And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
Do you love God? If so you know God loves you. You have responded to God’s love revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.
God has chosen you to be His servant. He has chosen you to show people how much Jesus loves them. God has chosen you to do great and mighty things in Jesus’ name.
You might be thinking, “What can I do?” In your own strength not much, but God, can do great and mighty things through you!
How do we walk worthy? By faith. Start by believing God is in control of all things. Believe God is molding you and shaping you into the image of Christ!
God loves to bless His children. He loves to shower His mercy and grace upon us. Sometimes the blessings of Almighty are delivered through hardship and struggle.
We will suffer trials and tribulations in this life. God tells us so in His word. We have an enemy who opposes the work of God in our lives. Rejoice, God uses trials, suffering, tribulations, and opposition to mold us and shape us into the image of Christ!
Once my wife and I gathered 49 pennies and walked to a grocery store wondering how we would feed our family of five. God provided a meal in a miraculous way. The Lord showed us that He is faithful to meet our needs when we are needy!
In a time of prosperity, the Lord said to me, “I will give you what you need when you need it.” I thought my financial cup would continue to run over. I am thankful it did not.
God kept His promise to give me what I need when I need it. God sees into our hearts. He knows what He needs to bring into our lives to meet our true needs. The Lord also knows what He needs to take away to build up our faith and bring us into His will!
The Lord knows what it takes to fulfill our calling as servants of God. He knows what it takes to lead us into the promised land of abundant living!
I know the great joy of feeling as though God is with me and blessing me. I also know what it is like to feel as though God has forgotten me and turned His back on me. God is faithful. He has always been with me giving me what I need exactly when I need it.
God promises never to leave you or forsake you. Hold on to that promise!
Walk worthy of you calling to be a servant of Almighty God through faith in Jesus Christ!
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 NKJV
The instant we are restored to right relationship with God we become new creatures. Jesus takes up residence in our hearts. We are freed from the power of sin and death.
Before I met Jesus I was in bondage. I had many good qualities. I had a positive outlook on life. I was outgoing and adventurous. I expected good things to happen in my life. I was also addicted to drugs. For years I wanted to stop the madness. I could not!
Jesus delivered me from bondage in the time it took for my born-again heart to beat. In that instant when Jesus came into my life I was no longer a drug addict. Twenty-two years of drug addiction were deleted from God’s mind and my body.
Does being saved mean you and I will never sin again? No, it does not. It means we are no longer slaves to sin! We will sin again and again. Sin is anything that misses the mark of total perfection and submission to God’s will for our lives!
We may sin but we are no longer identified by our sins. We may sin but God does not enforce upon us the judgment He requires of sinners (death). We may sin but God imputes (assigns), the righteousness of Christ to us. We are hidden in Christ forever.
Jesus did not free us so we can return to the bondage of sin. Jesus set us free so we can serve the Lord and each other!
God has already made a way of escape for us when we are tempted. Our part is to trust Jesus by not willfully walking back into the snare of sin!
Jesus put all our sins, past, present and future, behind His back. Jesus did it so we would not be stuck in shame or frozen with fear. Jesus wants us to move forward one step of faith at a time!
If you are in bondage to sin Jesus wants to set you free today.
It does not matter what sin has ensnared you. It does not matter how long you have been caught up in sin. Jesus can set you free in the time it takes your born-again heart to beat once. Jesus can come into your life and make all things new today!
Jesus will put your sin behind His back never to be remembered again. Jesus will put you on a path that leads to eternal blessing.
What does God require of you today? He wants you to trust Jesus with your life. The Lord wants you to serve Jesus and the people all around you!
Starve your flesh. Deny your selfish desires. Seek Jesus with every breath you take and every beat of your heart. The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us in eternity!
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
God used Jeremiah to call Israel to repentance. The Lord wanted Israel to turn back to Him. God wanted them to love and obey Him. He wanted their lives to be fruitful. God wanted all Israel to prosper in every way.
The Lord wanted to show the nations He is God in the heavens above and on the earth below. He wanted to use Israel to display His power and glory. God wanted to display His mercy, grace, and forgiveness through Israel. He wanted to use Israel to show His loving-kindness.
The God of the bible never changes. Jesus has the same desires for us today!
God is saying, call out to Me and I will answer you. I will show you wisdom and mercy beyond measure. I will show you what it is like to live your life for me. I will show you what it is like for me to form My life in you.
