Take a step of faith

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Beloved, sometimes all we need to do is to take a step of faith. Take that bold step and start out in faith.

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it…
(Psalm 81:10, NLT)

You don't need to have it all figured out. Sometimes, all you need is a leap of faith. Just send the application, just start the project, just give out the little you have to the needy, just show up, etc. Just take the step of faith.

It will surprise you that the Lord who has led you to that act of faith will surely show up and manifest Himself. ...

Don't forget His Graciousness towards you

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Beloved, God has been so good to you. He has always come through for you. Besides that, through His Word, He has promised that His love for you will never end.

I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me
(Psalm 103:2 TLB)

Therefore, always praise and thank Him for the great things that He has done for you. Never forget all those wonderful things He has done in the past.

Sometimes, your current challenges might want to make you forget, but, make it a habit to remember all His graciousness to you in the past. It will rekindle faith and hope in your heart. ...

Continue in good works

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Beloved, do not be tired of doing good. Trust in your heavenly Father that He will surely reward you bountifully.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up
(Galatians 6:9 NIV)

For everything planted, there is an harvest. The Lord your God will surely bless all the good seeds you have planted and you'll reap bountifully.

Continue and don't be weary. The harvest is on the way. ...

Wait patiently on the Lord

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Beloved, it pays to wait on the Lord your God. It is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him to act … Don’t fret and worry — it only leads to harm
(Psalm 37:7-8 TLB)

God knows the best time to show up. He is never too late or too early. God is always right on time. Trust in His timing.

While you wait, do not worry. Learn to leave it all to God. Trust in the Lord and wait patiently on Him. ...

You're greater than these challenges

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Beloved, God has empowered you to overcome whatever it is that may come your way. You're more than a conqueror.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4

The Holy Spirit and His power that resides inside of you is greater than anything in this world. So, you can face life challenges with absolute confidence in Christ.

With Christ, you are an overcomer. He lives in you, so, you will surely overcome.

Restrain from Anger

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The Scriptures is very clear about anger. We, as Christians, should refrain from anger.

Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.
(Proverbs 19:11, AMPC)

It is great to overlook an offense. It takes maturity and spiritual growth, together with a humble heart, to forgive wholeheartedly.

Beloved, let the Holy Spirit dissolve every anger within you. ...

Safety in God's Wisdom

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There is no other place to be safe other than with Christ Jesus. Walking in the counsel of God is the safest path in life.

A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe
(Proverbs 28:26 TLB)

If you want to trust yourself, you are obviously walking in the path of foolishness. But, when you seek counsel from God and walk in it, you're treading the path of safety.

Therefore, trust in the counsel of God. Walk in the path that God leads you. Don't trust in your own understanding.

Just Trust and Follow Jesus

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Beloved, you might have the best of plans in your head or somewhere, but, it can never be as great as that which Jesus has laid down for you.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Psalm 23:2

The Psalmist testifies to the green pastures and still waters the Lord leads him to. That is your life, if you follow Jesus Christ.

Once you get to trust and just follow as He leads you, you would end up enjoying the greenest of pastures and the stillest of sweetest waters. ...

Don't delay

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The Psalmist describes his inhibited move towards fulfilling what God had instructed him to do.

I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments.
(Psalm 119:60, NKJV)

Therefore, be in a haste to fulfill whatever He has commanded you to do. Don't drag or nag the commandment. Trust in God completely that He knows why you should do it.

Beloved, be encouraged to do as God has instructed you to do. ...

You're created to do good works

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Beloved, God has created you for good and great works. Your life is an intentional design for majestic and magnificent works.

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 NIV)

From the foundations of the earth, God designated you to fulfill an exact purpose. He created you for good works. You have been equipped and prepared in advance to fulfill these good works.

Therefore, look deep down, meditate and pray, He will reveal the inborn strengths and talents for you to use to His glory. ...

Wisdom, Long Life and Riches

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Beloved, you have access to wisdom and understanding in Christ Jesus. This gives you access to the full life here on earth.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding...Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor.
Proverbs 3:13, 16

Christ is your wisdom. He, Himself, has become the wisdom of God unto you. Therefore, you've got wisdom above all.

