Monday's Thought of the Day !!
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is
living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your
mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. – Romans 8:11 (NIV)
If the Holy Spirit lives in us we will have life, not just in
Heaven, but right now. But what does this mean? Does it mean that
the Holy Spirit is what keeps our pulse going, our hearts beating, our lungs
expanding our brain functioning?
What Paul wants us to understand is that God's Holy Spirit is
what gives us life worth living. When we have the Holy Spirit within us,
we have meaning because we are doing what we were created to do. We were
created with the purpose of connecting to God in a relationship of sacrificial
love. It's only then that we will be totally complete. Nothing else in
this world will give us true life.
So what does this mean for us? Will we be happy all the
time? For a select few it seems like it. These are the ones who've
submitted their lives so totally to God that even when they're persecuted or go
through trials they see it as a time of leaning on Christ. This doesn't
happen overnight though. It comes with surrendering more and more
daily. But with our surrendering and emptying ourselves of the world,
more room is made for God to come in.
Maybe you're not there yet and you struggle like most of us with
trials and hardships. Think about how much worse they would be if you did
not have the Holy Spirit in you because you had not let Jesus into your
heart. There would be no Rock, no Foundation to lean on. Think
about how you would grieve loved ones who've died. There would be no hope
for them after they are gone...or you either.
Jesus came to bring life and through the Holy Spirit we can
receive that life. Let us surrender more and more until we've got so much
life in us that every moment can be one of joy...even when things are difficult
for us to get through.
Thursday's Thought of the Day !!
Don't speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and
sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are
criticizing and condemning God's law. – James 4:11 (NLT)
How many times during the week will we be given the opportunity
to say something ugly about someone? How many times will somebody make us
mad and "deserve" an unkind rebuke? How many times will we want
to explode into a tirade of "colorful metaphors" when somebody messes
up our order at the drive-thru?
We are given many opportunities to give in to anger, jealousy,
envy and a whole host of other things that stem from hatred, which is what all
these can eventually lead to if not held in check. When given the
opportunity, will you give in to the temptation to speak evil against
someone? Or will you rise above the situation, relying on the strength of
God and remembering your own imperfections, to hold your tongue (or your
thoughts if that be the case)?
May God bless those who have a desire to be blessings to others
(even when they deem them undeserving).
In the love of Christ,
Wednesday's Thought of the Day !!
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to
you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be
afraid. – John 14:27 (TNIV)
There is a difference in the peace that we get from the world
and the peace we receive from Christ. The world's idea of peace is the
absence of conflict. But there will always be conflict in a sinful world.
Jesus' gift of peace is what gets us through not only the good
times, but also those times of conflict. When you have a sick child…when
you're stressed over your job…when you aren't sure how the bills will get paid,
these are times when we don't think about peace. That is, unless we seek
it from the only one who can give it without any strings attached.
When speaking of this verse of scripture in his Explanatory
Notes on the New Testament, John Wesley wrote these words.
"Lord, evermore give us this peace! How serenely may
we pass through the most turbulent scenes of life, when all is quiet and
harmonious within! Thou hast made peace through the blood of the
This is the peace of Christ…when no matter what's going on
outside, there is quiet and harmonious within. Do not let your hearts be
troubled. Do not let them be afraid.
Do you know this kind of peace today? Do you truly feel
that you'll be taken care of in a dangerous situation? Can you take the
laughter or jabs or innuendos of unbelievers when you stand up for what's right
or share Christ with them? When someone has brought you pain can you
allow yourself to be healed within from the One who created you?
May you have the peace of Christ with you today and forevermore.
Tuesday's Thought of the Day !!
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen
is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
We see many things in this world from the beauty of creation to
the ugliness that we can make of God's creation. We also see struggles;
ours and other people's.
But the fact is that none of these things will last
forever. There will come a day when our eyes will be opened to unimagined
beauty. We will experience things in a whole new way; a way that won't be
We have a choice in life of whether or not to accept this
future. When we place our hope and trust in Christ Jesus, coming into a
relationship with God, we will be fixing our eyes on what is unseen, eternal
and perfect. It's this hope that can get us through any temporary
troubles that come our way.
Be blessed with the hope of salvation today as Christ abides in
you through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Monday's Thought of the Day !!
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. – John 1:9 (NLT)
Forgiveness. It might not be something we think about on a
daily basis, but is something we need so badly. If a friend or family
member holds a legitimate grudge over us for something we've done or said, it
will affect us more than we can know. This is because it affects us
deeply in the heart. We might try to outwardly hide it or inwardly wish it
away, but it continues to hurt us. It's painful because we know what we
did was wrong. We know that we would love to take it back, but can't go
back in time. And we know that we can't control the person that we've
harmed to make them forgive us. We can apologize. We can try to
make amends. But we cannot control the situation.
We've all sinned according to Paul in Romans. None of us
has been the perfect child to God. We've been selfish and prideful.
We've struggled to obey His commands. We've placed something in our lives
before Christ. We might be guided by His love and seek to love others,
but there will simply be times when we will fail. And when we are in love
with our Savior, our Father in Heaven, the Spirit that resides in us, we pain
ourselves when we have let Him down.
That's where forgiveness comes in. No matter what we've
done or how far we've gone, God's love goes farther and reaches deeper.
We cannot out-sin God's forgiveness. He says if you love me you will obey
me. He also points out that when we fail to obey, we can repent (or
change). Part of what makes this repentance genuine is confession.
Confession shows that we know we are wrong as well as being the beginning of
our own healing. When we confess, God forgives. He begins the healing
process. He brings us back under his wings and tells us that what we've
confessed is no more.
Thursday's Thought of the Day !!
He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly
will come to ruin. – Proverbs 13:3 (NIV)
What comes out of our mouths cannot be put back in. What
we say can heal or increase goodness. But it can also ruin
relationships. Be careful of what you say and how you say it, for you
never know the lasting effects.
The same goes with notes or letters that are written. The
same goes with texts and emails. Let us not forget that every word
written or typed, once the send button is hit has gone out just as if came
straight from our mouths. For words, spoken or written, show the love in
our hearts or the hollowness of them. Which will your words show today?