God is #ChasingAfterYou – Will You Be Caught? –

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For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:38-39)~ God tirelessly pursues us- He loves us more than we are even capable of loving ourselves. He loves us with a ‘despite’, ‘in-spite-of’, ‘regardless-of’, ‘even-if’, and ‘although’ kind of love. His love for us is unconquerable by any external force.
We are pursued by a love so ferocious, so all-encompassing, that it cannot be quelled by our repeated blunders and obnoxious errors. No, it’s not because we’re so beautiful that our divine lover has become intoxicated beyond reason. No, it’s not because we are good most of the time, and so our sporadic mistakes can be easily overlooked. And it’s certainly not because we are so needed that He would rather keep us around than lose us. Far from it! Rather, it’s because of HIM! It’s because HE first loved us (1 John 4:19). Yes, we are loved unreasonably, unconditionally, unequivocally, supernaturally by a God who looks deep beyond our flawed-ness and sees the love of His life, the apple of His eye.
David’s words ring loudly in my ear as he inquired of God, “What is man that You are mindful of him? And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4). Indeed, and because He loves us, He continually forgives us. For though our sins are mountainous in light of His purity, His love for us is bigger and the covenant He has forged with our souls is more potent.
Today, receive the unmerited love of God that tirelessly pursues you. Allow it to permeate your being and transform you into the spotless bride of Christ. Accept His proposal of love, even in the midst of your situation, even if you feel unworthy; accept His hand! My friend, God wants you to know, understand and believe…that you are the love of His life – even knowing that you would be unfaithful to Him from the start – He promises to be faithful to you for all of your days!  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8).

Rock Solid Stability in an Unstable World – – #God4Us – –

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We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; (2 Cor 4:8-9)~~ How can this be??? How can we possibly be stable in such unstable conditions? Well, we’ve got God on our side – and we are like a wise man that builds his house upon a rock (Matt 7:24).  See, life sends all sorts of storms and challenges our way, whether it’s health, relationships, jobs or any other kinds of stress. Just because we are believers and followers of Christ doesn’t mean that we’re exempt from trials and tribulations. In fact, the Word reminds us that Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble (Job 14:1). Knowing this himself, the enemy is crafty in sending all sorts of trouble and stress and confusion our way and even making us believe that it’s some sort of task from God, but God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Cor 14:33). Knowing this, the enemy gets us fearful of things going on around us and causes us to act on that fear, but God did not give us this spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). The enemy also give us false feelings of power and self sufficiency that we can get through trials on our own, enacting our prideful ways, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2 Cor 4:7). The enemy with all of his tricks and lies seeks to keep us in confusion and and fear and darkness but we have salvation – For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.(2 Cor 4:6). Are you seeing the ‘light’ my friend? Are you seeing the One who provides all of these things? In the world ye SHALL have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have (Jesus has) overcome the world (John 16:33). And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phi 4:7) – yes, it is tough – you don’t know how to even FEEL sometimes and you might not be thinking clearly and probably don’t always know which way you’re going. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt 6:33). What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31).

Don’t Let Your #Success Be Your Point of Failure! –

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And He said to them, “ Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”; Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. (Luke 12:15,23)~~ 
Life’s not all about success. Those are fairly heretical words for most of us men, men trying to ascend, men for whom success in careers, success in raising kids, or success in just looking successful have become so important. Planning for success, working for it, worrying about it; dominates our everyday lives. And, I mean, look around.  How could life not be all about success?  
Well, it’s not. Our King, Jesus Christ, teaches us that it’s not.
 

“Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot” (Luke 12:15 MSG).
 
Now, make no mistake, life is partially about success— we’ve got to spend our lives for something, and we should do that something as well as we can. So, we mustn’t forget success entirely.  
We just can’t make it an ultimate thing. “If you are too obsessed with success, you will forget to live,” wrote Thomas Merton.  When we focus all, or even most, of our lives on achieving success and obtaining things as fruits of that success, we fall short of the full life Jesus promises in John 10:10. We miss those parts of life where we’re meant to devote to the success of others.
 
