If you are struggling with feelings that tell you that your life doesn’t matter or that no one really cares about you, I want you to know today that God knows all about you and He cares about your life and what you are going through. If you only knew just how much, you would be amazed.
It’s difficult to have a clear view of your life when you are right in the middle of life’s challenges trying to keep your head above water, but God wants you to have a view from the top. He wants you to know the love He has for you is real and once you accept His gift of love, you will never feel alone again.
God promised never to leave you alone. He has always been with you even before you were aware of His presence. He knows your thoughts and the intent of your heart. He knows your dreams and He knows your frustrations and He knows those things that you fear the most. He knows and He cares and that is why He has adopted you into His family. You have a place in the family of God that no one can ever take away from you. The most important thing you must remember is that every child of God is somebody – somebody that is so loved that He could not allow His child to become separated from Him. To prevent this, He made the greatest sacrifice love can make and that was to give us His only begotten Son to purchase your redemption so that you will forever be with Him.
Part of your story might include a time when you did things that you would not do today but it doesn’t matter. Your past is just that – it is past. Enjoy your walk with the Lord and know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. You belong to God and the miracle of it all is that God belongs to you!
Have you ever done something that you thought was special for someone only to have it ruined when you realized that they never thanked you for it? There is a story in the Bible about ten lepers who were healed by Jesus but only one came back to thank him. Even Jesus expected a thank you from them because he asked the one who did return ‘where are the nine’? The other nine took their healing for granted. I’m sure that they enjoyed the benefits of being able to return home to their family and friends, but they did not take the time to show their appreciation.
Don’t be guilty of not letting people know how grateful you are for the things that they do for you. Your show of gratitude will not only bless the person who did something for you, but it will also bless you because God will see your appreciation and will allow more blessings to come into your life because of your attitude. Saying ‘thank you’ is a sign of what’s in your heart and will keep you humble. Some people have a problem saying ‘thank you.’ Pride is a major hinderance to being grateful. If you think that you don’t owe anyone anything because you got what you got all by yourself, you are so wrong. No one makes it through this life on their own. If you think you have, you are forgetting about the one who prayed for you and the one who might have had to sacrifice a need of their own so you could have what you needed.
Honor God with your thankfulness. As you are blessed, bless others. Pass it on. Serve people, love people and always forgive people and most of all, always thank the One who created you, who is always with you and the One who is sustaining you each and every day. As the Psalmist said ‘let everything that has breathe praise the Lord.’
Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation not of our choosing, and further more, it is out of our control. In times like these, we can either go around murmurring and complaining about how bad our situation is, or we can put our faith to work and make the most of a bad situation. The choice we make will determine whether or not we are successful.
Your present situation does not mean that you should give up on your dream. What God allows in your life has a purpose. Consider challenges as a test and if you pass the test you have become successful in the eyes of God. Know that if you have a dream or goal and you are doing all you can to reach that goal, expect opposition. Satan’s job is to aggravate the children of God so be prepared. Know that your integrity will be on the line and what is inside of you, your attitude to be precise, will direct how you respond to adversity.
The best weapon you have when you are fighting for your life is prayer. God honors prayer and if prayer is a lifestyle for you, God will hear you when you call and He will work everything out together for your good. Many people will use prayer as their last resort and only when they have exhausted every other means they had at their disposal, but if you know God as your ‘friend’ and you invite Him into every area of your life, prayer will be the first thing you do. God is limitless and that is why it is better to put your faith in God rather than in man.
The safest place to be when your world is turned upside down is to be in the will of God. God will lead you. God will promote you. God will give you the desires of your heart if you just wait on Him. What gas is to a car is what faith is to your destiny – faith moves you forward and will cause you to fight a good fight of faith. You may not be aware of it but someone is watching how you handle tough situations and if you let your light shine every day no matter what comes your way, your testimony will help someone else find God in their trouble.
Stay true to your commitment to God and lean on Him even when you do not understand. Walk by faith and not by sight and watch how your heavenly Father will bring order to chaos, peace to any storm and deliverance in your time of need. You will succeed and success is the best revenge. God has plans for you and His plans are to prosper you and bring you to His expected end. Trust and always obey Him.
Have you ever been told that you look or sound like another member of your family – perhaps your mother or father or siblings? There is a good reason for that because family members share DNA. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you received spiritual DNA from God and just as natural siblings look alike, spiritual brothers and sisters should act just like their Father God.
