Hear the word!

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Hearing is important for a lot of things, conversations, sermons, music, and in my job it is critical. I don’t mean just processing the sounds and words, but truly HEARING the intended message. Many more times than I wish I have heard the words, but not what the person saying them meant. That applies to both spoken and written word. In the context of this particular verse and the overall messages of Christ’s ministry and the Bible; hearing, COMPREHENDING and BELIEVING the truth of those messages is vital so one may have that life eternal that Jesus promises us. Many, many times I sat in church as a child and an adult, hearing the words but not truly understanding. Oh, I believed, but often as I read the Bible now, I find that I am better understanding what God wants to tell us and not just the superficial messages that are derived from a quick read and minimal thought. I also see now that we must not only understand and believe the true messages behind things, but we must incorporate the teachings into our daily life. I am working to be better at that, I am better at it than I was, but still have a long way to go. I praise Him for His patience and understanding as I work through scripture to learn what He is teaching me and LIVE what He is teaching me. Every day He makes me a better person, a better Christian and I am far from where He wants me to finally be in my Christian walk but I’ll get there, one step at a time.

Lord, I praise You for the message, mercy, forgiveness, redemption and salvation I have been given. I thank Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross, that He freely accepted the suffering He went through because of my sins. In the name of Jesus I pray that You continue to work in my heart to show me the true message You are trying to tell me, the real lesson You want me to learn and how to incorporate those lessons in my life. I pray You continue to work with me to show me Your plan for my life, help me learn to put myself aside so that I don’t seek what I want for myself, but what You want for me. Teach as all Your true plan and remove those things in our minds that cause us to not see your plans, remove the obstacles, selfishness and worldly mindset that clouds our judgement and teach us to see with the eyes of Christ. Draw us all closer to You and Your perfect plans. Bring my loved ones close to You and give them the desire to know You and seek Your forgiveness so they may have the salvation You offer.

 

Amen

I hope all are having a blessed weekend and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

 

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Some fish can really fight!

 

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As I mentioned in a recent post about fishing where I talked about resisting the Lord just like the fish fought against being landed I had some thoughts that were nearly opposite; that perhaps we, like the fish, are in the right place, in the stream or river, enjoying the life giving waters of salvation and are tempted by some sort of lure or bait and are then “hooked” by the false promise of something good which ends up leading us into damnation and death.

Yeah, thinking about the fishing, how some fish really fight, resist getting landed and some are able to throw the hook or break the line, then they return back to their place in the stream. They are tempted by some choice, yummy looking bait, or a lure. Many times in life we face temptations, things we want, things we think we want, things that promise happiness, pleasure, wealth, alcohol, drugs, a fancy car, a nicer house or some other rewards. Usually those temptations seem like easier ways to get what we believe we should have in life than to maintain the faith and follow Christ. So, we go after it, then, once we have that thing, like a fishing lure or a baited hook, we eventually feel the sting of succumbing to the temptation. At times, even though there is some sting, fighting against it is more painful than just going along and following the temptation further. Its just easier to go with it, maybe the bait still seems good and one is enjoying it so they ignore the pain. Maybe they don’t even notice the pain and focus so much on the pleasure aspect that it is the only thing of concern.  As in fishing, the fish often comes in easily at first, not fighting much at all. Eventually, the fish will realize that it is hooked by that and are being lead further and further away from the part of the river that is best for them. As we as Christians often don’t think as much about it because we are still mostly in His will and following Christ but eventually get pulled further and further away from Him. Out of the main part of river of life with the living water and spiritual food we need. Then, into the shallows, barely living a Christian life until suddenly, we are completely out of the life giving water He has for us and are trapped. Oh, when we realize that we are getting further and further from where we should be we will start to fight some, trying to get back, but the temptation keeps drawing us away. If we do not fight the temptation we will eventually be lead to death and destruction.

Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly [is] ready, but the flesh [is] weak. Mark 14:38

 

There is no shortage of temptations out in the world. We all know how hard the devil is trying to tempt us and lead us away from God. He even tried to tempt Christ.

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  Matthew 4:1

 

God warns us of the temptations and tells us to avoid them.

