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Give thanks to God.                              April 8 2024.

Isaiah 12:4-5 (NASB) And on that day you will say, "Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." Praise the LORD in song, for He has done glorious things; let this be known throughout the earth.

 

Every day you awake from your sleep, thank God for it. Thank God for all the trails you are going through. Thank God for looking beyond your faults and blessing you with your needs. Tell someone about the goodness of God hoping that the message will spread all over the world.

 

 

 

 

Come are you are-come.

Matthew 11:27-30                                  April 5 2024

 

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

Don’t try to be good enough; come as you are to Jesus and let him fix all of your problems. Have not you heard this, when I get my life together then I come to Jesus. I got to do this and get dressed up then maybe I will be alright and get accepted by Jesus. My friends we cant do enough to be alright. We got to let Jesus come into our life. Let Jesus who already done paid the price for all mankind do it all.

Jesus wants you to come to Him knowing He will lift every burden you have. Jesus offered complete rest for our souls.

 

 

 

     Always God.                                                                   April 4 2024

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Before we start out in the morning to do the things we have to do, give thanks to God for allowing us to do them. God has kept us all night while we slept. Watch over our homes through all the things going on in the world.

God has taken us through many ups and downs while some of us did not know how we were going to make it. God strength lift us over many circumstances in life. Thank Him for loving us when was faithless-He remained faithful.

 

 

 

 

                                   

 

King James Version

2 Timothy 2:15                                                               April 2 2024.

 

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

The Bible should be read if you have one. The scriptures in the Bible must be studied and not taken out of context. I have talked to people that say they read and study the Bible, but after much conversations on what is the scriptures are saying, they say things that causes me to doubt if they studied or just read. There is a difference between the two; reading only, but not studying will cause a person to misinterpret scriptures. Paul in his letter to the young preacher-Timothy tells of studying the word of God to get a better understanding.

Teaching others about Jesus Christ we must do the very best we can, therefore we must studied the Bible.

 

 

 

Shared with you.                                           March 29 2024

 

God controls and allows                            
every detail of our lives. Nothing happens without His knowledge and approval.

Every day, little changes in schedule or small irritations occur. Everyday, we can
choose to let these obstacles upset us, or we can rest in the knowledge that God lovingly
ordained them as small irritants to help us look to and rely on Him. For example,
we can grumble about the frustrating traffic jam that is keeping us from getting somewhere
on time, or we can remember that God knows about our deadlines and view the time sitting
in traffic as an opportunity to pray. We can complain, or we can rejoice.

May we allow the knowledge that we are continually surrounded by God’s
unfailing love to permeate our lives and chase away our complaints and fears.

 

 

 

Everlasting life iyou can have it.

 

John 5:24 ESV                             March 25 2024.

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

Lord I thank you for  me not being hard headed. I take you for your word. Friends its simple; accept, believe and trust in Jesus Christ and you can have life forever. I know you are living now, but this will be gone one day, but there is assurance from God to have it over again in heaven.

 

 

 

Praise God all the time.                               March 23 2024.

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18) "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." (Psalm 100:4)

In all that you do, give God the praise. Praise Him in the morning, praise him at noon, praise Him at night. How about praise God all the time without counting them. I have praise God for safety in the car when others almost got me. I cant get enough of telling God thank you. Now how about you?

 

 

 

 

What we should do.                         March 22 2024

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” — Colossians 3:12-13, NIV

Life is full of situations where we have to interact with other people and we are presented with a choice: how are we going to treat them? At times, kindness may not be our instinctual response because kindness often requires sacrifice of some sort on our end.

Sometimes kindness requires us to put aside our pride and humble ourselves. Other times it may take time or energy. However, kindness is worth what it costs. The Bible prompts us many times to treat others with kindness and love throughout our lives

 

 

 

 

Do good to others.                        March 21 2024

Galatians 6:10 ~ "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

 

 

There no other way of doing good for others than doing good as the Bible says. Yes, sometimes you may question yourself, saying I don’t know if I can help her or him because I remember what was done to me. I gave my last to the person and look they want give me a dime. I know what I will do is let someone else be a fool this time.

Reading the word of God and drawing closer to Jesus made me see that we must obey the word and do good because God showed love to all. Jesus from the cross said Father forgive them for what they are doing. From the cross goodness was given to all of us without asking. Now what; do good that is what we suppose to do.

 

 

 

 

God can do it.                                                March 18 2024

 

John 16:33: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Philippians 4:6-7: Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

 

There is a song that was sung by black folks in the cotton fields; nobody knows the trouble I seen. This could be for all people, regardless of their beliefs, cultures and color of skin. Troubles seem to find its way to the doorsteps.

The mailman delivers mail and trouble has its own provider. Look around you see trouble moving faster than lighting. Wow! It’s here again, trouble seems to find me, this is what some people are saying.

Is there a Doctor in the house yes Jesus? He, Jesus can help get rid of trouble in your life. Do you want this help; well it’s just a prayer away.

 

 

 

 

1 John 2:15-17                                         March 14 2024.

 

15. Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16. For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the Father but from the world. 17. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

The bible teaches us not to love the things in the world. We can easy get caught up in this loving things of the world. We can love money, friends, cars and many more things that has cause some to put God on the back burner.

I learned that when we put those worldly things in their rightful places and seek Gods will for us, things get better; plus blessing being to come our way.

 

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10                        March 13 2024

 

New King James Version

 

 

The Thorn in the Flesh

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to [a]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three  times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

I believe most people that preaches, teaches or witness to others about Jesus Christ has something they would like to get rid of. I have something that I called my thorn in the flesh. I worry about things, been like that all my life. I prayed and God answered my prayer with the small voice-trust me. You may have something thats really bothered you, but no matter what you do it’s still there. Now maybe it’s your thorn in the flesh. The lesson we learn from Pauls thorn is we can trust God and keep doing his will.

 

 

 

 

  Gods people.                                   March 11 2024.

