My Peace I Give 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
(John 14:27).

Understand that the Peace Jesus offers is not the same peace the world offers.

The peace the world offers is a kind of cease-fire between battles…a suspension of hostilities…a breathing spell before the next conflict.  The peace the world offers depends on the circumstances…the amount of antagonism…the degree of the crises.

But the Peace Jesus offers does not depend on the circumstances.  The Peace Jesus offers is perfect; it is valid and sure; it satisfies all requirements. This Peace is always available, even during the most difficult of circumstances. However, there is a condition. The Peace Jesus offers depends on your will: on your point of focus when things go wrong…on what your mind chooses to believe when things do not work out…on whom your heart trusts when you do not understand your circumstances.

THOU WILT KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE, WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE: BECAUSE HE TRUSTETH IN THEE
(Isaiah 26:3).

Beloved Child, when you are anxious because of the future, or perturbed because of what someone has said, or shaken because of what someone has done, do not look at the circumstances. Look at Me, the God of Hope. Invite My Presence and Participation into your problem. Deliberately make Me your point of focus as you lay your predicament down at My feet. Let your mind rest on My Faithfulness, on My Power, and on My Goodness, instead of your trouble. Trust in Me. Have faith. Believe. Know that I, your God, will provide, despite the circumstances…if you will only let Me.

NOW THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING, THAT YE MAY ABOUND IN HOPE, THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST
(Romans 15:13).

May the God of Hope fill you with Peace through the Power of His Holy Spirit because you refuse to believe in your problem, but choose to believe in Him.

What kind of peace lives in YOUR heart: the kind of peace the world offers…or the kind of Peace Jesus provides? If you would like Jesus’ kind of Peace, I encourage you to surrender your problem to Him and ask Him to handle it according to HIS Will. Allow Him to take your problem out of your hands and hand you HIS solution. Then, the God of Hope will fill you with Joy and Peace in believing.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, strengthen me to believe in You, not my problem, so that You, the God of Hope, may fill me with Peace through the Power of Your Holy Spirit, while I wait patiently for Your answer.

Maintain an Awareness

If you surrender your pain to the father-of-lies, he will coax you into sinful solutions of hiding, blaming, and running. He will take you down that broad road of destruction where he will kill you from the inside out.

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Remove the Sting of Death

WHEN THE PERISHABLE HAS BEEN CLOTHED WITH THE IMPERISHABLE, AND THE MORTAL WITH IMMORTALITY, THEN THE SAYING THAT IS WRITTEN WILL COME TRUE: ‘DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.’

‘WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR VICTORY? WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR STING?’
THE STING OF DEATH IS SIN, AND THE POWER OF SIN IS THE LAW. BUT THANKS BE TO GOD! HE GIVES US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(1Corinthians 15:54-57).

I have experienced the sting of death a few times. After the death of my daddy, the sting of death manifested as abandonment in my heart. With the death of my mother, it was fear. When my sister died, my heart was infused with rejection. When I looked closer at the sting of death, I discovered the father-of-lies behind it. When someone dies, he uses his negative, destructive beliefs (the same oppressing beliefs that cause us to sin) to fill our hearts with abandonment, condemnation, fear, shame, and rejection.

FOR THIS VERY REASON, CHRIST DIED AND RETURNED TO LIFE SO THAT HE MIGHT BE THE LORD OF BOTH THE DEAD AND THE LIVING
(Romans 14:9).

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to remove the sting of death. When I embraced the negative, destructive belief that caused me to feel abandoned after my daddy’s death and exposed it to the Lord Jesus, He exchanged it for His Belonging in my heart. When I faced the sting my mother’s death caused—that I could not live without my family—God introduced me to His Family. When I invited the Presence and Participation of the Lord Jesus into the belief that I was forever cut off from my sister’s love after she died, He showed me that He was the Lord of the living as well as the dead. She was alive and well on the other side where the perishable was clothed with the imperishable, loving me, still, with all her heart. I was not rejected. “O death, where is your sting?”

SINCE THE CHILDREN HAVE FLESH AND BLOOD, HE TOO SHARED IN THEIR HUMANITY SO THAT BY HIS DEATH HE MIGHT BREAK THE POWER OF HIM WHO HOLDS THE POWER OF DEATH—THAT IS, THE DEVIL
(Hebrews 2:14).

