God's love

Open Your Eyes

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2 Kings 6:17 says, “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

The prophet, Elisha, prayed to God for his servant’s eyes to be open so he could see that the Lord was ready to take on the battle before them. This is my prayer for you today.

Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances? I pray God will open your eyes so you see His hand at work in your situation.

Feeling depressed and defeated? I pray God will open your eyes to His hope and unfailing love.

Are you discouraged? Perhaps bound by sin or unable to forgive yourself or others? I pray God will open your eyes to the healing that He alone makes available to you.

Oh my friends, look up! Lift up your head! Our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28b). If we will only let God open our eyes.

And there you go!

Yes, Jesus Loves You!

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John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Now why do you think God would love the world full of people like you and me? He could have lived without us. And why love us so much when we cause so much havoc for Him? We wonder why things on earth are so bad sometimes. It wasn’t because He wanted it that way. Our sin and selfishness cause much of the ills we see in society. And all the while, His love, graciousness, and patience keep Him from zapping us all.

He is a God of judgment, but His first choice is to love. Judgment will come if we reject His love, but He wants us to accept Him and His love before that has to happen.

He loves you, my friend. Believers, share this fact today. Live it out! If someone has yet to receive this love, don’t hesitate anymore. Because yes, Jesus loves you. The Bible tells us so.

And there you go!

Perfect Love

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1 John 4:18 says, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.

The problem is our love is not perfect. However, it could be if we allowed Jesus’ love to flow through us.

Notice this verse does not say we won’t have fear, but that perfect love casts it out. So when we even start to fear we need to remind the enemy that Jesus’ love in us dismisses fear from our mind.

Afraid of sharing Christ with others? His love casts out fear.

Afraid of losing a relationship? His love casts out fear.

Afraid you can’t face another day? His love casts out fear!

Afraid of death and dying? His love casts out fear!

And His love and power gives us the victory as we obey His directives and carry out His will.

Oh what a thought! He loves me, and I can love others because He loves me. So fear, take a hike!

And there you go!

Working for our Good

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Matthew 6:13a says, “And lead us not into temptation…”

We are assured in the book of James, chapter 1, verse 13 that God does not tempt us. So what is Jesus saying in this section of the Lord’s prayer?

Do you suppose when we learn to see that God is not our tempter but is always working for our good, it is then we have assurance He is our Savior?

There are three truths you must nail down before a tragedy or crisis of any kind strikes.

  1. God is good.

  2. God loves me.

  3. God has a purpose for everything.

We have to believe these with all our heart when life is going smoothly so we won’t wonder about God’s goodness, love, and purpose when hard things happen to us. We need to be prepared because we have no idea when tragedy will strike.

Think on these truths, and hide them in your heart. God does not tempt us. He loves us, and He’s good. His purposes are eternal.

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!
 

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