Good Gifts from Your Heavenly Father

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 7:11

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (NLT)

Doesn’t it make you feel happy when you give your children the gifts that they’ve asked for? The look on their faces when they open the perfect gift is priceless. Now, think about how much more your heavenly Father also wants to give you good gifts from the riches of His glory. God loves you and it makes Him happy to bless you with the desires of your heart when you delight yourself in Him. God already knows what you need before you ask but He still wants you to ask and if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer according to His will.

Be a God Pleaser

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Verse of the Day:  Galatians 1:10

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

We all fall into the trap of trying to please people, especially the people we love. Being a people pleaser isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It shows that you are caring and you enjoy making other people happy. But when you seek the approval of people over God it definitely becomes a problem. Far too often it comes at the expense of your own needs or at the expense of your relationship with God. Don’t be negatively influenced by people who don’t know God, instead be strong in what you believe and why you believe it. By living a life that is focused on God’s truth and is pleasing to Him you will attract the right people into your life.

Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

There isn’t anything you can do to earn God’s forgiveness. You are forgiven because of who God is not who you are. You are forgiven because God is merciful, loving and compassionate towards His people. God sent His only Son to pay the price for your sins. You have been washed from your sins by the precious blood of the Lamb. Confess that you are a sinner who needs a Savior and believe that Jesus died to save you. You can let go of the guilt and shame of sin you’ve been carrying with you because God has forgiven you and wiped your slate clean and now it’s time for you to forgive yourself and live the life God has planned for you.

Wait, Hope, Believe

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

 

We’re not always good at waiting, it’s just our nature.  We get impatient, frustrated and start to doubt God’s will in our lives.  Instead we need to be confident in God’s love for us.  We need to wait on the Lord’s timing, hope in His mercy and believe in His promises!

God Hears Your Cries

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 34:15

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.

 

Who are the righteous? Righteousness is more than the things we do; it’s what Jesus did for us on Calvary. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22 NLT) Because we have been made right with God we can rest assured that when we are in distress we can cry out to Him and be comforted in knowing that He hears us.

Overcome Your Unbelief

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Verse of the Day:  Mark 9:24

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

 

Every believer at one time or another has doubts about their purpose in life.  As long as you still have some faith God will work with what you have.  It’s not about your power or your strength, it’s about having faith in the power of Christ.  When you feel doubt and fear creeping in ask God to help you overcome your unbelief and increase your faith.

Pray for God’s Will to Be Done

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:10

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

 

If you don’t know how to pray or what to pray for, start by praying for God’s will to be done in your life. Praying for God’s will to be done is an act of faith because we know and believe God’s will is perfect and we trust in the plans He has for us. Don’t be intimidated by long, loud or eloquent prayers.  Prayer doesn’t have to be full of big, fancy words it just has to be from your heart.  Have a sincere conversation with God and pray knowing and believing that He hears you.