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THE NUMBER OF OUR DAYS

Are you living life, or are you just existing? We can become like lifeless robots going through regular routines in life with no real excitement, purpose, joy or fulfillment. Everything becomes humdrum at work, relationships are stagnant, and life seems dull or useless. We have become drained of our passion for life! How tempting it can be to complain at such times; to be discouraged, living hopelessly with a negative attitude. It is a disservice to God our Creator, whom intentionally made and designed us for a real purpose. He gave us gifts and talents, so that we may serve to glorify Him in all we do!

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days (of my life) were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.

God created us with much purpose for us to faithfully build a relationship with Him, and enjoy our lives to the fullest. The enemy tries to prevent all that is good from happening to us, with the goal to distract us away from God and toward destruction.

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.

Life is too short to waste! Let us be grateful for each day we are alive and take wise action in serving God with love, honor and respect. That itself will give us real purpose and allow us to live!

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction are we moving.—(Oliver Wendell Holmes)

Have a purposeful day in the Lord!

PITCH YOUR TENT IN HOPE

We all have our own choices to make in life. Life is full of unexpected surprises, and throws us curve balls when we least expect it. The question is: How do you respond to this? During difficulties and challenges, we may end up “pitching a tent” in an area filled with disappointment, frustration, discouragement, hopelessness, anxiety, bitterness, etc…and settle there. As God’s children, He wants for us to pitch our tent in an area filled with Hope! Hope is what God is all about and what He represents.

Acts 2:26 Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope (will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection.)

God promises if we choose to pitch our tent in hope, we will never be stuck on negative situations in life. Let us be encouraged to pack up our unhealthy, fickle belongings, and redirect our spirit to place our tent in the land of hope!

As long as a man keeps his faith in God and in himself nothing can permanently defeat him.—(Wilfred Peterson)

Have a most hopeful day in Christ!

HAVING A BLESSED LIFE

We sometimes may wonder why nothing good ever happens to us! God graciously gives us His Word as an instruction manual for our lives!
Proverbs 16:20 He who dwells wisely and heeds (God’s) word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord-happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.
Once we realize that our own thoughts, ideas and ways of making decision are not always the best, we must trust in the goodness of God and His truth. Only then will we be happy and prosperous beyond our own capabilities…indescribable blessings will come our way! Let us get in the habit of reading God’s word daily for truth, guidance, transformation, peace and the fulfillment of Christ in our lives!
Remember, God gives us the truth to change our lives. Let us be refreshed, renewed, revived, and redeemed for the glory of God!
The people whom I have seen succeed best in life have always been cheerful and hopeful people who went about their business with a smile on their faces.—(Charles Kinsley)

Have an exceptional day in Christ!

FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

Wouldn’t it be great to have a blueprint for our lives? The reason we have to go through unknown challenges in life is ultimately so that we can learn to trust in God. We would not need God if everything went smoothly all the time. Abraham took great measures of faith to obey God, especially with the unknown possibilities ahead of him.

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

If God told us to leave our comfort zone to the future of uncertainty, would we? Trusting in God requires small steps. Little by little we build our trust in Him, and soon learn that God is faithful. He does love and care for us! He provides what we need and wants us to have an abundant life in love, peace and harmony. He holds true to all His promises for us! Let us not miss out on opportunities that we know will ultimately be amazing.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.—(Marianne Williamson)

Have a faith-filled day in Christ!

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF?

What intimidates you? In life, there are many forms of “giants” that we must face. How do you see yourself when faced with these challenges and obstacles? God wants us not to fear, but to look to Jesus and focus on Him!

Numbers 13:33 There we saw the Nephilim (or giants), the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Do not give power where it does not belong. Proclaim your strength and power in Christ, for you can do all things through Him. The way we see ourselves makes a tremendous difference to us and to others! When I first met my mother-in-law, I was terrified and intimidated by her. I saw her as a big giant in my life. We may be small in size, but we can slay our “giants” with God’s strength, wisdom and His power!

