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Communicate His Love - Wednesday's Dose - 25th May 2016

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"Fervently love one another from the heart." - 1 Peter 1:22 .

There is a story by an unknown author being circulated on the Internet that reflects the outlook of Peter's letter to the churches in Turkey. You've probably read it, but it is worth repeating. It may or may not be true, but it does make an excellent parable if you keep in mind that Jesus made up stories to illustrate a point.

It is about a little boy who is about to have open-heart surgery.

"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began, "I'll open up your heart."

"You'll find Jesus there," the boy interrupted.

The surgeon looked up, annoyed. "I'll cut your heart open," he continued, "to see how much damage has been done."

"But when you open up my heart," said his young patient, "you'll find Jesus in there."

The surgeon looked to the parents, who sat quietly. "When I see how much damage has been done, I'll sew your heart and chest back up and I'll plan what to do next."

"But you'll find Jesus in my heart," the young boy insisted. "The Bible says He lives there. You'll find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had had enough. "I'll tell you what I'll find in your heart," he said coldly. "I'll find damaged muscle, low blood supply, and weakened vessels.  And I'll find out if I can make you well."

Later, the surgeon sat in his office, recording his notes from the surgery,  "Damaged aorta, damaged pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration. No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy: painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis,"  here he paused, "death within one year."

He stopped the recorder, but there was more to be said. "Why?" he asked aloud. It was clear he was speaking to God. "Why did you do this? You've put him here; you've put him in this pain; and you've cursed him to an early death. Why?"

The surgeon's tears were hot, but his anger was hotter. "You created that boy, and you created that heart. He'll be dead in months. Why?"

And thus a dialogue began between the surgeon and God. And in that dialogue this frustrated physician discovered a new understanding of God's providence and love. The surgeon wept.

Now he sat beside the boy's bed; the boy's parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?"

"Yes," said the surgeon.

"What did you find?" asked the boy.

"I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.

In times of persecution and suffering, in times of grief and stress, when it all comes down to it, we have only one place to turn, and that is to the power of the indwelling Christ. If, at the heart of the universe, there is not love, then nothing else we believe matters.

As the Bible says, "Fervently love one another from the heart." - 1 Peter 1:22 (NASB).

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Thank you that you loved me so much you gave your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins. Thank you, too, that because I have accepted Jesus as my Savior, he now dwells in my heart. Please help me to communicate his love to every life I touch. And grant that people, seeing Jesus in me, will want Jesus in their hearts too. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.  Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

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

Our Trust Is In The Lord - Tuesday's Dose - 24th May 2016

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"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. - Jeremiah 17:7-8 

Several close friends have been hit with problems that came without any warning at all. As the difficulties grew, they became filled with fear and anxiety. I've experienced those types of problems, and possibly you have too. So what can we do when we find ourselves in situations like these?

When I consider the sweltering heat of summer, I often picture myself relaxing on a shaded riverbank, listening to the water wash over the stones.

As much as I enjoy thinking about this pleasant scene, I know there is a deeper meaning to be found in the phrase "like a tree planted by the waters". This spiritual picture has much to say to about life. 

The scripture describes God's word as water. Since God knew we couldn't live and grow without clean, pure water, He filled the earth with a vast supply of it. God's word is also needed for life and growth. This water, the word of God, is the only thing by which we can grow spiritually. The water of the word is also the only thing that will cleanse us from the defilement of sin. God speaks about "cleansing [us] by the washing with water through the word" (Ephesians 5:26). The word reaches deep into the recesses of both the heart and soul. God created us with a need for both physical and spiritual water, and we will die if we do not avail ourselves of either.

When God speaks of a blessed man being like a tree planted by the waters, He is telling us that we need to keep on reading and "drinking" in His word every day. He knows that, when we fill our mind with His word, we will find that the word, like water, refreshes anything it touches. We will also find our "roots" have grown deeper and stronger. This will cause us to be able to stand when the strong, hot winds of troublesome situations blow in upon us.

In God's time, we will also bear fruit, if we obey the admonition to stay by the water. Let's become one of the blessed ones who trust in the Lord.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Please help us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of You. Thank You so much for all You have done to show us the way to walk each day. 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

God-confidence - Monday's Dose - 23rd May 2016

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Monday's Dose - 23rd May 2016


God said to Joshua: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."- Joshua 1:9 .

According to Samuel Johnson, "Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." This is true for both the non-Christian and the Christian alike but what the Christian needs perhaps even more is God-confidence.

As another has pointed out, "Moses lacked self-confidence when God called him.  Had Joshua had lots of self-confidence why would God have told him to not be afraid? Gideon certainly lacked self-confidence. And until the disciples of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit, understandably, they had little if any self-confidence. When Jesus was taken captive, they fled. Undoubtedly, just as I would have done had I been in their shoes. Had Paul had lots of self-confidence in all situations, why would God have sent an angel to him when he was in prison to tell him to fear not? And over and over God had to tell David not to fear."

Lacking self-confidence is par for the course for most of us because we all struggle with this to some degree. So how do we overcome? 

