Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Monday, July 10, 2006

In whom have you placed your trust?

We must not plant our hopes in someone else's performance, or even our own.

When we trust in others or ourselves our lives become a roller coaster ride simply because daily life, people's daily performances go up and down.

Where have you placed your hopes?

Is it God?

Is it in things?

Is it in people?

God, sees the beginning and the end, and He knows where each one of us has come from.

God sees all the hurt we have experienced.

When someone else has caused us pain, we in our human nature want to retaliate.

When we do this we can destroy any relationship.

We need to practice giving a blessing when we have been hurt.

We can choose to love those instead of judge when someone hurts us.

We need to be a blessing to each other by sowing good seeds into each other's life.

I am not talking about money.

It could be as simple as a kind word like...

You are doing a good job.

Thank you for your help.

That looks good.

Good idea.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Things will get better.

When we sow seeds, you don't just get one off that plant, take for example strawberries. One plant yields many berries, and we got back exactly what we sowed, and even more than what we sowed.

The same thing is true with our actions.

When we hear that negativity has come forth we automatically respond, "You reap what you sow."

This principle holds true of our actions, whether it be good or bad.

Sowing bad seeds can reap difficulties, but sowing good seeds can reap harmony, and love.

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." Galatians 6:7-9 Living Bible

There is a reaction for every action.

If you sow to please yourself, watch out for trouble.

If you plant to pleas God, you will reap joy and everlasting life.

Do you need to make peace with some one?

"And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." James 3:18

What is righteousness - simply stated it is right standing with God.

A righteous seed is a Christ like response to any given situation.

Galatians 5 talks about the fruits of the Spirit - "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

There is no law against how much we can partake and distribute these fruits.

When someone sends a hate seed your way you can choose to let it take root, and make a bigger crop of hatred and then send it back to the person in which it came from.

When you let it take root it only causes hatred, more resentment, and even bitterness.

Or

We can take that hate seed and refuse to retaliate.

We then break that cycle by forgiving and doing good to the other person.

When we plant our hopes in someone else's performance, or our own it can contribute to problems.

Our natural human life is full of ups and downs like a roller coaster, because of people's performances.

Where have you placed your hope?

"And now, Lord, what I wait for? My hope is in thee." Psalm 39:7

By your Spirit, Lord, do for me and through me what I can not do for myself!

Do you care more about your reputation with people or with Me?

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