as Christians we are called to love everyone and show kindness to whomever crosses our path but we need to be careful about those we call friends and those we choose to spend our time with. there’s a very thin line between being the light in someone’s life and them being the one to dim yours… watch out!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
have you ever been stuck in a situation or circumstance or life scenario that you don’t want anymore? you know the ones, all you want to yell is “uncle! i give up!” of course you have, that’s a silly question.
maybe the question should be: how did you cope when you were stuck? or what did you do to get unstuck? as much as we may hate where we are or what we have to do at the moment, the Bible promises He is with us, guiding us. we just need to let Him lead the way and not get stuck in what we think is going on or not. look for Him even in the ugliest of times, He is there and wants to help!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
… or is it?
i really like the verse from yesterday that we are to walk “by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) it got me thinking, does this mean we are to turn a blind eye to things around us that point us in one direction or another when up against making decisions? my answer: it depends.
hang with me here… if we are looking for signs to direct us, then yes, by all means shut that down! (see Matt 16:4) but on the other hand, if we are making choices in faith, then signs and wonders follow, it’s a whole different story. (see Mark 16:17)
we’ll always find a ‘sign’ to back up what we want if we look hard enough and are not making God a part of the process. but if we trust Him as we choose our steps with prayer and contemplation, (even if we are not stepping exactly where He wants because let’s remember, we are only human) He may choose to speak to us with signs as a confirmation of our faithfulness! for me, i tend to lean on being one who likes to see the signs. He knows that, and will choose to speak to me in that way, if i am stepping in faith first!
A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign,
And these signs will accompany those who believe: …
These Can’t Be The Only Choices
even as I write, what will most likely be an extremely controversial book, He reminds me He is always with me!! thank you Lord, for a quick glance down that brought Your continued peace!
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
some people are goal setters. they can look to the future and know exactly where they want to be and they fix their eyes on the prize until they get there. this … is not me. I live for today! this is not to say I don’t think or even press on for the future, but I’m not pressing toward any one thing but whatever it is He has for me! and ultimately, my residence in Heaven.
it’s not a secret that I live for the everyday moments. (the title of this blog gives that away) but the Bible encourages us to. God gives us enough for today and doesn’t promise tomorrow for anyone. so live today! encouraged that He gives us what we need, when we need it! and enjoy whatever this day holds (the good, the bad and the ugly)
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
do words like these ever grace your lips: “just this once” or “it’s just a little” convincing yourself it’s ok to continue in an action you know not to be the best for you? I’m not just talking the obvious here, but anything that distracts you from doing what you know is right.
as much as you can probably get away with it just this one time, that will not always be the case! the longer you walk one degree off from the direction you’re going, the further you get from your destination. you know as well as I do, the next time is just a little bit easier.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
so often I hear myself saying God is doing this or God is doing that. but the truth of the matter is, I can never quite know exactly what the Lord is doing.
sometimes we get so caught up in trying to figure it out, that we lose sight of what is right in front of us. we aren’t Him. we do not operate as He does. we do not see as He does. we do not know what He does!
God knows what He is doing. stop trying to figure it out and trust Him! He will direct, correct and reveal as He sees fit!
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Matthew 11:27 NIV
I’m thankful to live in a country where we have the freedom to think what we want, believe how we wish and speak about what’s on our heart! I’m thankful to live in a country that has a National Day of Prayer… let’s pray and believe Him for the great and miraculous today (and everyday)!!
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
pray continually, (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV)
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (Matthew 5:44 NIV)
we’ve been taught to question everything. not to take someone else’s word for it. from tabloids to internet. this holds true for religion as well. when you hear something or read of what ones view is (or isn’t)… don’t take their word for it. dig into it for yourself! faith becomes real when it becomes personal.
this Easter season, I ask you … what if it’s true?!
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NIV)
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. (Matthew 28:6 NLT)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)
… have you ever looked at your face in a magnifying mirror? wow!, they certainly do reflect it all! more than we want to see sometimes. every hair, blemish and imperfection. things we are able to turn a blind eye to because we think others can’t see. things we don’t want to deal with because typically we can’t see them or wish weren’t there. but who are we kidding? the reflection doesn’t lie.
instead of picking up the magnifying glass to view others (see 3/17/15 entry) how about taking a look at ourself in the magnifying mirror? asking God to reveal that which needs attention in our own lives.
Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 NLT)
Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again. (Psalms 51:10 NCV)