5 Ways God Has Qualified You to Make a Difference

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We are born into this world to make a difference. Every life matters. Each is specifically purposed and designed by the Creator of the Universe. Look around at the care He has laced into every detailed flower, butterfly, species of tree and grand forest. The great bodies of water and their beauty on the surface, and the plethora of life that teems underneath. He has named each star in the sky. We have not even discovered all of the beauty He made to bless our lives with! We are a part of that beauty, His most precious creation! Scripture reminds us God cares for the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, and begs us to imagine how much more He cares for us! The purpose of our lives is to bring glory and honor to our Father in Heaven.

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5 Prayers for Discovering Hidden Strength

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Paul knew, when writing the above verse to the Philippians, his strength wasn’t merely a blessing over his own agenda. The strength Paul unearthed in his own life came from his relationship with Christ. He knew the closer he pulled into His Savior, the more he would be able to endure. We sometimes mistake strength with the ability to push through to the things we want to accomplish and achieve. But when our lives are aligned with God’s plan and purpose for them, we experience the supernatural strength of the Spirit to endure the promised hardship alongside mountain-top moments. The fruits of the Spirit are not developed by our sheer will, rather fostered and uncovered in our souls as we learn more about who God is, and who we are in Christ.

Here are 5 prayers to pray for discovering the strength God’s spirit has placed in you. Pray them with confidence, faith, and trust that He who can move mountains can move powerfully in you too.

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5 Effective Tips for Scripture Memorization

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads” (Deuteronomy 11:18).

It’s worth the pursuit to find a way to internalize God’s Truth. The Bible mentions the importance of remembering God’s word several times. Internalizing exactly what God’s Word says is important, because there are many false prophets, incorrect interpretations and swaying temptations lurking in our daily lives. We need to know, in full confidence, what God’s Word says.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 3:3).

Why Memorize Scripture?

Memorizing Scripture equips us for the obstacles we will face and helps us to recognize God’s blessings in our daily lives. Much like preparing for the day in prayer, time in God’s Word readies us with what we may not even know we will need for the hours ahead. Memorized Scripture powerfully pulls us back into focus.

Moses wrote, “This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand” (Exodus 13:9). Having God’s Word written our hearts aids us in remembering who God is, and what He says is true – about us, our faith, and the surrounding world. John Piper wrote, “Storing texts in our minds about God helps us relate to him as he really is.”

Be assured, no matter what leads us to memorize a passage or verse of Scripture, the purpose is divinely driven. Our God is not a God of coincidence. He purposefully places His alive and active Word within in our everyday lives. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

When unversed in God’s Word, we leave our hearts susceptible to the all-consuming worry in the world. His Truth, alone, allows us to stand firm.

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8 Important Things to Understand and Remember about God’s Forgiveness

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” –Psalm 139:23-24, ESV

God is the Author of the human spirit. God’s forgiveness has a weighty gravity to it because He knows the “number of hairs on our heads;” He “formed us in the womb.” There’s no escaping our humanity, our frailty, and our sin. We were created to lean on God through His Son, Jesus Christ. His sacrificial death on the cross granted us God’s forgiveness, bringing us into fellowship with our Father. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit pricks every believer with conviction to confess and repent sin. Our Father, because of the perfect sacrifice Christ made in our honor, is faithful to forgive us. The Apostle Peter wrote, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18, ESV). God’s forgiveness gives us life, to the full (John 10:10).

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The Beautiful Meaning and Story of “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8NIV)

Brimming with influence from Psalm 4, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” is a popular prayer that has been passed down for generations. Although it’s experienced various changes and additions, the prayer reminds us of our humble state in the world. The Lord is the keeper of our souls. God is the Author of every minute we breathe on this earth.

This popular prayer reminds us to “pray continually,” trusting our souls and our lives into the hands of our Good Father as we sleep each night.

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