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Do you know people who arrogantly insist that if their good works outweigh their bad works, God is somehow obligated to accept them? That is the wrong idea entirely. God has and never was nor is He ever obligated to accept anyone. We all have one thing in common, we are all sinners in need of God’s rescue. If we continue to act as if we are somehow above God’s love and that we demand He accept us into Heaven just because we do something nice for our boss, our friends or our family without being asked, we need a serious reality check.

God doesn’t have to even look towards us because of our good works. We are all wrong in some aspect of our lives and we sin every day. We need to embrace the fact that if we don’t change our ways, and repent of our sin, then there is no way we will ever get to heaven. Sure, that thought scares people, but it should also scare people into realizing that they too are in need of a savior and that they don’t make it to Heaven based on the works they do.

As you look around, what “fruit” do you see others bringing to the place of sacrifice instead of humbly approaching God through the blood of His Son? Some may state that they think they are better than others because of the work they do at their job, or the work they do in their home environment. Some people may think they need a pay raise because of how many hours and how much work they put in at their job, while they think others may deserve less. The truth is, we all deserve less than what God gives to us by His daily goodness and mercy, but he did the opposite of what He could have done. He showed his great love for us.

So many people think that they can only get to Heaven by doing good work. That really isn’t the case. People are saved by grace through faith. Not by the works they do. It says so in the Bible in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Many people do not want to come to the place of sacrifice, the cross of Jesus Christ because it intensifies the conviction of their own sin and judgment and is a reminder that Heaven’s gate is closed to sinners.

They don’t want to try and get near to God because they have the wrong idea that because of their sin, God will strike them down and leave them for dead. The beautiful truth is that if they repent of their sins, He will forgive them and give them salvation freely and then they will have a home in Heaven and a place in eternity waiting for them.

So instead of being afraid to admit that they are wrong and that they sin, and that they were or that they are too proud to come to God in forgiveness, they should admit it to Him before it is too late. Hello, we are all wrong and we all sin. Not one of us is perfect. But the good news is, God sees us in our brokenness and He still wants to get to know us and to have a personal relationship with us.

People are afraid of what others might see with them if they approach God, because many people in the world, are so judgmental about who God is, and what He does or can do to them because of their sins. They may never actually take the time to get to know God because they are afraid of Him because they have only heard horror stories about Him. Of course, some of the stories in the Bible are scary and even downright terrifying if you look in the book of Revelation, but anything can be scary if you don’t understand it personally. However, if you take the time to study God’s word, you will get to know who He is and how much He actually loves you.

So many people don’t think God will forgive their sins. God warns that “a man is not justified by observing the law,” Galatians 2:16. “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin” Hebrews 9:22. Humble yourself, come to the cross, and thank God for the blood of Jesus that is sufficient to forgive any and all sin.

Look at everything and everyone Jesus forgave in the Bible. He forgave the tax collectors, the cheaters and adulterers, and the Israelites who worshiped the golden calf in the middle of the desert. Look how He forgave Jonah for running away from his tasks of telling the Ninevites to repent or they would be destroyed. Look how He changed Abraham’s wife Sarah and her unbelief about being pregnant with her firstborn. Look at how He even changed Mary’s and Joseph’s mind when they both were told that Mary was pregnant out of immaculate conception.

If God can forgive all of them, He can forgive all of us for our sins. Don’t be too proud or arrogant to admit that you need God. The truth is, we all are in need of Him and we wouldn’t be here without Him.

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The rapture is one of the most intense things ever talked about or read about in the Bible. So many people are terrified of the rapture because they don’t understand it.

Some verses about it include:

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mark 13:32 NIV

Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. Revelation 3:10 NIV

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Mathew 24:30-31 NIV

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21 NIV

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:18-19 NIV

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”  1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

This Bible verse gives a good depiction of what the rapture actually is, Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.  For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord, himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 NIV.

