Philippians 2:14-15 Shine Like A Star

 

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Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky Philippians 2:14-15

One thing that a person can count on hearing in a workplace is complaining and arguing. There are very few people who do not complain about their work or argue with someone about politics or sports.

People are often not happy with whatever situation that they are in, so they then complain about it. Some are worse than others, but most people have something to complain about. Complaining about the weather, the spouse, the children, the bills, the news, the breakdowns, the government, illness, injuries, the neighbors and the list is endless.

Along with complaining they want to argue about everything. They argue about how to get something done, or why something should not be done. This can also run in every area of life.

Those in the church are not a whole lot different. They complain about the songs sung, the level of sound, the length of the sermon, and how things are done. They argue about the best way to do something, doctrines, and traditions.

Most do not try to be mean or a downer about their complaining or arguing, but they are still doing it.

Paul says that one is to do everything without complaining or arguing. If this is done, one will be blameless and pure and will shine like a star in the sky.

If a person is not complaining or arguing, he is trusting God in every situation, he is putting others first, and he is showing love to everyone. Doing all of these things is not normal in this world. As he does this, he will stand out as different and shine brightly. He will show the purity and holiness of God in this dark, depraved world.

Think about the words you speak each day. How often do you complain to someone about something? How often do you argue with someone about something?

Turn your eyes on to God and trust that He is in control with your best in mind. That will help you keep from complaining.

Know and understand God’s love for all people, this will help you keep from arguing with them. Know and speak the truth in true love.

Shine like a star.

I pray today that you will trust that God is in control; that God will give you the words to speak; that you words will be words of love and encouragement; and that God will guide you to be pure and blameless in this world.

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Romans 8:14 Who Leads You?

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For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14

People are being led all the time, whether they want to be led or not. Bosses lead their workers in what needs to be done to get the job done. Teachers lead students in what needs to be learned and how to learn it. Various people in authority lead a group of people in being a group or a community.

There are many who put themselves in a position of being led by others. They follow the example of other people and live like they do. People change their clothing or hair because of some celebrity they are following. Others will do the same following a friend or other peers around them. It is common for a person to do something he normally would not do, because he is being led by friends.

The majority of people are also led by their own personal feelings. They do what they feel is best for their own lives.

While being led by these different methods may not always be a bad thing, they are never the best way to be led. Each of these ways are being led by a person, who has faults and does not always know the best choice to make. They only see a small part of the big picture of life.

One who wants to be led perfectly, must be led by God’s Holy Spirit. God will always make the perfect choice for one’s life.

The challenge with being led by God is that it does not always appear to make sense and it takes time to listen to God to hear what He wants done. Yet, it is those who are led by God, that are the children of God. They are living in God’s perfect will and desire.

As a believer, your life should be one that is characterized by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Before any decision or action is made, check with God. He knows what is best for your life. Allow Him to guide your every choice of action.

As you do this, you are living completely for God in His perfect will. You will be a child of God. This will allow you to do God’s will and keep away from sin.

Are you a child of God? Are you being led by God?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will hear God’s Spirit guiding you; that you will be a true child of God; and that God will use you to do His work on this earth.

Luke 8:30 What Is Your Name?

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Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. Luke 8:30

The disciples and Jesus had landed at a certain place. A man came up to Jesus shouting. This man had been possessed by many demons. When Jesus asked the man his name, the man said it was Legion. This name means a large number of something.

Every person on the earth has at least one name that they go by. Most people have multiple names, more than just a first, middle and last name, although many do not think of them as other names. Some of these other names are: a nickname, son/daughter, mother/father, aunt/uncle, brother/sister, co-worker, boss, teacher, and the list goes on.

Some of the additional names that people like are: friend, spouse, faithful, loyal, and many others.

However, at the same time that there are many names people like, there are also not-so-good names that people carry. These can be liar, thief, sinner, gossip, lazy, ugly, stupid, and the list also goes on.

These types of names cut a person down. They look at the negative side of the person. In these names there does not seem to be any hope or love being shown.

When a person has chosen to give his life to Jesus, he gets a name change. He is no longer a child of the devil, but a child of the King. His name is changed to Child of God, saved, loved, forgiven, and many others.

The world will remember the person as to who he was, but God sees the person as who he is becoming and can be. As a believer, he is becoming like Jesus.

If you have given your life to Jesus, your name has been changed. You are a new person, a new creation in Christ Jesus your Lord.

There will be times that you may not do the right thing. The devil will try to accuse you and change your name back to an old name. You have to resist the devil and trust in what Jesus did for you. Stay with the name He has given you.

Each day you need to strive to live up to the name God has given you and remember that name. Do not allow this world to bring up the past, that was who you were, but are no longer.

What is your name?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the names God has given you; that you will not believe the lies of this world or the devil; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

1 Chronicles 1-9 Nobodies, But Important Somebodies

Please read 1 Chronicles 1-9.

This is a book that starts out with the genealogies of the people of Israel. It starts out with Noah, who, with his family, was the only one on the earth after the flood, and goes all the way to Saul. It reads that someone was the son of someone, or that someone was the father of someone.

For most people it is a very dry boring read. Many people even skip over reading it. Reading it is even more difficult, when most people cannot even begin to pronounce even half of the names recorded. Then comes the big question as to why would God want a person to read this long list of people being born? What is the purpose?

Most of the people listed in these chapters are what could be called a “nobody”. They are no one really important and did not do any great earth-shattering thing in their life. This is the only place in the Bible that many of the men named here are named at all. They were just ordinary, simple hard-working men.

The important thing about each of these men is that they were included with the plans of God. Although many of these men did not serve God or honor Him with their lives, God still had them in His plan for the entire world. Although it is not shown here, some of these men were the great ancestors of Jesus. They were somebody important, even though during their time, they were not really anyone important.

How does that affect you today?

If you are like most people, you are not somebody who has a major influence with millions of people around the world. Your sphere of influence is very limited. You may even feel like it is just you and your family.

Regardless of your level of influence according to this world’s standards, you are in God’s hands and His plans. He has a job for you to do. His plan for you is in helping to build the greatest kingdom this world has ever seen–God’s kingdom. This kingdom will last for all eternity, not just a few thousand years at best.

You are somebody important. God sent His son to die for you so that you could be called His son and be a part of His family.

Be encouraged today that you are really someone important. You are important to the One who created everything and holds everything together. You are not just a somebody, but God’s child.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know how much God loves you; that you will know that you are a child of God; that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; and that you will be God’s witness in this world.

 

1 John 3:1 Whose Child You Are

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

Family relationships can mean a lot for some people. Most people are related to people who are not super well-known or have an extreme high position.

The children of the president of a corporation has the ability to call on their parent any time and get through immediately, most of the time. Everyone else who calls, usually will have to wait.

As a believer in Jesus, you have received a new relationship. God, the Father of Jesus, now calls you His own child. You have been adopted into God’s family. How much greater love can there ever be than that?

Now you have a family relationship who is more than just important or well-known, He is the creator of everything that there is. God is the One who has power to create the stars and remove the stars. He is the One who created life and gives life to everything that is alive.

Today you have His authority and His attention. Day or night you can go before Him and He will hear you.

The world may think you are strange for saying you have God as your Father, but that is because the world does not know Him. The world does not see or accept God, so they cannot know Him in any way. When someone says they are in a relationship with God, the world looks at that person as strange.

Yet, you do have that relationship. That relationship is closer than with any person in the world. God created you. No person created you, not even your parents. God just used your parents to create you.

Since you have such a close relationship with God, live for Him and with Him. Stop and think about how great that love is, that the creator of the universe wants to have you as His child. Give God the praise and glory for His great love for you!

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will realize you are God’s child; that you will live to give God honor; that you will show the world who God is; and that God will make you more like Jesus everyday.

1 John 3:1 What You Are

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1

In this world knowing someone important can open many doors. Often if you try to go to someone important and do not know anyone directly, the doors will be closed, but as soon as you name someone important in sending you, the doors open wide.

Even more doors will open if you are the child of someone important. Remember the pictures of John F Kennedy’s children playing around the desk of the President of the United States in the Oval Office. Not just any child would be able to do that. In fact, very few have ever been able to do that. Thousands of people each year get to visit the White House, but most likely none of the children get to play in the Oval Office.

Knowing the President is great, but how much greater is it to be his child? It is the same with God. Knowing God is great, but being His child is even greater.

Noticed how John tells you that the Father has lavished great love on us in calling you His child. This love is poured out on you not just in a little bit, but over abundantly more than you can imagine.

Think about this. You were not born serving God. You sinned against Him. You hated Him. Yet, God, in His great love is willing to accept you and call you His child! What great love!

What greater position can you hold than a child of God? A child of the One who created the entire universe. A child of the One who holds absolute power and owns everything.

The world does not really know you. You are a strange person to the world. This is because they do not know God. Remember that you are set apart, holy unto God.

Today, when no one seems to care about you; when the boss treats you harshly; when you feel down and alone–remember that you are a child of God. As a child of God, you hold access to absolute power and all wealth and all health. You have the greatest favor that can ever be given to a person.

I pray that today God will reveal His love to you; that you will have a full understanding of being a child of God; that you will live like a child of God; and that you will be a witness in this world of God and His love.