Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:8 — Love never fails (NKJV).

Another version states that love never ends (ESV). Psalm 136 declares twenty-six times that God’s love never fails (CEV). Pastor Aaron Hankins said it like this, “Love is guaranteed success every time.”

Failure is not an option for the person who walks in the love of God. His love is not capable of a loss or even a tie. It wins!

It’s not uncommon for those involved in a broken relationship to say something like, “Well, we just grew out of love.” I don’t know what “love” they grew out of, but it wasn’t the God-kind. His love does not diminish; it is everlasting.

Many of the impossibilities and issues we face would work themselves out if we’d discipline ourselves to live in divine love. Choose today to demonstrate God’s love, even to those who are failing to love you.

Colossians 3:14 — Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (NLT).

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Enter In

Romans 4:3 — What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own” (MSG).

Notice that Abraham entered into what God was doing for him. I like to say it like this: “We should be doing what God is blessing, rather than ask Him to bless what we are doing.”

Think about it. How many times do we enter into some situation, business, job, or relationship without seeking God concerning it? We never even ask Him if it is what He wants for our lives. Then, before long, we are worn out and burned out. There is no enabling power or strength to accomplish tasks that are not part of God’s perfect plan for our lives. There is no grace there.

On the other hand, when we seek God, spend time in His word, and develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit, we will know when and how to enter into what God is doing for us. How did Abraham see God’s promises fulfilled? He walked by faith.

He walked obediently, even when or after he had missed it. He built altars to God and worshiped. He made room for God, and most importantly, he never quit. Here are five keys to victorious living: 1. Faith, 2. Obedience, 3. Worship, 4. Prayer, and 5. Perseverance. So, enter into what God is doing for you. It is a grand adventure!

By: Heidi Jonker

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Overcoming Uncertainty

1 Peter 5:6-7 — So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; He’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you (MSG).

As a teacher of middle school kids, I see students every day who are not comfortable in their own skin. Everything around them is changing. They want to be loved and accepted and are willing to try anything to achieve this goal. However, without the love of God and a real relationship with Him, they will never truly feel loved or accepted.

Many believers are like middle school students when the trials of life come. They see things changing and just want to be loved and accepted. If they’re not grounded in God’s word and don’t have a relationship with Him, they look all around for love and acceptance. This only leads to defeat and disappointment.

The only way to overcome and get to the other side is to grab ahold of Jesus and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, and help you through. Remember that God’s hand is upon you. He cares for you more than anyone else. When you have a revelation of this truth, it will free you to live for Him and run your race with joy.

By: Heidi Jonker

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Desire, Discipline, Delight

Hebrews 12:11 — No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (NIV).

I don’t know a single child who really enjoys being disciplined. Most resist at first, especially if it is not a common practice at home. I also don’t know anyone that has been disciplined to not receive a harvest of some kind in his or her life.

Over the years in working with children, Michael and I have had many come back and thank us for requiring something of them. Parents have often called and asked how we got their child to obey and follow instructions. The answer is simple: We expect it. The results are always positive. The child accomplishes things he or she never had before because of discipline. The same is true for believers. When we seek God, get directions, and discipline ourselves to fulfill His call, it produces a harvest.

What areas of your life lack discipline? What is it that you need to do to fulfill your purpose? I’ve got three words for you—desire, discipline, and delight. You need to first desire to do what is right. Then, you must discipline yourself to change, and finally, you will delight in the fruit or harvest. And when the blessings of God overtake your life, discipline won’t seem so bothersome at all!

By: Heidi Jonker

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Fit in With Him

Job 8:20-21 — But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will He lend a hand to the wicked. He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy (NLT).

Growing up, I had a great fear of rejection. I desperately wanted to fit in, but it just wasn’t happening. My self-worth was tied up in what others thought about be me. It was a hopeless existence. Why? If a person values himself based on how he is received by others, he’ll have a fear of rejection whether he is accepted by them or not.

There is no fear in joy. If you’re in a constant pursuit to be accepted by a certain person or group, you are fighting a losing battle. You will lose your joy every time someone shuns you, and someone will shun you. I guarantee it.

Live a life of integrity; be a person of your word. God will not reject you. He has actually already accepted you through Christ. Aim to please Him today, and He will fill your mouth with laughter.

Psalm 27:10 — Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me (NIV).

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Life is a Garden

2 Corinthians 4:17 — For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (NIV).

Picture your life as a garden, in which Jesus is the Gardener. He has planted peace in your heart, but life causes a variety of weeds to grow—pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief, and the like. When you spend time with God, He pulls those weeds so peace can flourish.

Weeds result from temporary troubles. When your focus is on what you’re going through, they spread quickly and threaten to suffocate what Jesus has planted in your spirit.

Trials are unavoidable. Weeds will inevitably try to grow, but the hardship you are currently facing is not meant to undo what God has done.

Don’t lose your peace over situations that are fleeting. Establish yourself in what’s eternal by keeping momentary troubles in perspective.

Psalm 34:19 — Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all (NKJV).

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Good or Evil?

2 Corinthians 10:5 — We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (NIV).

You and I are commanded to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Simply put: All of our thoughts—evil and good—are to be captured and submitted to Him.

Hebrews 5:14 says we have to train ourselves to develop the skill of discerning both good and evil. That means the difference between the two isn’t always found at surface level. Solomon wrote: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12, NKJV). Not all good ideas are God ideas. In fact, some good ideas end in destruction.

In 1 Kings 3:9, King Solomon asked the Lord to give him an understanding heart that he may be able to distinguish between good and evil. Ask Him to give you the same ability today because chasing a seemingly good idea could potentially lead to your undoing.

1 Corinthians 12:10 — He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit (NLT).