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from JO’s sermon tonight:

the moment God put a dream in your heart, the moment the promise took root, God not only started it, but He set a completion date.  God is called the author and finisher of our faith.  God wouldn’t have given you the dream, the promise wouldn’t have come alive, if God didn’t already have a plan to bring it to pass.  doesn’t matter how long it’s been, or how impossible it looks;  your mind may tell you, “it’s too late, you missed too many opportunities, it’s never going to happen.”  no, God is saying, “it’s not over, I have the final say, I’ve already set the completion date.”  if you will stay in faith, and not talk yourself out of it, it’s just a matter of time before it comes to pass. but some of you tonight, you’ve lost your fire;  at one time, you believed you could do something great, you had a big dream.  maybe you believed you could start that business, get healthy again, fall in love and get married, but it’s been so long, you tried and it didn’t work out, the loan didn’t go through, the medical report wasn’t good, now, the “never lies” are playing in your mind;  “I’ll never get well, get married, accomplish my dreams.” no, you have to have a new perspective;  the Creator of the universe has already set that completion date.  just because it hasn’t happened yet, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.  God has already lined up the right people, breaks, answers;  everything you need is already in your future.  now, you’ve gotta shake off the doubt, discouragement;  whether it’s been a year, 5 years, or 50 years, what God promised you, He still has every intention of bringing it to pass.  some promises, you’re not supposed to tell your friends and all your family members. they may not be happy for you.  they may tell you how it’s not gonna happen, and you’re too old and you really think you can do that?  keep it to yourself;  that’s between you and God.  the scripture calls it:

Psalm 37:4 (AMP)

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

the enemy has no new tricks; he uses the same type of lies on us today:  doubt, discouragement, “do you really think you’re gonna get well?  you saw the medical report.”  “do you really think you could accomplish those dreams?  you don’t have the funds, connections.”  no, let those thoughts go in one ear and out the other. God is saying to you tonight, “you can’t die yet, there are too many promises that have not come to pass in your life.”  what God started, He will finish.  people, bad breaks, sickness can’t stop it;  death can’t even stop it.  you need to get ready;   God is going to complete your incompletions, you will not go to your grave without seeing those dreams come to pass, even the secret petitions of your heart.  it may seem impossible, but remember, our God is all-powerful, He spoke the worlds into existence, and He has you in the palm of his hand.  God never created you to do something average, drag through life, unfulfilled, unrewarded, no, He created you to do something amazing.  He’s put seeds of greatness on the inside, whispered things to you in the middle of the night that seem too big, far out, impossible.  but God is saying, “that was My voice.  that’s My dream for your life;  it’s bigger, more rewarding.”

you may not see how it can happen, it may look like it’s been too long, but if you’ll stay in faith, God can still bring that to pass, He will finish what He started.  friends, you’ve gotta stir up what God’s put on the inside; life will try to push you down, steal your dreams, talk you into settling for mediocrity.  but I want you to have this new attitude;  what God started in your life, He is going to finish it.  will you keep believing even though it looks impossible?  will you stay in faith even though every voice tells you that it’s not going to happen?  God has put a promise in every one of you, but maybe right now you’re in the wilderness, you don’t see anything happening, you think, “I’ve been praying, believing for a year, 5, 10 years, it’s never going to work out.”  no, stay the course, keep believing.  you may be tired, discouraged, tempted to be frustrated, but don’t give up on your future.  stay on the high road.  our God is a faithful God;  it may be taking a long time, but what He started He will finish in your life.  how many times as we’re believing for what God promised us do we hear these voices:  “if you were going to get well, you’d feel better by now,” “if you were gonna get married, you would have met somebody by now”?

there will always be voices trying to convince us it’s too late, you’re going the wrong way, it’s never going to happen.  sometimes in life, the fog will set in;  you don’t know which way is the right direction, you know God’s put a promise in your heart, but every voice tells you it’s not gong to happen, you’re too old, you missed too many opportunities, you don’t have the connections.  in the foggy times, when you don’t see anything happening, that’s when you have to dig your heels in, and say, “God, I’m going to believe what You promised me in spite of how I feel, what people are telling me, how it looks.  God, I’m gonna keep acting like what You said is true, keep believing You’re on the throne.  I know you’re a faithful God;  what You’ve promised You will bring  to pass.”  it’s good to be happy for others, rejoice with them, but God doesn’t want you to just celebrate everybody else, God wants to bring your dreams to pass.  God wants to give you the desires of your heart.  He wants you to be celebrated.  Rachel wanted to have a baby so badly;  years went by and she couldn’t conceive.  she got discouraged, but just because we give up on a dream, it doesn’t mean that God gives up on the dream.

