Archive for April, 2011
Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants–what is good, pleasing, and perfect. Because of the kindness that God has shown me, I ask you not to think of yourselves more highly than you should. Instead, your thoughts should lead you to use good judgment based on what God has given each of you as believers. Our bodies have many parts, but these parts don’t all do the same thing. In the same way, even though we are many individuals, Christ makes us one body and individuals who are connected to each other. God in his kindness gave each of us different gifts. If your gift is speaking God’s word, make sure what you say agrees with the Christian faith. If your gift is serving, then devote yourself to serving. If it is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. If it is encouraging others, devote yourself to giving encouragement. If it is sharing, be generous. If it is leadership, lead enthusiastically. If it is helping people in need, help them cheerfully. Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other. Don’t be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord. Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually. Share what you have with God’s people who are in need. Be hospitable. Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don’t curse them. Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don’t think that you are smarter than you really are. Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble. As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord. But, If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.
- Jesus has Risen! Allellulia! (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- Daily Devotion: April 24, 2011 (meetyouatthewell.com)
- Joshua Calls His Nation to Revival (jackwoodard.wordpress.com)
- O Remember, Remember (myfavoritetalks.wordpress.com)
- Bishop Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois authorizes St. Michael Prayer after Masses (deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com)
- Daniel: an Example of Christian Living in a Godless World (jackwoodard.wordpress.com)
- To Establish a Secure Foundation for Life (myfavoritetalks.wordpress.com)
- Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 28 (glmc.wordpress.com)
When people, things and yes even ourselves let us down, and we become short of fullness; remember this is the day the Lord has made. We should consider our ways and find what God is revealing in our disappointments. Haggai spoke of how we spend more time building our own homes and yet the dwelling place of God seems to be forgotten and left desolate. So today bring the material and the things that can be used to build up the Temple of God “your spirit”. I believe we will find that disappointments and shortfalls will begin to turnaround because we turned around. Just a thought.
- Paying the Price (kevinbarthelette.com)
- The Priority of God’s Work (marbaniang.wordpress.com)
- Do you not know yourselves? (jesusknights.wordpress.com)
- Patriotic Musings (pastorayres.wordpress.com)
- The Glory of God. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- El Shaddai Chapter Three (donnabarton.wordpress.com)
- The Angel of the Lord (coffeehouseapologetics.wordpress.com)
- The Glory of God. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Unprofitable Anger (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Lent Psalm Reading 04.19: Psalm 71 (crcforward.wordpress.com)
As I was lying under the tall pines I began to think about Gods creation; and these words came to my mind. The trees in the fields will clap their hands. All of a sudden I released myself in praise and it was as if I was rejoicing with the…… trees. The wind all of a sudden began to blow through the trees and it whispered through the valley. It was beautiful and magnificant. I pondered on the idea that even though all the trees seemed to look alike they were all different, not one tree was identical. We as individuals may all seem alike but we are unique and different, each having our own quality of character, etc. Today let us join together and release what we are individually. In what God has so graciously created us into. Remember this “God dances on the tree tops that worship him”. Just a thought.
- Can yo cut the top off of a pine tree without killing it (wiki.answers.com)
- FarmVille Trees Sneak Peek: Oak Tree & Yew Tree (games.com)
- The Tree in the Midst of the Bushes (bigbasslakemi.wordpress.com)
- beetles and trees (lovedarkchocolate.wordpress.com)
- Lone pine tree symbol of hope in Japan tsunami city – AFP (news.google.com)
- The Gallery- Trees: The Big One’s Tree (ghostwritermummy.wordpress.com)
- I Heart Trees (weddingbee.com)
- my mother’s trees (constellationremediation.wordpress.com)
- Only white flamboyant in Vietnam multiplied (lookatvietnam.com)
As I look to Moses and find he represented the old covenant I realize that as we grow in Christ our image and traditional ways of belief will fade away as well. This doesn’t settle well with some, and I can understand why. To empty out of something that has
sustained us for so long; makes it hard to conceive that there can be any other way. However I believe even Moses may have knew that a new wine would be pored and the old traditions would not be able to contain the glory of the coming king. I have learned to continually empty out the old as God pours in the new. And you know something? Moses has become a humbled friend to me. He has taught me the art of change and the need to follow the one I call Jehova .
