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Psalm 84:5

King James Version (KJV)

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

You’re not alone in this life. God the Father is with you always. You’re strength is in the Lord. Through life’s pains and struggles, look to the One who can relieve you of it all. God loves you so much. Sometimes you just need to be reminded that God is always with you. Put your life into His hands and He will show you how much He loves you. Don’t rely on yourself but look to God who is the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will not leave you or forsake you. God is with you always.

If you feel alone, call out to God and He will answer. You can’t rely on your friends and family to keep you strong. You need to look to the One who is always strong. God is your source. Man can help, but man cannot get you through the tough things in life. God can get you through tough and rough times. God always responds.

The Psalmist writes that a blessed man is the one whose strength is in the Lord. He is also talking about the man who trusts in the Lord. The man who relies on the Lord. The man who knows the Lord. If your strength is in man you will fail. Why? Because man has limited strength in himself. If you rely on God you will receive the unlimited strength. The unlimited reliability. The unlimited love. The unlimited power. The unlimited fatherhood. God is waiting on you to rely on Him. Remember… You’re not alone.

Scripture Study: Psalms 84

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Colossians 3:1-2

The Message (MSG)

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Temporary things will give you temporary happiness which is a temporal emotion. Temporary in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent. Temporal things tend to cause many believers to be like a roller coaster. People are up then down. They go real fast but stop abruptly. If you set your mind and life on temporal things then you will always be making changes to get the same result. With your mind and your will in pursuit of eternal things you will always have a guarantee. People today are looking for a guarantee on temporal things. The way that I define temporal things is… Subject to change!

For example… You have a candy bar. It satisfies you for just a moment. After 30 minutes or so you find yourself wanting something more or even another candy bar. Why? Because it is temporal. It is meant to give immediate satisfaction but it always has you coming back for more.

Eternal in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning. What a powerful definition. This blesses me because the Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life. Eternal means forever. This is like eating a candy bar one time and never having to eat another because the craving has been permanently satisfied. Being a human we often still feel unsatisfied. Why? Because of temporal cravings for worldly things. We want the hottest and greatest things that come out. We try to keep up with the Jones’ only to crave more. We are temporarily satisfied.

Put your mind on eternal things. Pursue eternal things that Jesus presides over. Looking at the things in front of you will always have you in the here and now.

I will close with this in mind. Too often people get moved by what they hear and what they see. These things on the Earth are temporal and not eternal. If you pick your head up and look to God the Father, He will set you on eternal things and the things of this Earth will not move you. Be moved by the presence of God and not the temporal things.

Scripture Study: Colossians 3:1-10

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Galatians 3:13-14

The Message (MSG)

13-14 Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.

Christ has removed you from that law of defeat and has placed you in the blessing. God’s blessing is available to anyone who receives Jesus. It’s impossible to have the blessing of Abraham on your life without first accepting Jesus. The blessing comes upon you the moment that you accept Jesus.

Jesus took the cross for you. You did not hang on a tree and if you did then you would be considered cursed. Jesus took the curse so that you would not have to. Jesus laid down His life so that the blessing would come upon you and overtake you. Blessing means God’s favor and protection upon you. It also means grace. Grace is the dividing factor between the curse and the blessing. You can’t be blessed and cursed at the same time.

Many times I have heard people talk about how bad they have something, but in reality if they would really look upon their lives they would be able to see the blessing. You will go through trials and tribulations but that does not mean the blessing is removed. It does not mean that grace has left you. Getting through the problem is a matter of your confession of faith in God’s Word. Confession means to speak like God speaks. God does not speak death, He speaks life and blessing. Instead of being stubborn about talking the problem and the cursed things, start being adamant about talking your blessing and the grace that God has made sufficient for you. God’s grace is always abounding and the blessing is always abounding. Stand in your blessing! Talk your blessing! Walk in your blessing!

You might say I don’t know how? Okay… Say this… I am blessed of the Lord. The blessing of the Lord is upon me and it makes room for me always. I am a child of the most high God and I am seated in heavenly places. God’s grace abounds in me and I am a distributor of this grace. The blessing of the Lord makes me rich and I have no sorrow because God will not add that to me. I am blessed and the devil knows it. I am not moved by what I see or hear. I am moved by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. I am not a curse but a blessing because of Jesus. God is my source and I will make Him known. The devil can’t defeat me unless I give in to him. I will not allow him to rob me of my blessings in Jesus name.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Amplified Bible (AMP)

7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

Love bears it all. Love never gets weak and always believes the very best about everyone. You can run away from God, but, God who is love, will never run away from you.

After I turned 19 years old I recommitted my life back to God to do whatever He needed me to do. However after a little time of working in my church I became jaded. I was disappointed with my Youth Pastor. There was a falling out between him and myself. I didn’t want to work for the church or God again. I was feeling really upset. I told God that I would do whatever He wanted except I had a big but… The but was if someone were to hurt me I would step down. I would leave the church! This is something I learned from others. When something would go wrong I would just give in and get out.

