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You are never alone

We live in a challenging and imperfect world where someone can feel a deep pain from lonesomeness even while in the presence of others. This time period will pass. And the promise of God exceeds what anyone could dream, including living forever within the Spirit of God. Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth …

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TODAY, IS JUST TODAY ~Written by James Rathman

~ God Almighty, our Father in heaven, guides His children not to allow the devil to deter them from their mission. Scripture instructs God’s children to be sharp minded, alert, unwavering not to be fooled when the devil cleverly through many means tries to sway or stop. This guidance from God includes not allowing the devil to weigh upon someone …

Choices ~ Written by James Rathman

Throughout the Bible, one story after another yields examples and the end results of people either doing things their own way, or God’s way. The love that God has for us, warns us repeatedly in Scripture, that someone will have accountability when He gives them blessings and they reject them to do things their own way. Some of the people …

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WHEN YOU LOVE JESUS ~ Written by James Rathman

~ Jesus would never try to control or destroy your life. When Jesus tells you to do something, there is no need to ask others for their opinion. There is no need to ‘feel out’ what other people think. There is no need to confer. There is no announcement for approval needed to be made to others. When Jesus tells …

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THE COUNSIL OF JESUS ~ Written by James Rathman

Throughout the Bible, God offers us many things including and foremost, love, which includes to council us. Although it’s good to discuss things with other people, when we pray and the Lord gives us direction, there is nothing to think about after that. If we choose the council of others over Jesus, we will always have unease, chaos, and confusion …

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PRAISE GOD ~ Written by James rathman

~ There can be moments in life where everything seems ruined. Embarrassingly, and in humility, my first instinct during some of these instances in the past has been to vehemently blame God. I can’t count how many times God, our Almighty God of love, mercy, and grace, forgave me and kept blessing me anyway smack in the face of my …

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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? ~ Written by James Rathman

~ It can be embarrassing and humbling when the Holy Spirit has us self-reflect to something we’ve conducted or said in which we knew was wrong and went against God’s Word. This awareness can get someone on their knees real fast in humility and asking for forgiveness. A great way to become rich within the Spirit of God, in prayer; …

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“JESUS. COME TO ME, JESUS.” ~ Written by James Rathman

~ Throughout the Word of God, the Lord thoroughly explains to us the extensive ongoing battle between goodness and evil. The Word includes the wisdom and instruction for us to be in reflection to the wickedness of our own selves and the entire human race. It is vital to have a great awareness to the works of evil for many …

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KEEPING A FOCUS ON GOD

The devil is sly and he’ll have someone focused on a million other things than the specific things God has given them to do. A telltale sign of an oppression is being almost mentally and physically paralyzed, slowed or almost non-existent for a desire to do GOD’S WILL. Anyone can do their own will in life, which is akin to …

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BEWARE OF THE SEDUCTIONS OF SATAN

~ The devil is sly and he is the most accomplished master manipulator of all time. Most of the manipulations that he is involved with are clever as well as camouflaged. His victims are mostly completely unaware that they are being tricked by the devil during the course. This includes oppressing himself upon one of his favorite targets, a loved …

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GOD DOES NOT PLAY AROUND IN BUSINESS

~ God’s business is love and everlasting life. God ‘is’ love. And to consider just some of what God has created along with the blessing of His Word, God has gone to great lengths to love and sustain life. God has patience. But, God does not play around when one of His children influences and harms others by reflecting a …

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Wait upon the Lord

Psalm 37:16-18 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholds the righteous. 18 The Lord knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

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WATCH OUT FOR WOLVES

A wolf might have a nice outward appearance. But where there are wolves there is always deception, trouble, and never peace. Be aware of someone whose primary concern is what they can get out of you. Wolves can have an involuntary feeling of love for others. But wolves love themselves greater than they love others, including the pleasure or other …

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BEWARE OF THE CHURCH MANIPULATOR

~ The devil is on the prowl and he is cunning. One of Satan’s primary methods to destroy a church is by manipulating the head of a church, one board member, or one attendee, to destroy many. Satan manipulates subtly and in steps, and his spirit is like a virus going from one person to the next. No one should …

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GOD. ARE YOU HAPPY WITH ME?

The Bible has many stories where God states that He is pleased or displeased with His children. God loves the heart of someone who has a good and grateful conscience to do His will. Scripture tells us that His children who truly love Him are the children whose ‘desires of the heart’ are to please God. Some people love God …

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LEARNING GOODNESS, FROM GOODNESS AND EVIL

The reality of a world with ‘free will’ is exposed throughout our lives and in the Bible. God repetively uses and teaches us how to use evil as a tool for an outcome of goodness. This includes using God’s wisdom to lead people to Jesus through their pride, envy, and lust. Throughout Scripture, God exposes the advantages of being obedient, …

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The outcome of being disobedient to God

The love of God created everyone. His love has a plan that considers all of His children, including their everlasting destiny. God puts much wisdom, work, thoughtfulness, and love into the extensive intricacies of all that is transpiring in this world. This includes with how each of His children will effect others. When someone is disobedient to God they are harming …

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The beautiful truth of humility

Humility is formed from the state of our spirit and soul including the mind and the heart. Great humility can be obtained through ‘truth.’ The truth, which is Jesus, and the truth of who we are accordingly to our past words, actions, and deeds, can yield great humility. Jesus is love, and Jesus is truth. It is refreshing to witness a …

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TRUST…Neither is there any rock like our God

Every path that was set and all that was founded and built by the will of Jesus, will never fail. Every path that was set and all that was founded and built by the will of mankind, will turn to ashes. Jesus said in Matthew 7:25 “And the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat …

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The consequences of enabling sinners of iniquity

When God puts us into a position where He wants us to reprove sinners who are living a life of sin without repentance, and we do not, our own souls can be in jeopardy. We cannot control and are not responsible for the sinner’s reaction to accepting or rejecting our efforts to enlighten them to God’s Word. But we are responsible if we are not …

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Our spirit affects our loved ones spirits

Just as God’s Spirit affects our spirit, our spirit affects others. By embracing the Spirit of light, peace, truth, joy, and the love of Jesus Christ, these traits emit and affect others around us. Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit …

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God can give us more, or less

In various Scripture, including Ezekiel 4, God teaches us that if someone isn’t thankful for what He has given them, He can make them have less. But Job, while in a state of immense suffering from great losses, still  praised and trusted God. Job 1:21-22 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, …

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A parent’s love for their child

It’s compelling to see a parent having an involuntary feeling of love for their child. But God’s love for His children doesn’t stop there. God works hard at loving His children. God teaches us that love includes many details such as thought-out words, actions, and deeds. There are many examples of the immensity of love that God has shown His …

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3:5-6

Written by Rhonda Childs                                       My two favorite verses in the Bible are Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” In reflection …