God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood

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Declare Independence From The Devil

Just as it is sometimes necessary for people to declare their
freedom from the tyranny of earthly rulers, so we must declare
and enforce our spiritual freedom — purchased for us by the
precious blood of our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ.

COLOSSIANS 1:13-14 NKJ
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed
us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins.

The devil is defeated. Jesus already won the battle. You have
been delivered from the power and authority of the prince of
darkness. Jesus has made you truly free.

JOHN 8:36 NKJ
36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free
indeed.

But to fully enjoy the freedom that is yours through the
sacrifice of Jesus Christ, you must proclaim your freedom. You
cannot keep silent, but must speak forth and declare that you
are free from the hand of the enemy!

PSALM 107:2 NKJ
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed
from the hand of the enemy.

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Fear Not!

LUKE 8:50 KJV
50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not:
believe only, and she shall be made whole.

The KJV Bible tells us 63 times to “fear not,” and 31 times to
“be not afraid” or “not be afraid.” Obviously, God is trying to
tell us something!

If it makes no difference whether we fear, or not, then God
wasted a lot of time in Scripture telling us to not be afraid.

Fear is the absence of faith. It can be understood as faith in
the devil. Fear is the opposite of believing and trusting in
God. Fear stops faith from working. You could say that fear is
faith in reverse.

Fear is the cause of all worry, for worry is meditation on
fear.

Some may think some fear is healthy, but no true fear is good.
We don’t have to fear something to have a healthy respect for
it, and thus to act wisely. Fear makes people do irrational
things. Reverence for God, sometimes called the “fear of God”
is healthy, but it has nothing to do with actually being afraid
of God.

2 KINGS 6:15-17 NKJ
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went
out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and
chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What
shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are
more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes
that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young
man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses
and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

When we look at the world situation, it is easy to cry out like
the servant of Elisha. But when we are tempted to be afraid, it
is only because we are not seeing the reality of the whole
picture. God is for us, so no matter what comes against us, it
can never prevail over us.

We should ask God to open our eyes to the truth. Then keep our
focus on God’s Word, not on the temptations, lies, and roarings
of the devil.

Fear is fed by what we look at and listen to. We can resist
fear by choosing to always focus on God and His promises.

DEUTERONOMY 31:6 NKJ
6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of
them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

When you remember that the Almighty God is ALWAYS with you (and
in you!) why should you be afraid?

LUKE 12:7 NKJ
7 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not
fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

One way to understand how valuable you are to God is to
consider the great price He paid to set you free — the life of
Jesus Christ Himself!

Not even a good earthly parent would allow his child who
trusted in him to be harmed. God loves you more than any
earthly parent ever loved their child — and God has the power
to fully protect you. So you can trust in Him.

But when we act in fear, we run from the protection of our
wonderful Father God and open the door to our enemy.

We should be free from fear because God is for us and watches
out for us. The worst that can happen to us (from a worldly
perspective) is to die, but even then we will go to be with
Jesus. With God on your side, there is really nothing to fear.

Yes, there will be struggles. There will be trials. But these
are just opportunities to overcome and gain eternal rewards. In
all we face in life, God has promised to be with us, and to
help us. So what is there to fear?

JOSHUA 1:9 NET
9 I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t
panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.”

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Count Your Blessings

EPHESIANS 1:3 NLT
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly
realms because we are united with Christ.

An old song says: “Count your blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

It’s easy to lose perspective. We all face challenges and
difficulties in life. And if we are not on guard, they can
divert our attention from all the Lord has done for us.

Yes, you may face obstacles, but you need to remember the man
who complained that he had no shoes till he saw a man who had
no feet.

We may not have everything we would like, but we all have
something to be thankful for.

Your children may be a challenge, but at least you have
children.

Your spouse may tempt you to pull your hair out, but there are
millions who would gladly trade places with you.

Your boss may be ruthless, but there are many in the world who
would literally give anything to have any job so they could
feed their family.

Your attitude is determined by your focus. When you focus on
the negative — you turn negative, making your life, and those
around you, miserable.

