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Month: April 2015

I Am Yours, Lord

I Am Yours, Lord

Do you surrender to Jesus daily? Good for you if you do. It does not have to be anything extravagant. We can just whisper “I am yours, Lord” and experience God’s sweet, loving presence right then and there. I am Yours, therefore save me [Your own]; for I have sought (inquired of and for) Your precepts and required them [as my urgent need]. (Psalm 119:94, AMP) When we breath in the Spirit of God, we breath out our worries, regrets,…

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From Distress to Deliverance

From Distress to Deliverance

Whenever something is repeated many times, it’s usually worth of paying attention to the matter. Today I found the same verse repeated four times in one psalm. Time to pay attention. What could be so important? Could it have anything to do with my life? Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love     and his wonderful deeds for mankind. (Psalm 107:8/15/21/31, NIV) Thanksgiving is so important. God’s love is so magnificent. God’s care is so wonderful. I…

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Hide-and-Seek with God?

Hide-and-Seek with God?

Do you ever wonder if God is playing hide-and-seek with you? Even if it does feel like it sometimes, God does not play games with us. Not even hide-and-seek. Or maybe it is you who is hiding from God? Let me tell you, hiding from God does not work either. This world does not give much attention to things eternal and invisible. It is unfashionable, uncool, and extremely odd to be interested in God. But I am with C.S. Lewis:…

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My Soul Sings Hallelujah

My Soul Sings Hallelujah

I’ve never understood that some Christians can live without reading the Word of God. Do you? How do they keep doubts away? How do they remind themselves of God’s goodness? I truly need to read the Word of God to be filled with the joy of salvation. Let me explain. Just read these three verses: You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting…

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Our Prayers Matter

Our Prayers Matter

Do you pray without ceasing? Do you spend enough time with Jesus? Here’s some incentive to pray more. I was reading the fifth chapter of The Revelation to John when I came across this “they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. (Rev.5:8, NIV) Our prayers are honored more than we can ever know. They are lovingly brought to God by angels. Our prayers join the eternal worship of God. Our prayers matter….

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Live in the Present

Live in the Present

All we really do have is today. But that’s really all we need to live well. We don’t know about tomorrow and yesterday is gone. But today is a present for us and we are called to use it as well as we can. If we do so, if we are able to embrace all God has for us today, we are ready for tomorrow, no matter what it brings. Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day…

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God Is Active

God Is Active

Reading the Old Testament can be very rewarding.  And I am not talking about the most popular places there. For example, this morning I was reading Zechariah 10:6-12 . What a powerful yet different way to hear how God cares for his flock. As you read it, be amazed how many times God says “I will” (13!)! It’s like God’s saying “I’ll do what needs to be done for them”. God is having compassion, gathering, signaling, guiding, answering, bringing his…

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Sitting at Jesus’ Feet

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet

Which Bible character do you mostly identify with? Mary is the woman I mostly identify in the gospels. That’s why I truly enjoyed reading her diary in Mary DeMuth‘s and Frank Viola‘s brand new book The Day I Met Jesus: The reavealing diaries of five women in the gospels. The stories are found in Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-7, 17-44, and John 12:1-11 (or Matt 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9). The first one is the story of Jesus visiting Martha and Mary, the…

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Real Rest

Real Rest

Are you in need of rest? Don’t be fooled. Don’t look for it in the wrong places. Turn to God, get away with him, and find real rest for your soul. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. (Matthew 11:29, AMP,*) God is gentle and humble at heart. He wants what’s…

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving?

The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving?

Am I the only one that has ever wondered what ‘offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving’ means? And if that really honors and glorifies God, how could we do it in today’s world? He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me. (Psalm 50:23, AMP) The sacrifice of thanksgiving is mentioned many times in the Old Testament. It is a voluntary sacrifice that is motivated by thanksgiving. It was also shared with all the worshipers. Because of…

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