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Ways To Know God Loves You

October 31, 2013 Leave a comment

God's Love

God shows his love for us in so many ways. The first and most important act of love was that He gave his son, Jesus, so that we would have everlasting life. This was the ultimate sacrifice that has ever been made in the name of love. He did this to show his love toward us, even while we were sinners.

New Life
When we accept Christ, we get a new life. God loves us so much that he not only gave his son so we would have eternal life, but he washed our sins away to give us another chance, a new life in Christ.

He Carries Our Troubles
God encourages us to cast all our cares on him, because he cares for us. What a compassionate God we serve. He wants to carry our burdens. He wants us to trust him enough to give our cares to him. Just like our children come to us when something is wrong, that is how God wants us to come to him.

God shows his love as he forgives us everyday. He shows us how to forgive others and he continually forgives us for the wrongs we do and he continues to love us no matter what the sin.

Personal Relationship
There is nothing that we cannot share with God. He can be our most intimate friend with whom we can share anything. We can go to him with our problems, our hurts, pain, fears, and shortcomings. And if we go to him in true repentance and a changed heart, nothing will separate us from his love.

Sometimes God blesses us just because he wants to. We have not done anything great or wonderful to deserve the goodness of God, but he sees us as wonderful through the blood of Jesus, and deserving of a blessing.

Although there may be suffering in life, Our Father doesn’t want to see us in pain and hurting. He heals our broken bodies and minds. He loves us so much that when we seek him out, he can and will heal.

God shows his love for us in so many ways. His love overshadows any issues we may face in life. God loves us freely and unconditionally. He gave his most precious Son because of his love for us. His love is the greatest gift to mankind and he wants us to go out and share it with everyone.

Loving Others As Yourself

October 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Showing the love of Christ to others is important as we go about sharing the good news and gospel of Jesus Christ. When we love others as ourselves, we are showing them what being a Christian is about. You can speak all day long, but if your actions are not loving, kind, and compassionate, no one will listen to you too long. Your words and actions must be consistent.

Loving others as yourself requires you to think of each person you meet as just as important in your life as you are, caring for them as much as you care about your own wellbeing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This type of love not only shares everything it has but looks for ways to uplift and encourage.

Love God

Think about how different our schools, churches, and neighborhoods would be if we all practiced loving each other as we love ourselves. Love like this looks at every person as essential to their life in Christ. We should look for ways to not only improve our own situation, but that of others around us.

Missionary work is an example of loving others as yourself. Missionaries go out and live in sometimes uncomfortable conditions to show others the love of Christ. They give unselfishly toward building the faith of people all around the world.

What practical ways can you love your neighbor as yourself during your daily routine?

Just as you pray for yourself, you can also pray for them. Prayer changes things and when you pray for someone even if they are not aware of it, you are showing the love of God. If you see an area of their life that needs prayer, go ahead and ask the Father to move on their behalf.

Showing compassion for others is also important. The compassion you show to others is your testimony. Your actions are showing others what you believe and that you love others and are willing to help.

Loving yourself, your neighbor, and God also brings balance into your life. We can get so caught up in thinking about our needs that we forget about others. It is when we take our focus off of ourselves and give God all the praise and honor and start looking for ways to help others that change starts to happen in our life. You will find a peace in your heart because you are actively loving yourself, others, and God.

The Awesome Power of Faith

October 29, 2013 1 comment

Awesome Power of Faith

There are many examples of faith in the Bible that demonstrate trust and obedience to God. To trust God is to believe in His integrity, rely on His strength, and to know He is able to help you. We can use these examples to help us learn how use our faith in God.

Noah was warned by God about the storm that was coming. Without any evidence, Noah started preparing for the storm. He started building, and he started storing supplies. There are times in our lives that we are warned about things to come, and we have a choice to make. Do we listen to that still small voice and start preparing, or do we ignore it? We should trust God’s guidance, and He will not lead us wrong.

