Tag: Jesus

Give God Everything

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
—1 John 1:9

I don’t know about you, but every day I tell the Lord, “Father, You are looking at a desperate woman. I need You, Lord. Without You I can do nothing.”

The Bible teaches us that if we admit our sins and confess them, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Start by freely admitting all your faults. Hold nothing back. Admit them to God and to people. Don’t make excuses or place blame elsewhere. As you do this, you will experience a new freedom, and your relationship with Jesus and with people will improve greatly. I have found that if I tell people my faults before they find them on their own, neither one of us is as bothered by them. Be open with people. Most people respect and admire honesty and openness. It is what we try to hide that comes back to haunt us.

Invite Jesus into every area of your life. Don’t hide your faults from Him. He knows all about them anyway. Don’t hold anything back; give God everything!

Lord, I ask You to come into every area of my life. I confess my sins and faults to You and ask Your forgiveness. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness and make me whole. Amen.

*Originally published by Joyce Meyer

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God Is With Us In Dark Times

Genesis 39:1-23

The life of Joseph teaches important principles about challenging times. Here are three of the lessons we can learn from the adversities he faced:

1. Difficulties will continue until God’s purpose is accomplished. In Joseph’s case, God’s plan was to prepare him to rescue his family as well as the nation of Egypt from famine. In order to ready Joseph for a position of authority and responsibility, God placed him in an important Egyptian household as a slave. There, in difficult circumstances, Joseph could learn key lessons needed for the future. Not only did he acquire valuable skills, but his faith and relationship with the Lord were also strengthened. God still operates that way so we will be equipped to accomplish the work He has planned for us (Eph. 2:10).

2. We learn more in the dark than we do in the light. Besides discovering the Lord’s faithfulness, Joseph learned how to discern God’s presence, reject temptation, and handle any position, whether respected or lowly. The lessons and principles of Scripture truly become “ours” only after they have been tested and proven reliable.

3. What we learn in the darkness, we are to share in the light. Joseph openly shared his faith and knowledge from God when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen. 41:15-16). He did not let imprisonment stop him from helping others (40:1-23). What we learn in our trials is to be offered to those who are suffering.

Nobody looks for adversity, but hard times seem to find us often enough. Instead of fearing hard circumstances, we can trust God and embrace His plan, knowing He uses trials for His glory and our gain.

*Originally published by InTouch Ministries

Peace Over Worry

Have you ever worried about something, so much so to the point where you found yourself not being able to stop thinking about it , or even lay awake all night long?

Have you ever questioned or second-guessed a decision you made, or had regrets in regards to the outcome of a previous relationship?
The Word reminds how there’s no use in worrying about something, because it won’t help the situation either way (Matthew 6:25-27). Worrying about something only leaves you stressed out; nothing good comes from it.
Worrying is also an indicator that you haven’t given something totally over to the Lord; instead of casting the care, you’ve decided to take it on yourself – I’ve definitely been there before more than once in my own personal life.
What I’ve come to realize though, is that ultimately, God is in control – there’s nothing I could say, or could have said, or could have done to change the situation or make it work out the way I wanted it to – I had to learn to just let go, let God, and move on.
Once I finally decided to do that, then the Lord blessed me with peace. A peace that passes all understanding. A peace that lets me know the storm is over, and that it’s now okay to continue in His will. We must never take for granted that peace is a blessing from God to us, His children.
Having peace in your heart is an indicator of total trust, total reliance, total dependence on God – no matter what it looks like, no matter what it feels like, peace can sleep through the storm like Jesus did as his disciples awoke him during the literal storm – all Jesus did was wake up out of his sleep and say, “Peace, be still” and at His Word alone it ceased (Mark 4:39).
So bye bye worry, bye bye fear.  No longer will it grip your life and cause you to look behind instead of ahead. Receive God’s peace today, and thank Him, in advance, for this special blessing.
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 28:11
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

How Consistent Are You?

Some folks are married but not committed to their spouse. 
Some folks are wealthy but not committed to giving to the poor.
Some folks are thin but not committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Some folks are saved but not committed to Christ.
As you can see, it’s impossible to have a certain attribute, but not be committed.
Are you committed?
One way to prove your commitment level is consistency.
The more consistent you are with something whether it’s honing in on your craft, business or talent, or spending quality time to get to know someone – it’s often a matter of how consistent you are with cultivating that relationship which will determine the outcome. 
For example, say I want to lose 20 lbs -if I work out once a month, even if it’s for 2 hours that one time – I may not see the results I’m looking for. But if I work out every single day at least 30 minutes to an hour a day while cutting calorie intake, then I may see a nice decrease in that red number on the scale.  
In this example, the fact that I chose to be consistent in my workout regimen proved my commitment level. One of Webster’s definitions for the word, “commitment” is, “the act of pledging or engaging.”
Just like as a child you may have pledged allegiance to the flag, you can also pledge allegiance to the cause of whatever it is you’re committed to.    
So for today’s devotional I’d like to encourage you to consider what it is you’re committed to – whether it’s your relationship with God, your family, your career, discovering your life’s mission and purpose, losing weight, getting out of debt, preparing for your future spouse, living life drama free – whatever the case may be…jot down things you can do for the remainder of this year to engage in the process.  
For example, if it’s a commitment to your relationship with God, commit to praying in the morning at least 30 minutes a day (or more), and going to church every Sunday even when it’s raining or you don’t feel like it or reading at least one Scripture a day.
If it’s family, commit to calling your parents at least once a day or once every few days, acknowledge every one’s birthdays with at least a phone call, and invite the family over for dinner at least once a month.  These are all just examples of ways you can add engagement and consistency to whatever it is your committed to.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  John 21:15-17 
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.