“He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” Proverbs 21:21
One of the marks of a truly mature life is humility of spirit. A truly humble person looks for opportunities to give himself freely to others rather than holding back, to release rather than hoarding, to build up rather than tearing down, to serve rather than being served, to learn from others rather than clamoring for the teaching stand. How blessed are those who learn this early in life.
“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” Romans 8:9
The direction our life is taking reveals where the emphasis in our life lies. We may have achieved our material objectives, but is that enough? Remember, we are also a spiritual being, therefore; our spirit can only be fully satisfied when in a dynamic relationship with the Holy Spirit!
This intimately, personal relationship with God can only be attained by faith in the resurrected Christ; a faith which is more than a fleeting emotion; a faith which accepts His authority in all aspects of our life. This type of faith will give us a true sense and meaning to our life!
In His Love, Do All You Can, While You Can, As Long As You Can, To All You Can….Have a Beautifully Blessed Day!
God leaves us here because He has a mission for us to fulfill. We aren’t here by accident; neither are we here simply to enjoy the good things life has to offer. We are here because God put us here, and He has a sovereign purpose in keeping us here. It’s true for us as individuals, and it’s true for His body, the Church, in all of its fullness. As Jesus prayed just before His arrest and trial, “I am not praying that You take them out of the world…As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” (John 17:15,18)
“As for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.” Psalm 31:14
I don’t know the exact number of promises in the Bible but I do know that within the pages of the Bible there are thousands of promises that grab the reader and say, “Believe Me! Accept Me! Hold on to Me! And of all the promises in the Bible, the ones that often mean the most are the promises that offer hope at the end of affliction. Those promises that tell us that it’s worth it to walk with Him, trust Him and wait on Him for He will reward us.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
The devil preys on the godly. If you compromise your walk, you’re not really a target of the enemy. Why should he waste his time? You’re already halfway in his camp. But if you determine to stand alone and against the tide, if you determine to live according to biblical standards, be sure that your enemy is seeking to devour you. But our great hope and assurance is that the One in us is greater than the one in the world.
Pastor Derrick Richardson
Pastor of Community Abundant Life Church