…How are you dealing with the mistakes that you have made?
…1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
…Most of us feel compelled to make ourselves look good, even when we have done something wrong. God is not looking for people who have honed the skill of justifying the wrong they have done, but who are willing to be honest about the mistakes they have made. God completely forgives and blesses those who admit their sin. Get real today. Tell Jesus where you’ve blown it and experience His favor in your life. After all, isn’t that the message of Christmas? Jesus came to us to save us, even when that means saving us from ourselves!
…How are you dealing with the mistakes that you have made?
…Honestly, how deep are your relationships?
…Rom 12:9 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
…Love stops being sincere when the focus is more on ourselves than on the ones we claim to love. Insincere love is selfish, and that is evil. Sincere love is unselfish, and that is good. In fact, our relationships will follow one of these two paths. The depth of our relationships will be decided by whether or not we are selfish. We should hate the evil practice of manipulating other people to use them, and we should cling to the good practice of sacrificing for other people to bless them. Jesus showed His desire to have a deep relationship with you by sacrificing for you. You can do the same today for those you love. The blessing will be yours!!
…Are you still trying to get even that person who wronged you? Really?
…1 Thess 5:15 “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
…Revenge doesn’t work. It never really corrects the injustice that was done to us nor does it truly satisfy us when we simply cause pain to the person who wronged us. There is an alternative. Forgive the one who wronged you. It doesn’t mean that you have to trust them as much as you once did, but you can be kind to them. And when you are kind to them, you put them in God’s hands. Choosing to forgive the one who has wronged you is not letting them “off the hook”. It is simply putting them on God’s hook, and His hook is much sharper than yours. Who do you need to forgive and put in God’s hands today?
…What are you doing with your pain? …Ps 119:67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.” …We all face painful situations that can shake us to our very core. The truth is that many people are drifting until they face a setback or difficulty that forces them to reevaluate what they are doing with their lives. Those of us who know Jesus are promised that good will come from trying times. The best result that can come from the difficulty that you are facing today is to use it as the inspiration to live out the purpose for which you were created. Don’t run from your challenges today, but use them to run to Jesus. Let Him turn your pain into your opportunity to live life large in His embrace.
…What are you doing with your pain?
…Ps 119:67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.”
…We all face painful situations that can shake us to our very core. The truth is that many people are drifting until they face a setback or difficulty that forces them to reevaluate what they are doing with their lives. Those of us who know Jesus are promised that good will come from trying times. The best result that can come from the difficulty that you are facing today is to use it as the inspiration to live out the purpose for which you were created. Don’t run from your challenges today, but use them to run to Jesus. Let Him turn your pain into your opportunity to live life large in His embrace.
…How important is Jesus to you?
…Phil 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
…An American follower of Jesus asked a fellow believer who lived in a country known for persecuting Christians how to pray for him. The persecuted believer responded, “Please pray that we don’t get our freedom,” “But why would you want me to pray that?” asked the American. “Because,” replied the persecuted Christian, “whatever happens to us, we do not want to become like the church in America.” “In America, you have your freedom and you just add Jesus to your life. In our country, Jesus is our life.” Let Jesus be your life today.
…Are you feeling trapped? Insecure?
…Pro 3:26 “for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.”
…We have become experts at compensating for our insecurities. Some of us choose to withdraw, while others choose to become overbearing. Life becomes a series of snares when we live reacting to our feelings of insecurity. Are you powering up or running away when you feel challenged by others or your situation? There is a better option. You can take it to Jesus. Let Him help you rise above your inadequacies, so that you are no longer living trapped by insecurity. God says to put your confidence in Him, and He will keep you from that snare. Trust Jesus to help you deal with the difficult people and challenging situations that you will face today, and YOU WILL CHOOSE TO LIVE FREE!!!
…Are you thankful “in” your situation?
…1 Thess 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
…We have all lived through situations when being thankful was the last thing we wanted to do. God does not expect us to be thankful “for” the bad things that happen to us, but He does expect us to be thankful “in” the midst of our situation…. thankful that He is greater than our challenge…that He, not our circumstance, has the final word…that we can trust Him to eventually bring good out of what we are facing. When we really trust God, we can live with a thankful heart regardless of our situation. That is God’s Will for you today and everyday. Happy Thanksgiving.
…Who should you thank for making a difference in your life?
…Phil 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
…We all have those special people who have impacted our lives at crucial times to inspire and encourage us to do and be our best. It may have been a teacher, a pastor, a coach, a parent, or a friend, but memories of that person or persons cause feelings of gratitude to well up in us. Paul felt that way toward the Philippians, and he took time to express it, so should we. Who, in your life, encouraged or challenged you when you needed it the most? Have you expressed your gratitude to them? That person may be wondering if their life really counted. Your words of gratitude could be the inspiration they need to help someone else. Take time today to write a note, send an email, or make that phone call. You’ll be glad you did… And you will bless the person who blessed you.
…Are you trapped in insignificance?
…Is 65:1…“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me….”
…With so much information and so many demands flooding our lives, we can easily find ourselves living distracted by the insignificant. If we are not careful, we can live our lives preoccupied with the mundane and unimportant. God says that He will reveal Himself to us and be found by us even when we do not ask for or seek Him. He will rescue you from that which does not matter, if you let Him. Jesus is taking the initiative to reach out to you today. He wants to lead you into the significance you were created to know. Open the eyes of your heart. Don’t miss Him.