Genesis 30:22 (NIV)

22 Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.

it doesn’t say that Rachel remembered God;  this is how much God wants you to fulfill your destiny.  God remembered Rachel, answered her prayer, and gave her a baby.

(I found a similar story in my Daily Bible Reading newsletter:

1 Samuel 1:19-20 (NIV)

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”)

God is so loving, merciful, even when we become too discouraged to believe, God does not forget what He promised you.  you may feel like Rachel, your life hasn’t turned out the way you had hoped.  you prayed, believed, worked hard, put forth the effort, but it didn’t work out.  now, you’re kinda thinkin, “hey, I’m never gonna be happy again, I’ll never be married, never accomplish my dreams.”  no, God not only remembers you, He remembers the promise He put in you.  He knows what He’s destined you to do.  you may have already said, “forget it, it’s never gonna happen”;  the good news is, you don’t have the final say, God has the final say, and He says, “what I started in your life, I’m going to finish.”   that dream you gave up on, God didn’t give up on.  God doesn’t forget what He promised you as a child, God remembers the dreams, goals, things that you always wanted to do.  what God starts, He will finish.  you may not see how it can happen, it may look like you’re too old, you missed too many opportunities, it’s impossible.  no, God has it all figured out;  God knows how to connect the dots.  God is not ok with you fulfilling half of your destiny, God is going make sure you complete what He put you here to do.  God knows how to bring your dreams to pass.  “this all sounds good, very encouraging, but you don’t know my situation, I think it’s too late for me.”  have you ever felt like God showed up too late?  if He’d just got there a little sooner, maybe things would have worked out.  Mary and Martha wanted Jesus to come heal Lazarus, but Jesus wasn’t thinking about a healing, he was thinking about a resurrection.  a healing would have been good, but Jesus had something better in mind.

when the promise doesn’t turn out the way you thought, doesn’t happen on your timetable, it’s easy to get discouraged, and to feel like God let you down.  but the truth is, that means God has something better in store.  you prayed, worked hard, believed, but you didn’t get the promotion, the door closed;  don’t get discouraged;  that would have been a healing, God has a resurrection.  dare to trust Him;  He’s promised what He started in your life He will finish.  if you’ll let God do it His way, it’ll always turn out better than you ever imagined.  when we think, “it’s too late, it could never happen, I’ve missed too many opportunities,” God still has a way to bring your dreams to pass.  God never starts something that He can’t finish.  God is saying, “begin again, get your dreams back, hopes up.”  God has put some kind of promise in your heart.  maybe it’s been years;  you tried, it didn’t work out, you had some setbacks.  God is saying, “it’s time to start dreaming, believing, praying, expecting again.”  some of you wanted to buy that new house, you didn’t qualify for it, it didn’t work out;  that was 10 years ago, God says, “begin again.”  you knew you could break that addiction, but it didn’t happen, now you’ve gotten comfortable;  God is saying, “begin again.”  some of you had a big dream for your life,  you were gonna break out of the mold and set a new standard for your family;  but you had some disappointments, nobody believed in you, encouraged you, now you think it’s over.  but God is saying, “it’s not over, I have the final say, begin again.” you have seeds of greatness on the inside;  God wouldn’t have put the promise in your heart unless He already intended to bring it to pass.

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

God is saying to each one of you tonight, “I’m going to complete your incompletions, finish what I started.  I remember the dreams I placed in your heart.  I’ve lined up the right people, opportunities;  it’s not too late, you haven’t missed too many opportunities, made too many mistakes.  begin again.”  get your fire, passion back.  and remember, if it doesn’t happen your way, keep the right perspective;  that would have been a healing, God has a resurrection. He has something better coming your way.  if you’ll stir your faith up, God is going to complete your incompletions, shift things in your favor, release a flood of His goodness, mercy, ideas.  you will overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy, and become everything God’s created you to be.

