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 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” Numbers 13:30 NIV https://numbers.bible/numbers-13-30

How to Stop Fear, Worry n Insecurity (Day 7)

  A wealthy man from England died and left his nephew the bulk of his estate. In today’s money, it was equivalent to around five million dollars. The only problem was that the young man had traveled to America years before and disappeared. Scotland Yard was called in to investigate. Eventually, they found the young man – lying frozen in the doorway of a cheap hotel. He didn’t have the twenty-five cents for a hotel room, yet he was literally a millionaire. Many Christians live their lives like this. They live like beggars and paupers when they are an heir of the God Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. They don’t, however, need to live like this because they have the Lord on their side. Joshua and Caleb believed and trusted the Lord. They agreed that it would be a huge undertaking to enter the Promised Land and conquer the mighty inhabitants, but they also knew that with God on their side, they would be victorious. Because of their faith, Joshua and Caleb were able to enter the Prom

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 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12‭-‬13 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.12-13.NIV

How to Stop Fear,Worry n Insecurity (Day 6)

  Our passage today reminds us that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. Now the context of this is contentment – and contentment is one of the big hurdles of life. In these days of smartphones, tablets, super high definition TV’s and other technology that seems to change every month, how can we be content? It certainly is a hard challenge, but with God’s help, and with the proper attitude, we can be content with whatever God has given us. Whether we are abased, or whether we abound, we need to find contentment. I think this translates into the other obstacles that we face in life. With the Lord Jesus Christ’s power and ability working through us, and our willingness to let Him work in our lives, He will strengthen us to do whatever it is that He has called us to do. The Scripture says,  I can do all things through Christ…  but sometimes we do not believe that or act upon it. In Numbers 13, the people of Israel were paralyzed with fear and did not move forward. They

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 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. Numbers 13:27‭-‬28 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/num.13.27-28.NIV

How to Stop Fear, Worry n Insecurity (Day 5)

  Following God’s instructions, Moses sent twelve spies to scope out the Promised Land. In our Scripture today, we read the report that the spies brought back to Joshua and the people of Israel. Verse 27 gives an amazing report of a land flowing with milk and honey. If the report had ended there, it would have been great. All they had to do was believe that this God, Who had recently done great miracles in their lives, had also promised this land to them. Unfortunately, the report did not stop there, but continued: “…nevertheless…”. The report that ten of them gave was that because of the size and strength of the people in the land, the land would be impossible to conquer. There was no possible way that God would be able to allow them to accomplish it.  They knew they were not mighty warriors. All they could see themselves as were slaves with no training. Now they had a hurdle. They said it looked like the walls of Jericho went all the way up into the heavens. With their eyes, they saw

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 When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. Numbers 13:23 NIV https://numbers.bible/numbers-13-23

How to Stop Fear, Worry n Insecurity (Day 4)

  The children of Israel were given this task of spying out the land in order to test their faith. The twelve spies went in and what they found was amazing. The fruit was so large that it took two men and a pole to carry one cluster of grapes. This land was incredible! Sometimes we need to see things for ourselves, and I think that this was part of the exercise of faith that God was sending them. It is like God was trying to tell them, “Look, this is what I told you it would be – an amazing land!” This was the God Who had freed them from the bondage of Egypt, the most powerful nation on the earth, by doing incredible miracles. They could see the awesome power of God with their own eyes. Then they were trapped by the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army right behind them. They were about to be obliterated when God opened the waters of the Red Sea and provided a dry passage. As soon as they were safely on the other side, the waters closed on the Egyptian army.  They had seen God’s power and might

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 When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. Numbers 13:17‭-‬18 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/num.13.17-18.NIV

How to stop, Fear, Worry n Insecurity (Day 3)

