RESISTING COMPROMISE

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” (Proverbs 4:23 GNT).
Concession begins in a seemingly insignificant way. For instance, someone might want you to make a financial decision that you know in your heart is unwise. But you go along with the plan because you don’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings. You have compromised the message of the Holy Spirit, who warned you.
Small compromises lead to more serious ones. With each successive concession, our conscience is weakened. Ultimately, whenever we give way to evil—whether we let go of a doctrinal belief or simply listen to music that taints our thoughts—we always lose.
We compromise for a variety of reasons. Many do so from a fear of rejection or of being unappreciated. Some choose this route to avoid conflict. Still others may begin to doubt God’s trustworthiness or goodness; as a result, they give up on Him, compromising their basic beliefs and undermining their reason for assurance.
To be men and women who are strong enough to resist making concessions, we need to develop some essential armor. First, we must have strong convictions about the Bible and depend on it as a guide for daily living. Next, we need to have faith in God’s promise to supply all of our needs. Finally, we must find the courage to trust in Him, even when we are misunderstood, persecuted, or falsely accused. When we surrender our life to God, He replaces enslavement to compromise with security in Him.

Source: In Touch Ministries.
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Do what the Word says

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. – James 1:22, NLT

You know the scene: Your husband is busy watching TV, and you’re trying to get his attention to tell him something important. He finally turns the sound down and turns to listen to you. You talk to him, but it seems as if what you said has gone in one ear and out the other. His lights are on but no one seems to be home. And the fact that nothing happens as a result of your conversation reminds you of the wide gap between listening and doing.

Or here’s another one: You stand at the altar and pledge to your groom and he to you that you will be there for each other through sickness and health, ’til death do you part. Years later, you’re older and not quite as healthy, and your husband decides that it is time to find someone younger. He heard the words at the altar but failed to do them.

But you also know of instances where the same shoe fits, but you don’t wear it. You’ve got a little habit that irritates him. You know this because he mentions it regularly. But you can’t seem to fit into your schedule such things as noting how full the gas tank is on the car, checking the oil, or monitoring the balance in the checkbook. You listen to his arguments; they make sense, but you just don’t get around to doing.

If we read God’s Word but don’t do what it says, how deep is our faith? Do we only follow God when things are going our way? What about when times get rough? The Bible tells us to fill our minds with things that are pure (see Philippians 4:8). However, when you don’t feel loved by your husband, does that make it okay to enjoy television shows promoting extramarital sex?

It’s not always easy to follow God–he never said that it would be. But God’s Word can only make a difference in our lives if we allow it to enter our hearts and minds. I may tell my parents that I love them, but if I don’t take the time to help them, my words are fruitless. If I really love my parents, I’ll do what I can for them. More importantly, if I really believe that God loves me, then I should love others.

Take the time to evaluate your life. Does your “doing” reflect what you have heard from God’s Word? Do you love others as God tells us to? Do you really believe how much God loves you? Don’t just read God’s Word but apply it to your life.

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Persistent Prayer

‘Devote yourselves to prayer.’ – Colossians 4:2 NLT
Ever been praying for something or someone for a long time, and nothing seems to be happening? It’s tempting to give up. We become discouraged, fed up of praying for the same thing over and over again. We begin to doubt whether God’s going to answer us, and maybe if He’s listening to us at all. But the Bible says: ‘Devote yourselves to prayer.’ And devotion requires passion and persistence. We need to keep praying, keep asking and keep expecting an answer. Jesus told His disciples the story of the persistent widow to ‘show them that they should always pray and not give up’ (Luke 18:1 NIV). When this widow was asking the judge for justice against her enemy, she kept asking. She didn’t ask once and then give up. She ‘kept coming to him with the plea’ (Luke 18:3 NIV). The unjust judge eventually listened and gave her the justice she was looking for. And God is just. He doesn’t act unjustly, He doesn’t withhold things from us when we need them. He cares and He provides. We can keep coming to Him. It’s good to persistently and passionately pray for something. But if we’re not hearing anything, maybe we need to think about whether we’re praying for the right thing. What are our motives behind our prayer? Is it what God wants too? Sometimes we can get so caught up in requesting what we need and what will improve our lives, that we forget that there are so many people that need our prayers. And God tells us to ‘always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people’ (Ephesians 6:18 NIV). So let’s be persistent in our prayers, not only for ourselves but for others too.

What Now?

Is there something you’ve been praying about for a while? Commit to praying even more for it. Set a reminder on your phone to pray every hour about it today.Source: United Christian Broadcasters.
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CALLED TO MINISTRY

Colossians 4:7-18
The last chapter of Colossians contains a long list of people who served alongside Paul. What’s not highlighted in these verses is these individuals’ talents, skills, abilities, wealth, or position in society. Instead, Paul focuses their character, their service for Christ, and his love and appreciation for each one.

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Faithfulness

“He was faithful to Him who appointed Him . . . Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant . . . but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.” – Hebrews 3:2-6 NASB
Faith is central to our Christian lives, for without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:1). In fact, the book of Hebrews is filled with examples of the ways people demonstrated faith. And it instructs us to fix our eyes on Jesus, “the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
While exercising faith, we also are reminded of a related word, here translated “faithful.” This describes what it means to demonstrate faith, to put faith into action. Being faithful means keeping our commitments and promises, being trustworthy, and living a life that is consistent with our words and beliefs, and the Bible.
We can follow Jesus’ example for He was perfectly faithful. He completed His ministry and every assignment the Father gave Him. Throughout His life, He consistently sought to be in tune with the Father, being faithful to complete His work (John 5:19, 36). He was faithful in fulfilling the role of our great high priest, for He became “a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).

As Jesus was faithful, so is the Father. Indeed, “God is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9). This faithfulness is a practical foundation for our own Christian lives. We are reminded, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
Today, remember the importance of faithfulness. Seek to be faithful, not just in the big things but even things that might seem small and unimportant (Luke 16:10). Your faithfulness can have a major impact on others.

Today’s Inspiration Prayer
Father, thank You for being faithful. I truly depend on You for everything in my life. Help me to be faithful in all my actions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Source: Inspiration Ministries.
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Promises, Promises

God has given us His promises because He wants to fulfill them.  Be they promises of peace, restoration, healing, or for material supply, we must keep in mind that the Lord would not have made the promise if He did not want to do it.

Here are four thoughts to help you when it comes to experiencing the benefit of God’s promises:

1. Find a promise from the Bible that covers your need.  Faith begins here.

2. Consider the promises.
Hebrews 10:23 says, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

And Hebrews 11:11 says, By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

3. Act on the promise, fulfilling all necessary conditions.  God is not a respecter of persons, but He is a respecter of conditions.

4. Start thanking God and exercising patience.
Hebrews 10:36 says, For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

And Hebrews 6:12 says, That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

If you will do these four things, you are on your way to experiencing the fulfillment of God’s promises in your life. 

Source: Crosswalkmail
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