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He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” 
1 John 2:6
(NKJV)

If we had His walk how would we be living?

If we had His generosity how would we be giving?

If we had His ears how would we be listening?

If we had His heart how would be caring?

If we had His light how would we be seeing?

If we had His mind how would we be thinking?

If we had His words how would we be speaking?

If we had His wisdom how would we be planning?

If we had His grace how would we be serving?

If we had His mercy how would we be responding?

If we had His life how would we be changing?

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Prayer from Psalm 46:10-11

BE—God, I say “yes” to You. I choose to allow Your way to shape me and Your will to direct me in what is best. I surrender instead of resist, I yield instead of fight, I believe instead of doubt.

STILL—Father, may Your rest abide and Your peace abound within me. Quiet all anxiety that troubles my thoughts and unsettles my emotions. I bring my soul under the control of the Holy Spirit; I stand steady upon the unmovable foundations of Your kingdom; I receive the sufficiency of Your grace and the encouragement of Your promises as you calm my soul.

AND KNOW— Lord, thank you that Your word is sure, unchanging, and indisputable. Your word is true. I am certain. You have saved me from guessing, wondering, wishing, or pretending. I know! I believe!

I AM GOD— You are who You say You are. You do what You say You do. There is no other! You are the highest, the greatest, the best. You have no weakness, no lack, and no equal. You are my God, and my Heavenly Father. I find comfort in Your nearness, security in Your voice, courage in Your strength, hope in Your promises. You are enough. More than enough! You are with me. You are my refuge. I am safe in Your care.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Psalms 46:10-11 NKJV

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If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing]“.
James 4:15 (AMP)

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” Matthew 6:34 (AMP)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Psalm 143:10 (NLT)

One thing you can be certain about in the coming year is that you can’t be certain about what is ahead. This is a great blessing, because you do not need to know. To know what is ahead and the details of what will happen would be too great a burden to carry and too great a responsibility to bear.

What you do need to know about the future is not what is ahead of you, but Who is ahead of you. It is the Lord who goes before you, is ahead of you, and is preparing the way for you. Your future is in His sure, strong, caring hands.

I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.Genesis 28:15 (NLT)

As you pass through the door of 2018 and enter the door of 2019, here are six of the needs you are certain to have…

1.     There will be the need for prayer:
Until you get to heaven, there will always be the need for prayer. In every prayer as a believer, you will be speaking to the living God, your loving Father—the One who invites you to come, the One who hears your cries, the One who answers your prayers, and the One who will work all things together for the good according to His will and purpose.

2.     There will be the need to trust:
God does not want you to be fearful or worried about what is ahead. He will give what you need when you need it; He will tell what you need to know when it is time to know it; He will show what you need to see when it is time to see it. When He is silent about any matter, be at peace about it and do not become anxious.

3.     There will be the need to obey:
You will never outgrow your need for obedience. To obey the Lord is to please the Lord. He will always give you the provision, the time, and the opportunity to do what He has asked you to do. If He is not asking you to do anything new or different at the present time, continue to do the last thing He asked of you.

4.     There will be the need to forgive:
No one will ever act perfectly or speak perfectly to you. Even those who love you will not perform perfectly. Forgiveness is an attitude of the heart and a choice of the will that you must walk in each day. Some people carry hurt, bitterness, or resentment in their hearts for years, never wanting to let go of the past. As you go through the door of 2018, drop at the entryway, all the hurts of yesterday and carry them no more.

5.     There will be the need to be faithful:
In 2019 you will need to press on in the will of God for your life; you will need to walk on through the valleys and over the mountain tops that you will face; you will need to carry on in your service of love to others; you will need to live on in the will of God with a thankful heart, with praise upon your lips, and with zeal in your spirit.

6.     There will be the need for Jesus:
Every day, in every moment, through every circumstance of 2019, you will need Jesus. You will need Him fully and you will need to trust Him completely. You will need His grace to enable you, His Spirit to empower you, His strength to support you, and His counsel to instruct you in all the will of God.

