You Have No Right To Be Unhappy

You have no right to be unhappy — and 9 other simple reminders for everyday…

“I wake up lost every morning. At least that’s what it feels like. Perhaps something similar is true of you.

Somehow during the night I’ve forgotten the big realities about God and the universe and myself and the gospel. I desperately need to steady myself with biblical truth rather than stumbling forward to live from unbelief.”

Read, “Ten Big, Daily Reminders” (You have no right to be unhappy — and 9 other simple reminders for everyday…)…

Springs of Sweet Water

“Just as after a shock of earthquake springs of sweet water sometimes emerge in desert places, and the arid wastes are irrigated and become fruitful, so in certain cases the shock of suffering opens up within the heart of a man hidden springs of living water, and in place of murmurings and complainings there issue from him streams of gratitude and joy.” – Sadhu Sundar Singh

We Are Far To Easily Pleased

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

– C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Turning Your Pain and Regret Into Joy

Does pain or regret paralyze you?

John Piper recently tweeted: “Fly this banner over every wound and regret: Satan meant it for evil, but God meant it for good. (Gen. 50:20)”

I have to say loudly with arms waving in the air: Yes!!  Claim this promise and ask God to take whatever pain or regret you have, and bless it and use it for good. I have experienced this first hand; God is amazing at turning our ashes into beauty. Over a decade ago, when those I trusted, hurt me, I had to lay it out before God and ask Him: “What do I do with this experience?” When I experienced the death of a dream, I had to ask God again: “What do I do with this?”

God gave me a new dream and a new hope. My experiences have made me stronger – better able to grieve with those who grieve and rejoice with those who rejoice! I’ve been able to serve Him in impacting the lives of other broken and weary travelers and offer hope when hope is gone.

If you’ve been wrongfully treated and have suffered pain at the hands of others,
God can use that.

If you’ve messed up in the past,
God can use that too!

Pray…

“God, please take this pain and use it for good! I claim your victory in Gen 50:20. I need your help and guidance to do so and I ask that you use my pain and turn it into joy!! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

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Praying for a Wise Mind and a Spirit Attuned to His Will

This is what all ministry leaders need prayer for…

Colossians 1:9-12 (The Message)

9-12Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

Col 1:9-12 – Passage Lookup – The Message – BibleGateway.com.

Source of Joy?

What is the true source of joy during both good and bad times?

A tree doesn’t grow without the flowing water beneath the surface. The storms may blow but the water flowing below the ground keeps the tree growing. Digging our roots into Christ and letting the Spirit flow in our lives brings joy. I look back on storms in my life and am reminded of this truth. When I clung to Christ, I got through the storms.

Today I was reminded that joy is not found in positive circumstances. Joy is found in abiding in Christ through all events – both good and bad.

John 15…

4“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.

5-8“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

9-10“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

11“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.