WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO

WHEN THINGS DON'T WORK OUT AS DESIRED - TRUST HIM!

WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS DESIRED – TRUST GOD!

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

I don’t know the details of your situation, but if you’ve lived long enough, I do know you’ve had this experience or something very similar.

It was a situation where you desired something, some outcome concerning yourself or a person, place or thing in your life and in your view, what you desired was a good thing because after all, it did not conflict with the basic principles of God’s will as outlined in His Word and obtaining it would be beneficial.

You did everything you knew to do for things to work out.

You prayed, planned, followed the steps, took the measures, made the adjustments, met the deadlines, heeded the sound advice, put in the time, kept the faith, repented when necessary……you even fasted, prayed, came in agreement with a prayer partner, sowed a seed, decreed and declared the outcome and praised God in advance for it.

You did everything you knew to do for things to work out according to your desires……everything!

But they didn’t work out.

You still did not get the job.

You still lost your house.

Your spouse still left.

Your child still died.

The person was still not healed.

The deal still fell through.

The relationship or friendship still went sour.

Your desired outcome concerning yourself, or that person, place or thing did not materialize……….It just did not happen.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

Thousands of yeas ago, Jesus, God’s beloved, only begotten, sinless, Son had an outcome He desired as well.

He wanted another way to redeem mankind other than having to go to the cross.

It’s not that He did not want to redeem mankind, it was just that the very thought of what He would have to go through to do it shook Him to His very core causing His “soul to be exceeding sorrowful even unto death” (Matthew 26:38)

Jesus agonized and prayed so fervently over the matter that His sweat was as drops of blood…..can you imagine that!

Three times He asked the Father if there was any other possible way to get the job done, ending each request by telling the Father, nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.

After all of this intense prayer, what was the outcome?

The outcome was that Jesus’ request was denied.

Another way was not granted.

A grueling death on the cross was the only option given.

What did Jesus do?

He accepted the Father’s answer and moved on in obedience to the Father’s revealed will, trusting the Father’s sovereignty, wisdom and love.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

The great Apostle Paul who was God’s key man sent to the Gentiles and who under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament had an affliction.

Exactly what it was, the Bible does not say, but it does tell us that the affliction was causing Paul enough distress for him to ask God if He would take it away.

When you think about it, this affliction must have caused Paul great distress because we never read of Paul praying to God and asking Him not to be imprisoned, stoned, flogged, mobbed or shipwrecked anymore, but we do read of how three times he prayed to God to remove this affliction.

II Corinthians 12:7, 8 states, “And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted.Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;” (Amplified Bible)

After all of that intense prayer, what was the outcome to Paul’s request?

The outcome was that Paul’s requested was denied.

Verse 9 states, “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” (Amplified Bible)

Removal of the thorn in his flesh was not granted.

A messenger of satan to rack and buffet and harass him was what he had to constantly face. 

What did Paul do?

He accepted the Lord’s answer that His grace was sufficient for him and moved on in obedience to the Lord’s revealed will, trusting the Lord’s sovereignty, wisdom and love.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

  • Do you have an emotional tantrum?
  • Do you get angry, bitter and resentful?
  • Do you doubt the love and wisdom of God?
  • Do you give up and lose faith?
  • Do you have a pity party?
  • Do you sink deep in depression?
  • Do you stop praying?
  • Do you stop attending church?
  • Do you walk away from God?

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

If Jesus, our sinless Lord and Savior, the only begotten beloved Son of God experienced things not working out as He desired in spite of doing all He could, and if the Apostle Paul, God’s key man sent to the Gentiles who under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament experienced things not working out as he desired, why are we 21st century saints so shocked when things don’t work out as we want? ….SELAH!

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN THINGS DO NOT WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

Let’s take a lesson from our Lord Jesus and from the Apostle Paul.

When things do not work out as desired in spite of all of our efforts, let’s rise above our thoughts and feelings, accept God’s answer, know that the Lord’s grace is sufficient to undergird us, and move on in obedience to whatever is the Lord’s revealed will, trusting His sovereignty, wisdom and love as we go. 

