John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
What does having life to the full mean to you?
What are some things that you believe cause us to NOT live life to the full?
What about our thoughts, how we view ourselves, others and our world. I believe they play a huge part in our living life to the full.
Think about it:
FIRST: We listen to the lie (told by someone who has influence in our lives or most often it’s the negative self-talk that goes on in our heads that comes from our own faulty thinking)
SECOND: We dwell on the lie (we replay the scenario or the words that were spoken or the assumptions made over and over again in our heads)
THEN: We begin to believe the lie. We allow the seed of negativity to grow. You know the ones, (I’m not good enough, I am not pretty enough, I am not smart enough, and on and on) even though God’s word tells us we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”
LASTLY: (PROVERBS 23:7) KJV says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”We act on the lie: What we believe about ourselves begin to manifest itself in our actions, how we treat others and ourselves.
Matthew 22:39 instructs us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but if we are allowing negative self-talk and insecurities to affect how we view ourselves, how can we effectively extend true Godly love to our neighbors?
Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message Bible) Says “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven
Do you consider yourself a light to the world?
Vs. 15 says, "I am putting you on a light stand."
That doesn’t sound like God intends for us shrink back. When I think of a lamp on a stand, I think of something beautiful that you would place in a focal point of the room so that it brightens everything within its reach.
So, what about you, what are some ways that you allow your light to brighten the lives of those you come in contact with?
ZEPHANIAH 3:17 (English Standard Version) – “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing”.
What do you think it means to be quieted by God’s love
For me, When I think about this verse it gives me chills. I think of all the negative thoughts that run through my head at times and then I envision God taking me in his arms the way you would a crying baby and enveloping me with his love and compassion and gently smoothing my hair and softly whispering to me that everything is going to be alright, I am here, I have you!
I encourage you to pause and think about the past 24 hours. What has occupied more space in your thoughts: Your hurts, worries and anxieties or the assurance of God’s love.
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