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“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14 NLT “Wait” We wait at stop lights, We wait in the carpool line, We wait for our paycheck, We wait for retirement, We wait for marriage, We wait for college, We wait for a promotion, We wait for the kids, As much as we hate waiting, it is not an option. The question is…how will we wait? Will we be patient, trusting God? Or will we wait impatiently, frustratedly tapping our feet? Waiting is an important part of our faith walk with God. Throughout the Bible we read about waiting… Abraham and Sarah had to wait for Isaac, David had to wait to become King, Noah had to wait 40 days and nights for the flood to end, Mary and Martha had to wait for Jesus 4 days. When reading scripture, it seems waiting is a non negotiable part of life. To wait on God means to rest with hope & confidence that regardless of the circumstances, details or difficulties we face, God is our guaranteed assurance of defense, protection, guidance and provision. Waiting produces perseverance and patience in us. It forces us to trust God if the circumstance or situation is beyond our control. Waiting reminds us that God is in control and we are not. “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14 NLT
“For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”” Galatians 5:14 NLT How do I love my neighbor? 1- DO what you know is RIGHT, not just what feels RIGHT. Look for opportunities to help others. See a need? meet that need. Always ask the question, “how can i help?” What if you went to work tomorrow and asked “How can I be more helpful What if you went home tonight and asked your spouse, “honey, how can i help” 2- Do what is RESPONSIBLE, not just what is permissible. If you are not willing to take responsibility for the outcomes of a particular decision, DON”T DO IT Somebody has to take responsibility for your irresponsibility. 3- Do what the FEW do, not just what the MASSES do. There are only a few people who are committed to personal morality as defined by God. The masses are practicing immorality. Stop taking your moral cues from the people around you and begin taking your cues from a higher authority.
Life can bring some pretty interesting seasons. The ebb and flow of life can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Some seasons bring happiness, increase, & relational equity. Other seasons bring death, despair, pain…some seasons are just plain overwhelming. Most of the time, life happens without our permission, and time goes by faster than we are able to keep up! These are all really good reasons, in our minds, to WORRY! Are you dealing with worry today? Worrying is similar to having goals and dreams, except its the opposite. In goals and dreams, you SEE positive outcomes of your future. You play out all the possibilities in your head. You focus on it. You consider it, talk about it, and eventually your dream becomes vision. Vision becomes realized when you organize your life around it. WORRY operates the same way, except it’s negative, not positive. You see the negative outcomes and possibilities. you play out all the possibilities in your head. You focus on it. You consider it, talk about it, and eventually your worry becomes vision. That vision becomes realized when you organize your life around it. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 NLT
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Do you want to be successful? Everywhere we go we are bombarded with advertisements and information about what success looks like. The kind of success everyone is chasing usually involves more money, bigger houses, nicer cars, beautiful people. But I’m not sure that’s what success really is. Last year I was reading about a mega church pastor who lives in a $1.8M dollar house and bought his wife a new Lamborghini as an apology gift for having an emotional affair on her. She accepted the gift! As I read about it, I thought to myself, “okay okay, different world, not my venue, not gonna judge.” But then I learned HE CHEATED AGAIN this past year! And I realized, it doesn’t matter how much money, wealth, fame and “success” you have, you still won’t be fulfilled by it! Even pastors & spiritual people are lured & fooled by their desire for worldly success. But the worldly view of success is a LIE. The #verseoftheday today is Joshua 1:8 'Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and SUCCEED in all you do. ' This was written thousands of years ago. God has always been saying Read Gods word, submit to Gods word, and you will be successful. Success isn’t about acquiring & attaining assets, knowledge, or notoriety. It’s all about listening to God & doing what he says. It’s about knowing what God says to do and the doing it. That’s success.
Psalm 91:1-2 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. The opening verse tells us that those who “live.” It didn’t say, “those who lived” or “who will live,” but it clearly says, “those who live” in the shelter of the Most High. It implies an active willingness to stay within the territory of God. It means that you can’t be living in the shelter of God while enjoying the pleasures of sin. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t be living near to God one day and other days be sleeping with the spiritual enemy. You need to make the decision to choose to be with God, not just temporarily, but for good. Actively seek God’s presence. Cultivate that burning desire, urge, and passion to be with God. This is a long term, committed relationship. Question of the day: What are the major obstacles that prevent you from “dwelling” or “living” in the shelter of the most high?