Some research about the rapture includes:

The rapture is the meeting of all believers, both dead and alive, taken up into Heaven. It will be unknown to the unbelievers at the time of it actually happening. The unbelievers will not understand why the people they love are gone or where they have disappeared to. Those who are unbelievers will notice the absence of their loved ones, but they will not be able to figure out where they have gone.

Then, after a period of seven years of famine, war, plague, and pestilence, Christ will return to Earth with every person He called up into Heaven in secret during the rapture. After another 1,000 years of Christ ruling victoriously over His enemies, the unbelievers, both living and the dead, will be raised to judgment before God. The unbelievers will be cast into the fiery lakes of hell while those who believe will be reunited with Christ in Heaven and live with Him forever. (for more information on this, you can look at Revelations chapters 19-22). The 1,000-year period is also called the millennium.

God wants everyone to come to know Him before it is too late. He knows exactly when it is time for anyone to go home. Wouldn’t you rather be one of the people He calls home to Heaven to be with Him in blessed eternity, even if it is through the rapture than to be damned into the fire of Hell because you’re an unbeliever? Have you ever felt that nudge of your conscience telling you to watch what you do or say? That could be God trying to get your attention to turn towards Him. Learn about Him and come to know Him before it’s too late for you. The evidence of the rapture will be real, and evident. The rapture will be real. You know God doesn’t lie. The evidence is in His word. Trust it, and believe it.

 

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Are you mentally drained because of your everyday life? Do you continue to bump into people who ask you “How are you?” and you answer them with a simple ‘ I could be better”? Is your heart exhausted emotionally or physically and spiritually? Are you weary and discouraged?

Read the Bible for Encouragement
If you can say “me, too” to any of these statements, look in the Bible for answers. The Bible is an amazing place for knowledge, refreshment, and encouragement. Looking at it daily, especially when you feel down can help you have a better outlook on life.  Start speaking these nuggets of truth over your life today and you can be encouraged by them also. You can even offer encouragement to other people too.  Some of the verses that offer God’s encouragement include verses from Isaiah, Philippians, John, Jeremiah, and the Psalms.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29 NIV.

This verse proves that even when you feel weary, you can beat your own exhaustion and help yourself become stronger. God will give you power even when you don’t think you can go on. He will never give you anything you can’t handle.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have troubles. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV

Seek His peace even in the midst of your struggles. Feel His peace surround you and embrace it. Allow His peace to surround your life and settle in your heart. Go to His word whenever you need peace. Let this verse remind you that no matter what you may face you can still be at peace. Enjoy life through God’s loving mercy and never-ending grace.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Let this verse speak volumes to you as you try to figure out your future/ Enjoy life no matter what happens. Remember that His plan was and is already in place even if yours doesn’t go as you planned. Let God’s plans come into rotation and completion. Whenever they come into completion, you can look back with awe, and most of all, gratitude.


Come to me, all who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 NIV

You can come to God for rest and recharge yourself. Whenever you feel exhausted, sometimes, the first thing you may think of is to complain. Instead of complaining, you can pray. It isn’t easy to remember to pray when it is the last thing you feel like doing. See how you feel after you pray. It can bring you peace and remind you to turn over all your worries to God.

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25 NIV

He will refresh anyone who is weary and make sure that they don’t faint. This same promise is true for you as well.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness and endurance. James 1:23 NIV

 

Even though it is hard, try to embrace the trails that come your way, it can bring about a changed perspective for you. Every trial and test in your life produces perseverance for you in one way or another.


The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV


The Lord is always with you no matter what you face. You can face any trial with Him at your side. He will help you when you’re feeling crushed and burdened.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all of my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:4-5 NIV

You can find and receive great joy when you go to God’s word and pray. He will deliver you from all your fears and help you feel safe. He will give you the strength to get through things that you never thought you could face.


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but the one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15 NIV

God is able to sympathize with us when we sin and He is saddened by it every time you sin. Yet, even though He is perfect and hasn’t sinned, you can rest assured that He has been as tempted as you have. Think of it this way, Jesus was tempted three times, yes, there times, by Satan, up close and personal. It means that Satan was literally tempting Him face to face in person.  You do get tempted by Satan every day, but at least he isn’t always there physically scaring you. You can’t see Satan in the flesh all the time either, which is probably a good thing.

