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IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS? NOT WITH GOD

There are so many challenges we face, thinking it is impossible to see the light of hope. These are the times we must remember that all things are possible with God! Constant health issues, addictions, hopeless relationships, struggling circumstances, entrapment of sin patterns, and financial issues are some difficult challenges that we may experience. But fear not, for there is hope!

Mark 10:27 With men (it is) impossible, but not with God; for ALL things are possible with God.

Believe in that truth today! Walt Disney said, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Let us challenge ourselves to see the “fun” of impossible challenges. With God's hand upon us, it will be amazing to see God's work of changing our impossible situations into possible ones.

God orchestrates all things behind the scenes, to work out all good things for our benefit! Believe with faith that God's Spirit will help, enable and equip you to achieve impossible challenges, as God will be with you throughout the process! Trust in His timing to succeed, and remember to do your part with great effort. As a team, God promises to do His part! Let us put our complete trust in God's extraordinary and magnificent power today!

Have a hopeful and conquering day!

ARE YOU A PEOPLE PLEASER?

Are you a people pleaser? When you say “yes” to someone, then somebody else has to take in our “no.” We cannot do both "Yes and No " at the same time! God tells us that we cannot serve two masters at the same time.

Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

In every circumstance, we have the choice of who to please. Most people are in the trap of being a people-pleaser, which can be dangerous for our heart, health and spirit! We need our focus to be a God-pleaser first and foremost for, in doing that, we reap His wonderful benefits and blessings.

Trying to please people all the time can be exhausting! Learning to say no can be the greatest asset in your life. We must pick and choose where we are going to place our valuable time and energy on. God wants us to serve Him and for Him to be our master, so we must learn to say no to the senseless things that are not of great importance. It's OK to say “NO,” because with wisdom we are saying Yes to God and serving His purpose.

Let us pray for discernment and guidance in the area of pleasing people, which can take over our lives. Let us choose to be used for God's glory and please Him in everything!

Have a discerning day!

WE ARE NOT A MISTAKE

Why do we always compare ourselves with others? Be it our looks, personality, success, talents, family, and possessions and so on....the list can be endless if we allow it. Can it be due to our insecurities of who we are? We all just want to be accepted! Well here's the plain truth: God loves and accepts you just as you are, and you do not have to prove a thing!

1 Timothy 4:4-5 For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be thrown away or refused if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is hallowed and consecrated by the Word of God and by prayer.

There is no pressure, just be yourself, because everything God created is good. You are good! Do not allow the enemy to tell you otherwise! Joyce Meyers says, "If we intend to succeed at being ourselves and truly enjoy our everyday lives, we must reach a point where we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. Only God, through His Spirit, can lead us to succeed and be all we can be." We all have gifts and talents to develop that God has placed inside of us! Let us be all that God planned and designed for us to be in Christ.

Ralph Waldo Emerson says, "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” So therefore, let us believe that we are not a mistake. Do not compare! Accept who you are in Christ and grow to be all that you can be, for God's glory.

Have a no comparison day!

We need to be in control of our own conscious mind.

How you react to life matters.

YOU ARE CHOSEN FOR A PURPOSE

Doesn't it feel good when you are picked out for a certain purpose? Well, God has picked you out specifically!

Ephesians 1:4-6 For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will- to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

God loves you, as you are valuable to Him. He personally picked you out and adopted you!

Psalm 27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

We have a heavenly Father who has great plans for us!

Psalm 27:11 In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.

God has given us a purpose to fill out His will in our lives!

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

See how God picked us out in advance to do His good works! You are chosen, and God has something special and specifically designed for you to do. Let us not resist, but embrace our calling in which God pre-assigned for us to fulfill! Let us take that to heart and fulfill God's glory, being used for His kingdom’s purpose.

Have a purposeful day!

Who defines what?

LIFE CAN GET YOU DOWN, BUT GOD LIFTS YOU UP

Wouldn't it be great if we could always have peace, joy and happiness around us? It can be attained, but there may be times when we get disappointed and discouraged from life's up’s and down’s. When we allow our emotions to get the best of us, we can get depressed and hang our heads, hearts and spirits down. What an ugly position to be in! But remember God is here, as the great lifter!

Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

Let us cry out to God and He will hear and answer us! He is our hope and strength and we have all stability in Him. He wants us to make Him greater than our problems and look up to Him. He has something good in mind for us so we must stay in faith, knowing our sadness will pass! Take the time to remember all of the blessings and goodness in your life!

Psalm 105:5 (Earnestly) remember the marvelous deeds that He has done, His miracles and wonders.

Let us be encouraged to constantly look up to God and fix our gaze upon Him, dwelling in His Spirit of peace and protection. He wants nothing but good for us, so trust in Him today as He teaches us more and more of His greatness, power and glory! Praise be to God!

Have a very hopeful day!

New Theology on Tap video is about how to win people over to Christ.

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS IN SPITE OF OUR FAITHLESSNESS

Have you ever let someone down, yet that person still accepted you for who you are? We may mean well in being true and faithful to God, but there may be times when we go astray. Take heed, as even in our unfaithfulness to God, He still yet loves us no matter what. He is true in His character, and is faithful to us!

2 Timothy 2:13 If we are faithless (do not believe and are untrue to Him), He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

We must recognize God's faithfulness because that is who He is, and what He's all about! What a loving and kind God He is, understanding that we can fall into our human natures of stubbornness and rebellion. Thank goodness for His faithfulness and kindness that always brings us back to repentance and in a right relationship with Him! God's strength, stability and faithfulness are more than we can ask for. Praise God!

Have an assuring day!

WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO TO ME?

It’s so easy to be caught up in fear when we are in the midst of trouble with other people. There is a big difference between giving in and being afraid of people, or doing what's right! Let us use our will to choose what is right, which is to lean and trust in the Lord!

Psalm 56:3-4 What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You. By (the help of) God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?

We must place our full reverential fear and respect in God! God created man, so if God is more powerful in all His ways, we should not fear man! Again, God does not want us to fear men and their evil ways; God is our protector, so let us put all of our confidence and trust in Him alone!

Have a trusting day!

Take a look at Lisa's New Video on Self-control!

Sins forgiven!

PAIN VERSES GOD’S GLORY

Have you ever thought to yourself, "Why do I have to go through such pain and hardship?" Beyond the pain lies fulfillment of our progress in everlasting glory!

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory (beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!).

A time of pain from a portion of our lives is worth it in the end when we seek God's ultimate will, plan and purpose in everything we endure, with faith! There are hidden gifts that we cannot see while in the process of our hardships, but later they will be revealed as we search for hidden gifts beyond what seemed difficult for us at the time.

2 Corinthians 4:18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

The everlasting is what truly counts! Let us be encouraged to hang in there and know that "this too shall pass." The glory which is on the other side of the pain will be truly worth it, for therein lies rewards and blessings from God.

Have an enduring day!