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Matthew 5:1-16 NIV Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We must submit our reason to the One who sees the end from the beginning! The wisest way to order your life is to submit it to the One who loves you sacrificially and to trust it to the One who understands all things, who already sees “the end” of all your actions, because He is already there, at “the end”!
You see, our reasoning comes from ourself and our feelings come from within us, and we are a fallen beings. They will often deceive us. But our faith does not come from ourself. Faith comes from the interaction of our spirit with God’s Holy Spirit. Faith “is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). That is why Satan will always attack us through our reason and our feelings, trying to destroy our faith. Keep the Faith! Parts taken from Time with God Devotional
Men have used the laws of logic in mathematics, science, and history, but when it comes to the spiritual world, they throw these laws away. Instead, they suggest: What is right for you to believe is correct, and what is right for me to believe is equally correct. Wrong is wrong....I don't care how you twist it turn it or spin it....you can't make wrong..right!!! Now that's "Pure Logic!!!"
A Friend That You can "ALWAYS" Count On! 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. It’s very common...even interesting how in times of desperation, troubles and pain...we tend to become more spiritual...talking and praying more...and even making promises to God...about this and that. Yet when those troubles pass....those promises wind up being empty and forgotten. REMEMBER: Our God is a faithful friend who is always with us no matter what we’re going through. God has an unconditional love for us. We need to remember to stay close to God in good times and in bad.
God has given us many points of contact with others....through our jobs...our family...our community...our neighborhood...our church...even through social networking like Facebook..Twitter...etc...to make Him known. We each have special talents and experiences that God has allowed us to have so that we can reach those people He intends us to influence. God will give us opportunities to serve Him through the spiritual gift or gifts He has given us. We need to seek God’s strength as we step forward. When we embrace our God-given opportunities in obedience, we will see God’s glory in our life....and in the lives of others. Romans 12:1 NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.