Jesus wants to show you what He can accomplish with surrendered lives.
God wants you to speak for Him today!
Jesus wants to use you to call His people to repent and turn to Almighty God. He wants His people to love and obey Him. He wants us to be fruitful and prosper. Jesus wants all people everywhere to know He is God in the heavens above and on the earth below!
God wants to use you to display His power and glory. He wants to use you to display His loving-kindness.
God’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness are available to you through faith in Jesus Christ!
Call out to the Lord today!
Ask Jesus to give you a vision for serving His people. Ask Jesus to give you His heart to love His people. Call out to Jesus so you can speak the Word of God to His people!
Ask Jesus to show you His heart. He will answer by revealing how much He loves you!
They shall be My people, and I will be their God; Then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, For the good of them and their children after them. Jeremiah 32:38-39 NKJV
This is the heart of God!
God’s greatest desire is for us to live in loving relationship with Him. That is the reason the Lord created us.
Do you really believe that?
The bible begins with God creating the heavens and the earth and all living creatures. The Lord created the first man and woman in His image and likeness.
God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the three persons in whom there is one God lives outside the confines of time. God lived in a perfect loving relationship from eternity past. He created us to be a part of that loving relationship.
God’s creation was ruined by the sin of the first man and woman. They were cast out of the presence and blessing of God. The Lord never relented from His desire for mankind to live in a loving relationship with Him.
God gave us the choice to receive or reject His love. He gave us the option to love Him or withhold our love from Him.
What would you give to live in a loving relationship with the most powerful being ever? What would you give to live in a loving relationship with the only perfect being? What would you give to live in a loving relationship with the only being that knows all things?
The better question is what would this all powerful all-knowing, ever present, perfect being, God, give to live in a loving relationship with you? The answer is His one and only Son!
God sent His Son to live the life of a man and die on a cross as punishment for your sin and mine. Our Heavenly Father made it clear that His desire to live in a loving relationship with you is so great no price is too high to be paid by Him for you!
God wants you to make a choice today. Will you in loving relationship with Jesus?
Will you choose to live in a loving relationship with the God who created you in His image and likeness? Will you choose to spend eternity in the presence of the God who calls you to dwell with Him and among His people? Will you choose to receive the blessing of God’s eternal love?
Will you share the love of God with people who do not know Jesus?
God’s blessings are for all people who call on the name of Jesus. Call out to Jesus today!
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:26 NKJV
Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, And I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul. Jeremiah 32:41 NKJV
God judged the nation of Israel. God gave Israel into the hands of the Chaldeans. God spoke through Jeremiah the prophet. He would send the King and many of the people of Israel into captivity in Babylon.
God instructed Jeremiah to buy property in Jerusalem. Jeremiah did not understand.
Why would God tell Jeremiah to by property in a city that would be conquered by a merciless enemy? The Chaldeans would not honor Jeremiah’s property rights. Jeremiah prayed for understanding.
God told Jeremiah He would gather His people together and bring them back into the land the Lord gave them. The people of God would dwell in safety again. God said, “They shall be My people, and I will be their God.”
What does this mean to us today?
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Nothing was impossible for the Lord in that day. Nothing is impossible for Jesus today.
God’s greatest desire is to bless us. Jesus wants to show us how much He loves us. Jesus desires our love and devotion. He desires our worship. God inhabits the praises of His people. Worship brings us into God’s presence!
The God of all creation desires to live in an intimate relationship with you today!
God was jealous for the children of Israel in biblical times. He was looking to bless His people. His desire was to draw them back into His favor.
God judged and punished the people of Israel many times. God allowed Israel to suffer hardship and trial. It was always for the purpose of refining them. God was molding and shaping Israel into the people He created them to be.
Jesus is jealous for you today! Jesus is looking for ways to pour out His favor upon you today!
Jesus will allow you to suffer hardship and trial. It is for the purpose of refining you. Jesus wants to mold you and shaping you into the person He created you to be!
Jesus is looking for ways to bless you. If you trust the Lord with your life today Jesus will rejoice over you with all His heart and soul throughout eternity!
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV
Jeremiah asked God for understanding. He praised the Lord for His goodness and mercy. Jeremiah praised God for His sovereignty and knowledge of future events.
God promised the children of Israel He would bring them out of Egypt. He did bring them out. God promised to lead them into a land they would possess as their own. The Lord led them into a land flowing with milk and honey.
