Sometimes walking by faith and trusting God is hard. When our dreams, desires, and expectations collide with our reality, it’s easy to become discouraged and give into apathy. When life seems like a tidal wave washing over us, it’s hard to endure and persevere. Many times we find comfort in the routine and change is not always welcomed.
But we find encouragement in 1 Corinthians 13 when it speaks of a love that believes, hopes, and endures ALL things.
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Are you running on empty? Battling fatigue and exhaustion?
You don’t have to look far to find countless promises offering to help us fight fatigue and boost our energy. From vitamin supplements and exercise, to energy shots and double espresso, we all find ourselves seeking ways to boost our energy and muster enough strength and stamina to make it through the week…or day. And to be clear, I’m not suggesting that some of the above options are not valid resources for regaining strength as we battle daily fatigue. But I firmly believe there is a spiritual component that is just as important when we find ourselves worn out and weary.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. —Hebrews 12:1-2
Yes, life often feels like a race to the finish line! But this passage gives us some practical instruction and encouragement on finding the strength and energy we need. Continue reading “The Ultimate Energy Booster”
Read: Luke 2:21-38
Christmas Day with all of its excited and anticipation is behind us for the year. A New Year is just around the corner! This is usually a time when we are reflecting on our past year and making plans and looking forward to the newness of the coming year. What will the New Year hold? What joys, sorrows, blessings and disappointments are in store? None of us know. But there is something exciting about new beginnings—we make resolutions, we clean out the clutter and we set new goals. But if you are like most of us, we are often into the next year just a short time, when our perseverance begins to give out and we tend to give up. We give up on many of those plans we made and goals we set. Our passage this week speaks to this very idea of anticipation and perseverance. Remember, Christmas is not just about one day or season a year, but is a mindset and spirit that should guide our thoughts and actions all throughout the year.
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A Rejoicing Attitude!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Celebrate always, pray constantly, and give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. This is God’s will for all of you in Jesus the Anointed. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Voice)
It all begins with our focus, our perspective, which in turn affects our attitude.
In the original language of the Bible, rejoice is the word chairo.
rejoice – chairo – to be cheerful, calmly happy, to rejoice exceedingly, be well and thrive.
Rejoice or celebrate always is the command. I love this! I’m always up for a celebration. I love gathering with friends and family to fellowship together. At our house it usually involves food, lots of conversation, laughter, singing and sharing of stories. But we all know that life isn’t always a celebration.
- Sometimes life is hard.
- Sometimes life hurts.
- Sometimes life is harried.
But we are still called to rejoice and celebrate! So how do we do that in the hard, hurting and harried times of life?
“Rejoicing is a way of praising God until the heart is sweetened and rested, releasing its grip on anything else it thinks it needs.” —Tim Keller
How do we change our perspective & attitude to rejoice always?
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