Godly Relationships 24: Building RelationshipsDo you want to build a relationship that lasts? Then you must start by making God the cornerstone of your relationship.
God does not intend for you to experience mediocre relationships; He created you for greater things. Building lasting relationships requires compassion, wisdom, empathy, kindness, courtesy, and forgiveness.
If that sounds like a lot of work, it is-which is perfectly fine with God. Why? Because He knows that you are cable of that work, and because He knows that the fruits of your labor will enrich the lives of your loved ones and the lives of generations yet unborn.
Godly Relationships 16: Lasting RelationshipsIf you're trying to build a relationship based only on physical attraction, you'll be disappointed. Lasting relationships aren't built upon lust, they're built upon love. Real love.Godly Relationships 16: Lasting Relationships2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
How do you define love? Hopefully, you understand that it's something more than physical attraction. Genuine love is patient, understanding, consistent, and considerate. Genuine love doesn't just sit around and do nothing; it get translated into acts of kindness-large and small.
Love is always a choice. Sometimes we may "fall in love," but it takes work to stay there. Sometimes we may be "swept off our feet," but the "sweeping" is only temporary. Sooner or later, if love is to endure, one most plant one's feet firmly on the ground. The decision to love another person for a lifetime is much more than simple process of "falling in" or "being swept up." It requires "reaching out," "holding firm," and "lifting up." Love becomes a decision to honor and care for the other person.
Godly Relationships 72: ConcernsThe Bible promises this: tough times are temporary but God's love is not-God's love endures forever. So what does that mean to you? Just this: From time to time, everybody faces disappointments and broken relationships-so will you. And when tough times arrive God always stand ready to protect you and to heal you. Your task is straightforward: you must share your burdens with Him.Godly Relationships 72: Concerns2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
As Corrie ten Boom observed, "Any concern that is too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." Those are comforting words, especially during difficult days.
Whatever the size of your challenges, God is big enough to handle them. Ask for His help today, with faith and with fervor. Instead of turning things over in your mind, turn them over to God in prayer. Instead of worrying about your next decision, ask God to lead the way. Cast your burdens upon the One who cannot be shaken, and rest assured that He always hears your prayers.
Godly Relationships 25: If Things Get SeriesIf you become involved in a series relationship, it's time for the two of you to start discussing your faith. And it's probably time to start attending church together.Godly Relationships 25: If Things Get Series2 years ago in Emotional More Like This
We live in a world that is teeming with temptations and distractions-a world where good and evil struggle in a constant battle to win our hearts and souls. Our challenge is to ensure that we cast our lot on the side of God. One way to ensure that we do so its by the practice of regular, purposeful worship. When we worship God faithfully and fervently, we are blessed. When we fail to worship God, for whatever reason, we forfeit the spiritual gifts that He intends for us.
Every day provides opportunities to put God where He belongs: at the center of our lives. When we do so, we worship not just with our words, but also with deeds, and that's as it should be. For believers, God comes first. Always first.
Godly Relationships 18: Ask Him For HelpIf you want to know more about your life, ask God for His help! When you ask sincerely He will answer your request.Godly Relationships 18: Ask Him For Help2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
How often do you ask God for His guidance and His wisdom? Occasionally? intermittently? Whenever you experience a crisis? Hopefully not. Hopefully, you've acquired the habit of asking for God's assistance early and often. And hopefully, you have learned to seek His guidance in every aspect of your life.
Godly Relationships 23: Wait and be GladIf you choose to have sex before you're married, you're going to regret it. And you're not going to stop regretting it any time soon. In fact, the decision to become sexually active is such a big decision that you'll probably keep thinking about it for the rest of your life. So do yourself a huge favor: abstain from sex until you say, "I do!"Godly Relationships 23: Wait and be Glad2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Whenever you commit a sin, God will forgive you when you ask Him-but you may have a much harder time forgiving yourself. So the best way to avoid a lifetime of regrets is to listen to your conscience and obey your Father in heaven. When you do, you won't regret it.
Godly Relationships 85: Your GiftsYou've got an array of talents that need to be refined. All people possess special gifts-bestowed from the Father above-and you are no exception. But, your gift is no guarantee of success; it must be cultivated-by you-or it will go unused...and God's gift to you will be squandered.Godly Relationships 85: Your Gifts2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Today, make a promise to yourself that you will earnestly seek to discover the talents that God has given you. Then, nourish those talents and make them grow. Finally, vow to share your gifts with the world for as long as God gives you the power to do so. After all, the best way to say "Thank You" for God's gifts is to use them.
Godly Relationships 97: Get Wisdom, Be HappyThe world has its own brand of wisdom, a brand of wisdom that is often wrong and sometimes dangerous. God, on the other hand, has a different brand of wisdom, a wisdom that will never lead you astray. Where will you place your trust today? Will you trust in the wisdom of fallible people, or will you place your faith in God's perfect wisdom? The answer to this question will determine the direction of your day and the quality of your relationships.Godly Relationships 97: Get Wisdom, Be Happy2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Are you tired? Discouraged? Fearful? Be comforted and trust God. Are you worried or anxious? Be confident in God's power. Are you confused? Listen to the quiet voice of your Heavenly Father-He is not a God of confusion. Talk with Him; listen to Him; trust Him. His wisdom, unlike the "wisdom" of the world, will never let you down.
Godly Relationships 87: Fear of GodDo you possess a healthy, fearful respect for God's power? Hopefully so. After all, the lesson from the Book of Proverbs is clear: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (1:7 NKJV). Yet, you live in a world that often ignores the role that God plays in shaping the affairs of mankind. You live in a world where too many people consider it "unfashionable" or "unseemly" to discuss the fear of God. Don't count yourself among their number.Godly Relationships 87: Fear of God2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
God maintains absolute sovereignty over His creation, and His power is beyond comprehension. As believers, we must cultivate a sincere respect for God's awesome power. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. So today, as you face the realities of everyday life, remember this: until you acquire a healthy respectful fear of God's power, your education is incomplete, and so is your faith.
Who I am in ChristI am accepted by Christ. "Christ accepted you so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God." Romans 15:7Who I am in Christ2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
God loves me and has chosen me. "God loves you and we know he has chosen you." 1 Thessalonians 1:4
I am a child of God. "But all who did accept him and believe in him he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
As a Child of God, I am an heir with Christ. "If we are God's children, we will receive blessings from God together with Christ. But we must suffer as Christ suffered so that we will have glory as Christ has glory." Romans 8:17
I am a friend of Jesus. "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends because I have made know to you everything I have heard from my Father." John 15:15
"If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am no longer a slave but a child of an heir. "So now you are not a slave; you
Godly Relationships 27: Pray About ItOh, how glorious are the dreams of love-but oh how tough it is to turn those dreams into reality!Godly Relationships 27: Pray About It2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
If you're still searching for Mr. or Miss Right, be patient, be prudent, and be picky. Look for a person whose values you respect, who behavior you approve of, and whose faith you admire. Remember that appearances can be deceiving and tempting, so watch your step. And when it comes to the important task of building lifetime relationships with the guy or girl of your dreams, pray about it! God is waiting to give His approval but He won't give it until He's asked. So ask, listen, and decide accordingly.
Godly Relationships 64: CritcizingFrom experience, we know that it is easier to criticize than to correct; we understand that it is easier to find faults than solutions; and we realize that excessive criticism is usually destructive not productive. Yet the urge to criticize others remains a powerful temptation for most of us. Our task is to break the twin habits of negative thinking and critical speech.Godly Relationships 64: Critcizing2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Negativity is highly contagious: we give it to others who, in turn, give it back to us. This cycle can be broken by positive thoughts, heartfelt prayer, and encouraging words. As thoughtful servants of a loving God, we can use the transforming power of Christ's love to break the chains of negativity.
