God: a present help…
Psalm 121:1-3 (KJV) “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
The surety we have as we trust in our heavenly Father who knows our beginning from our ending is that He has and will continue to cover us by His mighty and outstretched arm.
Even as we look toward Him, trusting that He rewards those who put their faith in Him, our eyes need to be fixed upon His truth; what He is doing and the expectation that ultimately we will abide with Him.
Our God: will keep us fixed and firm until He takes us home.
God: best innovator ever…
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
When you read the word presented today and consider the characteristics presented for the fruit of the Spirit, it might at first read or appear to be a multitude or culmination of fruits put together, but as you read and consider, the many parts of the fruit is what the various verbs contribute to a whole.
It takes all of this to complete the person; some love, a bit of joy, a lot of longsuffering; you have got to be gentle; filled with goodness, have the faith to believe in our God, don’t forget the meekness, temperance mixed in with it all.
It takes all of this to bring together the fruit that will bless us with fulfillment and may the God of truth who created the fruit in His wisdom, grant us the ingredients to accept and walk in this good gift.
God: takes time to prepare a meal for us….
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Waiting is something many of us haven’t mastered and it is a part of the fruit of the spirit as indicated in Galatians 5:22 (KJV). The need might appear to be of utmost importance, things that cannot wait for tomorrow, but God knows the time, day and moment when He will bring our blessing into fruition.
We might be contented to walk away with an incomplete gift when He knows that it will only be for a moment and the fullness is only a minute away.
Might it not be prudent to wait on the Lord? His timing is perfect: His gift is golden; wait on gold.
God: He rules in heaven and earth…
Psalm 24:7-10 (KJV) “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah”
Sometimes you get a feeling of joy just bubbling up within you that it causes you to want to sing and dance; the kind of happiness that will not stay dormant and will propel you into a place of divine peace.
This joy and peace comes from our Father in heaven and He is the king of glory; He is the prince of peace; He is our Lord and our redeemer, the holy one of truth.
He is the one who will take us to places that no one else can and will provide us with direction on the path we need to take.
To God be the glory for everything He is and has done for us.
God: appreciates a focused mind…
James 3:10-12 (KJV) “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.”
It is a rare case that in our life we can definitively decide on what we want in every situation in a single sitting; there are times we have to really mull on the case, determine the pros and cons and the causes behind the act.
We tend to live with a mixture of this and a little bit that to make our lives more comfortable; but we know ultimately that we are called to love the things that God loves and eschew the evil things that will draw us away from being in a perfect relationship with Him.
Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how hard we try, but the wrong things just keep getting in the way and make us that more distant from where we want to be in getting into that place with our Father.
May the grace of our Father cover us with a perpetual covering that will stand the test of time and help us be firm in our decisions for Him.
God: set a meeting date with each of us….
Romans 14:11-12 (KJV) “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
We live our lives and sometimes we tend to believe that we live unto ourselves, but in all things we are accountable to our Father in heaven who is accountable for our souls and spirit.
God made no mistake in His expectation of us and at the same time He did not hide the way in which we need to prepare for that meeting; but one guarantee is that there will be a meeting for which we each will have a chance and opportunity to meet with our Father.
As we are given the chance to live, let us prepare ourselves to meet our God on that day when so chooses.
God: allowed it…
John 19:19 (KJV) “And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.”
In this life we walk into many situations where people don’t know us, but they judge our actions, our faces, our body language, what we look like: they make a determination of who they think we are from what they perceive.
Never mind that we might not have said a word, but the image impacts and that can be scary at times; it might be good also.
Much the same for Jesus our Savior; they decided that He needed to die because they were threatened; but ultimately at His death, they named Him who they thought He was and in this instance, they got it right.
What branding are you facing because of what you stand for; is it worth the effort you forth? My friend if it is in the name of Jesus, then it is worth all the effort.