YOU BETTER FIND A WAY TO LOVE THEM…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. GOD DOESN’T LOVE YOUR ENEMIES ANY LESS THAN HE LOVES YOU!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

wp-1479767916629.jpg God doesn’t love your enemy any LESS than He loves you.

The enemy is working hard to provoke us to disappoint God. One of his methods is manipulating interactions and relationships to convince us to hate someone else. Or, even if we don’t hate them (at least that’s what we say) we definitely don’t LOVE THEM.

The enemy doesn’t just try to convince us to hate your ‘enemies’, but he tries to convince us to hate people we once loved…

Spouses…

Brothers…

Sisters…

Parents…

Friends…

People who you know and don’t know…

Coworkers…

Pastor…

Officials…

Police officers…

Racists…

Other cultures…

Other nationalities…

Other religions…

Other lifestyles…

No matter who they are, what they do, or what they’ve done…

Even if they’ve hurt you…even if they hurt your loved ones…even if they hate you…

Even if they are living outside of the will of God…

You better FIND A WAY…

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FAITH VS. SCIENCE…

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It’s amazing how a person can be born, educate his or her mind that not only God gave them, but God ‘activated’ and conclude there is no God.

Science explains the physical world…

Faith explains the spiritual world…

Even the greatest scientific mind that tries to deny the existence of God can not explain his/her own consciousness…

State of being…

His or her own essence of life.

Oh, he or she can explain what it is…but not how it is.

Yes they can explain that we have billions of neurons, but not how the brain makes us aware.

Why?

Because God makes the brain make us aware.

When He decides it’s time for it to stop working, there’s nothing science or medicine can do to make it alive again.

Notice that the chronology in Genesis is the same as science explains.

First, nothing…

Then water…

Then the creatures in the water…

Then the creatures on land…

And, finally humans!

I believe that faith doesn’t deny God’s existence, but proves it.

I believe that science gives a physical explanation for the spiritual.

God has ‘allowed’ humans to accomplish many things, but…

In all God has allowed man to accomplish…he can’t create a LIFE or make a DAY.

Psalm 139
You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

DO YOU HATE YOUR JOB?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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Do you dread going to work? Do you hate your job? Are you praying to God to deliver you from your current work place to another?

You may want a job that you enjoy more, that pays more, that’s less stressful, where you have a better boss and coworkers, where you have more respect or that’s more fulfilling.

As you pray for a new job, let me remind you that even though you are hoping and even working towards something new…remember that God has you where you are now, especially if you prayed for your current job. Think about how excited and thankful you were when you got it.

If you took the job without consulting God then you must be patient and work through it. Sometimes if you fall in a ditch, you have to walk IN the ditch for a while until you can find a place to…

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DO YOU REALLY TAKE YOUR BURDENS TO THE LORD…AND LEAVE THEM?

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How real is God to you?

Are you able to leave some troubles and concerns with Him alone?

Many times we will pray about a concern and claim we are going to “Let go and let God”, only to not be truly satisfied until we have talked to a “real” person” about it.

There are some situations in which your spouse, parents, friends, counselor or pastor will not be able to give you the answer you NEED (not want), or give you peace in your heart.

When we are truly at peace after talking to God, that’s when He will sometimes send us confirmation through another person.

At times we must prove to ourselves that God is real, and that we have the true intimate relationship He seeks to have with us.


There are some burdens, situations and issues that were created for just you and God!


These are the times we need to truly take to the Lord and leave them there…don’t talk to anyone else about it…and still have peace in your heart that God has heard you and will respond in His timing.

Prove to yourself that God is real to you…leave it with Him.

1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

JUST BECAUSE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, DOESN’T MEAN IT CAN’T BE BETTER…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR RELATIONSHIPS GONE BAD…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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Life can take us down some different and difficult roads. Some roads we choose, and some we don’t. Sometimes CRAZY things is our lives, especially our relationships. We sometimes selfishly, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally do things that hurt others who are in relationship with us…sometimes it’s something we feel we ‘can’t come from’ or ‘can’t get past’.

If this is you, I have good news today. God has given you the power to GET PAST ANYTHING. God has given you the power, that despite what happened, life can be EVEN BETTER. Now, I don’t want to be insensitive to what you have gone through, I’m just sharing God’s truth. The key is really simple…it’s true forgiveness. The key to forgiveness is the day we make up our mind, “I don’t WANT that to bother me anymore.”

We sometimes hold on to our pain, resentment, rage, grudge because it can make…

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OH! NOW, I SEE HOW GOD FEELS…(HORIZONTAL EXAMPLES OF OUR VERTICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD)

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When you think about it, our relationships here on earth horizontal examples of our vertical relationship with God.

Example: Parents, think about your relationship with your children. You brought them into the world. You love, provide for, and nurture them. You took care of them when they couldn’t take care of themselves.

How does it make you feel when your children don’t appreciate what you do or have done for them?

How much does it hurt you when your children only come to you when they want something?

But, how great does it make you feel when your children are truly grateful?

