Or, let me ask you this…
“What does it look like to be a true worshipper?
What and who do you turn to when you’re having rough times?
I know for me personally, I turn to God and worship in awe of who
He Is: The Creator, The Almighty, The All-Powerful!
You worship what you find most valuable.
If you view God as being small, then your worship will be small.
“True worship” is your response to all He has done, and giving back to Him, all that you are. It’s the time you get to be real, genuine and vulnerable.
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth;
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”- John 4:23
A “True Worshipper” worships The Father in Spirit; Claps, Lifts their hands, Dances before Him, Stands in awe, Bows down and Makes a joyful noise!
And, in Truth; Believes that His Word is infallible and true
It’s okay, take a deep breath, my friend!
Taking a deep breath, when feeling overwhelmed, helps to bring a feeling of relief.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Say no more.
Here are 6 encouragements for when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
1. God cares for you – Psalm 55:22
2. God will comfort you – Isaiah 66:13
3. God will give you rest – Matthew 11:28
4. God will give you strength – Isaiah 40:31
5. God has a plan for you. – Jeremiah 29:11
6. God is always with you – Deuteronomy 31:6
God knows when you are overwhelmed, exhausted, and worried. He is saying to you today,
“Trust Me. Come to me, and I will help you when you are weighed down and heavily burdened. Take time to pray, and with thanksgiving, bring your request to me, and I will give you rest.”
Remember this: God hears your prayers, and He feels your pain.
Does God’s light shine through your life,
are you one of those “Secret Service Christians”
you keep it hidden in the dark?
In God’s Word, Peter describes believers as those who are, “Called out of darkness into His marvelous light.” -1 Peter 2:9
We who have received salvation are transferred to the “Kingdom of Light.” That light shines through our lives and reflects the nature of Christ—His love, compassion, and forgiveness. His light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds.
It should be obvious by one’s actions, that they belong to Christ!
Some people have been hiding out in the dark for too long!
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds…” Those who seek the praise of men will receive no other reward, but those who live unto God before the world will reflect God to a hurting planet and be rewarded in Heaven. -Matt. 5:16
A way to think about it is… as if you are bringing light into a dark room… it changes the atmosphere…it enables all to see. So, if you think about it…it’s like the presence of Jesus…when in it…it touches one’s heart.
As you take time out of your day to read this, take time to ask God to help you shine brightly with His nature; His love, compassion and forgiveness, and to set a Godly example of obedience to His Word.
Jesus said, “You are light for the world”
so, “Be the light.”-Matthew 5:14
Studies show that…“Consistency will keep you accountable and builds discipline to make a person successful.”
Who are you the most consistent with…your spouse, family, your best friend, or God?
Right now, in America with its’ transition of a new leader in the White House, and the critical new norm that we are being forced to live, we must be consistent in prayer and communication with God and with what His Word says.
Here are 4 ways we must be consistent with:
- Worship God because He reigns above it all.
2. Pray for Our Nation.
3. Stand in the truth, even if you are standing alone.
4. Be consistent in God’s word.
When you are consistent with communication with God and His Word, His voice becomes clear in your life, you will transform into the person He created you to be, and you will see your life and the life that you live in America, change for what is right.
I have to keep my relationship with Christ consistent, just as I have to keep my relationship with my wife Marsha, consistent. Without consistently, it is difficult to have a deep, abiding relationship with someone. Consistency is what makes and helps us grow towards God and life’s goals.
Consistency is what creates new patterns and transforms your mind.
REMEMBER: Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”John 15:4
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!