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Reflection

Psalm 25:7

Matthew 6:14-15

As you face The Lord in judgment I’m sure that you want Him to be merciful…to remember the good and forget the bad.

If this is your desire, why not extend that same type of love, forgiveness and mercy here on earth?

The Word says that Jesus will forgive us if we forgive others.

Give grace like you want to receive it.

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Tough Times?

Matthew 10:22

Jeremiah 27:21-22

Do you feel like you’ve been misplaced? Are you at a loss as to why you’re experiencing the things you are? Maybe you feel like God has no idea what is going on in your life.

But He does. He knows exactly where you are. He knows exactly what you are going through. He is completely aware of your situation.

He’ll bring you through it. Trust in Jesus.

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

John 16:33

Matthew 9:2

Are you having a hard time? Are things not going your way? Do you feel bombarded by the things of the world?

Don’t be discouraged. Don’t feel singled out. Don’t feel like you’re all alone.

Jesus said we’re to expect tribulations. He even goes on to say that during these tribulations we can still be of good cheer.

Why is it that we can be of good cheer when our world seems to be crashing in on us?

Because we’ve been forgiven. And our “forgiver” has overcome the world.

Eternally Optimistic

Matthew 7:7

Jeremiah 31:15-17

As the mother wept for her wayward child God spoke peace to her soul…telling her not to give up hope, because it wasn’t over yet.

God is still working on you. He is still hearing your prayers. He will give you your heart’s purest desire.

Don’t give up hope.

The Word

Matthew 7:8

What does the Word of God mean to you?

Is it the basis of all your decisions?

Is it the foundation that you’re standing on it?

Is it your hope, comfort and strength?

Or is it just another book to you? One that you read just because you feel obligated?

The Psalmist depended on the Word for answers, guidance and vision. To him it was a lamp unto his feet, a light unto his path.

The psalmist desired a relationship with The Lord. We can see that he spoke to Him often pouring out his heart, giving everything to God. And The Lord would speak to him through the Word.

Pray to have your relationship with Christ be strengthened. Ask The Lord to put that desire on your heart. Then be prepared and willing to grow in your dependence on the Word, because that is one of the most tangible ways The Lord speaks to His children.

Overlooked

Matthew 19:14

“Children are the church of the future.”

We hear that statement a lot. And it is true. But we need not to overlook another truth: children are part of the present church.

Elisha, through the power of God, destroyed a group of children that mocked him.

This tells us two things:

1)children have an affect on those around them

2)God takes children seriously

Teach children the ways of The Lord. Wrap them up in prayer. Welcome them as workers in the kingdom of God.

Seeing Results

Matthew 6:6

Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground.

The removing of his shoes had significance. It wasn’t just a random commandment of The Lord.

Joshua’s shoes represented the filth of the world that he had been dealing with.

The removal of the shoes teaches us that we are capable of putting all things aside and focusing completely on Jesus.

Just as Joshua was able to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground, you are able to separate yourself from the cares of this world when you commune with Jesus. Begin with prayer. Ask The Lord to change your frame of mind…to lead you…to consume your thoughts.

It will require effort to meet with Jesus fully focused on him. Just as it required effort for Joshua to remove his shoes. You may have to move to a different place. (Maybe from the work area to the kitchen table.) He may have you change the time you meet with Him. (Maybe from a nighttime reading to an early morning devotional.) Just be willing to make any changes He requires of you. The results will be well worth it.

Evaluate

Matthew 3:17

“…this is my beloved Son, in whom I well pleased.”

Could God say the same thing about you?

Double Check

Matthew 7:15

Job was facing difficult times. He had lost his farm, his children and he was sick.

His wife’s advice? Kill yourself. End it all.

Job was taken aback that his wife would suggest this. She was supposed to be someone he could trust to give sound advice. Job immediately recognized that this wasn’t Godly counsel. He rebuked his wife and continued to praise God.

Sometimes people will fail us. They will give us bad advice.

God will never let us down.

Take the advice or opinions of others to the Word. Make sure what they’re saying lines up with the principles of God.

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