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And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem” (Ezr_3:1,NKJV)

It was the Seventh Month, September by our reckoning, and the Israelites were still filled with the wonder of all that God had done to return them from Babylonian capitivity back to Jerusalem — charged by the king of Persia himself to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. This was truly astounding in every way.

We are told that they assembled “as one man.This singluar moment not only harnessed the great potential of a vast assembly of focused individuals, but it also unleashed a mighty revival in the city — and ultimately in the nation.

As we read Ezra’s account of what happened, three things stand out at the forefront of this historic move of God.

First, they rebuilt the altar, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians years ealier. This symbolizes “seeking first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” The Altar is where we worship. It is where we experience God’s presence, hear His voice, and find the power to do His will.

Second, they rekindled the fires of morning and evening offerings. This symbolizes prayer. They began their day, and ended it, in conversation with God. Obviously, the conversation lasted all day long. Did you know that God wants the same thing with you and me? He wants to walk with us, and talk with us as we move about the various affairs of our daily lives. He wants our lives to be ignited with the passion that comes from personal friendship with Him.

Third, they renewed their faithfulness to God’s Word. This symbolizes obedience. They had long forsaken the ways of the Lord, but now were returned to true devotion and faithful allegiance. “You shall now the Truth,” Jesus said, “and the Truth shall set you free.” We can find the freedom Jesus gives by renewing our commitment to the Word of God — seeking His face, hearing His voice, and doing His will.

This is the lesson we learn from Ezra’s revival in ancient time; and it serves as a pattern and a promise for us today. They sought His face, heard His voice, and did His will — and a revival transformed their land. And it happend in September.

What will this September hold for you and me?

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8/30/14 8:02 A

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Php 3:7-11 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Nothing in this life is permanent. We seem to think we will have good health, all we want, and shouldn't have any problems. But life carries no guarantees. So, Praise God for what he has allowed you to enjoy during your life and keep your eyes focused on eternity.


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8/25/14 7:45 A

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“Sweet hour of prayer that calls me from a world of care, and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the Tempter’s snare by thy return — sweet hour of prayer!

“Sweet hour of prayer; the joys I feel, the bliss I share with those whose hungry spirits burn with strong desire for Thy return! With such I hasten to the place where God my Savior shows His face. I gladly take my station there, and wait for thee — sweet hour of prayer.

“Sweet hour of prayer, thy wings shall my petition bear to Him, whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless; and since He bids me seek His face, believe His word, and trust His grace — I’ll cast on Him my every care, and wait for thee: sweet hour of prayer.”

The Lord calling you back! And He is even now awaiting your reply. Spend time with our father in prayer.


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8/19/14 6:56 A

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A friend is invaluable if we stumble or fall on the path of life. "Woe to him that is alone when he falleth." "Brethren," says the Apostle, "if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself lest thou also be tempted.'" Let us watch for each other's souls; if any is falling away from the truth, or into some insidious trap, let us lift him up. Let us exercise the brotherly solicitude that Barnabas did for Paul.
Without companionship material things cannot satisfy. The ties of nature, friendship, and religious communion give a zest to a poor man's life, which the miser with all his wealth forfeits. It is all-important, not only in ordinary life, but pre-eminently in the pilgrimage of the spirit, to have fellowship with some kindred soul. Friendship ought to make our spirits glow. Perhaps this was one reason why our Lord sent forth His disciples by two and two (Mar_6:7).
In temptation a true friend makes us more able to withstand the devil. It is a real help in the hour of trial to have a friend who will appropriate the words of our Lord, saying: "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not." There is no fellowship like that of Jesus, our Faithful Friend, who lifts us when we fall, chafes us when chilled with cold, and succours us against the Tempter. Does He not make the third in the threefold cord--"Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them" (Mat_18:20).


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8/16/14 7:45 A

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"And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark."-- Gen_8:1.

IT IS very helpful to ponder these words, for it gives the assurance that not only will God take care of cattle, and birds, and every living thing, as we learn from Deu_25:4; Psa_104:11-22; Jon_4:11; Mat_6:26; but that He will much more think of and care for us, His children! Like Noah and his family, you may be shut away from all human help. It may be as impossible for you, as it was for him, to extricate yourself. You may have the responsibility of providing for those in need. Your supplies may be continually decreasing before your eyes, but God remembers you amid the waste of waters, and beneath those dark cloud-covered skies. As a mother cannot forget her sucking child, so God cannot forget you.
The ark grounded on the lower slopes of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month, and the waters decreased so rapidly, that, as Noah had reaped the harvest before the Flood came, he left the ark in time to sow for the succeeding year. Dare to trust the times and seasons of your life to your Heavenly Father's care. He only waits to be trusted, and then life becomes woven into a beautiful mosaic of His loving forethought and care.
Be sure to guard against raven-like thoughts, which are restless and evil-feeding; seek to cultivate meek, gentle, pure, and dove-like thoughts that cull the olive-leaves of promise from the Word of God. Presently He who said "Come in," will say "Go forth!" Then build your altar of self-sacrifice and self-giving.

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8/9/14 10:22 A

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he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Eph 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Eph 1:8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Eph 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Eph 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


What a promise, what a privilege, what a joy!! Praise God he has chosen me!!

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8/4/14 7:10 A

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“Worry is an old man with bended head carrying a load of feathers, which he thinks is lead.” Is that you? Bowed over with a load that weighs more in your mind than it does in fact, laboring under the imagined weight of it all – not realizing that you really aren’t carrying anything at all?

“Consider the lilies of the field,” Jesus said, “they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.” And again, “Consider the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Somehow we just don’t get it. And rather than trust the Lord to carry our load, we do it ourselves and have nothing to show for it but wrinkled faces and frustrated souls.

Peter tells us that we must let Him have all our worries and cares – and here is why. “For He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” Notice two words specifically: always and everything.

The Lord is ALWAYS thinking about you, and watching EVERYTHING that concerns you. Do you seriously believe that you can do a better job than Him? Then why not let Him carry the load? Why not trust that He is really looking out for you in all things at all times?

Since He is always thinking about you, and watching everything that concerns you – you no longer need to always be thinking about yourself, and watching everything that concerns only you!

But what then shall you do with all this new found free time on your hands? Here’s a suggestion, in the words of King David the Psalmist: - Psa 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.



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7/28/14 8:57 A

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Jesus said, “He that is not with Me, is against Me.” (Mat_12:30).

William B. Travis made his mark in history when he drew his sword and placed that line in the sand of the Alamo courtyard. Those who crossed the line walked out of anonymity into renown, each one becoming part of an ongoing legend.

Never underestimate the power of a defining moment; that moment when history draws a line in the sand.

Jesus drew a line in the sand when He said, “He that is not with Me, is against Me.” He set it in cement when He added, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me.”

As one preacher said, “Christ is not one of many ways to God, nor is he the best of several ways. He is the only way.” Christ is the way unchanging; He is the truth infallible; He is the life everlasting. Jesus is the way that you might be saved. He is the truth that you might be sure. He is the life that you might be satisfied. Have you stepped across that line in the sand?

We are told in Scripture that Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death on the cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him, and gave Him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The Bible says, “There is salvation in no other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” There is only one name that opens heaven’s doors and God’s heart – the name of Jesus. There is only one name that breaks the power of sin and sets the captive free – the name of Jesus. There is only one name worthy of all praise, and deserving of your allegiance – the name of Jesus.

Far from being narrow and unfair – this is the most generous and fairest of all possible solutions. God did not leave us to ourselves to find a way back to Him – for who among us knows where God is that we could first find Him for ourselves and then chart the path for all others to follow?

God alone knows where He is. God alone knows where we are. And God alone knows what it takes for us to return to Him. The Bible says that God “longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth: That God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them to bring them together, by giving his life for all mankind.”

Have you stepped across that line in the sand? Could I invite you to do so today? Do so and you will discover for yourself what so many others have found to be true — Jesus saves.

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7/22/14 8:00 A

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THE HEBREW Psalmody became famous throughout the world. Even their fierce conquerors recognized the sublime beauty of the Hebrew temple music. By the waters of Babylon they urged them to sing one of the Songs of Zion, not knowing how impossible it was for the captives to sing the Lord's song in a strange land! For sixteen years no song had poured forth from the sacred shrine. Ahaz had shut the doors, dispersed the Levites, and allowed the holy fabric to remain unkempt, unlit, and unused. There were no sacrifices on the Altar, no sweet incense in the Holy Place, no blood on the Mercy-Seat, no Song of the Lord!
For too many Christians this, alas, is a picture of their life. The soul, intended to be a holy temple for God, shows signs of disorder and neglect. The lights are not lit, the sweet incense of prayer does not ascend, the doors of entrance to fellowship and exit to service are closed. Outwardly the ordinances of the religious life are preserved, but inwardly silence and darkness prevail, into which bat-like thoughts intrude. Thorns have come up in the court of the Holy Place, where the scorpion makes her nest. The Song of the Lord had died out of heart and life.
Why should not this miserable condition be ended to-day? Why should you not be cleansed from the traces of sin and neglect through the Blood of the Cross? Why should you not come back into fellowship with God, who waits to receive and forgive? Surrender yourself to Him now. Do not be general, but specific in your consecration. Weld yourself to some life or lives that sorely need help. Give not words only, but deeds and blood. Merge your little life in the life of Christ, as the streamlet in the wide ocean. And as you yield yourself to Christ first, and next to all who need you for His sake, you will find the Song of the Lord breaking forth again in your heart like a spring, which was formerly choked with debris.


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7/19/14 8:36 A

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"Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit."-- John15:16.

WE DID not choose Him-- we have the evil of the human heart, the film of blindness which sin casts on the sight, the deafness with which it dulls the ear. For to have missed Jesus, to pass Him by, is as though the pearl-hunter were unable to recognize the pearl of greatest price.

"But I chose you." He chose us probably because we were useless and helpless, and He wanted to show what supreme miracles His grace could achieve. The prophet says that the branches of the vine are more useless than any others (Eze_16:1-5). The principle of God's choice is to take what all others reject--the fire-brand plucked from the burning, the feebly-smoking tow, the bruised reed; the younger sons, the halt and lame, the last and least; the things that are foolish, despised, and weak--these are God's choice, that He may bring to nought things that are, that no flesh may glory in His presence.

There was no error in the foreknowledge which preceded our election. God knew all that we were, all that we should be. He foresaw our down-sittings, our hours of depression, our obstinacy, our wanderings into the far country, but He swerved not. He chose us and considers us precious!

Honor God today, give him the glory he deserves.

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7/18/14 6:38 A

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“Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Php_3:13)

Scripture encourages us to remember all the way that the Lord has brought us thus far, for in each memory is a meaningful look into the way He works, and the great love He bears for each one of us as He carries us through Life’s many, many episodes.

The battle is never easy, but the victory is always sweet!

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7/12/14 6:30 A

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Think about your own storied journey. As you look back over the years and reflect upon all the places you have been, all the things you have seen and done, along with all that you have experienced — good and bad alike — don’t you find your heart rallying to this singular line? “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”

In every season of life, through all the changes that occur over the years from one experience to the next, one decade to the next; one generation to the next — “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”

In each circumstance throughout a single day — “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”

He is our Temple, the center of our worship. He is our Home, the seat of our security. He is our Lair, the site of our rest and repose. He is our School, the stock of our wisdom and knowledge. He is our Retreat, the source of our rejuvination.

He is our Market Place, the success of our labors. He is our High Court, the supply of our peace and righteousness. He is our Heaven, the satisfaction of our eternal longings.

Rightly did the Psalmist say, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever” (Psa_73:25-26).

This is the Place where your live — and I pray you live well!


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7/10/14 6:44 A

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The love of Christ does not constrain all Christian people, because they do not understand the profound significance of the Cross; but when the soul once appreciates that, and passes through the gate of death into the life of God, then it begins to feel the constraining love of Christ.

The pivot of our life must be the Risen Christ: "We no longer live unto ourselves, but unto Him who rose again." We sometimes hear people described as eccentric---out of the centre. A man is ex-centric to the world when he is concentric with Christ. It is thus that we become a new creation. When by faith we are united to Jesus Christ in His Cross and Grave, the transition is made. We pass over into the Easter life. He has reconciled us unto Himself, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation--therefore we are ambassadors. We have to proclaim forgiveness to the sinful, the loosening of their chains to those who sit in prison-houses, and the near approach of salvation to all (Isa_52:7-10).


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7/7/14 6:33 A

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So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” (Exo_4:2)

One thing that stands out about the early followers of Jesus is that they were ordinary men, doing ordinary things – but seeing extraordinary results. One of the most compelling examples of this was when a young boy gave his small lunch to Jesus. What happened next is a miracle still talked about to this day — a multitude was fed with two small fish, and five loaves of bread.

There are five great lessons we learn from this one amazing miracle.

First, never underestimate the Lord’s ability to meet a need. The place was a desert, and the time was late; the people were many, and the need was great. But Jesus not only met the need; He did it with abundance! And He can meet whatever need you are faced with today.

Second, never count yourself out when the Lord starts to work. A man seeing the news about disease, hunger, poverty, and sorrow in the world, turned to his wife and said, “Sometimes I just want to ask God why doesn’t He do something about all of this!” “What’s stopping you from asking Him?” his wife replied. “Because,” the man said, “I’m afraid He will ask me the same question!”

Jesus gave the loaves to the disciples, and they gave it to the people. In other words – the miracle happened in their hands, while they were passing the food out to the people. There is a miracle in your hands, too!

Third, never assume that what you have is too insignificant to matter. A boy with a sack lunch containing five loaves and two small fish – that’s all it took. One disciple asked, “But what is this among so many?” It is tragic how many count themselves out simply because they feel they do not measure up to the moment.

Fourth, never think that He will fail to meet your needs while using you to bless others. The Bible says that they did all eat, and were full. As for the disciples, they collected the fragments and filled twelve baskets – one for each of them. Your service to Him will never go unnoticed, nor unanswered.

Finally, never hold on to what the Lord is asking from you. What if the boy had kept his lunch for himself? Well, he would’ve had lunch – and that’s all. But, giving it to the Lord Jesus took that young man into history. And now, Jesus is asking you, “What do you have? Bring it to Me.”

History awaits your response.



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7/5/14 8:29 A

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A tale of a farmer who had a lust for more and more land. Finally he heard of cheap land among the Bashkirs. He sold all he had, made a long journey to their territory, and arranged a deal with them. For one thousand rubles he could buy all the land he could walk around in one day.