I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NIV

This verse is probably one of the most well-known verses in the entire Bible. It is important to practice saying it daily. You literally can do anything you need to do through God’s strength waiting to be discovered within you

His promises stand. Great is His faithfulness. He will refresh you, give you rest, provide peace, satisfy your soul.

 

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Have you ever had one of those days where you’re angry but don’t know why? Remember, anger is okay as long as you don’t allow yourself to wallow in it.

Anger is Allowed
You are allowed to be angry and hurt at the same time. There isn’t a law against it. Your emotions will show at one point or another in life over something legit and over something that could have been avoided altogether. You are allowed to show your emotions, but the important thing is to not let your emotions get the best of you or let them have control over you. If you allow your emotions to have control over you, you probably will tend to blow up easier and start needless fights.
Realize Anger Leads to Needless Fights
Sometimes you will blow up in anger over something so juvenile and regret it instantly or you won’t regret it until later. Once you say things it can’t be taken back. Most of the time you will realize that you got mad over something petty or juvenile. You will realize that the argument and the harsh words that were said all could have been avoided. You may feel like you not only let yourself down but also that you let others down because of the argument.
Realize You Are Wrong Too
It takes time to realize that other people were not the only ones at fault and that you said nasty things too. It can hit you right between the eyes and in the heart that you were just as much a part of the argument as they were. All you can do is stand up, not to mention, take responsibility and apologize first.
Don’t Leave Apologies Unsaid
The best thing you can do is calm down and take ownership for your temper and hurtful words and apologize. There’s no worse punishment than to leave apologies left unheard. There is no greater regret either. Even though you may not want to be the first to apologize it almost always makes you feel better. It can be very difficult but you can be the stronger one. Just think if you left an apology unsaid and something horrible happened to you and the person you argued with, and then the other person died. How would it make you feel knowing you never had a chance to ask them for forgiveness or say that you’re sorry for hurting them? That is often one of the biggest regrets people have. Not being able to say that they are sorry for their actions.
Positive or Negative Impact
Remember your actions and your words can either have a positive effect on your life and on others’ lives. Or they can have a negative effect on your life and on others’ lives. Wouldn’t you rather be the one who holds their anger and tries their best to say something that will help take the argument away instead of letting the argument continue to burn bridges and make your life get worse?
Never Go to Bed Angry
You should never go to bed angry either. There is even a bible verse that tells you that. There’s s good reason why you shouldn’t go to bed angry because as said before, you have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow.
Be Brave and Say Sorry
Wouldn’t you rather work things out with someone than never talk to them again? You don’t want to lose your chance to work things out with people before it’s too late. Be brave and apologize to them, even if you don’t feel as if you are in the wrong. It is better to be the one who apologizes than the one who carries the anger towards someone for the rest of your life. It not only helps you get peace in your heart but sometimes it helps the other person say sorry for the things they did wrong as well. Even if someone doesn’t accept your apology, at least you tried to make amends.
Take any Argument as a Learning Experience
Take each argument, disagreement as a learning experience for you and the other person. Ask them for their forgiveness. Even if they don’t give you their forgiveness at least you know that you tried to make amends and that God is proud of you for asking and He forgives you. At least after you ask for forgiveness don’t you normally feel a sense of peace in your heart that you can’t really explain? That is God letting you know that you did the right thing and that you were the bigger person.
It always pays off better to be the person that forgives and lets things go than go be the person carrying around bitterness every day of your life. You will find peace and a lot more joy that way. Not to mention you will live longer if you let things go faster. Why carry anger towards someone for your whole life over something that happened 20 years ago or a year ago, yesterday or a week ago? It doesn’t even do you any good. It only makes you think of how people may have hurt you and you lose interest in being around them. However, you learn to let things go then you will enjoy life so much more. You deserve peace. Letting things go is the first step to peace.

Don’t keep the anger in your heart forever. All that will do is destroy you.