Monday, August 21, 2017

Bearing Good Fruit

When we allow unholy things to take root in our heart, we grow a deformed and withered tree, which only produces acrid and bitter fruit. This grieves The Holy Spirit and impedes our maturation in Christ.

Partnering with Jesus and plucking the weeds of resentment, anger, envy and hostility cultivates a fertile heart that is pliable for The Lord's handiwork within us. The seed falls on "good soil," and we produce bountiful, succulent fruits of The Spirit.

Lord God, create in us a willing and clean heart worthy of Your Seed...producing a good tree with good fruit...as we remain steadfast in You forevermore.

Ephesians 4:30-32
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Hebrews,12:15
looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled

Matthew 13:8-9
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Matthew 12:33
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Friday, August 18, 2017

We Walk by Faith Not By Sight



Thank the Lord our faith depends on what HE can do, and not on what we can do. If you're walking by faith with some things in your life right now, don't stop, friends. Don't let go of His outstretched hand. All God asks is that we trust Him. Trust Him with all that we have. Trust Him to fulfill all our needs. And allow HIM to be our All in all. Don’t lose sight of the Truth. God is a good God. His heart is pure. EVERYTHING He does has purpose, and as hard as it is to remember sometimes, everything He does is filled with perfection. He is not leading you to leave you desolate and alone. He won’t allow you to go the wrong way if you are seeking Him and His will for your life. Trust that! Hold on to it! 

When we remember who He is, we can stand with confidence in what He is doing. We can know that He IS who He says He is and, that He is a GOOD GOOD God. A God who loves you so much, and if you could only see what HE sees, you would understand everything. You would understand His timing. His ways. His words. His direction. Don’t turn from Him when you are feeling lost or confused – turn TO Him, and He will bless you. 

He loves you with an everlasting love. As much as the cross signifies that, He will go into even greater depths to show you all the more in this season of your life. Why? Because He loves you. Because YOU matter to Him. Because there is only one of YOU, and He longs for YOU to know His heart. To know His love. To know how valuable you are. 

So rest in knowing that He sees you. He has His hand on you. He hasn’t forgotten about you, and where are you are at is not a surprise to Him. Trust Him. He is working. He is faithful and, He will show you. He will show you He is in control. He will show you His great love. He will do, the impossible.
"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act." Psalms 37:5

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

by Sarah Armstrong


Thursday, August 17, 2017

What giants are you facing today?

Would it make any difference if you just stopped...got still with God...and considered that your conflict is not against flesh or things seen, but against spiritual wickedness in high places?

Would you get on your knees in obedience...align your will with His...and surrender it to The LORD of Hosts, Jehovah-Sabaoth?

Why place your faith or trust in something less than the All-seeing, All-knowing, Almighty Creator? Why take on the battle without Jesus, when there is so much power in His Name alone?

Do not fear. Do not be dismayed or discouraged. Stand firm in your faith at the feet of Jesus. He is always with you and will NEVER leave or forsake you!

HE IS RULER OVER ALL principalities and powers seen and not seen....and the battle belongs to Him!

...Thus saith the Lord unto you, "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chronicles 20:15)

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. (Psalm 20:7-8)

Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:8)

The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. (Jeremiah 10:6)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Intercession

Intercessory prayers reflect the very essence of God's own character...rich in unconditional love, grace and mercy.

Praying for others enables us to look beyond ourselves and increases our empathy, concern and compassion for others.

Think about this...who do you want to spend eternity with? Are there people you care about who do not know Jesus? Are you praying for them...interceding without ceasing?

Then, consider this...love and pray for your enemies. This is truly putting on the compassion of Christ and going beyond yourself in interceding for them.

Remember, prayer is sweet smelling aroma that pleases Him (Revelation 5:8). The Father desires our prayers! Prayer strengthens our faith and increases our intimacy with Him! In it, we are reflecting and glorifying Jesus!

Let us pray with sincere hearts and without ceasing on behalf of God's hurting children...that they will have a heart change and receive Jesus...that they will share in our eternal inheritance...and experience the riches, hope, glory and everlasting grace freely given by our Abba Father!

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

His Mercy Never Fails

Lord God,

We praise You for each and every promise,
including those brand-new today.
We pray to walk with You and know You,
in every single way.

You are a great and faithful Father
to those who fear and follow You;
So, to Thee we lift our praise...
Thank You for loving us completely, as only You can do!

In Jesus Christ's Name,
Amen.

Psalm 103:10
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Malachi 3:6
"For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

Psalm 105:8
He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations.

