Monday, September 13, 2021

What's In It for Me?

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By Andrea Merrell


Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Philippians 2:3 NLT

 

When asked for a small favor, the man responded, “What’s in it for me?”


Selfishness—the state of being overly concerned with one’s self—has pervaded our society. It has become a dog-eat-dog, us-four-and-no-more, every-man-for-himself mentality. Masks, isolation, and social distancing have only added to the problem. Put it all together and it creates fear. 


But what does God say? Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. The MSG puts it like this: Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.


One of the greatest blessings in life is reaching out to others—without a single thought of what’s in it for me? It brings joy, peace, and the deep satisfaction of knowing we are pleasing our heavenly Father and being obedient to His Word.


Put away selfish thoughts. Be generous. Lend a helping hand. Be a blessing in whatever way you can. When you continually sow seeds of kindness, you will reap a harvest when you need it most.

 

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Monday, September 6, 2021

What Do You Expect?

 By Andrea Merrell

 

We expect our fill of good things in your house,

your heavenly manse. 

Psalm 65:5 MSG

 

Are you expecting? No, this has nothing to do with being pregnant.

 

When guests are coming for dinner, we say we’re expecting company. If the check is (truly) in the mail, we fully expect it to arrive. We expect the sun to rise, the car to start, and the light to come on when we flip the switch.


 

But what do we expect from God? Harsh judgement? A deaf ear? Unfair treatment? Or maybe nothing at all.

 

The Bible is full of God’s promises, and the way we appropriate those promises is by believing them. Using our faith. In other words, we expect God to keep His Word.

 

When we make a promise to a child, that child counts on us to keep it. In the same way, we—as God’s children—can count on Him to keep His. It’s a matter of faith. And hope. And trust.

 

So, what are you expecting?

 

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Monday, August 30, 2021

You Are Not Worthless

 By Andrea Merrell


You’re worthless.

I heard those words so many times growing up that I believed them. They affected my confidence, my self-esteem, and my relationship with others. I became a people-pleaser who tried hard but never measured up to the standards and expectations of others—at least in my own mind.

But everything changed for me when I found out what God’s Word says and what He thinks about me. It can change for you too.

If anyone has ever made you feel worthless, listen to what God says about you:

  • You are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • You have been bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • You are a joint-heir with Jesus. (Romans 8:17)
  • You have been adopted into God’s family. (Ephesians 1:5)
  • You are seated in heavenly places with Christ. (Ephesians 2:6)
  • You are redeemed. (Galatians 3:13)
  • You have been set free. (John 8:36)
  • You are the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • You are accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
  • You are forgiven. (Colossians 1:14)
  • You are chosen. (1 Peter 2:9)
  • You are the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:12)

God’s agape love sees us as a treasure. A person of great worth. And that’s the way He wants us to see ourselves. The good news is His opinion is the only one that counts.

So rejoice, my friend. You are a beloved child of the living God. You are priceless.

 

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Monday, August 23, 2021

Is God Bigger than Your Giant?

 By Andrea Merrell


David shouted in reply, “You come to me with a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of the armies of heaven and of Israel … Today the Lord will conquer you.”   

1 Samuel 17:45-46 TLB

 

I was stressed to the max, over-analyzing the problem and worrying about it as if it were all up to me to fix it.

When will I ever learn? I asked myself for the umpteenth time.


What it comes down to is our perception of God. How big is He? Is He ready, willing, and more than able to handle our problems?


The answer is a resounding YES!


John Ortberg says:

When we make the mistake of shrinking God, we offer prayer without faith, work without passion, service without joy, and suffering without hope—which results in fear, retreat, loss of vision, and failure to persevere.


David was a small shepherd boy who looked past Goliath’s size. He knew his God was bigger than any giant he would ever encounter. David also knew the battle belonged to the Lord.


No matter what you’re going through, the next time a giant steps in your path, call on the Lord and let Him fight the battle. The good news is He never fails.


And He’s way bigger than the giant standing in your way.


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Monday, August 16, 2021

Under the Influence

 By Andrea Merrell

 

For He knew all about us before we were born and He destined us from the beginning to share the likeness of his Son. This means the Son is the oldest among a vast family of brothers and sisters who will become just like him. 

Romans 8:29 TPT

 

Whenever we see people who are intoxicated or high on drugs, we say they’re “under the influence.” The influence of what? Someone or something other than themselves.

 

Influence is a given. It affects us all, good or bad. Our thoughts, words, ideas, morals, and character are shaped by our parents, teachers, friends, churches, workplaces, and activities. That’s why it’s important to monitor our internet usage, the TV shows and movies we watch, what we read, and the people we hang out with and allow to speak into our lives.

 

They say, “we are what we eat.” Makes sense healthwise, but in reality, we become what we behold. Whatever—or whomever—we spend the most time with will determine the outcome.

 

Since God predestined us (or predetermined ahead of time) that we should be conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus, it makes sense that the more time we spend in His presence, the more we will become like Him.

 

Who’s influencing you?

 

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