Goals and Motivation

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Decisions can be hard to make. But at the end of the day, if all you do is sit back and wait for things to happen, you will be waiting for the rest of your life. Opportunities don’t “just happen”. You have to seek out the Lord’s will for your life for Him to show you the path to take, and once He does, you have to take the next step and actually follow through.
“The sluggard doesn’t plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:4-5
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
It is difficult for some to be motivated, I struggle with motivation at times myself. But I do know that I need to get things done, and what better time to start than now! Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it. The fact that you aren’t where you want to be should be motivation enough!
Be so busy trying to improve, that you have no time to dawdle. Be sure not to waste what time is given you.  Use every moment the Lord allows you to be productive! Always be about the work of the Lord, whatever work that may be in your life. But don’t have the mentality that you can just sit back and settle into a routine that really isn’t going anywhere. Start today! Pursue the Lord, accept where He leads you, and follow through! It really is as simple as that.
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Guard Your Heart

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“I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until He please.” (Song of Solomon 8:4)
This verse is repeated several times in the Bible. If the Lord repeated it so much, I should think it is a very important command to heed.
“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Be mindful of giving your heart away. Bestowing such affection on another, whether it’s made public or remains private, should not be a careless, haphazard thing. Such affairs of the heart can be serious. They should be dealt with carefully and with gravity. “Falling in love” with someone unawares can be a recipe for disaster. The Bible warns us about guarding our hearts several times. Be very careful with letting certain feelings and emotions get the better of you. Remember that it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

However, if you happen to be suffering from a broken heart, remember that the Lord is with you. He promises never to leave or forsake you, and what a promise that is! Trust in Him and seek comfort in His will and His word. He is the only One who can comfort your heart, for He made your heart. He knows your struggle; you are not going through this alone.

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

The Power of Silence

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”
Psalm 141:3
 
Have you ever noticed that “listen” and “silent” are formed with the same letters? Silence isn’t empty, it can be full of answers.
 
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
 
The ability to be still is best learned in silence.
 
Someone once said, “Silence is a source of great strength.”
 
Albert Einstein once said, “I think 99 times and I find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”
 
Another person once said, “Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.” And you know what? I think he got it right.
 
Psalm 62:5 says, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.”
 
Let go of all the unnecessary noise in your life and all the meaningless pitter-patter. Learn to wait and to be still in silence. For the Lord is a tender, loving Father, and He often speaks in the silence. Learn to be quietly submissive to His voice in your life. 
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Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog, and Lord-willing, I’ll have another post for you soon. Have a wonderful day and God bless! 🙂
 
 

True Love

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What is love? It is generally defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. The world considers love to be nothing more than an intense emotional reaction or feeling. I am not satisfied with this answer. I am much more interested in the way God defines love.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist in its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
Love is not a feeling, an attraction, an emotion; it is not liking someone. Love is moral character. Love is Jesus Christ.
How we act and treat others will either show the love of Christ in us, or it will not. Love is what we do according to the standard of God, and not what we feel.
Lust is not love, it is the exact opposite. It is selfishness and it is sin. True love is selfless. It shows kindness, patience, humility, and so much more.
C.S. Lewis says, “Love is not an affectionate feeling but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”
Elisabeth Elliot says, “When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him.”
Remember that “to fall in love with God is the greatest romance of all romances; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” ~ Raphael Simon
Don’t look for romance with anyone but the Lord. Don’t look for love in anyone but Him. If you place your heart in God’s hands, He will never let you down. He will sustain you, and if He sees fit, He will place your heart in the hands of a worthy person.
Love is not when you look into someone’s eyes and see everything you think you need. Love is to go to God, to pray, to let go and to trust Him entirely. Let Him take over.
God’s timing is perfect. It is never early and never late. It takes a little patience and it takes a lot of faith but it’s worth the wait. Don’t rush His timing; bask in it! Use this time to seek His heart and to glorify Him in all that you do.
My prayer to the Lord is from Psalm 51:10.. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Keep a pure heart, a heart stayed on God. Let Him write your love story as He sees fit.

Truth for Life

Truth for Life is the Bible teaching ministry of Alistair Begg. I love his devotionals on Charles Spurgeon’s work, and I thought I would share one of them for you today. The following post is called “The Chief Object of Contemplation” and was taken from the Truth for Life daily devotional.
Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb.

 Revelation 14:1

The apostle John was privileged to look within the gates of heaven, and in describing what he saw, he begins by saying, “I looked, and, behold, . . . the Lamb.” This teaches us that the chief object of contemplation in the heavenly state is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”1 Nothing else attracted the apostle’s attention so much as the person of that Divine Being who has redeemed us by His blood. He is the theme of the songs of all glorified spirits and holy angels.
Christian, here is joy for you; you have looked, and you have seen the Lamb. Through your tears your eyes have seen the Lamb of God taking away your sins. Rejoice then. In a little while, when your eyes shall have been wiped from tears, you will see the same Lamb exalted on His throne. It is the joy of your heart to hold daily fellowship with Jesus. You shall have the same joy to a higher degree in heaven; you shall enjoy the constant vision of His presence; you shall dwell with Him forever. “I looked, and, behold, . . . the Lamb.” Why, that Lamb is heaven itself; for as good Rutherford says, “Heaven and Christ are the same thing.” To be with Christ is to be in heaven, and to be in heaven is to be with Christ.
That prisoner of the Lord very sweetly writes in one of his glowing letters, “O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without you, it would be a hell; and if I could be in hell, and have you still, it would be a heaven to me, for you are all the heaven I want.” It is true, is it not, Christian? Does not your soul say so?
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Can make a heavenly place,

 

If God His residence remove,

 

Or but conceal His face.

 

All you need to make you blessed, supremely blessed, is to be with Christ.