“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…” (John 8:32, NIV)
People are constantly putting labels on us, telling us what we can and cannot become, what we do or don’t have. Many times, these labels are not in agreement with what God says about us; but if we don’t know any better, we’ll wear them like they’re the truth. The sad thing is that wrong labels can keep you from your destiny. You are not who people say you are. You are who God says you are. People will label you not good enough, too slow, too old, too many mistakes. God labels you strong, talented, valuable, more than a conqueror. Make sure that you’re wearing the right labels. Don’t go the next twenty years allowing negative comments to hold you back. They can become so ingrained in your thinking that you end up becoming what people say you are instead of what God says you are.
Are there labels that are holding you back today? What a coach said? What a counselor said? Even negative comments spoken by your parents? This is the time to remove every negative label. People don’t determine your destiny, God does. The only power that label has over you is the power that you give it. If you will remove it, if you will forgive that person and quit dwelling on it, that label will have no effect on you!
“Father, thank You for Your truth which sets me free. I choose to let go of every negative word spoken over me. I choose to forgive those who have hurt me. I embrace Your Word which is my identity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Joel & Victoria Osteen
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days…” (Psalm 90:14, NIV)
If certain things in your life were just a little bit “better,” would you be happy? A better job, a better house, better health, better relationships? The truth is, it only takes one thing for you to be happy. It takes a made-up mind. That’s right, you have to decide that you are going to be happy regardless of your situation. You may have some obstacles to overcome, but don’t let that steal your joy. Begin each day thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Decide each morning to declare as David did, “This is the day the Lord has made. I’m going to rejoice, and be glad in it.” If you don’t get happy where you are, you will never get to where God wants you to be. It all begins with a grateful attitude. Let us encourage you to be content no matter what your circumstances. When you have an attitude of gratitude, God will take you from victory to victory, and you’ll live the abundant, joy-filled life He has in store for you.
“God, I have decided to be happy. I choose joy! No matter what happens today, I will sing Your praises and focus on the good things in my life-and share my attitude of gratitude with others! In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Joel & Victoria Osteen
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“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God…” (Romans 4:20, ESV)
In the Scripture, Abraham’s circumstances were beyond his control. God promised him that he would have a son, but both he and Sarah were way too old to have a child. What did he do while he was waiting? “He grew strong in faith by giving praise to God.” He got up every morning and said, “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that my baby is on its way. Thank You that You are faithful to Your Word.” He kept thanking God for what he heard in his spirit, and eventually, the promise came to pass.”
As with Abraham, God has put dreams in your heart. He has spoken promises over you. Deep down you believe it will happen, but in the natural, it looks impossible. The odds are against you. It’s been so long. No, God is saying, “What I started in your life I will finish.” The key is to follow Abraham’s example and praise God while you wait. That’s one way to grow in faith. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep expecting. Grow strong in faith and see His promises fulfilled in every area of your life!”
“Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…” (1 Peter 1:7, NLT)
One thing we have to realize is that God is not going to deliver us from every difficulty. He is not going to keep us from every challenge. If He did, we would never grow. The Scripture says, “Our faith is tried in the fire of affliction.” When you’re in a tough time, that’s an opportunity for your faith to shine. Anybody can get negative and bitter, blame God, or lose their passion. That’s easy. But if you want to pass the test, if you want God to take you to a new level, you cannot be a weakling. You have to be a warrior. Dig your heels in and say as the apostle Paul, “I can handle it. I’m ready for it. I’m equal to it. I know God is still on the throne. He is fighting my battles, and on the other side of this difficulty is a new level of my destiny!”
“Father, thank You for refining me and growing my faith. I choose to stand strong in the midst of difficulty. I choose to bless You no matter what my circumstances are. I trust that You are leading and guiding me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Joel & Victoria Osteen
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name…” (Malachi 3:16, NIV)
Do you ever keep special cards or emails from loved ones? People do this because those words of love and encouragement are important. In the same way, your words and thoughts of love are important to God, too. Did you know He has a Book of Remembrance? In this book, every time we talk about Him or thank Him for His goodness, He has the angels write it down. When you just think about God, the angels record it. In fact, this moment right now, the angels are writing it down in the Book of Remembrance. This book is not up on a dusty storeroom shelf in heaven somewhere. The Scripture says, “It stays constantly before God, wide open, as a reminder of those who are thinking of Him.” God loves you so much and values your love, too. All throughout the day, be determined to keep God in your thoughts. Meditate on His promises and thank Him for His goodness. When we keep our minds focused on Him, we won’t be distracted by the cares of this world. When you let your love for Him show, it pleases His heart and draws you closer to Him each and every day.
“Father, today I turn my heart and mind toward You, thanking You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I bless You today because You are worthy. I hold Your truth close to my heart so that I can always be pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Joel & Victoria Osteen
Few people in this world love with real unconditional love. Many profess love for each other, until something happens where they disagree, and all of a sudden, the friendship ends. Sadly, family is no exception. Sibling rivalry is real, and when God’s love is taken out of the equation, it’s downright destructive! Something as simple as a misunderstood comment can lead to years of separation. Even a best friend that you counted on to always have your back turns out to be not that loyal after all! It all boils down to this: if you truly want to love others, you need Jesus in your heart! God wants His children to love each other as He loves—with real, genuine, unconditional love that’s not dependent upon whether the other person shares your point of view or does everything you want them to! Human love is selfish—and the only way to love as Jesus loves is to ask Him to fill you to overflowing with His rich, beautiful, and unconditional love! Texts: 1 Corinthians 13:4 -7, 1 Peter 4:8, Luke 6:27, Romans 5:8
Brenda Walsh Ministries
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)
Various prominent religions of the world were founded by men. Did any of these men claim to be God? For example, Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and has millions of followers. Hinduism has no single god and no leader who claimed to be God. Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who founded a religion bearing his name, but he never claimed to be God. Gautama was called Buddha and established the religion of Buddhism. But he did not believe that God existed, so he never claimed to be God. Mohammed referred to God as Allah and founded a religion that today has millions of followers, but neither did he claim to be God.
One founder of a great religion did reveal Himself as God, and He is Jesus Christ. Three times in John 8, Jesus referred to Himself as “I am.” The first two times are in verses 24 and 28. “If you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins…When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am He.” (The word he is not in the original Greek text.) Jesus’ third claim is in today’s key verse. In all these statements Jesus identified Himself as God, the I AM of Exodus 3:14.
Jesus’ claim to be God was one of the main reasons that His enemies crucified Him. Was His claim true? Acts 17:31 says that God “hath given assurance (about Jesus) unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.” So among the many founders of religions, Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to be followed. Only Jesus died as the Savior of the world, rose again, and is still living today. Do you know Him as your God?
By Denver Yoder
Read: John 8:23-29, 38-59
“No man cometh unto the Father (God), but by me.” (John 14:6)