Once we grasp the truth of who we are, abundant blessings and victory is on the way. Let us trust in the Almighty God today!

Our fight is not against the enemy, it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We must struggle against sin all our lives, but we are assured we will win.—(Corrie ten Boom)

Have a tenacious day fighting off our giants in Christ!

Happy Valentine's!
Be encouraged to love.

THE CHOICES WE MAKE

Life is full of choices! The choices we make either have a positive impact in our lives, or a negative consequence. God wants for us to be mindful of who we are, His children. As believers, He urges us to make good and right choices for the goodness of future generations.

Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before your life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Notice that the choices we make not only affect us, but it has a rippling effect on others as well. We often don’t realize the selfishness of our choices. Others around us are greatly affected by the decisions we make. Only we have the power to make our own decisions; no one can make us do anything against our will. We must remember that each day is a gift from God. Let us not look to the past and the poor choices we had made, because today is a new day!

Let us be encouraged to walk with God’s Spirit and yield to be aligned with His will. Let’s choose life for ourselves as well as for future generations to come!

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.—(Abraham Lincoln)

Have a day full of good choices in Christ!

NEWNESS ALL AROUND

God is about newness all around. He makes all things new! He gives life to dead circumstances, takes a bad habit and brings out new good habits, changes things around that are stuck in a rut, brings excitement and joy in dreary situations, creates new beginnings, gives us a new mindset to think like Christ, and so much more!

Revelations 21:5 And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new!

We can take on a new perception to see things through God’s eyes; that alone will help and encourage us to keep moving forward to greater things in our future! He will make a way out of the desert, and bring forth new paths with new opportunities!

Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

God is all about progression, newness, excitement and life. Let us have hope in our God who brings forth newness in our lives!

With God, it isn’t who you were that matters; it’s who you are becoming.—(Liz Curtis Higgs)

Have a forward moving day in Christ!

ONE LIFE TO LIVE

We all have only "One Life to Live!" We sometimes have no motivation, no sense of purpose, or are just plain lazy, but God gives us an abundant life to enjoy!

Ephesians 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people).

Every day we must be more aware and live intentionally to do good. Having regrets or feeling defeat can be so disheartening! We are created with great worth in God's eyes. He wants us to enjoy our lives to the fullest, for Jesus’ death is not in vain. Jesus came so that we may enjoy our lives to the fullest with peace, love, purpose, and fulfillment! Let us purposefully take advantage of the opportunities given to us by God!

Excuses are not in God's vocabulary so we need to do all that we can do for the greater good, in the kingdom of God here on earth. Our existence is not an accident! It is amazing how much we can accomplish in one day, month, year, and leave a lifetime of legacy in spreading God's good news to others! Let us be encouraged to use our time, talents, money, work and energy, with all significance, rather than in vain. Our motivation must come from serving and honoring God in every way! At the end of our lives, let us be eager to hear God say to us, "Well done my good and faithful servant, your crown of righteousness awaits."

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.—(Oliver Wendall Holmes)

Have an astonishing day!

A NEW BEGINNING

Does a fresh new start with a clean slate and a new beginning sound good to you? It can happen with the attitude of your mind. Each day we have the opportunity for a new beginning!

Ephesians 4:23 …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.

We must start by making up our minds to change for the good! Then we must continue our part by putting on a new self (to become Christ-like). Have your old ways die by “killing” the law-oriented mentality from before and putting on grace for a new life in Christ! We can be transformed as we get to live a new life in and through Christ. Pray that the Spirit will help and enable you to experience freedom in His grace! A new beginning awaits you!

When we focus on God, the scene changes. He's in control of our lives; nothing lies outside the realm of His redemptive grace. Even when we make mistakes, fail in relationships or deliberately make bad choices, God can redeem us.—(Penelope J. Stokes)

Have a decisive day!