The next morning he set out and walked far in one direction and then turned left. He made many detours to include extra areas of good soil. By the time he made his last turn, he realized he had gone too far. He ran as fast as possible to get back to the starting point before sunset. Faster and faster he ran and finally staggered and fell across the starting point just as the sun set. He lay there dead. They buried him in a small hole, all the land he needed.

More times than not when you want something so bad that you cannot stand not having it — once you do get it, you find that it is not really what you wanted after all. In fact, rather than being a blessing to you — it often becomes a curse.

Guard you heart from lusting for more and more — for you just might become swallowed up by the very thing you are chasing.

“Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” (Pro_27:20)



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Jesus told His disciples, “Do not work for the food that spoils, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give you” (Joh_6:27). So that none would doubt what He meant, the Lord said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Mat_4:4).

As the body would die without food and water, so the soul shall perish without the Word of God. This being true we may be assured of the fact that Satan will do whatever he can to keep us from the Word of God. This, then, is the food fight of faith!
’t expect a frontal assault from the enemy. He’s far to clever for that. He knows that you love and treasure the Word of God, and that you would not stand for any attack against it. Instead, he sabotages your time and distracts your attention. He preoccupies you with skirmishes on other battle fronts, or he lulls you into complacency with prolonged cease fire. All the while he is feverishly working at cutting you off from communication and supplies. If he succeeds he will win the war!

Isaiah asked, “Why spend money on what is not bread? And your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen to Me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight itself in the richest of fare” (Isa_55:2). Job’s confession should be our own: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread”(Job_23:12).

My friends — fill yourselves up with the Word of God! And the devil won’t stand a chance against you in the food fight of faith!


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"Fear not. I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold,! am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."-- Rev_1:18.

IT WAS not possible, said St. Peter, that our Lord should be holden of death (Act_2:24). It behooved Christ to suffer; but all the bitter waters of suffering could not quench his love. He was the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. Therefore, every man, even those who pierced Him, is included in His great love.
Christ died, not only to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, but to rob death of its terrors, and deprive it of its sting. In death our Lord Jesus destroyed both the Devil and his power; the prince of this world has been judged, and cast out of the seat of power (Heb_2:14-15; Joh_12:31; Joh_16:11).
Let us not be afraid of the mystery of death. Christ has shown us that it is the gateway into another life. There is the same spirit, but a different environment. It is a condition of existence in which the same voices are heard, the same human fellowship persists. During the forty days in which Jesus tarried on our earth after His Resurrection, He solved many of the problems of life after death, and illuminated its mystery. To die is to be with Him, and to be welcomed into the great company of loving spirits (2Pe_1:11).
Let us not fear the loneliness of death. The soul passing through the dark valley becomes aware of Another by its side---"Thou art with me.'" Death cannot separate us, even for a moment, from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus died alone; He felt forsaken; but none of us need pass through that terrible experience; for He has said: "I will come again, and receive you unto Myself."
We need not fear what comes after death. The curse and penalty of sin have been put away for ever. "Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again." That which others call death, we dread no more than sleep. Our bodies lie down exhausted with our long working-day, to awake in the fresh energy of the Eternal Morning, while our spirit is presented before the Presence of His Glory, faultless, and with exceeding joy (Jud_1:24).


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“There is salvation in no other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Act_4:12).

There is only one name that opens heaven’s doors and God’s heart—the name of Jesus. There is only one name that breaks the power of sin and sets the captive free—the name of Jesus. There is only one name worthy of all praise, and deserving of your allegiance—the name of Jesus.


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"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is. dead also."-- Jam_2:26.


"Faith without works is dead." It is good to test ourselves. We must see to it that our heart is pure and our way absolutely transparent. In our dealings with those around us, we must always seek to realize our highest conceptions of love and duty. Even when our efforts of goodwill and affection are not reciprocated, we must never lower the high standard of our action, but always keep before us the conception of our Saviour's life in the Home at Nazareth. Be merciless to yourself, but always merciful to others, always bearing the burdens of those around you, always moderating your pace to the weak and weary, as Greatheart did for the pilgrims. Even Rahab was justified by a faith which wrought itself out in beautiful and unselfish action (Jam_2:25; Heb_11:31). Remember our Lord's words in Mat_7:20-21.


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from esword

THE BASIS OF PEACE
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."-- Rom_5:1.
"Having made peace through the blood of His Cross."-- Col_1:20.

THE BASIS of redemption and peace was laid on Calvary, when our Lord died for the sins of the world. In Lev_17:11, we learn that "the life, or soul, of the flesh is in the blood' (R.V. marg.); from which we infer that the forth-flowing of the blood of Christ was the forth-pouring of His soul as a sacrifice for sin.
It may be asked: Granted that the blood of Christ represents His soul which was poured out for sinful men, how did this marvellous act of self-sacrifice constitute a basis for peace? The full answer to that question is impossible in our present limited knowledge. It is one of the secret things which belong to the Lord our God, hidden from us now, to be revealed when we are full-grown.
But never suppose that the shedding of Christ's blood was necessary to make God love us, to appease His wrath or wring from His unwilling hand an edict of redemption. "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.'" The Father does not love us because Jesus died, but He went to the Cross because of God's love for us who chose us to be joint-heirs with His Son.
But there is one condition to be fulfilled. The access into Peace is open only to those who believe. We are justified by faith; we have peace through believing. The Apostle says that "through our Lord Jesus Christ we have now received the Atonement" (Col_1:11). The redemption is accomplished; we have but to receive it. The atonement of peace is made, it is only for us to take it. "For as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord." As we receive eternal life, and the Holy Spirit with open and thankful hearts, relying on the Divine assurance by faith, we enter into the great inheritance of Peace, and the gifts of God in Grace and Nature become our own.


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a portion of a devotional from esword:

"Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed nothing shall be impossible unto you."-- Mat_17:20.


Let us not despise the day of small things. Faith may be as a grain of mustard seed, but as it is used it will grow. Your effort to do good may seem so insignificant that it would be hardly missed, if it were discontinued, and yet out of it may emanate some mighty work which will bring help and comfort to thousands. How many orphanages, schools, and philanthropic efforts have owed their origin to the most infinitesimal beginnings. One destitute child cared and ministered to for Christ's sake has led to another, until finally thousands of little ones have received a good start in life. What could be more insignificant than the beginnings of the Gospel message in many a heathen country. Do not be discouraged. Like Gideon, you may be only a cake of barley bread, but by faith you may overturn the tents of Midian. Like the little lad, you may only be able to place five tiny loaves and two small fish in the hands of Jesus, but He will bless them and make them sufficient to feed the multitude. A stone may bring Goliath to the dust; an arrow may pierce through the armour of the mailed warrior. Have faith in God; Reckon on God's faithfulness to you!


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From esword devotional

1Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Sooner or later the last word will be spoken. All debate will cease, and arguments will come to an end. Somebody somehow in someway will be able to sum it all up and put everything and everyone in their place. That somebody is Jesus.

Until then we are surrounded by a hurricane of opinions, ideas, suggestions, postulations, pontifications, exaggerations, exclamations, theories, concepts, notions, imaginations, vanities, snippets, and a host of other verbal squalls that wreck lives and strew debris across the landscape.

The wind blows faster and faster, the swirl moves more and more quickly — gathering speed and force. The vortex of the man-made Blow Cloud sucks virtually everything and everyone into it spin. Soon it will reach such velocity that one will hardly be able to put a clear thought on the table for discussion.

BOOM! That’s when a trumpet blast will call the whole thing to a screeching halt and we will find ourselves dizzy with nonsense as we stand before the Lord. He will look us over, and His gaze will humble us one and all.

And then He will speak — and what He says goes. He will have the final word on everything and everyone. It would be a good idea to become friends with Him now, don’t you think?


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sorry to hear about your loss. May you feel the presence of the Comforter today.

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My husband's father passed away last Thursday. This devotional was on esword and it seemed perfect for what we have been going through

devotional from esword: "O my God, my soul is cast down within me."-- Psa_42:6.

THE LAMENT of the soul, its cause!

Many have been brought to this condition--Jacob said "all these things are against me"; Job complained that God had refused to listen to his prayer, and had fenced up his way; Elijah prayed that he might die; John the Baptist had his doubts; even our Lord Himself cried: "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

It may arise from physical weakness. Our nature is like a finely-attuned harp, and may easily become tangled and discordant. When we are in good health, and the zest of living is strong within us, the soul sings songs without words, and the heart suns itself in the consciously-realized love of God; but when the lamp of life burns low--the joy of the Lord, the sense of His Love are apt to decline.

It may arise from temperament. Some seem born in the dark, and carry through life a predisposition to melancholy. Their nature is set to a minor key. They gaze on the lowering clouds, rather than on the patches of blue. Thomas had such a temperament, yet our Lord called him to be an apostle! Rightness of heart generally shows itself in gladness of heart; but there are those who mourn in Zion, and are more prone to tears than smiles! The valley of shadow is part of the highway to the Holy City; and the souls that are called to tread it may yet find the valley of Baca to be a place of springs.

Now as to the cure. Make much of your standing in Christ! Our feelings are as fickle as April sunshine. But our standing in Jesus is unalterable. John Bunyan used to say that he had two sorts of money. That which was deposited in the bank, and that which he had in his pocket. The former was, on the whole, permanent, while the other was always changing. Thus he said it was between him and the Saviour. His feelings, like the loose coins in his pocket, were always changing, but his capital was lodged safely in the strong keeping of Christ.

Cease introspection and live in the progress of Christ through the world. He is ever going forth to new conquests, and we must not stand as loiterers, feeling our pulse. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Canst thou not take thy place in His ever victorious army! Miss Feeblemind, and Mr. Ready-to-halt, in the care of Great-heart, will go over the River singing!




