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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Joy in Serving

 

Mark 9:35

Joy in Serving

Living life with enthusiasm includes raising your children. Don’t get up and say,

“Humph ! My friends are out doing something fun and exciting. All I’m doing is taking care of kids.” A parent’s work is one of the most important jobs in the whole world. But you may not have somebody patting you on the back or cheering you on. Your day may not be filled with extraordinary events. There are diapers to change, children to feed, housework that needs to be done; routine, mundane chores that start over the moment you complete them.

 

But in the midst of the ordinary, you can choose to have an extraordinary attitude toward your work. The Scripture tells us to do everything we do with our whole hearts, “to never lag in zeal.”

 

12/23

2 Thessalonians 3:7-8

Set an Example

When you get to work today, don’t give your employer a halfhearted effort. Don’t dawdle on the phone, wasting your employer’s time and money. If you are digging a ditch, don’t spend half the day leaning on your shovel; do your work with excellence and enthusiasm!

 

“Well, someone says, they don’t pay me enough, anyway. I shouldn’t have to work very hard.” You won’t be blessed with that kind of attitude. God wants you to give it everything you’ve got. Be enthusiastic. Set an example. Do your work with such excellence that others will be impressed with your God merely by observing your positive work ethic. Be so full of joy that other people will want what you have.

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year.


STRONG PERSON

A strong person knows how to keep their life in order. Even with tears in their eyes, they still manage to say "I'm ok" with a smile. Send this to a strong person. I just did. God is good. Change is coming. God saw your sadness and said hard times are over. If you believe in Him, send this to ten people including me. Watch what happens in thirty minutes! Be honest and send this to anyone who made you smile this year.
J
It may surprise you how many you get back. Thanks for making me smile.


Live, Laugh, Love

Monday, December 20, 2010

Staying Inspired

 

Ephesians 5:18-19

Staying Inspired

It’s not always easy to stay excited and inspired. Perhaps at one time you were deeply in love, full of passion, but now your marriage has become stale and stagnant. Or, maybe you were excited about your job, but it’s become dull and boring. Maybe at one time you were excited about serving God. You couldn’t wait to get to church. You loved reading   your Bible, praying, and spending time with fellow believers. But lately you’ve been thinking, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t have any passion. I’m going through the motions.

 

The truth is, much of life is routine, and we can become stagnant if we’re not careful to stay filled with the Holy Spirit. He alone can renew our spirit daily.

 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Re: Jeremiah29:11

Dear God:

this is my friend, whom I love and this is my prayer for her
Help her live her life
to the fullest.

Please promote her
and cause her to excel
above her expectations.

Help her to shine
in the darkest places
where it is impossible
to love.

Protect her at all times,
lift her up when she needs
you the most,

and

let her know when
she walks with you,

She will always
be safe.

Love you Girl!


Now you're on the clock . . .

In 9 minutes something
will make you happy. ;-)

But you have to tell
nine sisters you love them.
Get going girl!!
Do not ask the Lord to
guide your footsteps.
if you are not willing
to move your feet.

Live Inspired!

Jeremiah 20:9

Live Inspired!

Let’s not be na├»ve. The pressures, tensions, and stress of modern life constantly threaten to take a toll on our enthusiasm for living. You probably know some people who have lost their passion. They’ve lost their zest for life. Once they were excited about the future, but they’ve lost their fire. I especially see this happening when people get accustomed to God’s goodness; living by grace becomes routine.

 

The word enthusiasm derives from two Greek words: en theos, meaning “inspired by God.” Living your best life now is living with enthusiasm and being excited about the life God has given you. It is believing for more good things in the days ahead, but it is also living in the moment and enjoying it to the hilt! Start today.

 

 

12/18

Romans 5:5

Never Take God for Granted

One of the main reasons we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we start to take for granted what God has done for us. Don’t allow your relationship with Him to become stale or your appreciation for His goodness to become common. Don’t take for granted the greatest gift of all that God has given you – Himself!

 

We need to stir ourselves up, to replenish our supply of God’s good gifts on a daily basis. Like the Israeli people in the wilderness who had to gather God’s miraculous provisions of manna afresh each morning, we, too, cannot get by on yesterday’s supply.  We need fresh enthusiasm each day. Our lives need to be inspired, infused, and filled afresh with God’s goodness every day. Stay filled with hope today.

 

12/19

 Romans 12:11

Be the Happiest

God’s people should be the happiest people on earth! So happy, in fact, that other people notice. Why? Because we not only have a fabulous future, but we can enjoy life today! That’s what living your best life now is all about.