By His grace you can!

By his grace, I can!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Kim | August 26, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS

BACK TO SCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TEACHERS

TEACHERS - HAVE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

TEACHERS – HAVE A SAFE & SUCCESSFUL YEAR!

 

Teach well

Expect good results

Always walk in love

Cast all your cares upon the Lord

Have sanity breaks

Elevate mindsets, attitudes, and self-esteem

Remember each child is a gift from God

Set the example you want to see

 

You are needed.

You are appreciated.

You are a powerful influence.

 

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!”

(Proverbs 3:5-6 – The Message Bible)

 

Walk worthy of your calling and have a safe and successful year!

 

Kim

 

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Posted by: Kim | August 19, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL HAIKU

BACK TO SCHOOL HAIKU

 

PERSPECTIVE IMPACTS OUTCOME

PERSPECTIVE IMPACTS OUTCOME!

 

summer’s in the tomb

school year’s in the womb

mourn or rejoice

 

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:..”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1 – Amplified Bible)

 

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Posted by: Kim | August 12, 2014

HOW DO I SEND MY CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL WHEN…….

HOW DO I SEND MY CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL WHEN……

SCHOOL WILL SOON OPEN -  BE PREPARED AND PRAYERFUL!

SCHOOL WILL SOON OPEN – BE PREPARED AND BE PRAYERFUL!

With the end of August fast approaching, many parents worry about the prospect of sending their children back to school.

Some of the questions that run deep inside are:

How do I send my children back to school in a world where random shootings occur in educational institutions at any level, anywhere, anytime for any reason?

How do I send my children back to school in a world where kids glorify insulting and putting each other down, bullying is an ever-present threat, and academic failure a badge of the “in crowd”?

How do I send my children back to school in a world where seemingly more and more teachers indiscriminately take frustrations out on students, show obvious favoritism and conduct their job as if it were a necessary evil?

How do I send my children back to school in a world where systems exalt school reputation over student well-being, promote and enforce policies that dishonor God, and administrators shamelessly fight for professional brownie points?

How do  you send your children back to school in the midst of these are very real, troubling and complex issues?

As a Believer, some key things you can do are as follows:

  • Ask God for His wisdom and guidance daily
  • Make it a personal priority to continuously put the Word in your children
  • Teach them what is right and wrong in the eyes of the Lord
  • Tell  them that God is with them to protect them and help them in every situation they meet
  • Let them know that their educational opportunity is a gift from God so it is their responsibility to do their best to make the most of it
  • Actively support and encourage them however you can
  • Soak them in prayer, praying both for and with them
  • Stand and believe that God will protect, lead, guide, favor, and enable them to navigate safely through the school year and help them find good success.
  • Pray regularly for the teachers, staff and administrators of their school

I originally posted the following prayer/declaration on August 14th, 2010 and have re-posted it every year since.

As the new school year approaches, I feel the need to re-post it again this year as a prayer for our children as they return to school.

Be encouraged to not just read the prayer, but to join your faith with other Believers and pray it, not only for your own children if you have children, but for every child the Lord lays upon your heart no matter where they are in the world.

Shalom!

Kim

A PRAYER/DECLARATION AS OUR CHILDREN, OUR PRECIOUS HERITAGE OF THE LORD RETURN TO SCHOOL

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that every assignment of the enemy over our children’s lives is cancelled and that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.

We cover them in the blood of Jesus from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet and request warring angels of the Lord to encamp around them and to protect them from all harm and danger.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we cast down every high thing that would try to exalt itself against the knowledge of God that our children possess.

We declare that the Word of God is hidden in their hearts and that it is a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path, continuously guiding their decisions and ordering their steps wherever they go and whatever they face.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that our children have a mind to work and that the spirit of excellence rests upon them, influencing their academic performance and behavior.

We declare that they submit to the rules and regulations of their schools and obey the instruction of those in authority over them as long as our children do not violate the Word.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that our children are highly favored of God and that this divine favor positively affects their relations with their school administrators, teachers and fellow students.

