2 Ears to Hear

Every time I read James Chapter 1 I always am reminded that God really wants us not just to hear people but intently listen to them!

1- Quick to Listen- a lost art in our culture. We are always thinking what we can say next and not letting others fully speak….people love to be heard!!

2- Do what the Word says- James reminds us not just to listen to Gods Word…..actually live it out in the flesh and just do it! Now that’s application!

3- When we examine Gods Word and obey it- He says we will be blessed at what we do! Family, Career, Ministry, whatever you put your heart to!

I’m glad we serve a God of Grace who’s mercies are New everyday!!

God Bless you!! Have an amazing week!

Everything happens for a reason!

Don’t you love when someone says this phrase flippantly without much thought. I know we’ve all thought it and said it to friends with meaning and sincerity. “Everything happens for a reason”

Honestly, much of life and the majority of the bad things that happen in our life we will never understand.

I had a good friend recently lose his wife at a young age of 57. I can’t imagine walking in his shoes even for a moment and can’t understand what he is going through. It doesn’t make sense. It probably never will to us here on earth.

When we read Philippians 1:12-14 it says-

“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Focus

Every day we wake up and have a choice.  What are we going to think about first.  What is our mindset going to be like for the day?

We are all human and have negative thoughts come in our mind all the time.  We have a choice if we are going to listen to our negative self talk or not.  What we feed our mind with absolutely affects our behavior and how we are going to act and speak.

Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”.

We are to gaze on Christ and try moment by moment to ask ourselves, “what would Jesus think about this” or “how does this look to Jesus”?

It re-focuses us on what’s important and what’s eternal.  It re-aligns our heart and gets us centered back to our walk with God.  We have to be intentional about it.  Our natural thoughts are to waver and go the opposite direction.  We have to pray and ask God for help moment by moment.  It’s a battle we all face!

I want to encourage you today to focus on Christ and his goodness.  Remember all that he has done for you in your life and believe by faith that he’s not done with you yet!