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Masterpiece!

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God, Creator, Potter, Masterpiece, Handiwork

You are special God’s handiwork!

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

You Are God’s Handiwork

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Writers write.
Singers sing.
Builders build.
Creators create.

God, Matchless Creator for all eternity,
dropped the mic with His creation of humanity.
Comparing the night sky and humanity,
King David pondered.

How could humanity compete with a starry night,
resplendent as diamonds set on velvet cushions?

It doesn’t.
Man’s creation stands apart.
Only man is a creation in God’s own image.

Forming man from earth’s dust,
God breathed Himself into man’s nostrils and man came to life. Bestowing blessing from the start,
God’s first words to man were to reign over the earth.

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Forever the Creator,
God knits our bodies as marvels of workmanship. 

I’ll give you an example.
Look at your hands and consider your fingerprints.
No one before, with, or after you will ever share their design.

You are unique, an original.
Created for divine purpose,
the Most High God designed you with intentionality.
You are God’s good idea.
God calls you His poetry, prized possession, and masterpiece. 

Stephanie L. Foster

You are unique in every way – made in God’s image with your own identity

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Release Your Regrets

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Recognise Your Regrets

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Your inheritance is peace!

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Fix your eye on Jesus! Peace! Not on your difficulties!

In Jesus, we have received the greatest inheritance of all! The Kingdom of God is ours! The victory is ours! We are co hiers with Christ, adopted into Sonship with Him! Peace.

We are brothers and sisters with Christ!

 “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
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Stress is one of the most damaging factors to our physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Yet, when God created you and molded you with love, He didn’t destine you to live a life of permanent worry. He intended you to live a life filled with His peace! He has already given it to you, as the following Bible verse reminds us: “‘I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.’” (John 14:27)

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Scripture

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.
John 14:23‭-‬31

Now that is a gift! All other gifts pale in comparison! Be filled with the Holy Advocate!

I understand that this peace is so often threatened or disturbed by various situations: at work, in the midst of your family, or in your health. Or through your relationships or financial difficulties.

So you may be wondering…how is it possible to enjoy this peace that God gives you? To not be “troubled” or “afraid” in the face of these disturbing events? God has only one word to say to you: “Trust.”

He’s inviting you today to return to His arms that you may have left. To surrender yourself totally to Him, to rely on Him. How do we do this, practically speaking, when the bills pile up? When the pain is unbearable? When nothing is going right any more? By choosing to believe and continuing to trust Him, whatever happens, despite the circumstances, because:

  • His Word is true, His promises certain.
  • He loves you personally.
  • He is taking care of you.

Perhaps you can’t seem to completely let go, and the more you struggle, the more your peace melts like snow in the sun. So it’s time to renew your trust in the One who can do all things…

Let’s pray together that this peace given to you won’t be stolen from you!…“Father, I admit that life’s worries tend to steal my peace. Today, I choose to turn to You. I want to fix my eyes on You and not on my difficulties. You are and You have, Lord, the solution to all my problems. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 

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Remain in the shadow of the Most High!

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#4 Misconceptions About Sharing the Gospel

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Have you ever doubted your abilities or effectiveness as a witness? I’ll admit, I have. I want to discuss some misconceptions about sharing the Gospel that fuels fear in my heart and the hearts of others about witnessing. If you’ve struggled like I have with any of these, my intention is not to discourage you, but rather I pray you will be fully equipped to boldly take the Gospel of truth to the world.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

Before reading on, I encourage you to read the first entries in this series. Click here to access them:

#1: You must be good at it 

#2: Everything in your own life has to be together

#3: The only way to get someone saved is to invite them to church

#4: You have to make the gospel sound good

Scriptures

John 6:44 Romans 1:14-18 Romans 6:20-23 2 Timothy 4:2-5 1 John 4:1-6

Have you ever felt nervous about sharing the Gospel with someone? I have. I do. All the time.  I feel pressured to get it 100% correct and so I feel nervous. This nervousness can come from several places, but one main reason for that feeling is we are afraid they won’t understand or like what they hear. We’re fear rejection because of our beliefs. It may be tempting to try craft our words or analogies in such a way that the Gospel sounds more appealing and maybe not so harsh. 

This is the most dangerous misconception of all because when we change the main points of the Gospel, The Gospel loses its power. Paul is very clear on this issue in Romans 1:16. He makes the bold statement:

“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”

The key phrase in this verse is he calls the Gospel “the power of God for salvation.” When we witness to someone, it more than just words we are speaking and sharing, we are literally becoming a channel of God’s power—we’re giving someone a spiritual truth that has the ability to alter their life, to alter their eternity.

The flip side is this: when we give a version of the Gospel that leaves out some of the truth of the Gospel (even the parts we know people won’t like), we offer them something that is half-hearted and filled with fear.

Apart from the Spirit of God revealing the truth of the Gospel to an individual, they can’t receive it any other way. The reason the watered-down Gospel “works” is because it appeals to a person’s fleshly nature, not to their spirit. Sadly, if someone accepts the Gospel because it sounds good to their flesh, then they really haven’t gotten it at all.  We do them a great disservice by doing this.

Saving people is Jesus’ job. Our job is to be His witnesses. We see the power of the Gospel at work when we choose to believe it is powerful, exactly the way God intended it to be. This is spiritual wisdom that God can use to change people’s lives—to change people’s eternity.

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