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.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers, friends and family. May God shoot His arrow of love deep into your being. Let God be your number one valentine today.
Today is the Lord’s day. Rest, relax and praise the Lord.
In a recent rain storm that battered our area, I stood at the window looking and listening to what was happening. The thunder and lightning was intense. It reminded me of the power God has at His finger tips. He created the earth and all that is in it, so why couldn’t He control the weather?
As I watched the torrential rain, lightning, and listened to the thunder I was reminded of how small I am in relation to God. But, I am also reminded of how much God loves me and provides for me through His great power. Historically His power helped the Israelite’s overcome their enemies on more than one occasion as well as providing for their daily needs.
I strongly believe God is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer who protects me from the enemy. I hide in the shadow of His wings. With God on my side, who can be against me?
The next time you feel powerless in a situation remember that God is as close to you as a prayer reaching out to Him. He is always there for you. He never leaves you. He loves you that much!
God has given us faith to make us aware of our spiritual needs and to draw closer to Him. We are aware of our physical needs by nature, but we would never be aware of our spiritual needs unless God, by His Spirit, made us aware. It is a loving gift from Him.
God expects us to think about these needs and ask Him for them. Our very awareness of our needs is a proof that God is working with us. He is unshakable, unchangeable, and always there for us.
Let your faith increase today knowing God loves you, cares about you, and empowers you through His Holy Spirit.
Our witness does not have to bring about the conversion of others to be effective, because conversion is in God’s hands anyway. However, it still has to be right, and being right in this requires personal sacrifices.
Being right—in addition to keeping God’s commands—means being humble, modest, kindhearted, concerned, sympathetic and more. One must do all of these things, while knowing full well that there is a line of separation across which we cannot allow ourselves to wander in our relationships with those as yet uncalled.
This is quite a plateful, but these are qualities that make God’s way engaging and an attractive witness. God’s involvement in our lives should give us freedom, as well as security against our fears of living and being this way. When combined with the keeping of God’s commandments, it will produce quite a witness and go a long way toward keeping us clean—because we will be using God’s Word as He intends.
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.