Beloved, with God's wisdom, you have long life added, riches and honour. So, seek wisdom and long life with riches and honour will be added unto you. ...

Calamity will not befall you

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Beloved, God has promised that you shall not experience any evil. No matter how evil may flow around, it will never befall you.

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
Psalm 91:7

The disasters may fall to those around, but, according to the promise of your Father, it will never come near you or your household.

Therefore, stand in faith, meditate on the Scriptures and declare the Scriptures in faith. According to the Word, no calamity shall befall you. ...

Declare Peace

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Beloved, you have got the authority in Christ Jesus to declare peace in whatever situation you find yourself in.

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
(Mark 4:39, NKJV)

Jesus stood up and rebuked the storms. Beloved, stand in authority in Christ Jesus and declare that His Peace should reign.

Do not suffer the affliction of the enemy. Stand up and declare His Peace. Rebuke the winds and the storms and it will obey you in Jesus Name. ...

Be transformed by beholding Christ

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There's nothing more that can lead to sustainable change in your life than through Christ Jesus.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18

As you behold Christ, you are consistently changed into the very same image of Christ you are beholding. The more you behold, the more the glory rubs off on you and you're transformed into the glory.

Beloved, there is nothing more glorious than studying the Scriptures and beholding Christ. You get to see Christ in His glory; the more you see, the more you adopt of this glory. ...

His Angels are Watching over you 24/7

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God's divine protection is assured in your life. No evil can come close to you, neither shall anything evil before your family. God watches over you.

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:11–12

God has commanded His angels to watch you closely. They will keep you everywhere you go. Nothing evil shall befall you.

It is faith in His divine protection that makes this a reality. Study the Scriptures and be illuminated by the revelation of His divine protection from the Word. ...

God comforts His People

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No matter what you're going through, God has prepared a comfort for you. He is turning everything around for your good.

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…
(Isaiah 66:13, NIV)

God has given you His very own Spirit, the Holy Spirit, who is your Comforter. Beloved, rest in His warm embrace and be comforted by His warmth.

The Holy Spirit will comfort you. He will guide you and lead you out of your current challenges into His glory. ...

God is more than able

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Beloved, God is very much more than able to do all He says He will do. There is nothing impossible for God.

God . . . is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes
(Ephesians 3:20b TLB)

God wouldn't speak anything just for the sake of speaking. His Words will never fall to the ground. Whatever He has promised, He will surely do.

Whatever you ask from God, God is able to do much more than that. Whatever you imagine, God is able to do much more than that. Therefore, keep your mind open and expectant for the best of the best from your heavenly Father.

The Possibilities of a Man with Faith

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The realm of impossibility is never at reach for one who has faith. The Scriptures tells us that we can achieve anything with faith.

Everything is possible for the person who has faith
(Mark 9:23b GNT)

Everything whatsoever is possible for you, if only you have faith. All those dreams and aspirations of yours are possible in the realm of faith. Once you have faith, you walk in the realm of God to whom nothing is impossible.

You can grow in faith by sticking with God's Word. Study and meditate and watch your faith grow enormously. ...

He is your refuge in times of trouble

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Beloved, God is your refuge. You have nowhere else to turn to. He has promised to guide and protect you. So, why not put your trust in Him?

I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.'
Psalm 91:2

Declare that He is your refuge. Confess that He is your fortress. Trust in His divine protection. That's the path to living a safe and secure life.

Beloved, be rest assured that God is your refuge. He keeps and protects you.
Beloved, the righteousness of the law couldn't help man. If it could, God wouldn't need to send Jesus Christ.

For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, 'The man who does those things shall live by them.' But the righteousness of faith speaks...
Romans 10:5–6

The New Covenant is the righteousness that comes by faith. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and we confess Him to be Lord. Our faith in Him has made us righteous.

Therefore, it is not about your works or deeds but your faith in what Christ has done for you that makes you righteous. ...

