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Our Disappointments Are God's Appointments - 30th of August 2016 - Tuesday's Dose

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"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28.

The story of this one man had a profound impact on many of lives.

The year was 1920. The scene was the examining board for selecting missionaries.  Standing before the board was a young man named Oswald Smith. One dream dominated his heart. He wanted to be a missionary. Over and over again, he prayed, "Lord, I want to go as a missionary for you. Open a door of service for me." Now, at last, his prayer would be answered.

When the examination was over, the board turned Oswald Smith down. He did not meet their qualifications. He failed the test. Oswald Smith had set his direction, but now life gave him a detour. What would he do? As Oswald Smith prayed, God planted another idea in his heart. If he could not go as a missionary, he would build a church which could send out missionaries. That is
what he did. Oswald Smith pastored The People's Church in Toronto, Canada, which sent out more missionaries than any other church at that time. Oswald Smith brought God into the situation, and God transformed his detour into a main thoroughfare of service.

This story is of particular interest to many because in 1968 a special week of meetings for Oswald Smith. On a Wednesday night, Smith preached on the importance of the printed page. God used this man to deeply challenge about the power of the printed word. (Tracts & Printed Gospel Books)

God can use your disappointments, too, if you will surrender them to him with a simple prayer such as the following:

Prayer:  Our Heavenly Father,
Every sorrow, every trial, and every disappointment I surrender to you with my humble prayer, 'Not my will but yours be done.' Please take my sorrows and turn them into blessings and use them and my life to glorify you in whichever way you choose. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Promises, Promises, Promises - 26th August 2016 - Friday's Dose

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"Your promises [God] have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them" - (Psalm 119:140).

Speaking to his father a little boy asked, "Do all fairy tales begin with, 'Once upon a time?'"

His father replied, "Many of them do but not all. Some start with, 'If I get elected, I promise….'"

Especially during this election year, there is no end to political hullabaloo and vainly made promises for the purpose of seeking to get elected.

As another has said, what is desperately needed in this day and age is not politicians but statesmen—leaders with integrity, character, and moral fortitude—who only make promises they genuinely believe they can keep, and should they be elected, stay true to their word and do their utmost to fulfill their pre-election promises.

The important thing for those of us who claim to be Christian—not just politicians but every one of us—is not to make promises we aren't sure we can keep, and to always keep our word and the promises we do make.

Fortunately for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and put their trust in God they can rest assured in his unfailing love and eternal promises. God always keeps his promises and his word. As he said, "So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Help me not to be swayed by manipulative silver-tongued orators—be they smooth politicians, business or religious leaders, etc.—but see through phony promise makers and not be swayed by them. Help me to always be true to my word and the promises I make. And thank you for the security I have in that you always keep your word and your promises. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

When God Feels Far Away - 24th August 2016 - Wednesday's Dose

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"God ... is not far from each one of us."
- Paul the Apostle (Acts 17:27).

"I attend church regularly," one person said to me,
"but I don't necessarily believe in God. He seems
so distant."

The difficulty for many of us, even when we believe in God, is feeling close to him and experiencing his presence and love. When we can't, as Cecil Osborne points out, it is our receptivity that
is at fault. God is constantly broadcasting his love,
power and blessings to all of us but when can't feel
these, it's the barriers in our life that block God's
love getting through.

The barriers can be unresolved negative emotions
such as anger, resentment, hurt, grief, fear,
feelings of inadequacy, guilt and so on. Another
barrier can be caused by any impaired relationship
with a loved one or friend, by unconfessed sin, living out of harmony with God's will, or by not making the effort to daily spend time with God in prayer and listening to his Word. When we starve our souls, it feels as if God is far away.

Another reason God can seem far away is because of a lack of sufficient human love, connection, and
meaningful fellowship with fellow Christians. We were created for relationships—with God and people. Both are essential for emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. As John, the beloved disciple of Jesus put it, "If we love one another, God's love is perfected or made complete in us." - 1 John 4:12.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Whenever I feel that You are distant, help me to realize that I'm the one who has moved, not You. Help me to see any barrier/s in me and lead me to the help I need to resolve these. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Learning to Love - 23rd August 2016 - Tuesday's Dose

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"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?' Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments". - 
( Matthew 22:36-40 ).

Someone else has said with tongue-in-cheek, "Heaven help your neighbor if you hate yourself!" But they were right.

Every normal person wants and needs loving relationships, but if we hate ourselves we are not going to experience loving relationships.  We will unconsciously project our self-hatred onto others and set them up to reject us, for what we project is what we get back!

Actually, only to the degree that I have learned to love and accept myself in a healthy sense am I able to love and accept others in a healthy sense. What I hate and have rejected in myself, I will also hate and reject in others. My relationships will only ever be as healthy as I am.

Healthy self-love and acceptance isn't a prideful thing, but rather, it is learning to know and accept ourselves as we are—dark side and all. Only then are we free to change and keep growing to become healthier and more loving persons.

To grow in self-love we need to be fully known by at least one other loving and accepting person—a person who will not put me down, judge or criticize me, tell me what I should or shouldn't do, try to fix me, give me unsolicited advice, or preach at me, but accept me just as I am. It is through their knowing, accepting and loving me as I am that, little by little, I learn to love and accept myself. This truth cannot be over-emphasized for I can only feel fully loved 
to the degree that I am fully known, accepted, and loved by at least one loving, trusted person.

Prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, 
Please help me  to love our neighbor as You loved us and love You with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind.' Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Tuesday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Set Your Hearts On Things Above - 20th of August 2016 - Saturday's Dose

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"Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God ... not on earthly things." - Colossians 3:1-2.

Once upon a time a loaf of bread fell from a bakery truck and as it hit the ground a crumb broke loose. Three sparrows all eyed the crumb and swooped down to grab it, but began fighting over it.

Eventually one of the sparrows succeeded in scooping up the crumb in its beak and flew away with it—hotly pursued by the other two sparrows. A frenzied aerial fracas took place until the crumb was completely consumed.

The only thing these sparrows saw was the crumb. None noticed the loaf still on the ground.

How often we consume our energies squabbling over trivialities while the true riches of life go unnoticed and escape us. And how often we concentrate our energies on non-essential issues while the needs of the hurting are neglected and the lost go to hell!

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Please give me the wisdom to see and the good sense to major on the majors and not get carried away majoring on the minors. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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