Archive for the ‘Bible’ Tag

GIVING TIME TO OUR GOD

Upon arising
Before the hustle and bustle
Demands our attention
As first light shines
Upon delicate branches
After the morning star disappears
Spring flowers reach East
For light given by God
The Bible awaits us
And on our lips
Words of thanksgiving
To the Lord
Gently pierce morning silence
As we meditate on
Our Morning Star, Jesus
Our Savior and Friend
Who speaks to us
Through the Bible, His Word
Casting our fears aside
And in making this connection
Try giving God prayers of thanksgiving
As each day unfolds
With a spiritual sparkle

CHRISTIAN COUNSEL

Practice being good to yourself
You may need self-nurturing
In a personal crisis
Learn strength
By abiding in Jesus
He will never let you down
As all humans do at times

In this world
Of chaos and competition
Listen for Jesus’ voice
He will uplift you
Lay your burdens on Him
He will give you lasting peace
Found nowhere else

Make the Bible your
Daily food for thought
Find within it Divine counsel
As Paul offers to the Philippians
Echoing down through the ages:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble, whatever things are
just, whatever things are pure, whatever things
are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthy—meditate on these things”
(Phil 4:8). NKJV

HE IS COMING

Every individual is a matchless gift from God
Discover and cherish their attributes
Accept and overlook their bad tendencies for a time
Pray they will overcome these faults
With the help of Jesus Christ

Cling to Jesus to show you His way
Let the Bible enlighten your path
Be kind to all you encounter

Let your light of love shine brightly
Leading people out of darkness
Teach them God’s way
Many will join a good cause
Invite them to spread the gospel with you
Preparing the lost
For God’s eternal Kingdom to come
Teaching the truths found only in the Bible

Ready the masses for the reign of Jesus Christ the King
He promised to come again in glory
To welcome those wearing His robe of righteousness
A gift accepted by those who acknowledge
They cannot save themselves, not by works
Nor by any human effort
Only by humbling themselves and bowing to Jesus
Accepting His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary
And looking to Jesus for forgiveness if we sin

For the Holy Spirit enables us to come,
Confessing and repenting
Joyfully resuming the new life we’ve found in Christ
Confident God the Father will see in us
Only the righteousness of Christ

What a gift!
What a Savior
Accept Him into your heart now
For the signs of the times indicate
He is coming soon

ENTRUSTED TO GOD

I cannot fathom the depth of Your love for me
You’ve always been here, watching over me
You have a plan for me
Even though I’m not sure what it is

Lord, lead me
I am ready to surrender all of myself
Even though I’m weak to follow through
And vulnerable to blows from the enemy
But You strengthen me through Your Word
And Your Spirit dwelling within me

Show me Lord where You want me to serve
Open my eyes to those in need
Let me not discriminate
Bury my arrogance that surfaces at times
A blessing abodes in the humble soul
Help me revamp my priorities
Give me the gift to think first of others
And to not shy away
Help me grow wings as a butterfly
To flutter from person to person
Engaging their beauty
To dance with Your heart
I’ll speak of Jesus’ love
Our only sanctuary when the storm blows in

Hearts connected to Jesus cannot deceive
But speak truth to all
The truth that saves
Let me speak truth
As part of my misssion

WHAT IS TO COME

In my coming posts I will continue to provide you with words of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement concerning your relationship with God and with each other, while emphasizing the truths found in God’s Word, the Bible.

I will also add multimedia elements which will enhance the site. This and other minor changes as a result of taking WordPress’s blogging 101.

I think we too often attempt to perform God’s will using our own strength, not God’s strength. He offers to lead us in reaching goals He will provide us with, support us emotionally, and never leave us. In order to do this we need to look to Him first, lean on Him, and trust Him.

I hope the following poem entitled CREATED FOR INTIMACY inspires you to trust God to work through you.

Fear fades
For Jesus Christ reigns
On a King’s throne
Higher than any
With outstretched arms
Wooing
Replacing fear with trust
In those drawing close enough
To embrace His heart

He is our Creator
Having molded us in His image
Uniting His purpose
With our potential to love
In relationship with Him
Forever

PROMISES FROM GOD

I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite Bible promises pertaining to everlasting life for God’s faithful.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16,17).

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Dan 12:3).

“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out” (Rev 3:12).

The Bible is filled with many beautiful promises pertaining to blessings God will bestow on us in our earthly lives, as well. Do you have a favorite promise of God found in the Bible? Feel free to share.

—Scripture Quotations are taken from KJV—

PERSEVERANCE REQUIRED

How many times lately, outside of church, have you spoken to others about your faith in God? For myself, I do not measure up in this area. Sure, I write this blog and have written a wonderful book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, about relationships with God in the Last Days, for which I continue to seek out a traditional publisher. But witnessing in person rather than in writing is, I think, harder hitting.

I recently accepted a volunteer position at church as a greeter. I had forgotten how satisfying and rewarding contact with people can be even while stepping out of my comfort zone. And there is no other place I’d rather help people feel welcome. But that’s just a start.

