Aware

2 Peter 3:17 BEWARE least ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.

Dictionary definition of AWARE—Having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Watchful—wary.

AWARE—We have been cautioned since we were very small to be AWARE of danger. Our world is filled with deception, cruelty, and pain. “Don’t run with that stick or you will poke your eye out.” “Be careful crossing the street.” “Don’t talk to strangers.” We grow up being AWARE of danger lurking all around us, and we learn how to avoid it when possible.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 tells us, “Test everything, hold fast to what is good.” But you know, the truth is, sometimes the danger right in front of us is not so obvious. Perhaps the person we are dating seems very nice, but doesn’t show up for a date. The place we shop at appears to be trustworthy, but won’t stand behind their faulty product. The car we are driving seemed to be running fine, but now the dash board lights are blinking. The weather report sounded good, but here we are in a blizzard. Proverbs 20:11 says that “Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.” This scripture is true, but there are times when someone successfully hides their true intentions. Jesus said in Matthew 7:15 “BEWARE of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Ever meet people like this? They truly can be very difficult to spot. They cloak their words and actions in scripture just enough to accomplish their deceit. Colossians 2:8 “BEWARE lest any man spoil you through philosophy, and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Like while growing up we were cautioned to BEWARE of danger, God does the same thing for our spiritual lives. We may wonder where does our wisdom and discernment come from, so that we can distinguish the evil from the godly. John 16:16 “When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
The spiritual danger that we are watching for is not seen like the world sees, but it is unseen. In 2 Peter 3:7 Peter refers to those Christians who have distorted the Scriptures in order to seek an accommodation with the natural worldview of established intellectuals. Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of God will stand forever.”
I John 4:1 Jesus said “Many false prophets are gone into the world. They will deceive many.”
But don’t worry!! Like when we were small and cautioned about danger, we were given ways to avoid that danger. God in His infinite wisdom has done the same thing for our spiritual safety. If, or when, we are deceived, we won’t be for long. We are not only AWARE of their deceit, but we are guided by the Spirit of Truth, and with Scripture, which is God’s Word. Matthew 12:15 “But, Jesus, AWARE of this, withdrew from there, many follow Him, and He healed them all.”
You see, our choice is to either follow Jesus or follow the world. We must choose wisely. Jesus is our healer, comforter, brother. He is all we will ever need. Open the Bible that just sits there, be armed with God’s Word against the false teachers Jesus warned us about.
Father, thank you, thank you, many times over, for Your Word and for Jesus and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for making us AWARE, but not frightened or worried. We are armed with the very best, Jesus. Praise Your Holy Name.

Weary

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow WEARY of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Dictionary definition of WEARY—Feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.

WEARY—Think for a moment what this word means to each of us. Most of the time we keep pushing forward ignoring how WEARY we are becoming. After all, it’s expected, right? But sometimes we are just too tired to go on in the face of our responsibilities, relationship challenges, and maybe, even health issues. It is when all of these hit us all at once that we grow too WEARY to push forward. Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus doesn’t care what exactly is weighing us down, only that we can’t handle it all on our own. That is why He invites us to come to Him and He will give us the rest we do desperately are craving. If only we could get a break from all of the demands on us. And in the middle of all of this, we also want to please God and be all that He wants us to be. How do we do all of that? Matthew 11:29 has an answer. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest in your souls.” Rest in our souls!! How wonderful of a thought, but how? The worldly issues still face us head on daily. They don’t just go away. There are financial challenges, and certainly health issues that are scary. Don’t forget that some relationships don’t seem to ever get resolved. So how, Jesus how? We first have to face ourselves and ask this hard important question. Is Jesus real to us? He wants to be!! But is He? Hebrews 12:3 “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself so that you may not grow WEARY or faint hearted.” He’s given His very life to let us know just how real He is and that He is here for us in our times of WEARINESS. Actually He’s with us all the times of our lives, the good and the bad. He’s the brother who stays by our side no matter what happens in our lives. Believe, we must believe!! Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow WEARY, they shall walk and not faint.” Isn’t this a beautiful picture of what we can have in the Lord, if only we believe? When the world’s challenges threaten to suffocate us, turn to our Lord. Read His Word, meditate on it, but most of all believe it. Let it be our guide, our encouragement. We will experience the feeling of being lifted up just above the challenges. Oh, we will still have to face those worldly challenges, but we will have a peace beyond our human understanding. We can walk into that health issue feeling Jesus right there with us. We will have the wisdom and discernment needed to deal with all the challenges in our lives. Philippians 4:13 “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”
Thank you Father for the precious gift of Your Son, who helps us fly like the eagles. He is our friend, brother, comforter, healer. We can run and not grow WEARY with Him by our side. Praise Your Holy Name.

