“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy on the other hand is like cancer in the bones.”
“Jealousy is a sentiment which is born in love but which is produced by the fear that the loved person prefers someone else.”
Jealousy has destructive power. It’s actually a disagreement with God over something we don’t have that He has chosen to give someone else. Or, in some cases, it results from fear of being replaced in a relationship or job. To overcome this attitude, we must first acknowledge that we have a conflict with God. We should confess our wrong mindset, repent, and then turn away from it.
One of the most helpful things we can do is focus on what the Lord is doing in our own life. This brings us back to the path He’s chosen for us. God has our best in mind, but it may be that we’re missing His blessings because our mind is elsewhere. The more we delight ourselves in Him, the more our desires will align with what He wants for us.
If you are looking forward to the weekend like most people, then here are three steps I think will give you an enjoyable weekend.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Don’t stress over the small stuff. It will still be there on Monday.
3. Praise the Lord for all His glory and majesty.
There you have it. An absolutely perfect formula for your weekend and all the things you have planned. Be safe while you are doing them. Blessings from me to you.
In Romans 7:14-25, Paul is not confessing that he continually practiced sin in his daily life, but that the threat of practicing it was always with him. He always had to be on guard against it to keep it from breaking out. And, at times, it did indeed break out, reminding him not only of its presence, but also its strength. There is no doubt Paul was a mature Christian. Therefore, Paul’s example serves as a reminder to us that, no matter how spiritually mature we become, human nature will still always be with us.
Thus, because we are similar to Paul, and despite the wretchedness we may feel, we have assurance, knowing we will be delivered from this peculiar situation, one that is somewhat akin to having a dual personality. Our deliverance is through Jesus Christ; there indeed is an end. However, unlike many Protestant groups that proclaim that we do not have to keep the law because all is done for us, we know that we must strive to walk even as Christ walked—and He never sinned.
If you’re like me, Monday mornings can be difficult to navigate, especially if you have a lot going on. Today, I have been making flight reservations to see my sister out west. Doing that can be mind numbing trying to figure out times, seat assignments, etc. But what does all that have to do with the power of prayer? Nothing directly but indirectly it does.
Yesterday in my Sunday School class I was scheduled to teach the lesson. However, my back went out on me causing me pain just to stand. So, I sat down to teach the lesson. When class was over one of our class members invited all other class members to come up and lay their hands on me as he did. He prayed a very powerful prayer for my healing.
I am happy to report that as of this morning I’ve not experienced any pain in my back and I am walking pain free. That’s a good thing because I certainly didn’t want to travel in pain. I think sometimes that I’ve not experienced the full benefit of prayer because I’ve had a small seed of doubt. I am not sure why but yesterday I just believed I was going to be healed and as of this writing I am still pain free.
The next time you enter into prayer with our heavenly Father, just know two things—He hears your prayers and answers your prayers. Don’t be the unstable man who is tossed about by the wind and waves with a small seed of doubt but instead have concrete faith and trust in our Lord. When you do, you will receive answers to your prayers.
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. • The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. • Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. • But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.—Romans 13:11-14
In yesterday’s post I talked about making new years resolutions and the importance of following through on them. If you thought about making some resolutions for the new year but were unable to come up with any that were important to your life, then the verse above from Romans should help you.
To help you break them down into understandable, bite size chunks, here they are from the verse above.
1. Lay aside the deeds of darkness.
2. Put on the armor of light which is God’s word.
3. Behave properly with no carousing or being drunk.
4. Do not involve yourself with sexual promiscuity and sensuality.
5. Do not behave with strife or jealousy.
6. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ by becoming a Christian.
7. Make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
I am certain that if you follow through on keeping these resolutions you will find yourself blessed beyond measure and having a peace that passes all understanding. Remember, God is there to guide you and bless you if you will let Him.
“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.” — James 5:7-8
The farmer must wait patiently for his crops to grow; he cannot hurry the process. But he does not take the summer off and hope that all goes well in the fields. There is much work to do to ensure a good harvest. In the same way, we must wait patiently for Christ’s return. We cannot make him come back any sooner. But while we wait, there is much work that we can do to advance God’s kingdom. Both the farmer and the Christian must live by faith, looking toward the future reward for their labors.
Don’t live as if Christ will never come. Work faithfully to build his kingdom—the King will come when the time is right.
Jesus said, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” It doesn’t get more practical than that! When you see sin coming—duck! When you sense temptation, go the other way. Pay attention! You know your weaknesses. You also know the situations where your weaknesses are most vulnerable. Stay out of those situations. Late hours. Movies. Internet. Social media. Whatever gives Satan a foothold in your life, stay away from it. Watch out!
And pray! Prayer invites God to walk the shadowy pathways with us. To watch ahead for falling trees and tumbling boulders; to bring up the rear, guarding our backside from the poison darts of the devil.
Watch and pray! Good advice. Let’s take it! It could be the difference between a peaceful day on the lake and a stick of dynamite blowing up in our faces!