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What’s Love Got To Do With It

Have you ever noticed how much we are bombarded with commercials showing what the world thinks about love? Buy this product and she’ll love you. Or buy that product and she’ll love you. The world likes to portray love as you do this and they’ll do that. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. This isn’t love!

At one point in life or another, most of us have tried to “buy” love or looked for love in all the wrong places. We get excited when we meet someone and we’ll do anything to show them we care. But then slowly it begins to fade and the deep void within begins to grow bigger until you realize something is missing. Now, I’m not saying that doing or buying nice things is bad. What I’m saying is that if you had a void before love and you still have a void when you are in love then there is something deeper going on and no matter how many gifts you purchase; none of them will be fulfilling.

Most people think that if they find a mate, life will be perfect. Or they think, if only I had more money, I would feel happier. Nothing could be further from the truth. For we can not expect someone or something to make us happy. If we are unhappy with ourselves, then how could they possibly make us happy. It just isn’t possible and we are setting them and ourselves up for failure.

Let’s take a cat or dog, for an example. Say you have been gone all day long. You open the door to find that loving pet excited to see you. Whether they are jumping up and down or jumping into your lap, they trusted you to come home and they are excited to show you how much they love and missed you. It is completely unconditional. They are just happy to see you, without getting anything in return.

Well, that is how God loves us. We can’t earn God’s love nor do we deserve it. He just simply loves us! It is unconditional. (Ephesians 3:14-19)  He doesn’t care if we are short, tall, black, white, brown, overweight, skinny or have pimples. He loves us RIGHT NOW, NO MATTER WHAT!

We can’t truly love until we feel loved ourselves. We need to learn that God loves us. We need to feel that God loves us. We have to have a deep knowing that we are loved and it doesn’t matter what we say or do! Otherwise, we are just spinning our wheels getting nowhere because no one else could possibly fill the void but God!

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When we start experiencing this type of love, then and only then, can we possibly begin showing love for others. This kind of love doesn’t depend on if the person deserves our love or not, nor does it depend on what gifts they will give us. We simply realize that God loves us and He loves them too. When you start loving this way, nothing and I do mean nothing can take the place of it. THIS IS TRUE LOVE!

You are a one-of-a-kind person. God made you and sent His Amazing Son to die for you. No one is like you. So why don’t you start seeing just how special you truly are and love yourself as God loves you. Once you do, you’ll begin to experience the most incredible, amazing, loving relationships that you desperately crave! And the best part is you won’t have to go looking for it. God will bring it to you at the right place, at the right time, and at the perfect moment! It will be simply PERFECT!

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Imagine the Scene

Jesus had caused the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, and the mute to speak. He had taught with authority unlike any teachers of the day and performed miracles that astounded all who witnessed them.

Yet the Savior of the world was hung on a cross, deserted by His followers, and then buried in a tomb.

But there’s more to the story. Three days later, a resurrection took place. Now, the head that was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory.

Let this perspective sink into your heart today…THERE’S MORE TO YOUR STORY.

No matter the past disappointment, present difficulty, or discouraging forecast: Your story is still being written… and the hand of God is holding the pen.

But the fact that God is writing the story doesn’t mean you don’t have a part to play. You need to stand on His word, hold onto your faith, let God be your source and remember, what you’ve been through may be difficult, but God will work it out for your good. Don’t give up now. There is more to your story.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

The scene you’re in today might be disappointing, but you don’t have to let it be the defining factor of your story. God has more in store for you and your next chapter is being written. Continue to stand in faith and watch God’s incredible story for you unfold into something amazing!

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Excerpt by Steven Furtick

Mirror Reflection

Mirror ReflectionHave you ever wondered why you are made with the personality and looks that you have? I think we all do from time to time; and worse, in today’s society, we tend to want to look like someone else such as an actor, actress, model, singer, or your next door neighbor. It’s always easy to compare ourselves only to come up with a list of things we would like to change. Whether it’s losing weight, smaller noses, better features, smaller waist, muscular, etc, etc, etc. and even if we were able to change those things, we still wouldn’t be satisfied as we can easily find something else we don’t like about ourselves.

But, guess what? I have great news for you today!

Instead of thinking about the things you would like to change, see yourself as a MASTERPIECE! God made you exactly the way you are and when you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, something amazing happened…the Holy Spirit came to live within you. So, when God looks upon you, He doesn’t see what you see; He sees you as perfect in His image and in His sight.

Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female, He created them.”
Psalm 139:13-16: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Boy, doesn’t that change your perspective a lot? See, when we start thinking in this manner, our lives quickly change. We aren’t striving to be different or unique because we already are!

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It’s okay if you feel you’d like to change something about yourself. Just pray about it and release it. If God feels the change is necessary then the Holy Spirit will guide you to make those changes when the time is right. Just don’t fret over it. Instead, enjoy your life and look in the mirror knowing that you are BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE, and A MASTERPIECE!

God loves you this very moment and thinks you are WONDERFUL! Since God sees Jesus when He sees us; He is completely satisfied with us. We have His favor, His love, and His miraculous solutions chasing us down. There is absolutely nothing we need to do except see ourselves as God sees us. He made us, He knows us, and He loves us. There is nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking! So, look in the mirror today and praise God for who you are.

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You Are More Than A Conqueror

Jesus shed His blood in seven different places to break every curse and redeem us to every blessing His blood activates. It is a time to remember exactly what Jesus did for each and every one of us. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He broke every curse. He broke every addiction. He gave us dominion and authority.

  1. In the Garden of Gesthemane: He bought back our willpower and to redeem our will. (Matthew 26:39)
  2. At the Whipping Post: By His stripes we are healed. Every curse of sickness and disease was broken. (1Peter 2:24)
  3. Crown of Thorns: To break the curse of poverty. (Genesis 3:17-18)
  4. In His hands: To restore dominion to the works of our hands. (Deut. 28:12-13)
  5. In His feet: To give us authority everywhere we walk. (Joshua 1:3)
  6. In His side: His was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities and heals our broken hearts. (Luke 4:18)
  7. He stomped on the devil’s forehead and bruised His heel to break every family and generational curse. (Isaiah 53:5)

Take back your God-given blessings that Jesus gave us. When He said “IT IS FINISHED”, he didn’t mean it would be a hit or miss, pie-in-the-sky kind of faith. He returned us to the Father who is there for us every single moment of every day. He gave us everything we needed to make it through any trial, any difficulty, and any situation that comes against us that is contrary to the Word of God!

Take your stand against the enemy. You are more than conqueror through the Blood of Jesus. You are the head and not the tail, above and not below, you are the lender not the borrower. Take back what the devil has stolen and remind him that Jesus’ blood gives you complete victory.

Don’t let another day go by without thanking Jesus for His sacrifice and for the heavenly blessings He has bestowed towards you. Return unto Him and he’ll return unto you. Give and it shall be given to you. Know the seven places Jesus shed His blood and understand why God’s Word is Final! It is because of Jesus that you will have favor with Him and with man. Praise His Name above all others and watch the amazing blessings burst forth into your life.

Today is a new day. Activate the 7 places Jesus shed His blood and He will bring favor upon you. Let God stand in front of you and your family to make every curse pass over your home, business, health, family, and finances. Almighty God will open the windows of Heaven over you and your family which will release the blessings that Jesus’ blood provides. You are more than a conqueror through the Blood of Jesus Christ and today, your life will never be the same. Rejoice for the Lord is good – Your Victory Is At Hand!

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God’s Miracles

locustWhat have you lost during the course of your life? Maybe you lost your job, business, home, car, finances or maybe you’ve lost your health, time, family members, friends, relationships or even dreams. Maybe you even have the mindset that it will never get better or you just simply can’t see a way out.

If that’s you, then you’re going to love the great news today…

OUR GOD IS A MIRACLE WORKING GOD!
OUR GOD IS A GOD OF RESTORATION!
OUR GOD WILL MAKE THE DEVIL REPAY 7 TIMES WHAT WAS LOST!

Every tear you’ve shed, God took notice. For every pain, defeat or loss that seemed to get the best of you, God took notice. Everything you found yourself going through has been recorded and while you were struggling to hold onto your faith and struggling to hold onto your dreams…God already had a solution in mind. He loves you so much that He made sure there was a solution heading your direction even though you might not have seen it yet.

Nothing surprises our Heavenly Father. Nothing can slip by without Him noticing. Whatever pain has been caused during all the losses or defeats, have simply been setting you up for restoration. Restoration is an amazing way for God’s glory to shine in your life. You might not see a way out, but God has one. You might not see how anything could change in your life, but God already has a miracle in mind.

God is merciful! He knows what you’ve endured, what has been lost and He also knows what dreams He has for you and how to bring them to pass.  All you need to do is have the mindset that God is all powerful, all knowing and all loving.  Continue to hold onto your hope and faith; knowing that when God is in charge, all things will work out for your good.

