Lessons From King David- Psalm 37

 

Psalm 37 KJV

A friend of mine had an interesting and encouraging idea. My friend thinks that we should go through the book of Psalms and handwrite them as we study them. We were in agreement, that a lot of children and young adults have forgotten how to use pencil and paper because of video games and computers.  I handwrite mostly everything, because the Holy Spirit doesn’t carry a computer at all times when He is consulting with me.

 

Beneath My Gene Tree

Beneath My Gene Tree

 

So this evening I sat outside lounging, reading and writing from Psalm 37 as I enjoyed my backyard and seeing God’s work.  The more I soaked into the Lord’s presence, the more I noticed that David was sharing some great advice along with its promises from God. He remembered his sins (mistakes) while learning from them. I want to highlight something important mentioned in verses 23-24 about Our Heavenly Father :The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

Beautiful Sky

Beautiful Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the lessons:

  1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers (vs. 1)
  2. Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity (vs. 1)
  3. Trust in the Lord, and do good (vs. 3)
  4.  Delight thyself also in the Lord (vs. 4)
  5. Commit thy way unto the Lord (vs. 5)
  6. Trust also in Him (vs. 5)
  7. Rest in the Lord (vs.7)
  8. Wait patiently for Him (vs. 7)
  9. Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way (vs.7)
  10. Cease from anger (vs. 8) 
  11. Forsake wrath (vs. 8)
  12. Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil (vs. 8)
  13. Depart from evil, and do good (vs. 27)
  14. Wait on the Lord, and keep His way (vs. 34)
  15. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright (vs. 37)

Life Lesson Quote

Forget picture (2)

Hungry and Thirsty – Who Fills You Up? Matthew 5:6

 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

What are the first things to come to mind when one is hungry and thirsty? Food and water….right? As Christians do we look beyond the food and water? Don’t forget air. Sure! These are the basic sustenance’s needed to survive for the animal and human kingdom. In the plant kingdom, THOSE individuals thirst for water, sun, shade, and air to live. However their basic sustenance is water and dirt.  Aren’t we all simply complicated? Think about that question, will ya! Also think about the symptoms of hunger and thirst. I didn’t want to overload the blog with my thoughts, so you’ll have to think on your own.  

Think! Think!

Think! Think!

Slide with me here! There comes a time when we need to look past the seen. We as Christians need to look spiritually at our basic needs and review in our mind and heart, if those needs are being met. To be spiritually hungry and thirsty gives us Christians, the opportunity to focus on righteousness in order for us to truly be filled. (TYHS) What can fill you up? Who fills you up?

Now that I’ve stated my little knowledge of kingdoms, let us move to a real word focus. THRIVE (TYHS)  You got it, dictionary and knowledge time.

Thrive (IV) – : to grow or develop successfully: to flourish or succeed; to gain in wealth or possessions: prosper: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances

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Basic Plant Requirements (http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/requirements.html)

Anyone interested in gardening has one question in mind when choosing a new plant: Will it thrive in my garden?

Many factors come into play to determine whether or not a plant will perform well for you. Each kind of plant has its own needs and requirements. Some plants, like the dandelion, are tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, while others, such as the pink lady slipper orchid, have very exacting requirements. Before you spend the time, effort, and money attempting to grow a new plant in your garden, it is best to do some research to learn something about the conditions that the plant needs to grow properly.

Water-Different plants have different water needs. Some tolerate drought during the summer but need winter rains. Others need a consistent supply of moisture to grow well.   Careful attention to the need for supplemental water can help you select plants that need a minimum of irrigation to perform well in your garden. If you have poorly drained, chronically wet soil, you can select lovely garden plants that naturally grow in bogs, fens, and other wet places.

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My Thoughts Office

My Thoughts Office

As I sit here on my back porch watching bees, butterflies, wasps, and even a few ants, I began wondering about what fills them up. Bengal spray….ha ha ha, to keep them away from me as I write this blog. It is nice and windy out. I fill (not feel) blessed. 😛

 

 

 

 

Gene Tree

Gene Tree

 

 

Here’s a pic of my beautiful oak tree I planted nine years ago in honor of my firstborn’s 25th birthday. I was admiring the wind blowing its limbs and leaves-swaying back and forth. Beautiful! It is astounding to me, how God moves. Then I thought, wow, I have never done anything to it except plant it, add fertilizer dirt (food) and left it alone 9 years ago. It appears to have thrived very well in its environment without my help. You do know WHO is responsible for it thriving, right? Our Lord, God, the Giver of life.

