On the front patio leading to my apartment I proudly display my spider plant. This plant is proof that regardless of how grim the circumstances may appear, we should not quit, neither should we allow our perceived limitations to prevent us from walking into our purpose.
All these practices are godly, and encouraged. However, let us be careful that they do not become meaningless rituals used in our attempts to manipulate God into granting us our wishes.
In John 8:44 AMPC, Jesus’ rebuke of the Jewish leaders provides us with an insight of how the spiritual father son relationship influences our actions:
As we step into this New Year, we need not be apprehensive about the coming days, weeks and months. What barren situation are you facing today? If God can create the world out of nothing, if God can cause an old barren woman, Sarah, to give birth to a nation, if God kept you during 2021, then God will keep and protect you in 2022. In case you did not know this, God has His eye on you!
Today, as we celebrate another Christmas, remember that for some, Christmas is the saddest time of the year. I overheard a lady on TV says she has to be drugged to enjoy life. More and more people today do not celebrate Christmas because they say it is a pagan holiday; to others Christmas is a marketing tool, while to many, it is just another day like every other day. Let us however not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is the commemoration of the arrival of the greatest and most important gift ever given, the gift of God’s love, Jesus Christ.
Your social status, your education, your breeding, none of these things matter. They cannot influence God’s love for you. In God’s eyes you are valuable, and He was willing to pay the price for your life even though it cost Him His. He gladly died for you because He loves you.
Nobody likes to fail, yet Job 14:1 tells us “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble”. Trouble, whether it be pain, disappointment or failure, is inevitable, even for believers. We, however should not be devastated by failure
When our troubles come, and they will come, let us “stand firm… fully prepared, immovable, victorious” (Ephesians 6: 13), and look up to the Lord for direction.
We sometimes feel overwhelmed, weighed down by the numerous situations around us. Some feel smothered with a sense of hopelessness and fear. We, however, are not alone. Jesus is with us, and He is compassionate towards us.
Where do you turn in times of distress? There is a God who invites us in Matthew 11:28 to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.