”Like a silver glazing over a piece of earthenware are affectionate words from an evil heart.”
Christians should be wary of people who try to hit on them with bad intentions.
In a world of moral decadence in which most single adults try to have as many sexual experiences as possible, a kind, friendly Christian’s virginity or integrity may be seen as an attractive barrier that can be challenged and overcome (Gal. 5:16,17,19-21).
Like in first-century Christian times, the practices of the world are not the practices of God’s people (1 John 2:15-17).
Christians should therefore check their associations periodically to make sure they are not lending themselves to be used by an immoral person’s fleshly desires (1 Cor. 10:12; 15:33).
When that person’s true intentions are manifest, a true Christian will have to face the consequences of having deserted his or her faith (Rom. 14:12; Gal. 6:7-9).
“The breath of a man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching through his innermost being.”
God has given us life, free will and the opportunity to prove what kind of persons we are (De. 30:19).
Like the loving father that He is, he assumes the best in us and sees our potential (1 Chron. 28:9; 1 Ki. 14:13).
There is nothing we can hide from him, and he can dissect even our subconscious thoughts and motivations (Heb. 4:13).
When we pray about the decisions we take and consider his guiding principles found in the Scriptures, we invite him into our life.
Then we can fully reflect the light he is trying to shine through us (2 Cor. 3:18).
“[…] A faithful envoy brings healing,”
Christians have been commissioned to declare the good news of God’s kingdom (Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 13:10).
We should cherish the privilege of sharing hope with others through dispersing knowledge of God’s Word (1 Tim. 2:3-6).
It is exciting to take part in a living prophecy (Dan. 12:4; Matt. 24:14).
Still, we are not immune to apathy, opposition, negative responses or the daily pressures of life.
It is important to meditate on the benefits God’s message brings and to not undermine what it accomplishes.
While most will respond unfavorably, the meek will truly experience healing upon learning of God’s will for them (Isa. 52:7).
“[…] The desire of the righteous will be granted.”
God promises that he will answer our prayers provided they are in accordance with his will (1 John 5:14).
Why does it seem, then, that some prayers go unanswered?
For example, when we lose a loved one…
Is it not God’s will that the person should live?
Like a loving father, God wants what is best for us (De. 30:19).
Jehovah is the Lord of Time, and while he does not control our individual choices, he does control the final results (Isa. 46:10).
If the current system deprives us of something or someone valuable, we can trust that God will fulfill his promise to answer our prayers in due time (Hab. 2:3).
Even so, the more we line up our desires with his will, the more we will discern that he has immediately listened to us and is shaping our outcome.
“Jehovah will prove to be your source of confidence.”
Some of us may suffer from low self-esteem, shyness, or anxiety.
When we look to ourselves for inner strength, we may just feel void and unwilling.
But if we rely on God for strength, he will be there for us (Ps. 121:3).
A strong faith in God can make up for feelings of ineptness or inferiority.
When we put our confidence in God and let him guide us, we can conquer doubt, personal shortcomings, and any other threat to our spirituality (Mark 9:23; 10:27; Phil. 4:13).