 

 

 

 

Were you attentive to the underlined statement above ‘Each kind of plant has its own needs and requirements’?

What about this statement? Before you spend the time, effort, and money attempting to grow a new plant in your garden, it is best to do some research to learn something about the conditions that the plant needs to grow properly. 

We should consider and research what “factors come into play to determine whether or not” WHAT “will perform well for” us to help us hunger and thirst after righteousness. In our researching, we must RESEARCH the holy word of God and His will.

Point Break -In order to THRIVE, period- We, as God’s children should be Hungry and Thirsty for Righteousness. We must STRIVE and SLIDE in every direction that will lead us to righteousness. Those were my thoughts when I read this verse. AND these lyrics popped into my head, seems fitting for this section:

Fantastic Voyage

Fantastic Voyage

 Hey, come on, come along take a ride
There’s a party over there, that ain’t no jive
It’s live, live, it’s all the way live
Don’t even have to walk, don’t even have to drive
Just slide, slide, slippity slide (and STRIVE)
Just forget about your troubles and your nine to five (and sail on the Fantastic Voyage with God)

Take heart time to research the basic needs of the human kingdom and you will find that EVERY need begins with God and His provisions. Fancifully, we have been planted on this earth for a reason. If you are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, then indeed you will be filled. Now, surrender to God so that you can hunger and thirst for Him.  Go grab that Holy Bible, a cool glass of lemonade with honey and a piece of bread. (TYHS)

Now, I’ll end this wonderful post and head back inside. Dark clouds are approaching yonder thar West!  Enjoy!

May the Spirit of God lead you and fill you up!

Listen to another one of my favorite all time worship songs- I Surrender

Breathe and let Jesus in. He IS your fill of sustenance.

Who Does God Say That He Is?

Great Saturday Afternoon ! I was listening to a sermon on line the other day while riding the train through Genesis again. I just seem to never get enough of reading Genesis. Every time I read it, I am excited about new spiritual messages received from God.  Ok, so the preacher was asking… “Who do you say that you are when you profess to be a believer?” He went on to say that “many inside the church do not know who they are in Christ…even so, after many years of attending church, there are some of you sitting here in these pews that don’t know who you are, nor do you know who God is.”  I thought wow, that’s a harsh and sad truth. Of course that got me to thinking about Who does God say that He is? Not, who do the people in the bible say that He is.  I decided to research. Boarding train…Toot! Toot!  smiley-welcome-train     Reflective Vocabulary Words  

profess-1. To affirm openly; declare or claim: 2. To make a pretense of; pretend: 
proclaim-1. To announce officially and publicly; declare.2. To indicate conspicuously; make plain:3. To praise; extol.

Lord-1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; master or ruler. 8. the Supreme Being; God. 9. Jesus Christ. 10. Archaic. husband.  

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I remember thinking back to a time (dinosaur age) when my Pawpaw was telling me about and teaching me how to read the Holy Bible. I remembered me asking him, how did God just poof out of nowhere in the beginning and the first part of the story doesn’t tell who He is, but it tells what He does and say. My smart and quick thinking Pawpaw said…”Little Question Mark, ( I don’t think he ever called me by my birth name) the way that you get to know anyone is usually by spending time with them to see what they do and say. King David said in the book of Psalms that The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Oh! the verses he quoted were from Psalms 19:1 and 14 which I found out later on. 

You know, the Holy Spirit brings to remembrance who my Pawpaw was in Christ and who he was to me when I go through things he left me. As I have aged, I’ve come to know the answers to the many questions I used to ask him as a child, even those that I “change the subject” on.

Ok, so here is what I found about Who does God say that He is.  It wasn’t much written,. However, either through our experiences or through reading the Holy Bible, we know about what He has done, who others say that He is, and what He says He will do. 

  • Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last
  • Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. 
  • Exodus 34: 4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  

Have you ever heard the wind speak? I sing with joy, sing with me my loves(TYHS)…Said the night wind to the little lamb: Do you see what I see? ‘Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see?  A star, a star  Dancing in the night,: With a tail as big as a kite. :  I see that God “proclaimed” that He is “The Lord, The Lord God”. He is not just God, but “The Lord, The Lord God.”  Do you see it? 

