Thursday

Patient Prayer

"With uplifted hands we trust His knowing over our unknowing."



Not many Christians want to be tested with Patient Prayer.  We know that patience is something that is hard for most; especially when we need it "right" now.  In fact, it seems we start to question;  "what we have done wrong that you Lord, have not answered our prayer."  Patience is really a virtue and more of it we need, but patience does not cure all the reasons we do not receive answers to our prayers.

Sunday

Thoughts for Living



It is always wise to remember that God should be our Pilot.
 Additional Wisdom to live by......

 Someone has written these beautiful words. One must read and try to understand the deep meanings in them. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all the time. 

1.   Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble; it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.

2.   Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on. 

3.   Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write. 

4.  All
things in life are temporary.  If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can't last long either. 

5.  Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold! 

6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end! 

7.  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities. 

8.  A blind
person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything  worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision." 

9.  When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.

Author Unknown

Saturday

Christian Growth

In Second Peter Chapter 1; it seems that there had been a lot of teaching which appeared to be false and the people needed more Christian Growth.  Therefore, in these verses, Peter admonishes those who were believers to reach for more or higher knowledge of how to live more successfully and gave instructions on how to increase their Christian strength and growth in the Lord.

 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 

For it these thing be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.


Wherefore, the rather, brethern, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall."  2nd Peter 1:  4-10 (kjv)


Our journey in life must include our Christian Growth for us to reach our final destination; A place called Heaven.


O' but how I need to spruce up my faith, my virtue, my patience, my godliness and love.  I can see how in these few scriptures that it takes a very close walk with the Lord to not stumble.  The scripture above gives reference to "shall never fall" as being stumble.  Sometimes I stumble everyday, and an honest confession is good for the soul.  Yes, I try not to and do not want to.  Who that is trying to serve the Lord does?  No one wants to, but the enemy who is ever present will cause us to forget our walk (if we let him) and only look at the temptation.  We tend to make excuses; at least I have.  Could be that I am the only one who is not perfect here???  Only kidding, of course; I know that I am not perfect, yet.

If we do not confess our faults and repent of them, as they occur, we can continue and add to this unholy walk and before we know it; need to get somewhere to pray for awhile, not just a few of these: "Lord, forgive me sentences."  If we give into no growth, we will grow in another direction. We go backward to the sins which before we repented of and then we have to do it all over again, as we cannot progress to the next stage of our Christian walk with the Lord, without it.

It doesn't matter who we are; we can't get saved and grow in our relationship to Jesus Christ, without work. Anything in life requires a little work, most of the time a lot of work.  We can't make money, without work; at least most of us.  We can't have a good marriage without work.  We can't have a good relationship with our children without some work.

Everyone has their own standard for Christian growth, I guess within their own life.  Just like anything else we do, we get into a pattern of how we serve the Lord, and yes the scripture does say that "everyone must workout their own salvation, with fear and trembling."  Don't forget the fear and trembling.   I simply know what my weaknesses are and I have to work on those things, not just a little bit but a lot. Yes, if it is something that is dangerous to us; the enemy will bring it back; out of no where.  I know, I have been there and seen it happen in my own life. I have some weaknesses and I have to watch them and stay on top of leaving those things behind which damage us in the long run. These things can keep me from living on a higher plain where I can have greater blessings from the Lord.  Here is a scripture that gives us a clue.

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  But, verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer."  Psalms 66: 19, 20.

This was David's words and his assurance that God had heard his prayer, when his heart was right within His sight.

Then in James 4:3-  "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume if upon your lust." (pleasure)

v 7:  "Submit yourselves therefore to God:  Resist the devil, and he will fee from you.  v 8:  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."

v10:  "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall life you up." 


So we must draw closer to Him or we will not benefit from His blessings if we are walking afar off and have not committed our way unto growing in our service to Him.  In other words we can't be luke warm Christians and expect God to answer our prayers and give us what we need.  If we do not grow into establishing more knowledge, more patience, more virtue and more love....we will find it easy to stumble. Christian growth is necessary in the Christian journey. 

