Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself. [Phil. 2:5 The Message]— Jesus emptied Himself by taking on the form of a servant. [Phil. 2:7 GWT]
Servants think more about others than about themselves. It is only when we forget about ourselves that we look, think and act like the Savior.
Do you aspire to do great things for God’s kingdom? Then trust Him. Trust Him with every aspect of your life. Trust Him with your relationships. Trust Him with your finances. Follow His commandments and pray for the Spirit’s power and guidance. Then, wait patiently for God’s revelations and for His blessings. In His own fashion and in His own time, God will bless you in ways that you never could have imagined.
Before we can expect God to work miracles in our lives, we must first trust Him with everything we have and everything we are. Then and only then will we begin to see the miraculous results of His endless love and His awesome power.
Reflections on Holiness and Worship
What is God’s ultimate goal for our lives? He created us to know Him, to worship Him, to extol Him, to praise Him, to love Him and to lead others to Christ. That’s our purpose and reason for being alive. God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with Him, but He does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over our sin, instead of justifying it. We are to earnestly pursue holiness in the power of the Spirt, as a way of life.
If you want to enjoy a better life, try worshipping God seven days a week, not just on Sundays. Every human life is based on some form of worship. The question is not whether you will worship, but what you worship. If you distance yourself from God by foolishly worshipping earthly possessions and personal gratification, you will be making a big mistake. Worship God with sincerity and thanksgiving. Write His Name on your heart and rest assured that He loves you.
God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. [John 4:24].
Does God smile?
May the Lord smile on you. [Numbers 6:25 NLT] Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live. [Psalm 119:130 The Message] God takes pleasure in those who honor Him; in those who trust in His constant love. [Psalm 147:11 TEV]—-God smiles when we love Him supremely, trust Him completely, obey Him wholeheartedly and praise and thank Him continually. We please God by what we do and not only by what we believe. [James 2:24 CEV]
To whom does God show mercy?
- To the merciful– [Matt. 5:7] God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
- To those who ask–[Acts 2:21] Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
- To those who don’t deserve it–[Ps.103:10] He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does He deal with us as we deserve.
- To anyone He chooses–[Rom.9:15] I will show mercy to anyone I choose and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.
God is love and mercy is the out working of His Love. Have you experienced God’s mercy? Then thank Him for showing you mercy, you know He didn’t have to.
How can I experience God’s Presence? [Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8]. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 The Bible says; [If my people will seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins]. God reveals Himself when we seek Him and turn away from sin.
As a sponge soaks up water we need to soak up God’s truth. As water flows from a squeezed sponge, so God’s truth should flow from us. Share with others as God gives opportunity, share your time, your resoures and God’s Word.