SELF-CONFIDENCE IN CHRIST
Notice that our culture has much to say about being confident and self-reliant, which seem to bring about success. But when we rely too much on our own abilities, it can lead to frustrations and disappointment! We try to figure things out on our own which can get us into trouble. God wants us to put all our confidence and trust in Him alone; lean on Him! He is our source of confidence and abilities to do great things, in and through Christ!
Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a (self-confident) fool.
God is our ultimate source of confidence! Once we know who we are and accept who we are, we can be who we are through Christ! As believers, we have Christ's power within us. We are more than conquerors with Christ on our side!
Self worth comes from one thing-thinking that you are worthy.—(Dr. Wayne Dyer)
Have a self-assured day in Christ!
Did you know that there is great power in laughter? It does tremendous healing to our physical bodies as well as to our mind, soul and spirit! Our God has a great sense of humor! We may not see Him in that manner, but when we look to Him in a lighthearted view, He works in mysterious and even humorous ways in our lives!
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be able to write! Only going through and dealing with the challenges of a concussion from my bicycle accident four years ago, did it lead me to venture out and start to write articles about God! God does have a sense of humor, indeed!
Job 8:21 He will fill your mouth with laughter (Job) and your lips with joyful shouting.
Job lost everything in his life, yet still he eventually found joy in the Lord! We need to smile and laugh more often! Look for something to laugh about intentionally, it'll do wonders to your soul! Let us be encouraged not to be weighed down in life, but to lighten up and see things through God's perspective in all joyfulness!
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.—(Voltaire)
Have a joyful day in the Lord!
GOD’S REQUIREMENT FOR OUR LIFE
What do you think God’s requirements are for how believers should live? When we live simply, walk humbly before our God, act justly and love mercy, it is a true winner in life for rewards and fulfillment!
Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Pride can cause us to want to do everything “our way,” which creates dissatisfaction and chaos. Some of us may pressure ourselves on doing too many works, never feeling satisfied of simply loving God in humility. Being caught up in religion and its ways can also hinder our walk with God.
God wants us to live a simple life and be a good person; act fair to others with much appreciation for His unfailing mercy to us, which keeps us humble! We don't need to live a complicated life! Just be a good person and walk with humility in God, loving and having awe and respect for Him! That itself will keep us in line with living the “good life” in Christ!
Have a simply good day!
WE ARE CALLED
Just because we do not work in a ministry doesn’t mean that we are not called for God's work in our lives. Any part of work that we are involved with, we are called! We are called as a parent, teacher, corporate executive, accountant, salesperson, engineer, hairstylist, or in any other kind of profession. We are called to be more Christ-like in our character as we work; to show and act in God's love to others; to help and serve others in need, with a humble heart; and to make this world a better place! Let’s do our part in our calling, for God's kingdom here on earth!
2 Thessalonians 1:11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
In everything we do, we should honor, praise and glorify God in the work and life in which He has given to us!
God does not call those that are equipped. He equips those whom He has called.—(Smith Wigglesworth)
Have a fulfilling day in all your works!
THE RESULTS OF HABITUALLY MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD
There are great results and great rewards when we habitually meditate on God's word!
Psalm 1:2-3 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) He habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted (and tended) by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper (and come to maturity).
How graceful and automatic that sounds, just by doing our part in studying God's word. As we keep our focus on God and in all His ways we grow in Christ and prosper in every way, much more than we can imagine. Let us make good habits not only reading on God's word, but to ponder and study it so that we can digest all its meanings, glory and richness.
Have a fruitful day!
NO COMPARISON OF OUR SUFFERINGS
TO GOD’S GLORY
There is absolutely no comparison when it comes to our present sufferings to God's future glory.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!
Believing and having faith in God is crucial to seeing peace and hope for our future glory! It is inevitable that the troubles will happen and hard circumstances come around, but that is when our good attitude and our trust in God help us.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
What great hope we have as we go through our sufferings! Christ's suffering on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice needed to be done in order to fulfill our salvation. The apostle Paul suffered a great deal in his lifetime, having been shipwrecked, enduring beatings, imprisonment, abandonment of friends and so on, but he kept his focus with a confident attitude that the earthly sufferings are nothing compared to the great glory he would one day see!
Romans 8:25 But if we look forward to something we don't have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.
Pray for God's peace that surpasses all understanding as we look to Him for our future glory. The beauties we receive from the ashes are priceless!
Have a bold day!
DWELL IN GOD’S PRESENCE
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with negative emotions from cruel attacks of words, criticisms, judgments or manipulations from others? What do we do? Do we share how we feel with others, blame ourselves, or let it get the best of us and make us mad and bitter? God wants us to go to the secret place of His presence!
Psalm 31:20 In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues.
The enemy attacks us by using others to get to us. We must not let him have a foothold on us, which can take a strong hold of us and cause ugliness to come out. When we are put into that position of attack, we should immediately go to God's presence and dwell there for His peace and righteousness! Let us spend time in prayer, His word of truth, praise music or whatever ways you spend your intimate time with God, to put our focus on Him. He will be our peace and give us peace as we rest in Him. Be encouraged not to keep strife to ourselves, but to give it to God and cast all our worries and anxieties on Him!
Have a serene day!
