God: gives this assurance….
Philippians 1:6 (KJV) “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
There are times when things aren’t 100% and you deal with so many things in your life that you get to wondering is you will make heaven; you heave and turn at a pace that gives a new born baby competition.
We never want to frustrate the grace of God on our lives, but there are times when we don’t measure up: we aren’t angels.
One thing we can stand on when we get to feeling this way is the truth that God gave us an assurance that He will complete that which pertains to us. What He has begun He will finish.
Stand on that word…
God: observe our heart of giving….
Luke 21:1-4 (KJV) “And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”
In this life, at times we are blessed beyond measure, above what we can comprehend and it can cause us to be hasty in our spending or in the alternate, cause us to be parsimonious because we remember when we had a multitude of lack.
We hold unto the blessings until it becomes a yoke or a choke-hold in our lives and not very good source of enjoyment.
Jesus looks on us as we attempt to juggle the things that come into our lives and at times we do a bad job of being gracious and that is a sin because Jesus set us free from the bondage and insecurities.
Giving and doing so with grace is one of the best gifts we can come into in this world; if you have it, enjoy it in all of it’s latitude.
God: visits us at odd times….
Luke 19:8-9 (KJV) “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.”
Most of us know the story of Zacchaeus in the word and His zeal to see and hear from the master; his story shows us how persistence also pays off in the long run. But what impresses me about this individual is the conviction which he underwent and the judicious action to correct the wrong he did to mankind.
Many of us at times find ourselves in faults that become evident to us and we dumb up to the point where it’s almost as if it never did happen. Even the cursory apology is not forthcoming from within us: that is sad for a believer.
Zacchaeus stood up as a man and someone who experience the presence of God. May this conviction of when the God of holiness visits us comes bring us to the point where we can acknowledge that what He requires is right living.
God: created the t in trustworthy….
Job 13:15 (KJV) “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
In this life there aren’t many people who can be counted as trustworthy; in the sense that you hold them very closely to your heart and they prove to be a confidant beyond measure.
The same can’t be said for our heavenly Father; He invites relationship and with that said, it causes us to confide in Him at a level where it can’t be done with our friends on earth, even our very best friends.
In our reading we found someone who placed such a deep measure of trust in the Father that his vow was even if he was slayed the trust in Him will remain.
Can we be so fortunate to have that kind of faith and trust in Him; He is looking for such to have intimacy with Him.
God: is the only path to heaven….
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
There are times in our lives when we have to stop and ask the hard questions that relates to our ending. Do we want to settle for a place of uncertainty or have a hope that something better will come to pass after death?
One thing that has been continuous through the ages is that the end of man is death; we have to die, but there is a promise after that if we can receive it: life everlasting.
Our Savior tells us that to accomplish this, we have to know Him, accept Him and know that He is the one who died that we could accomplish a place in the life after death as planned by His (our) Father.
He is the way, the truth, and the life; we have to believe and trust in this and live it as if it is the last thing we can do.
God: is a powerful friend….
Isaiah 41:10-12 (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.”
We all like to think that for the most part we are loveable folks, unless it is a contrived attitude of indifference; but almost always we want to do the right thing and be a contributing positive member of society.
Sometimes no matter how hard you try to be the good guy, there are people in our lives and outside of our lives who interrupt the flow and create scenarios where we appear like wolves.
Big terrible wolves who don’t have a good bone in our bodies.
It hurts pretty badly at times, and we are left feeling bereft. God only knows the good intentions and the shade the adversary puts up to make us despicable. God knows and when He is our friend, He fights the battle and put terrors to flight.
Stand strong in doing good, for even our Lord has His eyes on our actions.
God: wants us to be over-comers….
James 1:12″Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Some simple blessings occur in the word of God that we overlook as being not important, yet when we measure the word it all makes sense in the context. In reading the verse above, it can be all about going through temptation and enduring it; being an over-comer.
In the big scheme of things when you start out reading it, the first word that arises is “blessed”; you are therefore blessed for being an over-comer when temptation come your way.
We are cautioned that “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). We don’t have to look far; God is the giver and He gives liberally as well when we ask.