Sunday, July 1, 2012

Your Heart's Reflection Shows

2nd Corinthians 6:4
But in every way we show we are servants of God: in accepting many hard things, in troubles, in difficulties, and in great problems. 

2nd Corinthians 6:6-7 
We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, our patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love, by speaking the truth, and by God's peace. We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything. 

Has anybody ever come to you in such a way that they see something different about you? There's something that separates you from your other co-workers or fellow peers. There's something... but what? It makes you seem peaceful, fulfilled and satisfied with your life, and makes others desire it as well. To simply put it: it's God. God in your life, over your life, covering your life. And the answer can be simply put because it is simple. A life in Christ is a life complete; He completes us when no other worldly desire or relationship can. There's something about being whole in Christ which reflects itself on the outside of our lives. Christ within us makes the light for He is the light. That light shines in and out and all around us! It overflows outside of our very being and it's such an attraction to nonbelievers that they are dying to discover what it is and how to get it! It talks about in 2nd Corinthians 6 how Christ within affects how we do everything; we have a kingdom mindset and Holy Spirit at work constantly in us. With that being, how we face conflict, handle dilemma, accept troubles, release patience and understanding mirrors Christ's character. It mirrors it for all to see! How we speak, act, and think reveals Christ within us. Even how we love one another because we have come to know the Father's love and it overflows into our own affectionate relationships. The beginnings of Matthew 15:18 says, "But what people say with their mouths comes from the way they think..." Or one of my favorite verses is Matthew 6:21, "Your heart will be where your treasure is." Be encouraged today to check your heart and your mind. Are they in the right place? Are they well with the Lord? If He is the center of your heart, I can guarantee it will flow out into your words, actions, and even your thought life. Then all will see how you are a true, set apart servant of the most high. And what a copious life it is with Him! Do not fear if you have ever messed up or maybe felt you were not exactly being the light in the way you should be. Admit it to God and ask for help; he is forgiving, understanding, and wants to see you succeed. Hebrews 4:15-16 lets us know God understands our weaknesses and Christ even faced temptation here on earth. God has grace and mercy for us in our time of need when we come before his throne and simply ask for help. Just as he has overcome the world you will overcome any problem in life with a God that nothing is impossible for him. How amazing he is! He even gave us Holy Spirit who helps here on earth as we walk through life everyday and experience the challenges it brings along. Christ did not say a life lived for him would be easy, but that it would most definitely be complete and satisfying. 

With Christ, you are spiritually rich.

2nd Cornthians 6:9-10
We are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but we continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but we really have everything. 

Have a wonderful Sunday night! May God bless you on this Sabbath day with rest, rest, and more rest!
❤ Ariel Christine

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