No fear

When we are in right relationship with God, we do not fear the things the world fears. We are not afraid no matter what we see going on around us, no matter what appears to be happening to us, no matter what kinds of threats are being thrown at us. God will have his way, and we are in his hands. We focus on God, we turn our hearts toward God, we worship God, we walk in obedience and faith and love, knowing that his grace covers us.

If we live, we live for the glory of God. If we die, we die for the glory of God. We exist for God’s glory. He will see us through all of life’s storms and trials and troubles. He will be our guide all the way into eternity. We trust God because we know he loves us and his mercy endures forever. God is gracious and compassionate. He demonstrated his great love for us by sending his only begotten Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Through faith in Jesus, we are given right standing with God. Glory be to God.

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My Math Lesson

I did a few math problems this morning and needed a lot of correction – Ouch. The errors I made were spacey errors, errors I don’t usually make. I had been careless; perhaps the carelessness was because I’d been getting so many answers right lately. Pride and a certain amount of cockiness had set in and had to be removed.

Correction is good. I feel more alert as a result. I am reminded what types of wrong moves to watch out for. I know not to get lazy in my thinking.

In reflecting about this, I saw that the same principles apply to spiritual things. I prayed:

“Father, thank You that You correct me. You keep me on track. Your Holy Spirit guides me and encourages me to move forward in the direction You desire me to go.

“Thank You that if I veer off to the left or right, Your Holy Spirit swiftly yet gently cushions me back on track. Thank You that You are constantly guiding me, making all adjustments needed all the time so that I move forward in the right way, towards the goals and high call You have for me.

“I move along in the right direction because of Your guidance, LORD, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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Do you want God’s answer?

How many times when we struggle to figure something out, do we ignore God who is standing there with the answer, just waiting for us to ask?

And for those of us who know God has all the answers, and that He is willing to give those answers to us, how many of us still don’t ask Him because really we aren’t sure we want His answer? Perhaps we’d rather put off knowing the answer, thereby postponing having to take action according to that answer, by pretending that not being able to figure it out is an excuse.

Or have you ever asked God a question and then turned off your ears from hearing His answer by trying to figure it out yourself instead?

Do you really want God’s answer?

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8 NLT

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Are you looking to serve, or to be served?

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. How about you?

Do you live life mostly concerned about making sure all your needs and desires are met, or do you live life to serve others?

How about your relationship with God? Are your prayers mostly asking God to fulfill your needs and wants and desires, or are your prayers more about serving others? Do you focus on what God can do for you, or on what you can do for Him, for His Kingdom, and for the people He created and loves?

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV

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God promises to meet your needs

And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (AMP)

God says it, it is written, and God never lies.

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My Morning Laugh

Sometimes God makes me laugh. This morning I think God was laughing first and then I joined in.

My alarm was set for 5 a.m. for prayer. When the alarm went off, I didn’t want to get up. I went to set it for 6 a.m., but the buttons all seemed like they were in the wrong places. After fumbling around long enough to become more awake than I wanted to be, instead of resetting the alarm, I ended up resetting the actual clock time for 6 a.m.

Although I was trying to stay half asleep because I still had a faint hope of going back to sleep for an hour, I started to smile, because I could see where this was going.

I didn’t want to wake up my husband, so I would have to unplug the alarm clock and take it to the next room to fix the time: I needed to turn on a light to see what I was doing, especially since my fingers seemed to think the buttons had been rearranged.

Hoping the backup battery was in working order, I unplugged the alarm clock and the screen went blank. Did that mean the battery was dead? I felt a jolt of energy as the problem seemed to morph into something resembling advanced calculus in its complexity.

In the next room, hurrying for the sake of what, if anything, was left of the batteries, I tried to plug in the clock and struggled to align the prongs with the two holes they were supposed to fit into, because of course, I hadn’t turned the light on yet.

After failing several times, I took a deep breath and encouraged myself to try again. Feeling carefully with my fingers, I finally fit the puzzle together and the display said 6:03 a.m. That was good news because it meant the battery wasn’t dead yet. I turned the light on and reset the clock’s time.

By now, I was wide awake and decided I didn’t want to go back to sleep after all.

I put the clock back in the bedroom, grabbed my Bible and notebook, went to my cozy little sofa, and had a beautiful time of prayer mingled with smiles over God’s way of getting me there.

How has God made you smile?

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Conversation that glorifies God

When I was a little girl, my mother told me, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

We are to love one another and speak life and blessings over one another. Our conversations are to edify one another and glorify God.

When we speak evil of someone else, whether it’s gossiping or whatever else we try to call it, we are not loving our neighbor as ourselves. Do you want someone else to broadcast your mistakes and missteps?

It’s no one else’s business what so-and-so did to offend you or whatever mistakes they made. Forgive them. Pray for them. Love them.

I think sometimes people feel like they have to tell “juicy news” about other people because they think if they don’t have something interesting to say, people won’t like them or want to spend time with them. Speaking at another person’s expense is not the way to make friends.

I’d rather sit with someone and be silent and listen to the air around us than listen to someone telling me bad things about other people.

Tell me something nice. Tell me something uplifting that isn’t at someone else’s expense. Tell me what wonderful things God has been doing for you lately. Tell me what God has been teaching you. Tell me what God has been showing you in His Word. Tell me your hopes and dreams. Or be silent. But don’t tell me something bad about someone else. It hurts.

Don’t say anything that would hurt [another person]. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

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