The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
This verse reminds us to turn to God when we face trouble; when we feel scared, or overwhelmed. This is a good thing, but how often do we just use prayer or even God as a safety net? Do you have a real relationship with God, or just a “ask and you shall receive” mindset? When we run to God for protection, remember to stay there and get comfy.
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, ” I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you, ” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what.
How do you relate to material things? Do you often wish you had more? Do you feel that nothing can harm you because of what you have? What fears do you have about God letting you down?
Romans 12: 9-21(Marks of the True Christian)
9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
As the passage title shows, these were the essential marks of a True Christian in the days Romans was written.
Are these still our standards? Do we consider people who do these things Christian?
Do we think we can be Christian without doing these things?
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
What does it mean to guard your heart?
Why is it important to do so?
How does your heart lead you?
When you ignore your heart, what happens?