His grace is sufficient.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
(‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ NIV)

His grace is sufficient.

You hear these words and yet…until you LIVE them, you don’t truly understand the meaning.

Today God, we thank you that your grace is sufficient. Sufficient to weather any storm. Sufficient to take us to the other side of the raging sea. Sufficient to see us through. Sufficient to heal our hearts. Sufficient to carry our burdens when the road ahead seems unbearable. Sufficient to pick up the pieces and make us whole again.

Lord, we give you those burdens today and ask you to be our burden bearer. There are things in this life that are hard for the human mind to comprehend…and yet you see it all. You knew exactly what this day would hold before it arrived.

We thank you that no matter what tomorrow holds…you are already there. May we drown in your goodness, fully comprehending the measure of grace you have bestowed to each and every one of us. And may you use us mightily to make a Kingdom difference in the world around us.

In your name we pray and ask, amen!

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“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15) #blog

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)
The good news is not just good news, its great news. The nuance of the Greek for the word gospel literally means that this news is ‘almost too good to be true’.In our world when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. But this is not the case with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This news is true and incredible. And Paul reminds us that beautiful are the feet of those who bring this good news and announce it to the world.

Throughout the book of Romans, Paul refers to the gospel as his gospel. This is because this revelation came directly to him by Jesus. He said in Galatians, “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ” ( Galatians 1:11-12 ). Paul wrote so extensively about the gift of God’s grace offered to mankind through the person of Jesus Christ that he claimed this gospel as his own. He lived and breathed this message because it was the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes ( Romans 1:16 ). Paul was set apart, called and ordained to be a minister of the gospel by the will of God. This is an amazing thing when you realize that before his conversion he literally hunted and killed Christians. He considered himself the chief of sinners but after he experienced God’s incredible grace and mercy he knew that this good news wasn’t too good to be true, that is why he said “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” ( Romans 10:13 ).

In today’s passage Paul is reminding us that this news has to be passed on and received before its power is released. People cannot look to Jesus for eternal life if they don’t believe in him. They can’t believe in him unless they have heard about him and they can’t hear about him unless someone tells them. People need to be sent before anyone can call upon the name of the Lord and find salvation. This may seem like a quandary but to use a baseball metaphor; the bases are loaded. God has sent messengers of the gospel forth to preach the good news throughout the entire world. We merely have to step up to the plate and start swinging.

The first thing to consider is that this gospel message originated with God. John said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” ( John 3:16-17 ). God sent his Son Jesus to save the world. This is the good news for which Paul was in chains. God initiated and provided the means whereby we can be reconciled to him. Sin stood in the way, but God sent Jesus to bridge the gap. Paul said in Corinthians, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” ( II Corinthians 5:18-19 ). God was the one speaking peace over the world through the blood of Christ. He sent Jesus to save the world. His feet were beautiful!

Secondly, after Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised again to life to secure our justification before God, he then turned around and sent us to spread this message of reconciliation. We call this the great commission. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ( Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18 ). He won back all the authority and power that was transferred to Satan in the fall, and look what he did, He gave it back to us. He commissioned us to be the beautiful feet that preached the good news around the world.

What an remarkable thing this is. God has entrusted us with the words of life. We have the power over death through the blood of Jesus and we have been equipped and assigned to share this wonderful news with the world. Paul said, this news was “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” ( Romans 1:16 ). We are entrusted with an tremendous thing. God trusts and believes in us to fulfill this great commission. Isaiah said, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” ( Isaiah 52:7 ). What an incredible thing to share with those around us. God’s peace towards mankind, his love for us, his gift of grace and his overwhelming mercy. We have the words that bring life and Jesus has placed His faith in us to share it. Paul said, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” ( Romans 10:17 ). The Messiah of reconciliation came from the very lips of Christ himself. God was not holding mankind’s sins against them and He came to bring us peace with God. It’s almost too good to be true but the fact remains that it is true and God calls our feet beautiful because he has sent us to proclaim this message.

