Genesis 16). 

God had promised Abraham a son to be his heir.

Years passed and Sarah was beyond the child-bearing age.

So, Sarah came up with an idea and Abraham agreed.  

Instead of continuing to wait, Sarah gave Abraham her servant, Hagar, to bear a son in Sarah's place. 

The right thing for Abraham to do would have been to continue to wait and trust God to bring a son through Sarah as promised. 

Instead he took a shortcut.  

The child born out of his relationship with Hagar, Ishmael, became a problem for Abraham and his descendants--and still is even today. 

Shortcuts can be hard to spot.

Why?  

Shortcuts boil down to being assertive and claiming something we think we deserve or have earned. 

These are qualities that are typically praised today. 

So, how can we avoid these hidden traps?  

Keep the words of Jesus always in your mind:

"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). 

In other words-

God knows what you need.

And He'll make sure you get it.  

Just keep your eyes focused on Him.

And you'll never need another shortcut again.
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Post  Admin on Wed 24 Jun 2020, 10:17 pm

God is My Personal God
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The Lord is my shepherd. (Ps 23:1)

God is a personal God.

He is not an impersonal God or some kind of force that causes things to happen.

He is not so holy that He keeps such a great distance from us.

In fact, He is very near us.

Anyone and everyone is welcomed to approach Him and get close to Him.

Whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37)

In fact, He wants us to get close to Him.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

He is not someone else's God.

He wants to be your personal God.

Over and over again in His Word, He says, "I am your God." (Ex 20:2; Isa 41:13; 43:3)

He also says, "I am your shield, your defender, your strength, your strong tower, your salvation, your rock, your song."

David writes, "The Lord is my shepherd." (Ps 23:1).

He did not call Him a shepherd or our shepherd.

The Lord is David's personal shepherd.

When I say, "This is my pen," I mean this is my personal pen.  The pen belongs to me.

In the same way, the Lord is my personal shepherd.  The Lord belongs to me.

How wonderful!

The Lord is up close, beside you, inside you, above you, around you.

He is your personal God.
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Post  Admin on Tue 23 Jun 2020, 11:59 am

Beast of the burden
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"Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey ttied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them...." (Matthew 21:2-3). 

A donkey was an animal of commerce in Jesus' day. 

It was used to carry great burdens of goods from place to place and he was known as the "beast of the burden." 

Jesus told His disciples to fetch the donkey for "He had need of it." 

This donkey played an important part in Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

It was a day that was the culmination of three years of ministry.  

Jesus chose to use a vehicle of commerce to bring Him into His most important public display. 

We are entering a time in our own history in which God is saying to business people, "Loose your donkey for My purposes. I have need of it." 

God is preparing His Church to be a vessel for ushering in a great harvest of souls. 

He is preparing His remnant of business people, who are like a tribe within the Church, to be a major force in this great harvest. 

"He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk" (Gen 49:11-12). 

Is your donkey tied to the living Vine, the choicest branch of Jesus Himself? 

When we are tied to the living Vine, designed for His use, we will be useful in God's Kingdom. 

Jesus wants to free us from the bondage of business slavery. 

He wants us to walk in freedom so that others may see God's grace flowing through us and our place in the business world. 
Is your donkey available for His use?
Ask Jesus to allow the Vine to flow through you in every area of your life.
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Godly goal
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"But we all . . . are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

When you begin to align your goals with God's goals and your desires with God's desires-
- you will rid your life of a lot of anger, anxiety and depression.

The homemaker who wants a happy, harmonious family is expressing a godly desire, but she cannot guarantee that it will happen.

So she'd better not base her identity and sense of worth on it or she will be a basket case of anger or resentment toward her sometimes less-than-harmonious family.

Instead she could decide:
"I'm going to be the wife and mother God wants me to be."

That's a great goal!
Is it impossible or uncertain?

No!
Because it's also God's goal for her and nothing is impossible with God.

Who can block her goal?
She's the only one who can.
As long as she cooperates with God's goal for her, her success is assured.

"But what if my husband has a mid-life crisis or my kids rebel?" she may object.

Problems like that aren't blocking her goal of being the wife and mother God wants her to be-
- but they will put her goal to a serious test.

If her husband ever needs a godly wife, and if her children ever need a godly mother, it's in times of trouble.

Family difficulties are merely new opportunities for her to fulfill her goal of being the woman God wants her to be.

The pastor whose worth is based on his goal to win his community for Christ, have the best youth ministry in town, or increase giving to missions by 50 percent is headed for a fall.