  • He is Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8;22:13
  • He is Mercy, Grace ,Patience, and Good(Exodus 34:6) See it! 
  • He is Truth  (John 14
  • He is Light (John 12:42-48
  • He is The Door (John 10:7-10

Without prolonging this message, let me sum up what the Holy Spirit has shared with me. I have NO doubt about Who God says that He is.  Remember in Genesis where He says “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…?” I profess that He is the Lord God. He is Jesus. He is the Holy Spirit.  He is also our Heavenly Father(Matthew 5:45;48).

The book of John is one of many informative books in the Holy Bible listing the many words of Jesus. Please read or reread until the Spirit shows you Who God says He is and not what His characteristics are. I know, it’s hard to separate the two.  All we have to ever do is go back to the beginning to know who God is because He never changes. My darlings, three words… “In the Beginning”,  say a lot more to us than some of us know or think. (TYHS) 

Do you know Who Does God say that He Is? 

I Love You 

Has God Ever Put You In Time-Out? – Jonah 1:17

Let’s continue on with my Lent season journey through the book of Jonah. I intentionally left out verse 17 in the first post. https://talkativeangel.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/fleeing-from-your-destiny-are-you-going-in-the-opposite-direction-jonah-1-1-16/

The Holy Spirits message to ME was in the same manner. I could not understand why I was stuck on this verse for approximately 3 days, 1 hour and 46 minutes. The hour and 46 minutes is how long it took me to put the thoughts to paper. Do you sometimes feel like the Holy Spirit is communicating too much to you at one time and it’s hard to keep up? But God!  I needed quiet time-out per the Holy Spirit to think on this one verse…hence the title…Has God Ever Put You In Time-Out? (TYHS)

Jonah 1:17 – Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Time- Out!
Time-out is a term for a form of punishment that involves temporarily separating a child from an environment where inappropriate behavior has occurred, and is intended to decrease positive reinforcement of the behavior. It is an educational and parenting technique recommended by some pediatricians and developmental psychologists as an effective form of child discipline. Often a corner (hence the common term corner time) or a similar space where the child is to stand or sit during time-outs is designated.
Effectiveness
While some proponents of time-outs insist on silence and stillness from the child during the time-out, it is easier to use a “release-contingency,” such that the requirement is only that the child is sitting peacefully at the end of the time-out period. Those who use time-out for children to get anger and frustration “out of their system” or for children to think about their behavior, are using time-out in a way that is different than those basing it on operant behavioral principles (that time-out from positive reinforcement may reduce recurrences of the unwanted target behavior).
Disadvantages
Critics of time-out include Thomas Gordon, Alfie Kohn, and Aletha Solter, who claim that the approach may lead to short-term compliance but has the same disadvantages as other forms of punishment.[7][8][9][10][11] According to these authors, the use of time-out does not enhance moral behavior or teach children useful conflict-resolution skills, and it fails to address the underlying cause of the behavior. Furthermore, they claim that the parent/child bond can be damaged by forced isolation and withdrawal of love in an effort to control a child’s behavior, and this can lead to feelings of insecurity or anxiety in children. Another argument is that time-out, like all other methods of coercive control, eventually stops working as children grow older and begin to rebel against their parents’ authoritarian approach to discipline.

So beloved for three days, I was in thought of events that have happened in my life. It was as though I was watching a movie on my closet wall with my Winnie the Pooh friends and bibles. You’d be amazed at what God shows you when you sit quietly in a closet communicating with Him. He can take you back to conversations you have had with people to show you something you missed in the interpretation of the conversation. God is so good to me. God is truly the best at getting our attention to focus on things in our lives, isn’t he?

We as people, as Christians, and everything else are too busy running our homes without any order, running our churches as a profitable business (aren’t churches a 501 (c) (3) non- profit entity?) running to be on different boards within the church and community, running businesses into chaos, running to do this and that to keep ahead of everyone else, running from our enemies, running up behind others to please them, running from our past, etc. etc. We have ran into lion’s dens, brick walls, and  even head on with each other. So, ok, you get the gist of us running, right? We are a running race of people are we not? We run so much so, that we don’t stop to take notice of God in our lives and the direction He wants us to go in.

Like Jonah, we too are running from God, and we are too darn toot’n busy running to notice that we are running from the direction in which He has destined for us. I was thinking as I was writing down my thoughts…why is God bent on me placing focus on the word “running”? The Holy Spirit guided me to turn the pages to Hebrews 12:1-2 ..See here! –

Hebrews 12:1-2(NKJV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

By George, I think she’s got it! My life was/is so busy with others, that I did not have a personal life of my own. I was always doing, giving to whomever God led me to give to, worrying about, running three households, and being there for others, especially family, and those in need per God, that I came across. My daughter-in-law has been telling me for years… “woman, get YOUR life!” My reply is always “I can, when you all get out of it.” I think it finally hit the brain during the rending of my heart to God while focusing on Jonah 1:17.

