Look At The Stars

PSALM 147:4-5 NIV 4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. 5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
Sometimes I wonder how God can be mindful of me when there are so many other people for Him to be concerned about. How can He keep up? Then I am reminded of the scriptures that tell us that God has named all the stars. We don’t even know how many stars there are — scientists say billions and billions — but God can call them all by name!
God is definitely in a different category than anyone else I know. He is mighty. Compared to us, He has no limit to His understanding or His ability.
ISAIAH 40:26 NIV 26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
PSALM 8:3-4 NIV 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
When we do consider the heavens, it can make us feel small and insignificant. But, according to God’s Word — we are not.
When I became a parent, I gained some insight into God’s love for people. When you have a child, you don’t love that child because it is great or powerful, or can do great things for you. You love your child simply because it is your child — your creation — a part of you.
Why does God love you — and the rest of humanity? The best answer we can give is because He created us. He put something of Himself into us. We are His children.
God doesn’t love us because of our great achievements — but simply because we are His.

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God Can Be Trusted

HEBREWS 10:23 NKJ 23 . . . He who promised is faithful.
The devil is trying to get you to doubt God and His Word. The devil wants you to give up on God, to not trust Him, to not expect Him to do what He said in His Word.
Do not give up! God can be trusted.
Someone who loves you enough to die in your place can be trusted. Someone who created all that you see, and all that you don’t see, can be trusted to handle whatever you face.
TITUS 1:2 NASB 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,
God is not a liar. Whatever He says comes to pass!
1 THESSALONIANS 5:24 NIV 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
God is trustworthy. Don’t be moved by the circumstances. God will not fail you.

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What Is God Like?

NAHUM 1:7 NIV 7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
Much could be said about God. But the first thing we need to realize is that God is good. He is not a bad guy. He is not against you. He is not your problem, but rather He is the answer to your problems.
Although the world doesn’t know what God is like, they desperately need to know Him. Even sadder is the fact that most Christians do not really know what God is like, either.
If you want to know what God is like — look at Jesus Christ. He perfectly revealed God to us.
JOHN 1:18 TEV 18 No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 PHILLIPS 9 Yet it is in him that God gives a full and complete expression of himself in bodily form.
Would you be content to just read what someone else says marriage is like? Why be content to just listen to what others say God is like? You need to taste and see for yourself.
Have your own relationship with God!
PSALM 34:8 NKJ 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

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God So Loved The World

JOHN 3:16 WEYMOUTH 16 For so greatly did God love the world that He gave His only Son, that every one who trusts in Him may not perish but may have the Life of Ages.
Do you ever get fed up with the world? Do you just get tired of all the lies and the selfishness?
Do you ever deal with people that you think maybe the world would be better off if they just went to hell right away?
Well, God never thinks that way. God loves the world — enough to die for it. He has never changed His mind.
JOHN 3:16-17 LB 16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
Remember this the next time you are having difficulty with someone. You are dealing with someone God loves!
No matter how you classify yourself — God loves you. If you are a sinner or a saint, God loves you. And the good news is that God’s love and power will change you into what you should be.
JOHN 3:16 BBE 16 For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.
Don’t ever forget it: God loves people.

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God’s Covenant of Words

ISAIAH 59:21 NKJ 21 “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
According to Isaiah 59:21, part of our covenant with God includes continually having His words in our mouth and in the mouth of our descendants. Not only are we to speak God’s Word, but we are to train our descendants to do the same.
God must know something about the importance of the words we speak, that we have not yet understood.
Although a growing number of believers are beginning to realize the importance of the words we speak, the vast majority of Christians have never heard any teaching on this subject. Yet, if you search the Bible, you will see that God puts a major emphasis on what we say.
1 PETER 4:11 NIV 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God….
Look at the Bible for yourself. Decide for yourself. You will surely decide that the Bible teaches that believers should speak words in agreement with what God says.
What you say IS important.

