1. Sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2. The state of being the case : fact
3. A transcendent fundamental : spiritual reality
God and what He cares about should be ahead of everything else, if we do, everything else will be added to us. Too often we have it backwards, we chase after everything and God comes last, if at all. Part of Jesus’ famous sermon on the mount, Matthew 6:33 is a great scripture to stand on. I have always loved this verse, but the Message translation of this passage has opened my eyes to see this bit different…
“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
When God is first, He promises to meet our needs! Where else do you get that kind of guarantee??
Ouch, that ones hurts doesn’t it?? But it’s true, (that includes me also.) John 3:16-17 (NLT) says,
Until you realize that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, and accept Jesus, as payment for your sins, your life will remain in brokenness and you will be separated from God.
If you want to learn more about this and how to have a relationship with Jesus, check out the post called, ★ Thought for the Day – I Hate Religion and I’m a Christian… ★
Francis Chan breaks down our second truth why “being good” just doesn’t cut it…Watch it!
I love that, what was “intended to harm me,” was used by God to “save the lives of many people.” We cannot see the whole picture, God is always working and you never know how God will turn a bad situation around. What is interesting is that early on in Joseph’s teenage years, he was given incredible dreams of what God’s plan for his future was going to be, but he had to go through a season of struggle first before he was able to step into his destiny that God had planned for him. Psalms 105:19 (NLT) gives us insight into Joseph’s life.
“Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the lord tested Joseph’s character.”
Genesis 50:20 is one of my favorite verses that illustrates that even in the worst circumstances God can use the pain to produce something great! It is the Old Testament parallel verse to the often quoted passage from Romans 8:28 (NLT),
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Wars are won or lost based on your defensive capabilities, so we need to make sure we are equipped for the battle. Spiritual warfare is very real! You don’t have to live too long on this earth before you’ll find out that there will be trouble from those around you. People will hurt you, betray you, cheat on you…you name it. There is evil in this world and we need to be aware of it. (You can read more about this in the post called ★ Thought for the Day – All the Time in the World ★.) There is a war is occurring in the “unseen” realms as our #4 Truth warns us that we need to put on “The Whole Armor of God.” Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT) says,
There is a battle raging on the enemy of our souls, the Devil will use every weapon in his arsenal to take us out. The challenging part is to realize the attack as it is happening. The Devil is a deceiver and master of lies, so often the attack will come in the form of voices in our own mind, that will lead us to believe the wrong thing. Bob Hamp said made this powerful statement,
“Spiritual Warfare is the battle in which you choose which voice to listen to in the midst of your experiences.”
We all go through different storms in this life, whether relational, financial or physical health, but no matter the storm, the answer, and the solution are the SAME… Lean into God and rely on His strength. Arm yourself with Bible verses that you can speak out loud and pray, when doubts and worries creep in. If you want to read more about God’s presence in the midst of the storm, check out this post called ★ Thought for the Day – The Storms of Life ★.