You are Wonderful – Word of the Week

Edition #38

Week 39

Psalm 139:14
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvellous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”

In our busy, performance and appearance-focused world, we can tend to get our self-worth from all the wrong places, measuring our worth by what we do, who we know, what we look like, and what we have. But that’s not how God measures our worth.

Psalm 139 provides a great window into what God thinks of you. You are his creation. It doesn’t matter if your parents planned for you or not. God values you and he loves what he created!

You have gifts and abilities in you. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” All of God’s works are wonderful, so you were a masterful creation from day one, before you even opened your eyes.

You may be struggling today with who you are. You might be questioning your identity and self-worth. Maybe you don’t like some of the choices you’ve made. Maybe you’ve disappointed people in your life, or you just don’t feel confident right now. Despite these struggles, you have infinite worth!

Developing a knowledge of biblical self-worth isn’t a frivolous pursuit. It’s vital! The more knowledge you gain of what you are worth to God, the more you will live out that worth. Your actions will increasingly align with your true self—God’s opinion of you.

To develop a more positive, biblically-based sense of self, start claiming what God’s word says about you. Look yourself in the mirror every day and say: “God says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He says I am precious and I am loved, and I’m choosing to believe him!”

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Joy Brings Power – Word of the Week

Edition #37

Week 38

Nehemiah 8:10
“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

There is power and strength in maintaining joy.

In any area of your life where you don’t walk in joy, you lose the strength you need to develop and grow in that area. In fact, many people get into sin when they don’t walk in joy. We wonder, “How could someone who used to be so committed turn and walk away?” Often it’s because they allowed the joy to leave what they were doing, and this can apply to marriage, home, ministry and business.

The good news is it’s within your power to maintain your joy. Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

When you stay confident that you’re empowered in Christ, that what you’re doing matters and that your relationships matter, you maintain your joy. No one can steal this confidence from you. As Hebrews 10 states, to lose this confidence you have to throw it away.

But you can choose not to throw away the confidence you have in Jesus and what he’s called you to.

God has not made it complicated or unachievable for you to maintain your joy. You are called by God, loved by God, and you have his power within you to overcome anything that comes your way. Hang on to that fact, along with the joy and strength it brings, by spending time in God’s presence, by reading his Word, and by choosing to focus on his promises and provision.

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Stop Comparing Yourself – Word of the Week

Edition #36

Week 36

2 Corinthians 10:12
“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

Comparison is destructive.

Have you been around someone who starts talking about how great they are—who they know, what they’ve accomplished or what position they’ve attained? The more they talk, the worse you feel…if you start comparing yourself to them. This is why today’s verse says not to compare yourself with those who commend themselves.

Next it says not to measure yourself by yourself because it’s unwise. Now, at first when I read this, I thought, “Aren’t we supposed to look at our past achievements to try to beat our personal bests?” Although there’s a time for this, it’s not helpful when it comes to measuring your worth. You see, you can’t measure your value based on what you’ve done. You’ll never realise how amazing you are by looking at your performance. The only way to measure your worth is by going to God, your Father and Creator.

It’s time we as Christians stopped measuring ourselves according to how we think we need to measure up and started measuring ourselves according to what God’s Word says.

For example, the Bible says that God thinks about you all the time (Psalm 139:15). If you were to pray right now and say, “Hey God, it’s me,” you could imagine God saying back, “Hi! I was just thinking about you!” Isn’t that incredible?

Your worth is not measured in deeds or accomplishments. It’s measured by the fact that God says you’re of infinite worth to him!

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New Start Every Day – Word of the Week

Edition #35

Week 35

Lamentations 3:22-23
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

We can live the incredible, abundant life God has planned for us. But to do so, we need to let go of the past hurts and disappointments in our lives.

Sometimes the pain we’ve experienced runs deep, and if we allow it, it can cause us to live like we’re defeated before we even get started. We fall for the lie that says, “Because you’ve failed before, you’re going to fail again and again.”

The truth is, making mistakes is part of being human. We all do it. Yes, it hurts. Yes, we want to avoid it…but when we stay focused on what we’ve learned from our setbacks and we meditate on what God says about our future, those mistakes just propel us forward.

