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Happy Blessed Monday Everybody!!!

The Word of God encourages us to exercise self-control and discipline (2 peter 1:6), and if we stand firm, and we will win life (Luke 21:19).So let’s be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground, and after we have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And let us pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Happy Blessed Friday!!!

God refreshes our lives, He anoints us with fresh new oil and gives us hope. That’s why we should never give up on ourselves or anyone else. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more (Rom 5:20). There are a lot of prodigal sons and daughters that need to understand that it’s never to late to turn our lives around to what is good,  no one has to continue in sin (Luke 15:11-32). No matter how bad life has been, or what you’ve been through- it was only your training ground, not your destiny. We serve a forgiving and loving God who is waiting with open arms for us to return home.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all (1 Chron 29:11).  May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15;13).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Happy Blessed Thankful Thursday

Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever (1Chr 16:34). Daily let’s enter  into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with high praises. For the Lord is good, His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Let’s  rejoice always and pray without ceasing ( 1 Thess 5:16-18), and everyday  may we be filled with joy , always giving thanks as the message of Christ in all it’s richness fill our lives. (Col 3:16) .

1 Thessalonians 5:24The Message (MSG)

23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Happy Blessed Wednesday

God gives peace and rest

When we find ourselves at crossroads, in a really tight spot and we feel that we just don’t know what to do. The devil will begin playing all types of scenario’s in your mind to make us afraid, bring about confusion anxiety and fear. None of that is from God, so immediately cast down imaginations and bring all thoughts under the authority of Christ (2 Cor 10:5).  Never take the unrighteous -quick-fix way it will only leads to further disaster down the road. Never make  hasty or pressured decisions, instead seek and trust God. He will show us the right paths. We can’t see around the corner or into the next hour, but God can and He is already there.  The temptations in our life are no different from what others experience, God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than we can stand. When we are tempted, He will show us a way out so that we can endure (1 Cor 10:13). The Word of God teaches us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to trust in the LORD with all our heart and do not lean on our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him, And He will make our paths straight. The path might get dark sometime, will probably be a longer than we’d expect, we may find ourselves in a really deep valley, or encounter some up hill battles. But the journey on the right path is worth it all!! It’s during our journey that our faith and trust in God becomes stronger, it becomes immovable and unshakable. It’s during this journey that we learn that the Lord is our Shepherd, our guide, our keeper. It’s during this journey that we learn that we are more than conquerors and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens and loves us (Rom 8:37, Phil 4:13). It’s during the journey that we learn and accept that through the blood of Jesus we have redemption from sin, that we have already been set free. We have protection from damnation and disgrace (Eph 1:14). We will no longer be tossed back and forth by the waves of life, nor are we blown here and there by every wind of false teaching, or deceitful scheming which will lead us only into further destruction (Eph 4:14) . While on this journey we find rest, peace and shelter in the presence of God (Ex 33:14). He is our cloud by day and fire by night (Ex 13:21-22). It’s on this journey that the Word of God encourages us ” Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls “(Matt 11:29).

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Happy Blessed Tuesday!!!

Lift your heads, you gates. Be lifted, you ancient doors, so that the king of glory may come in (Ps 24:7) Another day that the Lord has blessed us , so let our mouths be filled with His praise and His honor all day long (Ps 71:8).  The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning  great is His faithfulness ( Lamentations 3:22-23). Jesus is our refuge, our restorer, our strong tower,  our shelter from the storms of life. No weapon formed against us or our household will prosper( is 54:17). On this day we will keep our heads lifted, and our focus on the promises of God, no matter what the enemy throws our way.

Psalm 121New Living Translation (NLT)

I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
    both now and forever.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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Happy Blessed Monday!!!

“The Lord is our light and our salvation (Ps 27) and this is a day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. No matter where we are, or what circumstance is, God is with us and all is well. He is our refuge, a very present help in time of troubles (Ps 46:1). Throughout the day it is the LORD that renews our strength, we will soar on wings like eagles;  we will run and not grow weary,  we will walk and not be faint ( Is 40:31). We walk in total victory because the Lord is our confidence and He will release our foot from every snare (Pro 3:26). We walk not focus only by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). We will not give the enemy a foot -hold in our lives by holding on to bitterness and resentment, nor will we wage war in the flesh (2 Cor 10:3). Instead we will encourage and pray for each other (Eph 4:29), asking God to create in us clean hearts and allow our light to shine before others so they can see Jesus in our lives and give praise to our Heavenly Father (Matt 5:16). 

Psalm 91 (NLT)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High

    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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The world wants conformity, not the Word of God. Unfortunately the end of conformity to the world is death. The Word of God teaches us in Rom 12 :2 to not be conformed to this world, don’t copy the behavior or the customs,  but overcome the world with the assurance of God. Allow Him to transform us by changing the way we think. Our faith in God will overcome our enemies and any fears, so never compromise with the enemy. If you do you’ll have to continue compromising to stay where you are or keep what you obtained. We learn in Pro 10:2 ill-gotten gains and treasures of wickedness do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death. So it’s better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting–and conflict and strife. If we put our trust in God, we lack nothing, He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory.  We are taught in Prov 10:22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it. Jesus never conformed to the world and He always had everything that was needed.

Hebrews 12:1(NLT)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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If God has pulled you out of the fire, set you free and there is not even a smell of smoke on you, don’t keep trying to run back into the burning building. As we are taught in Jer 29:11 God has someone/something so much better for you as we are taught in Jer 29:11 the Lord says “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. If we keep looking backwards, we’ll never experience the great things that God has for us. We’ll never live to our full potential. We were not created on a mass production line. We were each given a special gift, created for a purpose (Eph 2:10, 1 Cor 12). When we are living in the purpose that God has for our lives we’re at our absolute best, our happiest. There is freedom in Christ, so take the blinders and shackles off.

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Matthew 11:29(NLT)

29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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We are so blessed that we are not under the law, but under grace (Rom 6:14). God has already blessed us with spiritual blessings, all we have to do is receive. Daily we should ask the Lord to give us spiritual wisdom and teach us His ways. Guide us in His truth, that we may rely on His faithfulness; and give us an undivided heart, that we will  fear His name (Ps 25, Ps 86:11) and help us to walk in the Spirit so we will not gratify the desires of our flesh (Gal 5:16).

Ephesians 1 (NLT)

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. 

21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Be blessed, keep God first and keep looking up,

Cheryl

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