Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 NIV
If you desire revenge you should dig 2 graves!!!! Being a vindictive person is you doing the devils bidding for him. Anger, hatred, malice are all strongholds of the devil. It destroys you and other person. We all know the saying 2 wrongs don’t make a right. When are feelings get hurt it is very easy to go on the attack. We say or do something that will hurt someone for the wrong the causes us. It is important to remember that’s just because someone hurt you, either your feelings or anything. It does not mean you have to or need to hurt them back. I know someone who is like this and I pray for the softening of their heart. Amen.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 NIV
What do you fear? What are you insecure about? Fear is a liar!!! Evil is that voice in your mind that’s says: doubt, question those motives, D
don’t be happy, be upset, the world is out to get you, your life should be better so don’t be happy, don’t try, build these walls and keep your self safe. We are all afraid of something and it’s this fear that keeps us in the dark. We can’t avoid darkness all the time but we can face it with confidence and fearlessness. When we walk with the Lord and when we trust in his wisdom, his grace its then we are able to walk in the darkness, face the things that trouble us, and grow spiritually so that we may experience true happiness. Amen.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Proverbs 19:20 NIV
How hard is it for you to accept discipline? As an adult we don’t think about being disciplined yet there are so many out there who require some. ha. It goes without saying that our father is the ultimate authority and what he says, goes and his discipline can be swift and exacting. Therefore we need be quiet so we can hear him when he gives the advice we need. We need to silent so we can reflect on his word. Do not be hostile towards discipline but invite it so that we can be wiser than we were before. Amen.
Wait for the Lord ; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord .
Psalm 27:14 NIV
One of the toughest things for us is waiting on the Lord. We are an impatient people and we are a people who fill up on the things of this world and not with his Grace. To be honest I have cursed to the heavens many times because I feel my prayers should have been answered already. I have complained to God countless times because I didn’t feel him next to me and I felt alone. But we know, when we are weak he is strong and for that I am blessed. We have to accept we are not alone, it is about his will, and to have faith… Waiting on the Lord may be hard but in the end his grace is worth it. Amen.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
What do you focus your eyes on? Are you more focused on worldly things like: money, career, looks, appearances or do you look to Christ? I know people who sink inside themselves, almost depressed like. They can’t live a life full of joy or happiness because too much focus is placed in worldly things and not enough in God. All those things are great but temporary. And it’s not wrong to want them but it can not be our focus. It needs to be God and his will. It’s about submitting to him. Is your focus in the right spot. I think you know the true answer to that!! God knows. We can’t hide from him. So step out in FAITH. HE IS Calling you!!. Amen
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
1 Corinthians 13:6 NIV
Truth is not what we make it. Gods word is the truth and there is no getting around it, no avoiding it, no alternative interpretations. Truth in love. As Christians we can sometimes make excuses for our wrong doing. This way we don’t have to face the reality of the truth. When we do this we are not embodying True Love. True love finds joy in truth and righteousness. The more we love the truth, the better we can love those around us. Today, accept some truths about yourself where you have not before. As hard as it may be to do so, you will be moving towards true love and therefore will be able to love others with more passion. Amen.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
Ones thought life can be ones worst enemy. I have noticed in today’s world people have a very hard time processing feelings. They have a feeling (thought) and there for it must be true. Satan is all about smoke and mirror’s. Just because you feel or think something does not make it true. All elephants are gray but not all gray things are elephants. Continue reading “All elephants are gray”
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26 NIV
Do you have a hardened heart? I know some who are great people. They are kind, nice and no one suspects they carry around a hard heart. They are filled with bitterness, hurt, fear, and even doubt. They struggle with dealing emotions, dealing with things. Moody. If we let go of all that and let God begin to soften the heart, it is like walking from a dark room into the light. At first it wont be easy, but eventually you begin to see everything much more clear and you won’t need to be in the dark to feel safe anymore. It doesn’t matter who, what, or why caused your hard heart. All that matters is the hard heart keeps you from your path with Christ. It keeps you from true love. Amen.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
Why do you put God last in your life? What is keeping you from pursuing Christ as you should? Without a doubt we can all do better. I know I could. I could read my bible more and I could pray more. There are times when he isnt first in my life and I can tell because my life becomes chaotic and I become less patient. However this passage is not about doing more. It’s simply about knowing God personal way, intimately. Seak you find, ask it will be given, knock and it will open… simple things to do yet we have to be the one to take the first step. It has to be our choice. I know Christian’s who love God yet they can’t take the first steps in trusting Christ. Tust is too hard for them. They dont knock, they don’t seak, and when they ask, it’s only when something isn’t going their way. These Christian’s are filled with bitterness and frustration. I have noticed when God begins to take the back seat in my life, I become bitter, angry and short with others. So I choose to seak him out and put him first in my life. You do the same. Amen.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
James 2:18-19 NIV
Faith in action! Do you say you believe yet you don’t put your trust in the Lord. Do you live out your faith? In some countries you can be arrested for just being Christian. If you were arrested today for being Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict? If Demons can believe in God, how much different are you for just believing. Get involved. Don’t let your faith be without action. Step out in faith…..Amen.