  When thinking about big obstacles, I’m reminded of when God instructed Israel to enter the Promised Land. Right before they went in, God told them to choose twelve spies to go in and scope out the land.  Many years before, God had promised this land to them. He had told Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses that this was their land. I believe that this is a promise that is still in place today and will be in place forever. This is a land that God has promised them, a land that He had described as flowing with milk and honey. So then why would God tell them to go spy out the land if He had already promised it to them? Wouldn’t that be a waste of time?  God was giving them a test of faith. Yes, He had promised the land, but He wanted them to exercise faith and trust in Him. Often, that is why challenges or obstacles appear in our lives. Sometimes obstacles are things that we put in our own path. God can even use something that happens when we make a bad decision. Now, we shouldn’t do someth

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 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-17-20

How to stop, Fear, Worry, n Insecurity (Day 2)

  We serve a God Who will never allow something major in our lives that can’t help us. He won’t allow any tragedy into our lives that can’t be used for our benefit. He can take something that is terrible and work it out to where it is a blessing in the long run. We often cannot see that in the short-term, but it is a truth that we find in Scripture.  Life is full of epic challenges and obstacles, and we must find ways to overcome them. Some obstacles in life are small and easy, but some may seem nearly impossible. Life’s obstacles can bring fear. When we come to those obstacles and they look scary, we may wonder how in the world we can possibly conquer them.  Often, God will give us things in life to test us. Such testing is designed for us to be strengthened. Every time we do any type of exercise, we are strengthening our bodies. We actually strengthen our muscles by tearing them down. Most exercises are developed in a way that tears down so that our bodies can rebuild stronger. That’

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 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, Philippians 2:8‭-‬9 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/php.2.8-9.NIV

New Plan: How to stop Fear, Worry n Insecurity (Day 1)

  “After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there come clear, open skies.” – Samuel Rutherford The truth behind Samuel Rutherford’s statement is what led Jesus to see beyond His crown of thorns to a crown of majesty; beyond the nails in His hands and feet to an exalted name in Glory; beyond the betrayal and abandonment of His disciples to the love and worship of those who would believe in Him; beyond the visible suffering to the invisible glory. Jesus could endure the suffering because He saw the blessing which would follow. This is the same perspective we should have in our trials. While it is true God can make good come from the worst difficulties, He never asks us to paint a rosy picture of the distress, pain, disappointment, or discomfort we feel, or to pretend it doesn’t exist. Instead, He encourages us to look beyond the present hardships we face to the blessings which will come if we don’t quit. That’s what it means to persevere. That’s w

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 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24 NIV https://amos.bible/amos-5-24

Be the Bridge (Day 5) Last Day

  Glimpses of the Kingdom Reconciliation work is difficult. That is why so many people of color remain silent and why our white friends hold back instead of coming alongside us. It’s messy. It requires vulnerability, humility, and courage.  For many people, this kind of work represents death to the belief systems they’ve held since childhood. For others, it feels like an inward uprooting, a deconstructing. For some, the history of their own oppression brings shame.  I know the sacrifices this work requires. I know that with every word I speak in this highly charged racial environment, I run the risk of becoming “that girl” or, worse yet, “that angry black girl.” As a result of my commitment to truth and reconciliation, I have dealt with people, family members, and associates who have rejected me.  Many of my white brothers and sisters have also felt the sting of others’ pushback against their bridge building. They’ve entered into the hard work of acknowledging their own systemic privil

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 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31‭-‬32 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.4.31-32.NIV

Be the Bridge (Day 4)

  The Process of Forgiveness When we’ve been hurt, sometimes anger and bitterness give us a sense of control. But the truth is, our bitterness and anger often control us. They hand power back over to those who’ve harmed us. That’s true whether we’re discussing family pains, church pains, or the pains wrought by racism, classism, or sexism. How do we get free of that power? Through the practice of forgiveness.  The first step in forgiveness is understanding just how much  we  need forgiveness extended to us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NIV). We forgive because we ourselves have been forgiven.  Practicing forgiveness doesn’t mean ignoring the evil we’ve experienced. It also doesn’t mean that we deny or spiritualize away feelings of anger or grief. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he wrote, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forg

