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“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
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Psalm‬ ‭139:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You can’t hide your feelings from God. When we try to the only thing we do is prove that we don’t trust Him with them. Don’t suffocate on the things you want to hide. Beloved, He already knows your heart.
Speak. Release. Breathe. Cry. Be free.

Don’t Leave Your Gifts Half-developed

Jesus’ parable of the talents illustrates that God expects us to make the most of what he gives us. We are to cultivate our gifts and abilities, keep our hearts aflame, grow our character and personality, and broaden our experiences so we will be increasingly more effective in our service.

Paul told the Philippians to “keep on growing in knowledge and understanding,” and he reminded Timothy to “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you” (Philippians 1:9b NLT, 2 Timothy 1:6b NASB).

If you don’t exercise your muscles, they weaken and atrophy. In the same way, if you don’t utilize the abilities and skills God has given you, you will lose them. Jesus taught the parable of the talents to emphasize this truth. Referring to the servant who failed to use his one talent, the master said, “Take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags” (Matthew 25:28 NIV).

If you fail to use what you’ve been given, you’ll lose it. When you use what you’ve been given, God will increase it. Paul told Timothy, “Be sure to use the abilities God has given you … Put these abilities to work” (1 Timothy 4:14a, 15a LB).

Whatever gifts you have been given can be enlarged and developed through practice. For instance, no one gets the gift of teaching fully developed. But with study, feedback, and practice, a “good” teacher can become a better teacher and, with time, grow to be a master teacher.

Don’t settle for a half-developed gift. Stretch yourself and learn all you can. “Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of” (2 Timothy 2:15a MSG). Take advantage of every training opportunity to develop your SHAPE and sharpen your serving skill.

In Heaven, we are all going to serve God forever. Right now, we can prepare for that eternal service by practicing on Earth. Like athletes preparing for the Olympics, we keep training for that big day. “They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally” (1 Corinthians 9:25b MSG).

We’re getting ready for eternal responsibilities and rewards.


by Rick Warren.

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For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment;

if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;

if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;

and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—

if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

—  2 Peter 2:4‭-‬9 NIV

Love is always a response to love. The Bible says, “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). When you say, “I don’t love God,” it’s because you don’t understand just how much he really loves you.

No Fear, Just Faith To be Healed

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15, NIV

If you think that God is mad at you or that He is out to punish you, how can you have faith that He hears your prayer for healing? How can you believe Him for the miracle you need?

Yet, the truth is that God loves you so much that He gave you Jesus, heaven’s best, so that you will never be cut-off from Him. Jesus went to the cross to die for your sins so that God will always be with you and for you, to heal you and do good to you.

Beloved, when you have a deep revelation of how much God loves you, you can’t remain sick for long. You won’t be afraid that He may be keeping His healing power or any breakthrough that you need from you. Keep feeding on your Father’s perfect love for you. Keep meditating on it. Every fear of not receiving from Him will flee and faith will come instead!

(From Josephprince.com)

anonymous asked:

Do you think Niv-Mizzet would freak out if someone like Tezzeret, with his etherium arm, came to Ravnica?

Considering how he’d likely recognize it as something new to be studied, almost definitely. I’d be interested to see if the Dracogenius could figure out a way to improve it.

“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”

Romans 2:4 NIV

anonymous asked:

Which version(s) of the Bible have you read?

NIV, ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, The Message, and De Neyw Testament (the Sea Island Creole version).

Through Jesus, She Is: Purified

Day 6

Daily Verse:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
— Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Daily Devo:
If you have accepted Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, you know what it means to experience the love of Jesus. You know what it means to encounter God and all He has done for you by sending Jesus to die for your sins. But sometimes, even though we know God is there, He seems far away.

In those moments, remember the words of Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount in today’s verse. Remember that even when God seems far away, it is a pure heart that will bring you closer to Him. Sometimes when you’re going through things, it can be tempting to run to the person you’re in a relationship with or to vent to a friend. But no matter what how much we feel like this might bring comfort to your hearts Jesus is the One who will give you a pure heart.
So run to Jesus allow Him to clean your heart daily, and be blessed by the opportunity to you have there to be in the presence of God. It is far more valuable than being in the presence of anyone else.

Daily Reading:
Matthew 5:3-12

Daily Challenge:
Listen to First by Lauren Daigle