The weekend is here and no doubt, if you’re like most, you’ve been planning to do a number of enjoyable activities. Allow me to encourage you to let Jesus Christ be a part of your plans. He’s patiently waiting to be with you and love you. Here’s an idea, why not let Jesus be at the top of your list?
Have you ever had a day when you woke up and it was dark, overcast, raining and cold? It’s the kind of day that you want to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep. But, we all have responsibilities, including work and praising the Lord. Wait a minute. I thought you said it was ugly outside? Yes, I did, but let me ask you a question. What does that have to do with anything? God made the day and the weather in it. And, He put breath in your lungs to see another day. So, what am I saying here?
Your perspective or outlook at the beginning of your day can be either positive or negative. It’s your choice. I am reminded of the bible verse that says, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Can you do that? Rejoice in spite of what you face in the day. Your ability to rejoice will make the difference between having a good day and one that is miserable. As a believer in Christ you know you have the power to overcome your circumstances. Even the negative ones brought on by the devil.
Take the power you have in Christ and do two things. First, put a smile on your face because you know God is in control. Second, reach out to others who are hurting and let them feel the love of Christ through you. Now, both of you will have a great day.
Resistance to God will cause a hardening of your heart, but those who regularly submit to Him quickly address sin in their life and return to the place of obedience and blessing. When we yield to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, our heart becomes increasingly pliable and sensitive to His leading. Then God can give us greater understanding of His Word.
People with a responsive heart tend to stay connected to the body of Christ and seek to build up and encourage others. Such individuals are not only receptive to what God wants to tell them; they’re also willing to listen and be corrected by others.
Where do you stand today? Is your heart hard and calloused or interested in receiving all the Holy Spirit has to offer? If it’s the later, you will receive blessings and guidance for your life. May the Holy Spirit be your main compass in life causing you to have a responsive heart when relating to others.
Isaiah 55:8-11 explains that God sometimes does things in a very round-about way, but it has a kind of boomerang effect. At times, it seems God goes in one direction, off the beaten path, but that is merely our perspective of it. We find out later—after we have grown in wisdom and understanding—that He has been following His plan all along. We are the ones who have not kept up. Habakkuk deals a great deal with perspective—man’s perspective versus God’s.
God always gets His job done. When He sends forth His word to accomplish a work, it always comes back to Him with the result He intends. It may not make much sense to us at the time, but it surely works because God is behind it. In the end, it is the best way.
Are you on the road to nowhere? Are you dealing with sin in your life or difficult circumstances that appear unchangeable? No matter what you encounter in this life you can have hope in the midst of your trials. How do you have hope—through perseverance and endurance. Your trials in life are not difficult to deal with when you have God’s help.
God’s plans for His people in this world rarely involve helping us escape from our trials completely. He doesn’t make our suffering disappear. Instead, He helps us persevere through them. He helps us grow and mature in ways we wouldn’t otherwise grow and mature apart from tough times. He helps us find joy in the unlikeliest of circumstances. It’s the kind of joy that affects not just our lives but the lives of others as well. He prospers us in ways that expand our understanding of prosperity.
God will guide you through your trials if you give Him control of your life. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, “He wants the best for you.”
We were made to live a life that says, “Look at God!” People are to look at us and see not us but the image of our Maker. This is God’s plan. 2nd Corinthians 3:18 says, “We…are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” Because God’s promises are unbreakable we can have complete confidence He is there for us.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers, friends and family. May God shoot His arrow of love deep into your being. Let God be your number one valentine today.