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Month: February 2021

He Will Lead You Gloria Copeland – Rick Warren

That’s the key to overcoming the flesh. If you follow the prompting of the Spirit of God within you, you won’t be dominated by the pressure your flesh tries to put on you.

He Gives Us Life Eternal – Billy Graham

He loved me and gave Himself for me!” Will you repeat these words right now, even as you read? If you do, I believe you will have cause to be thankful too

How Do You Forgive? – Rick Warren

“What we mean is that God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace.”

2 Corinthians 5:19 (CEV)

In January 1956, five American missionaries headed to the rainforest of the eastern Amazon in Ecuador. They were making a second visit to the Huaorani tribe, which anthropologists said was the most vicious, violent society on the face of the Earth. They had a culture of killing, and studies showed 60 percent of the tribe died by homicide.
As soon as the missionaries got out of the plane, they were speared to death by members of the tribe. The brutal murders made news around the world and were on the covers of Life magazine, Time, and Newsweek. Many newspapers reported the deaths of these men, who included Nate Saint and Jim Elliot.

A couple years later, Elisabeth and Valerie Elliot, wife and daughter of Jim, and Rachel Saint, sister of Nate, moved into the Huaorani village to show love and forgiveness and minister to the people who had killed their families. Eventually, Mincaye, who was the leader of the tribe, and other men who participated in the missionary murders became Christians.

The kind of forgiveness Elisabeth Elliot, Valerie Elliot, and Rachel Saint modeled doesn’t make sense until you have been forgiven by God. So, once you’ve experienced God’s forgiveness, how do you forgive? You do the four things these women did:

Relinquish your right to get even. Romans 12:19 says, “Don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge” (CEV). Leave it up to God. He’ll take care of it, and he’ll do a much better job than you ever could.

Respond to evil with good. How can you tell when you’ve completely forgiven someone? You can actually pray for God to bless the person who hurt you. The Bible says. “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28 NIV).

Repeat these steps as long as necessary. Peter asked Jesus in Matthew 18:21, “How many times should I forgive someone who does something wrong to me? Is seven times enough?” (CEV). Jesus replied, “Not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!” (Matthew 18:22 CEV). Sometimes forgiveness has to be continual.

Rescue others with the Good News of God’s forgiveness. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, “God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others. What we mean is that God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace. We were sent to speak for Christ, and God is begging you to listen to our message. We speak for Christ and sincerely ask you to make peace with God.”

Because you’ve been forgiven by God, he expects you to forgive other people. He will help you work through your hurt and give you the grace to forgive those who’ve hurt you.

Talk It Over

What do you learn from how Elisabeth and Valerie Elliot and Rachel Saint responded to the murders of their family members?
Have you been in a situation where you’ve had to forgive someone “not just seven times, but seventy-seven times,” as Matthew 18 says? What gave you the strength to do so?
Who in your life needs to hear God’s message of forgiveness, peace, and salvation?

Better Things to Come -Gloria Copeland

One man said he couldn’t even tell he wasn’t in his body until he tried to grasp something. His hand would just go right through the material object. He was spirit and not flesh.

God Our Comforter – Billy Graham

I, even I, am he that comforteth you . . .
—Isaiah 51:12

There is also comfort in mourning, because in the midst of mourning God gives a song. His presence in our lives changes our mourning into song, and that song is a song of comfort. This kind of comfort is the kind which enabled a devout Englishman to look at a deep dark hole in the ground where his home stood before the bombing and say, “I always did want a basement. Now I can jolly well build another house, like I always wanted.” This kind of comfort is the kind which enabled a young minister’s wife in a church near us to teach her Sunday school class of girls on the very day of her husband’s funeral. Her mourning was not the kind which had no hope—it was a mourning of faith in the goodness and wisdom of God; it believed that our heavenly Father makes no mistakes.

Prayer for the day
Oh heavenly Father, who knows what agony and grief are because of the sacrifice of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ-I thank You for the comfort which embraces all those who love You.

Three Reasons to Forgive – Rick Warren

The Bible says there are three reasons you have to let go of your past and forgive the people who’ve hurt you. And those reasons have nothing to do with whether those people deserve it or not.

Forgive and Forget? by Rick Warren

You really can’t forget a hurt in your life. In fact, you can’t even try to forget it. Because when you try to forget, you actually focus on the very thing you want to forget.

Peace at Home – Kenneth Copeland

Before I was a Christian, I was more courteous and nicer to friends than to my own family. I was more demanding and less forgiving with those dearest to me than with anyone else.

He Is Merciful By Billy Graham

God may remain the great cosmic silence “out there somewhere.” He communicates to those who are willing to hear and receive Him, and willing to obey Him

How to Strengthen Your Faith – Rick Warren

Any major crisis in your life has the potential to shake your faith. But the opposite can be true too. If you let it, your faith can carry you through a crisis.

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