Nothing is permanent in this world. Times change. People change. Some people may pull us down, but if we continue to place our hope in our unchangeable God, He will give us the strength to overcome each obstacle as it arises. Stopping regularly to recall God’s promises of hope will restore our strength and renew our perspective.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken, says the LORD.”-Isaiah 54:10
Make it your goal today to keep your focus on God. For in Him you will find peace, direction and hope. When you feel like your mind has wandered away from Him, make a conscious effort to fix your thoughts back to His love and promises. He will ever let go of your hand if you choose to follow Him.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You.”-Isaiah 26:3
Making disciples is not just about gathering & teaching. It is about being faithful to God’s call to love the people around us. God wants us to love them enough to help bring them closer to Him.
The true essence of becoming a true follower of Christ is our willingness to grow in our relationship with Him so that we can in turn, share His goodness to others. Always remember that we are stewards of the gifts God has given us, and if we use it for His glory, we can expect a brighter tomorrow than what we are experiencing today.
[ “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” -John 15:7-8 ]
Happiness is not getting what you want or having too much, it’s being able to appreciate and share what God has given you. God’s ability to provide for us is not limited by the world’s economy. That’s why when the Lord asks us to give, we should give in faith, confident that at the right time and in the right way, we will receive.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where thieves break in and steal..but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”-Matthew 6:19
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” -1 Timothy 6:17
Do not be discouraged when your prayers are still unanswered. Come to God with positive expectations knowing that there is no limit to what He can accomplish. God is able to do far beyond all that you can ask or imagine.
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.”-Matthew 7:11
As followers of Christ we are commanded to love one another. But God wants to remind us today that love is more than emotion. Pure love is active. You can’t really say you truly love someone without doing something to express it. That’s what Jesus did. He sacrificed and humbled Himself because of His love for us, and He wants us to do the same for others, even to those who don’t deserve it.
[ A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.-John 13:34-35 ]
The Bible teaches us that faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. It gives us assurance about things we cannot see. God is reminding us today, that whatever it is we are going through, all we need to do is just believe in Him 100%, then according to our faith, it will be done unto us.
[ “For I am the LORD, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13 ]
The best way to respond to something wrong is to do what is right. Yes, some people are hard to deal with, but life can still be lived with joy and peace when you focus on following God’s will. Remember that at all times, God looks at our heart. He is just and He is our Rewarder. In life, there will be testings of patience and faith, but our God will be faithful to give us the strength to do what is pleasing to Him.
[ “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” -Romans 12:18 ]
[ “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” -Ephesians 4:29]
Friendships can either benefit us or bring us down. We need to surround ourselves with friends who will lift us up and help us be the best person we can be. God is reminding us today to be aware of who we spend most of our time with and who influences us. We should be strong with our commitment to live a fuller life which includes positive people who inspires us and lead us closer to God.
[ “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”-Proverbs 13:20 ]
Do you get upset every time someone tries to correct you or if someone doesn’t agree with you? Proverbs 9:9 says, “Wise men love to be corrected, for they know it is the only way to be wiser.”
Sometimes, God will use the negative experiences in our lives as stepping stones to prepare us for what He has in store next. So don’t be discouraged and choose to be wise. Take captive every negative thought and win this battle. When you choose humility over pride, favor & blessings will take over your situation.
[ “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” Psalms 25:9 ]
[ All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5 ]