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(From an email I received)
God never lies!
A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all circumstances would say: My king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes! One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty from losing a finger.
Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger.” The slave replied only “My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows the “why” of all these things.What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!”
Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave. Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made human sacrifices. While on the altar, ready to sacrifice the noble, the savage found that the victim had a missing finger and so he was released. According to them: he was not so complete to be offered to the gods.
Upon his return to the palace, the king authorized the release of his slave to whom he said very affectionately: – My dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: If God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail? My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger.
Therefore, remember: everything God does is perfect. HE is never wrong. Often we complain about life and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.
Every morning, offer your day to God. Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, to ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
[Do you] know why [you are reading this message]? I do not know, but God knows, because he never makes mistakes…….
The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. It is the way of all those who trust in him, as he says in 2 Samuel 22: 31. Surely this message arrived at the right moment. God knows, He knows why.
God is never wrong!
1) If you serve God, you can never justify giving up. 2) God always has a valuable lesson for us to learn. 3) God doesn’t promise an explanation (Learn to trust Him). 4) God is working something good in your situation (Romans 8:28)
I encourage each of you to change how you look at life…the trials and tests that you face…the times that you feel like everyone has left, including God…when you’re between a rock and a hard place…
Remember and stand on the promises of God and before you realize it, the test will be over and you will emerge victorious. God loves each and every one of us. His ways are past finding out so it helps to trust him. There are times in which you will not understand what’s happening…why it’s happening…etc. If you take a moment and be silent in the presence of God, you will hear His still small voice saying, “Trust me.”
Change your perspective and change your life.
Jesus is the source of everything we need. Below is a list of what Jesus is the source of and where to find it in the Holy Bible. I pray that this blesses you.
Abundant (full) Life: John 10:10; Ephesians 3:19; John 7:38
Fulfillment, Purpose, Satisfaction: John 6:35; John 6:57; Isaiah 55:1-3; Isaiah 58:11
Direction, Guidance, Wisdom: Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 58:11; Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:5; John 14:6
Love: John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 3:18;
Joy: John 15:1; Psalm 16:8-9, 11; Psalm 19:8
Peace: Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; Philippians 4:5-7
Rest: Matthew 11:28
Healing, Health, Wholeness: Ephesians 3:19; Isaiah 61:1-3; Psalm 142:7; Jehovah Rophe-our healer, health, wholeness.
Salvation: John 1:12, 3:16, 14:6; Acts 4:12, 16:30-31; Romans 6:23, 10:9-10
Forgiveness: I john 1:9; Isaiah 43:25; Psalm 103:12; Proverbs 28:13
Strength: II Corinthians 12:7-10; Philippians 4:13
Contentment-Philippians 4:11-13; I Timothy 6:6-8
Power: John 15:5; Acts 1:8; II Timothy 1:7
Comfort: II Corinthians 1:3-4
Help: Psalm 46:1; Psalm 54:4; I Peter 5:7; Hebrews 13:5-6
Confidence: II Corinthians 3:4-6
Victory: Exodus 17:10-15; II Chronicles 20:6, 12, 17; Proverbs 21:31; II Corinthians 2:14
Hope: Psalm 38:22, 42:5; 71:4-5; II Corinthians 4:16-18; Hebrews 6:19
Jesus-The Great Physician, Salvation, Forgiveness, Strength, Contentment, Power, Comfort, Help, Confidence, Victory, Hope
Prayer: Our Father, in Jesus name, we pray that you will open our hearts and minds. Help us to recognize that you are the source of everything we need. We ask that you will allow us to change our perspective. Help us to realize that because we have you in our lives, we have no need to worry, fret, or fear. We thank you, Jesus, for this. Your name be magnified and glorified forever. Amen.
It’s important to get dressed when you get up in the morning. Make sure you put on the correct clothing.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Lord, thank You for another day! I realize that it is a gift from You. I don’t deserve it, but I am truly thankful for another day. I want to serve You to the best of my ability today, but to do that I must be fully protected from the attacks of the enemy. So, in obedience to Your Word, I will put on the whole armor of God.
Helmet of Salvation – God, let the helmet of salvation be strapped so tightly over my mind that nothing can distract me. Let it cover my thinking so completely that not one thought can slip out from under it and drift into places that are neither pleasing to You nor healthy for me. Let it be so tightly in place that not one evil or negative thought can creep under that helmet into my mind. According to Romans 12:2, don’t let me be conformed to this world’s thinking, but let me be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Let the mind that is in You be in me. Let me think the way You think. Speak to me today in my mind. I want the Holy Ghost to take every thought into captivity today. I want You to be the overseer of my mind. According to Philippians 4:8, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, let me think on these things.
Breastplate of Righteousness – Lord, let me be covered with the breastplate of righteousness today. Not my righteousness because it is as filthy rags. My righteousness is self-righteousness, and the end of that is death. Let me be completely covered in Your righteousness so that none of me shows and only You are visible in my life today.
