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Discovering God's Will for Your Life - Sunday's Dose - 24th July 2016

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"I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your
instructions are written on my heart."  - Psalm 40:8.

A Daily Dose Devotional Reader asks, "How does one know that God is speaking to him or her? I am very confused because I do not know what God wants me to do with my life."

In younger days I used to struggle with the same question; that is, how can I know the will of God for my life? The following comes from what I learned:

First, and most important, is that it is always God's will for us to put God first in our life and live in harmony with what his Word, the Bible, teaches.

Second, ask God to help you discover what your God-given life purpose is, and then do what is necessary to fulfill this purpose. This will be achieved by using your natural gifts and talents to serve God—and we serve him by serving/helping people.

Third, when using your God-given gifts and talents, you will enjoy and find fulfillment in the work you do (either paid or volunteer). Referring to Jesus, David, the Psalmist,  wrote: "I take joy in doing your will, my God." When we live in harmony with and do the will of God, we, too, will find joy and fulfillment.

Fourth, unless we have a "specific call" from God for a specific task such as being a missionary (or other ministry), we can do any of a number of things and still be doing God's will. For instance, picture God's will as traveling on a "train" that will take you to heaven when your life on earth is ended. While God is in charge of that train, we have all the freedom to move around in that train involved
in many and varied activities and doing the work in which we find fulfillment.

Fifth, realize that God is not co-dependent. He will give wisdom and guidance if we ask him to (See Proverbs 3:5-6) but he doesn't make our decisions for us. So don't wait for a special vision, just put to use the talents you have in serving others through your local church, a para-church organization, or with a volunteer service organization.

Sixth, every morning pray and commit and trust your life and way to God and trust him to lead you in the way that is best for you to go. I have prayed this prayer almost every day since my youth and, as I look back, I can see how God has answered this prayer in so many ways I never would have dreamed possible.

Prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, 
Please help me to discover my God-given life purpose, to live in harmony with your will, and to develop and use my God-given gifts and talents in a way that will best serve you and fulfill your purpose for my life—and therein find joy and fulfillment. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

Great Act of Love - Friday's Dose - 22nd July 2016

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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay
down his life for his friends. - John 15:13. (KJV).

According to Doug Batchelor in his book,
Broken Chains, "There's a story about two Filipino
brothers, identical twins, who lived in Manila and
made their living by driving jeepneys, Filipino taxis.

Though they were twins and had similar jobs, they
lived very different lives. One was married and had
children; the other was single. Then one day, the
married brother accidentally struck and killed a
tourist with his taxi. Accused of reckless driving,
the twin was sentenced to twenty years in the
notorious Manila prison—a devastating fate that would leave his wife and children without an income.

"One day, his twin came to visit him in prison.
He said, 'Brother, your family desperately needs you. Put on my clothes and take my visitor's pass and I will put on your prison uniform and serve the rest of your sentence. Go to your family.' So, while the guards were not looking, the twins exchanged clothes, and the married brother walked out of the prison unchallenged. Do you think the twin who was freed could ever stop thinking about the sacrifice that his brother made in trading places with him?"

Though having limitations it is still a powerful
illustration of what Jesus Christ did for you and me
2,000 years ago when he exchanged places with you and me and died in our place on the cross of Calvary. He did this out of his great love for us to pay the penalty for all of our sins, so we could be freely forgiven by God and receive his gift of eternal life in Heaven to be with him forever.

If you have never thanked Jesus for dying in your place to pay the penalty for your sins and accepted God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life, We urge you to do this today.

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
How can I ever thank you enough for Your great act of love in giving Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, and Jesus, for dying in my place to pay the penalty for all my sins? I believe and, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior. And because you died for me please help me always to live for you. 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

Putting Our Life Right With God - Wednesday's Dose - 20th July 2016

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"When I find it convenient, I will send for you."
- (Acts 24:25).

When the Apostle Paul was brought before Governor Felix to be judged for his Christian faith, Paul may have come close to persuading him to become a Christian. On one occasion after listening to Paul's case, Felix trembled and sent Paul away saying he would speak to him at a more convenient time.

Today is the only day we ever have. Yesterday is gone forever. Tomorrow never comes. Whatever it is we need to do today we need to do today. Procrastination surely is the thief of time. There are many reasons why we put things off—apathy, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, habit, indifference, passive resistance, and/or just plain not-getting-around-to-doing-it.

Whatever the reason, there are some things that are
far too critical to put off until a more convenient
time—especially putting our life right with God.

Even though Felix spoke to Paul on a number of
occasions after saying he would speak to him at a
more convenient time, there is no indication that he
ever accepted the Christian faith.

