Do you know someone you hate to give bad news to? Is it possible you’re that someone?
What is your first reaction when something bad or irritating happens to you?
When we get into a relationship with Jesus, and by relationship I mean taking time to talk to Him, read His word and pray, our lives automatically get filled with these things. Our minds turn from the negative and reach for the positive so when that tough situation or circumstance arises, we respond and react a whole different way. Our character becomes new. Maybe not overnight, but on a daily basis more bad characteristics get chipped away and more Godly characteristics shine through in you.
It’s like Philippians 4:8 (KJV) tells us:
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Have you ever felt a nudge in your spirit to go pray for someone you don’t know? In a place you don’t feel appropriate?
My husband and I have had many conversations about this. One thing that helps to know is, if they reject it, they aren’t rejecting us. They are rejecting God and His power. We’re just the middle man…. or woman.
My husband is from India, a culture where approaching people is not a bother to them. I however am learning that it’s okay to do that. We grew up totally different in different cultures and religions. My culture basically tells me to leave people alone and don’t bug them, but Vishwa is a different story! He prays for people in Grocery stores, retail stores, malls, on the street and anywhere else he sees someone and feels like he should pray for them. People seem fine on the outside… if you feel God leading you, no matter how they look, do it. They might be a mess on the inside. You might be the one God is sending to make a difference in their lives!
Things like this inspire me… Especially when the golden sunlight catches them. Take time to enjoy life. Live in the now and not in the past so you can enjoy your futureGod has for you. You miss so many things in this fast paced life, especially with your eyes facing behind you.
Do you realize that Jesus suffered for your salvation?
Isaiah 53:5, the English standard version, tells us this about Jesus,
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Wounded means a bodily wound; not mere mental sorrow; literally, “pierced”;
bruised—crushing inward and outward suffering
He was bruised
by the thorns
by the nails
by the spear of the soldier
Chastisement is the correction inflicted by a parent on children for their good. He literally suffered our chastisement so we could have peace
1 Peter 2:24 tells us:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
By His wounds we are healed! By His bruising, inward and outward suffering, by his gashes and lacerations, we are healed. He took that upon Himself because He loved you. There is no greater love in this world than His.
Hebrews 9:28 says this:
So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
He did all this to save us! To save you!
Take time to reflect on what Jesus did for you so that you might be saved.
No one said life would be easy, and complaining will only make you feel more helpless to do anything about it. Instead, remember what God has done in your life and make an effort to be cheerful no matter what. You can always go to God with your needs, but why not spend some time just thanking Him. You will notice a shift in your outlook on life.I like how The Message Bible puts this into perspective.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message (MSG)
16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
Ever feel lonely or see someone who looks that way?
Romans 12:9-10 tells us
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
When I read this scripture, something pricked me inside my soul. I think if we really took time to think about it, we would notice that this is lacking in our busy schedules, because we just don’t have time to stop. First and foremost we are called to be God’s children. We are how many people meet Jesus and we may be their only glance in to Him. He took His full attention and gave it to us. Can’t we just give little of ours here and there? After all, He came and died for them too.
There are so many people in this world who are sitting in a silent lonely state of mind…. Who may seem to have everything, but lack in the most important things such as friends, family, or just want to know that someone genuinely cares if they are alive in this world. We know one who is all those things and who wants us to be those things too. Remember your most lonely moment in life. Now magnify that feeling by a couple of times and you will have a small idea of what many people are going through right at this moment.
A smile, a greeting, a cup of coffee, or even having lunch with someone may take up a half hour to and hour of your time, but that hour can change somebody’s life. It may change their whole life. It may give them a glimmer of hope. Remember, where we go Jesus goes. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor like your self. The first is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. The Bible says that there is none greater than these commandments. (Mark 12:29-31)
Hey, no one told us following after Jesus would be sitting idle and doing nothing. Take a moment out of your busy life and show the lonely that they are not alone. It’s the least we can do. After all, someone cared for us enough to do the same.
Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season we are celebrating right now! Love one, another and have a very Merry Christmas!
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Isn’t it the most wonderful time of the year?
The Christmas season is a beautiful time of year! It’s a reminder of how much God loves us. That He came down in flesh as Jesus to die for us that we might enjoy everlasting life with Him. He came and suffered for us. He was persecuted and hated for us. If God has not robed Himself in flesh we would have no hope in this life. Never forget the reason for celebration. Try to bring the true meaning of Christmas back to those around you. Santa is fun, but Jesus is the true meaning of CHRISTmas cheer this season. Love your families and bless one another during this time of Giving.
Have a blessed and very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!
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Are you easily distracted during your prayer time? I know I can be.
While reading a morning devotion about how Jesus got away an prayed, the author talked about how she wondered if Jesus ever got distracted like we do, if His mind wondered or not. She said she then realized He probably didn’t because Jesus was always in the “presence” of His father when He prayed. She then went on to say that to keep her mind from distraction during her prayer time she began to imagine God drawing near to her and leaning over to hear what she had to say.
I thought, what if we sat at a table with a chair opposite of us and invited God to sit with us while we pray. Then, either journal our prayer to Him, looking up at that seat to remind us whose company we are in, (this would work especially if in a place where you do not have a time of solitude by yourself as well. Journaling is your conversation with God that no one else can hear) or pray while looking at that empty chair. Read the word out loud with God sitting at the table with you. It’s okay to have your tea or juice, because this is you and your heavenly “Dad” just sitting together, praying together and talking about what is in your heart.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new…. It might be awkward, but you may draw even closer to God.
Have you ever felt that God was nowhere to be found? You called on him and you didn’t hear anything?
I have felt that way before. If we are honest, I bet we all have, even the most spiritual of us. If we are not careful, the devil can twist that feeling and doubt and cause us to fall away. Before we give in to that feeling of doubt and rejection, stop and ask yourself what did God have to say about leaving us?
In Hebrews 13:5 KJV God tells us
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
And Matthew also tells us in 28:20 KJV
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
See that? God will never leave us. He is always there when we don’t feel Him. He said He will be with us always even unto the end of the world.
We all go through these times. Our reaction is what makes the difference. I have heard well-known evangelists express they even have gone through these times. I have also found and heard testimony that when individuals like you and I have felt that way, and felt God was far from them, they were used to minister to someone mightily! Even in department stores. Remember, no matter what, God promised to be with us. He will always hear our cries.
Psalm 34:15 says
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Whether we feel Him or not, God is beside us, He hears us and loves us. Don’t give up!
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a trial that seems to be going on forever. Maybe it goes on for months or even years.
The Bible tells us in Romans 5:1-4 (KJV)
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope
Many times in my trials, I don’t see God or what work He is doing during this time, but the important thing I need to remember during those times, is that God is still by my side working even though I feel like He is a million miles away. He will be my strength though I feel like I have none, my victory when I feel totally defeated and my hope when I feel like I can’t go on.
This scripture tells us that something does come out of those trials that we all dread.
I like how this scripture reads in the Amplified Bible.
3 Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.
4 And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of [a]character (approved faith and [b]tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] [c]joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.
I will build endurance going through, trusting and depending on God during my trials. Eventually, my character will change for the better and I will have that hope that only can come through trusting God. God gives us victory and tramples down our enemies (Psalm 60:12)
Yes it is hard, especially after a long period of time, but once we come out on the other side of that trial, it will be worth it and we will see the changes and the testimony that comes out of it. Keep holding on to Jesus! He is the hope!