Know God = Have Strength & Courage

Know God = Have Strength & Courage

Pursuing a deep, profound knowledge of God and His nature will impart courage and strength to your soul.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Josh 1:9)

. . . the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.  (Dan 11:32b, emphasis added)

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  (Mt 11:12)

. . . strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”  (Ac 14:22)

The better you know God, which is a consequence of studying the Bible and spending time in the presence of the Lord, the greater courage, strength, and boldness you’ll have to serve Him. 

  • You’ll have boldness to be His ambassador on the earth, enforcing the will of God on earth as it is in Heaven. (Mt 6:10) 
  • You’ll have courage and authority to step out in faith and heal the sick, preach the Word, and to testify of God’s love for all mankind. (Deut 31:6; Ps 27:1; 56:3-4; Isa 41:10, 13; Mt 10:1; Mk 6:7; 10:8; Lk 9:1-2; 10:19)
  • Lastly, you’ll have the strength and perseverance needed to pass through tribulations, and to enter the kingdom of God. (Ac 14:22; Col 1:11; Phil 4:13; Ro 15:5)

Deepen your relationship with the Lord so that you KNOW Him deeply; and become bold, strong, and courageous today!

Who Do You Want To Be?

Who Do You Want To Be?

Today’s topic is a consideration of what type of person each one of us wants to be.  How do we get T-H-E-R-E from where we are now?  The Lord Jesus is committed to each and every one of His children.  If we cooperate with Him, we will never be put to shame.

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  (Mt 7:12 NKJV)  – This is the golden rule:  Do unto others what you want them to do to you.  If this rule guides your thoughts and actions, the results will be pleasing.  Allow this to motivate you to extend mercy and forgiveness to others.

For “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”  (Acts 17:28 ESV)  – Remember, we are made in the image of God; we are His children.  We live and do everything in Christ.  God bestows His unconditional love and abundant blessings upon His children.  Remember WHOSE you are!  It will do wonders for your self-image, and for how you conduct yourself. 

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  (Rom 5:3-5 NKJV)  – God’s love has been poured out upon each one of us.  All of life’s circumstances are designed to improve our character and to conform us to the image of Christ.  (See Romans 8:29)  Allow your circumstances to soften your hard edges, and to nurture a merciful and loving quality within you.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  (1 Cor 3:16 ESV)  – Each one of us is truly God’s temple, and His Spirit dwells within each one of us.  Glory to God!  Be aware of God’s presence constantly, and allow the knowledge that He is with you to transform all of your decisions and actions.  It will bless you and cause you to bless others.

. . . but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—  (Eph 4:15 NKJV)  – God wants us to grow up (mature) into the image of Christ.  One way of doing that is to walk in love and to do everything with a loving heart and attitude.

Grow up and BE the person you truly want to be.  How do you want your spouse, your children, and your friends to remember you?  Once you’ve come to a decision on that, take some time to strategize how to aim your life and your behavior in that direction.  Allow the Scriptures and the Lord to guide you.  God is committed to transforming each one of us, and will give us the grace that we need.  Oh joy!

Open Up Before God

Open Up Before God

Open up before God, keep nothing back; He’ll do whatever needs to be done:  He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.  (Ps 37:5-6 MSG)

Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you.  He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.  (Ps 37:5-6 NLT)

These are two versions of the same Bible verse.  They’re both encouraging and uplifting, and accurately describe the fact that God loves us ALWAYS and He fights on our behalf.  He will uncover anything that is hidden if it means exonerating one of His children.  Have a great day meditating on these truths!

God is in a Good Mood

God is in a Good Mood

 

Here’s a great idea:  God is in a good mood!  Yes, He is.  Here are some concepts to mull over.

And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything—enough to give to every good work.1  Because God IS good and because He loves you, not only is He able to give you more blessings than you need but He is eager and WILLING to do so! 2

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever.3  God’s love for us continues forever—it’s nonstop!  And His goodness towards each one of His children is nonstop.  That’s another way to say that He’s in a good mood.  He views each one of us as the person that He has created us to be, fulfilling His call upon our lives and bringing glory to the Kingdom of God.  How could He not be in a good mood when He thinks of us with perfect love4 so therefore His expectations for us are good?

