Archive for April 2012

Live for Eternity – Today!

April 30, 2012

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:16-17, NIV)

This passage isn’t just referring to “lust” in a sexual sense, it is addressing our desire to be like someone else – to have their money, power, things, or status in life! The “world” expects us to succeed by advancing our careers, increasing our income, or enhancing our social status. God expects us to succeed simply by developing a closer relationship with Him! He may or may not allow us to succeed in business or to make a lot of money. In the overall scheme of things, that really doesn’t matter. Our relationship with Him is all that is important! By living for Him today, eternity starts right now! Enjoy your Monday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

Living In A Peaceful Place!

April 27, 2012

“If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge’, and you make the Most High your dwelling no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” (Psalm 91:9-10, NIV)

Have you ever been in the midst of a really stressful day and wished you could escape to a quiet, peaceful place? The bible often describes God as “our refuge” or “our strong tower.” It teaches us that in our most chaotic moments we have a “place” available to us that will protect us from our stress, fear, and despair. If we just stop for a few seconds, close our eyes, and consider that God is our shelter from all adversity, we can relax and find solitude and peace. It is extremely important to take time throughout the day to focus on God – to find a peaceful place with Him – where the “little things” of this world just simply fall away. Once we have found our peace in Him, we can then move back into the crazy flow of our lives, knowing that we are in God’s refuge, living and working with the peace and confidence of being loved by Him. Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

Don’t Work Yourself To Death!

April 26, 2012

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following an example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11, NIV)

We are to work hard, and then we are to rest! Our time of rest shouldn’t be set aside just to rejuvenate our bodies, but it should also be a time to rejuvenate our souls – our spiritual beings. It is a time to fully devote ourselves to God and become “one” with Him. By resting “in” Him, we place all of our worries, cares, hopes, and dreams in Christ and allow Him to energize us with His Holy Spirit so we can continue to do the work He has planned for us!

Don’t work yourself to death! Take time to rest, and most importantly, rest “in” Christ Jesus! Have a wonderful day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

Are You A Jesus Freak?

April 25, 2012

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6, NIV)

Christians are often criticized for being Jesus “freaks”, or for being fanatical, or cultish. The way other people view us is a direct result of the way we act toward them and by the way we speak to them. If we act or speak like a fanatic, it only stands to reason that we will be thought of as a fanatic. If we show love and compassion to those around us, and speak to them with respect and grace, our image will reflect the character of Christ and He will be honored! If that makes us look like Jesus “freaks”, then let’s be the best “freaks” we can be! Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

We All Struggle Daily!

April 24, 2012

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7, NIV)

We are still human, and we struggle every single day with the passions and pleasures of our lives. But because we have been renewed by the sacrifice of our Savior, we have an advocate to help us defeat our temptations and our weaknesses. The Holy Spirit lives within us and is as close to us as we allow Him! Ask Him to help you defeat those trials and temptations that continuously attempt to bring you down. Satan has already been defeated, and we have already been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ! Eternal life has been prepared for us as our reward for placing our faith in Him! Rejoice! Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

We All Face Trials!

April 23, 2012

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”  (James 1:2-3, NIV)

Many people feel that there couldn’t possibly be a God because a loving God would never allow us to suffer the way we often do! The Bible says unequivocally that we will face trials of many kinds. These trials take many forms but often include problems with our health, our relationships, our jobs, and our finances. They appear when we least expect them, but they are the intentional plan of God to help us develop and refine of our faith. Trials are God’s way of teaching us how to build our character. They humble us and cause us to surrender everything we have to Christ Jesus. Trials are a part of God’s perfect plan to make us better witnesses for Him in the workplace and in the world. As it is eloquently stated in John 9:3, NIV“…this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in him.”

Have a wonderful week, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

Choose Your Words Carefully!

April 20, 2012

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1, NIV)

Whenever we disagree with anyone, we have a choice as to how we will respond. One choice is to be kind and gentle; another is to be harsh and rude. The choice we make indicates our character. It also affects the person we are responding to, allowing them to feel comfortable with us or putting them on the defensive. How do you respond when you disagree with someone? How did Christ respond to those who disagreed with Him?

The words we choose can either build up or tear down. Listen carefully to the words you choose this Friday. Build someone up today! Have a wonderful weekend, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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