It is easy to look at all the negative things around us and fall into the
trap of murmuring and complaining about how tough life is. It is also
easy to look at the bad and quickly find something to complain about, but
the challenge in living a successful Christian life is being thankful and
appreciative for all that we do have in the midst of the struggles that we
are facing. We are to see our glass as half-full and never have empty.
We are to focus on the many good things that we do possess and give thanks
for them knowing that life could be much more difficult than it is right
now. The attitude that we portray in the midst of difficulty has a direct
connection on how quickly we will overcome that negative situation. We
have to be conscious of our countenance. Are we cheerful and in a good
mood or are we pessimistic and easily annoyed? Do we see ourselves as
victors or as victims? Are we ready to overcome our challenges or do we
feel like giving up? We must have the attitude of a successful,
overcoming and victorious people. We must see ourselves as above only and
not beneath, as lenders and not borrowers, as the head and not the tail.
When God looks at us, He paints a picture of a triumphant people who are
well able to overcome any challenge and stand in victory. Let us have
that same mind frame and choose to be cheerful, happy, at peace, filled
with the joy of the Lord and have a deep and sincere knowing in our hearts
that All Is Well. The Bible says let God be true and every man a liar.
His Word says we are His workmanship who are well able and well-equipped
to overcome every trial and every hardship. See yourself as God sees you
and put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Always
remember that the Lord loves you and has promised that He would never
leave you nor forsake you. Encourage yourself in Him and have the
attitude of Praise and Thanksgiving all the days of your life.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to have a good and
positive attitude at all times and do not allow anything to bring down
OUR PERFECT DESIGN
Do you know that it takes more facial muscles to frown than it does to
smile? Scientists have also found that it is more draining on the body to
be depressed than it is to be happy. Anger and hatred too have been found
to use up more energy and vitality than the body can replace while joy and
love have actually been found to replenish your energy and vitality. Worry
and mistrust are among the greatest destroyers of our zest for living that
there are as well. Faith and oneness with God on the other hand tend to
produce a calmness that keeps our strength and zest for living high.
Pessimism, despair, complaining, and self-pity all make us feel like we
are dead inside, but optimism, enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and merriment all
make us feel like we could live forever.
When all this is taken together then it becomes clear that God designed us
to live in love, joy, goodness, and oneness with Him. When we live in and
choose these things we come alive with energy and vitality. When we don't,
we grow closer to death with each passing day.
The rewards for choosing love, joy, and oneness with God are immediate and
glorious too. Everything inside of us becomes better and everything in our
lives becomes better. We become blessed rather than stressed. We smile and
feel good in the many wonderful choices we make each day. We grow more and
more delighted and enlightened while becoming a shining light to all the
souls around us. We make the whole world more beautiful just by being in it.
God loves us all so much. He designed us for joy. He designed us for love.
He designed us for unending delight and eternal life. He designed us to
live in oneness with Him always. Let us always live by our perfect design
then. Let us always choose love, joy, life, delight, energy, vitality, and
oneness with God. Let us rejoice in these things today, tomorrow, and
forever and always share them with everyone everywhere.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:1-5 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and
let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and
delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened:
and their faces were not ashamed.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me,
and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me:
therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to
trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in
the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
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Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry