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shows mercy. He doesn’t become angry quickly, and he has great love” -Joel 2:13 Dear, father my heart is filled with anticipation for the week ahead. I want to feel the gentle touch of Jesus. I want to understand his concern for me. I want to know that he will catch me if I stumble. I want him to soothe my aching heart, I am ready, Father. Let me experience the care of Jesus. Amen You began your life in Christ by the Spirit. Now you are trying to make it complete by your own power? That is a foolish. Galatians 3:3 “I will forgive them for the wicked thing they did, and I will not remember the sins anymore.” Jeremiah 31:34B. “The LORD did not choose you to lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! It was simply because the LORD loves you” -Deut. 7:7-8 Sometimes we doubt Jesus care for us because we confuse our desires with our needs. When our desires go unmet, despite having all we really need, we are disappointed. Disappointed with what we perceive as lapse in care. “If God really cared for me he would...” We know what God wants us to do. “This is what God commands... that we love each other.” (1 John 3:23) The key to forgiving others is to quit focusing on what they did to you and start focusing on
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us” - 1 John 4:10 The love of people often increases with the performance and decreases with mistakes. Not so much with God’s love. He loves you right where you are. Did it bother Him that nobody seemed to care about His feeling, His problems, and His seeds? No. Those things never entered in His mind. Though confronted with the sea of faces, Jesus saw every individual heart, every precious life, every eternal soul through the eyes of love. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. Psalm 91:4 “If you don’t know what to do, it’s best just to sit till he does his thing” Moses said. God’s love does not hinge on yours. The abundance of your love does no increase His. The lack of your love does not diminish His. Your goodness does not enhance His love, nor does your weakness dilute it. Water must be wet. A fire must be hot. You can’t take the wet out of water and still have water. You can’t take the heat out of fire and still have fire. In the same way, you can’t take the love out of (God)....and still have him exist. For he was....and ...is Love. Be kind and loving to each other, and forgiving each other just as God forgave you in Christ”. (Eph. 4:32) He fights for us. He steps into the ring and points us to our corner and takes over.”You
God said, “ I will never leave you; I will never forget you” -Hebrew 13:5 The love of God is born from within Him, not from what he finds in us. His love is uncaused and spontaneous. When we don’t feel the need for forgiveness, our worship becomes cold (why thank God for the grace we don’t need?) and or faith is weak (I’ll handle my mistakes myself, thank you). We are better keeping God out than we at inviting God in. If you have experienced Jesus, you know one thing is true: you just can’t turn away from Him. He saves my life from the grave and loads me with love and mercy. Psalm 103:4. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you. Always. No matter what. There is a Father who is ready to comfort me. There is a Father who will hold me until I’m better, help me until I can live with the hurt, and who won’t go to sleep when I’m afraid of waking up and seeing the dark. Ever. Give thanks to the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever. Psalm 136:1 “I’ll call nobodies and make them make some bodies; I’ll call the unloved and make
what God did to you. Jesus’ love is love in action. “When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what you need--- words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will be good to those who listen to you.” (Eph. 4:29) God is for you. Not “may be, not “has been”, not “was”, not “would be”, but “God is!” He is for you. His loyalty won’t increase if you are better nor lessen if you are worse. He is for you. You’re the one God is seeing. God is waiting Father, the caring Shepherd in search of his lamb. His listening for your answers. Apart from God, “the heart is deceitful above all things” Jer. 17:9 NIV). A gift is valuable because the giver has invested time, money, or thought into it. Realizing its prize increases our appreciation of the gift. Jesus’ gift, the gift of the crown of thorns, cost him everything. Do all things; but most important, love each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity. (Col. 3:14) God loves you. Personally. Passionately. Powerfully. Others have promised and failed. But God has promised and succeeded. He loves you with an unfailing love. And his love—if you will let it—can fill you and leave you with a love worth giving
need only to remain calm; the LORD will fight for you.” (Ex. 14:14) “Even though you are bad, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more your heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 The best is yet to be. And so I urge you, don’t give up. And so I plead, finish the journey. And so I exhort, be there. Be there when God whispers your mane. You were washed clean. You were made holy, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:11) Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 Something happens to us along the way. Rather than make a difference, we make salary. Rather than look forward, we look back. Rather than look outward, we look inward. And we don’t like what we see. My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring. 1 John 318 ROGINE is patient and kind. ROGINE is not jealous, SHE does not brag, and SHE is not proud. ROGINE is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. ROGINE does not count up wrongs that have been done. ROGINE is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. ROGINE patiently accepts all things. SHE always trusts, always hopes, and always remains strong 1 Corinthians 13:4-8A.
