God isn’t changing your circumstance; He’s changing what is within your circumstance.
He is changing your character, your integrity, and your inner strength. These are called… “everlasting qualities.”
These “everlasting qualities” changing within you, are what you need to withstand the changing seasons in your life.
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
“Everlasting qualities” are what it takes in order to grow and deal with these constantly, changing times. Unfortunate situations may not change, but how you view them and deal with them, can. The closer you get to God, the more you will begin to take on His characteristics and grow in character, integrity and inner strength.
Sometimes, you have no control over your circumstances, especially when something or someone intrudes into your life or comfort zone. This is when…who you really are inside.. is revealed. Despite the situation, whether someone else caused it, you caused it, or God placed you there for a reason, your true character is going to be revealed in tough times.
We should seek, and choose daily, to develop the “everlasting qualities” of God’s characteristics inside of us. When troubled times come and interrupt our lives, it can really make it difficult to be like God. Whether we are aware of it or not, people are watching and listening to how we react in threatening situations.
Tough times never last, tough people do!
Don’t let this year be full of distractions to be the person God created you to be.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14
If you don’t fill your mind with prayer, you fill it with anxiety, worry, temptations, resentment and hostility. What you fill your mind with makes a big difference in how you act and what you believe. In other words; garbage in, garbage out!
Everyone wants the agape type of love from Him; the selfless, sacrificial, unconditional kind of love, but don’t want to give anything in return. When you give Him your all; your mind, your heart, your infinite love, He will shape and mold you into the person you’re supposed to be. Press in to be that person you were created to be.
“Mold me, shape me, until I think like you Lord.” – Romans 12:2
When you start becoming the person God desires you to be, He will lead you to make sacrifices, lead you thru dark times and uncomfortable situations. The process may break you down, but it will be intended to build you up.
He will not give you anything He knows you can’t handle, and the pathway will invariably bring you closer to Him. In those moments, keep in mind, it’s a pathway to a New Year, a New Beginning, and a New You, so, Press In!
Love can be expressed in many different ways. Jesus used 5 different love languages to show His love.
Jesus & the 5 Love Languages…
… Act of Sacrifice: Jesus sacrificed His life for us. To give one’s life for another is the greatest act of love that can be shown. This is probably the most difficult of the 5 love languages. A friend once told me that he would take a bullet for me. That kind of love is overwhelming, especially when you know it’s true because of their acts of love and sacrifice they have shown.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
… Words of Affirmation: Jesus continually planted seeds of affirmation in praise and thanksgiving to God, because He deeply loved Him. A close understanding of this verse of scripture reveals that our words are seeds that will yield fruits.
“Therefore, by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” – Hebrews 13:15
… Quality Time: Jesus was seeking prayer and communion with His Heavenly Father. Time with God, your creator and Heavenly Father, is vitally important whether it be through your Bible study, your worship time, or prayer.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
… Giving Gifts: Jesus gave us the precious gift of The Holy Spirit when he left this earth to go be with His Father in Heaven. He said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. … whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Jesus promised The Holy Spirit…
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you.” -John 14:15
… Physical Touch: Physical touch has been proven in the medical field to bring healing and hope to people’s loves. By laying on of hands and praying, Jesus touched many hearts and healed many lives. Speaking the word of God in faith over someone, while touching them, in is very powerful and brings healing in many ways.
“He touched her hand and the fever left her.” – Matthew 18:14-15
We need to learn from Jesus’s example and love deeper in different ways.
Share with us what love language speaks to you!