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;   1st Peter 5:2

If God has given you the task of reaching people with His gospel; do it out of love. Always prayerfully, and being under the power of the spirit of God. Our minds must be willing to reach depths of love teaching.

 

 

 

Blesses are those who trust in the Lord Jeremiah 17:1           March 6 2024

 

Lord thank you for being patience with me. I remember some years ago I was not trusting in things always.  Always doubting, what if and maybe kind of trust. I had to get serious with praying for deliverance of this dreadful curse-not fully trusting. I also called this scared to fall off and doom. This is not away to live for God. We must be strong, never doubting the strength of God. Giving our all for the kingdom is what trust is all about..

 

 

 

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1                      March 5 2024

 

A provider is a person who takes care of the needs of others. This person is dependable and a kind gentle person. Well I certainty hope so. He or she knows how to turn things completely around so those whom depends upon them can rest assured that things will be good.

I can go about things that I have to do each day. I can smile and look at life in all its glory because the Lord Jesus Christ, is my provider. I shall not want because He takes care of things for me. If you need this provider, pray and ask Him to care for you.

 

 

 

God is faithful.                                 March 4 2024

 

“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances…” My circumstances or feelings have not changed God.

 

 

 

Proverbs 21 2-3 NIV.                                        March 1 2024.

 

2 A person may think their own ways are right,
    but the Lord weighs the heart.

 3 To do what is right and just
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Don't play around with God. I have heard people say; God knows my heart and He knows I mean well. The problem that I see with this is; you know you not doing what is required of you. This can also be away from not doing right because it will put you out of your comfort zone.

God has His requirements and it’s not changeable. It is more easy to do right instead of trying to avoid it. God acceptance is base upon what we do from the heart.

 

 

 

Thankful for all things.                       Feb 29 2024

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God   and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We wake up in the morning and do the little things to get ready for the day. Some of us have jobs and some are looking for a job. There are some that don’t care about a job; nevertheless, the day is started.

What I have learned from the word of God is to be thankful for everything. I am thankful to God for enabling me to work and clothes myself and thankful for those who are not thankful.

Be thankful to God for whatever you have in life.

 

God Is With You                                      Feb 28 2024

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV).

This world in which we lived has uphill battles. Sometimes we get in a situations that cause stress. This stressful thing brings us to the point giving up. Its to hard, cant handle; this is what going on in you. Thoughts racing in your mind and found yourself searching for answers and guess what; God is just a prayer away. God is always near to help you, just let Him. Yes He promise to be with all who trust in him.

This is something all christians should do, find a place, time you can listen to God without distractions.

 

 

 

Trust God                                             Feb 26 2024

God is our source of peace, love, joy, and security, in this life and eternally. Dear Lord, help us to put our trust in You to provide us what we need. In Jesus' name we pray.

 

 

What is the significance of the Calvary Hill?      Feb 25 2024

The Mount of Calvary was the site outside the gates of Jerusalem where the crucifixion of Christ took place. The scene was replicated around the world in numerous "calvary hills" after the Counter-Reformation and they are used by Roman Catholics in particular as part of their worship and veneration of God.

 

Two hills.

Walking up a hill is tough when you got a load. Sweat running down, breathing hard and trying to get air. The old hill gets harder and harder to climb, but you keep on trying to make it.

Falling down often and you gave up; too tired to finish this hill.  Let me tell you this; Jesus Christ climbed another hill for all, never gave up, for our sins were on His shoulders.  Tired and beaten tell blood ran down, but Jesus finished the climbed. Thank you Jesus for climbing that hill we could not.

 

 

Just a servant.                                         Feb 24 2024

 

This act of service showed His humility and love for His followers. In John 13:14-15, Jesus said, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

 

 

Just a servant, that’s what we should be toward others. We'll put it this way; we should be people who care for others and try our best to help them. Must we wash feet no, that is not needed, but we can kneel down and pray with a person.

There is no fancy way of being a servant, just old fashion ways. The person whom lives next door to you may need someone to talk too. The old man you see walking by drunk and dirty. The child who lives down the street tennis shoes torn until the feet is showing. They all need a servant, someone who cares with solutions to help them in their situations.

There are too many Masters and not enough servants. Jesus taught His followers what a servant is. He did wash their feet, but this was to show them that the Master should be a servant also. Humility toward our Brothers and Sisters in Christ is something we must have.

The Lord Jesus gave Himself redemptively for us to restore us to God and create a people who would live as servants of God in the service of others proclaiming the good news and loving others for Him. Thus, as Christ gave Himself, so God wants us to give ourselves for others.

Just a servant, that’s what we should be toward others. We'll put it this way; we should be people who care for others and try our best to help them. Must we wash feet no, that is not needed, but we can kneel down and pray with a person.

There is no fancy way of being a servant, just old fashion ways. The person whom lives next door to you may need someone to talk too. The old man you see walking by drunk and dirty. The child who lives down the street tennis shoes torn until the feet is showing. They all need a servant, someone who cares with solutions to help them in their situations.

There are too many Masters and not enough servants. Jesus taught His followers what a servant is. He did wash their feet, but this was to show them that the Master should be a servant also. Humility toward our Brothers and Sisters in Christ is something we must have.

The Lord Jesus gave Himself redemptively for us to restore us to God and create a people who would live as servants of God in the service of others proclaiming the good news and loving others for Him. Thus, as Christ gave Himself, so God wants us to give ourselves for others.

Just a servant, that’s what we should be toward others. We'll put it this way; we should be people who care for others and try our best to help them. Must we wash feet no, that is not needed, but we can kneel down and pray with a person.

There is no fancy way of being a servant, just old fashion ways. The person whom lives next door to you may need someone to talk too. The old man you see walking by drunk and dirty. The child who lives down the street tennis shoes torn until the feet is showing. They all need a servant, someone who cares with solutions to help them in their situations.

There are too many Masters and not enough servants. Jesus taught His followers what a servant is. He did wash their feet, but this was to show them that the Master should be a servant also. Humility toward our Brothers and Sisters in Christ is something we must have.

