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
It’s always best to listen, and take it then use wisdom to determine a response. How much trouble could we have stayed out of it we lived by this verse as intended? #SilenceCanBeWise #TrustingHimTuesday
Deuteronomy is a personal reminder to me that God is to be put above all other things. In several places in the Bible, we’re reminded that God is a jealous God, not wanting us to give our love and time to gods or idols but to Him. I hate to admit it but there are times when my mouth will say I love Him, but my actions will say He’s more of an acquaintance than the love of my life. Being adopted into the family, I’m now Israel. Their God of the ancient days is now my God of the present. It should be my pleasure, my desire, to give my all to show my love for Him. #GiveHimYourAll #MeditateOnHimMonday
Deuteronomy 6: 4-5 (AMP) Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one [the only God]! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and with all your soul and with all your strength [your entire being].
Galatians 5:16-25 reminds us of the constant internal conflict we face with our flesh and God’s Spirit. Allowing His Spirit to work within and guide gives us the power to overcome our flesh. His Spirit helps us to look more like Him “with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage” (v.25). Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can fight your sinful desires and cravings on your own. You need the Father’s help. #PowerOfHisSpirit #TrustingHimTuesday
I’m the type of person that takes ownership of a project, and I always want to see it through from start to finish. I want to be able to look back, when it’s complete, and see all I’ve done. However, John 4:35–38 puts into perspective how we should view our work for God’s kingdom. We have to be willing to follow God’s lead and release. Verse 37 says that “one soweth, and another reapeth”. God works through us to minister to others at certain times according to His plan. That person you’ve been talking to in order to strengthen and encourage? You may never see their full maturation or fruitfulness. But, that’s something we have to be okay with. We have to realize that this isn’t about looking at what we’ve accomplished and that this has nothing to do with our own strength, personality or charisma. This is about us working together as the Body of Christ. It’s about bringing glory to God. About us bringing His children back to Him. #YourRoleInTheKingdom #TrustingHimTuesday
In the busyness of our lives, we can forget whom we serve. By constantly listening to news that talks about the state of our government, the state of our nation, the state of our world, we can be overcome with worry and fear.
Psalm 46:1-11 reminds us of the power and excellence of our God. In verse 10, He says, “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” Have you forgotten what the Word says about God? Have you pushed from your mind all He’s done for you? Has there ever been a time when He left you or forgot that you were His?
Get back to Him through prayer and reading. Let there be some quiet time for you and Him. Then will you remember that He is a “a very present and well-proved help in trouble” (Psm 46:1).
Is there a reason you still fear? #GodMyRefugeMyStrength #MeditateOnHimMonday
In Psalm 56, David told the Lord that there were people against him. We can all relate because walking for God puts us at odds with a lot of people. The enemy will work through them and have them do whatever they can to sabotage us and make faith in the Most High waver.
In verse 4 David said, “In God, whose word I praise; in God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me?” David understood the sovereign power of who he served. He understood the order of things. What can man -God’s creation- do to you that God hasn’t allowed? And, guess what – God won’t allow what He knows we can’t yet handle.
If God set aside, protected, and kept David back then (even in spite of his flaws), He’s more than able to do it now for you. Brothers and sisters in Christ, remember this verse. Keep your head up. Remain confident in our God. #WhatCanManDo #SetApartSaturday
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Psalm 56:4 (AMP) In God, whose word I praise; in God I have put my trust; I shall not fear. What can mere man do to me?
Psalm 56:4 (TLB) Yes, I will trust the promises of God. And since I am trusting him, what can mere man do to me?