Psalms 19: 7
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
What do you need this morning to get started? I think you need the infallible word of God. It is not only perfect but according to King David, it will revive the soul. Caffeine may wake you up but only God can revive you and sustain you for the entire day. Psalms 34: 8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Today, get a good taste of the goodness of God, it will change your life.
Everyone of us has a story to tell. I write this blog because I have my own story to tell and I always hope to inspire someone and to touch as many people as I can before my time on earth is done. When we share our stories and experiences we can strengthen each other and hopefully learn something from each other.
I am always trying to grow beyond what I am right now. So share your story here and in return I will be sure to post your story, only if you like. Leave a note saying share this.
I have written this kind of blog before but I thought I woukd revamp and reblog. I would like to get to know all of my readers, followers and I look forward to building relationships and a community of people that can encourage each other.
I have a lot of people that know who I am but they do not really know me. Just because they have heard my story, or went to church with me, just because they have acknowledged me in someway does not mean they really know me. It takes a great effort to get to know who I am. It takes a relationship of trust, communication, questions and answers, studying of what makes me who I am. It’s the same with God. You can’t just talk to God on Sunday for a few minutes and say you know him. It takes an understanding of his likes and dislikes. It takes a relationship of trust and intentional love on our part. God doesn’t expect perfection, he expects effort. He expects relationship.
Philippians 4: 13 (ERV)
“Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do.”
When people in the work force ask me how I am doing, I have the bad habit some days of saying, “It’s Monday,” which implies Monday’s are bad days. I understand Monday’s seem to be hectic at times but that gives me no reason to put a label on Monday as a bad day. Today is a new day, Monday’s is like every other day, I get out of it what I put in it. So this morning I choose to be an overcomer in Christ Jesus, I can do whatever I have to do today because Christ is the one who strengthens me. It’s not by my might, nor by my power but by God’s Spirit I can and will overcome today (Zechariah 4: 6). I do not put my trust in myself, I put my trust in Jesus Christ, He gives me the strength to overcome. If someone asks me today, “how is your day going?” I will answer, “It’s a great day because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Romans 12: 21
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
This passage from Paul requires action on our part! No longer can we be complacent, no longer can we say, “I just don’t want to get involved.” If we are soldiers of the cross then we need to act like we are soldiers of the cross. Not passive, no apprehensive but confident bold, strong. God told Joshua when he was to take over for Moses as leader, to be strong and very courageous (Joshua 1:7). So, you are the leader of your own surroundings, so I say, “Be strong and very courageous and over come evil with Good in your home, at your work, with your leisure time.” Let the Evil one know you are in the house and he needs to vacate. Today, be bold, overcome evil with good.
Romans 12: 18-19
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath…”
Do you find it difficult to live at peace with everyone? After all people get on your nerves everyday. Like the guy at the traffic light with his music blaring so loud you can’t even think, or the guy who cut you off in traffic. Perhaps the co-worker that seems to always have an attitude or the boss who continually makes unreasonable demands. It is difficult to keep the peace with people that do not seem to care about you or anyone else for that matter. You cannot control people, especially people that do not share our faith, but what you can do is go the extra mile and YOU create a peaceful environment.
You and I are told to, “turn the other cheek,” (Matthew5:39) “Bless those who persecute you.” (Romans 12: 14) and still we ask, “why do I have to make the peace? Because you are not of this world, you are of a higher calling, you represent Jesus Christ every minute of everyday, there is no day off from Christianity. You live for God to the best of your ability and leave the rest to God, He will judge the righteous and the unrighteous.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
We have a lot of Christians that are saying the opposite of this scripture. Those people are saying that not all God’s word is God breathed (given by God through inspiration) and basically when the Bible was canonized that the men who agreed on the 66 books did not pick out the right books to be in the Bible. I realize that a lot of the old testament appears to be harsh, but it is still history and history has a way of repeating itself. More-over, we see the character of God in the scriptures and we see how much He loved His people by reading the Bible. Paul tells Timothy in this passage, ALL scripture is given by God through inspiration to man and the scriptures are useful for teaching, discipline, correction and training for the righteous. so, here is my question, if we don’t believe the whole Bible which pages are we going to ignore or rip out of the Bible? I, for one, believe the whole word of God, and the full gospel.
God is always near, even if we don’t see it in the moment. I can often look back after I am out of the moment and see God was close by all along. Being chronically ill, or just facing a trying time is probably the hardest time to remember that because you are literally fighting against fleshly pain and faith. For me, I get a reminder everyday that this “chronic” illness isn’t going away. My faith in God is constantly tested and believe me it’s not easy to stay strong. It’s in these times that I have to dig deep and my faith has to outweigh my pain.