You became a new creation when the Holy Spirit came to live inside of you and the Spirit of God should control you and cause you to act differently than those who do not know the Lord. God is love, therefore, Christians are to love everyone and only the Spirit of God can make that possible. God’s gift to us created a newness of life that was made for those who choose to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
You belong to Christ because He paid the price to remove you from the curse of sin which is death and moved you into an eternal realm where you will live forever. If your life is not your own, make sure that you are living the life the Spirit of God is leading you to. Die to yourself and let the Spirit within you live a life that reflects your heavenly DNA.
There is a new you inside of you! Old things have passed away and you are not the same person you use to be. You can do all things through Christ who lives in you. Encourage yourself today and remember that the Spirit inside of you is bigger and better than anything found in the natural.
The choices we make determine our destiny and that is why we must do all we can to ensure that our choices are made with wisdom and understanding. Your family and friends can offer you advice when you are trying to make a decision, but it is important that you realize that, ultimately, you are responsible for every decision you make. Some of your decisions will be good while others will not be but do not feel condemned by your mistakes just learn from them and move on.
Christians are to make their decisions in the fear of God. The spirit of God that dwells in every believer will shed light on your path and guide you in the way God wants you to go. Wisdom comes only from God and if we seek Him, He will cause us to have understanding. The Bible tells us that in all we acquire in this life, the primary thing for us to get is wisdom. Having a fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and wisdom will show us what to do or what not to do, and if we listen to God we will have the outcome we desire.
Don’t take the choices that you make lightly. Bad choices will not only affect your present situation, but it could also affect future generations. Meditate on God’s Word. Surround yourself with mature believers who have already travelled the road you are now on. God put them in your life for a reason. Take heed and remember that every decision you make matters. Make the right choice - your life depends on it!
Whenever you find yourself in a tight spot there is only one thing you should do and that is to pray! God already knows your situation and you must lay your pride aside and get down on your knees and pour your heart out. The Bible tells us that David did it many times and if it worked for him, it will also work for you.
Be bold with God. Have the confidence to know that God will hear you, listen to you and answer your prayer. God wants us to ask, and the only way to find your answer is to seek God with all of your heart. You are a child of the Most High God and never forget that. Go to God just as you are and be honest with Him about how you feel and if you do, you will find the peace of God that will allow you to lay down at night and sleep. Sleeping when you are in a tight spot is showing Satan that your circumstances are not controlling you, but you are controlling your circumstances. Remember, if God be for you – who can be against you?
The key to surviving being in a tight spot is total dependence upon God. God is your source and He never slumbers or sleeps. Look to the hills because that is where your help comes from. You are in a spiritual battle that can only be fought with you on your knees. Praise God!
If you were to think about the state of our economy and the condition of the rest of the world, you would be hard pressed to find anything to be happy about, but Christians do have a reason to be happy because they have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The world of a Christian who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is far different than the world of an unbeliever. Jesus gave his life so that the children of God can have a new life – one filled with joy, peace and where all things are possible. Christians are no longer subject to sin but have the power to sin less and to walk in the spirit of God that gives them life and liberty that can not be understood by the outside world.
A relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ moves you out of religion and into a state of mind that is limitless and supernatural. Challenges are looked upon as an opportunity for a Christian to get closer to their heavenly Father and allow God to work everything out for his/her good. The key is that Christians focus upon God; they think only about those things that are pure, lovely, just and righteous and this is what brings them happiness. Christians have found out that the material things of this world don’t bring the happiness that is found in Jesus. They have also found out that God created them for a purpose and they are happy only by doing God’s will. Christians know what God wants them to do and where God wants them to be because it is in that place that they feel the security of being under a divine covering that provides a hedge around them that nothing else in this world can offer them.
Christians know that happiness comes from within and their source of happiness is knowing who God is, who His Son is and living a life where they are loved unconditionally. This type of love is put there to be given away to those in the world who do not yet know their secret and, hopefully, others will be drawn to the light that will give them freedom in Christ and this freedom will cause them to rejoice always. Choose to seek God and His righteousness and everything else that you need will be provided for you – especially unspeakable joy. God wants you to be happy – are you?
