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Be blessed. Because we ARE! Amen

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

With what we are blessed with, Amen.

If you are privileged enough to become wealthy – or even just financially stable – let a sum of your money be dedicated to the things of God. This doesn’t necessarily have to be in the form of offering – but it is good to support your local church with money. You can use your money to help the less fortunate – that is godly. Don’t let having money cause stinginess in your heart; be willing to give.

And we pray:

Dear God, I pray that I will always use what I am blessed with to bless others. You gave me eternity in Your Presence that is unimaginably beyond awesome, Amen. Lord move me always to use Your gifts and provision to bless others. Use me Lord, Amen. Lord allow me to use my gifts for good and not for my selfish desires. Lord, may I always be attentive to those who are in need and also the needs of my church. I desire to be of help to anyone who comes my way, and if I can use my money to do so too, I will. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Always our goal is…

Where we shall be, Amen.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of Heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with Men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and The Essence of God – Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

No more death, sorrow, crying, and pain. What a beautiful future God has in store for us! We should all long for the day that Christ rises again for us. Until that day, our faith must remain steadfast.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/being_steadfast

And we pray:

Lord in Heaven, please aid me in my faith journey. I feel grateful that I have even been given the opportunity to Love You, and I pray that I shall not waste this opportunity. With my humble gratitude, I must also ask for forgiveness for the many times I have doubted Your divine plan. Forgive me for I am a mortal and cannot fully understand what You will do, but know that I trust You to do what is best, as You have always done before. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Our journey – life.

O sing unto The Lord a new song, sing a song He is worthy of praise. He has placed thansgiving in our hearts, He is worthy to be praised. Alleluia!

We have so much to be thankful for today, let us come before The Lord with thanksgiving in our hearts, let us enter His courts with praise.

“This is the day that The Lord has made” Alleluia!

There is so much to give Him praise for: Our day, our night, our jobs, waking up each morning/afternoon/night –  life, Hallelujah! health, fullness and capacity. Things we don’t even realize that we have until they are no more/lost.

So, praise Him in your plenty, magnify Him in your lack. He brings ALL things to be, what God permits – IS!

What a mighty God we serve – ALL Heaven and Earth adore Him, the supernatural bow before Him, what a MIGHTY God we serve!

Words cannot express the feelings associated with being blessed: The Heaven are opened up and the blessings pour forth, Amen.

Can I hear an Amen?

There is so much to give thanks for. Today, yesterday, tomorrow, tomorrows…forever!

We approach with full hearts knowing that it is Him that we serve!


Time and space cannot define His Greatness!

