God Wants to Give You Today His Righteousness (TMF:740)

Peace to Live By: God Wants to Give You Today His Righteousness (TMF:740) - Daniel Litton
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       God wants to give you today his righteousness so that you can be in right relationship with him. He wants everyone to come to know him—to be in relationship with him—and wants people to believe in his Son, Jesus' perfect sacrifice of himself on the cross, in your place, as a payment, acceptable to God, for your sins. You can be made right with God today, and have peace with Him, which includes escaping any of his wrath to come, and having eternal life forever in peace. And God promises to help you in life where you need help, and you can anchor your determination in Him. If you would like to accept Jesus today as your personal Lord and Savior, then follow my lead in this prayer: God, I have sinned my whole life, not following your will, but doing the things that I have wanted to. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins, and that he rose from the dead so that I might have a new life beginning in you. I surrender my life over to you so that you will make me righteous, and make me a better person—make me like your Son, Jesus. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Jesus Makes People Good Through His Sacrifice (TMF:739)

Peace to Live By: Jesus Makes People Good Through His Sacrifice (TMF:739) - Daniel Litton
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       Perhaps today, you have tried all that you can to live the best way possible, and to do your best in living life, to keep your determination. Perhaps you're tired of trying. Well, today, I am here to tell you that you can stop trying to be a good enough person because you’ll never be a good enough person, at least in God's eyes. No, friend, in God's eyes, the only person who is good enough is the person who knows Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior. And that’s not because the person is actually ‘good,’ who has accepted Jesus, but because God sees the person as good because he or she has repented and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins. If you don't know Jesus, you will never measure up to God's standard for goodness, for righteousness. God wants to give you today his righteousness so that you can be in right relationship with him. He wants everyone to come to know him—to be in relationship with him. God loves everyone in the world, and wants people to believe in his Son, Jesus' perfect sacrifice of himself on the cross, in your place, as a payment, acceptable to God, for your sins.

We Should Use Our Talent for God's Glory (TMF:738)

Peace to Live By: We Should Use Our Talent for God's Glory (TMF:738) - Daniel Litton
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       King Solomon has told us, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23, ESV). We shouldn't procrastinate, kicking the can down the road. When leave this world and stand before God on our great Judgment day (at the Bema Seat of Christ), hopefully we will be able to look back and know that we stayed determined toward our work for God. It will feel good when we know that we kept our faith, that we were bold, and did the right things for God. We don't want to find ourselves like the man in the Parable of the Talents who went out and buried his talent in the the field because he was afraid (see Matthew 25). We want to multiply our talents like the good stewards in the parable. And the only way we are going to accomplish this in our lives, is if we keep our determination. The Apostle Peter has told us, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:10-11, ESV).

We Should Not Let Failures Get Us Down (TMF:737)

Peace to Live By: We Should Not Let Failures Get Us Down (TMF:737) - Daniel Litton
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       If we lose track of an overall, big-picture’ perspective, it can become easier to give up because all we see is our one failure on this particular day. And then, if we don't have a proper attitude toward our failures but continue to dwell on them, we can become discouraged, and discouragement will kill any hopes of sticking with our objective. It's hard, if not impossible, to remain discouraged and yet determined at the same time, right? We have to get our failures out of our minds, and not continue to ruminate on them or go over them time after time again. Actually, this is exactly what Satan wants us to do. But this kind of negative thinking, this negative focus, will drag us down and cause us to become discouraged. And, some of us know that discouragement leads to depression. It is a downward spiral. It is much harder to deal with our problems later than if we deal with them upfront as they come. King Solomon has told us, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23, ESV). We shouldn't procrastinate, kicking the can down the road.

We Should Not Overreact to Obstacles (TMF:736)

Peace to Live By: We Should Not Overreact to Obstacles (TMF:736) - Daniel Litton
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       When an insignificant obstacle comes or tries to stop us, we need to deal with it and move on. We should not overreact to things and be a person who is quick-tempered. Rather, we should be slow to anger. When we do this, we won’t get caught up with the insignificant matters but rather we will move forward. Don't misunderstand me, though, because surely we are going to have bad days, days when we don't stay determined and lose our stability. There will be times when we are tempted by Satan to give up in reaching our goal. And he will try to convince us that we have been on the wrong path, when we haven't, or that all of our work up to this point has been useless. But just because we have a bad day, this doesn't mean that we should throw in the towel and give up. Sometimes we throw the towel, and we need to quickly grab it back. Most things we do will have some sort of trial and error, guess and check. That's just the way things often work. And this is another reason why having a proper perspective is necessary for better success. If we lose track of an overall, big-picture’ perspective, it can become easier to give up because all we see is our one failure on this particular day.

