Posts Tagged ‘word’

never lack

There is such a large and never-failing supply of gifts and grace from Jesus – there will never be a lack of the oil and the wine of Gospel truths that we can communicate of to others.

It speaks to the variety, and never-ending discovery, of these Gospel truths and they are all delivered in a manner that we are capable in receiving them.

We have a continual supply in the ministry of the Word.

We can rejoice when we enter into trials, because we know that this is divinely intended to strengthen our faith by producing endurance and if one lacks the wisdom to know how to respond to the trials of life, we need only to ask God for wisdom.

It is my prayer that for the new year coming, you will never lack.

By that I mean that you will understand the incredible character trait of God concerning His generosity – that generosity, reflected in the ability to give our money, time, energy and resources to those in need around us.

One of those oil and wine truths of the Gospel – no one can explain it – but the law of giving looks like this – the more we give, the more we receive from the hand of God.

This year I have been writing along these lines – pointing as best I can to the fact that our prosperity comes from following after God, check out the oil and wine found in His Word.

Almost forgot to be real in this as I write a bit too early in the morning without having my own time with God.

The hands and fingers of givers are always on top during an act of giving, while that of the receivers are always below, thus you’ll notice all around you, givers always seem to have enough to meet their needs, even in times of trouble, while others might find it hard to come out unscathed, givers always come out even better compared to their previous situations. That is not to say that givers cannot be receivers and I posted another friends blog to share some of those thoughts with you.

Any seed planted into the ground grows to produce a multiplication of seeds, thus your act of giving, be it time, energy, kindness or money acts as a seed, and germinates to produce multiples of its kind and the second part of the law of giving – it comes back to you.

This new year coming,  I pray God touches your heart and as you follow Him, that you will never lack.

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walking in the truth…walking in love

To walk in the truth one has to walk in love…how does one walk in love?

I mean…love your enemies…how does one do that?

Love those who killed your parents, your children….

Love those who abused you…

Love those who cheated, stole, lied…

Love those who abandoned you…

Heavy stuff…and yet that seems to be the call of the day.

More and more I realize that I think I can do this “Christian” stuff on my own, I can’t.

More and more I realize that the “Christian” life cannot be lived without the power of God infilling us with His love.

More and more I realize that God has given us the power of the Holy Spirit so we can be Christians.

We do not talk a lot about the Holy Spirit – seems we take Him for granted until the tank is dry and we are dry and empty.

Seems to be that each day, when we talk with God, read His Word, ask Him for help to do what He needs us to do for the day – its like going to the gas station and getting a fill-up.

Then when we walk His walk, its like we are giving away His love and at the end of the day we are not so frazzled after all.

So it’s another decision I make the first thing in the morning…God, I want to walk in truth today, because that is your character – you are truth.  So that others see You, help me walk in love, but give me the power of your Holy Spirit, because today, without Him, I cannot love all the people you want me to love on my own.

Thank you Lord, touch base with you again tomorrow morning.

 

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read it…hear it…take it to heart

There is something about reading as opposed to just hearing isn’t there?

I think we all have different learning styles and methods and many would argue that they are visual verses auditory.  I think I remember that when we read something, we retain something like 30% and if we only hear something, we retain 10%, but if we read and hear we retain 60%.  Then if we go and practice, teach or share what we have just read and heard, we are up to retaining 95%.

I know that I need to get into God‘s Word each day – I used to slip in my cd for the morning drive into work – we called it, “Faith comes by hearing,” and it did do its job.  However, there was no lasting effect.  I have used many different approaches to my time spending reading God’s Word.  Today, I read for one specific purpose – I am looking for those clues, those gems of instruction that point the way to having true success in my life.

You guessed it – I then take what I have read, share it in this posting.  Then all day long I either am sharing, practicing or teaching what I have learned for the day.  Most of the time, I can tell you what I read and what I learned and how that made a difference in my life for quite some time.  In fact, the breadth of my understanding seems to be growing more and I find that I am not so narrow-minded as I read God’s Word each day not as a rule book, but as God’s narrative, His story, revealing His character to me.

It is actually a lot of fun!

 

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trust

This is an important characteristic of those who have made a decision to follow God.
It is an incredible characteristic because it is the one, when placed totally in God, can’t be removed, it’s like a mountain – firm and stable.

It is our natural inclination it seems to trust in ourselves – our hearts, strength, wisdom, wealth and for some of us – our righteousness.  There is no mercy in that, or grace and it doesn’t account for spiritual or eternal matters.

The Targum describes trust as “the righteous that trust in the Word of the Lord;” in Christ the essential Word, who is trusted in by all that know Him, and that know there is salvation in Him, and in no other: we trust in Him for acceptance with God, for a justifying righteousness, for remission of sin, for all supplies of grace, and for eternal life; being beloved and chosen of God, enjoying His presence, and the blessings of His grace; and being the joy of the whole earth, and a perfection of beauty.

So what happens when we feel removed from Him, His presence, His purpose, His fellowship…

Understand this – trust Him – for even though we may feel this way, the truth is we have never left His heart’s love, never left the covenant of His grace, nor are we out of His hands and arms, off His thoughts – we abide in the love of God, in the hands of Jesus, in the grace wherein we stand and in the house of God for ever.

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the word of our God endures forever

God promises to be our protector and our deliverer always by making sure we understand that His promises will be firm and unchanging.

With all the changes we see in our lives, our communities and our world – one things is for certain is that there will be change, there will be revolutions, but God’s promises are firm.

So in the midst of changes of dynasties, revolutions of empires, upheaval in our world today, we can see how God’s Word lasts forever and ever.

This promise is especially designed to support people experiencing pain and suffering and for those of us who have experienced such, in the midst of it all, we know God’s Word was not only a consolation, but absolutely sustained us.

We see the grass wither at the return of autumn, or in a drought: we see the flowers lose their beauty, and eventually decay; we see many rejoicing in their vigor and health, cut down in an instant; we see cities fall, and kingdoms lose their power and vanish from among nations, but God changes not. He presides in all these revolutions, and sits calm and unmoved amidst all these changes. Not one of His promises shall fail; and at the end of all the changes which human things shall undergo, Yahweh, the God of His people, will be the same.

The apostle Peter adds these words:

This is the word, which by the Gospel is preached unto you; who seems to distinguish the word from the Gospel, by which it is preached, and to intend Christ the essential Word; who stands or abides for ever as a divine Person; in his office as Mediator, being Prophet, Priest, and King for ever; in the efficacy of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; and in the fulness of his grace: it is true of the written word or Gospel, which remains, is everlasting, and will stand and continue, notwithstanding the persecutions of tyrants, the craft of false teachers, the reproach of ungodly men, and the death of the best of men, even of ministers; though all flesh is grass, fading and withering, the word of God is fresh and lively, firm and durable; and so it is as transcribed into the hearts of men, where it becomes the ingrafted word, and issues in everlasting life. It may be applied to God’s word of promise, which is for ever settled in heaven, and is always fulfilled.


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