Do you agree?

Praise God

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Then God gave Christ
    the highest place
and honored his name
    above all others.

So at the name of Jesus
    everyone will bow down,
those in heaven, on earth,
    and under the earth.
And to the glory
    of God the Father
everyone will openly agree,
    Jesus Christ is Lord!” – Philippians 2:9-11 CEV

Agreements come in different shapes and sizes. Today I have already agreed to meet people at certain times and places. I agreed with my husband this morning regarding a financial decision. This has been so far an agreeable day.

Watching the news, I can see that there are many who are not in agreement with circumstances. There is major disunity in some situations that are heartbreaking. Fighting, bitterness, anger and more are the result of not being in agreement.

There will be a day when everyone will be in agreement of who Jesus is. In comparing today the different beliefs about Jesus, it’s hard to imagine what it will be like when all people will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. For some, it will be too late, but they will know without doubt who Jesus is. That makes the sharing of the message very important.

Prayer: You are Lord. I have no doubt about the day when all will bow and declare your holy name. I pray for opportunities today to share that good news. Amen

Faith Tip: Agreement brings reconciliation. Be a part of the solution today.

 

What are you committing to today?

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Commit to the LORD whatever you do, 
and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3

There are commitments that we make through life that we are happy to do. We commit to a spouse when we marry, to children when they are born, to a job and more. We want the best for all of our commitments, but how do we make that happen? We could do research and see what has worked for others, or we could do what our parents did since it worked for them. Perhaps there are classes that we could take to be the best at what we want to accomplish. There seems to be a multitude of options, and figuring out which way to go is crucial.

God is the way to go. Whatever we commit to in life should first be committed to the Lord for that will give him the authority in each thing we want to do well. God will give the guidance in each scenario … he will make the plan. It is wise to follow Jesus rather than the world for he not only knows everything that will help us, but loves us so much that he wants us to succeed.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to come to you first with all of my commitments. I pray I always seek you and your kingdom first in all choices I make. Amen

Faith Tip: Commit the day to Jesus and see what he has planned for you.

Be Empowered

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For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. – Romans 7:18-19

I am an emotional eater. I know this and as my work commitments climb, so does my desire to consume. Even though these job opportunities are good, there is a pressure to accomplish them. It is not good to eat any food that is within arm’s length that I perceive offers comfort when in truth it adds to the dilemma of keeping my weight at a healthy spot. I have those moments when I consume the brownies and ice cream, the donuts, etc. and then afterwards regret the choice. I know it is not the right choice, but I find myself there time and again.

The truth is that God has given us a way out. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we can do what is right, if we choose to allow God to take over. The many choices we have each day can be good if we don’t give in to our flesh. Victorious living is ours if we choose it.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for the promise of your Holy Spirit. I pray that I allow you to take over in my life rather than my humanness. Amen

Faith Tip: Are you struggling with doing the right thing in a situation today? Find a promise of God that will give you strength and keep it in your heart and mind.

Giving It All!

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Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. – 1 John 2:15-16

Being a servant means to serve with all the gifts given to us in response to God’s love for us. God’s love is shown in so many ways, but the most prominent, of course, being the sacrificing of his Son on the cross. There was victory in that sacrifice, but it was painful.

Millions of vets today gave of themselves in our history and continue to do so. They are serving a bigger cause than themselves and that is very Christ-like. No man or woman gives more than laying down their lives for others. It is a service that those who have not experienced it can never really know the pain as well as the victory of the gift.

Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for the heart you have given so many to serve. I pray that I will not take what they have given for granted and be encouraged to give to others sacrificially. Amen

Faith Tip: What sacrifice could you give of yourself today? Pray for direction and discernment.

Beauty from Ashes

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through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And weboast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but wealso glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5:2-5

As I lay in the MRI machine yesterday, I remembered how a couple of years ago I was brought into the battle of cancer. It was a time of uncertainty as I experienced one test after another, the surgery, chemo and radiation. I now have check-ups that are finally slowing down on the schedule, including the annual MRI test.

Through the last couple of years, God has been faithful in producing in me hope. This is the kind of hope that has a strong foundation to stand on called Jesus. Jesus makes all the difference in the world in everything.

Two days ago, I spent time with a woman in the hospital going through the same surgery I had two years ago. Because of how God carried me through, I was able to encourage her that God would be there for her, too. If God didn’t do this work in me, I wouldn’t have been able to encourage her.

When you are going through a challenge, embrace all the teachings of it knowing God will use it for his kingdom purpose. God knows every detail in our life experience and will use it for good. He has the power to make beauty from ashes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the work you have done in my life. I pray that each day I recognize your teachings and apply them to my life. Amen

Faith Tip: Consider your trials today and what God may be teaching you through them.

Cleaning the files

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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 

As I go through files in my office, it’s kind of a trip down memory lane in connection with the projects I have worked on and people the Lord has brought into my life. I’m not crazy about filing, but I do love to reminisce. Unfortunately, along with the great times that have happened in the past, there have also been challenges. These we would just as soon forget. However, we can “forget” or let these experiences have less of a hold on us in forgiving the people involved. If we hold on to the anger and bitterness, we are hurting others but mostly ourselves.

When Jesus died on the cross, there was a big file of bad situations marked Sin. We were and are guilty. Jesus forgave us and suffered for us. If the Lord of the universe can do that for us, there’s no reason we can’t do that for someone else. Free yourself from the bonds of not forgiving. It’s not worth hanging onto any longer. God wants you to trust him and be free.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank you for forgiving, loving and dying for me. You didn’t have to do it. I pray that I can obey you and forgive others who have hurt me. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there someone the Lord has brought to your mind to forgive? Pray, trust and forgive.

To fix or not to fix…that is the question

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For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. – John 12:49

But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. – Psalm 106:13

For all of us with a “fix it” mentality, we have a very difficult time waiting for something to be done, don’t we? We see someone suffering in some way and we are ready to throw on our cape and rush in to rescue them. At first glance, this may seem like the right thing to do, but consider the big picture. We can’t see the whole situation, but God can. If we jump in to rectify everything, we may actually be doing more harm than good. What lessons will be missed? What character won’t be built up? What trust will be built up to depend on God?

So what do we do? We just can’t stand by and let it happen. God doesn’t want us to stand by; he wants us to be in connection with him and to listen carefully for direction. God will give direction as we ask him. Listening and obeying is the key. He may have you act right away, or he may want you to wait on him for his purpose to be played out.

Prayer: I thank you, Lord, that you have all situations in your hand. I pray that I can discern when to act and when to wait. Amen

Faith Tip: Pray for a situation you know of today to see if God wants you to act. Listen carefully.