Best Day Ever

Best day ever.

Think about it for a second…what is your best day ever?

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Okay, now that you’ve thought of that day, ask yourself…why.

Why is that my best day ever?

What makes it “best”?

What do you value the most out of life that makes that be your best day ever?

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Now ask yourself, does what you value matter?

Is it going to last?

Or, are a thousand of your “best days” going to end up not even being as good as one day in God’s presence?

I guess that depends on your perspective.

Are you living for the moment, or are you living for eternity?

 

“A single day in your courts
    is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
    than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.”  Psalm 84:10

 

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You say…God says: 12 lies you’ve told yourself and 12 truths God says to you about them

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You say…”I can’t.”

God says…”You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.”  (Philippians 4:13)

 

You say…”I don’t have enough.  I need more.”

God says…”I will supply all of your needs, and you can learn to be content.”  (Philippians 4:11,19)

 

You say…”I’m afraid.”

God says…”I have not given you a spirit of fear, but one of power…”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

 

You say…”I’m weak.”

God says…”I am your strength, and I will protect you.”  (Psalms 27:1)

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You say…”Satan is too powerful for me.”

God says…”I am greater than Satan, and I live in you.”  (I John 4:4)

 

You say…”I am depressed.  My world is falling apart.”

God says…”I love you and I will never leave you.”  (Lamentations 3:21-23)

 

You say…”I am worried or anxious about…”

God says…”Give all your anxiety to Me.”  (I Peter 5:7)

 

You say…”I am no good; there’s no hope for me.”

God says…”You are not condemned if you belong to Me.”  (Romans 8:1-2)

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You say…”I am alone.”

God says…”I am always with you.”  (Matthew 28:20 & Hebrews 13:5b)

 

You say…”I am worthless.”

God says…”I paid a huge price for you.”  (John 3:16-17)

 

You say…”I am a failure.”

God says…”You are a winner.”  (Romans 8:37)

 

You say…”I can’t take the pressure of this world.”

God says…”I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)

 

Adapted from “Freedom in Christ Ministries UK”

Who are you when change happens?

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Change.

It happens all the time.

Every day, you will experience change…sometimes in big, life-altering ways and other times in subtle, under-the-radar ways.

Sometimes, you control change.  Sometimes, change controls you. 

Either way, change happens.  Think about it…

Laws change.

Perceptions change.

People change.

Moods change.

Opinions change.

Fads change.

Personalities change.

Jobs change.

Feelings change.

Minds change.

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Bodies change.

Scores change.

Friendships change.

Homes change.

Leaders change.

Loyalties change.

Convictions change.

Values change.

Priorities change.

Commitments change.

 

Jesus Christ does not change.

 

Now may be the time to ask yourself some of these questions before change happens again…

Where does your hope come from…when change happens?

What gives your life value and meaning and purpose…when change happens?

Who do you trust…when change happens?

Who are you when everything around you changes?

 

“I am the Lord, and I do not change.”  (Malachi 3:6)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”  (Hebrews 13:8)

 

 

 

 

Are you a rule follower or a Jesus follower?

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Rule followers go to church…Jesus followers are the church.

Rule followers give 10%…Jesus followers give generously.

Rule followers love others just like them…Jesus followers love the unlovable.

Rule followers blend in…Jesus followers stand out.

Rule followers serve only when it’s convenient…Jesus followers serve even when it hurts.

Rule followers compare themselves to others…Jesus followers compare themselves to God.

Rule followers hold on to tradition…Jesus followers hold on to truth.

Rule followers look to others for approval…Jesus followers look to God for approval.

Rule followers rely on their own strength…Jesus followers rely on God’s power.

Rule followers point fingers at people…Jesus followers point people to Jesus.

 

Which one are you?

Which one do you want to be?

 

Matthew 7:20-21

20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.