Faith

Psalms 56:3 NKJV Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

Sometimes when we are afraid we feel unworthy as Christians because faith is supposedly the opposite of fear. However, this verse brings to mind that fear will come, that we will be afraid at one point in time or another, and it is how you respond that matters. How else will you know what faith feels like and recognize it as such if you’ve never felt the fear?

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Test Them 

1 John 4:1 NKJV Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 NKJV 

Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.

Inasmuch as it’s up to you, don’t allow just anybody to “speak” into your life. Some people can be classified as false prophets but may not know it themselves. Before you *receive* a prophetic word from someone as the absolute truth, you should test it with the Word and seek the will of God concerning it.

Daily Bread

Matthew 6:11 NKJV Give us this day our daily bread.

Isaiah 50:4 NKJV 

“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary.

Having one’s quiet time every day cannot be overemphasized. Just as He gives us our daily bread, there may be a day that if you skip studying the Word you miss a blessing for that particular season of your life. God is interested in every aspect of your life including your quiet time, and it should be taken seriously.

Love actually 

Ephesians 4:15 NKJV but, speaking the truth in love, 

“It is the tone that makes the music”(French proverb). It’s not what you say but how you say it. Sometimes words spoken, no matter how true do not have the desired impact not because of anything but the manner with which it is said. If someone is offended at your attempts to help them improve etc., check your motives. Maybe they felt judged or condescended to. Are you saying to prove you are better than them, or because you really love them? Let love be the motive.

Models

Matthew 15:14 NKJV Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV 

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

It is good to have role models and/or mentors in life. However, as a Christian you should be mindful of the people you look up to. Not everyone is who they portray themselves to be; You owe yourself the responsibility to seek out good examples. Like Paul, the best person to look up to is someone who lives for a cause higher than him/herself.

Genesis 27:40 NKJV By your sword you shall live, And you shall serve your brother; And it shall come to pass, when you become restless, That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”

Henry Ford — ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”, and it shouldn’t be a surprise. Unless you become dissatisfied with the status quo and do something to change it, things will be as they’ve always been. Be the change you want to see in your world.

Daily Worship 

Romans 12:1 NKJV Living Sacrifices to God

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

It is easy to worship God corporately at church behind the masses. But the real worship is all day long, week after week, year after year over a lifetime of what we do with our lives and our time. Our body is the temple of God so we should live our lives everyday as if we *are* in church.