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It's Time for You to Start Confessing 'Good Things' about Yourself - Sparkling Gems from the Greek - Week of October 20

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:6). What kind of things do you say about yourself, Christian?

Week of October 20 It's Time for You To Start Confessing ‘Good Things' About Yourself! That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Philemon 1:6 What kind of things do you say about yourself? Do you speak well of yourself, or are you hyper-critical of your appearance, your weight, your intelligence, your talents, your skills, and every other aspect of who you are as a person? I used to be so hyper-critical of myself that one day the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "How dare you continually talk so badly about yourself after the good work I've done inside you. Don't you know how marvelously I created you to be in Jesus Christ? Quit speaking so negatively of yourself, and start acknowledging every good thing that is in you." I didn't realize how badly I was speaking of myself until the Holy Spirit brought it to my attention. But after He spoke to me, I started noticing every time something evil slipped out of my mouth about myself. I was stunned to see how many times I did it! I became painfully aware that my own mouth had become one of my greatest enemies. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I made a decision to quit speaking such foul things and to start aligning my mouth with what God's Word declared me to be. Paul said we need to speak good things about ourselves! ... read more

Infallibility - Daily in Your Presence - Oct. 19

All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal (Ps. 119:160). Our perfectionism will drive us to failure, but our dependency will lead us to God.

Day 293 INFALLIBILITY   All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.  Psalm 119:160  FROM THE FATHER'S HEART My child, you can never add or subtract anything from My words. They are infallible, as am I. Others may try to change the rules in midstream, reinventing codes and creeds that fit their lifestyles and pleasures. But My Word and My principles still stand. Test them, My child. See if I will not pour out a blessing upon you and the ones for whom you pray. Trust My decisions and My infallible character. You will see one day how the puzzle of your life fits together. A GRATEFUL RESPONSE You are the only One who ever lived that has infallibility. Human error abounds, but You are the perfect rose, the spotless lamb, the purest gold. Though You make allowance for my errors, You never make mistakes. SIMPLE TRUTH Our perfectionism will drive us to failure, but our dependency will lead us to God. For more from Rebecca, please visit www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com Sign up for Rebecca's encouraging blog/newsletter, or purchase her newest devotional books from Zondervan - Day-votions™ for Women, Day-votions™ for Mothers, and Day-votions™ for Grandmothers. ©2002, Rebecca Barlow Jordan, Daily In Your Presence, Used by Permission, All Rights Reserved read more

God Accomplishes What Concerns You - In Touch - October 18/19, 2014

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever (Ps. 138:8). The key to David's victorious attitude was his strong faith in the Lord.

God Accomplishes What Concerns You Psalms 138:7-8   David was a man who walked through trouble on a regular basis. His psalms express the struggles and disappointments he faced, yet in the end, he always turned his focus back to God. The key to his victorious attitude was his strong faith in the Lord.   David was confident in God's purpose. That's why he could say, "The Lord will accomplish what concerns me" (v. 8). The only way we can walk through trouble and not be defeated is by keeping our focus on the Lord and His purpose. He has promised to do a good work in our lives, but sometimes the only way He can complete it is in valleys of hardship.   He relied on the Lord's power. When troubles arise, we, too, can trust God to deliver us, but it may not be by escape. Sometimes He sustains us through the difficulty, walking with us every step of the way.   David believed the promises of God. Throughout these two verses, he repeatedly reminds himself what the Lord will do. We also need to have some specific promises from Scripture that will anchor us in times of trouble. The truths of the Bible are our most valuable possession when the storms of life assail us. Self-reliance or advice from others will never equal the help God's Word offers us.   God assumes responsibility for accomplishing what concerns you in times of trouble. Your job is to believe ... read more