“One day as I was walking along a highway through a park praying, I asked a simple question, ‘Lord, what do You want me to tell Your people?’ Without a moment’s hesitation, these words came ringing through my spirit and my mind: ‘Tell them how much I love them.’ They were so filled with love and compassion that it defies words to express it. For days afterward all I could think of was 1 John 4:16. ‘And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.’ We’ve read about God’s love. We’ve heard about it. But I don’t think many of us have really believed it. If we did, it would totally change everything about us and everything around us. It’s that love that caused Jesus to lay down His life for us and to experience for Himself all the pains and weaknesses we experience. It’s that love that says to us, even when we feel so unworthy, ‘Come to Me and get what you need. Don’t be shy about it. I’ve been there. Come boldly to the throne of grace that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ Think about it. God is in love with you—so in love, He’s given you everything He has! He’s given you all the healing, all the wisdom, all the wealth, all the strength you could ever need….’And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us ((1 John 4:16). Meditate that scripture over and over. Say it to yourself again and again all day, ‘I believe the love Jesus has for me.’ Once it gets down into your heart, you’ll never be the same again.” ——-An excerpt from “Faith to Faith Daily Devotional” by Kenneth Copeland
“When Augustine found salvation, he spent the rest of his life seeking to glorify God and also to understand and explain Him. It’s said that one day he came across a little boy filling a seashell with ocean water, then running back to a hole that he’d dug in the sand and filling it with the water. Augustine asked him what he was doing. ‘I’m trying to put the ocean in this hole,’ answered the boy. That’s what I’m trying to do, he said to himself. I’m standing on the shores of time trying to get into this little finite mind things which are infinite. So it is with us. All our theologies, doctrinal understandings, systematic philosophizing, or ponderings of God are like the efforts of a child trying to fit the ocean into a hole on the seashore. When you think you’ve heard it all, learned it all and know it all, you’re missing God. Stop trying to figure Him out and start doing the things you can do. Receive Him, worship Him, and rejoice in His love. Because His wonders are as great as the ocean is deep. TODAY’S MISSION – Stop trying to figure God out today and just worship Him!” ——An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires
“If you think like the world thinks, eventually you will act like the world acts. Wrong thoughts produce wrong acts. So control your thoughts by reading the Bible and bringing them into obedience to God’s Word. Program your mind with the Word of God. The Word is spirit and it is life. When your mind is full of God’s Word, you become stronger and you can overcome ungodly thoughts and bad habits….Take control of your thought life. Think about what the Bible says instead of thinking sinful thoughts. Keep your eyes on Jesus – and you’ll find yourself thinking a whole new way! Talk The Truth: ‘I take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. My thoughts match God’s thoughts!’ (2 Corinthians 10:4,5)” ——An excerpt from “Over the Edge youth Devotional” by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
Pastor Rick Warren tells us in his “Daily Hope Devotional” how he never gave up. “The difference between faithful people and unfaithful people is that faithful people don’t give up at the first sign of difficulty. They keep on keeping on. Faithful people are determined. Faithful people are diligent. Faithful people are persistent. Faithful people don’t know how to quit. You know how a little acorn becomes an oak tree? An oak tree is just an acorn that refused to give up. I’m not that smart, but I do know one thing: It is always too soon to quit. You are never a failure until you quit, and it’s always too soon to quit. God uses tough times to test our persistence….I thought when we started a church we’d get a building quickly. We went 15 years without a building. In the first 13 years of Saddleback Church, we used 79 different facilities. You know how many times I felt like giving up? Nearly every Monday morning! But I don’t know how to quit. And God said, “Rick, if I never give the church a building, would you still serve me?” And I said, “Absolutely!” Saddleback grew to more than 10,000 people before we built our first building. How would you like to set up and take down a church for 10,000 people every week? There’s not a lot of glory in that. It’s just hard work. God uses tough times to test our persistence. If you’re going through tough times right now, then this Scripture is for you: ‘That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!’ (2 Corinthians 4:16-17) ”
In the book, “A Stranger to Self Hatred” Brennan Manning tells us how Jesus delivers us from self-hatred through a love that keeps no score of wrongs and a mercy that surpasses human understanding, In the eyes of the Master we have failed, we detect the infinite compassion of the Father and see revealed the human face of God. He then quotes John O’Grady. “The Savior knows that we have failures, even when we have committed ourselves to Him. The Savior redeems us from all personal failure by telling His followers that in spite of our sin we have value in the eyes of God the Father. A new possibility exists. We can be more than we are at any one moment; we can always bring some sense of goodness to the fore and come closer to living the way that will bring us peace. Even in the midst of personal failure the one who has been saved knows that he or she is still precious in the eyes of God, of Jesus, and of his holy community. The one who has been saved knows no sense of isolation. Jesus is the Friend who will never fail, the Faithful One who will never be lacking in fidelity, even when people are unfaithful to Him.”
