IN REMEMBRANCE OF GOD’S PROMISES
Notice that certain items can evoke a memory, or remind you of events, gifts from a particular person, and so forth. God wants us to always have a remembrance of Him and His dear promises to us! God asked Joshua to collect twelve stones and be placed on the Jordan River in remembrance of all his promises in the past of freeing the Israelites out of Egypt.
Joshua 4:4-7 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.
Let us hold on to God's wonderful promises to us, for He was with us in our past, our present, and in our future! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!
Hebrew 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He Who promised is faithful.
God holds true to everything that has been written in His word to us, His children! Let us be encouraged to find an item or something in our lives that will remind us of God's love, His promises, and His faithfulness to us!
Have a promising day!
FULFILL YOUR DESTINY
Why is it that we allow people to get the best of us sometimes? We feel that we need to please others all the time. Having that mentality can get in the way of ultimately pleasing God in our lives, and fulfilling our destinies!
1 Samuel 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I violated the Lord's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.
Some of us may be afraid of what people will think, or what they may say to us. We may get more influenced from their comments and remarks than God's word! Don't allow others to get in the way of your destiny! We will never go far with God's plans if we constantly give into other people's demands. We must stand with God and simply obey His commands.
There is no reason to fear others, for what can man do to us? Instead, let us reverently fear and respect God our Master, and allow Him to rule over our lives! Let us keep moving forward in the right direction and not allow others to get in the way!
Man's adversity is God's opportunity.—(Mathew Henry)
Have a bold and discerning day!
GODLY RESPONSES TO CRITICISM
When we are criticized, it’s a natural reaction to cringe or attack back in response. We automatically want to defend ourselves and even put the other person down! Retaliation may seem to be our only response.
Proverbs 15:31-33 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the Lord teaches man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Let us be willing to listen to some truths within the criticism and learn how to respond in a calm way, which will help us to grow in our godly character. Be kind by showing Christ through us; don't repay evil for evil, but instead “kill them with kindness” and respectfully listen. We represent Christ and gain wisdom with every choice of action. Let us pray for guidance in this area of great challenge and remember who we are, God's children.
It is always in season for old men to learn.—(Aeschylus)
Have a patient day!
SUCCESS AWAITS YOU
There may be some amazing dreams we have for ourselves, but many unknown situations can keep us from moving forward due to our own fears and uncertainties. God wants us to completely trust and lean on Him!
2 Kings 18:5 Hezekiah trusted in, leaned on, and was confident in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that neither after him nor before him was any one of all the kings of Judah like him. For he clung and held fast to the Lord and ceased not to follow Him, but kept His commandments, as the Lord commanded Moses.
See the faith and dedication Hezekiah had for his Lord? With his great faith and obedience, God surely blessed him!
2 Kings 18:7 And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.
To be in God's presence is where success is found! When we look only within ourselves and our own capabilities, fear can overwhelm us. We need to stretch our faith, step out and find out what we can succeed in with God's guidance. Be encouraged to take on opportunities that are aligned with God's will. Together with God on your side, the sky’s the limit! Success awaits you!
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.—(Henry Ford)
Have a most courageous day!
PUT IT INTO PRACTICE
We can learn a great deal in our lives about many things! We always strive to become a better person, but people don’t always change easily. Do not let the phrase “in one ear, out the other” happen to you, but the key is to apply what you have learned and put it into practice every day of your life! If you are tired of always being anxious and desire a tranquil peace, it all starts with how you think! Our mindset and perceptions are powerful and can control our behavior. We have to set our minds on the good things!
Philippians 4:6-9 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Wow! It couldn't get any more simple and clearer than that! Apply and practice all the good things you have learned. Let us form good habits into our lives, and blessings will always follow.
Have a motivated day!
WHAT TO DO WITH LONELINESS
Loneliness is a very sad state to be in! Loneliness is separation from people and from God. It is a place of isolation that can be detrimental for our health!
Psalm 25:16-18 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
God intended for us to be in relationships! Even when He created Adam, He saw that he was lonely and therefore created Eve to be his companion. God wants a relationship with us too! The sins of our hearts can separate us from God and from people. God intends for you to love and to be loved. We need connection! God tells us to love, encourage and comfort one another. That means we need to be in contact with other people and build up a healthy, God-loving relationship! God promises to never leave or forsake us in any way and that nothing can separate us from the love of God. We need to hold on to His promises! Once we connect and build healthy relationships, our lives move forward in a positive and healthy way. We need to realize our great worth and value in God's eyes! He sees us as His perfect image, His masterpiece blossoming to do His good will.