Have you experienced the sting of death, maybe even at Christmas time?

What are the negative, destructive beliefs behind your sting of death? Are you willing to find these, lay them before the Lord Jesus, and ask Him for the Truth? If you do, He will remove the sting of death in your heart.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you that You are the Lord of the living as well as the dead. By Your death You broke the power of him who holds the power of death. Come and remove the sting of death from my life, too, so I may enjoy this glorious season and rejoice in Your birth.

Maintain an Awareness

If you surrender your pain to the father-of-lies, he will coax you into sinful solutions of hiding, blaming, and running. He will take you down that broad road of destruction where he will kill you from the inside out.

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Your Perfect Father

EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, COMING DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF THE HEAVENLY LIGHTS, WHO DOES NOT CHANGE LIKE SHIFTING SHADOWS
(James 1:17).

Your Everlasting Father is perfect.  He is not like your earthly father, but is entirely without fault and defect, satisfying all requirements and corresponding to an ideal standard…and He wants to be YOUR Father, this Christmas season. Through the Gift of His Son, the Perfect Father has access to your heart to comfort you in all your troubles, even in the unfair treatment of your own earthly father, even in the unrighteousness that happened during your childhood, even in your current circumstances, no matter how hard.

PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF COMPASSION AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES, SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE WITH THE COMFORT WE OURSELVES HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Invite the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to become YOUR Perfect Father, during this season of celebration.  Allow the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort to comfort your heart of the sadness that has been living there all these years, so you may turn around and comfort those who live in sadness, this season, with the same Comfort. Allow the Perfect Father to be the One in your life who never changes.

YOUR FATHER KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED BEFORE YOU ASK HIM
(Matthew 6:8).

Remember, the Father of the Heavenly Lights knows what you need, even before you ask Him. Allow Him to satisfy your desires with HIS gifts, this Christmas. You will find that all His gifts are good and perfect, just like the Gift of His Son…for He is the Perfect Father.

YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT
(Matthew 5:48).

In what ways might your life change, if you invite the Perfect Father to become YOUR Father, today, and allow Him to satisfy your desires with His good and perfect gifts?

PRAYER: Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I invite You to become MY Father, during this season of celebration. Thank you for the good and perfect Gift of Your Son, through whom You supply everything I need. May I turn around and comfort those around me with the same Comfort with which You, Father, are comforting me.

Maintain an Awareness

Be certain that your Father DOES answer your prayers, but His Answer might be different from the one you are expecting.  It might be radical… revolutionary…extreme.  His Answer might not fit your purpose, but it will fit God’s Purpose for you.

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Start Where You Are

NOW THE MIND OF THE FLESH [WHICH IS SENSE AND REASON WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT] IS DEATH [DEATH THAT COMPRISES ALL THE MISERIES ARISING FROM SIN, BOTH HERE AND HEREAFTER]. BUT THE MIND OF THE [HOLY] SPIRIT IS LIFE AND [SOUL] PEACE [BOTH NOW AND FOREVER]
(Romans 8:6 AMP).

Capture that the human mind loves to reason without the Holy Spirit.  However, reasoning without the Holy Spirit leads to sin and death, both here and hereafter.  Reasoning without the Holy Spirit causes us to reject God’s intimate Presence and Participation in the innermost parts of our beings.

The Father lived IN the Lord Jesus, while He was here on earth. They shared the intimate Glory of Oneness. And then the Lord Jesus passed this Glory of Oneness on to us—to live in us and through us, while the Father lives in Him and through Him. Imagine that! The very same Oneness that Jesus enjoyed with His Father has been made available to us. To receive this Oneness, all you need to do is invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your daily, moment-by-moment tasks, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; AS THOU, FATHER, ART IN ME, AND I IN THEE, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US…AND THE GLORY WHICH THOU GAVEST ME I HAVE GIVEN THEM; THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE
(John 17:20-22).

