2 Timothy 1:7

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While some may be celebrating the freedom of the settlers from Britain’s power, today I celebrate the freedom my God has given me from being fearful. It’s easy to fear in the day and age in which we live, especially if you listen to the news or see certain things on social media. However, with my God, He blessed me to have power through Him, love for others, and a mind that can make wise decisions. #CelebratingMyFreedom  #GoodbyeFear #TrustingHimTuesday

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2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalm 5:11-12

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Being in right standing with God has its advantages. Psalm 5: 11-12 says that we can take refuge in Him, He’ll cover us, joyful and blessed will describe us, and His favor will surround us. Following God will require you to leave your past and make sacrifices, but His benefits outweigh any the world can give. #CoveredByHim #MeditateOnHimMonday

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Psalm 5:11-12 (AMP) But let all who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice, let them ever sing for joy; because You cover and shelter them, let those who love Your name be joyful and exult in You. For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You]; You surround him with favor as with a shield.

Hebrews 13:5-6

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Placing our faith in God, knowing that He is in our corner and our shield and protector should give us comfort. Comfort in all situations. Comfort no matter what we feel we lack. Comfort in Him. #WhyWorryWithGod #SetApartSaturday

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Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Romans 8:6-8

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Romans 8:6 tells us that “to be spiritually minded is life and peace”. Being “spiritually minded” means we are led by His Spirit and live in a way that reflects God and not our flesh. However, there are many who would rather attempt to find life and peace another way. They may try medications and vacations. They may try to feel it through other fleshly desires. No matter what they try, at the end of the day, they will still feel as if something is still missing.

Making the choice to leave our old ways and walk according to Scriptures is the only way to put ourselves at ease. Even when I had rough and difficult times at work, with money, and in relationships, once I refocused on Him and continued to follow His Spirit, I knew that everything would be okay because the “God who is deeply concerned about us causes all things to work together as a plan for good” (Romans 8:28 AMP). God knows the outcome. He’s got it all in control. Just follow the Spirit. #HisSpiritBringsPeace #ForgivenFriday

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Romans 8:6-8 (TLB) Following after the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace, but following after the old nature leads to death because the old sinful nature within us is against God. It never did obey God’s laws and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their old sinful selves, bent on following their old evil desires, can never please God.

John 3:20-21

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I used to find it odd that a church that taught sound doctrine could have a small congregation while one the focused more on the “activities” of church and making people feel good could grow seemingly overnight. The reason? Even in the church, there are unfortunately multitudes that don’t want to hear the convicting Word because it makes them uneasy and it points out their comfort in their mess. Many have become so content in living how they see fit that they try to avoid anything that tells them they should be living as God sees fit.

Matthew 7: 13-14 (AMP) tells us that “easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it” but “difficult to travel is the path that leads the way to [everlasting] life, and there are few who find it”. Becoming like Christ, working to reflect the Father takes work on our parts. It takes stepping into the Light [reading and heeding His Word], honestly acknowledging our flaws, and enduring the process to turn those flaws into testimonies of God’s glory.

The Light vs. darkness. The path of right standing with God versus the ways of the world. One is followed by few. The other by many. Which do you gravitate toward? Which do you follow? #TruthLovesLight #LiveInTruthAndLight #ThankHimThursday

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John 3:20-21 (TLB) They hated the heavenly Light because they wanted to sin in the darkness. They stayed away from that Light for fear their sins would be exposed and they would be punished. But those doing right come gladly to the Light to let everyone see that they are doing what God wants them to.

James 1:5-6

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We frequently say that we want to live better lives, but what some fail to realize is the process that must take place for this change to occur. It can be trying, tedious, frustrating. It’s not magic – POOF! I’m a brand new, shiny, never sinning again person. It can seem overwhelming. We get tired of the temptations and no longer want to rejoice. We don’t want to continue going through it just to show that we can endure. And unfortunately, when we seem to be on the right track, our “Praise Him! I got through that!” moment can quickly turn into “Hmm, I know I shouldn’t, but that would be nice”. This is the process. God brings our imperfections to the surface so that we can deal with them and become who we are meant to be can be.

To get water out of newly-washed clothes, people used to have to use wringers. It squeezed out what was not needed to get the clothes to an ideal state. And, I’ve been told that for a diamond to reach its coveted state it must endure intense heat and pressure. What is the purpose of a refining process if the flaws and impurities remain?

God allows us to go through hardships and dark times, but He is always here simply waiting on us to ask for guidance. If you’re ever unsure about what to do next, ask God for wisdom. #AskForWisdom #WitnessingWednesday

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James 1:5-6 (TLB) If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Romans 8:37

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When life continues to throw curveballs and nothing seems to go right, when it seems like no one can see the good we do and we’re being taken advantage of, when the world wants to overtake and drown us in worry and defeat, remember … God is on your side. Not only that but Jesus has already conquered all to give us the final win – the victory. When your vision is clouded by the world, re-focus on the One who will never leave us and will allow us to triumph if we just trust and follow Him. #ConqueringVictorOrCoweringVictim #TrustingHimTuesday

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Romans 8:37 (AMP) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].

Matthew 6:3-4

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Quick thought: What is the true intent, the motivation behind what you do? Do you do it to be seen? Or, do you do it to benefit others – even if a “thank you” is never said? Which do you believe God prefers? #DontDoToBeSeen #MeditateOnHimMonday

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Matthew 6:3-4 (AMP) But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy], so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.