Abraham was another excellent example of faith and obedience to God’s leading. He left what was familiar and comfortable and set out on a journey of faith that would lead him to not just a new land but to a land of promise. He did not know where he was going, but because he felt God’s guidance, he went out in faith. There are times in life when we are called to go to new, unfamiliar places. It could be a new job, a new state, or a new church, but the key is to know that God is acting in our best interest and would never lead us in the wrong direction. Trusting God means knowing that He would never lead us to a dry land but instead to a land that is full of promise.

By faith Sarah conceived as an older woman because she believed that God was faithful to His promise. This example shows not only the faithfulness of God, but the willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill God’s promise in life. As a woman of age, carrying a baby to term would have been somewhat awkward. Sometimes the things God calls us to do are awkward. They don’t always feel great, but the promise that is fulfilled is what we want to receive.

Abraham had to believe, as well as take action for God’s promise to come to pass. As time went on, he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief. He was strengthened in faith, gave glory to God, and was fully convinced that what “He had promised He was also able to perform” (Romans 4:20-21).

Can you imagine God giving you a blessing and then asking you to make a sacrifice with the blessing? That is what happened with Abraham. God promised them a baby, Sarah conceived and bore Isaac, and then God asked Abraham to make Isaac a sacrifice. Abraham’s trust and faith in the Lord was a tremendous example for us.

These are only three of the many examples of faith that are in the Bible. We can see from these examples how God keeps His promises to those who remain faithful. We need to stand firm in our beliefs in God’s promises just like Noah, Abraham and Sarah. What an awesome power of faith in these examples.

Do you have a testimony about your faith in God? Share it here below in the comment section.

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7 Ways To Exercise Your Faith

October 27, 2013 1 comment

You cannot truly have faith in God without action on your part. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and believing what you have heard and read. You must exercise your faith in order to become a stronger Christian. Below are seven ways you can take action and exercise your faith.

Believe God’s Word

When you believe God’s Word as truth, you are exercising your faith. To exercise means to use or apply something. As Christians we use or apply our faith as we believe God’s Word as truth and live our lives according to the principles and lessons found in it.

There are a lot of good things in the Bible you can take hold of to increase your faith. In times of difficulty, it is helpful to read 1 John 4:4 and believe “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” In times of doubt or confusion, you can rely on Proverbs 3:51 which says to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.”

Obey the Word

Reading and knowing God’s Word is not the same as the act of obeying His Word. When you live by faith, obedience is extremely important. You cannot live by faith when you ignore or overlook what the Word of God says about your life. Whether it is deliberate or unintentional, disobeying God’s Word is being unfaithful.

Trust in God’s Goodness

Faith and trust are inseparable. You cannot have true faith unless you trust and believe in God’s goodness. As a believer you should hold in your heart the love God has for you and remember how He showers you with His goodness.

Pray God’s Word

It is important to pray God’s Word. This will not only keep your mind and heart attuned to the promises of God, but when you petition God with His very own Word, this begins to build your faith as you see God move and change situations for you.

Meditate on the Promises and Miracles of God’s Word

Do not just pray God’s Word once, but also take the time to meditate on the Word. Saturate your mind and spirit with the Word, and you will notice your faith increasing, especially in difficult times when you are not sure how you will make it through.

Combat Doubt with Faith

Whenever you have a negative or doubtful thought, immediately change the wording of your thought to a statement full of faith that God, our Creator, is in charge and that He is protecting you from your enemies.

Surrender Your Mind to God

Surrendering your mind to God every day not only strengthens you as a believer, it also will help you build and increase your faith.

Exercising your faith doesn’t have to be confusing. Just remember that you have to take action in order to genuinely have faith. If you use these seven steps to exercise your faith on a daily basis, you will see positive growth in your faith.