30 Bible Verses to remind you that God is sovereign and in control

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  • 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 HCSB
    Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. 12 Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
  • 2 Chronicles 20:6 HCSB
    He said:Yahweh, the God of our ancestors, are You not the God who is in heaven,and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can stand against You.
  • Job 12:13-14 HCSB
    Wisdom and strength belong to God;
    counsel and understanding are His.
    14 Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt;
    whoever He imprisons cannot be released.
  • Job 42:2 HCSB
    I know that You can do anything
    and no plan of Yours can be thwarted.
  • Psalm 103:19 HCSB
    The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
    and His kingdom rules over all.
  • Psalm 115:3 HCSB
    Our God is in heaven
    and does whatever He pleases.
  • Psalm 135:6 HCSB
    Yahweh does whatever He pleases
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all the depths.
  • Proverbs 16:4 HCSB
    The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose
    even the wicked for the day of disaster.
  • Proverbs 16:9 HCSB
    A man’s heart plans his way,
    but the Lord determines his steps.
  • Proverbs 16:33 HCSB
    The lot is cast into the lap,
    but its every decision is from the Lord.
  • Proverbs 19:21 HCSB
    Many plans are in a man’s heart,
    but the Lord’s decree will prevail.
  • Proverbs 21:1 HCSB
    A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand:
    He directs it wherever He chooses.
  • Proverbs 21:30 HCSB
    No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel
    will prevail against the Lord.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 HCSBConsider the work of God,
    for who can straighten out
    what He has made crooked?14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot discover anything that will come after him.
  • Isaiah 14:24 HCSB
    The Lord of Hosts has sworn:As I have purposed, so it will be;
    as I have planned it, so it will happen.
  • Isaiah 14:27 HCSB
    The Lord of Hosts Himself has planned it;
    therefore, who can stand in its way?
    It is His hand that is outstretched,
    so who can turn it back?
  • Isaiah 40:23-24 HCSB
    He reduces princes to nothing
    and makes judges of the earth irrational.
    24 They are barely planted, barely sown,
    their stem hardly takes root in the ground
    when He blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind carries them away like stubble.
  • Isaiah 43:13 HCSB
    Also, from today on I am He alone,
    and none can deliver from My hand.
    I act, and who can reverse it?”
  • Isaiah 45:7 HCSB
    I form light and create darkness,
    I make success and create disaster;
    I, Yahweh, do all these things.
  • Isaiah 46:9-11 HCSB
    Remember what happened long ago,
    for I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and no one is like Me.
    10 I declare the end from the beginning,
    and from long ago what is not yet done,
    saying: My plan will take place,
    and I will do all My will.
    I call a bird of prey from the east,
    a man for My purpose from a far country.
    Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about.
    I have planned it; I will also do it.
  • Jeremiah 27:5 HCSB
    By My great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please.
  • Jeremiah 32:17 HCSB
    Oh, Lord God! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!
  • Jeremiah 32:27 HCSB
     “Look, I am Yahweh, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?
  • Lamentations 3:37 HCSB
    Who is there who speaks and it happens,
    unless the Lord has ordained it?
  • Daniel 2:21 HCSB
    He changes the times and seasons;
    He removes kings and establishes kings.
    He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to those
    who have understanding.
  • Daniel 4:35 HCSB
    All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing,
    and He does what He wants with the army of heaven
    and the inhabitants of the earth.
    There is no one who can hold back His hand
    or say to Him, “What have You done?”
  • John 1:3-4 HCSB
    All things were created through Him,
    and apart from Him not one thing was created
    that has been created.
    Life was in Him,
    and that life was the light of men.
  • Romans 9:18 HCSB
    So then, He shows mercy to those He wants to, and He hardens those He wants to harden.
  • Romans 8:28 HCSB
    We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
  • 1 Timothy 6:15 HCSB
    God will bring this about in His own time. He isthe blessed and only Sovereign,
    the King of kings,
    and the Lord of lords,

In all essence, we cannot begin to imagine God’s glory, all we can do is wait patiently. The more we realize that Love itself is without boundaries or exemptions, the more we understand His ways. He is Love, He brings Joy unspeakable to those who Love Him.

Lord Heavenly Father, we are yet to experience or even get a taste of Your glory. Lord it pours through Your hands and hits us like a beam of ultimate light. Thank You Father, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit. For You are one, The way You – Father choose to expess Yourself, because Your Glory was SO great! Thank You for the now, Alluluia for the time we may spend in your presence (all ways, Amen,) bathed in Your glory. Yes we may have kings, queens, Presidents…Leaders, but they must bow before You, for You are The Ultimate. At this time we are before You groveling at Your excellent Presence. Lord fill us with Your Grace, Power, Forgiveness and Desire to spread Your Word. Take me Father and use me for Your Will in Jesus’ name, Amen

We are selected. BUT, we have a choice!

As simple as it sounds, one of the greatest proofs of God’s existence is the ability to choose. Materialistic God-deniers hypothesize that all of our actions can be attributed to random interactions of the chemicals, atoms, and molecules that make up our physical bodies. However, they are unable to explain how such random interactions lead to our ability to make all kinds of decisions in life.

Little wonder why when God created man in His image, He put Adam and Eve in a position where they, like God who chose to become flesh in the form of Jesus Christ, had the ability to choose. We are all familiar with the story of how they made a poor choice in eating the forbidden fruit for which God held them both accountable. Think about it!  Would God have held Adam and Eve accountable for their poor choice if their actions were the result of random chemical interactions!