The Lord Jesus gave Himself redemptively for us to restore us to God and create a people who would live as servants of God in the service of others proclaiming the good news and loving others for Him. Thus, as Christ gave Himself, so God wants us to give ourselves for others.

 

 

 

 

Mark 4:9-13                                  Feb 19 2024

Understanding the word.

 

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?    

 

In reading the Word of God, we may think we come with no preconceptions, but that’s not really the case. Just as the expectations of the disciples affected how they heard and understood Jesus’ teaching, so too our perception of God’s voice is shaped by our experiences.

Let’s consider how some of the people and events in our life helped define how we hear God speak through His Word and His Spirit.

Our Parents. Our self-concept is shaped early by the way we were treated in childhood, and that in turn affects how we perceive our heavenly Father and His love for us. 

Our Teachers. If we had a teacher who was a harsh taskmaster, we may have a similar image of the Lord. But if our instructor was kind and patient, then God may seem more approachable to us.  

Our Friends. Having one loyal friend can help us view the Lord in that same light. But if we’ve ever been betrayed, seeds of doubt about God’s faithfulness may be sown in our minds and affect how we hear Him speak in His Word. 

Our Experiences. Whether our life has been pleasant and free of turmoil or painful and traumatic, everything we’ve experienced has shaped our understanding of the way God treats us.

This is why it’s critical to let the Word of God rather than our experiences become the filter through which we see life and understand the Lord. Before picking up the Bible or praying, let’s ask God to strip away any misconceptions so we can hear Him accurately.

          

 

 

 

 

Blind man and the begger.                 Feb 18 2024

 

John 7:24 tells us, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." The Bible has told us to judge, but we are to judge by what is right. We are not to condemn, and we are not to be judgmental. Rather, we should make evaluations. We should be discerning.

You have seen it and I have too; blind man on the corner with a cane and cup in hand. Most of us hurry and give a coin without hesitation. Now we have seen others begging on corners with signs asking for assistance; thinking or saying out loud, “why don’t he or she get a job.

I know some people give and the same ones judge also. How do you know that the first person was blind and how do you know the second was faking and lazy?

Let this mind be in you which also in Christ Jesus. What would Jesus do?

There is a lot of showing favors in our giving. We see with our eyes instead of with our heart giving out money to people.

 

 

 

 

For us-the sheeps.                                    Feb 17 2024

John 10:27 Lead Us to Listen to the Voice of God

And so, to live today, listening to His voice in His word and then, following His voice as He leads us by His spirit according to His word. God, we praise you for the privilege of being your sheep, of hearing your voice, knowing your voice, and you, knowing us.

 

The sheep of Christ.        

 

You remember how He speaks of His own in John 10:27-30: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. [Let’s look at this for a minute.] My sheep hears me-real sheep-not sometime sheep-not just on Sunday, but my sheep. The sheep that came to me to have their sins washed away, My sheep.

 

 

 

Gods peace for all.                                 Feb 15 2024

 

4 Steps to Embrace God’s Peace

In his letter to the Christians in Philippi (Philippians 4:6-13), the apostle Paul shows us how to live in the peace Jesus offers, no matter the circumstances.

  1. Pray about Everything – Worried, anxious, or concerned about a need or situation? Pray about it. Prayer focuses our hearts and minds on the goodness and faithfulness of God. Prayer pushes out worry (Philippians 4:6-7).
  2. Practice Gratitude – We humans tend to allow the negative and difficult things in our lives to rise to the top. We forget God’s abundant blessings and His activity in and around our lives. Purposefully focusing on what God has done for us in the past helps us rely on His future provision (Philippians 4:6)
  3. Guard your Thoughts – All throughout the day, our minds are bombarded with negativity, gossip, dissension, selfishness, and even smut. This will rule our thoughts and shape our attitudes unless we discipline ourselves to fill our minds with things that are “excellent and praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8-9).
  4. Rely on God’s Strength – Our culture fosters discontentment. It seems no matter how much we have we want more. The problem is not the amount of our stuff but instead the amount of our desire. No matter how much or how little we have we can find the strength in God.

 

 

 

 

Psalm 1               Two Men                         Feb 13 2024

 

Blessed is the man

that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,

nor standeth in the way of sinners,

nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD;

and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;

his leaf also shall not wither;

and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so:

but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous:

but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

The man takes God as his source and he has no intention of doing wrong. He loves the Lord and works hard in the service of being a christian. The Lord notice this kind of person, giving it all to Him. He is fruitful and God enable him to prosper. The other man does the opposite-never giving God true worship. The end results is one get eternal life, the other get just the opposite; separation from God.

 

 

 

 

The only way to heaven.                                  Fed 12 2024.

 

 

In the early sixties, a song came out by Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, entitled “The Last Kiss.” The song is about a couple out on a date who get into a car accident. The girl dies in her boyfriend’s arms. He mourns her death singing:

 

“Oh, where, oh where, can my baby be, / The Lord took her away from me, / She’s gone to heaven so I got to be good, /so I can see my baby when I leave this world.”

This song sums up the attitude of a lot of people. They think if they can live a good life, if the good works they do outweigh the bad, then they will have earned their way to heaven.

Unfortunately, the Bible does not allow anyone to earn his way to heaven. The Scriptures teach that good works have nothing to do with one entering into a right relationship with God. This relationship is nothing we can earn, because God has done everything for us.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” [Titus 3:5, KJV].

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, let any man should boast” [Ephesians 2:8, 9, KJV].

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him” [Hebrews 11:6, KJV].

“This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent” [John 6:29, KJV].

If our eternal salvation was on the basis of works and we could earn it successfully, then God would be our debtor: He would owe us something [Romans 4:1-3]. The Bible teaches that God owes no man anything, and our own righteousness is as filthy rags [Isaiah 64:6].

The simple reason is that God has a perfect standard, and all of us have sinned and come short of this mark [Romans 3:23]. We like to compare ourselves to others, and thus we feel that we are not so bad after all. But God compares us to Jesus Christ, and next to Him we cannot help but fall far short, all of us without exceptions.

