“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10)
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
This is what God the LORD says — the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
The only effective way to deal with temptation toward sin is to give it no opportunity to take hold of our minds or hearts in the first place. Temptation, like a potted plant, cannot grow without our help. But the moment we allow it to take root within our hearts and feed it with our weak choices, it flourishes, eventually giving birth to ugly, controlling sin that overgrows our inner sanctuary. Only when we refuse to give temptation life will it suffocate. This is the sudden-death technique: never even giving temptation a chance to live inside us. Every temptation, however, comes with a crucial moment of decision—and that’s when we choose whether to let it live or die.
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Katie 21, and husband Nick 23, knew before the wedding that Katie had terminal cancer but Nick vouched to marry the love of his life. With all her complications Katie planned every part of her wedding and her dressed had to be altered many times due to the constant weight loss
Katie died 5 days after her wedding. To see a fragile woman dress as bride with a beautiful smile makes you think… Happiness is always there within reach, no matter how long it lasts. Lets enjoy life and don’t live a complicated life. Life is too short.
Work as if it was your first day. Forgive as soon as possible.
Love without boundaries. Laugh without control and never stop smiling. Please pray for those suffering from cancer.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you…” (Jeremiah 1:5, AMP).
Did you know that God was thinking about you before you were ever born? He knew everything about you before you were in your mother’s womb. He created you on purpose, for a purpose. He carefully planned who you would be, the color of your hair, the color your eyes and skin. He gave you gifts, talents, and abilities to be used for His glory. He took one look at you and said, “Approved.”
No matter how you may be feeling right now, no matter who’s approval you didn’t get on this earth, know that Almighty God loves you and approves of you today. There’s nothing you can do now or ever to change that. You may be thinking, “I’ve made so many mistakes, how can God approve of me?” Understand that when God sees you, He separates you from your behavior. He may not approve of your actions all the time, but He desires to help you grow and make better choices.
Today, receive His love and acceptance. Allow Him to work in your life. Allow His love to empower and strengthen you because you are approved and equipped to live in victory all the days of your life!