He has never failed you yet, waiting on changes to come. Your battle will be won, His promise still stands. Deuteronomy 31:8


Do It Again is a song of hope breaking through into the hopeless; of joy breaking through into disappointment. How does this anthemic worship song suggest that we break out of the depths of despair? By remembering what God has done before:

I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again

We have all faced mountains and overcome. Deuteronomy 31:8 declares that God ‘will not leave you nor forsake you’. By remembering what we have overcome with Jesus on our side our faith is stirred & our courage is strengthened as we face the challenges ahead.

‘God has delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us again’ (2 Corinthians 1:10).

In this Scripture Paul is sending the same message as this song, that is:

If He has done it once, He can do it again
With this declaration ringing in our ears we can boldly make the declaration at the end of the song:

You never failed me yet
I never will forget
You never failed me yet
And I never will forget

When we see the glory of God break through into the darkest parts of our lives, we cannot let ourselves forget about it. When Jesus answers our prayers, when He reaches out His hand to pull us to safety, we must remember what He has done.

Be sure to check out the song below. Spend some time reflecting on the lyrics and remember that if God has done it once, He can do it again.

Are you down in the dumps? Need a mood elevator?


“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 NIV)

Are you down in the dumps? Need a mood elevator?

Put down the piece of chocolate cake. Don’t have a pity party. Pick up your Bible instead.

You need a Word break.

God gave us the Bible to encourage us. One way you can think of the Bible is as a mood elevator.

The Bible says in Romans 15:4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (NIV).

Everything in Scripture is written for our encouragement. That’s a big statement — but it’s true! Even the tough parts of God’s Word are there to ultimately encourage our lives in the right direction.

That’s why we need to spend time alone with God every single day. Whether it’s your daily devotional, your quiet time, or your personal inspiration time, you need to be getting alone with God, reading his Word, and talking to him.

The Bible says in Psalm 119:114: “You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me” (MSG).

If you’re discouraged and have lost hope, I can tell you one thing about your life without ever meeting you: You’re not spending time in God’s Word. If you were, you wouldn’t be discouraged. The more you read God’s Word when you’re down, the more he lifts you up.

So the next time you feel discouraged, don’t come home and turn on the television. Instead, open up your Bible and read it

God’s Word has the power to change your life. It has God’s power in it. Nothing else does. The Bible will give you the “real stuff” — true encouragement.

Talk About It

  • What are some of the things that you turn to when you feel discouraged? Do those things really offer you encouragement or give you hope?
  • We can fit anything into our schedules if it’s really important to us. Have you carved out a time in your day for “quiet retreat” so that God can renew you?

Are you wondering if God is listening? Or, are you asking where are you God?


Did you know Jesus speaks to us continuously? He speaks through sunsets in the sky day after day. He speaks in the faces and through the voices of our loved ones. He caresses us with a gentle breeze that just refreshes us when the wind blows, feeling as if the spirit just washed over us. He speaks to us within our spirit which is where He lives. We can find Him in each and every moment when we have eyes that see, and ears open where we can hear. We should rejoice each and every time we discover His presence. Practice looking for Him and listening for Him in our quiet moments. Gradually, you will see Him more and more in each and every moment of your day. Continue to seek Him today sweet friend, even at those times, when we feel he isn’t there. He is there just open your eyes, open your heart, open your ears, and He will speak to you in one form or another.
Jeremiah 29;13 ” You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Doing Life Together,

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You have never messed up too bad.


Get a $20.00 Bill and ask someone how much it is worth and would anyone like to have it.

Take the bill and crumple it into a tiny ball.  Ask if anyone would still like to have the twenty-dollar bill.  After they all say “me!”, Remind them that it is now crushed and wrinkled.  Ask – “Does it still have value?”  “How much is it worth now?” …  “The same as before?!”

Ask if anyone has ever found money just lying on the ground.  Give them a moment for them to tell where and what value of the money they found.  Ask – Was it clean?”  “Was it still worth the value that was printed on it when it was made?”

In the beginning, God created us in His Own image.

Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.”

God created us… In His image…But…

Sin (our disobedience, our not believing & trusting what God said and Who He is) caused us to become damaged and His image in us distorted.  We became crumpled just like the money.  We became dirty like the money you found.

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
And although sin made us no longer look like God, and it caused us to be separated from God because He is Holy, it never changed our worth and value to Him.

Romans 5:8 reminds us that “But God demonstrated His own love towards us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

God does not just throw us away because we are no longer perfect like Him. We matter so much to Him that Jesus came and died to provide a way back to God for us!

He offers us the gift of His grace – the gift of His image in us again through Jesus Christ!

Ephesians 2:8-10
“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works so that no one can boast.  For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”

So when Satan tries to tell you that you messed up too bad for God to ever forgive you much less love you…remember the object lesson from the crumpled money.  It never lost its value or worth, and neither have you to God.  He is our loving Father waiting with open arms for us to return to Him for forgiveness and to be made new!

Ronnie and Christie Bruce

Anger: right or wrong?


Today’s Scripture
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. Ephesians 4:26-27 MSG

Thoughts for Today
Anger: right or wrong? The answer is that anger is right … but it can be wrong. Anger is a God-given emotional energy designed for good. The expression of this anger-produced energy can lead to sin—but it doesn’t have to. With God’s help, we can control our thoughts and actions.

The Bible tells of many times when anger was a positive force for good. Moses’ anger when the Israelites worshipped idols resulted in their repentance (Exodus 32:19-35). Jesus’ anger motivated him to clear abusers from his Father’s temple. (Luke 19:45-48).

Our anger can also lead to sinful acts of selfishness, unkindness or even aggression. It is our responsibility to use our anger-induced energy in positive ways—even if it’s just walking around the block to cool off.

Consider this … 
Our anger can be a positive force as well. Appropriate anger at our children’s wrong behaviors can motivate us as parents to exert firm but loving discipline. Anger against injustices and wrongdoing in our communities can motivate us to do something positive about the situation.

The next time you feel angry, remember that it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s your choice.

Prayer
Father, forgive me for the times I’ve used my anger in sinful ways instead of as a positive force. Help me control my thoughts and actions and to use my anger in positive ways.
In Jesus’ name …

Living Free

 

Do you Struggle with Anger?


Today’s Scripture
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Psalm 4:4 NLT

Thoughts for Today
Anger is one of the most common emotions we experience. It’s part of being human. All of us have lost our tempers and lashed out at God, ourselves or others. Many of us have silently boiled in rage or frustration.

We might not want to admit to being angry—we would rather have people see us as calm and controlled. But let’s face it … try as we might to avoid it, we do get angry. The good news is that we don’t have to let it control our lives.

Consider this … 
The first step to ensuring that anger does not control your life is to admit that you do get angry. Letting anger simmer beneath the surface, refusing to admit even to yourself that it is there, only leads to problems. It is important to deal with it as soon as possible.

The Bible encourages us to find ways to manage our anger. As we accept anger as a common part of life, it is vital that we learn how to deal with it. Pray for God’s guidance in discovering where you are in accepting your anger and in making it your servant, not your master.

Prayer
Father, forgive me for the times I’ve been controlled by anger and have responded to people with unkind words and thoughts. Forgive me also for sometimes just holding the anger in and letting it build into serious resentment and even bitterness. Teach me to deal with anger and not be controlled by it. In Jesus’ name …

Living Free