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03/20/18 God’s Word for Today: “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). Receiving Humility’s Reward. Have you ever exalted yourself? It may not have involved choosing the best seat at a banquet, but perhaps you’ve let culture shape what you do. For example, we’re encouraged to “blow our own horn,” demand our rights, and seek recognition. But Jesus taught that we should humble ourselves and let God do the exalting. And His ways of rewarding us are different from the world’s. While He may choose to bless us materially, such benefits can’t compare with the less tangible rewards He offers _ like answered prayer or increased understanding of who He is. Certain attitudes prevent us from humbling ourselves and may obstruct divine rewards. These include … IMPATIENCE. We want it now and are unwilling to trust that God is in control. INSECURITY. If certain things don’t happen, we feel we cannot continue. IDENTITY IN THE WRONG THINGS. Our self-worth is wrapped up in achieving society’s standards of success. IGNORANCE OF GOD’S WAYS. We disregard His Word and decide what’s right. IMPURE MOTIVES. Discontent or jealousy causes us to push ahead of God and use manipulation to get our way. IMPULSIVENESS. Without asking God, we assume every opportunity in life is an open door we should enter. INGRATITUDE. If we lack gratefulness, our perspective can be screwed. A humble nature doesn’t come naturally. We find humility not by seeking it, but by seeking the Lord. As we focus on Him in all His greatness, we’ll come to understand how worthy He is of our total submission, worship, and reverence. cfs – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
03/19/18 God’s Word for Today: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be be like unto him” (Proverbs 24:4). Maintaining a Quiet Spirit. When conflict arise, we often wants to rush in and defend our position. Perhaps, we even feel justified in blaming others. However, James 1:19 gives different advice for dealing with tension and disputes: “Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” In other words, more can be accomplished through a calm approach to the situation. Scripture also suggests that we…
PRAY. First we should ask the Lord to guard our mouth and give us the right words to say.
SEE WITH DIVINE PERSPECTIVE. Our sovereign Lord works every situation for the believer’s benefit. Not only does God use difficulties to teach us, but He also allows us to demonstrate the life of Christ by the way we respond.
FORGIVE. Even if someone has hurt us by causing the conflict, we should forgive. Jesus died to pardon all of our sin, and we, in turn, should forgive others. In fact, if we don’t our lives will become burdened by resentment and broken relationships.
RESPOND. If we have done something wrong, we must apologize and ask forgiveness. We should express appreciation that the other person took time to share his concern. Then we ought to acknowledge his feelings and carefully consider his comments.
How do you respond to conflict? Pray for the strength to stay calm and do what is right_even during difficult, emotional situations. – cfs – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
03/18/18 God’s Word for Today: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body….” (Colossians 3:15). Responding To Conflict. Conflict is a part of life. It may originate from misunderstandings, a difference of opinion, or deep convictions. But that discord often stems from envy, pride, or hunger for power. We can’t control another person’s response to conflict; we’re accountable only for how we handle it. Many people naturally have unhealthy reactions to disagreement. Some repress any discomfort, ignoring the issue or pretending it doesn’t exist. Others place blame while defending themselves. These negative responses often indicate one of three underlying scenarios. First, past hurt can leave a person emotionally insecure and unable to handle criticism. Second, perfectionists set such high benchmarks that they can never live up to their own standards_then it’s hard to acknowledge mistakes. Finally, pride makes it hard for some people to admit when they’re wrong or to ask forgiveness. Unless we respond correctly to conflict, we limit our potential to grow, because we aren’t learning what the Lord is teaching. Also, we develop an unforgiving spirit, which leads to bitterness and resentment. Eventually, such an attitude can destroy relationships. There is a better way to handle conflict, modeled by our Savior. When He was wrongly accused, unfairly judged, and crucified despite His innocence, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
How do you deal with accusations and criticism? Forgiveness is the only response that will keep you from becoming a victim of bitterness. -cfs – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
03/17/18 God’s Word for Today: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). Ending the Blame Game. There’s something within our human nature that resists being controlled by others. Although we may outwardly submit to authority, submissiveness may not reach into our hearts. Although we have no power to control what others do or say, we have the Holy Spirit who can govern how we respond. Too often we try to blame our responses on the behavior of someone else. We justify our actions by saying, “But he made me so mad!” In reality, we chose to be angry_justifiably or not. Whenever someone hurts or frustrates us, we can decide whether to react in a godly or worldly fashion. No matter how much blame we attempt to offload onto others, the Lord is not misled by our maneuvering. He looks at the heart. Each of us is accountable to Him for both our attitudes and responses. We may think the blame game makes us look better, but God is not fooled. Followers of Christ are called to sow peace and bear the spiritual fruit of love, joy, and kindness (vv. 22-23). If we are clinging to blame, all that is growing are the emotional “weeds” separating us from God. The responses He desires are forgiveness when we are hurt and repentance when we have sinned against another person. – cfs – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
03/16/18 God’s Word for Today: “My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. I will incline my ear to a proverb” (Psalm 49:3-4). Worthy Ventures. As a beloved child of God, there are some activities that are not worthy of your time. Pursuing possessions that quickly perish, holding grudges, fretting over the future, and achieving ambitions by unjust means, all are deeds that are unbecoming to one who belongs to the Lord. Strengthening your relationship with God through prayer and Bible study, representing Him faithfully in the world, being a good example, and telling others about Him so they can be freed from sin are all exercises that have enduring results in eternity. You are a person of worth, so do not waste your precious life on unworthy pursuits. Rather, do only things that honor God.Then you can be sure that every minute is time well spent.- jbr
“God, I want to honor You. Please show me the activities that merit my time and the ones that do not so I can glorify You with my entire life.” Amen.– Via Josue and Ruth Morales
03/15/18 God’s Word for Today: “….for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:4). Intimacy With God. The length of a relationship is not always an accurate gauge of intimacy. You may spend a lifetime with someone yet never really know him or her. What’s required for an intimate relationship is mutual willingness to open up and reveal ourselves. This same truth applies to our relationship with God. For His part, the Lord already knows everything about us: our thoughts, desires, ways, values, and priorities. He has also provided everything necessary for us to truly know Him_through His Son. But are we responding to His self-revelation, or have we settled for superficial knowledge of Him? The prophet Isaiah had his understanding of the Lord dramatically deepened when God suddenly revealed Himself “sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of his robe filling the temple” (Isaiah 6:1). Nothing was ever the same for Isaiah after that. He was willing to do anything God said to do_no matter where he had to go, no matter what the task involved. Although it is unlikely that we will ever have such a vivid vision of the Lord, we hold in our hands something no less authentic_the Word of God. If we’ll submerge ourselves in His Word, spending time focused solely on Him and absorbing the truths He reveals about Himself, our intimacy with Him will increase. The result will be a mind and spirit attuned to God’s voice, sensitivity to His continual presence, and unrestrained obedience. – cfs – Via Josue and Ruth Morales
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