2 Cor 3 12-18
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains un-lifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
- The Old and New Covenants Contrasted (2Co 3:6-18) (dtbrents.wordpress.com)
- Covenants, Blood Sacrifices and Holiness. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Covenants, Blood Sacrifices and Holiness (inhislovingservice.wordpress.com)
- For freedom (sarahhollinger.com)
- The Bible in my own words (Numbers 31:1-54) (atheistdave.wordpress.com)
- On the Mountain with God — Lectionary Meditation (pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com)
- Lord, Help Me to Accept Responsibility for My Mistakes – Deuteronomy 1:37 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- Living on the mountaintop (christinaredeemed.wordpress.com)
- Show Me Your Glory! (wellbymel.com)
- What kept Moses from being able to enter the Promised Land? Which of the Ten Commandments speaks to this issue? (spiritualdimension.wordpress.com)
If we have faith we should be working it. James 2 v18 says; “Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” In verse 26 it says: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
I understand there are a lot of views of faith and its application however today I want to touch on a simple aspect of faith. One day, as I was talking with a group of guys about faith; one of the guys mentioned that everyday he would run up to a busy intersection and then just before approaching into the street he would close his eyes and believe that God wouldn’t allow him to be run over by oncoming traffic. Not good. So often we put ourselves in the line of fire in order to prove to others and ourselves that we are full of faith. This type of testing only proves that we are full of something else. LOL. It wasn’t his faith that kept him alive and protected him from being run over. It was God’s grace intervening for someone who was stupid. I am glad to say that since then, he has grown up and realized how stupid it was. As young Christians we always believed God for everything and as we look back we realize the Lord definitely moved and provided in mysterious ways for us and still does; however, at some point in our walk something changed. Our expectations of always being catered to by the Lord seemed to have a twist. It becomes an eye opener when the father says “hey its time for you to apply what I have taught you.” We begin to hear the Father saying “get it yourself and grow up” as most of us parents can understand oh so well. When that happens most of us want to know where did Papa and Mama Grace go too? LOL
Hebrews 11 -1 says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. One simple truth when applying faith is the alignment our faith with Gods plans. God’s promises are “worked” in our lives and we need to understand that it is a work in progress, even though we may not be able to see the fulfillment; we can know in hope it will be done according to his will not ours. We can have the confidence that he will complete that work. Many of us have faith to believe in things not yet seen such as finances, health, and other areas of our lives that need a touch from God. However, many of us never see the fulfillment aspect of faith. It is crucial to understand that God’s word is the hope of change to our circumstances or current position in life. Let’s take look at a couple of examples. We can face many financial difficulties that can range from the wealthiest to the poorest individuals. Some of us spend and spend until it’s all dried up. Then we call on God to bless us financially. Where faith is applied, is in the hope that God’s word will bring change or transformation to our minds so we can get a better understanding of stewardship. God doesn’t grow money on a tree in the back yard. LOL. He works it in us to change our habits and our ability to manage our lives and our finances. This is the time frame of substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Once we realize the Lord is more interested in our hearts and its motives, we can then get a better understanding of the faith works principal. We as believers should always welcome the hand of God in bringing us to a place of stewardship in every aspect of our lives. Once we are aligned with Him then the inheritance and blessings of God will be beyond measure and overflowing.
