GOD MAKES LIFE GOOD

“Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.” – Job 37:14

We live in troubled and uncertain times where basic values and integrity have been pushed aside. Sadly, many people have given up trying to promote a sense of morality and have chosen to just go with the flow.

If you are in this position, then, like Job, you should pause and consider God’s wonders.

Reflect on the wonderful deeds of God. Out of chaos and darkness, He created this beautiful earth. He loved us so much that He saved us from the bonds of sin and death. Through the life of Jesus, He gave us an example of the fullness of life.

Praise Him for all His wonderful deeds and for His indescribable grace.
Lord, You fill my heart with gladness. Thank You for Your glorious deeds I see all around me every day. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace from Each Moment.

JESUS WANTS TO BEAR YOUR BURDEN WITH YOU

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” – Matthew 11:28-30 RSV.

I don’t know what burden you’re carrying. I don’t know what’s weighing you down. But I do know the answer to your trouble.

Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 RSV).

For many years I never understood that Scripture, because I didn’t know what a yoke was. When Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you,” it sounded to me like he was going to give me something else to deal with. My burden is heavy enough already, Lord! I don’t need to take your problems on me!

Then I learned that a yoke is actually a board with two arches in it that you put over two cattle so they can pull a cart.

The value of a yoke is that it halves the load. Without a yoke, one cow’s got to pull that entire load by itself. But if you yoke up the cow with another cow, then the two animals pull the load together, and the load is half as heavy.

When Jesus says to take his yoke upon you, he’s not saying he’s going to give you his problems. Jesus doesn’t have any problems! He’s saying he’s going to share your problems. He’s going to share your load. He’s going to take your stress on himself and bear it with you.

Wow!

He uses three notable verbs in this Scripture: come, learn, and take. Jesus says, “Come to me. Team up with me. Then, learn how I do it. Take on a lighter load. This is going to reduce your stress. This is going to make it easier for you to navigate.”

When you’re yoked with Christ, you move together with him. You move in the same direction and at the same speed. And you move in the right direction and at the right speed.

Talk About It

Why is it sometimes difficult to accept help from someone who wants to share your burdens and make it easier on you?
Do you have people in your life who are willing to do that for you? How are you offering yourself to others to help reduce their stress?
Jesus already knows all about your stress. Are you ready to take on his yoke? If not, what is holding you back?

 

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SOURCE: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.

BE TRANSFORMED

“For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:9

The quality of your life depends on your attitude and the way in which you approach ad plan your life.

In God’s Word you will find numerous examples of people who had seemingly useless, unimportant lives, and yet they were transformed into inspired disciples through Jesus.

Christ specifically came that you may have life in abundance. Turn to Him and walk your life’s path in the company of the living Christ; you will discover a new self-confidence and develop abilities that can only be received from the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, I plead that You would help me to make decisions that lead to life and that bring you joy. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

Experience Christ’s Fullness

“God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things.” – Colossians 1:19-20

Jesus was not just “a good person”, He was more than good. He was the personification pf perfection.

This breathtaking truth is so overwhelming that we might even hesitate to approach the Lord. But, if He is your Saviour, there is no barrier that can separate you from Him. Because of this, life becomes filled with fullness!

Read Ephesians 3:17-18 again,”So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

How privileged we are, as God’s children, to partake in His festival of love.

Prayer: I praise and glorify You, O Loving Saviour, that, through faith, You abide in my heart. Make it a worthy abode. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

MAKE TODAY WONDERFUL

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” – Psalm 118:24

Regardless of how bad things appear, God is greater than any situation.

Every day is a unique gift to you from God. What you make of it is your responsibility. the way in which you welcome each new day will depend on your frame of mind and attitude towards life.

Fortunately, your frame of mind is not something that you have to leave in the hands of fate or coincidence. God has given you the ability to choose your frame of mind, as well as the pace of your life. Meet every day with joy and expectation, and then you can live a happy, victorious life!

Father, I experience the reality of Your presence every moment of the day. Teach me to number my days in such a way that I will become wise. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

THE FUTURE IS YOURS

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

Perhaps your past tells a story of frustration or you feel that your life is uninspired and dull, and that nothing you do is worthwhile.

