The Lord reigns!

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Oct 082017
 

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” (1 Chronicles 16:31).

Five times the Bible declares:
The Lord reigns!

When we really believe that-
– our thinking changes about every situation in life.

Take the way people treat us, for example.
It’s easy to fly off the handle, harbour bitterness, and let resentment eat away at our souls.
Humanly speaking, such reactions may seem justified, for people can do terrible things to us.

But-
When we recognize the absolute rule of God over even the smallest matters-
– we can trust Him to use even those injuries for glorious good.

Think of Joseph, who forgave His brothers for their horrible mistreatment.
He understood they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

Think of the hymnist, Fanny Crosby.

Once when asked about the doctor who had blinded her in infancy-
– she said, “If I could meet him, I would tell him that he unwittingly did me the greatest favor in the world…How in the world could I have lived such a helpful life as I have lived had I not been blind?”

Because He reigns-
– we can forgive others and trust God with it hurts.

The sin of unforgiveness is a cancer-
– that destroys relationships,
– eats away at one’s own psyche,
– and…worst of all..shuts us off from God’s grace.

(PA)

Do not let the devil!

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May 052015
 

“Get rid all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

How often we kick the devil out of our lives-

– only to let him leave his bags behind?

Maybe you once made up with a friend or family member after an ugly fight-

– but you were still resentful and angry.

You let the devil leave his bags!

Perhaps you once said, “I forgive you!”

But you couldn’t seem to forget what had happened and have peace in that relationship.

So you let the devil leave his bags!

At one point in time-

– perhaps you decided to release past hurts and disappointments caused by loved ones,

– yet you forgot to dig up the bitterness in your heart that had taken root.

You let the devil leave his bags!

When even one small piece of the devil’s baggage is left behind in your heart and life-

– you continue to be captive in his embrace.

If you want him out of your life-

– then make sure he takes his bags with him when he goes.

Instead of holding on to old stuff-

– the Bible encourages you to escape the trap of Satan who has taken you captive (2 Timothy 2:26).

If you stay rooted in prayer, faith, and God’s Word-

– then you can fully release any baggage in your life that belongs to Satan and live in the peace of God.

If you have let Satan keep his bags and hold captive some area in your life where you don’t have peace-

– then pray and release that baggage to God and experience joy and freedom from the grasp of the devil.

Do not let the devil leave his bags!

(PR)

The Lord reigns!

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Apr 242015
 

“Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” (1 Chronicles 16:31).

Five times the Bible declares:
The Lord reigns!

When we really believe that-
– our thinking changes about every situation in life.

Take the way people treat us, for example.
It’s easy to fly off the handle, harbour bitterness, and let resentment eat away at our souls.
Humanly speaking, such reactions may seem justified, for people can do terrible things to us.

But-
When we recognize the absolute rule of God over even the smallest matters-
– we can trust Him to use even those injuries for glorious good.

Think of Joseph, who forgave His brothers for their horrible mistreatment.
He understood they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.

Think of the hymnist, Fanny Crosby.

Once when asked about the doctor who had blinded her in infancy-
– she said, “If I could meet him, I would tell him that he unwittingly did me the greatest favor in the world…How in the world could I have lived such a helpful life as I have lived had I not been blind?”

Because He reigns-
– we can forgive others and trust God with it hurts.

The sin of unforgiveness is a cancer-
– that destroys relationships,
– eats away at one’s own psyche,
– and…worst of all..shuts us off from God’s grace.

(PR)