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devotional from esword:

"Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee! Jesus answered, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake, and the Gospel's but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time and in the world to come eternal life."-- Mar_10:28-30.


THE PRINCIPLES of this world, and those of our Lord are widely different. The world is set on grasping all it can accumulation, self aggrandisement, the piling up of fortunes, the gradual or speedy climb up the ladder of fame, the gathering of hosts of friends. Looking after "number one" is the readiest way of expressing this principle of life! But it is unsatisfactory and disappointing. The soul which is the centre of its own circumference is doomed to realize that there are more forfeits than prizes, more bitterness than success, more dark hours than bright ones.
On the other side, Christ's principle of life is to give, to trust, to bless! His measure must be always pressed down and running over. The cloak must follow the coat; the second mile must be gladly thrown in with the first. To be willing to surrender all for the sake of others, is the ordinary claim of the King on those who own Him as their Lord.
In every age there have been thousands who have gladly accepted this as their rule of life. Peter and the rest of the Apostles were the leaders of a host which no man can number, who have left all to follow Jesus. He had nowhere to lay His head, and they have been homeless, wandering in the world, with no settled abiding-place; He was poor and they have gone amongst their fellows, saying: "Silver and gold have we none, but such as we have we give." But how great has been their reward. Before we can understand what Christ is willing to do for us, there must be not only a taking-hold, but a letting-go. We must step out from the boat, and withdraw our hand from it. It is even good, like St. Paul, to need all things, since by faith we come to possess all. Read the wonderful series of paradoxes to which he gives utterance in 2 Cor. 4.
The Lord promises eternal life as the crown of all. When we kneel at the Cross, and see Jesus as our own Saviour, we have eternal life, but we cannot realise all it implies until this mortality is swallowed up of life.


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1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1Pe 2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


Jesus doesn’t merely clean us up, dust us off, and patch up a few dings here and there — He performs a total overhaul. His grace transformation of our lives is not cosmetic — it’s cosmic!


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just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6-7

No matter what comes in our lives, if you are in Christ continue to live for Him! We have a firm foundation from God and continue to be strengthened by Him. Which of course we should be praising God for His love, grace, and provision and everything else!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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Psalm 25:4-5 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.


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Psa 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psa 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Amen and amen.

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1Pe 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

There must be reverence in our prayer. There should be the constant remembrance that in prayer we stand in the presence of our great Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe. Angels veil their faces and cry "Holy!" The Father of Jesus awaits us. He ascended to His Father and our Father. We pray to One who loves us in His Beloved Son with an everlasting love.


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Psa 7:17 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.

Praise God that he is a righteous judge and his mercy is great.

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Jer 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
Jer 8:6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repenteth him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turneth to his course, as a horse that rusheth headlong in the battle.

We have all backslid. It is easy to get caught up in the things of the world, watching tv, doing activities, all kinds of things pull us from our fellowship with the Lord. But we don't want to hold fast to the deceit!
Repent of spending so little time in God's word, praising him for his precious gifts. Ask God to show you if you have been off course and have sinned. Return to following God in all areas of our lives.

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Psalm 91- Moses wrote it on the night of the first Passover, as he and all those who had marked their doors with the blood of a lamb were kept safe while the Destroying Angel passed over the land of Egypt executing the final blow in the series of awful plagues that were unleashed against Pharaoh’s rebellious pride.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust.
Psa 91:3 For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence.
Psa 91:4 He will cover thee with his pinions, And under his wings shalt thou take refuge: His truth is a shield and a buckler.
Psa 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night, Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Psa 91:6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.
Psa 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold, And see the reward of the wicked.
Psa 91:9 For thou, O Jehovah, art my refuge! Thou hast made the Most High thy habitation;
Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, Neither shall any plague come nigh thy tent.
Psa 91:11 For he will give his angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways.
Psa 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Psa 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: The young lion and the serpent shalt thou trample under foot.
Psa 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Psa 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honor him.
Psa 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, And show him my salvation.

The God of Heaven still holds in His arsenal such devastating weapons as He used in the plagues against Egypt, at what point does He decide to unfurl His banner of War against those Nations today that flaunt their arrogance in His face?

We know that a Day is coming upon this beleaguered Planet when Heaven and Hell collide in catastrophic battle – and those who are marked by God will be preserved, as in the first Passover.

Jesus is our redeemer and protector. He has paid the price for our sins. He alone was worthy to lay down his life for us. Our redemption is in him. May you and I be counted in that number! Prayerfully God has called you to be one of his own.

Follow Moses’ example — “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’


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Psa 3:1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
Jehovah, how are mine adversaries increased! Many are they that rise up against me.
Psa 3:2 Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
Psa 3:3 But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield about me; My glory and the lifter up of my head.
Psa 3:4 I cry unto Jehovah with my voice, And he answereth me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psa 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; For Jehovah sustaineth me.
Psa 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people That have set themselves against me round about.
Psa 3:7 Arise, O Jehovah; save me, O my God: For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked.
Psa 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah: Thy blessing be upon thy people. Selah.