But the future belongs to you; it is yours. Every day is a gift from the loving hand of God, and you can only live life to the full when you surrender to His purpose for your life.

Achieving your purpose in life depends on your relationship with Christ. If your life has a spiritual foundation, it must also have a spiritual goal. It is by acknowledging this truth and applying it in your own life that you are y=guaranteed complete deliverance, joy and fulfillment. Then you can utilize God’s precious gift of living life to the full.

Thank You that I can have everlasting life through Christ’s crucifixion. Not even death can make me fear. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

Life in Its Fullness

“That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:19

There are people who have lost interest in life and are filled with despair because of circumstances or negative dispositions.

Although setbacks, which shake the core of our very foundations, and disappointments are a part of life, we must never lose sight of Jesus. He came so that we may have abundant life. He promises to carry our burdens. All we need to do is turn to Him in faith.

Enter into an intimate relationship with the living Christ through prayer and meditation. Share your problems with Him, and you will experience profound joy and peace.

Prayer: Lord, You sprinkle Your blessings over me like soft rain. You gladden my heart. Grant me the fullness of Your Spirit. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

POSITIVE THINKING

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

The teaching of our Lord embraces positive thinking, but it teaches beyond thoughts to touch the hidden possibilities of the spirit.

When we face the reality of situations in our lives, positive thinking can help up to a point, but relationship with the living Christ can do so much more.

Positive thinking can only bring about limited solutions. Real change comes when you move past thinking, to an unshakable trust of God’s work in your life.

Positive thinking, together with solid faith in the Almighty Christ, is a creative force that enables you to live as God intended you to live – in victory and with joy
Prayer: Holy Spirit, fill my heart with courage and faith to know the good, perfect and pleasing will of God. Amen.

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SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

A HEART FOR HIS KINGDOM

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart.” — Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT

God has given you a heart for His Kingdom — not the wispy vagaries of a cloudy heaven, but the sharp reality of the world made new. This is one of the most important things you can know about yourself. Did you know this about yourself? When was the last time you told yourself, as you looked in the mirror in the morning, Good morning; you have a heart for the kingdom? This explains so much; it will be such an enormous help to you. It explains your anger and all of your addictions. It explains your cry for justice, and it also explains the growing hopelessness, resignation, cynicism, and defeat.

If you will listen with kindness and compassion to your own soul, you will hear the echoes of a hope so precious you can barely put words to it, a wild hope you can hardly bear to embrace.

God put it there.

He also breathed the corresponding promise into the earth; it is the whisper that keeps coming to you in moments of golden goodness. But of course, the secret to your unhappiness and the answer to the agony of the earth are one and the same — you are longing for the Kingdom of God.

You are aching for God’s promise of the restoration of all things.

Jesus — restore my hope this year. Renew my hope that You are going to renew all things, including my life.

 

 

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SOURCE: Culled from Restoration Year

 

GOD’S PATH TO BLESSING: STUDY HIS WORD

“Blessed is the one . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” – Psalm 1:1-3 NIV.

The Bible is more than just a book you put on your shelf. It’s a pathway to God’s blessing.
Over and over in God’s Word, we’re told that studying and applying the Bible leads to blessing.
For example, the Bible says, “Blessed is the one . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” – Psalm 1:1-3 NIV.

What does it mean to meditate? Some people think it means to put your mind in neutral and contemplate the lint on your navel as you say, “Ommmmmm.”

But that’s not what meditation is!

Meditation is seriously thinking about something. You meditate on God’s Word when you read a verse, think about what it means, and ask yourself how you could apply it to your life.
Doing this, Psalm 1:1-3 says, is like planting deep roots into the ground. It means you won’t get blown over when troubles come.

God won’t bless you if you’re not digging in and studying the Bible.

I want whatever you do to prosper. I want your life to be filled with meaning and purpose. But for God’s blessing, the Bible says you must not only read God’s Word but also study it.

I want whatever you do to prosper in the years ahead. But God makes the condition clear. If you want his blessing, you must study his Word.
James 1:25 tells us how: “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (NIV).

If you want God to bless you, commit to looking intently at the Word, continuing to examine Scripture, remembering what you’ve read, and obeying what it teaches you to do.
It’s not complicated. But it’ll change your life.

 

 

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Rick Warren.