Let Us Overcome Evil With Good

When we try to make others pay for their sin, we have forgotten that Jesus paid for our sin. As recipients of grace, we are to release our instinct for revenge when others wrong us to let God judge, punish and make all things right in His timing and in His way.  Our role is to model His grace, not His judgment. Even when we must seek appropriate justice, it should be motivated by love, not hatred. So, let us overcome evil with good and leave it to God to do the work He means to do.  We who have received grace should be quickest to extend it, praying that others will turn to Jesus as we ourselves have done.

You Can Keep Going

One word that defines every genuine Christian is this:  perseverance.  That is, those who are heaven-bound keep going until they get there.  Grace will make sure that they do! He who has called us is faithful to keep us! So… If you find that serving Jesus feels fruitless or pointless, keep serving.  If you find yourself fighting back discouragement and fighting for joy, keep fighting.  If you find yourself tempted to give in to the world and its ways, keep resisting.  There will be many moments that you fail and fall, but don’t despair.  Trust in Jesus and trust in this: He will pick you up and power you on… so you can keep going.

When God Re-Routes Us

God sees what we cannot.  While delays, detours and dead-ends can bring about disappointment and frustration, they may be God’s way of blocking us from something He doesn’t mean for us to do or have because it is not good for us or others in the end.  Let us rejoice when this happens, for when God says “No” to our plans, He is saying “Yes” to something He has planned that is far better.  Costly mistakes are avoided, and wonderful blessings are gained when He steps in to order our steps. Remember: when God graciously reroutes the lives of those who are trusting in Jesus, it is always to put us on the right path.

When We Listen To Him

You can talk yourself into just about anything.  Other people will try to talk you into something.  Only God will talk to you truthfully about everything.  There are many voices that speak into our lives such as family and friends, news and social media, advertising and entertainment, and especially ourselves … but the loudest (most influential) should be God.  We are being shaped by influences all around us which is why it is essential that each day we read God-breathed words in the Bible and listen to God-sent voices who speak His truth to us.  When we listen to Him… He won’t just tickle our ears; He will delight our souls.

Run To The Throne Of Grace

There is a daily tug-of-war for control of your thoughts, feelings, motives, attitudes, words and actions, pulling you in the opposing directions of what sin entices you into and what God invites you into.   Look to Jesus for help and look for His help to arrive in your time of temptation as a way to leave it, the power to say “no” to it, a divine removal of it, the arrival of someone to help you through it, and / or a promise of something worth waiting for that is better than it.  He is bigger than your biggest need!  Take heart… You are never helpless against temptation as long as there is a throne of grace for you to run to for help.

Not I, But Christ In Me

There is nothing that I have which was not given to me.  Everything about who I am and what I do that is good is a gift from God at work in me, for me and through me.  Every ability I possess.  Every resource I use.  Every opportunity I take. Every person I serve.  Every task I complete.   I am what I am by the grace of God.  I do what I do by the grace of God.   It is the provision and power and presence of Jesus with me that makes everything possible.  Here is the one thing I know to be true, the one thing I count on every single day, the one thing I will say about any good that comes from my life:  Not I, but Christ in me.

Two Kinds Of Help

There are two basic kinds of help.  First, there is help for things I can do without you.  Second, there is help for things I cannot do without you.  I can lift a cumbersome box by myself, but your help would make it easier.  I cannot lift a couch by myself, so your help would make it possible.  As branches to the vine, we only receive the second kind of help from Jesus.  He helps us do things that we could not do apart from Him (John 15:5):  bear fruit, do good, live rightly, have faith, glorify God, persevere, experience His joy, everything.  His help doesn’t just make these things easier.  His help makes these things possible.

Help For Doing What Is Right

So often we don’t know what is right to do, haven’t got the desire to do what we know, and can’t do what we know and want to do that is right.  We need a power from outside of us to come inside of us so we can live in such a way that God is honored and we are happy.  That is exactly what God gives us:  the powerful Holy Spirit living in each of us who trust in Jesus.  He guides us on the way.  He encourages us on the way. He helps us on the way.  The Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to go to good places to do good things as we share good news about a good God.  Ask Him to help you decide, desire and do what is right today.