Psalm 106:45
And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

Psalm 69:16
Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me...

Psalm 63:3
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold resolutely to the hope we confess, for He who promised is faithful.

Lamentations 3:24
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Authentic Faith

It is easy for us to get carried away in our thinking about what we want. We tend to plunge into the waters head first before first consulting with our Lifeguard...you know, the One who walks on water.

Regardless of our desires and plans, we should bring it all to the full counsel of God; present our petitions and align our emotions with His truth. We must lean into Him for understanding and ask Him to lay on our heart what His will is for our circumstances...and for our life.

When we bring Him into our decision-making, we receive the full measure of His promises. Only our Creator can lead us on our authentic and ordained path, as He is the Architect who designed it! He delights in the innermost desires of our heart and will guide us in the way that is holy, righteous and pleasing unto Him.

Praise The Lord that His plans, ways and thoughts are not like our own! He is the eternal resource with every correct answer. He is able to produce results far beyond what we can achieve alone. Complete surrender to His way is not always the path of least resistance, but we are assured peace as we progress...and to always receive what is His best for us.

Proverbs 19:21
Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.

Isaiah 55:8
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Child of The Living God

Take a moment to truly reflect on what God has done for you...

Contemplate the complexity and perfection of His divine purpose; how He lovingly and deliberately chose to include you in His plan.

Receive the truth in your innermost being that long ago, before Elohim created the heavens and earth, He formed you in His mind. Praise Him for intricately planning your existence, identity and holy inheritance; that He dwelled on Earth in human form, sacrificed Himself, and was risen on the third day...so you could glorify and join Him for eternity!

No matter what your circumstances, He never changes. He is true to His promises; His plan is revealed and His purpose will be fulfilled. And He lavishes you with the greatest, most glorious Gift ever unwrapped...The Mystery of Jesus Christ! That you may be filled with The Holy Spirit and are called precious child of The Living God!

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

Colossians 1:27
to whom God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Ephesians 1:18
I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

John 1:12
But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--

Romans 8:14
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It Is Who You Are

It changes everything when you understand who you truthfully are. Not who the world says you are, but rather who God says you are: thoughtfully and carefully crafted, valued and loved, intended for eternal life in the image of your Maker.

Moses writes, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Lest we should miss the point, the word “created” is repeated three times in reference to the man and woman. God wants us to understand He created us; we were not the result of random chance. (James Trent)

Matthew 19:4
Jesus answered, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female."

Ephesians 4:24
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its creator.

Genesis 5:1
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.

Deuteronomy 4:32
Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It Is Who He Is

We surely attain only a glimpse of the greatness of God in our humanity. But meditating on Who He Is can radically transform our faith...

God Is our...

King, Keeper, Advocate, Author, Guide, Cornerstone, Counselor, Comforter, Creator, Completion, Champion, Consuming Fire, Redeemer, Reconciler, Ruler, Resurrection, Restorer, Rock, Righteousness, Savior, Salvation, Sanctifier, Shepherd, Strength, Song, Healer, Hope, Help, Protector, Peace, Provider, Praise, Purifier, Promise, Preserver, Banner, Beloved, Betrothed, Blessing, Justification, Joy, Judge, Father, Foundation, Fountain, Forgiver, Lord, Living Waters, Life, Lamb, Light, Lamp, Lawgiver, Transformer, Tower, Trusted, Maker, Miracle, Deliverer and Master.

He Is:

Love, Almighty, All-powerful, All-knowing, All-seeing, All-sufficient, Always there, Absolute, Ever-present, Everlasting, Beautiful, Compassionate, Zealous, Jealous for us, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Faithful, Merciful, Pure, Patient, Perfect, Sovereign, Immutable, Holiest of holies, Lord over all, The Alpha and Omega, Star-breather, The Word, The Way, The Truth, The Vine, The Holy Spirit, The Great I Am, Most High, Eternal Life.

He is of all this and far more...and He calls us His children! He certainly is Worthy and to be praised!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

From Faith to Faith

Faith is not a feeling or emotion and often defies all human logic or reasoning. But, through faith, we gain understanding and Everlasting Truth.

Faith is choosing to take God at His Word....though unseen, the evidence of God and what He accomplishes through His command is all around us.

When we chose to take Him at His Word, we need to get into The Word...bring God into the situation and align our emotions with His Truth.

Having faith in Him and trusting His Truth brings an unchanging, unwavering, unlimited resource and reality into our circumstances.

When we choose to walk in faith and are obedient to The Will of God, we have created a partnership with an unmatched Leader and Lord over all, who loves us and longs for our good...who created us in His image...desires to transform us and bring us from faith to faith...from glory to glory.

