Friday, November 27, 2015

Giving Thanks Always

Giving Thanks Always
Ephesians 5:20 
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

The giving of thanks is a good thing and is to be a part of our daily walk with Christ. We are sometimes guilty in failing to thank God for all the things He has done for us. It seems so simple to set a little time aside every day and just thank Him, but we forget.  We don't forget to ask Him for things we need, we only forget to thank Him for all that He has already done.

It is important to keep God first in our lives and first in the giving of thanks for all things. The believer’s relationship to God is so critical and the Apostle Paul is exceptional in reminding Christians to be thankful to God for all things. (I Thessalonians 5:18) We are to be thankful for our salvation and the work that Christ has already begun in and through us. (Philippians 1:6)

Scripture teaches us that the angels spend time thanking God around the throne and will do so for ever and ever. (Revelation 4:9) If the angels are thankful to God for who He is, should we be any less thankful? His great love, immense mercy, and matchless grace shown to us deserves an attitude of praise and thankfulness. Our Lord spent time thanking God for the things He had done so often. There are many illustrations of our Lord giving thanks in the Bible some publicly as well as privately. Christ’s life was a perfect picture of true thankfulness to God for who He was and what He had done. He thanked God openly and with great passion. 

If you are a Christian, you have much to be thankful to God for, most importantly; that you know the King of Kings, and will spend eternity with Him.

Lord, I am thankful for Your love and for opening my eyes to see how selfishness and  ungrateful I have been.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Peace of God

Peace of God 
Colossians 3:15-16 
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Paul is encouraging believers to live their lives experiencing inner peace while expressing a thankful heart towards Christ. When one dwells or meditates on the Word of God and then gives praises to His name, it brings honor to who He is and exalts the supreme sacrifice He has made for sinful man. To let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts means, walking in the Lord and growing in our so great salvation. And earnestly urging each other to consider every thought, word and deed lived out. We are to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, making beautiful melody in our hearts to the Lord, who gives to each Child of God such immense benefits (Psalm 103:2-5).

Friend, be aware of a false peace that can come into the heart of any believer. This false peace will delay a Christian from seeking after true peace because they believe they’ve already received it. When we disobey God purposely or even unintentionally, God’s peace departs. Can you think of a time when a man of God disobeyed the Lord’s command and was able to go to the bottom of a ship to sleep? Yes, Jonah was that man. In his disobedience, Jonah was at peace in his disobedient decision until God brought a great storm into his life. When our hearts are not at peace with God, it makes it hard to sing praises to Him or be in harmony with those we love. Prayer and surrender to the will of God brings true peace to the heart and praises from our lips to Him who is worthy to be praised. 

Lord, I will trust Your care of me and rest in Your perfect peace .

Friday, November 13, 2015

There is a Purpose for Every Season

There is a Purpose  for Every Season
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven... 

Are you struggling with the season of life God has purposed for you? Maybe you have asked God, “Why is this happening and what is the reason or purpose for this?”  The battle going on inside of you is for control and it started at the very beginning of your Christian life. Submitting your life to someone, namely God, could sound impossible at times.

Each one of us is in a season of life that God has prepared for us. A time or purpose in our lives that we can trust God in, whether it be a season of pain and heartache, or a season of change and growing. All have their purpose and we as Christians must trust God in His divine plan for us in that season of our life.

To trust God in times of trouble is difficult and we would in no way want to say that it’s not. But, knowing that He has a purpose for the times of adversity in our lives is a matter of trusting God by faith. Faith is a fruit of the Spirit which we find in Galatians 5:22. The Holy Spirit makes the Word of God come alive in our hearts and creates in us the faith needed to allow Him to rule in our lives. We cannot give way to feelings of anxiety, depression, or fear but, we must trust God even though we do not feel like doing so.

Has God ever lied to you or not kept His promises? Are not His mercies new every morning and His compassions unending (Lamentations 3:22-26)? If you are being stubborn and think you’ll never submit to anyone or anything, you are wrong, you will always be submitting to someone or something. Not submitting to the will of God for your life can be an extremely unfavorable decision to make.

Lord, may I trust You in every season of my life. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

God's Divine Plan

God’s Divine Plan
Ephesians 5:21-23 KJV
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 
The prevailing spirit of all relationships should be one of submission. “Wives, submit  yourselves unto your own husbands." There is a limit to what is suitable in the role of submission. It does not mean that a woman submits to her own husband in things that dishonor God. In Acts 5:29, the apostles said when commanded not to preach, “We must obey God and not men.” If circumstances reach a point where you are faced with dishonoring God, you have to choose to obey God rather than man.  
Do you have a husband who is trying to you, either because he's unsaved or he's a disobedient believer? Dear one, all the more reason to be submissive and demonstrate to him a meek and a quiet spirit. This is a picture of a virtuous woman and demonstrates a respectful kind of behavior towards him. Remember to adorn your heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle spirit which is precious in the sight of God (I Peter 3:4).
Respond to your husband submissively, as if you were responding to Jesus Christ. When a wife does not submit, there is separation from the plan of God causing the relationship between the husband and wife to be dysfunctional. God, in His infinite wisdom, has created the body to respond to the head and has designed the husband to be the head of the wife. When you see a body that does not respond to the head, it is not normal. Likewise, when a wife does not respond to her husband properly, it is against God’s design. When you submit to your husband, you are conforming to the will of God.
Lord, I submit to Your authority in obeying and submitting to my husband.