Blessed One, cultivate Oneness with Me. Start where you are.  Do not go and look for something big or different to do for Me.  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into the conclusions of your current situations and problems.  Do you have a child?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your frustration, when your child becomes irritable, during your Christmas shopping.  Do you have a husband or friend?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of abandonment, when your husband or friend ignores you, during this busy time of the year.  Do you have a co-worker?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of shame and condemnation, when your co-worker ridicules you for your mistakes.  Do you have an enemy?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of rejection, when your enemy accuses you.  You will find that this is no easy task.  But, this cultivates ONENESS WITH ME. This allows Jesus to live HIS LIFE in you, while I, the Father, live in Him.

THIS IS HOW GOD SHOWED HIS LOVE AMONG US: HE SENT HIS ONE AND ONLY SON INTO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM
(1 John 4:9).

How does this message of ONENESS with God challenge and change your thinking, this Christmas season?

PRAYER: Lord God, I want to receive Your Gift of Oneness; therefore, I lay down my own reasoning to allow the reasoning of Your Holy Spirit in me and through me, this Christmas season.

Maintain an Awareness

Woe to us, the rebellious children, when we take counsel from the father-of-lies, and when we cover ourselves with coverings that are not from God. We will add sin to sin.

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It Is the Season of Glory

FROM HIS ABUNDANCE WE HAVE ALL RECEIVED ONE GRACIOUS BLESSING AFTER ANOTHER
(John 1:16 NLT).

I bless you to prepare differently for this Christmas Season than you have for those in the past. Do not fill yourself with dread for these days, or rehearsal of what has been, or worry of what might be. Instead, allow the Everlasting Father to take you to a higher and deeper place…a new place—a place of Glory.  Let Him show you who He wants to be for you, during this season of His Glory. Fill the next month with reflections of PAST blessings from God, and with anticipation of FUTURE blessings from Him, as well.

FOR TO US A CHILD IS BORN, TO US A SON IS GIVEN, AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ON HIS SHOULDERS. AND HE WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE
(Isaiah 9:6).

For you a Child is born.  To you a Son is given.  Invite His Government to govern your will, your thoughts, your emotions, your desires, and your nature, during this month. Allow His Counsel to show you Joy in your sorrow, Peace in your anxiety, and Hope in your despair. Connect with the Presence of the Everlasting Father when you feel alone and lonely, during this time of Glory.

Anticipate Mighty God’s blessings when you buy gifts, when you spend time with your family, and when you look at the beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere that celebrate His Glory.  Invite the King of Kings to rule in the circumstances of your life, during this season.  Allow Him to remove your animosity, your anger, and your disappointments from your heart and from your mind.  Ask the Wonderful Counselor to lead you into all Truth, in the midst of your circumstances.  Meditate on everything that is honorable, pure, and lovely.

Invite the Prince of Peace to make new memories for you, this month of December, and to remove the pain of old memories of years gone by.  Start new traditions as you allow His Light to shine into your heart.  From His Abundance, receive the many blessings the Everlasting Father longs to give you through His precious Son, the Christ.

Whose government is going to govern your heart this Christmas season: the government of the Lord Jesus, whose birthday you are celebrating, or the government of the father-of-lies?

PRAYER: Wonderful Counselor, I invite Your Government to govern my heart, Your Counsel to reign in my mind, and Your Peace to dominate my spirit, during this Christmas season. Thank you for all the blessings of past Christmas seasons. Help me to focus and look forward to all the new and special blessings You have in store for me, this year.

Maintain an Awareness

The goal of the father-of-lies is to fill us with a system of beliefs, so that we would fill our Selves with another system of beliefs that would correct the first system of beliefs.

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No Evil Will Conquer You

MY PRAYER IS NOT THAT YOU TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD BUT THAT YOU PROTECT THEM FROM THE EVIL ONE
(John 17:15).

The Lord Jesus knew that your problem would not be with the world, but with the evil one.  He knew that your problem would not be with your circumstances, but with what the evil one told you about your circumstances—that they are impossible, unsolvable, and unchangeable. He knew that your problem would not be with what people told you, but with what the evil one told you: “Your mistakes are too numerous.  Your character is too flawed.  Your defect is non-redeemable.”  Therefore, Jesus asked His Father, the Most High, to protect you from the evil one.

