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Faith Pleases God

HEBREWS 11:6 NKJ
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Our experience does not always agree with what the Bible says.

For example, the Bible says that God will supply all your needs in Philippians 4:19, but it may seem like your needs are not
being met.

The Bible says that God always leads us in triumph, but it may seem like you are losing.

When our experience does not agree with the Bible, it is an
opportunity to keep our faith in what God said, or to give up
on that faith.

Circumstances are subject to change. But God will never change what He has said. When we hold on to our faith in God's Word, circumstances will change.

Believing what the Bible says when the circumstances disagree can be very difficult. It's a great temptation to give in and forget what God said.

But what greater purpose could your life have than to please
God?

Many people strain and sacrifice to please other humans. How much greater of a goal it is to please God!

Resist unbelief! Keep your faith in God! You will be rewarded!

SAY THIS:
I will believe God's Word regardless what the
circumstances say, because faith pleases God.
The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength

NEHEMIAH 8:10 NLT
10 ... Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is
your strength!"

I do not claim it is the only meaning, but one thing the Lord
showed me from this verse is that our level of joy is like a
thermometer revealing our spiritual strength. If our joy is low
-- our spiritual strength is low. That is because the Lord is
our strength, and in His presence there is fullness of joy.

PSALM 16:11 NKJ
11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is
fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

So, if our joy is low, it means we have not been spending time in God's presence, receiving His strength and help. It means we have got our focus off God and onto something else.

(Although God is always with us, as we worship Him and praise Him and thank Him, God manifests His presence.)

Being gloomy is not a sign of being spiritual. God did not
intend for His people to be downcast. Let the world be sad, we have something to rejoice about! Jesus! Heaven!

If you look at your circumstances you may not feel like
rejoicing. But if you look at Jesus as He truly is -- you will
not be able to keep from rejoicing in Him. Jesus is wonderful!

PHILIPPIANS 4:4 NLT
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!

SAY THIS:
I will rejoice in the Lord!
The Benefit Of Prayer

ISAIAH 40:24 NKJ
3
1 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Most people look at prayer only as asking God for things. If
that defines your prayer life, you are really missing out.

Prayer is communication with God -- the greatest privilege on
earth.

Prayer is visiting with God. It can include asking for things,
but is primarily spending time in God's presence, soaking up
His life, His wisdom, and His strength.

Isaiah reveals an important truth to us: those who spend time
with God get new strength. Literally, they exchange strength
with Him. When we spend time with God He somehow takes away our weakness and replaces it with His strength. What a deal!

As we spend time focused on God, in His presence, we are also changed into His likeness.

2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 NKJ
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the
glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image...

So, if you need more strength to face life, if you want to be
more like God, or if you want to develop a closer relationship
with the most amazing Being in the universe -- prayer is your
answer.

Don't worry about knowing the right words or being formal. Just talk to God as you would to a well-respected friend.


SAY THIS:
Excuse me, I think I'll visit with God.
Rejoice In Trouble

Life can be hard.

Maybe you have been forsaken by your spouse. Or are struggling with the death of a loved one. Or facing the constant pain of disease. Or the loss of a job or business. Or, maybe just the daily grind of life.

What can you do? You always have choices. You choose how you respond. With God's help, you don't have to let the problems of life defeat you.

A prophet named Habakkuk had the attitude we all need:

HABAKKUK 3:17-18 NIV
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my
Savior.

Even if everything seems to go wrong, you can rejoice in the
Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever!

There is no darkness so dark that Jesus cannot overcome. There is no situation that is hopeless. There is no problem too big for God to fix.

When you face trouble in life, will you whine and complain, or
will you rejoice in God?

Maybe I should ask, "Would you prefer to get better or to get
worse?"

As you rejoice in the Lord, you will find strength to go on and
face life. God will give you strength to overcome.

We all face struggles in life. Focusing on God -- who has the
solution to every problem -- is a way out of the jaws of defeat
into glorious victory.

Whatever your struggle is, look to God. Rejoice in Him!

Don't let the devil steal your joy. Rejoice in the Lord!

PHILIPPIANS 4:4 NIV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

SAY THIS:
I will rejoice in God even when I face trouble.

I Am Wrong

"What are you wrong about, preacher?"

I don't know. If I knew I would change.

"Then how do you know you're wrong?"

Unless I'm perfect and know everything -- I must be wrong about some things.  I just don't know what.


"But I thought preachers knew everything."

Some of them may think they do.  But even the Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, said he only knew in part.


1CORINTHIANS 13:12 NIV
12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face and face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully know.

There are two ways to face life:  thinking you know everything and are doing everything right, or realizing you are not yet perfect.  The first way is pride, the second is humility.

If you think you know everything, you cut yourself off from learning.  If you think everything you do is right, you almost eliminate any chance of improvement.

Do you really desire to never know more than you do now?  Would it please you to never make any progress from where you are now?

Then, to protect you from the of pride, start each day saying, "I am wrong, Lord, show me where to change."


Pride stunts your growth as a person. 
Pride
retards progress. 
Pride
robs you - and can kill. 
Pride
causes strife and destroys relationships. 
Pride
isolates. 
Pride
closes doors of opportunity.


Humility is the one only antidote for pride and all it horrible consequences.


The first step to wholeness is to realize you have a problem.

SAY THIS: 
I am wrong. Lord, please correct me.

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