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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

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"People with mental problems are our neighbors. They are members of

our congregations, members of our families; they are everywhere in this

country. If we ignore their cries for help, we will be continuing to

participate in the anguish from which those cries of help come. A problem

of this magnitude will not go away. Because it will not go away, and

because of our spiritual commitments, we are compelled to take action." Rosalyn Carter

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Scripture  1 Corinthians 15:53 

When I read of the resurrected body as described by the Apostle Paul. I echo his sentiment. I too, as do we all, groan in this earthly tent; we die daily. Age, disease, disadvantage, disappointment and disabilities make us look forward with hope to our new bodies. So how will we be clothed with the imperishable? I cannot begin to imagine how God is going to do it. Nevertheless, I know He is going to do it. I recall it being explained by one writer that “At present, we wear our bodies on the outside and our souls on the inside. But in heave, we will wear our bodies on the inside and our souls on the outside.” Umm...

To wear our souls on the outside—could this be what clothed in righteousness means? We will wear our right standing with God on the outside for all to see, to shine as bright as the Son from within. On! What joy floods my soul! Juts to think of that glorious day, not as we know a day now, but forever being with our Lord! Serving, shouting and praising Him forevermore!

As we wait to be clothed with the imperishable for all eternity, let us be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Let us practice daily clothing ourselves with th4 fruit of the Spirit (Ga. 5:22-23); and when we get to heaven, we will be prepared for our new garments, those without spot, blemish or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27).

— Sister Catherine Raphael

IN JOHN’S VISION, angels surround the throne in heaven and say, “Worthy is the Lamb!” (Rev. 5:12) From the apostle’s glimpse into the heavenly realm, it was clear that the Lord rules over earthly kings—even over the emperor Domitian, who at the time was set on destroying followers of Christ. Like other Roman emperors, he wanted to be worshipped as god and felt threatened by the believers’ faith. Understandably, early Christians needed to be reminded that Jesus, the Lamb, reigns over all.

Throughout Scripture, the Lord has established that He alone is God. Consider King Nebuchadnezzar, who was warned that he would be humbled in order to recognize that “the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind” (Dan. 4:17). Indeed, Nebuchadnezzar, who had vast power, in time learned that the king of heaven is worthy, “for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride” (Dan. 4:37).

One day, all creation will bow before Jesus and confess that He alone is Lord (Phil. 2:9-11). But we don’t have to wait; we can worship Him now. We can also pray that, like Nebuchadnezzar, those who have been given great power will receive revelation of who Jesus truly is.

—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries 


This Month's Scripture

Revelation 5

SCRIPTURE Psalm 25:5

Have you ever experienced what it is like for God to have your back? That is an awesome thing. But too many people never get to experience that because they refuse to put Him first. This is His kingdom and He is the rightful King—putting Him any place other than first is foolishness.

Keep in mind we are to seek His “kingdom” and “His righteousness.” Kingdom simply means His authoritative rule along with the visible demonstration of it comprehensively in every area of life. Righteousness is the standard God requires for people to be rightly related to Him. It includes abiding by the governing guidelines He has set as the King, and humbly aligning yourself underneath the blood of Jesus Christ.

Righteousness, simply defined, is God’s standard for living life. His kingdom and His righteousness are to be what each of us seeks first. Without them, we are wandering aimlessly around without the support and the backing of our King.

In baseball, if you miss first base, it doesn’t matter what else you do. If you have run past first base without touching it, it means nothing that you touch second, third, or home plate. It doesn’t matter that everyone in the stands is cheering you or congratulating you when you cross home. Because if you miss first base, then nothing after that even counts.

In kingdom living, if you fail to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness first, all else is for naught simply because He has established His rightful place as first; without it, you are on your own.

Reflection: How is failure to put God first like missing first base? Why is it necessary to seek God’s kingdom first? What does it mean to seek His righteousness? Ask God to help you keep Him first place in your life.

God, I don’t want to be on my own. I want You to have Your rightful place in my life. I want Your kingdom and Your righteousness to be my driving force and greatest passion.

Dr. Tony Evans

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Welcome to the Women of Hope Monthly Newsletter where your hope can be found through prayer and participation. Be blessed and may your Happiness, Order, Peace and Encouragement be found in the Lord!