These are worthwhile desires-
- but they are poor goals by which to determine his worth because they can be blocked by people or circumstances.

Rather he could say:
"I'm going to be the pastor God wants me to be."
That's a great goal because nothing can block him from achieving it.

God's basic goal for your life is character development:
Becoming the person God wants you to be.

Because it's a godly goal-
- no one can block it except you.
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Wilderness
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Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19) 

It is among popular "Christian" belief that an abundance of material and other blessings follow those whose hearts are truly after God and that those who seem to consistently struggle to that end, cannot possibly be in God's perfect will.

I want to submit to you a realization I had about this very thing.
I think we might have it all backwards.

Almost all the great men of faith I've read about in the Bible had to spend some time in the wilderness.
Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, just to name a few.

God had to make them desperate.
He had to cause them to be quiet and undistracted enough to hear His still, small voice.
He had to make them hungry and thirsty enough to cry out for a miracle.

Interestingly, the word for wilderness, in Hebrew, is "meed-bahr".
And meed-bahr comes from the word "leh-da-behr", which means to speak.

Some of us are walking through the desert right now.

It's hot by day -- there is only rugged, thorny, sandy terrain for miles and miles and there seems no end.
By night, the wind is unbearably cold and we stumble over things we can barely see.

Snakes and scorpions live here.
It seems like a lonely place.

But this is actually a place of blessing!

It is for our growth, and ultimately for our prosperity that God has brought us here!

Like it or not, the wilderness is where He can speak to us most effectively.
It is the place He can most easily get our attention.
It is the place we will cry out to God and truly listen for His voice

Know that God is with you today!
He is walking along with us through this wilderness and longing to comfort us!

Cry out to Him and heed His voice!
The promised land awaits!
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Walk With God
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Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Gen 5:24)

The idea of walking is used in a metaphorical way to mean living life or conducting oneself in a certain way. 

A man who is alive walks.  A dead man doesn't.

The Christian life has been called a walk.

You can tell a lot about a person by the way he walks.

If he walks confidently, he is probably healthy.

If he walks with a crutch, he might have a broken leg.

If he walks with a walking stick, he is probably elderly.

If he keeps on looking around him, he is probably suspicious or fearful of something or someone.

If he keeps on looking at the floor when he walks, well, he might be deep in thoughts.

To walk by faith and not by sight means to rely on the Lord for our salvation and everything else in life and not depend on the way we see things (2 Cor 5:7).

To walk by the Spirit means to follow the Spirit's leading (Gal 5:16).

To walk with Jesus is to live in a close, personal relationship with Him.

Enoch was a man who lived in close, intimate fellowship with God.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (Heb 11:5)

He lived in such a way that he pleased God in his thoughts, desires, plans, speech, and actions.

He was so close with God that he knew God's plan for the future.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints. (Jude 14)

Eventually, he did not see death.  He walked with God till the Lord carried him straight into heaven.

May we also have this testimony that we walk with the Lord and that we please Him.
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His Presence is Enough
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Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Ps 139:7-10)

Have you ever tried to do something you are unsure of?  Or going some place you have never been before?  Do you feel anxious?

What if an expert tells you he will come and help you do it?  Or be your guide to the new place?

It gives you confidence because you know he will help you to do it.  Or will show you the way so that you will not be lost.

God promises to be with us all the time.

Jesus promises us, "I will be with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt 28:20).

He also promises to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5).

This promise is unconditional.

We need not fulfill any condition for Him to keep His promise.

God is always with us.  He knows everything about us.  He knows what will happen tomorrow.

We are safe in His arms.  He will carry us through every affliction, pain, or difficulty.

We don’t know what may happen next.  We might succeed or we might fail.

But God is with us.  That is enough.

Because He knows what is best.  He controls every element in the universe.

He will work out everything for our good and for His glory.

Surrender everything to Him.  Live in His presence every moment.
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Prince of the Outcasts
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"For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier..." (Ephesians 2:14).

Many years ago, the Prince of Wales visited the capital city of India.

An arduous, stately barrier had been set up to keep back the masses of people, most of them lower class, who wanted to catch a glimpse of royalty.

When the prince arrived, he shook hands with some of the political dignitaries who were presented to him.

Then, looking over their heads to the crowds beyond, he said, "Take down those barriers!"
They were quickly removed, and the people, regardless of social rank, had free access to the heir to the British throne.

