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Here's My Heart

Here’s My Heart Psalms 66:10-20 KJV For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried... 
Is there a purpose in God taking you through painful or difficult circumstances? Yes! God uses difficult circumstances in your life to test and refine you.  The question we most frequently ask is, “Why?” Why has this happened to me or to my family? Is there any good that will come from this pain and suffering? How will I ever, give thanks, when I hurt so bad? These are hard questions that fill our minds when experiencing tremendous loss. 
There is humiliation in the rejection of those we love and the dull ache of loneliness after death or separation that contributes to the anxiety and emotional pain we suffer. Sometimes we are even called upon to help carry the burdens of others while we are hurting ourselves to the point of devastation. Yet, we know that when friends and loved ones hurt, we are to hurt along side them.
When we are going through difficult times in our lives, we a…

God's Peace with You

God’s Peace with You Philippians 4:9 KJV “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Meditating and delighting in the Word of God is a great remedy over worries, health issues, family concerns, or plain ole stressing out. Being grateful to God with an inner tranquillity and a thankful attitude gives a Christian confidence that the Lord is able and willing to do what is best for His children (Romans 8:28).
The peace of God has many by-products and one of these is that it will transform the thought-life of the Child of God. Meditating on the things that are true, honest, pure, lovely, things of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy is a formula for staying away from sinful thoughts that disturb the inner peace God has given through prayer. Through all of our trials and testings, our many frustrations and fears, Paul gives to us encouragement in saying: “do the things you have learned, received, seen and he…

Loneliness

Loneliness Isaiah 40:28-29 KJV Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 
God has created us as social creatures that desire fellowship with other people. We, as human beings, cannot be truly happy unless the basic need of friendship or companionship is met. Many people become extremely lonely during the holiday season leading them down the road to depression and hopelessness. The feeling of loneliness can stem from a deeper problem–––not maintaining a proper relationship with God and with other people. Some people are hurt deeply from those that can help encourage but choose not to–––leaving people feeling rejected and lonely.  
For those of you who have tried to reach out to the lonely in your own time of need, but have been rejected in your attempt to en…

Influence

Influence
Matthew 5:13-16  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men...

President Woodrow Wilson told this story: "I was in a very common place. I was sitting in a barber chair when I became aware that a personality had entered the room. A man had come quietly in upon the same errand as myself, to have his hair cut, and sat in the chair next to me. Every word the man uttered,  showed a personal interest in the man who was serving him. Before I got through with what was being done for me, I was aware that I had attended an evangelistic service, because Mr. D. L. Moody was in that chair.
I purposely lingered in the room after he had left and noted the singular effect that his visit had brought upon the barber shop. They talked in undertones; they didn't know his name, but they knew that something had elevated their thoughts. I…

Thank You for Freedom

Thank You for Freedom
Galatians 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty (freedom) wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience the freedom from sin and death that You have provided through Jesus Christ. Today my voice and my heart are free to praise You and  for this, I am immensely grateful. Forty-two years ago, I was “Born Again” by the power of God working in my life. This was the first truly free Fourth of July celebration I had ever experienced and I will forever be grateful.
On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me never take my freedom for granted, physically or spiritually. May I call to mind my freedom was purchased with an immeasurable worth, others’ very lives. Thank you, Father, for giving the ultimate sacrifice, Your perfect sinless Son, for a sinner like me.
I want to e…