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THE LOVE OF MONEY

It always seems that the rich are too selfish with their money, and the poor are envious of those who have money. How do you feel about money? Is it just a necessity for you in order to live, or has greed and love of money consumed your heart?

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

How assuring it is to hear God say that He will never leave us, nor forsake us! He does not want us to worry or be consumed with money matters. He wants us to cultivate a grateful and content heart in all that we currently have!

We can never feel that we have enough money when we give into greed, lust or craving for earthly possessions. Let us learn to trust in God to always provide for us and take care of our every need.

The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.—(Unknown)

Have a content day in Christ!

TO FORGIVE, OR NOT FORGIVE

The topic of forgiveness seems to be a touchy subject, especially if you have been deeply hurt by another person. Pain is something we feel down to the core of our hearts! It can be hard to deal with the cruelty of painful issues. Most people bury their pain, or reside in bitterness and resentment. We need to let go of our pain and choose to forgive the person that wronged us.

Colossians 3:13-14 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

You will definitely do yourself a big favor by forgiving the person who hurt you! When we become aware and learn to see things in a different perspective with empathy and compassion, forgiveness enters and healing begins. When we don't forgive, sadness and despair can eat away in our hearts and cause friction in relationships. We definitely need a change of heart!

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Let us soften our hearts today and abide in God's love to help us to do the right thing. Graciously forgive one another out of compassion, and remembering God's forgiveness to us as well.

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.—(Robert Muller)

Have a forgiving day, in Christ!

Since we have been justified by His faith, we have peace!

HUNGRY SOUL? GOD FULFILLS

Have you ever yearned or longed for something? Some of us may search for something we think may be fulfilling, but are never truly satisfied. We may spend all our time and energy on what we think may make us happy and fulfilled, but it may not be what we imagined as it is not everlasting!

Psalm 107:9 For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good.

Imagine being famished with hunger pains, and then to be fulfilled completely with good, delicious food, with great satisfaction! In our spiritual lives, God is the antidote for every emotional and spiritual hunger, void, and fulfillment that we need!

Psalm 107:8 Oh, that men would praise (and confess to) the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!

Allow God to fulfill you like you've never been fulfilled before! Do not go around feeling “hungry” and empty, but instead take in God's goodness and watch Him go to work in our lives for good! Let us be encouraged every day to nourish our souls with God's word of truth.

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.—(Blaise Pascal)

Have a fulfilling day in Christ!

ENTRAPMENT OF WORRY

Everyone has experienced the feeling of worry in their lives. The question is, what do we choose to do with all of our worries? God wants us to release them, and give all our cares to Him!

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord (releasing the weight of it) and He will sustain you; He will never allow the (consistently) righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

The business and entrapment of worry can make you feel trapped, like being caught in a spider’s web. As we give our worries to God, it sets us free like a butterfly to fly around carelessly with freedom! We need to redirect our focus on the goodness of God and place it in His promises to us!

1 Peter 5:7 Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Wow, our Awesome God and Heavenly Father cares for us, adoringly watches over us and our well-being, in all affection! Let us be encouraged to make the choice to be carefree like a butterfly, and give all our worries unto God. Trust in Him today!

Things can be very difficult for us, but nothing is too hard for Him.—(Charles Stanley)

Have a freeing day in Christ!

Reading and commenting on Ecclesiastes 1.

A NEW WAY OF REACTING

Have you noticed that you may get stuck in the same-old pattern of how you think and react to certain situations in life? As believers in Christ, God wants us to put on a new mindset! We can do this by developing a new way of thinking and reacting to challenges that we face.

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

What a challenge it can be to stop a bad habit that has naturally been formed throughout time. God wants us to renew and refresh our minds, and to think the way God thinks! Behave and to react in a godly and righteous manner. God's Spirit is living inside of you, to help you to become all that you can be in Christ for His glory! As we take on this challenge of growth, may Christ be our model and example in following His ways!

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.—(Martha Washington)

Have a renewed day in Christ

TAKE HOLD OF GOD’S STRENGTH AND PEACE

Sometimes we can sell ourselves short, thinking less of ourselves than we ought to. Many of us think we are weak, and have no power to change things. As believers and with God on our side, He gives us His strength and peace! In challenging and turbulent times, we don't have to give into weakness or chaos. Rest assured that with God's strength in us, the sky is the limit!

Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give (unyielding and impenetrable) strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Imagine having peace in your heart in the midst of hard times. We can have God's peace as we yield to His spirit, accepting and allowing His strength and peace to overflow! God's grace and favor is here to help us. We shouldn't be too hard on ourselves or feel that we have to muster up our own strength.

One of the best aspects of having a relationship with God is knowing we are not alone. Let us be encouraged to lean on God and take hold of His strength and peace! With that in mind, you will have the confidence in all things to overcome your battles.

Contentment is not escape from the battle, but rather an abiding peace and confidence in the midst of the battle.—(Warren Wiersbe)

Have a strong day in Christ!

BE OPEN TO GROWTH RATHER THAN COMPLAINTS

Some of us may be in the state of constant complaints, always grumbling about the hardships we are going through. Did you forget the goodness of God? Look back and remember all His goodness to you!

Numbers 11:1 Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord, and when He heard them His anger was aroused.

How dare we complain when God has taken good care of us? Can you imagine upsetting God? He wants us to grow on the inside and learn to appreciate all that we have.

Luke 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him.

The more we learn to praise rather than complain helps us to grow and mature in Christ! Let us be all that we can be for God's glory, and continue to grow in all wisdom!

