I am Grateful series Parts 2-4

Sorry I have not been posting been going through some stuff. God has me back on track.

Psalm 34:1-22

A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.
1I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
11Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Isaiah 57:11-12
11And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
12I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
Psalms 132:9
9Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

 

Childlike Faith

What did you about the Lord when you were a child?

What has changed in your view of Him since then?

Have the changes all been positive? If not, why not?

As for me he was my friend I was five years old, I remember because my foster father wanted to adopt me and I told him and the case worker Ms. Wilson no. Needless to say they ask why? I told them Jesus said you were going to die and was going home. But I asked Jesus if I could to with you and he said no. I asked why? He said he had something for me to do. I said okay what was it? And he said not now it is not time. So I said okay, well that was 48 years ago. I’m still waiting except that now I’m writing about Jesus Christ with the hope that other people will find him. And not do as I did. I got so angry with Jesus that I walked away from thinking I could run this race call life all by myself. Well I’m here to tell you, No you can’t do anything without Jesus Christ. It took me 40 years 8 wars later to realize Yes I Need Jesus Christ in my life. Let me put it this way when I fell on my face, I fell hard this time what brought me back to Jesus, I had a stroke and heart attack. Listen people when God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit want your attention sometimes, not all the time, they will knock you dead on your butt. A few years ago my youngest son when through the same thing except he had seizures, not heart attack and stroke. But what he told me was enough to make him give all his blessings to Jesus. Do not do as I did talk with Jesus even if it is to just say the greeting of the day. 

Seeking a Blessing
Luke 18:15

And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it they rebuked them.

Do Not Hinder
Luke 18:16-17
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God
Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child shall in no wise enter therein.

How can children be hindered from entering into the Kingdom?

Why does one need childlike Faith in order to enter the kingdom?

Childlike Faith
Mark 10:13-16
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased,  and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not :for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child shall in no wise enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

What was Jesus emotional response to the disciples restrictive actions?

How does Jesus want us to imitate children in our faith?

What is the difference between childlike and childish faith?

How could your faith be more childlike?

What does it mean to “receive the Kingdom”?

Complete Trust

Our faith is tied to our understanding of God’s faithfulness. Like a child, we are called to trust and rest firmly in His care, to hear His word, then trust it; however, the confidence to do so relies upon our willingness to completely surrender. Like a child free of care, we are no longer burdened by the weights that we were 8ntened to shoulder alone when we allow our trust to firmly rest in the faithfulness and loving care of our heavenly Father.

How childlike is your faith in God?

Where are you not trusting Him completely?

With the faith of  a child, renew your trust in Him and fully receive the Kingdom.

Psalms & Proverbs Day 236 of 372

A Prayer of David.
1Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.
2Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.
4Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
7In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
8Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
9All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
10For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
11Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
12I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
13For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
14O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
15But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
16O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
17Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
1Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
4Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6Many will entreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
22The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Overcoming Temptation 2

Purity

Purity is about being clean in what we see, what we say, what we think, and how we feel. These things determine how we act. It’s an internal state of being “clean” that produces positive outward actions. Purity is what keeps us knowing and doing what’s right.

Like our Scriptures for today said, we need to focus on being clean on the inside first. We shouldn’t just pretend to have it all together on the outside. That’s just being fake. We need to look inward and see what areas we need to clean up.

Maybe it’s not getting angry or frustrated or jealous of others, but being patient and happy for them.

Or it could be choosing not to swear when you hear others do it, but being clean in the things you say.

It could be on the inside not thinking bad things, but keeping your mind clean and only thinking about good things.

Or even not looking at or watching things that you know you shouldn’t.

So what areas of your life do you need to clean up a little bit?

When we can figure out how to live our lives with purity, then we’ll start to act the way God intended for us to act.

Matthew 23:25-26

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Overcoming Temptation Day 1 of 4

Temptation

It’s not wrong to be tempted. All of us will be tempted at some point in our lives. We just read that even Jesus was tempted. But, it becomes wrong when we give in to the temptation and do something we know isn’t right.

Here’s the thing about temptation. It looks good at first. It could tempt us toward something we actually want to do, but in reality, it promises something that it can’t deliver.

When we give in to it, we buy into a lie. Temptation will lead you to do wrong — whether it be to cheat on a test to get a good grade or to lie to your parents so you don’t get in trouble.

We need to learn to recognize when we’re being tempted to do something that we know isn’t right, and give it over to God. He can give us the strength to overcome.

So, when and where do you feel like you are being tempted? What things do you need to give to God and get strength from Him to do what’s right?

Spend the next few moments praying to God about those things. Know that through Him you, can overcome!

Matthew 4:1-11

1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Renewing Your Mind Day 1 of 4

Why Renew Your Mind?

Back in 1992, I said the prayer of salvation. However, my life did not change for nine years. I did not know that salvation was just the beginning of the Christian experience. Renewing your mind is the key to experiencing new life in Christ.

God desires that you have a wonderful, daily relationship with Him. He wants you to grow in faith. He wants you to understand His love for you, as well as His thoughts and ways.

Renewing your mind through the Bible is God’s way to transformation. When you read, meditate upon, and apply God’s word in your daily life, you are changed from the inside out.

You will begin to reflect God’s character and others can taste and see that the Lord is good through you!

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.