Daily Peace and Comfort
One of the most precious gifts God has given us is the gift of time. We often do not realize the value of each hour in every day. We waste our time with unnecessary things, not realizing how it could be used to change the course of our life for the better. Today, God is reminding us to be wise with how we use our time. Are we spending or investing it?
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise making the most of your time because the days are evil.”-Ephesians 5:15-16
[ Part 3 of "Are You A Disciple?" (Discipleship & Mentoring Series) ]
At some point in our lives, the Lord challenges us with a question about priorities. Who’s first for us? Is it our loved ones? Our work, dreams, possessions? Or is it God? Self-denial is not a popular word, but the Lord wants to teach us today that as we surrender “all our rights” to Him, we also open the door that will “make things right” for us. Let’s allow God to change our lives by changing how we think & how we prioritize. Don’t worry, His plan for us is far more perfect than anything we can ever imagine.
["Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think." -Ephesians 3:20]
[“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life— such a person cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple." -Luke 14:26-27]
Sometimes, God uses certain verses in the Bible to give us the comfort and direction that we need. Maybe a specific Word has touched your heart today, giving you God’s personal instruction that is waiting for your action. Listen to His voice and receive! The favor is already prepared for you! Always remember that one truth from God’s Word that you will trust and obey is worth more than the biggest favor any person in this world can give you.
[ "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation." -2 Corinthians 6:2 ]
Acknowledging God as the “One True Source” of all our needs and the “Only Safe Refuge” when life is difficult, releases us from the bondage of worry and fear. As humans, we tend to focus on life’s complications and forget the simple instructions God has given, in order for us to live a worry-free life. This is His message for you right now: “Seek Me first, love others and trust in Me – and I will take care of whatever you need today.”
[ "But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today." -Deuteronomy 8:18 ]
[ Part 2 of "Are You A Disciple?" (Discipleship & Mentoring Series) ]
Do you sometimes feel that there is more to life than what you have now? It’s true. God has designed a fruitful and a meaningful life for us. We were created to be a blessing! But that purposeful life will only come to pass once we choose to follow God and decide to be a true disciple of Jesus. Let us be wise and choose to follow where He’s leading us. He promised to show us the way.
[ "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." - John 14:12 ]
Contrary to what the world believes, there is freedom, victory and peace in obedience. Our great destiny is hidden behind those little instructions from God that we choose to obey. Being a disciple or follower of Jesus is not just for people who works inside the Church. All of us are called to follow Him. And as we allow the Lord to work through us, little by little, we become closer to Jesus and experience victory like Him.
[ As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect His glory even more." -2 Corinthians 3:18 ]
[ Discipleship Mentoring On-Air: "Hand of Blessing" ]
One thing we should always remember is that, Jesus gave His life not just for the assurance of Heaven after we die, but also for the assurance of a full and blessed life here on earth. As followers of Christ, know that our hands were already destined to do good things for others & great things for God. As we make ourselves available to God’s leading, our hands will become a channel of blessing not only to our loved ones but to countless people all around the world.
[ "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father." - John 14:12 ]
[ Discipleship Mentoring On-Air: "Maturity" ]
As a child of God, we were given not only the gift of salvation but also the power to live differently. It is our Father’s will that we live a peaceful and abundant life. Jesus was very clear when He said that if we remain in His love, our joy will be complete. But along with that promise is our responsibility to pursue maturity in our walk with Him. By loving others and making disciples, we’ll be able to live a victorious life that we can enjoy and give glory to our Father in Heaven.
[ "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." - John 15:11 ]
Lies bring people down. Making them lose opportunities and favor. That’s why if we want to be victorious in every battle, we must always tell the truth. Nobody can harm us if Jesus is on our side. If you are in a tough situation right now and you don’t know what to do, do not fear. Just tell the truth and it shall make you free.
["Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you."-Deuteronomy 31:8]
Our commitment to God is very important. As Christians we need to be reminded at all times to never set aside the things that we do for Him, no matter how small it is. The way we treat God’s presence in our everyday lives determines the level of blessings that we will receive from Him. The Lord said, whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much. Honor God with your commitment and see what He will make happen for you.
[ "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things." - Matthew 25:21 ]
Is there anything or anyone that you love more than God? The true “Heart Test” happens when the Lord is asking us to surrender something to prove His position in our hearts. To be challenged is not easy, but the rewards are priceless. Jesus said, anything that we give up for Him will be returned to us “a hundred times” over. This only means that He wants to bless us more! Always remember that God will never take away anything that He knows will be good for us. Just trust Him.
["And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life." - Matthew 19:29]