Does life suck?
It’s a life full of regret and bitterness. The day is no longer filled with purpose, focus, commitment and joy. It’s now a terrifying desert, devoid of truth and love, completely hopeless and empty without an oasis in sight.
How do you change conditions like that? Here are 3 things I’ve learned to do in my 15 years as a believer and teaching pastor.
Smile? That's your suggestion? Yep.
Here's why: your life sucks because the condition of your heart and spirit (which is the real you by the way) is killing you slowly.
One passage reads, "A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed." -Proverbs 15:13.
And another passage reads, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." -Proverbs 17:22.
Today (and always), reflect on Jesus' sacrifice and let the Holy Spirit remind you what that sacrifice has secured for you: a place in God's kingdom. Your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life - and that's definitely something to smile about.
I've noticed when I'm tempted and lured into the world's trappings and begin to crave the world's things - people's applause, approval, etc. - I begin to feel insecure and bitter, and then I stop loving. This is dangerous. This is a trap set by our enemy.
Not only do I begin to stop loving, but because the world continues to make me feel inadequate (that's why it's able to lure me into its things in the first place), I lose sight of God's love for me. Don't lose sight of His love for you.
For scripture says, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." -1 John 2:15.[emphasis mine] .
So take in the Father's love - expressed through Him sending Jesus in the world for you and me. We're LOVED by God.
If you focus on that and really let that sink into your heart, you'll begin to love Jesus, yourself and others in such a powerful, consistent, and selfless way. And this will start to transform your life.
God is love.
Dream and live the dream that Jesus gives you.
It's bigger than you.
Actually, it's not even about you.
You see, selfishness leads to a sucky life, because you're consumed with your own life, problems, etc. If you're not careful to avoid this trap, the same fate that awaits Satan will await you.
Have the courage to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God's dream for you - and then go live it.
For the scripture says, "And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." -Acts 2:17.
There you have it.
Do these three things and life won't suck.
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