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God will work for you in your life…if you let Him. When you have a heart directed toward the world, toward material things, and toward destructive sinful desires, or directed toward just yourself and your problems, then you leave God out. When you are willing to let God into your heart and you are willing to let God work for you, in you, and through you, then He will work for you in your life. God needs you to always have an attitude of compliance and willingness towards His will in your life. God always stands at the door of your heart wanting to come in and live within you. When you surrender and open your heart to His love then He comes into your life and works miracles and performs wonders. An open heart to God permits God to heal wounds that have never healed. An open heart permits God to wipe away painful memories. An open heart permits God to inspire encouragement within you. An open heart to Christ's love gives you a reason to live, breathe, and continue to walk the Lord's path each day. When you take an open heart to Christ dying on the Cross then you come away from the Cross as a new person. In the spiritual wars in your life, when everything looks its darkest, an open heart reaching up to God is always touched by God's love for you. Every obstacle in life, no matter how great it seems, can be turned into a glorious testament to God's redeeming love. Make no mistake that you cannot turn obstacles into glories on your own. However, with God's power and His force of love within you, even the most daunting of problems can be conquered…for God cares for you

Matthew:10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. (KJV)

What we most often expect is for God to do visible works that amaze the eye and startle the senses, yet God's greatest works are the ones we do not see. For His greatest works are the ones that take place within the hearts and lives of men and women like you. We can blast away mountains and carry off the rock in trucks. However, no matter how hard we try, we cannot, by ourselves and on our own change the human heart from darkness into light. We cannot, on our own, give people hope in the darkness. We cannot, on our own, fill their lives with meaning and purpose. However, we have a God, a Christ, and an Holy Spirit that does the miraculous. Today you can have the miraculous done in your life by opening your heart to Christ and to the Love poured through Him by our Father in heaven.

Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (NIV)


A Christian believer has a reason to live. That reason to live is to do the will of God. That reason to live inspires you to strive to overcome every obstacle and defeat every foe. That reason to live pulls you up out of yourself…to a place where the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit work in your life…and to a place where they pour blessings over you each day.


Never be deceived. You have a mortal enemy. Satan wants you to close your heart off from the love of God. Satan wants you to go your own way not God's way. Satan does indeed whisper in your ear and tells you to forget about others. Satan tells you to take care of yourself, to put yourself first, to take the easy road, and to take what you want because you want it. Satan tells you not to worry about anyone else, that if you have a need then fill it regardless of the consequences, and if you are tempted then go ahead and never try to resist. You must remember that when you listen to Satan, the only reason for living is to fill the emptiness Satan creates in you. As you try to fill this emptiness, Satan keeps drawing you in and he will let you fill the emptiness for a brief moment. But like the addiction to a drug, the more you try to fill the emptiness the more of the emptiness that is created in you. This cycle of darkness is unending and reduces you down to nothing more than a whimpering child begging to be fed more of the cocaine of the soul or the real life cocaine that destroys both body and soul. This endless cycle of destruction leads first to the death of the spirit and then to the death of the body. Now, place into this cycle of destruction a drug like cocaine or an alcohol, that for a few moments eases the pain of the void…and you have addiction.


Only the redeeming love of God can fill your life. If you are caught in the clutches of Satan's deadly grip, then surrendering your life and your heart to Christ fills your empty heart with God's love and mercy. With the power of God's love reigning in your heart you are able to build a life, hour by hour, day by day, that brings God's blessings to others, and brings the blessings of God back to you.


To experience the redeeming love of Christ filling your soul you must do whatever kind of heart work it takes. If you are hiding your secret thoughts and a secret past from God then go to Him and confess. Confess all there is and pour all of your soul, your thoughts, and your pain out before Him as He hangs dying on the Cross. If your life is full of pain due to guilt then take the cause of that guilt to Christ and lay it before Him and He will forgive you. He will wipe away every trace of guilt you carry. With Christ you can be free of all past wrongs. With Christ you can find a new and clean life. With Christ you can start over and never have to live with the burdens of the past. If you are angry with God then tell it to Jesus. God understands your anger. God understands your frustrations. If you do not let out your anger to God then He cannot help you. No matter what your situation, no matter what your circumstance might be, God knows already, God cares anyway, and God loves you regardless. It is so important that you know that Christ is waiting every minute of your life for you to turn to Him. Every second He stands waiting to lift the burdens of sin, guilt, anger, and hurt that you carry. Never again will you have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Never again will you have to carry the pain of emotional suffering. Never again will you have to carry the shame of guilt regardless of its source. For your God is a mighty God. He is a forgiving God that desires to change your life and have you be a true child of His.

Matthew:11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV)


Today, to have Him alive within you than accept Him totally. If you have a sin that you have not taken to Him then take that sin to Him now for He knows you and loves you and He does not want you to be burdened. Surrender every burden and open your heart to Him for He is tenderly calling you, ready at any moment to pour His grace and mercy over you and give you all of His mighty blessings.

John 12:47 "As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. (NIV)


If you have never called upon Him, ask Him into your life today. Ask Him to forgive you of your wrongs and your sins. Then ask Christ Jesus to come into your heart and life. For when you ask He will come into your heart. He will overflow within you and purify you from all the dark plagues of your past.

Matthew18:11: For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. (KJV)

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)




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