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)
Your life is not ordinary, you are spectacular in your own way - the way God created you. That is why you shouldn't compare yourself with anyone else. Because, you are created for a different reason from others. So, it would be unwise to compare your life and progress with that of others.
You are created for exploits. Trust in the Lord to lead you unto the good works He has created you for. ...
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him
(Romans 15:13a NIV)
When you follow the instructions from the Holy Spirit, there is a peace beyond human understanding that fills your heart and soul. You just know deep down in your heart and soul that you are making the right decision despite all that is currently going on.
Therefore, it pays to follow the leading of the Lord as there's peace ad joy. ...
an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.’
(Matthew 1:20, NLT)
Just as the angel was sent to reassure Joseph not to be afraid. So also, you don't have to be afraid. God who has called you and given you the vision will enable and strengthen you to be able to fulfill it.
Therefore, be reassured. ...
Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin
(Romans 3:24-25 The Message)
Christ was the sacrificial lamp on the altar. His Blood washed us clean and His death bought our salvation.
Glory to God for the ultimate sacrifice. ...
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God
(John 1:12 NLT)
All it takes is to believe in the One whom He sent. Christ brought salvation. His death and resurrection gave this to us.
Therefore, you are a child of God. Walk and live boldly in this truth. ...
Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.'
In the Old Covenant, they had a glimpse of the salvation Christ was to offer. Whosoever looked to Him would be saved. Today, Christ is the lifted One. Whosoever looks to Him will be saved.
Therefore, behold Him and be transformed into the glory of the Father in Him. Let life flow through you as you keep lookin unto Him for all things. ...
For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
God's divine plans and purpose still stands ever sure. Even when it seems you are heading in the opposite direction, He, in His Wisdom, knows how the routes all link together. And most importantly, He's working things out in you and for you.
Therefore, walk with Him by faith as He leads you. ...
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain
(1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)
When you serve the Lord with your heart and give Him the best that you can, He rewards you in ways farther than you can ever imagine. No matter what you give to Him, He returns in multiple folds, be it time, energy, money, resources, etc.
It pays to serve the Lord. ...
If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.
The moment you see Christ, you see God. He is the very image and expression of the Father. The love and compassion of the Father is expressed in Christ Jesus. He is as the Father.
Therefore, look to Christ and you have seen the Father. ...
...as He is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4:17
Therefore, you carry the very image of Christ in you. You are as He is. The more you study and look unto Jesus, the more this truth is revealed unto you and you see who you are and act/live accordingly.
You are already as He is. ...
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing
(Ephesians 2:10 NCV)
God intentionally created you for good works. This intention has been designed from the foundations of the world, long before in advance before we were born.
Hence, we need to be keen to discover the good works we are created for and trust Him to lead us unto performing them. You have a reason to live, it is for the good works of the Lord.
ou come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood
(1 Peter 2:5a GW)
Therefore, you have every access needed into God's Presence. You carry His Presence and Person everywhere you go. You have got authority in Him.
Therefore, serve the Lord your God and serve His people. You have a priestly calling. ...
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Therefore, take comfort in this truth and be at rest because He will never let any temptation or trial more than you can handle come your way. Neither will He let any evil to befall you.
He loves and cares for you deeply. Be at rest. ...
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
(Matthew 25:40, NIV)
Don't do good with a direct expectation of a payback from the person you're good to. Do it as if it is unto Jesus because truly it is unto Him.
Beloved, be kind hearted. Let the goodness of God flow from your heart. ...
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
(Psalm 139:14, NIV)
The Psalmist here declares that he is fearfully and wonderfully made and he lives in the full awareness of this Truth. We also need to come into realization of our uniqueness. Then, we will not be bothered by the present circumstances because we know who we are and He who has made us.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world
(1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT)
You may not understand what exactly is going on now and how it will work for your good. But, God who sees the end right from the beginning knows all things and understands all things. He's definitely building you up and working it out for your good. ...
...and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, 'God with us.'
This is the realm of the New Covenant believer, that God is with us always. He lives in you by the Holy Spirit. He's never far away. Therefore, do not be afraid or dismayed, for your God is with you. ...
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Therefore, when you face something that seems impossible, just, tap into the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and it will become possible.
Through Him, you can do all things. So, tap into limitlessness and possibilities.
...but Jesus refused to answer.
(Luke 23:9, NLT)
Jesus had all the Wisdom in the world...in fact, He is Wisdom personified. He answered some criticisms that made his critics dumbfounded. While in some scenarios, He just kept quiet.
So, we can learn that not every question needs an answer. It is wise to be quiet sometimes. ...
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
(Proverbs 16:9, NKJV)
You can plan and strategize all you want, but, God knows the best for you and He will surely direct your path according to His will for your good.
Therefore, expect the unexpected. Trust in Him as He leads you into victory always (irrespective of what the situation currently says). ...
Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay
(1 Peter 1:3b-4 NLT)
So, while the people of the world store up treasures for themselves in this world, which is subject to corruption, destruction, situations and circumstances that are often beyond human control, God has treasures for His own people in heaven which is pure and undefiled.
Therefore, store treasures in heaven so your heart will be there. Look at the bigger picture and think of the long run, lif ...
Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.
God commanded the Israelites to rest the land in the seventh year. In this instruction, God promises to produce triple fold on the sixth year so that they have sufficient for three years.
Beloved, we need to understand the principle of rest. Just rest in Him and watch Him bring the supernatural blessings and manifestations that will amaze you. ...
He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself...
1 Corinthians 14:4
As a Christian, you need edification from time to time. The Holy Spirit sure helps to build us up. Praying in the Spirit is a sure way to do that.
It also refreshes your soul and energizes your body. Pray in tongues often. ...
...Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Therefore, do not limit yourself nor God's work in your life. All you need to do is to believe. Just believe.
If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes
(Mark 9:22–23) ...
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Therefore, we have got nothing to fear or be worried about. This is because we can command any and every situation in the Name of Jesus.
Everything must respond to the Name of Jesus. Therefore, use the authority you've got in Christ Jesus. ...
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit...
Therefore, always tap into the Spirit for every help that you need. You can't go through live all by yourself. Trust in the Holy Spirit to fill your mouth with the right words, your hands with the best writings, your arms with the greatest strengths and your mind with the brightest ideas.
So, ask and trust the Holy Spirit for help. ...
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
(Isaiah 43:18, NIV)
Do not dwell on the past mistakes/failures because they will hold you back. Don't dwell on past successes because it will fill your head. So, don't dwell on the past, only learn from it. ...
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit
(Titus 3:4-5 NLT)
It is the kindness of our Creator that saved us. We did nothing to deserve salvation. But, by His Grace, we are saved.
Therefore, share the love to everyone around. ...
He has made everything beautiful in its time…
Whenever anything happens in accordance to God's timing, it can't be more beautiful. Therefore, trust in the timing of the Lord. Let Him guide you and patiently wait for the manifestation of the promise He has made. ...
...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;
We can also declare by faith things that do not exist and it will come to existence. Set your faith to action. Let your faith be used. Declare according to His Word in the Name of Jesus Christ and it shall be. ...
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
When the Scriptures says you are forgiven, then, you are forgiven indeed. And when the Scriptures adds that it is forgotten, then, God remembers your sins no more. Therefore, why do you try to be haunted by the memory. Learn to meditate on the Scriptures that talk about His eternal forgiveness till every ounce of guilt melts and fades away.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
That's why the Scriptures admonishes that we live by only His Word. Let His Word guide us through everything in life. Don't be guided by "bread" alone - the physical things in life.
Beloved, stick to the Word. Study the Scriptures daily. ...
My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 4:19 NIV)
The Scriptures says "all your needs". So, be sure that God has got you. However, don't confuse your needs with your greed. Things desired out of greed isn't God's plan.
The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right (NLT)
Surely, God will not withhold any good thing from you. He is your Father and He wants the best for us at every point in time. We just need to trust Him through every season as He leads us. ...
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
(Proverbs 16:9, NLT)
So, when the unexpected happens, don't be too bothered. God might just be stepping in to redirect your path according to His will in your best interest.
Always trust in the Lord to lead you. He is always working out the best for you ...
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are — high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean — nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us
(Romans 8:38-39 TLB)
Our salvation isn't by works, else, we can lose it when we stop working for it. But, it is by Grace, so no on ...
You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit
(1 Peter 1:2a TEV)
The revelation of the truth that God chose you according to His will and purpose puts a special kind of peace and confidence in your heart. Your existence is not for nothing. Everything is perfectly planned and thought through by God your Creator.
You are truly specially made and chosen. ...
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
(Romans 8:31 NLT)
No one dares to come against you. Whatever powers that try to come against you will perish like a puff of smoke.
Therefore, take refuge in your Father watching over you. ...
I have loved you with an everlasting love…
God loves you with His everlasting love. You may ask why such love? What have I done to deserve such love?
Well, Christ died for you. He paid the price. It isn't about anything you did or didn't do. It is His nature to love you. ...
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
The psalmist recognized how God prepares a table for him even though his enemies are around. The peace of God that surpasses all human understanding encompasses your heart so much that you are not disturbed by the challenges all about you.
You can flow like this because Christ has already won the battle. You've got the victory in Christ. Hence, there's comfort and peace for you despite the enemies around. ...
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
This is a direct and emphatic statement that is clear enough. Do you have a need? Yes, God will supply the resources needed according to His riches.
So, it is not dependent on you but Him.
Therefore, declare this Truth, believe this Truth. He indeed supplies all you need. ...