How many of us sacrifice huge portions of the lives we’re meant to live— loving wives; spending time with kids; eating meals with families; hanging out with friends; HAVING friends; helping people in need— spending too much time on our own success?  
What does it REALLY get us?? Are you REALLY doing it for your family or are you doing it for your career so you can have that title, that corner office and the corporate perks?How many of us are unavailable to those who need us most, whose lives are enriched by us— and who’ll enrich ours, right back? Is it worth those 12 hour work days and long nights at the computer?  Sure, you can say you have nice houses and cars and a hefty bank account and your family has all of the benefits of those things like vacations and the best schools and (you get it)… but do they have YOU?
Take it from someone who almost learned the hard way… Success Without Living Life is … Failure! 

#Peace – It’s God’s Intent So I’ve Got To Have It! –

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isa 26:3)~ Our peace is often the focus of the enemy. Satan knows without peace, we are in a weakened condition, vulnerable to defeat. If he can get us to hand over our peace, he knows it won’t be long before we become putty in his hand. But, the devil is a lie! Friend, have you ever thought of the power that we have been given in Jesus’ name when we speak His word and claim it in our life? One of the great provisions of Christ to us as His family is peace in Him. He not only gives us peace, He keeps us in peace; in His perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, in all events. Trust in the Lord for that peace, that portion, which will be for ever. Whatever we trust to the world for, it will last only for a moment; but those who trust in God shall not only find in Him, but shall receive from Him, strength that will carry them to that blessedness which is forever. God’s Word is true and it can be trusted! When we stand on God’s Word, we won’t fall for the tricks of the enemy! And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (Col 3:15). As members of His family, peace is not just God’s gift but His WILL… His intention for us. He doesn’t intend that we live in stress and strain; He doesn’t intend that we have dysfunction in our families and relationships; He doesn’t intend that we struggle through life. It is His will that every need be supplied (Phil 4:19). Friend, I pray that God, the source of all hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ (Rom 15:13).
 
PEACE!!!

#GodsPlan – If it is His Will; His Will WILL Be –

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And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open (Isa 22:22)~ In life…All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28) because God’s will WILL be done regardless of what man says or does. We could even take a familiar context here to say “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:9); In marriage the bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied. We in OUR will allow things and people to come in front of our marriages… Family and friends and work and self-empowerment; we might even turn ourselves away from that marriage in our own selfishness, but the impact of that marriage stays with us for life, even if we re-marry. God intended it that way! In life, when God sets something in place, man cannot undermine or change His intent because God said His Word would not return to Him void but would accomplish what HE pleases and be great in it (Isa 55:11). So as long as God wills it and is intertwined in with you and whatever you endeavor, you will be bound to success in it because with Him in all things that threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecc 4:12). When God is acknowledged and directing your paths (Prov 3:6) you may not always go the way YOU think you probably should, but you’re always going the right way; take a step back and make sure you’re on the path He directs and not off on a detour of your own. God provides us with what He does because He knows what we need and what we WILL need. He opens doors along the way for us to walk through – but in fear we stand and look rather than trust Him and walk on through. He takes away certain things and people because He knows that it’s weighing us down. God doesn’t allow our marriages and relationship with Him and our blessings to fail, WE allow things and do things that cause it to fail. God brings us out of things and closes the door behind us; and like the sabertooth on the closing credits of the Flintstones (for those of you old enough to remember good cartoons), we turn around and bang on that door trying to get back in…and many of us do find that window and jump RIGHT back into what God brought us out of. When Jesus appeared to His disciples after getting up from the dead, one of the last things He reminded them of was that All power is given to HIM in Heaven and Earth (Matt 28:18). What level, title or position could we possibly have to stand above that??? Everything that God has spoken and promised since there was a way to have record of it by our ability…has come to be just as He said it. Never has anyone or anything been able to change His direction – because He is the Lord and He changeth NOT (Mal 3:6). When God takes us in a new direction, we have to learn not to look back, Lot’s wife I’m sure would have one powerful warning if she could tell us about the dangers of looking back when God had told us to move on for our own good! When God moves you, just say “Thank You Lord”.. don’t complain, and move forward… Because believe me…better yet believe HIM, if He wills it, it WILL be!

