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You’re Someone Special!

God has something special He wants you to do. I know that’s true because the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, New Living Translation, that “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” The Message says, “Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help.” Any way you read that verse, it is clear that God wants to use you to bless others—to do uncommon things that will help bring people out of darkness and lead them to Him. But if you’re not in position and prepared to receive what God has for you, you will miss out on the God moments in your life. Ephesians 2:10 says that you, as a believer, are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” That means you were masterfully designed—created by God’s own special plan to do the good things He prepared for you long ago. The truth is, you have the ability to succeed and be victorious in everything you set your hands to. God created you that way. You just have to make up your mind that, no matter what, you’re going to do whatever it takes to fulfill God’s call on your life—that you’re not going to miss out on any opportunity to move forward in Him and be a blessing to others.


What Are You Expecting?

If you are a believer, you should be looking for ways to prosper, not just financially, but in every area of life. You should always be looking for God to take you to greater heights and deeper depths—first in Him and the knowledge of His Word—and then in every other area of your life. Why do I say that? Because that’s part of God’s plan for you according to Jeremiah 29:11, New Living Translation, which says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” What exactly is an “expected end?” It’s whatever you’re desiring and expecting—whatever you set your heart to believe for and receive from God, by faith. It’s easy to become so consumed with the cares of daily life that you don’t recognize God’s voice when He speaks to you. But when your mind is consistently fixed on God and His Word, the devil can’t cause you to be deceived or confused. God has assigned a time and a season to do certain things for you, and He won’t change His mind (Ecclesiastes 3:1). That’s just how much He loves you. Now, it’s your responsibility to stay focused—to draw close to Him, stay in prayer, and keep His Word before you so you are prepared to receive whatever you are expecting from Him.


Go and Tell Someone!

The kingdom of God is advancing. And as it moves forward, God has positioned you not only to witness the advancement but He is counting on you to play a major role in it. It’s been part of God’s plan from the very beginning to see you advance and progress; to experience His love and power and to achieve everything He has planned for you. But God also desires that you tell others about Him and His goodness—that you boldly share the saving message of Jesus Christ. In the three years the disciples walked with Jesus, they witnessed Him do great and mighty miracles. That’s why Jesus knew they wouldn’t find it difficult to tell others about Him and what they had witnessed. In Mark 16:15, The Message, Jesus told them, “You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.” Jesus gave His disciples an opportunity to do something that would be life-changing to those who would believe them and chose to follow Jesus. As a believer, no doubt you have experienced God do great, if not miraculous, things for you, beginning with your salvation. That’s why Jesus expects you to do the same as His disciples. Every day, you have an opportunity to do something that will change someone’s life for the good—forever! God has trusted you with His Word. Now, go and share it with someone.


What’s Love Got to Do with It?

That may be the title of a popular song from the early 90’s, but I’m raising the question here, on Valentine’s Day, because I want you to take a moment and really consider what true love is all about. Many base their thoughts about love on feelings and emotions—how they respond to the way others treat them. The truth is real love began with our loving heavenly Father, who the Bible says loved us so much that He gave His only Son to pay for our sins. Why did He do it? “So that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life” (John 3:16, The Message). God’s unconditional love caused Him to give the life of His Son, Jesus, for us. He didn’t do for one and ignore the other. He loved all mankind—unconditionally! That’s the kind of love that God, who is Love, desires for us, His children, to have. He has given us His Son, and now He desires that we love others so much that we are willing to share Jesus with them by the message of salvation through Him wherever we go and with whomever God puts in our path. Celebrate those you love on this Valentines’ Day. And while you do, take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to help you share God’s love with others. What’s love got to do with it? EVERYTHING!


Why Love?

