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LOVE Helps Us Stand

In my pursuit to know God better, I clearly understand that He will answer prayer. He will give us insight and He will always tell us the truth about ourselves. He will uncover our secret thoughts and lay our weaknesses on the table to examine them with us. He will remind us that those who love Him will do what He says.

During my meditation times this week, I’ve been led to the book of Romans several times. This morning as I was reading Romans 14, I experienced a sweet revelation. I am not a judge. I already knew that, but having God hand you a mirror is a lovely experience.

As I read through the verses, I could see myself as I encountered individuals covered with tattoos and piercings, people who neglect their children, people who were scarred and disoriented because of substance abuse, and people who have decided there is no God. I had made myself judge. If not by my actions, it was by my opinion of their lives.

I am not a judge.

Romans 14:4 is the “ripping off the bandage” scripture for me, “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”

The truth is, no matter what people do or how they choose to live, God is able to make them stand. God makes Himself available to every one. The problem is, some have trouble seeing God because as God’s ambassador, I am not showing them who He is. I am not representing the Kingdom very well.

They don’t know He is with them, because they see others judging them. They don’t see His love in the smile I could be giving. They don’t see His love by the service I could offer to help a struggling mother or father with their children. They don’t see His love in the gesture I could give by providing a meal, a fresh change of clothes, or a warm blanket to the ones who are lost on the streets.

2017 is coming to a close, but the opportunity to love is not. Everyday is an invitation to share love and compassion. We may not always understand others’ weaknesses, but it isn’t our place to know that. Our assignment is to love them.

I pray that God will show us what “loving them” looks like for the individuals we encounter.

I Am Not Judge

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You’re Qualified by Love

In my dream during the night I was at a school banquet with different people I have known through the past thirty years. I was very glad to see them, but they all seem to have something they were holding on to that kept them from enjoying the banquet set before them. As I woke up and meditated on the dream, the Lord helped me see that the people had caged themselves in. They’ve built their own cages that are keeping them from walking in freedom.

I believe the Lord wants many of you to know that divorce does not disqualify you, nor do your mistakes and failures. He knows the plans He has for you and no plan of His will be thwarted (Job 42:2) by your behavior. Just like our children cannot thwart our plans to love them and care for them, so God is with us. We didn’t just walk away and leave our children in the store when they had tantrums because they couldn’t have what they wanted. No, we picked them up and took them home. We still love them and desire the best for them. We see that they attend school, they eat until they are satisfied, and they have clothes to wear in every season.

Our heavenly Father will not leave us nor forsake us. He loves us with a perfect love. Our mistakes and failures do not disqualify us from being His children. He will correct us because He LOVES US! He will guide us if we will listen. All is not lost. Our destiny is still decided. He is waiting for us to step out onto the path He has set before us. He will guide us.

Scripture reading for today. (Daniel 9: 1 – 19 & Romans 12:1 – 2).

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The Path to Destiny by Ci Mosley
You are not disqualified
Because you fail.
You are not fogotten
Because you leave the trail.

You are not unwanted
Because you slip and fall.
I AM here to lift you up
Because I love you through it all.
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A Candle for Christmas

She clung to the six inch candle as Pastor Will read the story of the birth of Christ. Graci was excited to participate in the candlelight ceremony this year. At six years old, she felt like a big girl because her dad told her she was old enough to hold the candle.

“You have to be very careful so that you don’t get burned by the wax,” Paul had instructed Graci on his left when he lit her candle before lighting his wife’s cancle on his right.

“I will be careful, Daddy,” Graci whispered fearing she would blow out the candle.

As Graci stared at the flame and listened to the Bethlehem story, she noticed the candle began to drip onto the paper protector surrounding the candle. She immediately straightened her back and hands to make sure the wax didn’t spill onto her hand.

Graci glanced up and saw her parents beginning to sing Silent Night along with the church. She began to sing along as she watched her parents lifting up their candles when the lights were dimmed in the church. Graci was afraid to lift her candle and stood very still with the candle extended a few inches in front of her.

Even though she stood very still, she began to feel drops of wax falling onto her fingers and the floor. “Oh, no,” she thought, “I’m going to get burned.” She then looked up at her dad with pleading eyes hoping he would open his eyes and look down at her, but he continued to worship and sing through the end of the song.

At the end of the song, everyone blew out their candles and began to file out of the service. Graci peeled the wax from her fingers and she rolled the wax into a ball as she walked with her family to the fellowship hall where they would have cookies and punch.

“What do you have in your hand there, Graci?” Paul asked as he saw her place the wax on her lap before picking up the cookie he’d placed in front of her.

“It’s the wax from the candle. You told me to be very still and I was. I still got wax on my hand. I’m sorry.” Graci murmured.

“You don’t have to be sorry, Sweetie. You didn’t do anything wrong. The candle was made with wax and when it is lit, it melts.” Paul explained kissing Graci on the top of her head.

