Col. 2:3 For our spiritual wealth is IN HIM, like hidden treasures waiting to be discovered- heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge. - Who doesn’t want to accumulate wealth? Isn’t that why we, as human beings, chase the almighty dollar? We focus our attention, drive, and education all towards getting and having wealth. Oh, but there are treasures hidden in Jesus that will not only unlock spiritual wealth, but natural riches as well. Solomon asked God for wisdom and he was the wealthiest man of his day.
Ex. 12:13... When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you... The blood of Jesus guarantees our deliverance, protection, and freedom. We apply the blood by faith. Faith in the blood requires believing, speaking, and acting on the Word of God. There’s power in the blood!
Ps. 103:14 You know all about us, inside and out. You are mindful that we're made from dust. - Sometimes we have the thought that God is a million miles away. We struggle in our day to day life, and somehow He is too busy, too big and too far away from us to really see what we are going through. He is the one that formed us and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows all our frustrations and difficulties. He is touched with our human frailties and He cares about everything that concerns us.
Phil. 4:6 Don't be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. - Life can pull on us from every direction. The enemy will make sure to start little fires all around us to distract and draw our focus away from God and His promises. His goal is to keep us running from one thing to another, as we try to put out each fire. Daily saturating our lives in prayer, and the Word, will act as a smother agent to put out those fires. Give it to God, thank Him for taking care of each situation, and rest in Him.
Heb. 10:19 And now we are brothers and sisters in God's family because of the blood of Jesus, and He welcomes us to come right into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm - boldly and with no hesitation. - The doors to the very throne room of the Most High God are opened wide. The welcome mat is placed, and you and I are bid to enter in. We're family! Our Elder Brother, Jesus, has made a way for us to come into the presence of God. Through His shed blood, we now can come boldly, make our requests known, and fellowship around the throne with our Heavenly Daddy and He's a good, good Father.
Rm. 8:28 So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God's perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are His lovers who have been called to fulfill His designed purpose. - Did you ever feel like you just don't belong? Maybe you feel unwanted, awkward, lonely and as if you are always out on the fringe looking in. God declares that He has woven every detail of your life into His perfect plan for you. There is a specific place for you and He says you fit perfectly.
Eph. 5:4 Guard your speech. Forsake obscenities and worthless insults; these are nonsensical words that bring disgrace and are unnecessary. Instead, let worship fill your heart and spill out in your words. - When you were younger and you said something your momma didn't like, she may have said, "You'd better watch your mouth!" She was right! We need to watch what's coming out of our mouth. It has become the norm to use fowl, crude, insulting and dishonoring language. People feel free to curse our President, one another, and our God. Let's watch our mouths! Let our speech be full of kindness, honor, encouragement, and worship to our King.
Eph. 4:29 And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them. - The Bible tells us that with our mouth we can either bless or curse people. We can use our mouth to spread truth and build others up, or we can use our mouth to accuse and tear others down. Let's go out of our way today, to use our words as "beautiful gifts of encouragement" to those we come in contact with.
Rm. 12:14Speak blessing, not cursing, over those who reject and persecute you. The Amplified says, "Bless those who persecute you (who cause you harm or hardship); bless and do not curse them. - We've all experienced painful times in our lives. Times where others, even the ones we love the most, have said or done something that cuts us to the core. The very thing that will relieve our pain, is the thing that is most difficult to do. Who really feels like blessing someone who has just hurt us? But, the Bible tells us to do it. Within that power of the blessing, is the healing ointment we need to relieve our pain.
Rm. 12:10Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another. -As Believers, you're part of my family. If "Christians" would go out of their way to treat each other with love, respect and honor, what a difference that would make in the eyes of the world. If we would devote ourselves to see just how much we can do to help, encourage, look after, be there for and go the "extra mile" for our brothers and sisters in the Lord, WOW! Wouldn't that be amazing! The Bible clearly tell us not to "bite and devour" one another with our words. Let's try to "outdo" one another in the love of God!