12 You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. 13 Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one. –Colossians 3:12-14
These garments that God provides—such as kindness, humility, and gentleness—allow us to meet hostility and criticism with patience, forgiveness, and love. They give us staying power in the storms of life.
When we face adverse conditions at home, school, or work, the “clothing” God tells us to wear protects us and enables us to make a positive difference. “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (v. 14).
Dressing according to God’s guidelines doesn’t change the weather—it equips the wearer.
Romans 8:18-23 teaches us that “our current sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that is to be revealed”. The world was introduced to sin and corruption in the garden of Eden. Through the scripture, we know the that creation eagerly awaits freedom. The freedom that comes from the “new heaven and the new earth”. In Revelations 21, God tells us about the Hold City, the new Jerusalem. God is preparing a new home for us (His people). He will live with us and us with Him, every tear will be wiped away (vs.4 ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death.’ (Isaiah 25:8) And there will be no more sadness. There will be no more crying or pain. Things are no longer the way they used to be.”) God is preparing creation for a new life with Him in heaven. Nothing we’re exercising now can compare to what will be revealed. Let us wait patiently and fervently on the Lord.
Revelations 21: 5 says “He who was sitting on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”…Write this down. You can trust these words. They are true”. Trust God wholeheartedly and wait upon Him.
Calm in Adversity
by Joyce Meyer – posted August 27, 2017
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity….
– Psalm 94:12-13
Nothing shows our spiritual maturity more than staying calm when our circumstances are not calm. Stability is a sign of maturity, and the more mature we are, the more God can trust us with His power and blessings.
Power Thought: I have the power of God to remain calm in adversity.
“Open your eyes and look at the fields”
God is asking you to look around and see what fields are ready for harvest. Sow, so that others can reap.
God’s Construction Crew
by Joyce Meyer – posted August 03, 2017
We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual death]…
– 1 John 3:14
Life in this verse is the life of God, or “life as God has it.” I don’t want to be one of what I call “the walking dead”—someone who lives and breathes, but never truly lives as God desires. Loving others is the only way to keep the God kind of life flowing through you. It has been given to us as a gift; it’s in us, but we need to release it to others through words and actions. Left dormant, it will stagnate like a pool of water with no outlet.
Are you a part of God’s construction crew, or part of Satan’s destruc¬tion crew? Do you build people up with your words and action, or tear them down? Do you strengthen or weaken them? If you ask these ques¬tions and get the wrong answers, it is easy to fix. Just simply begin today by making a plan to be a blessing to others. Use your words, facial expressions, and voice tones to lift up others. Smile at people; it will be a sign of approval to them. Live to put smiles on others’ faces, and you will always have a smile on yours.
Love Others Today: Look for the needs around you and let God use you to meet those needs. Make sure you’re part of God’s construction crew!
17.He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me.
He lifted me out of deep waters.
18. He saved me from my powerful enemies.
He set me free from those who were too strong for me.
19.They stood up to me when I was in trouble.
But the Lord helped me.
20. He brought me out into a wide and safe place.
He saved me because he was pleased with me.
-2 Samuel 22:17-20
God sees our troubles and will never leave us. He will help us through every difficult time. Just as He delighted in David, He will also delight in us. We can rest knowing that God is in complete control and is already working things out for us.
–God delights in saving his children
How do you react when someone disobeying you?
In the passage we read about Adam and Eve disobeying God by eating from the tree of good and evil. He knew they would disobey Him, and yet He responded by calling out to them and giving them a chance to confess what they had done. God sent His only son to die on the cross for our sins. He has also given us a chance to repent and be free from our sins. Just as He called to Adam and Eve, He has called us. God is a forgiving God. He does not hold anything against us and wants for us to be free from condemnation.
-Gods love for us is revealed through Jesus (James Banks)