1 Samuel 12:24
But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.
So why in the world do people do this to themselves? I say that like I’ve never liked scary things, movies or haunted houses. But the older I’ve gotten the more I acknowledge that the world is scary enough on it’s own, why would I pay to feel fear? Over my 50+ years of life there has been many times that I have felt fearful. Many different levels of fear for many different reasons but fear is fear. So again…….Why would I go out actually looking for it? What is it giving back to me except maybe some stomach ulcers? But I understand that my fear of the Lord is to my benefit.
“”So how does fear of God, who is perfect love, take away fear? William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article ‘Fearing God” in Christianity Today:
“Unfortunately, many of us presume that the world is the ultimate threat and that God’s function is to offset it. How different this is from the biblical position that God is far scarier than the world…. When we assume that the world is the ultimate threat, we give it unwarranted power, for in truth, the world’s threats are temporary. When we expect God to balance the stress of the world, we reduce him to the world’s equal …. As I walk with the Lord, I discover that God poses an ominous threat to my ego, but not to me. He rescues me from my delusions, so he may reveal the truth that sets me free. He casts me down, only to lift me up again. He sits in judgment of my sin, but forgives me nevertheless. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but love from the Lord is its completion.””
So as it says, “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you”.
Lord as scary as this world can be, the thought of living this life without You is even scarier. I thank You for helping me understand my weaknesses which helps me understand Your greatness. I have always found truth and freedom through the fear. I thank You! Lord I pray for my family and friends. I pray they will release their worldly fears for the fear of being without You. I pray they will allow You to rescue them. Amen!
Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
We start at a very early age. We cry out when we are hungry, sleepy, wanting attention or simply uncomfortable. That’s the only way we are able to communicate and usually gets us what we want. Then we become toddlers……..oh my! Learning to talk, finding all kinds of new and amazing things to touch and so intrigued by life. It’s about impossible to stop us. Then the teens hit, stretching ourselves as far as we can, testing the waters and seeking our boundaries. Slowly realizing there are restraints on right and wrong. Then what we think is adulthood, our 20’s! Yea, we can make our own decisions and no one will tell us what to do. Well, in some sense that is accurate but we eventually learn that being on your own is not all that it’s cut out to be.
I’ve past that 20’s stage some 30+ years ago and still learning. I’ve come to realize that I will be learning until the day I die. All sorts of things shape us into the person we are in our 20’s. I’m using 20’s as a starting point of independence, for some it starts earlier and some later, but since that is the average time that we are able to seek out “who we are”, that is also the time that we can become aware of the presence of God in our lives and choose to have relationship with Him or not. We can allow Him to start molding us into who He knows we are. Now, for me………. The molding started and I immediately tried to use my own hands to help Him. I would mess it all up and then He would have to start again. This has happened many times. Each time, me learning a lesson on sculpting and learning to leave it up to the perfect artist. It’s so hard at times to not want to smooth out that wrinkle or create a curve where I want it but I am slowly learning from Him. He is teaching me to do His will, for He is my God. His Spirit which lives inside of me is good and perfect. And He will lead me/mold me into perfection. I simply need to give way to Him.
Lord I come to You today still learning. Still stretching my hands, wanting my will but realizing quicker it’s Your will I truly need. I find myself ashamed and then remember Who the sculptor of my life is and I rejoice. I ask You to never quit molding me into Your masterpiece. Lord, I pray for my family and friends. I pray they will release their will to Yours. The world tells us we are in control of our selves but we must let You be in control and learn. Amen!
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.
The Lord sent His Son to earth for an example of who God is, how His love for us can change our lives and ultimately save us from ourselves. But we just didn’t get it! How differently this life could have been! Jesus was the perfect example for us and still is. Yet we still don’t get it! Either we give way to Satan or we allow Jesus to rule over our lives. We know that Jesus left this earth still fighting for us, still being willing to give it all for us. And then as if that wasn’t enough, He came back to us……
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
We don’t have the ability to physically see Jesus but we do have the ability to know Him through His word. Study, learn, grow and believe! Really know Him!
Lord I believe! I don’t have to see You with my eyes because I have seen You in my life. I am nothing without You working in me. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. Lord I pray for my family and friends. I pray they will believe in You by the blessings in their lives. Amen!
I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
This goes right along with gratitude. And I wonder, do my actions reflect that I’m satisfied? I’m going to be honest here…….. not usually. There is always the next big thing. Particularly in the area of technology. I am a tech freak and I love the newest and fastest. Now I don’t always get it but I never cease to long after it. And then there is being satisfied with myself. The person that God has made me. I know for every person you could talk to, one would want to gain weight and the other would want to loose it. One would want to have straight hair and another would want to have curly. And then there is some that would want to just “have some”. One would hate their freckles and another would think they are the cutest. And this act of being unsatisfied with ourselves could go forever along with the list of possessions that we would long to have.
The Lord wants us to be satisfied with Him. To not be seeking things of this world but to be seeking Him alone. And believe me when I say, “I’m talking to myself here!”. He will never let us down. Be satisfied with who I am and what I have before He will give me more of what He wants me to be or have.
So today I’m satisfied. That doesn’t mean I’m settling. I’m choosing to be “satisfied”. Satisfied with who I am, what I look like and what I have materially. I know You will give me what I need and when I need it. And for that I can be assured! It’s not about what I want for me, it’s what You want for me. For me Lord, being satisfied is a lesson sometimes hard to learn. Please be with me, my family and my friends. Help us to have that satisfaction of the heart needed to live in peace with You. Amen!
Sometimes I can get caught up in what I don’t have and then God gives me another year to count my blessings. Of which I have many!
Thank You Lord and Thank you family & friends for helping me remember!
2 Thessalonians 3:5
Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
I’m leaning in on You hard today Lord. Life can be heavy and I ask You to lighten my path. The wonderful part of being able to lean on You is that I have no doubt that You are here. I pray Lord that my heart will be at peace. Christ was sent to be my guide and I pray that I can rest in in His love for me.
Lord please let me feel You near. Please be the ones that I love and the ones that are hurting. Amen!
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
But with that faith, I must give back. Do I feel that intimacy with God? Do I seek every opportunity to give Him thanks for the abundance that He gives to me? Do I turn to Him when fear and pain are lurking in my shadows waiting to pounce? Do I live a life of whole hearted obedience? Living every day with a desire to please Him! I pray I do! But I’m saddened to say that I’m sure I have missed a multitude of opportunities to give the thankful offerings of love and faith to God. And thankfully He knew that about me way before I accepted that about myself. That’s why He has given Grace. That one 5 letter words gives me yet another opportunity to give thanks to God where thanks is definitely due.
So I pray that I will be fully ready in faith and belief in God when the day comes for me to go to Him in soul. And He will accept me into His arms because that’s just how He rolls.
Lord father I praise You. You are the most perfect gift giver. You know my every need, my every want, my every secret pain, my every fear and my every thought and yet You still are on my side. I thank You!!!!!!!!!! Lord I pray that I will never lose that closeness to You. That I will strive everyday to seek You and will never fear being Real with You. Lord, I pray that you will continue to show Your love and mercy on me, my family and my friends. That we will never lose sight of You. That we will always feel Your presence and we will always give You the thanks as You alone deserve. I pray particularly for my family, as a wife, a mother, a daughter and a sister. I know the secret pains of those I love but I am grateful that even as abundant as my love is for them, I have no doubt that Your love far surpasses. Amen!