God Will Fight for You

Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 2:23         

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.  

It’s in our nature to want to protect ourselves when we are being attacked whether it’s by insults, criticism or lies. We want to fight back and retaliate with more of the same. We want to defend ourselves with our own arguments. But when Jesus was being insulted and suffering He did not retaliate. He put His trust in His Heavenly Father and He trusted in God’s will to be done. Put your trust in God and let Him be your defender, He will fight for you and He will judge your enemies accordingly.

Fruit of the Spirit: The battle belongs to God. He will fight for you. You need only to be still, while you practice Patience, Peace, and Self-Control.

Greater is He that is in You

Verse of the Day: 1 John 4:4 

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.        

We have been chosen and adopted by God as His own children. His unshakeable power lives in us and His Word is written on our heart as we experience His truth. Because God lives in us we are overcomers and by faith we have the victory over evil.

Fruit of the Spirit: Because the Holy Spirit lives in you, the Fruit of the Spirit will be evident in your life and you will have the victory over anything in this world that comes against you!

Worry or Worship

Verse of the Day:  Philippians 4:6     

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   

Whatever it is that worries you whether it’s spiritual, physical, for yourself or for someone else bring it to God in prayer. Humbly come before your heavenly Father with a sincere heart and lay your burdens, your worries and your cares at His feet. Thank Him for what He’s done for you in the past, thank Him for hearing your prayer in the present and thank Him in advance for answering your prayer in the future. Come to Him with an honest heart, tell Him how you feel and what you need. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you. The choice is yours, you can worry or you can worship but you can’t do both.

Fruit of the Spirit: Instead of worrying, practice Patience and let God’s Peace fill your mind and soul.

A Two-Step Process

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 37:3

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.           

God’s promises are often conditional. In other words, you have to do your part first and then God will do His part. There is a two-step process to receive this promise from God. The Lord will take care of all your needs but you need to trust in Him and do good. Notice the verse says “and” do good, not “or” do good.  

Fruit of the Spirit: While you are Patiently waiting and trusting on God to fulfill His promise have Faith, be Kind and do Good for those in your community.

Daily Encouragement

Verse of the Day:   Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.          

There is so much negativity in the world, on the news, on social media and just about everywhere we look. Instead of spreading negativity speak words of encouragement, pray for one another, remind each other of God’s wonderful promises. God has called each one of us to encourage each other daily. Don’t let sin harden your heart, instead be kind to one another. You never know what someone may be going through and something as simple as a kind word may help them get through their day.

Fruit of the Spirit: Practice Kindness, it doesn’t cost a thing to encourage someone or pray for them.

Forgiven

Verse of the Day:   Isaiah 1:18          

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”      

No matter how big your sin is, no matter how long you’ve sinned, no matter what you’ve done, your sins have been forgiven through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. What once was scarlet, is now white as snow. You don’t have to live with the guilt and shame from your past because Jesus paid the ultimate price for you and your debt has been forgiven. Jesus has settled the matter for you and you have been made righteous in the eyes of God.

Fruit of the Spirit: Righteousness is given through Faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Because of God’s grace and mercy, He has promised to forgive those who confess and repent from their sins. Peace and Joy have replaced guilt and shame.

Pray for Believers and Unbelievers

Verse of the Day:  Ephesians 3:16-18          

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Just like the Apostle Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ so that they may be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit. We also need to pray for our family, friends, our enemies, and the world in general so that they would come to know Jesus Christ our Savior and invite Him into their heart and experience His infinite love first hand.

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness and Love is demonstrated when we pray for both believers and unbelievers. Pray that they would truly come to know the Lord, His grace, and how much He really does Love them.

Refrain from Anger

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 37:8           

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.           

During an argument while in the heat of the moment, sometimes we say things we don’t mean and may later regret. We let our anger get the best of us and we lose control of our emotions. Anger in itself is not necessarily a sin but how we handle that anger and letting it control us is where we cross the line. In order to control our anger, we should first acknowledge it, pray about it, confess our weaknesses to God, and ask Him to help us deal with any underlying issues that may be causing our anger to surface in such a way. There are many techniques and resources that can help with anger management and one might also seek help from a pastor and/or a professional. There is no shame in seeking help.

Fruit of the Spirit: The Bible says that one of the Fruits of the Spirit is Self-Control and with the help of the Lord we must learn to control our emotions. When we do, we will have Peace in our lives.

Avoid Negativity

Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 3:10         

For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

What comes out of your mouth shows the kind of person you are. Keep from speaking foul, obscene or unwholesome words. Don’t lie or say hurtful things to anyone and stop yourself from gossiping. Instead, speak blessings and encouragement so that you too will be blessed and encouraged. Avoid all negativity by speaking positivity over your life so that you would enjoy your days. Start your day with prayer and connect with God to receive encouragement, peace and strength to face the day ahead.

Fruit of the Spirit: In a world where you can be anything you want to be, choose to be Loving, Joyful, Peaceful, Patient, Kind, Good, Faithful, and Gentle.

Your Inner Circle

Verse of the Day:   Proverbs 13:20   

he who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.  

Choose wisely the people with whom you surround yourself, especially, your inner circle.  Whether we like it or not, we are influenced by those closest to us. If you are regularly surrounded, counseled or given advice by people who don’t know the Lord you will be subjected to the things of the world and when you surround yourself with fools, you’ll be inclined to do foolish things. The people you associate with have an impact on your life, your success and your relationship with God. There is a saying that goes like this, “Tell me with whom you associate and I will tell you who you are.” 

Fruit of the Spirit: Be determined to surround yourself with those who bring you Peace and Joy.  Gather with people who are Kind and Gentle. Make sure to spend time with people who inspire you, but most importantly, choose companions who Love the Lord.