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In today’s verse of the day, there are 2 things Love is & 3 things love is not. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud” 1 Corinthians 13:4 NLT Jesus’ entire ministry was characterized by love. And the greatest demonstration ever of that love was the sacrifice He made for all of us. Love IS patient - “I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience” (1 Timothy 1:16). Love IS kind - Jesus healed the ear of the high priest’s servant Malchus even while being arrested, and I can’t get over how kind he is to me personally. “Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” (Romans 2:4) Love is NOT: Jealous - Jesus never showed envy of someone in their strengths or their achievements. Boastful- Jesus never displayed excessive pride or self-satisfaction in His accomplishments, possessions, or abilities. Proud - Jesus was never guilty of an inflated sense of self, He didn’t have an odd interest in his own self-worth; nor does He possess a high or unreasonable conceit of His own excellence. “Jesus is patient and kind. Jesus is not jealous or boastful or proud” What about you? Could you insert your name into this scripture? “_____is patient and kind. ______ is not jealous or boastful or proud” 🤔
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“For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.” Jeremiah 31:25 NLT Are you weary? Unfulfilled? Your soul longs to be satisfied - and the only thing that can fulfill you is the one who made you. If you are trying to find fulfillment in the things of this world, it will fall short & it will leave you feeling an ache, unrest & dissatisfaction in the deepest part of you. A dissatisfied soul is something this world cannot fix. Only God can satisfy the hunger and longings in you. He brings joy where there is sorrow, peace where there is chaos, & calm where there is distress. He satisfies the soul.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalms 100:4-5 NIV Entering gates, walking into the courts, praising his name…This is something you would do before a King. This is how you would honor and celebrate someone who meant a lot to you. This might be how you would publicly recognize an influential celebrity or a hero. Why do we do this for the Lord? Because He is good. He has loved us and will continue to love us forever. His faithfulness has no end, it has repeated itself throughout all generations. Every generation experiences a move of God. They all look & feel different, But the common denominator is God pouring out his love on people who desperately need of a Savior This love compels us to be grateful, to celebrate, to honor him, and to worship Him.
The entire human race has a hard heart toward the things of God. Selfishness rules our land. Our primary desires are bent toward self satisfaction, sexual gratification, wealth, acceptance & fame. Especially this month, you’ll see pride, boastfulness, & an outright mockery of God. Even “Christians” are now joining the parades of people, proud & unashamed of their sin, thumbing it in Gods face. It’s not just one group or subculture that defies God, ALL of humanity has a propensity towards arrogance, disobedience, ungratefulness, and godlessness. Every person - you and me alike, was born dead in their sin and their heart is at odds with a holy God. Thankfully, the Lord in His grace, promised to give us a new heart. He promises to purify our heart and cleanse our soul. The #verseoftheday prophecies a future heart exchange - “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 NLT I need a new heart You need a new heart We all need Jesus.
The #verseoftheday today is 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Christians are encouraged to be generous in our giving because cheerful generosity is something that pleases the heart of God. Our generosity is rooted in the heart of a generous God. His grace was a "free gift" to all of us, but it was a deeply personal sacrifice of generosity on the part of God. After all, the most famous verse in the Bible says “for God so loved the world that he GAVE…” There is a principle from God that is found all throughout His Word. The principle of sowing and reaping. -Proverbs says that a generous person will prosper and whoever refreshes others will also be refreshed himself. -Job reminds us that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same. -Jesus gave us the common cliché - a man will reap what he sows” In today’s verse, Paul is discussing the wisdom of generosity, in contrast with the folly of selfishness. He says “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Essentially, he is saying you can’t outgive God. God will always resupply and bless you so that you can continue being a generous person.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34 NLT I’ve heard this verse misinterpreted to support the idea that you should never make plans. Years ago, I sent invitations for a youth ministry event I was hosting, and one married couple told me, “because we take Matthew 6:34 seriously, we never make plans to do anything and we cannot RSVP for this event“ To which I responded, “Well I take Luke 14 seriously & I throw banquets and I’ll even invite even the odd, weird people who have the lamest excuses not to attend.” 😂 Planning ahead and worrying are different things. Luke 6:34 is not an anti-planning verse, it’s about WORRY. Most of us have dealt with worry at some point in our lives. We lay in bed with that nagging concern about the future. We spend the day troubled about some rising conflict. It may be financial doubt about paying bills, or something unpredictable at work. Whatever it is, Jesus wants us to let go of our anxiety. We have to live in the moment. There are too many opportunities we could miss today by worrying about what might happen tomorrow. Br present. Enjoy today. Turn off the back burner. Disconnect from tomorrows worries
“Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.” Proverbs 13:3 NLT Did you know... A chameleons tongue is TWICE the size of its body? A blue whale’s tongue is the same weight as a pickup truck! The human tongue only weighs 30 oz... The human tongue is small but it is disproportionately powerful. There is POWER in your words. Consider the following: “I love you” “You are awesome” “Daddy loves you” “You mean the world to me” “Dang, you are so hot! Whew!” OR “I can’t stand you” “You make me sick” “I hate hearing your voice” “ you are so stupid “ The tongue is POWERFUL. � It’s not “just a phrase”, “just an opinion,” “just something i said out of emotion” Words matter. A cigarette butt can lead to a forest fire. uncontrolled comments can impact a child well into their 30s. The little things you say with your tongue can make an impact, good or bad. You must control your tongue. YOUR WORDS MATTER.
When you sit down with a friend, you are totally comfortable with him. You don’t have to prove yourself to you friends. You can just rest because you’re already accepted. You can have dinner with a friend and you do not have to hope for acceptance or love, because they’re already your friend! You can enjoy some coffee with no pressure, & talk about whatever comes up, it’s great! Friendship is awesome because you already accept one another, now your time together can be focused on growing in your relationship with each other. The #verseoftheday is Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” God is pursuing us. We don’t have to go find him, because he came to find us! God is already our friend! He’s knocking at the door. He’s already accepted you, will you accept him? All the way back into Old Testament times we have a picture of God as a shepherd who is searching for those whom he cares for, even in bad weather. Even in tough times. Even when we have turned to go the opposite direction. We are not shut out from the kingdom of heaven. God pursues, God finds, God knocks. All we have to do is open the door & invite Him in.