He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
The situations we go through in life not only teach , shape and mould us into better people if we allow, but they also prepare us to be a guide and light for someone else.
As you go through whatever trouble, challenge, misfortune , pain. My prayer is that you will learn everything you need to learn so that you can be fully prepared to comfort, encourage, uplift and motivate someone else out of their own dark times using your personal experience of victory through the storm that would have taken you down, hadn’t it been for God’s help.
Go out in God’s strength, you are victorious but have to go through the process towards the finish line.
But make His Kingdom and righteousness your chief aim, and then these things shall all be given you in addition.
Matthew 6:33 (WNT)
Everything we need and desire is in God. He has made and created everything for our pleasure and enjoyment.( Yes God wants us happy and fulfilled!)
I am sure you have heard of this, money can buy you a house but not a home, a beautiful woman but not a wife or vice versa , It can buy you insurance but no guarantee of sickness or accidents , It can buy you food but no appetite, we can go all day on numerous things money and possessions can’t give you.
In our verse for today, Jesus gives us the order of priority in our pursuit for happiness and fulfillment.
Making God and his kingdom our chief aim, or as a friend said, ‘ keeping the main thing, the main thing!’ Will not only ground us in unshakeable faith but will make all things name it, less valuable and not the reason for why we live and strive, but as an accesory for seeking , serving and doing the work of God’s kingdom.
What are you searching for today? Are you fulfilled or just running from one thing to the next?
True fulfillment is in having God and his kingdom fully established in your heart and then you will attract ‘ All these things ‘ and enjoy them too!
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
We all at some point in life find ourselves in a place where we need to be ministered to….not necessarily from a pulpit!
Whether you are caring for a sick relative or friend, counseling a couple going through a storm in their marriage, redirecting a path for a confused teenager, feeding a homeless man on the street ect….there is someone always in need of a refreshing.
While it takes time, money and energy in serving others in need, it doesn’t go unnoticed by our heavenly father. Not only will he reward your efforts but will also position people to minister to you in your time of need.
Look around you, in your neighborhood, at your work place, church , school, there is someone you can be a blessing to today.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:4 (ESV)
While victory will look different to each individual depending on which level of life they are at. The fact is that God has guaranteed victory to us his children.
Notice the text says ‘overcomes’ Even today God is giving you the ability to overcome regardless of what you are fighting for, against or towards to.
Our victory, your victory, my victory is guaranteed!
You now just have to walk towards it, do something! If praying, pray, if knocking on a door, do so, if it’s leaving a bad relationship, Run!, if it’s starting over, today is new day!
Remember you don’t win until you get to the finish line.
Let’s finish strong, one day at a time..
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?
Everybody wants to have a reliable friend in their corner, even Jesus needed and expected his inner circle to be there when he needed them the most. Unfortunately they too were tired, fatigued, sleepy and unavailable to stand with their leader and friend in his time of need.
What kind of friend are you? Can you be counted on in a time of crisis or just when the party is popping and the money is good!
On the other hand are you the friend who will understand, forgive and move on even when you don’t get your expectations met or feel let down?
Proverbs 17:17 says, ‘ A friend loves at all times, and a brother is there for times of trouble.(ISV)
Be the best friend you can today…!
Don’t give up, somebody is gonna use your experience, persistence and victory towards their own situation. Imagine if you quit now…. Someone’s breakthrough might be linked to your willingness to stay in the ring. Let’s finish strong!
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen~ 1 John 4:20 (NIV)