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Loyal is defined as: faithful and devoted to someone or something; giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution; faithful to one’s oath, commitments, or obligations.
Loyal to whom?
We need to learn to be more loyal to God and His word, to our friends and coworkers, to our bosses and the companies we work for. It doesn’t mean we allow others to do wrong, and cover it up because of a sense of loyalty. It means we honor our commitments; we purpose to honor our word.
Loyal to God:
Some people demand loyalty but don’t give it. I believe we need to be loyal to God and doing His will. We tend to be loyal to people more than to God Himself. If we want the blessing of God, we must be loyal to our word. The Bible says that God honors those who keep an oath even when it hurts. It doesn’t mean to lie or cheat for someone or something. It means when we give our word, we keep it. So many are loyal only to themselves, and to no other.
Think about it:
We really do need to think about where our loyalties lie. Sometimes we are loyal to family, even when what they are doing is wrong. As we grow in our relationships with God, let’s not have divided loyalties. If we do, we will hate the one and love the other. No one can serve two masters — no one!
Let’s be loyal to our commitment to serve and honor God and His word, and see how loyal He is to us.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 7:14 AM CDT
As Christians, we need to be more heavenly-minded than earthly-minded. Too many of us are so consumed with our lives here on earth that we don’t give much thought to what happens after we die.
The apostle Paul writes, For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8 ESV). Today, we are consumed with our physical bodies; in fact, as we enter this new year, one of the top resolutions is to get in shape, to work out more, join a gym. (Studies say that approximately 97% of New Year’s resolutions aren’t kept.) We are consumed with our physical appearance, what we look like.
Now we should take care of our bodies. The Bible says we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. And it does profit us some. But godliness profits us way more — here on earth and in the life to come. We should spend more time on our spiritual life: growing, getting more and more connected with God. Our spiritual gym is church. We think nothing of going to the gym, working out for 2 hours, 4 or 5 times a week; but we have great issues with coming to church at least once a week for an hour and a half. It’s no wonder we aren’t stronger, aren’t growing, still have the same issues each and every year. We need to exercise spiritually every day — making church a priority, reading the Bible daily — it profits us more.
What we will discover is that our lives will be better, and we will be stronger and truly make the changes that we desire and know we need to make in our lives. We will possess the strength to overcome.
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Published on Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 8:37 AM CDT
Cause and effect — every effect is connected to a cause. If you don’t have a cause, you won’t have an effect. You become ineffective when you don’t have a cause.
Have a purpose:
The moment we don’t have a cause, purpose, we become ineffective in our lives, Purpose is defined as: the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists. In order for our lives to thrive, we need a purpose, a cause. Thank God He gives us all a purpose: to serve Him and to help and serve others. God’s purpose for our lives will last a lifetime.
Make a difference:
We can all make a difference in this world. “There are two types of people who tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try, and those who are afraid you will succeed” (Ray Goforth).
Do all for God’s glory:
We must be committed to God’s cause — to share the gospel, to be a witness to others. 1 Corinthians 10:31 — So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. That means whatever, everything in our lives. The purpose of the believer is to serve the Lord with our time, talent, and treasure. How we spend our treasure is a reflection of what we love.
We must put in the effort to learn His ways, His will. The difference between mediocrity and excellence is often a matter of effort.
Happy New Year. May 2019 be filled with great purpose to your life.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 6:40 AM CDT
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