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DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, LOOK AT JESUS


Most people make the mistake of looking at their circumstances, and being paralyzed by them. They have a big problem, and a small god, instead of having a big God and a little problem. They seem to forget that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).


EXODUS 14:10,


“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.” 14:21-26…” Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”
The Israelites were afraid because they were looking at their circumstances, and not at God. Moses was not afraid because he was looking at God.


1 KINGS 19:1-3


“And Ahab (the king) told Jezebel (his wife) all that (the prophet) Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword – (He had killed 850 false prophets). Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.”
Because his eyes were on the Lord, the prophet Elijah had just killed 850 false prophets with his sword, and now that Jezebel threatened him, he ran scared because his eyes were no longer on the Lord, but on the circumstances.


1 SAMUEL 17:8-11 AND 17:45-49


“Then he (the giant Goliath) stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of (Giant Goliath) the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel 17:45-49 – “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.” So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth”
The Jews were afraid of Goliath and the Philistines because they were looking at their circumstances. David, although he was a very young man at the time, was not afraid because he was looking at God.


NUMBERS 13:30-33


“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Moses had sent twelve spies to go and check out the land of Canaan that God had given them, but they would have to defeat the inhabitants of the land. Caleb and Joshua knew that God was with them, and that the Israelites could defeat the giants of that place. The other ten spies were afraid because they were looking at the giants, not at God.


MATTHEW 26:69-75


“ Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.”
Peter denied Jesus three times because he was looking at his circumstances, and not a Jesus. Later on he did not deny Jesus. Tradition has it that when he was about to be martyred he asked to be crucified upside-down because he felt he wasn’t worthy to be crucified as Jesus did. After denying Jesus three times he began to focus on Jesus and not on his circumstances.
Are you focusing on your circumstances, or are you focusing on God? If you are focusing on your circumstances they may be too much for you to handle, but if you are focusing on Jesus everything is possible (Mark 10:27 and 9:23).
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LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD

One of the main reasons God left us the Bible was so we could get to know Him. The reason some people do not know God is because they do not bother to read the Bible. Another reason God left us the Bible was so that we would know how to live our lives. God’s word has some guidelines for us just about in every subject.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
All scripture came to the prophets and to other godly people directly from God. If we follow it, it equips us to live a godly life according to God’s will.

MATTHEW 6:33

“ But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
All these things refers to the necessities we need in this life – not necessarily our wants, nor our desires, but our needs. Philippians 4:16, explains it this way: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

PSALM 119:46-50

“I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes. Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.”
If we did not have the Bible, we would have no hope of eternal life with God or of receiving miracles. His word is alive, having the power to perform miracles, and to transform lives. One cannot access its power without faith because without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:60.

PSALM 119:102-105

“I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
The psalmist is really saying that he gladly, cheerfully and obediently is living by God’s word.
God’s word leads us in the right path! Are you guided by it?

1 JOHN 2:4-5

“He (the person) who says, “I know Him (God),” and does not keep His commandments , is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”
If we do not live by God’s word, we are not really Christians. We are just fooling ourselves, and maybe even the world, but God cannot be deceived nor mocked (Galatians 6:7). \

PROVERBS 30:5-6

“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.”
Some evangelists and pastors are manipulating the word of God to get rich or to find favor with many people. They will be judged by God. If you live by God’s word you will be blessed not only with eternal life, but also in this world. You will find favor with people, and, of course, with God.

JOHN 8:51

“Most assuredly I (Jesus) say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”
Jesus was telling some unbelieving Jews that the true believers would not go through a spiritual death, which is really damnation, complete separation from God, and spending eternity in the lake of fire.
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, regardless of how nice you may be, and to what religion you might be affiliated, how intelligent you might be, or how many good deeds you have done, you will wind up in the lake of fire suffering eternally. However, if you come out of the darkness into the light of God, you will spend eternity with God. If you sincerely do not want to spend eternity with the devil and his demons suffering in the lake of fire, put your trust in Jesus Christ. Read the following prayer. When you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God in a loud voice with all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive you, and will give you eternal life with Him.
“Father God, I know I have sinned and have been far from You. I repent and ask You to forgive me. I believe, declare and confess that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered and died to pay for my sins. He resurrected on the third day, and is now at your right hand interceding for me. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me. Father God, now that I am Your child You will guide me, protect me and bless me. Thank You, Father! Amen.”
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DO NOT DESPISE SMALL BEGINNINGS

We should not despise small beginnings because just about everything starts small. The human race began small with only two people – Adam and Eve. As a human being Jesus began as a baby and then He grew up to give up His life to offer us salvation. Billions of people have received salvation through His sacrifice. Our country was started by less than 110 people, and now we have around 327 million.

