The Bright Side – Responding to God’s Precious Promises - Purity 1179
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Today’s photo of a double rainbow bubble that seems
to have a brighter side captured within its dome comes to us from TammyLyn
Clark, who walked out on the wet lawn of her countryside home’s backyard,
barefoot, to capture this magical sight Saturday afternoon after a day that was
otherwise rainy and grey.
Well, it’s the beginning of another work week and
while the weather forecast in my neck of the woods calls doesn’t call for any
rain, I suppose the fact that it is Monday may be reason enough to get you down
but if you are entering into the day with a lackluster attitude I would remind
you that your thoughts drive your emotions and there are many ways you can turn
that frown upside down, intentionally.
One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy and as I
encourage everyone I know to put their faith in Jesus and to do “what is right”
by following the Lord with the way you live your life, I will be the first to
tell you that how you choose to live and what you choose to focus on and think
about can make a big difference in your physical, emotional, mental, and
spiritual lives, especially on “rainy days and Mondays”.
This morning you could face your workday with gripes
or complaints about the “forced labor” you have to endure today, or you can
give thanks to the Lord for your ability to work, and the fact that you have a
job that gives you and your family the means to support your needs. That small shift in perspective can make a
Many of us also have friendships with people that we
only know because of where we work. If we didn’t work, we wouldn’t know them
and wouldn’t be able to share our lives with them.
And I know, we might be happy about that prospect
with some of the people we work with, but even the difficult people we
encounter in the workplace can serve a purpose in our lives.
They can help us to practice kindness, gentleness, compassion,
and patience. Hurt people hurt people, so the prickly pear at work may have
faced some serious trauma and rejection in their lives and their surly
disposition may result in them not having any meaningful relationships outside
of work. Jesus told us to love our
enemies and the Lord may have placed the difficult people in our lives to give
us an opportunity to grow in patience as we endure their rudeness and persecution
or to grow in compassion as we are challenged to show them kindness and to
encourage them to have a relationship with God.
The word of God encourages us to give thanks in all
things and to go into the world to make disciples and when we focus on those
two directives our whole attitude can change as we not only see the “bright
side” of our lives by focusing on the good we have received in life through the
Lord but we can be inspired to be “light bearers” as we try to share the “Light
of the world” with those around us who are hurting, blind, or hopeless – and that
would describe everyone who doesn’t know Jesus.
So as we head into the last full week of October,
let’s try to think of our lives as a “treat” by focusing on how good God is and
the good things we know in life, in general, and specifically because we have
eternal life through our faith in Jesus. And let’s not be “tricked” by the world,
the flesh, or the enemy, into believing that we lack something.
2 Peter 1:3-11 (NLT2)
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,
7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.
11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Those are Peter’s words of encouragement that tell
us that we have been blessed by God, forgiven of our sins, have received
precious promises, and can escape the corruption of this world. But we are to respond to God’s promises by
living a moral life, seeking knowledge of His ways, and showing love towards
When we walk in that “mission” that Peter describes,
we will be “walking in the Spirit” and the result will be growth. We will mature
in our faith, and we will experience the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We
can have joy even on rainy days or Mondays when we focus on the Lord and on
being intentional about thinking about and living out the life He wants for us
to live where we are becoming more and more the people He created us to
So keep walking and talking with God. He has given everything you need in His precious promises. We just have to respond to them to experience them today.
Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By
John G. Kruis.
While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google
search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s
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morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Bitterness, Resentment,
1 John 2:9-11 (ESV)
9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.
11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
verses fall under the eighth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s
section on Bitterness,
Resentment, & Hate.
8. One who hates lives in darkness.
Today’s verses encourage us to not be a “hater”. If we walk around with bitterness toward others we are living in a dark place and not representing the Light of the world. Hate blinds us to the reality of how God would see things. God commands us to forgive and to love our enemies. So if all we can see is someone’s sin or faults and are consumed with hate for them, we are in the dark.
The Light of the world would reveal that even our worst enemy has the opportunity to be forgiven, saved, and transformed through faith in Jesus Christ. IF we hate others, we won’t give them the opportunity to live because our bitterness will prevent us from sharing the message of God’s love.
So check yourself before you wreck yourself. If you hate someone, think about why, and think about how the Lord would encourage you to forgive them and love them. Think about how they could change if knew Jesus. And think about how your relationship could change if you were the one who looked past the darkness of hate to offer them the “Light of the world” that can save and change their lives.
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always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to
assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.
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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit
31 - The Spirit Endowing
of Extraordinary Gifts
Now that all of these special impulses and
extraordinary gifts of the Spirit were not
intended to be perpetuated throughout this Christian dispensation, and that
they have long since ceased, is clear from several conclusive considerations.
Their non-continuance is hinted at in Mark 16:20 by the omission of Christ’s, “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). So, too, by
the fact that God did not give faith
to His servants to count upon the same throughout the centuries: it is
unthinkable that the intrepid Reformers and the godly Puritans failed to
appropriate God’s promise if any had been given to that effect. “Love never
fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are
tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge,
it will vanish away” (1 Cor. 13:8).
The Apostle cannot there be contrasting Heaven with
earth, for those on High possess more
“knowledge” than we have; so the reference must
be to the cessation of the miraculous gifts of 1 Corinthians 12. The
qualifying language “which at the first
began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us … with signs and
wonders” (Heb. 2:3, 4) points in the same direction, and clearly implies that
those supernatural manifestations had even then ceased Finally, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 proves conclusively that there
is now no need for such gifts as prophecy and tongues: we are “thoroughly
furnished” by the now complete Canon of Scripture.
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