Satisfied in Jesus

As we mature spiritually, we walk in godliness with contentment and receive a great advantage both in this world and the next (1 Timothy 6:6-7).

 

Like Paul, we learn contentment regardless of the circumstances in which we find our self – deprived and in want, or pleasant and blessed (Philippians 4:11-13).

 

Contentment drives out striving and stress and teaches us to find our satisfaction in Christ alone. It also prevents us from neglecting our walk with the Lord, or living at ease in Zion (Amos 6:1).

 

We enter God’s rest and abide there even when life threatens to overwhelm us (Hebrews 13:5). Striving causes contention and competition; however, God calls us to live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).

 

We have not seen with our human eyes, or heard with our natural ears, or imagined in our finite mind what God prepared both now and in eternity for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).

 

He promises us our daily bread and everything we need in order to survive in this world. He clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the birds of the air and loves us and provides for us just as richly.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us to look for Your hand of provision for us in our daily walk and to live in contentment. We thank You for giving us everything we need to fulfill Your will for our life (Ephesians 2:10).

 

Bring us to a place where we cease from our carnal striving and where we set our affection on things above and not here on this earth (Colossians 3:2-17). Give us the divine mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), create in us a clean heart, and renew a holy and purposeful spirit in us (Psalm 51:10).

 

Thought for the Day:

God gives us all good thing to enjoy – every good and perfect gift, which we need as we dwell with Him in contentment and thanksgiving. – Philippians 4:6

 

God Truly Cares for Us

Deep thinkers, mystics, scientists, authors and poets all try to pinpoint the origin and meaning of life, but they reject the truth of God’s Word. Then they come up with theories they cannot prove, even by their own laws.

 

Many people find fulfillment in their career, children, mate, church ministries, world travel, a new home, a sporty car, completing a “bucket list”, serving in a charity, getting involved in local politics, triumphing in a career, delving into alternative spiritual activities – which deviate from the traditional Christian world view.

 

This fulfillment may last for years, but as we age, we lose interest in these pursuits, because they do not really provide us with lasting fulfillment. Our human plans often operate on impulses, and are otherwise the results of us reasoning things out.

 

We are never quite able, however, apart from Christ, to come to understand the complete truth about life (2 Timothy 3:6-7). The wisdom and power of a nurtured life come only from the unconditional love of our crucified Christ (1 Corinthians 23-24).

 

Boasting in our own knowledge and human abilities is useless and quite humorous (1 Corinthians 4:7, 5:6). Looking above our human wisdom to Jesus, who is our only true source of wisdom and joy, is the way to bear lasting fruit in our life (John 15:11).

 

Making Jesus the center of our focus and submitting to God’s Spirit within us allows the Trinity to sanctify our carnality and nurture Christ’s divinity within us (Galatians 2:20).

 

We die to our self more each day, relinquishing our earthly pursuits in favor of spiritual maturity. Our soul – our thoughts, decisions and feelings – prospers, which allows our body and spirit to prosper as well (John 3:1:2; 1 Corinthians 15:31).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for the opportunity to share in the peace and glory of Christ in us. We face the trials of each day with hope and optimism, because we know that there is a seed for a miracle within each one (Hebrews 12:2-3). Remind us to stop relying on our human talents and to depend solely on You, finding out what You are doing in our life and joining You (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

Clearly reveal to us that trusting in our self is useless and we end up humiliated and feeling hopeless. It is only as we walk away from evil and wholeheartedly embrace Christ in us, that health returns to our body and nourishes our bones (Proverbs 3:7-8). Reveal the truth to us that as we choose Your will over our own will we grow deeper in our union with Christ abiding within us. Jesus is all we really need to succeed in this life (1 John 3:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

Thought for the Day:

In our times of trouble, we cast our cares on God, because He truly cares for us (1 Peter 5:7); He gives us His peace in exchange for our worries (Philippians 4:6, 7; 1 Peter 5:7; John 14:27); and when Satan plagues us with guilt over our past, Jesus removes condemnation for those who trust in Him (Romans 8:1);.

 

The God of Second Chances

 

 

At the end of this age – the age of the Gentiles, or the Church Age as it is also called – we will meet Jesus in the air and attend our wedding feast to our best friend, brother, co-heir, Savior and King.

 

At this time, the Jews will receive a second chance to come to Christ by faith. The 144,000 (or two sets of 144,000, depending on your Biblical interpretation) will go out into the nations of the world and share the gospel of Christ with His chosen people.

 

Many will come to faith in Christ, but many will continue to stubbornly reject Him and His cleansing work on Calvary’s cross. They will blindly follow the anti-Christ and continue to live in strong delusion.

 

God always gives us second chances and this is just one example of His mercy, patience and grace to all men of every nation, tribe and tongue. As we humbly recognize our need for a Savior, we call on Him and He answers us.

