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.
Complacency | 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.