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Job 9:10 He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number.

As we approach the last hours of 2020, it’s a good time to reflect on the great things of God. In spite of the pandemic, God has done some great things for us if we look closely.

Some of us still have employment. That’s a great thing. For those who don’t, you’re still alive with the potential to get another job. That’s also a great thing. Some of us got married, pregnant, or had a baby in 2020. That’s awesome. Some of us have been delivered from toxic relationships. That’s refreshing. With the shutdowns, some of us had time to achieve clarity regarding our purpose.

Depending on our perspective, we can always find something good or bad to dwell on. Why not dwell on the great things God has done for us?

Psalm 34:2 (CEV) With all my heart, I will praise the LORD. Let all who are helpless, listen and be glad.

When God blesses us, don’t hide it. Don’t try to fit in and have a commonality with friends or coworkers. Let others know what God has done.

Our friends may be having a pity party discussing how broke they are and how depressing life is. They may be trying to one up each other on how miserable their life has become.
If we know God has blessed us and we’re not struggling financially, don’t join in. Tell them how good God has been. Our friends may think we’re boasting. They’re absolutely correct; we are. We’re boasting in the Lord and all He’s accomplished for us. There’s no sin in telling everyone how good God has been.

If they can’t handle God blessing our lives without being jealous, they’re not meant to be our friends. If we can’t handle criticism after receiving a head-turning blessing from God, don’t ask God.

Don’t go down to their level. Give them an opportunity to use their faith to get whatever they want and need from God.

God is always doing things for us. Some of them just so happen to be more noticeable than others. We can easily identify God blessing us with an unexpected raise or a new car, but it’s equally important to identify God in more common ways.

For instance, when we get a front row parking space, that’s God. When we could have injured ourselves playing basketball but we didn’t, that’s God. When we come home to a drama-free house, that’s God. When our children come home safe from school, that’s God.

Don’t take these moments for granted. That’s God in our corner working for our good (Rom. 8:28). Identify the more common areas where God is consistently blessing our lives. That way, we’ll never be deceived into thinking God isn’t doing anything for us.

Psalm 103:1-2 (MSG) O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!

Acts 8:29 The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.”

When we pray, it’s important to allow God to talk back to us. As we’re listening to God, it’s even more important to not make assumptions about what God is saying.

For instance, God may say “business.” Just because God said “business” doesn’t mean we should quit our jobs and start a business. Let God provide the full set of instructions. He may say “business” for a week during our time in prayer. Just meditate on that for now. The following week, He may tell us to invest in a particular business. We could have made our lives problematic if we would have assumed God meant for us to start a business.

Just know, God is not going to lead us astray. He’ll provide clarity in what He wants us to do. Ask Him 3 times if necessary. Don’t be anxious and assume. Be sure, and know what the Lord is telling you.

Inspired by Creflo Dollar

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Merry Christmas! Remember, today is all about Jesus. It’s not about presents, food, or being off of work. It’s about God sending His Son to save mankind from their sins and giving us abundant life.

Take a moment to think about what God has done through Jesus. Worship God with your family. Sing songs about Jesus. Even if everything’s not perfect, reflect on the perfection of Jesus and what He means in your life.

Jesus we honor You, we thank You, and we praise You. And although December 25th is not technically Your birthday, we choose to celebrate Your arrival on earth this day. Thank You God for Jesus.

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

As we celebrate Christmas and the new year, it’s important to keep our bodies in check. Around this time of year, we tend to cook a lot of food. We all want to be healthy and live long. One way to do that is to eat well. That means, being led by the Spirit with what we eat and how much we eat.

If God says don’t get a second plate, let’s keep our flesh in check, and resist the temptation of a second plate. If God says don’t eat a certain thing too late, don’t eat it.

We have to understand God is looking at the big picture and is lending a helping hand with our overall health. Let’s listen to Him and keep our flesh in check.

Some people don’t want to listen to anyone who hasn’t experienced anything. They don’t want to listen to parenting advice from someone who doesn’t have children and they don’t want to get business advice from someone who doesn’t own a successful business. With that attitude, they tune people out who could really help them or worse, they tune out the vessel God is speaking through.

Look at Paul. In Ephesians, Paul gives us parental and marriage advice. Paul wasn’t married and he didn’t have any children. We accept this because it’s in the bible, but God is still speaking through people.

Don’t get caught up in the qualifications of the vessel. It could be a child, a person who was married 3 times, or a drunkard. God can use anyone. Listen to their words. If it aligns with the word of God, receive it with gladness. Let’s keep our ears and our heart open to hear God’s word.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Sometimes, it can get a little difficult to comprehend the word of God surrounding His promises. One way to fully internalize God’s promises toward us is to add “I Promise” to every promise found in scripture, and imagine God speaking directly to you.

Example:
Isaiah 54:17(a) says, no weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.

Imagine God saying this to you…
I PROMISE, no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn.

Isaiah 53:5 says, But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Add an I PROMISE to it and make it personal.
I PROMISE, He (Jesus) was wounded for your transgressions, He was bruised for your iniquities; The chastisement for your peace was upon Him and by His stripes you are healed.

Adding that I PROMISE and personalizing the scriptures just makes it easier to realize God is speaking directly to us. Praise God for His word and His promises.

Jonah 2:7 “When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord ; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.

Situations in life can have us feeling like there’s no way out. Times can get so rough until all we can think about is ending it all. It’s during those times when we need to remember the Lord.

Thinking about His goodness, His power, and His ability to change any situation can give us enough faith to last another day. Remembering how He brought us out the last time will encourage us to press on.

The devil will magnify the problems in front of us, but it’s up to us to remember the Lord in times of trouble.

So don’t end it all and don’t sink into depression. Remember the Lord, call on Him, and He will answer.

John 7:27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he comes from.”

Background: The people in the crowd are trying to figure out if Jesus was the Messiah. One person says, “no one will know where the Messiah comes from.”

Where did he get this from? It doesn’t say anywhere in the Old Testament that no one will know where the Messiah will come from. He may have convinced someone not to believe in Jesus with that statement.

Today, we still have untruths, myths, and assumptions coming out of the mouths of people in and out of the body of Christ.

We have…
“Money is the root of all evil.” This statement has people believing God wants us poor. It says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1 Tim. 6:10). That’s a big difference.
We also have…
“God helps those who help themselves.” That’s not true. God says, before we call, He will answer (Isaiah 65:24). He’s always there to help.
Let’s not forget about…
“The bible condones slavery.” This alone has so many black people turning their backs on God. Slavery of bible times was very different from the slavery we know and hate. It actually would have been much closer to indentured servitude. Slaves were not expected to be enslaved for life (Ex. 21:2).

These are just a few statements thrown around, but it can impact those around us and have people believing a lie. In context, let’s validate every statement we hear with the word of God and speak the truth.

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