Mat 7:11 "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"
Love is an action word. When the bible speaks about God’s love it is referring to God expressing His love to us by the good that He bestows upon us. Are you finding it hard today to see God as the loving Father? Look around you and count the blessings that you have. Often times we tend to pay more attention to the bad stuff that is happening in our lives and neglect to see God’s goodness. Count your blessings today.
John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love".
The love of God is the solid foundation on which we stand. It is because of this love that He sent His son Jesus to come and die for us that we might have life. Today, I challenge you to be aware of that love, believe that it is for you too and open your heart to receive that love. No matter what you think or have done, do not allow anything to separate you from that love.
Romans 12:2 says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
I charge you to be vigilant to guard what you think about at all times. Let your mind be renewed by the truth of the word of God.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "God keeps His promise, and He will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out."
God continually tests people’s charater e.g. Major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism and even senseless tragedies. A very important test is how you act when you can’s feel God’s presence in you life. Sometimes God intentionally draws back, and we don’t sense His closeness. The Bible says “ God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart”
Romans 12:2 "Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God."
The way you see your life shapes your life. How you define life determines your destiny. Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. For instance, if you think life is a party – your primary value in life will be having fun. If you see life as a race, you will value speed and be in a hurry all the time. If you view life as a marathon, you will value endurance. If you see life as a battle or a game, winning will be very important to you. To fulfill the purposes God made you for, you must replace it with the biblical metaphors of life.
2 Corinthians 5:1 "When this tent we live in – our body here on earth – is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home He Himself has made, which will last forever."
One day your heart will stop beating. That will be the end of your body and your time on earth, but it will not be the end of you. Your body is just a temporary residence for your spirit. The Bible calls your earthly body a “tent”, but refers to your future body as a “house” While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell. Your relationship to God on earth will determine your relationship to Him in eternity. If you learn to love and trust God’s Son, Jesus, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with Him. On the other hand, if you reject His love, forgiveness and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from God forever. Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time on the other side of death – in eternity – than you will here. You are made to last forever!
Psalm 139:15 (Msg) You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, He expected it. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!
Isaiah 43:21 (NJB) The people I have shaped for myself will broadcast my praises.
You were shaped to serve God. God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve Him in a way that makes your ministry unique. He carefully mixed the DNA cocktail that created you. David praised God for this incredible personal attention to detail: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous”
Ephesians 1:11 (Msg) It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.
You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God thought of you long before you ever thought about Him. You may choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies but you don’t get to choose your purpose. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that God has designed for eternity.