2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
This verse reminds us of Paul’s life before his death, and encourages us in our everyday lives. Christian life is not easy, it’s a constant struggle against the evil. Everyone is fighting a battle.
Paul reminds us to endure the hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). Put on the armor of God and seek the weapons of warfare: Prayer, Praise and the Word of God.
The battle we fight is not of flesh and blood but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12).
Don’t give up but continue to fight and keep the faith.
Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
When Scribes and Pharisees were judging a woman of her sin of adultery, Jesus said “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”(John 8:7) No one came forward to stone her. Everyone left, because they all sinned.
Jesus forgave us all and asks us to sin no more. He died for our sins and fulfilled the Law on our behalf. There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1).
Now is the day to receive forgiveness. Confess your sins to Christ and sin no more. Live an abundant life that is led by the Holy Spirit.
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Prayer is not just talking to God, it’s the time you spend with God intimately (Matthew 6:6), where you open up your heart and mind so that He can work out things according to His will (1 John 5:14) and purpose for our lives.
Prayer of the righteous (James 5:16) impacts our situations in making decisions so that His kingdom will move forward and rise up towards Him and prepare us for His return.
Prayer is the ultimate solution to all our problems, big or small. So, take time to pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17) before you try to find solutions to your everyday problems and decisions.
Prayers results in miracles and helps us to have humble spirit with the attitude of gratitude.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
We go through emotions every day, whether that is happy, sad, disappointments or pleasant surprises. And we control our mind by the emotions that we feel. Our mind is a battlefield.
As Christians, we need to let the Holy Spirit control our mind, which leads to life and peace. All the carnal decisions that we make always lead to death.
Most of the time, we are not aware of it. Learn to check your minds every often and steer towards spiritual thinking which will keep us calm and composed because of His presence.
Don’t let emotions dictate your everyday life. Let the Holy Spirit control your mind.
2.But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
3.They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Most of us are busy doing things and living our busy lives. But how many of us take time to read the word of God and meditate on it? The Bible says clearly, to delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
When we meditate on His word and delight in His law, the benefits are amazing. We get to experience fruit that comes from His hand of blessing. Whatever we do, we will prosper. How awesome is that.
By meditating on Him, we will have no time to think of negative things that go around us. Instead of dwelling on offenses, we will be taking His presence with us everywhere we go.
In this world of chaos, be the one who carries His presence.
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Our God is loving, kind and faithful. It is so vast that it extends to heavens and skies. Even when we fall short, God is still faithful to us, not little bit but infinitely faithful.
As Christians, we need to follow His character. As humans, we always fall short but through His strength we can be more loving, more kind and more faithful than we are, right now. Each small step we take is moving forward. Little by little we need to move forward and rise to be more like Him.
Our mistakes are forgotten and forgiven. Don’t condemn yourself as it hinders to move forward. Let go and let God lead you to be who you are created to be.
Let us strive to be faithful like Him.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
God created you to be the light. Matthew 5:14 says you are the light. And it needs to shine so that everyone will know and praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).
We serve Jesus, who is the light of the world and if you follow Him, you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12). Stop chasing the world and seek after Jesus and be His light that shines the brightest.
Your identity is in Jesus who loves you unconditionally. You are defined by His grace and forgiveness. Do not hold back the light that is supposed to shine for Him and through Him.
Overcome darkness and be the light that shines for Him.
Nehemiah 8:10 “…for the Joy of the Lord is your strength”
The Joy and happiness that the world gives is temporary and when it’s gone, it rots the bones. Proverbs 17:22 says “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
When we go through life’s challenges, make sure to have the Joy of the Lord within you. When we have Joy of the Lord, we serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2). Bible mentions so many times to rejoice and be glad, for our reward is in heaven (Matthew 5:12).
We can have the Joy of the Lord by talking to Him every moment in prayer and meditation. Sing praises and, honor and seek Him with all your heart and the Joy of the Lord will be full in your heart and no-one can take it away.
Nehemiah 8:10 says Joy of the Lord is my strength. When we have the Joy of the Lord, we will have strength to go through difficult times. Cast your burdens on God and serve the Lord joyfully.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed by the busyness of life. Specially with family and kids, work and ministry. Everything goes on and you can’t stop it. If someone in sick in the family, everything stops and takes precedence. Learn to say no to things that are irrelevant to what God appointed you to be. It’s good to be social but may not be the best at the moment.
If you are trying to do everything meticulously then you will get tired and weary. Take time to rest in the Lord and be energized to continue to work for the things of the Lord. Spend time with God, pray and seek Him, and you will be filled with peace and joy and this is what eternity looks like.
Make sure to be effective for the kingdom. At the end of life, that is what remains eternal.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In this world, it’s easy to be selfish and consider your own interests. Look around and see other’s hurt. When you are self-absorbed, it’s hard to see the hurts of others.
Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the sick (Matt. 14:14). As Christians, we need to follow Jesus, when we follow Jesus and move with compassion, we value others above ourselves.
Some of the worldly might take advantage of you but keep doing good and don’t give up (Galatians 6:9). Judas Iscariot who was invited to last supper betrayed Jesus and, people mocked and spit on Him. But Jesus, with all humility stayed calm and asked the Father in heaven to forgive them.
Follow Jesus and value others in humility.