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 and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. Ezra 9:6 NIV https://ezra.bible/ezra-9-6

Be the Bridge (Day 3)

  Communal Confession     To build bridges of racial reconciliation, we’ll need to confront the guilt and shame of our collective past.  Our Western society is highly individualized, and our measure of morality is based on individual guilt or innocence. We’ve all heard the justification:  Why should I repent of racism? I never owned slaves.  But in the Bible, guilt and shame aren’t described in an individualistic sense. In the Bible, guilt and shame are often communal and point to the need for corporate repentance.  In the book of Ezra, for instance, we read about how the people of Israel had become unfaithful to God and taken up the forbidden practices of their neighbors. Ezra, a priest and scribe, was personally innocent of the sins committed by the people, but he still felt the weight of guilt and shame. He prayed, “O my God,  I  am utterly ashamed;  I  blush to lift up my face to you. For  our  sins are piled higher than our heads, and  our  guilt has reached to the heavens” (Ezra

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 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.  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.  Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.  Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.  Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.  Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Then

Be the Bridge (Day 2)

  The Purpose of Lament Acknowledgment of the truth of our country’s history with racism leads us toward lament. Lamenting something horrific that has taken place allows a deep connection to form between the person lamenting and the harm that was done, and that emotional connection is the first step in creating a pathway for healing and hope.  The twelfth chapter of the second book of Samuel helps us better understand the purpose of lament. There we meet David in the aftermath of his sins of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Bathsheba’s husband. The prophet Nathan has just told David that the child born by Bathsheba would die. In his lament for his sins and the loss of his child, David wrote Psalm 51: “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.” Lament propelled David to confess his transgressions and fall on God’s mercy. American culture teaches us n

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 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 NIV https://john.bible/john-8-32

New Plan: Be the Bridge (Day 1)

  Color Brave As Christians of differing ethnicities, we share a common heritage, a common memory. Consider these words from the Apostle Paul: “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith…. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26, 28 NIV). This does not mean that we take a color-blind approach to community. Paul wasn’t suggesting that aspects of our gender or racial identity aren’t important, that we should all meld together into one indistinguishable throng. In fact, Paul emphasized that unity can be found in diversity. We all have been given different gifts; we all are different parts of the same body. In the love of the family of God, we must become color brave, color caring, color honoring, and not colorblind. We have to recognize the image of God in one another. We have to love despite, and even because of, our differences.  I believe that real beauty can come from th

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 The 2nd set of "-" is Written in Red  On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostl

Miracles (Day 10) Last Day

  The empty tomb was the greatest miracle of all.  Can you imagine what it would have been like to be with the women and to have seen the tomb empty?  I’m sure it would have been crazy to have been there.  It would have been even cooler to understand the miracle that Jesus performed and how he conquered death.  This is the greatest miracle of all and it deserves to be celebrated.  Take time to celebrate what Jesus did on the cross and how he rose from the dead. Challenge:  Today we challenge you to celebrate what Jesus did for us on the cross.  Write a thank-you note to God and tell him how grateful you are for Jesus.  Then look back over your journal from the past few days and make a note about what God has showed you as you read this plan.

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 The 1st, 3rd set of "-" is Written in Red.  Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the los

Miracles (Day 9)

  Zacchaeus was a tax collector and tax collectors were notorious for being bad men.  Most people hated tax collectors and wanted nothing to do with them.  Jesus showed another side of himself when he chose to look past what Zacchaeus had done and to truly see his heart.  Not only did Jesus go to his house but because Jesus spent time with Zacchaeus, Jesus changed Zacchaeus’ whole life.  Zacchaeus no longer wanted to make poor choices and cheat others.  He decided to change completely and make up for his past mistakes.  Jesus wants us to know that when others meet him he will completely change them.  Who do you know that needs to meet Jesus?  How can you tell that person about Jesus today? Challenge:  Today we challenge you to identify one person who you know needs to meet Jesus.  Then take some time to tell that person about Jesus and invite that person to church with you.  Remember Jesus wants to perform a miracle in their heart and change them to be more and more like him.