Quote for the Day!

"When you think you are exactly where you need to be on your Christian journey, and that you have no room for growth;  it might be time to check in with the Lord.  If you do not continue to grow and your growth is complete, it can mean one of two things. One, is that you might be embarking upon death but, the other is that you have become a "stale" Christian."

Thursday

Our Daily Bread -Thursday

"Let the words of my mouth, and the mediation of my heart, be acceptable unto the, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer."  Psalms 19: 14 (kjv)

If these were the first words out of my mouth each morning; I am sure my Christian walk would be more successful.  So many times I have great intentions of perfecting myself but seem to fail at something which seems really simple.  Like; keeping my mouth shut.  If I can't say anything that is edifying; I need to keep it shut.  If I can't keep from saying something that is not acceptable unto the Lord; I need to pray more...that I am sure.

 In the Psalms; I find so many scriptures which bless my soul and encourage me to live more fully in the Word.  In the above verse it seems clear to me that if the mediation of my heart is acceptable then what comes out of my mouth should be. Good intentions; right?  Yes, it means that I have a full time job; working on my heart so that what comes out of my mouth is acceptable in His sight.

In fact; in James 1:26-27- "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." 

It is simple, yet hard, but nevertheless clear.  If we can't control what we say; then we are not living as acceptable unto Him.  Oh, my....I feel the need to be more careful, even when I am expressing what another person might be going through; an illness or the pain of another soul.  I do not want to offend or be in judgement of another as I am not walking in their shoes; and as we have already said we are not to pass judgement.

Today's words can be tomorrows sorrow or they can be blessings. Words carry much meaning and we never know who hears what we have to say.  Someone is listening and especially the Father. It might be wise that we chose our words with wisdom and care so that we do not wound another soul...It makes me realize that my walk with Him is clearly not perfected or finished; it has only begun......again..."Let the words of my mouth, and the mediation of my heart; be acceptable unto thee, O Lord."

Wednesday

The Hidden Man of the Heart


 
      1Peter 3: 4  " But, let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price"


It seems unfair sometimes because people look at others critically or with judgment by what one does or does not do, what they say or do not say, or according to what they think should be. It seems they forget that Jesus looks at The Hidden Man of the Heart.  That does not mean that we should have bad communication or act indifferent toward another soul.  But God understands us, when no one else does. What this means is that we should be careful, how we act, what we say and how we look at other.

Jesus looks at the heart and that heart's relationship to Him. He know the communication that has been made to Him and He knows the very intent of the heart.  No, He does not make excuses for us if we trespass against what is right, and He sees us as we are, be it good or bad, and knows if we are acting like a Christian.

When thinking about this, my mind goes to how people react in awkward situations or situations which they do not understand.  We sometimes get weary trying to understand others. We should give it to God as He understands all things. We as humans have a tendency to want to understand others more than we do ourselves. This is putting it mildly.



Why does it seem hard for even a Christian to evaluate with wisdom or not evaluate at all?  We sometimes forget and are so ready to deem things as unacceptable behavior for anything we do not agree with.  Again, this is not how God judges us.  Why?  Because He looks at the heart and soul of all of us.  He knows the motives, the reasons, the whys, the maybes and the causes.  He doesn't judge us by the outward man. Seems fairly simply to me.  The Hidden Man of the Heart is how He judges all of us.

David prayed in Psalms 19: 12 for grace:  "Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults."  In verse 14,  "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."

If you look at the first question David asked in his prayer: "Who can understand his errors?"  Sometimes we as individuals, cannot explain our own behaviors, so why would we try to look at another and judge? 

We often say or do things on the spur of the moment without thinking.  Do we mean to speak out of turn or without consideration of others?  I don't think so, especially if we have a good "heart" and are trying to live a Christian life.  This is when we need to strive to seek a quiet and humble spirit and pray to be wiser in our efforts to a spiritual-Christ Consciousness -knowing.

