Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV) ( 1 John 4:7 )
Being able to love others is a result of God in your life. It’s not talking about romantic love either. Choosing to love someone in spite of their weaknesses or being generous to those without is the kind of love mentioned. As a child of God, do you take action and choose to sacrifice yourself and love others?
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (NIV) ( Ephesians 5:11 )
As we walk daily with the Lord, we begin to see room for improvement in ourselves. When you clearly see sin in your life our natural tendency is to cover it up and hide it from others. Yet, hiding it only makes room for it to flourish. By bringing it out into the open a weight is lifted because you are authentic. Talking openly also invites others to help keep you accountable and allows healing to begin. Do you have anything in your life that needs to be exposed?
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. (NIV) ( Isaiah 58:12 )
Living in a broken world means bad things happen to us. We have the choice of allowing those bad things to take shape in our heart and become deserted ruins. Or we can choose to pick up the pieces, confront, forgive, extend grace, and heal.Through a relationship with Christ, you have the power to rebuild families, overcome hurts, and restore relationships. Will you choose to be a rebuilder or be owned by bitterness?
"You are valuable and irreplaceable. If you are ever told otherwise, do not believe it."
"Instead of trying to change your circumstances, change the way you see yourself.
Don’t see yourself as untalented, unlovable or unworthy. See yourself the way God sees you—blessed, highly favored and deeply loved.
As you come into agreement with God, you’ll be amazed at how you’ll begin to triumph over your circumstances!"
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (NIV) ( 1 Peter 5:6 )
Pride is a difficult, thorny root that slowly takes hold in your heart. It’s deceptive and is difficult to perceive let alone conceive its presence in our lives. Do you trust that the Lord will honor you at the right time? Failure to trust that God will honor you will lead you to boast to yourself and others about your greatness. As you walk through your day, keep an eye out for any roots that may trip you up.
I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I asked for everything so I could enjoy life.
Instead, He gave me life so I could enjoy everything.
I received nothing I wanted, I received everything I needed.
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The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (NIV) ( Genesis 2:15 )
Do you dread Monday mornings? Work was God’s first task to humans in the Garden of Eden. God didn’t give us work to make us trudge along in our days. He did it so we could receive joy from our accomplishments, seek Him, and bring glory to His name. If you don’t find what you are doing to be a labor of love, try changing your attitude. Or try changing your circumstances.
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. (NIV) ( John 6:47-48 )
We all want to go to heaven and experience eternal life. Jesus teaches us that our belief in Him, as the Son of God, leads to heaven. If you have doubts about this truth, you’re not alone. Christians continue to have this struggle but ultimately believe. On the days you have this struggle, just remember that you are not perfect. That’s what faith is…not knowing for certain, but trusting.
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. (NIV) ( Psalm 25:16-17 )
Nothing is more disturbing than being in distress and all alone. Isn’t this why people who don’t believe in God turn to Him when there is no where else to turn? We don’t have to walk alone though. God is literally dying for you to turn to Him for help with your problems. It doesn’t take much. Just pray for God to guide and lead you in the right direction.