Black Spirituality Religion : Christian Devotionals

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  1. Akilah

    Akilah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Why We Can Trust God

    ROMANS 11:33-36

    The heavenly Father is omniscient, sovereign, and unconditionally loving. Therefore, we have every reason to trust Him, no matter what the circumstance. Scripture teaches that God is infinitely wise. He always knows the best course of action for us and proceeds accordingly. When we lack understanding, the Lord perceives exactly what is happening and why. At other times, we may have all the information that is humanly possible to gather. God alone, however, is aware of everything influencing the situation as well as all potential consequences. He sees the end from the beginning, grasps the totality of every decision, and knows precisely what fruit will come from our trials. More than that, He is infinitely wise, so He can never make a mistake. (Proverbs 3:5-6) God also has complete authority over all events, large and small. (Isaiah 43:11-13) Because our minds are finite, we have trouble comprehending God's ways and reconciling His sovereignty with the presence of evil or tragedy. At such times, it helps to remember that His control is exercised perfectly through the filter of His great love and complete knowledge. The Lord's plans are always developed according to His perfect, dependable, and consistent love. They are carried out through His infinite wisdom that sees the past, present, and future. Every element of the plan is under His authority. Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me" (John 14:1 NIV). Your trust will grow as you ponder His limitless love, wisdom, and sovereignty.

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    Where two are gathered in my name. There I will be also. Always pray with someone.
     
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    “I’m the only one who really knows what time it is. --- God”

    The Bible says that God has set into motion an eternal plan---a plan that includes a new heaven and a new earth. A world devoid of suffering and pain, hate and murder, corruption and death. It is described as a world where the ravages of pollution and decay have been erased and the earth has been returned to the glory of its original creation.

    On that earth, God will dwell in sweet communion with those who have chosen to make Him part of their lives. The tears of sorrow shed for those who have turned their backs on His love will by then be in the past. Instead, tears of joy will flow down His face onto those who have chosen to receive the riches of His compassion, mercy and loving-kindness.

    Only God knows how long it will be before the next step in His divine plan begins to play itself out. The Bible tells us that we cannot even imagine all that God has in store for those who have claimed their place in His kingdom.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of God’s eternal plan. Don’t let His invitation to live forever in the light of His presence lie on your desk unopened until it’s too late. Say yes. Give Him your heart!
    From GodSpeaks Devotional, 2000, pp. 186-187.

    “No one knows about that day or hour; not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Mark 13:32

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, truly, it is beyond our imaginations as to what heaven will be: a place where You will dwell with your children of many cultures. A place where God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death, and mourning, and crying, and pain will be no more. A place were all things will be made new and nothing will rust or decay, and darkness will not exist in the light of God’s glory---a place where loving relationships will be the order of the day. May we be guided by your Spirit in preparation for that homecoming? In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
     
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    LET IT GO FOR EVER!!

    If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong
    to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to.....
    LET IT GO!!!

    If you are holding on to past hurts and pains.... LET IT GO!!!

    If someone can't treat you right, can't love you
    back, and see your worth...LET IT GO!!!

    If someone has angered you..... LET IT GO!!!

    If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and
    revenge....LET IT GO!!!

    If you are involved in a wrong relationship or
    addiction.....LET IT GO!!!

    If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets
    your needs or talents..... LET IT GO!!!

    If you have a bad attitude......LET IT GO!!!

    If you keep judging others to make yourself feel
    better.....LET IT GO!!!

    If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take
    you to a new level in Him...... LET IT GO!!!

    If you are struggling with the healing of a broken
    relationship....LET IT GO!!!

    If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try
    to help themselves..... LET IT GO!!!

    If you're feeling depressed and stressed....... LET IT GO!!!

    If there is a particular situation that you are so
    used to handling yourself and God is saying
    "take your hands off of it," then you need to......LET IT GO!!!

    Let the past be the past. Forget the former things.
    GOD is doing a new
    thing for EACH TOMORROW on...so, !!! LET IT GO!!!

    Get Right or Get Left...think about it, then LET IT GO!!!

    LET Gods Love, Peace and Blessings be with you always.
    "The past cannot be changed.......the future is still in your power! so
    work on your present now and THE PAST .... LET IT GO.

