Tuesday, January 19, 2016

God's Settled Word

Do you find yourself pondering the thought "how should I walk as a christian?"  So many roads to travel.  Numerous road signs to follow.  Hills to climb, valleys to crossover.  David in Psalms 119 had those thoughts and questions.  He stumbled, fell and got back up.  In his search for the road to eternal life he made many blunders.  Simply put, he sinned.  Through David's experiences he learned a great lesson.  He learned to repent and to continue to seek God with all his heart.

Here are a few finds from David's experiences in Psalms 119.  He understood that God was the One Who could help him.  Psalms  119:173 "Let Your hand become my help for I have chosen Your precepts."  David had positioned himself for the power of God by knowing what His Word says, obeying His Word and believing God to be a God of action and faithful to His covenant.  David delighted himself in the law of the Lord.  He asked that God let his soul live that he may praise Him.  David cried out to a God that he knew he needed and could trust because he wanted so much to know how to live.  Psalms 119:175 "And let Your Judgements  help me."  Guide me as I walk this journey of life as Your servant.  He confesses that he has gone astray like a lost sheep, find me for I have not forgotten Your Commandments Psalms 119:176.  David understood that apart from God he could do absolutely NOTHING!

I'm reminded of a verse in a song, "I can't even walk, without You holding my hand."  Have you recognized how dependent you are on God?  Wherever you are on your journey of life when you feel helpless, hopeless or just in need of refreshing remember David.  Remember that you too can call on God and in His faithfulness to His children He will recognize your voice and say, "where art thou?"  Our answers to life are found in His Word, testimonies, statutes, precepts, commandments and law.  Within His Word you can receive truth, justice, purity, mercy, and grace.  You can have everything you need pertaining to life and godliness to help you on this lifelong journey as a servant of God.  God's Word is settled, you can be too.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

YOU ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING

Mat 5:2 And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn! For they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek! For they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called the sons of God.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 5:11 Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for My sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for your reward in Heaven is great. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Mat 5:13 You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savor, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and to be trodden underfoot by men.
Mat 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Share with others what the Lord has blessed you with.  Give of your time, talent and treasure.  Don't delay, find someone to bless today.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Personal Refreshing: GOD'S SETTLED WORD

Personal Refreshing: GOD'S SETTLED WORD: Someone may ask the question, what makes God’s Word settled?   The answer is simple, GOD SAID IT!   With God’s spoken Word he created the...

Saturday, January 9, 2016

GOD'S SETTLED WORD

Someone may ask the question, what makes God’s Word settled?  The answer is simple, GOD SAID IT!  With God’s spoken Word he created the heavens and the earth.  With God’s spoken Word he made man, and with His spoken word He has commanded the heavens, earth and man to live according to His PRECEPTS!  To live according to God’s Precepts we must understand His Precepts and believe them.  Believing the Word of God is agreeing with the Word of God to the point that it becomes settled in your heart and is your way of life!  You become a doer of His Word without giving it a thought! 
I have been reading, meditating on and praying to God according to His Word in Psalm 119.   A foundational truth in Psalm 119 is that the Word of God is all-sufficient Psalm 19:7-9 gives us further insight into the all sufficiency of God's Word.
 
Psalm 19:7-9
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.”
Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 19:11  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
 
Not only is the Word of God " All Sufficient", it is "Sufficient for All"!  2 Timothy 3:17-17 tells us The Word of God is sufficient to make us wise, train us in righteousness, and equip us for every good work. 
 
What a "Settled Word" from God today!  Be of good cheer as you DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD!!!
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 28, 2013

HELP MY UNBELIEF

Listening to my pastor yesterday as he ministered on Mary, Martha and Lazarus from John chapter 11 my heart was pricked.  I uttered within myself, "Lord help my unbelief".  Many of us read the account of Mary, Martha and Lazarus and think it's all about the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and rightly so, but there is more.  For me once again on yesterday, my focus was on the people's unbelief.  Let's make it plain, what is my attitude when I doubt or simply do not believe?  I have an attitude of doubting the truth of something.  My attitude is one of mistrust, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty; denial, rejection, no faith.  Unbelief is the enemy of my faith.  When mixed together they are like oil and water, I will never get them to become one.  Let's look at John's account of unbelief.  I will use certain verses, please read the entire chapter for more clarity.

Joh 11:1  Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Joh 11:2  (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
Joh 11:3  Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Joh 11:4  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Joh 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
Joh 11:6  When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. 


Joh 11:11  These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Joh 11:12  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Joh 11:13  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Joh 11:14  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 



Jesus and his disciples went to Mary and Martha and although they both knew Him as Jesus and called Him Lord their grief interfered with their faith.  They both said to Him, "if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." There unbelief would not allow their faith to even think that Jesus' being there meant He would raise Lazarus their brother from the dead.  Not only did Mary and Martha doubt but the Jews that were with them to comfort them doubted as well. 

