Stick with God and don’t get discouraged

We can ask God to make us more aware in life.  Aware of what God is doing in our life.  The little blessings we see every day can pass us by when we are not paying attention.  We can live life in awe all the time, not just when we witness big huge miracles.  God miracles happen every day.  Just because they are not grand, it doesn’t mean they do not exist.

Hebrews 10:10 (AMP) 10 And in accordance with this will [of God] we [who believe in the message of salvation] have been sanctified [that is, set apart as holy for God and His purposes] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) once for all.

We have been made holy. We are not holy on our own behavior but by the resurrection of Christ.  Many times we do not believe we are holy.  The fact that we are holy regardless of our behavior is a miracle in and of itself.  We are the righteousness of God in Christ. 

Luke 10:19 (AMP) 19 Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on [a]serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you. 

We have power inside of us.  Hold your head high, live the best life you can, and keep moving forward in life.  God lives inside of you.  No matter how much you dread the day, God lives in you and you can accomplish much with His help.  God offers us the opportunity to enjoy each and every day in life.  It is up to us to choose whether or not we will enjoy life.

It seems tough to understand that God has made us holy, yet our behavior sure doesn’t seem holy.  When we develop our relationship with God because we are thankful of the blessing of forgiveness and holiness we begin to see our behaviors change – not for God’s approval but because we love Him and we are thankful for the miracle of forgiveness.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP)18 And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.

We can feel like we are trying and trying to change but we just can’t.  We have to dare to believe that change is happening.  Remember not all miracles are big, so we change little by little and when we look back a year from now, that change will be evident.  Stick with God and don’t get discouraged.  Continue doing what you can and make a request to God to help you in areas that are difficult for you.  God will help you.  Dare to believe that miracles happen and they happen to you!  Whether you see it or not, you are growing in spiritual maturity.

Hebrews 10:14 (AMP) 14 For by the one offering He has perfected forever and completely cleansed those who are being sanctified [bringing each believer to spiritual completion and maturity].

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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Jesus came so we can love Him, love ourselves, and fulfill His purpose

John 15:9 (AMP) I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love [and do not doubt My love for you].

We have to be purposeful about loving people and life.  We really cannot love anyone until we let God love us and until we love ourselves.  When we receive God’s love then we love ourself – not in a selfish way but in a healthy way.  When we love ourselves we are able to give to others as a secure and confident person.  Jesus came so we can love Him, love ourselves, and fulfill His purpose for our lives with God-confidence and self-confidence.

How wonderful to be free to be the person you were born to be and to be confident in the creature God created you to be.  A lot of time we turn to self-condemnation when we make mistakes.  We can hate our mistakes without hating ourselves.  I am a master mistake maker and it can be tough for me to separate the hate of the mistake from feeling self-condemned and even self-hate.  The devil uses those mistakes to keep us from loving ourselves, loving others, and fulfilling our God given purpose in life.

1 John 4:16 (AMP) 16 We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him. 

A lot of us are not secure in ourselves – we don’t love ourselves and we are just plain unhappy.  To really love and enjoy life we have to get the word hate out of our vocabulary.  We say the word hate several times a day about simple little everyday tasks.  We hate it when it rains on the way to work, we hate housework, we hate our hair, etc.  It is time to completely remove that word from our vocabulary – especially when it comes to everyday tasks.  It frames a mindset for us and forms an attitude that we don’t even realize we have formed. 

1 John 3:11 (AMP) 11 For this is the message which you [believers] have heard from the beginning [of your relationship with Christ], that we should [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another;

When we start to understand the love of God and love God we learn to love ourselves then we can properly love and help other people.  Our purpose is to feed the sheep.

John 21:17A (AMP) 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you [really] [a]love Me [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend]?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

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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What we focus on is what becomes large in our life

 

What we focus on is what becomes large in our life.  When we focus on the things that are wrong, that is what is large.  We can spend more time thinking about what is wrong or we can choose to focus on what is right in our life.  I don’t need to tell you which focus will bring a positive attitude.

Mark 4:19 (AMP) 19 but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

There are so many of us that hate aspects of our daily life whether it is our job, our family, or whatever.  We tend to focus on all the wrong and things that annoy us.  We don’t have to try to be negative.  Focusing on the negative is natural for our human flesh.  I don’t know why but it is.  It takes effort to turn negative thinking into positive thinking.

Hebrews 12:2 (AMP) [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, [a]disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work]. 

How many distractions do you think the Devil puts in front of us every day to steal our focus from positive things?  The Devil will distract us from being grateful and seeing the great things that God does for us each and every day.  Be careful about letting the devil distract you. What God does is always greater than what the devil is doing.

Most of us have more right in our lives than we do wrong but when we have a big problem in our life that is all we tend to see at the time.  We do have good things going on in life – we might just have to change our behavior to start focusing on those good things rather than that big problem.

Galatians 5:16 (AMP) 16 But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the [a]sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].

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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Choose to be happy now

 

Colossians 3:1-3(AMP) 3 Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.

There are so many people who just don’t love their life.  We have to live it – but we don’t have to live it miserably and unhappy all of the time.  We can learn to love the life we have.  What we focus on in life is what we get.  We can focus on the good things or focus on the bad things.  When we focus on the good things, our outlook develops into happiness.

