Tag: God

How Consistent Are You?

Some folks are married but not committed to their spouse. 
Some folks are wealthy but not committed to giving to the poor.
Some folks are thin but not committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Some folks are saved but not committed to Christ.
As you can see, it’s impossible to have a certain attribute, but not be committed.
Are you committed?
One way to prove your commitment level is consistency.
The more consistent you are with something whether it’s honing in on your craft, business or talent, or spending quality time to get to know someone – it’s often a matter of how consistent you are with cultivating that relationship which will determine the outcome. 
For example, say I want to lose 20 lbs -if I work out once a month, even if it’s for 2 hours that one time – I may not see the results I’m looking for. But if I work out every single day at least 30 minutes to an hour a day while cutting calorie intake, then I may see a nice decrease in that red number on the scale.  
In this example, the fact that I chose to be consistent in my workout regimen proved my commitment level. One of Webster’s definitions for the word, “commitment” is, “the act of pledging or engaging.”
Just like as a child you may have pledged allegiance to the flag, you can also pledge allegiance to the cause of whatever it is you’re committed to.    
So for today’s devotional I’d like to encourage you to consider what it is you’re committed to – whether it’s your relationship with God, your family, your career, discovering your life’s mission and purpose, losing weight, getting out of debt, preparing for your future spouse, living life drama free – whatever the case may be…jot down things you can do for the remainder of this year to engage in the process.  
For example, if it’s a commitment to your relationship with God, commit to praying in the morning at least 30 minutes a day (or more), and going to church every Sunday even when it’s raining or you don’t feel like it or reading at least one Scripture a day.
If it’s family, commit to calling your parents at least once a day or once every few days, acknowledge every one’s birthdays with at least a phone call, and invite the family over for dinner at least once a month.  These are all just examples of ways you can add engagement and consistency to whatever it is your committed to.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  John 21:15-17 
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

Chocolate Vent’s Quote of the Week: “I’M NOT LUCKY, I’M LOVED.”

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” {John 15:10}

Confidence In The Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

Today’s Word
For each of us, there is going to be those times in our lives when we find ourselves in the valley.  The valley is the times in our lives when we experience seemingly dangerous and deadly situations.  The valley is also the place in which our hopes and dreams are exposed to attacks by our enemies.  However, because the Lord is our shepherd, we can face each of those situations with a heart full of confidence.  This one of the blessed results of the Lord’s coming into our world for us.

Father, as we reflect upon all of the wonderful things you have done for us, we thank you and praise you for the confidence we have through Christ Jesus our Lord.  Keep us close to your heart.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

– Joel & Victoria Osteen

You Can Be Content In All Circumstances

I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. 
—Philippians 4:11

People of God should be peaceful, joyful, thankful, and content. In Philippians 4:11, Paul said he “learned how to be content.” Well, I don’t know about you, but I spent many years, even as a believer, before I learned contentment, and I believe there are many others who struggle as I did trying to find it. You may be one of them.

I knew how to be satisfied if I was getting my own way—if everything was working exactly as I had planned—but how often does that happen? Very rarely, in my experience.

I knew absolutely nothing about how to handle even the ordinary trials that come along in most every person’s life. I didn’t know how to adapt to other people and things. I found out that a person who can only be satisfied when there are no disturbances in life will spend a great deal of time being discontented.

I finally desired stability enough that I was willing to learn whatever it took to have it. I wanted to be satisfied no matter what was going on around me.

The Amplified Bible defines the word content as “satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted in whatever state I am in.” I appreciate this definition, because it does not say that I must be satisfied to the point where I don’t ever want change, but I can be satisfied to the point that I am not anxious or disturbed. I desperately wanted, and now enjoy, that kind of peace. How about you?

Trusting God and refusing to complain during hard times greatly honors Him. It is of no value to talk of how much we trust God only when all is well. But when difficulty comes, then we should say and sincerely mean, “I trust You, Lord.” He delights in a contented child. I have come to believe being content is one of the greatest ways we can glorify Him. Be content where you are while you are waiting for what you want or need.

Trust in Him: Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you decide to enjoy your everyday life. Trust God and be content regardless of your circumstances.

– Joyce Meyer

Walk This Way

And your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left. —Isaiah 30:21

No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime—even if you have been abandoned by your spouse or abused by your parents or hurt by your children or others—if you will stay on the path on which God leads you and be willing to leave your past behind, you will find peace, joy, and fulfillment. As you walk through this process, you can find comfort in God’s promise from today’s scripture to guide you.

Jesus is the Way, and He has shown us the way in which we are to walk. The Lord has sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the way we are to go, the narrow way that leads to life, not the broad way that leads to destruction (see Matt. 7:14).

God says that as long as the earth remains, there will be “seedtime and harvest” (Gen. 8:22). We might paraphrase it this way: “As long as the earth remains, there will be seed, time and harvest.” When we walk in God’s path, we must be patient like the farmer who plants and expectantly waits for the harvest. He looks forward to the harvest, but he knows that time will elapse between seed planting and reaping. He does not allow that God-ordained process to frustrate him. Don’t let it frustrate you, either.

Today’s scripture promises that God will lead us in the way that we should go. Don’t be afraid, continue doing what is right, and you will live a blessed, joyful life.

Love God Today: Listen for God’s voice, and keep walking on the path that leads to life and blessing.

– Joyce Meyer