Monthly Archives: January 2017

Clean Up Your House

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Clean Up Your House

The glory of God will come to the church first but it will not stay unless the people take it home with them. If we do not clean up our homes (spiritually) , and keep them that way, the glory of God will not stay in our church. God will not have a double standard. He expects the same standard at home as He does in His church.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
‘I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.’
Therefore
‘Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty’ ”

We must sanctify ourselves. We must keep ourselves clean if we want to experience a continuing outpouring of the glory of God. Each one of us should ask ourselves, “Is there life or death in my home?” There are different things in our homes that can (and will) bring about a spiritual death in our homes. Ultimately, spiritual death in our homes means spiritual death in our church.

The Anointing of God

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The Anointing of God

The anointing is given so that we may accomplish our mission. Every Christian has a mission given to them by God.

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Isaiah 61:1-3  NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
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Luke 4:18-19  NKJV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted;
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”
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The anointing of God is when God pours His Spirit upon a person for a specific task or tasks. Many times in the Old Testament, before the Holy Spirit was poured out in the spiritual, oil was used to signify that a person was set apart by God for a specific task. God will use whoever or whatever is needed to accomplish His purpose. Anointing means to smear the ability of the Holy Spirit upon you, to set apart for service (consecrate), and to prepare for warfare.
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A. To smear the ability of the Holy Spirit upon you.
God anoints people to do His will by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit smears (covered, saturated) His ability and presence upon them, thus are empowered to do the will (and work) of God.
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1 Samuel 10:6 NKJV
“Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.”

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B. To set apart for service (consecrate).
When God specifically calls a person to do a task, He will anoint that person to do it. God sets that person apart for service.
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Exodus 31:3  NKJV
“And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.”

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When Bezalel was anointed by the Holy Spirit he received the gifts of wisdom, intelligence, and skill. He was to use these gifts for the glory of God.
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Numbers 11:17  NKJV
“Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.”

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God anointed seventy men to assist Moses in meeting the needs of the people. These men were empowered by the Holy Spirit to perform a certain task (to help Moses.)
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Numbers 27:18-23  NKJV
“And the Lord said to Moses: ‘Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and inaugurate him in their sight. And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire before the Lord for him by the judgment of the Urim. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, he and all the children of Israel with him – all the congregation.’ So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. And he laid his hands on him and inaugurated him, just as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses.”

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God anointed Joshua to lead the people after the death of Moses. Joshua was given the authority to lead and was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do so.
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1 Samuel 16:13  NKJV
“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.”

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David was empowered by the Holy Spirit for the work of ruling God’s people. God had anointed him to be king.
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Micah 3:8 NKJV
“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
And of justice and might,
To declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.”

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The anointing was upon Micah to declare the sin and transgressions of the wicked rulers and prophets. God anointed Micah to be His prophet and He filled Micah with boldness and power to declare His standards. Micah was anointed to speak for God, not just about God. He was divinely empowered to do the task that God had given him (to confront the people about their sin.)
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C. To prepare for warfare.
We need the anointing of God before we go into battle or engage in warfare. We experience victory over our enemies only after the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. When the anointing of God is upon us we will overcome every enemy and win every battle.
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Judges 3:9-10 NKJV
“When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brothr. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord delivered Cushan- Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.”

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Othniel was anointed by God to judge Israel. He was empowered by God to lead the people in war. Because of the anointing upon him he had prevailed over his enemies. We need the anointing of God upon us like we see throughout the Bible. The anointing that was upon the men and women in the Bible brought victory for them and for others.

The Glory Of God

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The Glory Of God

The glory of the Lord is the manifest presence of God. Whenever man comes into the presence of God there is reverence, honor and worship to Him. The glory of God is not about work, it is about worship. God will not make His home where there is sin, therefore the glory of God will not rest upon a place where there is sin ( a church, a home or a person).

Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

God wants to manifest His glory. He desires for His glory to arise upon the Church and His people. God’s glory is always associated with heart worship, worship from the heart, in spirit and in truth. In order for us to experience the glory of God we must invite, prepare and maintain.

