Have you spent time today with the Savior? If not, right now is a wonderful time to start. To begin, come before Him and get a fresh glimpse of your worth in His eyes. God invites you to do so with a powerful promise from Hebrews 4:16;
let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The following is an excerpt from Jackie Kendall's book, Lady in Waiting Study Guide:
"When you are confident that you are worthy of the Savior's love, you will refuse to settle for anyone or anything that does not reflect His love in like fashion.
God the Father purchased you for the highest price in history - the blood of His Son. You are worth it!
You are loved. You are whole. You are precious. You are beautiful. You are worthy. You are royalty. And you deserve a Boaz who agrees with each of these truths!"
When you struggle with feelings of worthlessness, loneliness, shame, or guilt, come before the throne of God where grace and mercy are so readily available. Always remember that you are beautiful, cherished, and valued by your Loving Savior! Seek His face now and always.
Read more on being confident and satisfied in who you are and what you are in Christ here.
What does the word "security" mean to you?
Definition: the state of being protected or safe from harm.
Who or what do you receive your security from? Is it your job, your money, a relationship? Who do you trust with your life?
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
In Him, you have safety: freedom from danger. We have a Father Who protects.
Through Him, we have freedom from fear: He gives us peace.
Are you secure in the good plans of God for your life? Is your heart satisfied with the love of Jesus? Surrender your heart, plans, and ideas to God and trust that He will "do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask our think" (Ephesians 3:20) #GEMministry #truth #heartchallenge
Have you ever been in a position where you felt one way about a person (whether disgust, admiration, distrust, etc) yet acted in a totally different manner in their presence?
Has someone ever treated you with utmost kindness and respect only to find out that they are the very ones spreading lies and gossip about you?
That's a very harsh and hurtful feeling isn't it? Has it ever occurred to you that we treat God in the same manner?
Francis Chan puts it in plain terms in his book, Crazy Love:
If you merely pretend that you enjoy God or love Him, He knows. You can't fool Him; don't even try.
Do we really think that we can tell others and even God Himself that we love Him, yet our lives tell a completely different story? It's as if we forget that God is all-seeing and all-knowing. We end up fooling ourselves, not God. We make ourselves believe that we're ok by saying the right things or even doing the good things, but if the heart is not in sync with God and His Word, then we become the fool.
May we recognize those areas and strive to make it right before the time comes when we give an account to God. You can't fool Him now and you won't fool Him then.
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5
If you don't love Him as you should know then you can tell Him that you want to love Him. Read the Bible and trust in His promises.
When you strive to study Him you will learn to love Him.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mark 12:30
Psalm 147:5 - Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
This Psalm is full of praise.
Read the rest of the chapter and list some things that God is actively doing. Such as, healing the broken hearted (vs. 3), lifting up the meek (vs. 6) covers the heavens with clouds, (vs. 8), and the list continues. This chapter lists many practical yet necessary acts of God that we continually take for granted.
Praise doesn't come natural for us, does it? The needs that arise in our lives and in the lives of those around us seem to arouse fear rather than hope. Yet, God and His faithfulness become more real to us when we praise. Perhaps that's why the psalmist opened up this chapter with a charge to do just that.
Vs. 1 - Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
Another word for comely is beautiful; attractive. Praise is a beautiful thing in God's sight and draws is closer to Him.
Offer up praise to the One who understands you better than you understand yourself.
What are some reasons for praise in your life?
Is there anything happening in your life right now that is making you feel fearful?
What gives you hope?
Sonia E. Vargas
Sonia's desire and hope is to write for the purpose of inspiring this generation, especially young woman.
Hannah Helm is a fun and outgoing young woman who loves to bring laughter and joy to anyone she comes in contact with. She is 23 years old and is a leader of Girl's Exalting the Master Ministry.
Paula is a passionate follower of Christ and loves to encourage others around her to do the same. She is 27 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014.
Kristyn is a sweet and gentle young lady from Trinity Holiness Tabernacle. She is 19 years old and is currently attending Free Gospel Bible Institute. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. She was a part of the Guatemala GEM team in 2014 and Honduras team in 2016.