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God Declares That I Am Precious to Him 


One of Satan’s endless deceptions is to get us to think of God in human terms, i.e., that he thinks and acts basically just like us. By those measures God is forgetful, impulsive, evasive, vengeful, and has a temper that can tear the branches off trees. 
The Bible describes a different God, one who is patient, steady in love and purpose, and who will never reject or forget the one he has called his child. “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15,16). 
This is a God who thinks you’re precious and valuable to him, who patiently forgives your sins of the past, and who is far more interested in your future. This is a God who continues to see value in you. This is a God who always takes you back, who will never reject you even if you’ve given him reason to do so. 
If your name can actually be found on the palms of his heavenly hands, you must be precious indeed.
  

Devotion from – youversion bible app 

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What does being meek really mean?


In what we call “The Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus outlines some of the traits He wants His followers to display. One of them, possibly the most difficult and most representative of His own character, is meekness.
I often hear people misunderstand the definition of meekness, describing it as shyness or quietness, not wanting to ruffle any feathers. It seems so many Christians embrace a definition like this, believing it’s a sin to ever offend anyone else by speaking up or saying no to a request. Nothing could be further from the truth of Jesus’s teaching.
What He meant by meekness, what He Himself embodied, was self-control in the face of adversity. Gentleness. It’s the idea of wild horses that have been tamed. We see this time and time again in the New Testament, but never more than when He is on the Cross. Imagine the restraint Jesus had to show in order to fulfill His mission. He could have come down unscathed; He could have obliterated His enemies. But He chose obedience. He chose love.
Meekness does not seem to have much value in today’s world. With credit cards, fast food, and social media, people seem more willing than ever to throw off any sense of self-restraint. If I want it I can buy it. If I’m hungry, I can eat within minutes. And on social media I can tell my story to an international audience. We often suffer from consequences we never took the time to consider because we aren’t meek. But we need to be if we want to be blessed. —Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
FAITH STEP: Consider the wild horses in your life that need taming. Don’t make a purchase, send a text, or write a Facebook post today unless you can do it in the name of Jesus. See what blessing a little meekness brings!

Devotion from youversion bible app. 
  

Jesus calling by Sarah Young


October 19

Come to Me with your defenses down, ready to be blessed and filled with My Presence. Relax, and feel the relief of being totally open and authentic with Me. You have nothing to hide and nothing to disclose, because I know everything about you already. You can have no other relationship like this one. Take time to savor its richness, basking in My golden Light.

One of the worst consequences of the Fall is the elaborate barriers people erect between themselves and others. Facades abound in the world, even in My Body, the church. Sometimes, church is the last place where people feel free to be themselves. They cover up with Sunday clothes and Sunday smiles. They feel relief when they leave because of the strain of false fellowship. The best antidote to this artificial atmosphere is practicing My Presence at church. Let your primary focus be communing with Me, worshiping Me, glorifying Me. Then you will be able to smile at others with My Joy and love them with My Love.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
—1 John 1:5–7

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
—Exodus 33:14

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…think about such things…
—Philippians 4:8

Jesus calling


January 30

Worship Me only. Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god. Worries, if indulged, develop into idols. Anxiety gains a life of its own, parasitically infesting your mind. Break free from this bondage by affirming your trust in Me and refreshing yourself in My Presence. What goes on in your mind is invisible, undetectable to other people. But I read your thoughts continually, searching for evidence of trust in Me. I rejoice when your mind turns toward Me. Guard your thoughts diligently; good thought-choices will keep you close to Me.

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
—Psalm 112:7

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
—1 Corinthians 13:11

Ending your day right By Joyce Meyer


I don’t know about you but I LOVE me some devotionals! I try to read them as much as possible throughout the day. They help me to stay focused on what is TRULY important. If I start to get sidetracked , all I do is pull out my phone and bam, scripture on a screen! It really is awesome. Before I sign out tonight I wanted to share with you my devo before bed! It is from Joyce Meyer and its an app called : ending your day right. Definitely recommended!

 

*Be Happy*

 

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied, ) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:1-2

 

God created you to live the abundant life He died to provide you– and knowing  your sins are completely forgiven should be enough to keep you happy.

 

But many Christians operate in the works of the flesh trying to serve God. They spend so much time trying to be good they miss the blessing if simple prayer and fellowship with God.

 

God is not seeking your “works”. He want YOU! You must remind yourself  that you have been made righteous through that death and resurrection off Jesus… and you can add nothing to that.

 

As a Christian, you are no longer your own– you were purchased by the blood of Jesus. He paid the ultimate price for your happiness, so enjoy it.

 

on that note, goodnight beautiful!

xoxo