A. Invite
We must invite the glory of the Lord by make room for the presence of the Lord. God will not send His glory where He is not welcomed, respected or reverenced. Nor will His glory be manifest where He is not the number one priority. Friendship with the Lord is for those who fear Him (respect, honor, reverence.)

Psalm 25:14 NKJV
“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant”

Moses feared the Lord and because of this God revealed His character to him. Moses made a place for the presence of God by fearing Him (reverence, honor, respect) therefore, Moses had the privilege of talking to God face to face.

B. Prepare
Repentance is very important. The glory of God will always be associated with the blood of Jesus Christ. Everyone has sinned.

James 4:17 NKJV
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

When we have doubts whether an action is right and yet go ahead and do it, it is sin. It is also a sin to know to do right and yet not do it. Sin separates us from God. No one can live up to what God created us to be because of our sinful nature. Because of our sin, everyone falls short of the glory of God (the manifest presence of God). We will not experience a habitation of the glory of God in our life when we allow sin to go unrepented of.

Romans 3:23 NKJV
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

A lifestyle of sin is lawlessness, and lawlessness is rebellion against God.

1 John 3:4 NKJV
“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

If we allow sin to go unconfused, eventually, we will face an eternity away from the presence of God in the lake of fire.

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.”

It is through Jesus that we win (receive) God’s favor and receive forgiveness of our sins.

John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ”

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ, His only Son.

1 John 4:9-10 NKJV
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

C. Maintain
We must sanctify ourselves. We must keep ourselves clean if we want to experience a continuing outpouring of the glory of God. The glory of God will come to the church first but it will not stay unless the people take it home with them. If we do not clean up our homes, and keep them that way, the glory of God will not stay in our church. God will not have a double standard. He expects the same standard at home as He does in His church.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
‘I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.’
Therefore
‘Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty’ ”

Each one of us should ask ourselves, “Is there life or death in my home?” There are different things in our homes that can (and will) bring about a spiritual death in our homes. Ultimately, spiritual death in our homes means spiritual death in our church.

Work and Worship

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Work and Worship

Many times we use the terms the glory of God and the anointing of God interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. There is a difference between the two. The anointing is for work and the glory is for worship. We need both the anointing of God and the glory of God. The anointing is for your ministry to people. The glory of God comes as a result of true worship to God (ministering to God), worshipping in spirit and in truth.  To effectively do the work God has called us to do we need the anointing of God upon our life and our church. God desires for His anointing to flow not just to us but through us to a hurting and dying world. God needs a vessel (a body) to flow through. When we allow Him to use us His anointing brings healing and abundant life.

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If we want to experience the glory of God we must welcome His presence, prepare our hearts for Him and then maintain our hearts. God desires for us to carry His glory. He desires to make His home in us, but our heart must be clean.
We can look at the pattern that the tabernacle in the wilderness gives us to see that there is a pattern for experiencing the glory of God.

1. The people had to first come through a gate.

We have to enter through a gate also and that gate is Jesus Christ. Repentance only comes through Jesus.

John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

2. The people then gave their offering to the priest to place on the brazen altar for them.

We must give to our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, ourselves. We must lay all our plans, hopes, dreams, and ideas on the altar. We must totally give ourselves to God – surrender all to Him.

Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Galatians 2:20 NKJV
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Matthew 16:24-25 NKJV
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

3. The priest would get their hands and feet dirty just by performing their daily activities and jobs.

Before the priest entered the holy place (each and every time) he would wash his hands and feet. Before we enter into the presence of God, we too, must spiritually have clean hands and feet. We too get dirty just by performing our daily routines. The laver that the priest washed in was made out of bronze mirrors. It represents the Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV
“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.”

We must look into the Word of God and see ourselves the way we truly are. Then we must allow the water of the Word to wash over us and to cleanse us. We must allow conviction and repentance to be a daily part (ongoing process) of our lives .

James 1:22-25 NKJV
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

4. Once the priest entered the holy place he ministered to God by the light of the lampstand.

He offered up incense to God and ate from the table of shewbread. We too must minister to God by the light of the Holy Spirit. We are to offer up incense to God through our prayer, praise and worship. As we partake of communion we are eating from the table of shewbread.

