“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” I Corinthians 13:1
Doing nice things with the wrong intentions is a distraction to yourself and to those around you. It takes the focus off of Jesus and places it on your works.
Ask yourself: Am I doing this to make myself feel better, to check off a list, or to please other people? Pray about your answer and your intentions because they matter. Only what is done for Christ, in love, will last. He wants to give you lasting purpose and is willing to provide righteousness for anyone that seeks after him.
Scripture taken from: Matthew 5:6
Jesus was angry at the Pharisees for sitting by, watching and waiting for an opportunity to try to ruin his reputation.
Anger was a valid, yet restrained, response. Jesus’ reaction to their intentions was one of wisdom. He didn’t lash out at the men. Instead he chose to continue to do the work of the Father, just as he had been called to do. He kept focused on glorifying the Father.
It isn’t uncommon for people to quit doing the Lord’s work because they feel mistreated or under appreciated. This isn’t the solution Christ would have us to choose to live by. Instead of turning your back on the people that cause you to be angry, continue to do the work of the Lord, letting Jesus’ light shine through you.
Scripture taken from: Mark 3:1-5
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
This scripture is used often times at funerals, appropriately so. But we can apply it to our everyday walk.
“And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” Romans 8:10
While walking in the newness of Christ we are constantly trampling death-denying ourselves for God’s glory. We don’t need to fear our flesh, but rather focus on God’s presence that is guiding us as we press forward, living in the Spirit.
Paul had dedicated his life to destroying those who had chosen to follow Jesus.
Then Jesus asked Paul to follow Him.
Paul accepted the call of The Lord and was saved.
Timothy was raised in a household that brought him up to know the Gospel as truth.
Jesus invited Timothy to be saved.
Timothy accepted. He too became a child of the King.
It doesn’t matter what your background is. Jesus is extending you the opportunity to come to Him for salvation.
Originally posted July 31, 2013
Elisha and his servant looked at the Syrian army that surrounded them. They had been trapped. It looked like they were out of options. And they would be doomed, except God intervened. God’s servants looked upon the angel army standing guard, protecting them.
When all looks lost and you want to count yourself out, don’t forget that the Lord is on your side. Lean on his Word. Continue to abide in his will. You aren’t alone.
Scripture taken from: II Kings 6:13-17
Elijah sat holed up in the cave ready to give up. He had dedicated his life to God only to have seemingly everyone turn away.
“But what about the faithful seven thousand?” replied God to Elijah’s cries.
Elijah, being encouraged by this fact left the cave, ready to once again work for God.
How about you?
Have you recently found yourself with your head bowed, tears streaming down your face, completely distraught, tired and weary?
Have you had this type of a conversation with God: “What could have I done differently to show them you? They’ve turned away! It’s just me. I’m alone. And it seems as if the devil himself would like nothing more than to destroy me.”
Let me remind you that God is faithful. Count the people around you that are living a righteous life. And be encouraged by the faithful servants, no matter how small the number may be.
Rise up renewed, revived and ready to proclaim Jesus to a lost and dying world.
Just please, don’t give up. Don’t stay hidden in a cave. Get out there and keep preaching Jesus. Keep studying the word. Keep walking the straight and narrow pathway. The Word you are living won’t return void. It will accomplish a purpose. Somebody is being affected. And they are worth it all.
Originally posted July 22, 2014
People brought children to Jesus. The disciples wouldn’t have any of it. They were attempting to block the path to Christ.
Jesus corrected their actions. He told them that they were wrong to keep the children from him.
The disciples were faced with a choice: how would they handle correction from the Lord? Would they continue to block the children or would they allow them to come to Jesus?
The disciples chose to step aside as Jesus embraced the children. They accepted his words of correction instead of trying to rebel against Jesus.
We decide how we will respond to correction from the Lord. Remember he does it for your benefit. Choose to abide by his ways instead of going against him.
Scripture taken from: Mark 10:13-16
Nehemiah had prayed God’s blessing upon the wall around Jerusalem. Then the wall was completed because in addition to the prayer “the people had a mind to work”.
Some answers to prayers are dependent on the ones who prayed them. Don’t count yourself out as part of the plan.
Scripture based on Nehemiah 4:4-7