Surprising God

Matthew 8:10 KJV 
[10] When Jesus heard it , he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 
We usually ask God in our prayers to “surprise” us, but sometimes we should surprise God with our faith as well. If without faith it is impossible to please God, then with faith that marvels God nothing is truly impossible. “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe” (Saint Augustine). 

Walk the talk 

Matthew 7:21 KJV [21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 
In a world where people have to be able to market themselves to be taken seriously, we easily lose sight of the fact that actions speak louder than words. With every effort put into words, more should be put into backing it up with actual action. “Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they want to be” (Unknown). 

Anxiety 

Matthew 6:25 KJV[25] Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it”
– John Newton.

Friend of God

James 4:8 KJV [8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. 
When you are close to Christ, what others will struggle to figure out will be known to you. Confusion, double-mindedness and indecision are rampant in a life that does not have a personal relationship with God. “God has no grandchildren” (Corrie ten Boom). 

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Money 

Acts 4:34-35 KJV[34] Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, [35] And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
It is good to be well-to-do, but it money is best when it is a servant and not master in our lives. Money is good and useful in our hands but dangerous when it takes precedence in our hearts. “If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed” (Edmund Burke).

Restraint

Psalm 90:12 KJV[12] So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
It is easy to feel we have our whole lives ahead of us when young, but we forget that every day that passes brings us closer to the day of our death. Human beings are limited by time. We need to learn to work within it to maximize our best. “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had” (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross).

Round

Proverbs 9:12 KJV[12] If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it .
Everybody is doing the best they can to survive in this world. However, whatever you do goes around and comes back to you; As such, care must be taken to live in such a way as to be proud of the one you see in the mirror. You are the one in charge of your own actions. Your future self must be able to thank you for how live today. “If you do good, you do for yourself. If you do bad, you do for yourself” (African proverb).