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You are a Masterpiece

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,  which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10

Can you wrap your head around this verse? You were made in the image of God, His workmanship. A masterpiece. You have been crafted and created by design. That design was set up before you were born so that you would accept Him as Lord, move towards His purposes, and start doing good things that put a smile on His face. You've had other options. All of us have. But at some point we all realize that someone has their eye on us. Someone is watching over us. Your life has purpose: to bring His glory into the lives of those that you are in fellowship with. As you build your relationship with Him, you will begin to truly enjoy all that comes with walking it out. Blessings will overtake you! Favor will surround you! So many times we are bombarded by bad news, ambushed by difficulties and adverse circumstances. That is part of life. But when we realize that we w…

One Thing

There are a great many ways that we can feel overwhelmed these days. Yet is all of these things that rise up against us, the Bible let us know that we can overcome anything with Jesus. When we need a safe place, a financial windfall, protection from a storm or encouragement for our depressed soul...Jesus is enough!
I've been doing a little teaching from Nehemiah asking myself and our church a loaded question: Can WE Survive? In the story I am pointing out many things that came against Nehemiah as he pursued the project of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. He faced verbal assaults, physical attacks and even some opposition within the ranks of his own folks. And not only did he survive, he completed the very thing that God had caused to rise up inside his soul.
Nehemiah had one main thing that you can see clearly was his secret weapon as he faced all of the adversity. Prayer. He knew how and when to pray. At the first sign of struggle he prayed. When insults were hurled at him and his friends he prayed. And when his own people got tired and weary and started to cave in, again he prayed.
I don't know how you handle your difficulties but I am hoping that you learn how to talk to God first in any situation. He can not only calm you down, he can turn your situation around. And even if nothing around you changes, he can walk with you through every part of the trial. People can fail you. Jobs will come and go. Churches can miss the mark. But Jesus never fails!