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No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭37‬ NLT)

In 1779, Peter Francisco was one of 3,000 rebel troops facing an enormous British offensive in the Carolinas. They were outmanned from the get-go. According to popular legend, even when he knew all was lost, Francisco single-handedly carried a 500-kilogram (1,100 lb) cannon that had been abandoned by the British over to a group of rebel soldiers, who proceeded to use it in the fight.

If you knew God wanted something done and believed it would succeed would you try it? Fact is, we are safer and more prone to win over life’s travails than we could possibly imagine! But our fear of possible failure keeps us from attempting what God already sees as a predestined victory. That has got to be frustrating to Him!

What would you do for God if you knew it would work? If God is calling you, then you need to respond. In spite of how it looks, you serve a Savior that overcomes bleak odds everyday! Go for it! You are loved today!

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In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭4‬ NLT)

There is a false notion among many believers that we will be spared of hard times because we are growing as believers. The opposite is actually more truthful. By aligning with Christ, we now make the Demonic our Enemy #1, which makes us there’s as well. Our faith that sustains us, according to the Bible, is the “stench of death” to those choose to not live it. And then, of course, there’s Life, with all of its glorious bruises, flat tires, heartbreakers, and other assorted conundrums.

According to this text, we show our true spiritual strength and character by triumphing over our pain. Christian author Norman Vincent Peale spoke of our ability to arise over pain this way: “The key to surviving adversity is to develop resilience. Resilience is just another word for your rebound, your comeback power, your ability to stand up to adversity and handle it creatively.”

As you come to church today, come ready to find your resiliency. If our troubles paralyze our faith, then our faith will never win. But our allowing Christ to help us take one baby step after another will soon lead us back to a stronger faith and a break from the storm. You are loved today! Hang in there!

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Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!” (Psalms‬ ‭55‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

It was just one of the “Perfect Storm” moments. You know, where about 5 stressful, painful situations all came to a head in a day. Any one of these alone were brutal, but all at once?! And there I was, a grown man, sitting on my couch, home alone, with a blanket over my head so I could hide and cry, wishing I could sprout wings and fly away, never to hurt again.

We all reach those breaking points; it’s not “un-normal”. Just as the psalmist desired to run away, we do too. But fear is a cruel task master, one that must be broken or else it will seep like a contagious disease into every other area of our life. No other sin destroys faith like fear, yet nothing pleases the Father’s heart like faith.

So, you have a choice: stay lingering in fear, our take a measured step of faith towards a deliverance. You can’t be brave on your own, you must let God make you brave. As Ephesians 6 says, when you’ve done all you can, just stand still. Then in that place of calm surrender, God will fight your battle and win! Never give up, never surrender! You are strong today!

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But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭24‬ NLT)

As we sat together and talked, I listened to a man share a story of his pastor-friend, a very heartbreaking tale. The man had started a church from nothing, built a strong work with a beautiful campus, and found favor wherever he went. But with great success came unchecked pride. As arrogance drove people away, anger set in. Now, in what should be golden years, there is only pain, regret, and an unfinished ministry that he may never complete.

It is always a wonder to experience God’s call and see the first blushes at success in attempting something for His glory. But God never calls us to start something, only for it to go unfinished. Completing a task is as important as starting, and finishing well in God’s eyes leads to the ultimate of rewards!

As I left that conversation, I shook my head and prayed a silent prayer that God would help me to stay the course and complete my task of life successfully. Take a moment and do the same. God really wants to tell you “Well Done!” You are loved today!

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬ NLT)

At the dawn of the 20th century, General William Booth of the Salvation Army prophesied that the Church would experience the following points of departure if revival did not occur:
– Christianity without Christ
– Forgiveness without repentance
– Salvation without regeneration
– Religion without the Holy Spirit
– Politics without God
– Heaven without Hell

Time has unfortunately proven General Booth to be correct. And yet, in spite of the spiritual losses, the Bible tells us in this scripture how to get things revived to right places:
* Pray without ceasing!
* Practice holiness in our living!
* Love one another!
* Be diligent in reaching out!
* Be generous in our giving!
* Experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

While doing right by God may never be popular, neither will popularity make us right with God! Choose to live on God’s terms, knowing that His outcomes will be better than your own! You are loved today! Experience revival in your life!

This week Poyen Assembly of God kicked off it’s Celebrate Recovery ministry. You may not attend our church, or any church at all; but this devotion will help you get started with seeking freedom from your own life’s “Hurts, Habits, and Hangups”. Lives are being touched, hearts are being mended, hope is rising and miracles are beginning in this awesome ministry! If you are in the Central Arkansas area, please come and join us! We meet every Tuesday evening starting at 6:30pm. Visit http://poyenassemblyofgod.org/celebrate-recovery for more details.

Tuesday Evening activities are as follows: 6:30PM: Refreshments and fellowship. 7:00PM: Large group session. This session starts with worship, followed by a lesson on a recovery topic, ie; Denial, or a testimony is presented. *8:00PM: Open share small groups. Gender specific recovery share groups. *9:00PM: Solid Rock Cafe. Free desserts and more fellowship after the small group meetings. FREE child care for ages 1-12 is provided. For more information about the program or if you need help today, e-mail ed@poyenassemblyofgod.org or call 870-917-5867, where you can leave a confidential voice mail. We will contact you with in 24-hours.

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You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ NLT)

From 2005-2009, 6 pastors in the Carolinas attempted suicide, with at least 4 succeeding. While not everyone with depression attempts suicide, most all suicides are depression sufferers, which according to the AMA is roughly 20,000 per year. Studies also show that chronic depression affects 25% of clergy, as high as the general population.

While some cases of the blues are caused by chemical imbalances in the body, most is just the beat down of daily life. Satan uses our discouragements to his advantage, twisting us up even more. And while it is easy to stay focused on our problems, the Bible points out our way to good mental health: Keeping your mind stayed on the God of our deliverance instead of the circumstances of our bondage!

You’ll never find a life free from turmoils, but you can limit them by living the Christ Life right. Ask God today to help your mind to stay on Him and His words of peace and blessing, instead of obsessing over your issues. Life is better for the living when it’s done right! You are loved today! Enjoy it!