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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

Do Not Believe Every Spirit, But Test The Spirits - 18th of August 2016 - Thursday's Dose

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John the disciple of Jesus wrote, "Do not believe
every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether
they are from God." - 1 John 4:1.

How can we be sure when and if God is speaking
to us?

When I was a young Christian I wanted to serve God and sometimes felt his Spirit was telling me to do something. However, this "still small voice" within sometimes had me in bondage. In time I came to see that this "voice" was not from God at all because "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom [liberty]" and I had anything but freedom.

One's inner "voice" can come from God, from our self, or from the tempter. If the tempter knows he can't pull us down into acting out in sinful behaviors, he may try to "push us over the top" where we become (as the old saying goes) "so heavenly minded we are of little or no earthly use."

So how can we know where the inner voice is coming from? Is it a conviction from God's Spirit? Could it be a neurotic compulsion from within my self? Or is it from the tempter? With a conviction from God I always have the freedom to say no because "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."  - 2 Corinthians 3:17  With a compulsion I am driven and feel that I "have to" do what the "inner voice" is saying no matter what. If from the tempter, it is also more a compulsion.

Keep in mind that God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible, and never contrary to it. He also speaks or leads through various circumstances, as well as through inner convictions. If it is from God, it will always be in harmony with his Word and there will be a sense of freedom. If it is contrary to
God's Word or any type of compulsion, we can know it isn't God speaking to us and we need to reject it.

Prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, 
Please give me the wisdom to know when you are 'speaking' to or leading me and when the 'voice' I hear is from myself or the tempter. Teach me to not only know your voice but always to obey it. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 

Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

The Healer of Our Broken Hearts - 16th August 2016 - Tuesday's Dose

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"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me [Jesus], because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."
- Jesus (Luke 4:18).

I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who coined the
phrase "growing strong in the broken places." When a bone is broken, for example, the calcium buildup that "welds" the bone together makes that the strongest part of the bone.

When our life is committed to God and we bring our broken parts to him for healing, we, too, become strong in the broken places. 

Another aspect on being broken is in the words of Vance Havner who said, "God uses broken things.
It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume . . . it is Peter, weeping bitterly [after his failure of denying Jesus], who returns to greater power than ever."

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Please give me the courage to face every 'broken part' in my life and bring these to You for Your healing and lead me to the help I need for full recovery. Grant that I, too, will grow strong in the broken places and be used by You to be a blessing and encouragement to others.  Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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