The Grass is Greener Where You Water It #LifeIsTooShort –

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Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers ‘with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth (Prov 5:15-18)~~  The only real promise of infidelity is that most of those marriages end in divorce. In the blink of an eye, the trust and security that was the foundation for a healthy marriage is destroyed. Sadly, it takes years of dedicated work to rebuild lost trust and security ripped away by an affair.. IF it even happens at all!  The reason is simple. After an ice storm, have you ever attempted to walk down a frozen sidewalk? Although it’s possible, there’s always anxiety that a horrible fall might be right around the corner. What many couples fail to realize is that an absence of trust and security in a marriage is like condemning a person to live on that ice-covered sidewalk. Your mate is never truly free to relax because he or she is continually fighting to keep his or her footing. Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God’s word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. If people put as much attention into their OWN marriage as they give to outside entities activities and people, imagine how low the divorce rate would be! Instead of looking at how green the grass APPEARS to be on the other side, try watering your own grass! It’s amazing how well a marriage flourishes when we nurture it!!! It’s been said how awesome it is to marry the one you love.. (Well, who else would you marry???)– but even more awesome it is…when you LOVE THE ONE YOU MARRIED! Look it’s just that simple! Marriage is that protected fenced in backyard! NO ONE should be allowed to walk in inside it other than the two of you that are part of it…and God Himself; not the kids, not mama or daddy or your siblings or your buddies or your girlfriends! FORSAKING ALL OTHERS means just that! This is your beautiful, blessed and sacred space – Your dream yard and the curb appeal you show the world should be a reflection of God’s purpose and blessing upon you! Water the grass and tend to it meticulously! When there are issues – deal with them IN THAT SPACE. When there is joy – celebrate IN THAT SPACE. When there is tribulation – grieve and rebuild IN THAT SPACE. Your marriage should be your place of solitude and your ultimate destination to get away from the world. Treat it right and your marriage will be something you’ll always look forward to coming home to!

There’s a Process to the #Promise. Be Patient until the Payoff-

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Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit; Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this (Ecc 7:8,10)~~ In our discontent, confusion and sometimes even our selfishness, we find ourselves apt to quarrel with God Himself and cry out upon the badness of our times, the hardships we have to go through and the waiting we have to endure to get to our blessings; when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts; and even in these times we enjoy many mercies. We long for the goodness of former times; as if we didn’t have like things to complain of (that we did). We find ourselves quoting even Christ to say “Lord if you would let this cup pass from me…”. Anything would be better than having to go through something bad just to get to the good! It’s a fact though, that our own impatience in going through… makes our trials harder for us than they need to be. See, in quoting Christ, WE leave out the part that says “Nevertheless, not my will but THY will!” (see Matt 26:39). If we would only understand the necessity of the “PROCESS”. We have to remember that weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Ps 30:5) – that’s a PROCESS. In fact, every blessing that God has ever delivered came as the result of a PROCESS. He could have instantly restored mankind after the fall in the Garden of Eden, but He took creation through a PROCESS for the next few thousand years until the coming of His son Jesus! He could have simply ‘smote’ Pharaoh and the Egyptians and freed the Israelites but He took them through a PROCESS of crossing the Red Sea. As we go through the “PROCESS” we will find at the end that the event of our trials and difficulties is often ended better than we thought at first… we just need to not be weary in our well doing…because in due season (after the process) God’s promise will be delivered! Don’t tap out in the PROCESS but wait it out…endure it…run it with patience! And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise (Heb 6:15). Friend, God’s Word tells us over and over and over again…Believe It! If you have PATIENCE in the PROCESS, the PAYOFF is His PROMISE! Focus on your Faith and it will get you to the Finish!