Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pride...Matthew 5:25

"When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison." Matthew 5:25

Pride can seep into a relationship when disagreements occur. The longer you sit and stew over your disagreement, the harder it is to reconcile. Pretty soon, days, weeks, and years pass by and you become accustomed to the way things have become in the relationship. Every passing moment without reconciliation makes it that much harder to turn around and say you are sorry. Don't let your pride get the better side of you. Make it a practice to hurry and settle your differences quickly.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

House on Sand...Matthew 7:26

But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. Matthew 7:26

The Bible has a lot to say on how we should live our lives. If we know how we are supposed to live and disregard that knowledge it is foolish. As we build our lives, we should strive to build it on a solid foundation that will last forever, the Kingdom of God.  What are you building your house on?

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Too Hard?...Malachi 1:13

You say, 'It's too hard to serve the Lord,' and you turn up your noses at my commands," says the Lord of Heaven's Armies. Malachi 1:13

Walking by faith in the Lord is not an easy path.  It comes fraught with a journey of constantly recognizing we aren't perfect, seeking and maintaining peace around us, or even living with honor and integrity.  But learning to grow and walk according to God's commands is part of a relationship with God.  Don't turn up your nose, it's not too hard!  Along the path you will be rewarded and blessed greatly.  Are you regularly seeking to learn more of God's ways?

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Encourage Each other...1 Thess 5:11

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

While encouraging others is part of following God, how you receive those encouraging words is just as important. Instead of responding with a negative reaction that promotes lack of confidence, accept it gracefully with a simple thank you or one with sincere gratitude. God made you in his image and values your every thought and presence.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Be Patient...Romans 12:12

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12

This verse is a helpful nugget of guidance to get us through dark times. As a believer in Christ we have hope and not just a random hope, but a confident hope. We can confidently believe in a time when hurt, pain, and sorrow will end. It's comforting to know amidst all of your despair and discouragement there is one thing you can be sure of which is that it will come to an end.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Don't Give Up...Psalm 69:3

I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. Psalm 69:3

Do you ever feel tired? I mean tired of just trying so hard and yet just moving inches. Maybe you're trying to mend a relationship, advance your career, or just trying to gather yourself emotionally. Despite these valleys in your life, don't give up on hope. This hope is the purposefulness of your tribulations that God has planned to produce the most beautiful story about you. Be patient, strong and trust in Him. Do not give up.

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