Being faithful to God in the places only He can see doesn’t mean it isn’t profitable to you, to Him or to those around you. In the sight of God your faithfulness is valuable.
It is your hidden faithfulness that ties together the trust you place in God and your obedience to follow His will.
Scripture taken from: I Peter 3:4-5
Who am I? What do I believe? What is my purpose? You might deal with questions like these swirling around in your head from time to time.
John 1:12 gives the answer for those who have received Jesus and believed on his name. You are a child of God.
If you’re seeking direction, needing validation or want to be reminded of what the Judge of all mankind says about you: Get in the Word. Search the scriptures. He is wanting to remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, that you have a purpose: to respect Him and keep His commandments and that as His child you are to always walk in love.
When you take inventory of your walk with Jesus who do you look to?
Do you size yourself up against your neighbor, pastor, spouse or friend?
Or do you look to Jesus? His Word?
Comparing ourselves to others is a sure way to either
a) provide yourself an opportunity to feel defeated or
b) provide yourself with an opportunity to become proud.
Neither pride nor defeat should make up a Christian’s character.
The Word will instruct you, reassure you and even at times correct you. Look to Jesus for feedback on how you’re doing.
Originally posted May 8, 2014
“…and in truth.” Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to worship the Lord when you are living in contrast to his Word?
If you are having a difficult time giving yourself over to worshipping God, ask the Lord to show you what in your life needs to be dealt with. Maybe you have been allowing yourself to believe a lie, maybe you are holding a grudge, maybe your priorities are out of line. Whatever the reason, make it right. God is worthy of your authentic worship and it is something you shouldn’t want to miss out on.
If you are claiming to be a follower of Christ remember that you are representing him. This goes for how we live whether it be wisely or foolishly.
Paul teaches that our faith is well represented in good works for Christ’s glory. But for us to habitually live in sin we give the wrong impression of Christ. Should Jesus ever be known as a minister of sin? Paul says “God forbid.”
Your decisions don’t just affect your reputation but also the way people view Jesus.
Scripture taken from: Galatians 2:16-17
Jacob methodically stacked the stones. He was creating a pillar to worship The Lord, who had blessed him in a dream the night before.
The use of these stones were a picture of God’s presence in his life.
Before his encounter with God the stones were just used for comfort as pillows. But now? Now they were being used as a tool to worship The Lord.
Jesus can take the things in our life that we think are of no consequence and use them for His glory.
We need to be willing to give everything, no matter how insignificant it may seem and turn it over to His authority.
Originally posted: May 13, 2013
Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Names of the God you serve.
Our God is good. He is wise. He is most powerful. He is eternal. He is peace. And he offers all he has to you.
Accept his goodness. Follow his wisdom. You have nothing to fear. He reigns forever. Live in his peace.
Scripture taken from: Isaiah 9:6
Starting something new can be overwhelming. So can closing out a chapter in your life. Sadness can overtake us, but happiness can too. Sometimes we need to let go so that we can work on getting a grasp.
God has worked in your past. He wants to be part of your future. Trust him in the present.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
Scripture taken from: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
It seems like the majority of the workforce is just looking forward to their weekend. Waiting on that day off.
Let me quote Jesus: “My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”
So what prompted that statement?
The Jews persecuted Jesus. They wanted to slay him. All because He had healed a man on the Sabbath day.
His response in short “I don’t take days off.”
Isn’t that a comfort? The God we serve is ever watchful over His children leading and guiding them no matter what hour or what day it is.
So trust, even though it might seem as if God has taken a vacation concerning your situation, He hasn’t. He’s working it all out to your good.
Originally posted: May 16, 2014