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.

Dealing With The Stony Parts That Are Still In Us

I Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We have all learned many things through trial and suffering over the years, but it has not been all pain and agony. At various times, we have abounded with joy, contentment, peace, and growth as well, and we should thank God who has engineered and authored these blessings. However, beyond honestly identifying how far we have come, we also need to recognize and acknowledge the stony parts that are still in us, repenting before God with our whole hearts.

Solomon writes in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” The heart, the mind, is the storehouse of our character. We must spend time in meditation and in prayer asking for insight from God to reveal to us exactly who we are inside where normally only God can see. We must implore Him for understanding about who we really are right now in His eyes. We need this information to understand properly our relationship with Him.

Remember, God may be a consuming fire to His enemies (Hebrews 12:29), but to His own children, He is a boundless provider and loving Father (Ephesians 3:14-21). He is quick to forgive if we freely confess our sins to Him (I John 1:9).

Three Steps To Having An Enjoyable Weekend

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.

Do You Trust God To Do What He Promises To Do?

God wants us to make right decisions, which means choices that align with His will. He has promised to give us instruction and direction so we’ll know how to proceed (Psalm 32:8).

Although we all want quick answers from the Lord, Scripture tells us to pray tirelessly, without giving up. Persisting in prayer positions us to be drawn closer to God, where we are better prepared to hear from Him.

Trusting in God’s promises will lift us above our doubts into a place of quiet rest. We may not have an answer yet, but in waiting on Him with hopeful expectation, we’ll experience His “peace which surpasses all comprehension” (Phil. 4:7).

Scripture urges us to let Christ’s peace rule in our heart (Col. 3:15). Doing so will help us find our way past confusion and receive His clear direction without doubting. Discovering God’s will is worth every effort we make and any time spent waiting.

Is The Lord Your Rock, Your Fortress, Your Deliverer? Read About His Protection Plan Here.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.—Psalm 18:2

Who do you turn to for protection in your time of need? Most would answer they turn to the police, medical professionals or other service providers. Who do you turn to when you need protection from the enemy, Satan?

Our Lord has provided us the most powerful weapon in the world to help us in our time of need. His Word can release stress from your life and protect you in the shadow of His wings. God has given us His word to help us in our daily lives. Why not take advantage of this great opportunity to open your bible today and read what God has to say to you.

David, the great king of Israel, found protection and peace in the Lord, and in His word. There is no detail about daily living that is left out of God’s Word. Your life’s direction, protection and peace lay within it’s powerful pages.

Do You Have Peace Without The Desire for More?

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.— Philippians 4:12-13 NLT

What are you drawn to when you feel down and empty inside? Is it the desire for more or better possessions or is it something else? Will things really fill that empty place in your life or is there something better?

The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities, and your source of power. When you become a Christian God gives you the Holy Spirit to lead you through life. He provides the best wisdom on the right choices to make.

No matter what you have, be it a little or a lot, you will always have enough through God’s provision. And, the best part is you will have peace without wanting more.