According to Matthew 6-21 it says: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” We need to be mindful of our hearts and it position in relationship to God first, finances, health, and other needs second. We should realize God will first align our hearts with himself and then secondly cause us to gain the knowledge of stewardship over those areas that are in need. Paul was content with wherever he was as long as it was where the Lord wanted him. As Paul we need to look to God for the answers of whatever we are applying faith too. Most likely it will be fulfilled by something that is changed in our perspective or motive. We have all at some point in our life pressed in and allowed God to change our mindset thus resulting in successful businesses, financial freedom, better health, and healed relationships, etc. This is a testimony that our hearts should always seek first the kingdom of Heaven. By doing so, these other things will fall into place because you will find you have changed. The lottery, inheritance, or robbing a bank is not the answer for financial freedom nor is ignoring or hiding from someone we may have ought against going to heal bad relationships and make them go away. It is by applying or working our faith and believing that a change of heart and attitude will make a lasting difference. Otherwise, we could find ourselves further down the road, right back where we started from asking God and believing in “dead faith” to resolve our shortfalls. I still rely on God and those who are willing to teach me ways in which to steward my finances, relationships, and other areas in my life because I know that will bring me more in line with what God favors. So today, let’s apply faith by working our faith and know the change will come as we become changed because faith works. Become a “Joseph” who God shall cause to be added unto in every aspect of our lives. Just a thought!
- Faith Works (livingfountains.wordpress.com)
- Real Faith (marcyda.wordpress.com)
- LSOF: The Perception of Faith (littlestepsoffaith.com)
- James Chapter 2 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- Speak, O Lord (challies.com)
- Consider (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- What An Incredible Day This Is Going To Be! (pastorpaulvbsblog.blogspot.com)
- Fear vs. Faith (jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com)
- CLICK A BLESSING TODAY – Our comfort zones (ptl2010.wordpress.com)
- Transformation (faithfulphysicist.wordpress.com)
Pursue what God approves of:
A godly life
A godly life brings huge profits to us who are content with what we have. We didn’t bring anything into the world, and we can’t take anything out of it. As long as we have food and clothes, we should be satisfied. What happens is our lives get focused on getting rich which usually produces tendencies to keep falling into temptation. We can become trapped by many harmful desires which drown us in destruction and ultimately bring ruin. Certainly, the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. This doesn’t mean that those who have money are evil. It comes down to where your heart is at. Some people who have set their hearts on getting rich have wandered away from the Christian faith and have caused themselves a lot of grief. As the servants of God we must avoid these things. Our focus should be set on pursuing what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. We must fight the good fight for the Christian faith. We must take hold of the everlasting life to which we where called. This brings a testimony to others of what is pleasing in the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony in front of the authorities such as Pilot, The mandate is insistent that, until our Lord Jesus Christ appears, that we obey this command completely. Then we cannot be blamed for doing anything wrong “God is the blessed and only ruler”. He is the “King of kings and Lord of lords”. Honor and power belong to him forever. So as we pursue what God approves lets do so knowing that all we do is a witness unto him that we are the sons and daughters of his good pleasure. We claim on our currency “In God We Trust”. Let’s always be watchful that our hearts and lives aren’t wrapped up in pursuing currency and or monetary possessions as the God in which we trust. Just a thought…
- Faith Is Based On Knowledge (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- Giving Thanks Always (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- The seven “Additives” to our faith (livingfountains.wordpress.com)
- We Exalt The Name Of Jesus Christ Our Lord! (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Divine Encounter – When God Shows Himself and Proves Himself. (suyee52.wordpress.com)
- Miracles of Our Lord of Pardon (rudyelijah.wordpress.com)
- HOLINESS, The Fruit and Flower of Spiritual Life (christianreformedink.wordpress.com)
- The Beatitudes: Blessed Are The Pure in Heart (thoughtsonscripture.com)
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
I took an oath, and I will keep it. I took an oath to follow your regulations, which are based on your righteousness.
I have suffered so much. Give me a new life, O LORD, as you promised.
Please accept the praise I gladly give you, O LORD, and teach me your regulations.
I always take my life into my own hands, but I never forget your teachings.
Wicked people have set a trap for me, but I have never wandered away from your guiding principles.
Your written instructions are mine forever. They are the joy of my heart.