Sit

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ SITTETH on the right hand of God.

Dictionary definition of SIT—To rest on the buttocks or haunches.

SIT—In our society where we SIT has great significance. We each have our own place at the breakfast or dinner table. At church, we seem to gravitate to the same pew. Certainly, at school we all know exactly where we are to SIT each day. In the lunch room where we SIT is socially important. Our ticket on a plane, train or theater directs us to our correct SEAT. At special occasions there may be a place card with our name on it telling us to SIT here. We know where to SIT in these circumstances, but do we know where we SIT with the Lord? Scripture makes it clear where we SIT, but do we believe it?
Revelation 3:21 “He who overcomes, I will grant to him, to SIT down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and SAT down with My Father on His throne.”
We have been given this particular place to SIT which makes us special. We are children of light 1 Thessalonians 5:5. We are to walk as children of light Ephesians 5:8. SITTING in our natural world gives us, not only direction, but a feeling of acceptance. Here, too, in the Spirit, we have special standing with the Lord Himself. In Matthew 26:36 Jesus gave His disciples instructions. “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples “SIT here while I go over there and pray.”
Do we think of ourselves SITTING next to our Lord, or do we give it no recognition going about our earthly activities without the Lord? SITTING next to Him gives us an advantage that we may not realize. It does not, however, give us license to behave badly thinking we are more than anyone else. Mathew 5:1-2 “When Jesus saw the crowd, He went up on the mountain, and after He SAT down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them.” This teaching of Jesus’ happens for us as well. We now have ears to hear and eyes to see. Hear and see what? Answer-All that Jesus has for us to know is now available to us, helping us to maneuver through the labyrinth of this world. We have put on the new man Colossians 3:3, never to go back to being blind or deaf to Jesus and His Word. Imagine for a moment, SITTING next to Him. How does that image make you feel? Less stressed and worried over our earthly challenges? Confident and loved? He wants us to feel like Mary in Luke 10:39. “She had a sister called Mary, who was SEATED at the Lord’s feet, listening to His Word.” How very lovely for Mary, but the same is true for us if only we believe.
Ephesians 2:6 “And raised us up with Him, and SEATED us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” We have been invited. We have a ticket, a place card directing us. Our SEAT everyday is assured. Thank you Father for this special invitation to SIT beside Jesus today and always if only we believe. Your gifts continue to help us grow in You, and closer to You. Praise Your Holy Name.

Occupy

John 15:10 If you keep my commandments you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

Dictionary definition of OCCUPY- To take up a place or extent in space- to take or hold possession or control of.

OCCUPY—What do we think of when we hear the word OCCUPY? Perhaps the real estate person when they talk about the house they want to show us. We imagine what it would feel like to live there, where we would place the furniture. We may even think about how it will feel to OCCUPY our desk space at our new job. Will we be enough to do the job? Will we be accepted among those already working there? To OCCUPY a space can mean a great many things. It matters what it means to each of us. Does it mean acceptance, belonging or perhaps stress and worry? 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us plainly that there is a place for us to OCCUPY with peace and love. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.” We have always had a place of OCCUPANCY, even if we did not know it. Ephesians 1:4 “Even as He chose us in Him before the formation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him, in love.”
Even if we did not know where we belonged, God knew. What a wonderful Father we have along with our precious Jesus, and the Holy Spirit who OCCUPIES a special place in us.
Acts 1:8 tells us a truly magnificent truth.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” As we sit and ponder where we really belong, God’s truth is in His Word. 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared, but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him because we shall see Him as He is.” Yes, the world can be an unaccepting and hard place at times, thanks to the evil one, but we always have OCCUPANCY with Christ in God’s kingdom. We must never forget that we are the siblings of Jesus, wholly and lovingly OCCUPYING a place close to Him. Never do we need to worry how or where we fit in because wherever we go in this worldly place we OCCUPY, Jesus lives in us as the Holy Spirit. We never enter a room without Him, or take on a task without His help. Life, yes, can sometimes be harder than we think we can bare, but with Jesus we can do all things. 2 Corinthians 5:20 “therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Father, thank you for providing a secure place for us to OCCUPY, if only we abide in You. Thank you for Jesus, but also for the Holy Spirit who OCCUPIES a very special place in us giving us the power to serve You. Praise Your Holy Name.

