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Always There

Posted on October 15, 2019 at 8:07 AM Comments comments (0)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. . . . Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.

Isaiah 43:2,4 NKJV


When we are alone, a sudden noise can startle us because we think we are alone. Sometimes our homes just creak and groan from ground shifts.  Sometimes gravity has finally pulled something set precariously on the edge and it simply falls down.  Sometimes its God, who is always with us.  The point is we are never really alone. And it is also good to know that when we feel really alone, God will send people into our lives to be with us.  So if while alone we hear strange noises, we don't have to ever be afraid. God has promised to always be with us through everything.  And if we are ever feeling lonely, we can look to Him to see who He will send into our lives to make His constant presence known.



His Plan

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:07 AM Comments comments (0)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."

Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV

God had a plan for Jesus and He has a plan for each one of us. When He spoke the world into existence, He intricately designed everything in it with specifications we cannot begin to imagine.  And we are sustained in this world He created kept alive for His purposes.  We may not comprehend why we are here and some even want to give the credit for life to something they think they understand. Jesus knew His Father's plan and purpose for sending Him into this world and in His divinity He fulfilled it. Indeed, He's still working on it. But, as a human, He struggled with it. Yet, that didn't stop it from being fulfilled.  We are sustained by the intercession of Christ and promised everlasting life when we accept Him as our Savior. At some point, we all struggle with wondering why we are here.  However, we must learn to rely upon the divine nature of Jesus Christ to fulfill the purpose and plan God has placed over our lives and as human beings, stand in His divine righteousness. This is how our calling will be made manifest in our existence in this world. Let us not ask God "why" let us ask Him "what."

Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:20-21 TLB




Jeremiah's Prayer

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV


Sovereign God,

All power, glory and dominion are Yours and we behold Your majesty with awe and wonder. Through Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son, we worship You in Spirit and in Truth.  He gave His life for our sin and we lay our burdens at Your feet as we follow Him to Your Kingdom of everlasting life. We give praise and thanks to You, O God Most High.  We pray today and seek Your face for we know You will answer. Deliver us from the evil in this fallen world, Heavenly Father. Nothing is too hard for You and we stand in Your promises as we ask for help to walk in Your ways.

In Jesus' Name we pray,
Amen.



“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV




It's So Noisy!

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 8:06 AM Comments comments (0)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8 NIV


There is a lot of unpleasant noise sounding out in the world today.  Sometimes things will squeak loudly before they completely break down. God has sent instructions in His Word for these times and He has equipped us to follow His precepts with sound minds.  As we follow Christ, we have no need to fear this din of confusion because our Savior walks before us drowning out all this racket.  In Him, we can simply use our minds to think of the good things He exhorts us to keep focused on. All this noise we hear is just the sound of the commotion the enemy is making in his desperation because he knows his time is short.


The noise of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction!  Jeremiah 50:22 NIV

He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.  Revelation 12:12 NIV





Planning

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 8:11 AM Comments comments (0)
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
 
James 4:13-15 NIV


We are a planning people. We schedule the time in our lives while not giving much thought to the fact that we are not promised the next 15 minutes. Even giving birth has become something people seek to put on a timeline. Some even try to schedule their departure from life.  It is God who creates time and He has already numbered the days of all who live.  We just need to make the most of the time He gives us on this planet and use it to please Him since He holds the clock and the calendar.  It's not a bad thing to make plans, but only as we accept the fact that life still happens while we make them and it is the Lord's will that shall prevail.  It's a good thing to always consult the One who holds the power to cancel any and every appointment we make.

What's That Smell?

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:12 AM Comments comments (0)
As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us. To those who are not being saved, we seem a fearful smell of death and doom, while to those who know Christ we are a life-giving perfume. But who is adequate for such a task as this? Only those who, like ourselves, are men of integrity, sent by God, speaking with Christ’s power, with God’s eye upon us. We are not like those hucksters—and there are many of them—whose idea in getting out the Gospel is to make a good living out of it.
 
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 TLB


We were created with senses such as those we use to see, hear, smell and taste.  Just as, to our benefit, our beating hearts keep us alive, God uses those hearts He gave us as the place He plants His Spirit. He also uses the senses He placed in us for our benefit and for His own purposes. As we follow Jesus, we carry the fragrance of our Savior among other people, but most importantly up to our Heavenly Father.  It is a sweet, wholesome fragrance that we leave behind us as we walk through this fallen world.  This scent should provoke those we pass to wonder about this pleasant aroma wafting by.  Everyone alive has a beating heart, along with everything else God put into our living bodies. There will be those who do not appreciate the life-giving perfume that permeates the atmosphere as we share our love for Christ. Hopefully, the fragrance of Christ we carry will encourage them to use their own senses to taste and see the goodness of the Lord for themselves. However, that's where God comes in.  He's got His eye on everything and He is watching to ensure that everything He created works for His glory. 


Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8 NIV

Keep it in Your Heart

Posted on October 7, 2019 at 8:16 AM Comments comments (0)
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Mark 4:15-19 NIV


It's hard to imagine how much power the enemy of our souls has been allowed to have over us and it may be even more difficult to accept the power that is ours through Christ, but it's real. When God's Word reaches a spirit-filled heart, it is safe from theft Satan can't touch it.  But we've got to keep it there.  Memorizing and meditating on the Word of God helps us to retain the promises and warnings in the Bible, and reminds us of who we are in Christ.  Living out God's Word works even better.  Some people sit through a sermon on Sunday morning and walk right out into the church parking lot and cuss somebody out.  We can spend an hour in Bible study and the moment we close the Book, we begin to worry about all the troubles in our lives.  There goes that thief again trying to steal our joy!  But just as we do so many things to protect and secure our possessions from intruders in this world, in Jesus, we have the ultimate protection for our souls.  All we have to do to make sure we do not forget His constant presence, and know He is always with us, is to keep His Word in our hearts.  He has promised to be with us all the way to the end and into the beginning of a life without the enemy in it always trying to trip us up.  Remember that!



 . . . because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 New Century Version-NCV


Let David Pray!

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (1)
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!

How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!

Psalm 139:1-5, 13-18 Living Bible-TLB


Thank You, Lord!

In Jesus' name,
Amen and Amen.




Follow the Leader

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 8:07 AM Comments comments (0)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 NIV


As children, many of us played the game called Follow the Leader, wherein we would emulate the kid in the front and conform to whatever they would do. Usually, supervision was around to ensure we didn't follow the leader off a cliff!  Conforming to the ways of this world can be a lot like that.  However, in the Word of God we are warned to be careful who we follow because being in Christ means this world is not our home and not everyone is fit to lead us.  We are all uniquely gifted to serve God's purpose for our existence, even if we sometimes lose our way. Jesus came to show us the way we should go to use those gifts in accordance to the will of God. It can be difficult to choose to be different in this world we live in, but God has also given us His Word to follow, as well as the ability to transform and renew our minds so that we can learn His perfect will for each of us.  It is then we will find the true Leader we should follow and He is always ready and waiting to guide us to His plan and purpose for putting us here. Let God's will be done. That's the only will that works.
 

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.  Romans 12:6 NIV

 

Free From Evil

Posted on October 2, 2019 at 8:02 AM Comments comments (1)
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

Romans 16:17-19 NIV


We may wonder why God put that tree in the Garden of Eden, since He had to know His enemy would use it to tempt Adam and Eve into disobedience that would change the paradise He had created.  Perhaps He was trying out the free will He placed in mankind.  Maybe He wanted to see how we would react if He gave us everything but that one thing.  Well, He knows for certain now, doesn't He?  In these times, there are a lot of little devils running around opposing God's plan deceiving and being deceived.  And again, God simply tells us to "keep away from them," pretty much like He told Adam to stay away from that tree. God sent His Son, Jesus, to teach us to focus on what is good and help us to discern what is not good. According to His Word, God doesn't even want us to know about evil except that we are to be innocent of it and that He will totally obliterate it from our lives one day.  Why God did it this way we may never know, but we can be sure that if we will do what He tells us to do, we will finally be free of evil and live forever in the goodness He intended from the beginning.




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