- There is a new order with a covenant oath… (livingfountains.wordpress.com)
- HOLINESS, The Fruit and Flower of Spiritual Life (christianreformedink.wordpress.com)
- Sweeter than Honeycomb (sweeterthanhoneycomb.wordpress.com)
- Longing for the taste of His words (sarahhollinger.com)
- Psalm 1 (dennislh.wordpress.com)
- Hebrews Chapter 6 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- Sermon on the Mount 2 (confessingchurch.wordpress.com)
Even though it seems to be the same sky; I quietly wait for a new sky each day. I see the clouds below as I am moved across the heavens. The earth seems so far away and yet it captivates my interest. Gliding across its surface I see the wonders of creation. The flow of clear running water falling from above; beckons me to allow it, to embrace me and refresh me, as it creates a reservoir of peace and tranquility. The rivers that it gives life to all sing as they move through the land where trees stand majestically and flowers blossom with an array of life giving colors. Ah for a time there is only one sound. It is Earth in all its glory. No animals and no Human life. The only sound is the water and the wind that carries its echoes across and through the canyons, the trees, and the open plains. It is the sound of life and Spirit giving and receiving life and Spirit. It doesn’t take except for that which it gives. A new sky a new heaven is what I quietly wait for. Someday we will hopefully soar together and see the beauty of it all. Just a thought..
The people established the Levitical priesthood based on instructions they received. If the work of the Levitical priests had been perfect, we wouldn’t need to speak about another kind of priest. However, we speak about another kind of priest, a priest like Melchizedek, not a Levitical priest like Aaron. When a different kind of priesthood is established, the regulations for those priests are different. The priest whom we are talking about was a member of a different tribe. No one from that tribe ever served as a priest at the altar. Everyone knows that our Lord came from the tribe of Judah. Moses never said anything about priests coming from that tribe. The regulations were different. This became clear when a different priest who is like Melchizedek appeared. That person is a priest, not because he met human requirements, but because he has power that comes from a life that cannot be destroyed. The Scriptures say the following about him: “You are a priest forever, in the way Melchizedek was a priest.” The former requirements are rejected because they are weak and useless. Moses’ Teachings couldn’t accomplish everything that God required. But we have something else that gives us greater confidence and allows us to approach God. None of this happened without an oath. The men from the tribe of Levi may have become priests without an oath, but Jesus became a priest when God took an oath. God said about him, “The Lord has taken an oath and will not change his mind. You are a priest forever.” In this way Jesus has become the guarantee of a better promise. There was a long succession of priests because when a priest died he could no longer serve. But Jesus lives forever, so he serves as a priest forever. That is why he is always able to save those who come to God through him. He can do this because he always lives and intercedes for them. We need a chief priest who is holy, innocent, pure, set apart from sinners, and who has the highest position in heaven. We need a priest who doesn’t have to bring daily sacrifices as those chief priests did. First they brought sacrifices for their own sins, and then they brought sacrifices for the sins of the people. Jesus brought the sacrifice for the sins of the people once and for all when he sacrificed himself. Moses’ Teachings designated mortals as chief priests even though they had weaknesses. But God’s promise, which came after Moses’ Teachings, designated the Son who forever accomplished everything that God required. Jesus has been given a priestly work that is superior to the Levitical priests’ work. He also brings a better promise from God that is based on better guarantees. If nothing had been wrong with the first promise, no one would look for another one. But God found something wrong with his people and said to them, “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new promise to Israel and Judah. It will not be like the promise that I made to their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt. They rejected that promise, so I ignored them, says the Lord. But this is the promise that I will make to Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my teachings inside them, and I will write those teachings on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will each person teach his neighbors or his relatives by saying, ‘Know the Lord.’ All of them from the least important to the most important will all know me because I will forgive their wickedness and I will no longer hold their sins against them.” God made this new promise and showed that the first promise was outdated. What is outdated and aging will soon disappear.
- Jesus The High Priest But Not A Levite???. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Hebrews (Ibrim) Chapter 7 (segulah.wordpress.com)
- Jesus the Priest (thimblefulloftheology.wordpress.com)
- The True High Priest. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- Further Understanding The Change In Priesthood From Levitical Order To The Melchizedek Order (The Completion Of Sacrificial Atonement & The Gift Of The Spirit) (paradoxparables.wordpress.com)
- The True High Priest (inhislovingservice.wordpress.com)
- Hebrews 7 (asorensen.wordpress.com)