“When we accept yourself for what we are, we see still hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security. We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular. We no longer fear criticism or contradiction because we accept the reality of human limitations. Integrated, we are no longer plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting inner peace. We accept our feelings as part of ourself, We appreciate and listen to them. Accepting our feelings allows us to choose appropriate behavior patterns that are beneficial to ourselves and others. Personality integration allows us to enjoy life responsibly and to discover the particular meaning of our own particular lives. We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves. ——An excerpt from “A Stranger To Self-Hatred” by Brennan Manning
“In the late 19th century, a customs service worker in the Austrian Empire fell in love and married his cousin, Klara, who gave birth to 3 children, all of whom died as infants. Her fourth child, a son, survived. He was her treasure. The baby’s name: Adolfus Hitler, or Adolf Hitler. What I’ve described to you is the birth of perhaps the most diabolical man ever born. Was this the birth of a monster? No. April 20, 1889 was the birth of a baby, not a monster. (Even though the child was raised Catholic and received the sacraments till he left home), that baby would grow up to be a monster because he’d make choices in his life of pride, anger, bitterness, self-pity, blame, selfishness, spite, and hatred. This very powerfully confirms the Word of God. Throughout your life, you’re given choices which could lead you to become a monster on one hand or a saint on the other; life versus death. Over the long run, you become what you choose: a monster or a saint. So God say s, “choose life,” because you will be not what you were and not what you are, but what you choose. Choose life. TODAY’S MISSION – In every decision you make today, choose the path of life.” —- An excerpt from Jonathan Cahn’s Sapphires.
“In order to speak the promises of God, we must believe the promises of God. 2 Corinthians 4:13 says, ‘I believed therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak.’ What we believe in our hearts will eventually come out of our mouths. If it is true that we will generally speak what we believe, and according to the verse we just read, it is true, then how can we make sure we believe the right things so we will speak the right things? Here’s the answer: Believing the Word of God in your heart and speaking the Word of God with your mouth is a powerful combination. In reference to salvation, the Bible says in Romans 10:9, ‘If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.’ Here we are told that we must not only have a right heart, but we must have a mouth that speaks what our heart believes. Before we speak, we must believe. And how do we believe? Well, it starts by hearing the Word of God….In verse 17 we are told how belief and faith are born. It says, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ That’s right. As simple as it sounds, we get faith by hearing the Word of God. So, when your words aren’t sounding like positive faith words, but are beginning to sound like doubt and unbelief, check your faith level. And if it’s low, saturate yourself with the Word of God.” ——An excerpt from Larry Ollison’s “the Cutting Edge Daily Devotional”.
“The branch of a fruit tree cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the tree trunk. Likewise, we cannot produce fruit unless we stay joined to, remain on, and stay vitally connected to Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus is life giving. We draw our strength and nourishment from God by abiding in the Son. The Message Bible says: “Live in Me. Make your home in Me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with Me.” Jesus said we are to “abide” in Him. That means to stay in a given place, state, or relationship. It means to continue, to dwell, to endure, to be present with, to remain with, and to stand. Do you get the feeling we are going to be in this for a long time? That’s what it’s all about. It’s Jesus with me, and me with Jesus, for the long haul? Today’s Thought To Take With You: I abide in Jesus and He abides in me, therefore I am fruitful for God as His child.” —-An excerpt from Tim Davidson’s “A Verse A Day”
“There are times in our lives when God chooses not to show us the whole picture. Sometimes the only step we know to take is the one right in front of us. When you are seeking to walk in God’s ways, you can trust that He is guiding you. You might not understand why He is leading you in a certain direction, but I can guarantee He has good plans for you. So don’t be overwhelmed or concerned about your future. Take it one step at a time. Ask the Lord where He is leading you today and go forward without fear. ‘A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?’ (Proverbs 20:24)”. —–An excerpt from Christine Caine’s “First Things First”