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 Sets 2,3, n down of "-" are Written in Red.  Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.  One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11‭-‬19 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.17.11-19.NIV

Miracles (Day 8)

  Isn’t it easy to forget to thank God for all that he has done for you?  We never seem to have a problem asking God for something but we can easily forget to actually thank him for all the things he has done for us.  I love how this passage shows that one of the men took time to praise God for healing.  What do you need to praise God for?  How can you remember to thank God for all that he has done for you? Challenge:   Today we challenge you to write out a list of 15-20 things that you are thankful for.  Be sure to be specific and then take time to thank God for those things.

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 Sets 2,4,6,7 of "-" is Written in Red.  Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:46‭-‬52 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mrk.10.46-52.NIV

Miracles (Day 7)

  Bartimaeus spent every day begging for food.  He was unable to work or take care of himself and all he had to protect himself was his coat.  When Bartimaeus threw off his coat to get to Jesus, he was basically giving up all he had for Jesus.  He knew that if he could get to Jesus that Jesus would change everything for him.  I love the level of faith he showed here.  Sometimes we may struggle to fully give everything to God.  We may want to follow Jesus but we may not want to change what we watch to do so.  Or maybe for you, you may want to fully follow Jesus but you aren’t willing to change your friends for him.  No matter what it is for you, Jesus wants us to love him so much that we are willing to give up everything to follow him.  What are you holding back from giving to God?  How can you trust what God says about all areas of your life and surrender all things to him? Challenge:  Today we challenge you to fully follow God in all areas of your life.  Take some time and write down

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 The 2nd, n 4th set of "-" is Written in Red.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.  By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”  But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages ! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”   “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”  Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke

Miracles (Day 6)

  The feeding of the 5000 is one of the biggest miracles Jesus performed.  It is crazy to think how Jesus used 5 loaves of bread and two fish to feed that many people.  I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to experience this miracle.  What I love about this miracle is that it shows that God wants to provide for our everyday basic needs.  Jesus could have easily told the people to go home and take care of their needs themselves but he chose instead to take care of them.  Jesus wants to take care of all your needs.  What are some big and small needs that you have?  Take some time to tell him about them and trust that he will meet those needs. Challenge:  Today we challenge you to tell God about your needs.  Be sure to tell him not just big needs but everyday ones too.  Then watch for God to work.  When you see needs that he has met for you, be sure to write them down to remember all that God does for you.

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 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.11.28-30.NIV

Miracles (Day 5)

  Come to me   are three little words but they change everything.  Jesus wants you to come to him.  Some of you have never made the choice of coming to Jesus, if that is you, what’s holding you back?  Choose today to fully trust in Jesus and come to him.  Others of you have put your trust in Jesus but you can sometimes forget to come to him.  What’s holding you back from daily coming to Jesus?  How can you be sure to come to him every day?  I love how this passage not only tells you to come to Jesus but it shares with you what that experience will be like if you choose to live it out.  Jesus wants to give us rest and he wants to teach us how to live.  Now, please don’t misunderstand this, Jesus isn’t saying that if you come to him that all your problems will go away.  Problems will happen in everyone’s life.  What Jesus is saying is that he will be with us no matter what we face and that he will help us through our problems.  Will you choose to come to Jesus today? Challenge:  Today we

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 The 1st n 3rd set n down of "-" is Written in Red.  Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”  At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?  Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?  But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”  Then the man got up and went home. Matthew 9:1‭-‬7 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.9.1-7.NIV

Miracles (Day 4)

  I love this passage because it reminds us of the biggest miracle that Jesus wants to do in our lives: forgive our sins.  Jesus chose to sacrifice his life so that we could be made right with God. But we can sometimes forget what a big deal this is.  Jesus wants us to be honest and confess our sins so he can forgive them. Unfortunately, we sometimes try to hide our sins from God instead of confessing them.  What sin do you need to confess to God so you can experience his forgiveness?  Challenge:  Today we challenge you to confess your sins to God.  Be honest and share with him the sins you are struggling with and allow yourself to experience his forgiveness.  If you are struggling to forgive yourself, remember that if God can forgive you than you should also forgive yourself and let it go.

