The Bible has reminded us time & again to carefully choose who we spend our time with because the friends that we allow in our lives will either lead us closer or far away from God. Take a good look at the people you regularly hang out with right now and ask yourself if your friendship with them makes God happy. If not, it’s time to do some pruning & follow God’s leading in your life.
This may be a tough call but God is reminding us today that, the very reason He wants us to choose our friends wisely is because His greatest desire is to sanctify us & transform our lives for the better.
[ “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Proverbs 12:26 ]
Do feel sorry for yourself whenever you meet or see someone who’s living a better life than yours? Do you find yourself wondering why you don’t have what they have? God wants to remind us today that, insecurity is one of the silent destroyers of people’s joy & blessings. It is a breeding ground for pride & it destroys relationships.
Whenever we choose to look down on ourselves, we tend to stay away or reject the very people God sent to bless us. That’s why we should be aware of it. Let’s not fall inside the enemy’s trap. Through acceptance of our weakness & appreciation of other people’s strengths, true peace of mind & blessings will flow straight into our lives.
[ “For wherever there is jealousy and strife, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” – James 3:16 ]
There are times in our lives when our money, strength, talent or loved ones can’t give us what we need. If you find yourself in a place where what you need is impossible to achieve, that’s when you will realize that JESUS is all you need. Seek Him. No problem is too hard for Him.
[ “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”-Ephesians 3:20 ]
If you are experiencing shame, persecution & rejection in your work, church, family or any area in your life, then you are a candidate for promotion! Good things are ahead of you if you will choose to react in humility. Jesus said in Luke 14:11 that “Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
You may have experienced the worst kind of treatment from someone, it may look unfair right now, but if you choose to follow God and walk in humility, He will be the one to move you into a higher place. A place where every pain that you have encountered will be healed & be replaced with honor, favor & joy. Keep the faith & always remember that it is God who will help you get through the tough times.
[ “You rescue the humble, but your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them.” – 2 Samuel 22:2 ]
Are you experiencing harsh treatment from somebody lately? The Lord wants to remind us today that although we cannot control the behaviors of others or how people treat us, we can always control how we respond to them. Will we allow the pain to bring us down or will we use it to show who we are as Christians? Our initial reaction to these situations is very critical.
Though it’s never easy to handle criticisms, corrections, rebuke or persecutions, these experiences can mold our character & lead us to become the person God wants us to be. There is promotion on the other side of pain & shame. If we choose to do the right thing, the Lord will reward us openly in His perfect time.
[ “The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9 ]
Do you have a plan that didn’t work out? Do you feel discouraged right now? God is reminding us today that a successful life is often the result of countless trials & errors. Sometimes, the Lord allows us to commit mistakes because there are lessons we can only learn through struggles & failures. But the good thing is, He will not allow a difficulty in our life unless He has a purpose for it.
It doesn’t matter how many times we have tried and failed. God works best in our weaknesses. Our plans may have not worked out, but He is still on the throne. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can get back on track & see Him change our lives for the better.
[ “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new…” – Isaiah 43:18 ]
Do you ever feel lost at times and just feel that deep longing to go back to God? We have a Father who offers us not just forgiveness but rest from all our troubles. In fact, He is making all the chances available for us to come back to Him whenever we feel down & hopeless.
Today, He is reminding us that He is powerful enough to restore us & bring back everything we had lost because of our wrong choices. He wants us to know that true reconciliation with Him is available if we choose to turn away from our mistakes & run toward His direction.
[“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8 ]
In life, we sometimes do things that go against God’s perfect will in our lives. In the process, we fall & experience failure. Most of us live with so much regrets because of the opportunities we had missed that could have made our life better.
God knows the secret pain in our hearts whenever we fall, but He is reminding us today to “decide” not to stay in that fallen position. His arms are always ready to life us up. Starting right now, make the necessary changes, turn back from sin, come back to the Lord and embrace His wonderful love that has never left you.
[ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ]
Do you feel far from God right now because of a mistake you have done? The good news is, we serve a God who gives us countless chances to get things right with Him. He is a Father eagerly waiting for our return to His loving arms. He is waiting not to place judgement, but offer restoration.
Things may not have been well in our lives because of the wrong choices we made, but there’s still HOPE. Things can still turn around for us as long as we choose to run back to Him and not away from Him.
[ The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:7 ]
Sometimes, we may feel that trials are already piling up and we don’t know how to get away from it. We feel overwhelmed & fearful of what’s to come, thinking that our negative circumstance will never ever change.
But God is reminding us today that we have a Father who can multiply anything. A God who can make something out of nothing. If we want to gain access to the miracle that we need, the key is hearing His voice and trusting it enough to follow it. God has given us the answers to our needs, it’s really up to us if we choose to follow His will and make His concerns ours too.
[ “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33]