Luke 17:4 No matter how many times in one day your brother sins against you and says, "I'm sorry; I am changing; forgive me," you need to forgive him each and every time. - You've heard the statement, "Enough is enough!" Apparently, Jesus has not. Our perfection is a work in progress. We all miss it. Sadly, many times in the same area. When a brother or sister in the Lord comes to us with genuine repentance, asking for forgiveness, you and I are commanded to forgive. We are to look at it as the first time they've missed it, not keeping a record of each offense. We are to give grace and forgive others as we would want to be forgiven.
Prov. 25:26 When a lover of God gives in and compromises with wickedness, it can be compared to contaminating a stream with sewage or polluting a fountain. - We live in a world of compromise. Christians are letting go of the values and truth of God's Word in order to fit in, get the promotion, be excepted, or not be labeled as a fanatic,intolerant, hater. Persecution of Believers and those who stand for truth is becoming more evident as the Lord's return draws closer. Will you compromise? Will you back off of what you believe? These are hard questions we must ask ourselves now because when faced with a difficult situation and pressure to cave in, we must already have settled in our heart, "NO COMPROMISE HERE!
Prov. 25:23 - As the north wind brings a storm, saying things you shouldn't brings a storm to any relationship. - Yikes! Sometimes we wonder why it seems that we always have strife and upset in our relationships. Could it be that we promote these "storms" with the words of our own mouth? Harsh, cutting, words that bite and devour one another, pierce deeply into our soul. They produce wounds that hurt and can take a lifetime to heal. Have you been creating "storms" in your relationships with the words of your own mouth? It's time to calm the "storm" by keeping our mouth shut. Declare, "Lord set a watch over my mouth. Let me only say words of truth and edification."
2 Thess. 3:16 Now, may the Lord Himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you His peace in every circumstance and in every possible way. The Lord's tangible presence be with you all. - Do you have a lot going on? Are you in need of peace? Not just a quick fix, but real lasting peace? Then get in His presence. In His presence you'll find guidance, power, the answers to your personal situations, and peace, real, lasting peace. This kind of peace only comes when you are willing to shut out the world, get quiet before Him, and worship Him.
Col. 3:13Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. - How different is the worlds definition of tolerance. They scream, yell, and even demonstrate for tolerance, but it is filled with hatred and intolerance of anything and anyone who does not believe the same as they do. Jesus teaches, in the same way you want to be forgiven and treated by Him, you forgive and treat others.
Col. 2:10 And our own completeness is now found in Him. We are completely filled with God as Christ's fullness overflows within us...Often we as Christians look at the actions of our non-born again, physical, carnal flesh, and it's wrong actions, failures, and faults as being who we are. Through the dictates of our flesh we struggle to live a life of faith. Stop looking to your flesh! The real you is the part of you who is alive unto Christ. Your born again spirit is complete in Him. In Him, the real you, has what it takes to succeed, overcome, and live a triumphant life. Your earth suit, (flesh) will always want to do what's wrong, but the real you (spirit) can walk in victory and completeness because you are born of God.
Jer. 1:11,12 -Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it. - What do you see for your life? Do you see things changing for the better? Seeing ourselves through the Word of God, seeing who and what He says we are and can do, gives God the ability to watch over and perform His will for our lives. He has nothing to work with if what we see doesn't line up with His Word.
Philemon 1:6 "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing WHICH IS IN YOU in Christ Jesus." - Why are we always quick to acknowledge the bad things about us? All the things we don't like? The enemy will constantly highlight our imperfections, failures, and our humanity. He wants us to see ourselves purely after our flesh. God wants us to see ourselves from the perspective that He sees us. He looks at all the GOOD THINGS He's put on the inside of us. The way that we overcome the negative things we don't like about ourselves is by believing and acknowledging what already is in us. That's the real you!
Col. 3:17Let every activity of your lives and every word that comes from your lips be drenched with the beauty of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. And bring your constant praise to God the Father because of what Christ has done for you. - How many of us can honestly say that all of our activities, all of our words are drenched with beauty the beauty of Jesus. Sadly, probably not many. Does your family, spouse, friends, co-workers see the beauty of Christ in you? Food for thought!
Eph. 6:11 - Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the WILES of the devil. - Wiles are cunningness, lies, craftiness. The Amplified Bible says, strategies and deceits. All of these words together simply show us that the only way the enemy has any power is through deception. Jesus stripped him of any power of his own and he cannot force us to do anything. You and I must first believe his lies and then surrender to his deception in order for him to have any power over us. Don't believe the lies!