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Praise Him

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God created us to praise Him and give glory to His name.
 
He is Sovereign and the Creator of all things.  There are no other gods before him and none besides our Great and Almighty God, which is the reason we should express our deepest love, adoration and praise to Him.
 
Psalm 150:6, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
 
Do you praise God before you make your request known to Him?
 
Is worshiping Him paramount in your life?
 
Praising God is vital to spiritual growth! When we praise Him, we gain a better understanding of who He is.
 
Focusing on Him builds our trust and allows us to experience His grace and care for us daily.
 
Self-reliance slowly drifts away as you are reminded that He is all-sufficient, all-powerful, and fully in-control!
 
Psalm 147:1, “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.”
 
Be sure to Praise the Lord today!
 
PRAISE HIM!!!
 
 
 
 


There Is None Like You!

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There is none like You, No one else can touch my heart like You do,
I can search for all eternity Lord,  
And find, there is none like You.
Your mercy flows like a river wide,  
And healing comes from Your hand.
Suffering children are safe in Your arms, There is none like You.
 
These are the lyrics penned by musician and songwriter, Lenny LeBlanc, after accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord and walking away from one of the world’s largest music labels, Capitol Records.
 
Exodus 15:2-3, 11;  2“The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him. 3“The Lord is a warrior; The Lord is His name.
11“Who is like You among the gods, O LordWho is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?”
 
There is truly, None Like Him!
 
God is sovereign.  He is in complete control! Nothing that happens in your life can derail His plan for you.
 
He is immutable.  God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He does not change like shifting shadows and He can always be counted on.
 
God is faithful and just.  He is always faithful to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
 
God is Love!  He is loving and cares deeply for His people.
 
Take time to reflect on the awesomeness of God and it will lead you to shout the words written by David in Psalm 8:1, O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth.”
 
Oh God, There is None Like You!
 
 
 


I Love You Lord!

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If you turn on your TV and watch the news for any length of time, you will begin to quickly notice the amount of hate that is growing rapidly in this world…Senseless killings and the persecution of Christians certainly magnifies this reality.
 
However, each day on this earth presents an opportunity to express our love for Jesus as well as others.
 
We can express our love for Him through prayer, but we can also express it verbally through praise and worship.
 
As we lift up our voice to Him, we can proclaim how awesome and excellent He truly is!  And because of  His Love, it motivates us to share that love with others.
 
I John 4:18-19There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.
 
There is a song written by Laurie B. Klein titled, “I Love You Lord.”  In an article in the St Augustine Record, Laurie shared the story behind the song.
 
It was a dark time in my life. We had no extra money, no friends nearby, no church home and my husband was busy all of the time with his studies. I didn’t drive, so I couldn’t get away. We lived on a highway in a mobile home, so I couldn’t even put the baby in a stroller and go for a walk. Our only neighbors were people long retired and tired of life. When I needed some encouragement there was no extra money for long distance calls to family or friends. I was lonely. The only thing I was committed to was trying to get up each morning before our baby, then a toddler, and spend some time with Jesus. I knew that was where the ‘life’ was.”

“The day the song came, I had gotten up early and was sitting with my Bible and my guitar. I realized that I didn’t have anything in me to sing to Jesus. I just didn’t have anything in me to offer Him. I was so empty. So, I prayed and said to the Lord, ‘If you want to hear me sing, would you give me something that you would like to hear?’”

“I started strumming on the guitar and the first words came out of my mouth with absolutely no effort. I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You. I scribbled them on a piece of paper, just in case I would want to remember them, and sing them again. Those words meant a lot to me.”

 
I love you, Lord,  And I lift my voice 
To worship You, Oh, my soul rejoice  
Take joy, my King, In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
Oh, I love you, Lord,  And I lift my voice  
To worship You, Oh, my soul rejoice  
Take joy, my King, In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
I love you, Lord, I love you, Lord, 
I love you, Lord.
 

The more you know Christ, the more you will praise, honor, and passionately love Him and others.

I love you, Lord!