If everyone were to give up then the church would fail. Why? Because there will always be disappointments. Someone is going to hurt you. Someone is going to say something stupid. However, God never gave up on you. Especially when you said something hurtful or stupid. His love remained the same. His love is not conditional but unconditional. The Bible says that God is not a respecter of persons. If He was, then none of us would make Heaven. None of us would feel or sense love.

Maybe you have felt like you want to give in and get out of your church. Maybe you have felt like all Christians want to do is to hurt you. Maybe you feel like all Pastors are mean because you had a mean Pastor. Maybe your hurt because you have not let go of past hurts. If this should be you, let me encourage you!

Love believes the very best about every person. When someone does you wrong, choose to love them more. When they act stupid, love them more. Go out of your way to show love. Jesus was spit upon! How would you react? Love is always ready to believe the very best about every person. No matter what you say to me about someone I am going to choose to believe the very best about the person anyways. Loves hope is fadeless under all circumstances. Even when you watch someone be mean to another you can rely on love in the midst of the circumstance. Love never becomes weak.

In order for love to operate properly I needed to forgive and forget what the Youth Pastor did to me. I chose to walk in love instead of quitting! I started to reap a real blessing the moment I let love work. Today I am still ministering because of the love that Jesus has shown me and because I am not a quitter. I love because He first loved me. Love has made the circumstances of life small in my eyes. With love you can conquer a multitude of complaints, rifts and sins. With love you can cause others to walk like you. Be a leader! God is the strong safety you will never lose with.

Scripture Study: John 6:22-29

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1 Corinthians 13:6

Amplified Bible (AMP)

6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness. Righteousness is right and truth. Love always rejoices at truth. Walking out love in your life will cause righteousness to come to the forefront.

People have asked me, how do I walk out righteousness? When you walk out love, you perform all actions of righteousness. When someone has accused you of something that you did not do and you walk in love towards them, the righteousness of God will cause you to supersede the accusation. Why? Because only the right and truth will prevail.

We as the church need to rejoice at the truth. The truth has made you free. Rejoice today! Why? Because Jesus who is the lover of our soul has made us free from sin and death. He has made you and I righteous by His blood. The Church needs to rejoice more! The Church needs to realize the righteousness that we have in Christ Jesus. We are redeemed from the curse of the law! We should rejoice because Jesus paid so that we can be righteous in Him.

Jesus said He would die, rise again, go to heaven and then come back for you and I. He told the truth and now all of us are waiting on a risen Savior to come back for us. We can rejoice because Jesus is just and truth.

Scripture Study: James 5:1-9

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1 Corinthians 13:4

Amplified Bible (AMP)

4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

I enjoy talking about love! I enjoy learning more about love. Sometimes I miss the mark but not always. I am always learning something new. I challenge you to learn something new about love. Love always endures long. Why? Because love is patient and kind to others even when others are rude and unmannerly. Love is not a word or saying. Love is an action that every Christian should be taking. Our greatest example of love in action is God giving us Jesus. He did not have to but He desired to be in communion with us. We commune because of the love that God has and the love that Jesus gave. Will you be patient and kind? If so then you will be like Jesus and you will be the express image of God. Jesus was and is the express image of God when He walked this earth. So, let’s get out there and show the world what love does. If you do then you will be following the example that Jesus gave to us.

Scripture Study: 1 John 4:1-12 Amplified

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1 Corinthians 13:2

The Message (MSG)

2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
There are many who speak God’s Word with power and conviction. They encourage others and they have great faith but lack great love. It’s the love that Jesus had for the people who made Him powerful. It’s the love that Jesus had that caused His compassion to be demonstrated to the hungry, helpless, hopeless, diseased, widowed, orphaned, lame, deaf, mute, leprous, dead…ETC.  It’s the love that Jesus has that draws people to repentance. It’s the love that Jesus had that made Him go to the cross for you and I.
Love truly rules! Without the unconditional love, Jesus would have never went to the cross. The unconditional love that God has for theWorld is one that would cause Him to send His only Son to the cross for you and I. When I think about love, I think about Jesus’ suffering for you and I. When I think about love, I think about Jesus providing the only way to heaven. When I think about love, I think about how much more I could give and how much more I can do to demonstrate this love.
If someone were to write your epitaph, what would it read? I want mine to read… The man who absolutely loved everyone. The man who showed others the love God. The man who wanted nothing more but to love and make the love of God known. Where’s the Love?
God is not looking for good Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Preachers and Teachers. God is looking for loving Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and teachers. God is waiting for people to step into a true movement of Love. To properly love someone you must learn to love God first. Real love is not based on what you can give me. Real love is based on what can I do for you? How can I help you? How can I bless you? My main purpose is to bless others. To minister in the physical or online. Be a blessing today!
Scripture Study: 1 Corinthians 13
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