 

He shows us great and mighty things, which we never before dreamed were possible (Jeremiah 33:3). Eventually all Believers will rule and reign with Jesus for eternity (2 Timothy 2:12).

 

God’s Spirit does His sanctifying work in us and we mature slowly until we completely surrender our self and our plans for our life, and embrace God’s perfect will for us instead.

 

Once we experience the joys of living under the shadow of His wings, we will wonder why we stubbornly clung to our puny human goals and standards.

 

We will question our sanity for resisting His unconditional love for so much of our life. We readily exchange our broken life for His eternal life; and we will reap the benefits of His great love, protection and will for us, both individually and corporately as His adopted children.

 

Prayer:

Father God, when we finally submit to Your plans for our life, we will flourish under Your direction and finally walk in Your ways (Ephesians 2:10). Under Your guidance, we will change our world one person at a time.

 

Keep us ever vigilant to walk in Your Spirit each moment of the day so that we do not miss Your divine appointments for us to share Your life and Your Word with those You bring our way. Remind us that even when we fail, You give us second chances through Your mercy and grace.

 

Thought for the Day:

We may never be world famous or have this world’s goods, but we will be a child of the King and have an abundance of every good and perfect gift which comes from our Father above. – James 1:17

 

Light Dawns Like a Flood

When we find great delight in the law of the Lord, God blesses us for fearing Him and obeying His Word. Our children will be prosperous and blessed forever, because of our love for and fear of the Lord.

 

When we live in grace, compassion and righteous living, we have wealth and riches greater than what this world has to offer to us. Even in troubling times, light and freedom comes to the upright in spirit, soul and body.

 

When we are generous and lend freely, conducting our business with honesty and righteousness, light dawns for us like a flood in the face of darkness. We will never be shaken if we trust only in the Lord.

 

We live in peace and joy and do not fear bad news, because our trust is in the Lord and we are not shaken. People are astounded at our character in the face of adversity and our reputation grows.

 

We trust in God without wavering regardless of our circumstances. The most debilitating of issues drives our roots deeper in Christ as we walk in faith in His faithfulness.

 

Our heart is secure because we know that Christ in us will triumph over anyone that comes against us. We share with the poor and live with true religion, rather than vain rituals (James 1:27; 1 John 4:4).

 

Those who wish us harm will be utterly disappointed because God always blesses His righteous ones who give their heart, mind, soul and body to His service and who walk by His Spirit each moment of the day (Psalm 112: all).

 

Prayer:
Father God, You will receive all the glory for the creation, salvation and glorification of all the Saints on that glorious day when we see You face to face. All we have to give You apart from what Christ works in our life, is all of the love, praise and glory due Your name.

 

Our difficulties set the stage for Your miracles. The greater the miracle, the more impossible the solution, but with You all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). If we feel inferior or inadequate, You remind us that we are children of the King, and that You will never leave us or forsake us (Ephesians 2:6; Hebrews 13:5; Philippians 4:13).

 

Thought for the Day:

If we humble our self, God will not need to humiliate us; God gives us His wisdom when we lack understanding. – James 1:5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fearless in the Face of Adversity

Fear is one human malady that plagues everyone. Even the most macho man fears something or someone. The most independent woman has fears – even if she buried them in her subconscious mind.

 

Fortunately, Jesus died and overcame our fears for us. He gave us His Spirit to abide in us and bring to us His power love and a stable mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

 

Our Savior generously gives us wisdom when we need it, which dispels our fears (1 Corinthians 1:30; James 1:5). We slip right out of the depression, caused by Satan’s lies to our mind, when we focus on God’s love, kindness, faithfulness and compassion (Lamentations 3:21-23).

 

God gives each of us a measure of faith to fulfill His will for our life (Romans 12:3). Christ is the strength of our life (Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32), and we can accomplish His will because He dwells within us (Galatians 2:20).

 

We no longer feel that we are “not enough”, because we know that we can live up to God’s expectations of us through Christ in us (2 Corinthians 5:21). God is always in our corner, so we do not need to concern our self with people who may not approve of us or accept us as we are (Romans 8:31).

 

We shed the shroud of bondage, which Satan and the world wrap around us and we enter the liberty of the Saints of God (2 Corinthians 3:17). Refusing to accept the devil’s condemnation, we walk in the victory of Christ in us (Romans 8:1).

 

This gives us hope to face tomorrow, which we know from experience is filled with unknown catastrophes and issues. We no longer fear the future or allow anxiety to consume our soul when we cast all of our worries on Jesus, who eternally cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You calm the confusion in our life by placing in our spirit the Author of peace and the knowledge provided by His indwelling Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12, 14:33). Jesus already overcame the trials and tribulation of this life, and His presence in our life gives us Your victory in every trial (Romans 8:37; John 16:33).

