Friday, June 22, 2018

Walking in Fellowship with the Father

Walking in Fellowship with the Father
Ephesians 5:1,2,8,15,16 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God . . . Walk as children of light.

If we are the children of God, then we ought to fellowship with the Father. We are to walk as children of light, in wisdom and purity. The word “followers” in verse 1 of the King James Bible is the word mimics so that we may say, “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as dear children.”  Paul gave several purposes why we should walk in fellowship with the Father.

We are to walk in fellowship with the Father in love. Walking with God and in fellowship with Him, teaches us to love Him and others as He loves. Without His abundant love abounding in our hearts, we cannot truly love others as we are commanded to do.

We are to walk in fellowship with the Father as children of light. Since we are to imitate the Father, then we should walk in the light having nothing to do with the darkness of sin. It is beneath the dignity of a saint of God to indulge in the sins which Paul names in Ephesians 5:3,4. Walking in fellowship with the Father is walking in the light of the Word of God, “called out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9).

We are to walk in fellowship with the Father in wisdom. See that you walk carefully, circumspectly, with guidance from the Word of God. The word circumspectly comes from two Latin words which mean, “looking around.” Only a fool drifts with the wind and the tide but a person that walks in the fellowship of the Father walks in the knowledge and understanding of God’s word. 

To fellowship with the Father is to follow Him as imitators of Christ that He may transform our minds through His glorious Truth.

Lord, may I walk wisely in the fellowship of Your marvelous light and love.

Friday, June 15, 2018

I've Sinned, What Now?

I’ve Sinned, What Now?

Psalm 51:3-4  KJV
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight. . .”

When David was confronted with his transgressions, he realized that his sin was against God and prayed a prayer of repentance taking full responsibility for what he had done. As a Christian, you will war with Satan in his efforts to undermine you. But, a believer has already been provided a way of escape according to (I Corinthians 10:13)Although your offenses against God may seem as though they will require some desperate measures, you do have hope “through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25; Hebrews 4:15,16). Because of His unchanging, and matchless, character, Christ’s infinite grace has forgiven all your sins.

Some Christians assume that certain sins cannot be forgiven or that they are too far gone to be helped. Such unbelief breeds disobedience and despair. We as Christians need to remember that the teaching of the New Testament is “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37)A faithful God does not expect us to do what we cannot; He supplies the strength we need (Philippians 4:13).  Paul, in essence, was saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31).

We can reflect on the reassuring words of Paul, who declares, “. . . in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;” (2 Corinthians 12:9). “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4,5).

Lord, Your grace is sufficient for me.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Life, When It Hurts

Life, When It Hurts
Galatians 6:2 
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

What does it mean to fulfill the law of Christ? Most Bible teachers say that the law of Christ is what Jesus stated in Mark 12:28-31, “. . . love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . soul . . . mind and . . . strength.’  . . . ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Are there things that you wish others knew and could understand when life brings real heart-wrenching pain and your grief overpowers every dream you hold dear?  Sometimes people with good intentions say foolish and harmful things to those suffering. Words can wound an already broken heart to the point of devastation instead of giving hope and strength in an ongoing crisis.

Someone in sorrow needs for you to come alongside and give them encouragement through a touch of compassion, and a tearful, tender heart (Romans 12:15). Even though the question, “How are you doing?” seems like the right thing to ask, it can seem to the wounded and distressed that they need to give a report of their actions, thoughts, or emotions. There’s not a time limit on grieving and people from all walks of life suffer differently. 

Expressing an impatient attitude towards a hurting person is jarring to the senses. It can cause despondency; the loss of hope, and despair; the feeling that no favorable outcome will ever exist.  Be thoughtful in quoting Scripture such as Romans 8:28, most likely, things are not good for them right now, nor does it seem like there will ever be anything positive come out of their circumstances. 

Helping someone who is in deep sorrow to recognize the sovereignty of God in death is what they need most. Knowing that He is in absolute authority over all things brings peace and reminds them to “be still” and rest in the knowledge that God is their Refuge and Comforter, always (Psalms 46:10; 91:1,2; John 14:16).

