There are many moments in life when we question God’s love for us because we put into the equation our many sins and shortfalls and think how can God care about our well-being knowing our history? The good news is that God does not see us for who we were with our many shortfalls, but rather He sees us for who we can be in Him. With God a new beginning is possible. New dreams with new aspirations can be birthed from within our hearts. We can become better, stand taller and fulfill our life’s mission when we give up our will and allow God’s will to be done. I know firsthand how much strength God gives when one surrenders their heart to Him. I know with my own ability I could do very little. I would not be able to influence or encourage an ant let alone the untold number of people who have read these messages and became better because of them. I’m not saying it’s my ability or influence, because it is always the Lord who blesses, who inspires, who encourages and who reaches down from the heights of Heaven and touches that heart that needed to be lifted up. (Psalm 103:10-14) (Psalm 138:6-8)
No matter what is in your past I want you to know that you can move forward from it. There is a new beginning with the Lord. He can heal your heart. He can take you to heights greater than you can ever believe for or imagine standing atop yourself. Why is it possible? It is because God loves to show His strength through those who are the weakest. It is so that we know we didn’t do it ourselves or with our own strength. It is so that God will receive all the glory and the honor. We read this 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” (1 John 1:5-10) (Jeremiah 31:3)
I encourage you to say yes to God’s love, to God’s forgiveness, to God’s redemption and to God’s restoration. The Lord wishes to redeem every lost soul, to mend every broken heart, to heal every hurt we have endured and to show Himself strong on behalf of those who are too weak to stand up again. Call upon the Lord my friend and share with Him all that is on your heart and mind and receive the love, mercy and grace that God offers to each and every one of His children. It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made and I know it will be yours as well. (2 Peter 3:9)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to know that God wishes to bless your life and let you know that He is watching over you.
When I was a boy I used to love to find a stray penny on the sidewalk. I would save them in a jar in my room and then use them to buy candy or gum when I had found enough. Later as an adult I read a story about how a minister still loved to find pennies on the sidewalk because on each one was written the words: “In God we trust.” He said that each penny was a message from Heaven that reminded him of just how much God loved him.
Today I was headed to the store to buy a week’s worth of groceries for my family. I didn’t really feel up to it, though. My stomach was nauseous and I felt weak. I wondered if I was coming down with a virus. Still, our cupboards were bare and it couldn’t be put off. I stopped first to fill my car with gas before heading to the store. As I walked in to pay I saw a dime lying on the asphalt. I picked it up and remembered the minister’s story. I felt blessed 10 times over. I read the words, “In God we trust” written on it and realized that sick or not God loved me and was with me today and always.
Later as I was heading into the store I saw a local club doing a Christmas fund drive to buy toys for the needy children in our area. I pulled out a few dollars and handed them to the people. They thanked me and wished me a “Merry Christmas” as I turned to go into the store. Then I saw it. A second dime lying right in front of the door. This time I felt so good that my stomach stopped feeling queasy. I pocketed the dime, looked to the sky, and smiled.
I took my time shopping since I was still feeling a little weak. Finally before heading home I stopped to pick up a takeout pizza for dinner. I didn’t really feel up to cooking. When I got my change I dropped it along with my first two dimes into the charity box on the counter. I enjoyed the idea of passing them and the love that went with them on to others. I walked out with a happy heart. I took one step toward my car and saw a third dime gleaming in the sunshine on the sidewalk. I laughed with delight. I knew that Heaven was watching over me and God was encouraging me to keep loving, caring, and sharing all that I could in this life. I felt loved not 30 times over, but 30,000 times over. When I got home every bit of sickness and weakness had disappeared from my body. I felt healthy, alive and full of joy.
As you go through this life with all of its struggles, sickness, and problems know that you are loved. You are loved with a love more powerful than you can ever imagine. You are loved by God, Our Heavenly Father, the creator of us all! And the proof of it is all around you. It is in every sunrise and every flower. It is in every smile you see and every hug you get. It is in every good thing, miraculous message, or curious coincidence that happens upon you in this life. It is even in every penny or dime you find on the ground. Rejoice in that love, cherish it, welcome it into your heart and soul, and make your whole life a celebration and sharing of it.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Psalm 37:4-7 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him...”
Psalm 103:10-14 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.”
Romans 10:9-11 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HE TOOK MY PLACE
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Today's Selected Testimony: MY GOD IS AWESOME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry