Monday, April 24, 2017

Living Any Ole Way

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:13‭-‬16 NIV

*Many times people believe that they can live any way they choose, and still declare that they are saved and love God. However, we both know that's not true...If you love Him, you won't continue to hurt the Father with practicing sin. Yes, I get that people make mistakes. However, don't confuse a mistake with habitual sinning. Also, we have a calling on our lives, and it's not just to pay bills and die. How you live your life effects your ability to be guided and carry out your calling​ and will of God. It also effects whether you experience all that God has for you in life. Life is but a vapor... Don't waste by hiding behind excused sin because it isn't excused by God.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Being Serious About Doing the Will of God

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

1 Peter 2:15‭-‬16 NIV

*Whatever you do, so it with God being the focus.  This will ensure that the motive is right, and it will cause those around you to be silent because there will be nothing to say about positivity. Love freely in God, but don't take your access to grace for granted. Also, don't hide behind pretending to do good in order to hide evil...What is done in secret will be revealed.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

His Guidance

for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV

*We have the mind of Christ if we let Him come in and order our steps, provide wisdom, and follow His guidance. Many times, people use their own understanding and experience to handle things or react to them. If we say we love God and believe in Him, we have access to what He thinks and His guidance to implement His thoughts in our daily actions. Let the mind of God invade your thoughts....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Godly Connections

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 NIV

*This is a primary example of why you can't let everyone in your circle. Sure, we are called to love, but not called to allow people to ruin us especially when they don't understand, hurt us, or are unequally yoked. Use wisdom when you let people in your life...Not your own wisdom, but God's wisdom. What is He trying to protect you from? If we can trust God for everything else, surely we can learn to trust Him for the right company to keep...You are called to love, but not to suffer.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Adhering to Your Calling

Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Psalm 51:6 NIV

*I love how the word emphasizes the difference between being called in the womb to faithfulness, and you have a choice to choose the wisdom of how to become and stay faithful. Our faith determines whether we fulfil our callings, if we adhere to the assignments that guide us in our callings, and whether we receive all God has for us through obedience and guidance. You have been called for a purpose, but it is up to you to seek the secret place in God and take the time to obtain wisdom.....

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pleasing God, Not Man

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10 NIV

*Everyday, we should strive to please God and let Jesus be the example of how to live. We are not put on this Earth to please people, and live by their standards. We are here to please God, and carry out the purpose He has for our lives...The rest will fall into place.

Monday, April 3, 2017

God's Money

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Timothy 6:17 NIV

*Whoever said that you can't enjoy what God gives you is lying. Be guided with your property, and put Him first, but otherwise humbly enjoy. He entrusted you with it, so don't let anyone make you feel guilty for having it.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Serving Through Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:3‭-‬8 NIV

*I love these verses because it reminds us to be humble, understand that we have to work together, and reminds us to serve and do it to our best ability through faith. We all are unique, and were put on this Earth for a purpose. That purpose correlates with someone else's in order to push the agenda of Christ. Are you walking in your purpose, or just living? Do you know your function in the body of Christ? Have you asked God to help you figure this out, and do it to the best of His ability to work through you?