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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seek God Wholeheartedly

 

Seek God Wholeheartedly

8/19

Psalm B105:4

If you have a need today, seek God with your whole heart. The Bible says to “aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are about” (Colossians 3:1).  If you seek the fruit of the Spirit wholeheartedly, God will do a work in your life so that you will enjoy the abundant life Jesus died to give you.

 

God promises, “And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them” (Deuteronomy 28:13)

 

Be Positive

8/20

1 Corinthians 1:4-5

The Word of God says, “Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!” (Psalm 34:14). “Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves]” (Philippians 2:14).

 

Be positive. Get rid of gossiping and complaining. Start your day by reading the Bible so that you will know how to speak from the authority of God’s Word. Spend time listening to God, and then tell others what you hear Him say. Bring life to whatever situations you face.

 

Control Your Temper

8/21

Proverbs 14:29

It is uncomfortable for others to be around us if we are easily angered. We need to learn how to respond to life instead of react to it, so that we can enjoy God’s power in our lives. God says that a person who can control his or her anger is better and mightier than an individual who can take a whole city. (See Proverbs 16:32).

 

God’s Word says, “Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.  For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires]” (James 1:19-20). Be a ready listener, and enjoy the freedom from anger that God offers you.

 

 Slow to Speak

8/22

1 Peter 3:10

Have you ever regretted something you said as soon as the words were out of your mouth? You can’t take back the words you speak to others - and words can damage relationships. The Bible says that if you can control your mouth, you can control your whole body (see James 3:2).

 

Before your respond to people too quickly, stop and listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say about your situation. James taught, “Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry” (James 1:19). Commit your mouth to God’s service today, and use words that speak healing to others.

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