Accepted or rejected

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Ephesians 1:6 – “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Rejection lies at the root of so many flaws in our lives. When people are rejected all the worst traits surface. Acceptance lies at the root of most of our progress and development.

Grace favors people and accepts them when they have done nothing to merit favor, even when they have behaved badly and done things to earn disfavor!

Grace ‘makes us’ acceptable and therfore highly favored by God. This means we are blessed, protected, given opportunities when all around us is a mess.

The grace of God is His glory. To bless the unblessed, to favor the disfavored, to accept the rejected – this is the glory of God.

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your wildest dreams

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Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

God is able (not WILL) to do super-abundantly above our prayers – if we believe, obey and let the power of God, the Holy Spirit have His way in us. We need to be asking and thinking our dreams to God so He has something He can do super-abundantly above!

Let ‘to perceive & conceive’ = If you can see it you’ll birth it. If you birth it, it’ll happen.

This is clearly saying that our prayers are as loud as our thoughts in heaven. Our asking-declaring, and our dreaming need to be aligned.

The Power of the Holy Spirit is the key to bringing to pass the dreams God places in us.

Pray in the Spirit, follow the Spirit, live and walk and worship in the Spirit, be friends with the Holy Spirit. He’s the New Testament in power.

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God is good

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Romans 11:21-23 – “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those you fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.”

God is good, to those who walk in faith. The Israelites experienced the severity of God because they walked in unbelief. Faith sees God’s goodness, unbelief His severity.

Faith connects you to God and His purposes. Unbelief disconnects us from God.

‘Falling from grace’ is moving from faith to works to try and please God.

Stay in faith & you’ll keep experiencing the goodness of God & you’ll stay connected to the Vine.

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Laughter the best medicine

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Proverbs 17:22 ‘A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.’

Children laugh 200-400 times a day. Adults 4-6. We cannot afford to let the child in us die. We need to laugh & rejoice enjoy life all the time! (If it’s going to be funny later – It’s funny now!)

Laughter releases all kinds of great chemicals (like a medicine) through your body. Laugh your way to health. Anger, bitterness, anxiety, doubt, fear etc. all release the wrong kind of chemicals in our bodies.

Hang out with people of joy, people who see the upside, the funny side the joyful side of life. Give other people joy, not grief & you’ll be a healer in life!

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The Job complex

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Job 3:25 “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.”

Even though Job was the ‘wealthiest’ man in the East, he had fear within that his good fortune wouldn’t last! He made offerings (of fear & superstition) every day ‘in case’ his children had sinned – so he was also very religious…

But – His expectation was that he was going to lose it all. We need to go after our sub-concious fears or they will go after us! We can re-program our thinking by speaking the Word to ourselves.

The words ‘fear not’ are found at least 365 times in Scripture. Expectation is powerful. Make sure it’s for the right things!

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Lift up your eyes

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Isaiah 60:4-5 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gatehr together, they come to you: Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant.”

Many times God urges us to lift up our eyes – Upgrade our vision, see further, broader, bigger. Not negative & downcast but positive & uplifting. Not self-oriented but others oriented.

I thought I had already ‘seen’ in verse 4. The point is we ‘see’ before we ‘see’. What do you see in your future. Dream your dream everyday. Your imagination is part of the creative process in your life.

Can you see sons & daughters coming from distant places? Can you see clients, customers, friends, great people coming into your life?

The point is – what we ‘see’ is what is going to happen.

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No more shame

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Psalm 3:3 ‘ My glory and the One who lifts up my head”

God is your beauty, might, honor. He is our glory – our boast, our confidence, the credit & good name of our life comes because He is in us. He lifts my vision high. God lifts my head from shame.

When God forgives us, shame evaporates. We can walk with heads held high, standing tall in life, unashamed. Whatever has made us hang our heads is defeated by the presence of God in us.

Jesus took shame on the cross. He was humiliated by people. He took our shame, blam & guilt. We are free because He took it all.

Stand Tall!!

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