Take the Initiative

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT

How many times do you pray for something for somebody else that you could easily take care of yourself? I believe we get so wrapped up in the assumption that God is supposed to do everything, that we neglect to see how we could easily be a blessing to that person. We can get so consumed with thinking about what we would be losing on our end instead of doing what Acts 20:35 says, “it is better to give than to receive.” The devil keeps our minds occupied with fear and doubt regarding helping others because if we actually do our Christian duties, people will be blessed and God will get the glory—two things the devil absolutely hates. Sometimes before we pray about certain things for other people, we need to see if we can answer the prayer ourselves. God will always provide for us when we take care of each other as today’s scripture states.  Continue reading

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Are You in Love?

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 Jesus replied: If anyone loves me, they will obey me. Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them.

John 14:23 CEV (emphasis added)

 

Are you in love with God? Now this isn’t a question that requires an immediate answer because there are some things that you have to consider: Are you spending quality time with Him?; Are you obeying what He told you to do (either personally and in His Word); Do you talk to Him on a regular basis?; Do you try not to hurt Him? It’s so easy to say, “Yes, I love God,” but according to John 14:23, are you obeying Him? Do you know Him well enough to truly love Him? Or are you just going with the motions because it’s the “right” thing to say, or do you just love Him because of what He can do for you? To be truthful, your love for God will show in how you live your life because He said if you love me, you’ll obey me; and your obedience will show in your lifestyle.   Continue reading