Let us walk in obedient faith and be blessed by His reward for our devotion...for our Father is faithful...and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

"The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

"But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Peter 1:25)

"For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth." (Psalm 33:4)

"By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:3)

"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going." (Hebrews 11:8)

"Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed." (Luke 7:7)

"Jesus said to her, 'Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?'" (John 11:40)

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

Way of The Faithful


May we have a heart of fearless faith in our Holy Heavenly Father...ears that discern the whisper of The Holy Spirit...and steps ordained and directed by Jesus Christ.

May we place our faith in the One we are born of...walk in glorious victory and pursue His unmitigated righteousness.

May The Lord fill us with peace and joy as we place our unwavering trust and faith in Him only...as we run a race of endurance through redemption and restoration.

And may we overflow with hope through the power of His Holy Spirit, rooted and established in His love.

Ephesians 3:16-17
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love...

1 John 5:4
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

1 Timothy 6:11
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Psalm 119:30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wait Upon The Lord

May we be unmovable in truth and hold tight to the righteousness of The Lord.

May we sow from The Spirit...drawing our strength from Jesus and never growing weary in our service to The King.

And may our Holy Heavenly Father continue to sanctify, restore, transform and sustain us as we prepare for our final destination.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Job 17:9
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

2 Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

Revelation 3:21
He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Eternal Harvest

Sowing in The Spirit means we most certainly will endure sorrow...but take comfort, brethren, for our tears will yield an everlasting harvest of joy and peace.

Let us rise up and not grow weary in our calling...for The Lord our God has sealed for us an eternal glory.

Hallelujah!

Psalm 126:5
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.

John 16:20
Truly, truly, I tell you, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Revelation 7:17
For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to fountains of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cure for The Troubled Heart


May we turn to The Lord when our hearts are heavy...for He alone is our source of strength, joy, peace, healing and everlasting salvation.

He designed, created and breathed life into us. Only Jesus knows our need and has the capacity to fix and fill us...eternally.

Lord, we run to You.

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (Psalm 61:2)

"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Psalm 16:11)

"...Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)

"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" (Matthew 6:27)

"...Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Never Broken!


As believers, the treasury of God's Word and the indwelling of The Holy Spirit enables us to endure the valleys of life with unshakeable confidence and peace.

Just as Paul, we know that regardless of the hardships we may face in this world, we will rise up and endure. We are sustained by the omniscient source of our faith and the power of His grace.

Take heart, for He who is in us is greater than anything in this world! (1 John 4:4)

God is our very present refuge and strength in troubled times! (Psalm 46:1)

We will endure because The Lord has promised He will sustain us to the end! (1 Corinthians 1:8)

His grace is always sufficient and His power is perfect, regardless of our weaknesses! (2 Corinthians 12:9)

May we rest assured in His embrace...hold fast to His truth and promises, and let them be a ballast to our souls. We will surely survive even our dimmest days. For, by His grace, we are NEVER BROKEN!

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.

Proverbs 24:16
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us.

1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.

Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Deliverance

Deliverance

No matter what we face, The Lord is always near to His precious children. He will not fail, forsake or forget us.

The Lord our God is faithful, and more than capable...and He is always just a prayer away.

May we all have courage and peace in the storm...be led beside still, living waters...and praise our Almighty God for His divine deliverance.

2 Samuel 22:17
He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

1 Samuel 17:37
And David said, "The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said to David, "Go, and may the LORD be with you."

Daniel 3:17
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.

Psalm 32:6
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.

Psalm 23:2
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.

Psalm 139:10
Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.

2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. In Him we have placed our hope that He will yet again deliver us...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Lord Is Faithful


Faith in God is our means to overcoming every trial and temptation that we are faced with in our humanity.

When we turn away from temptation and turn to Him with absolute confidence, we will be victorious through Him. He is faithful, and promises to protect and strengthen us. He is our anchor and absolute hope.

He is our living God of unlimited power and resources. He knows all about yesterday, today and tomorrow. He knows exactly how much we can bear, and He alone holds the solution to every conceivable problem.

Hold resolutely to your hope in Him...and see the promises over your life fulfilled, according to His will for you in Christ.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.

Mark 9:23
"If You can?" echoed Jesus. "All things are possible to him who believes!"

John 11:40
Jesus replied, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God."

1 Corinthians 1:9
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

2 Peter 2:9
...if all this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

1 Thessalonians 5:24
The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

Romans 8:28
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jesus Christ Is The Great I Am



He IS The Alpha and The Omega, Who is, was and is to come!

