Saturday, December 27, 2014
Now that Christmas is over, (I still need to take down the tree.) We can come together to talk about the Gift that keeps on giving.
When Christ was crucified, He shed his blood for our sins. His blood, once shed, began giving life to all who believe. From the very first time you said, “I accept Jesus as my Savior,” the Holy Spirit has through grace administered the gift of Christ. This atonement is an ongoing process that brings us from glory to glory. We are His handiwork. As we allow Christ to live in us and through us, we live the life of Christ. The more we listen to the Spirit of God, the more like Christ we become. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and through Him we become partakers in the life of Christ. Through Him we are able to live godly lives. We are able to walk in the Spirit.
When the Spirit prompts you to do God’s will with regards to your calling, then the gift in you is shed abroad, like the blood of Christ on Calvary. It too gives life to those who receive it. Perhaps you are called in a moment of need to use the gift of “helps” to assist a brother or a sister in their calling. The more blood the more healing. In this giving of ourselves to live for the benefit of others is God’s love flowing forth just like the blood that flowed on Calvary.
The joy of the LORD is our strength.
We see the work of the blood in our own lives first, but then a miracle happens and God allows us, through the Holy Spirit in us to see His blood at work in the lives of those we help. ( I use the gift of helps only as an example here.) You may be using the gift of healing, or exhortation, or encouragement, etc.
That is how the power of God works in us.
So it is Christ in us, the hope of glory, that is the gift that keeps on giving. It is the life blood of Christ flowing through-out all eternity.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
God is a god of details. He cares about all the little things going on in our lives. He wants us to pray about them. He wants us to pray in the Spirit so that even those things we don’t fully understand can be made right by him.
He wants us to keep our eyes on the unseen because it is eternal.
We are to pray and seek his face in all we do. He wants to be active in our lives in such a way that we are certain that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
He is the LORD of our souls.
If you would have wisdom ask of God and he will give it to you freely.
Pray for peace.
Know this; that God chastens those he loves.
God deals with us by his Spirit that is in us. A nudge or a prod is all it takes to bring us to our senses. When you are tempted and the Spirit chides you, flee. Get away from it.
God wants you to choose rightly and for you to be right with him. We are the children of God. We are called to love, honor, and obey him. We are called to worship and pray and to live our lives in the will of God doing His work.
There are seven things we need to walk: in the Spirit of the LORD, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and fear of the LORD.
There are also seven things that God hates: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
When you study your bible, it is important not to just write down the scripture but to take the time to contemplate it. Because the Holy Spirit takes that time to convert that Word (which is Christ) into something that is capable of renewing your mind. Some mornings you may even think that it will blow your mind. Those are the mornings when you get the urge to get ahead of yourself, to read further. But I urge you to park yourself right there where that day's study is and contemplate what it is you are reading. You can read the verse in different versions, read the notes in your study bible, pray for understanding. Let the Holy Spirit do his work in you so that you truly digest the Word. Taste every morsel of it. Enjoy the nuances. Who is speaking? Who are they speaking to? What are they saying? Is there a cultural twist to it? What is the context? The time you spend will be well spent because it is then that you come to know God and his purposes for this world, this church, and for you.
All things are possible with God.
He is able to save you and to keep you from falling. God be praised.
Thank-you, LORD, for each new day. Walk beside us through this day's trials for we know that tribulations come. Help us to understand the purpose of each one so that we can learn to stand strong in our faith, girded by our convictions of right, rejoicing in hope, mindful of your presence, renewed by your strength, and assured by your Holy Spirit. May we be and do what you want us to. Forgive us and cleanse us from sin. Guard our hearts and minds from evil. Bring us unity. Gather us together under the protection of your wing. Light our path so that we know the Way and you, dear LORD. In Jesus' name.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Long ago, at the time when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, he became pretty impressed by God’s involvement in the protection of the Israelites.
Our story begins in the book of Exodus, Chapter 15:1-13
15 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
Can you hear Moses singing? Did you know that God led Israel to the promise land? He is leading us now to himself. Praise his holy name.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I’m sure you’ve all seen scenes of locker rooms where all the players “get down” and pray together as a show of unity, team spirit, and hope in God’s assurance of victory. Before they’ve ever gotten to that place there have been hours of preparation and training for the game. This time of prayer before a game sets the tone for the team to trust God with the final results of the game. That whether they win or lose they have given it their best shot. They acknowledge God’s part in the game, his strength, his power, his purpose; that they play fair.
You may not be an athlete who is called upon to display your physical endurance to the world, but we are all called to the court of life where we must demonstrate our faith by playing a fair game. So I would encourage you before you begin your day, (game of life) seek God’s counsel through prayer. “Get down” and tell God that you need him. You need His mercy, His grace, His providence. You need His Presence in your life today. You need Him to help you understand the events that will unfold in the coming hours. You need His Joy that gives you strength for this new day. He will be on that court with you. He will hold your hand.
Isaiah 42:6Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 I the Lord have called You [the Messiah] for a righteous purpose and in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people [Israel], for a light to the nations [Gentiles],
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