Called to Edify One Another

Colossians 3 :12-17

Your spiritual growth isn’t just about you—it affects your entire church. Consider this: What would your church be like if everyone in it was as hungry for God’s Word as you are? I’m not saying we must all be spiritual giants, but we should all be growing and increasing in our knowledge and love for Christ, as well as in our love for each other.

One of our responsibilities as members of Christ’s body is to edify each other in the faith. Sometimes we think this is just the role of those in ministry and assume the rest of us can sit back and take it easy. But today’s passage clearly says to “let the word of Christ richly dwell” in us so we can teach and admonish one another with wisdom Col3:16 .

Opinions and advice are often casually dished out without much thought, but as believers, we’re called to give wise counsel based on God’s Word. There is no other source that’s as sound, because Scripture alone is absolute truth. Building others up could simply be a matter of pointing out a passage that speaks to an issue they are facing, or it could involve admonishing or warning against an action or attitude the Bible condemns.

To some people, this kind of care for one another may seem unwanted or intrusive, but it’s actually an act of obedience to the Lord. It demonstrates our love for others and our desire to see them become the people that the Lord designed them to be—believers who accomplish what He’s called them to do. And if we are on the receiving end of such care, it helps us develop a humble, teachable attitude.

Hope: The Anchor of the Soul

Hebrews 6:13-20

Hope is a healthy attitude. Anticipating good brings comfort to the mind and heart. In contrast, a state of hopelessness is a terrible condition in which to find oneself. It’s overwhelming and depressing to think that what you’re facing cannot be changed or resolved. For the person who has lost all hope, life looks like a long dark tunnel going nowhere.

Included in Proverbs is a verse that describes the result of this oppressive feeling: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Prov. 13:12). Emotional, physical, and even mental illness haunt a person who feels trapped in a bleak situation. But I want to tell you, my friend, that as long as there is a God, no situation is hopeless. In Him, we have the promise of the second half of that proverb: “Desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Believers have a hope that anchors their souls. Our relationship with Jesus Christ brings us close to the throne of heaven, where we can cast all our burdens before an omnipotent God. Moreover, we can cling to Him through whatever trials are facing us. Because of the Lord’s great love, He provides strength for weary bodies, peace for anxious minds, and comfort for grieving hearts. In short, He lights that darkened tunnel and tenderly guides us through trying situations.An anchor was a popular image in the ancient Mediterranean world. In an economy that depended on shipping, the anchor symbolized safety and steadiness. The writer of Hebrews used the word to remind believers that God has given a hope that holds firm in any storm.

5 Ways To Be Sure You Keep Your New Year Resolutions

With the New Year’s arrival for many of us it means that it’s time to start planning our New Year’s resolutions. Every year according to the University of Scranton 45% of Americans make New Years resolutions, but only a small fraction of those are kept.

Here are several ways to actually increase the chances of achieving your New Year resolutions.

1. Keep The List Short
By setting only a couple goals it helps us maintain focus and increases the chances of getting them done.

2. Write Them Down
Research has shown time, and time again, there is a huge percentage difference when one takes the time to put pen to paper, and write them down.

3. Make A Plan
Have you ever heard the quote “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Don’t let your goals be wishes. By actually planning and setting time lines your wishes just might come true.

4. Don’t Tell Anyone
There is new research that shows that if a person tells others about their goals, they are less likely to achieve them. This is a bit counter intuitive, but apparently by talking about your goals it effects your doing them, and you are therefore less likely to actually get them done.

5. Lower The Bar
This is my personal favorite way of achieving New Year resolutions. Make them ridiculously easy! The video below will give you a good idea how this can be done 🙂

The perfect plan

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3

When we commit our life to the Lord, we somehow forget that it involves everything. What that means is we also have to commit our works to Him as well, and this verse is a perfect reminder for us all. There is often a plan and a purpose behind our works. In order to ensure its fulfillment, let us commit them to the Lord. In fact, the greatest work ever done in the history was the sacrifice that the Lord Jesus did for all of us, and that was His crucifixion. It wasn’t an easy mission Jesus fulfilled. However, since behind that work was a plan to save us from our sins, Jesus willingly took up His cross. We are saved today because Jesus committed to doing the Will of God the Father. Whatever plans you have always seek God’s will and commit your works to the Lord so you are fruitful.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Thank You for constantly reminding me of what I’m supposed to do. Strengthen my faith so I may fully entrust all my endeavors to You and bear good fruit. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen!

Amen!

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Second 2019 road run was better, I can’t wait for the third run this evening.

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