The evil one sets you up with his purpose, from the start. He introduces you to his lies. These lies become your purpose from the evil one. Through them, he supplies everything you need, in order to make sure you serve him with your soul, your spirit, and your body. He furnishes you with his will, his desires, and his nature, so you may carry out the deeds he commissioned you to do, in obedience to these lies. Then, he sits back and watches you fulfill his purpose for your life.

IF YOU MAKE THE LORD YOUR REFUGE,
IF YOU MAKE THE MOST HIGH YOUR SHELTER,
NO EVIL WILL CONQUER YOU
(Psalm 91:9-10).

Don’t run from the evil one’s lies. Don’t hide from them, either. Don’t blame others for the evil one’s words in your mind.  Instead, push through your fear, your disappointment, your confusion, your anger, your jealousy, and your resentment, and bring your sadness, your badness, and your madness to the Perfect Father. Make the Lord your Refuge; then, no evil will conquer you.

Expose the evil one’s lies about you to God—that your mistakes are too numerous, your character is too flawed, and your defect is non-redeemable. Tell God what the evil one said about your circumstances—that they are impossible, unsolvable, and unchangeable. You will find that His arm is not too short to deliver you from the evil one.

WAS MY ARM TOO SHORT TO DELIVER YOU? DO I LACK THE STRENGTH TO RESCUE YOU? BY A MERE REBUKE I DRY UP THE SEA, I TURN RIVERS INTO A DESERT; THEIR FISH ROT FOR LACK OF WATER AND DIE OF THIRST
(Isaiah 50:2-3).

What has been keeping you from making the Most High your shelter against the evil one?

PRAYER: Most High, protect me from the evil one, so he would not be able to fulfill his purpose for my life.  Deliver me from his deceitful desires in me, from his spiteful will in me, from his negative, destructive beliefs in me, from his sinful nature in me. Deliver me from the evil one, so I may belong to You.

Maintain an Awareness

Since the beginning of our lives, the OLD MAN beliefs of abandonment, shame, condemnation, and rejection have been firmly planted in our minds and hearts by the father-of-lies.

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Your Father’s Unlimited Resources

WHEN I THINK OF ALL THIS, I FALL TO MY KNEES AND PRAY TO THE FATHER, THE CREATOR OF EVERYTHING IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.  I PRAY THAT FROM HIS GLORIOUS, UNLIMITED RESOURCES HE WILL EMPOWER YOU WITH INNER STRENGTH THROUGH HIS SPIRIT
(Ephesians 3:14-16 NLT).

Did you know that your Perfect Father, the Creator of everything in Heaven and on earth, has unlimited Resources from which He is able to supply what you need, even today?  Maybe you believe that there is no answer for your problem.  Maybe you believe that there is no solution for your unacceptable character.  Maybe you believe that there is no remedy for your sinful habits and patterns of escape.

GREAT IS OUR LORD, AND OF GREAT POWER: HIS UNDERSTANDING IS INFINITE
(Psalm 147:5).

Blessed Child, I am the Perfect Father, the Creator of everything in Heaven and on earth. I am of great Power…and I created YOU, too. Now, from My glorious, unlimited resources, I am able to empower you with inner strength through My Spirit, so you may have sufficiency in all things, from the inside out. All you need to do is DRAW from Me.

Fall to your knees and pray to Me, your Father in Heaven. My glorious Recourses are unlimited to supply everything you need for life and godliness, despite the ungodliness in your nature, the instability in your emotions, and the spitefulness in your will.

Look up, Child. I am able to make all My Grace abound toward you, so you may have what it takes to be gentle, good, gracious, faithful, patient, forgiving, and filled with self-control. My Grace is enough to cover your past failures and mistakes, to deal with your present guilt and shame, and to ensure a hopeful future.  

AND GOD IS ABLE TO MAKE ALL GRACE ABOUND TOWARD YOU; THAT YE, ALWAYS HAVING ALL SUFFICIENCY IN ALL THINGS, MAY ABOUND TO EVERY GOOD WORK
(2 Corinthians 9:8).

Regardless of your need, shortcoming, or defect, God is able to make all Grace abound toward you, so that you may have sufficiency in all things—in your will, your nature, your thoughts, your emotions, your desires…and your deeds.

For what problem in your life do you need to draw from the Perfect Father’s unlimited resources?

