God Never Fails

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Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Do you believe this? Do I believe this? Whether we do or not, it’s true. We have no reason to be afraid or dismayed.

When I keep my granddaughter, Adali, she delights in that fact that I am just with her. She’s glad to see me, and she totally trusts that I will take care of her. I love the fact that she knows I love her and would only act for good on her behalf if at all possible.

But, alas, though I don’t even want to do so, I will fail her somewhere. But God will never fail her. He will be with her wherever she goes, and He will be with you and me. Let’s hand Him our fears and our disappointment today. He is for us, and He is with us wherever we go! Thank Him for His promise all day today!

And there you go!
 

Generous Giving

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Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I believe Jesus is saying to be generous with what you have, and He will provide what you need. If you hold back from sharing with others, then how can God entrust you with more? Especially if we decide to hoard those things for ourselves.

If you and I see a brother in need and give to him when he needs it, God will help us in our own time of need.

In my Bible study, “Free to Obey”, I tell the story of a family who gave their mini-van to a missionary couple who were without transportation. God then provided the family with another van, which they promptly gave to another missionary couple who desperately needed it. They didn’t get brand new cars back, but they have never been without transportation. We hope to teach our kids to share. This story is an example of people who lived it.

If God says we should give, we must remember that everything we have is His. He will not forsake us. His blessings of provision, while not luxury, are promised to us.

And there you go!

Carry the Light!

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2 Corinthians 4:6-7 says, “For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

Lisa and Greg, children of my older siblings, were in a youth group choir at their church. The choir’s name was His Power and Light Company.

This choir sang to spread the Light of Christ that was shown by God in their hearts. They were not the source nor did they supply this energy or power. They were part of the transfer of this power.

As are we!

Brothers & sisters, may we never lose sight that we must share this Light - Christ, the glory of God - with others! The darkness is enclosing us all around, but Light, The Light, shall shine out of darkness! God says so!

Join the company—carry the Light!  And there you go!
 

God Never Forgets About You!

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Isaiah 49:16 says, "Behold, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands; your walls are continually before me."

Once God makes you His, He’s got you! Imagine yourself being branded or etched in His palm.

Whether you like this illustration or not, it’s somewhat similar to having a tattoo, in my mind. Now you're probably thinking, "What's that you say, Valerie?"

Think of it. A tattoo is a pretty permanent thing. If it’s on your arm, your hand, your ankle, or wherever it is - there it stays. You read its words or see its meaning, and remember why it’s there.

A tattoo might eventually wear off, but the engraving on God's hands of you and me will never come off. He looks at it all the time. He remembers to care for us constantly, and He loves us beyond measure. We are permanently part of Him if we have accepted His Son.

Ponder this thought! Nothing can snatch you from being engraved on His hand. And there you go!
 

You are God's Own Possession

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As I was growing up, we moved a lot! Nineteen times by the time I was 20 years old and all in the same town. Sometimes, all four Griffith kids had to help move. We even occasionally missed school so we could get the job done.

My mother used to say, "A house is not a home. As long as we are together - that is home!"

The six of us once lived in two rooms plus a bathroom. My mom cooked on a hot plate. It was only for a short time, but I remember that place vividly! And I found out that mom was right...as usual. Six Griffiths together made our home. We were a family anywhere, and we “had” each other no matter what.

To me, that’s what it’s like to be God’s possession. No matter where I am, He’s got me. I may roam. But I am His, and He is my home.

Deuteronomy 4:20 says, “The Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, Egypt, to be a people for His own possession.” Egypt was home to the Hebrews for a period of time. God was with them there, and He led them to a new home. They were His own.

Isn’t it amazing to be at home with God, our Father - Daddy - and other believers as a family? And there you go!