God’s Will WILL Be Done!

Jesus WILL meet our needs one way or another, according to His perfect plan, according to the riches in glory in Christ Jesus. But He’ll often first direct us to a place where there appears to be no possible solution, where the physical obstacles appear too great. He’ll often let us sit there for a while, to teach us, to test our faith. If He let us know at the very beginning what amazing way He was going to provide, then we wouldn’t need to trust. It is only when we DON’T KNOW that we can learn and grow our faith.

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Steadfast

I actually find this comforting. Gideon was afraid to do what God told him to do, but he did it anyway. And God blessed him. When we are following God’s direction, we don’t NEED to be afraid. But it’s okay if we are!

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Choosing Relationship

Thank God, He eventually grabbed my soul and pulled me back to Himself. He showed me that real Christianity, really following Him, is about RELATIONSHIP, not rules. A true relationship with Christ is ALIVE, dynamic, full of joy and thankfulness. A true relationship with Jesus seeks to spend time with Him regularly, to always be growing closer to Him. True relationship with Jesus recognizes how good He is and how much He loves each of us and longs for us to know Him intimately. Now THAT is something wonderful!!!

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May We Not Forget

Remember in Judges 1 when the angel predicted that all those people the Israelites had NOT removed from the promised land were going to be “thorns in your sides” and “a snare for you?” Well that was exactly what happened. When the Israelites forgot about all the amazing things God had done for them, those surrounding peoples started looking might nice. They adopted their evil culture and started worshiping their gods (keep in mind, this means they began sacrificing their children and other atrocities as those foreign gods required).

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Sanctification

Sanctification is one of the most important components of the Christian life. But many churches have forgotten or just stopped teaching about it. As a result, many church goers today have no concept of this most important process of sanctification. Our church has in many ways become just like the Israelites who did not drive out all of the inhabitants of the land. Instead they made covenants with the other peoples, adopted their practices and worshiped their gods. Much of the Christian church today has done exactly this. We have made covenants with the world and with our own sinful natures by overlooking, adopting, and practicing the world’s wickedness.

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Feelings

Loving God is a CHOICE. It isn’t natural and it doesn’t always come easy. It takes great care and determination. The world offers so many diversions to fill up our time. Most of them are meaningless vanities. But God implores us to choose you this day whom you will serve.

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The Promised Land

Some day, when we die or Jesus returns for us, we will finally completely take possession of our Promised Land, the LORD will hand all of our enemies over to us and we will have “rest on every side.” Hallelujah, thank You, Jesus!

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Where Is Your Starting Position?

The ability to come to Jesus or not all depends upon our starting position. If we begin from a position of pride, assuming we can figure it all out using our own human brains (as if our own human brains could be capable of figuring it all out)… if we begin from this position of pride, we will end up not believing Jesus is the only way to God. It just doesn’t make sense to our human brains. If pride is our starting point, then we will come up with all kinds of ways that we can discount Jesus and save ourselves. Pride cannot accept that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

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In The Beginning Was The WORD

Jesus has always existed from the very beginning of time. Jesus is God’s living WORD. Jesus is God Himself. EVERYTHING was created THROUGH Jesus Christ. Jesus is our LIFE and our LIGHT, the one and ONLY true light that can enlighten every person. Jesus became flesh and lived on earth with us but we did not recognize who He was. But those of us who DO recognize His identity, those of us who believe and receive Jesus, become children born of God.

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Oh How Marvelous!

Imagine this amazing scene. Suddenly Jesus appeared in the midst of the disciples. They couldn’t believe their eyes. They had watched Him die just a few short days ago. Yet there He was… ALIVE!!! There He was showing them the crucifixion scars on His hands and feet, eating a piece of fish to prove He was indeed real in the flesh and not merely a spirit. How could this be? How marvelous! What a fantastic miracle!!

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