We learn from our mistakes, this is how we grow, however we must consider how Jesus would handle any situation.

Then in Psalms chapter 51:  David prayed for remission of sins and he made a deep confession. He knew he had sinned as we all know our own sins, even those that are secret faults, (He knows those too), which sometimes grows into sin.  He prayed for God to wash him thoroughly from his iniquity and cleanse him from his sin.  He requested the Lord to blot out all his iniquities and then in verse 10-12...

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

 "Cast me not away from they presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me."

"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with they free spirit." 

Most of us need to work on our inward self, regardless of how long we have been in the walk with the Lord. We need to be quick to listen and slow to speak.  If we look at ourselves; the hidden man of the heart, we are perfecting our walk and our wisdom.  Being wise tells me that we have to take care of our own soul and leave the rest to Him.  We can and should pray for others, but every man or woman must work out their own salvation, with fear and trembling.  God knows all things, He knows the reasons, He knows our needs that we do not voice out loud to anyone.  He knows the ups, and downs, and He knows when we are right and wrong. He judges us by what He sees, and yes,  He loves us anyway.  He judges us by the sin of omission as well as commission.  Nothing gets past the Lord; for you or me. If we spend more time trying to make sure that our heart is clean; we will spend less time trying to figure out why others are the way they are.

In Luke 14: 11  "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."



Linda Todd

Please note that I do not profess to be in any wise righteous in my own eyes. I am only trying to live my life for an eternal life that God has promised. I tend to write from the heart as God gives me the words, I can only be myself and write the way it flows. Please share your thoughts and comments. Thank you

Our Daily Bread




"I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."  


"The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." 


"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."  



"O taste and see that the Lord is good:  blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

"O fear the Lord, ye his saints:  for there is no want to them that fear him."

Psalms 34: 4,6 -9 (kjv)

Here we see that the Lord is not slack concerning his promises to hear those that are faithful and reach out to him. Yes we sometimes question why we are hurting or suffering and for what seems an eternity.  It is not His will for us to suffer or hurt, yet there are times that we must until; He says it is "enough."  When He is ready to deliver; He delivers and it is done with recourse.  That is what makes chills run down the spine, because when He says it; it is done.  The hurt subsides, life rushes back to existence and we see hope.


We can go through trial after trials, but when He looks down in His infinite mercy and looks into the heart that is tired and we have touched the hem of His garments....we know who lifted the burden.  The relief is astounding and we praise the One who died for us.

A little further down in the chapter of Psalms; David gives this admonition:

"Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry."  Psalms 34: 14,15

So many times we are not where God wants us to be, therefore when we cry, first we have to repent for our lack of being where we need to be.  Walking, perhaps a far off like the children of Israel.  We can't expect Him to answer when we call if we are walking at a distance and only hanging on by a thread.  He expects our full attention and worship. He is there for us, but not "just when we need Him, only."  He wants us to be faithful...all the time.


Further down David gives his interpretation of how the righteous will receive, what they asks for:

"The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."

 "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."

"He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken."

Psalms 34: 17 -20

We have every promise as the seed of Abraham, but we have a duty as well to be in a position to call upon Him and expect His deliverance immediately.  If we are walking a far off, we know that we are the one who has failed; not the Lord.


*All scriptures are taken from the New Analytical Bible; Authorized King James Version.

Saturday

When We Want to Run

All of us have times when we get down and do not believe in anything, not even ourselves and we want to just run, away from it all.  We can't seem to do anything right or get anything done.  We are just lost, without a cause and there is no hope for the weary.  We want to run, even when there is no place to run, we just want to get away from it all and what we think might be causing the problem.  So, what is wrong with this picture?

First of all, if we run, we do not leave ourselves behind.  We can run to the farthest most part of the earth, we will still be there We cannot get away from ourselves.   You knew that, didn't you?  So, then why do you want to run?  Instead of wanting to run....The Bible says..


"Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord."
Psalms 4:4,5


4) "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5) Let your moderation be known unto all men.  6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 4-7
 
"Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8


"Those things, which ye have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."  Philippians 4: 9


I know that it is hard to rejoice when we are angry.  Who said anything about being angry?  No one has to, I just know.  Sometimes we get angry, at everybody, everything, and including God.  Oh but, but.....don't dare speak those words out loud; we aren't suppose to get angry with God....  No, we aren't, but we sometimes do.  He knows it, you know it and I know it, therefore, it is true.  If He knows it and hasn't chastised us yet, why would I?  What I would say is, we must be careful and know that God knows our hearts anyway. Honesty is always better than a lie, even to ourselves and in our relationship with Jesus Christ. 

We want to know why me and we question Him, why me?  No, again, we should not, but there are times when we do. Yes, we are blessed that He loves us and will forgive us our sinful nature because He died for our sins. He loves us even when we sin.  No, He doesn't love the sin, but He loves the sinner and we must confess our sin of unbelief at these times when our faith is weak.

In His words above we have instructions for what we need to do to gain our composure and pick up from where we are and go on. We need to grow. Instead of being angry we are admonished in the words to "commune in our hearts and be still"..."Be still and know that I am God" is another verse of scripture. He knows what we are going through and He knows when enough is enough and He can turn the tide, when it is time. We are all tested because there is not a soul that does not have times when life seems unfair.  This is when we need to get to a place in Him, that we do not wavier, we stand firm and we believe with all of our heart and all of our might, that Jesus Christ is Lord.  "Think on these things, whatsoever is pure, honest, lovely, true, and just."

When we get ourselves back into alignment Christ and where He wants us to be; we can then pray the prayer that David prayed:

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not they holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me they joy of they salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."  Psalms 51: 10 - 12

*All scripture from KJV



Linda Todd





Faith

This post is dedicated to "Faith."  We have mentioned it in previous ones but the extent of how big a roll faith is in our life, we want to give it adequate attention.  We can be sure this post will not begin to tell us all there is to know about something so great as faith.  It is a necessity, it is without saying, and we should not be without it. Very often it is hard to focus on our faith or the meaning of it. 

The human being is often deceived. If we can't see it, we sometimes fail to believe it.  If it doesn't produce what we want, we become doubtful.  We have to grow in faith and understand how it works.  Faith is not to give us what we want, it is to allow us to have what we need. Faith can save the sick, faith can heal a broken heart, faith can give us hope, when there is none.  Faith must be a constant companion for all those who trust in Him.




Explanation of Faith:

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things unseen."  Hebrews 11: 1

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."  Hebrews 11: 3  v6: 

"But, without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10: 17

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"  James 2: 20

Living and Conquering by Faith:


"For we walk by faith, not by sight."  2 Cor 5: 7

"The just shall live by faith."  Ga. 3: 11

"In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith in him."  Ephesians 3: 12

"Let you conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."  Hebrews 13: 5, 6

Difference Between Faith and Belief:
 

"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  show me they faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble."  James 2: 18,19

It is easy for those of us who have walked awhile as a Christian to have more faith. For those who have not, it seems just as easy for them to put aside this thing called faith.  It is quite frustrating sometimes when we want to give our faith and knowledge to others, and they do not want to receive it. Faith is such a blessing and gives added hope to any life.

Our faith does not come easy when every thing around us is going ballistic.  We begin to wonder where God is.  Is He listening to our plea?  We need answers, we need deliverance and we do not get it when we want it. This is when we have to know that having faith does not give us what we want or need, in our time-frame. It is all about God's timing, not ours.

We have to trust God's plan, His timing and His answers.  His answers may not be the answers we wanted or thought we needed.  When we do not get the answers in our timing, He is possibly teaching us patience.  We cannot have faith and not believe at the same time. We must have faith when it looks like we are lost without a lifeboat.