Lord, may I fulfill the law of Christ, bearing another’s burden.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs 
1 Corinthians 13:4,5 
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Throughout the Word of God, accounting terms are used to describe the forgiving work of Christ. When you were saved He did not impute, count, reckon, or consider your sins against you.  “How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity. . .” (Psalm 32:2).  The pardoning work of God doesn’t credit or assign sin to you. It doesn’t produce long-term resentment but rather, it produces love and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

In I Corinthians 13, Paul is showing the model for love. Love doesn’t hold others accountable for wrong deeds or keep any kind of record. It doesn’t recite all the sinful things done because love never makes memories out of offenses. It never rehearses the injustices executed until they’re so embedded that you can’t live your life in freedom. Love is unable to do this.

To think no evil (I Corinthians 13:5 KJV) means we don’t take into account a wrong or evil we have suffered at the hands of someone or hold it against them indefinitely. While suffering on the cross, Jesus spoke these words, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Holding no grudges and keeping no record of wrong is what Paul is trying to encourage believers to do.

“. . . Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and. . . God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them” (I Corinthians 5:17-19).  As God has forgiven us and does not count our sins against us, we too, are to forgive and be reconciled to those who have sinned against us.

Lord, thank You for the love that reconciles sinners to God and keeps no record of wrongs.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

What Is True Friendship?

What Is True Friendship?
“A friend loves at all times,” (Proverbs 17:17). Human beings have a deep longing for acceptance and fellowship with fellow human beings. Proverbs 17:17 also states that “a brother is born for adversity.” A true friend is as close as a brother and willing to walk with us through our deepest struggles.

As wonderful as human relationships are, they are never perfect in this world. Our friendships are all too often artificial when we reveal our flaws, (sins), or they divulge theirs to us. Unfortunately, this means that our friendships are often quite insecure, prompting us to look for a friendship that is more certain because it is not based on what the other person finds pleasing in us. The only one who can provide this kind of perfect friendship is Christ. 

To students of American history, one example of the importance of friendship for believers can be found in the diary of Esther Burr, the third of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards’ eight daughters and a Christian housewife living in Colonial New Jersey in the mid-1750s. Esther declared: “Nothing is more refreshing to the soul (except communication with God Himself) than the company and fellowship of a friend.”

Esther earnestly sought to know the presence of God in her life. She came to appreciate the fact that friends are a divine gift. In her diary, she wrote: “Tis… a great mercy himself that we have any friends—What would this world be without them. A person who looks upon himself to be friendless must of all creatures be miserable in this Life.” True friends are those with whom one can share the deepest things of life with. They are people with whom one can be transparent,  open and one can “disclose their whole soul.” 

Christ is the purest example of a friend we can find in the Bible, laying down His life—His extraordinarily valuable life—for the friends, whom he loved. Although he had the power to call those around Him His servants, He called them friends.

Lord, thank You for being my friend.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Have You Lied to Yourself?

Have You Lied to Yourself?
Matthew 7:1-5 KJV
. . .  hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; . . .

It’s not easy coming to terms with your sinfulness. Seeing the beam in your own eye is like coming out of a bad movie and realizing that you were the featured actor/actress. Your part, judging and condemning people. Oh, the pride, in all of its corruption protrudes from the realization that you are guilty of being negative, disapproving and judgmental. You have been blinded to your own sin, yet others could not help but see who you really are. The lie you told yourself is finally played out and the truth emerges. You ultimately see the critical, fault-finding spirit that lives in your heart.

When our well-kept secret is finally uncovered, things begin to crumble.  Because our foundation has been resting upon a rotten core, the support of a previous arrogance and confidence will crack and then collapse. The safe covering we enjoyed behind our sin is gone. The more we convince ourselves that we’re better than most the more painful the revealing becomes. Who we are is now in plain view for all to see and we must be wholly dependent on His grace.

As we arrive at this level of conviction, we can no longer pretend or make-believe. We thought our sin would never come out, but it did. We have been acting like this for years and it has become a practice that seems impossible to stop. We are under some illusion that through mere methods we have the power to change our path from sin to righteousness. True repentance brings our sin to the throne of grace where real mortification takes place. 

Psalm 51:1-10 says in part, Have mercy on me, O God,. . . blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,. . . I know my sin is ever before me. Against you only, have I sinned . . . Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Lord, I have sinned against You, I repent!