First, we need to build on our successes and not our failures ... and on what we can do, not on what we can't do! For instance, I may be a terrible bricklayer but that doesn't make me a terrible or bad person.

Second, more importantly, building up our self-confidence needs to come from within ... that is, building up my belief in myself. This comes mostly from being open, honest and transparent with at least one or two trusted friends to whom I reveal my total self—warts and all. As they love and accept me as I am, little by little I learn to love and accept myself as I am. And as we grow in a healthy self-love, it is amazing how our self-confidence increases.

Third, how do I build up my God-confidence? I do this by choosing to trust him no matter how I feel. When I am lacking in self-confidence, I just keep saying to God, "I'm afraid but I choose to trust you in this situation." Eventually my feelings catch up with my choice to trust God.

We also build up God-confidence through experience ... by stepping out and practicing faith in God and doing what we believe he wants us to do. As we see God using us, our God-confidence grows.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Thank you that you love and accept me as I am ... please help me to do the same ... and help me to grow to become the person you want me to be so that my God-confidence and self-confidence will increase greatly—all for the glory of your name and not mine. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray,  

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

Find Encouragement and Hope in the Word of God - Sunday's Dose - 22nd May 2016

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Sunday's Dose - 22nd May 2016

Find Encouragement and Hope in the Word of God 

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." - Romans 15:4 .

You may have read the story about the "piano teacher who was affectionately known as Herman. One night at a university concert, a distinguished piano player suddenly became ill while performing an extremely difficult piece. No sooner had the artist retired from the stage when Herman rose from his seat in the audience, walked on stage, sat down at the piano and with great mastery completed the performance.

"Later that evening, at a party, one of the students asked Herman how he was able to perform such a demanding piece so beautifully without notice and with no rehearsal. He replied, 'In 1939, when I was a budding young concert pianist, I was arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. Putting it mildly, the future looked bleak. But I knew that in order to keep the flicker of hope alive that I might someday play again, I needed to practice every day. I began by fingering a piece from my repertoire on my bare board bed late one night.

The next night I added a second piece and soon I was running through my entire repertoire. I did this every night for five years. It so happens that the piece I played tonight at the concert hall was part of that repertoire. That constant practice is what kept my hope alive. Everyday I renewed my hope that I would one day be able to play my music again on a real piano, and in freedom.'"

I'm sure that some of our readers at this time are facing great hardships and may even be in peril for their life. The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to experience great hardships, shipwreck, whippings, and being thrown into prison for his faith. He was the one who wrote today's Scripture verse encouraging the Christians in Rome (who, if they weren't going through persecution at the time, would soon be) to find encouragement and hope in the Word of God. May you and I do the same.

Prayer: "Our Loving Father in Heaven, 
In times of hardship, despair and suffering, please help me to keep practicing my faith every day, putting my trust entirely in you. And please bring me through triumphantly to the last day when I will see you face to face and know you as you are. Grant that this hope and the encouragement from your Word will keep me enduring to the end. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

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

Perfect Love - Fridays Dose - 20th May 2016

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Fridays Dose - 20th May 2016

Perfect Love

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love" - 1 John 4:18. 

Most of us struggle with fear of one sort or another at one time or another—some mild, some serious, some healthy, some unhealthy and self-defeating.

Healthy fear is a self-protective mechanism. We rightly fear (or should) driving through a red light, or doing anything that could hurt us or others. Unhealthy fear is that which is caused bysomeone
who hurt us deeply, and especially when we bury and deny it. This fear can become a floating anxiety and cause us to be fearful of everyday living, separate us from close relationships and cause loneliness, give us ulcers or other physical ills, or cause us to hide it and "protect" ourselves with anger.

Fears that are relatively harmless can often be overcome by doing the thing we fear and thereby reconditioning our response to the
particular thing we fear.

Unhealthy or self-defeating fears need to be dealt with at their root cause. For example, a person who was abused or abandoned as a child may be fearful of being treated the same way as an adult. And, for some strange reason, unless he faces and resolves this fear, he will tend to either withdraw from close relationships or be attracted to people who will repeat the abuse or abandonment he experienced in the past. Sadly, the things we fail to resolve we are destined to repeat.

As today's Scripture points out, "The man [person] who fears is not made perfect in love." Thus, to be made perfect in love means we need to resolve any unhealthy fears. To do this these fears need to be recognized and if repressed, they need to be brought into the conscious mind so they can be confronted and resolved.

Look at the symptoms in your life. Do you avoid close relationships? Is your life filled with anxiety? Are you an angry person? Do you
have any impaired close relationships? Is your marriage a wreck? If any of these apply to you, chances are you may have unresolved fear.

So when you pray admit these and any other symptoms to God and ask him to give you the courage to see the root cause of these—and to lead you to the help you need to overcome these. If the fears are buried, you may need qualified professional counseling help to overcome these.

As we resolve unhealthy fears, we open ourselves to love, and the more we are filled with God's love, the less fearful we will be because perfect love drives out fear.

Prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, 
Please help me to face the root cause of any or all fear/s I may have and lead me to the help I need to overcome them so I can be freed to know and experience your love which is the ultimate protection against fear. 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

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