Know who you are in Christ!

Whether you are single, dating, married or you have kids running around all over the place, the keys to contentment at any stage of life are knowing who you are in Christ and trusting God with every aspect of your life, future and destiny!

Ultimately, real love, joy, peace and contentment can only be found in Christ.

The feelings we have of insecurity, inadequacy and incompleteness all stem from the same place – not knowing who we are in Christ or all that we have in Him.

Today, know that YOU are an overcomer, the righteousness of Christ and a child of the King!

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name . . . (John 1:12, NKJV)

Cast Your Cares!!!

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I’ve got some liberating news for you today . . .

The moment you finally let go and let God work is one of the most freeing and peaceful moments you will ever find yourself in!

You can choose to know in your head that you can cast your cares on Him, or you can allow it to permeate the very fabric of your being and actually believe it in your heart . . . and then do it.

Lift your gaze off your circumstances and inadequacies and instead “fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” He has your back!

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

Try casting your cares on Him today, for He does care for you.

Overcoming Doubt!

One of the questions I get ofter is how do we overcome doubt? How do we acquire childlike faith and keep it? God’s Holy Word says, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5, NLT) Christ said it was the most important commandment. Mark 12: 29-30 This degree of loving God must be the first key to overcoming doubt. If we truly love God, will we doubt Him? Please teach us to love you like little children, trusting you in all things and with each moment.

Perhaps our doubt stems from our realization that God doesn’t see and do things the way we do. We can’t understand why God would allow His faithful followers to suffer torture, imprisonment and death for their belief in Him. He’s almighty God! Why doesn’t He rescue these people? Why doesn’t He show His mighty power to the oppressors and break them free? Why does He allow His children to suffer hardship? We’re children of the King! Why doesn’t He keep the bank from foreclosing on our house?

When we start asking these kinds of questions about God, we have entered the realm of human logic and reasoning – a large contributor to doubt and a constant drain on the love relationship that we’re supposed to give all our heart, soul and strength.

Isaiah 55:8 says, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. (NLT)

We must remember that it is not this life on this earth that we live for. Our time here is brief compared to eternity. Whatever we accomplish here and whatever we suffer here, as long as we have our strong love relationship with our Lord, we will be OK. “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.” (Luke 17:33, NLT)

Forgiven people forgive people!

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Forgiven people forgive, because they are eternally grateful for the grace of God’s forgiveness in their heart. They are keenly aware that outside of Christ, they are cursed to a cycle of unforgiveness—lost in their sins. Thus, the Lord raised them up forgiven, so they in turn can forgive. Forgiveness on earth flows from forgiveness in heaven. It is something to be passed on today, not to be stored away for some unique future occasion.

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” ~ Ephesians 4:32

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Unforgiveness encroaches on the health of our relationships. Its cancerous affect eats away at our enjoyment of God, family and friends. Do you hold a grudge that has a hold of you? Does resentment hang over you like a bad dream, only you never wake up? This level of emotional upheaval is no way to live for the Lord. His will is not for you to be preoccupied with people who have stolen your joy and hindered your fellowship with Jesus. Forgiveness frees you from the bitter taste of bitterness and replaces it with the sweet taste of grace. Thus, forgive like you’re forgiven.

True forgiveness is sincere and all-inclusive. We are not in the position to judge who deserves forgiveness and who does not.. One test is to ask if you are tender-hearted or hard-hearted toward another. A hard heart has yet to be broken by heaven’s caring crush, it may take extended adversity to soften your heart to forgive.

Why wait in anxious resentment when you can be freed today from hatred and relational apathy? What if you forgive someone and they are unresponsive and unrepentant? You cannot control another’s response, only your own. Trust that the Lord is working and that your humble and sincere example will begin a work of grace in their heart. Love and kindness tear down walls of anger—grace and forgiveness build bridges of hope. Satan’s destructive deception is exposed and destroyed in the face of your forgiveness.

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