Pick your head up

You are not a victim, stop acting like it. So many times we act as though we are held hostage by our careers or our situations when the truth is we have choices.

If every morning you dread getting out of bed to go to work, stop 🛑, you need to re-evaluate your job. That job is not your supplier, God is.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/php.4.19.kjv

If every morning you are sad and upset, you need to rethink what you are thinking. Your attitude determines your outlook. You are responsible for how you feel and no one else.

“Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/php.4.8.erv

In all things trust God, stop allowing the enemy to make you feel powerless, you serve a God who can do anything, he created the heaven and the earth, he saved 3 boys in fiery furnace and made a few loaves of bread and a basket of fish feed the masses. You don’t serve some lower case God, pick your chin up.

“We have freedom now, because Christ made us free. So stand strong in that freedom. Don’t go back into slavery again.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/gal.5.1.erv

“And that is what will happen if you continue to believe in the Good News you heard. You must remain strong and sure in your faith. You must not let anything cause you to give up the hope that became yours when you heard the Good News. That same Good News has been told to everyone on earth, and that’s the work that I, Paul, was given to do.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/col.1.23.erv

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Death

“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:57‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/1co.15.57.nlt

“So we always have confidence. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/2co.5.6.erv

Death, the great equalizer. One thing I know for sure is that death is inevitable. Death is as much a part of living as breathing but it’s so hard for us to manage.

I think of how many of us have lived our lives so that when we leave this earth we have another home in glory but as soon as we stop breathing our families erupt in chaos. We hear the old southern hymnal “ Don’t cry for me” and we all start bawling, well I do. We hear “His eye is on the sparrow” and there we go again but we forget the circle of life. If our loved one died in Christ it should be a home-going celebration. I mean think about it, many of them gave their life to Christ, and you know that meant they had to chang some things in their life. We may not understand all the changes that each person had to go through but if you are in Christ you know it costs something and death is the reward for those who died in Christ.

I struggle with death, especially children and people who I deemed as “good people”. I know it’s crazy that I would think like that but I’m human. When I get caught up in my emotions about death I look to God because I can’t do it alone.

The Bible tells us to use joy,

“We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/heb.12.2.erv

To use our faith,

“Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by his command. This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/heb.11.3.erv

To be at peace

“And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/php.4.7.erv

And to trust him

“Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/pro.3.5.erv

“Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not death, life, angels, or ruling spirits. I am sure that nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us or nothing below us—nothing in the whole created world—will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown us in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/rom.8.38-39.erv