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Better Days Ahead!

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Some of you are always talking about your past; your past achievements; your past successes; your past relationship and marriages. Meaning that nothing really grand is happening to you now or in the future. When you look at your future you do so with the eyes of fear and worry, thinking that you have lived your best years and achieved your best successes in the past.

Folks if this is the case with you, cheer up and never worry because an old Italian proverb says, “Do not worry. When God shuts a door, He opens a window.” Your past isn’t your best. The relationship you just lost isn’t going to be your last nor isn’t going to be your fondest.

Stop looking back in regret of your mistakes and inaction…yes you made the mistakes but there still opportunities ahead for you in the future. In my own life I have done so many mistakes too that I thought my life would never move ahead. I have also experienced good times too, but I know that I have more years ahead of me filled with great opportunities for me to take – same also with you. Continue reading Better Days Ahead!

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4 things The Bible Can Show You About Your Friends

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Every successful individual I have known, both living and dead, always point out “the right information” and “association” as among factors that are responsible for their success.  Friends the person you will become in future will be determined by the amount of information you have (via books, audio, and video) and the people you associate with. Unfortunately many of us don’t pay attention to the company we keep. Some of you in the name of being social, simple, and loving, roll with virtually any kind of person. Little wonder your lives are going in directions you can’t even understand. 

Everything God created, He created after their kind, that’s why you find that Sheep roll together; Goats move with Goats; Lions walk among Lions; Wolfs keep their company among Wolfs. Why then are you, who is aspiring for greatness be moving with people heading for mediocrity? Friends of course the Bible says we should love all men and be at peace with all men, it also points out clearly the power of association:

“A righteous man is cautious about friendship…” – Proverbs 12:26 – Friends if you have aspirations, dreams and goals of becoming someone great in life, you need to be cautious about the kind of people you keep as friends. Continue reading 4 things The Bible Can Show You About Your Friends

A Message Of Hope

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My child, I have a message for you today. Let me whisper it in your ear so any storm clouds that may arise will shine with glory, and the rough places you may have to walk will be made smooth. It is only four words, but let them sink into your inner being, and use them as a pillow to rest your weary head.“This is my doing.”

Have you ever realized that whatever concerns you concerns Me too? “For whoever touches you touches the apple of [my] eye”(Zech.2:8).“You are precious and honored in my sight” (Isa. 43:4).Therefore it is My special delight to teach you.

I want you to learn when temptations attack you, and the enemy comes in “like a pent-up flood” (Isa.59:19),that “this is my doing” and that your weakness needs My strength, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, never ask your opinion, and always push you aside? “This is my doing.” I am the God of circumstances. You did not come to this place by accident—you are exactly where I meant for you to be.

Have you not asked Me to make you humble? Then see that I have placed you in the perfect school where this lesson is taught. Your circumstances and the people around you are only being used to accomplish My will. Continue reading A Message Of Hope

35 Inspirational Quotes from The Psalms

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I find the book of Psalms, to be one of the most inspirational, motivational, uplifting, encouraging, and comforting books of the Bible. Here are 35 inspirational quotes from the psalms. I pray that you are blessed by them:

1. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. –Psalms 37:4

2. The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. –Psalms 4:18

3. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. –Psalms 34:18

4. He fills your lifetime with good; your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.-Psalm 103:5

5. The Eyes of all look hopefully to you, and you give them their food in due season; You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. –Psalm 145:15-16

6. A lamp unto my feet is your Word, a light to my path.-Psalm 119:105

7. From the earth’s end I call you as my heart grows faint. You will set me high upon a rock : you will give me rest, for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy. –Psalm 61:3-4

8. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. –Psalm 23:6

9. I was hard pressed and was falling, but the Lord helped me. My strength and courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior. –Psalm 118:13-14

10. May the Lord give strength to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace! –Psalm 29:11

11. Therefore, LORD, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation. –Psalm 12:7

12. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. –Psalm 4:8

13. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands. –Psalm 90:17

14. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. –Psalm 37:23

15. I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. –Psalm 132:15 Continue reading 35 Inspirational Quotes from The Psalms

“Think On These Things”

“ Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. – PHILIPPIANS 4:8

St. Paul understood the power of right thinking, and he knew that whatever thoughts we held constantly in our minds will influence our whole character and reshape our lives. “Thoughts are forces and by them we create ourselves and our conditions.”

“Think on these things”. He didn’t mean we should just pass them over lightly, but to dwell upon them, contemplate them, hold them in our hearts until they permeates our lives, and become a part of our lives.

Unfortunately, a lot of us do the opposite of this advice. We dwell upon negative, demoralizing things. We harbour hatred, discord, worry, jealousy etc. Folks, dwelling upon negative things produces negative results, and circumstances. What you think about is what you talk about. The Bible says; “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” Never allow yourself to think meanly, narrowly, poorly, of yourself. Never regard yourself as weak, inefficient, diseased, but as perfect, complete and whole. Never even think of the possibility of going through life a failure or a partial failure. Why? Because the things you think about; you talk about; and the more you talk about some things, the bigger they get. Would you rather go about making your challenges bigger?

“Think on these things”… “The things we dwell upon, contemplate, think about habitually, concentrate the mind upon, determine the quality of our lives.”

Practice this verse. Think about the right things. If something does not meet all these qualifications—true, honest, just, pure, lovely, etc.— don’t think about it and don’t talk about it.

