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We Don't Deserve To Serve!

Morning Inspiration! Just think! Though I did nothing to deserve it, and though I am the least deserving Christian there is, I was chosen for the special joy of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. Paul, in Ephesians 3:8 Paul knew he was used by God, in spite of his lack of qualifications. If you allow Him to, God will use you too! Jesus doesn't use only the best or the brightest to accomplish His purposes, & this Scripture should encourage everyone. Feel unqualified? Unprepared? No worries. Don’t focus on your personal limitations, or the world's expectations. Just look to Jesus, and accept whatever assignment He places in your path, & pursue it with everything you have. You'll build endless treasure for you & all those you touch, while experiencing a joy in Jesus that the world just doesn't understand.
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Sharing The Highs & Lows in Faith!

Morning Inspiration! Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Romans 12:15–16 True concern for others is a key component of our Christian faith. It requires the willingness to really listen, & to honestly care about what they are going through, good & bad. Living in harmony requires more than the attitude of ‘live & let live’. We should share their highs & lows, as if it is our own heart affected. Action is often required & we must be willing to help, pray & encourage them through defeat, disappointment or sadness. Never feel too important to share the joy of their success, even if it seems small to you. Scripture makes it clear we are to treat everyone, as if they are better than us. No need to pretend we know it all. It’s fine to just be available & supportive, even when we don’t know the answers or solution…

Warn Them Because You Love Them

Morning Inspiration! Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:12–14 True brothers & sisters watch out for each other. That includes caring enough to warn them when behaviors, attitudes or beliefs slip outside of God’s expectations. We also have be willing to accept input about what we think, do & say, that isn’t in line with God’s way. It’s so easy to be deceived, hurt or hardened in today’s world. As faithful Christians, we have to take an honest look at ourselves, while keeping a caring eye out for those in our circle of influence. Think carefully, & pray about what to say, then speak the truth in…

Love It & Lose It; Give it & Get It!

Morning Inspiration! “Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. “ Jesus, speaking in John 12:25–26 Those who cling to the comfort & riches of today, will eventually live in eternal pain & poverty. This verse outlines what is perhaps most difficult requirement of truly following Jesus: To value the life that is promised in the future, over the life we have today. God has given us so much. We are to generously give back large amounts of our time, our talent & our treasure, in service to our Lord & Savior. Just as Jesus gave up everything to serve God the Father, we must be willing to go the same route, & follow in His footsteps.
Our reward of eternity in paradise, in the presence of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit... is worth more than a…

More Than We Can Handle

Morning Inspiration! We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. 2 Corinthians 1:8–10 One of the most common misconceptions I hear from well meaning Christians is the idea that “God won’t give you more than you can handle”.
Scripture gives us great evidence that life often proves just the opposite. Difficult & overwhelming circumstances can force us to our knees in despair. It is there, in prayer, that we find the trusting Jesus. We don’t have to rely on our own strength when we have Jesus as Lord & Savior. He rescues us again & again, even when its seems impossible to win.

Preserving Our Faith

Morning Inspiration! “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” Jesus, quoted in Mark 9:50 Jesus used the example of salt, to explain how we must live our lives for Him! Salt is simple, yet important. Today it’s mainly used to season food, to add flavor. In ancient times it had great value, in preserving precious food supplies. Because of that, it was even offered as a sacrifice to God. Jesus points to salt that loses it’s good qualities, as something that becomes useless; & none of us wants that to happen. We should be an important part of ‘the flavor’ of the groups we live, work & worship in. When we preserve God’s Word through the teachings of Jesus, we prevent the decay of morality in this world, slowing the rot of sin. Live this life peacefully & purposely; allowing the Lord, to season us for the new life to come.

Speaking His Truth No Matter What!

Morning Inspiration! And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear. Philippians 1:12–14 The Apostle Paul told everyone he met about Jesus, even while chained up in prison! Like Joseph in the book of Genesis, Paul learned that God can take what mankind means for evil, & use it for good! Even when we suffer or are treated unfairly for our faith in Christ, we can have the confidence to speak with boldness & conviction about the Good News of Jesus.