Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

Didn’t get what you prayed for?

Comfort Each Other

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)

Our most heart-felt praise to God is when He has brought us through a difficult situation.  He is by our side through all our trials and difficult times.  He comforts us.  Zephaniah 3:17 says He sings and rejoices for us.  Can you picture God singing a lullaby to you to comfort you when you are hurting?  What a compassionate God we have!

Paul says we can comfort others who are going through the same thing we have gone through.  You understand their pain.  You know the words they need to hear because you have been there and understand.  I recently went to a parenting seminar.  My children are grown so I was there as a helper.  One young mother voiced the struggles that she was going through.  I had gone through something similar so I was able to share with her and comfort her.

God wants us to love others the way He loves us.  People are hurting.  Ask God to open your eyes to the pain in others and give you the words to encourage and comfort them.

–Diane

Transforming

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

How do we become conformed to this world?  Where is our focus?  Is it on things of this world or is it on Jesus and His soon return?  When you make Jell-O and place it in a mold to firm up, the Jell-O takes the shape of the mold.  Our lives are the same way.  Whatever we focus our lives on, we take on that characteristic.  Keep your focus on Jesus and you will become more like Him.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10 NIV)

–Diane

Trust in God, Not People

He draws hear with mercy and forgiveness.

My List Is Longer Than Your List

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NIV)

Many years ago I sat in a Bible Study and we were talking about things we’d like to overcome. Now I was a new Christian and my list was super long. Pick something and even if you don’t think it was on my list, it probably was. As we were going around the circle I was thinking “What can I say that doesn’t sound too bad.” Well, the lady next to me just happened to be the Pastor’s wife and when it was her turn she said “I’d like to stop eating so many sweets.”

Are you kidding me? That was what she wanted to overcome? I wanted to say “Excuse me, can you pick something that is actually a real thing? Who the heck cares about that? I am looking at a list here that would make you run screaming from the room and you are talking about sweets!”

I will never forget that. What I didn’t know then and thankfully I know now is that to God we are all a new creation. When we say I believe in Jesus, he sees us as already changed. I was looking inside (and of course at everyone’s outside) and comparing myself to them. God doesn’t do that. He sees us all the same. No matter what your struggle is or what my struggle is, God isn’t comparing them and saying “WOW, look at her list. That’s pretty steep while this other person’s list is easy.” He isn’t doing that. He’s saying “Look at all my kids! Aren’t they marvelous!?”

As you continue your walk with God, know that he sees you right where you are and loves you perfectly. Your worth in his eyes has nothing to do with what you are or are not doing. It has everything to do with your desire to follow him. You see, to God you are already perfect. You have been perfected by the love of Jesus.

-Elaine (Thought4theday.com)