John 11:41 NKJV Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
Psalms 100:4 NKJV
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Human needs are insatiable but there is never anything too hard for God. No matter how bad a current situation is, we must remember what God has done in the past and thank Him for that. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”- Winston Churchill.
Acts 19:15-16 NKJV And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Forcing yourself to be someone you are not can lead to dis-grace. Life is a race, and everyone must find the course peculiar to them and run it. You do not have to run in others’ lanes or interfere in them. Doing so will just cause you to lose your uniqueness. “Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy”-(Unknown).
Ecclesiastes 5:1 NKJV Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
Sometimes when in the presence of God we don’t acknowledge Him and show Him the respect He deserves in our conduct, e.g. when our mouths are in worship but our minds are wandering etc. Our level of comportment in church is a reflection of our attitude towards God. “Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car”- GK Chesterton.
2 Corinthians 12:9. NKJV And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
“When you feel God can’t use you, it’s helpful to remember, Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly; Joseph was abused; Moses had a stuttering problem; Gideon was afraid; Samson had long hair and was a womanizer; Rahman was a prostitute; Jeremiah and Timothy were too young; David had an affair and was a murderer; Elijah was suicidal; Isaiah preached naked; Jonah ran from God; Naomi was a widow; Job went bankrupt; Peter denied Christ; the Disciples fell asleep while praying; Martha worried about everything; the Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once; Zaccheus was too small; Paul was too religious; Timothy had a stomach problem AND Lazarus was dead!” (Jim Moffett)
Acts 26:2 NKJV “I think myself happy,
Happiness is a state of mind. True happiness cannot be found in other people. We are responsible for creating our own happiness. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself”- Alice Walker.
Genesis 19:26 NKJV But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Ecclesiastes 7:10 NKJV
Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?”For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
“ Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Genesis 16:5 NKJV
Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The Lord judge between you and me.”
Life is full of choices. Everyone is a product of the choices made throughout their lifetime. Though life is generally not fair, it usually gives back to you what you put into it. Therefore there is no use blaming others for the effects of our choices. “…The choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”-Eleanor Roosevelt.