Read Through the Story of Jesus’ Birth by Christmas

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The Christmas season is filled with lots of fun and celebration! Do you know what we’re celebrating? The birth of God’s Son! He came to save us, and make a way for us to have a relationship with God. That’s definitely a reason to celebrate! This December, read through the story of Jesus’ birth, and be reminded of what Christmas is really all about. Read a few verses every day, and finish it by Christmas!

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10 Verses to Speak Over Your Life Every Day

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In a previous post, we discussed how what we believe and are constantly speaking about ourselves and our lives is what we will often see happen, and how God wants us to believe what His Word says, speak words that agree with it, and see His promises to us come to pass. How can we do this?

First of all, before you can believe God’s Word, you need to take time to find out what it says. Secondly, once you’re spending time in God’s Word, one way to speak words that agree with it is to actually take promises from it and speak them over your life. Take a verse with a promise from God that you love, and declare what it says about you on a daily basis!

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 scriptures to speak over your life every day!

Standing Before God – “Because Jesus took my sin upon Himself, I am the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Favor – “God’s favor surrounds me like a shield!” (Psalm 5:12)

Wisdom – “I ask God for wisdom, and He gives me an abundant supply of it.” (James 1:7)

Health – “Because of the stripes that Jesus received when He was whipped, I am healed.” (Psalm 53:5)

Protection – “God keeps me from every kind of harm, and watches over me.” (Psalm 121:7)

Success – “Everything I put my hand to is blessed.” (Deuteronomy 28:8)

Finances – “God blesses me abundantly, so that I have all that I need, and can be generous to others at all times.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Peace – “I am not anxious, worried, or stressed because I keep my focus on God, and He keeps me in perfect peace.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Joy – “I am not depressed or downcast because sorrow and sighing flee from me, and gladness and everlasting joy are mine.” (Isaiah 52:22)

Forgiveness – “God has forgiven me for all of my sins – so completely that He no longer even remembers them!” (Hebrews 8:12)

 

Believing, Speaking, and Seeing

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When you open your mouth to speak, what comes out? What do you words do you speak over your life? Is what you say in line with what God’s Word says about you, or does it go against His promises to you?

God created this world by speaking it into existence. We were created in His image (Genesis 1 :27), so in a similar way, the words that we speak create our world. A lot of what we see in our lives is a result of what we first believed, and then spoke. Proverbs 18:21 sums it up by saying that death and life are in the power of our tongues. The choices is ours as to which we want to experience, and we make our choice by what we allow to come out of our mouths.

Does that mean that if we say we are blue with yellow polka dots that our skin will instantly turn blue and spotted? That’s not what it is about! It’s not some kind of magic, it’s a principle God created to allow His promises to come to pass in our lives. Mark 11:23 explains this principle by saying that if we tell a mountain to move, and have faith and don’t doubt, we will have what we say. It all starts with what we choose to believe. God wants us to have faith in His promises, speak words that agree with what He says, and then see what He has promised happen in our lives.

Luke 6:45 says that we speak what our hearts are filled with. If our hearts are filled with negative beliefs that go against what God’s Word says, we will probably speak negative words and see negative things come to pass in our lives, instead of the good things God wants us to have. Because we speak and ultimately see come to pass whatever our hearts are filled with, we really do need to guard our heart against things that are contrary to God’s Word. What goes really will come out, show up, and determine the course of our lives (Prov 4:23)!

What do you want to see come to pass in your life? Choose to believe and speak forth God’s Word, and see His promises to you manifest!

What God Has to Say About Our Financial Success

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Earlier, we discussed whether or not it’s ok for Christians to prosper financially. We talked about how it’s the love of money, not money itself, that is the root of all evil (1 Tim 6:10), and how it’s not so much about how much we have, but whether or not it has us. Now, let’s look at what God’s Word has to say about our financial success.

  • Proverbs 10:22 – His blessing brings wealth, and adds no sorrow with it.
  • Isaiah 60:5 – To you shall come the wealth of nations!
  • Philippians 4:19 – He will supply all your needs.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:11 – He will enrich you in every way so that on all occasions, you can be generous.
  • Psalm 1:2-3 – Those who meditate on and delight in God’s Word shall prosper in all they do.
  • Isaiah 61:6 – On the wealth of nations you will feed, and you will boast in their riches.
  • Deuteronomy 30:9 – He will make you prosperous in the work of your hands – He will delight in you, and make you prosperous. (This was a blessing given for obedience. We can never obey perfectly, but Jesus lived the perfect life for us. Because we are in Him, His perfection covers us, and we have access to this blessing!)

This is what God’s Word promises regarding your finances! Trust in His promises. Take Him at His Word, and see what He will accomplish in your life financially!

Black and White in a World of Gray

Black and White In A World of Gray

People in this world believe many different things. Dozens of view points can be found on any given issue – political, moral, religious, or otherwise.  Opinions on a variety of significant subjects are becoming more and more diverse. In spite of this diversity of opinion, no one wants to state or even imply that someone else could possibly be wrong. After all, what’s right for me may not be right for you! To many, it appears that the truth is a very subjective thing. Yet there are some things that simply are the truth, whether popular or not.

