“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” – Revelation 4:11 NIV
God is worthy. Sometimes we don’t feel worthy because we are new and we sometimes make mistakes. God is patient with us. He created us. He never gets confused.
We are fortunate to have a loving, creative Heavenly Father. Amen.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. – John 15:12 KJV
The test that we are a true Christian is not that we are following the “right” doctrines, but that we can love one another in the same way that Christ loves us. His love does not condemn others for not following the “true” rules and regulations that so many churches incorporate into their subcultures.
Love is patient. Love is kind. When we find ourselves wanting to correct someone else besides we think he or she does understand our “truth,” we must remember that Jesus is patient with us. He always answers our questions. He does not always give us the answer we were expecting to hear, but He is always true, right, and fair. His love for us transcends anything else in this world. Amen.
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 KJV
The Holy Spirit is accessible to everyone who believes in Jesus. God gives us different gifts and talents. Each one of us is unique.
When we work with each other instead of against each other, the Lord blesses our work and gives us peace and equanimity just when we need it. God hears our prayers! Amen.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16 NIV
It can be helpful to keep a prayer list. A list is not just a long list of names that we recite when we pray to God. Sometimes the Holy Spirit impresses us to pray for a certain person on a particular day. When we get that feeling that someone needs prayer, we can pause and offer up a short prayer to God.
Likewise, we all make mistakes and we all need prayer. We can help onr another by focusing on love instead of judgment. Amen.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. – Galatians 6:4-5 NIV
The Lord knows that when we compare ourselves to others, we sometimes feel inadequate, so He asks us to focus on our own work and take pride in the work that we accomplish.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, so when we take pride in our work, we acknowledge that we are co-creators with God, and we can do nothing without Him. He doesn’t consider us so small that He refuses to work with us. On the contrary! The Lord encourages us to work with Him, as we ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Our work, plus God’s finishing touches, is praiseworthy indeed. Amen.
Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. – Psalms 95:2 NIV
Thankfulness can bring much joy to our hearts. No matter how challenging a day we may have experienced, we can always find something to praise God about. Focusing on God’s goodness can restore our spirits and music and singing can uplift our moods.
The Lord knows what can bring us joy, and He delights to celebrate with us. Amen.
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 6:13-16 NIV
The Lord gives life, and life eternal. There is no salvation except through Jesus Christ.
The sun is the brightest object in the sky that we can see, yet the light that can shine from Jesus is even brighter than the sun.
We do not worship the sun, but we are lucky because we worship the God who made it, and everything in existence. Men may chase the fountain of youth in search for immortality, yet God’s treasure in heaven is the best reward we could possibly imagine. Amen.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. – Psalms 27:7 NIV
The Lord is a God of mercy. He is slow to anger and abounding in love.
When it takes time to recover from a cold, the Lord hears our prayers. He knows that we need our health restored so that we can serve Him better.
No task for the Lord is too small. He is pleased when we seek Him first.
So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. – 2 Corinthians 5:9 NIV
When we shift our thoughts to what we can do to serve God instead of what He can do for us to check off things from our lists, our perspective changes.
We are not our own. We were bought at a price, and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us is far more than anyone could give.
Our problems are temporary. Life with Jesus in heaven will be eternal. What we experience today is just a drop in a vast ocean. God loves us beyond anything we know. Amen.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. – Psalms 62:8 NIV
Sometimes we can be hard on ourselves. Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes, even if we were trying our best.
The Lord is with us no matter what. He is our hiding place. We are safe with Him.
We can share with Him all the burdens we are carrying and all the desires of our hearts. He hears all our requests, and He is never too busy to respond. We sometimes have to be patient, because He answers us in ways we cannot always anticipate. Amen.