Author Archives: Terry Modica

The only Jesus

The only Jesus

You are the only Jesus that some of the people you encounter today will meet.

Jesus is in you. He is in your goodness. He is in your smile. He is in your ability to care.

Expect that at any moment Jesus wants to make a good impression on someone through you. Be ready for it! The Holy Spirit will give you the words, the smile, the inspiration of how to show caring. Watch for it. You are a conduit of his love.

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Turn enemies into friends

Turn enemies into friends

To turn enemies into friends,
it is I who must first be transformed,
reshaped by the loving hand of God.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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The desires of your heart

The desires of your heart

“Take delight in the Lord your God, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Why?

Because when we feel delighted about God and his Lordship over our lives, we want what he wants.

Because when we feel delighted about our Lord, it’s because we know he is good and his ways are good and his desires are good.

Because when we want what is good, he places his own desires within us. Our desires originated with him. Of course he will fulfill those desires!

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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If only…

If only…

What is making you feel resentful today? What’s overwhelming you to the point of being angry about it?

Jesus is saying, “Peace be with you. My peace I give you.”

To enter into that peace, we have to forgive those who have been causing the debacle that’s been causing our stress. And we have to forgive ourselves for getting into this mess or for taking this long to forgive others.

Resentment comes from the idea of: “if only this” had happened differently or “if only that” hadn’t been done to me or “if only he or she or they” would treat me better.

Jesus is saying, “I agree, it’s unjust. It’s not right. But you’re living on earth and expecting this world to be heavenly. To experience heaven on earth, turn your resentments over to Me. There’s something divinely wonderful I want to teach you through these experiences. There’s something divinely victorious happening to you at the same time as your troubles. Stop focusing on what’s wrong and keep your eyes on Me. I Am with you. I make blessings come from curses. Look for it! It’s happening right now!”

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Words of faith

Words of faith

Many words can be used to describe
how wonderful God is. 
The same words reveal
how God sees you!
Having eyes of Faith
gives you the ability to see
how wonderful you truly are,
because when God looks at your sins,
all He sees is Jesus,
Who took your sins onto Himself
as He died upon the cross.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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The cure for indecision

The cure for indecision

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Only God knows the best decisions to make, the right choices, the most fruitful options. So we pray, “Your will be done, Father.”

And then we listen for his guidance. 

The bigger the decision and the scarier a wrong choice could potentially be, the more important it is to wait for his guidance. So we wait. And we wonder.  And we see a path or a door open before us, but something doesn’t feel right about it, so we hesitate and pray again, “Your will be done, Father. But please do tell me what Your will is!”

He already has. God never tells us, “Do My will, but I’m going to make it difficult for you to know what My will is. I’m going to hide it from you and give you only little clues that you have to strain to understand.”

When we’re uncertain about his will, it’s because we’re wrestling with it.  There’s something about it that we don’t like. Often, it’s the level of trust required from the right decision that makes it seem like the wrong decision.

If the door of an opportunity opens after you’ve asked for God’s guidance, and if it stays open when you proceed to walk through it, then assume this is indeed God’s will for you. Trust him no matter what you see or imagine might be wrong about it. If it is the wrong decision, God will rescue you from it before it’s too late to fix. Trust him!

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Does sainthood seem unobtainable?

Does sainthood seem unobtainable?

Do you know that Jesus died for you? Do you believe he is your Lord and Savior? If yes, then you have been redeemed from being a sinful person into being a saintly person.

Sainthood is achieved one day at a time, one little action at a time. Falling into sin (which we do every day) is not a definition of who you are. It’s an interruption of your true identity, which was made in the image of God and which is being shaped by the Holy Spirit.

Are you a little holier today than you were yesterday? Have you learned something recently that drew you closer to Christ? Are you making any sacrifices for the sake of loving someone? If yes, then you have entered into your sainthood more fully.

And God is very pleased with you!

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Rejoice in everything

Rejoice in everything

If we live in the past,
we become depressed.
If we live in the future,
we become frustrated.
But if we live in God,
we rejoice that everything
works together for our good.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica


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Signs and symbols of faith

Signs and symbols of faith

How do you recognize another Christian as a believer? What clues tell you that the stranger you see has faith in Christ?

Our own faith thrives and grows when we are in the company of faith-filled people. We’re more likely to feel accepted and comfortable with those who have beliefs that are similar to ours. At work, at parties, and at other gatherings, we can enjoy the experience better if we interact with those who are genuine followers of Christ.

Anyone can display symbols of faith: Do they wear a T-shirt emblazoned with scripture? Do they have pictures of Jesus on their walls or desks? Do they wear religious jewelry?

What really matters, though, is what remains hidden until we engage them in conversation and activity.

How do others discover that you are faith-filled? Let the presence of Christ in you shine like a light that draws moths. Then you will attract other believers to yourself and you will also draw those who are on the journey of becoming believers.

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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Sabbath restoration

Sabbath restoration

He leads me to restful waters and peaceful pastures. He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23)

In today’s wired world, it’s become harder than ever to follow Jesus to the peaceful and restorative rests that he wants to give us. And it’s become more necessary!

Take a sabbatical from what has wearied you. This is God’s plan for you. It’s the meaning of the word “Sabbath”. It’s one of the Ten Commandments, because it’s essential for a healthy and holy life.

We honor the Lord’s Day not just by going to church but also by protecting an entire day from the encroachments of work-related tasks, problems in relationships, and other situations that wear us out or tear us down. God knows we need the time out. He knows it better than we do.

Do you feel like goofing off once in a while? Don’t feel guilty about it.  Assign it to one full day each week. Jesus wants to have time with you playing, relaxing, and recharging your mental batteries. Great inspirations and insightful solutions to problems come from this. Goofing off with Jesus is never a waste of time.

© 2014 by Terry A. Modica


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