Several years later, the Prince of Wales visited the same district again.
Waiting on him, were 10,000 outcasts that waited under a banner.

The banner welcomed him with these words inscribed:
"The Prince of the Outcasts."

Not many of us take time out of our hectic schedules to reflect on the majesty of Jesus and what He did for us.

Born into sin, we were outcasts from conception.

But by the grace and forgiveness of Jesus-
- we have been adopted into the family of God.

So often we don't thank Him or praise Him enough for the incredible mercy he showed us on the cross.

We were separated from God.
We were the outcasts.
Sin was the barrier.
And the heir to the throne came and ordered it to be taken away.

As a result-
- we now have free access to the Son.

Thank God for our "Prince of the Outcasts"-
Jesus Christ.

Take a few moments to simply thank God for sending Jesus to provide forgiveness for your sins as a sacrifice on the cross through His shed blood.
Take time to worship Him for bridging the gap so that we can have eternal life.
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Partiality Does Not Honor God

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,

And if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”

Have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:1-4)

Man judges another by the outward appearance.

We judge others by their race, gender, age, looks, health, occupation, religion, background, abilities, preferences.

We have preconceived ideas, positive or negative, about others even before we get to know them.

We hold prejudices against those who are different from us.

We show favor to those we like.

We reject those we find offensive to us.

Such partiality does not honor God.

It is filled with evil thoughts.

God loves all the people of the world and is unwilling that any should perish in hell.

To demonstrate His love, He sent His only Son to die for us.

God is no respecter of persons.

He loves us unconditionally, freely, continually.

We must seek to understand and love others.

Enmity, strife, rivalries, dissensions, misunderstandings, bitterness, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, divisions, quarrels, fights come from our sinful, carnal nature.

When we see others who are different from us, we must see them the way God sees them and love them the way God loves them.

We are all sinners before God.  We need His love and grace.

So let's stop judging others.  Let's love one another as Christ loves us.
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Fear God
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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Prov 1:7)

To fear the Lord means to have deep reverence for Him.

God is a holy God.

No sinner can stand in His presence without being judged for his sins.

God is a God of judgment.

But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:28)

We deserve punishment for our sins in an eternal hell.  God is just if He sends us there.

But thank the Lord for His grace and mercies.  He paid the price of our sins through His Son Jesus.

Yet we cannot be presumptuous in our approach to God.

We cannot pat Him on His back presumptuously and say, "Hey, forgive my sins ah!"

Only a fool would approach God without realizing his sinfulness and the serious consequences of his sins and the price that Jesus paid on the cross.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Heb 12:28-29)

The fear of God is the starting point of salvation.

It is only when we realize our utter helplessness, our condemnation, and our need for God that we become wise.

We fear God for who He is.

He deserves our reverence and awe.

Fear Him.
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Grow in Grace
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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Pet 3:18)

Grace is unmerited favor.

God's grace led us to Him.  And His grace is leading us through life.

God is constantly extending His favor towards us.

He gives us the resources to face life.

We don’t have to earn His favor to receive these resources.

He gives them by His grace.

He gives us His strength, wisdom, protection, guidance.

He works in us and outwardly for us.

We don’t have to try to grow by our own effort.

All we need to do is trust Him.

We live by faith in Him that He will help us every time.

Some think that God is angry with them when they see so little spiritual growth in their lives.  Or they think they can't live up to God's standards.  They start feeling guilty.

Sure, we might fail in trusting Him.

But God is patient with us.

When a child falls while trying to walk, the father is not angry at him.  He encourages the child to get up and try to walk again and again.

The loving father embraced the prodigal son when he returned home.  He did not reprimand his son.

We can have a distorted view of God and His grace.

Growing by God's grace means realizing that we cannot grow by ourselves.  We need His favor in order to grow.  We grow in His steadfast love, mercies, and grace.

Does it mean that we do nothing?

No.  There are things we are responsible to do.  We are responsible for praying and reading the Bible daily and faithfully.

God will do the rest.  He will do His work of grace in us to cause us to be stronger, wiser, more loving, more faithful, and bear the fruit of the Spirit.
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Great for Christ!
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"The LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12:1-2).

You might be surprised to learn that if you catch a small shark and confine it-

- it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium you put it in.

Sharks can be six inches long yet fully matured.

But if you let them loose in the ocean, they will grow to their normal length.

Sadly, this is what happens spiritually to many Christians today.

They grow up in church, never get out of the "culture of Christianity", and they live their whole lives never being challenged in their faith.

