Look At Yourself And See What God Sees! #Masterpiece ~>

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Ps 139:14)~~ God calls you His masterpiece! You have seeds of greatness inside of you. You may be able to easily spot the greatness in others, but YOU NEED TO SEE the greatness God has put in you. (Eph 2:10).

You were created and fashioned by God- the Master. He made you just the way you are, and He has a SPECIFIC and amazing plan for YOU; a destiny for YOUR life. (Jer 29:11).

That destiny is yours and yours alone. It’s there waiting for you. It’s always been there. The Bible says that He planned it for you long ago. (Jer 1:5).

It’s easy to hear these things, but it can be a lot harder to actually receive them as yours. You can believe it for somebody else. You believe God’s best for your friends and the loved ones in your life. You encourage and support them as they pursue their destiny, but you struggle to receive it in your own heart. The world sees what you did yesterday as a way to define you and your potential according to its standards. God doesn’t operate in yesterday. He sees your eternity! He has already been in your tomorrow, and calls you to it. Today is a new day! Yesterday is gone! God is not judging or punishing you for yesterday; nor is he holding your mistakes against you, but God is saying it’s time! It is time for YOU to start seeing yourself the way He sees you (2 Cor 5:19).

God doesn’t see you as a “maybe” or a “what if.” He doesn’t see wasted potential. When He looks at you, God simply says, “You are destined, you are My masterpiece.” No matter what God has called you to be or do, you are a masterpiece. You are filled with His greatness! Let this truth really sink in and let it change the way you think, and ultimately the way you live. (Rom 12:2).

Don’t just read and like, HEAR this message…receive it as God’s promise to you! You read this far down for a reason! Believe that He wanted you to see this as much as I believe He wanted me to share it! God Bless YOU!

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When Life Goes Negative, Take It Positive #Focus ~>

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation (Hab 3:17-18)~ Negative thoughts are parasites that live off the energy you give them!! They hinder you in your marriage, your family, your job, your LIFE!! They steal your joy and keep you from being who you want to be or even worse, who God says you ARE! Arguing with negative thoughts is an exercise in self-destruction. Entertaining them is like giving them a transfusion with your own blood. You become psychologically anemic as they suck the blood from your mental veins. They become stronger as You become weaker. When a negative depressing thought pops into your mind, count your blessings, and continue counting them, until your thoughts move in a positive direction. Positive thoughts restore positive perspective. When negative things happen, take positive action! These are the only appropriate responses to negative thoughts and negative occurrences. Negative thoughts are poison to your spirit! They warp your sense of self control and yield improper results! They are not welcome, and they don’t stand a chance when you take positive action. Master your thoughts early or they will master you. Negative thoughts are your enemy and as the enemy, you should purposely seek them within your mind and make it your mission to defeat them!

Don’t Lose Hope – It’s Gonna Be Okay! #IGBOK ~>

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Jesus, God in the flesh — the creator, sustainer and redeemer of all creation — made this promise! He shouts it in His Word – from Genesis to Revelation! He’s the only one who could make this promise — and keep it. And because He did, we have reason to hope. That doesn’t mean that the cancer will be healed, the relationship fully restored, the physical pain or emotional ache will go away in this life. It means that because He has entered and overcome our brokenness…we can live this life with real hope — a hope that knows one day everything will be set right forever in the life to come. Jesus made some reassuring and comforting points to leave His disciples with back then and us now. Jesus promises us that IT’S GONNA BE OKAY…

…AS LONG AS WE SERVE IN HUMILITY.

(John 13:12-17) –  When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

…IF WE OBEY HIS “NEW COMMAND.”

(John 13:34-35) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

…BECAUSE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT ARE OUR ADVOCATES.

(John 14:16-21) “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—  the Spirit of truth….  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

…IF WE REMAIN IN HIM.

(John 15:5) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

…EVEN THOUGH THE WORLD WILL HATE US.

(John 16:2-4) “The time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them….” (John 15:18-21) “ If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”

…BECAUSE JESUS PRAYED FOR US. HE AND GOD ARE TALKING ABOUT US!

(John 17:13-21) “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

IT’S GONNA BE OKAY!

Stop Grudging!!! Harbored #Hatred Hinders Healing!

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. (Eph 4:26-27) Would you pick up a flaming hot coal in your hand to throw at someone else? Better yet, would you drink poison with the expectation that someone else would get sick or die from it?? I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t. So WHY would you allow yourself to contain anger or a grudge against someone? Why do you choose to hang on to your wrath rather than deal with and fix the problem? When you carry that anger because your pride and ego won’t let you put it down, you are essentially burning yourself, poisoning yourself and stressing yourself out. And guess what… that person you’re mad at…is moving on..just fine. Your grudge had zero impact on them. Tomorrow will have enough problems of its own (should you live to see it) without you bringing today’s issues into it. It’s bad enough to go to bed angry… but why would we want to get up in that same old state? Think about this, to go to bed..mad, the sleep you do get is not quality because you left your mind and heart to stress all that drama you had too much pride to let go of..only to wake up….still mad…keeps you from being truly and fully thankful to God for the day He has given you; cause you’re mad! I hear you saying “oh I’m thankful but I’m still mad!” You so mad you PROUD of YO mad! Really?? How does that make sense? Who are you really hurting by staying mad??? Would God ever bless you and carry anger over you? What devil in hell told you it’s okay to stay in this angry phase? Well the devil IS a lie! He’s laughing at you because he’s tricked you into slowly stressing yourself to DEATH! Whatever it is… deal with it before the day ends! What if the chance to reconcile never comes (tomorrow)? You think being angry takes a toll on you, try not ever having the chance to forgive or apologize. Don’t let the devil have his day at your expense! Fix it and then rest! You’ll sleep better and live to wake up feeling much better! Harbored Hatred Hinders Healing!!

