(1 Cor 13:5 AMP) It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
King James Version: “thinketh no evil”
Good News Bible: “does not keep a record of wrongs”
Message Bible: “Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others”
Meditation is Powerful: Don’t use it the wrong way.
I remember a series of commercials about College that ran when I was a kid. The message at the end of the commercials was, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
- Unfortunately, many Christians waste valuable brain power on the wrong things.
- Many nurse and rehearse the wrongs done to them.
The word “meditate” used in Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:3 means more than just to think about; it also connotes muttering.
- It means that we are to not only to constantly think about the Word of God, but also to constantly speak the Word over and over as well.
- There is a level of faith that is activated when we think and speak something (see Romans 10:9,10).
It works the same in the negative:
- If you replay the evil done to you over and over in your mind, you will find yourself talking about it as well.
- Jesus taught us that our mouth will speak out of the overflow of our heart (Mat 12:34).
- So if we consistently think about the wrongs done to us and then begin to speak about them, we are activating a negative force and not a positive one over our lives.
- This is destructive for all parties in involved!
1. Don’t keep good records of bad things.
- Use your time and mental energy in a productive way.
2. Be quick to forgive, so you don’t develop a root of bitterness.
- A root of bitterness will hurt you and the person you should forgive.
3. LET GO, so you can LAY HOLD!
- Far too many believers can’t LAY HOLD of their future, because they refuse to LET GO of their past.
(Heb 6:12 AMP) In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.
I believe this message will bless you:
1. It is not the will of God that we become spiritual sluggards. We are to live for Christ all the days of our lives. You cannot retire from being a Christian. Every day you live should be a day you live for Christ.
2. We should be imitators of faith: We should seek both biblical and living examples of people who have experienced success in God through faith; people that have placed their confidence in God’s power, wisdom, and goodness. If it worked for them and we imitate their faith (also see Heb 13:7), it will also work for us. God honors faith.
3. We should be initiators of patience: We should seek both biblical and living examples of people who have experienced success in God through patience; people who practice patient endurance until they see the reality of their faith.
4. We must be confident that we can also obtain the promises of God through faith and patience: We looked at example after example of people operating in faith and patience to obtain the promises of God. Peter tells us that we have “like precious faith” (2 Pet 1:1). In other words, Elijah, Joseph, Daniel, Paul, James, etc.; all operated in faith and we – as Born-Again believers – have the same faith. They did not get a different kind of faith. We have the same bible, the same promises, and the same faith. If we operate in the same faith, coupled with the same patience, we will also obtain the promises of God.
Our pace today is extremely hectic. Most of us work long hours, we stay connected with our Blackberry’s and laptops when we get home, and the line between work-hours and off-hours is continuing to blur. Rest is needed, actually much needed, for most of us.
Today (Labor Day) is a day-off for most people. If you have the Day-Off today make sure you enjoy it! Making the most of your free time is just as important as making the most of your work hours. As a believer you have to do all that you can to avoid burnout. Far too many believers are burned-out with work, church, family, friends, fitness, and their lives in general. ENJOY yourself today. Get rejuvenated, revived, refreshed, and restored, so you can be READY for tomorrow and beyond!
The Father wants you to have and enjoy life in Him, to the point where you are SO blessed that you are BEING a blessing to others and it is all tied to hearing His voice!
Watch the video and be blessed.