Archive for March, 2010
Our life on earth is a journey and we are just passing through, but we can enjoy it as we go on our way each day. Also, we can know where we are going, but we will have to stop and ask for directions.
Do you have your walking shoes on and your thinking cap on, okay now you are ready to call on God for your directions?
“J” stands for the Joy of the Lord is our strength that we can have whether we are traveling on the mountain top or in the valley.
“O” stands for being Obedient to God’s road map because we don’t want to get lost on our trips.
“U” stands for being Upright in all we do in our work, our play and as we serve others who may need help with their traveling plans.
“R” stands for a Reputation that reflects the characteristics of Jesus Christ, so we can show others God’s love, no matter where we are.
“N” stands for Never run your life off into the ditch of unthankfulness. We will have accidents and troubles in this life but we know the end of the story, so we will always have something to be thankful for.
“E” stands for Ears that are sensitive to God’s plan for our life. It is very important to take time to ask Him for wisdom, so we can make the best decisions concerning all our traveling plans.
“Y” stands for Year because year in and year out we want to be faithful to read God’s road map. We want to have a good trip, get to where we want to go, and hear Him say, well done good and faithful servant.
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love” (2 John 1:6 NIV).
John 3:16 is the best known, quoted, and memorized verses in all The Bible. It is the heart of the Gospel, the Good News of the Scriptures.
Below is a collection of other 3:16 verses. Let them speak to your heart.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
“I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worth to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Luke 3:16).
“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him” (Matthew 3:16).
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” (Ephesians 3:16).
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your heart to God” (Colossians 3:16).
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
Moderation means that we have self under control and we do things decently and orderly. Our personality will show kindness, mildness, meekness, gentleness and patience even when we are in a pressure cooker situation.
In other words, we have disciplined our Body, our Soul (mind, will, and emotions), and our spirit.
The Apostle Paul is an exceptional godly example of someone who disciplined himself and taught others what God was teaching him.
One of the Fruits of the Spirit, recorded in the book of Galatians is Temperance, and there is no law that will keep you from sharing this fruit with others.
The word Temperance means that an individual has learned self-control. And will not let things be the master that takes charge of what needs to be put to death or put in last place in our life.
Moderation and Temperance help Believes to bring discipline into their daily living. When we really love Jesus, it is this kind of love that drives us to obedience.
Are you clothing yourself in the Fruit of the Spirit? Doing so will bring a good harvest, which is demonstrating to others that you can have self under control. We are to let moderation be known to everyone.
Moderation and Temperance in your life is control over anything that may take you in a direction that is detrimental to having a closer and closer walk with God.
“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me strength and power”
(Philippians 4:13 LB).
We all know that troubles are a fact of life. That, it is not if, but when they will come knocking on our door. There may be times when it seems our troubles are piling up, even multiplying like rabbits.
However, scripture also tells us we will have troubles but we can look to God to give us His peace during these times.
We have to be careful to do what Jesus said for us to do, and that was that we should not borrow trouble by worrying about tomorrow. Keeping this thought in mind should help us, if we will just take Him at His Word and eternalize it. Take care of today, today, and today only.
In the Book of Job, he said that life was short and full of troubles. He explains how he came to his senses and realized that God was who He said he was and He is our help when we have to walk through the valley.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians that God is our comfort in our troubles and we should fix our heart mind on Him.
One, Two, Three, Go! Pray your troubles over to God and let Him help you.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).