BE CREATIVE AND BE BLESSED
No matter what has been taken away from you, no matter what losses you’ve experienced, if you give it over to God, He will return to you more than you could ask or imagine. He’ll make things right and give you more than what was lost or stolen. When you put your hope in God, He blesses you and God wants to multiply your joy, peace, wisdom, health and finances with a double portion in every area of your life!
The first step in moving forward into this fresh future is forgetting the disappointments of yesterday. It’s time to forget about those disappointments and reach out in faith to God’s abundant future.
Throughout the history of the Christian world, so many of those who were used of God in so many ways were also the ones who seemed to struggle the most, and frequently asked where God was, why He didn’t answer prayer, and so on. They often felt betrayed, violated and abandoned.
There were people just like you and me, yet they had deep routed conviction that God would bring them through no matter what their problems may be.
So often we live with the knowledge that the deeper we allow our faith in God to grow, the more we seem to struggle against powerful forces that often may seem more real than God in the struggles we go through to overcome them. Not only do we need to become aware of this one fact, but also realize we should expect a similar battle the deeper we pursue the presence of God, and surrender our hearts to Him.
If you’ve frequently ask questions such as, “Where are you God?” “Why don’t You help me?”, “Hear my prayer, Oh Lord,” and so on. Then you are not alone.
Living by faith, or in the Presence of God is never easy. Not one of the apostles found it easy. Eleven of the apostles were martyred, and the twelfth, John, the brother of James, was exiled. Paul, the writer of two thirds of the New Testament, had both a horrific start to his ministry, challenges throughout his ministry and died for his faith.
Every one of our Old Testament examples also struggled, faced all manner of hardships, persecutions and isolation while being used of God – no matter how blessed they were of God. And our best life example, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, suffered oppression, pain, agony. But above all, Jesus, more than any other, knew the anguish of feeling the extremities of heartache through abandonment.
So if you feel any of the above exampled trials, or the frustrations of life, and the constant attack of the enemy – welcome to God’s best.
God is a God of provision. There will always be a means He provides you with, or a way out that once you look back was either more than obvious – or nothing short of a miracle. Either way, it was He that gave you the means of a way through and the ability to overcome once you saw your way clear. How you deal with things once the door has been open is just as vital as when it was opened in the first place.
Agree With God and Gain Peace – 21″Stop quarrelling with God! If you agree with him, you will have peace at last, and things will go well for you. 22Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart. 23If you return to the Almighty and clean up your life, you will be restored. 24Give up your lust for money, and throw your precious gold into the river. 25Then the Almighty himself will be your treasure. He will be your precious silver! 26″Then you will delight yourself in the Almighty and look up to God. 27You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to him. 28Whatever you decide to do will be accomplished, and light will shine on the road ahead of you. Job 22:21-28 – NLT
Build Your Life On God’s Word – 24″Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25 – NKJV
Can You Pass God’s Test Today – If not, Repent First – 10But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. 11My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. 12I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food. Job 23:10-12
Choose God’s Pathway – 15″Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death. 16I have commanded you today to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, laws, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and become a great nation, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. Deuteronomy 30:14 – NLT
Do As God Instructs You To Do – 3So Moses went to the people and told them everything GOD had said–all the rules and regulations. They all answered in unison: “Everything GOD said, we’ll do.” Exodus 24:3 – Message
Don’t Get Off The Track – 7Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. 8And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. 9Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:7-9 – Message
Exercise Faith by Hearing God’s Word Daily – Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 – KJV
