It matters not what you’re going because you don’t have to be afraid about tomorrow because our omnipresent God is already there. I Corinthians 2:9 tells us, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” Fact is the only disparity or ambiguity between today and tomorrow is our own fear. Once we truly learn to put our trust in God, we will no longer be afraid of the things that come against us nor the things we can’t see….like tomorrow. We will be like the psalmist who said with confidence “…let all who take refuge in God be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11). Yes, we can be at peace today because we know that our God is already in our tomorrow and the day after that and so forth!
Father God, you rule reality, not me and although I am living out my purpose you are in control, and I trust that whatever the outcome, your sovereign will is always aimed at my good because of Jesus Christ. So according to Him, because of your grace in His cross and resurrection, do what You will and give me the faith to trust you in all things including what tomorrow holds. Holy Spirit rest not only in our minds but also in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, amen and amen!
Nothing paralyzes or cripples our lives like the attitude or thought that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Our Outlook determines outcome. If we see only challenges, obstacles, and problems, we will most likely be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in these stumbling blocks, we can have victory. Colossians 1:17 encouraged us by stating, “God is before all things, and in God all things hold together.” That’s right all things; not some things….not a few things…..BUT ALL THINGS! So today trust and believe in this truth; nothing ahead of you is bigger or stronger than the power of God in you and behind you.
Bottled up anger is a like a ticking pipe bomb that’s ready to detonate at the slightest disturbance. Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “In your anger do not sin: Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Notice, Paul did not teach that all anger is wrong, but it’s what you do with your anger that counts. When the unchecked pipe bomb explodes most will take the path of least resistance and say, “I am only being human!” Well, when you default into “just being human” and feed your carnal nature, you give the enemy permission to take control of the situation. Anger rooted in our own sinfulness is dangerous and destructive to others and to ourselves. Unchecked anger among family and friends will break fellowship and bring damage to our precious relationships. How many times have you angered God? His response to our poor lack of judgment is found in Hebrews 8:12, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” Bottom line: we must be careful to heed the closing exhortation of Ephesians 4, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). If you feel like detonating…..LET IT GO!!! Remember when you hold on to anger, you run the risk of becoming bitter and resentful, which provides the enemy with a foothold in your life and relationships! Just so you know; foothold in the Greek is translated “moomad” (moh-om-awd) and it means a standing ground. So in other words, when you yield to anger you’re literally give Satan which represents darkness standing ground in your life….is this what you really want?
One of the GREATEST moments in our life is when we are at our WEAKEST because the power of God is being PERFECTED in us!!
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Constructive criticism is not really for the faint at heart. Some people often become offended, angry, and resentful the moment someone disagrees with their action(s) or ill disposition. Well, I got good news for you, constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others. A true friend will speak the truth even when it’s hard to hear: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6). Since God loves people and wants the best for them, He points out faults, shortcomings, and sins. Jesus was quite critical of the Pharisees’ hypocrisy, and He expressed His disapproval forcibly on several occasions (e.g., Matthew 23). However, Jesus’ criticisms were always truthful and, ultimately, loving. When criticism is grounded in love we fulfill the command written in Ephesians 4:15 (“speaking the truth in love”) should be our primary guide in criticism. Godly criticism is true and loving. It comes from a humble, caring heart that wishes the best for the other person. It is not bitter, condescending, insulting, or cold-hearted. Bottom line; never assume every critic is a hater. Not everyone is hating on you. Some people might just be telling you the truth and perhaps maybe you should open your heart to listen.
Are you in the middle of a challenge, hardship, or struggle but don’t know if you can stick it out or make it through? Well, if this is you, just know your not alone. We have all been in stuck between ‘a rock’ and ‘a boulder’! We have all experienced the cessation of hitting rock bottom! However, one thing that has helped me to remember to be strong during difficult circumstances is the blessing of perseverance through extreme adversity. James, 1:12 put it this way, “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.” Truth is, I believe God knows anyone can give up because it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But He also knows that if we hold on to His unchanging hands that our reward far out weighs the challenges, hardships, and/or struggles we endure here in this wicked world filled with wicked people! I Peter 5:10 confirms, “ And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. I leave you with this question; “Do you remember the guy that gave up?” Well, neither does anyone else! Be bless on purpose and remember your greatest blessing is always in front of you…never behind you!