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Family Ties!

We all have family. The sad thing is, not everyone can say they enjoy a great family relationship. Success in life begins with successful relationships in the family. Aside from our personal relationship with God, the next closest relationships we should have are with family—beginning with our spouses and children and then with parents and siblings. One of the most challenging areas in many people’s lives has to do with family relationships. They may be successful in their jobs, business, and even ministry. But at home, everything is falling apart. Why is this? It’s because there is no love, and there is no family companionship or fellowship or unity.

God expressed how important relationship is to Him by creating the marriage union, and then the family. Soon after He created Adam, He said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion (Genesis 2:18, The Message). Later, God instructed Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply,” to start a family. Relationship is important to God, and it should be to you and me as well. If you’re challenged with relationship issues in your home, especially where there have been disagreements or misunderstandings, begin to mend those relationships through good communication. Reach out and show love to those family members who have become distant. Let them know you love them no matter what your differences are. Be determined to be the peacemaker, so that you can build and develop good family relationships.


The Right Place; the Right Time!

Ecclesiastes 9:11, New Living Translation, says, “The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle.” That may sound a little contrary to what most people think, because it’s obvious that in a race you must run faster than everyone else to win. But the rest of that verse says this: “The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”

You see, the race really is not always to the swiftest, or those who want to reach their destination quickly. It’s won by the one who is in the right place at the right time. Unlike a natural race, a spiritual race may sometimes take a while longer. And as believers, it requires patience on our part. If God has a plan for your life—and He does—then it will happen. But it will happen according to His timetable, not yours. Whatever it is you’re going through—whether it’s a sickness in your body, the loss of a job, or maybe even a family situation—don’t become discouraged and assume that God’s not going to help you through it because nothing’s happened up to this point. Just be patience and wait on Him. And if you have to, wait some more!


Believe In Yourself!

There’s something special about you! It’s surprising to me that some people, including believers, find it hard to believe that’s true. In fact, they feel just the opposite. But the truth is, God created you in His image and He views you as a unique and special person. In his prayer to God, David said in Psalm 139:14, “For I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works.” The New Living Translation says, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous.”

God created you to be unique and special—just like Him. That’s how much He loves and cares for you. He created you as someone who will do special, extraordinary things for Him and His kingdom. And the reality is, you can do it! But you’ve got to believe it for yourself. Don’t let negative circumstances and pessimistic people dictate who and what you are, or what you can or cannot do. Don’t let past failures determine your future. Remember and say only what God says about you, and let His words motivate you to move forward in faith. Believe in yourself—because you are special!


Show Mercy, Not Revenge!

Have you ever said or done something to hurt someone and felt deeply sorry for it, yet when you sincerely apologized, they were quick to forgive you, saying something like, “Oh, it’s okay. I forgive you. We all make mistakes.” That’s such a great way to respond. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen too often because we live in such an unforgiving society. People are more likely to hold grudges and seek ways to get revenge—something the Bible warns against: “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone” (Romans 12:17-18, New Living Translation).

We all mess up at times. We sometimes become angry or upset and say or do things we don’t mean. Thankfully, because God loves us so much, He is always ready to show us His mercy by forgiving us. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23) because he knows that everyday there is a possibility you will fall short or do something that will require His mercy. That’s how He expects you to respond when someone does or says something to offend you. Instead of being quick to retaliate, show them love and mercy by forgiving them—even if you feel they don’t deserve it. That’s what Jesus did for you when He died for your sins. You were forgiven. The charges against you were cancelled and your debt was paid in full.


A New Beginning – Right Now!

Every year, starting in January, we hear people talking about it being a “new beginning.” They look at that as a good time to “start over” in some way or another—to get a better grip on those things they intended to do the year before but never got around to, or began but never finished. Maybe it was to start another diet program, or perhaps they decided to do a better job at work. Or make and maintain new and better relationships. Maybe they even purposed to develop a closer, more intimate relationship with God. Whatever the goal, the idea was that they had a new beginning—another opportunity to start over and hopefully succeed.

