The Right Direction For Our Desire

 Image“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:31-34

DESIRE!!!! We all have it!!! Some of us desire to get married, some of us desire to know truth, some of us desire to make a living, some of us desire to be happy some, some of desire to buy a new house and on and on we could go. While those desires in itself are not wrong, the direction we go with those desires could lead us down the wrong path. For instance there are some who are struggling with their marriage but they have a desire inside that says they need happiness instead of seeking God for help with their marriage they began to look at outside influences to fulfill that happiness.  Another is struggling with providing for his/her family and his/her desire is to make a living so that they can survive.  Instead of trusting God for that provision, he/she begins taking things that do not belong. 

The Bible makes it clear in what direction we should go too concerning our desires—Our Creator, Our Loving Father—Almighty God!!!  He is the only one that can help us distinguish what our desires really are and He alone is the only one that can provide.  So what are the desires of your heart today and have you gone to God concerning those desires????

Honor and Respect: The Duty Of A Christian

Image“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.  Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17

God’s Word makes it clear that our duty as a believer to show honor and respect to others regardless of whom they are. The reasons for this is that first, we represent a higher authority, which is Jesus Christ. Second, when we show honor and respect we are showing others that we truly belong to HIM. And third, the Lord commands and expects us too. 

Let’s be honest this is not always easy, especially when the other that we need to show respect too has treated us wrong. So how do we do it?  I believe is by remembering three great assets of a Christian: prayer, forgiveness and love.  If we truly seek God through prayer, He will help us to forgive and show us how to love others.