God has a different plan for each of us

Trust is a choice.  We all want to trust something.  We all do trust some things whether it is our own abilities, our job, or our God.  We have to get smart enough to know who to trust and when to trust.  Honestly, we are mere humans.  The only one we can truly trust is God almighty.

Psalm 37:1-3 *(AMPC) Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

We may feel let down because we do not feel as if God has given us what we have prayed for.  Sometimes I need to ask myself – was I trusting God for what I wanted or was I trusting God knowing He would do what is best for me in my life to fulfill the purpose He has for me in life. When everything around us seems to be falling apart, we are to trust God and do good.

Psalm 37:4-6 (AMPC) Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

The bible has an answer for everything that bothers us in life.  I have a medicine cabinet full of medicine that I take.  What is not in that medicine cabinet is medicine I can take when someone wounds my soul because I trusted someone I should not have.  While my medicine cabinet does not have anything that will take that hurt away, my God does.  My medicine cabinet has medicine for my body but my God has medicine for my soul.  The Word of God is medicine for everything that ails us on the inside.

Psalm 37:7-8 (AMPC) Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

When we are facing a trial or problem, our mind can just go crazy.  It can seem like everyone around you is blessed or are getting blessings.  Just stay patient.  God has a different plan for each of us and He may want to bless you differently than others.  The way to calm ourselves down is go to the Word of God, trust God, and continue doing good while we are praying for our situation.

Psalm 37:9 (AMPC) For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Invest in yourself

2 Timothy 2:15 (AMPC) 15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

Make an investment in yourself!  If you are having a tough time, then take some time out for yourself to re-focus your mind and relax for a little bit.  That might be going to get ice cream, get a manicure, or even just go take time to take a walk and see the beautiful things around you that God has created for our enjoyment.  It is important to re-set our thinking when it starts to falter.  Invest in yourself and take care of yourself.  You are the temple of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMPC) 19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a]preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. 

To enjoy life we might need to worry less to eliminate the stress we feel in when pursing excellence.  No matter what happens in this world, God will take care of us.  When we have done what we can do then we can always trust God to take care of us.

Don’t let your bad days turn into a bad life.  Make your mind up today that you will enjoy every day that God has given you!

Psalm 37:1-2 (AMPC) Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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It is not what happens to us that is matters it is what happens inside of us

Psalm 23:4 (AMPC) 4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

When you are having a bad day don’t dread what you are facing. Dread is expecting to have a negative experience. Dreading anything will not make it better. There’s always the temptation to face the day with a negative attitude. We can decide to enjoy the day we have no matter what it is we have to face. God has a plan. Stop being miserable about things that you have absolutely no control over. Stay happy and let God take care of your day. Make your mind up to not dread anything

Colossians 3:23-24 (AMPC) 23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).

It is time to get the spirit of dread out of our lives. Dread just sucks the joy right out of us and it does not change a thing. Whatever it is we have to do, we can do it unto the Lord. Whether it is facing doing something simple we don’t want to do like cleaning the house, or whether it is facing some big life circumstances. Keep God in your situation.

Try to find something good in everything you do, especially in an unpleasant situation. Sometimes we have to look for the good. It’s human nature to see the negative right away. If we spent as much time looking and recognizing the good as we did speaking negatively we might see some drastic changes in our attitude. We need to learn a new way to respond to our problems if we are used to responding with negativity.

Romans 12:2 (AMPC) 2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

Some of us are going through some terribly difficult times. We have to make sure our problems do not make us hard, harsh, and bitter. We want our problems to change us into a better person so we can let our light shine and help other people through the experiences we have endured and learned from our situations. It is not what happens to us that is matters it is what happens inside of us because of our problems.

Matthew 11:28-30 (AMPC) 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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Instead of letting our circumstances seize us we can seize our circumstances

Romans 8:37 (AMPC) 37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors [a]and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

What a waste of life to dread every day. We can get to the point where we stop letting everything around us control us. We have Christ in us and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. This doesn’t mean we will enjoy problems or not hurt when we go through things.

Ephesians 4:23-24 (AMPC) 23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], 24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

There is tremendous power in our attitude we have when enduring thee storms of life. Our attitude belongs to us and nobody can make us have a bad attitude. We choose that. Decide today that you will not waste one more day being miserable in life. God wants us to be happy. God doesn’t want us to be unhappy just like we do not want our kids to be unhappy.

It seems like everything in life is so hard and difficult. What is hard is not becoming bitter during the difficult times. Instead of letting our circumstances seize us we can seize our circumstances with a joyful attitude knowing that God has got our back. We get upset and dread things because we don’t want to face them. We can face each day with a joyful attitude by letting go of things we hold onto that keep bitterness and hate inside of us and trust God to do what His will is in our situation.

Psalm 5:3 (AMPC) 3 In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].

If you struggle with a negative or bad attitude, have a true and honest conversation with God and be honest about how you feel about things and how things make you feel. Ask God to help you in this area. Let him know about the things that upset you and why. God wants us to talk to Him. Prayer has incredible power.