Personally, I believe that a desire to avoid accountability is a major reason many people are drawn to a materialistic-atheistic world view. Furthermore, they don’t understand that God created and designed us to make choices.

In the Bible, there are more than 200 references to the word “choose” or one of its variations. This makes it possible for God to fulfill His role as the Supreme Judge of the universe as illustrated in Deuteronomy 30:19 and yet give us freedom to make decisions: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live…”  

Later, in a New Testament passage, the author of Hebrews warns:  “Make sure that you do not reject the One who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven” (Hebrews 12:25).

We must also remember that because we have the ability and freedom to choose, our actions have consequences. In my commentary in Principle #21, page 1724 in my Life Essentials Study Bible, I establish a bridge between the Old and New Testament applications of this truth:

The author then reminded them of God’s holy presence at Mount Sinai when the old covenant was revealed.  It was a terrifying experience (Exodus 19:9-16; 20:18).  How much more dreadful the situation for all unbelievers who someday will be judged severely for rejecting the Messiah… However, the good news is that we can spend eternity with God, not because of our good works but because we have received God’s free gift of salvation. 

Truly, the choices we make-especially those that are spiritual and moral in nature — serve as reminders that we are made in God’s image.

Saul, Hebrew Shaʾul, (flourished 11th century bc, Israel), first king of Israel (c. 1021–1000 bc). According to the biblical account found mainly in I Samuel, Saul was chosen king both by the judge Samuel and by public acclamation. Was he ‘Chosen’ by God?

Important to note why the people of Israel wanted a king, when they had direction from above!

Essentially a form of rebellion against God. Firstly the Israelites had rebelled against God’s authority by demanding that they have a king – like the nations around them. God warned them through Samuel what having a king would be like, but the people insisted. Isreal faced many threats. To be as the people that surrounded them, they desired a leader. The son of Kish, a well-to-do member of the tribe of Benjamin, Saul was made king by the league of 12 Israelite tribes in a desperate effort to strengthen Hebrew resistance to the growing Philistine threat. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saul-king-of-Israel

History summation: Saul’s death was known and spoken of by a deceased Samuel: https://www.crossway.org/articles/what-does-it-mean-that-samuel-was-brought-up-from-the-dead-1-samuel-28/

Key notes:

1. Saul had time to repent.

2. All things are Known before they occur.

https://www.gotquestions.org/God-know-future.html

“So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.”1 Samuel 31:6

Obedience is key!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/dailyverses.net/obedience/amp

Saul disobeyed God by failing to completely destroy the Amalekites and all their possessions, as God had commanded. A key part of the conditional covenant between God and Israel was obedience.

https://missionbibleclass.org/old-testament/part2/united-kingdom/king-saul-disobeys-god/

We are given chances by Love to be whom we are Created to be. https://faithinthenews.com/5-powerful-bible-verses-about-second-chances/

God is patient in giving us second chances—and not just one, but continual second chances.

GOD DELIGHTS IN GIVING SECOND CHANCES

When Moses wanted to understand more about God so that he could speak with authority to the people of Israel, God passed by him and proclaimed He is, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6).

God is patient in giving us second chances—and not just one, but continual second chances. Micah 7:18 says, “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” God savors opportunities to offer second chances and is eager not to punish us when we truly seek forgiveness for our sin (Joel 2:13).

We see this most vividly in God’s offering up His only Son—Jesus Christ—for the forgiveness of our sins. As the Apostle Peter explained, “‘[Christ] himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed'” (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus lived the sinless life we couldn’t live and died the gruesome death we should have received, to offer us a second chance at life with God.

Both the Old and New Testaments bear witness to a forgiving God. Think of Moses, who murdered a man (Exodus 2:11-15); Jonah, who fled from God’s command (Jonah 1); David, who committed adultery and had a man murdered (2 Samuel 11:14-17); Rahab, who was a prostitute in Jericho (Joshua 2); and Peter, who denied even knowing Jesus after spending three years with Him (Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, John 18:15-17 and 25-27). Each of these—and dozens of other men and women like them in Scripture—stand as monuments of God’s grace (Hebrews 11).

