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Positive Belief

This is a wonderful devotional that will stir you to believe and trust God more…

The story of Abraham amazes me no matter how many times I read it. It’s not just the birth of a son when he was a hundred years old. That’s a miracle. But just as amazing is the information that he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of the promise. He was seventy-five when God promised Him a son.

I wonder how many of us would believe God and live in expectation for twenty-five years. Most of us probably would have said, “I didn’t really hear from God.” “Oh, I guess maybe God didn’t really mean that.” Or “I need to go somewhere else to get a fresh word from the Lord.”

In our impatience, we often take matters into our own hands. I say we get “bright ideas”–plans of our own, which we hope God will bless. These plans open the door for confusion and chaos. Then their results must be dealt with, which often delays our miracle.

The Bible gives us promises, hope, and encouragement. God promises good to those of us who serve Him. Despite the adversity of our circumstances–and some people have absolutely terrible situations–God still promises good. Our sense of goodness, however, may not be the same as God’s. Getting what we want immediately may not be best for us. Sometimes waiting is the best thing because it helps develop the character of God in us.

The Lord chooses to do good to us and to make us happy; the devil chooses to do wrong and to make us miserable. We can remain patient and keep believing God’s promises, or we can allow the evil one’s whisper to fill our ears and lead us astray.

Positive belief in God’s promises yields good results because the Good One sends them to us. Refuse to give up, and you will see the results of your positive belief.

Pray: Dear Father in heaven, forgive my lack of belief. Forgive me for allowing Satan to deceive me or make me think I’m worthless or unworthy of Your miracles. I am worthy because You made me worthy. You are the God of the impossible, and I ask You to help me wait on You and never give up. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I pray. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Encouraging Songs for Tough Times…

For those who may be going through some rough times, I want to remind you that God is with us ALWAYS and that His Word never fails! Hold tight to Him and He will see you through!

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19 NLT

“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

“…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20 KJV

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 KJV

Lessons Learned from “Grandma Dearborn”

“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Proverbs 31:29 (KJV)

Recently, my great-grandmother, Sally Louvenia Rosemond (affectionately known as “Grandma Dearborn”) passed away. I am still getting adjusted to the fact that I will not see her again until we meet in Heaven, and I fear what her death may mean to the family, because she was our family’s pillar next to Jesus. As I sit and reflect on her life, what I knew of her, and what was revealed to me at her homegoing services, I come away with a new desire and sense of purpose for my walk with God. It’s now or never, and I want to do my best for Jesus Christ, just like Grandma Dearborn did.

The following lessons, I’ve learned from Grandma Dearborn:

Keep Jesus first, ALWAYS
Grandma was definitely a woman of faith, and of faithfulness. She loved Jesus, had repented of her sins, was baptized in Jesus’ name, and filled with the Holy Ghost just like the Bible says in Acts 2:38. But she didn’t let her salvation experience end there; she went on to develop a close and deep walk with the Lord. She was a woman of prayer, as my cousins, aunts, and uncles said, there were many times you walked to hear her praying, and you could feel the presence of God when you walked in her house. She instilled in her children a love for God and even in her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Even in the final months and weeks before her death, if she was able, she was in church. She knew how to be faithful to the house of God no matter what. The Holy Ghost and the love of God always shined through her and she always had open arms to anyone in need of love. She truly showed the displayed of Christ to others. Grandma was a worshiper, until the very end, loving Jesus with her whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. My great grandma, was a true Proverbs 31 woman.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10 KJV

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:25-28 KJV

“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” Titus 2:2 KJV

Love your family, no matter what
I wish I could say that we were a family of perfect people, but that would be one of the biggest lies known to mankind. The truth is, our family has had plenty of ups, downs, disappointments, and heartbreaks, but the Lord has been faithful, and Grandma always prayed and loved us. At her funeral, I heard stories of how she kept all her grandchildren during the summer months, even though food and money were low. She wanted her family to be in a safe and fun environment, and did her best to be in all of our lives. Even though she literally had a small village of children, grands, great-grands, and great-great grands, she still made sure to know all of us by name. I am one of seven, and every time I walked in the house, she knew exactly who I was. She was always sharp and always so loving. She always encouraged us to do more and reach for our biggest dreams.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” Psalm 127:3 KJV

Sacrifice may be tough at first, but it always pays off
As a way to demonstrate Grandma’s love, she always stepped to the plate when adverse situations arose. Unfortunately as an adolescent, her mother passed away. It was then that she took the reins and helped to raise her siblings. Later on in her life, with some of her children grown, while others still at home, her sister passed away in a fire, leaving behind 3 children. With permission from her husband, John Thomas, she adopted her sister’s children. As if that weren’t enough, her home was a summer camp for the grandchildren, even though she still had plenty of kids at home, including a son with some physical disabilities. And on top of that, she always opened her home to children in need. She took care of her husband until his death in 1992, and even assisted in the care of her slightly disabled son, Billy, until his death in the early 2000s. She literally spent most of her life sacrificing and giving for others, never complaining, but always giving glory to God. She definitely will receive her reward in Heaven.

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20KJV

“God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell…” Psalm 68:6a AMP

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” Luke 9:23

Even though I will always miss her, like Ruth, I want to make sure that her God is my God (Ruth 1:21) and that I live my life to honor Jesus Christ in all that I do… this is the only real way to honor her.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4 (KJV)

Awesome Testimony

Here is the awesome testimony of Sis. Vani Marshall… God has truly done a marvelous work in her life! she was born and raised as a Hindu, and did not really know who Jesus was. But in her darkest hour, He revealed Himself as the only true and living God!!! Be encouraged! If you are trying to find God or are struggling, remember that Jesus wants you to be saved and overcome sin! He made a way for you to do that through His sacrifice on the cross and by giving us His Spirit! So keep on seeking God and be obedient to the Word and Spirit of God, if you do this you will NEVER lack!

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 KJV

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 KJV

God bless! ~t