Why Faith Is Important

October 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Faith In God

Faith is essential to our lives as believers, and if you’ve ever wondered why faith is important this article will shed some light on the answers. It is the very foundation of our Christian belief. We begin our journey with the profession of our belief and faith in who God is. We believe by faith that Jesus lived, died on the cross, and rose on the third day. Because of our faith, we know that God not only is our Father in Heaven, but He loves us so much He gave His son Jesus for the redemption of our sins. We have faith that God actually loves us enough to take care of our needs. We have faith that He hears our prayers when we call Him.

Having faith is a necessity for Christians, and here are three reasons why it is so important for us to have in faith our lives.

Faith is Pleasing to God

Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. Not only must we believe who He is, but we must believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. It pleases God when we seek to have a strong relationship with Him that is built on our trust and belief in Him. When we seek Him with a pure and believing heart, God lovingly answers our prayers, heals our bodies, and mends our broken relationships.

Faith Determines Our Actions

Faith is important because it affects the decisions we make, the way we interact with others, and the way we react to the situations that confront us. Faith must be practiced. The more we put our trust in God, the more faith we develop. Some of us start with just a small amount of faith. The Bible talks about having just a “mustard seed”-size amount of faith. It is not the amount that counts, it is the belief in our heart that at all times God is with us, will provide for us, and will rescue us from the enemy. Faith in practice develops more faith in action.

Faith Gives Us a Testimony

Our testimony and witness is based on our faith. Have you noticed that we win others to Christ not only by our actions but also by the words that we speak? When something great happens, we often cannot wait to share the good news. This is how we should be as Christians. We should be sharing our good news of faith about how God worked in our lives, changed our situations, and helped us through tough times. The words of testimony not only build up the person speaking, but they give courage to the hearer of the testimony and encourage them to believe God, too.

Having faith as a believer is the starting point of a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father. Start believing God today for those little things that need changing, and before you know it, you will have faith that moves mountains in your life.

Goal Setting Infographic

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Here is a goal setting infographic to encourage you as we approach the end of this year.

5 Quick Stress Busters

October 26, 2013 2 comments

Stress Busters

How do you react when your plans fall through? Do you roll with the punches? Or does anxiety keep you from enjoying life? To a great extent, our personality determines how we deal with stress in our lives, but here are 5 things to help keep your stress under control:

1. Sleep more. It’s very common in our society to exist on less than 6 hours of sleep a night. But experts keep telling us we need at least 8 hours. Not just to rest our bodies, but to rejuvenate our minds. “Tired” and “cranky” seem to go hand in hand. Don’t use your bedroom to watch the news or finish up some work from the office. Make that room your haven, a place to relax and escape the day. Have a hot cup of tea, take a warm bath, or read a paperback to help you unwind.

2. Have faith. Saying a short prayer in times of stress can give you a sense of calm, especially when the situation is one you really have no control over. Learn to trust God. Being able to forgive people also can affect your blood pressure. Holding a grudge is not good for your health!

3. Turn it off. The convenience that cell phones and electronic devices have added to our lives can actually be a double-edged sword. We depend on them so much it seems we can’t live without them. This increased accessibility means not only can our loved ones reach us at any time, but so can work. If your employer legitimately needs to have your cell phone number, make sure you set clear limits on when you can and cannot be reached. If you are an entrepreneur or in Christian ministry, give yourself a “getting off” time each day. Your time off is yours.

4. Take a holiday. It doesn’t have to be a fancy vacation resort. A day at the beach, or an afternoon at the park will do. Just anywhere you can be and not think about the bills, work, or whatever tensions you may have. It’s important to take time for yourself, so do it! You’ll feel better with a fresh outlook.

5. Treat yourself. Sign up for a exercise class at your local gym or community center. The costs are nominal, and you’ll feel more relaxed after even just one session. A monthly massage or a spa treatment is also a great way to recharge. You’ll walk out feeling like a million dollar bowl of jelly.

Stress is unavoidable. But what we do about it is up to us. Experiment with these suggestions and see what works for you!

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