PRAYER: Lord God, how great You are! I pray that from Your glorious, unlimited resources You empower me with inner strength through Your Spirit, so I may have sufficiency in all things.

Maintain an Awareness

We have all eaten from the fruit of deception—believing and accepting negative, destructive beliefs about ourselves, God, and others that are not true.

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Your Heart Matters to God

KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE; FOR OUT OF IT ARE THE ISSUES OF LIFE
(Proverbs 4:23).

Realize that your heart is a fountainhead—the point of origin from which God wants to generate His Living Water.  If your heart is dead and clogged with the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies, God’s Living Water cannot stream forth from your heart.

THEN JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES A PARABLE TO SHOW THEM THAT THEY SHOULD ALWAYS PRAY AND NOT GIVE UP. HE SAID: ‘IN A CERTAIN TOWN THERE WAS A JUDGE WHO NEITHER FEARED GOD NOR CARED ABOUT MEN. AND THERE WAS A WIDOW IN THAT TOWN WHO KEPT COMING TO HIM WITH THE PLEA, ‘GRANT ME JUSTICE AGAINST MY ADVERSARY’
(Luke 18:1-3).

Know your adversary.  It is not your mother.  It is not your father.  It is not your brother or your sister. It is not your husband or your wife. It is not your neighbor.  It is not your friend.  It is the father-of-lies…the evil one…Satan.  HE HAS COME TO KILL YOUR LOVE, STEAL YOUR JOY, and DESTROY YOUR HEART!  I bless you to keep coming to your Father with the plea, “Everlasting Father, grant me justice against my adversary, the father-of-lies.  Grant me a new heart…a new fountainhead…a new beginning, so Your Living Water may flow through me.”

FOR SOME TIME HE REFUSED. BUT FINALLY HE SAID TO HIMSELF, ‘EVEN THOUGH I DON’T FEAR GOD OR CARE ABOUT MEN, YET BECAUSE THIS WIDOW KEEPS BOTHERING ME, I WILL SEE THAT SHE GETS JUSTICE, SO THAT SHE WON’T EVENTUALLY WEAR ME OUT WITH HER COMING!’
(Luke 18:4-5).

I bless you to come to the Most High, again…and again…and again, even if you have come a thousand times before. God is not unjust, refusing to help you, but you might not have been ready to receive justice for the effects of the adversary on your life, before. Come to Him, again…today. Today, your heart might be ready to receive the justice for which you have been praying for—the bitterness in your heart, the confusion in your mind, and the heaviness in your spirit. At the right time, He will remove the obstructions, so God’s Living Water may stream forth from your heart.

AND THE LORD SAID, ‘LISTEN TO WHAT THE UNJUST JUDGE SAYS.  AND WILL NOT GOD BRING ABOUT JUSTICE FOR HIS CHOSEN ONES, WHO CRY OUT TO HIM DAY AND NIGHT?  WILL HE KEEP PUTTING THEM OFF?  I TELL YOU, HE WILL SEE THAT THEY GET JUSTICE, AND QUICKLY’
(Luke 18:6-8).

What is clogging YOUR heart, the fountainhead of your life? Is it guilt, or confusion, or oppression? Will you bring it to the Lord God, today…again?

PRAYER: I praise You, God, that You grant justice to all Your chosen ones, who never give up coming to You. I bring the obstruction in my heart to You, Lord God. Show me what it is, so I may lay it before you…and receive justice against my adversary, the father-of-lies.

Maintain an Awareness

We need to acknowledge that we cannot free our spirits, souls, and bodies from the entanglement of the OLD MAN’s rebellious will. But, with our free will, we can choose to go to the Person who can—the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to live HIS NEW MAN Life in us, in the place of the OLD MAN.

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Make the Most of Every Opportunity

BE VERY CAREFUL, THEN, HOW YOU LIVE—NOT AS UNWISE BUT AS WISE, MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL
(Ephesians 5:15-16).

I bless you to be very careful how you live.  Make the most of every opportunity…every task…every incident. Set your mind on what God’s Spirit desires, through His Divine Nature, and not on what the father-of-lies desires, through the sinful nature.

