Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinth. 12:9
When we are weak, He is strong!
How often do we drop everything we are doing and just pray? There is always something to get done, an assignment due, a person to talk to, an email to send, and event to plan, clothes to put away etc. An ongoing list that never ends. Cross off one thing, add another. With this list also comes a list of excuses.
Rushing, catching up, always chasing where we wish we were. If we are always chasing the future, the “what ifs” and the unknown…today easily goes from a blessing to a burden. Instead of seeing our days as just another day to get through, I challenge you to view your day as a blessing and gift from God. Every day may not “feel” great, but there is something great in EVERY day!
Challenge: Each day write down something you appreciate about today!
Thessalonians 5: 15-18 “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
This morning I was reading 2 Corinthians chapter 10 and found some great convicting truths.
“The Corinthian Christians tended to rely on and admire carnal weapons for the Christian battle. Instead of the belt of truth, they fought with manipulation. Instead of the breastplate of righteousness, they fought with the image of success. Instead of the shoes of the gospel, they fought with smooth words. Instead of the shield of faith, they fought with the perception of power. Instead of the helmet of salvation, they fought with lording over authority. Instead of the sword of the Spirit, they fought with human schemes and programs.”
Jesus relied on spiritual weapons when He fought for our salvation. What are you fighting with/for?
—David Guzik’s Commentary on 2 Corinthians
Keep honoring God with your life, stay in peace, trust His timing and God will open doors that no man can shut.
We have a reason to celebrate life every single day because the God we serve is alive. His resurrection power didn’t end on the cross 2000 years ago; His power is still at work today. Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power into every single area of your life, too.
Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, pay off your house or be free from a burden of lack, but it looks impossible. Business is slow. The economy is down. You’ve gone as far as your education allows. But God is saying, “I’m not limited by those things. I’ve got resurrection power. I can give you one break that will thrust you to a new level. I can open up doors that no man can shut. I can bring talent out of you that you didn’t know you had. I can cause people to go out of their way to want to be good to you for no reason.”
Today, get your hopes up. Get your expectancy up. Remember, He is risen, and He is alive. There’s a shift coming, and He is faithful to His Word. Let His resurrection power flow in every area of your life!
Whether we are tired, depressed or confused, we always put on our clothes before we leave the house.
- Dean Sherman, Spiritual Warfare For Every Christian
Based on the above statement, i’m assuming you’d agree with it — we all live out the daily mindless tasks such as: getting dressed, brushing our teeth (for those of us that remember to) etc. For the most part, we still do those things despite our current situations in life. Such things are essential in our every day lives.
“If we say, “I don’t have to be responsible for my actions & attitude today”, or “I don’t have to repent, be humble, smile or be encouraging when I don’t feel like it”, it is as silly as saying, “February is a hard month for me; I think I’ll wait until March to have a shower.”
He goes on to bring emphasis to what Ephesians 4:22-24 is getting at — putting off the old & putting on the new self. It all comes down to taking daily responsibility to deal with our actions/attitudes. When something as common as pride creeps in and takes residency in our lives, its roots only spread deeper making the pruning part that much more demanding.
In choosing to “get dressed for the day, despite what may be on our minds”, we’re choosing to live in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called (Eph. 4:1) — we’re choosing to put off “the old” and walk forward in “the new”.
Remember to spend time in the Word today, asking God to renew your heart and soul!
For His Glory,
(post quoted from http://brightshinylights.tumblr.com/)
As kids we all grow up with a dream
But one day that dream dies
We settle for less
and put up walls
We forget that we are all made for a grand purpose, a purpose specifically designed for us. We are God’s children, we are loved!
4 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
2 Corinth. 7:11
11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.
This passage is so sweet! Paul is sending a letter to the church in Corinth talking about how as Christians, God allows us to experience sorrow which leads us to repentance and turning from our sin.
Through this passage God taught me about earnestness! The definition of this word is: intentionally, with a purpose, giving forth effort, sincerely seeking, devoted, diligent, and wholehearted devotion! So many times as Christians I feel like we believe that living for God will be all smooth sailing, and we forget to recognize that although God is always pursuing us, we must pick up our slack on our side of the relationship and pursue Him back. I want to challenge and encourage you all to really rest in God today! Although this life is a struggle, do not give up! It’s easy to start the race, but difficult to finish! Keep running the race, God is with us each step of the way!
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).
Just like a computer, what you allow into your heart programs your thinking and words, which ultimately determines the direction of your life. Your eyes, ears, and mouth are all gateways to your heart. What you watch and listen to goes into your heart whether you realize it or not. You can guard your heart by filtering what you watch and listen to. If you don’t want to be like the people you see on TV, you shouldn’t watch that program. If you don’t want to act like the people in the songs you hear, you shouldn’t listen to them. But beyond that, you have to guard your heart against bitterness and bad attitudes.
When those negative emotions sink into your heart, they will keep you from moving forward. The Bible says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. That means your words show where your heart is. Take inventory today of what you are saying, watching, and listening to. Make sure that you are glorifying the Lord with your every action. As you guard your heart and mind, the wellspring of life within in you will flow freely, and you will live in the abundance the Lord has in store for you.
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