Does the Holy Spirit Have Control of Your Life?

One day Christ will return and make everything right, and until that time believers are called to be His ambassadors of peace. But salvation doesn’t automatically change us into people of kindness and unity. At times we may be quick-tempered and impatient, struggling to live in harmony with others. What’s more, letting go of ingrained attitudes or habits can be difficult, even when clinging to such things causes hurt.

Thankfully, God knows this about us. That’s why He has sent His Holy Spirit to help us understand and apply Scripture, say no to temptation, and replace our priorities with Christ’s. Only He can produce spiritual fruit in us, which includes love, joy, and peace Gal. 5:22-23. And with His help, we become peacemakers who work to bring about reconciliation between God and others 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. When our hearts are ruled by His peace, our relationships reflect His spirit of oneness Col. 3:15

The world may hope to find peace through man-made solutions, but you and I know the only source of lasting unity is Jesus Christ. Let’s pray that believers and nonbelievers alike witness the power of God that reconciles marriages, families, and churches.

Bible Verses To Guide Your Daily Walk As Christians

All of us at one time or another need direction in our life for maintaining our relationship with Jesus, as well as getting to know Him more. I hope the following verses will aid you in your quest to know Jesus who is the light of the world and our Lord and Savior.

Avoiding sin in our race for life:
Hebrews 12:1,2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, • fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Denying yourself to follow Jesus:
Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Ridding ourselves of worldly attachments:
Luke 14:33 “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

Protection from sin:
Romans 13:12 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.

Exercising self-control in life:
1 Corinthians 9:25,27 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. • but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Not living in the past but pressing forward toward Jesus:
Philippians 3:13,14 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, • I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Remaining diligent in our quest to know the Lord:
Hosea 6:3 “So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

Are You Physically Alive But Spiritually Dead?

When Adam and Eve listened to Satan in the garden of Eden, the world was invaded by sin, and we’ve been battling it ever since. Over time, our world has become morally and spiritually contaminated.

We’re born physically alive but spiritually dead and in rebellion against the Lord (Eph. 2:1-2). Yet by trusting Jesus as our Savior, we receive a new nature and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This means believers have the power to say no to wrongdoing and yes to godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

With our new identity as children of God, we no longer share the same nature or purpose of unbelievers. Followers of Jesus are called to serve as His ambassadors, spreading knowledge of the Savior and yearning for righteousness. We exchange our own desires for His, admit when we’ve sinned, and ask for His forgiveness. But these values often make little sense to those who don’t know Christ.

Maintaining a godly focus in the world is difficult, but we can find support and encouragement from others who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior. Intimate friends and trusted advisors will help us stay pointed toward the Son.

(Article reprint courtesy of In Touch | Charles Stanley | © 2020)

How Deep Does Your Faith Go?

Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!”— Job 1:9-10

Satan attacked Job’s motives, saying that Job was blameless and had integrity only because he had no reason to turn against God. Satan wanted to prove that Job worshiped God not out of love but because God had given him so much. Satan accurately analyzed why many people trust God. They are fair-weather believers, following God only when everything is going well or for what they can get.

Adversity destroys this kind of superficial faith. But adversity strengthens “real faith” by causing believers to dig their roots deeper into God in order to withstand storms.

How deep does your faith go? Put the roots of your faith down deep into God so that you can withstand any storm you may face.

Have A Great Weekend Everybody!

Having a great weekend means something different to everyone. No matter what your choice of activity might be, remember to relax and give your body a chance to rest from your week’s labors.

The best thing you can do to ensure you have an enjoyable weekend is to praise the Lord for His love, mercy and grace. And, even more importantly, for giving you life.

Have fun and be safe!

Are You Trying To Fill A Bucket With Holes?

When something is done “in vain,” it is done without meaningfully fulfilling the intended goal—like trying to fill a bucket that has a holes in it. Whatever it may be, it is a fruitless endeavor that is done without true satisfaction. You can work hard to build a house, or stay up all night to guard a city, or get up at the crack of dawn to go to work, but if it’s done in vain it really gets you nowhere.

Doing something in vain is just about the last thing on earth you want to do, because the effort robs you of your strength and gifts by wasting them on misguided efforts.

The life we have been given by God is too short to be wasted in the vanity of vain efforts. Consult God, and you will sleep better at night because you know God is at work for you.

What Is Love?

What is love? Love is doing what is right from God’s perspective. Love is being responsible, honest, loyal, trustworthy, faithful. Love is being zealous toward God, and it is many other things as well.

In 1 Corinthians 13 also known as the “love chapter” in the bible it says what love is—Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

I think that’s why Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. The second greatest commandment is we are to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.

Let those around you see your love for God and for them.