Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NIV
We all want to get there. I know I do. We all want to go to the father. I want to be seated next to him. However, I am struggling right now with seeking him out. I know he is there, I know he loves me. I know I have to go through him… I know….I know I love the Lord and I Believe but for whatever reason right now I struggle to seek him first above all else. I am struggling to read my bible, to pray regularly. I am frustrated. Why must there be so much struggle, stress in this life? Right now its that relationship is needed more than ever because right now times are tough. Money is short, bills stacking up, Job is troubling and I feel so helpless and without direction. I pray without passion, more out of need, I read not because of a longing but because I must. THE BEAUTY of our Lord is that he knows all this and I have to have faith. Faith above all else…. I have to hold dear to my heart all that he is and all that offers and know he is control. Not easy to do. Amen.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:9-11 NIV
Love is the greatest emotion of all. It has the power to destroy and yet heal. We are asked to love each other as the father loved Christ and as he loves us. That kind of love is very very powerful. If you would just love more, stronger and deeper. Your world, your perception, your character, your view of life would dramatically improve and the ones around you would greatly benefit from it. That’s the power of love. Amen
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 NIV
AND WHATEVER YOU DO…. in word or deed!!!! It does not say, “well only if you do this and say this, then give thanks”. Everything we say must flow from our mouth with Christ as its breath! Every thing we do must be powered by the GRACE and LOVE of our Lord. In doing so we give him thanks and we can change the world. So when you wake up this morning from the first word you speak to the last hug and kiss good night…. DO IT WITH CHRIST IN MIND AND HEART. You will feel amazing and the LORD will be pleased. Amen.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 NIV
One of the first things we must do as Christians, is accept that we are sinners. For some this is not easy to do because generally we only associate sin with, lets call them the big issues. The reality, sin is sin and no one sin is greater than another in the eyes of God. Therefore when we accept we are sinners, asking for forgiveness. We then rely on Christ to guide us. The sinners prayer….Dear Lord, I am a sinner. Please forgive me. Come into my life and cleanse me of my unbelief. I invite you to come into my life and heart. I want to trust you and follow you my Lord and savior. Amen
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
I watched something the other day and in it they said something that really hit home about Gods will. “Its Gods design and our responsibility”. We don’t know the plan, yet we do know that he loves us so much. We do know his expectations and his desire for good in our lives. So it’s our responsibility to make sure we seek him first in all circumstances and not just the ones that benefit or suit us best. How many times have we blamed God when things go wrong and forget to thank him when things work in our favor. I for one have many, many times. Today, if your faced with anything good, bad, frustrating or difficult. Thank the Lord because maybe there is a lesson he wants you to learn.Amen.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NIV
We are constantly being bombarded by satan’s attempts to derail us on our pursuit of Christ. The whispers telling you to abandon your trust. Give up, run away, quit. Like a lion he prowls around just waiting for the perfect situation to create the stronghold. It through trusting of the Lord we are able stand firm in those moments. When put out faith and trust in the one and only it is then we can overflow with grace and love, the holy spirit will flow through us. Trusting in the lord is not easy but we must remind ourselves each and everyday to do so until we can do it like breathing. Amen.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34 NIV
How well do you love others? or better yet, how do you show your love for others? We are being told to love one another as he loves us. So what is love? We know from reading 1 Corinthians 13:4 …. what love is. So be honest with yourself; is your love like this? If not make it your priority to love more, love stronger, love with more passion, with more forgiveness. Love with more patience and understanding. If the greatest of all is love than maybe we should make it the greatest too. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
This passage is so powerful yet it can be at times very difficult. This moment, right now. I am finding it hard to trust in him. I want to take a deep breath and breath a sye of relief because I know he has a plan. Yet everything else inside says panic. It is scary. The lord says bring me your tired and weak and that is what I am right now, tired. Tired of fighting the unseen, tired of fighting the world, tired of fighting the emotional. Waiting on those unanswered prayers. Waiting to hear his voice again. I know in my heart the Lord is with me, so I need to trust in him with all my heart. That starts with a single step of faith, and to be silent and listen, go to him in prayer. Amen.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIV
Be kind and loving to those in your life. Don’t be so quick to judge or to blame. Be quick to give affection and love. Don’t leave what needs to be said for another day because we never know what God is planning. Holding on to so much bitterness will only destroy those who love you most, because you will treat those people poorly. Be who God designed you to be.. loving compassionate, and forgiving. Amen.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When I read this, what comes to mind is how important it is to speak with love when we react to things. As Christian husbands and wives, we are under the watchful eye of all who are around us. Do you get frustrated easily and say mean things? Do you attack people with your words? When we use loving words to combat angry words, what then can used to hurt? It’s hard to use loving and gentle words, when someone else is using harsh one. Therefore we must rely on God to do our speaking. Amen.