Thursday, March 15, 2012

Refuse to be Confused...Rejoice in Today...Don’t Fret – Rejoice!...Accept God’s Great Grace

Refuse to be Confused

1 Corinthians 14:33

Are you confused? Is there something happening in your life right now you don't understand? Or perhaps you are baffled about the way things happened in your past.

Many people today suffer tremendously with confusion, but that was never God's plan. He does not cause your confusion - He wants to stop it. He does not want you to try to figure out everything that happens in your life. He knows what is going on and why, and He is in control.


That means you do not have to worry and live in confusion. It almost sounds too easy, but you can have total freedom from the torment of confusion just by refusing the temptation to figure things out. So trust God to take care of everything that concerns you and enjoy a peaceful, happy life.



Rejoice in Today

Psalm 118:24 – the day the Lord has made

The Lord once told me anxiety is caused by trying to mentally and emotionally get into things that are not here yet or that have already passed – mentally leaving today and getting into an area of the past or the future.


Since then I have been trying to learn to lighten up and enjoy life.  I try to live one day at a time and not worry about the past or future. We need to be responsible, but we also need to relax and take things as they come without getting all nervous and upset.


Learn to enjoy the good life God provided for you. In spite of all the troubling things going on at work or home, make this daily confession: "This is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it".



Don't Fret – Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4, 6 Rejoice in the Lord always, do not fret or have anxiety about anything.

Twice in this passage, the apostle Paul tells us to rejoice. He urges us not to fret or have any anxiety about anything but to pray and give thanks to God in everything - not after everything is over.


If you wait until everything is perfect before rejoicing and giving thanks, you will not have much fun. Learning to enjoy life even in the midst of trying circumstances is one way to develop spiritual maturity.


Live in the fullness of the joy of the Lord by finding something to be glad about besides your current circumstances. You must learn to derive your happiness and joy from the Lord who lives inside you.


Decide you will not fret or have anxiety about anything but will give thanks and praise to God, rejoicing in Him always.



Accept God's Great Grace

Romans 5:20

God conquers evil with good by pouring out His limitless grace upon you so that if you sin, His grace becomes greater than your sin. God's love is the power that forgives your sins, heals your emotional wounds, and mends your broken heart.


Once you realize you are loved by God – not because of anything you are or anything you have done – you can quit trying to earn His love and simply receive and enjoy it.


Start by confessing aloud several times a day that God loves you. Speak it out and get comfortable with the thought of it. Bask in His love and let it saturate your soul. Once your heart is filled with the knowledge of God's love you can begin to love Him in return. We love Him because He first loved us.


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