Jer. 29:12 Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear your voice and I will listen to you. - Have you ever felt so all alone, so desperate, longing for someone to just listen. There are times in our lives when all we need is someone to listen. We have become a society that is too busy to truly listen. Often, our attention is not fully on the person we are talking with and it leaves them feeling unimportant. There is One Who will listen when you cry to Him. He knows your voice and He wants you to come to Him and pour out your heart to Him. You will have His full attention. Call out to Him and He will meet the cry of your heart.
I Jn. 2:24 So you must be sure to keep the message burning in your hearts; that is, the message of life you heard from the beginning. If you do, you will always be living in close fellowship with the Son and with the Father. - The world view sends a very different message, one that goes contrary to the message of truth. If you are not careful its message will seep into your thinking and you will find that your mind becomes dulled to the truth of God's Word. It is up to you and I, as believers, to keep the "life-giving" message of the Word of God stirred up in our hearts. No one can do it for us, it is our responsibility. We must stir it up!
Ps. 16:5 Lord, I have chosen you alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in Your hands. We all have dreams. Dreams of being married, successful, having our own home, our own business, or perhaps being a person who makes a big impact in this world for God. Whatever that dream may be, recognize that God is the One Who placed that dream within your heart. Jer. 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for each of our lives, if He has the plan, He has the perfect timing too. Delight yourself in Him and He will bring it to pass.
Matt. 11:28 "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened, and I will give you rest,refreshing your souls..." - There are times in our lives when we all get weary and overwhelmed with the burdens of life. It might be financial issues, family matters,health issues, personal struggles or addictions. Maybe you feel condemned or unworthy and believe that somehow God could never love someone like you. Jesus, in His great love for us, is giving us His answer to solve these issues within the first three words of this verse, "COME TO ME!" You and I must take the initiative and GO to Him. Bring your worries, concerns, fears, struggles, burdens and lay them at His feet. He wouldn't tell you to come if He wasn't big enough to handle it.
Ps. 63:5 Amp. O God, You are my God; with deepest longing I will seek you; My soul, my life, my very self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and sighs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. - I love plants, but I notice if I don't water them for a time they begin to dry out. Their leaves turn yellow and drop off. Others, begin to shrivel up. This is true for you and I as children of God. He is the Water that nourishes our spirit, soul and body. Spending time in His presence, reading His Word, praising Him for Who He is and what He has done for you, will cause the well deep within you to rise with Life-giving water. Soon this Living Water will splash over into every dry area of your life.
Phil 3:10 - TPB - "And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of His resurrection working in me." Here in the state of Montana, it is not unusual to see stickers, T-shirts, hats and other items that display the outline of our state with the words "Get Lost" written across it. The meaning behind it is to discover all that our state has to offer. Come explore our vast wilderness, beautiful lakes, rivers and mountain hiking trails. In this verse, the Apostle Paul is declaring his longing to "Get Lost" in Christ. He so wanted to know Him and the wonders and depth of Who He is. Paul knew that as he got to know his Lord more and more, he would discover more about who he was in Christ.
2 Cor. 10:12 Of course, we wouldn't dare to put ourselves in the same class or compare ourselves with those who rate themselves so highly. They compare themselves to one another and make up their own standards to measure themselves by...What self-delusion! - It is never wise to compare ourselves with others. Either we will see ourselves as better than someone else, or we will be discouraged if we see ourselves less valuable than someone else. God has made you uniquely you. Stop comparing yourself to others and live from the place of striving to be like Jesus.
Ps. 111:5 "He has given food and provision to those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever and imprint it on His mind." - A covenant is an unbreakable agreement between two parties that have joined together as one to support, provide, protect and defend each other. Jesus tells us that we have a new and better covenant. As a believer, we are in covenant with Almighty God. He is forever joined to us. Whatever your need may be, you can be sure that your covenant keeping God will provide for you. Just simply ask!
Mark 2:27 Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Stress is the number one cause of most sickness, disease, medication, loss of work, and mental breakdown. Others simply burn out. God instituted the "Sabbath rest" for the benefit of man. Our bodies and our minds need down time. Most people don't even get the required amount of sleep they need to reboot their bodies, let alone have a day of complete relaxation. It used to be that Sunday was a day of rest but now its as busy as any other day. I challenge you to find a day that you can unplug from the world, rest, read, spend time with God. Let your friends and family know you won't be on social media. Find your Sabbath, God knew you would need it!
Ps. 103:5 You satisfy my every desire with good things. You've supercharged my life so that I soar again like a flying eagle in the sky. - Quote - Myles Monroe - "If you keep running into pigeons, it's because you're flying to low. You can tell where you're at in life by who you keep meeting. You're at the wrong altitude." - God has made you and I to soar like an eagle through life. Eagles are strong and they were made to soar far above. It is vital to our walk with God as to who we choose to hang with. Do your friends challenge you to go higher in God? Or, do you find that as soon as you begin to soar, they pull you back down to a lower level? I'm not saying to get rid of all your friends, but you must choose to pursue those who will take you to new levels in God. You may have to read after, listen too, or hang around those who will challenge your faith and cause you to soar to new altitudes in God.