Keep Doing Good

Galatians 6:9 NIV, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

I used to keep this verse on my desk at work, so that I could remind myself daily of the importance of doing right. The key is keeping our focus on Jesus Christ and not people. When we look at people, we will often see many who are not doing right, yet they seem to be prospering.

Psalm 1:6 NLT, “For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.”

Sinful wicked ways will eventually lead to destruction. However following the ways of Christ will lead to life. He promised to protect us and watch over us as we seek Him. He also has promised that we will reap a harvest if we do not give up on doing good.

It’s often easy to do what is wrong, but it takes faith and perseverance to do what is right. Doing what is right will bring God glory, while helping to lead others to Christ because of our godly actions. Keep persevering and doing good. Remember, God is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Wait Patiently for the Lord

Psalm 27:14 NLT, “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

Patiently waiting on God takes courage. Deciding to put ourselves in His hands and trust Him is a very brave thing for us to do. Waiting patiently is not something that the world encourages us to do, but it’s worth it.

God knows what is best for us. Waiting allows Him to work in our hearts so we can learn, grow, and become more like Christ. It also allows Him to work in our situation to bring about what is best for everyone involved.

Waiting can be especially difficult when we are dealing with difficult people, who are making life miserable for us. But keep praying! I’ve seen God bring about change many times as a result of diligent prayers. I’ve seen Him move wrong people out, move right people in, and grant favor to His children!

Be brave. Be courageous. Wait patiently for our Mighty God. He hasn’t forgotten about you or your situation. He is working all things together for your good when you love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

While you wait, just keep doing the things that you are able to do. Remain thankful and prayerful. Listen for God’s voice, and trust Him to move on your behalf to bring the needed changes in His time and His way.

Bring God glory while you wait!

Fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT), “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!

SELF-CONTROL. We can control ourselves through the power of God’s Spirit working in us. We can say no to our old ways and yes to the ways of Christ.

Romans 6:6(NIV),“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”

Although we have a new nature in Christ, we must help it to grow by filling our hearts with God’s Word so that we will not fall into sin (Psalm 119:11). We have to make our growth in Him a priority. Whatever we feed the most, will grow the most. If we feed our flesh more than our spirit, it will be more difficult for us to follow God’s ways and practice self-control.

Through The Holy Spirit, we can control our thoughts, words, and actions. When we stop and think about it, we begin to realize just how much we have to practice self-control on a daily basis. I’m sure we all have areas where we need to discipline ourselves, and be more self controlled. I know for me, trying to make sure I am honoring God with my eating habits takes self-control. It’s easier for me to eat unhealthy foods than it is for me to avoid them and “eat responsibly.”

I’m glad we have the attribute of self-control. We can stand firm against the things that try and get us to go against God’s will for our lives.

1 Peter 5:8 (NHEB),“Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

***Please share your thoughts about your journey with self-control in the comments.

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