Consider Your Ways!

“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5).

People are often amazed at the senseless violence, loss of life, destruction of families, and crimes of such magnitude that all we can do is simply shake our heads.

Inconsiderate people are incapable of thinking beyond the moment or about how their actions impact others. We see it all the time. Carelessness with campfires or even cigarette smoking–fires burning out of control, destroying property, taking lives, and ruining memories. Inconsiderate people drink and drive with no other thought other than to make themselves “feel good” when in actuality, they only feel worse. These people cause accidents-maiming and killing–and some never stop drinking and driving.

Inconsiderate people speed through neighborhoods--with no thought of children or others in wheelchairs or the elderly who cannot move as fast as they used to move. They hit people with cars and run from the scene like the cowards they really are. The cowards often leave people dead or dying and they do not care. They gave no thought to their actions.

Inconsiderate people are often greedy people who will stop at nothing to obtain what they want by any means. They rob people at gunpoint, with shovels, with knives, with threatening notes in banks and stores and care not one wit about how actions will leave a life time of tragedy in their wake.

Inconsiderate people think everyone around them wants to hear their loud, crass, raunchy music–so they play it loud enough to shake windows and interfere with other drivers and their ability to hear what is going on around them.

Inconsiderate people play pranks without thinking about all the possible consequences and some pranks have led to the death of people.

Inconsiderate people think the world evolves around them and therefore they have a right to do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it and then they complain when they have to deal with the consequences of their actions. They have never learned to “consider their ways.”

If we want to see a change in the world, we must begin in our homes and learn to be considerate of others in all we do. Loving others will bring about consideration because we would do not harm those we love. Loving others leads to considering others above ourselves. So the lack of consideration demonstrates a lack of love among many. If we cannot love self, we cannot love others. Consider your ways–do your actions demonstrate love or do they demonstrate total inconsideration regarding others. Think-love-consider all so we can live in peace and harmony and families won’t have to mourn the loss of loved ones.

 

 

Be Strong!

But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty” (Haggai 2:4 NIV).

“But now” in spite of all the negativity, in spite of all the violence, in spite of all the naysayers, in spite of all the works of the devil that are so evident in the environment, God is saying–“Be strong” and continue to do the works He has devised in our hearts, because He is with us and we have no need to fear.

Strong people–keep pushing to overcome obstacles.

Strong people–know how to think through any development before doing anything.

Strong people–know how to step back and re-think a situation before moving on, not out of fear, but wisdom motivating them.

Strong people–understand that a temporary setback does not mean it’s time to surrender.

Strong people–find reasons to keep going and never make excuses that lead to failure.

Strong people–know how to block out thoughts that would defeat them and replace them with thoughts of confidence and certainty of the victory that is theirs.

Strong people–draw other strong people and their unifying efforts–keeps them victorious in all things.

Strong people–never give up and will not accept defeat as a viable option.

Strong people–continue to hope and faith in God, even when the situation “seems” hopeless.

Strong people–remember that the joy of the Lord is their strength!

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! Never fear what the enemy has planted in the minds of weak people because the enemy has already been defeated, and he just needs to be reminded of that--the blood shed on the cross through Jesus Christ established Satan’s defeat for all times–for those who are strong in their faith in what God is doing and has done and will do.  Be Strong!

With the mind of Christ–always hearing and obeying the Father–we have no need to fear the tactics of the enemy because perfect love (unconditional) casts out fear and we can move forward in this spiritual battle--knowing victory is ours! Be Strong!

What we accomplish in the spirit realm (acknowledging God’s control and praising Him for it), God will accomplish in the natural realm of the earth. Move self out of the way–depend on the Spirit of the Lord to direct us in all things and obey Him. We just have to keep fighting the good fight of faith and be strong in the Lord! Be Strong!

Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to remain strong–never giving into defeat, no matter what the enemy does! Help us to remember–that victory is ours, the enemy has already been defeated and in the end–we win!