 

Don’t just go through the motions in life. Make a decision that you are not going to live another day without the joy of the Lord in your life; without love, peace, and passion; without being excited about your life. And understand that you don’t have to have something extraordinary happening in your life to be excited. You may have the perfect job or the perfect marriage or live in the perfect environment, but you can still choose to live each day aglow with God’s presence.

 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Clear Conscience

Acts 24:16

A Clear Conscience

You may not think it makes any difference when you don’t pay your bills on time or if you treat your friends one way and your spouse another. But if you don’t learn to pass those tests, God will not promote you. Remember, our lives are an open book before God. He looks at our hearts. He looks at our motives. God sees every time you go the extra mile to do what’s right. He also sees the times that you compromise and take the easy way out.

 

Learn to listen to your conscience. God put that inside you so you would have an inner rule by which to know right from wrong. When you start to compromise, you hear that alarm go off in your conscience. Don’t ignore it. Do what you know in your heart is the right thing.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RE: FAITH...

 Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.

“Always dream and seek for something new this will help you keep going with a smile in your face”

 

  

 

 

 

“Look back and thank God.
Look forward and trust God.
Look around and serve God.
Look within and find God!"

 

 

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Integrity and Prosperity

 

Genesis 36:33

Integrity and Prosperity

We need to live honestly before our God and before other people. I heard somebody put it this way: “Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable reading about in the newspaper the next day.” It’s not always easy. Are we paying our debts? Are we being aboveboard in our business decisions?  Are we treating other people with respect and honor?

 

Integrity and prosperity are flip sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other. God may be reminding you about something such as paying a bill that you’ve swept under the rug. Maybe it’s about getting to work on time consistently: maybe you know you should be more truthful with your wife. Start making things right. Step up to a higher level of integrity in those areas.

 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thank you GOD

 If I could sit on the porch with God, the first thing I would do is thank him for you..... 

 

 

 

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You're...
My friend,
My companion,
Through good times and bad,
My friend,
My buddy,
Through happy and sad,
Beside me you stand,
Beside me you walk,
You're there to listen,
You're there to talk,
With happiness,
With smiles,
With pain and tears,
I know you'll be there, throughout the years!

You are all good friends to me and I am grateful to you.

Send this to all your good friends online to show them

You are friends..


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7 people - you are SOOOO loved!!!
Remember, no man or woman is a failure who has a friend!

If I could sit on the porch with God, the first thing I would do is thank him for you.....
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Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle...
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Be Honest

Proverbs 23:23

Be Honest

Why fuss about “White Lies”? If you will lie about the little things, before long you’ll lie about bigger things. The people in large companies that have come tumbling down because of financial misdeeds didn’t start off by stealing millions of dollars. They started off compromising a hundred dollars here, a thousand dollars there. Then, when the opportunity came, they compromised millions.

 

Don’t kid yourself. If you will compromise in something small, eventually you will compromise in more serious matters. Compromise is a downhill slide. Theft is theft, whether it’s one dollar or a thousand dollars. Taking home your company’s office supplies is dishonesty. Not giving your company a full day’s work is not integrity. Stretching the truth in order to get a new account is deceit. God won’t bless any of that.

 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

God's Way

Proverbs 16:9

God’s Way

In the late 1990’s, two former college basketball players missed their connecting flight to Kenya. Nine irritating hours later, the only seats remaining in the next available flight were in first class, so the two big men were seated at the front of the plane. Midway through that flight, the plane took a nosedive and plummeted toward the ground at full throttle. At the sound of commotion, a flight attendant opened the cockpit door, and there was a huge deranged man who had overwhelmed the pilots. The two basketball players jumped up and wrestled the attacker to the ground and subdued him. Without their assistance, the plane would have crashed within seconds, having already fallen from thirty thousand feet to less than four thousand feet.

 

God delayed those two young men on purpose and put them strategically where they could help save that entire plane. If he redirects our steps, He has a reason. 

God's Guidance Works

Isaiah 58:11

God’s Guidance Works

Sometimes God will put you in an uncomfortable situation so you can help somebody else. You may be living with a spouse or a child who is difficult to get along with. Or perhaps you work in an office that is filled with favoritism or politics. God knows what He’s doing. He can see the big picture. He can see the future. And He has you exactly where He wants you today.

 

Quit questioning Him and start trusting Him. Just know that God is in control. He has your best interests at heart. Trust Him today to direct your steps and to cause you to be right where you need to be at just the right time.

 

Colossians 3:23-24

 

Colossians 3:23-24

Be a Person of Excellence

Many people want to do as little as they possibly can and still get by. But God did not create us to be mediocre. He doesn’t want us to just barely get by, or to do what everybody else is doing. God has called us to be people of excellence and integrity. Indeed, the only way to be truly happy is to live with excellence and integrity. Any hint of compromise will taint our greatest victories or our grandest achievements.

