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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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  • Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone – October 20, 2014

    Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone – October 20, 2014

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    Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

    like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. The LORD alone led him; no foreign god was with him. Deuteronomy 32:11-12

    A mother eagle knows that if she waits for her young to get out of the nest and fly on their own initiative, it’ll never happen. So she pushes them out. So what about that comfort zone of yours? We resist moving outside our comfort zone, because we don’t want to fall on our faces. And when we stay inside our comfort zones, it’s the easiest thing in the world to become complacent. Imagine if you hadn’t made the hard decision to brave the cold and move out of the comfy-zone of your bed this morning. You’d get sucked into that warm-bed-magnet-trap. And you’d have done absolutely nothing today.

    Eager to get going but don’t know how? June Munday shares about her “friend who started a cafe for homeless people… when asked about this ‘calling’ he said: “Well, you hardly need to wait for that. There’s plenty in the Bible telling you to feed the hungry.”

    You don’t have to wait for your own dreamy vision or calling. God’s dreams for the world, as seen in the Gospel stories of Jesus, give us lots to aim for. Oh, and the mother eagle? After encouraging the little ones to leave, she carries them safely on their flying lesson. God’s got you.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me get out of my comfort zone so You can teach me to fly! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Prepare For Attack – Part 4 – October 19, 2014

    Prepare For Attack – Part 4 – October 19, 2014

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    Prepare For Attack – Part 4

    “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” Joshua 5:14

    Some issues are so crucial that until you have resolved them you cannot move forward or enjoy God’s blessing in your life. Joshua faced such an issue when he stood before the towering walls of Jericho, the strongest city in the Promised Land and the first that had to be conquered. We read: ‘…When Joshua was by Jericho…he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man…with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua…said unto him, “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, “What saith my lord unto his servant?” And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” And Joshua did so’ (Joshua 5:13-15).

    So, what is your Jericho? What’s the one big battle you must win in order to fulfill what God has planned for your life? Some battles can only be won on your knees. Before His victory at the cross, Christ, Who is our example, spent His hardest night in Gethsemane praying, ‘…Not my will, but Thine, be done’ (Luke 22:42). Are you intimidated by the size of the challenge? Do you think you don’t have what it takes? Does it feel like you have been going round in circles and getting nowhere? Take time out. Get alone with God, and stay in His presence until He gives you His plan. Then say yes to it, and He will empower you to accomplish what He purposes.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, when the task seems impossible and I do not know how I am going to do it, help me remember that it is You who makes all things possible and that You are there to see me through what You have planned. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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