Friday, May 11, 2018

How Do We Strengthen Our Homes?

How Do We Strengthen Our Homes?

Matthew 18:21-22 
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

What can we do to strengthen our homes?  Does the Bible have an answer for us? Keep in mind what God calls us to do, He enables and equips us to achieve. What is most important in our families that causes relationships to be sustained for the long haul? The answer, FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness is an act of love that is undeserved and unearned. It affirms to the offender that there is no longer any anger, hatred, or a desire for vengeance necessary. The guilt has been removed and the blame is gone. This is the exact compassion that God demonstrates towards sinners. He grants to us a promise of unconditional love through His precious Gospel. Our reproach and humiliation have been removed and God’s attitude towards those who have put their faith in Him is His unfathomable favor. This is what makes a lasting relationship when there are no resentments or unresolved grievances we harbor.

In Colossians 3:13, Paul says, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

Unforgiveness imprisons and keeps people chained to their past. As long as they are unwilling to forgive offenders and their offenses, they are shackled to them, keeping their pain alive like an open sore. Christ is our model of forgiveness and has pardoned all our sins––the most important truth in Scripture (Colossians 2:13). He has canceled out our sin debt against a holy God and redeemed us (fulfilled the necessary payment for sin) with His blood (Colossians 1:14). How can we, who have been forgiven so much, not forgive someone? To make our homes strong, we need to release others through a heart of forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32).

Lord, build my home.  Amen!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Why Do We Suffer?

Why Do We Suffer?
Job 1:1 KJV 
"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil."

In the opening of the book of Job, a scene is described in heaven where Job is accused of serving God because God protects him. Satan is seeking God’s consent to test Job and is given permission to try him in his faith, within certain boundaries. The question, “Why do the righteous suffer?” was asked after Job lost all of his wealth, his family, and his health. The three, so-called friends of Job, came to “comfort” him but, instead, began to criticize him about his adversity. They repeatedly said that the suffering in his life was punishment for sin.

Nothing can be done to us by Satan unless God has given permission for him to do so.  God has power over Satan and we will never truly understand the “whys” of pain and suffering brought on by him. We must also realize that not all suffering is because of sin, or the way one lives, but because God wants to test, teach, or purify our lives through some kind of adversity. Scripture teaches us that God’s grace is enough and will sustain us with strength in our weakness through any trial (2 Corinthians 12:9). He desires to produce in us and deserves from us our love, praise, and thanksgiving in every trying circumstance (I Thessalonians 5:18).

Job makes one realize that there are situations going on in our lives that we usually know nothing about. God will allow things to capture our attention, but we commonly respond by questioning God’s goodness without seeing the full picture. Job reminds us to trust God under all circumstances especially when we do not understand what’s happening. “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). Because God’s ways are “perfect,” we can trust whatever He does—and whatever He allows—to also be perfect. 

Lord, may I rely on Your grace and trust You through each trial.

Friday, April 27, 2018

So, Is There Fruit?

So, Is There Fruit?
John 15:1-2 
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

In John chapter thirteen, Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover and Christ announces, “One of you will betray me.”  In chapter fifteen, Jesus is teaching His disciples through imagery what the vine and the branches represent. In the Old Testament, the vine is commonly used as a symbol for Israel but in the New Testament, the Vine or the “True Vine” is specifically identified as Jesus Himself. In this metaphor of the vine and the branches, there are two types of branches: 1. (branches that bear fruit) and 2. (branches that do not bear fruit). With this vine, Jesus illustrates the fundamental secret of the Christian life, "Abide in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4). 

Could there be a good tree with no good fruit? No! Would every Christian have good fruit? Yes!  Every good tree brings forth good fruit, and every corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree can't bring forth bad fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. The true Christian cannot continually bear evil fruit. There must be the good fruit that comes from the life of God in him (Matthew 7:17-19).

Are you a fruit-bearing Christian or are you one who is bearing no fruit at all? Are you playing church, professing to be a Christian, but have never possessed the good seed of the Gospel? Beware my friend–––professing is claiming or pretending to attempt to make something that is not the case appear true. Possession is belonging to, being completely under the influence of, and being controlled by and empowered through the Holy Spirit of God. Are you professing to be a Christian or are you possessing Christ?