 

Thank You that Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law of sin and death by giving us Your Spirit of life (Galatians 3:13-14). Remind us that we can find true contentment only through our service to You, regardless of our circumstances (Philippians 4:11). We spend our days singing praises to Your name.

 

Thought for the Day:

Life’s set-backs and roadblocks try our faith and make our dependence on God stronger than our reliance on our human strengths and wisdom, because His infinite ways are higher than our finite plans and goals.

 

Storing Up Treasures

If you want to lose weight, there is one sure way…do not work (Genesis 3:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:10). If we do not work, we do not eat, except those few staples that the government provides for the unemployed.

 

In today’s society, usually both parents work and daycare and after-school programs care for their children. They choose this lifestyle in order to succeed in their careers and to give their children the material possessions, which they always wanted and never had as children.

 

They rely on their human abilities to provide for their needs as well as their wants – rarely realizing that God is actually providing them with the will, desire, ability and health to earn a living.

 

During the Exodus wandering, God gave the Israelites small, round wafers to eat that tasted like coriander seeds and honey. These wafers sustained them and came fresh each new morning (Exodus 16:14, 31).

 

They could not save any for the next day (Palm 78:2-25); they had to trust God for His daily provision. Jesus tells us that we too can trust God for our daily provision (Matthew 6:11).

 

This does not mean that we do not work, but we may not really need to work so incessantly, while neglecting to give our spouse and children the time and attention they need from us more than “things.”

 

We often work to store up for ourselves earthly treasures that end up rusting or eaten by moths (Matthew 6:19); rather than working toward personal relationships and heavenly riches instead. Following God’s will for us is the one sure way to succeed in every area of this life.

 

Prayer:

Father God, at the end of their life, many people record through letter or verbal admission that they wished they worked less and spent more time with their family. The shock of the empty nest and their children’s pursuit of their own life and family come as a huge surprise. We yearn for a more personal relationship with our family as we had with our parents, but today’s children are too busy for their parents.

 

We attempt to cajole them or make them feel guilty for ignoring us, but this only drives them further away. Remind us to follow the leading of Your Spirit and to maintain a relationship with them that will be a blessing rather than a drain. Give us eyes to see their personal needs and how we can step in and fill the gap to give them more personal time with us and with their family.

 

Thought for the Day:

The bottom line in this life will be how we spent our time loving our family, friends, neighbors, church family and community; responding to the divine appointments that God provides for us each week to walk in His will and sharing our blessings with others as God gives us an abundance of all things.

 

The Spirit-Controlled Life

We humans believe that to stay safe, we must stay in control. However, over the years, life teaches us that control is simply an illusion. We are killing our self physically, spiritually, mentally, relationally and emotionally by attempting to maintain control over the people, places and events in our life.

 

A phlegmatic personality has more of a chance of survival, because they roll with the punches, which Satan, life and evil people throw at us. Cholerics are the worse at trying to control everything, making lists and feeling like they are always responsible.

 

Melancholics over-react to life, getting easily hurt and emotional over what happens to them. Sanguines laugh in the face of adversity and refuse to take life seriously, often shirking their responsibility.

 

The Spirit-guided personality is the only one that truly survives in the reality of this world. We realize that we are only foreigners and travelers through this life, without any real investment in it.

 

We keep our focus on King Jesus and furthering His Kingdom on the earth rather than on our own goals and agenda. We do not attempt to feather our nest to make life comfortable, or go out on a limb to create new challenges for our self, or allow life to crush us or refuse to take life seriously.

 

We simply live in tune with God’s Spirit and gain His perspective on what happens around us. Availing our self to God’s divine appointments, we find more success in our daily endeavors.

 

We see the hand of God leading us, and His heart comforting us and using us to comfort others in the same way (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). His wisdom helps us to see things from His infinite perspective rather than from our limited, finite, human way to view events and personalities.

 

Prayer:

Father God, Jesus told us that we shall indisputably have tribulation in this world (John 16:33). You promised that You would never give us more than You can handle, but You often allow crushing circumstances to occur in our life to drive us to our knees and to help us to surrender complete control over to You. When we surrender control to You, we no longer make our own plans and ask You to bless them; but we do only that which we see You doing, just like Jesus did (John 5:19).

 

Once we are broken and spilled out, we are finally empty of our human effort. Help us to plug into Your Spirit in order to find true success in all of our endeavors. That way, even when we beg You to remove a burden or trial from us, and You see the need for us to walk through it, we can trust in You rather than to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

Thought for the Day:

Feeling out of control is a terrifying place to live; yet, we are never really in control of anything in this world of shifting paradigms, governmental decisions and views, as well as technological advancements; trusting in Jesus and hiding under the shadow of His wings gives us the most safety and possibilities in this sin-cursed world.