Good afternoon! Happy Monday. I pray your weekend was blessed. We are officially in the last full week of August. How has your 2014 been so far? Has it been good, great, so-so, bad or terrible? No matter what your year has been like, we still have 4 months left in the year and that is plenty of time to turn things around.
Thought for the Day (TFTD): Take a stand and hold your position
1 Corinthians 15:58New King James Version (NKJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58The Message (MSG)
58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.
Have you ever noticed a tree on a windy day? The leaves may blow to and fro, some may even fall off and blow away. The branches may bend and sometimes break, but the trunk of the tree NEVER MOVES! When I look at the Christians today, many of them look like the leaves on the tree-so easily blow away. They know what the Word of God says, but when the world says something that seems more popular or favored then they blow away and operate like the world. Then you have some believers who operate like a branch, some may bend, but are not as easily broken or swayed by public opinion, but occasionally you will run into a tough Christian who caves under pressure and actually breaks. Then you have the Christians who are planted deep in the Word and Ways of the Lord and are like the trunk of the tree. The winds of life may come and the world may look enticing, but they will hold fast to their beliefs.
There is a saying, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” As believers of Christ, we should live a life that is set apart.We shouldn’t look like, act like, talk like or think like the world. We need to be like the trunk or base of the tree. We need to be firmly rooted in Christ so when the storms of life blow, we will stand firm and in position. When was the last time you took a stand for something you believed in? When was the last time you held your position when it came to the matters of the kingdom? In these last days, you will be tempted to sway not only by the world, but by those in the church. Are you willing to stand your ground if something doesn’t line up with the will and way of the LORD? Are you willing to back your position up with the Word? Are you willing to forfeit temporary position with man for eternal position with GOD?
These are tough questions that we should all ask ourselves. Just because someone is quoting scriptures doesn’t mean it’s of God. Even the devil knows the Word of God. Make sure you learn the Word for yourself and take a stand. It’s time for you to take a stand and hold your position. So what if they say that everyone is doing it or Minister “So-and-so” said it was good, or it feels good. When a person is easily swayed they are easily dismayed. I urge you to take a stand. Examine your life and fight to hold your position when it pertains to spiritual matters. Don’t compromise your soul for title or position given by man. Don’t compromise your life for money or fame. HOLD YOUR POSITION!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.