Love those who hate you

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Luke 6:27-28

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

We’ve all heard this before: We are to love those who are mean to us. But how many of us believe it’s possible? How can we love someone who tells lies about us, gossips about us, and makes us feel bad about ourselves?

The truth is, it’s not possible on your own strength alone. In fact it’s one of the most difficult things we can do. But it’s very possible if we rely on Jesus to help us do, following His example and remembering how He was mistreated by His enemies.

People who hate you are often jealous, or they see something in you that they lack in themselves. That is not your fault, and there is nothing you can do to make them like you. Just show them love and let them see Jesus in you. Does that mean you must continue to let them mistreat you? Not at all — intact it may be necessary to remove yourself from their life. But do it from a position of forgiveness, not out of revenge.

It is so easy to fall into self-pity when we did nothing to deserve the bad treatment. But neither did He, and His was much worse than ours. Jesus had more “haters” than we ever will. Pray for them.

Can’t stick with your Bible reading?

TODAY’s SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped gfor every good work.

Every Christian woman knows how important it is to read her Bible. We all make promises to ourselves to read daily, but sometimes those promises are hard to keep as we get caught up in the whirlwind of housework, kids, jobs, and husbands.

TRY A DIFFERENT TRANSLATION: Some are better than others, and the King James Version is still said to be the one most true to the original manuscripts. Written in the 1600s, it used the language of the day, so many women find it hard to follow. The New King James Version uses modern language. The New American Standard Bible is also a good choice.

PRAY: Ask  God to give you a thirst for what is in His word.

JOIN A BIBLE STUDY GROUP: Take notes and re-read the passages at home. Read ahead to the next session.

DOWNLOAD AN APP: There are apps to remind you to read your Bible, and there are also apps that will download the Bible right onto your phone.

FIND A GOOD SPACE: Look around your home for a good place to read the Bible daily. It should have a comfortable chair and good lighting, and perhaps a beautiful view to gaze upon while you ponder what you have read.

BE ACCOUNTABLE: This is a good reason to join a Bible study group, but you can also read alone and have a friend check up on you occasionally.

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Spiritual Warfare

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against m principalities, against powers, against n the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

The spiritual realm is invisible to us, yet we sense it. God allowed Daniel and Elisha to see into the realm. Angelic and demonic forces are constantly at war, and we are often the weapon of choice. One of the best know examples is the story of Job.

Visible or not, we need to be aware of the powers of Satan in the world and how they attack Christians. When we accept Jesus as our saviour, All hell literally breaks loose. Satan unleashes his demons to attack us and make us doubt are faith and our salvation.

Often, his strongest weapon is found in a person around us. The term “Jezebel Spirit” has been coined to describe such a person, one who will attack your faith, your loved ones, and everything you hold dearest in an attempt to destroy you.

Notice God’s weapons: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” God want us to fight the war with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and His word.

We cannot lose! God is more powerful than all of them combined. Pray for His protection and for fortification to withstand the attack.

Where do You Find God?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:24

God who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of Heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.

TODAY’S MESSAGE:

The Proverbs 31 woman and her family attended the local synagogue and observed the Sabbath. Although she realized the importance of belonging to a congregation, she also knew that God is within us, wherever we are.

She was able to find God in a sunrise, a sunset, or a mountain view. Can you do the same?

I love the translation of Acts 17:22-28 from The Message: Starting from scratch, He made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him!

Knock on wood

Often we look down on the superstition in which we use the phrase, “Knock on wood” – and proceed to do just that: Knock on a table or a door or whatever wood is handy. It didn’t begin as a superstition, though.

In some circles it is believed that the origin of the phrase and practice comes from the wood of the rosary. Rosaries in the old days were made of oak wood and were fingered in time of distress or trouble. Thus, holding on to, touching or rubbing the wooden rosary or its wooden crucifix when danger was near became a common way for Christians to deal with hardships and difficulties.

The practice slipped into common use as “Knock on wood.”