Edit 5-15:  Today, I got the 1st-ever hit to the post “It is finished” from 4-5-10, in which I said:

“Tonight, for only the 3rd or 4th time since my conversion over 4 months ago, I noticed the listing for a famous TV pastor and watched his sermon. The topic? God doesn’t start anything that He can’t finish, that He won’t complete for you when the time is right.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once again with this program, the specific addressing of my foremost current issue, the TIMING…  amazing.”

That’s either talking about THIS sermon, which as I write this is still under construction, or a conceptually identical one.  It’s beyond the bounds of coincidence that I got my 1st-ever hit to that 3-year-old post referencing this sermon NOW.  It’s a sign from God that the issues that I’m stuck halfway through WILL be finished, by Him, in the optimal way and time.

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I spoke to a beloved college friend for the first time in ages today.  He revealed that he has retired and will now focus on producing progeny with the younger woman he has married.  Here’s part of the email I sent him afterward:

“I was so happy to hear your voice today!! And about something else as well… which you probably won’t believe, but just in case you might I’ll tell you.

I was working on the computer, and talking to God under my breath as I do throughout the day. I was asking Him to give you beautiful, healthy genius babies. As sometimes happens, I felt “in the groove,” where I could ask Him something and get an answer. I have 3 sites bookmarked that generate random Bible verses. Without any forethought, I asked Him to give me a “birth-related verse” if He’d be answering this prayer soon, clicked one of the sites, and I do mean ONE click of ONE site, and with the entire Bible to choose from it gave me:

John 3:4 (KJV)

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

You’d be amazed at how often this sort of thing happens to me.  Again, I know you probably won’t think it means anything, and that’s ok.  I’ve attached a screen cap of the result I got, though…  just in case seeing is believing.”

Here is that screen cap:

john 3-4

YOWZA!!

There are about 31,240 verses in the Bible, including 137 that are actually unnumbered.  In the KJV, there are 184 verses containing the word “born,” and 27 for “birth,” including usage such as “firstborn” and “birthright.”  That’s 211 chances out 31,240 that I’d get a verse that would count as a “hit.”  That’s 1 chance in 148, which is %0.0675, aka about 2/3 of 1%.  Needless to say, this is not in the universe of coincidence;  it was my answer.

.  Does “born” appearing twice mean TWO babies?  His wife is a twin, so…  in any case, look for a baby announcement SOON!!

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I’m getting bogged down by the various stressors in my life, and the thought came to me, probably from God, that I should talk to some  friends that I haven’t spoken to in ages, by which I mean actual phone calls, not “talking” via email.  I emailed the 4 of them that I thought were the best candidates to see how they might feel about having our 1st talks in a while be under these circumstances, and when they might have a little free time to say something meaningful.  They all have histories of being slow to respond to emails, they’re not big on online stuff, but all 4 responded promptly and enthusiastically;  this in itself was wonderful.  One of them was able to talk right away.  The other 3 picked what for them was the best day coming up.  They were sent their emails late on Wednesday, and all 3 of them chose as the preferred time to talk, not any part of the weekend, but TUESDAY.  3 people who do NOT attend the same school, work in the same company, or live in the same part of the country, who have no commonality in their lives whatsoever to require to them to have the same scheduling preferences, all picked Tuesday.  Not weird enough?  How about this:  There is rarely a day on which I could not take a phone call, and those rare days would virtually all be on weekends, which is when socialization marathons would occur.  The first such weekDAY on which I would not be able to take a call in a very long time is… you guessed it, Tuesday (today).

When this many “coincidences” pile on, I see the hand of God involved.  He’s making it clear that I’m acting according to His will, and will benefit from these calls…  just delayed a couple of days, lol.