 

 

One Thing is Necessary                       Feb 12 2024

Luke 10:41–42
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

One day Martha had an unexpected houseguest—the Son of God. While she toils over a meal for Jesus and twelve other men, Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. Jesus responds to her complaint by saying, “You are anxious and troubled with much serving.” Martha was so focused on doing a good thing that she missed out on the best thing.

One Thing I Know

John 9:25
He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

A man born blind is healed by Jesus. When interrogated by the religious leaders, he doesn’t present a well-prepared speech or get intimidated. He simply tells his story: He was blind, but now he sees. In response, Jesus declares the blind man seeing and the religious leaders blind.

One Thing I Do

Philippians 3:13–14
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Love you one another.                            Feb 11 2024

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

I have a close, special friend of mine who is a man and I am not ashamed to tell him that I love him.  I love him more than a brother.  This man is honest enough to tell me the truth, even when he knows it hurts and he is open enough to hear a friends rebuke.   King David and Jonathan had a love like this as described in 1 Samuel 18:1 “As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” What a precious thing. Their souls were knit together…they were made of the same fabric, so to speak.  Jonathan loved David “as his own soul” which reminds me of Jesus’ second commandment of the two greatest…to love your neighbor as yourself.  This was repeated later in 1 Samuel 20:17 when “Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

 

 

He just a prayer away.                        Feb 10 2024

 

Psalm 9:9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Depending on my Brother, Mother, Father and friends to give me peace of mind  is really no good. The things we go through from day to day can get heavy and we buckle under the load.

The loads of doing what people expects us to do and what we expect from ourselves can cause anxiety. Sleepiness nights, tossing from side to side in our bed is not good.

What is a good answer to this thing I am going through; try God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Man.                                               Feb 8 2024

 

The man were crying and asking questions about his problems. He sat on the bench tears pouring down from his eyes, shaking in fear.

Along came a Man of great wisdom, telling him you need to let go of the past and focus on a hobby this will make things better. The man just looked at him shaking his head.

Along came a preacher he told him your problem is you need to read the word of God. The man looked up in the face of the preacher with tears of puzzlement.

Later on another person came along with this suggestion- I think you need to listen to the inner voice that trying to tell you something.

Two more years of worrying about this and that, the man thought of all that was said to him. What I should do is jump off the bridge and end it all, or maybe try to find that inner voice that was told to me.

Where must I look thought the man? Must I go to the closet like I heard the old folks say and wait for an answer? Who would be calling me or who is I’m waiting on? Many questions entered the mind of the man.

There the man was now, along in the dark closet, head down and tears pouring down his face. Lord help me, please help me; suddenly a voice from within said I been here all the time waiting to help you my son. I love you and this is what I will do forgive you of your sins, only if you believe I can do.

The man thinking to his self, I got sin, what kind is it; whatever sin it is must got me in this shape. I will turn over to this inner voice and beg for mercy; believing in God for deliverance.

 

 

 

 1 Peter 1:22. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. – Ephesians 4:32. Everyone Should not look , not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

 

Caring is in the heart.                      Feb 7 2024.

 

I was sitting in the parking lot at a place for those that need special help; a moment of passionate thought came upon me. Wow, I said to my thought how God done already prepared a place for these people to go and be treated like human beings.

I heard this thank you sound coming from the side of the van. There a man was holding the hand of this person and telling the other person which was a young man thank you for being so kind. Head dropped and a bust of joy came upon me for these people who work helping those that need special help; good people they are.

I began thinking to my self; why are there not enough people in this city with this kind of caring heart? The caring heart that says all people with disabilities’ must be loved and help and respected Please God  shape us into a person that cares.

 

 

 

Pray-Pray-Pray                                             Feb 6 2024

“But you, when you pray, go into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:6

Almost everyone has a “special” place, a place that they love to go to relax, to engage in a favorite activity, or just to be at peace. In fact, most people, like me, probably have several. A scenic view from a back deck. A cozy basement. But do you have a special place to meet with God and pray? A place where you can “shut the door,” knowing that no one can bother you? In His teaching on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stresses the importance of having such a place. I’ve come up with four reasons why He stresses a secret place, some based on textual exegesis and some based on just plain common sense: intentionality, privacy, intimacy, and integrity. I’ll tackle these one at a time.

1.) Intentionality. We go places with specific purposes in mind. When we go to work, we’re there to work. When we go to the gym, we’re there to work out. When we go to our secret place with God, we should be there to spend time with Him, and for no other reason. Going to a specific place for a specific purpose produces the type of intentionality that is sorely lacking in the lives of many Christians.

2.) Privacy. The word “closet” that Jesus uses in Matthew 6:6, tameion, is defined in Strong’s Greek Dictionary as a secret chamber, a place may one retire to for privacy, or a place for storage of something (like a closet). All three of these concepts unmistakeably emphasize the fact that this place should be private and cut off from the comings and goings of the household. It should be a place where the world can be shut out. The reason such privacy is necessary for prayer is clear: privacy fosters honesty, and honesty fosters relationship. How can we pray freely and openly with God when there are others nearby, or who may come by to disturb us and listen in on us at any moment? Having a secret meeting place with God precludes any hindrances to the unbroken communion that is essential for meaningful prayer.

3.) Intimacy. Obviously, this comes right on the heels of privacy. Without the safety of privacy, having any depth of relationship of any kind with another is impossible. Even when intimate friendship or relationship is developed in a group setting, it is still developed because of a certain privacy that surrounds the group, allowing the group to bond without the encumbering presence of outsiders. The point is, there is no intimacy without privacy.

Also, the sharing of a special, secret place is an intimate act in itself. If there is a place where you meet with one person, and with nobody else, that place becomes one of the hallowed sanctuaries of the relationship. It becomes more than a place. In fact, the thought of sharing that place with another for similar purposes can seem blasphemous. Simply going to that special, secret place with another creates an expectation in itself. In the same way, having a special, secret place to meet with the Father creates an expectation, before we even arrive, that God is already there, eager to meet with us.

