“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.
Do you feel alone and nobody cares about you? Come back to the community of humanity by setting aside your use of all electronic media. You know the ones—cell phones, ipads, computers, emails, and game play stations. In today’s society I know that’s asking a lot but God would like to talk to you today and everyday for that fact. He is patiently waiting to hear from you. It is His nature to want to have a relationship with you. That’s why He made you. The Bible says He is always thinking about you and knows every intimate detail of your life and most important of all—He loves you.
Take some time today to acknowledge the one true God and His unending love for you. God became flesh in order to sacrifice Himself for your sins and to show His great desire to have an eternal relationship with you. You can access God through your cell phones, ipads, and computers. Each device has the ability to tap into an electronic version of the Bible. If you’re on your device today, but feeling alone, why not read the Bible and discover God’s love for you. You can access a bible here at Biblegateway.com. It is a wonderful resource and available to you now.
God is waiting to hear from you. Why not contact Him today? You’ll be glad you did.
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.— Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does God expect from me?” Moses gives us a summary that is simple in form and easy to remember. Here are the essentials: (1) Fear God; (2) Live in a way that pleases him; (3) Love him; (4) Serve him with all your heart and soul; and (5) Obey his commands. Too often we complicate our faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements.
Are you frustrated and burned out from trying hard to please God? Concentrate on his real requirements and find peace. Respect, follow, love, serve, and obey. When you do these things life doesn’t seem quite so difficult.
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.
The key to understanding the relationship between the Christian and the Law is knowing that the Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not to Christians. Some of the laws were to reveal to the Israelites how to obey and please God (the Ten Commandments, for example). Some of the laws were to show the Israelites how to worship God and atone for sin (the sacrificial system). Some of the laws were intended to make the Israelites distinct from other nations (the food and clothing rules). None of the Old Testament law is binding on Christians today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23–25; Ephesians 2:15).
In place of the Old Testament law, Christians are under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40).
Today is the 3 year anniversary of my dog’s death. Jake was a red lab and the most friendly dog I’ve ever known. He loved me as only a dog can love someone. Unconditionally. Words cannot express how much I miss him. Toward the end of his life, his sicknesses became very worrisome. Ultimately, he got cancer causing him great pain. We tried everything to make him comfortable and to help him eat, but, to no avail.
My wife and I prayed about what to do and the answer we received from God was to let him go so as not to suffer any more. Needless to say making the decision to put him to sleep was the most difficult and emotionally upsetting decision I’ve ever made. If any of you have had a similar experience then you know what I’m talking about. I cried for a long period of time after his death. As a man I am not ashamed to admit it. Jake was my very first dog and so there was that additional connection we had.
Today, I will remember Jake with great fondness and a little sadness. This may sound silly but I hope I get to see him again in heaven. I love you Jake.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. —John 8:34
Instead of freedom, habitual sin brings about an enslaved consciousness, and one can gain insight into its nature by comparing it to chemical addiction. Like the chronic use of drugs, habitual sin causes a hardening of the heart (Job 9:4). Just as a junkie needs more of the addictive drug more often, habitual sin lowers the barriers of our conscience to more sin. As Jesus Christ says, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14).
Our religion—our connection to God—provides us with the moral compass necessary to define both sin and the standards we need to walk worthy of our calling. This same connection also provides us with the ultimate solution for our addiction to sin—His love.
We do not live or commit sin in a vacuum. Each sin lowers our inhibition to further transgression and often causes collateral damage to those close to us and beyond. More importantly, it separates us from our Father and His love, without which we would be eternally lost. We can be assured, though, that because of our heavenly Father’s powerful love for each of us, He has provided the perfect antidote to all of our sinful habits in the life and the blood of Jesus Christ.