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Be kind and compassionate 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

Spiritual healing is a process. We have to choose to heal and trust God, knowing that if we do what God, the Great Physician, asks – forgiving those who have wounded and damaged us – there will be a change, a good result, strength and wholeness. That means we can:

  • Forgive every time we feel anger, mistrust or bitterness. Instead of dwelling on the emotions that are eating us alive, we can dwell on all that is good (Philippians 4:8).
  • Stay in the present moment and think about the future. Instead of rehearsing old injustices and letting our lives revolve around the past, we can find a greater reward by looking ahead (Philippians 3:12).
  • Let go of the idea of our perceived power and focus.Instead, we can focus on God’s work in every person and on the power of the cross (2 Corinthians 12:10).
  • Stop trying to punish those who hurt us with anger and hate.Instead, we can let God deal with them (Matthew 18:21-35).
  • Stop trusting in ourselves.Instead, we can trust in God and follow His lead. When we do, He promises to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5­-6).
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Jesus created you uniquely and perfectly ❤

Labels from the world are heavy and worthless. Our opinion of ourself is nothing in comparison to God’s opinion. 

My friend, Jesus created you uniquely and perfectly. You were made in His image. Before you were even thought of, His plans and hopes for you were greater than you could ask or imagine. You are loved. You are pursued. You are unique. You are redeemed, restored, and forgiven. You are set apart. You are esteemed. You are loved more than you can imagine, and you are His. Let Jesus rip off the labels the world, your friends, your parents, and you have put on yourself, and replace them with His labels. 

My prayer for you today is that you would see yourself the way Jesus sees you. Walk confidently knowing that you are a radiant, child of God with potential to change the World. You were made for this. •

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, my soul know it’s very well.” Psalm 139:14 

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everyday promise of “SURELY”

everyday promise of “SURELY” :  The words of Psalm 23:6 tell us that “surely [God’s] goodness and unfailing love will pursue” us. Surely—not maybe or perhaps. The man who wrote those words, King David of Israel, experienced God’s goodness and mercy all his days and nights. Whether the sun was shining, or it was midnight in his soul, David was able to say, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me.” It’s so much easier for us to say “most days” or “some days.” Yet the text promises God’s presence all the days of our life. This is not a promise that all our days will be good or happy but rather an assurance that the God of mercy will follow us through the good and the bad days, the rich and the poor days, the sick and the well days—all the days of our life.
When we believe this promise, we bring his presence into our problems. It is his presence in all of our nights that wrings from our lips the certain cry, “Surely!” His sweet friendship lights up good days and makes them even better. So we do not have a maybe or a perhaps or a hopefully, but a surely that is rooted in the proven promises of God. Such certainty in the reliability of the good and loving shepherd of our soul grows trust day by day, whether he leads us through the dark valleys in the shadows or on the high hills in the sunshine. (Jill Briscoe)

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Jesus told us, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cut off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1-2).

Have you ever had that feeling that no matter which way you turn, you seem to find yourself being pruned? Well, it’s UNAVOIDABLE. Even if you are doing great, the Bible still promises a pruning. 

Just as a gardener prunes back a rose tree to get it ready for a new season of growth, God prunes us when He is about to take us into a new season of growth and expansion. 

If you’re in a season of pruning now,get ready, because it is just the beginning of where God wants to take you and all that He desires to do through you!

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​TEN THINGS TO DROP IN 2017By Christine Caine

I hope your new year is off to a great start!
I know the month is moving quickly, but I want to encourage you one more time about how to make 2017 your best year ever. I don’t know what your 2016 was like, but mine was like the best of times and the worst of times—just like life often is.
We had so many opportunities to see people saved and delivered. We experienced amazing breakthroughs in ministry with A21 and Propel. We got to visit so many cities and spend time with our Propel Chapter members, and our A21 walks were off the charts in more cities than ever before. Thank you!
And yet, in the midst of our growth, like any family, we dealt with unexpected events, like the loss of my mom and sister-in-law.
Just like you, we always put our trust in God, no matter what is happening. I know that not one day, not one moment did I go without the power, presence, love and grace of Jesus with me—and he’s with you.
In every storm and heartache, he carried me, especially when I couldn’t carry myself—and he does the same for you.
God loves you. God is good, God does good, and God is always working all things for our good—even through all the unexpected events (Romans 8:28). He doesn’t cause bad things to happen, but he’s always there leading us, working in the midst of them for our good. He always has a plan, purpose and destiny for our lives regardless of what we see going on (Jeremiah 29:11).
As I’ve prayed for you, I believe for 2017 to be a year full of hope and expectation in which the leading of the Lord in your life will be incredible. God has given me ten directives to share with you. He wants us to drop what we don’t need to be doing, so we can pick up what he wants us to be doing.
1. Stop doing things that aren’t working so you can start doing some things that are working.
I know this sounds so basic, but it’s amazing how long we will continue to do the same old thing expecting a different result—and it’s not going to happen. Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean that’s the way you need to continue doing it. Maybe it’s something you’ve connected to—like the pain from abuse—and it’s time to put it down and let it go. Maybe it’s how you’re balancing your family life or how your running your office. I continually evaluate our leadership of A21 and Propel, along with my team, to see what is working and what is not. And what is not, we have to let go.
2. Stop investing in relationships that are taking you nowhere so that you can start building relationships that will take you somewhere.
It’s amazing how many friends and acquaintances we have in our lives that really just drain us. It’s time lean away from the people who might have been good for you in the last season, but they are not good for you in this season. You may love them dearly, but they are no longer good for you. God wants you building your inner circle with people who can help you get to where you’re going—who can help make a difference in your life.
3. Stop trying to change other people, and just let the Holy Spirit change you.
In my 50 years of living, I can tell you, no one can change anyone but God. Changing people is the Holy Spirit’s job, not yours. You are simply not that strong. If you will drop this, you will sleep much better and have a whole lot more peace in your life.
4. Stop trying to please everybody, and start just trying to please God.
The truth is you are never going to please everybody—not even some of the time. So set yourself free. If I tried to please everyone with what I post on social media or write in my books, I would be a man-pleaser and not a God-pleaser. I certainly don’t want to offend or hurt people, ever. I love people, but I can’t please everybody—and neither can you. Drop it and let it go.
5. Stop looking for the path of least resistance, and start embracing the challenging path of going to where you want to go.
You’re not going to build the spiritual muscle, the tenacity, that you need to end up where you’re going, if you take the path of least resistance. We’ve grown accustomed to having an app do the work for us in so many areas. But there are no apps for building character or tenacity. We have to do the hard work of crucifying our flesh, obeying Jesus, and going the distance in our race.
John Maxwell says everything worthwhile in this life is uphill. He’s right. By choosing to be all that God has created and called me to be, I’m choosing the challenging path and daring adventure of where he wants me to go—even if it’s uphill.
6. Stop procrastinating, and start doing what you need to do.
Just because you’ve decided to do something doesn’t mean you’ve done it. Too many women make New Year’s resolutions and a year later haven’t accomplished any of them. Don’t be that woman. Don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow. Don’t say, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow. I’ll eat healthy tomorrow. I’ll start reading my Bible tomorrow. I’ll start being nice tomorrow.” It’s not good when that becomes the story of our lives.
I have wanted to get my master’s degree for years, and I have decided to go for it in 2017. No more putting it off until tomorrow. Whatever it is you need to do—apologize to someone, get a relationship right, address inner issues in your heart—stop procrastinating. Do it today.
7. Stop expecting people to be Jesus, and let Jesus be Jesus.
A lot of the conflicts in our marriages and friendships could be eliminated if we quit expecting from others what we can only get from God. I get up early so I can get from Jesus what I need from Jesus—and so I won’t unintentionally try to get it from my family or pastors or team.
When we let people off the hook, when we quit expecting them to be Jesus in our lives, then we quit being a victim and start taking responsibility for ourselves. That’s when we make Jesus bigger than anything anyone has done to us in our past. That’s when we get free.
8. Stop blaming everything and everyone else for where you are in life, and start making what Jesus did for you bigger than what anyone has ever done to you.
Maybe you’ve had a past like mine where there’s been pain and abuse. It wasn’t our fault. We didn’t ask for it. But we can’t live our lives as victims. I’ve made what Jesus did for me bigger than what anyone did to me. I’ve made what Jesus said to me bigger than what anyone else has said to me.
This is your year to drop the baggage. Get my book,Unashamed, and learn how to walk free from all that you’ve been through. God has used this book more than any other I’ve written to help people find freedom.
9. Stop being so hard on yourself, and start loving yourself.
Jesus took all the commandments and summarized them into the two most important points: Love your neighbor and love yourself. When you don’t like yourself, you tend to not like others. When you’re hard on yourself, you tend to be hard on others.
So give yourself forgiveness, grace, mercy, genuine love and kindness. Start with discovering and loving who you are in Christ. Learn to truly love yourself so you can genuinely love others.
10. Stop doubting and start believing for the best.
Perhaps from your perspective—and certainly from so many who’ve posted on social media—you think everything that happened in 2016 was a mess—from the political process to the social unrest to the tragedies around the world. And it has stirred up insecurities in you, anxiety, fear and doubt. Consider this instead: Two thousand years ago, God said he would build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
Well, I’ve read the end of the book and we win. So, even if all the economies of the world are in flux, let’s keep moving forward sharing the love and grace and mercy and goodness of God with everyone we encounter.
Let’s stay focused on the truth: The government rests on Jesus’ shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). All things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). We are on top and not on the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13). We are women of God, women of prayer, women of faith.

So let’s stop doubting and start believing for the best. We’re entering 2017 on the winning side!

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You did not choose me, but I chose you…

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”(John 15:16). 

No matter how great or difficult your past has been, you must be more committed to the future than the past if you are going to fulfill your purpose and become who God created you to be.

  • Growth stops when you become inward rather than outward focused.
  • Growth stops when you talk about where you have been more than where you are going.
  • Growth stops when you think you’ve arrived, rather than remaining a learner.
  • Growth stops when you allow your own insecurities to stop you from raising up others and leaving a legacy.

We are supposed to keep growing, learning, changing and advancing. We are called to be fruitful during our time on this planet. It is to our Father’s GREAT GLORY that we bear fruit that will last (see John 15:16)! 

So if your past looks better than your future, get on your knees, open your Bible, begin to confess the promises of God over your life and pray until your passion, vision, mission and purpose return. 

Your greatest days are ahead of you, not behind you!

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Psalm 121

​I look up to the hills, but where will my help really come from? My help will come from God, the one who created those hills. He will not let you fall. Your Protector will not fall asleep. He does not get tired. He never sleeps. He stands by your side, not taking His eyes off you. He’s got you. ‭

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