Practical Living through Biblical Principles

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Generous God

By Pastor Brenda Gray

Ephesians 4:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

God has given us the riches of His grace. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. I am so grateful that God is not a stingy God who dishes out His blessings in small portions. He loves us so much that He pours out forgiveness and crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies.

Something to think about: There are times when we think that God has not provided for us as we would like. But if God never does anything more than forgive our sins and guarantee heaven for us, He has already been abundantly generous! So start your day by thanking God for how generous He is. Amen!

Prayer Starter: Father in the name of Jesus please help me to remember how generous that you are to me. Show me how to extend that generosity toward those around me…

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Look To God First

By Denise Kennedy

Matthew 6:33-34 – But seek FIRST the Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Sometimes, our daily lives cause us to worry about things that God tells not to worry about. We worry about how the bills are going to get paid each month, how we are going to eat, getting the next job to make more money in hopes to relieve us of the worrying.

Have you ever heard of the saying, “if you want different results, try something different?” Apply this to your life today. I’m a firm believer that sometimes God places us in certain situations, to get what He needs from us. Maybe you’ve been looking for a new job with a large increase in salary, however, it seems like nothing has really come your way. The Bible says to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be given unto you.” Well what does that mean? It means to seek God for all of his Glory. How do you seek God? Prayer, Fasting, Reading and studying the Word! Spend time in God’s presence.

Something to think about: Being a Believer in Christ is a lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to give Him more of yourself. That’s all He wants all along. When you seek Him, ask Him for what your heart desires and He’ll bless you more than you could ever imagine. Try it! What do you have to lose?!

Prayer Starter: God we thank you for awarding us fresh mercies from day to day. Teach us to cast all of our cares on you. You told us that the battle at hand is never ours to fight, but they are yours to fight for us. Give us a thirst for you, so that we may earnestly seek you and your righteousness. All these things we pray and ask of you, we declare it done in Jesus’s name. Amen.

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A Careful Walk

By Pastor Brenda Gray

Ephesians 5:15   See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.

There are people who desire to climb mountains as a sport. The key is to make it safely to the top. In order for climbers to make it safely to the top, they must watch every step. If a person is not careful, he or she could fall on the journey. The keys to a successful climb are concentration and caution.

I can’t think of a better picture of what Paul is saying in Ephesians 5:15 when he says, “walk circumspectly.”   We should be very careful how we live. With all of life’s possible dangers coming our way as we climb through life, it is vital that we take each step with Jesus wisely and cautiously. A fool, the passage says, live carelessly: a wise person watches each step so he does not stumble or fall.

Something to think about: Our goal should be “imitators of God.” Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we can walk in a way that honors God. AS we trust God to rule our hearts, our feet can walk His way!

Prayer Starter: Father in the name of Jesus, my desire is not to walk as fools do but to walk wisely…

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Life’s Challenges Can Be Lessons Learned

By Pastor Brenda Gray

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Israelite’s learned some valuable spiritual lessons when God allowed them to endure danger, uncertainty and homelessness. They were humbled by their hardships. (Deuteronomy 8:1-18)

They learned that God would provide for their needs. When they were hungry, God gave them manna. When they were thirsty, God gave them water from a rock. He taught them that despite difficult times, He could still bless them. The Israelite’s also learned that adversity is not a sign of abandonment. Moses reminded them that God had been leading them throughout their forty years in the wilderness.

Something to think about: When we encounter desperate times, we can look for the spiritual lessons embedded in our difficulties that can help us rely on the One who causes all things to work together for our good and for His glory.

Prayer Starter: Dear God, please give me the faith to believe that you can bring good out of any situation. Help me to see what you want to show me during adversity…

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