Like Paul, I know that this gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. I am a minister of this good news and I will proclaim it for the rest of my days. May you understand your calling in this wonderful plan of salvation. May you share the hope to which you were called. May your feet be beautiful, amen!

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Strive to please God instead of man.

Today Lord I am going to do my best with Your help and for Your glory. I realize that there are many different people in the world with a variety of opinions and expectations. I will concentrate on being a God-pleaser and not a self-pleaser or man-pleaser. The rest I leave in Your hands lord. Grant me favor with You and with men and continue transforming me into the image of Your dear Son. Thank You Lord.

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Happy Tuesday Friends!❤️ #NevaGiveUp

Our weakness is not always our enemy… Through our imperfections, and struggles is where Gods power is revealed. His strength is perfect in our weakness. We are saved by grace, through faith, NOT BY WORKS.. Hold your head up, fix your eyes on the One who gives strength to the weak.. And know, that in your weakness, HIS POWER IS BEING COMPLETED.. He is writing your story.. A story that will bring healing to others… And all the glory, honor, and praise will go back to Him and Him alone! Don’t give up!

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Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has a larger dimension than honoring the role that Dr. King played in civil rights. This is a day to remind ourselves of how the God of the Bible hates injustice, loves mercy, and requires His people to uphold those traits. It was a Biblical conviction that empowered Dr. King to speak and act with humility in the face of the racial tensions of his day. This should be true for us today as well. While some are creating greater civic divides with inflammatory speeches, may the people of God create healing with humble actions. This is more than our opportunity—this is our mandate from God.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”– Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Happy Martin Luther King Day Friends! ❤️

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01.14.15 #FaithfulGod

I’m so thankful for this new year. I’m thankful to see things happening like the peace march in Paris. God bless those who are standing up to senseless violence!

What are you planning on doing with this new year? A brand-new, clean slate upon which to write…

I don’t like resolutions really. I think we often set ourselves up for failure by placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves. I like overall goals with short-term outlets that lead toward where I’m going…knowing that along the way if I will allow God to guide me, I will have to take detours that I had not intended. These detours might be on the road less traveled, but they will be for your good…to bring you out to rich fulfillment.

I’m excited to see what God has in store for all of us this coming year. Oftentimes the tragedies turn out to be the biggest blessings we were never expecting. So here is to an amazing year with GOD at the center of it all…

As for for me and household, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”- (‭Psalm‬ ‭34‬:‭1‬ NIV)

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– Flore ⚓️❤️🙌🎤

Where and who is your hiding place?

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1(NLT)

We live in a sinful world, but where do you dwell? The “secret place” (Hebrew for shelter or hiding place) refers to the Holy of Holies in the Temple – the place God dwelt. A place only the High Priest could enter; however, the people could enter in their hearts. Your heart is the ONLY place no one can go…that is except God! Your heart holds your deepest most cherished desires, dreams and thoughts that maybe you have never shared with even your spouse or closest friend. But God knows the depth of your heart.

The secret place is a place of heart where we hide in a loving relationship with our Father. He is our shade in the heat of life, our refuge from the storm and our fortress in time of trouble. When we feel insecure, inadequate, stressed, sad, tired or lonely. When we are fearful, disappointed or disconnected where do we run and hide?

Why make God our dwelling? Take a look at the blessings of dwelling in God’s presence (Psalm 91:1-16): rest, refuge, rescued, protected, shielded, sheltered, fearless, untouchable and unconquerable to evil, reinforcement from angels, answered prayers, satisfied and longevity. God honors those who are His children and have a relationship with Him. Can you imagine God honoring us? That is exactly what He will do for those who make Him their dwelling place. In Psalm 91: 15, the Hebrew word for “honor” literally means “to make heavy”. Here’s what happens. We go to God with a heavy load of burdens, and we leave with a heavy load of blessings. That’s how God honors us. He doesn’t stop at delivering us from our difficulties. He goes on to make us heavy with blessings.

“Father, help us to find our dwelling place in you and be protected and blessed!”

Happy Friday Friends💕⚓️

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