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You Define It

Do you know that God won't allow anyone to define your destiny – without your permission? Yet, many people allow the low expectations of others to hold them back. In 1 Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez's story teaches a profound lesson: How we define ourselves trumps how others (even our parents) define us.

Deliverance from People

Have you allowed other people’s opinions of you to hold you back? If you answered “Yes,” you’re not alone. Every day, many people short-change their potential because someone thought they weren’t good enough. Well I have good news: God disagrees with them!

Although we have been set free from the law of the Old Testament, choosing to honor the Sabbath can do a great deal for our physical health, internal peace, and overall well-being.

It Never Comes Easily

Have you noticed that no matter how long you’ve been a Christian, walking in love never gets easy? Just as we overcome one level of aggravation, life throws us a more intense level of irritation! But love is something that we must choose to dress in every day.

Our thoughts — whether positive or negative — are the building blocks that shape our lives. Who we are, what we feel, and what we eventually do are determined by what we think.

God Will See

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A busy schedule, fatigue, and boredom can tempt us to cut corners from time to time. The Word of God reminds us, however, that "The eyes of the Lord are in every place" (Proverbs 15:3, New King James Version). Although people may not always notice the extent of our labor, be assured that God always sees.

Have you been in a situation — or met an individual — and thought to yourself, "I don’t know what it is, but something isn’t right"? We may desire to give every situation and person the "benefit of the doubt," but we should listen to God’s whisper.

Do you know that the tongue is our most powerful friend and enemy? It shapes the way we think and feel; It determines the direction of our ministry and lives; It gives us the ability to build-up and also destroy.

Release Your Guilt

We all make mistakes – mistakes that we regret, and mistakes that we never seem to let go. And forgiving ourselves can be difficult. Guilt caused David to cry out, "I know about my sins, and I cannot forget my terrible guilt” (Contemporary English Version, Psalm 51:3).

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