When he arrived and saw what grace (favor) God was bestowing upon them, he was full of joy; and he continuously exhorted (warned, urged, and encouraged) them all to cleave unto and remain faithful to and devoted to the Lord with [resolute and steady] purpose of heart. (Amplified Bible)
Are you inspired by your life?
What happens when you stop and reflect on your life, thinking about where you were in Christ a week ago, a month ago, or a year ago, and where you are now? Do you recognize how He has manifested Himself in your life? Not only with material blessings, but in your relationship with Him. Do you have more clarity, so you discern His voice? Are you more victorious over the enemy? Do you share love in a greater way? Do you have more peace? Can you think of other ways you have changed and matured because of the time you spent in prayer, study, and worship? If you can answer yes to these questions, or add to this list, you should be excited and decide to continue seeking the Lord, yearning for even more of Him.
Psalm 18:19-24 God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! 20-24 God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. (The Message)
When you take the time to look at what God has done, the enemy may whisper in your ear. He may tell you of your failures and your setbacks; trying to make you feel as if you have accomplished nothing. You may not be where you want to be, but you are further along than you think. It gives you hope and a reason to keep spending time with the Lord. If you want something different from what you have; do something different from what you are doing. What you see in your life should encourage you and cause you to continue to trust and believe in God.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for loving me enough to show me where and how I have matured in You. When the enemy tries to torment or discourage me by reminding me who I was, where I was, and how I used to act; You show me the amazing changes You have made in my life. You help me see the work You have done and where You are still working in my life. All I need to do is stop and look through Your eyes. When I do, I can see my growth, which causes me to desire more of You and to listen to your voice with more clarity. I am proud of what You are doing in my life and I thank You. I thank You for hope and a future. I am excited because of what lies ahead in my life with You. I thank You for showing me I am who I am because of You. The only credit I can take for my life is my obedience to Your word. I would not be the person I see in the mirror without You. Thank You because my life serves as encouragement and inspiration for me. I pray it inspires others as well…