And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.  Luke 22:40

Christ even tells us to pray that we not be lead into temptation when he taught how to pray in the Lord’s Prayer.  And, we are promised that we will not be tempted more than we can resist. Oh, sometimes we don’t resist but He promises it won’t be so much that we are unable to do so.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

And, for those able to resist temptation (in the past I have resisted some, but sadly for me, not resisted all yet He helps me with that now and I am more able to resist with Christ helping me) He promises rewards and blessings.

12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

James 1:12-16

 

Lord, I praise Your Name and thank You for all the blessings. I thank You for the simple lessons that help me understand the mind of Christ better and the ways in which I can be a better Christian. Lord, I know I have so much I can improve on but I also know that You have brought me a long way. In Jesus Name I pray that You continue that work in me. Strengthen me in my faith and help me avoid the temptations in the world. Draw me, and my loved ones, closer to You. Show each and every one of us Your true plan for our lives and help us better learn to follow Christ.

Amen

Thanks for your time today. I hope everyone has a blessed day, and that you have the chance to be a blessing to someone else.

 

 

The Offer…ish. Praying to know His will.

 

 

Good morning all. Well, a little follow up about the job I have previously mentioned for those interested. I received a text yesterday asking me to give them a call and when I did I was informed that I should expect a formal offer by the end of the week. I was both elated and terrified when I was told. If the offer is right and I accept, it will be a dramatic change in my life. I am somewhat uncertain. I have given it all to God and asked that He lead my way. I don’t yet know what they will offer in regards to pay and benefits and have a figure in mind that if they offer that or more, will consider it a sign from Him.

While I have faith in God, that He will work things out, I also have concerns that I may be trying too hard and trying to put my wishes before His will. I will be spending a lot of time praying about this and ask that all pray for the situation that there be no doubt and that I know it is God working things out for His plans for me. I have too often tried to make things be the way I want and not how Christ would have me do in my life. I am struggling to NOT do so anymore.

 

31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:31-32

 

It is my wish to seek Him first, seek to follow Him and live so that it will glorify Christ.

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Maybe He is trying to teach me more faith, more trust. I pray I have the discernment to know it is from Him and the faith to follow Christ as He guides me.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

 

I am praying for wisdom that I know His will and that I have the faith to follow.

 

Lord, Praise You for all Your glory. I thank You for the blessings and my salvation. I praise Jesus for the sacrifice He made for me with His death on the cross. I pray in Jesus name that I know Your will and plans, that You give me the wisdom to understand and that I not put my way before Yours. That You give me the faith to follow Your wishes for me. I ask that You draw us all closer to You and that we all come to know Christ as our savior.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit, your time and your prayers. I hope He blesses you all today and that each is able to be a blessing to others.

He said it, and it was so.

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Looking out the front window at the sunrise this morning I got to thinking about how God created everything. He said, “let there be light and there was light.” is really a powerful statement. He just said it, and it happened. I am amazed at what a mighty and powerful God He is and how He did all He did for us. He had a plan for creation and a plan for us all. He HAS a plan for all of us I should say. Sadly, we sometimes get in the way of His plans. The most amazing thing (although, it really should not be amazing)  I have noticed in my life is that when I stop trying to be in charge and give things to Him, He makes things better and leads me as He wants me to go. When I follow God and seek Christ all things are better. Oh, there are challenges at times, but those challenges are so much easier to face when He is with me and in control.

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:31

 

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

 

Just amazing that God created all He did and then, when mankind did not do as we should have done, He sent His Son to lead us, to sacrifice Himself and to redeem us.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the creation of all. I thank You for the sacrifice Christ made for me that I may have salvation. I pray in Jesus Name that You continue to help me seek His light, and that I seek You first. Help me continue to grow in Christ. I glorify You and ask that You draw us all closer to You and teach us how to better seek Christ and to know the true light that You wish us to have so we can see our paths in life better and know that we are following You as You want us to follow. Help us all be the servants You desire us to be for Your glory.

 

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope all are able to bask in the glory of the light He made for us. Have a blessed day.