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Perseverance

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted.

“I am training you in the discipline of perseverance. You are on a long uphill journey, and sometimes it seems endless to you. Looking back, you can see some times of ease and refreshment. Looking ahead, however, you see only a continuing ascent. The top of the mountain you are climbing is nowhere in sight. I know how hard it is for you to keep going day after day. So I say to you, ‘Do not become weary and discouraged in your soul.’

You live in a culture dedicated to entertainment and pleasure-seeking. In such a climate, a life of struggle feels alien. If you are not careful, you will succumb to self-pity, a sinful snare. To avoid falling into this trap, remember that I am Sovereign and I am lovingly present with you. Your ongoing struggle is not a mistake or a punishment. Try to view it, instead, as a rich opportunity: Your uphill journey keeps you aware of your neediness, so you look to Me for help. The difficulties in your life make your heavenly home more precious and real to you. Even now, as you trustingly whisper My Name, I embrace you in everlasting Love.”

“Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.” Hebrews 12:3 NKJV

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’ “ Jeremiah 31:3

  
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Anticipate impossibilities

Monday, August 18, 2014

I’ve been wrestling with something I cannot change, and God isn’t, so it’s a real struggle to live with. This devotional hit me between the eyes this morning. (And I’m glad). Perhaps it will be encouraging to you, too.

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

“Expect to encounter adversity in your life, remembering that you live in a deeply fallen world. Stop trying to find a way that circumvents difficulties. The main problem with an easy life is that it masks your need for Me. When you became a Christian, I infused My very Life into you, empowering you to live on a supernatural plane by depending on Me.

Anticipate coming face to face with impossibilities: situations totally beyond your ability to handle. This awareness of your inadequacy is not something you should try to evade. It is precisely where I want you – the best place to encounter Me in My Glory and Power. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, cry out to Me! Allow Me to fight for you. Watch Me working on your behalf, as you rest in the shadow of My Almighty Presence.”

Revelation 19:1 “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.’ “

Psalm 93:1 “The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.”

  
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FLEMIDG 8/19/2014 12:58AM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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TXGRANDMA 8/18/2014 11:41PM

    Yes, Nancy! I found this out last year, and feel much closer to Him for having gone through it! He is refining us with the fire to get the impurities out, and make us pure. Sometimes it is an ongoing process, and seems like it takes a long time! emoticon

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SUPERKARA36 8/18/2014 7:15PM

    Beautiful - Thank you for sharing.

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FROSTY99 8/18/2014 6:56PM

    Yes, we definitely do need to cast our burdens upon Him. Why we don't do it willingly is beyond me, but I would guess that we all want to maintain that control until we finally realize we actually have no control and at long last give in and give it to Him!
Thanks for the timely reminder.
God Bless
Pat

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Benefits of a heart made cheerful in the Lord

Friday, August 15, 2014

The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine. You have every reason to be cheerful, because I have overcome the world. I have conquered it and deprived it of power to harm you through My victory on the cross. Moreover, nothing you will ever encounter along your life path will be able to separate you from My Love. As you ponder these glorious truths about all I have done for you, let good cheer fill your heart and radiate from your face.

A joyful heart will improve your health – spiritually, emotionally, and physically. So fill your mind with thankful thoughts till your heart overflows with Joy. Take time to praise Me for all that I am – the One from whom all blessings flow. Let Me fill you with My Light and Life, for I designed you to be full of heavenly contents. As these divine nutrients soak into the depths of your being, they strengthen you and enhance your health. Be of good cheer!”

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

John 16:33 AMP “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”

Romans 8:39 “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  
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FLEMIDG 8/16/2014 12:40AM

    What a wonderful reminder that we can have joy even when we're going through trials. Thanks so much for sharing.

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FROSTY99 8/15/2014 8:41PM

    A cheerful heart is a boon to all. We need to remember where all things good come from and wear that joy on our face! SMILE!

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TXGRANDMA 8/15/2014 7:22PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful blog with us Nancy! It reminds us to be cheerful all the time and rest on God's salvation! At the same time we must always strive to walk closer to Him! emoticon emoticon

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EMMACORY 8/15/2014 7:01PM

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"When things go 'wrong' "

Friday, August 15, 2014

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

“I am the God of all time and all that is. Seek Me not only in the morning quietness but consistently throughout the day. Do not let unexpected problems distract you from My Presence. Instead, talk with Me about everything, and watch confidently to see what I will do.

Adversity need not interrupt your communion with Me. When things go ‘wrong,’ you tend to react as if you’re being punished. Instead of this negative response, try to view difficulties as blessings in disguise. Make Me your Refuge by pouring out your heart to Me, trusting in Me at all times.”

Psalm 55:17 “Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress and he hears my voice.”

Psalm 32:6 “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.”

Psalm 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

  
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FLEMIDG 8/16/2014 12:42AM

    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I try to stop and pray whenever things are bothering me.

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TXGRANDMA 8/15/2014 7:37PM

    Very comforting! emoticon for sharing! This is a lesson I learned last year! When nothing else could calm me, the scriptures could, and did! emoticon

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Healing Freedom in Jesus Christ

Monday, August 11, 2014

The following is taken from “Jesus Today – Experience Hope Through His Presence” by Sarah Young (who also wrote “Jesus Calling”). The devotional is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. The scriptures are from the New International Version, unless otherwise noted.

“I came into your life to make you free. The closer you live to Me, the freer you can be. By spending time alone with Me, your awareness of My abiding Presence grows deeper and stronger. There is healing in My wings – in the intimacy of nearness to Me. My healing Presence binds up wounds from your past so that they stop bleeding. The salve of My Spirit enhances the healing process. In My holy Light you can see things from a new perspective – freeing you from old, unhelpful ways of thinking. As you lay down baggage from your past, you grow increasingly free.

I make you free through the truth – about who I am and what I have done for you. I also help you face the truth about yourself and the people in your life. If you’re involved in hurtful relationships, I will help you change them or break free. If you are trapped in addictions, I will help you take the first step toward freedom – honest confession of the truth. In every situation, the truth will set you free.”

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 NKJV

“How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.” Psalm 31:19-20

“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released. “ Malachi 4:2

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 ESV

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/13/2014 10:48PM

    Thanks Nancy I am struggling with extra baggage myself. I bean myself over the head when i do something wrong or do not get A's in class. God keeps hitting me on the head in our new book for bible study about perfectionism. I have it bad there.

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FLEMIDG 8/12/2014 12:31AM

    Beautiful message. Thanks so much.

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FROSTY99 8/11/2014 8:47PM

    As always-a great message-Thanks for sharing.

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