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Nothing is Too Difficult for Thee

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Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.”
 
There is a saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” However, for believers in Jesus Christ, depending on your on ability will prevent you from discovering the amazing and incredible power of God.
 
God promises to give strength to those who are weak.  He will revive those who are exhausted and renew those who seek Him.
 
Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
 
He will stabilize and encircle you through His unfailing love and strength. God is the Sustainer of your soul!
 
He will help you through tough times when there doesn’t appear to be a way. He is at work when everything around you is chaotic. He is also with you in the silence.
 
In His way, in His time, He will meet your need.  Nothing is Too Difficult For Thee!
 
In times of trouble or stress, cast your cares upon Him and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken. ((Psalm 55:22)
 
Psalm 91:2, “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him will I trust.”
 
Nothing is Too Difficult For Thee!
 
 


I Am Redeemed!

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All my life I have been called unworthy, Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head,”   I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains, Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed 
(song lyrics by Big Daddy Weave, Redeemed)
 
How amazing are the promises of God.
He made a way for all who put there faith and trust in Him to be redeemed.
 
Have you made the decision to follow Jesus?
 
If so, “child lift up your head, remember God is not done with you yet!” 
You Are Redeemed!
 
In Isaiah 43, the Lord emphasizes the certainty of the prophecy to be fulfilled that Israel would be redeemed, but He also made a way of redemption for all mankind.   In Ephesians 1,  the cost of redemption is revealed.
 
Isaiah 43:1-2, But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.”
 
Ephesians 1:7-9, In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him”
 
In the Old and New Testament it clear that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.  It was part of the sacrificial system of the old covenant which was the symbolic equivalent of death. But by self-sacrifice of Jesus Christ; by His shed blood, you are redeemed!  You have been set free!
 
Jesus Christ came and took away the sins of the world.
 
“So shake off the heavy chains, wipe away every stain, because now you are not who you used to be;”  You Are Redeemed!
 
Remind yourself today,
“I Am Redeemed!”


The “Big Picture”

 
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Often times, we are so focused on our circumstances and discouraged by what we see and experience that we miss the “Big Picture.”
 
You can spend your entire life trying to see it.  However, if your focus is only on what is currently happening, you will miss out on it.
 
In John chapter 3, Jesus speaks to a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish council, had come to Jesus asking questions concerning faith.  He struggled to see the “Big Picture” so Jesus reveals to him what it truly looks like.
 
John 3:16-17, For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
 
God’s “Big Picture” was to send His Son into the world that all who put there faith and trust in Him will have eternal life.  Christ came to indwell you and the Lord will always work everything to conform you to His image.
 
Don’t lose sight of His purpose which is to mold you in the image of Christ now and for eternity; in character, thought, and deed.
 
Do you see it?  The “Big Picture”
 
 


Mercy Me

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Aren’t you glad that God the Sustainer of your soul is a God of mercy.
 
Mercy is a characteristic of life in God’s Kingdom.  It’s a demonstration of His power and reveals His compassion for mankind. Because of His mercy upon us, we should be a channel of His mercy to others.
 
Psalm 54:6-7, Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good. For He has delivered me from all trouble, and my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.”
 
His mercy is reconciled through the covenant, by which He promises protection, provision, guidance, and His presence always in our lives.  Because we are the recipients of God’s mercy, we should show mercy toward others as a response to His covenant.
 
We are commanded to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind and our neighbor as ourselves
(Luke 10:27).  But we are also shown the example in the verses that follow.
 
Luke 10:30-37, Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
 
How will you respond as a recipient of God’s mercy?
 
Mercy Me!


Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”  –Theodore Roosevelt
 
2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
 
The foundation of this verse poses two points to be considered.  The first, studying to show yourself approved will aid in your comfort of God’s Word. When this foundation is strong, no one can overthrow your faith.
The second, speaks of your duty.  You must make conscience your duty by proclaiming Christ so all will know that He gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity.
 
The object of ministry is not to please men, but to study so you can rightfully and skillfully teach the Word of truth that all might come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
 
Spiritual depth, centered in the Word of God, will not only stabilize your faith, but it will produce fruit and help you through tough times.
 
You will be like a tree planted by a stream which yields fruit in season and its leaf does not wither. (Psalm 1:3)
 
The Lord desires for us to grow deeper roots.
 
Is there something you need to start doing that will help you grow?
 
Jeremiah 17:7-8, Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord.  For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”
 
Go Deeper…Beneath the Surface!


God Is With You

God is With You
 
The God of all comfort will never leave or forsake you, when you have put your faith and trust in Jesus.
 
He longs to encourage and comfort His children with His presence, promises, and power!
 
When you call upon the name of Jesus, He will aid, strengthen, and guide you.
 
Isaiah 58:11, And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
 
Like a Shepherd guiding His sheep, He will continually provide and satisfy your soul.  In times of drought when you feel down and out; He will supply your need! He will strengthen you.
 
