The song Trust in You by Lauren Daigle displays how through trusting in God, we can find peace during any circumstance in life.
Most of us at least have family members or friends who care about us. People who will help us out during our journey of life. Having people who care for you is necessary for sustained growth in life. When we know that we are deeply cared for, it gives us an inner peace that is always with us. No matter how bad things might get in life, as long as we have a good support system, we can make it through anything. No matter how helpful our friends and family can be though, God alone can bring all the peace we will ever need in our lives.
When things are going bad in life, it can be a good idea to turn to friends and family for advice and help. Although, turning to God for guidance and peace should become automatic. In the bibles, it is said in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. That is because while our friends and family will have good intentions, God’s intentions are perfect and his peace is perfect. When we are placed in difficult situations, all we need to do is turn to God and he will place peace over our life. He will let us know that no matter how bad things are, they will get better and you will know that He is watching over you. This feeling will give us an abundance of peace that will carry us on in life no matter what struggles we face.
Rest | 11.15.17
The song Lord I Need You by Chris Tomlin provides a great example of how badly we need rest time with God in our lives.
We all know that rest is important in our lives. If we do not get time to rest, we will simply burnout and deteriorate. With that being said, very few people know that there are two main types of rest. The traditional kind is watching television and sleeping. The other vital rest we need is spiritually. We can only receive this type of rest by being close to God and devoting some time to see what he wants in our life, and to let him have control.
I understand that the first type of rest is easy to do and it can be quite fun. With that said, spiritual rest is just as important and will have a huge impact on our lives for the better. As hard as it is to separate ourselves from this world, it is necessary for spiritual growth and guidance to be at peak levels. When we spend time resting with God, He will restore us and prepare us for the future like no way a T.V. show or video game could. As said in Psalm 23:2-3, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.” There is no rest quite like what time with God provides us. I think it is really important that we all strive to have more alone time with Him and if done properly, we will reap many benefits.
Fear | 10.11.17
The song Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin greatly shows the power of having God with us in life.
Many people in this world spend their lives surrounded by fear. Fear of making a wrong decision, fear of not meeting rent, fear of being considered an outsider or different, and so on. Fear holds us back in life and stops us from becoming who we are supposed to be. I know these examples are a bit extreme but what would Jackie Robinson and MLK have been if they lived their lives in fear? I’m not exactly sure, but I do know that they would not have made the positive impact they did in their lives because fear would have stopped them.
There are a few ways in which we can get over fears so that we can have the most optimal impact in life. One of which is using family and friends/ motivational videos, etc. as a way to be encouraged and emboldened. The best way to live life with very minimal fear is to accept God into our hearts and to have him lead us where he may. When we have full trust in God, it alleviates many of the fears of life and fears that are still present are easier to overcome. In Deuteronomy 5:5 it is said, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Always keep that verse in mind, we are not alone and we can use the strength of God to overcome any fears or challenges in life.
Conquer | 09.13.17
I feel defeated. I feel mad discouraged that the things in my life will never go the way I want them to. I am beyond stressed and overwhelmed. There is no way I can overcome this hardship. If I had someone to support me, and love me, and help me along the way I know I could do it. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us,” Romans 8:37 says in the Bible. When life attacks (Romans 8:35-36), I know I have to stand firm in my faith in God. He who loves me and nothing I can ever do will separate His love from me. God sent His son, Jesus, to die, and then resurrected Him, so that God can have a personal relationship with me. When I believe that the God that created the universe, including myself, loves me beyond anything I can imagine, and is standing behind me with His sword drawn ready to tackle this hard life with me, then I know I am more than a conqueror. God’s love gives me the power to not worry about what is going to happen, because if He is willing to give up His only Son for me, then why would He not give me the things that I need according to His purpose for my life? Believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, that God brought him to life again, and believe He is God’s only Son. God is ready to step in and help you become the champion He knows you are. Once you are saved there is no losing that salvation, and this Satan will still try to bring you down, but having the Holy Spirit inside of you is a power that the Devil will be overwhelmed by. (Romans 8:31-39, Matthew 6:25-34) Song suggestion: “Same Power” by Jeremy Camp.
Reject | 08.16.17
Have you ever felt rejected? Maybe by your parents, your friends, your siblings, or maybe someone you thought loved you, and maybe even God? Have you ever felt like you were not wanted, cared for, or needed? Rejection hurts. It cuts deep, and makes us feel insecure about who we are. If you have ever felt like that then you share something in common with Jesus. When Jesus came into the world, he was rejected by the people of his hometown in Nazareth (Luke 4:14-30), by the religious leaders of the world known as the Pharisees, and ultimately the world when he was crucified. In Psalm 118:22 the Bible says “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” The cornerstone is the most important stone that builders selected, because if it was off, even by an inch, then the whole foundation of the building would be off as well. See, God turned Jesus, “the rejected stone” into “the cornerstone”. God used Jesus to save the world from their sins, and turned His son into the most important foundation we can find in our lives. If you feel rejected, then you are in the perfect place for God to use you and do something important with your life, because of how special you are to Him. If you want to be saved, all you have to do is trust God to save you, by grace through faith, and he will become your cornerstone. He will hold firm in the worst storms of your life. Song suggestion: “Cornerstone” by Hillsong
Joy | 07.14.17
There are two songs that really come to my mind that relate to this devotional. They are blessings and I’m turnt from Lecrae. Blessings really puts all that we are lucky to have at the forefront of our thoughts and I’m turnt shows that God has the power to give us the biggest high we could ever have in life.
It is difficult to always be joyful and happy in life. We are all blessed in different ways but have trials and tribulations thrown into our lives that we need to deal with. These challenges thrown in our life often times make us forget all that we are blessed by in life. As a result, many people live life not as joyful and happy as they should, because we often focus more on the bad than the good in our lives. What this outlook on life does is make us do less and be less than we are meant to be and our impact on the world and glorifying God lessens. So, how can we live a life filled with Joy no matter what blessings or trials we are currently given? Continually living with God in your heart and on your mind is the best way to improve our happiness and joy in our lives. As said in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. As described in that piece of scripture, there are plenty of ways to increase our joy throughout life and God is at the center of that. We need to constantly stay connected to God and keep a positive perspective on life so that we can make the most of it and be a true servant to God and his people.
Complacent | 07.07.17
My song of the day related to my devotional is Oceans from (Crowns and Thorns). It mentions how we can use the spirit of Jesus to lead us through the ups and downs of life to keep us steady and on the right path.
Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you felt that you do not need to work any harder because you are doing fine? Where you were so self satisfied that you started to ignore and downplay those who have helped you all along? That is the work of complacency, and the bible strongly rejects this. We can’t stop all the good we have done that got us to a good part in our lives because then everything can unravel. The reason we keep trudging forward in life is as mentioned in Hebrews 6:12 “so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises”. Through this piece of scripture it can be seen that truly great things come through patience and longevity of hard work and dedication. Thus, while we will make mistakes in life and fall complacent at time, as long as we keep striving towards God and becoming better people in our relationships, work, etc. Then we will eventually get all we deserve through God as our reward for being patient, steady, and true to him.