DEVOTIONAL: EVERY DAY IS A FRESH START

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Every day is a fresh start

Every Day is a Fresh Start

Yesterday has passed, we can’t add or take-away anything.  We can’t change anything we said, didn’t say, wanted to say – or do…and to sit and worry or be angry about things in the past not only ruins the new day that started but also ruins the new opportunities that may come your way.  It stops us from smelling the roses, seeing the new sunrise and listening to God’s voice – and we know God is not in the loud noises but in the soft whisper of the wind – so we need to listen carefully 🙂

The author of Lamentations starts off by telling us in chapter 3 about God’s wrath and the bad stuff he has seen, then in verses 22-24 he says this, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”

Ecclesiastes 7:10 tells us, “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’  For it is not wise to ask such questions.”  When we look back at the “old days” we want to remember only the good things that happened but we forget it wasn’t all good…or we look back and only remember the bad stuff and forget it wasn’t all bad.  We are not objective about the past.  Matthew 6:34 “Each day has enough troubles of its own.”  So why go and worry about yesterday’s troubles or what the future may hold.

No matter what happened in the past when you cry out to the Lord, Psalm 40 tells us God reaches out and helps us. Psalm 40:2&3 “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14 says “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this:  God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” In other words…life is unpredictable, so why look back or ahead, just enjoy today and make the most of it.

Smell the roses; look at the sunrise 🙂 and search, with optimism and expectation, new opportunities, new excitement, love, laughter and new ways to help those in need.

Have a blessed, wonderful and NEW day!!!

God Bless

XOXO

J

“Feeling” nothing…

Devotional

Its not about me its about You Lord

Religion is not just about ’emotions,’ meaning that when I ‘feel’ good, God is good but when I ‘feel’ sad, frustrated, angry.. then God is not so good anymore.

We want to “get” something from church, worship and our relationship from God but when we don’t ‘feel’ anything – joy, peace… – or get a specific message for ourselves during Bible study or church, or if we don’t receive what we prayed for…IMMEDIATELY and in our own way, then we are disappointed with God.  We say: “God doesn’t love me, ” “He doesn’t care how I feel or about my situation,” “Does He even know I exist and that I’m struggling?”

YES, He knows about you and your problems and He loves you dearly, BUT we are missing the point!  God did not create the world for us and to please us in every way we want.  Everything is about Him and His glory…He is the Creator…not us!

So we should actually be asking:  “What can I do to please God?” “Even if I don’t ‘feel’ anything during worship, let me continue in any case because it’s not about me. It’s not what I can get out of it.”

We need to make a mindset change and try to not ‘use’ God for our own benefit.  As soon as you start submitting to God’s will and renewing your mind by thinking of Him before yourself, you will start ‘feeling’ peace in your life…and no, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to have obstacles you need to overcome, you can now just overcome them WITH God, in His will.  He wants to help you because He really cares! But God is not just Love, He is also Just and Righteous, so He will go against His own nature if He tries to please people to earn their favour…and He doesn’t need to do that, He is God.

Take some time to sit and think if you’re not maybe doing or saying things that’s blocking you from hearing God’s Word.  He’s waiting patiently, in love, for you to turn to Him with an open heart…not a perfects heart…just a willing, open heart and He will help you to clean it again.

God really loves you!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 12:2 ” 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.”

Hebrews 5:11-12 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 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 solid food!”

2 Timothy 2:11-13,15,19 “Here is a trustworthy saying:  If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription:  “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

Hope you all have a blessed week!

XOXO

J