4.) Integrity. The Bible scholars reading this entry were probably wondering if I would ever comment on the context of Jesus’ teaching on the prayer closet. In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is talking about outward righteousness and inner righteousness. He speaks of how the Pharisees pray out loud, in public, so that people will see their piety and be impressed. Jesus says that “they already have their reward,” (Matthew 6:5), meaning that praise from men is all they will receive for this action. God will not reward them. Jesus, in contrast teaches his followers to “go into their closet” to pray, so that they will receive no praise from people. If no praise is received from people, then our reward is from the Father instead – a much better reward indeed. Praying in a secret, special place removes the “trying to impress” element from prayer and leaves us naked and open before the Father in a setting where we no longer have any motivation to pray for the wrong reasons.

Obviously, we are to pray with others often as well. Jesus taught clearly about the power of agreeing prayer. If Jesus taught both to pray alone in secret and with others in agreement, there is obviously to be a balance of both in the Christian life.

Find a special, secret place to meet with God. It will add intentionality, privacy, intimacy, and integrity to your times of prayer, and you’ll find yourself looking forward to your meetings with God more and more often.

 

 

I like this.                                            Feb 5 2024

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

I know all of us here on this earth let others down. We are late for work, miss a family get-together, doctor appointment, and disappoint ourselves.

Thank you Jesus for not disappointing us. Think on that.

 

 

 

Steps                                            Feb 4 2024

Psalm 37:23 the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way.

 

Every step we take from our crawling days is recorded. Dad, Mom watch their children take steps to get where they want to go. Some of the steps that our parents see may not be right, so they try to correct.

The parents that I had made sure I was taught the word of God; a wonderful step. Sunday school, BTU Training and prayer were on top of their list.

God with his power gave me something more important than basics steps from my young to adult years, Gods steps gave me the strength that I needed to overcome many things. God ordered my steps, amen to that.

 

Thanks for reading Melvin.

 

 

Remember no more.                   Feb 4 2024

 

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Hebrews 10:17

 

God gave His Son for us. There was not a thing God would accept for our sins, but the sinless blood of Jesus. Before the people had to offer up goats, bull, doves etc for their sins. God outrage shock holiness could not accept them animals any more for sins. Jesus Christ came and died on the cross giving us forgiveness of our sins.

Your sins will not be remembered if you accept Jesus in your heart as your savior. Them sins will be all paid for by His blood.

 

Feb 2 2024

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

A servant we should be.

 

Just a servant, that’s what we should be toward others. Let me put it this way; we should be people who care for others and try our best to help them. Must we wash feet no, that is not needed, but we can kneel down and pray with a person.

There is no fancy way of being a servant, just old fashion ways. The person whom lives next door to you may need someone to talk too. The old man you see walking by drunk and dirty. The child who lives down the street tennis shoes torn until the feet is showing. They all need a servant, someone who cares with solutions to help them in their situations.

There are too many Masters and not enough servants. Jesus taught His followers what a servant is. He did wash their feet, but this was to show them that the Master should be a servant also. Humility toward our Brothers and Sisters in Christ is something we must have.

The Lord Jesus gave Himself redemptively for us to restore us to God and create a people who would live as servants of God in the service of others proclaiming the good news and loving others for Him. Thus, as Christ gave Himself, so God wants us to give ourselves for others.

 

Thanks, comment please Melvin  2024

 

Grateful

Colossians 2:13-14 KJV.                                 Feb 1 2024

 

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross

We are special to God. God did it for you and me; helpless we were and could not saved ourselves, God stepped in. Put the sin debt away-far away by the death of Jesus Christ for our sins. The past present and future sins are fully paid for all that accept Jesus Christ in their hearts. Yes, believe and put you trust in Jesus Christ.

 

Jan 31 2024.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

 

 

Time to do good.                                  Jan 30 2024

 

Psalm 14:2

 

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men,

to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God

 

The Lord is still looking today as it was in David day for righteous people. Today people are doing much evil and its seems they don’t want to do good. Our Job is to tell people that God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and truth. He wants people to show love to each other and pray and seek His will. When will this happen, I don’t know, but time is coming to an end.

 

 

For you today                                    Jan 29 2024

 

A PSALM OF DAVID.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

God will take care of you in the valley, through the fire, when enemies try to hurt you. He will give you the strength to moved on when its looks like the world in closing on you. God will be your protector, doctor, keeper all your life, trust and faith is what you need.

 

 

Hebrews 1:3                                                Jan 28 2024

 

 

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

 

We are special to God. God loved us so much-John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Father we thank you for what you done for us. Before we could not have life after death because of inherited sin. Father God, you made it possible through your Son Jesus Christ, for us to have everlasting life. Praise the Lord saints for He looked beyond our faults and saw our need.

 

1 Paid for our sins

2 Purge our sins

2 Completed the price for our sins.

3 Jesus dd it all now; work completed sat down in heaven interceding for us right now.

 

Amen…..

Hebrews 1:3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Lord                                                  Jan 27

We praise you, Lord, as a powerful Creator, the source of truth and grace, and the giver of true freedom. Give us courage and discernment to follow you wholeheartedly, with commitment and strong faith

 

I am saved.                                                   Jan 25 2024

 

Romans 10:9

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

 

 

 

There are people who attend Church and some even preaches to others about being saved. The expression saved, meaning a person done got it right with God and going to heaven when they die. I have be in conversation with people who says you got to have the gift of the holy ghost; such as speaking in tongues. Now some  people really don’t come out and say that in plain English, but you can see what they mean when speaking. They will recite scripture supporting their beliefs.

     People must understand what was going on when something is said in the bible. The bible is addressed to many different people, because God wants all to know the truth about his plan for the human race. I believed those that teaches the word of God must pray and try their best to teach correctly. One of the main problem is correct understanding; therefore, read and read the Bible.

