This verse is so easy to quote and yet so hard to actually do sometimes. We can say it to others to try and encourage them but how quickly we forget it when our own time of “waiting” actually comes. I’ve recently been struggling with waiting for a new/better job opportunity. I’ve been on my current job for almost 3 years, with little room for growth or increase in pay. I’ve actually been given more responsibility disguised as a “better opportunity” only to still have the same title and pay at the end of the day…..oh and not to mention stricter guidelines and a reduction in my bonus….yeah I’m smh too. After being promised a new role within a year of starting this job, the fulfillment of that promise keeps getting pushed further and further away. I’m sure many of you can identify with this scenario. However, in the midst of complaining, talking about management, and wishing I could just quit most days, God has been vigorously reminding me through His Word how horrible my attitude has been while I wait for Him to answer my prayers: Read the rest of this entry »
I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that we live in a world today where the Bible is depicted as being outdated, fictional, irrelevant, and not valuable. And the sad part is, that those of us who profess to be Christians are adapting that line of thinking and most without even realizing it.
We waver in our core belief of the fact that the Bible is the very Word of God and are instead adopting the non-Christian view that it’s a book of fiction written by mere men. And because we don’t fully trust in it, we stop reading it which leads to lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 clearly says that “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. Looking at the world around us, it is evident as Christians compromise their beliefs, standards, morals, faith, and lifestyles.
There is a common saying these days: “it’s not that serious”. But I’m here to tell you, this is VERY SERIOUS! Any Christian who willingly lacks knowledge of Scripture/deliberately chooses not to read/learn it, is set on a path of destruction – destruction of mind, which ultimately leads to destruction of body.
Little do we realize, that Satan preys on this “lack of knowledge” more than anything else.
I Peter 5:8 – “Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.” (TLB)
Because the one true mirror is the Word of God, I have to remember becoming more like Him is my one and only goal in this life. I just need compete to be better than I used to be and strive to keep growing. When we compare ourselves to others we will always find someone “not on our level” and then tend to think we are ok because we aren’t “as bad as them”. We may even compare ourselves to someone who actually is a great role model whom we should aspire to be like. However, at the end of the day, the one and only true standard of perfection is Christ, and until we look into the mirror of His Word and see how much room for improvement we truly have in this life, we’ll never be aspiring toward the right things. Let’s keep reading and growing each day! Not measuring ourselves against each other but only against ourselves in our quest to become more like Christ.
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Life may genuinely suck for you right now or at least it sure seems that way. But I’m learning that even on the worst of days to just be grateful for God’s presence in my life. Not for the material things, the job, money, car, or significant other. Now don’t get me wrong, those things are good too and we should be thankful for what we have. But most importantly I’m grateful for God and the fact that because of His presence in my life and the relationship I have with Him, that I can go through some serious crap in this life, but still be more than okay because of Him. When we shift or change our focus and begin to just give Him praise, spend time in prayer and thank Him continually no matter what is going on around us, do you know how much our lives will begin to change for the better? I’m not saying all the bad stuff, heartache, frustrations, and pain will vanish. But your attitude in the midst of life’s toughest circumstances and situations will begin to shift dramatically. Instead of stress, worry, doubt, anger, and bitterness, you’ll start to see things that used to raise your tension levels, become less and less of a “problem” for you. People’s harsh words and actions towards you, the car breaking down, getting sick, or your kids stressing you out, will no longer be “the end of the world”. After all if you look at the end of the verses referenced above, you’ll see that being joyful always, praying continually and giving thanks in all circumstances is God’s will for us. And just think, we are always searching for “God’s will” for our lives. Well this is one of several verses that tells us for sure what part of His will for us truly is. Just try it….everyday, even if for a few minutes, take time to just give Him praise, talk to Him, and name several things you are thankful for. I could complain and be stressed all day long about the fact that I had to deplete my savings for $1000 on unexpected truck repairs this week, or I could give thanks to God that I had the $1000 saved up in the first place to take care of this emergency!
Stop wishing bad things on your enemy!
Proverbs 24:17-18: “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.”
Sooooo I guess I need to stop envisioning him falling down the stairs, getting hit by a car, or viciously attacked in an alley? Can I even smile…..just a little bit? I have to admit, this verse definitely slapped me in the face – hard! Because not only was I waiting for my enemy(ies) to fall, I’ve been praying for it, dreaming about making it happen and everything. Smh, talk about an attitude adjustment. This is just one example of how God is convicting me as a person. And here you all thought I was going to address “bigger” issues that society shines lights on like alcoholism, abuse, pornography, adultery, etc. Nope, I’m talking about dealing with issues within me, that only the Bible addresses. Those things that go on in our hearts/minds that no one knows about except God. Those inner sins, demons, habits, attitudes and behaviors that I need to work on to become a better me.