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ROOTED IN GOD’S LOVE

Some of us may know God and yet can’t seem to get a true grasp on how great God is, and His awesome love for us!

Ephesians 3:16-19 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, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Doesn't that sound great to you? As believers, our hearts’ desire is to truly and intimately know God’s love! It takes time, patience and doing our part of spending intimate time with God. Through the Spirit, God reveals Himself and His love to us in marvelous ways, and it all starts from the inside! Once we are rooted and grounded in God's love, we are evidence of God's amazing love within us! It naturally oozes out, where people are attracted to it.

Let us be encouraged to put in the effort of our relationship with God and truly manifest all His being into our heart and lives! Let us live out our journey in life with the fullness of God's amazing love, and dwell in His presence always.

Have a glorious day!

RELATE WITH COMPASSION

It is amazing what challenges and trials we go through in life. Did you know that as God's grace comforts us, we can do the same to others? We can and are able to relate to others with compassion!

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

It can be difficult to have empathy or sympathize with others as they go through certain hardships. We may have no idea how they feel but only can try to imagine. Only when we go through similar situations are we able to truly relate and give them the comfort needed, the comfort we receive from God ourselves.

Let us remember that the trials and hardships we went through in the past are not all in vain. We can use and share our pain to help others for the glory of God!

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.—(Helen Keller)

Have a compassionate day!

Trust in God's sovereignty

AN ANT’S LIFE

How can we relate ourselves to an ant's life? Ants are clever, hard workers, responsible, not lazy but diligent, plan ahead for the future, and independent!

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores it's provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Laziness and being a sluggard is not a quality that God wishes to see in His children. We need to wake up from our slumber and take on the responsibilities that lie forth! We reap what we sow; therefore we must take charge with good effort and diligence, knowing that the great harvest will come! Learn to be self-motivated, for even the ant has no ruler or overseer. Let us pray and ask God to give us a good jolt in the right direction!

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.—(Peter Marshall)

Have a disciplined day!

HOW SHOULD WE TREAT OTHERS?

I'm sure we’ve all heard of the Golden Rule, which is to “treat others the way you would like to be treated.” Why is it so hard at times for us to make the first move? We may think to ourselves, Well, I'm not going to be nice if they’re not nice to me!

Matthew 7:12 So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.

God wants us to take the initiative! When we treat others nicely with kindness but do not get the immediate response that we desired, we must continually sow the good seeds and wait patiently for God to do His work of harvest! We have a tendency to always think about ourselves and what we can get from others, but God says to Love others as we love ourselves. It is a clear rule on how to live and relate to all the people around us!

In and through God's Spirit we’re able to treat others with goodness and lovingly see them through God's eyes. Having good relationships is the way to live a life in peace, joy and happiness all around. Allow God to go to work in you first so that you may be able to experience the good life that He intended for all of us to have! Let us get rid of any kind of strife but rather allow God's love to flow in and through us.

Have a most happy day!

FOCUSING ON GOD LEADS US TO PEACE

Having peace of mind is the ultimate, but why can it be so challenging to keep it during the hard times? The unknown can frighten us when we are not focused on God, and all our distractions in life can rise up within. Focusing on God leads us toward peace!

Isaiah 26:3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

It is crucial that we fix our eyes on God and trust in His goodness and sovereignty! Let us commit to, lean on, and hope in God! He promises to take care of us, and He is faithful in keeping His promises! Let us wait on God and watch Him do His almighty work!

We will never enjoy the rich and fruitful lives God intends for us unless we learn to discipline out thoughts and resist anxiety by keeping our minds on God. 'Where the mind goes, the man follows.' Let your mind lead you into peace.—(Joyce Meyers)

Have a peaceful day!

WHEN YOU FALL, RISE UP

Notice what happens after you trip or fall. Do you just sit there in self-pity, ashamed and embarrassed if others are looking, or do you choose to get up and keep on moving? When we feel that we have been knocked down by stress, pressures and turbulence in life, Gods wants us to know that He is here to help you rise again. You are His dearly loved child and He does not want you to feel defeated in any way!

Proverbs 24:16 For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.

We have a long journey in life. When we give up too soon and feel that we cannot go on any longer, we miss out on wonderful opportunities and the abundance of blessings in store for us! Let us be encouraged when hard times cause us to fall, to get up with the help of God's Spirit. We can persevere and move forward!

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 a persevering day!

Luther's 95 thesis.

WE ARE GOD’S RIGHTEOUS FRIENDS

Can you imagine having a friendship with our Almighty God? When Jesus died on the cross for us, He made us righteous; therefore we can develop a true and intimate friendship with God!

