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The Joy of the Lord is our Strength

Mistakes Were Made, but Mercy is New!

I used to hate making mistakes. But the more I mess up, the more I appreciate God’s mercy!  His arms are always open wide, ready to receive your repentant heart, ready to give you grace and strength to start again. There is nothing on earth that is completely new every day and free for the taking but the love and mercy of God!

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

–Lamentations 3:22-23

“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.

 You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”

–Psalm 51:17

I’ve always been my worst critic. I think a lot of artists can relate to that. We can’t help but take our craft seriously. But if we are stuck in the mud behind us, we won’t be able to participate in the new thing that God is doing before us! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on anything my Father is doing!

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

–Isaiah 43:19

The Lord always makes a way. He led his people through the sea by a man with a staff, through the wilderness by a cloud and a pillar of fire. And if you think for one minute that God can’t lead you through the wilderness as well, then you might need to reread the history we have with God. Not once has he failed His people. His faithfulness, His purpose, always prevails.

A verse that I’ve had to proclaim until I believed it is this:

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.”

–Psalm 138:8

And what the Lord wills, never fails. May we believe this today. When we know this to the core, it changes how we respond to trials and adversity. Instead of looking down in fear of the deep waters, we may keep our heads up, and our gazes fixed on the One who walks on water.

Fear is only good for the footprints of the children of God. Let your fear propel you into the arms of faith today. Into the arms of mercy and steadfast love. May the perfect love of God abound in us and cast out every fear! For His love is greater and His name higher, than anything we might be going through.

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Verse of the Day: Hebrews 1:3 (The Radiance of the Son)

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Hebrews 1:3

And because our lives are hidden in the Son, Jesus Christ, (Colossians 3:3) our lives are hidden in the glory of God. We who belong to God, cannot escape the glory of God. It hems us in, behind and before (Psalm 139:5)! YAY!

Psalm 139 tells us there is no where we can go to escape from the presence of God! (As if we’d want to!) He is with us, from the depths of Sheol, to the heights of heaven!

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.…”

–Psalm 139:6-7

I’m so thankful we have a God who is not far from us, but with us, as His name, Immanuel, actually means! What a privilege! To live every day in the presence of the Most High God, whose Word created and sustains all of creation!

If you are feeling weak today, let His Word uphold you. For Jesus is the Word, and He longs for you to give Him all your burdens, and sit down at His feet and know true rest and peace and joy! He loves you so much. Look to the cross if you can’t really believe it. Look at the nails in His hands and behold His eyes looking down at you, not in bitterness for the pain our sins caused Him, but in complete love and forgiveness. What good Father would not die for his children? What Shepherd would not die to protect His sheep?

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

–John 15:13

Called to Love: The Solution to All My Problems!

“We are called to love, not to be loved.”

—Dan Mohler, School of Kingdom Living, Part 9

When I heard Dan Mohler say that, my mind was blown. I suddenly saw the root of all my problems…and it was me. It was the pattern of thinking I had got stuck in without realizing it. A “me-centered” thought life.

Suddenly my mind was opened to a whole new way of life, the life Jesus called me to as He died on the cross for my sins. The life He called me to as He washed his disciple’s feet (John 13:1-17). The life He called me to as He told Simon, “If you really love me, then you will feed my sheep” (John 21:17).

In an instant, I felt all my problems disintegrate into nothing. Suddenly I realized, other people were more important than me. I am not here on earth to receive, but to give. All I must do is seek the kingdom of God, and He will provide all that I need in the process!

If we are here to love, then we no longer have to fear being rejected, because we can’t be rejected if we aren’t living to be accepted.

When I know I am loved by God, I won’t need to feel loved by anyone else! Because only the love of God is perfect and fully satisfying! “In His presence is fullness of joy and at his right hand are pleasures forevermore!” (Psalm 16:11)

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
 —Acts 20:35

If we are here to love, then we no longer have to fear being rejected, because we can’t be rejected if we aren’t living to be accepted. When we learn to walk in the truth that God has accepted us, and ADOPTED us into His family, then nothing can shake us. Our identity is built on the Rock, our God and Refuge, not the shifting sands of the world. Storms may blow around us, but we shall not be moved.