When you put your trust in Jesus, there is no withering or decay.  You will be like a watered garden who flourishes continuously.
 
When conditions seem bleak, and your tribulation is severe, remember God is with you!
 
Romans 15:4, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
 
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…His name is Jesus!
 
The Lord will never quit, abandon, or fail those who are in Christ Jesus.  
 
God Is With You!
 


The Greatest Guide

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Even as a follower of Christ, you are certain to face seasons of difficulty– whether it’s at home or work, dealing with finances or relationships, or some other issue.
 
As you deal with tough times, God may seem distant.  Relief from your struggle may seem non-existent.
 
In those moments, be still and listen to the Quiet voice.  Though His presence appears to be dim; clouded by your frustration and disappointment, He is present and He will guide the way.
 
You must learn to trust God and cling to Him, believing He knows where you are today and that He will lead you where He wants you to be tomorrow.
 
Psalm 143:7-8, “Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; do not hide Your face from me, or I will become like those who go down to the pit.  Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in You; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul.”
 
Listening to the voice of His lovingkindness should be the first thing you do each day; as you seek His will and learn to follow His way, you will gain confidence in His loving care.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
 
Jesus Christ, the Greatest Guide, will navigate your way!  Trust Him.
 


Surprise, NOT!

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Have you ever been the recipient of a surprise party or gathered in a room full of friends to celebrate someone else’s  party?  The person enters the room to the words, “Surprise!”  …they are caught off guard by the gathering of friends and loved ones celebrating their birthday.
 
As a Christian, there should be no surprises! 
 
You are called to be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15)
 
If you faithfully handle the Word of God, you will not be surprised by the trials of life.
 
Often times, we can be so entrenched in daily routines and obligations that when sudden disruptions occur, we are totally baffled.
 
John 16:33 is a great reminder that we should never be baffled or astonished by trials or tribulation…Hardship should never surprise us.
 
John 16:33, These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
 
We live in a fallen world that is decaying more each day…war, disease, famine, floods are just a part of it.  Our adversary, the devil, is lurking to see whom he might devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
 
God currently allows the devil to use his destructive tactics, but a time is coming when the God will put satan in his rightful place.
 
Do not be surprised by tribulation in life!
 
Read and meditate on His word and you will never be bewildered by the trials of life.
 
If you aren’t careful, the sin in your life and the schemes of the devil will distort your perspective.  Seek God and when tribulation comes, know that He is right there with you!
 
Surprise, NOT!


Suffering is Profitable?

Dramatic sky scenery with a mountain cross and a thinking meditating person. A symbol of heavy inner struggles.

 
James 1:2-4, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
 
Suffering definitely isn’t desirable, but does that mean it has no purpose?
 
You can go out of your way to avoid it, but eventually, it will make its way into your life.  To push through suffering and adversity, you can not dwell too long on “why”  it’s happening.  Instead you must shift your focus on Jesus.
 
Shifting your attention to Jesus will help you grasp that you may not always get the answer you want, but He is the Solution!
 
2 Timothy 2:12, If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;”
 
Suffering can drive you deeper to the heart of God and allow you to see His magnificent and marvelous mercy and grace.
 
Suffering reveals our weaknesses, but reveals God’s inexhaustible resources!  He will provide you with everything you need to endure any situation or circumstance.
 
Suffering is never desirable, but our Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent God who loves His children can make it profitable.
 
Romans 8:28, And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
 
Suffering is Profitable!


Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride

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Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride, Nobody Gonna Slow Me Down…I Got to Keep on Movin’ (part of the song/lyrics by Matthew Wilder)
 
Many Christians today are often surprised by the trials that life brings, holding fast to the notion that suffering bypasses Believers.
 
Subconsciously, many are caught in the belief that if you are a dedicated follower of Jesus, you are immune to misfortune and tribulation.
 
In the Book of Job, we see a man who God allows to be directly attacked by Satan. Yet, in the midst of this attack, we see an example of his faithfulness to God as he loses everything important to him.
 
Through Job’s trials, all is lost including his health.   His wife even tells him to curse God and die, but Job remains faithful and strong!
 
Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride, Nobody Gonna Slow Me Down…I Got to keep on Movin.’
 
Job 2:9-10, Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
 
Our response to trials and tribulations will be vastly different when we understand God’s character and His plan.
 
He is trustworthy! Your pain is not beyond His love, power or wisdom.  God has promised to never leave or forsake you.  He is Jehovah-Shammah!  
 
In times of affliction, you must learn to trust Him believing that He works all things together for good for those who are in Christ Jesus.
 
Our God is not the author of evil.  He is Sovereign and Just! He will use adversity to accomplish His plan.
 
So when you face adversity…remember;
 
Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break My Stride, Nobody Gonna Slow Me Down…I Got to keep on Movin.’