Footsteps

1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His STEPS.

Dictionary definition of FOOTSTEPS- A mark of the foot, track, tread.

FOOTSTEPS- The tracking of FOOTSTEPS is very useful when trying to find a person. Police, especially, can learn a great deal about a person by their tread. When the snow is very deep, it’s very helpful to follow the STEPS of another if possible. FOOTSTEPS can lead, educate, inform. They are extremely helpful in many situations. The Bible talks a lot about FOOTSTEPS.
Psalm 37:23 “The STEPS of a man are established by the Lord. And He delights in His way.” We may not think much about our feet but they are very important to God.
Psalm 40:2 “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and He set my feet upon a rock making my FOOTSTEPS firm.” We watch a baby take its first STEPS, with no thought to the places those FEET might go, but God watches over every STEP. Psalm 18:36 “You enlarge my STEPS under me, and my FEET have not slipped.” God wants us to walk as Proverbs 2:20 says, “ So you will walk in the way of good men, and keep to the path of the righteous.” Our FOOTSTEPS are very important all of our lives. Where will they take us? Perhaps in a wrong direction as we make choices that are not God’s way.
Psalm 119:133 “Establish my FOOTSTEPS in Your Word. And do not let any Iniquity have dominion over me.” God has plans for us so that our FOOTSTEPS lead us to Him.
Isaiah 66:23 “From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath your flesh shall come to worship before Me. Declares the Lord.” But will we follow the STEPS laid out for us to follow. Jesus says “Follow Me.” Luke 18:22. Jesus’ invitation is a summons to lose your life and find new life and joy with Him. In John 12:26 Jesus says, “If any man serves Me, let him follow Me.” The Lords invitation is a compelling one. What do we do with it when He calls? Or do we toy with the idea that we don’t hear His call at all? Big FEET, little FEET, and all in between FEET, all lead somewhere. Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This scripture makes us stop and think. God gives us choices, where will our FOOTSTEPS take us?
Proverbs 4:14 “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not proceed in the way of evil men.” This scripture is pretty clear what not to do. The only way to make good choices is to know God’s Word. Read it, study it, memorize it, live with it day in and day out. It ALWAYS leads to good and not evil. So why should we follow Jesus? Because we grow stronger and more like Him? Following His light and example will bring us joy, happiness, peace, and closer to God, even if things around us are hard. Thank You Father for keeping watch over our FOOTSTEPS, and for leading us to Jesus, if only we choose to follow Him. Help us to loose all on earth to You and not bind anything on earth. Thank You for the key to the kingdom of heaven. Praise Your Holy Name.

Satisfy

Psalm 90:14 SATISFY us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Dictionary definition of SATISFY— Meet the expectations, needs, or desires of someone—to make happy.

SATISFY—How many times in our lives have we come up just short of being SATISFIED? Perhaps we were looking forward to a special event and it didn’t meet our expectations. Or that special recipe we’ve made hundreds of times and today it is just blah! Or we waited for someone to call or come see us and we waited in vain. Life is full of times that we are disappointed. Expectations are not met. We do often look to the worldly things to make us happy and SATISFIED, but they often disappoint. Isaiah 58:11 leads us to the Lord instead. “And the Lord will guide you continually and SATISFY your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” How beautiful are these words? But how do we get there? Things of the world are only temporary and can bring only fleeting SATISFACTION. Psalm 107:9 “For He SATISFIES the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” We are so programmed by this world to believe that the next car, gadget, hobby, clothing, person will provide us with the SATISFACTION we are longing for, causing us not to believe Psalm 107:9, that says God supplies our SATISFACTION. But all that worldly programming is a lie. Things and people are all temporary. We know this because we are always looking for the next best thing, which seems to continually fall short. And around and around we go, never truly content or at peace. Always looking, looking!!
Jeremiah 31:25 “For I will SATISFY the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” God is right there ready to SATISFY our longings, but do we believe His truth or the world’s lies? It’s up to us to choose wisely. 1 Timothy 6:6 “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment.“ There is no SATISFACTION in the world outside of faith in Christ. We will never be truly SATISFIED with the things of the world, only with our dear Jesus. In the face of the continual worldly lies, we must turn to the Lord’s Word. We are told in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be SATISFIED.” We need to turn our desires to learning and understanding God’s Word. Psalm 90:14 “SATISFY us in the morning with Your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” As we turn to the Lord, our only true SATISFACTION, the things of the world will naturally follow. Our expectations will change from what the world offers to what God offers.
Psalm 103:5 “Who SATISFIES you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.”
Proverbs 14:30 “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.”
Psalm 91:16 “With long life will I SATISFY him, and show him my salvation. “
Father, thank You for all Your steadfast love and gifts that will bring us true SATISFACTION if only we turn to You. Thank You that through Your Word You show us the way to be truly SATISFIED. Your peace and contentment is priceless. Your Words are truly life to our bones. Praise Your Holy Name.

