Enjoy Your Weekend With Jesus

The weekend is here and no doubt, if you’re like most, you’ve been planning to do a number of enjoyable activities. Allow me to encourage you to let Jesus Christ be a part of your plans. He’s patiently waiting to be with you and love you. Here’s an idea, why not let Jesus be at the top of your list?

A Funky Day to Praise The Lord

Have you ever had a day when you woke up and it was dark, overcast, raining and cold? It’s the kind of day that you want to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep. But, we all have responsibilities, including work and praising the Lord. Wait a minute. I thought you said it was ugly outside? Yes, I did, but let me ask you a question. What does that have to do with anything? God made the day and the weather in it. And, He put breath in your lungs to see another day. So, what am I saying here?

Your perspective or outlook at the beginning of your day can be either positive or negative. It’s your choice. I am reminded of the bible verse that says, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Can you do that? Rejoice in spite of what you face in the day. Your ability to rejoice will make the difference between having a good day and one that is miserable. As a believer in Christ you know you have the power to overcome your circumstances. Even the negative ones brought on by the devil.

Take the power you have in Christ and do two things. First, put a smile on your face because you know God is in control. Second, reach out to others who are hurting and let them feel the love of Christ through you. Now, both of you will have a great day.

God’s Perspective Vs. Man’s Perspective

Isaiah 55:8-11 explains that God sometimes does things in a very round-about way, but it has a kind of boomerang effect. At times, it seems God goes in one direction, off the beaten path, but that is merely our perspective of it. We find out later—after we have grown in wisdom and understanding—that He has been following His plan all along. We are the ones who have not kept up. Habakkuk deals a great deal with perspective—man’s perspective versus God’s.

God always gets His job done. When He sends forth His word to accomplish a work, it always comes back to Him with the result He intends. It may not make much sense to us at the time, but it surely works because God is behind it. In the end, it is the best way.

Enduring Difficult Circumstances With God’s Help

Are you on the road to nowhere? Are you dealing with sin in your life or difficult circumstances that appear unchangeable? No matter what you encounter in this life you can have hope in the midst of your trials. How do you have hope—through perseverance and endurance. Your trials in life are not difficult to deal with when you have God’s help.

God’s plans for His people in this world rarely involve helping us escape from our trials completely. He doesn’t make our suffering disappear. Instead, He helps us persevere through them. He helps us grow and mature in ways we wouldn’t otherwise grow and mature apart from tough times. He helps us find joy in the unlikeliest of circumstances. It’s the kind of joy that affects not just our lives but the lives of others as well. He prospers us in ways that expand our understanding of prosperity.

God will guide you through your trials if you give Him control of your life. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, “He wants the best for you.”

What Does Your Life Say About You?

We were made to live a life that says, “Look at God!” People are to look at us and see not us but the image of our Maker. This is God’s plan. 2nd Corinthians 3:18 says, “We…are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” Because God’s promises are unbreakable we can have complete confidence He is there for us.

Has someone called you a lost cause?

Has someone called you a lost cause? A failure? Has someone dismissed you as insignificant? Don’t listen to them. Let me repeat that. “Don’t listen to them!” They don’t know what they’re talking about. You were conceived by God before you were conceived by your parents. You were loved in heaven before you were known on earth. You aren’t an accident.

When you say yes to God you are being made into God’s image. In the eyes of God you are worth dying for. Let this truth define the way you see yourself. Let this truth define the way you see other people. Every person you see was created by God to bear his image and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. This is God’s plan. This is God’s promise. And he will fulfill it!

Don’t Dwell On Your Past — God Isn’t Keeping Score

When you think back over your life are you pleased with what you remember or are you like most who have some rough patches along the way? Sometimes when I think about it, I am saddened because I wish I could have done better. But you know what, God isn’t keeping score. And, the fact is, there is nothing we can do on our own to secure our salvation and an eternal home in heaven.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, died for our sins (all the rough patches we had) so when we stand before God on judgment day our sins are erased with Jesus’ blood. The next time you begin to dwell on your past, remember His blood and its power to wipe your slate clean.

A final word of encouragement. God doesn’t remember your sins. Not one.