Godly Relationships 79: Praise Him!If you're like most folks on the planet, you're a very busy person. Your life is probably hectic, demanding, and complicated. And when the demands of life leave you rushing from place to place with scarcely a moment to spare, you may not take time to praise your Creator. Big mistake.Godly Relationships 79: Praise Him!2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The Bible teaches it clear: it pays to praise God. Worship and praise should be a part of everything you do. Otherwise, you quickly lose perspective as you fall prey to the demands of everyday life.
Do you sincerely desire to know God in a more meaningful way? Then praise Him for who He is and for what He has done for you. And please don't wait until Sunday morning-praise Him all day long, every day, for as long as you live...and then for all eternity.
Godly Relationships 60: The Golden RuleLife is simply better when we treat other people in the same way we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes. Things go better when we're courteous and compassionate. Graciousness, humility, and kindness are all virtues we should strive for. But sometimes, we fall short. Sometimes, amid the busyness and confusion of everyday life, we may neglect to share a kind word or a kind deed. This oversight hurts others, and it hurts us as well.Godly Relationships 60: The Golden Rule2 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Today, slow yourself down and be alert for those who need your smile, your kind words, your hug, or your helping hand. Make kindness a centerpiece of your dealings with others. They will be blessed, and you will be too.
Godly Relationships 90: Decide BeforeIf you continue to date someone who behaves foolishly or impulsively, then sooner or later, you'll probably find yourself doing impulsive things too. And that's bad. So here's an ironclad rule for maintaining your self-respect and your sanity: If you find yourself out on a date with an impulsive person who's pressuring you to betray your values, go home and go home fast. Otherwise, before you know it, you'll be in more trouble than you can imagine.Godly Relationships 90: Decide Before2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
When you feel pressured to do things-or to compromise yourself-in ways that lead you away from God, you're heading straight for major-league problems. The best time to decide how you'll behave yourself is before you out on a date, not during a date! So don't do the "easy" thing and don't do the impulsive thing. Do the right thing, and do it every time.
Godly Relationships 51: Defend Your BeliefsIf you're willing to stand up for the things you believe in, you'll make better choices, and you'll build stronger relationships. But if you're one person on Sunday morning and a different person throughout the rest of the week, you'll be doing yourself a big disservice.Godly Relationships 51: Defend Your Beliefs2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
The moment that you decide to stand up for your beliefs, you can no longer be a lukewarm, halfhearted Christian. And, when you are no longer a lukewarm Christian, God rejoices.
So stand up for your beliefs. Remember this: in the battle of good versus evil, the devil never takes a day off...so neither should you.
Godly Relationships 76: A Relationship with GodAre you willing to place God first in your life? And, are you willing to welcome God's Son into your heart? Unless you can honestly answer these question with a resounding yes, then your relationship with God ins't what it could be or should be.Godly Relationships 76: A Relationship with God2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
As you think about the nature of your relationship with God, remember this: you will always have some type of relationship with Him-it is inevitable that your life must be lived in relationship to God. The question is not if you will have a relationship with Him; the burning question is whether or not that relationship will be one that seeks to honor Him.
Thankfully, God is always available, He's always ready to forgive, and He's waiting to hear from you now. The rest, of course, is up to you.
Overcoming ObstaclesRecognize Your VulnerabilityOvercoming Obstacles2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer’s life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.
There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.
Consider Joshua’s army, which was no match for Jericho’s military. And the great wall protecting that city was an impossible barrier to cross. Yet God had promised the Israelite
Godly Relationships 66: Live TriumphantlyAre you living the triumphant life that God has promised? Or are you, instead, a spiritual shrinking violet? As you ponder that question, consider this: God does not intend that you live a life that is commonplace or mediocre. And He doesn't want you to hide your light "under a basket." He wants you to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 NKJV). In short, God wants you to live triumphant life so that others might know precisely what it means to be a believer.Godly Relationships 66: Live Triumphantly2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
The Christian life should be a triumphal celebration, a daily exercise in thanksgiving and praise. Join that celebration today. And while you're at it, make sure that you let everybody know that you've joined.