This was the “effectiveness” (read above) portion by me being put in time-out by God. During those three days, I had to visually recognize and lay aside every weight and sin that easily ensnared me. For 3 days I did not communicate with anyone other than God and Winnie the Pooh and friends. Now you know that took a lot out of me, to both be still and quiet. My focus had to be solely on those matters and to use them as memory guidelines why I needed to practically stop running basically in circles when it came to others, and why my behavior and thoughts were as they were.

Let me tell you about the grace of God and what He does for me…on the fourth day while sitting in church on that great Sunday, our pastor spoke about “guideposts in our lives”… “Ebenezer posts” (aka Ebenezer stone-Read 1 Samuel 7) Yes, we ALL have checker boarded and dot-to-dot pasts and passes, hallelujah, amen! God indeed relays messages through others, it can be the same sermon, but a different message to those who receive in via the Holy Spirit.  I received God’s grace, a confirmation of what direction I needed to take.

Let me also tell you – there is NOT one earthly person alive or dead who does not/ did not have something in their life that they are /were ashamed of. But God’s grace! Forget about others, they don’t determine whether you get to live eternally in the Kingdom of God or Hell.

For some of us time-out may have its “disadvantages” (read above). There was a time when people would forget what God’s penalty was for disobedience. (Israelites…need I say more?) There are and will be times Christians forget as well. (We are repeat offenders of sin due to our forgetfulness…need I say more?) So how can we avoid the disadvantages beloved? By focusing on the goal to be an overcomer in Jesus Christ and rending our hearts to God. (TYHS) That’s what I have learned on this journey from Jonah 1:17 and am sharing the good news with you my beautiful loves.

Lesson Points – So beloved when it comes to God putting you in time-out, the first thing you should do is put up for yourself an Ebenezer stone to remind you of three very important things per the Holy Spirit’s message to me:

(1) God forgives you when you repent and rend your heart to Him. His mercies are forever flowing.

(2) You have chosen a new direction not in the opposite direction of God’s will for you

(3) Just as God made a covenant with Abraham, He has made one with you through your unyielding faith in Jesus Christ

Now, even though I thought I was running wholly for God, He showed me something else during time-out. I study His word every day, hours at a time. He is always on my mind and heart. I would praise Him even when I would get upset and when things would go wrong. I try to live right and I often tell people, if Jesus were to return today, I’d be ready. But God, showed me differently during my time-out, aka my days of separation from my environment:

Amen! It’s not about me thinking I’m ready…it is about Him knowing I am ready. (TYHS)

God temporarily separated Jonah from his environment to get him going in the right direction. God had to send a big fish to swallow and keep Jonah in his belly for three days and three nights in time-out for him to think about his actions; recognize his sin against God; to repent; and to ask for mercy. If you notice, when God spoke to the prophets to get a message of His will to be done, he would do so when it was just Him and them…time-out away from everyone else to focus on Him and the message. God does not want us delivering a wrong or false message. Do you understand that? You can’t figure out what God is saying or doing when you are running too much and running in the wrong direction away from Him. What does he tell us in Psalm 46:10?- Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (TYHS)

Beloved, if it takes God putting you in time-out for three days and three nights in order for you to be still and know that He is God, so shall it be done. Trust and believe that Jesus is indeed the author and finisher of our faith for sure. Treasure the moment when you are swallowed up in the belly of a fish per the will of God! Comprende

          LadybugHeart

Fleeing From Your Destiny- Are You Going in the Opposite Direction? ( Jonah 1: 1-16)

Per my promise, you are about to embark on a journey that I took during this past Lenten season through various books in the Bible. Although Jonah was next to the last book during the journey, I shall begin sharing the things I learned here first and work my way backwards and then finish up with the end. You know me… I take the less traveled winding road to gain a better insight. So let’s start from mid-end.    😛

Most of us have heard the story as a child. God tells Jonah to deliver a message to the city of Nineveh. He flees from God by boarding a ship going to Tarshish, which was in the opposite direction of Nineveh. While aboard the ship, he sleeps below the deck and a sea storm is raging. Sort of like on Gilligan’s island when the “tiny ship was tossed”…. God sent a storm raging in the sea that tossed the ship to and fro. The other passengers on the ship became afraid and started praying to their gods. No such luck in stopping the storm until they asked Jonah to pray to his God to save them. Lots were cast and the lot fell on Jonah. Jonah was cast into the sea and the sea became calm. He ended up in the belly of a great fish, was spit out upon land after 3 days, repented and delivered the message from God to the people of Nineveh.