Sometimes we get into trouble we brought on ourselves. When we have become slack in our service for the Lord and are not "Faithful" in following His purpose for us, we cannot expect His answers to be on our terms. We get into hardship due to our actions, we must remember that actions have consequences. Often those consequences debilitate us. The Lord will allow us to learn from our mistakes. The prayer of a righteous man, availeth much.

That said, we must repent for our shortcoming and whatever brought us to where we are. His mercy and grace if sufficient for all things.



God knows what is good for us and what isn't, therefore faith does not work to our advantage because we think we deserve it. How could we deserve a man dying on the cross of Calvary so that we might have life. We do not, but He died for us so that we might be saved. That life does not mean that we must have what we want, but He has promised we will have what we need when we live that life for Him.

That is not the kind of faith the Bible is talking about.  Yet again, I have seen what happens when we are determined to do something without God's approval. We get what we ask for and lo and behold; it was a bit more than we expected, and all of it was not that good. It is always in our favor to know that what we think is best for us is approved by God, Himself.

Faith is:

  • Faith we need to be saved and please God. 
  • Faith we need to see our needs, not desires met. 
  • Faith is what we must have to keep on living when we have faced a tragedy or life altering event.
  • Faith is not what we see, it is the results of what we do not see, but believe. 
  • Faith we must have to know that nothing last forever, except God's gracious love.

Faith will carry us to the next phrase of our life when we don't know which turn to make.  He knows, and if we trust His knowing, our conflicts in life will be far less. Faith is the essential part of our Christian life. 

As the scripture say:  "Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

Final Thoughts Worth Believing:

"When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to

drop off into the darkness of the unknown.  Faith is knowing, one of 

two things will happen:  There will be something solid to stand

on or you will be taught to fly."

Patrick Overton

 

"Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to." unknown

 
 God's love is real! Have faith.

Linda


What God Promised Abraham

We sometimes live beneath what we are heirs to and why do we? We all get to the point of questioning the issues of life, and start thinking "why me?" We need to remember our blessings never go away and we should remember our walk with Him is something we must work on each day to live and act like a Christian.  We should stop drifting back to a state of disbelief.  Not an unbelief in Jesus Christ, no, but we need to be sure we do not forget the full blessings that we have been given with the promises God gave Abraham.

We should go to Him in prayer and read His words so that we remember His promises!

Let us renew our mind to that promise that God gave Abraham....

"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:


And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:  and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."  Geneses 12: 1-3

That was the beginning but not the end of that blessing.....

 "Neither shall they name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
 
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee."  Genesis 17: 5,7

Additional reading---Galatians 3: 11-17 -

V. 29:  "And, if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."


We must live by faith that God is looking out for us, just like He said He would do in Geneses because He was referring to those that come thereafter; all who believe in Christ. "The just shall live by faith."

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  Hebrews 11: 6

We must believe the words of the Father and know that we are heirs of Abraham and live accordingly even when the going gets tough and hard.  We need not to let discouragement get us down. We have not been asked to give up anything that makes our life worthwhile, like when Abraham was tried of the Lord.  He was willing and obedient, therefore God saved Isaac.  If we are willing and obedient; we shall eat the good of the land.

Why is it therefore so easy for us to forget that we do not want to be without God in our life?  We have every promised that has been made to the righteous, but yet we sometimes get weary and feel forsaken.  We are not ever forsaken or left alone. We are being tested just like God did Abraham, to see just how faithful we are. God wants to see if we mean what we say.  Sometimes we say one thing and do another. He gets tired of that and wants us to be wholly committed to Him.  If we are to reap the benefits of our promise given through Abraham, we must live up to our claims, (about who we are),and a life dedicated to our Christian growth.

As we see the Angel stopping Abraham from offering up Isaac, so does God stop Satan from destroying us!!!