The Bible says in 1 John 4:19 that, as believers, we should love God “because He first loved us.” I’m sure you would agree that is a good reason to love God. But there’s an even better reason for loving Him in Matthew 22:37-38, New Living Translation, which says, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Showing love is not an option. It’s a commandment from God! Further, verse 39 tells us: “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” It’s clear that God wants us to love. But it’s also clear in 1 John 4:16 that loving like God wants us to love has spiritual rewards. That verse says, “God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” What more could we ask than to know God lives in us, and that because He is love, we, too, are love? That should make it easy to share God’s love with others.


Walk In God’s Love!

Are you walking in the love of God? By that, I mean do you show love to others even when they’re not loving and kind toward you? First Corinthians 13:4-8, New International Version, tells us: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” That’s how God defines love, and that’s how He expects us, as believers, to live. Sometimes showing love can be challenging—especially when those you’re trying to love are so unloving. But if you’re truly a child of God, then you’re truly just like God. You’re made in His image and likeness, which means you also have all His attributes—including the ability to love. As a believer, You are commissioned by God to love others. That means being patient and kind, regardless of their attitudes. You are a child of Almighty God. He is Love, and so you must love the way He loves!


Is Your Love Human, or Agape?

It’s February, and for many, our thoughts are already focused on Valentines’ Day. It’s the one day each year when many go all out to express their love to those dearest to them. So, let me ask you: What kind of love do you have? Is it from God, or is it a superficial kind of human love that’s conditional; one that only wants to love what is lovable and will only love when you are loved? I know that may sound strange to some, but the truth is many have never experienced what the Bible refers to as the agape love of God, which is unconditional. They don’t know the kind of love that is not based on what someone does or doesn’t do. The Bible says God loved us first (1 John 4:19), even before we existed. And because He loved us, we ought to love Him, and one another. Because agape love comes from God, it enables us to do that supernaturally by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Agape love helps us to turn away our negative feelings and emotions, and choose to allow God, through His Holy Spirit who dwells in us, to truly love others. It surpasses human love; which is always conditional.


Position Matters!

As we discovered on Monday, it’s important to recognize that your position, where you are, matters—especially if you’re a believer. The greatest position to be found in is having Jesus Christ as top priority in your life and acknowledging Him as the only source for everything you need and everything you do. Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Jesus wasn’t just speaking idle words when He gave His disciples those powerful instructions. He was making a serious point about something He knew would be of great importance and value to them, and all who would follow them. Aiming at and striving after God and His way of being and doing right should be the No. 1 priority of every believer. When we put God first—in everything—He responds by answering us when we pray to Him. He not only gives us whatever it is we need, but He provides us with opportunities to bless others in ways we could never imagine.


The Right Place!

Likely, you’ve heard the expression “being in the right place at the right time” before. It’s a phrase that literally means being in the location where something good is about to happen exactly when it’s supposed to happen. You’ve probably also heard the phrase, “Time is of the essence.” In its simplest form, this means “timing is important.” From a spiritual perspective, both of these phrases point to one important message: Being where God wants you to be, when He wants you to be there, is vital to receiving His blessings. They also echo what Ecclesiastes 3:1, The Message, says: “There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.” God has set the wheels in motion for you to succeed in everything you do. But to fulfill His will so that you receive what He has for you, you must be in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you could miss out on His precious blessings. No one wants to miss out on the blessings of the Lord. Being at the right place at the right time—the place where God can get to you what He wants to do and what He has for you—is the most important decision you can ever make.



Redeem the Time!

In Ephesians 5:16, New Living Translation, the Bible tells us to “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” The Message says, “Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness.” Just take a moment to look around, read the headlines or listen to the news, and you’ll agree: These are truly some evil and chaotic times we’re living in. But as believers, we don’t have to become entangled with the fears, problems and confusion the world faces because we’ve been called out of the darkness of the world and into God’s marvelous light. God has given us an awesome opportunity to share the saving message of Jesus Christ with others so they can see their lives change for good as they believe and receive Jesus as Lord. Telling others about Jesus. That’s just one of the greater works Jesus said we would do as God’s children. Redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity to be a blessing to others and bring glory to God’s kingdom.