Psalm 141:2 NKJV
“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

5. Only after the priest had prepared himself and ministered to the Lord would he then go into the holy of holies where the manifest presence of God was.

We too, must prepare ourselves and minister to God before we can enter into the manifest presence of God.

God Gives Peace To The Weary

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God Gives Peace To The Weary

In this day and age there are many things around us that could cause us to be stressed. Every time you turn on the news or pick up a paper, you are bombarded with bad news and situations that you have no control over.

When the pressures of life try to close in on you, you must remember that we serve a God that made us. We serve a God that knows us by name. Through Jesus we have found grace in the sight of God, and just as God knew Moses by name, God knows us by name.

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Exodus 33:17 NKJV
“So the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.’ ”

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God is an everlasting God.. He created the entire universe, every single thing was designed and made by Him, including you.

Isaiah 40:28 NKJV
“Have you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,…”

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God is the source of all things, including peace.

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Romans 11:36 NKJV
“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

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As we rest in God with confident expectation, He will renew us. He will fill us with new strength and vitality. Our God is Jehovah Shalom, the Lord Our Peace. He will give peace to the weary and worn (the tired and stressed). God will send a refreshing to everyone that places their hope and trust in Him. His refreshing will drain away the stresses of life that we face each day as we walk through this life.

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Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV
“Have you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

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Dear Father,
I thank-you that You know me by my name. Through Jesus I have found grace in your sight. You are the source of all things, including my peace. You will fill me with new strength and vitality. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to rest in You and allow You to drain away the stresses of life that I face each day as I walk through this life.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

God Helps Us

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God Helps Us

We do not serve a god that only sees our needs. But we serve the Lord God Almighty. A God that is moved with love and compassion toward us. He not only sees our needs, but He does something about them. He is our ever present help.

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Psalm 46:1 NKJV
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV
“He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

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God is omnipotent. He has all power. He is the Lord God Almighty. Man is limited in his power but we serve a God that has unlimited power. He will help you and protect you by His great power.

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Psalm 91:1- 16 NKJV
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. ‘Because he has set his love upon Me,
therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.’ ”

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God will not abandon anyone who puts their hope and trust in Him. He never gives up on us or leaves us alone. Promises are never broken by God. He is faithful and worthy of our trust.

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Psalm 9:9-10 NKJV
“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble,
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

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Those who seek Him in times of trouble will find refuge. He will provide shelter and protection from danger or trouble. We can rest when we are in His place of safety and security.

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Psalm 32:7 NKJV
“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.”

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Dear Father,
You are an everlasting God. You are the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the ends of the earth. By Your power You made the entire universe. I thank-you that You never sleep. Thank-you that You never grow faint or weary. Your understanding truly is unsearchable. Your ways are so much higher than mine. You give power to the weak, and to those who have no might You increases strength. To those who wait on You, O Lord, You renew their strength. Father, I put my hope in You and You alone. Strengthen and renew me by Your power. Let me mount up with wings like an eagle. Let me run and not be weary. Let walk and not faint.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God Watches Over Us

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God Watches Over Us

God is with us always. He is by your side no matter what you are going through. He is like a shepherd watching over his flock. A good shepherd constantly keeps his eyes on his sheep and their surroundings. God is omniscient. He is all knowing. He understands everything, and has complete and infinite knowledge.

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Isaiah 40:28 NKJV
“…Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable”

Romans 11:33 NKJV
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”

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God is omnipresent. He is everywhere at the same time. There is nothing hidden from His eyes as He watches over you. With God watching over us, what do we have to worry about?

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Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field; which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’ ”

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God knows the days of everyone. He knows our circumstances and provides for our every need, He knows how long we will live, and He knows about our future.

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Psalm 37:18-20 NKJV
“The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the Lord,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.”

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Dear Father,
I thank-you that You are by my side. No matter what I am going through. You constantly keep Your eye on me and my surroundings. There is nothing hidden from Your eyes. You never faint or grow weary. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to remember that You know my circumstances and provides for my every need.
In Jesus’ name, Amen