Your Word for This Day: “Leading From Within”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.” 1 Thessalonians 4:4

So many of us want to be in charge and to lead others. Why?  Honestly, at times it feels good to be able to tell others what to do.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to lead.  In fact, we were created by God to do just that.  We are born leaders.

The thing is, though, leading must first start with us.

We must lead ourselves.  There is a leader inside every one of us and that leader must first lead himself.

When we have mastered the art of leading ourselves, only then we qualify to lead those around us.

Today, lead yourself to make the right choices and do the right things.

As you lead yourself others would accept you leading them.

Lead from within.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Doing All Things Well”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

God does all things well.

He made you well.

He gave you talents and abilities that enable you to do so many things.  And, it is up to us to discover exactly what we can do well and max that out to the best of our ability.  That is where our strength lies.  That is where we were wired by God to perform well.

We must be thankful for the things that we do well and also be thankful for the things that we do not do so well. Gratitude is the key. 

Remember, God does ALL things well.  Do what you can do to the best of your ability and bring glory to God.  Do not fall for the criticism of others whose job it is to make you feel inadequate about the things that you may not be able to do well. There are others who will do what you cannot do well.  God brings the balance to life.  Where you are weak, He has made others strong. 

Today, whatever you have to do, do it to the best of your ability as service unto God. He is empowering you and strengthening you. Do your part well and all will be well.

Your Word for This Day: “Living From Above”

Friday, August 4, 2017

“And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6

When was the last time you looked out on the world from a very high place? I am sure that you would agree with me that seeing things from a higher level is different from seeing things at a lower level. That is because the higher you go, the smaller and more insignificant the things on the ground level appear.

From an airplane’s view, the houses on the ground look tiny as compared to when you are on the ground.

So it is with life.  When you are on the level of the challenges they seem insurmountable and more than you can handle.  At times, they make you feel that you will never get through or even survive this season of your life.  But, could it be that it seems this way because you are looking at it from the ground level?

It’s time to change your position.  Look at it from above. 

How do you do that?  By looking at it through the word of God.  God’s word is the elevated position through which we must view life, no matter what stage of life you are in.

When you look at things from a high place, you will realize that it is indeed tiny and it will soon pass. Always remember, you are a conqueror through Christ and you can do all things through Him who gives you strength. Nothing can break you. This too will pass.

 

Your Word for This Day: “Accurate Representation”

Thursday, August 3, 2017 

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 

Have you ever been chosen to represent your school, workplace, church or company at an event? Well, if so, you know that it is a great honour to do so. You become the face of whatever your are representing and how you conduct yourself will reflect on the organization.

When God made you, He made you to represent Him on the earth. 

When someone trusts you to represent them, you must not take that charge lightly. It is a great honour. And, to ensure that we represent God accurately,  He gave a manual to help us to do so.

How are you representing the One who made you and gave you your identity?

Be sure that you are bringing glory to Him by being the best that you can be, wherever you are, and doing whatever He has asked of you.

We can accurately represent the One who gave us life. He has given us His word and His Spirit to help us.

Let’s make the effort to be an accurate representation of our heavenly Father. It is worth the effort for it produces great blessings.

 

Your Word for This Day: “I am a R E F L E C T O R”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

 

Do you know what reflectors do? They reflect; just as a mirror or a polished surface would reflect light, so too reflectors reflect.

We are called to reflect the One who created us.  The Bible clearly states that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.

We must, like a mirror, reflect Christ.

 As reflectors, we must be concerned about what we are reflecting. Are we reflecting good or evil? Obedience or disobedience? Rebellion or submission? Confidence or low self-esteem?  Success or failure?

It is important that as a person with a new identity in Christ, we reflect who we are and whose we are.

Spend some time today accessing your reflection and if it is not accurate, then do something about it.

Make sure that you are a reflector of God’s glory.

 

Your Word for This Day: “This Life is Mine”

Friday, July 28, 2017 

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

You wear what you want.  You go where you want.  You eat what you want.  As much as possible, you make all the decisions concerning your life.

Many times, when we feel like we are being controlled, we begin to complain, murmur and even rebel! We don’t want people telling us what to do and how to do it.

But, the truth of it is this… we all have to make choices concerning our own life, but really and truly the life that we live is not our own.  It is the life that God lent us to live.  He is the One who gave that life to us.

Today, remind yourself, that the life you are enjoying or even complaining about is His life, not yours. God’s breath is in your body and it is He that keeps us alive.

Trust Him today to help you live the kind of life that He wants you to live.  After all, if it is His He knows all about it and is well able to help you to live it.

 

Your Word for This Day: “I Belong”

Thursday, July 27, 2017 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  I Cor. 6:19-20

Have you ever struggled with belonging?  There is something about belonging that gives us security and a false sense of comfort.

We feel out of place when we are left out of a group or ignored by those we care about.  It erodes our self-confidence, and many times, causes us to withdraw and become introverts.

God is the One who put this desire to belong inside of us.  Not only did He put the desire to belong, but He created an avenue for us to belong.

We belong to Jesus. We belong to God.

Others may reject us and cause us to feel unwanted and unloved.  People can be cruel at times, even those closest to us.  That, however, does not extend to God.  God tells us over and over in His word that we belong to Him.

Know today that you are not an outsider.  You have God.

He says that you belong to Him.

Believe it and live it.