Consider this: While second chances are a good thing, if you are a child of God, your second chances are not based on what time of year it is. Instead, they are based on God’s mercy, which the Bible says is extended to you every day. Lamentations 3:22-23, New Living Translation, says “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” God’s mercies are not far off in another year. They are here, right now. When you mess up, He has fixed it so that you can be restored: Just repent, confess your wrong and receive His forgiveness. Get a brand new start—right here, right now!


Don’t Be Distracted!

Want to know how you can maintain a lifestyle that always pleases God? Here’s the answer from 1 John 2:15-16, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition: “Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].” The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Those are the things the world desires and seeks. They are also the things Satan uses to distract us or cause us to lose our focus and get our attention off God and His Word.

God understands you have responsibilities to your family, your job or business that require your attention. He desires for you to take responsibility for those things. But He also expects you to keep Him and His Word first in your life, above everyone and everything else. That means resisting distractions, avoiding them at any cost. Nothing is more important than spending time with your heavenly Father, because He is the One who teaches you how to reign in life (Romans 5:17). God is your life (Acts 17:25). The Word of God is your lifeline. It’s your pathway to a blessed life here as well as eternal life with your heavenly Father. Don’t neglect it by allowing yourself to become distracted.


Separate from Bad Company!

What makes any of us, as believers, think we can continually associate with bad people—people who do things that are contrary to God and His Word, and still have a strong Christian testimony? Many believers are involved in relationships that are unhealthy—that make them appear as anything other than Christians. I realize sometimes we must be in the presence of bad company—we’re in this world and they’re the ones God has called us to witness to about His love and goodness. But while we’re doing God’s will and leading people to Christ, it’s important that we protect our Christian testimony by not appearing to agree with those whose lifestyles do not honor God nor reflect Christian values.

First Thessalonians 5:22, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, warns us to “Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be.” Don’t be deceived or presumptuous by thinking you’re such a strong Christian that continually being around evil won’t influence you. Strong Christians can become weak and lose their good testimony by keeping bad company. If you’re spending too much time with people who don’t know or respect God, or don’t take seriously their relationship with God, pray and ask God to show you how to gracefully remove yourself from their presence.


What’s In Your Heart?

If you are a Christian, then you can expect that you will be tested. Temptation comes with the territory. When Satan came to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus knew how to handle him. He didn’t devise some crazy scheme to defeat the enemy. Instead, every time He responded with the Word of God by saying, “It is written!” Jesus could use the Word of God against the enemy because He knew the Word and He knew the power behind that Word.

That’s the way every believer should respond when the devil comes knocking at their door. Answer him with God’s Word! If you don’t feel you’re properly equipped to fight the devil. then there’s no better time than now to prepare. David said in Psalm 119:11, New Living Translation, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” David didn’t just read God’s Word, hoping to remember it, he saw God’s Word as a treasure worth storing deeply in his heart where he could draw from it when he needed God to intervene. Doing what is right is a matter of the heart, not the head. When the Word is in your heart, then you will always be ready to handle any situation or resist whatever the enemy brings your way.


Desire Only What’s Right!

As a believer, it’s very important to learn to maintain control over your flesh. That’s because not all fleshly desires are godly desires. And they always lead to sin. The affair that happened between David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11) is a good example. It wasn’t something that just happened. There were evil desires and thoughts in David’s mind before the two of them came together. David saw the beautiful Bathsheba, instantly his heart desired her, and his mind told him he could have her—even though she was another man’s wife.

David’s relationship with God was such that he knew the difference between right and wrong thinking. But that didn’t keep him from plotting to send Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, off to battle, where he was killed, so David could have Bathsheba. David didn’t exercise self-control over his thoughts or his fleshly desires. Subsequently, he got out of God’s will. Wrong thinking, when acted on, will get you into a world of trouble. Not only does it displease God, but it hinders His will from being fulfilled in your life. Before you say a word or make a move, remember God’s Word, think on it and then obey. It will be well worth it.