 

Remember: you represent Almighty God. How you live, how you conduct your business and do your work is all a reflection on our God. If you want to live your best life now, start aiming for excellence in everything you do.

 

 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Trust God Anyway

 

Proverbs 20:24

Trust God Anyway

Isn’t it interesting that we believe God is guiding us as long as we are getting what we want and we’re “living on the mountaintop,” relatively unscathed by the warp and woof of life in the valley below? But we need to understand that the Lord is directing our steps even when it seems things are not going our way. You may be in a stressful situation this morning. You may be thinking, This doesn’t seem right. God, I don’t understand it.

 

You are never going to understand everything you go through in life or why certain things come against you. You simply must learn to trust God anyway. You must learn to keep a good attitude in the midst of the chaos and confusion, knowing that God is still in control.

 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Joy Is Your Strength

12/1

Proverbs 17:22

Joy Is Your Strength

You need to understand that the enemy is not really after your dreams, your health, or your finances. He’s not primarily after your family. He’s after your joy. The Bible says that “the joy of the Lord is your strength”, and your enemy knows if he can deceive you into living down in the dumps and depressed, you are not going to have the necessary strength – physically, emotionally, or spiritually to withstand his attacks.

 

When you rejoice in the midst of your difficulties, you’re giving the enemy a black eye. He doesn’t know what to do with people who keep giving the enemy a black eye. He doesn’t know what to do with people who keep giving God praise despite their circumstances. Learn how to smile and laugh. Quit being so uptight and stressed out. Make your choice to enjoy your life to the fullest today.

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stay Full of Joy

 

11/30

Proverbs 15:13, 15

Stay Full of Joy

The apostle Paul wrote many of his letters while incarcerated, often in prison cells not much bigger than a small bathroom. Some historians and Bible commentators believe that the raw sewage system of that day ran right through one of the dungeons in which he was imprisoned. Yet Paul wrote such amazing faith filled words as, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. And “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”

 

Notice that we are to rejoice and be happy at all times. In your difficulties, when things aren’t going your way, make a decision to stay full of joy.

Monday, November 29, 2010

RE: Untimely Death

 

Untimely Death


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ID YOU KNOW 
THESE FACTS?
 








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TILL NOW 













Death 
is certain but the Bible speaks

about untimely death!













Make a 
personal reflection about this.......
 













Very 
interesting, read until

the end......









It is 
written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):


















'Be not 
deceived; God is not mocked:
 









for 
whatsoever a man sow,
  









that shall 
he also reap..
 

















Here are some 
men and women
 









who mocked 
God 
:













John Lennon 

(Singer):
 













Some 
years before, during his interview

with an American Magazine, 
he said:
  












'Christianity 
will end, it will disappear.
 









I do 
not have to argue about
 









that... 
I am certain.
 













Jesus 
was ok, but his subjects were too simple,

today we are more 
famous than Him' (1966).
 













Lennon, after 
saying that the Beatles were more

famous than Jesus Christ, 
was shot six times.
 

















Tancredo 
Neves
 

(President of Brazil): 









During 
the Presidential campaign, he said if he got

500,000 votes 
from his party, not even God would

remove him from 
Presidency.
 













Sure he got 
the votes, but he got sick a

day before

being made President, 
then he died.
 













Cazuza 

(Bi-sexual Brazilian 
composer, singer and poet):
 









During 
A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ),














while 
smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some

smoke into the air 
and said: 'God, that's for you.'
 













He died at 
the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER

in a horrible manner.













The man who 
built the Titanic
 













After 
the construction of Titanic, a

reporter asked

him how safe the 
Titanic would be.
 













With 
an ironic tone he said:
  









'Not 
even God can sink it'
 













The 
result:
  I think you all know

what happened to the Titanic  

















Marilyn Monroe 
 

(Actress)
  













She 
was visited by Billy Graham during a

presentation of a 
show.
 









He 
said the Spirit of God had sent him

to preach to her. 









After 
hearing what the Preacher had to say,

she said:









'I 

don't need your Jesus'.  













A week later, 
she was found dead in

her apartment 













Bon Scott 

(Singer)
 









The 
ex-vocalist of the AC/DC..

On one of

his 1979 songs he 
sang:









'Don't 
stop me; I'm going down all the way,

down the highway to 
hell'.
 













On the 19th 
of February 1980, Bon Scott was

found dead,

he had been choked 
by his own vomit.
  













Campinas
 (IN 2005)









In 
Campinas , Brazil a group of friends, drunk,

went to pick up a 
friend.....
 