If you need to put things right with God and/or accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, why not do that today? As the Bible says, "Behold, now is the accepted time: behold, now is the day of salvation." - 2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV).

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Help me to be sure that I am a true Christian and help me to so live that it will show in my daily living. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

How to Forgive When You Can't - Tuesday's Dose - 19th July 2016

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"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, `Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, `I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'" - (Matthew 18:21-22 ). 

A Daily Dose Devotional reader writes, "I currently have a very bad relationship with my half-sister who blames my mother for taking my father away from her. I know I should forgive her, but I cannot. My dad died many years ago and my mother (also no longer living) was all I had for so long. How do I forgive someone who has said such vile and unforgiving things about her? I want to improve my relationship with God and I know that this is preventing me from doing so. Please help me."

Dear beloved, no matter what others do to us and how bad and hurtful those things may be, in the long run failing to forgive hurts us more than it hurts the other person. It's like "drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."

Reconciliation with loved ones should be our goal but that isn't always possible because that takes both parties. Forgiveness, however, is only dependent on one party. Forgiving a person doesn't mean we allow him or her to continue to hurt us, and we may need to distance ourselves from them if they insist on being hurtful. But it is essential for our own well-being that we forgive any and all who have ever hurt us, and leave the door open should they ever desire reconciliation. This is much more likely to happen if we graciously forgive them for what they have done to us and ask for their forgiveness for any hurtful words or actions we may have said or done to them.

To forgive it is imperative that we resolve our hurt and angry feelings first as these are the emotions that block our forgiving. The resentment we carry in our heart is our problem—and that's always self-destructive. What your sister has done is her issue. What you have done and are still doing by failing to forgive—is your issue and that's what you need to resolve if you are going to regain a warm loving relationship with others and with God and—hopefully in time— with your sister.

Not easy, I know, but it is essential. If you don't know how to resolve your resentment, I encourage you to seek the guidance of a qualified Christian counselor who can guide you through the steps to resolution so you can truly forgive your sister and put your relationship to God back in harmony.

Also, try not to beat yourself up because of your negative feelings … we all experience situations that hurt and make us mad ... but we can resolve our feelings.**

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father,
Thank you God that no matter how I feel you are always with me and that you know, understand, and care. Please help me to find the help I need so I can resolve my hurt and resentment and freely forgive any and all who have ever hurt me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully,In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

Stop Worrying! - Monday's dose - 18th of July 2016

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"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing." - Psalm 34:10.

Thoughts for Today

This is really one of the most promising scriptures. Just by reading what it says it should give us believers yet another confirmation that God, is there and that God, does care. Let's look at the facts there are millions upon millions of starving people and at times us believers don't always do financially good. We struggle at times, but we always have what we need. We have a home, food, clothes, etc. We are not just another number of starving people, we are not living in want. If you know a believer that isn't getting what they need to survive then perhaps their faith isn't great enough. Maybe they aren't trusting God, as they should. The fact that so many are poor and living on the streets and that we believers some how always make it through and have food, clothes and etc is not coincidence, but it's a miracle of God. Count your blessings and know where each and everyone of them come from. God, loves you and tells us not to worry because He will provide for us! God, even made sure the grass of the field is clothed, imagine how much more He will make sure you are taken care of! We're talking about a God, who created and loves all creation and put us on the top of that list of creation. He made us the most important creation ever created! We're even more important than the entire Earth because it won't remain and we will! He made us higher than the angels!

A lot of you are in worry and you never do learn. Each time trouble arises you worry and then God, pulls you through every time and then another problem arises and you forget how you got out of the last problem. The problems are only a problem if you think of them as a problem and not just something that God, will take care of! The Lord, got you this far and He'll get you through. So what you're broke and haven't got money to get by the rest of the month. God, created Heaven and Earth, do you not believe that He is also able to give you a few bucks to survive the rest of the month? That's a part of the problem too is that I can hear people say, "Well, God, doesn't give people money. God, doesn't even have money." God, is in control of everything. The people who are rich are rich because God, granted it. So when you're in need and you receive stuff: Money, cars or whatever you might as well just take it as something that God, owned and wanted to give to you. He has everything in His hands. There is nothing that He doesn't have. Whatever it is that you need: Healing, joy, money or whatever then God, is able to give it to you! All you believers are getting by just fine, but some of you worry too much. Stop worrying!

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
 I come before you today to pour out my worries, anxieties and fears at Your feet. Lord, please remove everything that is causing worry, stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives and bring a peace into my soul that passes all worldly understanding. Please help us to put our faith and confidence in you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

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

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