Prioritize God's Word and enjoy Success

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Beloved, the Word of God is key to all we need in life. It contains the blueprints to everything God has called us for.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua 1:8

Once you stick to the Word, you will get power, wisdom, encouragement, patterns, etc which will help you to achieve all that you need to achieve.

So, stay with the Word. Prioritize the Word of God in your life. Then, enjoy success in all ramifications. ...

Invite all to Christ

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God has given us a mandate to preach the gospel to all. We are not to limit it to those in church alone. Go to the world and share the good news.

Go out into the country lanes and out behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I invited first will get even the smallest taste of what I had prepared for them
(Luke 14:23b-24 TLB)

The parable of the man who prepared for the feats and all his invited guest didn't respond to him teaches us a vital lesson.

Beloved, don't ever limit the gospel to a certain group. Share it onto all. That's our mandate. Let the Holy Spirit teach us all. Let your heart be directed and inhibited to sp ...

Think Right and Believe Right

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The importance of your thoughts as a Christian can never be over-emphasized. A lot of battles are fought and won right from the mind. The Scriptures is clear about why we should be renewed in our mind.

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...
Proverbs 23:7

If you think you can't, then, you can't. And, if you think you can, then, you can. The Word of God gives you the ability to do all things. But, you need to meditate on it day and night. The more it spends time in your heart, the more your mind is renewed to think according to the Word.

Therefore, study and meditate...that's the only way to think right, ultimately believe right and then live right. ...

A garment of praise to display His Glory

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Beloved, you are clothed with glory and honor in Christ Jesus. You are part of a royal family. Your apparel says the same.

Provide for those who grieve…a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
(Isaiah 61:3, NIV)

No matter where you're at, give God the glory and praise. Do not move around in despair. God is changing your story and putting on you His high praise. Sing and dance, giving praise to Him.

Beloved, you've got the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You're clothed with righteousness for God's Glory and display of His splendor. ...

Encourage a brother / sister

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Beloved, do not leave your neighbor downcast without lending a helping hand. Be ready to give words of encouragement to a fellow brother / sister in Christ.

Encourage one another and help one another
(1 Thessalonians 5:11a GNT)

We are meant to be there for one another. You are not alone. We are a family in Christ. We partake of the same household.

Therefore, help one another. When it is your turn, someone will help you too. Let the love flow. ...

He will deliver you from all afflictions

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No matter what you're going through today, there is a hope and a future for you. It is a great one according to God's plan and it will surely come to pass.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
(Psalm 34:19, NKJV)

The Lord has promised to always deliver you. No matter how numerous the afflictions of yours are, it is not too much for Him to take care of them.

Therefore, rejoice in your challenges because God is showing Himself strong on your behalf.

Don't put your trust in man

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Man is not a solid rock that you can rest on. Man was created, so, he has a lesser status. God is the Creator and He holds all things in His control.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8

Trust in God alone. Put all your trust and hopes in God Almighty who holds all things together in its rightful place.

When you lean on Him, He will never disappoint you. ...

His love for you will never end

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Beloved, the Love of God is not like that of man. His love can not be measured. He, Himself, is the embodiment of love personified.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness...
Lamentations 3:22–23, NLT

The Scriptures declares clearly that His love is faithful and will never end. Therefore, you can always bank on God's love for you.

He loves and cares so much about. His mercies over your life never ceases ...

It is because of His Love

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There is nothing we can do on our own. It is all because of Christ that enables and strengthens us. You can be very willing but it is His strength that empowers you to do.

We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

We can't love God on our own accord. No human can love Him with all his strength and might and mind. It is Christ's love in us that propels us to Him.

Therefore, it isn't your love for Him that counts but His love for you. ...

You don't need to hide anymore

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Beloved, the New Covenant Christian lives absolutely in God's Presence. You don't need to hide anymore.

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, 'Where are you?'
Genesis 3:9

Adam sinned and was ashamed, so, he hid himself. Guilt separates man from God. But, glory to God for the sacrifice of Christ. He took our sins away so we are ever righteous before God.

Therefore, you don't need to hide. His Presence lives inside of you by the Holy Spirit.