Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today I am thankful for Christ... Thankful that we are now under a new covenant.
Thankful that he sent "another Counselor".... John 16:7 He goes so far as to say it is to our advantage that He leave so the Counselor can come.
How great is it that we have a "personal relationship" with Christ.
We don't have to go through the Priest because he is the only one hearing from God directly.
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and desires to fellowship with "ME" with "YOU".........
My heart is thankful for this fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Resting in the Lord today,
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
James 1:5-7 (NLT) "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord."
Today I feel like the unsettled wave of the sea.... My example to the lost world has been unstable...
I say one thing and my actions say the opposite. I so desire to please God and my flesh wants to float along in my emotions.....
THE ABOVE SCRIPTURE SPOKE TO MY HEART IN SUCH A HUGE WAY...... Such people should not expect to receive ANYTHING FROM THE LORD! Wow..... BUT GOD!
Only through God can I do the right thing... THE HARD THING.... God's way is never easy but it is always, always our only choice. I have struggled in my singleness and at times ventured out on my own to find that perfect match.
Today however.... I can rest in the fact that God already knows the desires of my heart and as long as I am determined to walk in his "perfect ways" he will hear my prayers as long as my faith is in God and God alone.... NOT IN MY ABILITIES!
So for the word for the day on Wednesday: I NEED WISDOM! :)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Its finally FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Today I have God's church on my heart!
That's right.... GOD'S CHURCH... HIS FAMILY...... HIS CHILDREN...........
Pray the Scriptures. Hebrews 4:12 says that God's Word is alive and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword. When we speak and pray the Scriptures, we are coming into agreement with God, and His power is released to answer our prayers.
God tells us that his word is alive and powerful. If I meditate on his word - I will know his heart.
I know with all of my heart that his love for us is BIG...... and he desires to lead and guide us in ALL OF HIS WAYS..... That his way is Holy.
I'm praying for his church... to rise up and become an amazing light to the lost world. Not to just be a gathering place to socialize or become the "in crowd"......
My prayer today is that I look outside the four walls of my church meeting... That I see what God desires me to see and that I love what God desires me to love!
Today... its not about me... BUT HIM........ Let our focus be "Christ centered" and we will begin to grow in his Holiness....
What a thought!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I was talking with a friend last night and he stated while visiting his Mother who is ill, his Dad looked at them both and said " I'm going to watch T.V. and will let you two ladies sit and visit".......... I thought to myself - ouch! How could a Father speak to his Son that way.
It made me dwell on the TRUTH..... An earthly Father may not love and respect his Son here on earth - BUT OH WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HEAVENLY FATHER MAKES! Our heavenly Father loves us with such an unconditional love that he grants us FULL FORGIVENESS in his Son Jesus Christ! What joy that brings to my heart.
Isn't it wonderful to know and trust that God allows all things for HIS PURPOSE and that he is a GOOD GOD and will turn our disappointments into our BLESSINGS!
The enemy sends things like this into our lives to disappoint us.... cause us to slip backward into despair but the Lord will use our pain to allow his love to shine if we can allow Christ to be greater in us than he that is in the world........
Psalm 16: 7-8
I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Today I'm trusting that God is near the down cast and broken hearted and that brings peace to my heart!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Join us as we pray for others and support their needs. We all have a need daily and its wonderful to know that we can let those needs rest with the Lord because he is completely aware of our circumstance and has all things under his perfect control!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I was reminded yesterday of the commercial:
You deserve a break today @ McDonalds.....lol
Made me think on the worldly view of what we deserve. We deserve to be happy, or we deserve to spend that money on a new outfit.. After all... We work hard for our money!
Today I'm thankful to God that I actually don't receive what I truly deserve, aren't you?
Rom 2:5 (Phi) Or are you by your obstinate refusal to repent simply storing up for yourself an experience of the wrath of God in the day of his anger when he shows his hand in righteous judgment?
God is a just God! We have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.. We deserve death... But instead receive mercy: which is not getting what we deserve/punishment and Grace: receiving what we don't deserve/unmerited favor....
Today I'm thanking God for his amazing grace and the fact that I'M NOT GETTING WHAT I SO DESERVE!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
James 1:22-25 (NASB) "For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does."
Today my heart is on serving and what that looks like. I'm ashamed to say that for way to many years I was only a hearer. Going to church and hearing the word, feeling conviction on Sunday morning and then by Tuesday living out my day by emotions or feelings only!
God hasn't called me to "feel good" every day. I'm not saved to be granted a life filled with being "happy".....
But.... He does promise peace and joy:
Colossians 3:15 - And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
John 16:22 - And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
So I take this from the word of God.... Nothing can remove my joy and my peace as long as its rooted in Christ Jesus.
My hope this day is rooted and the key to my happiness is in serving. Christ didn't come to earth to experience a "happy life"... He came to serve, to love, to give.
Giving the ultimate sacrifice for a wretch like me!
This Wednesday I am thankful for my salvation and the grace that I so did not deserve.