Relationships are the bedrock of life. In a very real sense, everything rises and falls on relationship. When I was young, my family was not rich. We did not get expensive gifts for birthdays or Christmas. But we had a lot of family time, family outings and so on. My mother gave us healthy food and made sure our stomachs were full. I secretly wished I was rich like some of my cousins, who had better things than we did. But at the time, I did not understand relationships were all that mattered. Nowadays, parents want to spend more time by themselves, either on their phones or at work. They compensate by giving expensive gifts to their children. We must never allow things to take the place of relationships. Be in good relationship with people God has blessed us with, our families, our parents, our colleagues and those around us and ultimately life is about relationship with God and being reconciled to Him through His Son Jesus. Romans 12:18, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.“
No matter how many days God gives us, He gives them to us one day at a time. So when you think about it…today is all we have. It’s one of the most basic principles of life. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come. All you really have is today.How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? James asked: For the length of your lives is as uncertain as the morning fog — now you see it; soon it is gone. — James 4:14 In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus tells us that we ought to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 God is a daily provider who provides for our needs every day. I have seen Christians waiting for a promise to be fulfilled and living miserable lives. They say, “when God comes though for me, I will be happy.” Don’t live lives looking forward to something, that you forget to enjoy TODAY. This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Naomi had a kinsman, a man of great wealth, his name was Boaz. (Ruth 2:1) God provided a rich relative for Ruth. Boaz not only had land and houses, but he also was a mighty man of integrity, an upright man who had placed his trust in God.God wants all His children to be rich—but not necessarily in material possessions. When the apostle Paul reached the end of his life, all he owned was an extra cloak and some books (2 Timothy 4:13). Barnabas sold his land and gave the money to the needy (Acts 4:34-37). But these men weren’t really paupers. In their poverty, they had a richness of peace and joy that many who are wealthy only dream about.What are you striving for? Material wealth that will one day be left behind, or a spiritual wealth that will last for eternity? Make the right choice and then set the right priorities.
I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Prayer is one of the main ways in which we abide. It is how we increase our dependence upon God because we come to understand that without Him we can do nothing. This acknowledged dependence causes us to run to Him for everything and anything. So, when we face difficulty, we run to God first before we run to anyone. If something exciting happens, we go to God in thanksgiving before we text our friends. When we need help or wisdom we ask God for guidance before calling our parents, and when we are hurting or sad we weep to our Saviour before turning to anyone else.
Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4) When Habakkuk became depressed and restless because God wasn’t acting quickly enough on His promises, God said, “The revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. If you are restless right now, be patient, God is not finished with you yet.” He is developing your character right now. Keep doing what you are doing faithfully. God will come through for you.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.—Isaiah 41:10
God exhorts His children—not to be afraid. At times, the spiritual warfare we face is so intense we feel it is too heavy to bear. The enemy comes with all his arsenal and tries to bring us down to the point of being dismayed. It is at these times we must remember the word, “When you go out to war, and see horses and chariots, and a people more than you, be not afraid, for the Lord your God is with you.” Deuteronomy 20:1. Psalm 89:13 assures us, “You have a mighty arm; Strong is Your hand.” His hand is strong to protect us and give us victory. No matter what opposition we face, the right hand of God is able!
A certain rich ruler asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” The young man said he’s kept the commandments since he was a boy. Then Jesus asked him to do something radical. “Sell everything you own and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. (Luke 18:22) We are told that the young man went away very sad because he was extremely wealthy. Was Jesus serious? Yes — He never lied. Was it just a test? No. Jesus said the same to His followers: If you’re not willing to leave everything, you cannot be My disciple. Is Jesus asking you to do something and you have been putting it off? Ask Him to show you when and what needs to leave your hand. Go to God and say, “Everything I have is Yours Lord. Show me what to do with it as Your faithful servant.” He will.
Adversity is a classroom in which we can learn more of Christ and become more like Him. Troubles point out our weaknesses and prompt us to rely on God in ways that we wouldn’t otherwise. We are forced to face problems and pressures that are too big for us to resolve. In this way, God gets our attention. Paul wrote, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Corinthians 12:7–10). One of the ultimate purposes of trials is to cause us to desire more of Christ in our lives. Trials reveal that on our own we can’t live in a way that honours God. We need to rely on God and need His grace every step of the way.
When you love yourself, what you allow looks different.
When you love yourself, what you allow looks different.