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Are you carrying a heavy load?  God wants to hold it–and you–in His hand.

From 1 Peter 5:6-7:  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

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When we have something to share, we naturally want undivided attention.  Guess what–God is the same way.  He speaks with a purpose and expects our complete focus and attention.

From 1 Samuel 3:8-10:  “The Lord called Samuel again, a third time.  And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’  Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy.  Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’  And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.'”

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Instead of seeing our difficulties as loss, we need to view them as a means God uses to build endurance.

From James 1:2-4:  “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”

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One of the biggest dangers for believers is a failure to mature.  To grow, we must have nourishment from God’s Word, and to become strong, we need the exercise of obedience.

From Hebrews 5:12-14:  “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!   Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

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Many Christians today are trying to find a shortcut to a closer relationship with the Father.  But intimacy takes times and effort; knowing God better is a lifelong pursuit.

From Psalm 63:5-7:  “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.”

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To get the most out of our time in God’s Word, we first need to prepare our heart.

From 1 Samuel 3:10:  “Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’  And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.'”

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The life we create is useful to God only if it is consistent with Jesus Christ’s foundation.

From 1 Corinthians 3:10-11:  “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it.  Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”

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The sufferings that the Lord allows in our life are given to us for His good purpose.  Whenever God allows suffering to remain, He gives grace to endure it.

From 2 Corinthians 12:7-9:  “Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.  Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.'”

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Good intentions aren’t enough to make a proposed plan right.  Learn to appreciate your conscience–God’s gift of an internal warning system–and heed its admonitions.

From 1 Timothy 1:18-19:  “I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience.  By rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith.”