The Full Expression Of Love

Let love be your highest goal. —1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT

People can be motivated by many things when they set goals — peer pressure; guilt, greed, materialism, revenge, pride, envy, or jealousy. But God will only bless goals that are motivated by love.

The Bible says everything you do must be done with love. So every goal you set should be for God’s glory, and every goal you set must be motivated by love.

The love that motivates us can be our love for Jesus and our love for other people. That’s called the Great Commandment: Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.

When a goal moves you to love God more or love other people more, then God will get behind that goal.

The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” —1 John 4:12 NLT

— Purpose Driven Life Devotional

Asset Or Detriment

Anger itself is not bad, it’s what we do with our anger that matters.

If you nurse anger it will just haunt you and become a destructive driving force in everything you do and make you hold onto grudges that will weigh you down. If you try to bury anger it festers and will rot away at your soul and the more it festers the easier it is to explode.

Either way you are strengthening the roots of bitterness and opening the door for the enemy to wreak havoc in your life.

Unmet Expectations = Anger

Begin to communicate your expectations instead of assuming someone knows that they hurt you or didn’t meet what you needed or wanted from them.

A lot of times it is simply our perception that is the deception behind the situation.

Breathe God in deeply and exhale all the other junk out!

~XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry—get over it quickly; for when you are angry, you give a mighty foothold to the devil. ~Ephesians 4:26-27 TLB

Temper can be an asset or detriment. It all depends on whether it has mastered you, or you, by the grace of God, have mastered it. -Harold J. Sala

Profitable Results

Faithfulness, given time, has profitable results .

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

The faithless one will pay for his behavior, but a good man will be rewarded for his. — Proverbs 14:14 ISV

No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek Him. — Hebrews 11:6 GNB

What We Were Created To Do

Praise the Eternal!

Praise the True God inside His temple.

Praise Him beneath massive skies, under moonlit stars and rising sun.

2 Praise Him for His powerful acts, redeeming His people.

Praise Him for His greatness that surpasses our time and understanding.

3-4 Praise Him with the blast of trumpets high into the heavens, and praise Him with harps and lyres and the rhythm of the tambourines skillfully played by those who love and fear the Eternal.

Praise Him with singing and dancing; praise Him with flutes and strings of all kinds!

5 Praise Him with crashing cymbals, loud clashing cymbals!

6 No one should be left out;

Let every man and every beast— every creature that has the breath of the Lord—praise the Eternal!

Praise the Eternal!

If Psalm 150 is any indication, then the worship of the one True God ought to be full of life and energy.

Consider what it must have looked and sounded like in those days: voices lifted, shouting for joy, trumpets blaring, stringed instruments playing, people dancing, pipes humming, tambourines keeping rhythm, cymbals crashing.

There are times when worship ought to break out in joy.

Is it possible that our worship is too quiet, too reserved, too structured?

Psalm 150:1-6 The Voice (VOICE)

This doxology not only closes Book Five, but it also closes the entire Book of Psalms. Up until now, the songs in this book have reminded us of all the reasons we should praise God.

Some songs have even commanded us to praise Him. But this closing remark takes the command to praise one step further: everything alive—humans, animals, and heaven’s creatures—must praise Him.

Praise is what God created us to do; it is one of our highest purposes in life. So it is no wonder that the longest book of the Bible is purely devoted to helping us do just that.

Time Well Spent

Time spent with God and learning to live His ways will always diffuse life’s dilemmas.

Unchecked emotions mishandle people and things.

Let’s be more healthy than hurtful, more hopeful than doubtful.

Let’s not be driven away to our own self-destruction by staying wicked.

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Psa 1:1  What delight comes to the one who follows God’s ways! He won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat.

Psa 1:2  His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light.

Psa 1:3  He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.

Psa 1:4  But how different are the wicked. All they are is dust in the wind—driven away to destruction!

Psa 1:5  The wicked will not endure the day of judgment, for God will not defend them. Nothing they do will succeed or endure for long, for they have no part with those who walk in truth.

Psa 1:6  But how different it is for the righteous! The Lord embraces their paths as they move forward while the way of the wicked leads only to doom.

— Psalm 1:1-6 TPT