We Need to Keep the End Goal in Mind (TMF:735)

Peace to Live By: We Need to Keep the End Goal in Mind (TMF:735) - Daniel Litton
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       In life, there is a time to zoom in and a time to zoom out; both perspectives can help us. Sometimes, we need to focus on the big picture. I've talked about this in the past. When we zoom out and look at things from a perspective that’s in the sky looking downward, we can see what we want to accomplish in our task. And then we should keep this 'end goal' in perspective throughout our determination at something. The writer of Hebrews said, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV). We shouldn’t let unimportant things cloud the vision of our future goal. Don’t get caught up focusing on small, insignificant things in life, which weigh us down. If we are constantly worried about unimportant things, we will never get past them to focus on what really matters. We should not make mountains out of mole-hills.

Determination Requires Patience, Part 2 (TMF:734)

Peace to Live By: Determination Requires Patience, Part 2 (TMF:734) - Daniel Litton
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       We don't always get everything in life when we want it. There are times we have to wait, but waiting is in fact good for us. If we are complaining about waiting on something in life, we aren’t being patient, are we? We can choose to operate out of the patience God has given to us, to have a joyful mindset as we trust in God to provide our need at the right time. If we always received things right away, with no wait, there would be no need for patience. The very existence of patience and the fact that God asks us to have patience means we are not going to get everything we want in life right when we want it. Now, that’s very opposite to what a lot of us have been geared in our minds toward. Our culture says you should get what you want now, that you shouldn’t have to wait for what you desire. But that’s not the way life really goes. Besides, if we wait, we will end up with the best of whatever it is we are waiting for.

Determination Requires Patience, Part 1 (TMF:733)

Peace to Live By: Determination Requires Patience, Part 1 (TMF:733) - Daniel Litton
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       Remember, determination toward anything will require patience, right? One of the fruit of the Spirit is patience of course (see Galatians 5:22-24). I believe we already have the fruit of the Spirit, and we can access that fruit, cultivate it, and develop it, as we continue to live out our Christian lives. God will bring it out in us as we grow into becoming more like Jesus. Our growth is a process, and we are a work in progress. That's why no one should expect absolute perfection from any of us. Nonetheless, it is our attitude of patience, that is, having a good attitude toward being patient, that keeps us determined and is pleasing to God. The mere fact that we are being patient means we haven't reached our end goal. Patience means enduring our time joyfully and with a good attitude while we wait to reach our goal. We don't always get everything in life when we want it. There are times we have to wait, but waiting is in fact good for us. If we are complaining about waiting on something in life, we aren’t being patient, are we?

We Should Always Finish What We Start (TMF:732)

Peace to Live By: We Should Always Finish What We Start (TMF:732) - Daniel Litton
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       We shouldn't be a person in life who doesn't finish what he or she starts—doing that is not remaining determined in life. We should want others to have faith in what we say we're going to do, and not say things that were going to do and then not do them. Jesus said to let our Yes be yes and our No be no (see Matthew 5:37). We want to be dependable people, as Christians. We also want God to be proud of us, well-pleased with our behavior, and we cannot accomplish this standing with Him if we do not remain determined. We shouldn't be double-minded in our decisions, but stick with whatever we decide to do and see it through to its end. Now, sometimes we are shown that the decision or path we are on isn't the right choice, and in that case we should change our direction. Remember, determination toward anything will require patience, right? One of the fruit of the Spirit is patience of course (see Galatians 5:22-24).

We Should Always Ask God What His Will Is (TMF:731)

Peace to Live By: We Should Always Ask God What His Will Is (TMF:731) - Daniel Litton
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       Before we are determined to do anything significant in our lives, we should be praying to God asking him what his will is, or whether the idea we have come up with lines up with his will. And when we get God's go or approval, we are then determined to do something in life, something that God is leading us to do. We can have confidence in the fact that God promised he would be with us. Jesus has told us, “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20, ESV). This promise allows us to not become afraid in our circumstances and challenges. We may not even have the resources that we need to accomplish whatever it is we want to accomplish, but it doesn't matter. God will provide the things we need, when we need them. In fact, our trust in God is all that we really need. And our trust in him pleases him.