Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) --- Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Ecclesiastes offers us a new view into humanity and into our own souls. We live in a broken world. People in this world and in our community are hurting in so many ways. Some we can help with and some we can't. But there is no way we can make a difference until we understand what is going on around us.
But wait. What is going on around us is often what's going on OR HAS GONE ON inside of us. Get honest about that. Think through where you are and where you want to be. How have you experienced the love of God? Do you want to experience it? Do you have a desire to help others experience God? If so, we need to understand the people we are dealing and understand ourselves.
Far too many people, including us, think we are all alone. That is a lie from Satan, our enemy. His plan is to keep us to knowing God and knowing God's truth. When we are honest with the people around us, we learn that others have been where we are. Through the pain and the struggle. Dealt with the feelings, the depression and stress. We are not alone.
Realizing this truth we see how we help others. I love this …
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT) --- Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
We NEED each other. Get that and let it work in you. Tough times are coming if they are not there yet. What happens when we help others? It is incredible … then you have someone to lift you up (verse10), someone to keep you warm (verse 11), and someone to stick up for you (verse 12).
Jude 1:20 (NLT) --- But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith,…
God will keep us humble as we listen to Him, see our place and call in life and deeply depend on Him. As we get honest about where we are, share with others and help them, life will change which is so good.
1 Peter 3:8 (NLT) --- Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.
Keep on connecting with God and watching Him work. There are bigger and better things to come. But first we all need this word: CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE!
James 4:8 (NLT) --- Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.