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Now That God Loves You April 30, 2012

(From a Booklet called “Faith Builders”)
     We are told that God is love; that He takes note of every sparrow that falls, and even the hairs of our head are numbered. This means that the least among us is very important to God. God is described as a forgiving, loving Father. In building faith, it is of first importance to integrate this truth into your mind. Every day say aloud, “I am a child of God. He is interested in every detail of my life. God loves me.” If any doubt arises, reaffirm and reiterate God’s love and hold to that thought until you know it for a fact. A thoughtful man asked, “What is the greatest truth in the world?” I turned the question back to him and he said, “It is that we are not alone.”
     In building your faith, emphasize the great truth that no matter how dark it gets, how lonely you feel, or how you may experience rejection, you are not alone. Repeat that every night as you go to sleep and whenever difficulty comes. “I am not alone. God is with me.” Because God loves you and is always with you, you can have confidence that if you live His way to the best of your ability, and put your trust in Him, you will develop a faith that will withstand every shock in this life.
     A method of meeting difficult responsibilities that can be of immeasurable help is simply to say: “God, please stay with me and help me and I will try to do the best I can.” And then add confidently the affirmation: “Thank you God, for helping me NOW.”
FAITH BUILDING SCRIPTURES: 1 John 4:19, Psalm 145:9, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 42:5, 1 John 4:8 and Ephesians 3:17-19
POST SCRIPT: A couple of days ago I experienced something that brought to mind a “Thought for Today” I sent you a few weeks ago. I woke up one morning and my left rear tire was flat. I called AAA and the gentleman came and replaced the problem with a “spare tire“. I looked at the replacement and the following was imprinted of it: “JUST FOR TEMPORARY USE.” In a similar manner, when we sin and ask for forgiveness we should immediately work on eliminating that sin by seeking God’s deliverance from that particular transgression. Eventually, that “spiritual spare tire” won’t be needed. 
Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire   
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I Love My Shepherd! by Gene McGuire June, 2011

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
COMMENT: Throughout the New Testament we Christians are referred to as sheep and I think there is validity to that designation because sheep are rather dumb animals and they need a lot of direction. I don’t know about you, but I often do some very dumb things. Sometimes a shepherd has to take drastic steps when he finds a wayward lamb – one that won’t stay close to the flock – thus running the risk of getting lost or being killed by a predator. He will often break one of the lamb’s legs and carry him on his shoulders until the leg heals. While the healing proceeds, the lamb’s affection for the shepherd grows and grows. When he is able to walk again, he never strays too far away from his beloved shepherd. Hard times can come because we disobey God or hard time come because that’s what they do . . .come! We should examine ourselves to determine which it is. I believe that Hebrews 12:6 verifies the premise we’ve put forth today: “For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.”
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Proverbs 15:10, Isaiah 13:11 and Jeremiah 21:14a   
Just a thought, not a sermon.