Our commitment should be the following:

"Lord, I am nothing but what you allow me to be.  I want to be all you desire me to be and take upon myself to remember your promises to Abraham, and live my life with zest and faith.  Knowing that nothing can touch me that I will not be able to bear.  I want to speak faith, demonstrate faith and be faith in action, so that those who are lacking the ability to believe; may believe and they can be blessed through me, according to the promises you bestowed upon Abraham's seed."  Amen



No one is without the need at some point in their journey to see the hand of God move in their direction quickly, to bless them.  Sometimes it is with a problem, an urgent request or some tragedy.  We are all human and when we are hurting we begin to want immediate help and comfort for what is causing us to hurt.  God is looking down at these times, never think He isn't. God is there,  He hasn't left us or forsaken us, regardless of how we feel.

We will have problems but Joy cometh in the morning, and it is only for a season. We must learn to live with that thought in mind, that God's blessings are ours, not just in one area of our life, but our entire being.  God doesn't go back on His promises. 

When the season is over; we will revive, be stronger, more confident and full of joy again. "This too shall pass."

Until next time....


Linda

Friday

Our Daily Bread

January 15, 2011

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

Psalms 118: 24 (kjv)

"We are sheep of His Pasture."


Today is a day you will never live again.  Let Him bless it for you, find Him in a quite corner and ask His blessing for a great day.  If you take a step toward Him, He will take two toward you. 

Let today be the day you rest, renew, revive, regain, and remember that not only today but every day, His will for you is peace, understanding and joy.

Until out next Daily Bread.....

Learning to Lean

How do we learn to lean on God?  I hope this provokes some ways from you readers.  I will give some of my thoughts and hopefully you will yours. 

Learning to Lean:

There are times that it is very difficult to let things go and cast our cares totally upon the Lord.  There are things which we fear the outcome of and even though we know He loves us; it is still difficult to just forget about it.  In our times of stress and wonder, we must totally surrender to our faith in Him and have the
Peace in the Midst of the Storm.

Psalms 55: 22- "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee:  he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

Psalms 18: 2 - "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower,  v 3:  I will call upon the Lord, who is worth to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies."

Psalms 9:10 - "And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." 

There are many scriptures that we could put in this post but, these are all saying that we do not have to wonder, we do not have to guess.  It is up to us to take a deep breath and be assured that He will not suffer the righteous to be moved, nor his seed begging bread, nor will He forsake those who see Him.

In Psalms 18: 36   It tells us that the Lord will enlarge our steps so that our feet do not slip.  Doesn't that sound wonderful and something to encourage our thoughts.  He is taking notice of our steps and guarding our steps so that they are enlarged, so we do not slip.  In the previous scriptures in that chapter; it indicates that we somehow must understand that God's way is perfect, His word is tried and he is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.

What more can we ask of Him, what more do we need to let go and just lean on Him?  Still not sure?

Okay, here it is said again.  Nothing more beautiful than the Twenty Third Psalms

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to life down
in green pastures: he leadeth me besides 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.




Tho preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over,  Surely goodness
shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the
house of the Lord for ever."



How to be Saved

First we ask a questions of you; if you are seeking an answers about How to be Saved. That question is this; "Do you believe in Jesus Christ; that He came as a baby, to the virgin Mary, lived and died on the cross; that we might have life?"



If the answer is yes from you;  then our explanation is quite simply.  God Has a Plan for You.  

 Acts 16: v 29,30, 31, Paul gave instructions to the prison keeper who was afraid when the prison doors were opened and the following message he received, when he inquired: 

"Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

This is Salvation Made Simple.....

This tells us it is not that hard to see being cleansed from our iniquity.  In another scripture it tells us that without "f a i t h" it is impossible to please Him.  Why?  If we do not have faith in the word, what the word tells and do not have faith that He has risen from the dead; then we cannot receive this salvation.  We must have F a i t h.

John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  

Ephesians 2: 8, 9:  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast."

If we believe, have faith, ask for forgiveness for our sins, He is a just and living God who will forgive us and come to live in our heart and soul. 

When we become saved; our salvation does not end there.  It takes us leaving the old things behind and starting a new.  If we have had a life of evil doing or actions that are not becoming to a Christian; we must forsake those things and change those ways to those that are order by the Lord.  This will be an easy task for someone who has really decided to follow the words of the Lord.  This better explains:

Philippians 3: 13 -"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."

