ENOUGH! TIME TO COME TO YOUR SENSES
There comes a time when we must Come to Our Senses and change for the better good! We live in ignorance, but God wants us to be responsible and change our sinful ways to good, for God's glory!
Acts 17:30 Such (former) ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins.
This is the time for all of us to come to our senses and change for the good, to receive Christ into our hearts and live out our lives in honor for Him! Living selfishly does not seem to fulfill us with the happiness that we would expect.
Acts 17:28 For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your (own) poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
When we live in Christ, power is given to us from all direction through the Spirit to enable us to live victoriously!
The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.—(Oliver Wendall Holmes)
Have a sensible day!
WHO’S QUALIFIED FOR GOD’S WORK
Do you ever feel that you are unqualified or inadequate to be used by God? Well, think again! God seems to choose the most unlikely people to be used for the greater good in His kingdom. Just take a look at some of Jesus’ disciples, a tax collector or a fisherman; also King David, Esther or Joseph. He trained them all thorough time to be useful for His grand purpose! God can use the most unlikely people in society for His kingdom!
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty...to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
God delights in using the least likely people for all to see God's glory shown in and through them!
Verse 31 So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord.
God's loving kindness is better than life. Let us be open and willing to be used by God, to be set apart as a vessel for His great work. As God trains us for bigger and greater things to come, let us give Him all praise and glory!
Have a most useful day!
LET US LIVE FROM DAY TO DAY
God gives us all 24 hours a day, but how we choose to live from day to day is our choice. No one knows what will happen today or tomorrow except God. If today looks dim with troubles or worries, cheer up, for God has good planned out for our futures!
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
If you feel stuck or trapped in certain situations, know and believe that it will pass with God's help and strength. He will sustain you for a brighter tomorrow, as life is full of surprises! Let us take on each day with a good attitude and stretch our faith, trusting that being aligned with God's will is the place we want to be!
If we feel that we have fallen, how miserable it can be to stay there! Let us be encouraged to get up and continue to walk in our journey of God's blessings, now and forevermore!
You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that? Come up with a smiling face. It's not anything against you to fall down flat but to lie there - that's disgrace.—(Edmund Vance Cook)
Have a faith filled day!
Being around angry and hostile people causes friction, animosity, hatred, discourse and misunderstandings. Some people have a hard time controlling their anger, which is why they may need an anger management course! Anger is an outburst from our hurt, fear and sadness. God wants us to learn to control our anger.
Proverbs 16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his (own) spirit than he who takes a city.
See the great importance in controlling our anger? We must not be like a child who throws temper tantrums, but to grow up in the maturity of our character and faith. Discerning what is good and righteous anger is of great importance and needed when necessary. Let us pray for wisdom, guidance and discernment when using our anger for the good, in a controlled manner!
Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One.—(Benjamin Franklin)
Have a self-controlled day!
DESIRE A SUCCESSFUL LIFE?
Who doesn't want to live a good successful life in pleasantry and joy? Isn't that what drives us for success and prosperity? When we strive to reach for goals of success and happiness, there comes a time when we may realize that God's ways and laws were intended for our ultimate good!
Job 36:11 If they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
Wow, how clear is that! All we have to do is love, obey and serve God to live the good life that God offers to us, in abundance of joy and happiness! What we think may bring us success can lead to downfall if it’s not aligned with God's will in our lives. We know that we are on the right path when we simply obey God in loving Him with our whole hearts, mind and strength, and to love and be good to others. Jesus died for us all so that we may be in a right relationship with God! His sacrifice gives us a channel to live a good life in Him.
What a blessing that can be if we choose to follow Him! Let us not go by the version of what the world says success is, but instead let us have success in God's eyes, it all starts there!
Have a discerning day!
LISTEN TO GOD’S STILL, SMALL VOICE
When someone calls out your name, do you listen and respond right away or do you ignore them and tune them out? How about when God calls on you? Are you sensitive to His voice?
1 Samuel 3:10 And the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel answered, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.
Oh, to hear from God! We may not hear from God through a loud and mighty voice, but He often speaks to us through a still, small voice. A voice that comes from our inner man! As we tune in and listen to God, we follow in peace and wisdom through our circumstances. Through the Spirit tugging on your heart, through wisdom, common sense and many other ways, as we follow in God's direction for our lives, He gives us peace!
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes.
Let us not think that we can do and handle all things by ourselves. We need to trust in God's still, small voice for His leadership and guidance for a blessed and fruitful life! Let us be sensitive to hearing God's voice today.
Have a discerning day!
POINT TO GOD, HE DESERVES THE CREDIT
Sometimes it can get a little confusing when people say kind, wonderful things about your talents and abilities. That is when you must keep in mind that your true source of gifts comes from God! Point to God, He deserves all the credit! Sure, we do what we can do with great effort, but God is the one who created us and gave us the capacity to do outstanding things through His love.
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
God does not want pride to creep up inside of us. It is by His favor and grace, in which He can also take away from us at any time. We should always remind ourselves to be grateful for all of God's blessings in our lives, and give praise and glory to Him. He deserves all the credit! Place your credit where credit is due.
Have a thought-provoking day!
Before forgiving others, we should learn to forgive ourselves first.
WORRY VERSES TRUST
There is a great difference between a child's trust levels compared to an adult. Children are simple, confident and trusting! As adults, we seem to lose those qualities with all of life's stress, pressures and uncertainties. God wants us to simply trust in Him!
Proverbs 16:20 Blessed is He who trusts in the Lord.
As we put our trust and faith in the Lord, we are truly blessed with peace, joy and happiness!
Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
We seem to worry about petty things of the world. God wants us to know that we are His children and we are more worthy than all of creation, and He promises to take care of us!
Matthew 6:34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
It is our choice to worry and be miserable or to put our trust in our Sovereign Lord, who is behind us and will take care of us no matter what! Life's too short to waste our precious time and energy on matters that are draining. Let us rejoice in our good God and choose to see everything through His perspective.
It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: It is your own doing, not God’s. He begs you to leave the future to Him and mind the present.—(George MacDonald)
Have a most trusting day!
LOOK TO WHAT IS UNSEEN
Everything in the world is visual or physical, which is why we tend to want things instantly and abundantly. We desire to look for relationships, good works, material possessions, status, and so much more. God wants us to look to what is unseen, such as the things that relate with the spiritual realm!
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
We must put our focus on what is real and everlasting! Looking beyond the surface teaches us the importance of God's glory here on earth. Hard and difficult times will pass, so we must invest in the things eternal. We are being renewed day by day in our spirit and soul! Let us train our eyes not to only look to the visible, but beyond to what is invisible, as those are truly everlasting and majestic!
Have a discerning day!
CLOTHE YOURSELF WITH CHRIST
What does it mean to “put on Christ?” We must clothe ourselves daily with Christ and make it a priority to be aligned with His will, and do good.
Romans 13:13-14 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
When we clothe ourselves with Christ in our attitudes, mind, behavior and actions, we let go of the selfish and natural ways that do not bring glory to God. Christ represents love, peace, joy, humility, forgiveness, obedience and so much more! It takes effort to put on clothes, so let us be mindful to put on Christ and give Him glory and honor, every day and in every way!
True biblical righteousness becomes ours by faith, and once we believe that, then we progressively display more and more right behavior.—(Joyce Meyers)
Have a right focus day!
IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD’S PROTECTION
When troubles and hardship come into your life, how do you respond? How do you handle adversity, do your worries and anxieties get the best of you? God wants you to rest in His awesome presence, and trust in His magnificent protection!
Exodus 33:21-23 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place beside Me, and you shall stand upon a rock, And while my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away My hand and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.
No one has ever seen God's face. God made Himself known to Moses through a burning bush, and He said to Moses, "I am who I am!" We “see” God today by sensing His presence through His Spirit. He cares deeply about our troubles and will make sure that we are protected in every way possible! Some of the ways God protects us can be obvious, while some are masked or hidden. Let us look for them and appreciate all of God's grace and goodness to us! Let us be encouraged to rest in His arms of protection today!
No matter how badly we have failed, we can always get up and begin again. Our God is the God of new beginnings.—(Warren Wiersbe)
Have a comforting day!
What does it mean to persevere? It means to keep on going and not to give up, no matter what!
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be, mature and complete, not lacking anything.
God is our potter! He has a masterpiece in mind as he created us! We must go through all the transformation process with endurance, patience and perseverance in order to be completed, fully and perfectly developed.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.
When we see and taste God's glory, the pains in life are all worth it as we persevere with all endurance! We have many tests in life to build up our character. When we pass those challenges, similar situations don’t bother us as much as they had before. Why? Because we have grown and matured in our faith!
Let us be encouraged when we face trials and temptations. Our attitudes should be good and positive in all faith, knowing that at the end, victory is ours!
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.—(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
Have a motivated day in Christ!