We can’t just live our lives, sharing bible verses on social media, donating to the Christian radio stations, and telling people “we will pray for you ” when things are bad. We have to actually do the things that we talked about doing. When we come to know Jesus we have to live our lives in a way that shows we have been changed.
We can no longer be of this world but living in this world with a purpose to spread God’s love. It is not enough to just talk the talk when it come to Jesus. We must walk the walk and all we do.
Therefore produce fruit that is worthy of [and consistent with your] repentance [that is, live changed lives, turn from sin and seek God and His righteousness]. And do not even begin to say to yourselves [as a defense], ‘We have Abraham for our father [and so our heritage assures us of salvation]’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children (descendants) for Abraham [for God can replace the unrepentant, regardless of their heritage, with those who are obedient].
LUKE 3:8 AMP
For years I have been anti Valentine’s Day. Even now that man is literally the best Valentine you could ask for still been pretty anti Valentine’s Day.
However this year something hit me right in the face and I’ve had a change of heart. Man set me a pin of a template to make homemade religious-based Valentine for baby Logan’s class. And all the sudden I realized that Valentine’s Day could be another tool used to spread the love of Jesus. Why had I never thought of this before!?!?
Jesus is whole story is All About Love. And what better way to spread the story of his love then on a day dedicated to love. So I made those religious-based Valentine’s Day cards not only for baby Logan’s class but we gave them to our Starbucks Baristas and I gave them to my folks at work.
It is only a small corner of the world this year but perhaps as my years go on I can remember not to be so cynical about this day being created by the candy companies and use it as another tool to spread God’s love. Because let’s face it over the next several years the Need For Love will be more important than ever.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Jesus loves you.
God is near. He loves each and everyone of us. The crazy media wants to act differently. Yes God does expect different behavior and has rules, but he LOVES everyone.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psalms 46:1-2 NKJV
#1 to finally once and for all quit smoking
#2 to make sure my children and husband know they are loved each day. Tomorrow is never promised
#3 to teach my darling stepson to tie his shoes
#4 to get #BabyLogan moved over to the toddler bed, perfect brushing his teeth & start the potty training process ( 2nd half of year)
#5 take a get away for 3-4 days hubby only
#6 take a family get away for 5-7 days
#7 make sure my parents know how much I love and appreciate them
#8 reduce my alcohol intake
#9 read 24 books of the bible (at least)
#10 make a better effort with friends
And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 2:44-47 NASB
Can you imagine what a world we would live in if we followed the above verse? Strive for community like this!
I have a chance to test myself on this verse starting today. And how appropriate for the Christmas season. I have someone in my life who drives me insane & sometimes does me real wrong going thru something awful . My chance to truly show them God’s love, grace, peace, and kindness. Wish me luck!
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 3:18 -http://bible.com/100/1jn.3.18.NASB
#God #theword #godisgood #allthetime
Really enjoyed today’s devotional from my December http://www.herbinderproject.com * devotionals. I definitely never knew that is wonderful counselor meant.
But also this is probably the number one thing I know I struggle with. The minute somebody does me wrong mentally I started seeking out revenge for them. I know its a defense mechanism. I’m just feeling hurt and they hurt me so I want to hurt them. But it is my number one thing as I am growing in my walk with Christ that I have to improve upon. The world is full of too much hurt and pain.
Hurt people hurt people.
I cannot control other people’s actions only my reaction to them.
So I must seek out our wonderful counselor Jesus each day to learn how to handle my situations in a way that give glory to him. And each day I can respond better to one situation I will slowly start to make a difference.
Will you change with me?
*devotion in picture written by Toni R. Lampley ( http://www.tonirlampley.com )