As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. (NLT) ( 2 Thessalonians 3:13 )
Doing good and right things can be hard and is not always easy. We must think clearly about the right reactions to have and the right actions to take. We must have courage to do good and bring light into others. If we aren’t careful we can easily tire, so be mindful. Nevertheless, challenge yourself to do one good thing for someone else today.
Your Darkest Valley
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. (NLT) ( Psalm 23:4 )
Are you nurturing a relationship with Jesus that will stay with you until the end of days? Even when you have forgotten names, dates, and familiar faces, will your faith be strong enough to still know you are a child of God? No one looks forward to that season of life with anticipation, but isn’t it comforting to know we don’t walk alone. Make a relationship with God a priority each and every day. He will provide protection and comfort.
I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. (NLT) ( Psalm 63:6 )
Do you ever have a hard time going to sleep or worse, wake up in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep? Thinking of God in these quiet times can be precious moments when little else can distract you. It can even lead to better rest because of the peace you receive from meditating on God.
Know The Truth
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really teaching the truth. (NLT) ( Acts 17:11 )
It’s very important we stay tuned into God’s word. Otherwise, how will we know if we are receiving the truth according to Christ’s teaching? Couldn’t we easily be misguided if we are not well versed with the truth? God has blessed us with an important tool, the Bible. Let’s use it correctly to steer ourselves in the right direction as well as to determine if others are teaching us correctly. Are you familiar with the Bible to determine if others are teaching according to what it says?
Chance To Grow
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (NLT) ( James 1:3 )
Yes, we do endure trials that will test our faith. Yes, we may fail and not behave as honorably as we would like, but use it as a learning experience. The next time you find yourself getting swept away in drama, bitterness, and anger, step away. Regain your composure and consult God to provide you with the attitude and words that will allow you to respond in a loving manner and produce an endurance of faith.
Holy Spirit Do Thy Will
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. (NLT) ( Ephesians 5:18 )
What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? It’s allowing yourself to be led by God and being filled with His love and grace. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit you express love to others which is uncharacteristic to you. A time will come today when you are angered or frustrated, but instead of reacting, allow yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit and respond with love and grace.
Willing And Able
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (NLT) ( 1 Corinthians 3:16 )
People often ask how do you get up at 3:40 AM going to the gym? When you stand to preach the Word of God, you must be spiritually and physically prepared, and
Its important to take care of your body. When the body of Christ needs your help we should be ready, willing, and ABLE. If we are too tired, unhealthy, or weak we will miss being a part of the movement of our community and local church. There are times when it’s important for us to step up and help friends move homes or cook meals after surgeries. While nurturing your health may not directly minister to others, it does allow you to be ready to lend a hand to someone in need which reveals the character of Christ.