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Have you ever noticed how hard it is to change someone who has a made up mind? Call it stubborn if you want; a mind that’s made up simply cannot be changed. From a nasty prison cell, the Apostle Paul wrote this bold, made up mind statement in the Book of Romans 8:38-39,

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (King James Version of the Holy Bible).

The scenarios in this list have caused many people to give up and turn away from God. But, Paul went on record to let the church in Rome know that he had his mind made up. Nothing was able to separate him from God’s Love! Is your mind made up?

Prayer:  Lord, I’ve got my mind made up to live for You regardless. Though I walk through lonely valleys, You are with me. I’m not giving up. I’ll live for You come what may. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

“Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord” (Psalm 107:43 in the King James Version of the Bible).

After reading this Scripture in my Bible, I reread it in the Message version which says, “If you are really wise, you’ll think this over—it’s time you appreciated God’s deep love.” On this Valentines Day, let’s appreciate God’s loving-kindness to us and respond by worshiping Him with greater intensity and commitment than ever before.

Prayer:  Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul. Thank You, Lord, for making me whole. Thank You, Lord, for giving to me; Thy great salvation, so rich and so free. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

rose“I am the rose of Sharon” (Song of Solomon 2:1a in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

Women love flowers. We love the way they look and smell. And roses are often a favorite. Could it be that the symbolism of a rose is applied to Jesus Christ so we can truly appreciate His beauty and perfection and the perfect love that He has for each and every one of us?

The Rose of Sharon is calling you today to enjoy the quiet solitude of His garden. A place where your heart is still and your mind can rest. As the fragrance of His presence envelopes you, take time to savor the delicate petals, the sweet perfume and the beauty of the Rose of Sharon.

Prayer: Jesus, may Your wonderful fragrance linger with me all through the day.

Devotion by Julie Long