Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
As we come to the end of our #60daysofpurpose we hope you have found strength in the daily posts and have begun a great habit in your life. Being strong in God is like being strong in the body – daily discipline is the only way to increase your strength. Rather than visiting the gym for a whole day every few months, you must do a small amount each day to see progress. It is the same in our walk with God. Building strength is not possible apart from ‘in the Lord’. Being found IN HIM is the most important part. The power we see is never our own, nor generated in our own strength – it is His. Please be encouraged to be strong IN the Lord. God Bless you as you follow Him.
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
God knows our tendency to hear and see evil on the earth and be overwhelmed by it. Whether it is a small thing that crowds our mind for the day or a huge world issue, we can feel helpless and overcome. However, knowing that God lives within us gives us an incredible capacity for good. The Bible talks about using our mind to think over all the good things (things that are pure, lovely and of good report). If we are meditating on Him and His goodness we cannot possibly succumb to the overwhelming feeling – He is Lord of all. And His goodness is more than able to overcome all evil.
Take a moment today to think of all the good God is doing. He is an overcoming God.
Psalm 51:10, 15-17 NKJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
I love the prayer of David to have a new heart created within. One washed from inequity and sin to be ‘whiter than snow’
Our sacrifice of offering and giving material/natural abilities is not enough to satisfy the desire of our God. For the sacrifice of praise is not something we make of ourself, but is an act of worship to God Almighty which we were created with and enabled to do by receiving His Spirit.
This sacrifice takes a surrender of our spirit and to be humbled in our heart towards Him. Worship is quenched when pride enters our heart.
Hope you get blessed by these thoughts
Amos 3:3 Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren’t going to the same place? Or in another Bible version…
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
This verse talks about the need for a common purpose, a shared goal of two people on a journey together. As we do the journey of life with God, it’s a great reminder that to have a successful life with Him we need to continually make sure we are ‘on the same page.’
Agreeing with God is about allowing His truth and wisdom to affect every part of our life, our thinking our believing, and our actions, so that there’s a unity, a oneness, so that two can work and walk together.
The Bible tells us to let our relationship with God mould us into who we were created to be, not to be moulded by the world and its culture.
Rom 12:2 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Let’s practice agreeing with God! Letting go of the things that don’t fit into our new life with Him, and choosing to think the way His word teaches us to.
Let’s believe for transformation in our lives as we let God’s word change us from the inside out.
Pastor Jenny Fox.
Phil 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)
Many of us have read and/or heard this verse before. However, it’s not a nice suggestion from God. He is telling us the way to peace. In a world spiralling without peace, we fall into the same trap when we forget to ‘tell God what we need’. Some Christians are hesitant, saying things like ‘God doesn’t want to hear your spiritual shopping list’. Although the sentiment is nice, it’s not Biblical! God says he wants to hear from us about everything – especially the things we can’t figure out (ie. the things producing the worry!).
Bring IT ALL to God, then we can walk in His peace. The longer we hold on to our stuff, thinking we are helping God out, the less space for His peace to guard our hearts.
Stop, right now! Take just a minute to talk to God, tell Him what you need.
Then you can move on with your day, knowing God’s peace is taking care of your life.
Go in peace!
Proverbs 19:21 AMP Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand. Selah
Selah means pause and take time to consider. Many times we can have plans for our lives that we think are important or valuable. With each of these we do need to take a moment to run our plans through the filter of God’s purpose. Because only His purpose that will stand the tests of time, fire and pressure.
So, let’s take a “Selah” moment. Lord, right now we take this time to give our whole lives to You again. Whatever does not fit into Your plan, please show us that we may change and redirect our lives towards your will and purpose. Amen