Prov. 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. - I woke up this morning with this verse on my mind. One word stood out to me, the word "direct". In looking this word up I found many meanings, such as, to show or point out the way for, to point, extend, or project in a specified line or course, to cause to turn, move, or point undeviatingly or to follow a straight course. Many are looking for direction today. They want to know what to do with their lives. They want to know which way to go, what's next in this journey called "life". There is One Who can and will "direct" you in the way that you should go, all you have to do is STOP and listen. Acknowledge Him and give Him a chance to point out the way.
Jm. 3:18 And the harvest of righteousness, of conformity to God's will in thought and deed is the fruit of the seed sown in peace by those who work for and make peace in themselves and in others, that peace which means (concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts.) - Having peace in the midst of this ungodly world can be a challenge on so many sides. If we are going to abide in peace, we are going to have to sow seeds of peace. We do not have to let others or circumstances rob us of our peace. As we continue to sow seeds of love, joy, and peace we will reap a wonderful harvest in our own lives.
Jn. 17:4- I have glorified You on earth by faithfully doing everything You've told me to do. - You and I were created for a specific purpose. We have been given a heavenly assignment to carry out while here upon the earth. There are specifics, concerning our destinies, that God has placed on the inside of each and every human being. It's up to you and I to seek God and find out what those specifics are. There are things that come natural to you. Things that you are good at. If you don't know, ask God to show you. If you do know, step out, be bold, finish the job!
2 Thess. 3:16 - May the Master of Peace Himself give you the gift of getting along with each other at all times, in all ways. May the Master be truly among you! - One translation says, "May the Lord of peace, pour into you His peace in every circumstance and in every possible way." Jesus is our peace for every situation we may be facing. He wants to fill you up with so much peace that the challenges of life just roll off you. All hell can be breaking loose around you, but you've got peace. It's peace in the storm, peace that goes beyond what we can understand, peace that says to chaos (complete disorder and confusion) "BE STILL!" Let Him fill you, today, with peace.
2 Tim. 3:16,17 - Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God's servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you. - These verses sum up the value and importance of saturating ourselves with the Word of God. It is profitable to us in every way and without its instruction, correction, direction, encouragement, and truth, we would be lost.
Ps. 90:12 Help us to remember that our days are numbered, and help us to interpret our lives correctly... Yesterday is gone. Last week is gone, every day since your birth is gone. What's left is what is before us. Our earthly lives are for a limited time only. Don't waste another moment being angry, unforgiving, selfish, the list can go on and on. Love those that God has placed in your life. Give your life to serving God and serving others. Make the most of every moment.
Ps.19:14 Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in You sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Have you ever thought things that are negative about others? We all have. What we don't realize is that if we harbor those thoughts, they will fester. A boat that's sat in the harbor too long will grow barnacles that can weigh the boat down and require a lot of scraping and repair. It's under the surface so you don't see it. Hidden meditations and thoughts unchecked will hinder your relationship with the Lord. Is it time to do some scraping?
Ecc. 5:3 "For a dream comes with much business and painful effort."- Do you have God-given dreams and aspirations for your life? Are there things you want to accomplish or do? I think we all can say "Yes" to that. Well, friends, you're going to have to learn to fight. From the moment you begin to pursue those things God has put in your heart, the fight is on. The enemy will do everything he can to discourage you and get you to give up. It will take keeping yourself tanked up in the Word. There will be times when you think it will never come to pass, but don't quit! That's the time to lift your voice in praise and worship to the One Who will bring it to pass.
Gal 2:20 - My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives...for the Anointed One lives His life through me - WE LIVE IN UNION AS ONE! My new life is EMPOWERED by the FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD Who loves me so much that He gave Himself for me, and DISPENSES HIS LIFE INTO MINE! - I challenge you to write this scripture down, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the power of this truth, and meditate on it until it becomes real to you.
2 Peter 1:3 - Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by His divine power... The Creator of the Universe, has put within the spirit of every born again believer, everything we need for a successful life while here on earth. And, He has given us the tools to live a faithful, holy, consecrated life. Like a safety deposit box needs a key to open it, God has given us a key that unlocks all that has been deposited within us. The key is His anointed Word and the truth that the Holy Spirit reveals to our hearts as we spend time with Him.