I used to struggle with abandonment issues and sometimes feel left out, but when I remember that I am here for people, I no longer feel hurt by people. When we realize we are here to love and to bless, praying for those who persecute us becomes MUCH easier.

And when you are tempted in your anger to throw stones at those who are throwing stones at you, try and remember that you are called to a higher purpose. You are called to be a living sacrifice (even if that means sacrificing your pride), to manifest the love of God to His people. We are not called to throw stones, but to be living stones with which God can build His glorious Kingdom with! What an honor!

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.”

–1 Peter 2:5

 

The One Constant in Life: God’s Word

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]

The Lord upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

–Psalm 145:13-21

 

I love the Word of God. In a world where hardly anything is as it seems, where there seems to be more deception than truth, the Word of God stays the same. It is constant. It never changes. It is faithful because the One who spoke it into being is faithful. It is strong enough to hang our hats on, and especially our whole lives on!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

–Isaiah 40:8

 

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

 –Luke 23:46

 

On the cross, Jesus put His life into the hands of His Father in heaven, because He knew God was faithful to carry it. I pray this faith settles into my heart and the hearts of God’s children. That we would be able to give ourselves to God in faith, even in the midst of the fire, in the valley of weeping, and even at the point of death.

May God give us the grace to believe Him, to take Him at His word. For we know Him and His character. We have history with our God. Therefore, we can know, even in trials, that our God is near, and has equipped us for each day before the dawn ever thought about shining.

May we rejoice in our trials, because they produce in us an endurance and perseverance to press on towards the goal, which is the glory of God. May we thank God for the fire in our lives because it only refines us and makes us more like Christ.

 

“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance,character; and character,hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.…”

–Romans 5:3-5

 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

–Isaiah 43:2

 

God never promised us we wouldn’t go through pain and difficulty. But He does promise that He would be there with us. That He would heal us, comfort us, save us, preserve us, answer us, and guide us into a great destiny!

 

“You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.”

–Psalm 73:24

New Favorite Song: “In Your Midst” by Allie Paige

 

✞ Lyrics:

I come to sit at your feet/ To drink from the fountain of life/ How it satisfies/ No where else, do I want to be/ The warmth of your heart is enough/ It’s enough for me/ I come to have communion with the King/ to sit at the table and dine with the highest priest/ To know, just what’s on your mind/ The secret of Heaven I’ll live to search, to find /So hide me deep inside your heart Lord/ Cover me with your wings /Bring me into safety/ Bring me into fellowship with who you are, Lord /Father, Son and Spirit/ This is all I long for/ To be in your midst/ This my heart’s desire /To know you and be known /To know you and be know by you Jesus

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

1 Corinthians 13:12

Quote of the Day: C.S Lewis on Happiness

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

C.S Lewis

 

“Until now you have asked nothing in my name.

Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

John 16:24

Don’t Underestimate The King of Glory

“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.”

–Psalm 24:7-8

 

The King of glory lives inside you. He is strong and mighty in battle! Therefore, YOU are strong and mighty in battle! To underestimate yourself is to underestimate the God who lives inside you.

Quote of the Day: Dan Mohler on Deception

“If you see yourself as anything but righteous,

it’s deception.”

Dan Mohler, School of Kingdom Living (Part 3)

 

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

Reckless Love: My New Favorite Song to Play on the Ukulele!

 

Just learned this song on the ukulele! I can’t stop singing it! 🙂 God is so good!

Love you guys! Keep your heads up! God loves you sooooo much. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. He is for you, not against you. You can run from Him, but He will always chase you down. You were worth the blood of His only Son, and you’re worth it still.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

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