God has given us Joy, so why are so many operating as if they do not have it. One of the realities of living in this world is that there are more people who do not have a relationship with God through His Son Jesus than there are people who do. So, this explains why unbelievers do not have joy. Oftentimes when people are outnumbered there is a tendency to go with what the majority decides. What we need to remember is that when God is with us there is no weapon formed against us that can prevail over us. Jesus declared that He has given us His Joy and in Him our Joy is complete. God plus our belief creates a majority in any given situation. Be thankful today that you do not require circumstances to determine your joy, you just require connection with Jesus.
A single thread has strength but is not indestructible. When that thread is joined with other threads the potential for enduring pressure is multiplied. People often try to find an increase in strength by joining with other people so that they can have strength in numbers. The amazing thing about faith in God is that when we join ourselves to Him we become connected to a storehouse of power, wisdom, and strength that man has no way of measuring or conquering. Now that you know how to increase your strength, GO CONQUER!
When Ezekiel saw a vision of a being with four faces there was a significant thing about this that matters to all us in regards to how we approach life. This being only moved in one direction: straight ahead. Many people are unfulfilled because they are not moving toward their goals in life. They get sidetracked, stalled and even spend some time in reverse. The being Ezekiel saw was an image of God and if God only moves in one direction then we should strive to do what He does and get ourselves moving in a forward direction spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. The first step in doing this is establishing a relationship with God thru Jesus, then, we should take advantage of the resources available to us to gain more knowledge of Him. Start right now! Do not wait! Let’s get going full speedahead!!!
There is someone waiting for you. They need you to use the full capacity of your mind, body, soul and strength. They know that you can do what they need and that you can provide what they need. They know that their life will be better because you gave them the best that you had to offer. They know that God has made all of the resources you need to improve their life available and if you don’t use them they are going to suffer. You will not be able to ignore this person, nor will you be able to give the duties to meet their need to someone else because the person waiting for you is you.
A well timed word can mean the difference between success or failure. Ephesians 2:1 describes how God has made believers alive who were previously dead in sins and trespasses. Just as He did that then, He is still doing that now. In a time that darkness is trying to overtake you, He will be your light. In a time when confusion attempts to reign over you, He will be your peace. In a time when sorrow burdens you down, He will be your joy. In a time when your load seems to be more that you can bear, He will be your strength. God does this because He sent a well-timed Word into the lives of believers. A Word that lived and lives. A Word that is still able to keep you from falling. Jesus is that Word and He is still on the main line!
People come into our life and people leave from our life. We enter into people’s lives and we leave from other people’s lives. This constant coming and going has all of us, perpetually, developing relationships throughout our life. Poets talk about reasons and seasons for these relationships but it never ceases to amaze how people are looking for permanent relationships in other people. The beauty of a relationship with God is that He has promised to never leave us or turn away from us. In fact, the greatness of His promise is that He has committed to be with us through every aspect of our life. While we pursue relationships that last, we would all do well to develop one that will truly last with God through His Son, Jesus. Make today the day to pour into a permanent relationship that will help all of the other temporary ones be more meaningful and fulfilling.
Hebrews 10:19-25 in the Message version of the Bible says,”So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” We can now approach God directly and testify because of what Jesus did, therefore, we are now able to unleash to others the type of encouragement and assistance that has been given to us by being willing to get together in the Power and Glory of His Love!
“Whether you like it or not the millions are here, and here they will remain. If you do not lift them up, they will pull you down.” This quote comes from an article by W.E.B. DuBois in 1903 that reflects the responsibility of those who have overcome barriers and obstacles to show the way to others so that they can have a successful life. Jesus said,” You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me” as a way of teaching the importance of how to appreciate and prioritize the relationships in our life. By making our relationship with God our top priority we can then benefit from the promise that Jesus made when He declared that if He is lifted up, He will then be able to draw all men. Therefore, if we do not want people to pull us down then we should take every opportunity that we have to lift Jesus up to them
Day 15: FRIENDSHIPS
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”PROVERBS 27:17
Lord we thank You for our friendship. We are so grateful
to have each other to enjoy and share life with. I pray that
we never take our bond for granted. We ask that You
protect our union. We also ask that You would surround
us with others who are seeking to build Your kingdom.
We know that iron sharpens iron and we ask that You
bring friends into our lives who will challenge us to grow,
boldly speak truth into our lives, and seek Your wisdom
on our behalf. Grant us the opportunities to serve others
in this same way. We know that friendship is a gift and we
ask that You help us to nurture, cherish, and protect those
that You place in our paths.
Establish Healthy Relationships
Dear Father, Sometime we are indifferent to the world around us. Help me Lord to support others in neighborly love. Amen!!!