The 
mother accompanied her to the car and

was so worried about the 
drunkenness of her friends and she said to

the daughter 
holding her hand, who was already

seated in the car:













'My 
Daughter, Go With God And

May He Protect You.'









She 
responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels In The

Trunk, Cause 
Inside Here.....It's Already Full '
 













Hours later, 
news came by that they had been

involved in a fatal accident, 
everyone had died,
 









the car could 
not be recognized what type of car

it had been, but 
surprisingly, the trunk was intact.
  













The police 
said there was no way the trunk

could have remained intact. To 
their surprise, inside the trunk was a

crate of eggs, none was 
broken
 









Christine Hewitt 

(Jamaican Journalist

and 
entertainer) 

said the 
Bible (Word of God) was the

worst book ever written.













In June 2006 
she was found burnt beyond

recognition

in her motor 
vehicle.
 










Many more 
important people have forgotten

that there is no other name 
that was given so much authority

as the name of Jesus..













Many have 
died, but only Jesus died and

rose again,

and he is still 
alive.
 













'Jesus'
 













PS: 

If it was a 
joke, you would have sent it to everyone. 

So are you going to 
have courage to send this?.
 









I have done my 
part, Jesus said
  









'If you are 
embarrassed about me,
 









I will also 
be embarrassed about you

before my father.' 









You 
are my 8 in 8 seconds.

I am not breaking this. No way! 









I'M 
TOLD THIS WORKS!!!!!

 Bishop T.D. Jakes '8 Second Prayer.' Just 
repeat this prayer and see how God moves!!










'Lord, 
I love you and I need you, come into

my heart,

and bless me, 
my family, my home, and my friends,

in Jesus' name. 
Amen.'
 









Pass this message to 8 people

{EXCEPT YOU AND ME}....

You will 
receive a miracle tomorrow.

I Hope that you don't ignore and 

let God 
bless you
 .

 

 

 



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Monday, November 22, 2010

You Can Do It

 

1 Corinthians 10:13

You Can Do It

Certainly there are times in all our lives when bad things happen, or things don’t turn out as we had hoped. We can choose to be unhappy and go around with a sour attitude or to be happy in spite of our circumstances.

 

“I can’t do that”, you may say. “I get upset easily.” No – you can do whatever you want to do. God said He would never let us go through something that is too difficult for us to handle. And if your desire is great enough, you can stay calm and cool no matter what comes against you in life.

 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Positive attitudes


"If you say you can, then you can. If you say you can't, then your right."
~Willie O'Ree


Happiness Is Your Choice

 

Psalm 118:24

Happiness Is Your Choice

It is a simple yet profound truth: happiness is a choice. You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect in your family or with your business. You don’t have to forgo happiness until you lose weight, break an unhealthy habit, or accomplish all your goals. Happiness is your choice.

 

You might as well choose to be happy and enjoy your life! When you do that, not only will you feel better, but your faith will cause God to show up and work wonders. To do so, you must learn to live in today, one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment. It’s good to set goals and make plans, but if you’re always living in the future, you’re never really enjoying the present in the way God wants us to.

 

11/20

John 14:27

Grace for Today

We need to understand that God gives us the grace to live today. He has not yet given us tomorrow’s grace, and we should not worry about it. Learn to live one day at a time. By an act of your will, choose to start enjoying your life right now. Learn to enjoy your family, friends, health, and work; enjoy everything in your life. Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel. God gives us His peace on the inside but it’s up to us to tap into God’s supernatural peace.

 

To enjoy your best life now is to choose to be happy this morning. Life is too short not to enjoy every single day.

 

11/21

Colossians 3:15

Let Peace Rule

We all have difficulties, struggles, and challenges, but if we make the mistake of allowing those circumstances to dictate our happiness, we risk missing out on God’s abundant life. It was never His intention for us to live one day “on cloud nine,” and the next day down in the dumps because we have problems. God wants us to live consistently and enjoy every single day of our lives.

 

Another negative comes when we focus so much on the future that we get anxious because we don’t know what’s coming. Naturally, the uncertainty increases our stress level and creates a sense of insecurity. When we get to tomorrow, God will give us what we need. But if we’re worried about tomorrow right now, we are bound to be frustrated and discouraged.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

GOD BLESS YOU TWICE

J

Prepare the Way

11/18

Psalm 37:4

Prepare the Way

Some people will tell you that it doesn’t make any difference whether you give or not, or that it doesn’t do any good. But don’t listen to those lies. God is keeping those records.