Stop Complaining; Stand Your Watch! God Keeps His #Promise ~

O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention (Hab 1:2-3); I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Hab 2:1-3)~~ When tossed and perplexed with doubts about the methods of Providence, we must watch against temptations to be impatient. When we have poured out complaints and requests before God, we must observe the answers God gives by His word, His Spirit, and providences; and what the Lord will say to our case. When we get impatient, we tend to stop doing what WE are supposed to be doing. We back away and refuse to do our part because we feel justified holding back since the blessing…that vision we are looking for is being (seemingly) withheld. But the reason so many of us miss the Word of God is because we are now not ‘listening’ to the Word of God. We may feel like God is not listening to us when in fact we have not stopped complaining about things and being all over the place; to get in position and even listen to HIM. When He finally gets our attention and we stop all of the actions and noise of our own understandings …when we wait on Him, THEN He gives us the vision! A true vision that is bigger than us and has generational proportions; a vision that we don’t accomplish but He accomplishes through us… a vision that brings HIS glory (not ours) to pass. But until God makes a move, we must exercise patience and trust; we must abstain from complaining because our blessing seems delayed; we must do what WE are supposed to do..standing OUR own watch! Trust Him…it will happen! God is not a man, that He should lie (He is the Way, the TRUTH and the life); neither the son of man, that He should repent (His gifts are irrevocable): hath He said, and shall He not do it (His Word will not return to Him void); hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good (and God Said: “Let There Be”… and it was so; and He saw that it was good)? Don’t complain, gripe or fret: He will do what He said He would do! You just keep the faith and do what YOU’RE supposed to do. It will come to pass!

….Because He Qualifies The #Called ~

And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? (Ex 3:11)~ There are many reasons why God shouldn’t have called you, but don’t worry, you’re in good company. Moses stuttered. David’s armor didn’t fit. John and Mark were rejected by Paul. Timothy had ulcers. Hosea’s wife was a prostitute. Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning. Jacob was a liar. David had an affair. Solomon was too rich. Jesus was too poor. Abraham was too old. David was too young. Peter was afraid of death. Lazarus was dead. John was self-righteous. Naomi was a widow. Paul was a murderer. So was Moses. Jonah ran from God. Miriam was a gossip. Gideon and Thomas both doubted. Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal. Elijah was burned out. John the Baptist was a loudmouth. Martha was a worry-wart. Mary was lazy. Samson had long hair. Noah got drunk. Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?

But God doesn’t require a job interview. He doesn’t hire and fire like most bosses, because He’s more our Father than our Boss. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need.

The enemy says, “You’re not worthy.” Jesus says, “So what? I AM.” The adversary looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and sees the cross. He doesn’t calculate what you did in ’78. It’s not even on the record.

Like vine branches, we are not continually laden with fruit. That would be unnatural. For a significant portion of its life, a grapevine is nothing but a dry, twisted stick; fruitless, useless for shade, worthless as timber; to all appearances fit only to be ripped from the ground and reduced to ashes. Yet those barren times are as vital in the life of the vine, as the seasons of fruit.

Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t have called us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him more than our next breath, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, or what we look like. And If He thought enough of you to call you to something, don’t you worry about being right for it. God has made sure that you are qualified and justified, that in all this His name will be magnified and glorified! “Why Me?” you ask: because while many are called, few are chosen! He chose you and God has never had to regret a choice! You may be full of problems for some people but you are fearfully and wonderfully made and you’re perfect for God!

We Fall Down, But (By His Hand) We #GetUp ~

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed (Ps 37:25-26)~ The blessing of God is the spring, sweetness, and security of all earthly enjoyments. And if we are sure of this, we are sure not to want any thing good for us in this world. By His grace and Holy Spirit, He directs the thoughts, affection, and designs of His children. By His providence He overrules events, so as to make our way plain. He does not always show us His way for a distance, but leads us step by step, as children are led. Sometimes He allows us to fall…just a little, but God will keep us from being ruined by our falls, either into sin or into trouble. Though such a fall will sorely hurt, there is much wisdom and dependence on Him to learn from and His grace and mercy to experience. I have yet to see a consistent believer, or their children, reduced to abject, friendless want. Because God doesn’t forsake us in affliction; and in Heaven only the righteous in Him shall dwell for ever; yes..that will be our everlasting habitation (Ps 37:18). A good man may fall into the hands of a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, but God will not leave us in His enemy’s hands! Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand (Ps 37:24)!