Prov. 16:24 - Nothing is more appealing than speaking beautiful, life-giving words. For they release sweetness to our souls and inner healing to our spirits. - Have you ever noticed how you can wake up happy, full of joy, when someone can say just one word of negativity and it can change your whole demeanor? How awesome would it be if we determined to release positive, life-giving, uplifting, encouraging words everywhere we go. Just one word of hope, joy, peace, love, encouragement can change a persons whole demeanor for the good. Choose your words wisely today and release life to those around you.
Jn. 13:35 - By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you love one another, if you keep on showing love among yourselves. - What do others see when they look at your life? Do they see God's love on display? It is obvious, from this verse, that if you and I operate in the love of God others will be able to tell there is something different about us. Like a sponge that is saturated with water cannot help but release it's the liquid when squeezed, you and I should be so saturated with God's love that when squeezed by life's pressures, love comes pouring out for all the world to see.
Ps. 131:2 - "Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me ceased from fretting." - Any mother knows the difficulty of trying to wean their child either from nursing, the bottle, or a pacifier. It takes a period of time, crying, and sleepless nights before the child finally becomes content without it. So too, there may be things that we know we need to let go of but our flesh is crying out. Perhaps a wrong relationship, habit, job, entertainment, or addiction. Letting go will cause your flesh to cry out but eventually that will stop. Soon the pull towards that thing will cease and you will find sweet contentment in your soul.
Luke 22:54,55 - The religious leaders seized Jesus and led Him away, but Peter followed from a safe distance...Someone had built a fire, so Peter inched closer and sat down among them to stay warm. - Peter was a passionate, committed follower of Jesus. He had walked closely with Him for the past three years. Now, when Jesus, the One he so passionately defended was taken, he followed at a distance. He didn't want people to know who he was. He denied knowing Jesus. He even sat among the very ones who now turn against Jesus. Do you follow Jesus at a distance? Were you once passionate about your walk with God, but now you don't want people to know? Do you sit down among those in the world? Friends, it's time to re-evaluate our commitment and passion.
JM. 1:22 - "Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." - God's Word is the highest form of reality that exists. It is more real than this natural world, in fact it is the very substance that created this world. It still contains all the power needed to radically change your health, your financial needs, your deliverance from habits and addictions, your mental and emotional state, and any and everything else you have need of. God's Word never fails or looses It's power. It's up to you and I to not merely hear the Word, but to do it. We do it through believing, receiving, and then aggressively doing what it says. Get aggressive and speak the creative, life-giving, unchangeable Word of God!
Col. 3:15 - Let your heart be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One, Who called you to peace as part of His one-body. And always be thankful. - One of the fruits of the Spirit is peace, and that peace abides within the re-born spirit of every child of God. God's peace is a dependable guide in the decisions and affairs of our lives. Following peace can protect us from harm, cause us to make right decisions, and keep us calm in the midst of the storm. It is of the utmost that we do not over-ride peace and forge ahead just to have our own way. This could end up being very costly, not just financially, but emotionally, and in other areas as well. Always let peace, God's peace, be your guide.
Mark 4:3,7 - Jesus said, "Give attention to this!...Other seed of the same kind fell among thorn plants, and the thistles grew and pressed together and utterly choked and suffocated it, and it yielded no grain." - Verse 19 gives a description of what this verse is talking about - Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamor and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. Jesus is still saying, "Be warned, give attention to this, watch out that the Word you've heard and received is not suffocated by the world and it's lure."
2 Cor. 12:10 - When I am weak in human strength, then I am truly strong, able, powerful in divine strength. - I am not a fan of energy drinks. But, before working out the other day I just seemed to be dragging. My husband drinks a renewal power drink so I tried one to see if it would boost my energy. Sure enough, it gave me what I needed to have a great workout. There are times naturally and spiritually that we just are lacking in strength. The overwhelming cares of life, discouragement, challenges, and pressures endeavor to deplete us of our faith. However, there is a divine strength that dwells within each and every child of God. That same power that raised Christ from the dead abides in us. Tap into this amazing power source by prayer, praise, and time spent in His Word. You will find your strength increase both naturally and spiritually.
Prov. 13:17 - An undependable messenger causes a lot of trouble, but the trustworthy and wise messengers release healing wherever they go. - As God's children we are called to be peacemakers. We are called to release the healing power of God to those around us. We carry within us the anointing that sets the captive free, His name is Jesus. So again, I ask you, "What type of messenger are you?" Is your life focused on you? Are you unable to reach out the hand of hope to others in need? Church, we are the Body of Christ in the earth today. It is time for you and I to allow the power of God to flow through us to a lost and dying world.
Ps. 32:8,9 - I hear the Lord saying, "I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with My eyes as your guide. So don't make it difficult; don't be stubborn when I take you where you've not been before. Just come with Me!" - There is no plan like God's plan for your life. If you want true joy, peace, contentment, and success, do it God's way. Don't continue with your own plan, don't resist, just follow hard after Him and He will lead you every step of the way.