“Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
All of us know that the evil one’s main purpose is to separate us from God, by any means possible, and there are lots of possible means that he can use too. Many brave soldiers in the army of Christ, believe that they can stand toe-to-toe against his tactics. Well, that’s like saying that Kool-Aid is good without sugar. Ridiculous.
Alone we are weak, and many times our faith is imperfect. Oh Oh, but when we stand together with Almighty God, old slew foot never wins the battle over us. God’s has an undying love for us, and protects us.
He always wins the battle. Why? We are adopted children through Christ. And as his beloved sons and daughters, He saves, protects, and makes us whole, and the devil will not and cannot prevail.
The Lord’s promises never go unfulfilled. However, we must keep the faith when everything appears contradictory to the promises for our lives.
Two very promising examples of promise were Elisabeth and her cousin Mary who never doubted the words of Gabriel, God’s messenger. One woman was barren in her old age, and the other was a young virgin. Both did the impossible because that was what God wanted of them, and they kept the faith in spite of the impossibilities in the natural.
The births of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ were out of the ordinary from the beginning; and so were the women who gave them birth. The same applies to us. We may not know just how God will use our lives, yet we must keep the faith in His promises, and always be ready to do His will, no matter how impossible it seems at the time.
One thing is certain when God says it, believe it. Because “God Keeps His promises”!
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
A merry heart does good, like medicine. Proverbs 17:22
Every day we hear more and more about health, nutrition, and wellness. In fact, I hear so many conflicting opinions that it sometimes makes my head spin. How about yours? Sometimes it hard to distinguish between true facts and someone just trying to get sales for a product.
According to the Bible, our bodies are temples of Holy Spirit, and we have a special obligation to care for our temples. We need adequate rest and proper nutrition, and do everything possible to provide for our physical well-being.
One way to accomplish this is to have a “merry heart”.
There is a definite relationship between emotional contentment and good physical health. A pleasant and cheerful disposition on life does have great value, but that doesn’t just happen. True happiness and joy result from a right relationship with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Galatians 5:22(But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness) tells us that joy is a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, and we must live under His work in our lives, and we must live under His control to experience it too.
We can all be happy because our sin has been forgiven and we have been accepted by God through personal faith in Christ. Then, as we walk in obedience to His Word, He gives us the peace and the joy of His presence. Walk in joy, it’s good medicine for a healthy heart!
What is our motivation for offering praise and worship to the LORD?
Too many, sadly believe that Godward actions; prayer, singing, worship, and reading scripture are all safety devices to prevent a zapping. Well, when we think of God that way, we definitely have the wrong motives for any God-directed action. In laymans terms it means: The only reason for offering prayer and worship is primarily for personal gain or approval. And if we are all honest, we have all “been-there-done-that”.
Our worship of the Lord shouldn’t be done in order that we can somehow benefit. Instead, every thought or action should be done out of honor for Him and His greatness alone. “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving.” Psalm 116:17.
Yes, we benefit when we turn our attention to God, but that shouldn’t be our motivation. It’s not for us that we worship God, its always for Him. Besides we don’t worship God to gain any benefits.
And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psalm 90:17
It doesn’t matter what we do for a living, whether it is secular or sacred in nature.
However, everything that we do should be done in a way that glorifies Jesus. A worker in the humblest of employment is just as capable of demonstrating the beauty of our Savior as one in the most exalted position.
So the next time you are feeling unproductive or unappreciated, remind yourself that you are working for the glory of Jesus, and for no other purpose. Yes, even that which seems small always exhibits His beauty, whatever it might be.
May those that we work with always see God in our lives, and be brought closer to Jesus through us. Remember, its never about us anyway.
“Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Throughout Peter’s life, we see a contrast lived out as he displayed moments of courage followed by spiritual failure. After his declaration of Christ as the Son of God, Jesus said to him, ” I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Peter, whose name means “small stone”, proved to be fragile when he tried to dissuade Jesus from going to the cross, and then denying Him not once, but three times after His arrest. Peter, the “fragile stone”, reminds me that no amount of personal strength or talent can make us adequate for this life and all of the many challenges that come our way.
Only when we rest in the strength of our Savior Jesus Christ, will we find His provision for our lives. When we acknowledge our frailty and total dependence on Him, can Christ’s strength empower us for the troubles that life throws our way.
Like Peter, we are all fragile stones. However, grateful we can be for His strength that is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10) It is only when we confess our weakness that we can ever be strong in the Lord.
I will abundantly bless her [Zion’s] provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. Psalm 132:15
Father God chose to make His home in Zion forever, where King David’s descendants would rule under His Law until Christ’s coming. In return for Zion’s faithfulness, He promised to amply provide for the city’s citizens, even satisfying the poor with bread. Not one person would be left out in His chosen home.
Now the temple is gone, but Jesus still lives in our hearts, and the promise still stands. One thing is certain, God will always provide for us one way or another. For those who love Him. For anyone that may be struggling with the promises of God, be encouraged. May you have the faith to never worry about being provided for, He loves us more than many of us love ourselves, and has promised to care for us.