Lord, I know I belong to You completely and that I am abiding in the “True Vine.”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Free Indeed

Free Indeed
John 8:32,36 KJV
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed

Harriet Tubman was a black slave during the 1800’s. As a young girl, she was beaten and whipped by her various masters. She suffered a traumatic head wound when a slave owner threw a heavy metal weight intended for another slave. The damage to her head caused dizziness and pain throughout her lifetime.

After the Master of the plantation died, she heard a rumor that she was going to be sold the next day. Late that night Harriet slipped out into the darkness and began to run. Her father had told her, “If there’s no moon shining, feel for the moss on the trees, moss always grows on the north side.” Harriet made her way to the state of Pennsylvania where she was, “free.” Harriet was helped by the “Underground Railroad” which was not a railroad at all but a chain of people wanting to help those in slavery to be set free. 

Harriet made 19 trips back into dangerous situations to help free over 300 people from slavery. During this very difficult time in her life and in the lives of her family, a $40,000 reward was posted for her capture. She knew God was in charge and she continued to help all those she could until she died at the age of 93. In these many years of turmoil in her life, she was called, “Lady Moses” because of all the people she led out of slavery.

Being enslaved to another human is unthinkable but being a slave to your own sin is damning. Life without Christ is meaningless and ends in eternal death. Jesus has come to set the captives free and in Him, you are free indeed. If you don’t know Christ as your personal Savior, I pray you will put your faith in Him, the One who makes you free. 

Lord, thank You for the truth that makes me free.

The first battle of the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, at Fort Sumter. Harriet Tubman was freeing slaves long before the start of the Civil War and was noted in saying that there were two things that sustained her during this time: the pistol at her side and her faith in God. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently
Psalm 40:1 KJV
I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

I dislike waiting! Do you? Waiting to hear from someone you love, waiting in the doctor’s office, or waiting at the hospital for a doctor’s report. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait. We as Christians need to learn to wait in faith for God to move on our behalf.

The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. The Lord not only tells us to wait but to patiently wait on Him. The definition of the word patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word patience is what God wants for us while we wait for His will in our lives. A willingness to wait and suffer if need be, without losing self-control, is most definitely the working of the Spirit of God. 

Abraham Lincoln said, “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But, let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap!”  Don’t rush God with what He has in store for you.

Patiently waiting on God honors Him and gives Him time to work in our lives His way. This truly is the highest expression of faith and will bring to the soul, rest. Quietly waiting on the Lord, allows us to know Him, and His depth of love. We would truly never know what it means in II Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee” if our pain would quickly flee. Let us arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ as we wait patiently, and by faith, equip ourselves in prayer.

Lord, I know You have heard my cry, I will wait patiently for You.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Who's a Fool?

Who’s a Fool?
Psalm 14:1a 
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

The Bible has much to say about a fool and who he is. The word fool can mean:  purposeless, without cause or intelligence. A fool is someone who ignores the Word of God and whose heart turns towards foolishness continuously. Fools do not always learn their lessons as we see in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction and humiliation. 

Fools hate knowledge, they plot out evil schemes and will eventually cause themselves heartache with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, make fun of sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible gives explicit warning to individuals to not associate with fools, “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise, you will become wise, but if you accompany fools you will suffer the consequences of their folly––harm (Proverbs 13:20).

 A notable definition of a fool is found in Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 which gives us a record of what the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Their ways are disgraceful, corrupt and there are none among them that do good. The meaning of both of these Scriptures is simply, fools do not believe in God.  It is wicked to challenge God, and a denial of Him is often accompanied by an abominable lifestyle. As Christians, we should be exhibiting love and compassion towards those that have turned their hearts away from God. Believers that walk in wisdom may be instrumental in turning a heart away from destruction and to eternal salvation (James 5:20). The good news of the Gospel is that God’s forgiving grace is greater than all our sin (Romans 5:20). 