When we focus on the junky things in life our outlook develops into sadness.  We develop what we focus on.

What we focus on grows into something. When we focus on the negative we can get to the point where we just plain hate our lives.  Other people may want the life we have but we are so busy focusing on the negative we do not even realize what we have that is good.  Don’t wait to be happy when circumstances in your life change, choose to be happy now, in the midst of your circumstances.

John 10:10 (AMP) 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 overflows]. 

We often think we will be happy when certain things change.  We can always have something to be unhappy about.  It is up to us to choose to be happy in the Lord.  We tend to be unhappy when life is not going the way we think it should be or when we compare our lives to the lives of others.  The devil came to steal our joy and will work day and night to do so.  

Romans 14:7-8 (AMP) None of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord]. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

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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Staying angry and bitter at someone will not solve anything or change the past

 

1 John 3:14-15 (AMP) 14 We know that we have passed out of death into Life, because we love the brothers and sisters. He who does not love remains in [spiritual] death. 15 Everyone who hates (works against) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer [by God’s standards]; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Not only should we love others, but we have to love ourselves. So many people do not like their lives – including Christians.  It’s one thing to be a miserable sinner but another to be a miserable saint.  Some of our happiness stems from our own selfishness.  So often we are unhappy and we blame our unhappiness on everyone around us rather than looking at our inner self.  Sometimes when we feel angry or upset, we need to search our heart and figure out who we are really mad at.

We tend to stay bitter at others because they do not do things in life we think they should do. People are always going to hurt or feelings or even treat us unjustly.  The longer we stay angry the harder it is to get over it.  The quicker we forgive the happier we will be and it will become easier and easier.  

Matthew 6:14-15 (AMP) 14 For if you forgive [a]others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses. 

Staying angry and bitter at someone will not solve anything or change the past.  The only thing anger and bitterness hurts is ourselves.  When we stay angry at someone it allows the person we are angry at to hurt us for a long time.  Why give someone that kind of power over your life?

We can pray for others we are angry or upset with but not that they get what they deserve – we pray that God will change their heart.  And then we ask God to show us how we need to change our heart in our situations.

1 John 3:16 (AMP)16 By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for 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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God does extraordinary things through ordinary people

Galatians 5:16 (AMP) 16 But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the [a]sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts].

God always knows better than us and always has a better plan for our lives than we do.  We can go one of two ways in life – we can go with our flesh and do what we feel like doing at the time or we can go with the direction God is leading us and say no to things we should say no to.  Going with God has great rewards.  Going with our flesh sometimes has great regrets.  When we follow God’s will we will not have regret.

God has provided a good life for every single one of us and every single one of us can have that good life.  It is up to us to discipline our lives so we can have that good life.  The Holy Spirit can guide us into the life we want to have.  It is time to stop wishing for a great life and start making great decisions in order to take a hold of the great life that has already been planned for us.

Matthew 14:28-30 (AMP) 28 Peter replied to Him, “Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw [the effects of] the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink, and he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

We have to be bold in order to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead for our lives.  We have to be willing to make a few mistakes and when we make a mistake, brush it off and continue moving forward.  Fear can keep us progressing.  Peter was the only disciple who stepped on water because he was the only one to get out of the boat.  When we are unsure God is leading us to do something, take it one step at a time.  God will save us if we take the wrong step.

We have a tendency to do little things in life because we do not have faith in ourselves – and faith in God.  We must step out in faith and take some great chances in order to do great things.  God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people.

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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Some things God leads us to do is going to take a little bit of effort

We live in a world that has made everything easy for us – especially compared to 50 years ago. It seems the easier we have things, the easier we want it. We have grown accustomed to everything being easy in life. We can get to the point where we let that easy demeanor overtake our attitude. We just do not like to be inconvenienced and as a result we have become selfish as things become easier in life.

Ephesians 5:14-17 (AMPC) 14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. 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), 16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

Live life on purpose and for a purpose. It is time to get rid of that I wish I had attitude and replace it with an I’m going for it attitude. We start by realizing that we can do things we don’t always feel like doing. If we wait until we feel like doing something we may never get around to carrying out the will of God for our lives. We tend to live by our emotions and just do what we feel like doing without thinking about the long-term results of our decisions.

God wants us to use our free will to choose His will. How many things has God put on your heart and you are just flat out ignoring Him because the time is not right, or you want to start doing that thing when things are different in your life? We are really good at putting things off for a better time. It is foolish for us to think we can continue to put things off God is leading us to do and that life is going to just work out.

Proverbs 6:6-8 (AMPC) Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!—Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler, Provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.

Some things God leads us to do is going to take a little bit of effort. We are not spectators in our relationship with God but we are participators. We are really good at going to church and listening to a sermon, but what do we do with what we hear in a sermon? God has an amazing plan for your life – all you need to do is to do the part that God is asking you to do. God wants to do things through us not just for us. Don’t miss your miracle because you are not willing to participate – we might just need to Get up and take action!

John 5:6-8 (AMPC) When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me. Jesus said to him, Get up! Pick up your bed (sleeping pad) and walk!

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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