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Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

As we can see, God promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Understanding this promise, a believer should never say they’re alone or lonely. We may not have anyone physically present with us but, God is always with us.

There will be times where we’re tempted to feel lonely. We may feel alone when we’re going through a difficult time or we may feel lonely during the holidays but, our feelings can be deceptive and unreliable. Regardless of how we feel, the truth of the matter is we’re never alone. We’ll also be tempted to think God’s presence is not enough. If we truly understood all the Lord has done for us, we’ll realize God is more than enough.

Let’s renew our minds to the truth that we’re never alone because God is always with us. This truth will keep us confident, fearless, and free from depression. Praise God we are never alone.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

In today’s world where we have mass shootings, bombings, and an increase in crime, peace is a luxury. For the believer, we have an opportunity to access this luxury on a daily basis; however, it requires our minds to be focused on God.

When we keep our minds focused on God, we can live in a constant state of peace, but if we get like Peter, and look at all the circumstances around us, we’ll panic and sink into fear. When we focus on God being our Protector, we’ll never have to worry about the dangers in this world. When we focus on God being our Provider, we’ll never have to worry about lack. When we realize God hears us when we pray, we’ll never have to worry about our prayers not being answered.

Focusing on God is how we stay in perfect peace. It doesn’t mean our peace won’t be tested, but if we discipline ourselves to focus on God during that test, we’ll always have the luxury of peace.

Isaiah 40:17 All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. 18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

No matter how much success we experience in the world and no matter how much notoriety we have, we are less than nothing without God. Never get it misunderstood. It’s not because of our work ethic, our education, or our connections that we’re successful. It’s because of God.

Through His grace and mercy, God allows us to experience this success. He allows us to be alive to enjoy this abundant life. God allows our bodies to function properly. God’s angels keep death and destruction from our lives. God… God… God.

As soon as we become “I minded” where we believe that I did this or I did that and not give credit to God, we become living fools. With every success in life, realize it’s all because of God.

As we get older and our immediate family begins to grow, we have a tendency to focus inward. We become content with the fact that our family is saved, blessed, and prosperous, but meanwhile, our extended family and friends are lost and hurting.

Our immediate family is saved and going to church every week, but our cousins are being deceived into the delusion that there is no God. Our spouse brings the biggest smile on our faces, but our friend’s family is slowly being torn apart. We’re excited about our promotion, but our uncle just lost his job.

Periodically, it’s important to continue to reach out to our extended family and friends. We could speak a word of encouragement that may save someone’s life. We can see if they have any prayer requests. We can see if they need or desire something. We can be personal ministers of the Gospel to them.

Let’s not forget about our brother or sister. We are the blessing that God can work through.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

There are some whose identity is built around the mistakes of their past. They were promiscuous in their past and now they see themselves as a whore. Some committed criminal acts and now society calls them and they see themselves as a “thug.”

There are some whose identity is built around their present. There are some who are and always have been an athlete. There are some who have elite status in society. If sports and status are taken away from those people, they’re lost.

Finally, there are some whose identity is based on what they will be. They’re attempting to gain wealth and status. Once they acquire the wealth and status, then they’ll see themselves as successful, but for now, they see themselves as nothing.

Our past, our present, and our future doesn’t define who we are. Our identity is found in Christ. If we’ve made Jesus Lord over our lives, we are everything God said we are regardless of our past, present, or future. We are righteous (Rom 3:22). We are holy (Heb. 10:10). We are rich (2 Cor. 8:9). We are blessed (Gal 3:14). We are victorious (1 Cor. 15:57). It’s not because of what we do or what we have. It’s because of Jesus.

Let’s look outside ourselves and our performance and look to Jesus Who did it all for us. Our identity is found in Christ.

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, 5 in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.

God has filled everyone with a gift, talent, and skills for His glory. Some of us know what our gift is and some of us don’t. To those that don’t, it’s important that we seek God for our gifting.

Our gifts may not seem financially lucrative on the surface, but it’s still our gift to the world. When we use our gift for the glory of God, God won’t let us go broke.

A misconception of our gift is we need to be operating in our gift full-time. That’s not necessarily the case for everyone. We can be called to work at one place full-time, but be operating in our gift during our time off.

Let’s discover and operate in our gift and when someone compliments us in our gift, give credit to God.

Psalm 88:13 But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

It’s important to commune with God at the beginning of each day. When we begin each day with God, we operate from the “First Principle”. All throughout the Bible, we see God blessing those who put Him first (Deut. 26:10; Prov. 3:9-10; Matthew 6:33).

During our morning prayer, we give glory to God Who woke us up. We thank Him for allowing us to see another day. We ask Him to lead and guide us so that we honor Him in every way. We receive His protection and covering over our household. And if we have any cares or concerns for that day, we give it to Him.

It doesn’t have to be long or theatrical. We’ll simply reap the benefits of acknowledging God at the beginning of each day.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

In order for our faith to grow and be strengthened, we must feed our faith with the Word of God. Faith is a tool we use to obtain all the promises of God.

Through Jesus Christ, we have the freedom to do and listen to anything, but what will be the most beneficial to our faith is the Word of God. It wouldn’t do us any good if we have a desperate need, but all we can think of is what happened on our favorite TV show. It would be difficult to fight sickness in our bodies if we don’t know any scriptures about how we’re healed.

Our faith is only as strong as we feed it. We can feed our faith through reading the Word of God, listening to scripture-based teachings, and hearing scripture-based songs. Daily, we need to set up some time in our busy schedules to feed our faith by hearing the Word of God.

 

 

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

In today’s world, there are many things that try to get our attention and claim to be the truth. We have science, knowledge of self, other religions, and consciousness. We have to have it settled in our hearts that God’s Word (The Bible) is the truth.

If God’s Word is not the absolute truth in our hearts, there will always be a place for doubt and unbelief regarding God’s Word. We’ll attempt to take care of ourselves because we doubt God’s ability to take care of us according to Isaiah 46:4. We’ll question the Bible’s validity because someone shares so-called contradictions. We’ll question life itself because some new documentary shows us convincing theories of how we’re created.

Satan wouldn’t be a good adversary if he didn’t attack the truth which is God’s Word so, let’s guard our hearts and settle it in our minds from this day forward that God’s Word is the truth.

Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, who come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Overwhelming circumstances and situations we can’t control can give us the wrong reflection. Look at the Israelites. The Israelites saw themselves as grasshoppers. Where did they get this distorted view from? God never told them they were grasshoppers in the sight of the giants and none of the giants called them grasshoppers. They obtained this view of themselves because they couldn’t naturally see how they would overcome this large obstacle.

Wrong reflections of ourselves are still present today. If we don’t have a spouse, we may see ourselves as lonely. If we don’t have a lot of money in the bank, we may view ourselves as poor. If things didn’t turn out the way we’d hoped, we may see ourselves as failures. We’re looking at ourselves through the wrong mirror.

The mirror we need to view ourselves through is the Word of God. We may not have a spouse, but God said He’ll never leave us nor forsake us, therefore, we’ll never be lonely (Deut. 31:8). We may not have a lot of money at this time but, the Word of God never calls us poor, but rich (2 Cor. 8:9). Even though things didn’t turn out the way we wanted, we’re still victorious (2 Cor. 2:14).

There are two mirrors that we can view our lives through. The Word of God and what we can naturally see. In order to overcome, be positive, and maintain our hope in this life, we must view our lives through the Word of God.

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