God’s Law Is Perfect In Every Way – 7 The law of the Lord is perfect in every way and is designed to give strength, power and depth. And the commandments created by the Lord are both reliable and trustworthy and they demonstrate Gods wisdom in everything He puts His hand to – especially the simplest and smallest of things. 8 The decrees of the Lord are right, and those that pursue them are happy they’ve done so. His laws so just, they never need to change and from the outset were designed to improve everyone’s understanding for every kind of day to day living. 9 The fear of the Lord is unadulterated by its purity by those who walk in His ways, and because of this will last forever in its wholesome transparency. And the Lord’s judgments are good, based on grace and not legalistic issues, or religious legalism. 10 They are to be preferred more than the finest gold ever produced, and are far sweeter than the most succulent honey taken straight from the honeycomb. 11 Furthermore, The Lord constantly (and lovingly) reminds us, that our willful obedience of deliberately keeping His commands brings great rewards and blessings. Psalm 19:7-11 – (Rewritten by) Peter Collins
God’s Word is Eternal – 6The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:6-8 – NKJV
He’s Always There to Support and Bless the Righteous – 28GOD loves this kind of thing, never turns away from his friends. Live this way and you’ve got it made, but bad eggs will be tossed out. 29The good get planted on good land and put down healthy roots. 30Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone, rolls virtue around on his tongue. 31His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins; his feet are as sure as a cat’s. 32Wicked sets a watch for Righteous, he’s out for the kill. 33GOD, alert, is also on watch — Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head. 34Wait passionately for GOD, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it. Psalm 37:28-34 – NLT
His Covenant is Forever – 14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations 1 Chronicles 16:14-15 – NIV
In Everything Follow God’s Ways – 6″And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. Deuteronomy 6:6-8 – NKJV
Learn God’s Ways and Walk In Them – 7I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. 8I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me. 9How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. 10I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. 11I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Psalm 119:7-11 – Message
Live By The Word Only – 3And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3 – Amplified
Read and Meditate on God’s Word Daily – 7Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do. 8Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. 9I command you–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9 – NLT
Rely on Just One Thing – God’s Word – 47Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.49But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke:47-49 – English Standard
There is No Room for Compromise – 2You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:2 – NKJV
The Promises of God are Kept by God – Forever – 7He’s GOD, our God, in charge of the whole earth. 8And he remembers, remembers his Covenant — for a thousand generations he’s been as good as his word. 9It’s the Covenant he made with Abraham, the same oath he swore to Isaac, 10The very statute he established with Jacob, the eternal Covenant with Israel Psalm 105:7-10 – Message
The Word of God Will Never Pass Away – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Mark 13:31 – English Standard
Whatever God Does Not Need Improvement – 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. 11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 – NIV
The Upright Will Inherit God’s Best – 28The Lord is devoted to holiness, honesty and integrity, and will not abandon His followers. They’ll be cared for. However, the offspring of the ungodly will be cut off from His presence and from His blessings forever. 29The upright will inherit the best portions of land, territories and nations and will inhabit them forever. 30Those devoted to holiness speak wisely and act justly. 31The more they draw closer to the Lord, the more the law of God abides in their heart. He won’t stumble. 32This is in sharp contrast to the ways of the ungodly, who constantly spy upon the upright in God and seek to destroy them at every opportunity. 33But it won’t happen. The Lord won’t stand back and allow the enemy to falsely accuse or destroy the righteous without being stopped and brought to account. 34Those who sincerely trust Him, wait in His presence and uphold His commandments, will be lifted high and will inherit the best portions of land, territories and nations. At the same time they’ll see the ungodly cut off from His presence and His blessings with their own eyes. Psalm 37:28-34 – (Rewritten by) Peter Collins
You Can Be Happy – 20He looked at His followers and said, ‘Those of you who are poor are happy, because the holy nation of God is yours. 21Those of you who are hungry now are happy, because you will be filled. Those of you who have sorrow now are happy, because you will laugh. 22You are happy when men hate you and do not want you around and put shame on you be-cause you trust in Me. Luke 6:20-22 – NLV
Your Focus Comes from the Word of God – 7Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. 8And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. 9Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:7-9 – Message
Your Steps can be God Ordained – The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37:23-24 – NK
When You Pray – Be as Jesus was when He was tempted by the devil during His 40 day fast and pray quoting the scripture as often as possible. When you do that, you call upon the angels of God – they can help bring your prayers to reality.
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