“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)
Several years ago the ladies in our state began an intentional effort to encourage one another. The need to be uplifted is greater than it has ever been. I named it, “Operation Uplift.”
The object of our devotional verse was to persuade the church at Rome to not insist on their own perspective in matters of disagreement. The word “edify” means to build up. We need to purpose in our hearts that we are going to only uplift others as we build up the Kingdom of God. We do that through encouragement.
Encouragement is what keeps us all going. The older I get the more I appreciate the cards, texts, kind words and phone calls of someone who thought of me. It’s one of the simplest ways to lift sagging spirits.
Join Operation Uplift and encourage someone today. It doesn’t take a lot to do that. Even a smile is encouraging. We see enough sad faces on a daily basis to discourage us. Don’t be part of the demolition team!
Prayer: Lord, we pray for all those who are struggling. Let me be one to edify or build up and not tear down. The family of God is so wonderful! You have called me to edify them.
“The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help live in joy.” (Psalm 69:32 in the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible)
Where you live will have a profound effect on how you perceive things. I’m not talking about your physical house, but your spiritual house. Our bodies are temples of God and we can live in joy when we have Him dwelling on the inside!
It worries me when I see people who don’t have the joy of the Lord. Everything is tainted without His joy. Their outlook on life is affected when the wonderful ingredient of joy is lacking.
Just yesterday someone asked me what was wrong with a lady who used to come to church. She had a conversation on the phone with her and joy is now lacking even in her voice.
We make indelible impressions on everyone we meet. When God is at work in your life you have no reason to go around looking sad. He makes us glad!
Prayer: Lord, today I seek Your help to live in joy! For the joy of the Lord is my strength even when things are going wrong I can draw on Your strength and live in joy.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)
Women tend to be emotional. This is how God designed us. He gave us His Word to help us deal with our emotions when they are running rampant.
Emotions are real and are meant to be expressed without hurting us or others. Try expressing them to God first. When we don’t let Him know how we feel, our reactions can result in disaster. If someone is violating you, talk to the One who can help you with what you are feeling.
When we fear we give fuel to worry. And when we worry it’s hard to see or hear God.
Paul was giving instructions in this verse to Timothy, a young man, so he would know what to do when he encountered foes or danger. He wanted him to be prepared and to inspire the courage needed to bear up under the worst case scenarios in life.
We must all recognize where fear comes from. It’s not from God. God gives power, love, and a sound mind to those who place their trust in Him!
Prayer: Lord, help me to release my emotions and depend on You. Depending on You leads me to peace and freedom. You created me and are aware of the thoughts and intents of my heart. I can pour out my heart to You and know that You understand me.