It is amazing how different you feel after taking just a few
minutes to truly thank God for what you have.

I can read!
I can see!
I can smell!
I can hear!
I can talk!
I can think!
God loves me!
Jesus died for me!
I have a home in Heaven!

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God Loves Sinners

JOHN 3:16 KJV
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.

Many people quote John 3:16 — but how many believe it?

God never changes. If He loved the people of the world in the
past — He still loves them today. Yet many people think God is
mad at sinners — and hates them.

ROMANS 5:8 NIV
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God is NOT mad at sinners. He loves them enough to die for them
— even today! We should not be mad at sinners either. They are
deceived and enslaved by sin. They need to be delivered, and no
one can do it except Jesus.

Of course, God doesn’t want people to remain sinners. He loves
them too much for that. Sin destroys. It brings death. But the
gift of God is life — and that gift is found in a Person: the
Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the best friend a sinner will ever have. They need to
know that. Someone has to tell them the truth. They think Jesus
hates them because they’re a sinner and not perfect. (The devil
already fed them that lie.)

Let’s tell them the truth!

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19 NIV
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us
the message of reconciliation.

God is not holding people’s sins against them. People need to
know that. When they do — they will love Jesus.

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Imitate God

Did you know that the Bible tells you to imitate God?

It surely does!

EPHESIANS 5:1-2 NIV
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and
live a life of love,
2 just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a
fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

No doubt you have seen a child imitating their parent.
Sometimes the parent is glad — sometimes embarrassed.

Just as earthly children imitate their parents, children of God
are supposed to imitate their Heavenly Father.

In what way are we to imitate God? Should we try to create
planets? (You’re probably not quite ready for that! But who
knows about the future.)

We are to imitate God by walking in love instead of
selfishness. By being givers instead of takers.

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The Benefit Of Prayer

ISAIAH 40:31 NKJ
31 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.

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Accept God’s Acceptance

God accepts you, because of what Jesus did as your substitute,
and because He loves you.

EPHESIANS 1:6 NKJ
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made
us accepted in the Beloved.

All barriers between you and God were broken down by Jesus
Christ. God forgave you, and offers cleansing from all the sin
you ever committed.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-21 NLT
18 All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to
himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task
of reconciling people to him.
19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no
longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the
wonderful message he has given us to tell others.
20 We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to
you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading
with you, “Be reconciled to God!”
21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering
for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through
Christ.

God’s intention is to have a family — a loving family. He
wants you to be a part of it.

ROMANS 15:7 NCV
7 Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which
will bring glory to God. Accept God’s Acceptance

God accepts you, because of what Jesus did as your substitute,
and because He loves you.

EPHESIANS 1:6 NKJ
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made
us accepted in the Beloved.

All barriers between you and God were broken down by Jesus
Christ. God forgave you, and offers cleansing from all the sin
you ever committed.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-21 NLT
18 All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to
himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task
of reconciling people to him.
19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no
longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the
wonderful message he has given us to tell others.
20 We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to
you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading
with you, “Be reconciled to God!”
21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering
for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through
Christ.

God’s intention is to have a family — a loving family. He
wants you to be a part of it.

ROMANS 15:7 NCV
7 Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which
will bring glory to God.

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Don’t Judge By Appearance

JOHN 7:24 NKJ
24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with
righteous judgment.”

Making a snap judgment based on appearance often works — but
not always. And the exceptions can really cost you.

The world teaches us to judge people by their appearance. But
God doesn’t judge people by how they look — and neither should
we.

1 SAMUEL 16:7 NLT
7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance
or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t make
decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at a person’s thoughts and intentions.”

One main reason we’re not qualified to judge others is because
we don’t know their thoughts and intentions. Only God does.

As they say, “You can’t always judge a book by its cover.”

LUKE 16:15 CEV
15 But Jesus told them: You are always making yourselves look
good, but God sees what is in your heart. The things that most
people think are important are worthless as far as God is
concerned.

It is important that we treat all people with respect — since
they are created and loved by God — no matter how they look.

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God Delivers Again – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

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