The best place is wherever He puts us, and any other would be undesirable, all the worse because it would please our fancy, and would be of our own choice. Do not think about distant events. This uneasiness about the future is unwholesome for you. We must leave to God all that depends on Him, and think only of being faithful in all that depends upon ourselves. When God takes away that which He has given you, He knows well how to replace it either through other means or by Himself.  –Fenelon

Strive to carry yourself with total resignation to the Divine will that God may do with you and all according to His heavenly pleasure, relying on Him as on a kind and loving Father. –M. Molinos

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I don’t recall who said it, but years ago I heard this statement:

God carries in His heart the fulfillment to all the desires He has placed within yours.”

The Bible puts that thought in this way:

Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass…rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:3-7

Here are some things we can learn from this passage about the desires of our hearts:

  1. The desires we carry in our hearts must come from God—His desires will be those of the Spirit and not of the flesh.
  2. He is the only one who can fulfill the desires He has placed within us—the fulfillment of these desires will glorify Him. He doesn’t say to us, “I have placed My desires within you, now it’s up to you, go out and make them happen.”
  3. He places His desires in us as a result of us delighting in Him—we will desire what He desires, delight in what He delights in, and rejoice over the things He rejoices over.
  4. He wants us to trust in His faithfulness to fulfill those desires.
  5. Don’t give up on any desire that God has placed within you.

What should you do as you wait upon Him to fulfill those desires? Do not attempt to strive, manipulate, or struggle in yourself to fulfill them. God has promised you that He will give you the desires of your heart; God has said that He will bring it to pass.

As you wait, rest and wait patiently for Him. There is no benefit in pressing or pushing, but rather be at peace, knowing that God’s timing is always perfect and His ways always bring the best.

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He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.” Psalm 91:4 (HCSB)

May you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Ruth 2:12 (HCSB)

Being under His wings means being close to His heart—you are not only sheltered, you are loved; you are not only secure, you are cared for; you are not only covered, you are reassured.

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There is something that can be in your life that is more powerful than the influences of the world. The world cannot overcome this power, but this power can overcome the world.

This power is available to every heart that believes. It is available to the poor and to the wealthy; to the laborer and to the business executive; to the unknown and to the famous; to the strong and to the weak; to those with much and to those with little; to those who abound and to those who are abased.

What is this power? It is the power of contentment! What power does contentment bring to your life? Contentment brings you the power of a quiet heart. With it, you can go through life with a heart that is restful and peaceful. Join contentment to godliness and you have a union that will bring you GREAT gain.

Contentment takes you to still waters, not to waves of covetousness; to satisfaction, not to dissatisfaction; to sufficiency, not to jealousy; to peace, not to striving. It helps to edify, rectify, and sanctify the soul. It harmonizes with the songs of heaven and echoes in your spirit the reassuring words, “Peace be still!”

And on what is contentment based? It is not based on your bank account, your paycheck, or your assets, because all of these can change in a moment of time. Contentment is based on this truth: “God is my provider and I trust in Him alone…He is faithful to His promises, He takes care of me, and He will never leave me nor forsake me.”

I’ve learned to be content in whatever situation I’m in. I know how to live in poverty or prosperity. No matter what the situation, I’ve learned the secret of how to live when I’m full or when I’m hungry, when I have too much or when I have too little. I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13 (GW)

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

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Know that God is:

God is the eternal God. Everything there is in the heavens and on the earth—every planet, every plant, every person, and every creature had a first moment, a first day, or a first breath—and that “first” came from God. There has never been an eternal moment without God…from everlasting to everlasting He is God.

There is a God you can turn to and believe in. Trust God to be true to His word.

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Hebrews 11:6 (AMP)

The heavens are Yours, and the earth is Yours; everything in the world is Yours—You created it all. Psalm 89:11 (NLT)

Know who God is:

It is God’s nature, character, and attributes that reveal to us who God is. God is love…is good…is just…is great…is all-powerful…is all-knowing…is all-present…is merciful…is compassionate…is faithful…is true…is glorious…is loveliness…is holiness…is righteousness…that is who God is…and so much more!

No one is like God. Trust Him with all your heart and all your life.

He prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like You in all of heaven and earth. You keep Your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before You in wholehearted devotion. 2 Chronicles 6:14 (NLT)

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with You, O God? Psalm 71:19 (NLT)

O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as You, O LORD? You are entirely faithful… Psalm 89:8 (NLT)

Know the ways God has revealed Himself:

God is not hidden away in a far and dark corner of the universe. He is not a mystery God who conceals His identity from us. He has revealed Himself in many sure and certain ways including—His creation, our conscience, His Word, His Holy Spirit, and through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only way to see and know the Father.

