God: loves a grateful heart…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
It’s snowing unexpectedly in Maryland today and it literally came from nowhere as the forecast called for snow on Thursday; was thinking of heading into the weekend with a bit of sunshine and warmth and plan on visiting a Newsboys concert tomorrow night.
All my plans might not be so pat after all; there definitely has to be some changes as I respect the damage this weather can do to a person on the road in the dark.
Am I disappointed? for sure…
Is this going to make me down and bluesy? Not a bit.
I can appreciate the weather is here for what it’s worth. Other things can occupy my time and at the same time I will definitely enjoy it.
To God be the glory for His love…
God:set the priority…
John 12:32-36 (KJV) “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”
As a believer and a chronic church goer, I’ve heard a lot of sermons and exaltation as it relates to the word of God; sometimes what I heard had no bearing on the word and more than anything focused on peoples ability to cope with situations.
Nothing’s wrong with sharing about yourself and making it into a tale of how you got over situations, but somehow, the story behind you overcoming never makes it into the testimony and I get to wondering at times.
One part of the word which really stands out to me is the instruction from Christ when He stated strongly, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (Johh 12:32).
My take away from this is more of Him and much less of ourselves.
God: created the world in love….
Jeremiah 10:10-13 (KJV) “But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
If we take careful thought of how we came about and the maintenance it takes for us to exist and get through each day, it would astonish us that we are able to do so, but what is equally awe inspiring is the fact that we cannot claim to be self sustaining.
We had to come from somewhere and when we acknowledge that the root of us all is our Heavenly Father it behooves us to also thank Him for doing an outstanding job for what He created of this world.
He is an innovator, because no-one has ever been able to create another world; they have just expanded on what He already did. That in itself is intelligence beyond what is found in our world.
To God be the glory for all He has done that we can see and all that He has hidden from us.
God: has resources there also…
Matthew 17:24-27 (KJV) “And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”
I am thinking that many folks can agree with me when I say that in this lifetime, there were times when our needs were met and we had no idea from the provisions came from and it came just in time to fill the gap that was needed.
Maybe you know that your true source is your heavenly Father, for His grace does cover us and His mercies are new every morning; nothing left over from yesterday, but newly minted mercies daily.
By now it should be renowned that the cattle on a hill belongs to Him; so join me in giving God a righteous praise to acknowledge His unique heart toward His children. Glory be to God…
God:gives divine advise…
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Many time we seek sound advise because of the decisions we have to make and the issues we face; we attempt to come to a rationale on the direction we ought to be going and sometimes we come up empty.
Our Father who is in heaven is still an adviser and when we seek Him, it is His pleasure to guide us.
He is a counselor to those who seek Him; let Him guide you and bring you that clarity you have been seeking.
God:needed in deed…
Isaiah 41:10–13 (KJV) “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
Sometimes we present ourselves as being very independent and without the need of others and this can be a great fallacy especially when we know that God, our Father, the great Jehovah has a secret network of helpers coordinated as He thinks best for our help and purpose.
We can profess independence as a measure that we are accustomed: we’ve done it like this previously; I normally can do it by myself, etc. you name it and we can find the excuse to defend our positions in life.
Truth be told, I need Jesus; we need Jesus. Without Him, we are rudderless and walking aimlessly. He is the equalizer to quantify the negatives in life.
My Lord Jehovah, it is without shame that I can admit and confess that, I need you today and forever, be my guide always….
God: has a design will for me….
Matthew 6:9-10 (KJV) “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
As believers, the one thing which makes us distinct from others is our consistent effort to pray and communicate with God our Father in heaven. We seek a bridge between ourselves and the Father through prayers and He has promised to always be there for us.
It makes sense that when we pray that we ought to consider His will and His desire in the situation as we unburden that which is within us to commune to him. He wants to know what you are thinking and even the emotions that you concerned with, but He wants you to tell Him.
Prayers makes it easier for the relationship to be seamless and in all honesty, we should want nothing between us and Him. As we practice to tell Him our problems, it starts to become really easy to just share; His will, His way.