 Lord, may I walk in Your wisdom before a lost and dying world. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

While on the Cross

While on the Cross
Matthew 27:51-54
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain. . . and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. . . Now when the centurion . . . saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 

Scripture records for us many supernatural phenomena which occurred while Jesus was hanging on the cross. The darkening of the sky was the first miraculous sign that preceded Jesus’ death. Christ was taking our place as the wrath of God was being poured out on His Son. Before Christ’s last breath, He cried out with a strong and loud voice giving His life over to the Father’s hands. A life not forced from Him, but freely given. The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom at the moment of His death. Evidence that the Father had removed the barrier between God and sinful man. The redeemed would be forgiven forever by the once-for-all sacrifice of God’s perfect Lamb. 

An earthquake, so powerful that it split rocks in half at His death showing God’s divine judgment. The dead were raised from their graves. Many of the tombs around Jerusalem were opened and saints were raised from the dead. This proved Christ would conquer death, not only for Himself but for all saints of all the ages in the final great resurrection. 

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy miracles that took place at the moment of Jesus’ death was the conversion of the centurion, overseeing the crucifixion of Christ. His death was unlike any crucifixion the Roman Centurion or others nearby had witnessed. This man, Jesus, the One whom they called, “The King of the Jews,” was praying for those who crucified Him. Salvation, a wonderful miracle that occurs in the life of a sinner when they are “Saved by His wonderful grace.” 

Lord, my heart is filled with gratitude when I recall Your extreme sacrifice for me.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Why Are We Tempted?

Why Are We Tempted?

James 1:13, 14 
 Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”. . . But each one is tempted when he is drawn away (carried away) of his own lust and enticed (by his own desire).

Why is it so difficult for us to say no to temptation and “yes” to God?  Is temptation so attractive and powerful that we make decisions based on our lusts? God does allow us to be tested but does not tempt us to sin or indulge in the desire. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “. . . God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability . . . he will provide the way of escape . . . to endure it.” 

Why do we experience temptation? Temptations serve as a kind of test to prove the validity, depth, and strength of our faith. When the trials come, and they will, don’t be surprised, God has allowed it. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me(2 Corinthians 12:9). Experiencing God’s sufficient grace is certainly something we don’t deserve. His power is perfected in our weakness, in our temptation and He gives us the strength to overcome sin’s pull and devastating control.

What sin is it that keeps holding you captive? Is it: pornography, adultery, gluttony, homosexuality, an addiction of any kind? Maybe it’s a very private sin, the one in your mind: pride, fear, bitterness, envy, anxiety, jealousy, or hatred. God will provide the way of escape–––that you may be able to endure the temptation. The Lord knows that the flesh lusts against the Spirit; they are contrary to one another. This means you cannot do the things you want to do unless you are led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:17,18). Believers are engaged in a conflict and their earnest desire is that grace may obtain the victory.

Lord, Your grace is enough.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I Am Nothing Without Love

I Am Nothing Without Love
Read I Corinthians 13

We need to ask ourselves this question, “Are we loving?” That could be a hard question to answer. Maybe we should ask, “Are we patient? Are we kind? Are we trusting?” These types of questions are more a matter of the heart. Can we measure ourselves according to these qualities of love? The Word of God says, “If we don’t have love, we are nothing.” 

Jesus said in John 13:35 KJV, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Making the choice to love others is a command given by our Lord to those who would call themselves Christians. 

The Bible never defines love but describes it. Love is an action word and love is only love when it acts. The true Christian is one who loves when he is hurt, wounded, or taken advantage of without seeking revenge. Abraham Lincoln made a lot of friends and he also made some enemies during our great Civil War. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, during President Lincoln’s administration was said to be; rude, explosive, dogmatic, and obstinate. Yet, Lincoln chose him for that particular job.

History teaches us though Stanton was rude and abrasive, he couldn't resist the patience that Lincoln showed him. Stanton couldn't resist the non-retaliating spirit of the man called, Lincoln. Love forgives seventy times seven when it has been wronged.  Long-suffering endures the insults and injuries of others and kindness pays them back only with deeds of goodness, and unfeigned love.

The night of Lincoln’s assassination, in the little room where the President's body was taken there stood Stanton. He was peering down into the silent face of the President in all its ruggedness and is reported to have uttered this famous remark, "Now he belongs to the ages." Stanton knew the kind of man President Lincoln was and appreciated the kind-hearted spirit he shared with those that served with him.

