John 1:46 KJV  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
If you’ve been alive long enough, chances are that you may have heard one or two disparaging things said about you that may make you doubt the future. Nevertheless, it is God who has the final say, not man. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” (Corrie ten Boom).
Isaiah 48:18 KJV
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Christians should be the most peace-full (sic) people on earth, but most times we are not when we try to do things our own way. It is easier to call Christ “Lord of our life” than to actually allow Him to be it. Going our own way is not worth the trouble. “By going out of God’s ways we go out of His government, and so lose our good frame of mind, and find ourselves overspread quickly with a contrary disposition” (Richard Sibbes).
1 Samuel 14:23 KJV
So the Lord saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Beth-aven.
Matthew 22:21 KJV
Render…unto God the things that are God’s.
Inasmuch as as human beings, we would like to think of ourselves as self-made men or women, the truth is that God had always been looking out for us. It is God “who from ourmothers’ arms, has blesed us on our way” to wherever we find ourselves now. “When God is my way, I never get lost” (Nick Catricala).
Acts 11:26 NKJV And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
“It makes no sense to take the name of Christian and not cling to Christ. Jesus is not some magic charm to wear like a piece of jewelry we think will give us good luck. He is the Lord. His name is to be written on our hearts in such a powerful way that it creates within us a profound experience of His peace and a heart that is filled with His praise”(William Wilberforce).
# Matthew 7:21 NKJV “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
It would be painful that after everything one would not enter heaven. It’s not only about what we profess with our mouths, but how we live our lives that makes us Christians. “Let him then, who would be indeed a Christian, watch over his ways and over his heart with unceasing circumspection” (William Wilberforce).
Matthew 25:9 NKJV But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
Matthew 5:37 NKJV
But let your “Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
God loves the cheerful giver, not just any giver. Most at times, as Christians we feel obliged to say “yes” to *every* single request and expectation from others, even when they are unreasonable and we really don’t want to. There is nothing wrong with saying “no” once in a while. “There’s a difference between being mean and standing up for yourself” (Fritz Chery).
John 15:11 NKJV “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
Philippians 4:4 NKJV
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Joy is important in the Christian life. It’s a personal decision to be joyful at all times, through thick and thin; nobody can have joy for another person. Being joyful doesn’t change the situation, but it changes you. Decide to be joyful today.