Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it
says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man
who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and
immediately forgets what he looks like. - James 1:22-24
As pointed out in the post “Made Free In Christ”, the Holy Spirit became
available for all who believe in Christ; giving strength, guidance, and power
do something. With freedom comes the responsibility to make the right choices
and apply our faith as the Spirit councils our daily activities.
This day with God, let us look through
the prism of God’s principles. Let us listen to music that inspires, let us observe
people who live according to God’s principles, and let us seek better ways to share
with others the lessons learned.
We can come up with ideas that
can help everyone live better lives. God created us be His hands and feet. Just
like in the song Do Something by Matthew
West, let us build on what God has done yesterday and let us dream big
dreams for tomorrow.
We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will
not be discredited. - 2 Corinthians 6:3
In the post “All Obstacles Are Removed”, studied was how
some spiritual leaders tried to set up stumbling blocks that confused the
Galatians. They were more concerned about maintaining their own power over
others rather than explaining God’s love for them as demonstrated on the Cross.
A person can go from being a
nobody to a somebody when they understand God’s love for them. Jesus demonstrated
that love and this song Amazing Grace
(My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin explains the freedom we have received
by accepting Christ as Savior.
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. -
Within the post “Christ In Our Heart” were some thoughts as
Paul tells the Galatians that God would take care of them. There was no need to
be enslaved by idols because by accepting Christ as Savior, they would be set
free. This same power is available to us today.
During troubling or confusing
times, understand that you are highly favored in God’s eye. This favor changes
everything so if your thoughts are going in the wrong direction, you can regain
your edge for a great day by thinking of what good things are going your way.
This will build momentum so that
you stay on track today. Here is a song called Free by Dara Maclean to help you
remain optimistic and confident that God will step in to change everything for
the better and help you regain your edge as you step ahead today.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and
has no one to help him up! - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I can remember years ago when
the Bible study group I was a part of started a prayer chain. We prayed for
each other and the group began to grow tremendously. It was a group of
Christian singles just starting their careers. We would attend church together,
have Bible Study together, and meet for social events together.
I look back on that group now
and many friendships were formed. I’ve kept in contract with them and several
couples are now missionaries around the world.
There were even a few marriages from that group.
We can display oneness with
other believers in Christ today. Our faith in Christ gives us the freedom we
need and we have the opportunity to tap into our individual skills and talents
for His glory. As you go about your day today, remember that you are never
alone and that God has given other Christians to help us along the journey. How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin!
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more
and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet
inwardly we are being renewed day by day. - Psalm 100:4
As written in the post, “Promise is Fulfilled” explained is how the
law and the promise is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. We have ups and
downs in life. There are times where the future seems gloomy but then in a
moment, something can inspire us to keep going. It may be something you read,
it may be something you see like a sunrise or sunset, or it might be a song you
Christians believe the ultimate
reward is salvation. The law in the Old Testament is not set aside. Instead, it
is followed more clearly through the promise fulfilled in Christ. This day,
know that Christ is Holy and by accepting Christ as Savior, you have what is
needed to be perfect in God’s eye.
There is no need to get uptight
about things in life. Today, make a decision to let it go and trust that everything
will work out. The focus for today is to enjoy each moment so as we begin,
receive inspiration from this song O Praise
Him by David Crowder Band.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live
your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you
were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. - Colossians 2:6-7
We may face difficulties daily …
a family member is sick, a rough day at work, trying to balance work, home, and
school but as pointed out in the post “Promise
of the Spirit”, the Good News for us is that by accepting Christ, we are connected forever to the greatest power
ever. We are connected to the Holy Spirit so we can face these difficult
days by turning them over to God.
When we turn our difficulties
over to God, greatness begins because God is bigger than any difficulty we
face. One song that emphasizes this truth is He Is With Us by Love & The Outcome.
So my friend in Christ, set your
sights beyond what you can see. Be determined and know that Christ has paid the
price, giving you an unseen power which cannot be measured or weighed but can tell
you the right things to do for a favorable outcome.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you,
you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. - John 15:5
As noted in the post “Spirit Is Received By Those Who Have Believed
“, we are justified by faith in Christ. Each day, we can count our blessings
and turn our whole life around. Nothing is impossible if we believe that Jesus
is the Vine and we are the branches.
Be one of the branches today. As in the song Be One by Natalie Grant, be the light
in the dark, be the change, and be the hope.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ
lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20
Written about in the post “Connection to the Vine” are two ways of
thinking about salvation. Paul’s way of thinking is that faith in Christ as the
Son of God is how we are justified and not by observing the Old Testament law.
We face difficulties on a daily
basis … a family member is sick, a rough day at work, trying to balance work,
home, and school work. When we face these difficult days, accepting Christ and
being connected to the Vine is how we receive the power to make it through.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same
attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind
and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. -
The post “Through His Diverse People” has some
thoughts about Christianity and how it is like a relay race. We all help each
other out with our unique abilities for God’s purposes.
A diverse group of people has an
advantage because with one mind and one voice, they have the opportunity to
pull together with various ideas and skill sets. Each day can be amazing when
we fix problems together.