Looking back at John 11:4 we can see the purpose of Lazarus' death.  Jesus said that it was for the glory of God that the Son of God might be glorified.  This verse takes me to my point.  We all experience grief, hardships, challenges, disappointments and the like and we sometimes allow our situations to interfere with our faith or our belief in the promises of Jesus.  Just know that for a child of God any hardship that we face can bring God glory!  There is nothing to hard for God and every trial that comes our way is to make us strong.  When trouble comes our way instead of fainting in our hearts with doubt and unbelief we must look up and see this as a time to experience the glory of God!  God is for us and although we don't always understand what He is doing we must understand that His love never FAILS and it's for our good and His Glory!  Hallelujah! 

Put your belief to the test today.  Observe your day and every situation that comes your way.  Is your belief being challenged?  Is doubt trying to creep in? 

PRAY:  Lord, thank You for giving me the measure of faith.  When I face trouble in my life thank You for the grace to believe in Your promises.  May my heart be ever grateful and encouraged as I remember that no matter what comes my way it's for my good and Your Glory.  Whenever I begin to faint, Lord help my unbelief!   In Jesus' Name Amen.











Saturday, October 12, 2013

SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS

I received a fresh revelation for myself this week of how God's blessings for His people are like spring showers of rain, only these are overhead constantly.  Yes when we live, and move and have our being in HIM there are no limits to what God has in store for us.  The blessings of God are ours and He rejoices over us and takes pleasure in giving to us.  Oh the love of God for HIS people.  I find it easy to love the Lord.  His blessings come in many forms.  Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  He's able and He will fulfill His Word and supply all your need.  He knows and understands His own.  He knows what we need and He's there to shower us with the blessings (provision) to support and sustain us as we continue to Honor and serve Him.

What need do you have?  It could be financial, spiritual, emotional or of some other nature.  Just know that no matter what it is the blessings are there for you.  Meditate on the scriptures below.  I believe that if you try it you'll like it!

Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psa 34:9  O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Psa 34:10  The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not     want any good thing.
Psa 34:11  Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Psa 34:12  What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Psa 34:13  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Psa 34:14  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psa 34:15  The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Psa 34:16  The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
Psa 34:17  The righteous cry, and the LORD hear, and deliver them out of all their troubles.


Ready to taste and see?  Don't miss your need being fulfilled.  Position yourself in obedience to the Lord to get your special delivery!  It's yours.  No matter who you are or where you are God loves you and He's just waiting for you to come to Him.

Psa 34:11  Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 

 Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 


Come to Him, release yourself from all that holds you captive.  Simply come.  He's forgiving, understanding, merciful, loving, kind and full of GRACE!  He can supply all your need!

Pray:  Jesus, please give me the grace to know and understand the value of being obedient to You.  I desire to position myself in obedience and live under Your showers of blessings.  You know where and I am and what I need.  Please forgive me for my sin and help me to begin fresh and new.  I believe that you make all things new so begin in me.  Thank you.  In Jesus' Name.  Amen!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Where Art Thou?

Gen. 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  11 And He said, who told thee that thou wast naked?  Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou should not eat?

I can only imagine how Adam must have felt while pondering God's questions.  (1) Where art thou? (2) Who told you that you were naked? (3) Have you eaten of the tree I commanded you not to eat of?  This was God Almighty in His infinite wisdom and Adam was standing before Him feeling guilty and helpless.  Not having much else to say, Adam blamed the woman that God had given him.

Can you identify with Adam?  Ever felt guilty and helpless, as if you could hear God asking  "where art thou?",  feeling naked and empty?  I can!  As hard as we try to stay focused and connected with our Lord we sometimes find ourselves in a state of ???????  Sometimes it's because of choices we make and other times it may be a test of our faith.  Difficult situations will cause us to examine ourselves to see where we are.  Storms of all sizes will come our way.  These storms will distract, detach, and distort the truth upon which we build our faith!  We can find ourselves in a state of "where art thou"?  A state of trying to hide.  BUT........the good news is that "Storms Have Purpose"!

When storms come just know that hidden somewhere inside of the storm is a blessing for you!  Yes, being a child of God we must remember that God loves us and that His thoughts of us are good only and not evil.  Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  The enemy would rather have us forget whose we are and the privileges that are ours.  We have an inheritance in Christ that is unmatched by any inheritance from anyone, anywhere.  Let me tell you, God loves you, yes you, so much that He has your face carved in the palm of His hand.  Isa 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.   Isa 49:16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.   What love and compassion our Father has toward us!

I don't know of a person I talk to that can say they are not experiencing a storm in one way or another.  Just remember, somewhere within the storm is your blessing.  Just ask yourself, where am I?  Listen for God's voice and obey His instructions.  Don't struggle, don't give up, just remember that God will give you an expected end.  I like to say that God will give me His expected end for my life.  In the process of the storm you can have peace.

Pray:  Thank you Father for reminding me that I am special and important to You.  Thank you for reminding me that the storms in my life have purpose and that if I rest in you I will get to the purpose you intend for me.  Knowing how much You love me keeps me in obedience to Your word.  I will praise you with my whole heart even in the midst of the storm for where You are is where I desire to be.  In Jesus' Name, Amen!