Still not convinced?  I also sent emails out to a few people that I have less of a history of closeness to, just saying “hi”and asking how they were doing.  One of them wrote back, I replied, and today she wrote again.  There has been ZERO mention of phones, calling, talking, needing to talk, absolutely nothing in this zone in anything I said to her.  Furthermore, although when she lived in my city many years ago we talked on the phone a lot, we’ve had only a handful of calls over the past 20 years, with the last one being over a decade ago (email is easy and free, with no time zone issues).  However, her 2nd email begins with this line:

“Great to hear from you. Still have the same phone number, xxx-xxxx? I still know it by heart.”

!!!!!!!!!!!!  Soooooooo, I guess I’ll be talking to HER, too…  why else would she bring up my # if she wasn’t suggesting a call?  WHY would she bring it up, period?  Whenever people do unexpected things for me like this, I know that God has exerted His influence.  I am SO blessed.

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from JO’s sermon tonight:

God wants to help you, not just in the big things;  God wants to help you cooking dinner, driving in the traffic.  He wants to help you with your school work, help you be more productive at the office.   but God will only be involved in as much of your life as you allow Him to.  alot of  people have God in a Sunday morning box; that’s when they come to church, pray, think about God.  during the week, they don’t really include God in their life.  they love God, reverence Him, but they think, “there’s nothing spiritual about going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, meeting with a client.”  because they keep God in this box, they’re missing the blessings and favor that God wants to give them.

Proverbs 3:6 (TLB)

In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success

Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV)

In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

in all your ways, not some of your ways, not just the big things;  if you’ll start acknowledging God in all of your ways, He will “crown your efforts with success.”  one way to acknowledge God is simply ask for His help;  on the way to the grocery store, under your breath, “God, help me to find what I’m looking for, help this to be a productive trip.”  that’s acknowledging God.  you’re saying in effect, “God, I need you, I want you in my life.”  that simple acknowledgement allows the Creator of the universe to direct your steps. God will help you find what you may not have found.  He’ll put you at the right place at the right time. you can do this without God’s help, in your own strength, but life will go so much better, there will be less frustration, you’ll accomplish more, when you develop this habit of acknowledging God.  when you acknowledge God, He breathes His favor on your life, you’ll come into an anointing of ease;  what should have been a struggle won’t be a struggle.  that’s God crowning your efforts with success.

it doesn’t have to be some long, drawn-out thing:  brushing your teeth in the morning, “Lord, thank you for another beautiful day.”  you just acknowledged God.  driving in the traffic, “Lord, thank you for a safe trip.”  that’s acknowledging God.  when God sees you showing your dependency on Him like that, relying on Him in your everyday life, that’s what’ll cause Him to make your life easier.  “I don’t think I need to pray about that, something so small, routine”;  you don’t have to, but if you want God to help you, direct your steps and cause things to fall into place, you have to invite Him into your everyday life.  if you’ll acknowledge God, He’ll go before you and make crooked places straight, cause the right people to show up, open doors that you could not open, crown your efforts with success.  this is something we shouldn’t do every once in a while, on Sundays we’ll pray, maybe before dinner we’ll thank God for the food, that’s all good, but God wants to help you all through the day.  one translation says:

Proverbs 3:6 (TLB)

In everything you do

acknowledge God.  that means when you get up in the morning, acknowledge God;  “Good morning Lord, I love you today, I wouldn’t be alive without Your goodness.”  when you see your children, “God, thank you for these amazing children.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB)

17 pray without ceasing

that doesn’t mean 24 hours a day to get on our knees and never do anything else, never go to work, it’s talking about an attitude.  under our breath, in our thoughts, we’re constantly thinking about God, thanking Him for His goodness, meditating on His promises, asking for His help.  this should be a lifestyle, where it’s so ingrained in us it’s automatic;  anything you do you include God, you’ve developed that habit of acknowledging Him.  that’s when God will fight your battles, make the crooked places smooth. don’t go the next 20 years doing everything on your own;  if you’ll acknowledge God before you go to the mall, He’ll help you to find the best deals.  if you’ll acknowledge God before you go to the gym, He’ll help you get a better workout.  if you’ll acknowledge God before you go into that meeting, 10 seconds under your breath, “God, give me your favor, I need your blessing,” that meeting will go better.  God will give you the words to speak, ideas, creativity, He can even cause those people to like you.  when you need to clean the house, instead of complaining, getting negative, acknowledge God, and He’ll give you more strength, help you to get it done in less time.  Jesus put it this way:

John 15:5 (NKJV)

… without Me you can do nothing.

he was saying, “without inviting me into every area of your life, that day is not going to be what it could have been.”  we should live with this attitude;  “God, I realize this day is not going to be as productive, successful, nor as easy without your blessing and favor.  so I’m going to make it a priority to acknowledge you in all of my ways.”  when you acknowledge God, that’s a sign of humility, you’re saying, “God, I know you created the whole universe, I’m not here by accident, You breathed Your life into me, made me in Your image, crowned me with your favor.  I can’t do this without You, I can’t make it on my own, I need You in my life.”  when you show that kind of dependency on God, there is nothing He won’t do for you;  God will move heaven and Earth to get you to where you’re supposed to be.  you may struggle in a certain area, it’s been that way year after year;  instead of complaining, getting negative, all through the day, “God I need your help, I’m asking for your strength.”  when you  humble yourself, admit that you cannot do it on your own, that’s when God can exalt you, that’s when He can turn it around.  the dependency on God is not a weakness, it’s a strength;  it activates God’s power. in our weakness, God shows up the strongest.  but, when we don’t acknowledge God, that’s a sign of pride;  we’re saying, “God, I don’t really need You to help me run my life, I’m doing ok, I got it all figured out.”  God will step back and let us do it on our own.  God is a gentleman, He will not force His way into your life.  Jesus said:

John 15:5 (NKJV)

 … He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…

one translation says:  “if you will depend on me.”  (NB:  I was unable to find this one.)  the word “depend” indicates continual action;  you don’t depend once and then you’re done.  “I went to church on Sunday, I spent a couple of hours, I did my duty,” no, if you’re going to depend on God, all through the day, “God, I need you, help me to understand this subject in school, raise these children.”  that’s what it means to depend on God.  the more you depend on God, the better things will work out;  you will bear much fruit.  I wonder how many times we don’t have as fruitful or productive day as we could have because we’re not taking time to acknowledge God.  simple things:  driving in the car, “Lord, thank you that your angels have charge over me.”  you just invited God into your car.  at school, “God, help me to understand this lesson today.”  you invited God into your studies. you invited the Creator of the universe to help you.  we can take the opposite of what Jesus said;  if we don’t depend on him, we’re not going to be as productive as we could have been.  we’ve all had one of those days where you drive across town to pick something up, but when you get there you find out they just closed.  little things can cause us to be unproductive. and not every time of course, but I believe sometimes it’s because we’re not asking God for His help;  we’re doing it all on our own, God has politely stepped away.  make sure that you’re acknowledging God.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJ21)

 … He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

notice who God rewards;  not people that half-heartedly seek him, people that just think about Him on Sunday, people that just pray once a week, no, God rewards people like you that get up every morning and thank Him for His goodness, people that go through the day meditating on His promises, that acknowledge Him in all of their ways.  when you diligently seek God, there will be a reward. your life will go better,  God will take you where you could not go on your own,  the amazing thing about God is that He says, “you don’t even have to find Me, if you just seek Me I’ll give you the reward.  if you just make an effort to please Me, if you just take time to thank Me, if you just acknowledge Me throughout the day, I’ll reward you for just making the effort.”  God doesn’t say, “as long as you can quote all the scriptures, understand all the theology, I’ll reward you,”  no, God says, “I’ll pay you for seeking me, for simply making the effort.”  I’ve done my part to develop what God’s put in me, but I know the blessings, favor, honor has come because I’ve done my best to diligently seek God, to keep Him first place in my life. that’s what I’m asking you to do.  Jesus said:

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God…

that word “seek” is a strong word.  one definition is:  to require as a vital necessity.  you have to see spending time with God as being vital to living a victorious life, because some mornings we think, “I don’t wanna get up early, I don’t feel like reading my Bible, going to church today.”  but once you get in a habit, and you see the benefits of how you feel refreshed and restored, you make better decisions, you’re more creative, you have God’s favor, then you’ll think, “I can’t afford not to do it.  when I don’t spend time with God, I don’t feel right, something is missing.”  it says, “seek first”;  that indicates, “take time for God at the start of the day.  make him a part of your normal routine.”  in life, things get busy, it’s hectic at the office, your children need you, you’ve got 1000 things to do, but you’ve gotta see spending time with God this way;  it’s not an option  if you’re gong to say strong, have God’s wisdom and favor, you may have to rearrange some things so you can make it a priority to spend time with God.  you draw strength, encouragement, wisdom from spending time with God.  that’s what’s going to keep your life fresh.  just like we have to feed our physical person, we need to feed our spiritual person.  learn to invest in yourself.  sometimes we feed our physical man 3 hot meals a day, but we only feed our spiritual man one cold snack a week, and then we wonder why we don’t have energy, God’s favor, wisdom;  it’s because we’re not taking time to get filled back up.  in God’s presence is fullness of joy, peace, victory, that’s where you get refreshed, reenergized.  every day, you oughta take time to read the scripture, meditate on God’s promises.  put on good praise music when you can.  have a quiet time with you and God.  everything is so busy, hectic, noisy these days, but when you get quiet and say, “God,  I love you today, thank you for my life, family, dreams.  Lord, I realize every good thing comes from You. that’s what’s going to keep you strong.  Jesus said, “I am the living water.  if you drink of me, you’ll never thirst again.”

John 4:10-14 (ESV)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

during the day, things come against you;  it’s easy to get upset, maybe stressed out. you need to take a 2 minute break and go drink of the living water.  get quiet, and say, “God, I need you. I’m asking you, God, help me to stay strong, in peace.”  when you do that, you’re taking a drink, strengthening your inner man. when the boss is giving you a hard time, just tell him, “I’ve gotta go get a drink.” I’m talking about the living water, now.  people tell me, “I don’t know how to pray, I’m not a religious person,” but prayer is simply talking to God.  sometimes religion makes things complicated, makes us think we have to pray these long, fancy “thees and thous” prayers, no, talk to God in your everyday language. if you talk country, the good news is, God talks country.  if you talk New York, God talks New York.  He understands you.  we don’t, but He does.  when you pray, talk to God like you’re talking to your best friend. tell him your needs, concerns, ask Him for help, and then thank Him for what He’s already done.  our praise should outweigh our petitions.  don’t spend your whole quiet time telling God your problems, needs;  He already knows your needs.  take time to thank Him.  when you read the scripture, you may not understand everything, but that’s ok, just read it and move on.  the holy spirit is called our teacher;  he’ll make sure you understand what you need to understand.  God’s word is like a seed;  once you put it in you, it will never die.  you may not understand it now, but at the right time, when you need it, God will cause it to come alive.  God’s word is full of power;  when you need, it’s gonna take root, and God’s gonna cause it to come alive.  you may not understand it now, but you can rest assured, when you need it, God’s gonna cause it to come alive in your own life.

Malachi 3:16 (ESV)

The Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name.

in this book, every time we talk about God, thank Him for His goodness, meditate on His promises, ask for His help, God has the angels write that down in this book of remembrance on your behalf.  when you even think about God, the angels record it.  in fact, this moment, right now, the angels are writing it down in the book of remembrance;  “they’re honoring God.”  this book is not up on a storeroom shelf in heaven somewhere;  the scripture says, “it stays constantly before God, wide open, as a reminder of those who are thinking of Him.”  we should keep God constantly in our thoughts, meditating on His promises, thanking Him for His goodness, acknowledging Him throughout the day.  our goal should be to give that angel a cramp in his hand from writing about us in that book of remembrance.  if that’s gonna happen, you gotta let God out of your Sunday morning box, include Him in every part of your life.  take time each day to get your inner person filled up.  if you will keep God first in everything you do, He promises He’s going to crown your efforts with success.  because you diligently seek Him, a reward, favor, good breaks, promotion, a shift, healing, restoration, are coming.  you need to get ready;  you’re not gonna live an average, ordinary life.  because you depend on Him, God is going to increase you, you are going to bear much fruit, He’s going to make you more productive, you’re gonna get more done in less time, He’s gonna make your life easier, take you where you could not go on your own.  it’s going to be greater than you ever even dreamed of.

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