What about neighbors, friends, and family? I’ve spoken to them in the past about God, but many of them rejected God’s truths as revealed in the Bible. Some of my neighbors don’t care to go to church at all. Their lifestyles don’t include reliance on God for their needs. All I can do is befriend them, reflect Christ’s image, and pray for them. Perhaps a crisis in their lives will drive them to God’s door. In the Bible, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea, prophetically the Last Days church, “Here I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him , and he with me” (Rev. 3:20). We need to encourage others to open the door and commune with Him.

What a marvelous relationship with Jesus will ensue. He is our Redeemer, bound to offer us, as sinners, with everything we need to overcome the power of Satan. Jesus promises: “To him who overcomes, I give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

There is nothing more rewarding than leading someone to Jesus. However, it requires patience and perseverance. Never stop praying for those relatives of yours who need Christ in order to overcome. Don’t be afraid to witness to others who need caring friends to introduce them to God’s unconditional love, that healing balm which produces a sense of purpose and the hope of salvation.

—Scripture quotaions taken from NIV Bible—

RELATIONSHIP — THE HEALING BALM

God can function as our wellspring of encouragement and love if we turn to Him while we’re down, discouraged, or hurting. But rather than seeking Him only when we’re in dire straits, God wants us to develop a daily, continuous, love relationship with Him. He has deemed this relationship the most important commitment of our lives. It honors Him and gives vitality to everything else we do.

He is our Abba Father, the One who can heal us when we feel hurt, unappreciated, or misunderstood. Then while supporting us emotionally He partners with us to do His work.

God wants to impart wisdom, courage, and truth to us through His Word. We learn of Him through pryerfully reading His Word. Ultimately, He seeks our love and cherishes our worship of Him, after teaching us how to love through our love relationship with Him.

Humans are inherently self-centered and selfish. God demonstrated His love for us by giving His Son as a sacrifice on the cruel cross of Calvary, thus giving us the opportunity for eternal life with Him. Through Jesus’ life, recorded in the Bible, He gives us an example of love born of selflessness. Jesus served people’s needs by healing physically, thus drawing people’s hearts close to Him. He healed spiritually as well, with teachings that were radically different from the legalistic teachings of the Pharisees, a group of Jewish leaders of the Law when Jesus was on earth. Jesus meant to bring truth and life to all.

Today we have access to Jesus’ teaching in the Bible. God intends for us to live extraordinary lives by reading and applying the Bible to our lives.

Everyday of Jesus’ life He depended on the strength He received from His Father through prayer. God means for us to carry on a dialogue with Him each day so that we can feel His love and encourgement, leading us to conquer sin. God’s love doesn’t waver, take sides, or ever fail. Whereas human love, even as wonderful as it is, at times is fraught with weaknesses: jealousy, smothering, selfishness, broken promises, and failure to love fully.

When we connect with God in prayer, He offers us a haven from worry and a place of peace. God’s love is the only perfect love. If we depend on His love, we will never be disappointed. Jesus invites us: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). NKJV

TO KNOW HIM

The well ran dry
Who knows the cause
Could it be all thoughts
Are straggled and lost
Flowing not from His Word

We need a guide
To stay on track
Lest we derail
Losing the oil of life
Precious God-given power
To just say no
Denying Satan a bounty
Your priceless life

Priceless souls
Christ died to save
Grab your shields now
Cling to His Word
Enter its courts
Fall before the King
In adoration
Praise and honor
Give Him your ear
Surrender your heart
Pour out your soul
For to know Him
Cleanses thoughts
Returns us to the well
That never runs dry

LEADING FROM THE HEART

So many people today make decisions, both major and minor ones, without consulting their hearts. The heart is the seat of love. Criteria most often used in making decisions stem from selfish vices. What will I gain financially or materialistically? How will my choice allow me to put forth less effort? Will this choice allow me to spend more time surfing the internet, entertaining myself? Will it allow me to limit my time helping people I deem uninteresting or undeserving, to satisfy my needs first? Will this choice further my dreams regardless of how it affects others close to me?

Our priorities certainly can get out of order. We need to turn toward Jesus as our model to live with divine purpose, thereby striking vices from our lives. Divine purpose uses love in making decisions. Sure, we need to allow our minds guide our choices, but love needs to play a predominant role. We need to lead from the heart.

A prayerful, daily study of the Bible will acquaint us with Jesus’ motives. Motives are at the root of voluntary decisions. Jesus’ motives sprang from love for mankind, shaping His decision to die on the cross for us, saving us from the result of our sin — everlasting death. Christ’s love for us is manifested for us thoughout the Bible.

I counsel you to feed on His Word, the Bible, drawing life from God’s expression of love found therein. Model your life after Jesus, always remembering Jesus’ words: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34,35). The decisions we make will, then naturally, lead from the heart because we love one another as He has loved us.

Considering others in our decisions endears us to them and helps reveal our divine purpose: to love and serve the Lord. This act of worshipping God by loving and serving Him, when seen by non-believers, tends to attract them to the Lord. It creates a kernel of spiritual life in them so necessary to begin a walk with God.

The greatest love we can extend to those in spiritual darkness is to witness our faith through our actions and lifestyle choices. This method can win more souls to Christ than words alone. The key to Christian decision making is leading from the heart. Only when we are unencumbered by selfish motives can we, then receive a blessing when bringing others to Christ.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

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