Extravagant!

God’s love is extravagant and intimate.

He loves us in a very personal way.

Jeremiah 1:5

He knows us before we were ever formed.

Matthew 10:30 GW

Every hair on your head has been counted.

God takes exquisite care of His children.

Our lives are valuable to Him.

 Matthew 6:26

As He takes care of the birds in the air,

how much more will God care for us!

John 14:2

Though we may have troubles in this world, 

God has prepared mansions for our eternity.

John 15:13

No greater love exists than the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

His greatest show of love……..JESUS!!!!

His love is extravagant..!

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The Good Shephard


Psalm 135:5
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
Sing praises to His Name, for it is pleasant.

The Lord is good. He is tenderhearted.
His mercies are new every morning.

Lamentations 3:23
They are new every morning
Great is your faithfulness

He will watch our coming and going.
It is the Lord Who cares for us.

Psalm 121:8
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your
coming in from this time forth,
and even forevermore.

Even through the night He is with us. As we sleep and rest,
the Lord does not. He remains vigilant, ever watchful.
We can trust in Him to be with us and give us
sweet sleep.

Psalm 121:3-4
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

Beyond Description

God told Adam to name all the creatures in the Garden
so He brought each one to Adam,
to see what he would name them.
 
Since that time, man has put a name on everything he sees.
 
Once named we can visualize it by the description.
It is hard to visualize someone who is invisible.
Which is why God is beyond our ability to describe Him—
or is He?
 
Even though the Bible does not give a physical
description of God, it does tell us about Who He is.
 
Isaiah tells us in chapter 55 verse 9,
His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.
 
Jesus told Phillip “he who has seen Me has seen the Father”
 
So when we look at Jesus we see a man who loved,
felt compassion, taught, healed the sick, and fed crowds.
He went out of His way to serve others.
He was not boastful or prideful.
Jesus lived as a man, using His divine nature to glorify God the Father.
 
 
God is beyond our human understanding 
and description.
But through the Holy Spirit, we can see Him.
 
He is love at the highest level and magnitude.

 

Take Thoughts Captive

Our thoughts can determine what kind of day we will have.
The effects of negative thinking are both
emotional and physical.
 
Negative thinking can cause anger, anxiety, depression,
lack of energy and illness.
 
On the other hand, the effects of positive thinking
lead to peace, joy, happiness, increased
energy and improved health.
 
The Message Bible tells us in 
that we are to, “use our powerful God tools
for smashing warped philosophies, tearing
down barriers erected against the truth of God,
fitting every loose thought and emotion
and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ”
 
It is our responsibility to take every negative thought
captive and set our mind 
“on things above”. Colossians 3:2
 
Set your mind today on Christ!

 

Down and Out

Down and out is not what you think.
 
It is not a lack of money or resources.
It is not a hard luck situation.
 
Rather it is receiving down from God
and then sending it out to touch the lives of others.
God’s grace, mercy, and love.
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of sympathy
(pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source]
of every comfort (consolation and encouragement)
Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us
in every trouble (calamity and affliction)
so that we may also be able to comfort
(console and encourage)
those who are in any kind of trouble or distress,
with comfort (consolation and encouragement)
with which we ourselves are comforted
(consoled and encouraged) by God.
 
God pours down on us His love until
we are overflowing.
 
Send out the overflow.
 
Be a blessing to others just as you are blessed.

It Starts At Home

Jesus gave two commandments for His disciples to follow.
The first, “love God with all your heart”, Matthew 22:37
and the second, “love your neighbor as yourself”, Matthew 22:39
 
The former verse wraps up and includes everything within
the Ten Commandments given to Moses.
 
By loving God, we are obedient to His word 
and are glorifying Him.
It is the greatest commandment.
 
The latter verse is wrapped up in the first.
Who would not want good things for themselves.
In the same way, we should want good things for our neighbors.
 
In a global sense, our neighbor is everyone.
We all live next door to someone 
and that person lives next to another, then another, and so on.
 
Our neighbors cross boundary lines, country lines,
and nationalities.
 
Love comes down from God
and starts at home.
It then travels exponentially outward in ever increasing 
numbers as others love one another.
 
Nothing is greater than love
and it starts with you! 

 

Set Your Mind

Set your mind on things above,
not on things on earth.
 
Our mind is very powerful.
What we think about determines how we act.
 
The mind is the collective conscious and unconscious
thought processes which directly influence behavior.
 
When we direct those thoughts towards heavenly places, 
we see Jesus.
We see ourselves seated next to Him.
 
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him
in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
 
Even though we are seated in heaven, we still have
one foot here on earth and things here can still affect us.
 
As we focus our thoughts on worldly things,
our actions are influenced and sin abounds.
 
By setting on mind towards heaven, we are
influenced by Jesus.
 
So look up!
 
Finally, brothers (& sisters), whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–
think about such things.