Live in Harmony

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
~ Romans 12:16 [NLT]

There’s always someone smarter than you and richer than you.  Yet when we find ourselves around someone who is less capable, pride can get in the way.  Treat those who are not as fortunate as you with respect, just like you would want to be treated from those who have more resources than you.

Eternal Perspectives

Why does God go to all the trouble to dirty his hands, as it were, with our decaying, sin-stained flesh, in order to reestablish it as a resurrection body and clothe it with immortality? . . . Because his Son paid the price of death so that the Father’s purpose for the material universe would be fulfilled, namely, that he would be glorified in it, including in our bodies forever and ever.
~ John Piper, [“What Happens When You Die?”]

Resurrected bodies are not intended just to float in space, or to flit from cloud to cloud. They call for a new earth on which to live and to work, glorifying God. The doctrine of the resurrection of the body, in fact, makes no sense whatever apart from the doctrine of the new earth.
~ Anthony Hoekema, [“Heaven: Not Just an Eternal Day Off”]

Crown of Life

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
~ James 1:12 [NLT]

When trials enter our lives, be encouraged, that these moments are a temporary test.  God promises that though we face hard times in this life, His loved ones will receive the crown of life.  It is a blessing when God meets us in difficulty, grows our character, and lets us know He is faithful in every situation.

Truth for Today

We ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body, for we were saved in this hope. 
~ ROMANS 8 : 23 – 24

Trials in a believer’s life increase his anticipation for heaven. Just as trials create a growing disinterest in the passing world, they also create a greater desire, for example, to be reunited with a loved one who has gone to be with the Lord. If the most beloved people in your life have entered into the presence of our precious Savior, and if you have invested your time and money in eternal things, then you won’t have much tying you to this passing world.

Beyond this life of suffering is a glorious future for the believer that makes us all the more desirous for the fulfillment of salvation. Thus trials give us a greater affection for that which is eternal—they help us long for the eternal city of heaven.

Dear Jesus

I am everywhere at every time, ceaselessly working on your behalf. That is why your best coping strategies are trusting Me and living close to Me.

Dear Jesus,

You are indeed an awesome God! Who but You could be everywhere at every time? It amazes me that One so great as You would care about the many details of my life. Yet You do! When I ponder these glorious truths, I feel safe—knowing I am never alone. Help me, Lord, to keep these truths before me—to keep You always before me. Otherwise, I fall back into my default mode: straining and striving as if outcomes were totally up to me.

Beloved, I am pleased that you want to keep My very Presence before you—not just truths about Me. It’s so easy for My children to confuse knowledge about Me with knowing Me experientially. The apostle Paul understood this distinction: He wrote about needing Power through My Spirit, to grasp the vast magnitude of My Love—Love that surpasses knowledge! Knowing Me is so much more than an activity of the mind. 

You asked for help in keeping Me always before you. This is largely a matter of trusting Me. Sometimes you are keenly aware of My Presence; at other times, this awareness is minimal—or even absent. When you feel alone, you need to rely on your trust in Me. Continue to live and communicate as if I am with you, because I am! I have promised I will never leave you or forsake you. Instead of running after other gods when you feel needy, concentrate on coming nearer to Me. No matter what is happening, trusting Me and drawing close to Me are excellent strategies for living well.

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
~ Psalm 16:8

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
~Ephesians 3:16–19

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 
~ Hebrews 13:5

Jesus Lives

Hope

I am your risen, living Savior! Through My resurrection you have been born again to an ever-living hope. It is vital for you to remain hopeful, no matter what is going on in your life. People put their hope in a variety of things—wealth, power, health, medical treatments—but these are all insufficient. When storms break upon your life, you can find only one adequate source of help—Me! The hope I provide is an anchor for your soul, firm and secure even in the most tempestuous waters. A good way to remain anchored in Me is to whisper as often as needed: “Jesus, You are my Hope.” This affirmation strengthens you and keeps you connected to Me.

I am constantly working to transform your life. You need My help continually to keep your hope alive. I stand ready to help you at all times—during stormy episodes as well as times of smooth sailing. I am not only ever-living but also more abundantly alive than you can possibly imagine. There are no limits to what My great Power and Glory can accomplish! I can change the most “hopeless” situation into outright victory. Moreover, as you affirm your trust in Me—no matter how difficult your circumstances—I am able to transform you: gradually, lovingly. Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.

Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

~ 1 Peter 1:3 [AMP]

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever.

~ Hebrews 6:19 [NJKV]

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 

~ Mark 13:26

“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

~ Isaiah 49:23

Invisible Love

Owe nothing to anyone – except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.
~ Romans 13:8 [NLT]

If you don’t show your love for someone, it may appear to others that they are not loved.  Are you sidetracked by your busy day that you’re forgetting the little things?  Those little things add up and become powerful enough to send the wrong message.  Overcome this and send a loving message.  What speaks to your loved one?  If it’s confidence, encourage them.  If it’s feeling pretty, compliment them.  If it’s strength, support them.  Fulfilling this law will honor God.