them -Romans 9: 25
“If we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done” -1 John 1: 9 If you’re not sure what to do, allow God to take the lead. But when the battle is bigger than you and you want God to take over, it’s all you can do. Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God anything you need, always giving thanks. Philippians 4:6 God did not save so you could WORRY. The Lord will always lead you. He will satisfy your needs in dry lands and give strengths to your bones. You will be like a garden spring that never runs dry. Is aiah 58:11 If GOD IS FOR US, who can be against us? GOD IS FOR US. “Can anything make me stop loving you?” God asks. “Watch me speak your earth, sleep on your earth, and fell your hurts. You wonder if I understand how you feel. You wonder how long my love will last. Find your answer on a splintered cross, on a craggy hill. That’s me, you see me there, your maker, your God, nail-stabbed and bleeding. Covered in spit and sinsoaked. “That’s your sin I’m feeling. That’s your death I’m dying. That’s your
resurrection I’m living. That’s how much I love you.” Knowing you didn’t do anything to earn God’s love reminds me not to live in fear of losing it either. If you did nothing to gain it, how could your performance lose it? And you will never be completely happy on earth simply because you were not made for earth. You will know moments or even days of peace. But they simply do not compare with the happiness that lies ahead. God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. Other Christians can give us good advice, but only God can help us, “It is finished”. Stop and listen a moment. Let the words wind through your heart. Imagine the cry from the cross. ”He is my defender; I will not be defeated” (Ps 62:6) I trust in your love. My heart is happy because you saved me. Psalm 13:5 The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. Psalm 23:1 God’s seed grows better if the soil of the heart is cleared. ”Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.” John 14:1 God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could become right with God. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Get along with each other and forgive each other. If someone His job is to fight. Our job is to trust. Just trust. Not direct. Or question. Or grab the steering wheel out of his hands. Our job is to pray and wait. Nothing more is necessary. Nothing more is needed Regardless of what you’ve done, it’s not too late. Regardless of how far you’ve fallen, it’s not too late. It doesn’t matter how low the mistake is, it’s not too late to dig down, pull out that mistake, and then let it go- and be free. “He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go”? (Ps. 91:11) Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Psalm 37:5 He loves you. That’s why he came. That’s why he endured the distance between us. “Love ... endures all things”. “God has planned eternity in the hearts of men” (Eccl. 3:10) I trust in your love. My heart is happy because you saved me. Psalm 13:5 No, the LORD is all I need. He takes care of me. Psalm 16:5 He cares when we feel defeated. Deflated. And discouraged. Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again. Philippians 1:6 He cancelled the dept, which listed all the rules we failed to “You are my child. I love you dearly. I’m aware that someday you’ll turn from me and walk away. But I want you to know, I’ve provided you a way back.” We are not happy here because we are not at home here. We are not happy here because we are not supposed to be happy here. We are “like foreigners and stranger in this world” (1 Peter2:11) Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 I sing to the Lord because he has takes care of me. Psalm 13:6 “You changed my sorrow into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness, and clothed me in happiness.”(Psl.30:11 God says look inside yourself and find God. Changing direction in life is not tragic. Losing passion in life is. Nothing and no one can thwart God’s promise to save us. ”He is my defender; I will not be defeated” (Ps 62:6) “Is anything to hard for the LORD? No!” (Gen. 18; 14) “You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord. Zechariah 4:6 No matter how out-of-control things appear, we are not to be afraid. He is in control. He will take care of us. No matter how many bad choices we have made in the
does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 His job is to fight. Our job is to trust. Just trust. Not direct. Or question. Or grab the steering wheel out of his hands. Our job is to pray and wait. Nothing more is necessary. Nothing more is needed. People who do what is right may have problems, but the Lord will solve them all. Psalm 34:19 If my father and mother leave me, the Lord will take me in. Psalm 27:10 Dear Lord, take me to the Cross this week. Help me see the precious gift of forgiveness with new eyes. Give me a glimpse of your fathomless love, the enormous price, and your perfect plan. Help me appreciate the cost of my forgiveness. And as I experience the forgiveness of Jesus this week, show me how to extend that some forgiveness to those around me. Amen Jesus knows you intimately. Jesus know what will delight you. He knows how to surprise you. He knows what you’ve always longed for. And hi infinite care for you, he prepares the perfect place. Jesus can’t wait to show you your new home, made with heavenly tender love and care. Happiness on earth is always temporary. We will only be satisfied when we reach heaven.