QuotationGod describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood.
~ Sourcehttp://bssm.net/about/corevalues

God is good and His nature influences everything about Him. His own goodness and love for His creation keeps Him in a “good mood,” which is a human concept, of course.  It’s a wonderful way to think of God, though; because thanks to Jesus, we are able to communicate with and approach the Lord always, for any reason.6 Hurray!

  1. 2 Cor 9:8
  2. Mat 8:3; Mk 1:41; Lk 5:13; Jer 29:11; Ps 35:27; 37:4; Mal 3:10; Php 4:19; Mt 6:33; Eph 1:3
  3. Ps 136:1
  4. 1 Cor 13:4-8
  5. Ps 103:8-14; Num 14:18; Zep 3:17; Gal 5:22-23; Mat 7:11; Ex 34:5-7
  6. Heb 4:16; 2 Cor 5:18; 20; Eph 3:12

Words of Jesus

Words of Jesus

But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.  (Matthew 12:28 NKJV)

Jesus cast out demons by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He also was enabled by the Spirit to heal.1  The same Holy Spirit enables us to do the same works as Jesus did, and even greater works! 2

Are you prepared to be a witness for the Kingdom of God who operates not just in human words but in power? 3  How can a natural human being perform miracles?  We must use the spiritual discernment4  that is available to us because we have the mind of Christ.5

This type of living requires faith6—and faith operates by love.7 We, ourselves, must be aware of how much God loves us.  Once that we’ve inundated ourselves not only with a knowledge of His love, but experiences in receiving His love, we are then ready to share that same powerful love with others.  And our faith for the supernatural will operate out of love.  Glory to God!

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1 Mat 12:15-21

2 Joh 14:12-14

3 1 Cor 2:4

4 1 Cor 2:14

5 1 Cor 2:16

6 Rom 10:17

7 Gal 5:6

Do Everything With Love

Do Everything With Love

Let all that you do be done with love.  (1 Cor 16:14 NKJV – emphasis added)

For the Love of Christ compels [constrains, leaves no option] us, because we judge thus:  that if One died for all, then all died.  (2 Cor 5:14 NKJV – emphasis & definition added)

Love is one of the major themes throughout the Bible.  Love is what binds us together as Christians.  We’re instructed to love one another1 and the source of our love is God.2 Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection.

Human beings, overall, tend to experience love on a conditional basis.  Some spouses won’t speak to one another after an argument.  Certain friends will stop seeing each other after an argument, and might even speak badly about each other.  Some parents even have raised their children in a way that makes them feel unloved or rejected if they’re naughty or disobedient. This is NOT the model of love that God has given to us.

Our Heavenly Father has extended His love to us completely and unconditionally.  He invites everyone – yes everyone – to the banqueting table of salvation.3 There are no restrictions upon this invitation because God loves humankind so much, and He yearns to have a vital relationship with every individual. The Father offered love to us through the sacrifice of His own Son as the Savior of the world. He literally gave sacrificially to prove His love to each and every human being.  Whether we accept His love and His gift of salvation is entirely a matter of our own choice.

The Scriptures tell us that we are accepted in the Beloved.4  Some of the blessings that we enjoy because we are accepted are that we are: 

  1. recognized as children of God;
  2. received as a sister or brother in Christ;
  3. admitted into God’s family; and
  4. welcomed always with LOVE.

Because we are loved by God, we have the grace to love others even as we are loved.5  God’s love enables us to forgive.6 His love gives us the wherewithal to extend mercy and understanding to others, not returning evil for evil, but on the contrary—blessing them.7 As we learn to live this way, we become a living example of the love of God; and we demonstrate that His love has been perfected in us.8  Then we can truly confess that the love of Christ compels us to act as we do and leaves us no option!9   Faith operates by love.

Faith operates by love.10  When you do everything with love, you can only win.  Glory to God!

1 John 15:12                                                             2 1 John 4:8

3 John 3:16                                                                4 Ephesians 1:6

5 John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17                                     6 1 Peter 4:8

7 1 Peter 3:8                                                              8 1 John 4:12

9 2 Corinthians 5:14                                             10 Galatians 5:6