Godly Relationships 38: Trust God's PromisesWant to improve your life? Try paying a little more attention to God's promises. God has made quite a few to you, and He intends to keep every single one of them. You will find these promises in a book like no other: The Holy Bible. The Bible is your roadmap for life here on earth and for life eternal-as a believer, you are called upon to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News.Godly Relationships 38: Trust God's Promises2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
God's promises never fail and they never grow old. You must trust those promises and share them with your friends, with your family, and with the world...starting now...and ending never.
Godly Relationships 75: Share Your FaithGenuine faith was never meant to be locked up in the heart of a believer-to the contrary, it is meant to be shared with the world. But, if you sincerely wish to share your faith, you must first find it.Godly Relationships 75: Share Your Faith2 years ago in Emotional More Like This
How can you find and strengthen your faith? Through praise, through worship, through fellowship, through Bible study, and through prayer. When you do these things, your faith will become stronger, and you will find ways to share your belief with your family, with your friends, with your dates, and with the world. And when you do, everybody wins.
Godly Relationships 45: Don't Give UpDo you sincerely want to live a life that is pleasing to God? If so, you must remember that life is not a sprint, it's a marathon that calls for preparation, determination, and lots of perseverance.Godly Relationships 45: Don't Give Up2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Are you one of those people who doesn't give up easily, or are you quick to bail out when the going gets tough? If you've developed the unfortunate habit of giving up at the first sign of trouble, it's probably time for you to have a heart-to-heart talk with the person you see every time you look in the mirror.
Jesus finished what He began, and so should you. Despite His suffering, despite the shame of the cross, Jesus was steadfast in His faithfulness to God. You must remain faithful, especially when times are tough.
Do you want to build a closer relationship with God? Then don't give up. And if you're facing a difficult situation, remember this: whatever your problem, God can handle it. Your job is to keep persevering until He does.
Godly Relationships 40: Live On PurposeLife is best lived on purpose. And purpose, like everything else in the universe, begins with God.Godly Relationships 40: Live On Purpose2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Whether you realize it or not, God has a plan for your life, a divine calling, a direction in which He is leading you. When you welcome God into your heart and establish a genuine relationship with Him, He will begin, in time, to make His purposes known.
Sometimes, God's intentions will be clear to you; other times, God's plan will seem uncertain at best. But even on those difficult days when you are unsure which way to turn, you must never lose sight of these overriding facts: God created you for a reason; He has important work for you to do; and He's waiting patiently for you to do it.
And the next step is up to you.
Godly Relationships 100: Walk with JesusHere's one last tip for you: behave yourself like a Christian every day of the week, not just on Sundays. In other words, make Jesus a priority in every aspect of your life.Godly Relationships 100: Walk with Jesus2 years ago in Letters More Like This
Jesus made an extreme sacrifice for you. Are you willing to make changes in your life for Him? Can you honestly say that you're passionate about your faith and that you're really following Jesus? Hopefully so. But if you're preoccupied with other things-of if you're a strictly a one-day-a-week Christian- then you're in need of a big time spiritual makeover.
Jesus doesn't want you to be a run-of-the-mill, follow-the-crowd kind of believer. Jesus wants you to be a "new creation" through Him. And that's exactly what you should want for yourself, too.
So remember this: you're the recipient of Christ's love. Accept it enthusiastically and demonstrate your love with words and actions. Jesus deserves your heart-give it to Him today, tomorrow, and forever, Amen.
Godly Relationships 88: An Escape HatchIf you feel like you're being boxed in by temptation, remember this: you're never completely trapped-there's always an escape hatch. And how, you ask, can you find the way out? Well, you can start by talking to God.Godly Relationships 88: An Escape Hatch2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Beth Moore observed, "Because Christ has faced our every temptation without sin, we never face a temptation that has no door of escape." Her words apply to you.
So the next time you face a strong urge to do something wrong, slow yourself down and have a little chat with your Creator. When you talk to Him-sincerely, prayerfully, and as often as necessary-you can overcome any temptation. No exceptions.