 
 


Have No Fear the Gospel is Here

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In a world of growing hate and persecution of Christians, I want to remind you, there is no reason to fear.
 
Psalm 118:6, “The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
 
Concerns for safety are valid and important when facing an enemy. However, there is a greater concern we should have, which is, people perishing for an eternity.
 
Christian or not, no one knows the day, time or way they will leave this earth. But one thing is for sure, we will all leave it. That’s why it is so important to share the gospel and the reason for your hope. (1 Peter 3:15).
 
The gospel has the power to rescue people from the catastrophic consequences of sin.
 
Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
 
The Greek word for salvation means; deliverance or preservation.
 
The power of God to salvation for all believers is the reason you can rest easy in the midst of the trouble in this world.
 
God may not rescue you from hate and persecution, but He will deliver all people from damnation who put their faith and trust in Him.
 
In 2 Timothy 1:8-9,  Paul is encouraging Timothy to remain faithful in sharing the gospel even though he is facing fierce opposition.
 
2 Timothy 1:8-9, Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity”
 
If you have put you faith and trust in Jesus…have no fear!  
 
Instead, go and share the gospel so that others around you can walk in that same confidence you have.
 
Have No Fear, the Gospel is Here!
 
 
 
 


Fresh Encounters of a Godly Kind

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Often times, the end of the year can be filled with stress as we plan for family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas season.
 
What should be a time of fellowship with family and friends, giving thanks and celebrating the hope we have in Jesus, can quickly take a turn in the wrong direction without fresh encounters with God.
 
Fresh encounters with God are vital in refreshing our souls.  Many times, King David cried out to God seeking a fresh encounter of a godly kind.
 
One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 23; “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
 
Psalm 23 is one of trust in which the Shepherd cares for every need and provides a time of refreshing as He guides, protects and rescues His sheep.
 
Fresh encounters with God can be experienced as you spend time in prayer and meditation of His Word.
 
As you seek Him, you experience the awesome reality of His love which will certainly renew, revive, or restore your soul.
 
You will walk with an assurance of His presence and the fullness of His love which will bring joy and peace in all that you do and with everyone you interact with.
 
Seek a fresh encounter with God today!
 
 
 


I Have a Hope

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1 Peter 3:15, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”
 
We all experience times in our lives when we must endure hopelessness.
Times when stress and struggle show up and without hope, it will lead to a path of depression and destruction.
 
1 Peter 3 reminds us to set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts, being prepared to respond to anyone who asks about the hope we have in Jesus.
 
Faith and hope are closely aligned. However, it’s the hope that is in you in which your outward actions flow.
 
Hope brings anticipation of the blessings to come.  It is the hope in your heart that moves you to give testimony, and defend with gentleness and reverence the hope in God rather than earthly circumstances.
 
As you face trials and challenging circumstances, without hope in Christ, the temptation to respond negatively increases dramatically.  
 
But, when you pause and take a moment to remember who God is, you can easily defend and give account for the hope that is in you.
 
Psalm 42, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.
 
Hope in God provides and end to the longing to find satisfaction.  Only He can satisfy!
 
Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
 
Let the Lord be your Source of Hope today and forever.
 
I Have a Hope!


Servanthood: What Does It Require?

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Created in the image of Christ, we should always seek to become more like Him.  One way we can imitate Christ is through genuine and faithful servanthood.
 
One of Jesus’ most noticeable attributes was the way He served others.  His life as the Son of Man always reflected compassion, concern, and care for others.
 
Mark 10:42-45, “Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
 
Jesus not only told us what servanthood requires, He also showed us by the way He treated people.
 
Charles Stanley provides five characteristics required for faithful servanthood:
 
1. Awareness:  Are you alert to the needs of others around you?  Are you sensitive to the problems, hurts, and dreams of others?
 
2. Availability:  Do you spend so much time meeting your own needs that you have no time for others?
 
3. Acceptance: Do you have a hard time serving others because you are focused on their faults instead of seeing them through the eyes of the Father.
 
4. Abiding:  You can only give to others if you have something to give.  You can only give time and love to others from dependence on Jesus to provide you with wisdom and strength.
 