THE RESULTS OF CONQUERING OUR CHALLENGES

It is truly worth the fight when we conquer our challenges. The many blessings we receive from enduring our hardships spread to others for the glory of God!

2 Corinthians 4:15 For all (these) things are taking place for your sake, so that the more grace (divine favor and spiritual blessing) extends to more and more people and multiplies through the many, the more thanksgiving may increase (and redound) to the glory of God.

See, there is a greater purpose to what we go through in life! It’s important to be an example of God's grace and show evidence of His blessings, for all to see. Multiply and spread the good news of God like wildfire! We must stand strong in our faith and hang in there during trying times with all boldness and courage. What a privilege and true blessing it is to be a child of God. Together with God on our side, we can take on life and its many challenges with all the strength that is given from Him. Victory is ours!

Let us remember that a portion of pain and struggle in our lifetime is still worth it at the end. We are able to see God clearly and watch Him work, as we stay in faith with a good attitude! Through it all, God is always with you and He gives you His strength to endure, and to keep on going. Praise God!

God will make obstacles serve His purpose.—(Mrs. Charles E. Cowman)

Have a day of blessings galore!

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FOUNDATION ON A ROCK

It is very important to have a right and firm foundation in living our lives well. God is our rock! We should build our foundation upon a rock so we will not fall during the storms in life!

Matthew 7:24-25 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

When we build our lives on unstable sand, it is inevitable that things will crash down and fall during hard, difficult times. As believers in Christ we are called to stand, and to keep on standing on the inside, no matter what happens to us! Our faith is firmly planted on the rock of our salvation in Christ. Abide in Christ, for He is your spiritual food and nourishment needed in your daily life!

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

The keys in our walk with God is setting a firm foundation on Him and always abiding in Christ! Here lies peace, joy and stability needed to live a fulfilled life that God has promised us!

Psalms 144:15 Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Christ is the secret, the source, the substance, the center, and the circumference of all true and lasting gladness.—(Mrs. Charles E. Cowman)

Have a good foundational day in Christ!

SIMPLY LOVE AND OBEY

God tells us simply that love and obedience go together hand in hand. When we are in a relationship with someone, we may say that we love them with our words, but do we really love them with our actions?

John 14:15 If you (really) love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.

God wants to see the depth of our love and commitment to Him through our obedience. When we grow to truly know and trust God more in our lives, we automatically desire to obey and keep His commands!

Love is all about giving, and we show love to others by setting our own selfish ways aside and listening to what they ask for. We must trust God in everything, for He cares for us deeply and affectionately. He teaches us His commands for our own good!

Let us trust God with our love and obey Him with our hearts and actions. That is how we can continue to build on the relationship with our Father God, knowing that He will never leave nor forsake us. As believers, we find our happiness and joy in Jesus by trusting and obeying Him!

Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well.—(Abraham Lincoln)

Have an obedient day in Christ!

MISTAKES AND REGRETS

We all know that nobody is perfect! We have fallen short in our humanity. It is inevitable that we have made mistakes in our past and will continue to as long as we live.

Psalm 103 :14 …for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.

We should not be consumed with past mistakes and regrets and allow it to poison our lives. Let us see them as stepping stones for us to grow in the right direction, through God's grace! You are who you are today because of all that you have been through!

Romans 5:12 Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, (no one able to stop it or to escape its power) because all men sinned.

It is natural for us to make mistakes and sin. It is part of human nature since Adam's act of disobedience to God. Praise God, as believers we are made perfect in His image in Christ indeed!

Romans 5:21 …so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are able to have a relationship with God and receive eternal life through the act of His Son Jesus' death and resurrection on the cross for us! God works all things together for His glorious purpose! He can use our past experiences in life for the greater good to serve His kingdom here on earth. Many of us may have all kinds of regrets in life, but don't dwell in the past. Move forward and become all that you can be in and through Christ, living an abundant life He has to offer us. Freedom reigns for all who believe in Christ's love today!

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cuts us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.—(James Russell Lowell)

Have a liberating day in Christ!