Who are you? Why do you do the things that you do? What’s your purpose? What are you living for?
From the Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
1 Corinthians 6:20, 10:31. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.... Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Psalm 16:5-11. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalm 144:15. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.
Often times we live to glorify ourselves. We fear man. We fear what others will think of us. We live to please our friends, neighbors, family. Sometimes we find ourselves sucked into relationships with others that bring us down.
That is not God’s way. We are to fear God and live to glorify Him. When you let go of the fear of man and fear God instead you are freed. Your life revolves around pleasing Him and doing His will. The things of this world will pass away but God and our life with Him are forever.
When we live to serve God we become strong. Strong in the Lord. Strong does not mean that we become the manipulative bully in our relationships with others but it means that we are strong enough to stand up against wrong or things that bring us down or are detrimental to our children. Strong in faith, hope, love, and the desire to live for a higher purpose than the here and now.
First we need to study God’s Word and learn to know Him.
Read the Psalms they are full of imagery and descriptions of who God is and His relationship to us. Do Bible Studies both with groups and on your own. Do not get the kind of book that tells you what to believe but get a book that has you searching the scriptures and thinking. Know what you believe and why you believe it. Go back to the scriptures again and again.
23Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes. 24Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
Pray for wisdom.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,"
The Holy Spirit – in us – will teach us, check us, and guide us. Pray to Him that He would teach you more and help you in your life.
Make it a point to read the Bible before you read anything else –a novel, a study book, Facebook, blogs, anything – read the Bible first.
Choose a book of the Bible and read one chapter a day. Mark the verse or verses that jumped out or spoke to you that day.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Wear out your Bible. Plan to buy a new Bible next year because your current one gets worn out. Put it beside your favorite chair and read daily. Read it to your children, not only yourself. If a child interrupts your quiet time then start reading outloud to that child. Don't get frustrated, just make that child part of your study time. Take the Bible to the breakfast table and read to the children while they eat. Do the same thing at your lunch hour. Take it to bed with you and read it before you go to sleep. When you wake up, read a chapter right away.
Pray all the time. Converse with God in your thoughtlife.
Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6.
Put on your list to do a study on the elements of this prayer.
Make repentance a part of your daily prayer life.Read Psalm 51 while you pray.Repentance is not a 360 degree turn of regret but a 180 degree turn. Replace the bad with good. Change your habits with the help of the Holy Spirit..
Be thankful, live thankful, teach your children to be thankful.
Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Psalm 147:7 Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
Music touches our emotions and when the music is God honoring it can be healing. Music is a balm to the soul. Learn scripture music so that you’re singing God’s Word. It will get in your heart and come out when you need it later. Use music to teach your children. Put it on in your home to create an atmosphere. Quiet music for the wild days. Upbeat for when you're doing a quick clean up.
24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin,was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe." 26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe." 28Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" 29Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."Do not doubt.We have the Holy Spirit and He will help us.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16When we look at life and our problems through the mind of Christ we are able to see, albeit dimly, that God has a purpose for all things. The Holy Spirit is a gift to us, our counselor, He will build belief in us if we live a life of repentance, prayer, and study. Our belief will grow.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
Philippians 4:6-8That peace is a gift to us that we should be thankful for. We know that there is a higher purpose, a reason, a hope for the future.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We're not to do life on our own, in our own strength. In God we have peace, we have joy, we have Him.
the joy of the LORD is your strength
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
We are calm because He leads us beside quiet waters (Psalm 23).
Walk by the Spirit.
16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
From the Heidelberg Catechism
Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?
That I with body and soul,
both in life and death,
am not my own,
but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who,
with his precious blood,
has fully satisfied for all my sins,
and delivered me from all the power of the devil;
and so preserves me
that without the will of my heavenly Father,
not a hair can fall from my head;
yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation,
and therefore, by his Holy Spirit,
He also assures me of eternal life,
and makes me sincerely willing and ready,
to live unto him.
He knows you. He loves you. He lived and died for you. He lives again and is preparing a place for you in Heaven.
Live for Him in all your ways.
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