Wouldn’t it be amazing if people would walk up to us and say I see Jesus in you? I believe that is how Jesus wants us to live our lives.
The woman whom Jesus met at Jacob’s well was so impressed with him that she could not compose herself. She ran around telling everybody she met the following:
John 4:29 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
It may seem impossible for a human being who was born in sin and shaped in iniquity to be like Christ. But it is not beyond our reach. Jesus expects us to do what he did and even greater.
John 14:12 New Living Translation (NLT)Bible Gateway
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, …
Jesus wants us to continue the work he started. But we cannot do it on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.
Therefore, if we gave the Holy Spirit a suitable place to dwell, he will make our impossibilities possible.
Sometimes we get carried away with the accolades and titles which the world bestowed upon us that we forget to tell God thanks for all he has done. He has pulled many of us out of mire clay, others from sinking sands. Let’s show Him our love and gratitude by surrendering our hearts and lives to follow Him.
King of my life, I crown Thee now,James E. Hussey, 1921
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary. Refrain:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.
May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me
Psalm 41:3 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
If you are a Christian, who is carrying a heavy load that God hasn’t seen fit to lighten or remove, don’t give in to bitterness, rebellion, or self-pity.
When your emotions well up, as they inevitably will, think about apostle Paul. He had an affliction that God never saw fit to remove. Be honest with God, he understands. As long as you keep your life open to him, your affliction will never touch your heart.
Hope is like a fire; it needs fuel to keep going. Many people around us have lost hope. So, it’s our responsibility to help them rekindle the flame of hope. Often, all it takes is a spark of encouragement.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)Bible Gateway
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
There is hope for the hopeless in Jesus Christ
Romans 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes we are faced with overwhelming situations that require great courage, but instead of facing our giant we wave the white flag. Then, we walked away from such circumstances feeling dejected and abandoned. So, we blame God.
Lack of courage can be the difference between success and failure
Philistine giant, was a brute of a man. People everywhere feared him. A mere
glimpse at this giant caused soldiers to shake in their boots. No one dared to
face him. In one encounter with the Philistine army, the entire Israeli army
surrendered without raising an arm.
Then came a scrawny teenage shepherd boy named David. He
would challenge and defeat Goliath. David might have been naive, but he was
confident that the God who helped him defended his sheep from predators would
help him fight Goliath. All David needed to do was to find the courage to challenge
and duel a man many times his size.
Friends, often, it’s not the size of our problem that is
setting us back. It is our lack of courage and our defeatist attitude.
Deuteronomy 31:6 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The strength we need to persevere and grow comes from God through the Holy spirit. But only if we allow Him to guide and direct our lives.
James 1:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.