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Let the healing begin



'O Lord my God, I cried out to you, and you healed me.' Psalm 30:2 NKJV

We talk so easily about things that don't matter. But when it's time to talk about our fears, our loneliness, our guilt, or our need to be loved, we clam up like oysters. Sometimes we act like we don't even hear, when the truth is we don't like what we hear. You heard your mate say they needed more of your time, or your child say, 'I love you.' And you also heard them sigh when you didn't say anything in return. You ran and hid because either you don't know how to give them what they're asking for, or you don't want to pay the price.

We all have hiding places - like our jobs, our habits, or relationships that require no emotional honesty. And as a result we feel bottled up inside. But every one of our escape mechanisms traps us deeper in the cycle of silence. God created you with a need to feel, to touch, and to express emotions. How long are you going to hide behind the mask and deny your unmet needs and unexpressed fears? God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone' (Genesis 2:18 NKJV). If you keep denying your emotions, you'll never experience the joy of a good relationship.

David wasn't afraid to admit to God that he felt weak, or sad, or angry or needed love. He said, 'I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed' (Psalm 61:2 NKJV). If you can't express yourself to others, start by talking to God. What he did for David, he can do for you. So turn to him today and let the healing begin.

Soulfood: Est 1-4 Luke 19:45-48 Ps 69:19-36 Pro 8:30-31,

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Vengeance is God's job not yours



'"Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.' Romans 12:19 NKJV

Vengeance is God's job, not yours. He will repay - whether on the Day of Judgment or in this life. He can discipline your abusive boss, soften your angry parent, bring your ex to his knees or her senses. Forgiveness doesn't diminish justice; it entrusts it to God. He guarantees the right amount of retribution. We give too much or too little, but he has the precise prescription. And unlike us, he never gives up on a person. (And you should be glad about that.) Long after we have moved on, God is still there probing the conscience, stirring conviction, orchestrating redemption.

Fix your enemies? That's God's job. Forgive your enemies? Ah, that's where you come in. 'Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to...God. For the Scriptures say, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," says the Lord. Instead..."If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads." Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good' (Romans 12:17-21 NLT).

Author Max Lucado says: 'Revenge builds a lonely, narrow house. Space enough for one person. The lives of its tenants are reduced to one goal: Make someone miserable. They do - themselves. No wonder God insists we "Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you"' (Hebrews 12:15 TLB).

Soulfood: Job 40-42 Luke 19:37-44 Ps 69:1-18 Pro 8:27-29,

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You are special



'I will praise you, for I am...wonderfully made.' Psalm 139:14 NKJV

Sarah Hupp writes: 'Did you know you started out as a single cell, and within that cell was enough DNA to hold the equivalent of 1,000 volumes of coded blueprints? Or that [the DNA in that one cell] determined the colour of your hair and eyes, the shape of your nose, and the size of your ring finger? Did you know nobody else has your fingerprints...the same sparkling eyes...the same laugh...or looks at things the way you do? You're an original, and it didn't happen by accident. God designed your DNA. He made you the way he wanted you to be. He gave you your voice, your smile, your freckles, your curly hair, all those things that make you who you are. And because God made you, you're special to him and to others...in fact, the world wouldn't be complete without you.'

No wonder the psalmist said, 'I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are your works, and that my soul knows very well' (Psalm 139:14 NKJV).

Maybe you're thinking, 'Yes, but you don't know the limitations I live with. And when it comes to my self-image, I struggle every day to feel like I measure up.' Pastor Jim Penner says: 'I've talked with and prayed for many who are dealing with physical issues...disease, diabetes, cancers, struggles with weight, muscular and autoimmune disease. The limitations the human family deals with on a daily basis are endless. Yet Ephesians 2:10 says, "You are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." God knew exactly what he was doing when he made you. You're unique in all the world. And that makes you special.'

Soulfood: Lev 27:30-33 Num 31:48-54 1 Cor 16:1-3 2 Cor 9:1-15,

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