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Monday, June 13, 2011

FW: START YOUR DAY RIGHT

 

Follow God’s Priorities

 

John 10:27

Many people try to feel spiritual by obeying religious laws. But they never get around to feeling good, because there is always one more law to follow. That is why God does not define our righteousness by our works, but by our faith in Jesus. We feel inner peace when we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

 

God may tell you that it is more important to give away your favorite personal possession, than to try to please Him by reading the Bible through in a year. He may say that it is more important to just remain silent, if He tells you to, than to volunteer for every activity at church. His ways are not our ways (see Isaiah 55:8-9), so learn to listen for His direction each day.

 

Have Fun

 

Romans 14: 17-19

Everything in your life doesn’t have to be serious in order to be spiritual. If you are filled with God’s spirit, whatever you do has a spiritual connotation to it. You can live a holy life, and still enjoy your day.

 

God measures holiness by how quick we are to obey His voice. He promises that goodness and mercy will follow us if we seek His presence (see Psalm 23:6). He may even encourage you just to have fun today.

 

Pamper Yourself

 

Psalm 42:5

God gave you your emotions, so it doesn’t work to ignore them completely. You make a big mistake if you refuse to meet any of your emotional needs. If you are tired, you need to rest. If you are stressed, you need some fun.

 

If you need encouragement, spend time with someone who knows how to build you up. Don’t ignore your emotional needs in the name of Christianity. You are a whole person – body, soul, and spirit (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23). God will show you how to be strong in all areas of your life.

 

Set Priorities

 

Psalm 139:16

Be determined to enjoy the abundant life that Jesus Christ desires for you to have. The devil will always try to set you up to get upset. The busy activities of today’s society can make life seem like a blur. Most people have a lot of stress, continuous pressure, and really too much to do.

 

Set priorities. Start your day with God. Be determined to follow His lead all day, and you will enjoy every day of your life - not just on weekends, vacations or sunny days when the weather’s perfect. Walking with God will give you pleasure and relaxation even when things aren’t going your way.

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