We know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
A key point brought out in the
study of Romans
8:26-30 and written about in the post “Let the Spirit Work in Your Life” is
that the Spirit gives insight into how to play your part in a preferred future
and gives plans to make a difference in society.
Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and
character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been
poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. - Romans 5:3-5
Even in hard times, we can have
joy. Never get down but remember what Jesus went through on the cross. Remember
the many things people have gone through but came out stronger on the other
Hope is a major part of the
Christian life because it gives patience in time of difficulty. For regardless
of circumstance, hope keeps us looking forward to a day when there is no more pain,
no more tears, and no more fears.
This day with God, have hope in
all circumstances. As in the song There
Will Be a Day by Jeremy Camp, be liberated from bondage and set free as God’s
children. Someday there will be no more burdens because we will see Jesus face
to face. Keep holding on to the day when there is joy and peace; keep holding
on to the hope.
But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is
worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. - Philippians
Grace received because of Christ
and the Holy Spirit in you adds great value to your life. It is worth more than
anything in the world because you then start new with freedom, peace, and the
courage needed to face any challenge as you step ahead.
This day will be amazing because
with God, we can sincerely believe that each obstacle will be overcome and
enthusiastically act upon each task until completion; celebrating progress
throughout each day by praising Him.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew
What God gives is a plan for
life that is a treasure and the more you lose ourselves in this plan, the more
passion we will have.
An idea pointed out in the post “Peace and True Life” is to find treasure as
you gather positive thoughts, pictures, and sounds desired by the Spirit. These
diamonds in the rough will fuel your actions revealing to those around you that
you are a part of a group that follows Christ.
Some ideas that might help with
our attitude and thought life is to start the day with uplifting positive
music. Your thoughts will have a better chance to get in the right frame of
mind as you take on the challenges of the day. If yesterday was a rough one,
find a treasure like this song calledDiamonds by Hawk Nelson to get the
momentum going in the right direction.
Always be glad because of the Lord! I will say it again: Be glad. - Philippians
Touched upon in the post “The Law and the Fall” are two opposite laws
that Paul explains. One is the law of God that is holy, just, and good. Then
there is the opposite law that he calls the law of sin which the human race is
under because of Adam’s fall in the garden.
Every day, we get hit with so
many negatives and it is a battle to control our thought life but with Christ,
there is hope because there can be refining
in His timing. We can overcome and live a life that is pleasing to God.
Some ideas that might help with
our attitude and thought life is to start or end the day with uplifting
positive music like this one: Live Like
That by Sidewalk Prophets. This will allow your thoughts to have a better
chance to get in the right frame of mind as you start the day or retire for the
evening. Then each day, you will be ready to show the world the love God has
shown you in Christ.
Another idea for the end of each
day is to write out a sentence or two on something good that happened or why the
day was amazing. Think about what you are looking forward to tomorrow. Even
though there is an internal spiritual war inside our soul between good and
evil, we can be optimistic. With Christ by our side, the Holy Spirit will make
it possible for the law of God to be in control and there are no limits to what
can be accomplished.
A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. - Proverbs
Pointed out in the post “The Purpose for the Law”, salvation and
sanctification are not obtained by keeping a list of rules but in knowing
Christ. The law reveals right and wrong, initiating accurate thinking and
self-discipline for the purpose of obtaining the intangible qualities of
Without God’s principles and the
example given to us in Christ, we wouldn’t have much. Like this song points out
Me Without You - TobyMac, we have
all we need to become a champion for God.
Since we have a plan to direct
our steps today, let us believe that we have a better shot at getting things
done. Let us believe that things will fall in place and we will end up getting a
lot more done than we ever thought we could.
His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was
weary of holding it back, and I could not. - Jeremiah 20:9
As explained in the post “Released from the Law but Bound to Christ”, we
are free from the demands of the law because Christ has given us a new Way that
allows us to do some amazing things for God together.
Our past is wiped clean and
there is power to fulfill our purpose for the future. I tell you what – that
should get us fired up just as in this songSoul on Fire by Third Day.