…Meditation Moment : 1 John 4:4

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And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord… Romans 7: 18-20, 23-25 (NLT)

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome…because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

…Costly, Yet Easy Choice

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Jesus instructs us to give up our lives in order to gain it, abundantly, in return (Matthew 16:24-25). Despite our understanding of the concept, He makes this truth clear. And, it is such a costly, yet easy choice when we consider the ROI.

Despite ourselves, He first chose us. Therefore, be encouraged to choose Him (1 John 4:19).

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…Memorial Day Thank You

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There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NLT)

Jesus Be A blog thanks those who gave their lives in the military line of duty, as the ultimate sacrifice, for our freedoms. My prayer is that we appreciate the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday and together, pray for the continual comfort of those families affected.

…Meditation Moment : Romans 12:2

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Romans 12:2

NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

NLT Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

VOICE Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

…100th Post with 100 Promises

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In celebration of Jesus Be A blog’s 100th post, may we be encouraged with 100 of the multitude of His promises! His Word says that He:

  1. Is your way to the Father John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5
  2. Will save you Acts 2:21
  3. Never changes Malachi 3:6
  4. Gives you a return on your investment Matthew 10:39
  5. Prospers you Jeremiah 29:11
  6. Does not harm you Jeremiah 29:11
  7. Gives you hope and a future Jeremiah 29:11
  8. Gives you life to the fullest John 10:10
  9. Forgives you 1 John 1:9
  10. Purifies you 1 John 1:9
  11. Listens to you John 9:31
  12. Rewards you when you are kind to the poor Proverbs 19:17
  13. Is slow to anger Psalm 103:8
  14. Is abounding in love Psalm 103:8
  15. Is abounding in compassion Psalm 103:8
  16. Is abounding in grace Psalm 103:8
  17. Holds your hand Psalm 37:24
  18. Does not allow you to fall Psalm 37:24
  19. Gives you perfect power 2 Corinthians 12:9
  20. Gives you eternal life John 3:36
  21. Cares for you 1 Peter 5:7
  22. Will never tempt you James 1:13 (NLT)
  23. Provides you an escape from every temptation 1 Corinthians 10:13
  24. Will show you the direction to take Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
  25. Answers when you call  Psalm 91:15 (MSG)
  26. Will rescue you from any harm Psalm 91:15 (MSG)
  27. Will be with you everywhere you go Joshua 1:9
  28. Watches over your life, forever Psalm 121:7-8
  29. Heals your broken heart Psalm 147:3
  30. Will never forget you Isaiah 49:15-16
  31. Comforts you Isaiah 49:13
  32. Makes all things possible for you Matthew 17:20
  33. Will never leave you Deuteronomy 3:16, Psalm 48:14 (NLT)
  34. Makes everything work together for your good Romans 8:28 (NLT)
  35. Will be with you for a lifetime Isaiah 46:4 (NLT)
  36. Will give you a heart to know Him Jeremiah 24:7 (MSG)
  37. Draws close to you James 4:8 (NLT)
  38. Strengthens you to do all things Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
  39. Prevents weapons from succeeding against you Isaiah 54:17 (NLT)
  40. Will give you rest Matthew 11:28-30
  41. Will make everything new Revelation 21:5
  42. Will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4
  43. Refreshes and satisfies the weary and faint Jeremiah 31:25
  44. Removes your sins Isaiah 43:25
  45. Forgets your sins Isaiah 43:25
  46. Gives you courage Matthew 14:27
  47. Will give you a clean heart Ezekiel 36:25-26
  48. Will give you a new spirit Ezekiel 11:19
  49. Puts His Spirit in you to enable you Ezekiel 36:27
  50. Will give you treasures Isaiah 45:3
  51. Will give you riches Isaiah 45:3
  52. Stays with you through the end Genesis 28:15
  53. Gives you what you ask for Matthew 7:7, John 4:10 (NLT)
  54. Blesses the pour in spirit Matthew 5:3
  55. Blesses those that mourn Matthew 5:4
  56. Blesses the humble Matthew 5:5 (NLT)
  57. Favors the humble 1 Peter 5:5-6
  58. Satisfies those who desire justice Matthew 5:6 (NLT)
  59. Blesses those who care Matthew 5:7 (MSG)
  60. Blesses those with a pure heart Matthew 5:8
  61. Blesses those who work for peace Matthew 5:9 (NLT)
  62. Rewards those persecuted for Him Matthew 5:10-12, 1 Peter 4:14
  63. Gives you the light of life John 8:12, John 12:46 (NLT)
  64. Saves your crushed spirit Psalm 34:18
  65. Delivers you from your troubles Psalm 34:19
  66. Lives in you John 15:4 (MSG)
  67. Befriends you John 15:14
  68. Will choose you John 15:19
  69. Fulfills your needs John 6:35, Luke 12:22-30
  70. Never rejects you John 6:37 (NLT)
  71. Gives you the Spirit John 7:38 (MSG)
  72. Knows you personally John 10:14
  73. Honors you when you serve Him John 12:26
  74. Will give you the crown of glory 1 Peter 5:4
  75. Makes everything possible Luke 1:37 (NLT)
  76. Will give you everlasting life John 6:47,1 John 2:17
  77. Will never put you to shame Romans 10:11
  78. Heals and restores your health Jeremiah 30:17 (NLT)
  79. Will teach you everything John 14:26
  80. Cures you of backsliding Jeremiah 3:22
  81. Keeps you in perfect peace Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
  82. Blesses you abundantly Malachi 3:10 (NLT)
  83. Will never stop loving you Lamentations 3:22 (NLT)
  84. Gives you new mercies each day Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)
  85. Binds and looses what you bind and loose Matthew 18:18 (MSG)
  86. Goes to action on your prayers with another Matthew 18:19 (MSG)
  87. Joins those gathered in His name Matthew 18:20 (MSG)
  88. Gives you authority to cast out evil spirits Matthew 10:1
  89. Gives you authority to heal sickness and disease Matthew 10:1
  90. Disciplines you in love Hebrews 12:5-6
  91. Will father you 2 Corinthians 6:18
  92. Will acknowledge you in heaven Matthew 5:19
  93. Allows you to conquer the world 1 John 5:4-5 (MSG)
  94. Strengthens your union Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)
  95. Guards you wherever you go 1 Samuel 2:9 (NLT)
  96. Gives you peace  John 16:33 (NLT)
  97. Will be faithful to you Deuteronomy 7:9
  98. Gives you joy John 15:11
  99. Gives you wisdom Proverbs 2:5
  100. Keeps His promises Joshua 23:14, Daniel 9:4 (NLT), Ezekiel 12:25