We declare that our children establish friendships with children who positively influence their minds, bodies, souls, and spirits, and encourage and support their academic, social and spiritual development.

In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we declare that the Spirit of the living God rests upon our children, making them distinct and different in a positive way.

We declare that by the anointing of God, our children demonstrate godly character and principles—that they are salt and light on their school campuses and that God’s plans and purposes are advanced in and through them.

In our authority as the Body of Christ, we declare these things in accordance with the principles of the Word of God and by faith believe and agree that these things are so to the honor and glory of God in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Copyright © 2014 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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http://unwalled.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/a-prayer-for-the-protection-of-our-school-children/

http://unwalled.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/schools-opening-get-motivated/

Posted by: Kim | August 9, 2014

WHY I DON’T FOLLOW MANY BLOGS

WHY I DON’T FOLLOW MANY BLOGS

 

WHY DO YOU FOLLOW OR NOT FOLLOW BLOGS?

WHY DO YOU FOLLOW OR NOT FOLLOW BLOGS?

 

I’ve thought about writing this post for some time and I guess today is the day.

Over the past few years I’ve often been asked why I don’t follow many blogs.

Before answering, I must say that a multitude of blogs that publish excellent material well-worthy of reading exist, many of which belong to persons who follow my blog so this is definitely not about a lack of good quality content.

So why don’t I follow many blogs?

Well, the answer for me is three-fold, time, integrity and avoidance of mental clutter; I’ll speak to time and integrity first.

Following a blog means different things to different people.

For some, it means keeping up with and reading everything published, for others it means reading anything received that captures their interest, for others, it’s simply means adding another notch on the “social wall of blog following boasting rights”………”Oh, well I follow 85 blogs”.

For me, following a blog means making a commitment to keep up with and read the published materials and support the author with occasional comments and feedback.

Naturally this takes time and because of other commitments, goals and responsibilities that I have, by necessity the budgeted amount of time for this in my life is limited so I can not follow many blogs.

Some may say, well just follow but don’t read the material, no one will know.

Although a comfortable option for some, and everyone has a right to choose, for me, doing that would be false pretense and an issue of personal integrity so I don’t view it is a viable alternative.

The bottom line is if I can not commit to keeping up with and reading what an author publishes and support him/her with occasional comments and feedback, I prefer not to subscribe to or follow their blog but will visit and comment occasionally as time permits.

The other reason why I do not follow many blogs is to avoid mental clutter and thereby enable easier discernment of the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Everything that you or I read becomes a voice in our mind that can speak to us at will through our thoughts and the more we read, the more voices are available to speak.

As a Christian writer, my goal is to write words that encourage, edify and inspire the Body of Christ and bring glory to God so it is important that I am open to hear what He wants me to say.

What helps me tremendously with this is that I monitor my mental space and do not let my mind become so cluttered with material that when it is time for me to write, it is very difficult for me to discern if what I am hearing is His voice telling me what He wants me to say, or another voice contending for the platform.

Setting boundaries relative to the amount and kind of material I expose myself to helps me greatly in this regard so this is the other key reason why I do not follow many blogs and am prayerful in regard to my reading material in general.

So, for those who wonder why I do not follow many blogs, it’s really a personal issue of time, integrity and avoidance of mental clutter so that I can more easily hear what the Lord wants me to say when I write…. that’s it!

Shalom!

Kim

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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IT’S TIME TO STOP LOOKING IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

 

Is your past holding you back from moving forward into the future God has for you?

Well I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. that I believe is a timely, challenging and encouraging word for you.

Be challenged.

Be blessed.

Kim

 

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YOU CAN'T MOVE FORWARD LOOKING BACK

YOU CAN’T MOVE FORWARD LOOKING BACK!

The Rear View Mirror

Many of you feel stagnant in your walk with the Lord, and the reason is that you are reliving your past. Some of you are having a difficult time letting go of old memories. It is imperative to release the memories of the mistakes and misfortunes as well as the memories of the good times that you had, so that you could move forward into everything that Jesus has for you. Your past or current situation does not determine your future destination.