When all seems lost or undone, God is still with us. When we fail in life or are victorious, God is with us. Who else can we lean upon, who else gives us the words of life? We need to give God any burden and trust that he will lead us through.
Praise God for his abundant love.

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partially from esword:

"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."-- Rom_10:9.

SALVATION IS a great word! and it is ours in three tenses:
The Past Tense. We were saved at the moment when we first trusted Christ. "Being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Rom_5:9).
The Present Tense. "We are being saved by His life" (Rom_5:10).
The Future Tense. We are being kept by the power of God unto a salvation which waits to be revealed in the last time (1 Pet. 1.).

Salvation is a great word. It includes the forgiveness that remembers our sin no more; deliverance from the curse and penalty of our evil ways; emancipation from the thrall of evil habit; the growing conformity of the soul to the image of Christ, and the final resurrection of the body in spiritual beauty and energy, to be for ever the companion and vehicle of the redeemed spirit.

Praise God for his great gift!


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1Co 2:9 But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"—
1Co 2:10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
1Co 2:11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
1Co 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Lean on the Holy Spirit's guidance as you read God's word. He will reveal to us the things we need to understand, a gift of true understanding.

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“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm119:105).

God’s Word floods our hearts with light – the revelation of His love for us. As we walk in the light of His Word, our lives bring glory to God. And every day we can experience more and more of His love all along our path as we take each step in the light of what He says.

Read God's word and be illuminated

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From an esword devotional:

Some people trust in the Lord to help them save themselves. ”Lord, help me out here,” such a person prays. “I can do it, but I need a little push.” They trust the Lord, but not completely. They still keep other options open.

We’ve all heard the old saying, “God helps those who help themselves.” While the sentiments behind this whimsical adage are admirable, the saying itself is quite untrue.

Yes, it is true that a person shouldn’t sit around aimlessly all day just expecting God to do this or that for them, while they themselves do nothing. But the adage errs significantly by failing to realize that God in fact does not help those who help themselves; rather, He helps the helpless.

He is the Defender of the defenseless; He rescues the perishing, saves those who are falling, and lifts ups those who have been struck down. He is a Father to the orphan, a Friend to sinners, and the Champion of those who are weak. Indeed, Paul summed it up — “when we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom_5:6).

The problem with “helping yourself” and asking God for a little assistance is that you’re the one still calling the shots — keeping all your options open. Few things are more insulting to God than for a man to come before Him while holding onto other options…just in case the “God thing” doesn’t work out.


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Rom 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
Rom 11:34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"
Rom 11:35 "Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?"
Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Giving Glory to God for his love, compassion, and mercy!!

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“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15

Continue in the word; keep an honest and good heart into which you may hear His word and treasure it; and then bring forth fruit with patience all the days of your life.


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From esword's devotional

The great C. S. Lewis said, “A sudden provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man. It shows what an ill-tempered man I am.” James tells us in his letter that “under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.” Maybe this is why the Lord provides so many wonderful opportunities for us to be squeezed.

The origin of the phrase “true colors” comes from naval parlance back in the days when pirates sailed the high seas. Vessels would always fly on their topmast the flag of their country of origin. But pirates were notorious for hoisting the flags of different nations so as to gain an advantage against unsuspecting vessels. However, under no circumstance would any honorable Captain ever fly false colors. Thus, the phrase “true colors” indicates authenticity in both motive and manner.

The Lord wants to make us truly authentic men and women, but to get us there He has to squeeze out the other stuff – and He will do so with unrelenting pressure until there is nothing left to ooze.

So, you been feeling squeezed lately?



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"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust."-- Psa_91:2.

How can we trust any other than God? In Him alone we put our trust.

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“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Mat_5:16)

Let our praise be evident, let our walk be straight, let our hearts be pure, and then let us glorify our God before men!

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“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be a light about me.” (Psa_139:11).

Sadness shall not stay, for the night will even be light if we are in God's hands.

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“In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (Joh_1:4)

Jesus is the Light of the World. He came into this world as a light shining in darkness, and brought us the one true revelation of God; showing us the love of the Father, and changing our world forever. But, He means for us to take this personally.

John says, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (Joh_1:4). One translation puts it this way, “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.” This means even you and me!



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I agree with both you and your art teacher.



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Heard the best devotion in my art class last night. The instructor used a paint brush and talked about learning how to use it appropriately. He used the idea that when we listen to God we can use our gifts to be a blessing, but when we try to do things our own way we loose the ability to produce. He used the scriptures referring to 'whatever you do, do it to His glory' and encouraged each of us to develope not only skills but passion in our lives. I was moved by his enthusiasm and his personal testimony. I would like to think that my skills leave a positive impression on everyone who shares.
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“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” (Isa_60:1)

God has called us to action, not to drift through life without purpose. We must not be content, but aim to know the will of God, his will. If we are true to the leading of the Holy Spirit we shall be led to go out, to proclaim, and to do the Lord's will.

