You can’t please everybody

Have you realized that there are some people you can’t please? No matter what you do or what you try or how nice you are to them. You just can’t please everybody.

But the Bible tells says you don’t need to please everybody. “It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you.” (Proverbs 29:25 LB) It is an emotional trap when you start worrying about what other people think.

Jesus said, “I only seek to please Him who sent me.” (John 5:30 LB) Even Jesus didn’t try to please everybody. One person wants it to rain; another doesn’t want it to rain. Even God can’t please everybody. Only a fool would try to do what even God can’t do.

I meet Christians all the time who live with someone who makes life crazy. They say, “I try and try to make peace with this person, but I fail and I feel so guilty.”

The fact is, it may not be your fault. It may be the person you’re trying to make peace with is just flat out difficult.

Give that person to God and then focus on pleasing God.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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Receiving the Power of God Through Prayer

Prayer is so powerful because it joins the hearts of people on earth with the heart of God in heaven. When we pray, we connect with God, and He affects our daily lives beyond our comprehension.

I believe prayer is one of the greatest powers available in the entire universe. That may seem like a bold statement, but it’s true!

Prayer opens the door for God to work. It is the activity that you and I can engage in on earth when we need the power of heaven to come into our lives and bring wisdom, direction, encouragement or a miraculous breakthrough. Prayer connects us to the power of God, and that is why it is a greater force than anything else we can ever imagine. Even Jesus needed to pray and receive this power when He was on earth.

Only God’s power can bring peace, instill joy, grant wisdom, impart a sense of value and purpose to a person who doesn’t know what to do in life, and work every kind of miracle.

Do you want to see that power work in your life? Then make prayer a priority.

Prayer Starter: Lord, the power of prayer is absolutely astounding. I want to connect with You and see You work in my life, so I make a commitment now to remain in a constant state of prayer with You.

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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God Chose You Before You Chose Him

God chose you long before you chose Him. God took the initiative. The Good News translation puts it this way: “You were chosen according to the purpose of God.”

Why would God choose you or me to be a part of his family? Because he is a God of love; he is a God of grace. The more you understand grace, the more you’re going to be amazed by it.

God chose you. Did you deserve it? Not a chance. Do you deserve to go to Heaven? No way! Are you good enough to be in God’s family? No. He just chose you. And that’s good news.

On what basis did He chose you? First Peter 1:3 says, “For it is His boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that now we are members of God’s own family.”

God chose you based on his mercy, not your performance. You’ll never earn it. You’ll never deserve it. You couldn’t work hard enough for it. You couldn’t be perfect enough.

It’s only because of God’s grace and mercy that the Creator of the universe says, “I want you in my family.” If that doesn’t encourage you, you’d better check your pulse.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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Take Off the Mask

So many times we act one way on the outside, but we’re actually different on the inside. Because we have weaknesses, faults and fears, things that we think make us less likable or desirable, we’d rather hide them from other people. So we wear masks.

The danger of wearing a mask is that it misrepresents us. What other people see is a lie. It’s not who we are or who we were born to be. We can change the outside, but we can’t change who we really are deep down inside.

We need to realize that God loves us just the way we are right now, and His love for us will never diminish.

And there’s more good news. Second Corinthians 3:18 says that God is changing us and making us more like Himself and fixing the flaws we want to cover up.

Trust Him enough to take off your mask. You will find, as I have, that you are being changed, little by little, into the very image of your Lord.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I realize that I often try to wear a mask in order to fit in and find acceptance. Today, I make a decision to find my acceptance in You. As You overwhelm me with Your love, continue to change me into Your great image.

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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Sometimes God Says “Not Yet”

If you’re discouraged because of God’s delay in answering your prayers, understand the delay is NOT a denial. Just because the answer hasn’t come – YET – that doesn’t mean God isn’t going to answer or that he’s forgotten you or that he doesn’t care about you.

It simply means “not yet!”

Part of becoming spiritually mature is learning the difference between “no” and “not yet,” between a denial and a delay. The Bible tells us, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10:37 NIV)

God’s delay may be a test of your patience. Anybody can be patient once. And, most people can be patient twice. And, a lot of us can be patient three times. So God tests our patience over and over and over.

Why? So he can see how patient you are? No!

He does it so you can see how patient you are. So you’ll know what’s inside you, and you’ll be able to know your level of commitment. God tests you so that you can know he is faithful, even if the answers you seek are delayed.

If you’re discouraged, turn it around by remembering God teaches you patience during delay. Ask him to transform your discouragement into patience.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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Maintaining Physical Health

Love is exhausting. It’s work to really love. Most people don’t understand that their physical condition has a strong impact on their relationships and their ability to love.

What happens to your relationships when you’re run down? Little issues become big problems when you’re tired. You’re more cranky, defensive, and critical when you’re physically low.

