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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.

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I recently read …

Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as He brought them safely into harbor!
Psalm 107:26-30 (NLT)

Which led me to read this…

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
 Mark 4:37-39 (NKJV)

Which led me to this…

Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw Him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking He was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, Mark 6:47-51 (NLT)

Which brought me to this…

How are we doing in our little boat of life—as we sail upon the sea of culture’s changing tide, upon the strong winds of adversity that batter against our sides, upon the coming and going of people’s views and opinions that seek to redirect our course, upon the highs and lows of the world’s pressures and demands that put stress upon our sails, upon the churning waters of rebellion and discontentment that seek to overturn us, upon the undercurrents of opposition and persecution that want to push us back, upon the riptides of the devil’s schemes that want to keep us from advancing, and upon the choppy onslaughts of misunderstanding, misrepresentation and false accusation that want to sink us before arriving on the other shore?

Let’s pray for one another and encourage one another to stay in the boat…and always remember that it is not our boat…it belongs to our Captain. His hands are on the wheel, He has set the course, He has trimmed the sail and knows how to use the winds for good. His compass is true, His bearings are right. The boat won’t sink! He will never abandon His post, and He will safely bring us to the other shore.

Do you find yourself battling against a storm of emotions or opposition that is beating against your soul? Ask your Captain, Jesus, to speak to the storm…He still has the power to quiet the winds and bring calm the storm.

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When you have laid all things at His feet,
When you have placed all things in His Hands,
When you have entrusted all things to His keeping,
When you have released all things into His care,
When you trust Him no matter what—
Then the peace that passes all understanding will rule in your heart.

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP

I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return. 2 Timothy 1:12 (NLT)

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The Lord is My Shepherd

There’s a fog upon the landscape
That has dimmed the sun’s bright ray,
I don’t know what lies before me
Oh, my Shepherd, show the way.

There’s a voice that’s all condemning
Which bids me not to pray,
I will press on through the battle
Oh, my Shepherd, make the way.

There’s a roadblock on my pathway
And I fear that I will stray,
I must walk where You are leading
Oh, my Shepherd, clear the way.

There’s a pace that’s ever hectic
That pursues me through the day,
How I long for quiet waters,
Oh, my Shepherd, lead the way.

There’s a call to bring You glory
But I’m just a jar of clay,
Lord, you know my every weakness
Oh, my Shepherd, be the way.

The Lord is my Shepherd.” Psalm 23:1

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I am the Good Shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:14-15 (NKJV)

Knowing His voice means you will hear the voice of clarity and not confusion; you will know the voice of peace and not the voice of anxiety; you will be instructed by the voice of wisdom and not the voice of folly; you will be told the way of holiness and not the way of sin; you will be instructed with the voice of good counsel and not the voice of bad advice; you will know the voice of light and not the voice of darkness; you will know the voice that takes you on a straight path, and not the voice that brings you to a dead end; you will hear the voice of truth and not the voice of deception.

Knowing that He knows you means that He knows you personally and will not confuse you or your needs with another sheep in His flock. His eyes see all the sheep of His fold and yet His eye is personally on you. He knows where you are and will guide you; He knows your fears and will keep you safe; He knows your hunger and He will feed you; He knows your weariness and will give you rest; He knows your valleys and will bring you through; He knows your enemy and will defend you; He knows your dwelling place and will safely bring you home.

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Prayer Before You Speak

Father, guide my thoughts before they become my words. Place a guard over my mouth and a watchman over the door of my lips.

When I open my mouth, I ask You to fill it with right words, good words, true words, loving words—words that will point the way to Your heart. May my words be acceptable and pleasing to You as You hear their sound and know the intent behind them.

Use my words this day to heal and not harm, to restore and not separate, to extend mercy and not judgment, to build up and not pull down, to comfort and not injure, to bring sunlight and not shadows, to encourage and not quench, to mend and not wound.

May my words herald good news, be seasoned with salt, and bring grace to the hearer.

If I am to speak correction, may it be with compassion; if I am to exhort, may it be with humility; If I am to instruct, may it be with brokenness; if I am to guide, may it be with wisdom; if I am to inform, may it be with clarity; if I am to counsel, may it be according to Your word.

Guard my tongue from murmuring and my voice from complaint. In all things, may my mouth be filled with words of gratitude, expressions of praise, and proclamations of Your faithfulness.

Scriptures: Exodus 4:15, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 141:3, 2 Timothy 2:14-15, 24-25, 1 Peter 4:11,  Colossians 3:15, 4:6

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HE IS…

The Almighty One and your Might,
The Provider and your Provision,
The Giver and your Gift,
The Protector and your Protection,
The Warrior and your Victor,
The Healer and your Health,
The Blessed One and your Blessing,
The Eternal One and your Ever-Present Help in time of need.

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It is better to be needy
So He can give what’s best;
It is better to be yielded
So He can give you rest.
It is better to be empty
So He can be your all;
It is better to be silent
So you can hear His call.

It is better to be humble
So He can lift you up;
It is better to be thirsty
So He can fill your cup.
It is better to be broken
So He can make things new,
It is better to have Jesus,
Abundant within you!

How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!
Proverbs 16:16 (NLT)

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