"Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises." Romans 4:18-21 NLT
Have you ever been where you felt that there was no hope? Maybe you're there now - where the impossible is the only thing that can put things back together again. Well, guess what? God specializes in the impossible - God keeps His promises; here is a promise to walk in today: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”” Joshua 1:9 NLT
Even when there is no reason for hope - keep hoping.
"God is able to do whatever He promises."
"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:34, 35 NLT
"I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning." 2 John 1:5, 6 NLT
We are created for relationship. Relationship with God the father and relationship with one another; a relationship of love. Love for God and love for others.
"But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more."
1 Thessalonians 4:9, 10 NLT
Look at the people that God has brought into your life. Are you loving them as God has loved you? If not, ask God to give you the desire and power to do so. Then try and look at them through the eyes of Christ.
Find a way to express that love to them today.
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High." Psalms 92:1 NLT
"We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds." Psalms 75:1 NLT
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalms 100:4 NLT
"Praise the Lord ! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever."
Psalms 106:1 NLT
Taking on an attitude of gratitude is more than an annual event called Thanksgiving. It's a lifestyle...a choice. Recognizing everyday that there is a reason to give thanks to the Lord.
Start today by pausing for a moment to reflect on those things for which you are truly thankful. Then say it out loud - "Thank You, Lord."
"For He is good."
"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him." (Philippians 2:13 NLT)
"Carefully determine what pleases the Lord." (Ephesians 5:10 NLT)
Words - "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Psalms 19:14 NLT)
Thoughts - "May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord." (Psalms 104:34 NLT)
Actions - "The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices." (Proverbs 21:3 NLT)
Attitude - "For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too." (Romans 14:17, 18 NLT)
Set in your heart to please the Lord in your words, thoughts, actions and attitude.
Let God do His work in you today.
“Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” Psalms 27:14
How are you at waiting? We live in a world today where we are used to getting what we want right away. Waiting isn't easy. It sometimes can be a test of faith.
Is there something you are waiting for the Lord to do? Perhaps, you are waiting for God to act on your behalf, or to answer a prayer you having been praying for a long time. Don't give up...keep the faith...God is faithful...wait patiently.
Take on the attitude of the psalmist. “I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken....Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” Psalms 62:1-2, 5 NLT
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT
Often times there are people in our lives that we learn from...people we admire...people we want to be like.
Do you have someone you are modeling your life after? Someone you look up to? Someone who has set a good example in which to follow; a role model?
In Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus he said to imitate God...to follow the example of Christ in everything we do. He reminds us that we are God's children and that part of the example that Christ set before us is an example of sacrifice...a pleasing aroma before God.
So, what can you do today that would create a sweet smell before the Lord?
“Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD. Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Israel, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.” 1 Chronicles 16:8-13 NLT
“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,”
Psalms 92:1-2 NLT
I can think of no better way to spend today.
"Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death."
Psalms 86:11-13 NLT
The desire of the psalmist to learn God's ways are pretty specific.
On another occasion the psalmist prayed: "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing." Psalms 143:10 NLT
What do You want God to teach you?
I can think of no better place to start - God's ways and God's will.
Lord, I've got a lot to learn.
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5 NLT
The Bible says that we are to intercede on behalf of others...to pray and to give thanks for them. It also makes it clear that we are to pray in this way specifically for those in authority over us. Pray for salvation, godliness and dignity for those in positions of authority, so we can all live peaceful and quiet lives. This is only possible through an understanding of the truth of reconciliation through Jesus Christ.
“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” Colossians 1:19-20 NLT
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16 NLT
As a child of God we have a responsibility to be a part of the body of Christ. Discovering what our part is can often times be challenging. Understanding our gifting is essential to plugging into the role that God has for us. Fulfilling that responsibility can at times be overwhelming and tiring. There are several things we need to keep in mind.
“Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:11 NASB
Bro. Joe Metts