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Have you ever thought the “fuls” in life? Some are for you, some are not. I find it interesting a sentence with the same words can have two different meanings. Ful’s that are for you, and ful’s that are for you. 'For you' means – they are in your favor, to your advantage, for your good! You want these. 'For you' means – they are what God has for you – chosen for you, selected for you – because they are in your favor, to your advantage… Whatever He has for you – you want these. Some fuls are not for you. Don’t be prideful – God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. Don’t be slothful, laziness ends in slave labor, diligence is the precious possession of a man. Don’t be revengeful – Vengeance is mine declares the LORD. Plus He can do it better than you can anyway. Don’t be forgetful – if you forget what God did, you will stray from His will, you’ll start grumbling and complaining, instead of praising and believing. Don’t be neglectful – don’t neglect the Word of God it’s the wisdom and power you need! Don’t be doubtful – He who doubts is like a wave tossed by the wind. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, and believe His promises – for they will surely come to pass. So what are Eleven ‘ful’s’ that are for you. Thankful, Grateful, Thoughtful, Mindful, Prayerful, Careful, Helpful, Faithful, Hopeful, Joyful, Successful. Thankful – it’s something that you can do, that you can be full of. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you. (I Thes 5:18) Can’t get more clear than that. Develop a habit of giving thanks, and you will be thankful. Grateful – it’s the heart attitude of appreciation first to God and then others. Everything you have is because of God, and others have helped you along the way. A heart of gratitude is what God has for you. Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be grateful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him (Heb 12:28) Grateful people are the best to be around, they appreciate every good thing that God gives, it’s contagious. Give thanks with a grateful heart. It attracts blessing. Even you as a parent, are drawn to a grateful child - you will surely give them more. Those that are unappreciative, first need to learn to be grateful for what they have, before they get more. Praying that you will develop an attitude of gratitude! Every good and perfect gift comes from your Father in heaven. Count your blessings, it will increase your gratitude, so you become grateful. Thoughtful – this means to consider. Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. (2 Cor 13:5) God says we are to consider our ways. Take the time to stop and consider how you live, to be sure you are walking fully in the life that God has for you. Mindful – is different than thoughtful. Thoughtful is to give thought to, to consider, mindful is – be sure your mind is full of His Word, His commands, His promises, His instructions, Mindful is to always remember, to keep them top of mind. Prayful – Pray without ceasing. (I Thes 5:17) Keep praying, pray in the Spirit, pray in the understanding, Ask God what He wants you to pray, and keep praying. The prayer of a righteous man and woman – avails much. (James 5:16) It helps! It’s significant, it makes a difference. Careful – this is a little different than thoughtful, and mindful, this is Careful – circumspect, guarding yourself. If you think you are standing, be careful so you do not fall. (I Cor 10:12) This means to be on your guard. Be careful to do all that God told you to do, so you stand firm, so you don’t become naïve to the devil’s schemes. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the wicked and fall from your secure position. (2 Pet 3:17) Helpful – God has always helped you, He’s always come alongside you. Be helpful to others – it is an exercise in humility – preferring others over yourself. It demonstrates the love of Jesus. There’s a difference between wishing someone well, and showing up to help them. Don’t just say God bless you, help them, serve others. Show up. Look for ways to help them. It’s love in action. Be helpful. Faithful – this is simply to fulfill your duty – to love God with all your heart, and fully do everything He has called you to do, trustworthy. To the faithful you show yourself faithful. (Ps 18:25) And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will establish his family, and they will walk before my anointed one forever. (I Sam 2:35) Well done, my good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge over many things, enter into the joy of your Lord! Hopeful – The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. (Ps 147:11) Hope is an expectation of a good end. As for me, I will always have hope, I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness and of your salvation all day long, though I know not it’s measure. (Ps 71:14-15) Part of hope is telling of what He has done – all day long. Knowing that you haven’t seen nothing yet, the best is yet to come. When it seems like it’s taking forever, and the devil wants you to think He forgot, or doubt that He said it or doubt that He will really come through. That’s the time to put your hope in God. His promise is sure, His Word is true, you will see it come to pass. Stay in his Word and you’ll be hopeful. Joyful – Count it all joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds, knowing that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2) Rejoice always, again I say rejoice. Rejoice means to take joy again, choose joy and you’ll be joyful, operate in it, live in it, restart it. Choose it, Take it again for yourself. The joy of the LORD is your strength. (Neh 8:10) Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, and joy is a choice. So pray in the Spirit and you’ll stay in the Spirit, and joy will come. Obedience brings joy, (Matt 25:21) so the more you obey, the more joy you get, and the more your joy will remain. Rejoice in the LORD! Choose joy. It’s how you remain joyful! It’s a ‘ful’ that He has for you! Successful. God created you for success, He made you to be an overcomer. He delights in the prosperity of his children. Just like you do – be even more. Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall never depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. God has success for you! You get it by soaking in His Word. His plans are for you to be successful. Praying that you will walk in these eleven fuls that God has for you. That you will be Thankful, Grateful, Thoughtful, Mindful, Prayerful, Careful, Helpful, Faithful, Hopeful, Joyful, Successful. And the secret to all of them? Be Spirit-ful. If you are full of the Spirit – if you are led by the Spirit of God, instead of by your own thoughts and ways, the Holy Spirit will lead you into every ful that is for you. Praying that you will be filled with the Spirit – that you would be Spirit-ful – so God can fill you with every other ‘ful’ that He has for you.
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!