Archive for November, 2012

Merry…

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Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart makes well, like medicine”

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the vast array of products we see when entering a pharmacy. Each item promises the good things that it can do for us. The selection is often so great that we need assistance to pick even a simple treatment.

Today’s verse helps us select what is best. It says that a merry heart is fundamental to making us well in a similar way to medicine. Many of us have taken medicine for ailments but few have applied a merry heart to their life to make it well.

A merry heart is simply one that is joyful, glad and rejoicing. As Christians these 3 things reside in us and are meant to be a vital part of living. The problem is that we hide them when we’re not feeling well rather than use them. God says that this is the exact time for us to utilize them.

Now, medications have an important place in healing but above that is our merry hearts. We are made in God’s image and He knows exactly what’s needed to assist our health. He says a merry heart works inside us helping our health to return.

This week let’s use our merry hearts to make us well. Pick an area of life, that isn’t thriving like it should, and let your joy, gladness and rejoicing overflow through it. Like a medication it will get inside the problem, causing wellness to return and victory to be obtained.

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Joy Needed…

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John 16:24 “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy”

Have you ever been in a crowded room talking with someone only to discover that they were actually chatting to someone else? You feel embarrassed and slightly disappointed as you move away and compose yourself.

This verse lets us know who to talk to about what we need in life. We are to go directly to God and ask in Jesus’ name. When we do this the Bible says that we will receive what we asked for. Now that is great but there is even more.

When we’ve received what we asked for we also get abundant joy. We won’t walk away disappointed and embarrassed like in the conversation above. God promises to supply this joy with everything He gives when we ask properly.

Now, the key to opening this verse is that Jesus said, “You probably haven’t done this before.” Many believers have never asked for anything in Jesus name. That is why they haven’t received anything with joy. God’s promise is that whenever we ask in Jesus name, we will receive what we asked for plus abundant Joy.

So, what do you need? Take some time this week and ask God for it in Jesus name. Then get ready to receive. God’s Word says that it will come to you smothered in Joy at just the right time. This is God’s way, and it works, so why not let it work in you!

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A Great Question…

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Psalm 2:8 “Ask of Me, and I will give the nations for you to own”

Have you ever seen a child in a supermarket that asks for everything they see? If it’s in front of their eyes their hand reaches out and you instantly hear “Can I have that?” We’ve all experienced this at one time or another.

Our verse says that God can give us the nations of the Earth… if we ask for them. The problem is, as we get older we tend to ask less. We find ourselves becoming self sufficient instead of God supplied. God says, if we want something, then we ask Him for it!

Sometimes what we ask for comes quickly. Other times it takes longer, but the key is in asking God. Following that, we just need to keep walking in His ways, obeying His Word and fellowshipping with each other. This results in us obtaining the given promise.

Now, if God can give us something as enormous as the Nations, think about what you might need today. The first step to getting it is to ask God for it. Then pursue Him along life’s path and you’ll receive it.

This week, let’s come before God and ask Him for what we need. Remember nothing is too big or too small for Him. He is concerned about what concerns us, so ask Him for it. Then keep obeying His Word and walking in His ways and before long we’ll have what we asked for.

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The Road Ahead…

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Exodus 15:18 “The Lord reigns for ever and ever”

Have you ever driven a road that looks like it lasts forever? Each time you turn a curve you discover that the road continues on, disappearing into the distance.

Our verse says that God’s reign, that is his control & influence, are just like a never-ending road. His reign goes beyond what we presently see or experience, all the way into the future. It runs right through eternity.

In our Christian life there are certain truths that we must settle. God’s reign over our life journey is one of them. It doesn’t matter what curves and turns we meet in life God must be allowed to lead and steer us on a course of safety.

Daily the enemy takes every opportunity to push and batter us. Nonetheless God’s reign, that is his control & influence, allows us to survive and navigates even the greatest attacks. God will lead us beyond what’s happening today towards a powerful and dynamic future.

This week, why not make an unwavering commitment to accept God’s reign afresh in your life. His plans and purpose for you are full of future and hope. God will securely take you forward on life’s path if you allow him. You will go beyond your current circumstance and, before you know it, you’ll be racing along life’s road again filled with faith and hope.

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