Archive | February 2014

Gentleness

Gentleness is a humble meekness that is calm, soothing, peaceful, and easy to be around. Being considerate of the feelings and needs of others by exhibiting gentleness shows you are responding to the Spirit of God and what has been planted in you has taken root. 

Only foolish people are quick to get angry. People with wisdom don’t want to pay the price. “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9). Ask God to keep you free from anger so you can remain in the flow of all God has for you. 

 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:15-17 

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:16-17 

Dear Lord, I pray that I can be as gentle and meek as Jesus. I pray over every aspect of my life so that you will keep me spiritually anchored reminding me of what your promises are. Lord, keep me focused on who You are and who you made me to be. It will help me live your way and not my own. Lord, give me the ability to distinguish the truth from a lie. Strengthen my faith and encourage me to believe for the impossible. It will enable me to become the child of God I long to be and believe I can be. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 14:12-14

Patience

Oh I have plenty of patience-as long as everything’s going my way! There are a lot of jokes about patience, but when you’re the one forced to wait while you suffer or suffer while you wait-it’s no laughing matter. You can feel your pulse race and your frustration rise. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord; be good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.” 

You may be a person who walks with God, but you are not courageous enough, strong enough, on your own. God’s strength, however, is more than enough. Is there something God is asking you to be patient about right now? You have to live with “what is.” But remember, you have God’s promise for “what is to be.” Colossians 3:12 says you can either fret, worry, and pace, or you can put on a heart of patience. Which will it be for you during this time of waiting? 

Patience has never come easy for me either. Thankfully, God’s Word is faithful to come to the rescue. Jesus’ surefire method for patience was prayer. First Peter 2:23 says that Jesus kept entrusting Himself to God, who judges righteously. 

Allow God to soothe your pain as you do nothing. Let Him fill you with His patience as you endure the hurt. God calls us to be patient with others. 

How long can you wait? Well, make that period a little longer. How many times can you wait? Make it a few more times. Follow Jesus’ example. No one ever endured more than Jesus did, and He trusted God and God’s timing in all circumstances. 

Dear Heavenly Father, I need Your strength. I am impatient and worried as I wait for an answer, a solution, a hope. Lord, my patience wears thin so quickly these days. I pray you give me a faithful heart that waits on Your word to move forward, to be still, to keep praying. Today I will rest in Your good and gracious help and embrace Your promise of “what is to be.” I entrust my life and my daily walk to Your guidance. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:3-4