Have I ever mentioned how grateful I am to God for answering my prayers long ago for a Christian husband? Well, I am thanking Him again for those answered prayers!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
There are lots of changes that have been going on in our world lately. It is all too easy to get caught up in the hubbub of it all, even for us Christians. I know that every time I take my eyes off of my God and onto the swirling waters of this world I start to fear, like Peter did when walking on water to Christ.
It is natural for us to be that way. However, God wants us to cast ALL our care upon Him. We are to die to self, and live in Christ. Christ never feared come what may. He trusted His Heavenly Father, just like He wants us to do. He is not asking us to do anything He has not done. Because He has already done it, we can go to Him for the grace we need to do it.
In my morning devotion, I came across part of a psalm that I thought was all too fitting for the hour we are living in, my dear Christian brother or sister. This promise is for us! So, if you are truly a born-again believer you can hold on to this hope, knowing it will not slip--even though our world's finances, structure, etc. are doing so. REMEMBER--if you belong to God, He will take care of you!
"Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee."
God is faithful to us, even though we are not to Him. Remember Israel in the wilderness? It was not long after He saved them through the crossing of the Red Sea, and they were worshiping a golden calf made by their own hands. Yet, for forty years He supplied their needs. He did show His hot displeasure at their adulterous, idolatrous, and rebellious hearts; but, He mercifully and graciously met every need. They even had manna from Heaven!
Though God will meet our needs, does He also show us His displeasure at our adulterous, idolatrous, and rebellious hearts? Are we saying "Thank You, Father," for His goodness, then running off to call our own shots in the life He gave us? If so, we bring Him displeasure. Instead of running off to call our own shots, why do we not stay put and let Him do it? I mean, after all, He is the only One who can see down the road, and He did save our soul from Hell.
We were bought with a price, that price the shedding of Jesus Christ's blood on the cross. We therefore, are not our own, if indeed we belong to Him.
"Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright...For the word of the LORD is right, and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."
Psalm 33:1, 4-11
Rejoice! There are many reasons to praise the LIVING God, and these are but a smidgen of them. Next time you are given opportunity to give God praise, please do so! There is nothing too big or too small to give praise to the LIVING God for, believe you me. All that matters is that it is not for show, but to bless Him.
"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."
Praise the LIVING God! Do not get caught up in praising and adoring man, for all has been given to him. Praise the one through whom all blessing flow! Surely there is something praiseworthy in your life to bless His name! Do not let those opportunities to shower Him with the praises He is due slip by, for it is comely in His saints and pleasing to Him. :)