Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Day after day, it seems there are trials that sneak into our lives, putting a damper on the day. Though my trials seem insignificant in comparison to some, I’ve seen death, unemployment, failed relationships, sickness, and abuse hit too close to home. Finding joy amidst trials is often the last emotion we expect.
Recognizing and understanding that a trial is “sent by God and serving to test or prove one’s character, faith, holiness” gives a different perspective to the “why me?” question. Per the Scripture, trials produce steadfastness, which is defined as “a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance.” Upon understanding these two words, the trials we endure begin to take on additional meaning as related to the purpose we are each uniquely given by God.
Through trials in my life, I have learned to be steadfast and to realize that there is still joy in the everyday, that I can and will endure, and that my character will reflect Jesus more than it did before the trial if I am obedient. Ultimately, no matter the circumstance, we are instructed to continue to reflect the joy of Christ. My prayer is that no matter how big or small a trial comes across our path, we would seek comfort in Jesus alone and reflect the joy He alone can give.
Prayer: Father, give us your joy and peace even in difficult circumstances. Thank you for your promise to be with us always, and help us remember your presence during times of trial. Amen
Friday, June 21, 2013
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24,25 (NIV)
Regular church attendance is important for all Christians. When we go to church it’s a place where we can receive encouragement and prayers. Fellowship in the House of God is vital for your health as well as your spiritual well-being. It keeps you focused and encourages others to run the race that is set before them. So encourage each other to attend church faithfully. It’s not only for you; it’s for others who need you.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
Joshua 1:7 NKJV
The way to prosperity is found in His Word. How many times have we started out in the right direction only to take a detour, and we end up at a different destination, or we face a roadblock? Many Christians have started out good by obeying the Word concerning God’s prosperity. But when they don’t see the results in a “microwave” manner, they abandon God’s way and take a detour only to end up at a different destination. Take no detours and stick to God’s Word.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Everyone can discern someone who is wearing a mask. We need to be sincere in our love towards others. You show your love by your actions. We always hear about tough love, but that isn’t the only love. God’s Word says to honor one another by giving preference to each other. Esteem others higher than yourself, even if they don’t deserve it. In like manner you are allowing the fragrance of Christ to flow through you.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Proverbs 14:12 NKJV
Everyone has an opinion on how to live. They may be right in the eyes of men but not necessarily right in the eyes of God. What is easy and comfortable could lead to destruction and turmoil. The easy way is not necessarily God’s way of living. Let’s take the principles we learned from the Bible and apply it to our lives. That’s the right way and in the end, it will lead to life everlasting.