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To Die Is Gain

PHILIPPIANS 1:21-23 NKJ 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
A Christian should not be afraid to die. Dying is a promotion for a Christian into a better situation — something to look forward to, not to dread.
Too many Christians are still controlled by the fear of death. It stops them from doing the will of God. Fear keeps them from walking in faith, because they are afraid to die.
For example, there are places where they say the Gospel of Jesus cannot be preached. According to their laws, it is punishable by death. But why should that stop Christians from obeying God’s Word to preach the Good News about Jesus to every person?
The fear of death should never control our lives!
What a privilege and honor it would be to die for our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ! Instead of fearing that, we should rejoice about the idea, the possibility of it happening.
REVELATION 12:11 NLT 11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
For us to always walk in total victory, we can’t walk in fear.
HEBREWS 2:14-15 NKJ 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Through His sacrifice Jesus set us free from bondage to the fear of death. Jesus removed the sting from death for us. Now death for us is just a promotion into a better place.
When someone who believes in Jesus Christ leaves their body in what we call death, they immediately go to be with Jesus in heaven.
And heaven is wonderful beyond your wildest expectation. No one who has gone to heaven would ever prefer to come back to earth. Heaven is vastly superior! You will love it!

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Fellowship With God

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 NIV 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
You need to stop and think about this. God wants to have fellowship with you.
We are not talking about some lower level person. Not just a leader of a country. Not just a billionaire.
Stop and think about God, all His knowledge, all His wealth, all His power — the ruler of the Universe, and all that He could choose to do.
Why would God desire your company?
Honestly, I don’t know. All I can say is that He does, according to the Bible.
But what an opportunity! What a privilege! To fellowship with GOD!
What does fellowship mean? The word used in 1 Corinthians 1:9 is the Greek word “koinonia” (koy-nohn-ee’-ah). Some meanings are fellowship, association, communion, participation, intimacy, partnership, and a having in common.
That is what God wants with you. Koinonia.
The same word is used in the following verse. Notice how the Living Bible translates it.
2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 LB 14 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s friendship be yours. Paul

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Words Are Spiritual Weapons

REVELATION 12:11 NKJ 11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Words are more important than most people realize. All authority is exercised through words.
When it comes to overcoming the enemy of our souls, and all his tactics, we must speak words of faith in line with the Bible.
What Jesus did for you is enough. He defeated the devil for you. However, you must enforce that defeat by speaking and standing in agreement with God. Only then will you see Jesus’ victory manifest in your life.
EPHESIANS 6:17 NKJ 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
A sword is a weapon. God’s Word is not a weapon when laying on your coffee table. It only becomes a spiritual weapon when you speak it in faith.
You must take it. Your spiritual weapon is speaking the Word of God. You must take the Word and speak it — just like Jesus did.

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By Faith We Receive From God

ROMANS 5:1-2 NKJ 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
All we receive from God is by His grace. We do not deserve it, and we are not able to earn it. It is a gift offered by grace.
But we must access it by faith.
GALATIANS 3:14 NKJ 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
We receive through faith. Whether we are receiving the Holy Spirit or receiving healing. Whatever we receive from God must be received by faith.
HEBREWS 6:12 NKJ 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
There are many promises in the Bible. If you want them to be manifest in your life, you must possess them through faith and patience.
MATTHEW 9:29 NKJ 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
This is the statement of Jesus. It is valid for you today just as it was then. You will receive from God according to your faith.
Do not let this discourage you. Rather it should encourage you. Although your faith may not be strong now, you can strengthen it by feeding on the Word of God. It is under your control.
God’s Word is faith food. The more you read it, speak it, and hear it, the stronger your faith will grow.

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God Is Working In You

PHILIPPIANS 2:13 LB 13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.
Don’t be discouraged. God is at work!
You may not be happy with yourself now, but God is not finished working.
PHILIPPIANS 1:6 NASB 6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
God can complete what He starts. Give Him some time.
HEBREWS 13:20-21 RSV 20 Now may the God of peace… 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
You will never be able to please God just on your own effort, but through Jesus Christ and His work in you, you WILL become what God wants you to be.

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