“We can all relate to having crummy days but not in the same way. Children beloved by God have the distinct advantage of resting in the arms of the God of all creation through the crummiest of days.” When there seems to be no good way to move forward. When I am overwhelmed and bombarded with the stress of paying bills, keeping up appearances, changing circumstances, or uncertainty my nature is to close up and try not to move. It is as if I think of what I fear as a T-Rex from Jurassic Park. But in not moving I limit God. While refusing to move I deny God by not running into His arms. Father God, give me courage to run into Your arms when I feel as though I can’t move. Thank You for the refuge You give to Your saints. It never ceases to amaze me that every time I trust in You I don’t fall or fail. Thank You, Amen. Have a blessed day!!!
Some want to separate Christianity from anything physical. Saying, “Salvation can never come about from a physical act,” “We are saved by grace so there is no need to do anything,” or “Now that I am a Christian it doesn’t matter how I live.” As “spiritual” as Christianity is, God created us to live in a physical realm for a short life time. Through this understanding it is completely plausible that what we do physically matters to our God who put us here. “Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father” (1 Thessalonians 1:3). Have a blessed day!!
It feels great to be forgiven. When the burden of hurt has started to be lifted off of my shoulders I feel relief and begin to breath again. The sad side to forgiveness, among mankind, is that many times I do that same inconsiderate thing as before and have to ask for forgiveness again. God create a strong desire in me each day to learn from my past mistakes. Please give me the strength I need to change and the wisdom to know how. Amen. Have a blessed day!!
“The absence of fear is not courage. The absence of fear is insanity.” There are scary things in this world. Debt, failure, cancer, and hatred are scary things. We serve an understanding God who knows that we have fears but the most outstanding idea in all of this is that our Savior is there to comfort us and provide a reality outside of our fears. Trusting in God doesn’t mean that I will fear nothing but that these fears will meet my God who is bigger than any fear, burden, or temptation I face. Have a blessed day!!!
Standing firm in God through job loss or illness, financial ruin or family splits and loss is not easy and is not for the faint of heart. If you are trying to make it through life’s struggles by your own strength or power it is impossible. But when you are anchored to and set your foundation upon the rock, Jesus Christ, you have a chance to outlast the darkness and the storm. I need to tell you that Jesus saved my life. Not just my eternal soul but my life. Not because I made it through a vehicle wreck, people live through that daily. But He gave me strength through grief, He showed me hope when my eyes saw none. He made me feel alive and able though though I thought my life was over and I was disabled. When we build our life (house) upon the rock, our Lord, we get the opportunity to stand when others fall and truly live when others merely exist.
“Good people are going to be lost. On that final day many people who call themselves Christians and live by Christian creeds will hear Jesus say, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’ (Matthew 7:23).” Does the grace of God compel you today to follow His commands leading to salvation of your life and soul?
“It’s all about me.” Why doesn’t anyone listen to what God says about sin? Why are the things given to the church almost always second hand? Why do peoples wants come first and church activities take the back seat? These are questions many children of God have running through their mind at different times. It is unmistakably easy to see what others are doing wrong and lacking in. That is why it is so important for you and I to constantly work on our weaknesses. When we notice others giving their second best, could it be that they are only following our own lead? Father God, I know that people will notice my faults and they will see when I give my second best. Please forgive my laziness and lead me to give my best physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually so my family will be able to follow me as I follow Your Son in giving His all. Amen. Have a blessed day!!
One of the least mastered skills among men (literally guys, un-female) is listening while whole heartedly accepting the speaker (wife, girlfriend, or other person) without judging and fixing what is being talked about. I know why we do this, obviously it’s because we know everything and have responsibility to let everyone around us know how right we are. Lol. Jesus was a man as well. He literally knew everything but was undoubtably known for His gentle gentle demeanor and grace filled acceptance of those who came to Him. While having the authority and ability to judge He came to save. Father help me this day to have the eyes, ears, and heart of Your Son, seeking those who are lost in depression, humiliation, grief, or defeat and may I gently point them to the deliverance that Jesus has given me. Amen. Have a blessed day!!!
“If I have done anything to offended you, I’m sorry” is a very vague and offensive form of an apology. Of course you have done something that offended me, remember?… That is why we are in this awkward moment, lol. When I apologize there should be no if’s, and’s, or but’s that come from my mouth. Whether I think I would have been offended or not this person that God and I both care for has been and it is my responsibility to make a sincere and specific apology. When apologizing it is important to be HERD. Honest to ourselves and them, Empathetic by putting ourselves in their shoes, Respectful of their needs and emotions, and Direct to the point. Have a blessed day!!!
Jesus told us that “His kingdom is not of this world.” It is made up of people in the world but it is a kingdom that is from God that the world doesn’t comprehend it. God, through Isaiah, proclaims, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Why then does it surprise us that Jesus would tell us that there are only a few who will find the narrow and true way of God’s salvation? We are notorious for making our own way through alcohol, marijuana, sex, pain meds, food, movies, tv, or any number of other things seeking deliverance from the pain we are in. Only to find out that these things at best only hide the pain for a little while. Jesus is the only way to God’s grace, peace, and comfort. He has shown us the way through His revealed word, the Bible. It is up to you and I to follow it. Have a blessed day!!