God will be found if you seek Him. Trust Him as your Creator.

He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God. Colossians 1:15 (NKJV)

Jesus replied, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father!” John 14:9 (NLT)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. John 14:6-9 (NKJV)

Know God is knowable:

God is a divine person. He thinks, He feels, He wills. He desires to be known and to know us through a personal relationship. God is knowable and can be known by anyone whose heart fully seeks to know Him. He wants us to be in a relationship with Him…He as our heavenly Father and we as His children whom He loves and cares for with all His heart.

You can know God personally. Trust Him to commune with you.

But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life. Deuteronomy 4:29 (AMP)

But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God… Galatians 4:8 (NKJV)

Know God’s Son:

To know the Son is to know the Father, for the Son is the way for us to see God in truth. Jesus Christ came to us and called to us to come to Him—It is not His will to be a stranger to us, but to be our Savior; it is not His will to be a foreigner to us, but to be our brother; it is not His will to be an enemy to us, but to be our Friend. We can know Him personally, intimately, abundantly. We can commune with Him, break bread with Him, fellowship with Him, walk with Him, and delight in Him throughout our lives.

Place your total trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Trust Him to save you and guide you.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 (NKJV)

“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Matthew 11:27 (NLT)

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“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” .  Colossians 1:16-17 (NKJV)

Jesus is all! He is our all in all. Where would we be if He was “some” or “mostly” instead of “all”? How thankful we can be that He is not half-a-savior and we don’t need to try and find the other half. How thankful we can be that we are not half-saved, half- forgiven, or half-blessed. Even if Jesus were a 99% savior, He would have fallen short and we would still be lost and without hope! He did not fail us on even the smallest point or in the littlest detail.

In Jesus we have all spiritual blessings and all grace abounding toward us. He gives us all His life, all His love, all His heart, all the time.

In Him all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is before all things and in Him all things are held together.

His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. His power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Jesus is good to us in all His ways, faithful to us in all His promises, merciful to us in all His prayers.

Is He worthy? By all means! He is worthy of all allegiance, all devotion, all worship, all praise, all obedience, all trust—with all our love, all our hearts, all our souls, and all our strength.

All in all forever, Jesus will I sing; Everything in Jesus, And Jesus everything.—A.B. Simpson

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Think of it…
You belong to a God who has no limitations.
He is able to do things for you,
be mighty in you, and bring blessings to you.
His provisions are endless,
His blessings are measureless,
and His generosity is boundless.

All that is in His heart (for you)
flows out in waves of love.
They are sent to touch you, to fill you, and to cover you.
You cannot contain them for they are
more than your mind can imagine,
more than your arms can embrace,
and more than your heart can hold.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25

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To be a Christian is to be divinely different.—Rev. Ivan Murray Rose

Among you it will be different. Luke 22:26 (NLT)

To live the life God wants you to live means that your life will be different. It will be different from the times when you lived independent  of His lordship, it will be different from the way the world system wants you to live, it will be different from the way the devil wants you to live, and it will different from the way many of the people you know want you to live.

The life God has called you to live is one that is set apart. It is not a life that is different for the sake of being different, but different because of righteousness sake. To walk in step with God’s way means that you are no longer walking in step with your own way or any other way. It means that you are placing your feet in the exact footprints of the One you are following and not running off to follow side-trails.

There are many differences to be found in a life that is following Christ. These differences are seen in our relationship with God, in our place in the world, in our purpose in life, in our personal goals, in our commitments, in our motives, in our values, in our choices, and in our beliefs.

One of the greatest differences is found in the attitudes of our hearts:

We are lovingly different—extending His love freely and unconditionally to others so they might be reconciled to the One whose love is unfailing.

We are truthfully different—believing the truth and loving the truth, we speak the truth and live the truth so that others will come to know Him who is the Truth.

We are mercifully different…knowing that God’s mercies are new every morning, we extend His mercies to those who have sinned against us, with the desire that each life may be reconciled to God through His Son.

We are prayerfully different…we pray in faith, we pray because of who God is and what He can do, we pray because of what God has said in His promises, we pray because we have the assurance that God hears us and answers prayer, and we pray because God has made a way for us to come to Him through the blood of Jesus Christ.