Transition

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.

Dictionary definition of TRANSITION—A change or shift from one state, subject, place etc. to another.

TRANSITION—Most of us hate the space between where we are now, and where we are going. There is usually lots of anxiety, perhaps fear. Waiting for word from our application to a particular college. Waiting for our wedding day to arrive now the date is set. Waiting for the surgeon to report how the surgery went. We spend a lot of time in TRANSITION, which we are not fond of. But change and the space in time it creates, is useful and necessary. If we choose, it can make us stronger, wiser, and closer to God. Or, we can spend that precious time complaining and grumbling. God can use our struggles to prepare us for something better. Hebrews 6:11 “We want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end.”
The very end! However, there is a lot of time before the end. What will we do with that time? Believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior assures us of salvation, and even forgiveness, but the time of TRANSITION matters to God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come.” During the time we all have while waiting, 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But, it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” We spend a great deal of time TRANSITIONING. The young from baby, to toddler, to first grade, high school, college. The old from being independent to depending on others. But what about all that time in between?
TRANSITION is still taking place, still necessary for our growth, especially for those who are learning daily to be more like Jesus. Changing our thoughts and ways to be more like Jesus can be challenging, but well worth the effort.
Learning to live in the fruit of the Spirit can fill that TRANSITION time.
Galatians 5:22-23 “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Proverbs 35-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your path straight.”
Learning to trust the Lord and not your own thoughts is another way to fill the TRANSITION space. God has given us, through His Word, ways to endure the waiting if only we do what He asks. We can’t rush or hurry the time of TRANSITION, but we can learn and grow becoming the people God wants us to be. So when the final TRANSITION comes, as Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore, you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Be ready!!
Father, thank you for the gift of the fruit of the Spirit which helps us with the TRANSITION necessary to help us grow closer to You. Trusting and following Your ways is the bridge we need during our TRANSITION time. Praise Your Holy Name.

Eye

Dictionary definition of EYE—A specialized light sensitive sensory structure. An image forming organ of sight.

EYE—Now here is a word we are very familiar with, but may not give much thought to unless we have difficulty seeing. We usually begin by going to a doctor, being diagnosed, then following doctor’s instructions to see better. Much of the time there is improvement, bringing us contentment because we are no longer struggling to see. But what don’t we see even when our EYES are healthy? Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our EYES not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Unseen, what does that mean? If we can’t see them then how do we know they exist?
Psalm 119:18 “Open my EYES, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” As we read and study Scripture, we begin to see with EYES that see deeper than the surface of things. 1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the EYES, and the boastful pride of life, it is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
Our EYES see what the world sees, until our EYES are opened to new and wonderful possibilities. In Luke 11:34 we learn, “The EYE is the lamp of your body, when your EYE is clear, your whole body also is full of light, but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” Ever know anyone who everything they say and do seems dark? Discouragement and sadness fill their very soul. And yet, they seem to think they have all the answers. Isaiah 5:21 “Woe to those who are wise in their own EYES, and shrewd in their own sight.” No matter how open or shut our EYES may be, there is ONE who sees all. Jeremiah 16:17 “For My EYES are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My EYES.” But what does God want us to see?
GOD CARES FOR US.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and hope.”
GOD HAS A PLAN FOR US.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US.
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage, don’t be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
GOD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SPENDING ETERNITY WITH US.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Have you ever met someone that even in the midst of challenging circumstances, they are a beacon of light? You wonder why or how this could be true? Anyone else would crumble under the weight they carry. Their EYES are open to who God is. Oh, they still suffer and struggle, but through it all their EYES are fixed on God, and they feel Him all around. They know without any doubts, God cares, has a plan, will never leave, and eternity with Him is theirs. The knowledge doesn’t take away the worldly challenges, but it softens and lightens the burdens allowing us to shine the light of Christ for the EYES of others to see. 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But as it is written, “What no EYE has seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Thank you God for EYES to see You in all Your glory. Help us to lead others to see You and know the peace that newfound knowledge brings. Praise Your Holy Name.