Maturity is not defined by age, education or wealth but rather it is an attitude that defines who you are and what you do. You can be 50 years old with an abundance of weath and college degrees but lack the maturity to handle life’s challenges properly. An immature person buckles down under pressure and lacks the wisdom to find the appropriate solution for the trials they face. An immature person is always asking ‘what is in this for me?’ They lack sensitivity to other people and do not consider that someone else just might be in need of their help. An immature person does not have control over what comes out of their mouth. They gossip and are judgmental and are kown as troublemakers and lack the desire to be a peacemaker. An immature person refuses to entertain the thought that God just might be able to help them.
A mature person holds up under pressure and is loving and kind hearted and does not speak unkindly of others. A mature person will always take the high road and look for ways to be a peacemaker and not destroy relationships to justify themselves. A mature person will also be patient and prayerful because they know that God is in control and He is always there to help in a time of need. This kind of person knows that he or she is still a work in progress and knows that God has a lot for them yet to learn and they are willing to walk with God and enjoy their relationship with Him.
Do a self examination and ask yourself if you are still immature or are you making progress in the maturity side of life. Spiritual maturity is learned and it is not given to you just because you might have been on this earth for 50 years or more. Your attitude while you are undergoing the rough times will define how well you are growing spiritually. Seek to be all that God wants you to be. Stay in God’s Word and love others as you do yourself.
Every Christian should meditate on Romans 8:28. If you get this verse into your spirit and into your heart, you will be able to live the victoriously life that your heavenly Father expects you to. In summary, Romans 8:28 says that ‘all things will work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes.’ This is not a maybe or something that you should hope for, but it is something that you should expect because it is certain to happen.
The word ‘all’ includes everything, both the good and the bad; there is nothing left out. Many people accept the good in their lives with no problem but when they encounter the bad, they think that something is terribly wrong. If you believe the truth of God’s word, you must realize that God has made you a promise that ‘all’ things will work together for your good. You must trust God with your whole heart and believe that He has everything under His control and, therefore, there is no reason to panic. Life is like baking a cake. You probably would not like to eat just butter or baking powder separately; but when they are mixed in with everything else, you will wind up with a good tasting cake. The experiences you encounter on your life’s journey may not look promising when taken out of context but when it is all said and done, you realize that everything you have gone through in your life this far has made you the person you are today. Life lessons are learned precept upon precept, line upon line and just like the knowledge of God, you acquire wisdom after going through good times and bad times.
Despite all the evil that Joseph experienced at the hands of his brothers who hated him, at the end he was able to forgive them and tell them that what they meant for evil, God meant for good because many people were spared in the time of famine because God’s will had been done in Joseph’s life. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to ‘trust in the Lord at all times and not to lean unto our own understanding.’ You might not be able to figure out why you experience certain challenges in your life, but hold onto the truth that God has a plan and a purpose for you if you only believe. Encourage yourself in the Lord today. Satan would like for you to throw in the towel but God is saying “it will all be worth it.”
Everybody wants to win; nobody wants to lose but on our spiritual journey there are going to be times when the only way to win is to lose. Jesus told us that ‘whoever finds his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’ Letting go so that God sits on the throne of your heart is the best thing anyone can do. We all have people in our lives and things in our lives that we love most dearly but if they should ever become more important to us that our heavenly Father, we have lost. Losing everything and being hopelessly hopeless is the only true way to love God. Being hopelessly hopeless forces you to be totally dependent upon God and that is the position that God wants all of His children to be in. This position is what causes God to bless and protect those who are called by His name.
The Bible says that for everything there is a season; there is a time to seek and a time to lose and if that principle governs your life, you will always be a winner because that still small voice inside of you will let you know when you have gotten things out of order. Obeying the word of God will require you to lose a little so that you will gain much because your eyes have not yet seen all that God has in store for you. Holding on to people or stuff too closely will only hinder God’s will being done in your life, and if you truly love the Lord, you will always be willing to give back to God what He has placed you a steward over. Abraham loved God to the degree that he was willing to give up his child, Isaac, because he believed that God was able to restore him back and that is exactly what God did. Abraham showed what was in his heart and God saw that there was nothing more important in Abraham’s life than Him.
We all can learn from Abraham how important it is to trust and obey God and more importantly to realize that we are stewards and not owners of our earthly possessions. God not only gives us the power to get wealth, but God provides us with His mercy and grace in allowing us to watch over what He has provided. Never allow anyone or anything to have first place in your life except your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and if you have a tugging in your soul or a little voice speaking to you, please remember that sometimes you must lose in order to win.