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 Where Jesus is talking,  is Written in Red. When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”  Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”  The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.  But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Then

Miracles (Day 3)

  Jesus performed many miracles while he was here on this earth and he was able to heal many people.  This passage today talks about a miracle that Jesus performed simply by speaking and someone was healed who was far away from him.  While it is incredible to hear about what Jesus did in this passage, what is just as incredible is the faith the Roman officer had.  The officer was not Jewish, and he did not really know the scriptures about how Jesus was the savior of the world but he still believed in Jesus.  He believed in Jesus so much that he trusted the fact that Jesus would be able to heal his servant by simply saying he was healed.  That kind of faith is incredible.  If I’m honest, I can struggle believing that God has the power to heal someone who is struggling.  I let my mind think about how it seems impossible and I don’t believe that God truly is as powerful as he says he is.  My doubts can hold me back from having faith in him.  Have you ever let your doubts get in your way?

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 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7‭-‬8 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.7.7-8.NIV

Miracles (Day 2)

  Have you ever had to ask someone for something several times and he/she got mad at you for bugging them?  Sometimes we can feel like we are bugging God when we ask for something more than once and we can get worried that God is going to stop listening to us.  The truth is that God never gets sick of us asking him for something.  This is what Jesus tells us in the passage.  Jesus wants to be sure that we understand that God wants us to keep on asking and telling him things.  God wants us to never stop talking to him.  You may be guilty of this right now.  Maybe God didn’t answer a prayer in the past and now you are struggling to talk to him or maybe you have felt like God has been silent so you stop talking to him, but Jesus wants us to do things differently.  Jesus wants us to understand that we need to keep on seeking God.  What do you need to ask God for today and how can you start that conversation with him right now? Challenge:  Today we challenge you to write a letter to God and

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 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV https://philippians.bible/philippians-4-13

New Plan: Miracles (Day 1)

  Have you ever had a problem that just seemed too big for you?  Maybe it is a situation that you are in or a relationship issue you have, but it just seems like it is overwhelming.  When we get into those situations it can be so easy to focus only on the problem that is in front of us and we can forget to focus on our amazing God.  Our God is bigger than any problem we face and his power is greater than any power on Earth.  We simply have to turn to him and turn away from the problem.  Over the next several days we are going to take some time and look at some of the miracles Jesus performed here on Earth to remind us of the fact that we serve a God who can do big things.  Reread today’s verse and remember that we don’t have to face anything by ourselves and that he is the one who gives us strength to overcome whatever we are facing. Challenge:  Today we challenge you to keep a journal over the next few days and to write a daily letter to God.  Take time to be honest with God about the

Verse 3

 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. Matthew 14:14 NIV https://matthew.bible/matthew-14-14

Verse 2

 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:20‭-‬21 NIV https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.5.20-21.NIV

Verse 1

 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Psalms 112:4 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-112-4

Blessed (Day 7) Last Day

  “Grace and Compassion”  The righteous man in Psalm 112 is described as someone who is gracious and full of compassion. These two powerful qualities are also attributes of Jesus Christ. God’s grace cannot be earned and is bountiful in supply. It is a free gift. Some people can’t accept that grace is enough — they want to do something more to earn it themselves. But Romans 5:20-21 (MSG) tells us: “...sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.”  You may have made some big mistakes in your life, but God’s grace is greater than your sin. There is nothing more you need to do, other than make the decision to surrender your life to Jesus, ask for His forgiveness and ac

