Do you consult God before opening your mouth? Or do you allow your flesh and emotions to take charge? #ThinkBeforeYouSpeak
“The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; the one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.” -Proverbs 13:3 (AMP)
In honoring Jesus our Savior, we must put aside our flesh and what we want. Our lives are no longer about us. In Galatians 2:20 (MSG), Paul said, “Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not ‘mine’, but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
People around us shouldn’t have to wonder what Christ would say or how He would act or respond in times like today. Our lives must be living symbols of Christ in our current time. Have you fully, whole-heartedly, William McDowell “I Can’t Go Back” decided to let Jesus live in you? I’m not me. I’m Him. #RepresentChrist #ForgivenFriday
William McDowell: I Won’t Go Back
You ever have a bad day and it feel like things were falling apart? You wonder how in the world it all would ever repair? I have. Just last week, as a matter of fact. It was a rough 24 hours. One thing stood to ruin something I’d worked hard at, invested in. I honestly felt like a failure. Those words that used to haunt me crept back into my mind. “Look, you’ve messed things up again. I told you. That’s what you’ll always do. Fail. It’s not meant for you to succeed. It’s you. Something’s wrong. You’re broken and can’t be fixed.”
I don’t know why I struggled. Why I doubted. Why I thought for a moment those words were true. I prayed that night before bed … and woke up feeling renewed. Psalm 63:3 (TLB) says, “For your love and kindness are better to me than life itself. How I praise you!”
I realized like David that though my current situation didn’t look the best, I serve a God whose sheer love for me tops all else. His love consoles my heart and spirit. His love continues to make a way for me. His love takes someone broken and makes her valuable. Because of His love, I will praise Him for who He is! I will give Him the glory for all He’s done instead of sulking in a moment not as bright as others He’s given. #HesBetterThanLife #ThankHimThursday
I ❤ my God
Don’t call yourself a Christian or a Believer and then not act like one. God sees everything we do. He knows our hearts’ intentions and knows the difference between our mistakes and our willful sin. He sees past the fake smiles and disingenuous words. He hears the deliberate sinful thoughts. He knows how we treat strangers. He sees our actions in those moments we think no one else is around.
Don’t complain about your harvest when your actions planted the seed. Always act as Christ. #YouGetWhatYouGive #WitnessingWednesday
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap” -Galatians 6:7 (AMP)
There will be times as a Believer when you will be attacked. It will seem as though people are literally against you. It will seem like their goal is to help you fail. They may make fun of or try to badmouth our faith. What are we to do when this happens?
Read Psalm 3.
We are to trust in and call on the Almighty! David told God in Psalm 3:3 (TLB): “But Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame.” Only when we can truly rely on God will we see these attacks for what they are. Tests of our faith. God doesn’t get joy from seeing us hurt and beat down. He gets joy when we treat Him as the loving, protective Father He is.
God is standing by. What choice will you make? Will you place your faith in Him? Or will you become weary and overwhelmed by what you see with your eyes? #GodIsMyShield #TrustingHimTuesday
A pastor once said, “As soon as you were born, when you took that first breath, you began to die.” Death is inevitable. It is the one thing we all must face. Paul understood that even though our bodies are headed toward death our spirit man is heading toward an eternal reconnection with God.
Yes, we’ll face different hardships because we proclaim Christ as our Savior. But according to Paul, “that is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 TLB)
We understand that we’re never alone and that all of these trials are to strengthen and build up who we are in God. The growth and well-being of our spirit is what we should focus on.
So, start your week reflecting on the greatness of God and in knowing “there’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” (2 Cor. 4:18 MSG) #DailySpiritualRenewal #MeditateOnHimMonday
How do we as Believers stand apart and be the Light in a dark world? LOVE. In John 13: 34-35, Jesus told His disciples: “And so I am giving a new commandment to you now—love each other just as much as I love you. Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Keep in mind, loving one another doesn’t mean blindly accepting or overlooking sin. Though Christ spent time ministering to all, He did just that. Ministered. Jesus brought correction, but He shared the Gospel in love.
Love brings understanding and compassion – not harsh condemnation. Love as Christ loved. Use Him as your guide to love – not what is seen in or heard from the world. #LoveOneAnother #SetApartSaturday
When we fall, do we continue in our sin? When we ask God to forgive, do we have a genuine desire to change our ways? Do we have a heart like David?
When God’s judgment was brought to King David by the prophet, David knew that his sin would sever the relationship he had with God. Until he acknowledged his wrong, he knew that he would not and could not be in right-standing with the Father. David knew God wanted a sincere repentance. In Psalm 51:2, David asked God to “wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and guilt and cleanse me from my sin.”
God is more than able to purge, clean, deliver, renew, and restore. He desires and delights in our righteousness. However, this inner change cannot take place until it is what we desire. #SincereRepentance #ForgivenFriday
In the twenty-ninth chapter of Chronicles, King David and the people rejoice at being able to give to the Lord. David recognized God’s greatness and power, His strength and might. He knew that all came from God and that his people were blessed because of God. In verse 13, David said, “Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”
Don’t get so engrossed with the busyness of the day that you don’t stop and reflect on what God has done for you. Thank Him and #PraiseHisGloriousName #ThankHimThursday
The Bible gives us the Good News that “the remarkable, undeserved grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11 AMP). No matter who we are, what we look like, where we are from, or what we have done, we have been covered by His Grace if we accept Him.
As Believers, our job is to live a life of sound doctrine. Be the light that draws the lost and outshines the nay-sayers of darkness. #ShownAnUndeservedGrace #WitnessingWednesday