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PSA 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

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Footprints In The Sand

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to him, and the other belonging to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.

Lord, you said that once I decided to follow You,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome
times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed you most, you would
leave me.

The Lord replied "My son. My precious child,
I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."

 

God's Purpose

People can be religious without being Christians. Christ condemned the religious Pharisees of his day because they hid their real selves behind a facade of religion and external morality.

It may sound odd, but God isn't into religion or external morality. He’s into relationships and reality. That is, he wants us not only to have a right relationship with him, but also with each other and with ourselves. And he wants us to be real—to see and admit what we truly are so he can help us.

Neither is it God's goal to make us good. It's to make us whole, for only to the degree that we are made whole will our actions, lifestyle, and relationships be wholesome!

Religion tends to want to fix us from the outside in. God wants to fix us from the inside out. The first can become an impossible burden. The latter is what brings freedom. Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations. It is experiencing divine love, divine acceptance and divine forgiveness.

It helps to realize that God isn't out to zap us for the wrongs we've done. In fact, no matter what we have ever done or have failed to do, he loves us with an everlasting love and has a wonderful purpose for our lives—for this life as well as the next! As Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” And again, "My purpose is to give life in all its fullness."

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Are you a good friend?

It has been said that:

``The rich hath many friends.
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:  and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go. 
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not.
He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. 
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat:  but how can one be warm alone?"

Friends are special people in our lives.  Jesus had many friends, and a few close friends. 

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Loneliness???

"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

"The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, 'Destroy!'" Deuteronomy 33:27

"For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me up." Psalms 27:10

"GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalms 46:1

"He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds." Psalms 147:3

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

"'For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My loving kindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,' Says the LORD who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10

"Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Mat. 28:20

"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me." John 14:1

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

"Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

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Prayer

Prayer begins by realizing that you are simply talking to God. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting, standing, walking, or kneeling. You can bow your head, look up, open or close your eyes. Remember, it is God you are praying to, and no one else. 

But, if you get stuck, we would like to offer a bit of advice: just PRAY. It won’t take more than a minute. 

P = Praise God.
You can create your own praise to God from your heart, or memorize one or two scripture verses and recite them to God with your personal emotion.

Psalm 150:6 -  “Let everyone that has breath praise the Lord.” 

Psalm 9:1 - "I will praise you, O Lord, with my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O most High.” 

R = Repent for things you have done wrong in thought or actions.

This is an opportunity to reflect on your own attitudes or actions that need God’s forgiveness. We all make mistakes and God wants to forgive you, but first you need to apologize. 

John 1:9 “ - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all righteousness.” 

Jeremiah 15:19 - “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me...” 

A = Ask God for help for others and yourself.

God loves you and wants you and those you care about to be happy, but He would like you to ask for His help. Be specific about what you need God to do in your school, family, community, or world. 

Matthew 7:7 -  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

1 John 5:14-15 - “This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 

Y = Yield yourself to God’s will and God’s way.

To yield means that you let go of some of the control of your life and give it to God. If you do this, it allows God to use you to do His work. Offer yourself to God as a servant and instrument of righteousness. 

Luke 22:42 -  “...not my will, but your will be done.” 

Another option is to pray the Lord’s Prayer, you can find it in Matthew 6:9-13 in the Bible. 

Our father in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we also have forgiven 
those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Amen
 

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 ..... God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. PHI 4:19
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Today's Bible Verse

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. PSA 85:10

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