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake He made Christ (virtually) to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become the righteousness of God (what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness.)

There are all kinds of friendships; God loves us very much and doesn’t desire a superficial friendship, but a deep, intimate relationship that is true and everlasting! Friendship requires a lot of time, effort and communication. It continues to grow as we nurture it properly! God wants to hear from us through our prayers to Him. That is how we communicate with Him, and how we can hear from Him as well.

Having God as our friend means having a friend for life! We can count on Him to always be there for us, support and encourage us, comfort and love us completely and unconditionally! Let us be encouraged to develop this everlasting friendship with transparency, and treasure the priceless friendship God offers us!

Have a connected day with God!

JUDGING SUPERFICIALLY

Why are we so quick to judge? We like to automatically put people in certain categories and keep them there!

John 7:24 Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially by appearances; but judge fairly and righteously).

Let us follow God's example by not judging by appearances, (race, status, religion, theology, clothing, etc.); rather let us take the time to get to know the person! Give them a chance! If the tables were turned, wouldn't we also want people to get to know us rather than judging us harshly? We may think that we are good, but by our appearances, behavior and actions, people may assume their own thoughts and ideas about us.

Let us be encouraged to yield to the Spirit’s lead before we are quick to judge. God only sees our hearts, so let Him do the judging accurately! Everyone has their own story, and when we have compassion to hear and learn about others, love conquers all!

Have a soft-hearted day!

CHOOSE PEACE

There are so many disruptions in our lives, such as fear of unknown circumstances, conflicts with others, war within ourselves, etc., that we can easily lose our peace. God wants us to let peace rule in our hearts!

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state) to which as (members of Christ's) one body you were also called (to live). And be thankful (appreciative), (giving praise to God always).

It is important to have peace rule in our hearts, because if we don't focus on God’s word in our hearts we can be vulnerable and our peace will be shaken. It is our choice to choose peace! Go after it with all your might, allowing it to reside in your hearts and minds. Linger and dwell in it!

John 14:26 Peace I leave with you; My (own) peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.)

Let us be encouraged to have God's peace act as an umpire in our lives. If unknown paths come into our lives, let peace guide you in the right direction! We must fight the good fight of faith, and choose peace to rule!

Peace is more the product of our day-to-day living than of a spectacular program, intermittently executed.—(Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Have a peaceful day, today and every day!

GOD’S WORD SAVES YOU

The word of God is so powerful and effective. His word can save us from the pit and bondage of despair, negative mindsets, depression, pain and entrapment, slavery to addictions, and so much more.

Psalm 107:20 He sends forth His word and heals and rescues them from the pit and destruction.

Can you imagine if we didn't have God's word and truth? It can lead toward destruction to ourselves! God wants to save us! God's Word created all of the earth and healed the sick and broken-hearted. God's Word redeems us to a life of everlasting joy! God's Word gives hope and peace, truth and salvation! Let us be encouraged to read, meditate and know God's word, and be sensitive to guidance in everything we do!

Psalm 107:1 I give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving- kindness endure forever.

Praise be to our good God, who gives us His word of truth. He bestows His loving kindness to us, His children!

If you are going to be a person who is committed to the word of God, you will have to learn to be led by the Spirit and not by your emotions.—(Joyce Meyers)

Have an uplifting day!

All relationships go through hell, real relationships get through it.

CONTINUE ON YOUR JOURNEY

There is so much out there in the journey of our lives to see, do, and explore! Let us stay on course and continue on our journey, the opportunities are endless! When we have a mindset of just settling, it can stunt our growth for many new adventures ahead of us. Let us not be like Terah and just settle where we are at, but continue on our wonderful journey to see all of God's goodness and blessings!

Genesis 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, Lot and son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife, and they went forth together to go from Ur of the Chaldees into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there.

When you start on a journey that you feel God is calling you to do, do we stop when things get too difficult? Let us be encouraged to press on no matter what, with God's strength and power to help you through to the finish! Blessings await you!

Have a persevering day!

GIVING AND DOING GOOD

It's amazing the effect we make by giving! When we give our time, money, encouraging words, acts of good deeds and service, we are truly blessed in the outcome of it all!

Proverbs 11:18 Evil people will get rich for the moment, but the reward of the Godly will last.

Whenever we have an opportunity, we should hope and do good things for everyone!

Galatians 6:9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

Do good deeds, and don't get tired of doing good! Just do what's in your heart and do not pay attention to other people's negative or unhealthy behavior. You just keep on keeping on, as God sees every good works you have done with a right attitude and He will reward you at the appointed time of harvest. Winston Churchill says, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."

1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.

Let's be encouraged to cultivate and make a good life by giving.

Have a rewarding day!