In spite of the current philosophy that truth is subjective, truth does exist, in its full shades of black and white. Though we may seem to live in an age of gray, where anything goes, truth isn’t dead. It is still very much alive, and it impacts us, whether we like it or not.

So you admit that truth does exist. Deep down, you’re tired of all the wishy-washiness of everyone around you. You want to know that you know what’s real, what’s right, and what isn’t. How are you ever to discover the truth in a world of wavering opinion?

Ultimately, there’s only one place to turn for truth – God’s Word!

The Word is God-breathed. It is inspired by Him (2 Tim 3:16). It’s words are the words of the One who created the world around us, and everything with it. He was there from the very beginning. He gave being to all we can see. Don’t you think He would know the truth from the lies? And don’t you think the words He speaks to us would therefore be true? His Word presents truth in it’s true hues, beyond the gray in which our society is entrenched.

The truth doesn’t cease to be the truth just because you refuse to believe it. What God’s Word says is true, whether or not you want to accept what you find in it. Believe it or not, the Bible speaks – either directly or indirectly – to many of the key issues we face on a daily basis. If you search its pages, you will find answers!

When you discover the truth as set forth in God’s Word, don’t be afraid to stand up for it! You don’t have to go after everyone you encounter who believes something different, but don’t be intimidated by them into believing lies. And don’t let opposing opinions of others keep you from standing up for the truth when you are in a position to do so.  Dare to be different, relying on God and His Word to discover the truth, for black and white do still exist, even in a world of gray!

The Real You!

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Who are you really? What is the real you like?

We all wear masks – masks made up of how we want others to view us. Masks that make us look like we’re perfect, like we have it all together. We paint on a smile, hoping that others will believe that what’s just a mask is actually the real us.

Everyone says to just “be real” – to be yourself, and to show people who you really are. If we were to take off the mask of how we want others to see us, what would be find? Some who’s broken? Flawed? Far from perfect? Someone who doesn’t have it all together, and has insecurities that they are constantly trying to hide?

This sounds depressing, doesn’t it!?! If this were the real you, wouldn’t you rather wear a mask!?! But thankfully, it isn’t!

In reality, this brokenness, this imperfection, this insecurity, is really just another mask hiding who we truly are. Often, it does such a superb job of hiding our true identity that we believe that it is the real us. But it isn’t.

The real you can be found only by looking yourself in the mirror – the mirror of God’s Word! It is the only place where your true identity can be found, because you are who your Heavenly Father says that you are!

Who does He say that you are? He says that you are a new creation (2 Cor :17). He says that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). He says that you are one of His chosen people (Col 3:12). He says that you are His dearly loved child ( 1 Jn 3:1). These are just a few of the things He says about you!

To find out who you really are, spend time in God’s Word. Allow Him to show you who He says you are. Discover the real you, underneath all the masks!

The God Of Hope

The God Of HopeThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 15:13. This verse says may the God of hope, as we trust in Him, fill us with joy and peace, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may overflow with hope.

Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel hopeless? No matter what we are facing, there’s no need for us to be without hope, because the God of hope is with us! If we ask Him, He will fill us with His joy and peace, which the world can’t take from us. As we fix our eyes upon Him, we will be lifted out of hopelessness, and overflow with hope!

God is the One from whom our hope comes (Psalm 62:5). If we place our hope in those around us, they will let us down, for try as they might, people make mistakes. God, on the other hand, is perfect. He will never let us down. Therefore, if we place our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed!

Allow the God of hope to fill you with joy and peace. Trust in Him, and find hope, regardless of your circumstances!

No Need For Fear

No Need For FearWeek 37 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was 1 Timothy 5 -6, and 2 Timothy 1-3. These chapters finish Paul’s first letter and begin his second letter to Timothy, one of his partners is spreading the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!

New Website For Teens and Young Adults – Generation Arise!

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I recently launched a new website for teens and young adults!

The name of the website is Generation Arise (http://generationarise.com/). Generation Arise shares movies and music that will encourage young people in their faith, tackles real life questions, and most of all, shares the truth of God’s Word in a way that this generation can grasp!

The purpose of Generation Arise

The purpose of Generation Arise is to encourage the young people of this generation to arise and shine for God, to grow closer to Him, and to become who He created them to be. I wanted to start a site that was specifically geared towards young people because they are searching for truth, which can only be found in the Word of God, and the good news of the gospel contained within it. They long for something real, but in this modern culture, often end up looking in all the wrong places. My desire for Generation Arise is that it will point them towards the One who is The Truth (John 14:6).

The meaning behind Generation Arise

The website is called Generation Arise because it’s all about encouraging this generation to arise, and to shine forth the light of God. Isaiah 60:1 bids us to arise and shine, and this is what Generation Arise will spur on young people to do. Check out Generation Arise by clicking on the link below, and share it with the teens and young adults that you know!

http://generationarise.com/

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