       The scripture-Romans 10:9 means just what it says. There are other scriptures teaching you what God requires of us. Search them, read and read praying to God to open up your mind.

 

 

 The Lord will do it.                                      Jan 23 2024

 

          Matthew 11: 28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

           All of us need rest, and Jesus promises to give it to us when we find our rest in Him. Jesus is the one who takes on our burdens. We should unload and trust Him to ease our pains and sufferings. Jesus will lift our hearts helping us to see that this to will past and there we find rest for our souls.

 

 

                                                     

   Jan 23 2024

Jeremiah job-your job.

 

God said tell them, preach this to them, but they are not going to listen to you.

 

 

God sometimes gives us a job to do in-spite of what we think. When reading the book of Jeremiah a passage in the Bible, causes me to sit back and say-they not going to listen . Why? Just don’t sense because you said they want listen to me, so why must I speak this word to them.

Judah's Idolatry Persists

26Yet they would not listen to Me or incline their ear, but they stiffened their necks and did more evil than their fathers. 27When you tell them all these things, they will not listen to you. When you call to them, they will not answer.        

God told Jeremiah-the weeping prophet to do it any way. Tell the people that the doing wrong got to stop-turn around and seek the only God-thats me. I learned that God puts up with people because he is God and I am not, so do what He, God tells us to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Timothy 2:1-8.                                                 Jan 21 2024

 

                              Pray for All People

 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.

 

This word teaches us what God expects of us-no matter of race or social standing. God wants all men and women to be saved. There are  those who thinks they are good and others don’t count. John 3:16 tells us it is for all people to have everlasting life. The only way with no other paths or ways to be with Christ is full acceptance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

                                                       Jan 20 2024

 

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.

Phil 4:8

 

 

That unfortunately illustrates a problem that too frequently occurs in our lives. It's because we give no heed to the apostle's exhortation, “whatever is true.” That's the first reality. Things as they are, not as they might be or could be. “Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise. Think about these things.” This is a deliberate choice of the will to refuse to think about the negative, but to think about the positive in any situation, or about any person. Then the God of peace will be with you. If you set your mind to that, the God who dwells within will express himself in terms of peace rather than strife and confusion.

 

 

Jan 19 2024

Let God help you in every way-seek to know Him.

 

Father, deliver me from indecision; help me to make the right decisions always. I overcome the spirit of indecision that wants to paralyze me in life. Whatever loss I have suffered through indecision, Father, have mercy on me and bless me. Holy Spirit, help me not to rush to make wrong decisions.

 

James 1:8 In-Context

 

8 An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways. 9 The brother of humble circumstances should boast in his exaltation; 10 but the one who is rich [should boast] in his humiliation, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.

 

 

 

All new things                                                   Jan 16 2024 

 

 

A new beginning awaits anyone who is willing and wanting to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their life. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

 

 

The days was many, now its look like they are few. I said it looks like, but how can a person to be sure? How about gray hair, eyes getting dim, steps getting hard to double up running swiftly like a doe. Yes, it looks like, you think. The other side of the picture is all brand-new stuff in heaven. Don’t need legs give my wings. I got a tree in the midst that can supply all my needs now. Look at the smile on my face.

 

 

 

 

The salvation of Noah.                                    Jan 15 2024

Noah was one of the Bible’s most gifted seafarers. He built a massive ship that housed his family and all kinds of animals. And with God’s help he navigated 40 days and nights of storming and flooding. Then they all waited months for the waters to recede.

It must have been extraordinary to see the waters coming from all directions—from the ground, from the sea, from the sky—a cataclysm bringing destruction on the earth. Though Noah had built the ship and prepared for this over many years, the force of the storm and the scale of devastation must been shocking and overwhelming for Noah and his family.

Yet God had prepared a way of salvation. God taught Noah how to build the ark. And when the flood came, God guided Noah, his family, and all the animals to a place where they could land. God also promised that a flood like that would never come again.

The Bible shows that God’s justice flows together with his love and mercy. Despite the trauma and destruction of the flood, God provides shelter and promises new and full life. Today we see this even more clearly in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for all who believe in him!

Noah was one of the Bible’s most gifted seafarers. He built a massive ship that housed his family and all kinds of animals. And with God’s help he navigated 40 days and nights of storming and flooding. Then they all waited months for the waters to recede.

It must have been extraordinary to see the waters coming from all directions—from the ground, from the sea, from the sky—a cataclysm bringing destruction on the earth. Though Noah had built the ship and prepared for this over many years, the force of the storm and the scale of devastation must been shocking and overwhelming for Noah and his family.

Yet God had prepared a way of salvation. God taught Noah how to build the ark. And when the flood came, God guided Noah, his family, and all the animals to a place where they could land. God also promised that a flood like that would never come again.

The Bible shows that God’s justice flows together with his love and mercy. Despite the trauma and destruction of the flood, God provides shelter and promises new and full life. Today we see this even more clearly in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection for all who believe in him!

 

 

 

 

Romans 10 :9                                             Jan 14 2004

 

Saved are you?

 

The bible-Romans 10-:9 teaches us about this salvation. The saving power of God. Every person, I think wants to be saved and go to heaven. Well it's simple, believe and accept Jesus as your personal savior. Open your mouth speaking from your heart to God-I want to be saved.

 Being saved, spiritually speaking, means your sins no longer count against you toward an eternal death sentence. Instead, they are forgiven by the grace of God, and you are given the free gift of eternal life. Being saved does not spare you from earthly troubles, but it does spare you from eternal judgment.

 

Matthew 6: 19-20                                     Jan 13 2024

 

Where are you putting your wealth?

 

         I know most work a forty hour week Job and try to saved our money. Saving your money is alright , but why and are you focus just on your money?  Yes this is a double question that we should be able to answer. Just cant wait to count it; in the morning, and go to sleep thinking about your money.

         Some people try to find ways to make more and more to store it their barns. I read in the Bible that a man had plenty and his barn filled up, so he put up another. The man said I got it now so I will rest knowing I am prepared to live after my working days is over.

           The danger for us to do this without consulting God leads to trouble. Money is ok, but lets God teach you what to do with it. Some people become a slave to their money instead of saving up for eternity in heaven with God. We cant send up money, but our stewardship goes a long way with God.

 

 

 

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

—Philippians 1:21                                                   Jan 12 2024

Helen Keller, who is a classic example of handling life’s handicaps, said, “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work, and my God.” Some people with handicaps drown themselves in self-pity, and thus limit their usefulness and service to mankind and to God. The Apostle Paul knew the pangs of suffering. He used his infirmity rather than allowing his infirmity to use him, and he used it for the glory of God. He seized everything, even death, to glorify his Lord. No matter which way fate turned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job 19:25-26         Choosing To Trust                  Jan 11 2024.

 

         Job was a good and righteous man who walked in the ways of the Lord. In fact. His righteousness prompted God to say of him, “There is no one like him on the earth” [job 1:8]. God blessed job for his righteousness, and so job earned the title “the greatest of all the men of the east” [1:3]

        Job had his ups and down. Job livestock, his children died and his wife felt so sorry for, that she told him to cuss God and died. All these happen to him because Satan wanted to destroy him because he trusted God.

         Will you trust God when things get tough in your life? Think about Job and see can you measure up.

 

 

 

Jan 8th 2024

Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.    

 

 

There are people that have been in prison, mental houses, and been a drunk all their lives. Most of them  think that it's too late, for they done gone the wrong way too long. We have a job to do; tell them Jesus still love them and they can make it. The reason way is God has never given up on me and you yet.

 

 

 

Our good.                                  Jan 7th 2004

 

Romans 8:28

 

 

       For we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

 

       If you a child of God, born into His family we can be assured that everything God takes us through works out for the good in our lives. Sometimes we may not think its going too, but God will take care of it because are believers in Christ. Rest on the promisses of God and you will say, thank you Lord, for I know it will be alright. The trails in our life is in the hand of God. Yes the things we must face will be for our good.

 

 

 

 

Praise God                                     Jan 6th 2004

2 Corinthians 1:3-4. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, .

We praise you, Lord, as a powerful Creator, the source of truth and grace, and the giver of true freedom. Give us courage and discernment to follow you wholeheartedly, with commitment and strong faith.

 

 

 

Jan 5 2024.             He is God

 

People who deny that God exists may give several reasons for their unbelief. For example, they may say they reject God because they can’t understand why He doesn’t do something about all the evil in the world. Or they may say they’re turned off by the hypocrisy of Christians they’ve known.

 

But the real reason most deny Gods existence can be summarized in one word: pride. They want to run their own lives, and they don’t want anyone—especially God—to interfere with the way they’re living. They want to be in control of everything they do, and they know that if they were to believe in God, they’d have to change their lifestyle. Instead of living by their own list of what’s right and wrong, they’d have to take seriously God’s moral standards.

 

To live without God, however, is to live without hope—hope for His presence with us right now, and hope for eternity. Instead of knowing that God has put us here for a purpose, they end up living without any ultimate meaning in life. No wonder the Psalmist declared, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1).


His presence with us right now, and hope for eternity. Instead of knowing that God has put us here for a purpose, they end up living without any ultimate meaning in life. No wonder the Psalmist declared, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1).

 

Make sure of your own commitment to Jesus Christ, who came into the world to demonstrate God’s reality—and also His love. Then ask God to help you point others—including your cousin—to the freedom and hope they can have in Christ. They may not believe your arguments—but they can’t deny the reality of Christ’s power to change your life.

 

 

 

2024

 

 

Let’s start 2024 with Proverbs 20:24—one of the Bible’s great verses about God’s guidance. Sometimes we fret when a new year dawns because we don’t know what’s coming our way—either personally or globally. But our fretting is banished by our faith. The Bible promises that as we acknowledge God over all our ways and days, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

Our days belong to the Lord—every hour, every second, every moment. And moment by moment we’re kept in His care. Our gracious Heavenly Father knows the way He takes. He goes before us as an ever-caring God, and underneath are His everlasting arms.

As 2024 dawns, claim Proverbs 20:24, and know that God will direct your steps as you yield them to Him in believing obedience. There’s no telling what blessings He has in store for you, and only the unfolding of the year will show you His great plan for the months ahead.

 

 

 

Choose right

     

Psalms One  of the Bible teaches us there are two ways, two places where a person could wind up. David wrote this for he knew  God  want man to make the right choice. When a man  do what God requires of him, he will be blessed. This man gets his strength  from reading the word of God. He does not take part in the world that has nothing to offer him; such as internal life.

          Now the other man does not make the right choice. He does it all the wrong things. Doing wrongs things will get you in complete separation from God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seek the Lord for help.

 

When we think about seeking the Lord, we often think about the moments we feel emotionally closest to Him, like worship, in prayer, or while reading His Word. But Isaiah’s message is a call to seek God even when we don’t “feel” His presence. Even when our circumstances seem bleak.

Just as the Israelites were encouraged to seek the Lord amidst the chaos of a crumbling empire, we too are called to seek Him in the midst of our own struggles and uncertainties. With, economic uncertainty, and wars, we certainly face trying times.

Seek the Lord for help.


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Dec, 18 2022

Matthew 5:16 says, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." I encourage you to draw near to Christ and find hope in knowing that when we pray according to His will, our prayers will be answered.

 

 

 

 

 

November 28 2022

Salvation a devotional from a well know christian.

Noah was one of the Bible's most gifted seafarers. He built a massive ship that housed his family and all kinds of animals. And with God's help he navigated 40 days and nights of storming and flooding. Then they all waited months for the waters to recede.

It must have been extraordinary to see the waters coming from all directions—from the ground, from the sea, from the sky—a cataclysm bringing destruction on the earth. Though Noah had built the ship and prepared for this over many years, the force of the storm and the scale of devastation must been shocking and overwhelming for Noah and his family.