It truly doesn't matter what we can see in the natural. (Hebrews 11:1)
It doesn't matter what your bank account looks like or the economy.
It simply doesn't matter.
When God is in charge...all things are possible!  (Luke 1:37)

Wake up every morning and thank God for His restoration and miraculous solutions. Thank Him for restoring the lost years, opportunities, relationships, finances, love, promotions, health, dreams, sound mind, passions, strength, joy, peace, and everything else in between.

God is never limited by our thinking or by our resources. He owns the entire universe and there is absolutely nothing He won’t do for you. Keep standing in faith. Keep trusting and believing. God has you in the palm of His hand and you will receive your divine inheritance through Jesus Christ. Jesus made us joint-heirs which makes you loved and very special. Hold onto Him in the midst of your chaos, your restoration has been coming for a long time and nothing AND I DO MEAN NOTHING will ever keep it from happening.

Today, I believe and declare that God is breaking all strongholds and everything is being restored that belongs to each of you. Today is a New Day! Believe in the unseen…build your Faith….Rise Up for God’s Favor is upon you!

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Your future will be much greater than your past!

Praise God that your restoration is here!

Additional Referenced Scriptures
Joel 2:25-26
Isaiah 61:7
Job 42:10
Zechariah 9:12
Jeremiah 29:11
Psalm 103: 1-5
Jeremiah 32-27
Deuteronomy 30:1-10

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Free Indeed

ProblemsWhen you think of bondage, what comes to mind? Maybe guilt, condemnation, poverty, sickness and disease, shame, temptations or addictions. There are many things that can be considered bondage. You might be fighting negative thoughts. You might be fighting depression. You might be fighting to pay your bills. Anything that comes against you where you are not living a full and peaceful life would be considered bondage.

There is one person who laid down his life for us so that we could be free from every yoke, every bondage, and every sickness.

“…When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. ~ John 19:30

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” ~ Galatians 5:1

Through Jesus’ finished work at the cross, He freely gave us peace, love, forgiveness, health, finances, and all the wonderful things that come from our Heavenly Father. It’s important not to forget the amazing sacrifice Jesus did for each of us individually. It is His ultimate sacrifice that makes it all possible.

For who the son sets free is free indeed! ~ John 8:36

Celebrate this glorious season of Easter/Resurrection Sunday seeing Jesus’ sacrifice as the greatest gift ever given! Let His finished works break the chains of bondage and be replaced with peace, love, prosperity, restoration, forgiveness, vitality and wholeness…today and everyday!

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Don’t Let Go

Do you remember the story of Jacob? He was a man whose very name meant “deceiver” and “grabber”. You could say Jacob was a con artist, a liar, and a manipulator. Everything he did was by trickery of some sort. He lived his life relying on himself and things. He found his life filled with struggles, fears, fleeing and pure exhaustion.

Can you relate to Jacob’s story? Is your life filled with anxiety, stress, worry, sickness, and struggles? Are you trying to find the answers by yourself? Are you trying to use your resources which aren’t enough? Are you finding yourself battling the enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy? Are you losing your grip and feeling defeated?

Change course! Jesus defeated everything that could come against you. He came to give you life and life more abundantly. And you can be victorious. (John 10:10)

Think of Jacob’s situation. He had fled his father-in-law for all the wrongdoing he did towards Jacob only to find himself having to face his brother Esau who had vowed to kill him. He was in a no win situation and his first instinct was to run again. However, God had a different plan. It was time for Jacob to face his fears and stand his ground.

Jacob sent all of his possessions and family across the ford of Jabbok which left him all alone. He ended up wrestling with a man till daybreak. All night long, he wrestled until the man saw he could not overpower him. Jacob was holding on for dear life. He was determined not to let go until the man blessed him. In the end, Jacob received his blessing in the morning and realized he had come face to face with God Himself! (Genesis 32:26-30)

What are you struggling with? What are your fears? What is coming against you?

Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Keep speaking God’s word over you and your family. Keep believing that God will turn your circumstances around. Keep talking with God about your fears and desires. Just don’t let go of God! He is your source and you are extremely close to your breakthrough! Blessings are on their way! Your current circumstances are being turned upside down! He will make a way when you don’t see one. He will give you double for your trouble.

Just like Jacob, God will see you holding on and will realize you are not willing to let go until He releases blessings into your life!

Are you ready for more than enough? Are you ready for God to touch every area of your life? Stand your ground and Don’t let go of Him!

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