The link between powerful prayer and happiness is the act of confession. Ask the Lord to search you and find any wicked way in you. Then take a moment and let Him speak. If you feel something is wrong and your prayer life is ineffective go through the list of each category one at a time and give God time to speak to your heart.
Your thoughts can hold you back, push you down, and feed you lies. But they can also lift you up! When we change the way we’re thinking, we change the way we’re living. Are you ready for a new direction? It starts with a new attitude. It starts with grace. It starts when you put a few Words to Live By in your heart.
He is your way in a manger. Jesus came to give you life. That means life after death but it also means life right now. He has made a way for you to have a right relationship with God. All we need to do is confess that we have sinned and turn away from those sins physically, mentally and emotionally and give our lives to Him. He will give you a new name. A new life in Him.
Christmas is about God giving us infinitely more—not withholding His one and only Son. Through Him, He has equipped us with everything we need to live a life of godliness, yet so many of us are weighed down by sin and disobedience. This year, let us strip off every weight that holds us down as we grow up into the fullness of Christ.
When you have a mess to address, first options aren’t usually the best options. Getting back at the person who wronged you, lashing out, taking risky gambles—first options often make messes messier. Doing the right thing is more difficult. Doing the right thing doesn’t offer quick, simple fixes. But it results in a story worth telling, a story that glorifies God. That’s because doing the right thing begins with following Jesus.