One way God has blessed me recently is by putting many people in my life who have walked the same path as me. We all have a story, and we all have wisdom in different areas. Each time we go through something, God is providing us an opportunity to learn. Unfortunately sometimes we choose to do things on our own and more times than not, we end up falling on our face.
It took something big for me to understand I couldn't do it on my own. In fact I'm still learning God looks out for me when I think I'm good making a decision. He places wise counsel in our lives to help us along, but with all the advice out there, we have to have discernment on what to listen to. Sometimes all we hear from people is to go one way except from a few select counselors and what you feel in your heart. That feeling is the Holy Spirit and He is our ultimate counselor. Make sure before you listen to human advice you take a lot of time to listen to the Holy Spirit's leading. You'll be able to make wise decisions when all the other advice starts coming in.
Trust is not an easy thing to do. By trusting someone you are letting go of the control that you (think) you have over the situation. I am so thankful that I can put my trust in God to lead me in the right direction and that his plans for my life are far greater than anything I could ever imagine. I know I needed to read this today and I hope that this helps someone else today as well! Have a wonderful Friday friends and God Bless!😊 #dailydevotional#trust#sarahyoung#happyfriday#blessed
The Greek word for patience is made up of two parts: “anger” and “long in coming.” Think of it as the ultimate anger management program—and one that can occur only with God’s help.⠀
How do you handle your anger? Do you erupt like a volcano or suppress your frustrations so that they fester? Either approach is unhealthy. The solution that God’s Spirit brings is the ability to express anger positively and appropriately, which is coupled with the willingness to allow God’s patience to work in and through us, thereby imitating His holy, long-suffering love (see Exodus 34:16; Psalm 103:8, 145:8).⠀
The Lord sent His Holy Spirit to comfort you at all times—including your times of waiting. Begin to praise God for His infinite, intricate care for you. Though for a while God may be silent, His Spirit is always with you, and an answer will come in His perfect timing. ⠀
If you are tired of trying to be patient in your own strength, admit your exhaustion to the Lord. Then allow His Spirit to fill you with His long-suffering patience. With the strength of the Lord, nothing is impossible.⠀
Prayer: God, I confess that at times I become angry when I’m in a season of waiting. I can’t overcome this on my own strength, so I ask that Your Spirit will fill me with long-suffering patience. I’m glad that nothing is too hard for You! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.⠀
“You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8).⠀
When Jesus prayed (3)
Friday April 28 “He departed to the mountain to pray.” Mk 6:46 NKJV
Let’s look at another point at which Jesus prayed: When the pressures and expectations of others threatened to derail God’s plan for His life. The Bible says: “While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching” (Mk 1:35-39 NIV). The lesson here is this: Unless you get God’s plan and stick with it, others will try to plan your life for you. Given the success Jesus enjoyed in every town He visited, many preachers would have stayed and built a church and enjoyed the accolades and rewards of their ministry. Not Jesus; He marched to the beat of a different drum. As you look back on some of your mistakes, you find decisions made in response to pressure instead of prayer. When you’re prayerless you get careless. God has a plan for your life, and a schedule. To stay in sync with both you must pray regularly. Jesus realized He had only enough time to do what His Father wanted done, and that gave Him the ability to say no to other things. You’ve been called to love people—but please God. And your confidence in prayer comes from knowing you’re operating within His will (See 1Jn 3:21-22 NIV). #MorningDevotion#DailyDevotional#WordForYouToday#Christian#Jesus#JesusChrist#TGIF
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#DailyDevotional - The Christian interferes with prejudices. He interferes with the comfortable use of lewd humor. He interferes with sinful pleasures. The Christian will not go along with the flow. He just doesn’t fit in with the carnal world.
Christian ethics sometimes even dare to interfere with the sacred cow of business. When Jesus went into the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers, they were mad as hornets! That very afternoon they entered into a conspiracy to kill Him.
Paul had his clothes torn off and was thrown into jail at Philippi for interfering with the business of some slave owners. A mob at Ephesus tried to tear him limb from limb because his Christian principles were ruining their business. They were getting rich making statues of the goddess Diana. When Paul preached against idolatry and when the people listened, the rich suddenly faced poverty. Their solution? Kill Paul!
When persecution comes, what will we do? When a world driven by lust and greed reviles us for righteousness’ sake hat will we do? Jesus recommends that we rejoice and be exceedingly glad. Don’t mope and whine. Go home, burst through the door with a smile on your face and day, “Sweetie, they’re lying about me again!
Jesus says, “Congratulations!” In being persecuted we join the distinguished company of the prophets and martyrs who went before us. We are following in their footsteps.
Persecution is living proof that we are members in good standing of the kingdom of heaven and have become a threat to Satan and his kingdom.
We're so thankful for life-giving friendships. Last week we were able to pause and rest because of kindness from our community.
This is Helen & Sam. They are two of the kindest, happiest and most generous life-giving friends you could ever hope to know.