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God Remembers…

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Psalm 20:3 “The Lord will remember for you all your offerings and He will accept your burnt sacrifices”

A great quote and key to life that we discovered many years ago was: “Never forget what God remembers.” Our soul can remember lots of stuff but it remembers certain things better than others. It remembers we should eat when it should be reminding us to exercise. It remembers all the betrayals, offenses & hurts rather than the freedom & future God has for us. Our soul remembers a lot but it also forgets many things.

Now, today’s verse says that God remembers something for us. We’re told that He remembers ALL OUR OFFERINGS. Reflect on that thought for a moment… how many offerings have you made to God in your life? Well, He remembers every single one, no matter how small or how massive it was. In simple terms He’s keeping account of every single one for you & for your future.

Whether our offerings were 5 cents or $50,000 God’s seen them, He’s remembered them and He’s multiplying them as a harvest into our future. They’ll be ready for us at the exact time they’re needed… even if we’ve forgotten about them. A sad fact is that some believers have never made an offering and this means God has nothing to remember & nothing to multiply back to their lives in a time of need.

This week why not do something that God will remember by making an offering to your local Church, Pastor or ministry. It could be some of your time, finances or even a physical gift to the House of God – His Church. Whatever we do God will see it, He’ll remember it and He’ll multiply it back to our future just like He says He will in His Word.

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Forever Happy…

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Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!

Everyone has happy days and sad ones. Of course we all like happy days and really enjoy the gladness that they bring. Even in the midst of very challenging days we can still experience great joy, happiness and contentment. It’s actually the best way to live and it’s possible to accomplish.

Today’s verse focuses on the fact that you and I should be rejoicing. This means that we shouldn’t expect life to be sad, mournful and sorrowful. We need to make a firm decision that if God’s Words says rejoice then rejoicing is exactly what we’ll be doing. It’s actually so important that this verse tells us twice that we should rejoice.

Now, rejoice means to be glad, calmly happy, joyful & thriving. We’re meant to be this way at all times and forevermore. Every day anxiety, fear and oppression tries to suck joy from our lives. When we experience these times it’s vital that we gather our thoughts together & then focus clearly on what the Lord has done, and is doing, for us. Correct focus will cause us to rejoice and it’ll make the enemy back off quickly.

This week lets write a list that contains some of the great things God has done in our lives; things that cause us to rejoice in Him. Carry that list with you and when anxiety, fear or oppression tries to come against you use it to rejoice in the Lord. Before long we’ll be living a life that’s glad, calmly happy, joyful and thriving.

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The Loan Trap…

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Proverbs 22:7 “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender”

God is acutely interested in every area of our life. His care extends to the natural, spiritual & even relational realms. Our Bible offers immense wisdom & understanding on how we should act in every realm of life. It also offers powerful keys as to what we should, and should not do, to gain success.

This verse from Proverbs 22 provides us with wisdom about how we should act in the financial realm. We’re told that a borrower will always be a servant to the lender & that the lender will rule, or have control, over the borrower. Therefore borrowing money has the potential to relieve money problems in our lives but will end with the lender having dominion & power rather than God.

Now, our verse doesn’t say that borrowing money is wrong or a sin. It simply says that we’re to be mindful that whenever we borrow we come under the control of the lender whether we like it or not. This is a spiritual principle so it doesn’t matter how large or small the loan, a lender will always rule and cause the borrower to be a servant. We’re called to be servants of God – not servants of lenders!

So it’s time to get free. Today is a great day to start making good financial plans for a better future. Rather than constantly borrowing money why not set a plan to pay off debts and get free from the lenders control. Before long we’ll each be experiencing greater times of intimacy & relationship with our God as He becomes the source of everything we need in life.

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Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”

Have you ever seen the chariot race in the classic movie “Ben Hur”? There’s so much going on with horses, chariots and people. Everybody’s trusting in the horses & chariots and some of them meet very grisly ends. There’s plenty of power there but we’re definitely not meant to put our trust in them.

Today’s verse is a timely reminder for us to trust in the name of the Lord and nothing else. It’s easy to see powerful personalities, corporations or identities & decide to place our trust in them and on what they say. But it will only lead us to a grisly end. We must put our whole trust In God, His Word & His Name.

This verse also reminds us that it’s only “some” who put their trust in the wrong things. We, as bible believing Christians, know that the things of this world are temporal [2 Corinthians 4:18, James 4:14]. So why would we put our trust in something that is going to vanish. We will trust the Lord!

This week let’s take time aside to make valued decisions based upon God’s Word. If we discover our trust has been misplaced onto worldly things let’s make adjustments and bring life back into line with His Word = Trusting in Him. As we do, life will become less grisly and more enjoyable. Our future will be so much brighter and life will flourish again.

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A Bunch of Problems…

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James 1:2 “When problems of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

Have you ever noticed that problems are like bananas; they turn up in bunches. As soon as you see one you start seeing them everywhere. At times there seems so many problems that there’s no way out. The truth is that our Bible provides great keys on how to deal with every problem that comes our way.

Todays verse helps equip our future to flourish. James says that problems will come our way and there’s no escaping that. He further explains that a problem is only ever a problem if we see it as a problem. If we look at them from God’s point of view we’ll see them as opportunities that can produce great joy rather than barriers to our future.

In the following verses James shows us that every problem provides us with an opportunity to grow. We may think, “Why do I have so many problem?” without realizing that we’re standing in the greatest place to apply God’s Word, grow and enter into a season of great Joy. But if all we see are the problems, then the problems are all we’ll have.

This week why not look at every problem that comes your way as an opportunity to grow. Stop seeing your problems as negatives. Rather, take a little time to speak God’s Word to each one and then apply your faith and patience to the situation. Before long you’ll enter a place of great joy and problems will no longer hinder your future or your happiness.

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