Prepared For A Greater Work

A friend of ours recently received a promotion at work but before he could begin his new job, he needed to train his replacement. When you start something new, you need help to know what to do. We want to make sure you know what to do and how to activate God’s Word and your faith as an overcoming believer. So often believers think that they’ve got to fight for their spiritual position to defeat the enemy. The good news is that Jesus already defeated the enemy. Your fight is from faith, from your position of victory in Jesus.

This is where Ephesians 6:11-17 comes into play. As you read these verses, see yourself as a beloved child of God dressed in the armor that Jesus has already given you. Because you’re in Him, you have His truth covering you, and you are righteous in Him. Because His love is in you, your feet are prepared to share the good news of the Gospel of Grace, and you are covered with the helmet of salvation and your sword is the powerful Word of God.

Begin to see yourself more as a mighty warrior complete in the full armor of God, strong in the power of the Lord.

Three Things To Do In Trying Times

 

What do you do when things get tough? What actions do you take when you are standing in a storm? Many just melt under the stress and collapse into depression. I hope that isn’t you because no matter what happens, you do have hope. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Three things you can do when things don’t go as planned. With God there is always hope. I think of those who each day decide to end their lives. They couldn’t see any hope. As long as there is Jesus, there is hope.

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2). By grace through faith, hope is constantly by your side because it is in your heart. In the darkest situations, with God there is always hope. With hope comes patience. Rest in the finished work of Jesus. It will be okay. Keep the prayer channel open. Be instant in prayer. No need to beg, because God desires to answer you more than you know. Present you request, and then rejoice in hope. Keep rejoicing through it all.

Walking Stress Free

This world offers no relieve from stress or pressure, but I’m sure you’ve already recognized that. The world itself is under the stress and pressure of sin. Especially as we near the end of this year, it’s vital that you understand you’re not meant to live under stress and pressure. Stress is the cause for most illnesses in our bodies. Man was meant to live full of peace and stress-free. So, how do you keep yourself from stressing? Instead of giving into the stress, bring the Lord into every situation of stress you encounter. If you don’t and it accumulates, it will ultimately affect your health.

Before you encounter stress and pressure, the best anecdote is to let Jesus saturate your heart and mind with His peace. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) declares, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” Your focus shifts from the problem to the solution: Jesus and His peace. It’s changing your pattern of thinking and action. It’s immersing your mind in His peace. It is establishing your heart in His goodness, love, and grace for you. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, ESV).

Love To Serve

 

Have you been hard at work, serving the Lord, and just getting tired? I once knew a person who was on fire for the Lord, knocking on doors, evangelizing wherever he could and chalking up salvation statistics. Sounds great—at first glance. However, I could tell it was out of duty and not under the power of the Spirit. It was less than a year, he got tired of it, and was a spiritual dropout, no longer going to church and doing nothing for the Lord. Therefore, when you read this verse, think about what Paul means by zeal and fervor.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11 NIV2011). You will burn out if you read this verse and say I have to serve the Lord so I’m going out and walk the streets preaching the gospel. A worthy endeavor, but make sure you establish your zeal in God’s love. If you are in relationship with Jesus, love is never a burden. The joy of the Lord will strengthen you, and you will keep the flames steadily burning. You will look forward to each day and the ministry God has given you. Love to serve.

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