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You shall not die, but live


Today is the first day of a brand new year. January 1, 2010. What makes today different from yesterday? Well, for starters, yesterday is gone and there’s not a thing you can do to change what you did, what you said, where you went, who you talked to, or even what you didn’t do or say. Today is a new day. Today is an opportunity for you to say something nice, help someone, or even apologize for something you did or said. Last year you probably made a lot of promises that you did not keep. Most of us did. Well today is a new day! Instead of making new promises, why not make good on last year’s promises that you didn’t keep?

Remember all of things you went through that you thought would kill you? Guess what? You’re still here. They did not kill you. If they could have they would have. The fact is, if you are still here, God has a purpose and a plan for your life that has not yet been fulfilled. Psalms 118:17 says, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” I know a lot has been done to you. You may have lost your job, your family, nearly your mind even, or people may have left you. Whatever it was, you probably felt like the pain of it would kill you. But, you are alive to celebrate and tell all how God has brought you through it all. Did you know that even though you had a major part in the movie called “Your Life”, it was not for you or about you? All that you endured was for the benefit of the audience. For all those who watched, learned, and grew because you made it through. It was for all those who were motivated and inspired because you didn’t give up when life had you at your lowest.
So, as we begin another year let’s remember that our lives are not about us. Our lives are about giving others hope and giving God the glory through how we live them. We can live in victory or live in defeat. You choose how you want to live. When we say things like “that almost killed me” and “I didn’t think I would make it through that”, what are we putting the focus on? The situation. Instead say things like, “thank God I’m still here” or “by the grace of God I made it through”. When we say it that way, who are we putting the focus on? God! In 2010 remember this… God is ALWAYS bigger than your situation. The more you focus on the situation the bigger it gets. Likewise, the more you focus on God, the bigger he gets. Whenever you are faced with affliction, no matter how difficult it is to endure, know that “you shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord!”

© By Rudelle Stewart 2010

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Rudelle Stewart has three children, La Tricia 20, Isaiah 18, and Eris 17. She writes Inspirational articles, poetry and devotionals. She is the Editor and Publisher of the online magazine, “Divine Eloquence Magazine”. Subscribe now! Her 2nd book titled, "SOAR Into Your Destiny" and print copies of “Divine Eloquence” are available through Lulu Publishing. Rudelle is also the creator of the “Divine Companies Network” where Christian business owners, writers, and ministries can meet. Join now! Contact Rudelle via email with feedback, comments, or information requests.


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