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“No man is an island …. every man is part of… the main ( ?creation? ).” John Dunne penned this in his Meditation XVII. Do you belong? Why? ? To whom??? In the final analysis, you are God’s creation for a personalized purpose. John 16:15 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine …… Isaiah 43:1 “But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;…
Matthew 5:13-14 “13 You are the salt of the earth…… 14 You are the light of the world..… “ What you say and do can affect your circle of influence. Like a pebble thrown into a pond, the ripple effects spread out all around. Your words, your actions are like the ripple effects. If you have received God’s amazing grace, you would want to share this to everyone, as much as you can. .
“Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men,” Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord Romans 12:11
Great Joy. True joy. Deep joy. What is it? Do you have it? True joy is not fleeting nor momentary. Joy is not affected by circumstance or happenstance. Not inhibited by sorrow nor pain. True joy is constant, it is that inner feeling that is given by God alone. Find out how to attain, how to maintain, how to sustain deep, true God given joy. ” … the joy of the Lord is your strength …. ” Nehemiah 8:10
Great faith is faith in Jesus. A. The most important aspect of faith is what you put your faith in. B. Great faith is faith in Jesus, not faith in faith. C. Great faith is faith in Jesus, not faith in me or my plans. D. Faith in Jesus is submission to Jesus.
Your words do : praise and magnify; build up or tear down; comfort and console; encourage, correct, instruct. Words are powerful. Luke 6:45 [Amp version] The good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart; … . for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart. Job 16:5 [Amp version] “[But instead] I could strengthen and encourage you with [the words of] my mouth, And the consolation and solace of my lips would soothe your suffering and lessen your anguish. Ephesians 6:19 [Amp version] And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation],
What does greatness mean to you? Wealth? High(est) Education? Power? Intelligence? Importance? The world does not look at it from Jesus’ point of view. Jesus … said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 ” …. whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. Mark 10:43-44
Can I do greater things than Jesus? Really? Listen. See how it can be possible. 12″Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these …” 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” John 14:12-14
This is what “generous giving” really means : “John 3:16 ” For God So Loved … that He GAVE His Only begotten Son…” As the saying goes you cannot love with giving. 11You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every occasion, and your giving through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12For this ministry of service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God.… (2 Cor. 9:11-12) Romans 12:8 if it is encouraging, let…
Victor Hugo wrote ” One can give without loving, but never can one love without giving.” God is our example – “For God so loved … that HE GAVE … Malachi 3:10 Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not…