“No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
When we put up with too much from the enemy, we give him access that he doesn’t deserve. When we forget that our enemy is the enemy (and not people), we lose our way. God’s Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom! We love people. We hope in God. And we stand firm against the forces of hell. May God tenderize your heart towards those with whom you disagree. May He awaken your love for those you don’t understand. May He inspire creativity within you, so you become a force for good in your community. Jesus has equipped you to love deeply and to win sound victories. Your promised land depends on it. Block the enemy’s arrows. Raise your shield. Refuse the bait of offense. Forgive. Engage your faith. The enemy doesn’t have an endless supply of strength. You can outlast and outwit him. So stand in faith and envision the victory. You can do this. Susielarson.com
1 John 4:16-17 NLT ~ We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
Has something ever caught your eye that was so perfect and you just stood in awe of it? That’s the way I feel about God he is absolutely magnificent in each and every way. When I first started walking with God and reading through the Bible I didn’t know much but I knew that I wanted to change my life for the better. As I would read through the Bible of his commandments and different stories I would feel as though I had my work cut out for me. Every morning I would wake up and tell myself today you were to be absolutely perfect! I would trip up so badly multiple times just before breakfast alone. I would get so angry at myself telling myself,” WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, YOU CAN’T EVEN MAKE IT A COUPLE HOURS WITHOUT MESSING UP!!!!!” It took months before a chaplain had sat down and explain to me that there’s no way we could be perfect and that I needed to ease up on myself. God is all about forgiveness and isn’t expecting us to walk perfectly when we’re just starting our journey with Him. If I didn’t stop with these high expectations I would actually give up on myself and the Bible. This scripture proves it Romans 3:10 as the scriptures say,” No one is righteous- not even one. Plus when we go through trials and tribulations in life it does not mean that we’re bad people those are all growing experiences for each and every one of us. So next time you’re standing in front of the mirror or self-reflecting about the day you just had just remember that you are God’s creation and he loves you for who you are and who you are going to be. Just remember to have patience, pray, and look to God when you’re not feeling worthy. If you’re having a rough time today or any day and want to feel a little bit better I challenge you to pray about it everyday, every morning, anytime. Please join me in prayer this morning. Heavenly Father, thank you for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for always forgiving us for our sins and trespasses. We know that we all fall short of your glory Lord but we know that you’re there to pick us up when we fall on our face to hold us when we’re feeling sad or lonely. We know that when we make mistakes we can look to you for correction. Thank you for always leading us, guiding us and being our inspiration. In Jesus precious name amen.
Something’s been bugging me for a while now and I’d like to share it with you. Giving is fun and quite easy if you have it in your heart to do so and I believe we all do. God did not make us to be selfish or self-centered he meant for us to go out and help as many people as we can. Many people however have hesitations about giving to others. ” I’ve worked hard for my money and my things, why should I have to give it away to someone who doesn’t deserve it”. That’s something I hear quite often and not just from non-christians. I was surprised at the amount of people who are Christians that don’t believe in giving to the less fortunate. Some of you might be wanting to stop reading this but before you do let me show you a couple verses that just might change your mind. The first one is John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Let’s think about that for a second God gave his most precious child so that we could have everlasting life and it’s hard for us to give someone down on their luck a dollar. I struggled with this for a little while myself so don’t feel bad if giving doesn’t come naturally to some of us. It took me asking God to soften my hardened heart in order to give. Matthew 5:42 give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. So in this verse he’s not asking us to pick and choose he’s saying that if someone asks for help we should be willing to help. It used to be when someone would ask me for money I would give them money if I had it but I would be judging them saying,” This person is probably going to use it on booze or drugs.” Matthew 7:1-6 “do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. There’s one more scripture that I would like to share with you and that is an important one just like the rest. Matthew 26:36-40 master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. There are plenty more scriptures that support giving and I’m not going to read them all to you but I would like to share one more with you. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 the point is this: whoever sows apparently will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. So this means that we should be happy about what we are giving and who we are giving it to. Not doing it through gritted teeth or just because. Doing it because we actually love and have that love in our heart. I cannot tell you how many times my wife and I have given to different people and it’s addicting. It has filled our hearts full of joy and love the more and more we do it. I urge you today if this is a stumbling block for you to pray to God and ask him to show you how to be a cheerful giver and who to give to. I promise you it’ll change your life for the better. If this is your wish today then I challenge you to pray with me and change your life. Dear heavenly father, thank you so much for all that you do for us and all that you’ve given us. Lord we want to be like you in so many different ways but we know that we can’t achieve that all at once. This morning we come to you on bended knee humbly asking for you to massage our hardened hearts, so that we can go out and love thy neighbor, help the neighbor any way we can. Help us to be joyful and cheerful when we give instead of cold and judgmental. We’ve all been down that road when we’ve needed something in our lives Lord and people have been there to help bless us through you to get us to where we needed to be. Thank you heavenly Father for your son dying for our sins on the cross showing us the ultimate act of love and giving. Thank you for always being with us, in US, and around us, in Jesus precious name amen!
My daughter asked me this morning if some people really had superpowers and I said yes almost immediately. I believe that the gifts that God gives us are superpowers. That’s what I told her along with a small story. I said that some people could be having a terrible day, so much so that they have thoughts of hurting themselves and that all it takes in most cases is some kind words from a loving person to break up those awful thoughts. I said “Do you remember the time when we walked into a supermarket and we saw the manager whom we’ve talked to quite often passing us by? You were quite young at the time but you saw him ran up to him and asked if you could give him a hug. He looked up at me for permission and I nodded my head yes. You gave him the biggest hug ever and he turned to you and said,”I really needed that right now.” As I told the story to her I started crying because of the huge heart that my daughter has for others. I was tearing up so bad I had to pull the car over and put it in park. My daughter reached over and grabbed my hand until I calmed down just proving what I was talking about. I told her,” You are a superhero and You have a super special power. Some of you who are reading this story may be asking,” What is my superpower,” Just pray and ask God he will give you an answer. Dear heavenly father, I know that you have placed us on this Earth to be able to help one another succeed in their journey with you. We all have gifts that you have given us and I just ask that you show me mine. What can I offer thy neighbor that is suffering, what can I do to change this world one person at a time? Thank you for giving me the strength to stay on your path. In Jesus name amen.
