Meditation Monday – Winds of Change

Time has a way of bringing about change. With change, often comes uncertainty. Foundations that for years seemed stable and reliable, can be shaken in the winds of change. Yet, when we make Christ the foundation of our life, we can have a sure confidence that will never be shaken, no matter how much life around us changes! When your world seems to be shaking with rumors of change on the horizon, plant your feet firmly in the Word of God! Don’t be afraid, for you are standing on a firm foundation!

“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” -Proverbs 3:25‭-26

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Meditation Monday – Seek Him First

As is our culture, we become infatuated with improving ourselves spiritually and physically with the start of each new year. We determine to eat healthier, be kinder, and smile more in bettering our ourselves in the eyes of those around us. While it is never a bad idea to seek to become better, the Bible says that we need to seek something else first.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

When we focus all our efforts on seeking God, and strive to be like Christ, everything else in our lives should fall in place. We don’t need any other new year’s resolution than this: seek Him first!

Meditation Monday – All is Calm?

When singing the Christmas hymn, “Silent Night”, I have always pictured peace. A night where the stars twinkled brightly, and the cool air was calm. Yet, reality more than likely tells a different story!

The barn was probably smelly and the animals dirty. Did Joseph have to clean out a stall before he made a bed for Mary in the dirty hay? Were they afraid of being caught in someone’s barn? Mary was probably exauhsted and in pain after giving birth!

Despite the reality of the situation, the world looks on the account of Christ’s birth with reverence and wonder. No one seems to dwell on the hardships that Mary and Joseph faced that night. All we see from scripture is their great faith and trust in God.

On a night that was filled with fear, God brought peace. On a night that seemed chaotic, God brought calm. On a night that must have felt lonely, God threw a celebration!

Why not trust God in your lonely, chaotic, and fearful night?

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:7‭-‬16″

Meditation Monday – It’s Your Choice

Ever have one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong?  Just when you think you are catching up, something else happens to throw you back again?  When facing a day that seems to be unraveling at the seams, you have a choice.  You can choose to be frustrated about your day and be short-tempered, making everyone around you just as miserable as you are; or, you can choose to be happy despite your circumstances, thus shining the Light of Christ in you even brighter!

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” – Proverbs 15:13

Meditation Monday – Self Control

We’ve all done it.  We’ve all lost our tempers in a fit of anger, or slipped into panic mode during stressful situations. From hitting the snooze button for an extra hour of sleep, to having that extra scoop (or three!) of ice cream, we all have allowed ourselves to indulge in guilty pleasures from time to time.  Yet, when we continually lack self-control in our lives, we break down boundaries that are keeping us safe.  We become unreliable and weak, making ourselves slow-moving targets for the devil’s fiery darts.  Lack of rule over our own spirits make us unfit for the service of our King. So think twice the next time you want to give in to your anger, or indulge in that extra portion of dessert.  You will be much safer and stronger if you chose to control your spirit!

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28

Meditation Monday – The Art of Silence

“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” – Proverbs 17:27

When someone has wronged us either in word or deed, it doesn’t take but a few milliseconds to come up with a response.  Often, those quick and thoughtless responses can be more damaging than the offending deed!  The Bible tells us to use our words sparingly.  We can’t undo what has been said or done to offend us, however, we can control how we respond. Using the art of silence can help us from saying things we regret in the heat of the moment.

“There is no law that says that we must comment on everything that is said to us or that we must critique everything that is done to us.  If something has been done that disappointed us, it has already been done and there is no undoing it.  There is no need for us to summarize our displeasure.  This is the time to use the art of silence.” – Jack Hyles

 

 

 

 

 

Meditation Monday – Thankfulness is Key to Peacefulness

Christian, are you one of the multitudes of believers desiring peace in your life today? Peace from the everyday loudness of the world around us? Peace from thoughts and worries that often plague our minds? Try being thankful! Thankfulness is key to peacefulness. Once we learn the art of being thankful, we open the flood gates to pace in our lives.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” – Colossians 3:15