There is an old expression that states, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” Clever and catchy cliché, isn’t it? In fact, just this past week, as I was preparing to put on a movie with my girls, I heard a conversation between 2 Preachers Kids from a reality TV shows where one told the other that she has no earthly good because she is too committed to God and she shouldn’t declined an invite for a party over serving at a ministry her church. Hahah! This is so me tho!😊
The only problem is that these words are unbiblical. The Bible says, “Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col 3:2). Contrary to popular opinion, being heavenly minded always inspires us to be more earthly good. Thus, our goal as Christians must be to set our minds on things above and faithfully serve the Lord.
Paul thoughts us that God’s approval is better than man’s applause. In 1 Corinthians 3:18 – “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.”
Paul also instructed us how to regard ourselves and others, do not judge God’s servants in 1 Corinthians 4:5 – “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
Dear Lord, Help me to continue to seek your approval, trust in you with all my heart and acknowledge you in everything that I do today. Create in me a clean heart. Shine your light bright into my heart. Show me your face oh God. Reveal yourself to me as I faithfully seek to please you in all that I today. In Jesus’ Name!
I hear so often these words…”Man, I can’t wait until this is over”…when referring to a current trial or hardship. And YES, certainly that is a human emotion we all share.
But for one moment…consider this. Where you are today, right this minute, has not taken God by surprise. If the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord, then you are right where HE wants you to be…or right where your foolish choices have taken you. (Not pointing fingers at all, as I have made some Grade A #1 bad choices in my lifetime to be sure.)
But no matter where you are…enjoy the journey. God can work in us and through us. But He can’t work THROUGH us until His work has been done IN us. If we don’t have enough of Him IN us…what will we share?
Everyone is happy and wonderful, completely satisfied on dry land when you’re enjoying the gorgeous sunset over the crystal blue waters. It’s when you’re drowning and looking for a life raft that He wants to know…what are you going to do? Are you going to learn how to be a better swimmer? Teach others around you how to swim? Or are you going to keep floundering about in the choppy water until you are once again safely placed on dry land?
It is only when we are truly facing life’s greatest tragedies and deepest pain that we can see the most beautiful portrait of God reflected on our lives…the perfect picture of his love, mercy and grace.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t actually do? Maybe you were rejected and punished even though you tried to do the right things. Maybe you willingly took the blame to prevent someone you cared about from suffering the consequences of their actions or choices. We often stand up for ourselves refusing to take the blame, but there are times in which we willingly accept the blame to protect those we care about. Whether by choice or not, it’s not easy taking the blame or punishment for something you didn’t do. But your love for those involved causes you to understand the consequences involved if the truth were known, so you accept their punishment.
That’s exactly what Jesus did for each of us. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). He took the punishment for all of our sins. He suffered a cruel death on the cross even though He never sinned. Hebrews 9:28 says, “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Through his death and resurrection we are healed and can accept the gift of eternal life.
Why would He be willing to endure the floggings, the crown of thorns, and the horrible crucifixion? Love. An old hymn says sums it up perfectly: “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!” Jesus is the most caring and loyal friend we could ever find. He could have chosen at any time not to accept the punishment we deserve, but He loved us so much that He became a voluntary substitute for each and every one of us.
Jesus took the blame and punishment for every sin anyone has ever committed or will commit. He knew the consequences we deserve, but He loved us so much that He was willing to suffer for our sins. Mine, yours, every single person ever born. It’s difficult for us to take the blame for something we didn’t do, yet Jesus, who was perfectly holy and pure, Jesus who knew no sin, bore the sins of the entire world. No matter what we’ve done, He paid the price.
When you know your Creator then nothing is impossible with him because He is the Author and The Finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2 KJV) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
If He is the one who picked Joseph out of that pit, then He is able to turn our lives around. Some may say that it is impossible with God but we are the children of The Most High. We base in the truth that is the word of alive in us. For all things are possible with God if we only believe in our hearts that He is able. The God of Abraham, The Father of our faith is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above ALL things….trust Him today, He is able!
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should CLOTHE YOURSELVES INSTEAD WITH THE BEAUTY THAT COMES FROM WITHIN, the unfading BEAUTY of a GENTLE and QUIET SPIRIT, which is so precious to God.”—1 Peter 3:3-4
“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. INSTEAD, BE TRANSFORMED FROM THE INSIDE OUT BY RENEWING YOUR MIND .” Romans 12:2a ( Voice)
Dear God, Clothe me today with unfading beauty of gentle and quiet spirit. Transform me from the inside out and renew my mind. Help me understand the power that is within me to have unshakable confidence in you today. Help me to be who you call be to be for your glory in Jesus’ Name. Amen! – Flore❤️
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
His grace is sufficient.
You hear these words and yet…until you LIVE them, you don’t truly understand the meaning.
Today God, we thank you that your grace is sufficient. Sufficient to weather any storm. Sufficient to take us to the other side of the raging sea. Sufficient to see us through. Sufficient to heal our hearts. Sufficient to carry our burdens when the road ahead seems unbearable. Sufficient to pick up the pieces and make us whole again.
Lord, we give you those burdens today and ask you to be our burden bearer. There are things in this life that are hard for the human mind to comprehend…and yet you see it all. You knew exactly what this day would hold before it arrived.
We thank you that no matter what tomorrow holds…you are already there. May we drown in your goodness, fully comprehending the measure of grace you have bestowed to each and every one of us. And may you use us mightily to make a Kingdom difference in the world around us.
In your name we pray and ask, amen!