THOSE WHO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE SINFUL NATURE HAVE THEIR MINDS SET ON WHAT THAT NATURE DESIRES; BUT THOSE WHO LIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SPIRIT HAVE THEIR MINDS SET ON WHAT THE SPIRIT DESIRES
(Romans 8:5).

You need to understand that it is during all the ordinary little conversations that you have the chance to make the most of every opportunity. It is during your regular daily tasks that you have the choice to either set your mind on what the father-of-lies desires for your life, through his sinful nature, or what the Holy Spirit desires for your life, through His Divine Nature.

 MAN IS NOT FULLY CONDITIONED AND DETERMINED BUT RATHER DETERMINES HIMSELF WHETHER HE GIVES IN TO CONDITIONS OR STAND UP TO THEM.
(Victor E. Frankl)

Grasp that to “live in accordance with the Spirit” is a moment-by-moment opportunity.  This does not only apply to the big incidences of crises and chaos in your life, but to the little daily happenings: the simple assignments…the basic chores…the ordinary errands.

FOR FROM HIM AND THROUGH HIM AND TO HIM ARE ALL THINGS. TO HIM BE THE GLORY FOREVER!
(Romans 11:36).

I bless you to live FROM God, THROUGH God, and TO God during your daily errands—when the disappointment, confusion, and frustration strike—because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

BECAUSE THOSE WHO ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE SONS OF GOD
(Romans 8:14).

 How do you make the most of every opportunity, every day?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, remind me to submit the little moments of each day to You: the moments of disappointment…the moments of loneliness…the moments of fear.  May I live FROM You, THROUGH You, and TO You, during each moment, and so make the most of every opportunity.

Maintain an Awareness

God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to become the NEW MAN Truth in the place of the OLD MAN deception in us.

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Open Your Spirit…to Receive

PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF COMPASSION AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES, SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE WITH THE COMFORT WE OURSELVES HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

I sometimes listen to arguments people have with atheists to convince them that God really exists.  They talk about evolution, how old the world is, and if Noah’s ark really existed.  They try to prove scientifically whether there is a God or not.  Then I think to myself, “Mr. Atheist, if only I could tell you about the Comfort I have received directly from God, during a time when there was only sorrow.  If only I could tell you about the living Hope now abiding in me where before there was only brokenness and despair.  If only I could tell you about the Righteousness of Jesus that has transferred to my soul, straight from Heaven, to turn my hatred and jealousy into Love. If only I could tell you about the LIFE OF GOD that now lives in me, because I opened my spirit to receive from God!”

What about you? Do you have something you have received directly from God that is worth sharing with someone else?  Have you ever opened your heart to receive Hope for your despair?  Have you ever opened your spirit to receive Comfort for your sadness?  Have you ever opened your soul to receive Love for your animosity?  Have your sinful behavior patterns been exchanged for the Righteousness of Jesus?

SIMON PETER, A SERVANT AND APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST, ‘TO THOSE WHO THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF OUR GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST HAVE RECEIVED A FAITH AS PRECIOUS AS OURS’
(2 Peter 1:1).

I hope you could answer positively to all my questions.  If not, then you have not grasped that the Perfect Father loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world, SO THAT YOU MIGHT RECEIVE FROM HIM, directly, through your spirit!  Atheists have needs, too. Don’t bring them a dead argument. Show them what you have received from the living God when you opened your spirit to Him. Maybe, one day, when the time is right, they might push their dead arguments aside and open their spirits to receive a Faith, as precious as yours, directly from God.

God has made Life available to you through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is all wrapped up and ready to enter your spirit through the Spirit of Jesus. All you need to do is open your spirit…to receive from God.

PRAYER: I praise You, Perfect Father, that You love me so much that You sent Your Son, Jesus, into the world, so I might receive from Him.

Lord Jesus, I open my spirit to receive from You Joy for my sorrow, Hope for my despair, and Comfort for my broken heart. May I remember, daily, to share with others the Love, Hope, and Comfort I have received from You, so they, too, may receive a precious Faith from You.

Maintain an Awareness

Know that your struggle is not against the people or the circumstances in your life, but against the spiritual forces of evil—against the OLD MAN beliefs of abandonment, shame, condemnation, and rejection.

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