Boldness in prayer – It comes from having a close communion with your Heavenly Father…of knowing His heart and desiring His best for your life. That’s what asking according to His Will is all about…it’s requesting the Lord’s good pleasure in your life, rather than any whim that comes to mind. So when we pray God’s Will into our life, we know that He not only hears the request, but will answer with the very best for us.
All we have to do is take a moment to look around us to understand just how little we know. Modern technology may have taken us far from what our Great-Grandparents knew…but yet, we still only grasp a small fragment of the wonder that is God. We humans think we’ve made such great strides…but still remain baffled by simple acts of nature. The Mighty Creator of the Universe – God – is just too great and wonderful to be understood by our tiny minds.
If there’s anything that would prompt you to be reading your Bible everyday, it would be this verse. The Holy Bible is God-breathed and inspired…His love letter to you. By reading His Word you’ll find comfort, encouragement, and exhortation… You’ll also find practical application for life concerns. But you must first open the book.
When was the last time you did just that?… When was the last time you told someone what the Lord’s been doing in your life? It encourages all those around you when you testify to the mighty deeds and miracles God has done in and through you. We all need to hear and be inspired by each other’s victories and thanksgivings. So, don’t keep them to yourself…tell someone today what God’s been up to in your life.
The Apostle Paul was trying to show all of us that giving to the poor and down-trodden is what our Savior desires. But unfortunately, this goes against all our self-absorbed, self-centered emotions… We’d much rather be on the receiving end of gifts than handing them out. Jesus however wanted us to look at giving from a completely different standpoint…not from what we might be losing, but from what we’d be gaining. To be blessed, is to have God present and involved in every area of our life…it’s being a person who lives “Coram Deo” – Before the face of God.
The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to stay away from profane worldly babbling…and that warning could be for us today. Being around coarse, sacrilegious conversation day after day in the work place can desensitize us to what is right. Constantly being bombarded by godless musical lyrics, questionable TV shows, and violent movies can cause us to become apathetic… allowing us to compromise in more and more areas of our lives…each taking us farther and farther away from God.
Everyday we hear of wickedness, injustice, and oppression…and we wonder…is God even paying attention? Doesn’t He hear their cries for help? Why doesn’t He rescue those who are perishing? Habakkuk was observing the same upheaval in his day, and asking the same questions…”Why aren’t You doing something God?” As humans, we think we know what’s best…but we’re not God, nor do we have His wisdom and sovereignty over all situations.
Mocking and making fun of someone never endears our self to anyone. When we belittle and gossip behind someone’s back, it will eventually come back to bite us in the behind. My Mother always use to tell us…if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Now that’s prudent advice for all.
Who else is like our Lord? Who else but God can not only forgive us of all our sins, but cast them far away from us? Who else but God can lavish us with His grace and mercy, even when we really don’t deserve it? Who else is like our Lord? Simply put, there is no one else.
We should be eager to do good when we can…I call it those “God Moments”, when the Lord shows us very plainly how we may bless someone’s life. It doesn’t need to be large and profound, it may simply be a kind word spoken in passing, or a listening ear with sage advice, or a helping hand for a heavy burden. When God gives you that opportunity, don’t hesitate…do good.