The Lord spoke to the nation of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. God would send them into captivity again.
God told Jeremiah to buy property in a city under siege. The Lord told Jeremiah to buy land that would be conquered by a merciless enemy. Jeremiah obeyed God.
Has God ever given you a glimpse into your future? Maybe God put a desire in your heart. Maybe you have not yet seen the evidence of God fulfilling His promise. Do not lose heart!
God keeps His promises. Every prophetic word of the Lord will be fulfilled!
Jesus said He would appoint me to speak for Him. He said I would be His witness and testify of Him. The Lord said I would share His message with the world. I believed God even though I did not think I was equipped to serve Jesus.
The Lord planted a seed that grew into a desire. I do not yet see the evidence of God’s promises. I must hold on to the promise of them!
What things has God spoken to you? What promises of God remain unfulfilled in your life?
The Lord will fulfill His promises to you. Hold on to them. Hold on to the promises that are for all people who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Hold onto the promises Jesus made to you!
God created you for eternal and divine purposes. Jesus has a purpose and a plan for your life. It will come to pass just as God ordained it.
If you have made mistakes or lost your way, turn your heart back to Jesus. He is waiting for you. Return to your first love!
Good created the heavens and the earth. His power has not been limited. His arms have not been shortened. Nothing is impossible for our God!
Jeremiah declared the Word of God to the people of His generation. Jesus is calling you to declare the glory of God to the people of our generation. Will you answer God’s call?
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV
God chose Israel to be His beloved. He chose them to be separate from the other nations of the world. God chose them to live with Him in a special loving relationship.
God’s desire from the beginning was to bless protect and provide for Israel. Israel turned away from the Lord. They chose to be like the surrounding nations. They chose to reject God’s love and protection.
God never gave up on the children of Israel. He judged them. He punished them. God did it to draw them back into His loving care and protection. God wanted to draw them back into a special relationship with His loving-kindness.
People who live by faith in Jesus Christ today are the people of God!
We are God’s chosen people. Jesus wants us to be different than the people around us. Jesus wants us to live under the loving hand of His blessing and protection. Jesus is drawing us into a special relationship with His loving-kindness today!
You shall be My people, And I will be your God. Jeremiah 30:22
When I was first saved the Lord spoke to me. He said, “My hand has always been upon you”. Jesus was at work in my life even before I surrendered my heart to Him.
I remembered some of the times when I found myself in desperate circumstances. The years of isolation and loneliness came back to my memory. Jesus gave me what I needed when I needed it to believe He is God!
If you know the Lord it is because His hand has always been upon you. Jesus called you by name so you could know His name and share it with other people!
The Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to Him and they are saved. Almighty God is the Father of Lights. He is long-suffering. God’s love and mercy endures forever!
God is calling people out of the darkness of desperation and despair today. He is drawing people out of bondage to unbelief today. The process of getting to know Jesus is not always an easy one.
Many of us had to come to the end of our resources and strength before surrendering to Jesus. Some of us had to suffer heartache loneliness and isolation before giving our hearts to Jesus. We had to be drawn by His loving-kindness.
Lift-up the name of Jesus so the Lord can draw others out of the darkness and despair of unbelief into the light of His loving-kindness mercy and grace!
And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV
God is speaking to Israel. God created them. He set Israel apart to be His special possession. The Lord chose Israel to live in a loving relationship with Him.
The people of Israel knew about God. Their lives revolved around religious traditions, laws, and customs. Their religious acts were not acceptable to the Lord.
God told Israel they needed to seek Him because they had not yet found Him. They did not know God because they had not sought Him in the secret places of their hearts.
What does it mean to seek God with all your heart? If I had a dollar for every time I spoke to someone and outwardly agreed with what they were saying while inwardly disagreeing I would be a rich man.
If I send out this message as an item on a list that must be completed to please God it is a waste of time. If I send it out to fulfill my selfish desires it is sin. If I write and send out this message because I love God and want to glorify Him I am blessed!
We will know Jesus intimately when we choose to know Him intimately!
God is after your heart because His greatest desire is for you to love Him with all your heart. In western civilization we speak of the heart as the center of a person. It is who we really are when all else is stripped away.
Jesus sees straight into our hearts. Jesus knows the secret things hidden in our hearts.
What is in your heart today?