Philippians 4:6 (AMPC) 6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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When things just plain stink in life, don’t give up on God and let life make you sour

Proverbs 3:6 (AMPC) 6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

We hear God’s voice through His word, through inner peace, wisdom, and common sense. Our instinct is the voice of God inside of us telling us to make the right decision. Our instinct is a knowing what to do down deep inside. When God speaks to us we have to make sure we are not in such a big hurry to figure things out on our own that we don’t stop, listen, pray, and then make decisions off of what we have peace about doing.

We all can have a relationship with God and have that guiding that God gives us. God can speak to us and through us. He speaks to us through other people, through nature, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, through circumstances, and through guiding us in making right decisions in the midst of our circumstances. It takes a while to develop the habit of involving God in all of our decisions if we are not used to slowing down a little bit to ask Him to guide us.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (AMPC) 12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Sometimes we let our circumstances seize us and it is hard to imagine that life could ever get better. We can end up developing at attitude of negativity and bitterness when we feel like we are doing everything we know to do and nothing ever seems to be getting better in life. It is especially in those difficult times in life that we do not give up on God or give up on ourselves. When things just plain stink in life, don’t give up on God and let life make you sour. Keep enduring and doing what is right and ask for God’s direction. He will guide you but unfortunately, we don’t always get immediate miracles.

While trials may not be pleasant we must not lose heart and grow weary. In due time we will reap, if we do not lose heart and faint.

Galatians 6:8-10 (AMPC) 8 For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 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. 10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [[a]morally] to all people [not only [b]being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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The bible does not say that money is evil – it says the love of money is evil

Money is a topic that is important to almost everybody. It’s surprising how many people are over their head in debt. Basically what happens is people spend more than they make. When we follow Godly wisdom we can begin to change our circumstances – even our financial circumstances. Most of us are paying back for items we may not have even needed and when we look back we may regret what we did.

1 Timothy 6:10 (AMP) 10 For the love of money [that is, the greedy desire for it and the willingness to gain it unethically] is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves [through and through] with many sorrows.

The bible does not say that money is evil – it says the love of money is evil. Money is intended to be a blessing but what happens is we let our desire to have things control us rather than using money to bless others. We tend to have it all backwards and it is a tough mindset to change living in the world we live in today. I cannot say that I myself am to the point of not being materialistic. I love nice things. I buy in the moment and get instant gratification. But later on, I might have regrets for spending the money on whatever it was that I just couldn’t seem to do without.

1 Peter 5:8 (AMP) 8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.

We don’t often think of spending more than we make as a temptation from the devil. When we spend too much it makes us out of balance. When we are out of balance we tend to be stressed out. When we are stressed out it can impact our personal relationships. The devil will use any temptation possible to get us out of balance so we live a miserable and unhappy life.

A lot of us don’t even know how much money we have and what our total asset is. We really don’t start to think of that stuff until we get older. And even when we get older some of us may not consider it. We need to respect money. Not love money but respect that it is something valuable and what it can do to change lives – not just our lives – but the lives of others. If we would start respecting money and doing what we should with it, we mind find that blessing chase us instead of us trying to buy our blessing.

The bottom line is we can sit around and feel sorry for ourselves and blame everything and everyone around us for the debt we are in. Or we can take responsibility for our situation and get serious about change.

1 John 2:15-17 (AMP) 15 Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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You can enjoy your life

Psalm 126:5 (AMPC) 5 They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.

It is time to stop saying “I will be glad when” and get glad now! We all have different circumstances and pasts that can impact our happiness when we allow them to. It is up to us to not let circumstances become our reason for being happy or not being happy. Jesus died so we can enjoy every day of our life.

Mark 12:30-31 (AMPC) 30 And you shall love the Lord your God [a]out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your [b]life) and out of and with all your mind (with [c]your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. [d]This is the first and principal commandment. 31 The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

To enjoy life, we have to enjoy ourselves. How do you feel about yourself? How much time do you waste comparing yourself to others and noticing all the things you don’t do well? Learn to enjoy yourself because God enjoys you.

Not only can we learn to enjoy ourselves but we can learn to enjoy the people we are around. That may seem difficult but we don’t have to focus on everything that people do wrong, that is a choice. We have to stop expecting others to keep us happy. Our happiness is our personal responsibility – not the responsibility of those around us.

Take what you have in life and let God teach you to enjoy what you have each given day. Stop focusing on all the negative thoughts you have and start focusing on what God can do in the midst of your negative circumstances. We have a tendency to want more and more in life. When we want things that others have, that can be a joy stealer in our lives. We work so hard to get something and then complain about the thing we got. We want a big house, then complain about the big house. Take time to enjoy the blessings God has given you in your life.

Be aware of the things that steal your joy and be determined to be happy no matter what or who or what comes against you. You can enjoy your life.

John 10:10 (AMPC) 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).

If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:

Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen

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