Keep God First

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

This is the time of year when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. We decide to make changes and declare goals that will improve our lives. The Bible tells us that that if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness He will take care of all our needs. Your main focus for 2020 should be having a relationship with the Lord, studying His Word and living according to His will. Set your mind on things above and let your thoughts and goals be focused on Christ and your future home, heaven. As you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions be mindful to include goals that allow you to put God first in your life.

Knowing and Trusting God

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 9:10

And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

The only way to know God is to seek Him with all of your heart.  Spend time with Him in prayer, read the Holy Bible and really make an effort to understand who He is. The more you seek God in faith, the more you will come to know Him. You will know His true nature, power, wisdom, faithfulness and goodness. When you experience God’s love, grace and mercy for yourself you will come to completely trust in Him and realize that He is always there for you.

Draw Near to God

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Verse of the Day:  James 4:8

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

We all need God in our lives, but how do you “draw near to God”?  You draw near to Him by faith, repentance and obedience. Study the Word of God to learn who He really is. Seek Him with all your heart through prayer, fasting, praise and worship for He is worthy. God is waiting for you to take the first step by inviting Him into every part of your life. He loves you more than you can ever imagine and when you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you with His love, grace and mercy.

Experience God for Yourself

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

I am personally inviting you to experience the infinite goodness of the Lord. He is perfect in every way, the author of all good things, everything about Him is good and He loves you. Turn to Him, put your hope in Him and put your trust in Him alone. He is the only one that can fill your heart with peace. You will never know what it’s like to have a relationship with the Lord until you make an effort to really seek and experience Him for yourself. A good place to start is by praying and reading the Word of God.

Getting Through Dark Days

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 43:5

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

 

Life is not always sunshine and flowers.  There are days when bad things happen, days when sadness creeps in and there are days when we just feel lonely.  In these times, you need to lift your head toward God and give praise to your Savior. God loves you more than you will ever know. Thank Him for all the good in your life.  Put your hope in God and rely on Him to get you through even the darkest of days.

God is Good to All

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 145:9

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

 

God is the essence of perfect goodness. He is kind, caring, compassionate, generous and merciful toward all who seek Him. There is not a single person God is not ready and willing to bless; not a single person who God does not want to see happy and not a single sinner God would not show mercy to.  Everything from God is good and all good things are from God. Turn to God, His goodness and love last forever.

Hope for Today

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Verse of the Day:  Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Without hope we feel helpless, alone and powerless.  But our God is the source of all hope.   Hope for healing, hope for peace, hope for joy and hope for the future.  All hope comes from knowing, believing and trusting God. By His grace and by the power of the Holy Spirit, God has given us the precious gift of hope. If you feel hopeless, seek a relationship with the author of all hope, God Almighty.