Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:45:00 PM
And Jesus said unto him, "Friend." Matthew 26:50
God's purposes in your life are tied to relationships-and not always enjoyable ones.
But God can turn your rejection into direction. Sometimes He opens doors, other times He closes them.
Personally, I'm grateful for some of the doors He has closed, for had I been allowed to walk through them, I would have been destroyed.
But that doesn't mean people can just walk in and destroy God's plan for your life.
Their access to your future is limited by the shield of His divine purpose and protection.
What a comfort!
God can still hang Haman on the gallows he built for you. (See Esther 7:10.)
Paul said the purposes of God for him included "false brethren" (2 Corinthians 11:26). The pain they caused him made the shipwrecks look easy.
As you look back, you realize it was persecution that taught you perseverance, and rejection that taught you forgiveness.
They produced Christian character.
It's much easier to forgive the actions of men when you understand the purposes of God.
The challenge is to sit at the table with John and Judas and love them equally, even when you know each one's agenda.
We all want a friend like John who'll love us, or Peter who'll fight for us.
Peter's misguided love would have stopped Jesus from going to the cross, but through Judas He reached His goal.
That's why Jesus kissed him and called him "Friend."
Think about it!
Friday, April 8, 2011 12:29:06 AM
Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28 (NIV)
The real temptation is to entertain certain thoughts in the privacy of your own mind.
After all, who knows what you're thinking? Why be concerned? Because you will ultimately become whatever you meditate upon.
The Bible says, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)
When Satan wants to tear down your character, he doesn't start with an act, he starts with a thought.
He'll plant seeds in the form of thoughts. These thoughts aren't yours just because they come to mind. They become yours when you allow them to move in and rearrange the furniture.
A thought left to ramble in your mind can attach itself to the pain of the past, and feed on it until it grows like a virus. The stronger it gets, the weaker you become, until all your strength has been drained.
Don't let that happen！
Listen: "You'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious, the best and not the worst." (Philippians 4:8, TM)
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Friday, April 8, 2011 12:21:33 AM
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
God knows your every thought! You can't lie to Him, for He knows you inside out. Just be honest and say, "Father, this is what I'm being tempted with, help me! Cleanse me and give me strength. Thank you for loving me in spite of all You know about me. Forgive me for judging others. If it were not for Your mercy, I would be guilty of the very things for which I have condemned them. Help me to be more like Jesus."
The book of Hebrews doesn't stop by telling us God sees and knows everything about us. Listen: "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities." (Hebrews 4:15) Great news! You have a high priest and He has provided forgiveness for all your sins.
Today, if you're feeling frustrated by your failures and discouraged over your defeats, listen: He can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities. He's been to your point of despair. He's faced the tempter in every area-and defeated him. All He asks is an invitation to come in and cleanse your heart and mind.
You don't have to hide anymore-He's waiting to forgive and restore you. All you have to do is ask Him.