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Isaiah 65:1 ” I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. To a nation that did not call on My name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ “

Maybe you’ve never thought about God…but I can tell you this, He has always been thinking about you.  Maybe you’ve never taken the time to search out answers you have about God…but trust me, He’s been making Himself known to you on a daily basis.  Just take a look around…everything, including yourself, was created by Him.  You don’t even have to initiate a conversation with some far off God…for He is already right there beside you, gently saying, “Here am I, here am I.”

Hebrews 13:1 ” Keep on loving each other as brothers.”

We are to continue to love one another as family, even when the family unit becomes dysfunctional.  For we can choose our friends, but we’re born into a family…and family last forever.   So, regardless how messy it may get, as Christians, we’re to love each other with a brotherly love out of the common bond of Jesus Christ.  Because the commonality we have with each other is far stronger than any friction.

I Corinthians 11:28 ” A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”

Paul had not been with the Believers of the Church in Corinth for about three years.  But he had gotten wind of the abuses that were happening concerning the Lord’s Supper…or if you will, Holy Communion or the Eucharist.  Here he was instructing them to stop and soberly scrutinize and determine whether they were worthy of taking Communion…before they partook.   When something becomes so ritualistic and automatic, we tend to perform it without thinking…going through the motions without allowing it to impact us.   We are to examine ourselves first, before we participate…for who better to ascertain our own spiritual condition than us?  And don’t worry, what you choose to ignore…the Holy Spirit will be faithful to point it out!

Matthew 6:21 ” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus was spending time here teaching His disciples about priorities.  He started out,  by encouraging them not to be worried because they didn’t possess the “things” that the world viewed as valuable.  Jesus instead told them to, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”  In other words, when our priorities are in the right place…God first, Family next, the World last… God will bless and take care of us.

Isaiah 32:8 ” But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”

When we allow the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide our decisions…our decisions will be excellent ones.  When we listen to that still small voice rather than  blurting out the first thing that comes to mind…our words will be timely and principled.  When our plans align with God’s plans for us…we can stand firm with integrity and strength, knowing we are right where God wants us…in the center of His Will.

Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.

I Samuel 23:16 ” And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.”

Over a lifetime, you’ll probably be able to count those special Christian friends on just one hand.  But there’ll be one person, one very unique friendship that will stick out in your mind.  A bond between the two of you that defies time, miles, and blood…a brother or sister in the Lord, that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, will be there for you, no matter what.  Jonathan and David had that type of relationship…a connection that David called, “wonderful, a love more wonderful than that of women.” (II Samuel 1:25-26)  If you haven’t reached out to this special person in a while, I urge you to do it today…if nothing more than to just thank them for their friendship, and celebrate the love you have for each other in Christ.