Ever been trying to get something done and find that there are others trying to sabotage you? Ever been trying to set something up and find that there are others trying to take you out? Don’t rush to conclusions! Don’t be crazy in your response and take out the good and the bad! Seek wisdom about how to deal with it so that in the end not only will you get the reward but also the satisfaction. (check this out)
When we turn to God even with just a small amount of faith, even the size of a mustard seed, it can be enough to get us through the challenges and trials we are facing. God wants us to keep and put our trust in Him! And in so doing, we will not only get to see but also live the miracles of God in this world we live. When we plan that small seed of faith, God will water it and help it grow. It will go from being so small to being a power house, a covering, a place of peace, hope, and courage. So don’t give up! Even if you only have a little, allow God to use it and work it in and through your life. (check this out)
It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t take much to get things started. A small amount can take something from good to great. A small amount and take something from good to devastating. Consider today as you prepare and get ready for what is ahead of you, what are you bringing to the mix. Consider today what you will allow to be included or added to the mixture. That one ingredient can take dough and make it rise. That one ingredient can take dough and make it fall flat. Forgetting to add the right ingredient can keep it from even starting to rise. So let’s be aware of what’s taking place around us. If someone is trying to stir up love, joy, peace, harmony then let’s try to add more. If someone is trying to stir up bitterness, anger, frustration, displeasure, discontentment we need to keep that out and not allow it into the mix and possibly even start over with a new batch! (check this out)
Today, let’s focus on where we are going! Let’s not let the worries or fears of this world keep us from becoming the people God created us to be. Jesus speaks of what the kingdom of God is like, and we don’t have to wait till we get to heaven to be able to experience.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
44“The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.
The Parable of the Pearl
45“Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, 46and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.
The Parable of the Net
47“Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. 48When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones go into the buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away. 49It will be like this at the end of the age: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good 50and will throw them into the fiery furnace, where they will cry and gnash their teeth.
New Truths and Old
51“Do you understand these things?” Jesus asked them.
“Yes,” they answered.
52So he replied, “This means, then, that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of heaven is like a homeowner who takes new and old things out of his storage room.”
– from Matthew 13 (GNT)
Do you know your audience? Do you prepare so that even before you arrive, you are ready? Do you have expectations of how they will be? Once you start and if you realize that they aren’t what you expected, how do you respond? If they are antagonistic, how will you respond? If they are just trying to mess with you, what will you do? If they are planting seeds of doubt, how will you respond? Don’t set false expectations or the bar so high nobody can meet it! Don’t take it all on your shoulders, as it could be a problem with them. Be wise! Seek wisdom! Respond appropriately! (check this out)
We need to live in the power and the promises of the new agreement and promise. We need to be receiving that and walking in that each step of every day. Sharing it allows the truth to circulate and the Word to get around. Are you stuck? Are you going through the motions? What is leading and guiding you? What is your source of truth? How will you know that you are heading in the right direction? We need to make it about the relationship and hold onto Him. Don’t be held back because of other people’s attitude, but press onward and upward in order to accomplish all that God has planned and purposed for your life! (check this out)
So as we prepare for everything that is ahead of us, let’s put our trust in God!
1I come to you, Lord, for protection; never let me be defeated. You are a righteous God; save me, I pray!
2Hear me! Save me now! Be my refuge to protect me; my defense to save me.
3You are my refuge and defense; guide me and lead me as you have promised.
4Keep me safe from the trap that has been set for me; shelter me from danger.
5 I place myself in your care. You will save me, Lord; you are a faithful God.
6You hate those who worship false gods, but I trust in you.
7I will be glad and rejoice because of your constant love. You see my suffering; you know my trouble.
8You have not let my enemies capture me; you have given me freedom to go where I wish.
9Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in trouble; my eyes are tired from so much crying; I am completely worn out.
10I am exhausted by sorrow, and weeping has shortened my life. I am weak from all my troubles; even my bones are wasting away.
11All my enemies, and especially my neighbors, treat me with contempt. Those who know me are afraid of me; when they see me in the street, they run away.
12Everyone has forgotten me, as though I were dead; I am like something thrown away.
13I hear many enemies whispering; terror is all around me. They are making plans against me, plotting to kill me.
14But my trust is in you, O Lord; you are my God.
15I am always in your care; save me from my enemies, from those who persecute me.
16Look on your servant with kindness; save me in your constant love.
17I call to you, Lord; don’t let me be disgraced. May the wicked be disgraced; may they go silently down to the world of the dead.
18Silence those liars—all the proud and arrogant who speak with contempt about the righteous.
19How wonderful are the good things you keep for those who honor you! Everyone knows how good you are, how securely you protect those who trust you.
20You hide them in the safety of your presence from the plots of others; in a safe shelter you hide them from the insults of their enemies.
21Praise the Lord! How wonderfully he showed his love for me when I was surrounded and attacked!
22I was afraid and thought that he had driven me out of his presence. But he heard my cry, when I called to him for help.
23Love the Lord, all his faithful people. The Lord protects the faithful, but punishes the proud as they deserve.
24Be strong, be courageous, all you that hope in the Lord.
– from Psalm 31