When we allow God to define our identity, what happened in our past isn’t nearly as important as what’s promised in our future.
How can you overcome heartache and despair?
Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts.
– Jeremiah 15:16
According to today’s verse, joy and delight come from devouring God’s Word. That means more than simply reading the Bible–we need to memorize it and meditate on it.
When you are in stormy seas of life, there comes One who can give you joy and peace. God’s Word is a joy – no matter what you’re going through.
This is hard for some people to do, when you’re going through a rough season, do you run and tell others, do you gossip about someone, do you seek help from a friend? The Bible tells us that we are to turn to the only one that can heal us and truly give us Joy. If we turn to his word and “ate” them as the verse is telling us, then we will receive Joy and the rejoicing of our hearts. All that is hurt, will be healed in your heart through Reading his word.
I pray that when you’re in a hard season, that you will turn to God to find joy!
Please help me draw near to You today and be a blessing to others!
He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons
I was doing a lot, pouring myself out for God, but not really spending time getting filled by God. Maybe you can relate?
We run around trying to do everything, and please everyone. We say yes to volunteering and baking something for the kids school party, taking the kids to multiply after school sports or events. We fill our plates completely full. However were missing out on what God want’s for us, he wants us to slow down enough to receive from him. I don’t know about you, but I’m always praying for God to help me, help me with all of my daily task. I have a hard time saying no, and then end up overworked in the end. I love to serve, however I’m missing out on being served and left feeling empty. He really does have it all worked out. The gaps filled. The needs met. The questions answered. The problems solved. And the parts he’s purposed for us? They’re all perfectly portioned out in assignments meant for us today. No more. No less. All he ask is that we personally receive from him BEFORE setting out to work for him. This is HUGE and I don’t want you to miss this. In doing so we are encouraged by his presence. This is the daily sacred exchange where ministry turns into pure delight.
He is capable! We say we trust him but act like everything depends on us. We give all we have to the task at hand with only occasional leftovers of time slightly acknowledge him. It must break his heart when we work like we don’t believe he’s there to help us. Jesus doesn’t participate in the rat race. He’s into the slower rhythms of life like abiding, delighting,and dwelling. When Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14-15. Yes they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but FIRST they were called to be with him. Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him.
He wants our hearts in alignment with him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for him. We need to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from his word. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with me.
That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying.
It may seem common sense to say “you reap what you sow” but it is amazing how many of us still don’t get it! We understand that when you plant corn, you can’t expect watermelons to grow. But we don’t seem to understand that what our lives produce is usually a direct reflection on what we planted. Think about it in every area of your life as this, you get out what you put in.
Eat unhealthy foods, and you will reap that of sickness and disease, What you put in your body will either come out being good for you of long lasting health. But put in unhealthy foods, and you will suffer sickness, being unfilled and left unsatisfied. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. And then in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 it says, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
If you sow seeds of rage and anger, you will reap a harvest of war! if you have ever thought that your house felt like a war zone, then stop to see who is planting seeds of anger ( it may very well be you). I know this all to well, and it took me some time to actually see. However I came to realize that when I’m full of anger, it comes off onto everyone in my house. When I take my anger out on my Kids, I see them acting in the same behavior when things don’t go their way. It’s funny to me that we may not see things in ourselves until we see it coming out of our children. And then we wonder where they got that? Start looking at yourself and you will soon find all the answers. James 1:19-20 says “Know this, my beloved brothers: Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
On the other hand, if you sow seeds of tenderness and forgiveness, you’re likely to reap a harvest of peace! Think about it, when you are giving tenderness and forgiveness out to those around you, you will receive the same back in return. When I’m forgiving of my husband when he does wrong, he then forgives me when I same something unkind. When i act out in tenderness towards my kids, they are left with love instead of anger for messing up. Think, does our Heavenly Father yell at us when we make a mistake? or does he simply love us, and want to help us? Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to on another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Sow seeds of ignorance, and you will reap a harvest of sin. you cannot be lazy about learning without sinfulness being the result! Hosea 4:1-2, 6 “Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. my people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children”
But when you sow seeds of training and learning, you will reap a harvest of wisdom and righteousness. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. If I sow seeds of God, and living a christian life into my kids they will reap it later in life. If I “train” them knowing God, and reading his word, they will not depart even when they are old. I love knowing in his word if I train them knowing they are safe,loved,cared for, forgiven, never alone, to have faith not fear. That they wont’t go looking for that, they will always have it with them through Christ.
But if you sow seeds of hard work and sacrifice, you are a lot more likely to reap a harvest of plenty! Obviously not everyone who works hard and sacrifices has plenty, but it is nearly guaranteed that you will NOT have plenty if you don’t work hard and sacrifice! proverbs 14:23 “in all toil there is profit but mere talk tends only to poverty”
Those are just a few examples to think about. When you don’t like what you life is producing start looking at what your planting!
You know that question that you’re toddlers constantly asking? It can get pretty annoying at times. But have you ever actually thought about why? Why did this happen? Or why did I do that? Why am I doing what I’m doing? Why I’m a mom? Why I’m afraid? Why am I always asking myself to do so much? . . What’s you’re why? Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you do what you do everyday? Why do you keep the same routine? Why do you tear yourself down? Why do you compare yourself? . . Have you stopped and asked yourself why? . . Today I find myself asking why a lot, why do I do what I do? why do I act this way? Why have I always been scared? Why do i let this happen? Why am I insecure? Why can’t I trust?
I always do for others, I put them before me no matter how they treat me. I keep giving until I have nothing else to give. I do for them and not God first. I end up hurting myself, I give them my everything. I have realized I can’t serve God if I keep serving a different master. I used to tell myself I’ll fix my hair for you, or I’ll dress this way for you. That I workout to look good for you, and I keep the house clean for you. I’ll cook a healthy meal for you. I never stop to think and serve God in all these ways. God loves me no matter what, he will never leave me or forsake me. Yet I keep doing for others and not healing my heart, to be able to Love and put God first. And today I ask myself why? Why do I always do for others and not do it for ME! . . Well let me tell y’all something. Don’t ever do something if it’s always in the sake of doing it for them. Yes I know we’re supposed to do for others, however not at the point that we lose ourselves and not do for ourselves. I’m also not talking about the selfish I’ll do everything for me kinda way. I’m talking about the I get up and workout for me, because I want to look and feel good. The I keep the house clean because I simply can’t function in clutter, the I cook because I actually enjoy it and I’m not a salve to serving you. The I love and stay home because I want the best for my kids and I want to be the one that pours into them daily. . . Sometimes we get so lost that we end up losing ourselves. Take the blindfold off and know it’s okay to put yourself first, to make yourself happy. Because when you do, you make the ones you love even happier, even more loved, even more appreciated. . . I hope this helps you find you’re why, I know it
God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live….Loved
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ( John 15:7)