With You

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God IS with you.

He is the creator of the universe and He is with you.

Present tense.

He does not reside in the past, however wonderful or horrible yours was.

He does not jump ahead to the future unknowables and fear filled wonderings.

He is here with you.

Now.

Right where you are.

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Selah

Psalms 46:11 NKJV

The “Selah” at the end of the Psalm is a word that means “pause and think about it”.

Take this moment, this one right here,  to pause whatever you are in the middle of and think about the reality that God IS with you. It is a gift, a miracle and a privilege to be experienced every day.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Philippians 4:4 NIV

May your day be filled with Selah, the awe, and wonder that God is with you and the desire to have a conversation with Him all day long.

Public Opinion

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith.”
James 2:1 MSG

Of all things that can influence how you live, public opinion is the least reliable and most toxic. It moves and changes like the tide of the ocean. Others will always have an opinion about how you should live. Let them have their opinions and let Christ have your allegiance.

He is your source of life. The author of your faith. Let him write his amazing grace upon your heart and allow his power the flow freely through you.

Other people will never be your source but they will always benefit from the fact you have one (whether they admit it to you or not).

Remember, people are not looking for your opinion either- they are desperately looking for love,
God’s love, flowing through you.

Love them.
Serve them.
Forgive them.

Give them as much grace as God has given you.

Live out your glorious Christ-originated faith with passionate love and let all opinions fall where they may.