16 Bible Verses That Prove God Is Willing To Provide For You

Our God has unlimited avenues and unusual ways of providing that extend beyond our natural limitations. All we need do is trust Him. Here are a few scriptures we should meditate and key into.

1. Genesis 22:1-14: Jehovah Jireh—the Lord will provide. Verse 14: “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

2. Leviticus 26:4-5, 9-10 (AMP): “I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase and the trees of the field yield their fruit. And your threshing [time] shall reach to the vintage and the vintage [time] shall reach to the sowing time, and you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. …For I will be leaning toward you with favor and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you. And you shall eat the [abundant] old store of produce long kept, and clear out the old [to make room] for the new.”

3. Deuteronomy 28:8, 11-12 (AMP): “The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you. …And the Lord shall make you have surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”

4. 1 Samuel 2:8 (AMP): “He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap [NLT—garbage dump], to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them.”

5. Psalm 23:1, 5 (AMP): “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.… You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.”

6. Psalm 34:10 (AMP): “The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”

7. Psalm 36:7-9 (AMP): “How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your own house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.”

8. Psalm 66:12: “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”

9. Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

10. Psalm 85:12 (AMP): “Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.”

11. Psalm 115:14-15: “The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.”

12. Malachi 3:10 (AMP): “Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

13. 2 Corinthians 9:8-12 (AMP): “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And [God] who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness and charity]. Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God. For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.”

14. Philippians 4:19 (AMP/Greek paraphrase): My God will liberally supply, fill to the full, cram, furnish, satisfy, finish and complete all of your needs, employment, requirements, lack and business according to His riches, His wealth, His money and His possessions in glory by Christ Jesus.

15. 1 Timothy 6:17 (AMP): “As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud, arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.”

16. 2 Peter 1:3: “…His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”

My 10 Favorite Bible Verses on Faith

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It’s all about faith. The Christian life is all about faith. And when faith is strong the results are huge — joy and peace (Rom 15:13), love for others (Gal 5:6), more of the Spirit’s work in our lives (Gal 3:5), power over Satan’s attacks (Eph 6:16), and growing obedience (Heb 11:8).

So here are 10 verses to help you understand and grow in faith –

Genesis 15:6 — And Abraham believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Like Abraham, we have all sinned and faced God’s judgement. But because of the Cross, when we trust Jesus, God forgives all our sins and covers our imperfect lives with Jesus’ perfect righteousness.
So don’t try to be good enough to be accepted by God — you can’t. Instead — trust Jesus to make you welcome before God. He can — and will.

Isaiah 31:1 — Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!
Everyone has faith in something — we all rely on something to secure and satisfy us. Israel was tempted to have faith in Egypt’s horses and chariots — but they should have had faith in God.
So ask yourself — what are you trusting — really — to secure and satisfy you?

John 6:35 — Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
Faith means turning from whatever I used to trust to satisfy me — and trusting Jesus to satisfy me. He is the only bread of life.
When I come to Him, trusting Him to fully satisfy me in Himself, my every heart hunger and thirst will be satisfied — not in what He gives, but in who He is.

Ephesians 2:8-9 — For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
We are not saved by works — trying to impress God with our goodness.
We are saved by faith alone — trusting all that God promises to be to us in Christ Jesus.

Romans 4:20-21 — No distrust made him [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
For Abraham, faith meant trusting God to do what He promised. So biblical faith focuses on promises given in God’s Word.

God has given us five main categories of promises –
o to satisfy us fully and forever in Himself (John 6:35).
o to forgive us through faith in Christ so we can experience His heart-satisfying presence (1Pet 3:18)
o to enable us to obey Him so we receive even more heart-satisfaction in Him (Ezekiel 36:27)
o to ordain every event in our lives to bring us even more heart-satisfaction in Him (2Cor 4:17)
o to provide everything else I need in such a way that I have the greatest heart-satisfaction in Him (not in health or wealth – but in HIM) (Phil 4:19)
Learn God’s promises — and trust them.

Mark 9:24 — Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
This verse is encouraging, because it shows that we can cry out to Jesus when our faith is weak, and He will meet us and strengthen our faith.
So NEVER settle for weak faith. Bring it to Jesus — He will strengthen you.

Romans 10:17 — So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
How does God give us faith? And strengthen our faith? Through His Word. As we take time to pray over the truth of God’s Word — He changes our hearts — giving us strength, peace, joy, and hope.
Take time to pray over the truth of God’s Word.

Ephesians 6:16 — In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
Satan constantly shoots flaming darts at us — darts of worry, lust, discouragement, bitterness.
But this verse shows that when we pick up the shield of faith, and fight with prayer and God’s Word to trust God’s promises, God will extinguish ALL Satan’s flaming darts.

Romans 15:13 — May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
When I lack joy, peace, or hope — the problem is that I’m not believing. I’m not trusting all that God promises to be to me in Christ Jesus.
But when I pray “help my unbelief,” and set my heart on God’s promises, the Holy Spirit will change my heart so I abound in joy, peace, and hope.

Hebrews 11:8 — By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
Obedience flows naturally from faith — because whatever I trust the most to satisfy me, I desire the most — and whatever I desire the most, I obey.
If I trust money the most — I will obey money. If I trust Jesus the most — I will obey Jesus. It’s not complicated — but it IS a battle.
So FIGHT — with prayer over God’s Word — until you trust Jesus as your all-satisfying Treasure. When you do — you will desire Jesus the most, obey Jesus the most — and be satisfied the most.

Originally posted at: livingbyfaithblog.com

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