For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God and other people will approve you. So then, we must always aim at those things that bring peace and that help strengthen one another.
What Makes You Strong
Have you ever felt weak? I mean, like you didn’t have enough to keep going.
Felt like giving up? Overwhelmed? It’s OK, you’re among friends and family.
We won’t hurt you.
It’s hard to do, isn’t it? Talk about your weakness, that is.
We just don’t do that. We need to be strong.
The last shall be first. The weak shall be strong. God’s way. Yep. God says
His world is not like our world. His world is background. We don’t need to
be strong. We need to acknowledge that we are weak! We need to become
vulnerable in our spirit As we humbly acknowledge that we are weak – that we
are nothing without Christ.
We are nothing without Christ. And with Him, we are everything! We are
strong not because of us – but because of Jesus.
I met Jesus in a whole new way – and I feel renewed
What is God saying to me through this Word?
When have I chosen to help strengthen someone even though
it wasn’t what I wanted?
Prayer Focus: Persons who set their desires aside for Christ
When we are in an unhealthy condition either physically, emotionally or spiritually; we always look for thrills in life.
In our physical life this leads to our efforts to counterfeit the work of the Holy Spirit.
In our emotional life, this leads to obsessions and to the destruction of our morality.
In our spiritual life, if we insist on pursuing thrills, always looking for the mountaintop experience, mounting up with wings like eagles, it will lead to the destruction of our spirituality.
Having the reality of God's presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place. His presence is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually. Our issues and problems arise when we seem to forget that we have a covenant partnership in place that we can trust our God to keep.
It is when we take an honest look at ourself and put our strength of character and innocence to the test. We no longer remain under the false security of our own goodness. The Holy Spirit does not allow us to stand as imposters once we have the willingness and the courage to be honest with ourself and with our God. He uncovers our own spirit of self-vindication and justification and we become sensitive to things about ourself and others we have never even thought of before.
In the Holy Bible it is said several time that God desires obedience over sacrifice. We will never attain a spiritual life, growing in oneness with God, if all we have is an intellectual understanding of God's truths for us. It is through our obedience and acceptance of God's wisdom for us that we grow in knowledge with understanding. When we live this way, according to the truths we know, even imperfectly, we are the only bible some people will ever read.
Regardless of where we are in our journey, we each have hope. We can take the chance to be open and honest with our self and others when we really understand that God has our back. Even when we are wrong, God walks with us through the wreckage we have caused on our own. Our God is faithful and true and He is invested in the success of each and every one of us.
May we have the courage to surrender; to be who our God has created each of us to be. He is the Master Craftsman who molds and shapes us, willing to break us and put us back together again for our best to come through; all the while buffing and polishing His treasure to radiate His glory and light, chasing back the darkness for all to see His awe and wonder.