5. Abandonment: Jesus said in Matthew 10:39, to find your life, you must lose it.  You must be willing to deny self and concentrate your concern on others.
 
In a world where more and more people are becoming lovers of self, we need to increasingly demonstrate the attributes of a faithful servant.
 
Colossians 3:12, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;”
 
Galatians 5:13, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
 
Do you have what it takes to be a faithful servant?
 
 
 
 
 


Who Am I?

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One of the most significant questions you will ever ponder is “Who Am I?”
 
It is a question that will lead to a life of despair or one of hope and victory.
 
Imagine: being born in a world surrounded by poverty and lawlessness.  Your days are filled with emptiness and anguish and it appears there is “no light at the end of the tunnel.”  There seems to be no way out.  Nothing seems to be working out which leads to a lack of motivation to do anything. 
However, one day a man shows up and informs you that you are a direct descendant of the most powerful Man to ever roam the earth…in that moment everything has changed!
 
What impact would that have on your perspective of who you are?
 
When you put your faith and trust in Jesus, a radical change happens…the old self is gone, the new is come!
You are an heir of Christ, a saint among the people of God.
 
Galatians 4:4-7, But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
 
As a believer in Christ, it is so important to see yourself in the light of God’s Word. When you know “Who You Are” in Christ, and live in the truth of His Word, anguish and emptiness are cast away…inadequacy and insecurity, gone!
 
Ephesians 1:4-5, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.”
 
Who Are You?


If Not You, then Who?

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Isaiah lived at a time when the people of Israel worshiped many gods and clinged to sinful behavior.  Sinful behavior surrounded him and eventually crept into his life.
 
In Isaiah 6, he is in the presence of God with the seraphim hovering above him with one crying out “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory.”   It’s at this moment, the door post shake from the one who cried out and Isaiah realizes he is under judgment.  The presence of holiness brings Isaiah to his knees, as well as the reality of his sin among a people of “unclean lips.”  Then, one of the seraphim flies over to him and cleanses his lips with coals taken from the alter.  At that point, Isaiah is purified of the Spirit and his sin purged which enables him to receive the call as a prophet who would be a voice to carry God’s Truth to the people.
 
Isaiah 6:8, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Who shall I send, And who will go for Us?”  Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
 
After Isaiah experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness, it lead him to faithfully proclaim the word of God.
 
Is there sin in your life that is keeping you from hearing the call?  
 
Are there past failures that are holding you back?
 
There is redemption by the blood of the Lamb who was slain for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities.
 
God desires that all men come to a place where they recognize their sins, get on their faces before him, admit all of their failures, and allow Him to cleanse them so they can go and speak words of Light in this dark world.
 
When you have experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness, it should move you to share the amazing love and forgiveness available to all who put their trust in Jesus.
 
If Not You, then Who?
 
 
 
 


You Mad? Are You Angry

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Anger is an emotion with a wide range of intensity from frustration, to irritation, to rage or wrath.
 
Anger, if kept unchecked, can cross the boundary of acceptable behavior to sinful behavior really quick.
If you are easily irritated, frustrated, or constantly on the verge of a “blow up,” you may have an issue with anger.
 
Anger is acceptable when it is directed at someone’s behavior rather than the person.  We must be careful not to attack a person’s self-worth when we are irritated or frustrated by their behavior.
 
James 1:19-20, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”
 
Ephesians 4:26-30, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
  
It is important to resolve your anger quickly, but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  At times, it may be necessary to wait a few hours or even a few days to deal with a situation as long as you don’t allow it to become a breeding ground for bitterness that turns to rage.
 
As a believer, you should make it a point to submit daily to leadership of the Holy Spirit in your spiritual and emotional life.  Keeping your eyes focused on Christ will help you keep a proper perspective and provide peace in times of anger.
 
Proverbs 14:29, “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is  quick-tempered exalts folly.”
 
Anger if not dealt with in the proper manner can have life-changing consequences.  
 
Earnestly seek the Lord in prayer when you are dealing with anger and ask Him to change your heart so that you might be found righteous in His sight.