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investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance,
you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I
start the first sentence. I look behind
me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your
reassuring presence, coming and going. This
is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in! Psalm
you go out the door or even eat that bowl of cereal, remember, God is with you
everywhere, all the time. He knows you
and He knows what your thinking, doing, saying and even wanting. Relax in His care. Rely on His help. Rejoice in His presence. We can resent His voice when He volunteers to
show us the right way to go and live, and love.
When we get that desire to do our own thing and hide from God, remember
that we can’t. We can’t because He can’t
stop loving us and so He will NEVER leave us or forsake us. Rejoice that you are loved and looked
after. Not everyone feels that way and
it takes them down other dark paths. The
truth is that they are never alone, they just don’t feel like it. Today and every day, God is with you. It’s one of the greatest things you and I can
know. Rejoice in this truth and don’t resent
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have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or
hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light,
and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those
who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy
both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one
of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of
your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than
many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge
before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also
will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew
Remember that making the most of this day begins with the Maker of this day & understanding that you & I are most important to Him. We don’t live in fear when we live in His love. He is mindful of us and He even knows the number of hairs on our head. God loves His creation. Knowing God’s will for us begins with knowing God’s love for us. So many people wander around wanting to know God’s will for their lives or what their purpose in life is and they can’t find it because they can’t believe that there is a Maker/Creator who chose them and loves them. When we don’t believe that God loves us, we end up blaming God for this world’s difficulties, disasters, and death. Knowing God’s will for us begins with knowing God’s want (love) for us. When we begin to settle down in His love for us, we will begin to see His life for us. When will we know that we have settled down in His love? When we keep talking and acknowledging His love for us with everyone we meet.
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them Deuteronomy 28:13-14
Remember that, today, the Lord has chosen you to win over your enemies. We have an enemy, but God has made a way for all believers to rule and reign over that enemy. It’s all contained in God’s word. When you and I live in agreement with God’s word, we win. Trust in God’s word, think God’s word, talk God’s word and travel through this life in agreement with God’s word. God has made you and me to be the head and not the tail. God has chosen for us to live in His blessing, but that blessing must be received through faith. God won’t push His gifts on us. And sometimes our greatest enemy is ourselves when we begin to second guess God and turn to our right or our left. That doesn’t work. I know that we all struggle to stay on the course, our own thinking gets in the way. You see, God created us with the ability to think about down the road, around the corner, and about the future. We can figure things out. God created every one of us with the ability to rule & reign in this life. That ability to think is what enables us to hear, see and think about God’s way and then to agree with God word for life. Think well today!
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if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all
his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high
above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you
and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you
be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the
fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle,
the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your
basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and
blessed shall you be when you go out.
As we saw yesterday, God has created us to rule & reign in this life. The secret to success is in obeying the voice of the Lord. God’s word comes with blessing because God’s word brings with it love, life, light, liberty & luxury. God told the Hebrews that He would set them up high above the nations and blessing them richly if they would simply obey His word. That some blessing is for us today if we will listen and live in His word. God says I will bless you when you come in and when you go out. God wants to reveal Himself, His love, life, light, liberty and luxury to us and through us who believe and obey Him. God has chosen to bless you and me today. That’s what heaven looks like and that’s what God wants to do in and through us today. Risk it all for Him!
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Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness, let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over
every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So, God created man in His own
image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply fill the
earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of
the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
If we’re going to live this life to the full, we must think about what God wants. There seem to be a lot of people who wander around wondering what God’s will is. God has revealed His will. He has revealed what He wants through His word and His work. It’s not a real mystery. God has given us His word through the Bible, and He has shown us His word in Jesus. But we must want to live in what God wants. He wants to reign in this life and over this world through you & me. We were made in His image for this instant. We were created to live in His purpose, prosperity & power with His passion over all His creation. God has made us for this day. Let’s let His will rule in all our relationships, responsibilities and responses. He is here, by His Holy Spirit, to help us along the way. Don’t forget, we can do this because He made us for this.
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I have not been disobedient to the heavenly
These are Paul’s word to King Agrippa as he gives a defense for the life he has lived. There’s something we need to realize. There are various visions of life. Some come from here (this world) but one comes from heaven. You’ve been given a divine vision from heaven and it’s a destiny that involves a decision. This heavenly vision and life require a decision of dedication to Christ. That’s first. Facing chains, Paul features Christ in his defense. Jesus is the reason because Jesus is the source of his love, his life, and his light. When Jesus is at the center of our lives there is not a need for any other explanations or excuses. But this heavenly life is not merely a religious disposition, it is a real destiny for those who have decided to follow Jesus. If we make Jesus the center of our lives, there will be no need for any other conversations to clear our name. But, this destiny will require a decision to dedicate this day and this life to Him.
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II Peter 1:5-11
also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to
virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to
perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly
kindness love. 8For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither
barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For he who
lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that
he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more
diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you
will never stumble; 11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
for the stars today, God is with you.
Being born-again was just the first step into this brand new love and life
that Jesus brings us. Anybody can stay in
bed, live where they are and even give up.
The Bible says that God has richly, abundantly supplied an entrance into
the Kingdom of Jesus. But we have to
live out what we believe in. God can do
anything without us but chooses to do everything with us. Let your faith develop your values and those heavenly
values will help you know how to live so that you can live it as you hold on for
what God has for you rather than settling for what man has for you. This perseverance creates a personal likeness
to Jesus and when you and I start looking like Jesus people will experience the
brotherly kindness and love of Jesus from us.
It just happens. Remember,
miracles begin in me! If you want to see
a miracle, be a miracle and reach for the stars with your Savior.
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2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has granted to us all
things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who
called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his
precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers
of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world
because of sinful desire.
about what this means. We woke up this
morning with God’s power to live from and God’s promises to live for and it
comes through a precise knowledge, understanding, revelation of who we’re living
with, God himself. God made us for this
day and His divine power (His divine presence, not just some impersonal power)
lives within those of us who believe in Him.
He has plans for “glory” today, where we will live in His beauty and
excellence with a splendid reputation.
God is building something beautiful from something broken through those
who believe. Don’t give up or give
in. Think about what this means, “His
divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Think about living with Him, not just for
Him, and in the meantime He will help us escape the corruption that’s killing
so many. God is good.
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II Timothy 4:6-8
For I am already being poured out as a drink
offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that
Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Here’s something to think about today. When we live our lives with purpose, there are bigger things to think about than danger and death. Living on purpose with promise will find us in the possession of the hand of God. And God is faithful, He will fulfill all His promises to us so why live another minute in fear? This day is a part of God’s plans and He will fit us into those plans as we trust in Him and His word. And there’s just something special about being able to say at the end of the day or at the end of a life, “I have kept the faith!” As we put those individual days together, we allow the Holy Spirit to orchestrate a life well-lived. I’ve seen people die and I’ve witnessed that a life well lived is that can step into eternity with no regrets, no remorse. You and I will never regret or be ashamed of fighting the good fight of faith. We can, God is with us.
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II Timothy 2:15-16
diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle
babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness
God has given me His word for this day. To keep my life on track I’m going to have to keep my words in line. By His word, He created this world and by His words, we will create our world today. We don’t need to be ashamed of speaking God’s word from our mouths; His word is truth and it is life. Where do you find a worker who is approved? You’ll find that person by what he or she says. No more of this idle babbling, just making noise, to sound important or to be included. We have the word of God and that word will create our destiny. Rather than speaking fear and foolishness, let’s speak faith that produces hope and reveals love.