BUILD UP



“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 1:20-22 (NIV)

 

Just as the Bible tells us, we are to build ourselves up and remain faithful. I am sure that may not be the case for everyone, including myself. Instead of building ourselves up, we sometimes put ourselves down. There is always something that is stopping us from our build up. It could be our insecurities or actions. We are so focused on ourselves that we are not looking at the purpose. We let our mistakes define us and move on with our daily lives as if nothing ever happened. We forget that Jesus gave each and everyone of us a purpose.


Question of the day: How can we build ourselves up?


1. Pray


Prayer is the most powerful act of worship a believer can do. This is our path way to Jesus. Prayer is the moment we get to release everything to Him. The best way to pray is step away from every distraction. Let this moment be your moment with Jesus.


2. Holy Foundation


During your spare time, what exactly are you doing with it? Are you scrolling through Instagram or opening up your Bible? I am guilty of this, I am sure we all are. I tend to dose off or watch some Netflix. This day of age, planing is key. We all have busy schedules and Jesus understands that but it is important for us to spend time with Him each day. He gave us the gift of life and the one thing we can do is thank Him for that.


I am the type of person that makes sure God is the first thing I put down in my agenda. I believe the best time to do a Bible study, pray or listen to some worship music is in the morning. When you rise the first moment you have in the day can be spent with Jesus. Grab a cup of coffee, read a few pages in the Bible. Pray. Jam out to some worship music in the shower or on your way to work.


3. Character


We all have our own image. How are people seeing you? Who are you hanging out with? What do people go to you for? Those are questions we should be asking ourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:11, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”


4. Preparation


The devils job is to kill, steal and destroy. With right preparation we will be able to act accordingly in times of trouble, temptation or discouragement. Jesus prepares us for life’s triumphs. His word tells us that we are to be vessels. Hold onto your faith. Use your weapon of faith through those difficult times.


5. Forgiveness and Surrendering


I can not tell you the amount of times I have asked Jesus for forgiveness. I mess up 50% of the time. I am an imperfect individual and that is okay. I normally pray this prayer, “Lord, help me to be more like you.” I know I will never be Him but to be like Him is what I strive for. To not be impatient or to lose hope sometimes. To not let the little things bother me. To not give in. To not be afraid of taking risks and to stand up for what I believe in. It is hard to forgive myself sometimes. I know He has already forgiven me but the harder part is forgiving ourselves.


We have to stop doing things are way and hoping maybe one day we will get what we want. It does not work like that. I had to learn that the hard way. Recently, I was going after something that I had no right to go after. Sometimes we have to take a step back and let God step in.


Prayer of Surrender:

Dear Jesus, it is my will to surrender to you everything that I am and everything that I’m striving to be. I open the deepest recesses of my heart and invite your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of me.

I offer you my life, heart, mind, body, soul, spirit, all my hopes, plans and dreams. I surrender to you my past, present and future problems, habits, character defects, attitudes, livelihood, resources, finances, occupation and all my relationships.

I give you my health, physical appearance, disabilities, family, marriage, children and friendships. I ask you to take Lordship over every aspect of my life. I surrender to you all my hurt, pain, worry, doubt, fear and anxiety, and I ask you to wash me clean.

I release everything into your compassionate care. Please speak to me clearly, Lord. Open my ears to hear your voice. Open my heart to commune with you more deeply. I want to feel your loving embrace. Open the doors that need to be opened and close the doors that need to be closed. Please set my feet upon the straight and narrow road that leads to everlasting life. Amen.


xx,

Diana


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