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!
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!
Long enough, GOD — you’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain. Long enough my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me.
Take a good look at me, GOD, my God; I want to look life in the eye, So no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face.
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms— I’m celebrating your rescue. I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers. (Psalm 13:1-6 MSG)
I find myself feeling the way the Psalmist does in this passage on occasion. It is NOT appropriate for me to feel sorry for myself and to exhibit these negative thoughts. God has blessed me beyond anything I deserve! I have found that He is absolutely faithful…sometimes, even when I am not!
Prayer: LORD…Help me to keep my attitude
Right. Thank you for loving me and intervening in my life. I love you for that!
I John 4:15-16
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. [NKLV]
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!
I John 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In the First General Epistle of John, we are told of the nature of love and challenged to love some who might seem to you to be “unlovable.” If we don’t have love, John asserts, we do not have God in us! This is why I have a hard time accepting the so-called Christian-based hate groups. I am confident that John would agree, if you “hate” or persecute those who worship differently than you, you do not know God! If you go out of your way to make it difficult for others, you do not know God! Love is not like that, hatred is.
We need to reexamine our motives in all areas of our life, to see if it is love-based or some other agenda. Compare the scriptures to see if your brand of “love” shows God shining out from the center.
I am writing this blog after suffering several medical setbacks, and I feel like I am approaching my former condition. I intend to resume regular blogging soon. Therefore, all comments, pro or con will be appreciated. Please feel free to open up…
Thank you and special thanks to our Father.
http://bible.com/1/PHP1.6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
http://bible.com/1/gal6.7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting…
Keeping the best for God!
http://bible.com/1/1pe1.24-25 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
I am convincèd of.. my own mortality, but God’s will be done!
I & II Chronicles
Make it a point to read at least one of these this week!
T V Guide
U S News & World Report
The Wall Street Journal
*Inspired by my recent hospital stay!