The Lord says; forget what lies behind. Don’t hold on to past memories that will burden you down and bring bitterness to your soul. Don’t see yourself as the person who you were in the past, and do not entertain thoughts of regret. You are no longer the man or woman that you once were. Don’t reminisce on the good times and the way that you think your life should have been. This will hinder you from My plans. Reconstruct your way of thinking into the image of how I see you. Allow Me to take the good times as well as bad times of your past, and create a masterpiece from a life that has been totally surrendered and submitted to Me. Accept your past as the teacher that it is. Your most significant opportunities will be found in the things that you have experienced. Do not rehearse those things that went wrong, but release them to Me and allow Me to bring restoration.

Release those who have hurt you. Unforgiveness will hinder My work in your life and will bring sorrow, guilt, shame and regret. Release those who have lied to you and lied about you. Those haunting memories are preventing you from moving forward as you are holding on to worthless thoughts of situations which no longer exist. As you release your past, you will no longer be tormented with fear. As you align yourself with My plan, those debilitating memories will diminish, and I will give you beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning. I will restore the years of pain and sorrow.

Learn from the mistakes of your past. Release every situation that no longer exists. Don’t try to resurrect those things that are dead. Old ways of thinking must be buried.

Your old nature is no longer in existence. See yourself the way that I see you. Envision yourself as the person that I have created you to be. Nothing that you did in your past will disqualify you from the future that I have for you. Don’t be afraid of change but move forward into the victory that I have for you. Don’t deprive yourself from entering into the blessings that I have for you by looking back. Remember where I have brought you from, but walk in the newness that I am bringing you in to. My plans for you are bigger than what you now perceive, and as you look to Me, you will begin to see the promises and the provisions that I have for you says the Lord.

Isaiah 43: 18- 19

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

2 Corinthians 5: 17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Philippians 3:13-14

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Hebrews 12:1

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

 

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

“MOVING FORWARD” – BY ISRAEL HOUGHTON & NEW BREED

 

 

I hope the word and song were a challenge and a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Images “A Word In Season” – http://www.awordinseason.info.

“FORWARD” by Israel Houghton & New Breed courtesy of Sam Walton – http://www.youtube.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Kim | August 4, 2014

ANCIENT WORDS – TIMELESS WISDOM

 

ANCIENT WORDS – TIMELESS WISDOM

ANCIENT WORDS - TIMELESS WISDOM

ANCIENT WORDS – TIMELESS WISDOM

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
 don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
 he’s the one who will keep you on track.
 Don’t assume that you know it all.
 Run to God! Run from evil!
 Your body will glow with health,
 your very bones will vibrate with life!
 Honor God with everything you own;
 give him the first and the best.
 Your barns will burst,
 your wine vats will brim over.
 But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction. 
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
 a father’s delight is behind all this.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:5-12 – The Message)

“ANCIENT WORDS” – BY MICHAEL W. SMITH

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“ANCIENT WORDS” by Michael W. Smith courtesy of 1BelovedSon – http://www.youtube.com

Posted by: Kim | July 27, 2014

A WORD FOR SOMEONE TODAY

A WORD FOR SOMEONE TODAY

“With all the animosity against Me in this world, with all the attempts to discredit My character and My Name, with all the attacks against My Word, My principles, and My Truth, stay focused, contend  for the Faith, cling to, rely on, and trust in Me for I am your God.

Do not mind the naysayers, mockers and scorners who despise the very essence of who I am. Do not mind their jeerings and noise. Do not allow them to distract you from My Truth. Hold fast to My truth for it is all you have. Hold fast for their day is coming. Hold fast for every mocker, naysayer, and scorner shall be humbled in their pride and arrogance and brought to nothing in My mighty presence.

Hold fast to Me and My Word and don’t let them distract you for I am your God, the only true and living God. Their day is coming. Hold fast to Me.”

The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; The Lord alone will be exalted in that day. The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted, and they will be humbled.”

(Isaiah 2:11-12 – NIV)

Stop trusting in man who has but breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?”

