Being at school or work during the day, we hear many different comments, questions, and statements. We often soak them into our mind and file it away for later if necessary. I suggest that if anything your ears hear is not of the BIG 8– throw it away! Focus on the BIG 8– Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. (Phil. 4:8) These are the important things your head needs to soak up and spit out. When you hear the negative throughout the day, toss is in file 13 (trash)… Remember, God loves you and wants the best for you and all your thoughts! We have to guard our minds more than ever now because of the evil influences that surround us. ❤
People are getting up in arms over their own hatred of others. It’s astounding the killings that are happening every day. White policemen are not the enemy. Black males in poverty are not the enemy. Mentally unstable folks are not the enemy. Isis is not the enemy. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy is Satan and his desperate attempt at controlling your emotions and mind. Satan works through people just like the Holy Spirit works through Christians. So why not just ignore him? He is strong and persuasive especially to the spiritually weak. Just think about it, Satan was able to convince Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus, even though he was one of his closest friends. John 13:2 “The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.” John 13:27 “As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him”.
Some people are vulnerable and are easily overtaken by Satan who feeds their hatred, anger, jealousy, greed and envy, and some folks are just willing to be used as an instrument of destruction. How do we fight against them? Satan is more powerful than any human being. We cannot resist him on our own. The only resistance we have is with the Holy Spirit working through us. Satan knows Jesus is going to destroy him soon. He is afraid. All the demons are afraid. Matthew 8:29 gives us a glimpse of how the demons respond to Jesus, “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
Our only hope to fight the evil in this world is to pray to God for healing, to treat others with compassion and love. We need to be more vocal about God’s love and compassion until it shatters the evil energy that hovers in the atmosphere.
Having a job means having certain benefits. The better the job, sometimes comes with better benefits. We definitely like having good insurance, sick days, disability insurance, pay increases throughout the career and etc. These benefits come with full-time jobs where you are committed to working for the long haul. Part-time workers don’t have many, if any benefits. Some employers give part-timers a discount and option of hours, but that’s about it. Living for God comes with excellent benefits for life! But this life comes with total surrender and faith and trust in God who controls the life. “Forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles” (Psalm 103:2-5). This life is made complete by accepting the benefits God provides. Even when life seems daunting and dim, like the disciples faced, they continued to be filled with great joy because the benefits of God are within and no one is able to take them away. Accepting God’s benefits will create the best life possible! It makes the life journey bearable.
Living such busy lives, we can often lose it once deadlines, schedules, and happenings built up and become more than we want to bear. The Bible tells us we will have days like this. I guess “momma” has been quoting the Bible all these years. Paul tells us in Colossians 1:17 “He (Jesus) is before all things and in him all things hold together”. Jesus wants us to trust Him with absolutely everything, especially the burdens because He knows how they affect us. We are light bulbs for Jesus, and when burdens cloud and cover the light, we don’t shine. Jesus keeps us shining!
Start your day giving God glory and thanking Him for all things that are going to happen. He knows what’s happening, so praise Him for the day’s journey, and let Him “keep it together”.
Not until I had my first job did I realize that some adults never grow up. I witnessed many forms of self-absorption, envy, hate, and just plain meanness (from older co-workers). I didn’t experience this drama in high school or college, so it was a shock to my personal feelings. Once I adjusted my attitude accordingly, I was alright. It took “growing up” mentally and emotionally to deal with life in the real world. Having a relationship with God, my Heavenly Father, helped me adjust well. I knew that God loved me, created me and has given me a purpose. I chose to find my identity through God’s eyes, not the eyes of peers.
Just as babies, we learn to crawl before walk and we drink milk before solid food, there’s a process to growing. Being a Christian has a similar process, and being a new employee has a process. We start by getting the job or getting saved. We go to work/church and learn how it works. We learn the program/Bible, the language, the schedule and our responsibilities. As Christians, we do have responsibilities. One important one is to keep growing up- don’t stay a baby being hand-fed every Sunday. Hebrews 5:11-14 explains this problem has always been, “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”.
We are living in difficult, grown-up days and we need to mature in Christ and be serious about our responsibilities. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.