To open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in Me. Acts 26:18 (NLT)

So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 (AMP) 

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We should be sure that each step we take leaves a footprint we want others to follow—Psalm 17:5

God orders our steps so that every step we take will be one that is pleasing to Him
Psalm 37:23

God’s word keeps us from taking a step on slippery ground—Psalm 37:31

Each step of obedience moves us into God’s prepared place—Psalm 40:2

We need to keep alert and follow the road signs that point our steps in the right direction—Psalm 119:133

Steps ordered by wisdom will keep us from sounding the distress signal—Proverbs 4:11-12

We don’t have to rush our steps. It is wise for us to consider and carefully weigh each step we take in the light of God’s word—Proverbs 14:15

Our steps can be clear and confident when we know they have been guided by
God’s wise direction—Proverbs 16:9

We are not asked to take big steps or small steps, but we are asked to make every step a step of faith—Romans 4:12

There is only one place we need to place our next foot step, and that is in the most recent footprint of Jesus—1 Peter 2:21

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Those who seek Me diligently will find Me.Proverbs 8:17 (NKJV)

Father,
In the midst of great spiritual darkness we seek Your light;

In the midst of abounding sin we seek Your righteousness;

In the midst of conflicting voices we seek Your truth;

In the midst of confusion and growing perplexity we seek Your wisdom;

In the midst of self-centeredness and personal gain we seek Your glory;

In the midst of insecurity and uncertainty we seek Your hope;

In the midst of difficulty and increasing needs we seek Your provision;

In the midst of illnesses and weakness we seek Your wholeness;

In the midst of worries and deepening restlessness we seek Your peace.

In the midst of selfishness and injustice we seek Your kingdom.

In the midst of ruined lives and broken spirits we seek Your healing;

In the midst of hurting hearts we seek Your love.

Thank You, Father, for your assurance that those who seek You will also find You.

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We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.Romans 8:28 (AMP)

Many of us need to be released from a great burden. The burden I am speaking about is not a huge work load, a full schedule, a pressing need, or a perplexing problem. The burden is our efforts to try and work “all things together for good.”

Our first step in the release of this burden is to acknowledge that God is the only one who can work all things together for good. When we try to work things together for good we fail—pressure replaces peace, striving replaces serenity, exhaustion replaces rest. Those who fail to let God work things for the good will push, manipulate, and try to take control of people and circumstances as they “work” to try and make all things turn out for good in their lives and the lives of those they love.

When we try and work things together for the good they soon go bad. The truth is, we don’t have the power to change circumstances or people for the good…we even lack the wisdom to know what the good looks like in every situation, circumstance, and relationship in life.

We must also understand that when God works all things for the good, He is working according to His good pleasure…He works to please Himself, not to please us. However, if our pleasure is to please Him, then we can rejoice in all He is doing.

If you are trying to work things together for the good at work, release it to God;
If you are trying to work things together for the good at home; release it to God;
If you are trying to work things together for the good in someone’s life, release it God;
If you are trying to work things together for good in your life, release it to God.

Release your self-efforts fully to the Lord, wipe the sweat from your brow, and rest in the assurance that God knows what He is doing, knows how to do it, and knows when to do it in a way that will be according to His perfect design and purpose.

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We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith.”  Hebrews 12:2 (GW)

Focus:

Not on the winds of opposition, but on the setting of the sail;

Not on the howling of the storm, but on the voice of the Captain;

Not on the darkness of the sea, but on the lighthouse on the shore;

Not on the density of the fog, but on the true north of the compass;

Not on the restlessness of the waves, but on the anchor that holds steady.

God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.”  Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT

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“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)

We need no reservations about casting ourselves completely upon the resources of God. He is not like a bank with an empty vault, not like a fruit tree whose branches have withered, and not like a well that has gone dry.

If His resources were weak, we would be without strength; if His resources were depleted, we would be without hope; if His resources were limited, we would be without help.

If He had nothing, we would be empty…

If His care were insufficient, we would be in want…

If He did not possess all He has declared to be ours by His grace we could never become all He has promised we could be in Christ.

By faith we need to gladly, freely, fully, and gratefully cast ourselves upon His resources without reservation—He is the all-sufficient One Who never changes, Who never faints or grows weary, Who never slumbers or sleeps, and Who is the keeper of His people from this time forth and forever more.

By Roy Lessin
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