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    Paid-Up Insurance Policy!

    Do you have life insurance?

    Before you answer, please know that I’m not talking about an earthly insurance policy—one issued by some company that charges you monthly premiums and threatens to cancel if you don’t keep up the payments.

    I’m talking about a heavenly policy—one issued by God Himself when you were born again—one that never expires, and guarantees you will spend eternity in Heaven. All you have to do is pay the premiums. By that, I mean your only responsibility is to stay connected with God by loving Him, fellowshipping with Him daily and obeying His Word.

    The problem for some believers, though, is they’re not enjoying the benefits of their policy because they aren’t paying the premiums. They don’t spend time with God, they don’t pray, they don’t read His Word, and they don’t obey Him. Consequently, when they have a need and go to God, His response might sound something like this: “Yes, I recognize that policy number and I know the name. But I can’t pay on that policy because the premiums were never paid. The last time I checked you hadn’t worshiped or praised Me, you had not prayed to Me, you hadn’t spent any time with Me. You chose to yield to your flesh, to listen to and follow the lies of the world instead of putting your trust in Me, so, even though I love you, I really can’t help you.”

    Is your heavenly insurance paid up? Or are you destined to be rejected when the time comes to redeem your policy?
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    Living the Good Life!

    That’s where you are today. You’re living the good life right now because, as a believer, you’re enjoying (or you should be enjoying) God’s goodness and the many benefits to you. Your sins have been forgiven, God has provided healing for your body, He has redeemed you from spending eternity in hell, and He has wrapped you in His goodness—His mercies.

    Those are the things included in the abundant life which God wants you to enjoy now—a life overflowing with His promises and plans.

    God has started you on a journey filled with joy, prosperity, victory and excitement. And if you dare to put your trust in the Lord, allowing Him to take the lead in every area of your life, then your journey will guide and bring you into a life filled with abundance. If you leave God out, then you’re destined for failure.

    Psalm 127:1 says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” If you’re trying to build your career, establish your personal life, create wealth, start a business or anything else without including God in your plans, then you are headed for disappointment and defeat. Not only that, but you will never be completely satisfied because material things don’t provide permanent satisfaction. They were never meant to bring total satisfaction in a person’s life.

    True joy in life starts with a spiritual relationship and close daily fellowship with God. That’s a life that leads to real satisfaction, and abundance in every area. That’s what is called “living the good life.”
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    Pick Up Your Weapons!

    We’re all on a spiritual journey—a journey of faith in Jesus Christ that, by His Spirit, will lead us to our destiny and His purpose for our lives. But for some, this experience is not such a pleasant one. They continue to live in helplessness, frustration and defeat, content to accept whatever comes and always hoping for better. They have no desire or will to put on their spiritual armor or use the spiritual weapons God as provided for their victorious battle.
     
    At some point, we all face challenges in life—some greater than others. But the truth is, by His Holy Spirit, God will show us how to endure hardship as good soldiers (2 Timothy 2:3) so we can enjoy our faith journey. In Jeremiah 29:11, The Message, God told His prophet, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
     
    God had a plan for the prophet, and He has one for you also. The faith journey is one that every believer should enjoy, knowing God’s plan for his or her life is one of fullness and abundance, peace and joy, and that it ends victoriously.
     
    Don’t be content with just being normal or average and barely making it in life. God has given you a good future, and that’s where your journey is leading you.
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    A Renewed Mind!

    Earlier this month, I talked about enjoying the faith life—or your faith journey—and how focusing on the negative things can hinder you from receiving God’s best. It’s understandable that we sometimes think about negative things. But at the same time, it’s not good for anyone to be burdened or oppressed with concerns over bad things that they don’t celebrate all the good God has done for them.
     
    One way to get rid of those negative thoughts is to renew your mind to God’s Word. In other words, make up your mind that you’re going to fall in love with God and His Word all over again, and let it fill your very being and flood every area of your life!
     
    In a letter to the church at Philippi, Apostle Paul wrote: “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8, The Message). That’s exactly where your thoughts should be—ALWAYS!
     
    Let the Word become your point of reference for staying connected to God—so that your faith is always rich and strong, and you can enjoy your spiritual journey and all the blessings that come with it.
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    It’s a Good, Good Friday!

    If you look it up, you’ll find that there are several theories surrounding why, in Christian circles, today is commonly referred to as “Good Friday.” One is that the word good is used to mean “holy.” Another is that the “Good” in “Good Friday” comes from “God,” as in “God Friday.” But the explanation I’m most partial to suggests the name is so called because, as most Christians believe, it is the anniversary of Jesus’ suffering and dying for their sins. And, as the Bible teaches, His crucifixion, death and resurrection led to His victory over the devil, sin, sickness, death Hell, and the grave.
     
    The psalmist David must have been thinking along those same lines when he wrote about the blessings and benefits that have been bestowed on all believers because of what took place on that “Good Friday.” In Psalm 103:3-5, The Message, David wrote: “He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you're always young in his presence.”
     
    Regardless of the various reasons behind the name given to this day, one thing is certain: It is a very special day—and it carries a very special meaning for anyone who has decided to make Jesus Lord in their life. For us, it’s truly a good, “Good Friday!”
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