Let us be encouraged to step out of our own comfort zone and to reach out in connection for the greater good of our lives!
To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel, but to the loved - starved, a word of affection can be a feast.—(Max Lucado)
Have a fulfilling day!
WHAT SEASON OF LIFE ARE YOU IN?
Where are you at this time in your life?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
Nothing stays the same forever, as seasons do change and are all beautifully different in their ways. We need different seasons in our lives to build us up in character, and go on with God's love in our lives for the beauty of His plan.
Ecclesiastes 3:8…a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, and time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, and time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
See all the different situations we naturally go through in our lives? As we experience different seasons, know most importantly that God's presence is always with us, and that speaks great volumes! Seasons soon pass, so let us enjoy and embrace the good times and endure the challenging ones.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
We all have one life to live, so let us enjoy it to the fullest and make the most of it!
Have an embracing day!
RUN FROM EVIL
When someone tells us to run from something, there usually is a good reason for it! Take notice not to linger around or stay in compromising positions, but run and flee! God tells us to run from evil! Evil comes in many sizes and wears different masks. It can be as obvious as gossiping, lust of the flesh, jealousy, seeds of hatred and bitterness, and so on.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
As we grow in the maturity of faith, we should resist evil like oil resists water. They do not mix! As believers in Christ, let us be aware of the evil around us and choose to stay away from it, for our own good.
3 John 1:11 Dear friends, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
Let us put all effort into developing a pure heart in righteousness and grow in our faith, dwelling in love and pursuing peace at all times. Let’s be encouraged to put on our “spiritual running shoes” so that we may be able to run fast when needed! When evil comes around, pray that the Holy Spirit will help enable us to take action and run!
Have a discerning day
BUT IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!
It is not our job to attempt to figure out the ways of God; His ways are higher than ours, so we must simply put our faith, hope and trust in Him with stillness in our souls!
Proverbs 20:24 Man's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?
We simply can trust fully in God's direction for our lives, even when it doesn't make any sense at all!
Psalm 131:1-2 My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Let us not allow our pride to get the best of us, but instead, submit and humble ourselves in the stillness of God. Trust that He ultimately has nothing but good for us in our lives for His glory! In order for God to be Sovereign He works in ways that doesn't always make sense to us, but that's OK. Let us be encouraged to yield to God's ways and trust in His master plan for the greater good! Dwell in the victorious life of His awesome presence today!
Have a most trusting day!
RECONCILIATION WITH OTHERS
I'm sure that some of us have had, or are in the process of having, hurt or broken relationships. It can be a tremendous challenge dealing with people when there has been offense, broken trust, or misunderstandings. God showed us the ultimate example when He reconciled His relationship with us through Jesus’ death on the cross. Christ’s death reconciled our broken sinfulness to God, so that now we are now one with God!
2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself in Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
God is a God who can restore broken relationships. It's up to us to do our part and help in healing the relationship. As we do our part, God will do His! We must have patience, for it takes a great deal of time and nurturing for restoration to be complete. God simply wants us to love others and reconcile our difficulties in a positive manner. We are able to perform this act through Christ's power, strength and guidance. Let us not look within ourselves or the hurt that has been developed, but reach out to others. William Ward says, "When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves." Let us be encouraged to pray for the process of reconciliation to begin.
Have a forgiving day!
GOD NOTICES ALL THE GOOD DEEDS
Some of the good deeds that we do are noticeable and obvious to others, while some other good things may be behind the scenes, in secret. God notices them all, and your fruits will one day shine!
1 Timothy 5:25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.
It is always a win when we do any kind of good! We store for ourselves treasures in heaven. Do not be discouraged when you think no one recognizes all the good works that you do. When we choose purposefully to glorify God in everything, His light shines forth with abundant blessings and glory for His kingdom!
Let us continue to think good thoughts, have good behavior, and take good actions in all that we do, for it all counts in God's eyes. Let us glorify God in all our good deeds!
Have a blessed day!