This leads to stunted growth...resulting in generations of Christians who never reach their full potential!

The world is filled with little six-inch Christians who swim around in their puddle.

You can look at them and comment on how fine they are.

But if you were to put them out into a larger arena into the broad view of a whole creation, much like God did to Abram in today's passage, they might become so much greater.

God will help us not to be confined to a little puddle out of fear or insecurity-

- but instead to see that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

If we have internal integrity and relate to the larger world in the ways He has ordained-

- we will be able to grow and serve Him in ways we've never imagined!

Pray and ask God to show you-

- where you can step out of your puddle

- and become great for Christ!
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Do All For the Glory of God

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31)

Paul was explaining about eating food offered to idols.

If you eat, you might stumble your brother because he thinks you are honoring the gods and betraying your Christian faith.

If you don’t eat, you might offend your host or go hungry.

Some say you can eat anything because you have Christian liberty.  An idol is nothing.

But in eating, we must consider our brother who has a weaker conscience.

So it is better to abstain from food offered to idols.

Though eating food offered to idols will not harm us bodily, doing so is not beneficial for others (1 Cor 10:23-24).

Whatever we do (no matter how mundane or extraordinary the task is), we ought to make sure that we glorify God.

To glorify God means to make His glory shine or become known to men.

We glorify God when we enjoy what we do because it is what God wants us to do.

We glorify God when we do it because God says so even though it is tough or inconvenient.

We glorify God when no one is watching because we do it for Him.

We glorify God when we do it to bring Him pleasure.

We glorify God when we trust Him.

We glorify God we walk in His ways.

We glorify God when we don’t complain when the going gets rough.

These actions prove that God is real in our lives. 

They show His love, grace, wisdom, guidance, protection.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” (Col 3:23)

When we eat, drink, work, travel, sleep, do the laundry, read, watch TV, play, we can glorify God.  Praise the Lord!
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Under Law or Under Grace?
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For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).

Under hyper law, we have to do and do because the law commands us to do.

Under law, we have to do what the law says in order to show our obedience to God.

Under grace, God is already pleased with us through Christ and we need not achieve anything to please Him. 

Under hyper grace, God is so pleased with us that we can do anything, even take sin lightly, because if we sin, He will still forgive us.

Under hyper law, we have to work harder and harder.

Under law, we have to do something outwardly in order for God to bless us.

Under grace, God will bless us as He sees fit.  We live by faith and gratitude to Him.  We believe that all things, including pain or pleasure, work for our good and His glory.

Under hyper grace, God will bless us and do whatever we tell Him to do.

Under hyper law, God is our hard slave driver.

Under law, God is our discipline master.

Under grace, God is our master.

Under hyper grace, God is our servant.

Salvation has always been by grace through faith since Adam till now.  God extends His grace to His people since creation.

Grace is fully expressed through Jesus Christ. 

In Him, we have full forgiveness and redemption.

We need not do anything to save ourselves.  We are chosen by Him.  He saves us.

God is fully pleased with us because He is pleased with His Son and we are in His Son.

We are free from the need to please Him.

We are free to make known His marvelous grace so that He will be glorified.  Not because we have to but because we want to.
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Be Ready For His Return
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We live in unprecedented times.

As each year passes, Jesus' return gets getting closer. And His return has never been felt so close.

We are undergoing a global pandemic.  There are worldwide protests and riots.  Trade wars are looming.  The global economy will be greatly affected.  Tensions between countries are escalating.  Locusts are destroying crops.  Hurricanes and earthquakes are expected.

Jesus commands us to be ready for His return.

How can we be ready?

Stay awake.
So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (1Thess 5:6)

When you sleep, you do not know what is happening.  Stay alert by studying the Bible, praying, keeping informed of the global news.

Watch out for false teachers.
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first. (2Thess 2:3)

False teachers will make all sorts of claims.  Know what the Bible says.

Live as if He will return today.
Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed! (Rev 16:5)

Be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matt 24:44)

Look forward to Jesus' return.  Every morning, tell yourself, "Jesus might return today."

Watch your conduct.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Tit 2:12-13)

Watch our steps.  We want to be found faithful and wise when He returns.

Encourage one another.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1Thess 4:17-18)

Offer hope to others.  Tell them they can hope in Jesus.  Tell them about heaven and eternal life.

  6.  Be occupied with the Lord's work.

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (Luke 19:13)

Use whatever time, talents, energy, resources effectively for the Lord.
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