Verse 3

 and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:27 NIV https://ephesians.bible/ephesians-4-27

Verse 2

 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord . Isaiah 54:17 NIV https://isaiah.bible/isaiah-54-17

Verse 1

 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. Psalms 112:10 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-112-10

Blessed (Day 6)

  “Protection" Respect will protect you against unexpected attacks from your adversaries. For centuries, one of Satan’s strategies has been to destroy the credibility of Christians and undermine the reputation of the Church.  Losing your credibility can render you ineffective because you can also lose the authority, blessing and position of influence you may have gained. Having integrity, righteousness and respect are a great protection against the weapons of your enemy, the devil. The promise in the Word of God is: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17). Weapons may be formed against you, but they certainly won’t be successful, unless you make yourself an easy target. The Bible clearly instructs us: “nor give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27).  Giving him no opportunity, no advantage and no permission to move in your life is how you thw

Verse 3

 But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand. Isaiah 32:8 NIV https://isaiah.bible/isaiah-32-8

Verse 2

 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-22-9

Verse 1

 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor. Psalms 112:9 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-112-9

Blessed (Day 5)

  “Generosity" God’s nature is to give, and everything He does comes from a generous spirit. In the same way, we should desire to be truly generous and allow our lives to be a flow of blessing to others. Generosity isn’t about how much you have, nor is it proven in a single act — the true spirit of generosity is a lifestyle.  • A way of seeing “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). A generous eye will see beyond itself and quickly spot opportunities to bless others. Instead of being someone who sits back and makes harsh judgments about others, a generous spirit will be open to believe the best.  • A way of thinking “But a generous man devises generous things...” (Isaiah 32:8) When generosity is a way of thinking, one will always be devising plans to bless others. God saw the need of the world, and He devised a generous strategy. It is called the Gospel, which means “good news.”  • A way of living “...and by generosity he

Verse 2

 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Proverbs 29:18 NIV https://proverbs.bible/proverbs-29-18

Verse 1

 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor. Psalms 112:9 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-112-9

Blessed (Day 4)

  “Vision" One of the things I love about this righteous man in Psalm 112 is that he clearly lives a life that goes well beyond himself. When it says, “he has dispersed abroad,” it speaks of one whose life has a far-reaching and wide-ranging impact on others. There are those who never seem to move forward in life because their vision is small. Instead of continuing to grow and expand their life, they prefer to be a big fish in a small pond. In doing so, they limit their own potential. The Bible says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish...” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV) Having a dream or specific goal will add direction and purpose to your life. Jesus knew He was born for the cause of God’s Kingdom and understood that His connection to the world revolved around that cause. You and I are also born for the cause, which involves living a life with influence that goes well beyond ourselves.  It is easy to get caught up in the stress and pressure of everyday life, working to pay the bil

Verse 3

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 NIV https://john.bible/john-10-10

Verse 2

 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 John 1:2 NIV https://3john.bible/3-john-1-2

Verse 1

 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Psalms 112:3 NIV https://psalm.bible/psalm-112-3

Blessed (Day 3)

  “Abundance”  Another promise of God is that wealth and riches will be in your house. I know there are those who would be more comfortable if the verse said wealth and riches will be in his heart rather than in his house. They are the ones who wrestle with the fact that abundance is the promise of God for their lives. A friend of mine once had a conversation with a pastor who criticized this kind of thinking and yet shared how desperate their church was for a youth pastor, but lacked the necessary funds to hire one. You see, without money, it’s hard (as a ministry, a business, a family) to fulfill the Kingdom endeavors that are in your heart.  Some Christians struggle with the idea of being blessed because they presume that wealth and greed are the same thing, but they are not. Our Heavenly Father, like any loving parent, does not mind if His children are financially blessed. But bear in mind that wealth and riches are just one aspect of an abundant life — it goes further than materia