Thought of the Day
Jeremiah 1:4-10 AMP
 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, For I am [only] a young man.”  But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am [only] a young man,’ Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.  “Do not be afraid of them [or their hostile faces], For I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the LORD.  Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold (hear Me), I have put My words in your mouth.  “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To uproot and break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 AMP
 For the love of Christ controls and compels us, because we have concluded this, that One died for all, therefore all died;  and He died for all, so that all those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for their sake.  So from now on we regard no one from a human point of view [according to worldly standards and values]. Though we have known Christ from a human point of view, now we no longer know Him in this way.  Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].  But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him],  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God].  So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.  He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].
Matthew 10:16-20 AMP
 “Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].  Beware of men [whose nature is to act in opposition to God], for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues;  and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given you within that [very] hour;  for it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Mark 13:4-13 AMP
 “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be fulfilled?”  Jesus began to say to them, “Be careful and see to it that no one misleads you.  Many will come in My name [misusing My name or claiming to be the Messiah], saying, ‘I am He!’ and will deceive and mislead many.  When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed (frightened, troubled); these things must take place, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These things are the beginning of the birth pangs [the intolerable anguish and suffering].  “But be on your guard; they will turn you over to courts, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand [as accused] before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.  The gospel [that is, the good news regarding the way of salvation] must first be preached to all the [Gentile] nations.  When they take you and turn you over [to the court], do not worry beforehand about what to say, but say whatever is given to you [by God] in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit [who will speak through you].  Brother will betray brother to [be put to] death, and a father [will hand over] his child; and children will rise up and take a stand against parents and have them put to death.  You will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but the one who [patiently perseveres empowered by the Holy Spirit and] endures to the end, he will be saved.
1. God knows us before we are born. That we will accept HIS gift of salvation.
2. Plans how we can best serve HIM. Take into account our personality and talents that HE has given to us.
3. Sends us as HIS representatives to share the gospel with others in our everyday lives.
4. Provides all we need, in any situation, to advance HIS Kingdom.