Each experience in your life was absolutely necessary in order to take you to the next place, and the next, up until this very moment.—(Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Have a growing day in Christ!

STIR UP YOUR SPIRITUAL FERVOR

Some of us may be self-motivated, while others may have difficulties in that area. God wants us to stir up the fire within us to serve and glorify Him! Do whatever it takes to fan your flame and keep it going strong for God. Laziness seems to be a pitfall when attempting to put our best foot forward. Be aware and do not allow that to happen!

Romans 12:11-12 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.

As believers in Christ, God wants us to beam, and do whatever it takes to fan our flame and shine! Radiate God's Spirit to others, so that they may be attracted to the warmth and light which is Christ! What motivates you? What is the muse that inspires you? What drives you with passion? Let us tap into God's Spirit to lead the way! Let us not lose our joy in the Lord, but tap into our inspiration. Start off with a flicker of the flame, and feed off of it by rejoicing in God’s truth with gratitude from the heart. Hope in the Lord with constant prayer!

The passions are the winds that fill the ships sails. Sometimes they submerge the ship, but without them the ship could not sail.—(Voltaire)

Have a pondering day, stirred up in Christ!

Happy 2019, Let's be kind to one another.

YES IS ON ITS WAY

When we ask for something, don't we all like to hear the answer, "Yes?” Regarding to all of God's promises to us, His answer is always “Yes!”

2 Corinthians 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

When we ask for something that is a part of God's will for our lives, God promises to give it to us in His good timing. We must proclaim and expect it to happen with a confident “Amen!” The promises of healing, forgiveness, redemption, restoration, prosperity, dreams of fulfillment and so much more are waiting for us. Trust in God's speed! The power of expectation is tremendous and magnificent. We must keep on believing with all persistence that God will deliver all His good promises to us! When we hope and anticipate all good things to come, joy fulfills our heart with much gratitude. Let us be encouraged to keep on believing, persisting, dreaming and hoping that God's promises will be met with full satisfaction. Never give up!

We don't give up. We look up. We trust. We believe. And our optimism is not hollow. Christ has proven worthy. He has shown that He never fails. That's what makes God, God.—(Max Lucado)

Have an expectant day with all joy!

GO FOR GOD’S GUIDANCE

Why do we always think that our own ideas and plans are the best? As believers, we should submit to God's direction and plan for our lives, for we benefit greatly from them! The more stubborn and resistant we are to His ways, the more confusion and distress arises.

Isaiah 48:17 This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.

There is much peace that follows in God's direction! As God leads us the way, He knows what is the best for us in all matters. Imagine being lost in a forest; we may try to figure out endlessly how to get out, but instead be still and rest in God. Look for His leading and guidance in the right direction. Joy and freedom await you! It is very important that you trust in God's leading step by step, day by day. A lot of patience is involved but great rewards await you at the end. It's a guarantee!

There is no way we can draw closer to God unless you are in the word of God every day. It's your compass. Your guide. You can't get where you need to go without it.—(O Martian Stormie)

Have a discerning day in God's guidance!

CHALLENGING TIMES IN MARRIAGE

Loving God first and foremost and being committed and dedicated to Him, gives us the ability to have love, commitment and dedication to our spouses! When we act in obedience to God with good and right choices in our relationships regardless of how we feel, God honors that and blesses us! God's biblical love should be the main ingredient in a relationship; not the world’s view of love, which can be false. With romanticizing of unrealistic movies and songs, self-centeredness in which obsessive love can be delusional and destructive, we must be careful not to get caught up in the deceitful, false love the world portrays to us.

1 Corinthians 13:4-6 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or it's own way, for it is not self seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it (it pays no attention to a suffered wrong). It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevails.

When we receive God's love, we are able to express it with the help of the Holy Spirit and God's grace on our side! Love does not point fingers or blame. We must look within and challenge ourselves to see where we can grow, to become a better person in and through Christ! Some of us may be in a broken relationship; let's compare it to remodeling a house. It can get ugly, frustrating, disappointing, stressful and exhausting! When we see God's vision in hindsight, the beauty that outshines all the difficulties was worth it. He has the ultimate master plan! It takes much time and patience, trust and perseverance, faith and hope to achieve a healthy marriage, but the greatest of these is love!

Let us pray for God's continual strength, wisdom and guidance. Wait for His intervention to help restore and redeem our marriages, for His glory!

Love liberates everything.—(Maya Angelou)

Have a good day in wisdom!

SHARING IN CHRIST’S SUFFERING AND GLORY

Christ suffered in many ways while He lived here on earth, but we also saw His magnificent glory! If God wants us as believers to be more Christ-like in our character, it is inevitable that while we live on earth, we too shall suffer like Christ but have ultimate glory as well!

Romans 8:17 And if we are (His) children, then we are (His) heirs also; heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ (sharing His inheritance with Him); only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.

If we lived a “peachy keen,” wonderful life all the time, we would not truly know Christ's great love for us nor His significance and His power in our lives. We grow to know Jesus more intimately by his sacrifice and sufferings for us!

Romans 8:18 (But what of that?) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!

We must trust that only God knows how much we can handle and tolerate! We need to always remember that in and through our earthly sufferings, much of God's glory will shine a light to us, through us, and bring glory to God! Nothing can compare to the glory received through our sufferings. A part of our Christian walk with God is to know that suffering takes part in building a relationship with God, for His glory in all gratefulness to Him.

Have an anticipating day in God's glory!