But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. (Psalms 4:3 NKJV)
God is faithful to those who strive toward Godliness….sometimes, even when we are not so faithful. He loves us and finds ways to bless us! We can all learn a lot from a God like ours, the one and only true God.
Prayer- Lord, let me be faithful to appreciate you and your special treatment of us. Praise your Holy Name!
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16 KJV)
I am comforted in the presence of God. No matter what happens, I feel secure there!
Perhaps Billy Graham said it best:
God Loves You!
Never question God’s great love, for it is as unchangeable a part of God as is His holiness. Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life. But God is love! And His love for us is everlasting.
The promises of God’s love and forgiveness are as real, as sure, as positive, as human words can make them. But, like describing the ocean, its total beauty cannot be understood until it is actually seen. It is the same with God’s love. Until you actually possess true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you.
Yes, almighty God, I have felt the consolation of Your love!
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (Ecclesiastes 3:6 KJV)
When God designed our lives, He did not make us unbeatable…He set up a time to win, but also a time to lose! In this way, we learn that we do not always get our own way. We have a time to get and a time to lose. Life would not work well if there was no time to lose, and we went on winning (or getting) all the time. It is important in those times of loss to remember that your plight is ordained by God. We should be patient with loss, for He allows it, I.e. It is part of His plan! We please our Father not by just winning, but by our acceptance of all of His plan. I accept loss (a time to lose) as much as winning, and I have plans to embrace His plan, no matter where it takes me. Thanks be to our Heavenly Father for His perfect plan!
Prayer: Lord, help me to be thankful for all the elements of your plan! May I be willing to embrace your will at all times!
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (Ecclesiastes 3:5 KJV)
A time to gather stones together. I have a friend who works in the trades. He is a licensed plumber. Some time ago, we prayed that his business would increase. Since that time, there were times when he had so much business, he could hardly keep up.
We would joke about all the business, “should I pray that business slow down?” He would say, when I remember you taking my phone off the hook and praying that God ring that phone with business to support my family, I cannot ask God to stop ringing the phone. There is a time to gather stones and a time to cast them away…
Last night, my friend was not home. I received a call, “do you know someone who can replace my water heater?” —It wasn’t enough to call my friend to feed God’s people, now I am getting calls too! …a time to gather stones together! God is good to me and my friends…whether I be casting stones forth or gathering them up. Praise be to God, my Heavenly Father!
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
God appoints the seasons and appointed the time when each of us was born. He also has appointed our time of death. He likens this to planting and plucking up. (Ecc3:2-kjv)
Every living thing seems to seek prolongment for its existence. Even when going to a new season, it seeks to maximize. God has set seasons for good cause and we work better in each season, when we adapt appropriately to the tasks and challenges within God’s plan.
It would be foolish to argue with God about our times. He has set seasons within those times for our benefit, to help us progress through life. I am not one to plant in the winter or look to harvest in the spring. Things do not work properly “out of season.” It is best to follow God’s plan.
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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV)
A Change of Seasons
I have been active in ways some others merely dream of
Seasons which may be long and arduous!
Changes are evident, and I enter therein.
I am officially in a change of seasons…
I came from a season where God was making known his will…
And I worked tirelessly to find His Will and do it. I became an instrument of
His grace—doing everything in my power to share His message…for a season.
Now I find myself in a “change of seasons.”
I cannot accomplish the same feats as before…
Disability has limited my efforts, but I am not forsaken
By the God of my youth…he has accommodated me!
I am now receiving His grace in a different way.
Where I used to be the messenger, I am now the receiver.
I used to work tirelessly to serve, now my strength wanes…
But He upholds my strength and fortifies me. I was
Strong, now I am dependent upon Him and His Grace.
I have truly changed…the season has changed…I am still useful to Him!
Inspired by Psalm 100
I have wandered place to place
Seeking God’s redeeming grace
Wanting to make a difference, in case…
Redemption could be earned in that place!
But it can’t be earned, you know
You can’t be washed white as snow
Thròugh your efforts or your dough…
Jesus only runs that show! Don’t you know?
Redemption is free, for you and me.
He paid the price…Nice!
Simply accept His gift to you, and
Realize there is nothing to do…
He loves you…inspired by Psalm 100!
Quoting from the General Epistle of James:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of , who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8 NKJV)
I know a lot of people who are long on sarcasm, but short on compassion. These “wise guys” as I call them lack understanding regarding other people. Not everyone acts decently and wisely all the time. This does not qualify them for ridicule, but rather more kind treatment. In this way, they will learn from their misdeeds.
Because wise guys do not show understanding to others, they do not learn the true source of wisdom and understanding. Those who seek wisdom from God will receive understanding and thus treat others with compassion…Golden-Rule style. God’s way is better than the practice of ridicule!
Determine which way you will live, and you will reap benefits from God accordingly.
Prayer: God, help me to be more Christ-like…a wise man, not a wise guy!
Prepare for God’s Arrival
“Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.” (Isaiah 40:1-2 MSG)
This expression of comfort means a lot to me. Jesus is coming soon…not to judge us, but for fellowship!
Prayer: Lord, help me to put the appropriate value on forgiveness and your companionship.
In the third chapter of the Gospel according to Mark, we find an interesting discourse regarding the practice of doing good.
Then he went back in the meeting place where he found a man with a crippled hand. The Pharisees had their eyes on Jesus to see if he would heal him, hoping to catch him in a Sabbath infraction. He said to the man with the crippled hand, “Stand here where we can see you.”
Then he spoke to the people: “What kind of action suits the Sabbath best? Doing good or doing evil? Helping people or leaving them helpless?” No one said a word. He looked them in the eye, one after another, angry now, furious at their hard-nosed religion. He said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” He held it out—it was as good as new! The Pharisees got out as fast as they could, sputtering about how they would join forces with Herod’s followers and ruin him. (Mark 3:1-6 MSG)
We fall into rules and regulations that are man-made, not God- made. Staying close to Jesus and His word helps us avoid this hypocrisy! Remember Romans eight? There is no condemnation to those who walk, not according to the flesh (man made rules, self righteous actions, etc.), but walk according to the Spirit, (following Christ’s example of bearing the burdens of others).
Prayer: Jesus, help me to keep the goal in view…Caring for others in the fashion that You care for us.