Chapter 4: 8 -"Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

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."
In seeking salvation, it is good to remember that we are all sinners, saved by grace.  We all have to go through the same channels and we must repent and confess our sins in lack manner. Then we must live a life to prove it and if we are serious; we will.  He will not enter into a heart that is not serious or sorry, and He knoweth the very abundance of our heart.

It is then up to us to seek the Lord's will in our life and trust His Divine knowing for what is right for us. 

Our Daily Bread

January 14, 2011

"Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bed-chamber; for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter." ECC:10:20 (KJV)

This probably needs no explanation; it behoves us to know that we keep our thoughts to ourselves and do not whisper things that are unbecoming to a Christian.  If we do we are spreading words of discord.

Christian Network -The Starting Point

There is always a "Start Point" to everything we endeavor to do and this is no different.  I have been writing and blogging for about 15 months now and voicing my thoughts, feelings, studies and opinions to anyone who cared to read.  I have worked steadily for these months, trying desperately to find more appreciation for my online writings.  Yes, I had nice words and compliments about my work but something seemed to be missing. I had not left God out; I had written some articles that expressed my faith in Him. It dawned on me while in a prayer to Him, that I needed to give a little bit more of my work to the man who died for me.  This is how this, the Christian Network- The Starting Point now begins.

I have written some articles about a Christian life and about the love of God.  One of my favorite is David, A Man After God's Own Heart.  There is not a greater book in the Bible than Psalms, where King David pours out his heart, repenting of his sins at one point again and asking for the Lord to not take His holy spirit from him.

It is here that we see David in his most humble self and where we also see him at his strength. He never ceases to see God's powerful mercy that we all have and he never stops his seeking God's plan for him.

I do not compare myself to David, nor any other servant of God; I am only me.  I, like David have failed the Lord, many times and walked a far off; yet I, like David never lost the knowledge that He is an all powerful God who loves us even in our sin and willing to forgive; if we only asks.



If I had a nickle for every time I have called on God; I would be rich and I am sure you can say the same.  It is not how many times we have failed Him; but it is at some point; time that we find the strength to be stable loving Christians in our service to Him.  I am reminded of the scripture in:

Matthew 7:26:  "And every one that heareth these saying of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27- And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell; and great was the fall of it."

We know that it is no good to us to know the words of the Lord and not abide by them.  If we continue to fall and never reach a state of stability; we could miss our life plan.  He gives us every opportunity, sometimes more than our share, more than we actually deserve, but at some point, He does expect us to grow in Him sufficiently to be an example to others.

It is at this Starting Point in this Christian Network that I hope all who read can find a place:

  • to rest:  their minds, their worries, their fears, and their concerns. A place to rest from the day's work after the going and coming of life things. It is here I hope you can learn to live;  Just For Today, and praise the Lord
  • to find courage to leave: all your fears, doubt, discouragement, pain, negative thoughts and un-forgiveness
  • to learn something new about God's love and forgiveness
  • to teach what each has learned on their journey in their path of knowing about God
  • to give something back to those who have prayed for you
  • to start living a more dedicated Christian life; full of zest and POWER
  • to start having more faith
  • to see or hear of some one's faith and prayers to God receive healing for their soul, body or mind
  • to see gentle teachings and attributions that are worthy to be mentioned
  • it is here I hope to see God's blessings revealed to those who might not see or believe or who just haven't made up their mind, and
  •  it is here I hope that expressing difficulty does not make anyone feel that they are weak, but that we can find grace and courage to pick up and carry on with the help of God's people

"It is here in this Christian Network - that I wish to rise to my highest Christian self and can share with you, my readers and those who comment, something that you will keep in your heart forever, and become a blessing even to those who do not understand."








Psalms 29: 4, 5:  "Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night; but joy cometh in the morning." (KJV)

"It is here we meet in peace."








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