Key Words

  • Compass- (n) – a device that is used to find direction by means of a needle that always points north: something that helps a person make choices about what is right, effective, etc.
  • Destiny – (n) – : what happens in the future: the things that someone or something will experience in the future: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future
  • Rend- (v.intr) – to perform an act of tearing or splitting: to become torn or split: to come apart

Lesson 1 – We allow our compass (our heart and mind) to direct us according to our will, not God’s will. We as Christians cannot travel two different roads at the same time when serving God. The Holy Spirit revealed to me something deep. Every event in the bible gives us an example of people choosing between two roads (paths)….one towards God and one away from God. There are no in between roads my beloved ones. Let your compass direct you to take the road less traveled to God and make all the difference in your life and others when it comes to serving God.

We as children of the Lord have a habit of fleeing in the opposite direction when we receive direct instructions from God. In this day and time, God speaks to us directly via the Holy Spirit. You know the Helper and Comforter that Jesus sent?  He that translates our prayers to God?   Yeah…that Holy Spirit!  We have a habit of taking the more traveled road leading away from God and are easily led to follow the directions of others. We…yes you and I, have a wobbly directional destiny compass. Think about this before going in an opposite direction leading away from your destiny. As a Christian, we are supposed to stand out from the rest. People should be able to see a distinction between those who serve God the Creator of all beings and things, and those who do not serve Him. Amen?  Weren’t the people on the ship who prayed to their gods able to make the distinction between their gods and Jonah’s God? (v. 6) (TYHS)  Why do you think God refers to you, me, we, they, as “My People”?  As a Christian, do you think God wants you to live an eternal life in hell?  Those who are faithful and that reverently fear Him have nothing to worry about when traveling the road towards His destiny for you.

Here’s proof in the pudding, if you can’t find an answer from deep within and be sure of where you will end up.

Exodus 11:3-8(NIV) 

(The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.)  So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt.  Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.  There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.’ Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.

Malachi 3:16-18(NIV)

Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

Lesson 2 – I have learned that it takes others (both Christians and Non-Christians) seeing God in action with others in order for them to “rend” their heart to Him. I use to think that seeing Him work in my life through answered prayer was enough for me. I guess I didn’t pay close attention to the effect it not only had on me, but on others also. Now I know. God is The Master at getting your attention to turn towards Him in order for you to receive what He desires for you, i.e. life more abundantly. (Read Jonah1:6-16) Storms, regardless of its tenure or endurance are necessary to get our attention. Take Noah for example, and he was a righteous and blameless man per Genesis 6:9. (TYHS)

My entire journey revolved around me rending my heart to God. (Joel 2:12-13)  My heart needed to be torn apart to get to the inside of all matters concerning me and how I relate to various people in the Body of Christ, family, enemies, and friends; to understand what I truly needed to do concerning self and my relationship with Him. My desire was for Him to have mercy on me; to remove me from certain situations, tasks, and job; to let me know what my destiny is according to His will and to prepare me both mentally, emotionally, and financially; to see through others more clearly by their actions (not judge) so that I may unyoke myself away from and pray for those more zealously who practice fake-I-tis while claiming to be a Christian; to be more honest in my communication with others and not leave anything out that cause me to appear as telling lies( I’ve learned that lies of omission are still lies even if it is not intentional or information shared is misunderstood); teach me how to deal with non-communicative people when communication and feedback is needed from others in order to accomplish tasks or to know where one stands concerning me; and to listen and hear more clearly when the Holy Spirit is speaking through others who have put their destiny in His hands and those that faithfully desire to serve Him.

The truth is that we don’t pay much attention to the paths we choose, even those who are followers, shepherds, leaders, or teachers of the WORD.  Nor do we realize most of the time beloved, that WE are indeed fleeing God when choosing a path not destined for us. God doesn’t just choose you to follow a path to benefit just you. His desire is for others to turn to or return to Him. He desires ALL to be saved upon His return. Sometimes it involves you being the messenger.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!      

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The Old Testament Daily News

Joshua 24:14-16(NIV)

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods!

