"God is always just."
"Trusting God brings life."
"Love is the energy of life."
"Anger is the fruit of rotten roots."
"Godís love is unconditional."
"People are born to be free; itís a gift from God."
"Keep walking the walk one step at a time."
"Love gives life purpose and meaning."
"Giving in to fear alters God's best plan for your life."
"We must guard against allowing anger to drag us into sin.
"If you're missing joy and peace, you're not trusting God."
"In other words, God is good, and He cannot be anything else."
"I am radically, insanely, nutty in love with Jesus! He has set me free!"
"Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives."
"Sometimes trials come simply to test and purify our faith."
"Facing temptations will either bring out the best or worst in us."
"Once we know the Word of God, we have a responsibility to be obedient to it."
"Sometimes God allows us to be tested because He's preparing us for promotion."
"Nobody can be set free from a problem until theyíre willing to admit they have one."
"Our past experiences may have made us the way we are, but we donít have to stay that way."
"negative minds full of fear and doubt produce negative lives, which can ultimately destroy your life."
"God wants us to be totally dependent on Him, and suffering seems to bring us to that point."
"Many times Christians face trials and suffering simply because we live in a world full of sin."
"Also, forgive yourself for past sins and hurts you have caused others. You canít pay people back, so ask God to."
"Every day can be exciting if we see ourselves as Godís secret agents, waiting to sprinkle a little salt on all the lives we encounter."
"Forgive God if you are angry with Him because your life didnít turn out the way you thought it should."
"When Satan makes you angry, remember that he's trying to keep you from accomplishing the will of God in your life."
"Everything we do is to be offered to the Lord; and if done so with a pure heart of love, it becomes holy."
"When you forgive, you must cancel the debt. Do not spend your life paying and collecting debts."
"If we didnít have to stand against temptation, weíd never know our own spiritual strength."
"Many Christians suffer because they're too busy seeking carnal knowledge instead of the Word of God."
"I had this little recording playing in my head for years and years and years, what's wrong with me, what's wrong with me, what's wrong with me?"
"If you want to be free, just start doing what God wants you to do, one step at a time, and youíll eventually walk out of your messes."
"The only way to repay the devil for hurt and devastation in our personal lives is to aggressively and vehemently do the works of Jesus."
"God gives us hopes and dreams for certain things to happen in our lives, but He doesn't always allow us to see the exact timing of His plan."
"People are born to be free; itís a gift from God. Weíre not to be free from responsibility, but free to be led by the Holy Spirit."
"Unforgiveness is spiritual filthiness, so get washed in the water of Godís Word to forgive and stay clean."
"Your fellowship with God flows freely when youíre willing to forgive, but it gets blocked by unforgiveness."
"Forgive the person who badly hurt you long ago and also the stranger who stepped on your toe in the grocery store."
"Who are you helping most when you forgive the person who hurt you? Actually, youíre helping yourself more than the other person."
"Remember, regaining your mind is a process. We all fail at one time or another. God knows our weaknesses; thatís why He gave us 1 John 1:9. Just ask for forgiveness and envision the blood of Jesus washing away your sin."
"Giving in to fear alters God's best plan for your life. So use the power of God's Word to do what He wants you to do...even if you have to do it afraid! The rewards are great."
"Many people ruin their health and their lives by taking the poison of bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness. Matthew 18:23-35 tells us that if we do not forgive people, we get turned over to the torturers."
"Even though our problems may have been brought upon us because of something done against our will, we have no excuse for allowing the problem to persist, grow and even take control over our entire life."
"Everywhere you look you see people searching for loveÖbut theyíre looking in the wrong places. God is love, and they will never find what theyíre looking for until they find Him."
"God sometimes allows us to feel anger so weíll recognize when weíre being mistreated. But even when we experience true injustices in our lives, we must not vent our anger in an improper way."
"Your soul is your mind, your will and your emotions. When the Word gets rooted in there and begins to change your mind, it begins to heal your emotions and turn your will away from self-will and onto doing the will of God."
"All I know is this works. It's not only worked for me, but I've seen it work for literally thousands and thousands of people. I have seen the transformation on people's faces when they receive Christ. I've seen the glory come on them, the light."
"God is with you, and Heíll help you make spiritual progressóstrengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. It's easy to quit, but it takes faith to press on to victory."
"I also think itís hard to hate one person but love another. Itís hard to treat anybody right when our heart isnít right. Even people you want to love may be suffering from your bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness."
"If you want to have sustained joy, you have to not only make sure that you think right, but you also have to make decisions now that are going to guarantee some joy in the future. One of the key things for people as far as joy is concerned is not living a selfish, self-centered lifestyle where we live our lives expecting everybody else to do something for us."
"If you want the great and mighty things God has for you, you must get to the root of anger and deal with it. Get rid of the masks and face the things that happened in your life that made you the way you are today. Admit that you can't change by yourself. Until the root is removed, itíll continue to produce one bad fruit after another."
"If I invited you to take a walk, youíd think I was crazy if I became angry after the first few steps because we hadnít yet arrived at our destination. We can understand ordinary things like this, yet we have a difficult time understanding that God expects it to take some time for us to grow spiritually."
"Let's face it: None of us are ever going to get to the place in life where we have no more disappointments. We can't expect to be sheltered from every little thing. Disappointment is a fact of lifeóone that must be dealt with."
"What do you do when disappointment comes? When it weighs on you like a rock, you can either let it press you down until you become discouraged, even devastated, or you can use it as a stepping-stone to better things."
"Everyone knows how to smile. It's one of the greatest gifts God has given us. A smile makes people feel good, and people look so beautiful when they smile. When the joy in your life is obvious, it rubs off on others. But when you keep God's joy locked inside you and don't allow it to show on your face, you're depriving those around you of a pleasant and refreshing experience."
"We donít think thereís something wrong with one-year-old children because they canít walk perfectly. They fall down frequently, but we pick them up, love them, bandage them if necessary, and keep working with them. Surely our heavenly Father can do even more for us than we do for our children."
"Learning to change our thinking works the same way. There will be days when we don't do everything rightódays when our thinking is negative. But never stop trying. God is gradually bringing us around to His way of thinking. Just don't give up!"
"Forgive God if you are angry with Him because your life didnít turn out the way you thought it should. God is always just. There may be things you donít understand, but God loves you, and people make a serious mistake when they donít receive help from the only One who can truly help them."
"You may even need to forgive a situation or an objectóthe post office, bank, a certain store that may have cheated you, a car that always gave you trouble, etc. Get rid of all poison that comes from bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness."
"Who are you helping most when you forgive the person who hurt you? Actually, youíre helping yourself more than the other person. I always looked at forgiving people who hurt me as being really hard. I thought it seemed so unfair for them to receive forgiveness when I had gotten hurt. I got pain, and they got freedom without having to pay for the pain they caused. Now I realize that Iím helping myself when I choose to forgive."
"Being angry with God is quite common. People frequently ask, "If God is good, all-powerful, and full of love for us, why didn't He stop the thing that caused the pain?" This is where Satan seeks to build a wall between God and the hurting person. He seizes the opportunity to say, "God isnít good, and He canít be trusted." However, we know according to the Word of God, the truth is not in Satanóhe is a liar and the father of lies."
"Is all anger sin? No, but some of it is. Even God Himself has righteous anger against sin, injustice, rebellion and pettiness. Anger sometimes serves a useful purpose, so it isn't necessarily always a sin. Obviously, weíre going to have adverse feelings, or God wouldnít have needed to provide the fruit of self-control. Just being tempted to do something is not sin. It's when you don't resist the temptation, but do it anyway, that it becomes sin."
"Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that weíre not going to quit. When weíre bombarded with doubts and fears, we must take a stand and say: "Iíll never give up! Godís on my side. He loves me, and Heís helping me! Iím going to make it!"
"Everybody has to deal with anger from time to time. But whatís the best way to handle it? To answer that question, we must first understand what anger really is. Anger is an emotion often characterized by feelings of great displeasure, indignation, hostility, wrath and vengeance. Many times, reacting in anger is how we express our dissatisfaction with life. Itís defined in the Greek language as the strongest of all passions. Anger begins with a feeling thatís often expressed in words or actions. We feel something and it causes a reaction."
"Often we feel divided within ourselves, struggling to get finished with common life and everyday business so we can return to holy things because we feel that we are holier, or more right with God, when we are doing what we believe to be holy things. I believe this is one of the greatest deceptions of Satan. It keeps most people in a state of turmoil, dreading, and even despising, the tasks of common life and everyday business. All of us must do them; itís part of life. They canít be avoided. So we must have understanding about how, in reality, thereís no difference between common and holy, except in our minds. If weíll read the Bible properly and not be so religious in our thinking, weíll move into an area of freedom that will shake the gates of hell. Satan does not want you to enjoy your life."
"Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don't have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up."
"God loves us because He wants toóit pleases Him. God loves us because itís His nature to love, and He will always love us. He doesnít always love everything we do, but He does love us. Godís love is unconditional. In fact, thereís nothing we can do to ever escape His love. Godís love is the power that forgives our sins, heals our emotional wounds, and mends our broken hearts."
"The more you trust
Jesus and keep your eyes focused on Him, the more life you'll have. Trusting
God brings life. Believing brings rest. So stop trying to figure everything
out, and let God be God in your life."
Compiled by Thomas George