Forget the past! Your failures and sins and past successes. Leave them with God! Work out your salvation knowing that God is able and willing to make the necessary grace abound toward you.

“Arise!” “Shine!” a faith to believe and take hold of what we may not be able to actually see or feel – “Your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!”

These words that dare us to a life of action born of a courageous faith.






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amen! sometimes my 'leaning radar' gets turned around





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Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:25-26 KJV

Who measures the heavens, or counts the hairs of my head, God is all in all. Lean on Him and do his will today. He will be our strength.

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2 Timothy 1:6-8
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6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Each day is a remembrance of what God has done for us. Because of his love and salvation we have power and must proclaim his gospel to others so that they too might experience the power of God.

Proclaim God to others today.

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Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:9-10 KJV

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For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 KJV

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Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 KJV



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We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 2 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV

Love for others begins with loving God first . Doesn't hurt to love yourself a little too :)

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My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:2-3 KJV

It can be very trying to work our way through the temptations around us. Be patient, God is working in you, perfecting you, loving you through it all. Praise God through those times of temptation, giving him the glory that he is faithful to see you through it. Exchange the lust for the temptation to the desire for godliness.

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What a promise we are given that we do not need to fall but can find the strength to continue to move forward. Yeah we do not have to be the same we can be changed.

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There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

We all struggle with being tempted. But we don't have to fall into it. We have our Lord helping us through. Turn to God when things get rough.

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Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 KJV

The world around us may fall apart, people will be crass and rude, but through it all rejoice in the Lord for He is good. Through his mercy he allows our salvation. We serve HIM not the world, so our work is valuable.

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21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

We are imperfect in our sin, but God gives us HIS perfection so we can be righteous! What a blessing, what a wonder!

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I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? Psalm 118:5-6 KJV

There is nothing that will keep me from the love of God.

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Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. Amos 5:14-15 KJV

Watch your focus; keep it on God's daily provision, love, and mercy!

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Romans 8:3-6

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Let's begin this year with our minds on Christ and the things of God. Become more spiritually minded and realize that our flesh is weak. Walk circumspectly, looking for God and walking in his ways. Draw strength from God's word. This is your year of victory.

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And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. Luke 1:46-47, 49 ESV

Praising God for the Great things he is DOING!

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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Luke 1:26-28 ESV

At an appointed time. Not too soon or too late, God works. It is the same today. God has a perfect plan for our lives. Trust him to get you through the rough patches and lean on him through the good times too.

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10, ESV)


Bought to be his. We owe our lives and our eternal souls to serving our Lord.

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Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV

Thanking God through all things

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And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 ESV

Thanking God for all. For what appears bad to me is for his good, so I praise His name!!

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Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 ESV

Rooted in Christ, through all of our journey. Thanking and praising our Lord for His leading and direction.

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Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 ESV

Keeping my thoughts on my Lord and Savior, delighting in His word. His word is the true bread that we all need.

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Thank you, I am on a rocky path right now with my daughter, but I continue to trust God through it all.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18

Praying for strength and the ability to see God's hand in all.

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I am back. Took too long a break. Love The Lord for always being there for me .He quiets my spirit. And shows me the way to go. My creative nature wants to jump ahead and leaves me with a lot of unfinished projects and of course leaves me overwhelmed. I turned my day over to Him and I will ask Him the way to go at each turn. God bless you, I was so glad to see you are still here.

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God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. Job 37:5-6 ESV

Praising God for his voice and his words

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Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9 ESV


We are always facing trials and tribulations. Stand firm in your faith and trust God!

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I wrote a blog I thought u might enjoy reading. Its called 3rd time is a charm. PS the background on my spark page is a painting I did on the names of JESUS.

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It is a beautiful verse, God provides the leading and we need to follow. Thank you for sharing.

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Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! Psalm 143:10 ESV I love this version of this verse. I read this version of the bible quite a bit in e-sword but until this verse I had forgotten about it!



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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV

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For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:20-21 ESV

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Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 ESV

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV

You are loved and you all are friends!

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God. Psalm 40:17

Lord, help me to lose everything for your sake and so discover all that I have and am in you.

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So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2 ESV

Love your brothers and sisters in Christ and strive to be like minded. Our goal is Christ and all the other fluff means nothing.... so don't stress the small stuff!

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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4 ESV

There is no contingency. Rejoice through it all!

Praising God for all the good, even when it doesn't look so good from my vantage point!

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Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! Psalm 143:10 ESV

I pray that I am following God's will for my life, that I will be led to level ground

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This is the best garden I have ever had. I can only attribute it to prayer. Since we have been struggling with critters getting in and eating their fill... all I can do is pray. And God is answering with ripe produce. I am so very thankful.

"Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us." 1John 3:1


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I wish I was better at gardening! I love all the fresh fruits and veggies!!

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"When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you."
Psalm 128:2

It is time for harvesting... and putting up some for later.
What a beautiful bounty the Lord has provided.

God Bless you in the changing of the seasons.

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