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The Rising of the Sun

  • For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8'10 WEB.

    One night, we watched a movie where the people made a sacrifice every day so the sun would come up the following morning. They did this daily, and the tradition was passed down through the generations. Then one day, everything went horribly wrong. It was a perfect storm, and they failed to make the daily sacrifice. The people were terrified and thought the world was going to end. Yet, the following morning, the sun came up anyway.

    The people learned that the sun came up on its own, whether they made the daily sacrifice or not. They had been practicing a ritual they thought was making a difference, but it was just a tradition that had been passed down through the generations. So it can be with us.

    When I came to the Lord, I read the Bible about eight hours a day. I was so hungry to learn more about God. I fasted more than I ate, went through bible college, and gave all I had in the offering plate. Yet, there was no intimacy in my relationship with Him. He seemed distant while I was trying to earn His love, trying hard to measure up.

    Oh, I knew a lot about God. I just didn't know Him. When I prayed, I talked too much and listened too little. Of course, He loved me the whole time. He understood, maybe even appreciated my zeal. But His love was already there every day while I was busy trying to earn it. I completely ignored His presence while focusing hard on my performance.

    There is certainly nothing wrong with fervently seeking God. I still do, but remember that He is also seeking you. You already have His approval. "We love Him because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?" (Luke 15:4).

    So relax. Be yourself. Talk to God as you would your best friend. Share the things going on in your life with Him. Invite Him to be a part of what you are doing today. He already loves you, and you will not increase this love through your works. Of course, you should try and live right. Faith without works is dead, but works without the relationship are a waste of your life, time, and resources. So remember, if you miss the mark today, God will still love you, just as the sun managed to come up without the daily sacrifice.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please bring balance to my life and help me know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: FAAD group members (Fight Against Anxiety & Depression) today is"Feel Good Friday!". This event is about lifting up each other up! We all have times when we are weak, but together, we can get through it! We invite you to share anything that may have prompted a good feeling in your heart today. Even if you're having a bad day, perhaps look to encouraging scriptures, prayers or thoughts, and testimonies of God's work. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to help, all are welcome to join!: FAAD Group:


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please bring balance to my life and help me know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
January 13, 2023
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter Yes I pray that I can be still enough to hear Him speaking to me.
January 13, 2023
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

January 13, 2023
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord Jesus ❣️

January 13, 2023
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I thank You for loving me 

January 13, 2023
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

January 13, 2023
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Yes Amen!

January 13, 2023
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes Lord. Guide my mind and fill my mind and life with all you have for me.  In Jesus Name I ask,  Amen 

January 13, 2023
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

 Amen, comfort me today and everyday with your Love. For you Loved me first Father!

January 13, 2023
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Debbie Zaleski
Debbie Zaleski

It took me many years to learn to sit still and listen for God. He had to put me in a wheelchair to get my attention. Now I don't know what I would do without the time to spend getting to know Him and building a real relationship.1 in a recent mornings meditation, I was given my motto for the year: getting the electric chair doesn't have to be a death sentence LOL God has a great sense of humor! And I didn't do a thing to earn such personal attention

January 13, 2023
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

PTL for the ways He redirects our focus and transforms our lives, Debbie ❤️ Thank you for sharing!

January 13, 2023
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Heavenly Father, I THANK YOU for all my Blessings.  I need You. AMEN

January 13, 2023
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

A closer walk with Thee Lord God is what I pray for. In Lord Christ Yeshua's name I pray this, Amen. 

January 13, 2023
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

My prayer as well: Lord,  I want to live my life with You at the center of it and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did. Amen!

January 13, 2023
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

January 13, 2023
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. 

January 13, 2023
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please bring balance to my life and help me know You better. Fill my mind with Your thoughts and guide me today. I want to live my life with You at the center of it and to have a relationship with You like Jesus did. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

January 13, 2023
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

January 13, 2023
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen 

January 13, 2023
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen!  Lord, guide me to live my life with You at the center of it! 

January 13, 2023
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

January 13, 2023
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

January 14, 2023