Yet God had prepared a way of salvation. God taught Noah how to build the ark. And when the flood came, God guided Noah, his family, and all the animals to a place where they could land. God also promised that a flood like that would never come again.

The Bible shows that God's justice flows together with his love and mercy. Despite the trauma and destruction of the flood, God provides shelter and promises new and full life. Today we see this even more clearly in Jesus' life, death, and resurrection for all who believe in him!

Noah was one of the Bible's most gifted seafarers. He built a massive ship that housed his family and all kinds of animals. And with God's help he navigated 40 days and nights of storming and flooding. Then they all waited months for the waters to recede.

It must have been extraordinary to see the waters coming from all directions—from the ground, from the sea, from the sky—a cataclysm bringing destruction on the earth. Though Noah had built the ship and prepared for this over many years, the force of the storm and the scale of devastation must been shocking and overwhelming for Noah and his family.

Yet God had prepared a way of salvation. God taught Noah how to build the ark. And when the flood came, God guided Noah, his family, and all the animals to a place where they could land. God also promised that a flood like that would never come again.

The Bible shows that God's justice flows together with his love and mercy. Despite the trauma and destruction of the flood, God provides shelter and promises new and full life. Today we see this even more clearly in Jesus' life, death, and resurrection for all who believe in him!

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do . . . 
—Philippians 4:9

Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. What our young people want to see in their elders is integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and faith. What they hate most of all is hypocrisy and phoniness. That is why it is important for us to go to church, to read the Bible, and to say grace at the table. Let them see us doing what we would like them to do.

 

A Pessimist.

It is true that when a pessimist's life is threatened he behaves like other men; his impulse to preserve life is stronger than his judgement that life is not worth preserving. But how does this prove that the judgement was insincere or even erroneous? A man's judgement that whisky is bad for him is not invalidated by the fact that when the bottle is at his hands he finds desire stronger than reason and succumbs. Having once tasted life, we are subjected to the impulse of self-preservation. Life, in other words, is as habit-forming as cocaine. What then? If I still held creation to be 'a great injustice' I should hold that this impulse to retain life aggravates the injustice. If it is bad to be forced to drink the potion, how does it mend matters that the potion turns out to be an addiction drug? Pessimism cannot be answered so. Thinking as I then thought about the universe, I was reasonable in condemning it. At the same time I now see that my view was closely connected with a certain lopsidedness of temperament. I had always been more violent in my negative than in my positive demands. cs lewis.

 
 
 
He is listening. And not just listening but also responding. 

Over and over in the Bible, God hears and responds to the needs of women, named and unnamed. Jesus interacts with woman after woman, offering everlasting water to a disgraced woman at a well, restoring a demon-possessed son to his grief-stricken mother, receiving the spilled-out offering of Mary of Bethany, and encouraging Mary Magdalene's broken heart in the first resurrection encounter.

 

 

 

 Nov 8 2022                                       My desire                   

PSALM 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.                              

David wrote this Psalm because he knew that God was everything to him. He knew the God have made away for him. God was his protector, and he could depend on God to help him get over his many foes; those who did not like him. 

You may be like David caught in a situation where all things are against you. Knowing God is there bringing peace to your soul gives hope. His temple is the place all of us should want to be. There Jesus Christ the Son of God will have what we need. No more trouble for all that put their trust in Go

 

 

John 9:2

The disciples see a man who was born blind, and they assume that his blindness is someone's fault. This was a common way of thinking about suffering in those days. Sickness and disability were often believed to be a result of sin somewhere in the family line.

If we think about it, we can see how people could fall into that kind of thinking. It has happened in many cultures. If a person has a disability or a terrible disease, or if they are down and out in hardship, it can be convenient to blame them or their family or even their friends or community. It calms our fears if we can state a reason or a cause for something we don't understand—or don't want to.

In this story Jesus complicates things even more by implying that God allowed the man to be blind so that his healing by Jesus could help people see the works of God being done. This is hard to understand—there is no getting around that. Human suffering is a lot more complicated than we would like to believe. Sin has broken this world in ways that go beyond our understanding.

But at the same time, this story offers comfort because we see that God can and will work to bring good out of challenges and suffering. God works for our good in all things and he has redeemed us in Christ. When the works of God shine through adversity, he shows in a unique way that he is good and loves us.

 

 

 

    God wants all His children to be filled with the Spirit, but many of us aren't sure what this means. While every believer is indwelt by God's Spirit, the extent of His rule is determined by our obedience. 

Try thinking of it as a voluntary choice to surrender to the Holy Spirit's control—to be sensitive to His leadership and guidance, obedient to His promptings, and dependent upon His strength. Those who have surrendered to the Spirit's leadership are continually being transformed into Christ's likeness, but the degree of surrender determines the level of transformation. 

Even though good works and faithful service come from the Spirit, they're not automatically signs that we are fully yielded to Him. Remember, the surrender we're talking about involves character, not simply our actions. Serving in some manner can sometimes be easier than loving the unlovable or being patient with difficult people. But when the Spirit oversees our life, He is able to do through us that we can't do ourselves. 

Each believer decides who rules his or her life. Even those who try to avoid the issue by making no choice at all unknowingly opt for self-rule. The fullness of the Spirit and godly character await those who choose God over self. 

 

 A shared devotion from others.

 

 

October 29, 2022

Psalm 1 is called a wisdom psalm because we learn that happiness results from our choice to follow God's direction of life. In this psalm the writer sets forth two ways or two directions in life. One is the right way that leads to happiness, and the other is the wrong way that leads to misery.

 

The man will be blessed by God for this man keep God in his life. This man does not let the world control his way. He will not indulge with the sins of others. God knows him and he will be like that tree that God like. This will bring good fruit to the Lord, and he loves to walk in truth.

 

The other man can't bring good fruit because he don't have God in his life. The man can't bring good fruit for he cares about the things in the world. The things he does will be drift away in the wind.

 

The blessed godly man will inherit the home in heaven and the ungodly man will go opposite from the Lord forever.

 

 

 

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