What are some habits the Bible says will physically refresh you?

Rest – “It’s senseless for you to work so hard from early morning till late at night. God wants you to get your proper rest.” (Psalm 127:2 LB) Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is just get some rest. It’s amazing how much better things look after a good night’s sleep. Many of you are too tired to love your kids, too tired to love your husband, and too tired to love your wife.

Balanced Diet–“You made my body, Lord, now give me the sense to head your laws.” (Psalm 119:73 LB) It’s a no-brainer, but choosing fruits and vegetables over chips and cookies will give us more sustained energy.

Regular Exercise–“Honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20 NIV) Our bodies were made for activity. In Bible times they didn’t have to exercise; they walked everywhere, they did physical work. But most of us have sedentary lives, and we drive everywhere. Yet, you really only have two choices in life: fatigue or fitness. Fitness involves regular exercise.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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How to Develop Your Gifts

People ask me all the time how to discover and develop the gifts God has given them. Here are a few helpful steps that I’ve discovered:

1. Focus on the strengths God gave you. Concentrating on your strengths will help you fulfill the calling God has put on your life.

2. Exercise your gift. Find something you like to do and that you do well, and do it over and over again. Want to know what will happen? You will feel better about yourself because you won’t be constantly failing.

3. Have the courage to be different. Unhappiness comes when you try to be like everyone else rather than embracing the unique person that you are.

4. Learn to cope with criticism. Have enough confidence in who you are in Christ that you can listen to others and be open to change without feeling you have to agree with their viewpoint or attain their approval.

God has planted greatness in you. Let today be the beginning of a great adventure as you step into the gifts He’s given you.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to cultivate and develop the gifts You’ve given me. Give me the courage to follow You and develop the gifts and abilities You’ve put inside me.

—>From Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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Living with God’s Thoughts, Will and Emotions

As believers, we need to learn how to understand the soul, which is made up of the intellect, will and emotions. Since it is full of “self” and does not want to submit to the Holy Spirit, it must be purified.

Because we are free moral agents, our own minds tell us what we think, but our thoughts are not necessarily God’s thoughts.
Our wills dictate what we want, even if it conflicts with what He wants for us.

Our emotions govern our feelings, when in reality our hearts should only be subject to God and His Word.

God wants us to replace our thoughts, desires, and feelings with His. And we cannot live in victory until we do.

Start by telling God you want to live His way. In Romans 6, Paul urges us to “offer” ourselves to Him. Make a choice today, not to use your soul for yourself, but to instead offer it all to God.

As the soul is purified it is trained to carry God’s thoughts, desires and feelings, and then you will become a powerful outlet for His glory.

Prayer Starter: Lord, my thoughts are sinful, I don’t always want what You want, and my feelings try to rebel against Your Word, but I don’t want to live that way any longer. Father, I offer my soul to You, knowing that when I do, You can purify me and use me to accomplish Your will.

—from Joyce Meyer’s Daily Devotional

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Real Love – the Energy of Life!

Love is the energy of life. It’s what motivates people to get up each day and keep going. It gives life purpose and meaning.

People often have times in their lives when they believe they are unloved or have no one to love. They develop this mindset because they are looking for fulfillment in ways that seem good at first but often leave them feeling frustrated, disappointed and empty inside.

Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever look for love and end up feeling unfulfilled? Let me ask you this: What kind of love are you pursuing?

You may be looking for love, but really, you’re looking for God, because He is love. Any love you gain that is disconnected from God is not really love and will leave you feeling unfulfilled.

The Bible says that in Him we live, move, and have our being. That tells me that without Him, life is not complete.

Everyone is looking for love, but are you looking for God’s love? It’s the only love that matters, the only love that lasts, and the only love that fulfills.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I don’t want to spend my life unfulfilled, pursuing love that’s not from You. If it’s not found in You, it’s not real love, because You are love. Today, I find my love in You.

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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God Says I’m Valuable

How much are you worth? I’m not talking about money. We confuse self-worth with net worth, but they are very different. Your value has nothing to do with your valuables.

How much are you worth?

I once read an article in the Journal of Hospital Practice that calculated how much each of the enzymes and hormones and all the different things in your body are worth. The author added them up and if you are an average size person you are worth six-million, fifteen dollars and forty-four cents ($6,ooo,o15.44) based on your weight. (Some of us are worth more!)

You’re a six-million dollar man or a six-million dollar woman! The article’s author also estimated that, if you calculate the cost of creating each cell in your body, it would be about six thousand trillion dollars.

You are priceless.

Jesus thought this was so important that he took a whole chapter of the Bible to talk about it. In Luke 15 he tells three stories — the lost son, the lost coin, and the lost sheep. It’s the same punch line in each story. Jesus says, “You matter!”

You matter to God. You are valuable. God says you are valuable because he loves you and he has accepted you in Christ.

—From Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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