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
Being a Christian can be trying. Walking for and representing our God comes with its share of trials. Not everyone will want to be your friend or hear the Good News or testimonies we have to share.
Hebrews 12:3 says to “consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”. Focusing on Jesus gives us strength to continue when our flesh whispers just give up. Christ is our model. He endured to show us that we too can endure.
Lay aside every weight. Run with patience. #FocusOnJesus #TrustingHimTuesday
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.” -Hebrews 12:2 (MSG)
Do we treat God as if He is the Creator of all? Like His is the one who has done miracle after miracle? Or do we just claim to be His, take advantage of His benefits, but then fail to give Him the glory and rightful place in our lives that He deserves?
In Isaiah 48:8-9 (MSG), He tells the people: “You’ve never been good listeners to me. You have a history of ignoring me, a sorry track record of fickle attachments – rebels from the womb. But out of the sheer goodness of my heart, because of who I am, I keep a tight rein on my anger and hold my temper. I don’t wash my hands of you.”
Quite unfortunately, we tend to behave the same way as the Israelites. Yet, in spite of knowing how we will act, He continues to be patient with us and willing to be our God. I know I’m not worthy of such love. But since He is going to continue to love me, it is only right that I act in a manner to show my appreciation of His unconditional love. #MeditateOnHimMonday #LiveLikeHesYourGod
“This is what the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit (benefit), Who leads you in the way that you should go.” -Isaiah 48:17 (AMP)
Do we as the body of Christ actually look out for one another? Do we sincerely pray for one another? Do we hope that one another will continue living a life pleasing to God? Or, have we become as selfish and self-centered as the world?
James 5:16 tells us that we are to confess to our sisters or brothers in Christ when we’ve fallen short and made the mistake of slipping into sin. However, do we show ourselves non-judgmental enough that people feel comfortable to confide in us? Or, are they worried of what we’ll think of them or what we’ll say about them or that we’ll treat them differently? Praying for others is what brings healing and restoration. We’re to look out for one another, but Believers unfortunately have been known to tear others down and kick them when they’re low. What kind loving representative of Christ does that?
It is time to remember where we’ve come from and how our Savior gave His life to save us from the death we were headed to. God patiently waited on us to say we were ready to follow Him. None of our stories are the same, but we were all once filthy sinners nonetheless. Actually, even to this day, nothing we can do can actually make up for our past, but God still loves us and welcomes is with open arms.
James 5:16 (AMP) says, “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much, when put into action and made effective by God–it is dynamic and can have tremendous power.” Having compassion should fuel our prayers, understanding that it could’ve been us. That’s what allows God to do the incredible -when we selflessly come before Him and lay it out there for others.
Our desire to see one another succeed should be strong as our desire for ourselves. #PrayingForAnother #ForgivenFriday
This scripture is on time for me. I’d just vented last night about my frustrations with an issue in life. My nightly prayer was just for God to allow my mind to stop thinking on it long enough for me to fall asleep. The Amplified version of Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in and rely confidently in God with all our heart. Too often have we spoken the words “Lord I trust you” while still worrying in our hearts and trying to figure it out in our heads. That’s where we go wrong. We are not always capable of solving every problem on our own. We’re not perfect. Sometimes we can have flawed reasoning. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed that we overlook the simplest answer. When we acknowledge this inability and exalt our God, we show Him our submission and our willingness to follow. Then and only then can He “make your paths straight and smooth, removing obstacles that block your way” (v.6). Don’t try to do it on your own. We’re limited creatures but serve an unlimited God. #NotMeButGod #ThankHimThursday