EXODUS 2:2-10

“ And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt, and because the Jewish population was growing so fast, the Egyptians were afraid they would get too powerful, so they were having the male Jewish babies killed. That is why Moses’ mother had hidden him. Moses had small beginnings, but he wound up bringing his people out of slavery. God used him in a mighty way.

ZECHARIAH 4:9-10

“ The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
Zerubbabel was the Governor of Judah during the time when the Israelites had come back from captivity in Babylon, and he was facing much opposition as he had started to build the temple for God. Because of the opposition he started in a small way, but eventually the temple was finished.

GENESIS 1:26-28

“Then God said, “Let us (Who were us? – Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit) make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
The human race had a small beginning – two people (Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve nor Madam and Eve). The actual world’s population is 7.7 billion or 7,700,000,000.

MATTHEW 10:5-7

“These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus started sending the word of God only to the Jewish people at first. That was certainly a small beginning. Now there are about 2.5 billion Christians around the world. The numerical value is: 2,500,000,000. Furthermore, it is estimated that by the year 2050 we will have 3 billion Christians.

1 SAMUEL 16:10-13

“Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”
God had told the prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s son to be the next king of Israel. The seven older brothers who passed before David were big and strong, while David was an adolescent and smaller than them. God does not look at the physical appearance, He looks at the heart. David was young and a shepherd at the time. He had small beginnings, but he wound up being one of the best kings the Jewish people ever had.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-29

“ For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
Do not despise small things because everything starts out small. Do not despise your life. You can make a difference at home, work, school, neighborhood, and everywhere you go. It is not about what you can do, but rather what God can do through you if you make yourself available to Him.
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HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD

Our God is holy, and there is no one like Him. On top of being holy He is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and the Creator of everything that exists with the exception of evil.

ISAIAH 6:1-3

“ In the year that King Uzziah died, I (the prophet Isaiah) saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

LEVITICUS 11:44-45

“ For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
The Lord is holy and He wants us to be holy. We cannot be holy on our own, but we can through the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the blood. His blood cleanses us of all our sins if we repent, ask Him to forgive us, and receive Him as our Lord and Savior.

LEVITICUS 19:2

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’”
God is holy, and He wants us to be holy. Of course, we will never be as holy as He is, but we can try our best to be as much like Him as possible. If we do, He receives us as if we were holy.

1 PETER 1:13-16

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Just as Jesus is Holy we should try to imitate Him as much as possible. We will never be like Him, but we should try our best to follow His principles and the example He left us. By doing so, we are holy to Him.

EPHESIANS 1:3-4

“ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
It is God’s will for us to live in complete obedience to Him, to live in love, and to be holy, but since sin came in through Adam and Eve that is almost impossible to do. The only one who actually achieved that is Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life, and because He did, God considers us sinless if we accept His Son as our Lord and Savior.

EZEKIEL 39:5-9

“You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord GOD. “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD. So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord GOD. “This is the day of which I have spoken.”
This is referring to Armageddon, the final battle between the forces of evil (Russia and its allies) and Jesus Christ. We are not perfect, sinless nor holy, but because of God’s grace, compassion, mercy and love, if we accept His Son as our Lord and Savior, He considers us holy. If you want God to consider you holy and to spend eternity with Him, instead of spending it in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons, then receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. If you have never done it, read the prayer below, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive your sins, and make you part of His family.
“Father God, I am praying to you in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ. I repent of all my sins, and ask You to forgive me. I believe and declare that Your Son Jesus suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I accept His sacrifice as well as accepting Him as my Lord and Savior, You as my Father, and asking the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You Father. Amen.” God bless you!
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