He IS the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and forevermore!

Praise The Lord, for there is none beside or before Him...

And His unconditional love, unmerited favor, marvelous mercy, omniscient sovereignty, rescue and redemption are unchangeable...and endure forever!

Revelation 1:8
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come--the Almighty.

Isaiah 44:6
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me."

Exodus 3:14
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, "'I AM has sent me to you.'"

John 8:58
"Truly, truly, I tell you," Jesus declared, "before Abraham was born, I am!"

Jude 1:25
to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Joy Comes in the Morning

Take heart brethren, for no matter what temporary trials are troubling your heart today, it is in no comparison to the glorious paradise that awaits those who are in him.

Keep the faith...fight the good fight...give it to our Abba God...and readily receive His grace. For, His mercies are unending and everlasting! He will refresh, restore and strengthen you, according to His promises.

Be confident and unashamed, boldly approaching The Throne of Grace. And may incomprehensible, everlasting joy be yours every morning...forevermore!

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

1 Peter 5:10
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.

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

1 Peter 4:13
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Titus 2:13
...while we wait for the blessed hope--the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ...

1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

His Enduring Counsel

Praise The Lord that He is faithful to His Promises!

His purpose and plan is established. He intervenes and directs our path for righteousness sake. He is in control yesterday, today and tomorrow. His Word is settled and stands eternally.

Regardless of our human thoughts, plans and ways, the perfect and holy counsel of Almighty God endures forevermore.

Hallelujah!

Psalm 119:89
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

Hebrews 6:17
So when God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath.

2 Timothy 2:13
if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Proverbs 16:9
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Isaiah 46:10
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, saying , "My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure."

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

Ephesians 1:11
In Him we were also chosen as God's own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will,

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

1 Peter 1:25
..."but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was proclaimed to you."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Draw Near To God

Let us call upon The Lord with a sincere heart and steadfast faith...seek Him earnestly and delight ourselves in Him.

Let us trust in His promises and take refuge in our Rock, Stronghold and Shield...find safety, strength and fruitful seasons in Him.

Let us draw near to our Deliverer in truth and transparency, finding that He is never far away...that our cries are readily received by His Heavenly ears.

And may we come away with a new song in our heart...rejoicing and praising Him forevermore!

Psalm 34:17
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.

Psalm 34:4
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:31
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God,

Deuteronomy 4:7
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

Jeremiah 23:23
"Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off?"

Acts 17:27
God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Acts 14:17
Yet He has not left Himself without testimony to His goodness: He gives you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness."

Psalm 73:28
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Way of the Faithful


May we have a heart of fearless faith in our Holy Heavenly Father...ears that discern the whisper of The Holy Spirit...and steps ordained and directed by Jesus Christ.

May we place our faith in the One we are born of...walk in glorious victory and pursue His unmitigated righteousness.

May The Lord fill us with peace and joy as we place our unwavering trust and faith in Him only...as we run a race of endurance through redemption and restoration.

And may we overflow with hope through the power of His Holy Spirit, rooted and established in His love.

Ephesians 3:16-17
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love...

1 John 5:4
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

1 Timothy 6:11
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Psalm 119:30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

Monday, July 17, 2017

He Will Never Reject You


Have you ever felt rejected, abandoned and unloved? Jesus will never leave you.

He is incapable of suddenly deciding that He doesn't want you. Nothing you can do will cause Him to reject you. Believe what God's word says about Him and about you.

You are defined by the love and acceptance of the One who formed your inward parts - the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He thinks you are worth loving, cherishing and keeping.

Find your identity in Him. Apply His love to your wounded heart and let His word renew your mind and penetrate deep in your heart.

Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; "He will never leave you nor forsake you."

Joshua 1:5, No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you."

Psalms 94:14 "For the LORD will not reject his people; he will never forsake his inheritance."

Isaiah 42:16 "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."

Ephesians 3:17-19 “ That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Friday, July 14, 2017

God Is Love


God is the author and originator of love. HE IS LOVE. It is because of His love that we exist and are also able to love.

There is absolutely nothing that can alter The Father's pure, authentic, unconditional love for His precious children. He will never leave or forsake us. His love cannot be earned; the debt has already been paid in full. His love is based on Who He is, not who we are or what we do or think.

Choose His love. It is a holy, perfect, perpetual gift that guarantees grace and freedom. And it can be unwrapped every day...for eternity.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 5:10
For if, when we were enemies of God, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!

1 John 4:9
This is how God's love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

Romans 8:39
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

His Love Endures Forever

In an ever-changing world, The Lord is our One constant, consistent, never-ending hope.