Graci smiled up at her daddy and began to enjoy her cookies and punch.
I like this parable so much because it reminds me of a recent candle lighting service I attended. At the end of the service, I could see people peeling wax off their fingers and off the seat in front of them. I could hear the Lord speak in my spirit. “That’s how My people are suppose to be. You are the light of the world. If you are a light, you make an impact on the lives you touch. You are light in darkness and the warmth of your flame can be felt by those who come in contact with you.

Be a “candle”. People need what you have to offer.

BE A CANDLE
Light up a life with mercy.
Melt a hardened heart with a smile.
Light up a life with grace.
Melt a troubled life with guidance.
Light up a life with friendship.
Melt a rejected soul with a hug.
Light up a life with your love.
Melt a confused mind with understanding.
Light up a life with your care.
Light up a life with your warm embrace.
Light up a life with whatever you have to share.
Be a candle in this dark and troubled place.

merry-christmas

The True Light who gives light to everyone came into the world.
John 1:9
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14 Days of Blessings: Day 14

Today I wish you revelation.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea when Herod was king. His birth was announced to a group of wise men by a star. The star revealed the place where baby Jesus was. When they found the child, the wise men were filled with joy.

I hope this season brings you a hunger to know the Lord. And I hope that He reveals Himself to you.

Revelation Blessing

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 13

Today I wish you heavenly visitations.

The time of our Savior’s birth was filled with angelic visitations. From their visit with Mary to the announcement to the shepherds that the child was born, angels were very active in celebrating the birth of Jesus.

They weren’t finished with mankind at the birth of our Savior. They are still very active in our lives today. Psalms 91 teaches us that angels are assigned to us to protect us and guard us when we belong to the Lord.

Jesus says in Luke 15:10 that angels rejoice when sinners repent. Isn’t it amazing to know that heaven has a party when we choose to accept the Lord as our Savior?

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 12

Today I wish you wisdom.

When doubt and fear about the future try to overshadow us, we are quick to believe that our situation is hopeless and failure is imminent especially  if we have a setback or an unexpected delay. But the truth is, we have power to overcome all things. We have a source of wisdom and strength who is able give us direction and intelligence to survive any setback or disappointment.

For such a young woman, Mary was wise enough to recognize the angel spoke the truth to her. She recognized her limitation, but knew that God was faithful and able to accomplish what He spoke over her life. Joseph was older than Mary and I can just imagine his shock and disappointment when he learned she was carrying a baby. He wisely listened to God’s instruction and obeyed.

It takes a wise person to trust and obey God in all things. When trouble comes, remember your creator has given you everything you need to overcome.

Wisdom Blessing

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 11

Today I wish you connection.

I don’t know of any other season where the whole world seem to be trying to make connections more than the Christmas season. Families are reconnecting. Friends who haven’t been in touch for a while get together to celebrate.

When Mary found out she was carrying the promised child, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Both women were facing unusual circumstances and could relate to each other. The scripture says the baby Elizabeth was carrying jumped when Mary arrived (Luke 1). The two infants made a connection in the womb that would last a lifetime.

As you’re preparing for the upcoming holidays, I pray that you find a way to connect with people you haven’t seen in a while. Reconnect with estranged family members. I also pray that you will find time to reach out to someone who is alone this season. It’s true what they say. No man is an island.

Connect Blessing

 

 

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 10

Today I wish you a new song.

Hope begins with an open heart and a receptive spirit. When the angel appeared to Mary to deliver a message from God she didn’t respond with doubt. Even though she knew she was not carrying a child, her words did not declare she couldn’t do what the angel said. She didn’t mention that she faced rejection from Joseph. She didn’t complain that people would think she was a fallen woman. She accepted the message with one question, “How can this happen?” She was open to what God wanted to do in her life (Luke 1).

As we celebrate this season and make plans for the new year, let’s join the angels in declaring “Nothing will be impossible with God!” Mary was about to face the greatest challenge of her life. Yet she sang, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”

When we keep our hearts open and remain receptive to His divine plan for us, we will be able to sing a new song just like Mary did.

Sing Blessing

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 9

Today I wish you dreams.

As the close of 2017 is rapidly approaching, you may be feeling like you want more from the next year. You’re ready for something different, but you’re not sure what you’re longing for. It could be that you need a dream. You may need divine inspiration or divine guidance.

The birth of Christ is evidence that God will visit us in dreams to give us instructions. God sent an angel to speak to Joseph in a dream telling him it was okay to marry Mary because she was carrying the Son of God (Matthew 1:20). After the birth of Christ God sent an angel again to give Joseph direction about where to go in order to keep the child safe because Herod was seeking to kill the baby (Matthew 2:19 – 20).

As you reflect on your journey through 2017 and are considering the direction you want to go in 2018, take time to write down your dreams. You may find the key to your destiny hidden in them.

Dreams Blessing

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14 Days of Blessings: Day 8

Today I wish you laughter.

Have you had a good belly laugh lately? If not, I suggest viewing the video below.

Remember that a merry heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22).

Laughter Blessing