Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There’s nothing wrong with having nice things, the problem is idolizing material things over treasuring what we have in Christ. It’s more important to focus on eternal things which are more valuable than anything here on earth that are only temporary. Using our money, gifts and talents for God’s purpose should be a priority in the coming year.
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts and always be thankful.
Today I am thankful that I have God’s peace in my life. The other day I was talking to someone who was telling me about all the stress and drama in their life and afterward all I could think was, “Thank God I have peace in my life!” It wasn’t always this way though, through the years I’ve learned to trust in the Lord with all my heart and I’ve learned to let go and let Him have His way. I know that God is in control and the closer I draw to Him the more peace I have.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Christ has the power to make you free and those that are set free by the Son are truly free. If you accept his teaching as truth and also obey his teaching you are true disciples. You will know the truth because your eyes will open to a greater understanding of the truth which will set you free from the bondage of sin.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Every now and then I have one of those days when I feel so tired that everything just hits me all at once. I just feel like climbing into bed and sleeping for a week but I know I can’t. I have too many responsibilities to take care of. So, I close my eyes and ask God to give me strength to make it through the day and I remind myself that I CAN do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
We have been set free from sin through Jesus Christ yet many still live with the shame and guilt of their past. If you are born again you are a new creation with a new way of thinking. You have been given a second chance to be who God created you to be. Don’t go back to whatever sin God has already freed you from.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
What joy it is to know that nothing, no tribulations, suffering, persecution, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. His love is not earned so it cannot be lost, it is undeserved and limitless! Through his love we are not just conquerors, we are more than conquerors, not just in some things but in all things.