At the tip top of the mountain, or in the deepest valley...He loved us in the depths of our darkness, just as He loves us in our brightest, shining moments.

There is not one thing we can do to earn or keep His Love.

So, no matter what comes your way today, praise Him and cling to this promise...His Love endures forever!

Psalm 136
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever. to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever....

23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Living Abundantly

Would it make any difference to you today if you received the truth that Jesus came that you may have life, and to also have it abundantly?

How much different would your life be if you understood that God has a specific, fruitful plan for you; one that is immeasurable by man?

God does have a distinct, predestined purpose for all of His precious children...both individually and collectively...and it is far beyond anything we can possible conceive in our humanity.

Our unchanging, unwavering Provider has unlimited resources and He is exceedingly able to bless us far beyond our heart's desire...according to His power that is at work within us...today, tomorrow and forevermore!

All of the trials, temptations, fears, possessions, pain and worldly pleasures we attain or experience on Earth are temporary. But, a life that is sustained through The Holy Spirit is exceedingly abundant and eternal. Through His provision of truth, freedom and grace...we should not just be alive, but experiencing our lives abundantly!

Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:11
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will...

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Secured by His Word

Praise The Lord that His every truth is immutable, His every promise is kept and His every purpose is completed!

Praise Him that, regardless of our iniquities, He is faithful to complete His work and He will never abandon us!

Praise Him that His Word is irrefutable and shall never fade or pass away!

Praise Him that because He is infallible, we are sealed and secured with our Father, forevermore!

Isaiah 55:11
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

Psalm 138:8
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Matthew 5:18
For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Mark 13:31
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

Isaiah 46:10
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, "My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure."

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:16
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

1 Corinthians 1:9
God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

2 Timothy 2:13
if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself

1 Thessalonians 5:24
The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

Ephesians 1:13
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meekness of Mind

Blessed are those who practice self control, are slow to anger..and forebear with others in love.

Blessed are those who live in quiet submission and service to The Lord...and walk out their faith with contentment.

Blessed are those who understand the source of their strength, take the yoke of The Lord...and surrender their battles to Almighty God.

Blessed are those who show restraint in the face of adversity, and are not caught in the snare of fear, confusion or chaos.

For, those who remain steadfast and true are blessed with peace in their souls and an abundant, restful life.

Blessed are the meek, patient and long suffering...for they are joint heirs with Christ, citizens of Heaven and a new Earth.

Psalm 37:11
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

James 1:19
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Romans 12:19
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Ephesians 4:2
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6)

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Philippians 3:20
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Revelation 21:1
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Unveiled & Mirroring God


Praise God for ripping the veil of disbelief and revealing The Mystery of Jesus Christ to us! As believers, we are partakers of the divine nature, one with The Son, and promised eternity with Jesus!

Praise God for our call to holiness and our ongoing sanctification; for our indwelling of The Holy Spirit as we are transformed more fully into His image each day.

Oh Lord, let our unveiled faces mirror Your grace, mercy, love and forgiveness. Let others see You in us, as You bring us from glory to glory; all for your splendor and glory, forevermore!

John 17:22
I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one--

John 17:24
Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

Galatians 1:12
I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:9
And He has made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ

Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.

John 15:9
As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in My love.

John 17:5
And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed.

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Burn Bright


Your lighted lamp is not to be smothered;

God fuels your flame for the world to see.

So burn ever brightly before all men;

And glorified in Heaven your Father will be...

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

John 12:36
While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light. After Jesus had spoken these things, He went away and hid Himself from them.

Philippians 2:15
...so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world...

Psalm 97:11
Light is sown like seed for the righteous And gladness for the upright in heart.

Malachi 4:2
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings...

Luke 11:33
No one lights a lamp and puts it in a cellar or under a basket. Instead, he sets it on a lampstand, so those who enter can see the light.

Luke 11:36
So if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it in darkness, you will be radiant, as though a lamp were shining on you.

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

The Greatest Gift


The Greatest Gift

May we forever be clothed in grace and mercy; love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable.

May we honor our Heavenly Father by abiding in the ultimate expression of His righteousness and the greatest gift of all...

John 13:34
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.

Romans 13:8
Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.

Galatians 5:14
The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

In God We Trust

God bless all of our brothers and sisters who have sacrificed so much for our nation in the name of freedom; thank you for your bravery, commitment and service to our country.

Praise, honor and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His sacrifice...that we may be called children of The Living God...and be truly free for Eternity.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

Galatians 3:26
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.