THE GREAT IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL TRAINING
The word "training" leads us to think of something that we have to put great effort, discipline, motivation, and endurance into in order to reach our goals. There is great importance of spiritual training in our lives, today and always!
1 Timothy 4:7-8 Train yourself toward godliness, (keeping yourself spiritual fit). For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.
See the value of spiritual training? We should gear ourselves up spiritually by reading and studying God's word of truth and by applying its teachings into our lives.
Talking and communicating with God our Master Trainer in prayer, we will grow and build up spiritual muscles to help us live the good life God offers to us! When we give in to laziness, the results can be detrimental to our spirit and can lead us towards destruction. Let us be encouraged to gear up daily in God's Spirit to walk with God towards good health, happiness, prosperity and the many promises to come. Pray that the Spirit will give us a boost in the right direction to build up strong muscles and fight the good fight of faith and righteousness!
God has lots of folks who intend to go to work for Him "someday." What He needs is more people who are willing to work for Him this day.—(Marie T. Freeman)
Have a motivated day!
LIVE A GUARANTEED BLESSED LIFE
What does it mean to truly and deeply love someone with all your heart? Is that person constantly on your mind, which gives you the desire to put all your efforts into loving and pleasing that person with all your strength? God tells us the great importance of His commandment to simply love Him for who he is!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your house and on your gates.
God wants us to constantly be reminded of Him and His great love for us. He uses every opportunity to tell His children of this great command! God gives us reminders everywhere so that we won't forget. Living our lives with the priority of loving God first brings forth the life we all desire to have: a guaranteed blessed life in God!
Have a right thinking day!
ENJOY YOUR LIFE
Being cheerful, happy and joyful is contagious! It is also healthy for our bodies, hearts, minds and souls. That is why the enemy tries to steal it away, using any distraction to pull us away from a cheerful disposition. If negativity gets the best of us, we can feel defeated and will not have the strength or energy to do God's will, or give Him glory!
Nehemiah 8:10 And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
See how much power is in our joy? We need to press forward with all strength and joy to accomplish God's will for our lives! He has wonderful plans for us, so we must not retreat backwards or get stuck in a depressed or weak state. Let us be encouraged to be a blessing to all, and joyfully live our lives to the fullest!
John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
See, Jesus came for us to joyfully experience our lives! Let us not be defeated, but stand firm in our faith and let the joy of the Lord be our stronghold. Enjoy the life Jesus has given us as a gift!
Have a cheerful day!
THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD COMMUNICATION
In all relationships, communication is very important. How do we know what the other person wants, unless they ask us? We can assume that people should read our minds and that certain things that we want are so obvious to us, but they may have no clue to what we want. There are so many differences in people regarding culture, gender differences, personalities, and so on. How are we to figure out better communication skills with one another for the glory of God's kingdom? If you feel that you are being challenged in your communication skills today, simply go to God for His wisdom.
James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
If and when we need to have a certain talk with someone, ask for wisdom and guidance in the area where we may lack so that God's Spirit can help us and speak through us! God desires for all of us to get along and to be unified. When our requests are aligned with God's will, answers will come! Pray for patience as we wait on God's time table for His beautiful answers.
Have a productive day!
WALK AND LIVE IN THE SPIRIT
What does it mean to live and walk in the Spirit? It means to not give in to our natural human weaknesses. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us! We must choose to be lead, controlled and guided by the Spirit each and every day! Bearing the fruits of the Spirit will lead us to fulfillment with all joy.
Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
How can a person love another, yet at the same time gossip, be jealous, and create conflicts in that relationship? It does not mix! One either chooses to be lead in God's Spirit with peace and harmony, or to give in to their natural emotions and human temptation which lead to sin. As believers, we have the advantage and power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us! We must choose to put on the shoes of peace daily, and walk in the Spirit for a fulfilled life in Christ!
Colossians 1:10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things...
Let us be encouraged to choose to walk in the Spirit each and every day and not gratify our flesh, which can lead to destruction, if not in check.
Everyday has its own particular brand of holiness to discover and worship appropriately.—(Annie Dillard)
Have a Spirit filled day in Christ!
Did you know that God's standard of true beauty is very different from the world’s views?
Psalm 45:11 The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.
God thinks you’re beautiful! By loving and honoring God with your heart, mind and soul, our beauty outshines brightly!
Proverbs 31:30 Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty vain (because it is not lasting), but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!
See, the key here is to fear God in awe, reverence and all due respect. That is what true beauty is, and it's everlasting! It is much different from the world’s view, which is superficial and temporary.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
God looks within our hearts and beyond our exterior. When we put too much time, emphasis, effort and value on the exterior, it can lead to comparison, exhaustion, distress and dissatisfaction. God made you perfect in His eyes! You are His marvelous masterwork!
In biblical times, dress and appearance were ways to show off one’s wealth. That is why it was advised for women not to come to the temple in ways that would put the less fortunate to shame.
1 Timothy 2:9 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
We can easily get caught up in the world’s view of what beauty is, but let us remember who we are. We are God's children, loved and cherished by Him! He thinks we are beautiful! Let us be encouraged to nourish our souls, for the eyes are the window to our souls. You can take no credit for being beautiful at age 16, but at age 60 you can take the credit, for it will be your own soul’s doing.
Have a beautiful day in Christ, with much significance!