Imagine going to your place and someone comes up to you and asks “why are you always smiling” or “why are you always so happy”, are you prepared with an answer? There are many reasons for me, actually probably can be grouped into 2:
- I had my morning devotional time in God’s Word and met with God.
- I have Jesus as my Lord and Savior and He sent His Holy Spirit to be with me every step of every day.
I know that if I miss for some reason my morning time with God, hearing from Him through His Word, I am a different person. It’s the way I start my day that gets me off on the right step and fills me up before I start my day. Spiritual breakfast. Now throughout the day things will try to rob my joy or deflate or empty me out, which is where praying without ceasing comes into play for the Holy Spirit is able to refill and provide me with the boldness, the power, and the authority I need to press on. The enemy isn’t the people, it’s a spiritual battle that takes place everyday. And if we don’t get filled up and keep filling up, we can become open to the attacks of the devil and respond in ways that we shouldn’t.
So do you get filled up before you start your day? Do you talk to God throughout the day in order to replenish the leak or drain? Do people wonder why you are different? You are so happy? You are smiling? Be prepared for the question and to be able to give a reason for the hope that is within you.
(Matthew 17.1-8; Mark 9.2-8)
28About a week after he had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29While he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God’s purpose by dying in Jerusalem. 32Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus’ glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not really know what he was saying.) 34While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them. 35A voice said from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen—listen to him!” 36When the voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this and told no one at that time anything they had seen.
–from Luke 9
So when people see you walking around smiling all the time, have you ever considered that they may be afraid to ask you why? Is God working so much in your life that some are drawn to you and some are repulsed? Are you living in a way that would be embracing so that you are open and available to talk to others? Don’t live a life that keeps others out, but rather allow the love of God to flow out of you. Let’s be vessels that God can use! Let’s allow that filling to be poured out into the lives of the people around us rather than just evaporating and having no impact or affect on the world around us!
But why you may ask should you try so hard? Because we are to work as unto the Lord, God is our ultimate boss after all. He has put people in authority over us, however, it all lines up to Him and His purposes. To step up and press forward, we need boldness and power to make it through each day. We aren’t supposed to just survive, but we are to thrive!
Do you want to live more than just ordinary lives? Do you want to be filled? Do you want to live in the realm of anything is possible? LOVE! Live an unstoppable love!
Do you want to leave a legacy where people remember your faith? Then you need to not only receive but to give!
Today’s reading continues with…
2We always thank God for you all and always mention you in our prayers. 3For we remember before our God and Father how you put your faith into practice, how your love made you work so hard, and how your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is firm. 4Our friends, we know that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own. 5For we brought the Good News to you, not with words only, but also with power and the Holy Spirit, and with complete conviction of its truth. You know how we lived when we were with you; it was for your own good. 6You imitated us and the Lord; and even though you suffered much, you received the message with the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. 7So you became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8For not only did the message about the Lord go out from you throughout Macedonia and Achaia, but the news about your faith in God has gone everywhere. There is nothing, then, that we need to say. 9All those people speak about how you received us when we visited you, and how you turned away from idols to God, to serve the true and living God 10and to wait for his Son to come from heaven—his Son Jesus, whom he raised from death and who rescues us from God’s anger that is coming.
–from 1 Thessalonians 1
Need help? Call on Jesus! Need hope? Call on Jesus! Need strength? Call on Jesus! Need wisdom? Call on Jesus! The name above all names! The name, the only name by which we can be saved! He is the way, the truth, and the life, nobody gets to the Father, except through Him! It is through Him, that we have been able to become the children of God! If you haven’t started a relationship with Jesus yet, it’s not too late to join the family! You will see the Roman Road on my homepage which gives and speaks to the truth. I want to share 2 pieces of it:
VI. Romans 10:9-11
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
VII. Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
So do you believe Jesus is the son of God? Then turn to Him and ask Him for forgiveness and to help you help you to become all that He created you to be. Find a place of fellowship, a place to meet with and be encouraged by other believers. Look for a Bible believing and preaching church where you can be fed and filled. If you would like to learn more, leave me a comment and I would be happy to chat..
So let’s celebrate and praise God for this is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it!
1Praise the Lord! Praise his name, you servants of the Lord, 2who stand in the Lord’s house, in the Temple of our God. 3Praise the Lord, because he is good; sing praises to his name, because he is kind. 4He chose Jacob for himself, the people of Israel for his own. 5I know that our Lord is great, greater than all the gods. 6He does whatever he wishes in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in the depths below. 7He brings storm clouds from the ends of the earth; he makes lightning for the storms, and he brings out the wind from his storeroom. 8In Egypt he killed all the first-born of people and animals alike. 9There he performed miracles and wonders to punish the king and all his officials. 10He destroyed many nations and killed powerful kings: 11Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan, and all the kings in Canaan. 12He gave their lands to his people; he gave them to Israel. 13Lord, you will always be proclaimed as God; all generations will remember you. 14The Lord will defend his people; he will take pity on his servants. 15The gods of the nations are made of silver and gold; they are formed by human hands. 16They have mouths, but cannot speak, and eyes, but cannot see. 17They have ears, but cannot hear; they are not even able to breathe. 18May all who made them and who trust in them become like the idols they have made! 19Praise the Lord, people of Israel; praise him, you priests of God! 20Praise the Lord, you Levites; praise him, all you that worship him! 21Praise the Lord in Zion, in Jerusalem, his home. Praise the Lord!
–from Psalm 135