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  • How Do I Get Into The Bible? – Part 1 – October 25, 2014

    How Do I Get Into The Bible? – Part 1 – October 25, 2014

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    How Do I Get Into The Bible? – Part 1

    Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth. John 17:17

    At the back of your head maybe you’re thinking that you could be doing more to get yourself – mind, emotions, all that – into Bible reading. But how do you start? One proven and helpful way to get better at Bible reading is an old practice where you simply slow down. Over 5 – 10 minutes, read a chosen verse or two of the Bible, slowly. Listen for a word or section that touches your heart. In silence, repeat it over to yourself (repeating brings your whole attention to it.) Pray your distracting thoughts and concerns up to God, and let Him speak to you through what you’ve read.

    An example of how this changes minds: in 1950s South America, some people too poor to own Bibles got together in groups to read Scripture like this. They read that God was a God who ‘raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap’ (Psalm 113:7), they quickly realized that He was for them, and they could no longer live within oppression. We live in a country where the Bible is easily available. Are we going to use it to let it transform our lives like they did?

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me meditate on Your Word and allow You to speak to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 3 – October 24, 2014

    Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 3 – October 24, 2014

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    Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 3

    Then the LORD reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put My words in your mouth. Jeremiah 1:9

    The people God calls usually start out feeling ill-equipped and insecure. Indeed, if you jumped up and said, ‘No problem, Lord, I can handle that,’ He likely wouldn’t call you. You say, ‘But I’ve made so many mistakes.’ Everybody falls. The winners are just the ones who get back up. ‘The Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand’ (Psalm 37:23-24).

    When Jeremiah told God that he had neither the competence nor confidence needed to do the job, God said to him what He says to us: 1) You are not going in your own authority. ‘…You must go to everyone I send you to…’ (Jeremiah 1:7). Who’s sending you, sponsoring you and sustaining you? God! What more do you need? 2) The message is not yours. ‘You must…say whatever I command you’ (v. 7). Don’t agonize, compromise, rationalize or apologize. Just say what God told you to say and He will do the rest: ‘…For I am watching to see that My word is fulfilled!’ (v. 12). 3) When God touches you, you’re qualified. ‘Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put My words in your mouth’’’ (v. 9).

    Be yourself; you can’t be anybody else! You’re not who others say you are. You’re who God says you are! So you can do what God says you can do. Get in agreement with Him.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, thank You for touching my life, giving me purpose and hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 2 – October 23, 2014

    Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 2 – October 23, 2014

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    Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 2

    “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Jeremiah 1:17

    Are you embarrassed about your beginnings? Jeremiah was. He begins his book by listing the good people and the bad people in his background. Well, guess what? We all came from a less-than-perfect gene pool! We’re all a mixed bag. So what should you do? Learn from those who did it the wrong way, and follow those who did it the right way. Discover the purpose God put you on earth for, and fulfill it. Keep the torch burning brightly, then hand it over to the next runner. Endeavor to finish strong and hear, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’

    And watch what you say! The words you speak not only influence others, they influence you too. When Jeremiah told God that he wasn’t the right age, God said, ‘Don’t say that!’ When he complained that he was not a gifted speaker, God said, ‘Don’t say that either!’ When he saw the size of the opposition his knees buckled, but God said, ‘‘‘Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord’ (vv. 17-19). And God didn’t promise just to be with Jeremiah; He’s promised to be with you.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, keep me working on the task You created me for and keep moving in that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 1 – October 22, 2014

    Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 1 – October 22, 2014

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    Are You Feeling Insecure? – Part 1

    Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8

    Jeremiah writes: ‘Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you [set you apart]; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and…said: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant…I am ready to perform My word’’’ (Jeremiah 1:4-12).

    Does the job you’ve been called to do seem too big for you? On your own it is, but not when you include God! You’re not working alone. God is with you. Whether it’s to pull down or build up, the One who called you will equip you, empower you and give you success. He didn’t make a mistake when He picked you. You say, ‘If only I had the education, talent and experience of so-and-so.’ If God wanted them, He’d have chosen them, but He chose you. Just be yourself, trust God, and everything will go well for you.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, thank You for being a personal God, personal Friend, personal Savior to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Bloom – October 21, 2014

    Bloom – October 21, 2014

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    Bloom

    I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

    In the book of Nehemiah, God chose people to rebuild the ruined city He lived in at the time. How could they stay motivated to keep on working in crumbled remains? Well, they knew even then that God loved its gates. They knew, while staring at debris-strewn ground, that God already loved it. The city was far from completed, but the heart of God was for it. “Look at that tip,” the naysayers cried, “It’s not even a thing, just a bunch of bricks in a pile!” “Oh, yes,” said God, “I do love that wall.”

    The love God has for a spotless individual is on you today, because of Jesus. When we feel guilt in our Christian life from lack of progress, or some glaring character failure, we can find ourselves thinking, “God can’t love me yet. Not, like, ‘love me’ love me.”

    There is frustrating sin clogging up our holiness. There are gates and walls still unbuilt in our lives. And yet, the proud smile of a Creator on His finished creation is on you. You are bathed in the presence of Christ. There is room to grow in, an expansive space of God’s acceptance. Maybe it’s not only about ‘pressing on,’ but also about rejoicing, flowering, blooming… into the whole and holy person He’s said you are.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, thank You for seeing me for what YOU make me and not what I see me as. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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