#enoughsaid

…Lover of Your Presence

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This song has been “giving me life” today. As we intentionally experience His presence in everyday and in everything, may we fall in love with exactly what we’re pursuing.

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…Presence in Everyday, in Everything

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The story of 12 year old Jesus, mistakenly left in Jerusalem by His earthly parents (Luke 2:41-52), has repeatedly shown up over the last week – in my Pastor’s sermon, in my study time and in my devotionals. After the Passover festival, Joseph and Mary were a day into their trip back home, to Nazareth, when they realized that Jesus was not with them. Days later, they found Him doing our Father’s business.

In this and given the busyness of life, I recognize that it is so easy to leave Him behind and out of our day; out of our thoughts; out of our actions; out of our plans; and, in turn to wander off and lead our own lives. It’s actually effortless to allow things and circumstances to win over our hearts, our time and our attention. Thus, in everything and in everyday, we must be intentional and so careful to remain in His presence, allowing Him to reside in and lead our hearts.

He wants us to live each moment with purpose. Without Him, we cannot. Yet, with Him we have every chance to (Matthew 19:26). So, I charge you, and challenge myself, to be on purpose in pursuing Him! Do not forfeit your time with Him for what is temporary and fleeting (2 Corinthians 4:18), but choose to incessantly dwell in Him. Choose to heed to the desire, He’s placed in you, for Him.

Almost a year ago, today, we acknowledged that “the Creator of like the whole universe just wants to talk with you”. He simply wants us to acknowledge and embrace His omnipresence; to connect with and spend quality, not just quantity, time with Him; and to actively seek after His heart with our whole heart like David did (Acts 13:22). And, when we do so, He candidly promises to show up. No airs. No fluff.

“When you come looking for Me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding Me and want It more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:13 (MSG)

In the midst of your to-dos and circumstances, resolve. Resolve to converse with Him. Resolve to praise Him. Resolve to thank Him for all that He is. In doing so, you agree that His presence in your life is real; you permit Him to give you His heart; you make the way for Him to meet you at your desires (Psalm 37:4); and you allow Him to exceed your expectations.

“Refuse to be content…Insist on experiencing His presence” – in everyday, in everything.