Dear heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day! Thank you for giving us the strength to not only roll out of bed but to be able to go out and do the things you have set out for us to do. We lay all of our worries fears and struggles at your feet. Please exchange our yoke for your yolk giving us the lighter one so that we can go out and help others. Heavenly Father we also want to pray for all those people out there who are lost, broken, hurting, struggling and just needing you in their lives. Help them to see you today Lord the way that we see you. If there’s any way that we can help someone out today please guide us to that person give us the eyes to find the person the ears to listen to their problems and the words that you want to come out of our mouth to comfort them and encourage them. Lord we want to thank you for yesterday, all of the problems that we had and joy’s. Today we’re able to look at those pitfalls and step backs and be able to overcome them through your words and guidance. Help us to clear ourselves out so that you can bring your Holy Spirit into us using us as your vessel. In Jesus precious name amen.
Was I not worthy, or did I do something wrong? Those were the two biggest questions I kept asking myself when my life seemed to be in the toilet. What I should have been asking God. ” What can I do to get through this problem, Lord” or “God, I lay this problem at your feet. Please give me the strength to handle it.” It wasn’t because I was doing something bad or wrong. It was because this life is not perfect, and neither are we. God wants us to rely on him when things go wrong and good. Not just to praise him for the things that are going right in our lives but to come to him with our anger, our sadness with, our grief with, our addictions, and our mourning. He wants us to ask how we can overcome all these obstacles in our life. He could snap his fingers and make all of our problems go away. Would we want that? Would we have the kind of feelings, strengths, and experiences if we didn’t have the struggles, fears, and worries? No, we wouldn’t, and we definitely wouldn’t have to lean on God; therefore, we wouldn’t need God in our lives. We do need to know, however, that God is strong and amazing and wants to help us and wants us to come to him for all of our needs, good or bad.
I long for you to know me and to embrace my ways. Come and learn of the way eternal. For my paths will lead you into more joy, until it overflows. If you receive my love, even in difficulties, you will know the secret of the wonder of eternity. Don’t let appearances deceive you—my love will win every struggle that you face. Even this day, I have prepared a hiding place of mercy for you.
I want to give you a faith that is limitless—a faith that can come only from me. Let me flood you with love so magnificent and fulfilling that you never question it again. My love will wash away the discontentment you’ve experienced in this world. It will set you upon a foundation that cannot be ravaged by storms. If you walk in my ways, the higher ways of heaven, I will help you interpret situations rightly and give you the wisdom you need to navigate every situation. Tap into my eternal ways and allow me to satisfy the yearning of your soul.
Have you ever gone the wrong way? Once you realized that you were headed in the opposite direction of where you wanted to end up, did you keep going—or did you turn around?
We’ve all been lost at one time or another.
We’ve all done things we regret.
We’ve all messed up.
“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 NIV
“Sin” (the Greek word hamartia) means to miss the mark, to be mistaken, or to wander from the path of righteousness. “Repent” (the Greek word metanoeō) means to change one’s mind, change direction, or think and act differently.
To summarize our situation: God made the world, we messed it up, and Jesus has come to make things right again. This is our story. But the great news is, even when we’ve made choices that haven’t honored God in the past, it’s not too late to turn around.
But you (“each of you,” as Peter said) must decide if you want to abandon the path that eventually leads to empty pleasure and unnecessary pain, and turn back to God—allowing grace to wash over you, and by accepting the gift that’s already yours.
And that awesome gift—the Holy Spirit—will help you, lead you, and comfort you … in a way that only He can. And though you can’t take credit for purchasing the gift or giving the gift, the gift isn’t truly yours until you reach out and take it.
Your family cannot do it for you.
Your friends cannot do it for you.
Your church cannot do it for you.
“He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” Psalm 23:3 NLT
As you process today’s verse, in what way can you turn from your selfish desires and run back to God? Ask Him to give you the strength, discernment, and endurance to keep following Him … wherever He leads.
He is the better way.
“Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”” Acts of the Apostles 2:38-39 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/act.2.38-39.NLT
Matthew 6:25-34 “therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: they do not so or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you- you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘ What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Or ‘ What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all those things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ” I LOVE THIS SCRIPTURE!” I I have never been one to worry about money but many people do. The things I do worry about however are many but it always brings me back to these scriptures. We can also remember this scripture day by day just by looking at our window or taking a walk. I’ve always been fascinated at everything around me. The way the different flowers are colored, how beautiful the birds can be, but also looking at my situation. Every morning I leave my finances at my heavenly father’s feet. We only owe one person currently but are making slow and steady payments. Whenever I pray I ask that God meets our needs and not our wants. It seems like not long ago I was praying to God for a Ferrari but he gave me a Honda instead it was like he told me” this will get you to and from work and get your family around town, this is what you need!” If only I had more faith with things that I worry about, day by day however he increases that faith so long as I step out and trust in him. If you would like to trust and have more faith this morning then please join me in prayer. Heavenly Father we are your meek humble servants. We would like to place all of our warriors struggles fears and finances at your feet this morning. We don’t want the burden of having to worry over these things when we know that you will provide the solutions for us. Thank you for always being with us, in us, and around us, in Jesus name amen!