None stands taller than Jesus, of course, who said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19). His ministry, he said, would be marked by fresh starts and second chances for those whom many view as outcasts.

And that’s exactly what we see when we examine Jesus’ life. We see how He redeemed and elevated people others convicted and condemned. We see that He professed the unfaltering power of redemption in their lives.

Zacchaeus the tax collector, for example, was considered a sinner by his neighbors (Luke 19:1–10). When Zacchaeus shows he has changed and is making amends by giving possessions to the poor, Christ responds by saying, “Today salvation has come to this house.” When the criminal dying on the cross next to Jesus asks for Him to remember him, Christ responds by saying He will see him in paradise (Luke 23:32–43).

My hiding place. My refuge, Amen.

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God is our refuge; He is our place of rest and security. As children of God, we have total assurance of our security because God is our Father and the promises He has made to us are eternal. God has promised to keep us from the wiles of the enemy and see us through the challenges and temptations of life. His Word, the Bible, is filled with these assurances so that we never forget about how faithful He is.

And we pray:

Dear God, I am grateful that I can find my rest in You. There is no one else and nothing else that can give me peace and protect me, the way You do, Father. Thank You for always being faithful in Your promises, Lord. I have every reason to put my trust in You and I will never forget that. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

God Speaks…

https://www.openbible.info/topics/the_plans_god_has_for_us

Here are 10 verses to help us see why seeking God must always be our first priority.

God is described in the Bible as The only God and The Creator of all things (Deuteronomy 6:4). We worship Jesus because He is first — above all rule and authority — and He alone is worthy of the No. 1 position in our lives.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

“And anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

“And God put all things under [Jesus’] feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.”

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

You will not have a breakdown but a breakthrough

Breakthroughs often follow breakdowns. All of us love breakthroughs right? We love spiritual breakthroughs when God answers a prayer or some miracle happens. We love breakthroughs, but in my experience, those are typically preceded by breakdowns.

In the Old Testament, The Lord often didn’t deliver Israel until the people were broken down. What did they need to break down? In this case, some Baals and Ashtoreths that were idols in their lives. I don’t doubt that many of them thought that they were serving the Lord and worshiping the Lord, but they had their little Baals on the side.

Listen, I think what we need to understand is that we have a loving God who is a jealous God. He is a jealous God for all of us. He doesn’t want part of us, He wants all of us. That means that sometimes we have to go through the process of God breaking us down.

 When I look back at the setbacks in my life, I think part of what God was doing was breaking me down emotionally, spiritually, and motivationally. The Lord sometimes reveals your true motivations and not all of them are right? That hurts, but here’s what I’ve learned. I’ve learned not just to endure but to embrace some of the breaking down that God does in my life. Because when God breaks me down emotionally, here is what I believe He is doing, He is expanding my emotional capacity to handle more stress!

Awesome! How exciting! You want to be used by The Lord? You want Him to expand your influence? We all want the promotion and the paycheck that comes with it, but you know what else comes with that? More stress! So we are not seeking the stress, per say, that tends to be the thing that we put up with for everything else that comes with it, but what I’m suggesting is that there are situations where God expands our emotional capacity.

Motivationally, He breaks us down and purifies our motives to make sure that what we are doing, we are doing for the glory of God. Spiritually, when I’ve faced ministry setbacks, just gut-wrenching disappointment that came with it, I’ll tell you what happened. It broke down my faith. Have you ever been there? Those moments where you think God is leading and you are sure this was it, then what?

The Lord was breaking down that faith. Why would the Lord do that? There are a lot of parallels between the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Hopefully some of you know this, when you go to the gym, in essence, you are trying to build yourself up, but how do you do it? You do it be breaking down your muscles. That’s the only way you can grow stronger. You’ve got to break them down.

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