God Lives In Us

Accept People As They Are

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ROMANS 15:7 NIV 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

We have only two choices, accept people, or reject them. When you realize this, it may change the way you treat people.

When we criticize or condemn people, we communicate rejection. When we try to change people, it communicates that they are not good enough for us, that we don’t like them.

“But what if they are not perfect? What if they don’t believe everything I believe?”

Were you born believing all you do now? Or did you go through a process of learning over time? Should we throw out people because they still have something to learn?

What happens when you don’t accept people as they are? It feeds the lie that they are no good and have no value.

We can accept people and celebrate their value without approving of their sins. But when we refuse to accept people until they are perfect, we communicate rejection.

When someone feels rejected, they tend to reject those who reject them, and what they represent. So when Christians communicate rejection to sinners, they assume God is rejecting them, and tend to reject God because they think He rejects them.

Whenever you reject someone, you have set yourself up as their judge, something only God is truly qualified to do.

To walk with Jesus you will have to treat people as Jesus would treat them. You may not like the way they look, talk, act, think, or smell, but if they are a human being you must acknowledge that Jesus Christ loves them enough to die for them.

Jesus is our perfect example, and He is not rejecting people (John 6:37). Instead, the Bible reveals that Jesus Christ is our Advocate, (our defense lawyer), not the one who condemns (1 John 2:1, Romans 8:34).

People are hurting. Usually they know they need to change, to be better, and to do better. What they have not discovered is a way they can change. They have probably tried, but given up in defeat.

Only God’s unconditional love can give them the strength they need to have hope. Most people realize that if they must earn God’s help there is no hope for them.

This is the main reason why so many people shun Christianity and want to have nothing to do with God. They have accepted a wrong image of God, thinking He is a stern Judge who is against them, instead of realizing the truth that He is a loving Father like the father in the story of the Prodigal Son that Jesus told us about in Luke 15:11-32.

God accepts people as they are. So should we. Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). God so loved the world that He gave.

People crave love. Unconditional love will draw people. It is God’s goodness that leads people to repent (Romans 2:4).

Every time we meet someone, we are faced with a choice: love them — or judge them, accept them as they are — or attempt to change them, make them feel respected — or despised, make them feel valuable and precious — or make them feel worthless.

You might as well accept people as they are instead of trying to change them. You can’t change people anyway. Only God can really change people. Our job is to love them and help them.

Also remember that God made people to be different. So don’t expect everyone will be exactly like you.

SAY THIS: I will accept people and love them with God’s love.

 

Source: adevotion.org

God Lives In Us

Bless And Do Not Curse

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ROMANS 12:14 NLT 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

(Fallen) human nature retaliates. If someone wrongs us, we want revenge.

But children of God, who have the love of God in their hearts, should act differently (Romans 5:5).

1 PETER 3:9 NLT 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

We have been delivered from the power of darkness and placed in the Kingdom of Love, where Jesus is Lord (Colossians 1:13). Our King desires that all people be blessed (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).

God loves the whole world. We are His representatives to give them that message (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). We cannot win the world by cursing them. We are supposed to love them.

JOHN 13:34 NLT 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

We are to love as Jesus loved. Even when treated badly, He never cursed those who mistreated Him.

LUKE 23:34a NLT 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

People do evil because they are trapped in spiritual darkness. Our only real enemy is the devil and his forces, not people.

EPHESIANS 6:12 NLT 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Just as Jesus was mistreated, we will not avoid being mistreated in this life.

JOHN 15:17-21 NLT 17 This is my command: Love each other. 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. 21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the One who sent me.

1 PETER 2:19-23 NLT 19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

We can expect to suffer the same things Jesus did in life, primarily rejection and mistreatment. (Note that Jesus never suffered sickness or lack during His life, until He died on the cross for us.)

Yet in all this, we can rejoice, knowing that God our Father is just, and He will protect us and reward us for doing His will.

SAY THIS: God loves me, so I can love others, even when they act unlovely.

Source: adevotion.org

I Am Blessed

Abraham’s Blessings Are Yours

59d14df719f61244584e6f25c746f100GALATIANS 3:13-14 KJV 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians tells us Christ redeemed us, so that the blessing of Abraham might come upon us.

What were the blessings Abraham enjoyed?

GENESIS 24:1 NIV 1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.

GENESIS 13:2 KJV 2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Abraham’s blessing also extended to his descendants as they walked with God.

GENESIS 25:11 KJV 11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

GENESIS 26:12-13 NIV 12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.

According to Romans, Abraham was promised the world for his descendants, and we who have faith in Christ Jesus are those descendants.

ROMANS 4:13 KJV 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

It should not be hard to believe that Jesus Christ is heir of this entire world. And remember that Romans 8:17 says we are joint heirs with Christ.

GALATIANS 3:9 KJV 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Abraham’s blessings do not come on everyone — only people of faith. Abraham was blessed because of his faith in God’s Word. We must receive these blessings by faith, also. So, if we refuse to believe they are for us, we will not have them.

SAY THIS: In Christ Jesus, all the blessings Abraham enjoyed are mine.

Source: adevotion.org

God Loves You

Prayers Releasing the Fire of God

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Your throne, O Lord, is like a fiery flame (Daniel 7:9).

You are the God that answers by fire (1 Kings 18:24).

A fire goes before You, O Lord, and burns up Your enemies (Psalm 97:3).

Lord, release Your fire and burn up the works of darkness.

Baptize me with the Holy Ghost and fire (Luke 3:16).

Let Your fire be in my hands to heal the sick and cast out devils.

Let Your fire burn in my eyes, my heart, my belly, my mouth, and my feet.

Let Your fire be in my tongue to preach and prophesy.

I receive tongues of fire.

Let Your Word be preached with fire (Jeremiah 23:29).

Make me a minister of fire (Hebrews 1:7).

Deliver me with Your fire (Psalm 18:13).

Let Your fire protect me and cover me (Exodus 14:24).

I release the fire of God to burn up the idols of the land (Deuteronomy 7:5).

Let the works of witchcraft and occultism be burned in Your fire (Acts 19:19).

Purify my life with Your fire (Malachi 3:2).

Let Your fire be released in Zion (Isaiah 31:9).

Let the spirits of lust and perversion be destroyed with Your fire (Genesis 19:24).

Release the spirit of burning to burn up the works of darkness (Psalm 140:10).

Let Your flame burn up wicked spirits (Psalm 106:18).

Let Your glory kindle a burning like the burning of a fire (Isaiah 10:16).

Cause Your glorious voice to be heard. Show lightning down Your arm with a flame of devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones (Isaiah 30:30).

Let Babylon be as stubble, and let Your fire burn them. Let them not be able to deliver themselves from the power of the flame (Isaiah 47:14).

Lord, come and rebuke Your enemies with flames of fire (Isaiah 66:15).

Let all flesh see Your fire released (Ezekiel 20:48).

Create upon Zion a flaming fire by night (Isaiah 4:5).

Let the fire of Your presence be released in my life (Psalm 97:5).

Let demons be exposed and cast out with Your fire (Acts 28:3).

Release Your hot thunderbolts against the enemy (Psalm 78:48).

Cast forth lightning, and scatter the enemy (Psalm 144:6).

Let Your light be for a fire, and Your Holy One for a flame to burn the briers and thorns in my life (Isaiah 10:17).

Original source: Apostle John Eckhardt’s book

“Prayers that Rout Demons” 

 

 

Rejoice Always!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

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Psalm 149:1-5

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.