Friday, July 31, 2015

Here's My Heart


Here’s My Heart
Psalms 66:10-20 KJV
For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried... 

Is there a purpose in God taking you through painful or difficult circumstances? Yes! God uses difficult circumstances in your life to test and refine you.  The question we most frequently ask is, “Why?” Why has this happened to me or to my family? Is there any good that will come from this pain and suffering? How will I ever, give thanks, when I hurt so bad? These are hard questions that fill our minds when experiencing tremendous loss. 

There is humiliation in the rejection of those we love and the dull ache of loneliness after death or separation that contributes to the anxiety and emotional pain we suffer. Sometimes we are even called upon to help carry the burdens of others while we are hurting ourselves to the point of devastation. Yet, we know that when friends and loved ones hurt, we are to hurt along side them.

When we are going through difficult times in our lives, we are to praise God and trust Him in the midst of adversity. We are to ask Him to search our hearts and confess any sin against Him(Psalm 139:23,24). We can thank God for the trials He has used to test us with and praise Him for His promise to bring us through those trials to accomplish His will. 

You need to admit to God any sin that you have been holding on to and seek forgiveness. Ask Him to give you a submissive heart and pray that your heart will openly receive whatever God brings into your life. As you trust Him to strengthen you, seek peace in the midst of the storm. When all looks hopeless, remember, you are not to be anxious about anything but praying about everything. You are to be thankful, letting your requests be made known to Him.  Then, God’s peace, which exceeds all understanding, will protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

Lord Jesus, here’s my heart to do with as You please.

Friday, July 24, 2015

God's Peace with You


God’s Peace with You
Philippians 4:9 KJV
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

Meditating and delighting in the Word of God is a great remedy over worries, health issues, family concerns, or plain ole stressing out. Being grateful to God with an inner tranquillity and a thankful attitude gives a Christian confidence that the Lord is able and willing to do what is best for His children (Romans 8:28).

The peace of God has many by-products and one of these is that it will transform the thought-life of the Child of God. Meditating on the things that are true, honest, pure, lovely, things of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy is a formula for staying away from sinful thoughts that disturb the inner peace God has given through prayer. Through all of our trials and testings, our many frustrations and fears, Paul gives to us encouragement in saying: “do the things you have learned, received, seen and heard of me, and you will have God’s peace with you.” If Paul could experience the peace of God as a prisoner, how much more could the people of God be able to experience in freedom?

If you are walking with the Lord and living in the peace of God, then you are obeying Him and His Word. When peace is gone and life seems overwhelming––go back to the place where the decision was made to have an anxious spirit, where worry and doubt entered into your heart.   Begin to worship, praise and thank the Lord for all He has done and continues to do in your life. This place of quiet rest is where you will find God and His peace. The key to overcoming fear, anxiety and feelings of uncertainty is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear.

Lord, may I learn to meditate on Your Word that transforms my thought-life and rest in Your peace.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Loneliness



Loneliness
Isaiah 40:28-29 KJV
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 

God has created us as social creatures that desire fellowship with other people. We, as human beings, cannot be truly happy unless the basic need of friendship or companionship is met. Many people become extremely lonely during the holiday season leading them down the road to depression and hopelessness. The feeling of loneliness can stem from a deeper problem–––not maintaining a proper relationship with God and with other people. Some people are hurt deeply from those that can help encourage but choose not to–––leaving people feeling rejected and lonely.  

For those of you who have tried to reach out to the lonely in your own time of need, but have been rejected in your attempt to encourage; love them anyway and be their friend. John 15:17 says: “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” Love them and rejoice in the Lord with and for them. Aim for restoration and you will be gaining a beloved friend. Bear their burdens fulfilling the whole law of Christ (Galatians 6:2) and continue to share the Great Comforter with them. He knows and understands what it means to be rejected and the pain that comes from being forsaken.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;...” (Isaiah 53:3).

Have you been an example or a stumbling block to the people closest to you who are hurting and lonely?  Have you communicated that you are sincerely interested in them and their needs?  “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10).

Lord, help me to see those that are hurting and never be weary in well doing.



Friday, July 10, 2015

Influence


Influence

Matthew 5:13-16 
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men...


President Woodrow Wilson told this story: "I was in a very common place. I was sitting in a barber chair when I became aware that a personality had entered the room. A man had come quietly in upon the same errand as myself, to have his hair cut, and sat in the chair next to me. Every word the man uttered,  showed a personal interest in the man who was serving him. Before I got through with what was being done for me, I was aware that I had attended an evangelistic service, because Mr. D. L. Moody was in that chair.

I purposely lingered in the room after he had left and noted the singular effect that his visit had brought upon the barber shop. They talked in undertones; they didn't know his name, but they knew that something had elevated their thoughts. I felt that I left that place as I should have left the place of worship. My admiration and esteem for Mr. Moody became very deep indeed."

Influence ~ The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.  ~ Noah Webster

What message do you leave the world? Are you a positive influence for what is right and holy? Jesus taught that you are to live in the world but not be of the world system. He declared that the world would hate you as it hated Him. Christians are to influence the world by the spreading of the Gospel of Christ in a sin decaying world. Pray for God to help you to so live the kind of life that will influence the lost by preaching and living the Gospel before them! 

Lord, I want to be an influence in this world, living out the Gospel message before men.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Thank You for Freedom


Thank You for Freedom

Galatians 5:1 
 Stand fast therefore in the liberty (freedom) wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience the freedom from sin and death that You have provided through Jesus Christ. Today my voice and my heart are free to praise You and  for this, I am immensely grateful. Forty-two years ago, I was “Born Again” by the power of God working in my life. This was the first truly free Fourth of July celebration I had ever experienced and I will forever be grateful.

On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me never take my freedom for granted, physically or spiritually. May I call to mind my freedom was purchased with an immeasurable worth, others’ very lives. Thank you, Father, for giving the ultimate sacrifice, Your perfect sinless Son, for a sinner like me.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to my God for allowing me the awesome opportunity of being an American and for the wonderful life Christ has given me. I am free from the bondage of sin according to Galatians 5:1, and privileged to live in the land of the free. Though the men and women that have given their lives for freedom’s sake were not my personal friends, I am thankful for their extreme sacrifice and love of liberty. The sacrificial death of Christ upon the cross was an expression of Jesus’ love for me and evidence of His selfless mercy and infinite grace. 

 ~ Famous Quote ~

On God's side ~ "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side." — Abraham Lincoln

Lord, bless those who continue to give their lives for my freedom and grant me the opportunity to lead others to true freedom that can only be found in knowing You as Lord and Savior.