Posts Tagged ‘deliverence’

  

“Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” (Deuteronomy‬ ‭7‬:‭6‬ NLT)

As I sat at the Burger King restaurant last night after church, I was privileged to be hanging out with some special friends, the ladies from Teen Challenge in Russellville, AR. I sat listening to their stories, where they came from, the addictions and past scars they are seeking to overcome, and the scriptures that they are standing on to accomplish it. To me, I was sitting amongst the bravest heroes I had ever met: Those that will truly fight their personal demons!

One of them shared this verse with me and it immediately struck my heart. How many of us sit in our regrets, stained by sin and failure, cultivating and perfecting the hatred we feel for ourselves to the point that we could NEVER see ourselves as treasurable? I would dare say that it would be all of us and probably occurs everyday. 

So here is a word of hope for today! You are truly a treasure to God! Don’t focus on the failed opinions of others or even yourself. Get to know God’s loving thoughts towards you and grow in that beautiful relationship! You are free to be loved today! 

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This town is located in pleasant surroundings, as you can see. But the water is bad, and the land is unproductive.” (2 Kings‬ ‭2‬:‭19‬ NLT)

It was one of those Mike-is-a-Moron  moments that happens WAY too often. My car just wasn’t running well: slow taking off, slowing down quickly when letting off the accelerator, sluggish in every aspect. And every where I went, it smelled like someone was burning a cat! My frustration meter was pinging like a fire alarm! And then I saw it. My emergency brake had been mashed and never released. All I could do was pop the pedal and shake my head. Problem solved. 

Sometimes we wonder why our life stays off kilter. All the ingredients for good living are there, so why do I seem held back? Usually it’s because of internal problems in us, like a knack for negative thinking, a need for control, or being prone to fall for certain temptations. These issues, whatever they are, prevent us from living optimally and happily. If not dealt with, your life will be filled with nothing but failure and depression.

Are there areas of your life in which you repeatedly experience defeat and frustration? Does there seem to be an obstacle or barrier holding you back from the victories you hope to experience? Is it a struggle for you to be productive in certain aspects of your life? Let God give you a much-needed Life Inspection so you can be free. Life’s too short to stay down! Live well! You are loved today!

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Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On December 15th, Craig Johnson was on his way to visit his family when his snow mobile started to sink. He survived being lost for three days in the Alaskan wilderness, 40 miles from civilization, in subzero temperatures and being stalked by a wolverine. But only after the searching helicopters flew past him did he start to give up hope.

As you look back on 2014, there may be some hopeless situations you’ve had to endure; for some, maybe it’s been longer than a year. But the amazing thing about our God is that His very presence and existence screams hope for anyone who will listen! Throughout the Bible, God is spelling out the case for divine protection for the believer: If we are His, then He will provide and defend.

Craig Johnson is a blessed man to be alive today, and so are you. We don’t have to be stuck in Alaska or the Pacific Ocean to feel hopelessness. Be free from the dungeon of the your mind by allowing God to save you. If you are His, then your eventual breakthrough is secure! You are loved today! Hang in there!

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My old self has been crucified with Christ.” (Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ NLT)

According to David Farabee, a research psychologist at the University of California, we have a criminal rehab problem in America. Each year, some 600,000 criminals are released back into society. Yet, 70% of all criminals are re-arrested within 3 years of their release from prison. While there are some faith-based programs that do have much higher success rates, they only impact a trivial amount of this group. So how do we decriminalize criminals?

We face the same issue in the Christ Life. The mark of a true believer is a changed life. The hardest part of spiritual discipline, though, is the changing of our nature. We can’t keep living the same bad life yet proclaim that God saved us! It’s more than losing our guilt, it’s about losing our old life in order to gain a new one!

Spiritual recidivism, just like criminal recidivism, means I’ve invested some time towards change but haven’t allowed myself to change. We can’t change ourselves, only God can do that. Ask God today, and everyday, to be changing you, helping you to have discipline to say “No” and a desire to accept a new way of living. Your life was made for better things! Choose to live it! You are loved today!