If your heart is not filled with love for Jesus do not feel guilty, sit in a corner, or take a time out. Do not feel condemned. Ask Jesus to fill your heart with love for Him.
Loving Jesus begins with the desire to know Jesus. Anyone who truly knows Jesus will fall in love with Him.
Jesus created you in His image and likeness. Jesus wants you to be set apart for Him. You are His special possession. Jesus wants you to live in a loving relationship with Him today!
If you seek Jesus with all your heart you will fall in love with Him. Seek Jesus with all you heart and you will be blessed in this life and throughout eternity!
Am I a God near at hand, says the Lord, And not a God far off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see Him? Says the Lord; Do I not fill heaven and Earth? says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24 NKJV
Speaking about false prophets who lead His people astray. God says “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings”.
God is against false prophets and evil shepherds because they bring harm to His people.
God tells Israel He is not in a far distant place. He is close enough to see everything. No one can hide from God. His presence fills the heavens and the Earth. God wants His people to know He will hold them accountable for their choices and deeds.
God holds the false prophets and evil shepherds accountable for leading people astray. He holds the people to account for believing the lies of false prophets. He holds the people accountable for following false shepherds who abuse their authority.
God is speaking to us today. Jesus is not far away. He did not create the heavens and the Earth and go away somewhere. Jesus did not create us and leave us to ourselves. Jesus is with us. He sees everything. The Spirit of God fills the heavens and the Earth.
Nothing can exist apart from Jesus. Jesus holds all things together. The Holy Spirit is everywhere people gather in Jesus name today!
God will hold the false prophets of our day accountable for the words they speak in His name. Jesus will hold ungodly leaders to account for leading people astray today.
God sent His people into captivity. His purpose was to draw them back into a loving relationship with Him! Some of us have been led into various forms of captivity. Jesus wants to draw us into a deeper loving relationship with Him today!
The things we do in secret are not hidden from Jesus. Jesus does not want us to be taken captive by sin. Jesus wants us to be free to enjoy an abundant life with Him!
How can we live the abundant life? We can call upon the Lord to bring correction into our lives. We can ask Jesus not to leave us to ourselves. We can ask Jesus to expose false teachers. We can call upon Jesus to bring godly leaders into our lives.
Jesus is near enough to hear you when you call out to Him. He sees the good works you do in secret. Call out to the Lord today. Ask Jesus to give you the wisdom to discern the times we live in. Ask Jesus to send forth His word to cleanse hearts like a refiner’s fire!
Ask Jesus to use you to lead His people into the promised land of abundant living!
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So, your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV
A new year is upon us. Will it be more of the same? Will the promise of a new beginning bear fruit? Or will we toss wisdom aside and carry our crumbs to bed at night?
World War 2 left millions of orphans in Europe. Some were placed in state run facilities. They were well fed and clothed. Many did not sleep at night. The memory of starvation and deprivation kept them awake.
The children were fed right before bedtime. They still could not sleep. They were given a piece of bread to sleep with. If they ate the piece of bread they were given another. They slept soundly knowing they would have a piece of bread to eat in the morning.
We are not orphans. Our Heavenly Father feeds and clothes us. He does not want to take anything from us. He wants us to honor Him with the best of what He gives us!
The Lord is not offering a bribe. He is giving us an opportunity to partner with Him. Jesus allows us the privilege of participating in His ministry by giving our best to Him!
The bible has more to say about money than any other subject. One of the things it tells us is that it all belongs to God. The Lord created earthly treasure for eternal purposes. The decisions we make with our money have eternal ramifications!
When we honor God with our possessions we become a conduit to meet needs and bring people to faith in Jesus Christ!
We cannot out give God. If we sanctify our purses they will never be empty.
I have seen the Lord do amazing things when I hold onto my money loosely. I have also seen resources dwindle when I live in fear of losing them!
God gives us the freedom to live in fear or walk by faith. We can hide a piece of bread under our pillows at night. Or we can trust Him with our earthly treasure and reap the eternal rewards God is storing up for us in the kingdom of God!
We do not know what the economy will be like in the coming year. God never changes. He is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. Jesus gives wisdom to people who seek it. Jesus draws near people who draw near to Him!
Seek the Lord in 2021. Honor Him with your possessions. Give your best to Almighty God. He gave His best for you!
With great freedom comes great responsibility. Be wise, give everything you own to the Lord. Jesus can take better care of it then you can!
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