The Bible teaches that you are given a new life through Jesus Christ. When you entered God’s family by deciding to believe in Jesus, you became a new person. In other words, you got a new start!

But we don’t just get a new start when we begin a relationship with God. Today’s verse says that God’s love and compassion is new every morning. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” and Psalm 103:12 says “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

No matter how many times we mess up, God is willing to give us a new start. Put your past behind you and look to the future, because with God, it’s incredibly bright!

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Quit Losing Focus – Word of the Week

Edition #34

Week 34

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

God has great plans in mind for you, but it’s up to you to train your mind to stay focused on those paths.

It’s easy to lose focus. If you’ve ever been on a diet and found yourself committed to losing weight all day but then had a moment of temptation overcome you in the evening after watching a food commercial, then you know what I’m talking about. Despite your best attempt to avoid eating late in the evening, the commercial won you over. That’s because you started to focus on the very thing you wanted to avoid, causing you to move toward it.

Another example is in the area of marriage. Many people who feel their marriage is in trouble will focus almost exclusively on the problems they’re facing. They keep talking about all that’s wrong with the marriage, but when all we do is focus on the problems, the negative consumes us and we can’t see any solutions.

We need to remember that God has good plans for us, a good provision for us, and he’ll empower us as we seek out and spend time with people who have solved the problems we’re facing. We need to find good resource materials and focus our minds on the problem-solving ideas they present so we can move toward the solution.

Most importantly we need to ask God to help us find the answers we need. Stay focused on God’s good plans and provision and let him help you build a great future.

These good plans are yours by the grace of God. Grace involves walking in Christ’s power to overcome anything. It’s about exercising His authority. It’s about receiving His protection and provision, and it’s about enjoying His incredible blessings and promises!

The trouble is, many believers don’t walk in this amazing grace simply because they don’t understand it.

If we don’t realise how blessed and empowered we, we won’t experience those benefits. But you can understand what you have and who you are in Christ…and the more you do, the more you’ll find yourself overcoming things you used to struggle with. You’ll realise how to walk in the power you’ve been given—the power of Genuine Grace!

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In the Face of Fear – Word of the Week

Edition #33

Week 33

Isaiah 41:10
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”

When you do something courageous, do you do it because you aren’t afraid?

Think about the last time you did something daring. Chances are you felt fear. You just didn’t let that fear get in the way of doing the right thing. Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it is taking action in the face of fear.

It’s pointless to try to remove all the fear in our lives before making decisions or taking risks. We need to accept that as long as we’re moving forward, we’re going to face fear. The best way to overcome it is to study the Word of God to remind yourself that you have the strength to overcome any situation put before you.

You see, faith is the true antidote to fear.

Never let fear of failure or the fear of what others think stand in your way of pursuing the life of your dreams. Not everyone is going to like you, and even those who do like you won’t always feel that way about you. That’s okay. Even Jesus Christ faced people who didn’t like him.

You can embrace change and uncertainty in your life because, in Christ, you have the strength to overcome any obstacle in your way. God has great plans for you, so even if you fall, get back up and keep persevering, because his incredible power to overcome is in you!

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Small Things – Word of the Week

Edition #32

Week 32

John 6:9
“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

God is in the business of using everyday people with everyday skills and resources to do incredible things. Elijah had a coat, and when he wanted to cross a river, he hit the river with that coat and the river parted. When Peter needed to pay his taxes, what did Jesus send him to do? Since he was a fisherman, Jesus told him to go fishing! The first fish he caught had a gold coin in its mouth, which covered his taxes.

When the crowds who were listening to Jesus were hungry, a little boy had a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. That little boy was willing to let Jesus have what he had, and God used it to bless five thousand people, including the little boy!

When Paul couldn’t make the trip to pray for people, what did he do? He had a few handkerchiefs, so he put them on his body when he preached. Then he gave them to people to bring to the sick, and when they did, those people were healed. Praying over handkerchiefs isn’t a doctrine; it just happened to be what was in Paul’s hands, and God used it!

God wants to use the family you’re in, the experiences you’ve had and the skills you’ve developed. God has entrusted you with natural abilities and resources. What you have may seem small and insignificant, but in God’s hands it can do mighty things. How can you let him use what’s in your hands?

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