Friday, November 19, 2010

Have a healthy attitude about the difference between now and later!

The PRESENT is a gift from God. Why live it in fear of the future? Don't feel overwhelmed by the thought of your destiny. We only live life one day at a time, scratch that, we live life one moment at a time. When you have a relationship with our Lord who says He sticks closer than a brother, will never leave or forsake us and never gives us more than we can bear, you have a right to Hope. When you live knowing your life is in His hands, that He has a plan and that Jesus has walked before you and has overcome the world, you have a right to Faith. Every Single choice and every single step brings us further into who we are becoming so, knowing where you want your story to end up, line up your actions with that purpose...His purpose..and presence - His Love.

God created and loves us, completely regardless of the way we think He sees us, the way others may see us or of how we see us. Romans 5: 8 (New International Version) says, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 When you accept Jesus, God is pleased with you and you live through Him. Don't over-pressure yourself with stress-fully high expectations of what you ought to be like but, as of yet, are not and don't be fazed by lies from the accuser of the brethren. God knows more about us than we do and we need not think we can/should do anything to manipulate what God has already proclaimed. Jeremiah 29:11 (World English Bible) says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.
 As Joyce Meyer likes to point out, works of the flesh bring frustration. Let's not get so wrapped up in "doing" and "not doing" that we forget of what significance it is to "be." Now, we should know that God neither wants for us to live stagnant, mediocre lives in action nor in attitude and that He, most assuredly, does not demand more than He has enabled us to do and also that this is a spiritual world we live in and there is much more to it than meets the eye. Don't live in fear of your future, thinking that where you are looks nothing like where you think you should be. If you are trusting the Lord, He has made a way for you to live purposefully right where you are and if your heart is to obey His commands, which include showing His love to others, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and salvation through faith in Him and making disciples, as well as forgiveness toward others, His promises are being activated in you & your life. Stay in the Word; speak it over yourself because you are walking in your destiny today but can only effect the future outcome in how you are acting and reacting in the present. God sees what's inside of you and cares much less about the external and temporary circumstances. Even if you are experiencing a horrible career or other situation in your life and have been experiencing the struggle of that hardship for years, God only wants no more and no less than your love. Temporary things can only leave memories but what stays is love...and you can love in the present, regardless of whatever you see, you can believe that your life is leading you closer to the King and follow His Way.

You have the responsibility to make the most of the present by enjoying today. The difference between now and later is that now is always with us but now is always changing because you only have a moment to live it before it is gone into the past. Live now, not thinking about what you lack in but creating a legacy of love and faithfulness while learning along life's journey and walking in your spiritual destiny, knowing we don't have God's thoughts & that we live one step at a time.


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