Lord, may I learn to share my love by what I do and not only by what I say.

Friday, March 9, 2018

God's Wisdom

God’s Wisdom
Romans 11:33-34 
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?

God is infinite (limitless) in wisdom and knowledge. He always knows what is best for us and He knows the best way to bring it to pass. God’s unlimited wisdom is shown through His Divine purpose. He not only knows what we need in our lives but when we need it. We most definitely can learn through the trials God has allowed in our lives. But we must recognize that His Word teaches all people will suffer some kind of adversity in their lifetime. 
Have you ever felt that your prayers seemed to go unanswered while you‘re experiencing the greatest trial in your life? Have you asked, “Is all that I am going through really good for me and will I be able to thank God for all that He’s brought into my life?” The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for all things for they are the will of God (I Thessalonians 5:18). Whether we see or experience beneficial results in this life or not, we are still to trust God. In His love, He wills what is best for us and in His wisdom, He knows how to bring all things together for our good.

There are times when we question God’s ability to cause all things to come together for our best and debate within ourselves if these circumstances will be profitable. Have we missed the point in all that God has allowed? Have we missed the learning possess that God desires for us to grow through? Each circumstance in our life, whether we think it good or bad, is for the purpose of gaining knowledge, acquiring understanding and obtaining wisdom through God’s Word. In the Lord’s providential care for us, He orchestrates everything in life to accomplish His will even through suffering and pain. 

Lord, I trust Your wisdom in every circumstance of my life.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Do I Ask for More?

Do I Ask for More?
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Do I need to ask God for more joy, peace or love, in my life?”  Have you secretly envied people who appear to have everything going for them? Are you laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside? Are you waiting to enjoy life when your circumstances become perfect? Be careful what you allow in your heart, it can poison the understanding of whom God is while in His very presences.
We, as believers, will experience real joy and peace when we are obedient to Christ. True peace is unknown to the unsaved world, but God’s peace is already given to us at salvation to dissolve our greatest fears. God’s love for us as believers, has been poured out in our hearts to the point of overflowing. He has planted in our hearts the knowledge that we belong to Him. Christ’s love is so immense, we can never be separated from His deep affection (Romans 8:39). No need for us to ask for more joy, love or peace, God has already given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
What Scripture does encourage us to ask for is wisdom (James 1:5). Only such divine wisdom enables believers to be joyous, submissive in trials (peace), and to experience the great love of God. There is wisdom in abundance when we ask in faith, knowing He will provide the wisdom needed for every situation. If you are in doubt, you will be like the restless sea, being tossed to and fro never able to rest. Ask God to give you wisdom for life’s journey, and He will guide you through every circumstance of life (Psalm 119:105).

Lord, I’m asking for Your divine wisdom in directing my feet along this darkened path that I may be obedient to You.

Minding Heavenly Things

Do I Ask for More?
Read ~ James 4:2 
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Do I need to ask God for more joy, peace or love, in my life?”  Have you secretly envied people who appear to have everything going for them? Are you laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside? Are you waiting to enjoy life when your circumstances become perfect? Be careful what you allow in your heart, it can poison the understanding of whom God is while in His very presences.
We, as believers, will experience real joy and peace when we are obedient to Christ. True peace is unknown to the unsaved world, but God’s peace is already given to us at salvation to dissolve our greatest fears. God’s love for us as believers, has been poured out in our hearts to the point of overflowing. He has planted in our hearts the knowledge that we belong to Him. Christ’s love is so immense, we can never be separated from His deep affection (Romans 8:39). No need for us to ask for more joy, love or peace, God has already given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
What Scripture does encourage us to ask for is wisdom (James 1:5). Only such divine wisdom enables believers to be joyous, submissive in trials (peace), and to experience the great love of God. There is wisdom in abundance when we ask in faith, knowing He will provide the wisdom needed for every situation. If you are in doubt, you will be like the restless sea, being tossed to and fro never able to rest. Ask God to give you wisdom for life’s journey, and He will guide you through every circumstance of life (Psalm 119:105).

Lord, I’m asking for Your divine wisdom in directing my feet along this darkened path that I may be obedient to You.