Belt of Truth – Lord, let my loins be girded with truth. Nothing is more valuable to You than truth. Everything hangs on the belt of truth, so don’t let any deceit be found in me today. Let me speak truth and not lies. Let my actions be honest in every way. Let me be a protector of truth, not compromising in any area of my life. Let me proclaim truth to everyone that I meet, and let me preserve truth so that I can pass it on to the next generation.
Feet Shod with the Gospel of Peace – Lord, let me put on my gospel shoes today. Everywhere that I go, let me seek an opportunity to spread this great gospel. Let me be sensitive to those around me today who may be ready to hear the gospel. Put me in the path of hungry hearers. Give me an open door, and once the door is open, give me an open mouth. Then give them an open heart.
Shield of Faith – Lord, allow me to pick up the shield of faith today. It is so important because I know that without faith it is impossible to please You. Help me to focus on faith. Enlarge my faith. Give me an aggressive faith, not a passive faith, but a faith that will not back down in the face of adversity and that will stand up in the face of the enemy and declare that victory is mine. Help my faith to be steadfast, unwavering, stable, and unflappable. Give me faith that truly believes that You will do what You said You would do in Your Word for anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Let my faith be grounded in You. Give me a faith that will quench every fiery dart that the devil shoots into my life, no matter where it comes from. Whether it is from without or from within, let my faith extinguish it on contact.
Sword of the Spirit – Lord, last but not least, let me pick up the sword of the Spirit so that i can run into the face of the enemy and be aggressive in my fight against hell. Let me be a skilled warrior with the sword, not just swinging it wildly which could damage innocent bystanders, but let me be skillful with it, knowing how to best use it to do damage to the enemy. I understand that this will take practice, so let me daily pick up Your Word and practice using it. Let me know where and when to use it so that it brings the most hurt to the kingdom of darkness. Like You used it in the wilderness to defeat the devil when You said, “It is written,” so let me use it as well.
Go in God – Now i am ready to make the best out of this wonderful day that You have blessed me with. I will be spiritually successful today in Jesus’ Name!
-The Pentecostals of West Memphis-
Change your perspective and change your life!
This song was ringing in my ears during my prayer time this morning so I thought I would share it with you all.
**Taken from a page in my daily devotional book**
The Oregon Coast is a thing of beauty. The craggy rocks that define the shoreline are quite a contrast from the smooth sandy beaches of California. But the long, rugged shoreline of the Northwest boasts romance and personality. The blue waters of the Pacific drench mile after mile of tide waters in which grow tall evergreen trees. The approaching waves fall like the pages of a book blown by an unexpected breeze.
Anyone who has spent time beach combing along Reedsport, Florence, or Lincoln City knows that what is lovely and beautiful to look at is at the same time a power to be reckoned with. Lives are lost each year off the Oregon Coast by those who failed to respect the mysterious force that churns beneath the tranquil glass-like sea.
The Lord is at once loving and holy. He is not to be taken lightly or dismissed as sentimental. That His love is beautiful to behold (not to mention life-changing when embraced) cannot be disputed. But His is a holy love that demands reverence and awe. When we come to Him aware of who He is, we can drink in the unequaled splendor of the Almighty God who has demonstrated His never-ending love that is deeper than the deepest sea.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Psalm 93:3-4
Prayer (modified): Dear Lord, help us to take time throughout our day and linger in reverent silence, being aware of the ocean-like power of your holy love. We pray that you will allow us to not only admire the beauty of your love, but reverence it and you. Lord give us opportunities daily to show and tell others of your love. In Jesus name we pray and give obedient thanks. Amen.
**Taken from a page in my daily devotional book**
Legend records that when she was a little girl, Queen Elizabeth got separated from her parents while on a hike in a forest. Afraid and alone, the young princess followed a path until she came to a cottage. An elderly woman welcomed the child into her home and proceeded to brew a pot of tea. Elizabeth explained her plight and asked for help. The woman, in whose home the princess sought refuge, was most impressed with Elizabeth’s etiquette and grace. Eventually she asked the child, “Are you someone special?” to which Elizabeth answered, “Oh no, mum. I’m no one particularly special. But my father is the king!”
What a wonderful picture of who we are and what we are called to be! In the grand scheme of things, we aren’t all that insignificant. We are easily lost in the jungle of life. We are in need of others to help us find direction. But our Father is the King of the universe. He has everything under control and is not overcome by the challenges that steal our peace. As we focus our eyes on Him instead of the obstacles around us, not only will we discover an ability to cope, we will reflect His grace and beauty. As we look to Him today, those around us will see in us a family resemblance.
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. I Timothy 1:17
Prayer: Celebrate the freedom you have being a creature and not a Creator. Thank God that you are not responsible for holding the world together. Express gratitude that He is.