One

Psalm 68:35 Awesome is God from His sanctuary; the God of Israel—He is the ONE who gives power and strength to His people. Blessed be God.

Dictionary definition of ONE—Being a single unit or thing.

ONE—ONE what? We may think that ONE of anything isn’t enough! How wrong we can sometimes be!! ONE can make all the difference! ONE committed person can become remembered for eternity. Moses, Joseph, Ruth, Ester, Abraham, Matthew, Peter, Luke, Mary Magdalene, Paul, John. Then there was and still is the ONE, Jesus. He didn’t really want to go to the cross. He prayed three times asking the Father to take the cup from Him, but let Your will be done. The others all made mistakes. Moses and David were murderers, Ruth had worshiped idols, Peter denied Jesus three times, Paul persecuted Christians, Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. None of them were more than we are. But, there was the power of ONE.
Luke 9:1 “And He called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure disease.” And in 2 Timothy 1:7 we are told, “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.” When the power of Jesus flows through us, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We are more than able. Is there anything God is asking us to do? 1 Corinthians 2:5 “That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” Perhaps there is something not currently popular or that you feel you are not capable or qualified of doing? Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Don’t listen to the doubt that fills and clouds your mind. If God is calling, listen and do without fear or worry. John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” So you see, God will give us all we need to complete the task He is calling us to do. 1 Corinthians 4:20 “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk, but in power.”
The power of ONE!
ONE you!
ONE me!
ONE Jesus!
ONE can be enough!
Ephesians 3:16 “That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.” We need never question or doubt ourselves if God is calling us. We just need to believe, have faith in Him who calls us. Let peace and joy take root in our spirit that ONE is enough. Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Let’s not think about what we are not, but let’s think about what God sees us to be, just like those before us. The power of ONE! Father thank you for calling us, for seeing something in us that You need. Thank you for Your faith in us. Help us, Father, as James 1:22 says, “To be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.” Praise Your Holy Name.

Lukewarm

James 1:22 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Dictionary definition of LUKEWARM—tepid, lacking conviction, half-hearted.

LUKEWARM—Don’t you just hate LUKEWARM tea or coffee? I do!! I prefer my tea hot!! Well Jesus feels the same way about His church (us)! Revelation 3:16 “So, because you are LUKEWARM, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Ouch! I’m sure, we too, don’t like half-hearted behavior from those around us. It makes us feel unwanted, a burden. Or ever listen to a speaker lacking conviction? Do we believe what they are saying? Jesus is adamant about our heart and our intentions.
Romans 12:11 “Do not be slothful in zeal. Be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” Do everything with zeal, or don’t bother.
1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect.” Jesus is concerned with our hearts as well as our actions. 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the times are coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” Instead of suiting our own passions, God wants us to turn to Him and His Word, believing! James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, that is driven and tossed by the wind.” Doubt!! We are often haunted by it. Does God hear my prayers? Am I really saved? Will my life ever be any better than this? God are you really here with me? Read what James 3:10-12 has to say about our doubts. “From the same mouth come blessings and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” Doubt causes us to be LUKEWARM. Faith causes us to be on fire for God. Yes, He hears our prayers! Yes, we are really saved. Our lives will get better in time. Yes, God is with us, all the time. A heart on fire for God sees and believes His Word. That heart sends doubt running when it tries to push its way into our minds. The world and the evil one tell us lies. Don’t believe them!! Believe God’s Word. Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Staying on fire for God happens through prayer, reading scripture, worshiping our Lord, serving and surrounding ourselves with others who are like-minded. Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Father, help us to keep our zeal and fire for You, our One true God. Keep us from becoming LUKEWARM for You. Thank You for Your Word and Your faithfulness. Praise Your Holy Name.