Have you been mistreated or bullied? Were you accused of something you didn’t do? It’s sad but true we all have at some time or another. It’s how we react to it that makes a difference. You can choose to mirror the behavior of people that disrespected, abused, and hurt you or Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.” Luke 6:27-30 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/luk.6.27-30.msg
Choose to ”kill them with Kindness” which is God’s love and kindness. Pray for them! Treat them how you want to be treated. Love them unconditionally. Let them see the power of Jesus through you.
This is a hard topic for most of us out there. It can be incredibly difficult to love and uplift someone who is unkind to us, let alone pray for them. I desperately want to be this way however and have to pray for God to touch my heart quite often. It’s natural for most to lash back saying something mean or doing something to pay that person back. God is asking us to do the opposite by loving and praying for those people. He even gave us the perfect example of how we should go about it. Jesus was ridiculed, beaten, spit on, and crucified on a cross. He died for our sins so that we could have eternal life and He prayed for all those who had persecuted Him along the way. Can we or do we possess that kind of power and courage? The answer is YES! God can give us the power to be stronger than we give ourselves credit for. If you are struggling with a bully at school or work, a stranger who approached you that is having a bad day or someone in your family who is causing problems, PRAY! Let’s pray together.” Heavenly Father I’d like to pray this morning for strength to pray for others, for the heart that you have and mind that you have for those out there who are lost and broken, full of anger and rage. We know that the devil is trying to consume them and are in need of your love and compassion. Help them to see you through us. Tell us how to best pray for them Lord and show us how we can love them more as you have shown us through your death on the cross. Please forgive them for their sins and trespasses. In Jesus name amen!”
“Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.” James 1:13-15 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/jas.1.13-15.msg
We can make sin out of anything. Even good things for example, computers, phones, television, medicine, cars, or material things in general. When your motive is prideful or evil or you put material things above God, that’s when we allow sin to grow.
“And He said, “Whatever comes from [the heart of] a man, that is what defiles and dishonors him. For from within, [that is] out the heart of men, come base and malevolent thoughts and schemes, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, acts of greed and covetousness, wickedness, deceit, unrestrained conduct, envy and jealousy, slander and profanity, arrogance and self-righteousness and foolishness (poor judgment).” Mark 7:20-22 AMP https://www.bible.com/1588/mrk.7.20-22.amp
“So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Jesus, staying true to God’s purposes, reached out in a special way to the Jewish insiders so that the old ancestral promises would come true for them. As a result, the non-Jewish outsiders have been able to experience mercy and to show appreciation to God. Just think of all the Scriptures that will come true in what we do! For instance: Then I’ll join outsiders in a hymn-sing; I’ll sing to your name! And this one: Outsiders and insiders, rejoice together! And again: People of all nations, celebrate God! All colors and races, give hearty praise! And Isaiah’s word: There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, Tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope! Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” Romans 15:7-13 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/rom.15.7-13.msg
I am demolishing a patio cover today. The work is going rather smoothly and I am enjoying myself on such a beautiful day. As I was taking down the rafters I noticed something unusual. When I took a closer look I had noticed that behind one of the pieces of wood I was ripping out was a couple of nuts. I started to laugh and had a quick thought of our current pandemic. Many of us had ran out and purchased all kinds of necessities just to see us through this mess, but we left many people without! Instead of trusting that God would provide for us we took it upon ourselves to prepare our own storehouse making sure it was packed to the brim with toilet paper! How silly we act when something bad happens and how still God is through it all. Matthew 6 verses 19 through 21. do not store up for yourselves treasures on Earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6 verses 25 through 34. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about the body, what you will wear. is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? and why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the Field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. if that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire oh, will he not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
“How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, GOD; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it.” Psalm 119:9-16 MSG https://www.bible.com/97/psa.119.9-16.msg
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 NIV
Electronics like computers and cell phones have done so much for us in such a short amount of time. They help us to keep in contact with old and new friends, manage our money and purchase items, not to mention expanding our knowledge, also finding our direction when we’re lost. In the same token, however, this technology can be very intoxicating and addicting. A lot of us get wrapped up in drama and hatred from all over the place. It takes time away from our families playing games and socializing with others. Take me for instance, I love playing games on my phone in the morning while I drink my coffee. I justify it by telling myself that no one is awake yet because I get up so early. However, the times that I am on my phone playing worthless video games and looking up things to purchase, I could be spending it with God. In our Bible study yesterday we were talking about training ourselves to be walking with God and not with Satan. Satan will throw things the way that we enjoy doing but that can lead to sinful behavior. It’s okay to talk to your friends online. What does that conversation look like? Is it positive chatter lifting up a friend and encouraging them, or is it damning? Are we gossiping about others and quite possibly damaging a new relationship? Electronics can be used for good and I’m hoping by this message it will do just that. If we have idols in our life that take away from our joy happiness and walk with God is it worth it? Can we take a couple of minutes at first out of that electronic time and spend with God, and break the bad habit and cycle? Let’s pray! Dear heavenly father thank you so much for this beautiful day. Lord, please forgive us for any of our sins and trespasses known and unknown. We want to keep our eyes connected to you and walking your path. We don’t want anything to divert us from your primary purpose for us. Please help to keep our eyes on you that way we don’t fall into the snare of the devil. In Jesus precious name, Amen!!!
““Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they exist, and were created and brought into being.”” Revelation 4:11 AMP https://www.bible.com/1588/rev.4.11.amp
”HOLY, HOLY, HOLY [is the] LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all], WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME [the unchanging, eternal God].” Revelation 4:8 B. AMP https://www.bible.com/1588/rev.4.8.amp