The Lord is always calling us higher. His voice brings light to mysteries and clarity to confusion. Consider where you were with the Lord a year ago…have you gone higher with Him? Or are you stuck in the same spot? The Lord would say to you…Come up here.
An excellent example of how we should look at this verse is found in the acronym – JOY. Your focus should be on Jesus first…Others second…and Yourself last. When we have the interests of others first before ourselves, Jesus will always be glorified.
The reassuring feeling of knowing that everything is alright is almost palpable. It’s hard to explain, but easy to recognize…that sense of deep abiding security, safe in the palm of your Heavenly Father. I’ve heard it said that the very safest place to be is in the center of God’s Will. To know that peace, is to know Him…to know Him starts by saying Yes to His son, Jesus.
This promise that is Jesus, is that in Him, and by Him, and through Him we have freedom from anxiety and fear. He is the very Gospel of Peace that He spoke of to the multitudes. As He told us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.” Accept today this peace He offers you… and not only receive it, but then walk in it’s freedom.
Keeping your nose to the grindstone is an old saying with a lot of truth to it. By keeping focused on the job at hand, and not allowing your eyes to be taken off course, you will succeed. It’s when our eyes wander, that we get into trouble…for it’s then that we tend to chase after unattainable fantasies.
Masks…we wear them all the time. They hide the pain, fear, and anxiety in all our lives. By putting up this façade of “everything’s just great in my life”, we can cope around friends, family, and the Church. When we put up a good front for others, we hope we won’t be judged as weak, or unspiritual. But this mask of falsehood is not only us lying to others…but us lying to ourselves also. No one is perfect…no one can live a perfect life…no one that is but Jesus. And Jesus Christ came to get rid of the old Covenant of Laws and unattainable regulations…that we might be free. Free to take off those masks.
Praise be to God, who could sentence us to what we truly deserve
The Lord is so far above what we can even fathom. Neither can we imagine the depth and width of His wondrous knowledge and wisdom. But despite this all, He does not treat us with tyrannical cruelty and mistreatment…No, quite the opposite.
The Holy Spirit enables us to not only hear from God, but proclaim His Word to others. That Word may be encouraging, it may be very telling…it may be the very Word a person needs to hear today. I pray you will be that open vessel in which God can speak through
When the followers of Jesus Christ were first called Christians, it was not a compliment…Rather, it was a term of ridicule and mocking. The people of Antioch were in fact, making fun of the disciples by calling them Christians. Little did they know how the term Christian would be later transformed from something sneered at, to a term synonymous with our Lord.