WORD OF THE DAY

Are you giving the love you should give

If you don’t feel like you’re getting the love you should get, then maybe you should ask yourself if you’re giving the love you should give. Too often we look only at what other people are doing for us instead of what we are doing for them.

However, the Bible instructs us to look out for the needs of one another, to look for ways to serve others, and to walk in love with each other. In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands us to love: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love is so important, because every person needs love.

People in the world are hungry for love; they’re looking for a source of real, genuine love. Proverbs 19:22 tells us that What a man desires is unfailing love. We, as Christians, have an opportunity to give that love, which the world desperately desires. So instead of wondering why you’re not getting the love you should get, decide to give the love you should give.

 



WORD OF THE DAY

THREE RULES FOR LIVING

“For the Lord gives wisdom.” Pr 2:6 NKJV To succeed in life you must do these three things:

(1) Decide what’s important. The story’s told of a family who moved to the country to get away from the city. They decided to raise cattle so they bought a ranch. One day a friend visited them and asked what they’d named it. Dad said, “I wanted to call it The Flying-W, but Mom wanted to call it The Suzy-Q. One of our sons liked The Bar-J, but our daughter preferred The Lazy-Y. So we compromised and called it The Flying-W, Suzy-Q, Bar-J, Lazy-Y Ranch.” The friend asked, “How are your cattle doing?” Dad replied, “We don’t have any. They didn’t survive the branding.” Come on—decide what’s important to you!

(2) Prioritize your time. Too many of us are like the store owner who got so busy trying to keep the place clean that he forgot to open the front door. The reason you’re in business is to serve customers and make a profit, not get distracted by secondary things. Base your life’s decisions on your priorities. And if you need help figuring out what they are, ask God: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

(3) Learn to motivate yourself. Most times, nobody else will. When tragedy struck his life, we read: “David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1Sa 30:6). You need to learn how to do that too. Jude writes: “Building up yourselves…praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude v. 20). To succeed in life you must learn to encourage yourself, pray and build yourself up.

 



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I am still Standing even when everything around me has crumbled.

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25



WORD OF THE DAY

If you don’t feel like you’re getting the love you should get, then maybe you should ask yourself if you’re giving the love you should give.

Too often we look only at what other people are doing for us instead of what we are doing for them. However, the Bible instructs us to look out for the needs of one another, to look for ways to serve others, and to walk in love with each other.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands us to love: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Love is so important, because every person needs love. People in the world are hungry for love; they’re looking for a source of real, genuine love. Proverbs 19:22 tells us that What a man desires is unfailing love.

We, as Christians, have an opportunity to give that love, which the world desperately desires. So instead of wondering why you’re not getting the love you should get, decide to give the love you should give.



Word of the Week

Be a channel for God’s blessings, not a reservoir.

 

Have you ever wondered why God may not be blessing you as much as you think he should? It could be because you’ve become a reservoir for God’s blessings, rather than a channel.

 

If you’re simply accumulating more and more rather than giving what has been given to you, then God probably won’t bless you. However, if you give away the things that God gives you, then you become a channel through which his blessings flow. He blesses you so that you can bless others.

 

That’s exactly what God promised to Abram: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). God promised to bless Abram so that he could be a blessing to others.

 

If you use what you have to bless others, then God will probably bless you with more (so that you can bless others even more). The Bible describes that principle using language of sowing and reaping: you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8).

 

Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

These verses are a direct promise from God: If you will sow abundantly with a good (cheerful) attitude, then God will bless you. Why? So that you can bless others. Being a channel for God’s blessings means passing them on to others.

 

This principle of sowing and reaping works in all areas of our life–not just money. You can bless others in ways that don’t necessarily require money.

 

Decide to sow seeds of blessing aggressively, and you’ll discover that God will provide a great abundance for you simply because you’re a channel not a reservoir.



Word of the day

Your spirit is more powerful than your flesh.

1 John 4:4 says, The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. The Holy Spirit, who lives in you if you are born again, is greater than anything in the world, including your flesh. Therefore, you do not have to be controlled by your flesh and worldly lusts.

In Luke 10:19, Jesus says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” This verse doesn’t mean that things won’t come against us, but it does mean that even when hard things come against us, God has given us the power to remain peaceful and joyful even in the midst of the difficult circumstances.

Remember that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

The power God has given us is amazing; however, many Christians never activate that power in their own lives because they don’t really believe that God will personally work in them.

Remember that Jesus said, “it shall be done for you as you have believed” (Matthew 8:13). Therefore, dare to believe that God has given you the power to do awesome things for Him–things that you can only do because your spirit is more powerful than your flesh.



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Joyful living requires giving.

Most people are selfish and self-centered, focusing only on what benefits them. Such thinking claims that the more you have, the more you accumulate, and the more attention you receive, the happier you’ll be.

Yet, most of the time, such selfishness only makes a person more depressed than ever. This is because when all you focus on is yourself, you’ll always want more, and you’ll never be satisfied with what you have. On the other hand, if you live focused on how you can bless others and serve them, then God will give you joy.
 
It is no surprise, therefore, that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
 
Likewise, in John 13:1-17 Jesus is seen washing his disciples’ feet; he sets an example by humbly giving himself to his disciples.
Then, in John 13:17, Jesus tells them, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
In other words, you will be blessed, which in the Greek has the meaning of being happy, if you give and serve others. The Bible makes it clear that joyful living requires giving.
 
 


Word of the Day

Nathaniel’s Perspective.

You are precious and of great Value despite where you came from or what you have been through. Just because someone’s perspective about you is bad does not mean you are of no value. God’s perspective is what matters. Wipe your tears and shout that you are valuable in the eyes of God. Nathaniel’s perspective about Jesus did not change who Jesus was, He was still the Son of God.

Your skin color, your credit or social status does not define you in the eyes of God.

John 1:46
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathaniael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.



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Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.

“Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.” That advice, originally given by St. Francis of Assisi, is applicable today, because how you behave tells the world what you believe. How you treat others, how you spend your money, how you maintain your house, car, and other possessions, and even how you drive all speak loudly about what you believe.

The world is hungry for something real; they’re searching for answers to life. But the world’s not reading the Bible; they’re reading Christians. And they will recognize true Christians by their fruit, not their mouth, not their bumper sticker, not their cross earrings, but their fruit–their actions (Matthew 7:20).

Clearly, how you behave tells the world what you believe. In other words, your life is a sermon.

Therefore, it is very understandable that James instructs: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like (James 1:22-24).

Faith involves more than hearing and believing; faith demands action. Therefore, the best way to preach the Gospel is to live the Gospel, because how you live boldly declares what you believe.
 


Word of the Day

Are you seeking God’s presence or His presents?

You can learn a lot about what you want simply by examining what you are praying for.

King David said, One thing I ask of the Lord … (Psalm 27:4). He had just one thing that was important to him — just one thing! Are you begging God for many things, or are you asking Him for just that one thing: … that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4)?

In that psalm, David was praying that he would dwell in God’s presence and seek Him. Notice that his prayer had nothing to do with getting more worldly things from God.

So, instead of begging God to give you more worldly things, pray that you would dwell in the house of the Lord, knowing that when you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, … all these things will be given to you as well(Matthew 6:33).

When you seek God, He promises to take care of all the things you need! Start seeking God’s presence, and He will give you His presents.

 

 




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