(Isaiah 2:22 – NIV)

Copyright  2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved

Posted by: Kim | July 17, 2014

GREAT IS THE LORD – WORSHIP HIM!

GREAT IS THE LORD – WORSHIP HIM!

Although this is not a new song, tonight I heard it for the first time and it inspired such worship in my spirit that I had to post it and share it.

Be blessed as you listen.

Kim

“GREAT ARE YOU LORD” – BY SINACH

 

 

“Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain,”

(Psalms 48:1 – Amplified Bible)

“Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable.”

(Psalms 145:3 – Amplified Bible)

“Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.”

(Psalms 147:5 – Amplified Bible)

“For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

(Psalms 95:3 – Amplified Bible)

 

THINK OF THE GREATEST PERSON, PLACE  OR THING THAT YOU CAN

GUESS WHAT?

GOD IS GREATER……WORSHIP HIM!

 

SELAH!

 

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

“GREAT ARE YOU LORD” by Sinach courtesy of Osinanchi K – http://www.youtube.com

Posted by: Kim | July 15, 2014

GOD CAN MEET YOUR HUMAN NEEDS

GOD CAN MEET YOUR HUMAN NEEDS

 

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HOLDS THE KEY TO MEETING  YOUR NEEDS

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HOLDS THE KEY TO FULFILLING YOUR NEEDS

 

According to Human Needs Psychology there are six basic needs which are universal to all humans and that we all try to fulfill in varying degrees.

These needs are:

Certainty – The need for security, stability, and reliability.


Variety – The need for the unknown, change, new stimuli, excitement, adventure, and challenge.


Significance – The need to feel unique, wanted, important, acknowledged, special, valued and needed.

Love and Connection – The need to love and to feel loved, a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something 

Growth – The need to grow, learn, develop, and expand emotionally, intellectually and in capability.


Contribution – A sense of service, the need to give, to help others, and to make a difference.

Here are the needs again with some scriptures to show some of the ways that God in His completeness and infinite wisdom can fulfill them in our relationship with Him.

CERTAINTY

The need for security, stability, and reliability.


“For I am the Lord, I do not change……”

(Micah 3:6 – Amplified Bible)

“……….. for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]“

(Hebrews 13:5 – Amplified Bible)

“Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).”

(Hebrews 13:8 – Amplified Bible)

 

VARIETY

The need for the unknown, change, new stimuli, excitement, adventure, and challenge.


“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”

(2 Corinthians 5:17 – Amplified Bible)

“And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race].”

(Mark 16:15 – Amplified Bible)

“The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

(John 3:8 – Amplified Bible)

 

 SIGNIFICANCE

The need to feel unique, wanted, important, acknowledged, recognized, special, valued and needed.

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”

(John 3:16 – Amplified Bible)

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

(I Peter 2:9 – Amplified Bible)

“Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice.
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

(Matthew 10:29-31 – Amplified Bible)

 

LOVE AND CONNECTION

The need to love and to feel loved, a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something. 

“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.”

(Romans 5:8 – Amplified Bible)

“For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:38, 39 – Amplified Bible)

“So we, numerous as we are, are one body in Christ (the Messiah) and individually we are parts one of another [mutually dependent on one another].”

(Romans 12:5 – Amplified Bible)

 

GROWTH

The need to grow, learn, develop, and expand emotionally, intellectually and in capability.


“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.”

(2 Corinthians 3:18 – Amplified Bible)

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”

(Romans 12:2 – Amplified Bible)

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

(Philippians 4:13 – Amplified Bible)

 

CONTRIBUTION

A sense of service, the need to give, to help others, and to make a difference.

 “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).”

(Matthew 28:19, 20 – Amplified Bible)

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”

(Matthew 5:18 – Amplified Bible)

“As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the [a]extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].”

(1 Peter 2:10 – Amplified Bible)

SELAH

Be encouraged to look to God as the fundamental source of fulfilling your needs.

He will never fail you.

He will never disappoint you.

Shalom!

Kim

 

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