follow. He took away that record with its rules and nailed it to cross. Colossians 2:14 The mountains may disappear, and the hills may come to an end, but my love will never disappear; my promise of peace will not come to an end,” Isaiah 54:10 My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19 I will be with you always, event until the end of this age. Matthew 28:20 Jesus wore our sin and shame to the cross. He was not guilty. He had not committed a sin. And no, he did not deserve to be sentenced, Jesus willingly lifted our shame from our shoulders so he could carry the burden on his way to the Cross. Our shame is gone. Over. Finished, so why we still insist on walking around our Father’s world as if we are underdressed? If you think you can judge others, you are wrong. When you judge them, you are really judging yourself guilty, because you do the same thing. God judges those who do wrong things, and we know that his judging is right. You judge those who do wrong, but you wrong yourselves. God allows us to make our own choices. Because God gives us choices, we must realize that all choices have consequences, both good and bad. Salvation is God-given, Goddriven, God-empowered, and God-originated. But want to know the coolest thing about the One who gave up the crown of heaven for a crown of thorns? He did it for you. Just for you.
past, they are redeemed by one good choice- to follow Jesus. And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then plenty of everythingenough to give to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your care you watched over your life. Job 10:12 Jesus loves you enough to let you choose. There is more to your life than you ever thought. There is more to your story than what you have read. There is more to your songs than what you have sung. A good author saves the best for last. A great composer keeps his finest for the finish. And God, the author of life and composer of hope, has done the same for you. Only you can surrender your concerns to the father. No one else can take those away and give them to God. Only you can cast all your anxieties on the one who cares for you. What better way to start the day than by laying your cares at his feet? “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing even to give up their lives to follow me” (Matt. 16:24) What will You leave at the Cross? Don’t let you hearts be troubled. I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am” (John 14: 1,3)
Nothing will ever separate you from the love of God. “Just look what they did to me!” We defy and point to our hurts. “Just look what I did for you” he reminds and points tot he Cross.
Why? Why didn’t Jesus resist? “Because he loved us.”
There are times when God sends thunder to stir us. There are times when God sends blessings to, lure us. But then there are times when God sends nothing but silence as he honors us with the freedom to choose where we spend eternity. Dear Father, forgive me for trying to impress you with garments of my own making. You have shown me grace, and clothed me with Christ instead. I know that it is only through your grace that I have been saved. Guide my studies this week. Teach me more about You. Show me how amazing grace really is. And help me experience the grace of Jesus. Amen. God’s highest dream is not to make us rich, not to make, us successful or popular or famous. God’s dream is to make us right with him.
God is jealous; and the Lord avenges. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, for His enemies; The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. Nahum 1:2-3 We still stumble. We still do exactly what we don’t what to do. But when it comes to our position before God, we’re perfect. When he sees each of us, he sees one who has been made perfect through the one who is perfect- Jesus Christ. “I have found a way to deal with your mistakes. In our records we have found a person with a spotless past. He has volunteered to trade records with you. We will take your name and put it on His record. We will punish Him for what you did. You, who did wrong, will be made right. He, who did right will be made wrong But experiencing God’s grace becomes all the more precious to us when we realize what we have been rescued from.
He gave his creation the dignity of choice- choosing whether or not we will accept his offer of forgiveness, repent of our sin, and turn to him. The cross was heavy, the blood was real, and the price is extravagant. It would have bankrupted you or me, so he paid it for us. Call it simple. Call it a gift. But don’t call it easy. Call it what it is. Call it grace. Every gift reveals God’s love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the Cross. They came, not wrapped in paper, but in passion. Not placed around a tree, but a cross. And not covered with ribbon, but sprinkled with blood. The gifts of the Cross.
God won’t even listen to our prayers if we are harbouring a grudge against someone” (Mark 11:25)
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