    *unknown author*
     
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    CHANGE

    “All that you touch, you Change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change""What exactly are 'dire straits?'" Dire is a warning of dreadful consequences or an urgent situation. Straits is a "narrow" channel. Many of the things in our lives get in dire straits. We see the warning signs of dreadful consequences if something doesn't change. Blood pressure extremely high. Seriously overweight Credit card balances creeping higher each month. Less talk, more arguments, less laughter. All of the above are some of the warnings of dire straits.

    When we recognize that we are in dire straits, we must travel a narrow path to safety. There isn't a whole lot of room for error, that's what "straits" means. A narrow path. Blood pressure dangerously high? You've got to greatly reduce salt in your diet as a first step. You need to take something to help get it down, see your doctor and then go to.

    Overweight, change your diet and start exercising. You must change some things in your life and stay on a fairly narrow path. This applies to any other area of life that's in dire straits. Changes have to be made. Remember, if you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same thing. The road to success, health and happiness is always a narrow road. It is always a "strait." You've often heard, "If you want something that you've never had, then you must do something that you've never done." Often that thing you must do is on a strait and narrow path.

    Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mat 7:14 KJV) ​
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    Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.

    -W.K. Hope
     
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    The Greatest Love of All...

    What would you like to give today, within the realm of your ability to give, to a person you value more than any other on earth? What would your friend enjoy? Think about the one you love. How did you woo and court her? How did you win his heart? Think about a child you love. Think about this child being injured on the playground, or cruelly taunted by other children, or neglected and abused. What would you do for these significant persons? No doubt our responses would be expressions of tenderness, concern and pampering.

    Now, put yourself in the position of that loved one. Jesus taught, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:29). In other words, your loving of your neighbor is only as good as the way you love yourself! He honestly could have said, "Do unto yourself as you would do unto others." If you don't value yourself, how can you value another? Jesus could have said this, "If you don't love yourself, your neighbor doesn't have a chance."

    Find a way to show love to yourself today. Your capacity to love others will be renewed at the same time. Start by being and doing your very best today, then pamper yourself so your neighbor can receive love, too.

    Pray alongside me:

    Channel through me, O God, a poem of encouragement to others by my every rhyme of action. Remove my shackles of shame, culture and past. Enlarge my efforts to love others by accepting my own place within Your heart. Hear the cry of my soul, for Christ's sake, AMEN.


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    Identifying The Voice Of God

    Matthew 16:21-23

    The most potent hearing aid known to man is the Holy Bible. It is the standard of truth against which you can test every message that comes your way. Making a decision on an issue important to you can be extremely difficult.

    Sometimes it may seem as if you are hearing two or more voices, all of which make seemingly good points but also tug you in different directions. It is important that in these times you learn to discern the voice of God.

    There are several principles you can apply to what you're hearing to gauge whether it is of God, but the most basic is whether the message conflicts with Scripture. God won't tell you to do something that counters what He already has recorded for all mankind.

    Therefore, the best way to know God's voice is to get to know Him. Spend time in His Word and soak in His truths. You must know God's Word before you can differentiate God's instructions from the messages Satan or your flesh are sending you.

    Do you know how investigators are trained to recognize counterfeit money? They don't spend all of their time trying to keep up with the latest technological advances in creating false money. Instead, they first and foremost diligently study the original, the real thing.

    Then, held against the standard, the fake stuff stands out.

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    The Priority Of Relationship

    Matthew 22:34-40

    A popular television ad campaign compares its services with that of other companies and then asks us repeatedly, "What’s your priority?" As Christians, we need to constantly ask ourselves, "What’s my priority?" If the priority above everything else in our lives isn’t our relationship with God, then we need to reevaluate our lives. We should have no idols before God. (Exodus 20:4) While we may not worship idols of wood or stone, we sometimes worship ideals, people, relationships, or material objects rather than God. It’s hard to have a vibrant, growing relationship with someone when you are committed to someone or something else. The same holds true for us in our relationship with God. He’s a jealous God, and He doesn’t want to fight for time with you. If there’s anything in our lives that is taking precedence over our time with God, we must make some adjustments. These "idols" prevent us from knowing God as intimately as He wants us to know Him. Jesus gave us the new commandment that overrides every previous one: Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Getting to know God through loving Him—that should be our priority.

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