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Our Heavenly Father I pray for myself and those who are reading this. Let it be far from us to forsake YOU. When we flee from our destiny and go off in the opposite direction, forgive us and put us back on the right road. From this journey shared, I pray that we now realize we are serving other gods and not you when we choose to flee. Have mercy on us in the comforting name of Jesus. Amen

Before I close, allow me to share with you a poem by Robert Frost that came to mind. I think it’s quite comparative to this lesson.

 The Road Not Taken
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.         
Two road diverged in a wood, and I

I took the one les traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Live For God Because He Lives For You

Happy September 1st to all!   On tomorrow, September 2nd if my Papaw were still alive on this earth today, he would be 106 years old tomorrow. I miss him so much. cRYING sMILEY  Tissue time!!!!!

However, I do have peace whereas Papaw is concerned because I know he lived for God while on this earth through his faith, his words, and his actions. I am so blessed to be sharing my thoughts with you from my time with God and Papaw in spirit this morning while reading from 1 Peter 4:1-11.

Let’s meditate and ask ourselves…Self how do you know that God lives for you?  As for me, my answers are simple and faithfully believed in by His words and actions. Let me share them with you. 😛

  • I was given life by Him and I am made in His image. (Genesis 1:26, Genesis 2:7)
  • Not to mention, He grew weary of sending messages through others, so much so that He sent Himself in the flesh to live with me(Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:20-22, 1 Timothy 3:16, and Colossians 1:9) Side note to self, I need to practice more of face to face reconciliation with God so that my sins are revealed directly to me.
  • He suffered and died for my sins when He was sinless, so that I might have life everlasting to live with Him eternally in the same place that He lives and have prepared just for me for He is a living God.( John 10:27-30,Luke 20:37-38, 1Peter 3:18 and POW- John 14:1-3… This is the Knockout Punch –Revelation 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”)

 

Now that’s some powerful stuff I was led to meditate on this morning, while spending time alone with God and thinking about my Papaw. TYHS!

I’m going to post the scriptures here from 1 Peter 4, so that you do not have to jump back and forth from your bible. Enjoy this meal!

1 Peter   4
New King   James Version (NKJV)
Therefore,   since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same   mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that   he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the   lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent   enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked   in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable   idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that   you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking   evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is   ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the   gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged   according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
 
But   the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.   And above all things have fervent love for one another, for   “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable   to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received   a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of   God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles   of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which   God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,   to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Peter made some great points about SIN in verses 1-6. How can I put this in kindergarten terms? If you continue to live in Sin, you will not live with God, nor are you living for Him. To my beloved ones who are reading this, know this ONE fact about SIN and think about how you have not lived for God.  In order for us to personally overcome SIN, we need to acknowledge, accept rebuke, and repent of those sins and be obedient to the will of God in the name of Jesus Christ. Right?  My thoughts are definitely from my experience with SIN. Using Peter’s verses, I’ll sum up the ONE fact I’ve come to believe in 6 words:

SIN IS A WASTE OF TIME (Verse 3)

 

Peter also made it CLEAR to us that there is ONE thing we can do to live for God. Do you know what it is? Huh, do ya do ya?  My beloved ones, if you have studied the Holy Bible, then you know that it has NEVER been kept as a secret from us within the books of Genesis through Revelation.

Proof 101- Luke 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

ARM YOURSELVES ALSO WITH THE SAME MIND AS CHRIST(Verse 1)

 

Let us first take a look at this word:

ARM -intransitive verb: to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.  

In verses 7-11 tells us just how to arm ourselves:

  • Be serious and watchful in our prayers. Jesus tells us to do such in Luke 22:40- When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
  • Have FERVENT love for one another, not just love. That means to love from the heart and soul. Warning!!!!! If you can’t love fervently you have been disarmed by Satan.
  • Be hospitable to others and ditch the argumentative stage and back biting.
  • Use the gift God gave you to minister to others that you come in contact with. It is my opinion that even a genuine smile towards another can be a blessing to others.
  • Speak as Jesus spoke when He spoke about the Kingdom of God. Speak up the truth to all that you have conversations with. Yeah or Nay, no maybe.
  • God has got your back and front and will be (not should be) glorified in all things that you do through and in the name of Jesus Christ. He is ARMED, and so you should be too.

 

Allow me to throw in one more bible verse.

Galatians 2:20(NKJV)

 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

With that being noted, I shall end my post with this thought for you to think seriously about: Since we were made in His image, why is it so hard for us to know His will? Think about it and start Living For God by letting Him live in you BECAUSE He Lives For You.

I LOVE YOU

LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS