Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV)
The worst kind of life to live is the life of reactions, in which we are all the time affected by persons or circumstances. When we speak and somebody responds warmly to our words, we are full of joy; but we are the very opposite when our message is not well received. Being thus easily affected will inevitably produce an up and down experience. Don’t mistake me, it is natural to feel things deeply, but he who is governed by such feelings will always be lacking in divine strength.
It is when we lose our joy that our strength seeps away. The joy of the Lord Jesus when he was here on the earth never rested on the seeming success of His mission. It was not in fact attributable to anything outward, but only to His steadfast pursuit of the will of the Father-the joy that was set before Him. Thank God that we do not have to try to copy Jesus, but only to keep our eyes on His goal. His joy is ours by the Holy Spirit.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 NKJV)
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. (Philippians 3:10)
Many of God’s sons and daughters are so busy working for Him that they do not have time to spend a few quiet moments alone with Him. We are so busy working for God’s Kingdom that our activities cancel the necessity for solitude and quiet time. We are working for God without experiencing the presence and power of the living Christ.
Trying to serve Christ, without the inspiring strength of the Holy Spirit leads to frustration and eventually to spiritual suicide. When the ideal of what you are trying to do for Him fades away, when your spiritual reserves are not supplemented by prayer and meditation, when you try to maintain a Christian testimony without making Christ the most important element in your life; then your service will become powerless, without any effect or impact on the world.
If you want to serve the Master, you must put Him first in everything you do. He must be placed first on the agenda of your life. The service you offer Him must be the result of experiencing Him firsthand and not the result of hearsay. Only if you put Him first in everything, can you determine your goal in life according to His will. If you place Christ first in your life, it will make you a more effective and acceptable son or daughter. Lord, I place you first in my life. You are my inspiration and my motivating strength in the service that I offer to you. Trust Him today with your time. Slow down and smell the roses.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3 NKJV)
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (I John 5:20 NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV)
Did you know that you fit perfectly into God’s plan? I know that you often wonder if you are doing enough for God, or if you are actually doing what God has called you to do. God wants you to know that you and what you do for a living is very important to carry out His work on the earth.
You don’t have to go to the jungle to be a witness for The Lord. You don’t have to go the street corner and preach with a megaphone. Just keep doing what you’re doing and let others see. You are a piece of the puzzle. You unique and vital to God’s big picture. Just keep doing what you do.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (Psalms 143:10 NLT)
And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24 NKJV)
You are a spitting image of your Father. All people experience an identity crisis at some time in their life. Your identity problem is not that you don’t know who you are, but rather that other people don’t recognize who you truly are. You are not Mr. Athlete, Mr. Church Member, or anyone else. Those identities are the ones whom people observe on the outside. But you live from the inside out.
Your identity is not in what you do, but rather in who you are in Christ. When others see you, may they say, “I recognize him. Why, it’s clear whose family he belongs to. He’s a Son of God.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV)
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:17, 18 NLT)