How does it make you feel when they tell you that they love you just because…

When they want your advice…

When they just want to talk to you…just want to be in your presence?

Think of how you feel when someone mistreats them. Sometimes you run to their rescue, but sometimes you teach them how to be strong for themselves.

When they’ve done wrong think of how after you punish them and correct them, you quickly remind them of your love.

In our earthly relationships (horizontal), sometimes we are selfish and hurt the ones we love the most.

Sometimes we take advantage of their love.

But, sometimes love is so rich and wonderful; we wish the moment could go on forever.

Genesis 1:27 tells us we were made in God’s image.

We look like Him. But, how can we look like an invisible God?

God created us with the capacity and ability to love like Him…

To feel like Him…

To hurt like Him…

To have His character…

When we display the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22 in our lives, (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) we are ‘looking like Him’.

The next time you get frustrated about the way that your children, husband, wife or those who are supposed to be closest to you treat you or make you feel(horizontal), be reminded of how God feels when we treat Him the same way (vertical).

MIND CONTROL…

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What’s on your mind?

The preposition “on” implies making physical on contact with, as resting on the surface.

So, when I ask what’s ON your mind lately, I’m not talking about what passing thought you had, but what are you meditating on lately?

Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Everything we do begins with a thought, our moods, temperament, behavior and character are all determined by what’s on our mind.

Whether we react spontaneously or after considering consequences, it still comes from our thoughts.

Our passions spring forth from our thoughts.

We are bombarded everyday with things fighting for room in our mind, to the point some of the stimuli we didn’t notice consciously will manifest in our dreams at night.

The devil only has limited influence in our lives, and that influence has to be surrendered to him.

That’s why he tries to send customized temptations, designed according to your personal desires to infect your thoughts…These can even be sometimes disguised as blessings.

When our thoughts are consumed with deceitful lusts and pleasures (Ephesians 4:22), the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10), revenge, jealousy, anger, envy, hate, or any of things manifested from the works of the flesh in Galatians 5: 19-21, we can find ourselves to be the enemy of God in our minds (Colossians 1:21) and not walking in the Spirit.


EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN’T CONTROL WHAT RUNS ACROSS YOUR MIND, YOU CAN CONTROL WHERE WHAT STAYS.


God told us, that we can have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

We must first and foremost meditate on God’s word day and night as He said in Joshua Chapter 1.

We must always watch how we feed our senses…

We must always watch what we allow through our eye and ear gates.

We must always have an attitude of forgiveness, even if we haven’t received an apology, so we don’t meditate on how we’ve been hurt.

We must take personal responsibility for the current state of our lives so we don’t let blaming others lead to bitterness.

We can’t let our negative thoughts infect the thoughts of others.

AND,

We must always maintain a thankful attitude towards God because He always provides and protects us perfectly.

In short, we need to take heed to…

Philippians 4:8,

 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”.

 Think about it…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

IT’S MOST PEACEFUL IN THE HOUSE WHEN ______ ISN’T AT HOME…

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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I recently heard two successful businessmen, on separate occasions, ‘joke’ about being away from home so much. They both eluded to fact that their families are actually glad when they ARE NOT at home, and dread seeing them return. It reminded me of someone confessing to me years ago that some days, they wished their spouse would have a fatal accident on the way home…they have a strong happy marriage today though.

Family life, whether it’s just two, but especially if there’s several people in the house can be challenging. No matter what’s going on, what energy to you bring into the house…positive or negative?

Everyone brings negativity and dysfunction SOMETIMES, but at TIMES it’s SOME more than others. It can cause people who genuinely love one another to dread seeing each other.

Dad or mom may be grumpy…for whatever reason…

Husband or wife neglecting responsibilities…

The children may be…

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IT’S NOT SELFISH TO LOVE YOURSELF…

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We hurt each other. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally.

Sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most.

Why?

God tells us that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Maybe that’s the problem sometimes. Do we know how to love ourselves?

Do we love ourselves as we should?

Think of all of the things you have done…

All of the places you have gone…

All of the things you have said that weren’t good for you.

Think of all the things that people eat, drink, consume that aren’t good for them.

Think of all the situations people subject themselves to, fully knowing it’s not good for them.

We put ourselves in unhealthy relationships.

We hurt ourselves for instant gratification.

We subject ourselves to harm physically, emotionally and spiritually…no one else has to do it, we do it to ourselves.


Maybe that’s the problem. We hurt each other and don’t know how to love each other because WE DON’T FULLY KNOW HOW TO LOVE OURSELVES.


We can sometimes replace a healthy love of self with a form of idolatry, where we are arrogant, filled with pride, conceited and narcissistic.

That’s why we have to read God’s word and ask God to teach us to love ourselves the right way.

When you pray, how often do you ask God to teach you to love yourself?

How often do you ask God to help YOU LOVE YOU?

That’s not a selfish prayer because yes, we must LOVE GOD ABOVE ALL, but we can’t LOVE ONE ANOTHER properly, until we learn to LOVE OURSELVES first.

Today, let’s ask God to help us love Him, and OURSELVES as we should.

Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

 

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