 

If you want to live your best life now, don’t hoard what God has given you. Learn to sow it in faith. Put some action behind your prayers. Do something out of the ordinary as an expression of your faith. If you are believing for a promotion at work, don’t just say, “God, I’m counting you You.” Certainly, you should pray, but do more than pray. Go out and feed the poor, or do something to get some seed in the ground that God can bless. Remember, when you give, you are preparing the way for God to meet your needs today and in the future.

RE: Stress

Stress 


 


A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked
'How heavy is this glass of water?'


Answers
called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,

'And that's the way it is with stress management.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,

As the burden becomes increasingly heavy,


We won't be able to carry on. '


'As with the glass of water,

You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.

When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.
!

Don't carry it home.


You can pick it up tomorrow.


Whatever burdens you're carrying now,

Let them down for a moment if you can.'

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.

Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:


* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
And some days you're the statue.


* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.


* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
Recalled by their maker.


* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.


* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
It was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won't have a leg to stand on.


* Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.


* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* When everything's coming your way,
You're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world,
But you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull.

Some have weird names, and all are different colours, but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
 
Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today...


 


I did


 

"We touch the lives of others in ways we often never know. People sometimes come into our personal world for fleeting moments and can leave us forever changed. We have more power to create or to destroy than we can imagine. We can leave things or individuals better or worse than we found them."
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Generosity Is Repaid

11/15

Ecclesiastes 11:1-2

Generosity Is Repaid

God is keeping a record of every good deed you’ve ever done. You may think it went unnoticed, but God saw it. And in your time of need, He will make sure that somebody is there to help you. Your generous gifts will come back to you. God has seen every smile you’ve ever given to a hurting person. He’s observed every time you went out of the way to lend a helping hand. God has witnessed when you have given sacrificially. God has promised that your generous gifts will come back to you. In your time of need, because of your generosity, God will move heaven and earth to make sure you are taken care of.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Giving Gets God's Attention

 

11/12

Psalm 107:9

No More Sitting Around

Some people say,”I’ve got a lot of problems of my own. I don’t care about sowing seeds. I want to know how I can get out of my mess.” This is how you can get out of your mess. If you want God to solve your problems, help solve somebody else’s problem.

 

For instance, if you are lacking in friends, don’t sit at home alone month after month, feeling sorry for yourself. Go to the nursing home or the hospital and find somebody you can cheer up. If you’ll start sowing seeds of friendship, God will bring somebody great into your life. When you make other people happy, God will make sure that your life is filled with joy. Be more seed-oriented than need –oriented. Think about what kind of seed you can sow to get yourself out of that need.

 

11/13

Acts 2:44-45

In a Time of Need

I remember when my father launched our church’s first building program. We didn’t have much money, but there was a little Spanish church down the street that had plans to construct a new sanctuary too. One Sunday morning my dad announced that we were going to take up a special offering, not for our new building, but for the Spanish church. Several thousand dollars came in that morning, which went straight down the road. The truth is, we needed the money more than they did, but my father understood the importance of getting some seed in the ground. Amazingly, it wasn’t long before we had all the money we needed to get to work on our building project. We’ve lived by that principle ever since, and God has always met our needs.

 

11/14

2 Corinthians 9:8

Giving Gets God’s Attention

In the Bible, a roman named Cornelius and his family became the first recorded Gentile household to experience salvation after the resurrection of Jesus. Why was Cornelius chosen for this honor? Cornelius was told in a vision: “Your prayers and charities have not gone unnoticed by God!” Don’t let anybody convince you that it doesn’t make any difference whether you give. I’m not suggesting that you can buy miracles or that you have to pay God to meet your needs. But I am saying that God sees your gifts and acts of kindness. It please God when you give and He will pour out His favor on you.

 

Anxious for Nothing



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Anxious for Nothing

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”
(Philippians 4:6, NASB)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

So many people today are living uptight, worried and anxious about the future, filled with frustration and concern. In the natural there may be good reason, but understand, living that way is not God’s best. God doesn’t want us to be filled with anxiety and frustration; He wants us to live in peace. You can find rest in Him knowing that no matter what is happening around you, God Almighty has His hand on you.

The next time you’re tempted to worry or be anxious about something, remember this verse. God invites us to come to Him. In fact, the Bible says He rewards those who diligently seek Him. But notice, we can’t just come to Him any old way. He wants us to come to Him with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Begin by simply saying, “Father in heaven, thank You for the privilege to come before You. Thank You for hearing my prayers.” As you come to Him with an open and humble heart, He will hear you and fill you with His peace and joy to live free from anxiety all the days of your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, today I choose to be anxious for nothing. I choose to set aside my worries and concerns. I thank You for Your faithfulness to meet every need in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

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