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MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART{WINTER2013}{1/13>1/19}
1/14/13
1 year ago

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1/15/13
1 year ago

You Are Not A Loser

1 JOHN 5:4 ETR
4 because everyone who is a child of God has the power to win
against the world.

If you have received Jesus Christ then you are a child of God
(John 1:12). The Bible says you are an overcomer -- a winner!

A big problem is that many Christians have a mistaken identity.
They don't understand who they really are because they have not
been told the full truth.

When you received Jesus Christ, more happened than just getting
your sins forgiven. You became a new person, a child of God (1
John 3:2). And not one of God's children are losers!

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 NLT
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a
new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

If you are a Christian, then you are what God says you are. You
may not be acting like it yet, but whatever God says you are --
you are. For whatever God speaks comes to pass. If God were to
say you are a monkey -- you would become a monkey.

God has said many things about you. He says you are an
overcomer. That means you are a winner, not a loser.

1 JOHN 4:4 ESV
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for
he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 JOHN 5:5 ESV
5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Who can overcome whatever the world throws at us? WHOEVER
believes in Jesus! That includes you!

1 JOHN 5:4 ESV
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our
faith.

What we believe is the key to overcoming. For truth, we must
get our beliefs from the Bible.

If you have received Jesus you are born of God and God is your
Father. You ARE a world overcomer. You are not a big mess-up.
You are not a loser.

That may have been your past, but now things have changed.
Clearly understanding who God has made you will change your
actions, and your future.

You are a victor -- an overcomer! With God on your side helping
you, you can overcome any obstacle or problem.

SAY THIS: God made me what I am: a winner not a loser!


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1/16/13
1 year ago
2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that
each one may receive the things done in the body, according to
what he has done, whether good or bad.

1/17/13
1 year ago

GOD HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL

Throughout the Bible, God reveals that He is always in control over His vast universe and even our seemingly insignificant lives. Here is a true-life story from a member of the persecuted church:

“I was the only convert of a man who died thinking he was useless to God. Both our crimes were for violent robbery and we actually shared a prison cell together.

“He told me about how—by mistake—he had been placed into a cell with a group of Christians. They were singing hymns at night and praising God together. He saw them as a soft touch and robbed them of their food parcels. He even beat them to show who was boss. For the first time in years he felt powerful again. But somehow they were not afraid of him and repeatedly shared their faith in Christ.

“One day in a fit of anger he took his knife to kill one of them. But something—or Someone—blocked him from bringing down the knife. For the first time, he was up against a force more powerful than himself, and one he could not understand.

“At that moment he put his trust in Christ. The prison authorities realized he had been allocated to the wrong cell and they moved him to solitary confinement. There he pleaded with God, ‘Lord, let me witness to Your power and love before I die.’

“One night the prison was overcrowded and I was put into his cell. I could see he was far-gone, barely conscious. He beckoned me close to his lips told me all about Jesus and how He loved me and wanted to save me.

“When I woke up in the morning, he was cold and dead. I was to be moved to a hard labor camp that day but the truck that was to take me there broke down. So I ended up in another cell—the one full of Christians.

“My truck was delayed a week. In that time the Christians told me the whole story about this man. They were delighted to learn he had witnessed to me before he died. The night before I was moved, I too trusted Christ.

“That’s the strength of suffering for Christ. It kept a dying man going because he wanted to witness. It kept those Christian prisoners buoyant all through their captivity. It gave me hope when I looked ahead at eight years of hard labor camp. I would have died if not for Christ.”

RESPONSE
Today I will live in the awareness and peace that
God has everything under control—no matter
what storms I face.

PRAYER
Pray that all those living in conditions as described above will also understand God’s purposes for their lives and realize the strength and meaningfulness in suffering for Christ.

1/18/13
1 year ago

Let The Joy Flow

NEHEMIAH 8:10b GWN
10 Don't be sad because the joy you have in the LORD is your
strength."

As children of God we have joy in our spirit. But we must
choose to let it flow out into our minds, bodies, and
circumstances.

Joy is part of the provision God has given us so we can walk in
strength and victory. Not allowing joy to flow out of our
innermost being allows a weakness that can provide an opening
for the devil.

JOHN 17:13 GWN
13 "But now, Father, I'm coming back to you. I say these things
while I'm still in the world so that they will have the same
joy that I have.

Joy is part of the "fruit" produced by the Holy Spirit through
our human spirits.

GALATIANS 5:22 GWN
22 But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

But we must choose to let the joy out. We must open our mouth
and release words of joy, thanking and praising God. We must
choose to let the joy flow!

But don't expect this to always be easy. It's when things seem
the worst that you need to act on this the most.

JOHN 15:11 NLT
11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with
my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

Not only did Jesus tell us we should be filled with His joy,
but it should overflow -- like a river of life flowing from our
innermost being (John 7:38).

One way to keep our focus on the Lord is to rejoice in Him. As
children of God, we have joy and peace in our spirits. But our
minds may be blocking the flow by keeping our focus on
circumstances and our reasoning.

Sometimes it's good for us to just let loose and force
ourselves to really rejoice and praise God. Just go ahead and
make a fool of yourself praising God! God won't mind.

2 SAMUEL 6:14-16,21 NLT
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing
a priestly garment.
15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of
the LORD with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams' horns.
16 But as the Ark of the LORD entered the City of David,
Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When
she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was
filled with contempt for him.
21 David retorted to Michal, "I was dancing before the LORD,
who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed
me as the leader of Israel, the people of the LORD, so I
celebrate before the LORD.

If it was not wrong for King David, it's not wrong for us! It's
okay to shout for joy and to jump for joy! Some people may not
appreciate it, but the Lord does, and it's good for us.

PHILIPPIANS 4:4 NKJ
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

To rejoice means to re-joy or to have joy again. In the Lord,
we can experience joy again and again and again!

Circumstances in your life may not be perfect, but you can
always rejoice in the Lord, because He is always perfect. God
is perfect in goodness and greatness and love! There is no
fault in Him!

SAY THIS: I will let God's joy flow out of my spirit by
rejoicing in the Lord.

1/19/13
1 year ago

Jesus Never Fails

1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 NLT
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what
others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the
temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted,
he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

There have been times in my life when it looked like Jesus had
failed me, and I certainly felt like He failed me.

But I was wrong!

Jesus has never failed me.

I have failed Him many times. I deeply regret that. (Yet I
rejoice that He has forgiven me.)

I also regret the times I doubted the Lord and thought He was
failing me. Jesus does not deserve to be treated that way.

A lot of it happened when I was very immature spiritually. I
guess I expected the Lord to make my life a bed of roses with
never any challenges or difficulties. I thought I could do
whatever I wanted and God would always bless it.

Well, I had to grow up and realize that going my own way and
doing my own thing was not working very well.

Yet, through all of my immaturity, through all of my failures,
through all of my ignorance, Jesus always took care of me. I
always had my needs met. He always helped me and worked things
out for me, eventually. It just didn't always happen at the
time and in the way I thought it would.

Over time I have learned I don't know much. But Jesus does! He
knows everything. He knows the future, and I can trust Him,
because He loves me. And He loves you just as much as He loves
me.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 NKJ
9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship
of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

SAY THIS: Jesus Christ will never fail me!

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