“When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 NCV
God’s Word instructs us to be humble. That’s good because as human beings we have so much to be humble about. Yet some of us continue to puff ourselves up, seeming to say, “Look at me.” To do this is wrong. As Christians we have been saved by Jesus Christ and that salvation came not because of our own good works but because of God’s grace. How then can we be prideful? The answer is that if we are honest with ourselves and with God, we simply can’t be boastful; instead, we must be eternally grateful and exceedingly humble. The good things in our lives, including our loved ones, come from God. He deserves the credit and we deserve the experience of giving it to Him.
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 HCSB
What do you expect from the day ahead? Are you expecting God to do wonderful things, or are you living beneath a cloud of apprehension and doubt? The above verse reminds us of a simple truth: “This is the day the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” For believers, every day begins and ends with God’s Son and God’s promises. God promises us the opportunity for earthly peace and spiritual abundance. But more importantly, God promises us the priceless gift of eternal life. As we face the inevitable challenges of life, we must arm ourselves with the promises of God’s Word and then we can expect the best, not only for the day ahead, but also for all eternity.
Quit reliving all the negative things that have happened to you. When those pictures come up on the movie screen of your mind, change the channel. You have the remote control.
“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:7
What do we have here on earth that is unfailing and inexhaustible? Nothing!......except God’s unfailing love! Even when we disappoint, hurt, offend, or rebel against Him, He still loves us.
Whiles we were sinners He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from sin and the penalty of death! Why trust anything or anyone else with our future? Let’s lean on God’s unfailing love!!
It’s not about US, it’s All about God!
“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what will benefit those who hear us. Remember the saying, ‘think before you speak!’
In light of these scriptures, this prayer of David is very appropriate. Only God can help us tame the tongue and use its power to bless. Let’s invite God into our world of speech and ask Him to take control of it as He does our Hearts!
It’s not about US, it’s ALL about God!!
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” Matthew 20:26 HCSB
Jesus came to earth as a servant of man and the Savior of mankind. One way that we can demonstrate our love for Him is by obeying His commandment to serve one another. Will you be a person who cheerfully meets the needs of family and friends and, will you meet those needs with love in your heart and encouragement on your lips? As you plan for the day ahead, remember that the needs are great and the workers are few. Also remember that God is doing His very best to enlist able-bodied believers – like you.
“I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved.” Psalm 18:3
Wolves howl at the moon, birds sing from the trees, and even the frogs have their own nighttime chorale, croaking their secret rhythm. God has created a mass choir to sing His praises. God created us to sing His praises too. We can sing to Him with our voice, with our actions, even with our attitude of thankfulness!
Praising God can be done anywhere, anytime and anyplace! Sing to God; He has given us vocal cords for a reason. Shout His praises for all to hear! We can never tell Him too much or too often, how much we love Him!
In His Love, Do All You Can, As Long As You Can, While You Can, To All You Can….Have a Beautifully Blessed Day!
“For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? What can a man give in exchange for his life?” Mark 8:36-37 HCSB
In our society we need money to live. As Christians, we must never make the acquisition of money the central focus of our lives. Money is a tool, but it should never overwhelm our sensibilities. The focus of life must be squarely on things spiritual, not material things. Whenever we place our love for material possessions above our love for God, or when we yield to the countless other temptations of everyday living, we find ourselves engaged in a struggle between good and evil. Let’s respond to this struggle by freeing ourselves from the temptation to love the world more than we love God.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 NASB
Love is always a choice. Sometimes we may “fall in love,” but it takes work to stay there. We may be “swept off our feet,” but the “sweeping” is only temporary; sooner or later, if love is to endure, one must plant one’s feet firmly on the ground. The decision to love another person for a lifetime is much more than the simple process of “falling in” or “being swept up.” It requires “reaching out,” “holding firm,” and “lifting up.” Love then becomes a decision to honor and care for the other person, come what may.
Pastor Derrick Richardson
Pastor of Community Abundant Life Church