As Jesus journeyed to the cross what thoughts were in His mind? Can you imagine suffering from being beaten and knowing even more suffering and pain awaited, followed by death? He didn't have to do it did He? For He was God, but He did it all for you and me. I believe He was thinking of each of us with every step. Oh, how He loves us!
Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Be careful which way you lean today. In every decision, you make talk to God first. Trust Him and He will let you know what you should do. When it is God there will be no doubt as to whether you made the right decision.
When in a seemingly unending battle it is a good idea to take the time to refresh and reload your weapons. Make sure your full armour is fastened tightly. Replenish all supplies. Then continue on in the battle with renewed strength, perfect peace, and confidence of victory.
Why not make Easter resolutions? This is a good one - I will not be down and defeated because He is up and victorious. JESUS IS ALIVE.
Heart Check...I read this quote the other day, "Wherever your mind goes when it wanders is where your heart is." This really got me to a check on my heart. God wants us to love Him with our whole heart and when we do that we will have peace of mind wherever we may wander.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.
"Therefore" is usually followed by an explanation of what is going to happen because of something that has already happened. What has already happened in your life today? Well, number one obviously you woke up because you are on fb reading this post. So God woke you up on this beautiful day. What are you going to do now? Perhaps it would be a good idea to thank the One who woke you and gave you this day. Now, therefore, our God, we thank thee and praise thy glorious name. I Chronicles 29:13
As I sat and thought on this rainy day it occurred to me that the older you get the more you look at the big picture which seems to become a little smaller with each mile that passes. The need to try to make people like you that don't subsides. The need to reach a goal someone else thinks you should reach disappears. You learn to focus on loving those who are closest to you more and spend more time on reaching the goals you want to reach. Life is simply like a road trip back home. If you spend all your time complaining about the bumpy ride, you won't enjoy the view.
Yesterday after an entire day of rain the sun came out when it was time for it to go down. In the eastern sky appeared a beautiful rainbow for just a little while. The sun soon set and the rainbow faded quickly. I was reminded of how beautiful it is to be blessed with life here and how quickly it fades. May all your rainy days end with beautiful rainbows. When life here fades may you spend your eternity with the Son. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14
Forgiveness is easy when the person who did the wrong against you has turned from the wrong and asked for forgiveness. What about when the wrong is a continual process and you are in the midst of a long battle? Can you forgive when the wrongdoing hasn't ended? Jesus did. Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Remember He loved us while we were yet sinners... therefore we must love and forgive continually the ones who do wrong against us.
Celebrating every small victory is great practice for celebrating the huge one that is just around the corner. Make the most of every day. Celebrate! Keep the faith... BELIEVE!! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
How many words come from most lips on any given day? Hmm, Depends on who you are, what you have to say, and who you have to say it to I suppose. Today realize who you are... a child of God; know that you need to speak praises to the ONE who gave you life. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Psalm 63:3
Today if you are wondering why you are where you are right now and wondering when and if God is going to put you in a better place, a better job, etc... Think about this. Why not allow God to use you where you are? How can you do that? I have a request for everyone who works as a cashier/waitress/server etc. If your job requires you to give anyone a receipt do this. Pray silently over every receipt you hand each customer. God will direct you exactly what to pray. One word prayers work. Example: Peace, joy, salvation, abundance, endurance, obedience, love, hope...in Jesus name. That's all it takes. A friend of mine and I started this at the grocery store where we work yesterday. We are calling it "Receipt Revival." Let's change our city, our state, our nation, our world through prayer. We can do it. Allow God to use you wherever you are today. If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14
How do you feel today? Good, bad? Up, down? Happy, sad? No matter how we feel, as children of God, we are called to flow. That is flow in the Holy Spirit. We should not allow our feelings to govern our lives but should seek God and allow Him to direct us in every decision, in every conversation, and in every action. Acts 17: 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
When everything seems to be going wrong and you can feel the heaviness of the powers of darkness at work against you, remember to continue to walk in the light as He is in the light. If God is for us who can be against us? The enemy has been defeated. darkness drools LIGHT rules!!!! Jesus, my life is in your hands and I am victorious.
By this will all men know you are my disciples if you have love one for another. John 13:35 Sometimes it is best to accept the reality that everybody in the whole wide world isn't going to like you even if you have never done anything to them, maybe never even had any interaction with them to speak of. We are called to love as Christ loved. So don't let hurtful games hurt you. Leave the sleepless nights of worry trying to figure out what you did and just forgive 'em and love 'em and move on ... even those who are still steadily working against you. Hold your head up and concentrate on people who do appreciate you and whom you can appreciate right back. Life is short. It is best to live it loving every single minute of it.