I have recently been studying in the book of Ecclesiastes. Today in chapter 4 verse 1 read, “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.” As I read this the thought went through my mind “How depressed Solomon must have been to have written this.” Yet in today’s world we as Christian often feel the same as we see the power of the oppression that is taking place to those who are trying to live as the Word of God teaches. It is so easy to get discouraged if we do not lean on God and His promises to us. As a Christian we know that hatred and oppressions will come for Jesus warned us of this in Matthew 15: 18-19 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” The world may hate us and try to oppress us but Jesus has promised that we as His own will be comforted. John 14:16-18, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” I am so thankful we are never alone, the oppressions of this world will come, my friends, but Jesus is right here with us; holding us up, protecting us, and guiding us. When our days on this earth are through He will take us home to be with Him where there will be no more oppression or hatred only love, peace, and joy. So don’t be discouraged my friends just hold on, in Christ we have the assurance of brighter days coming for those who love and follow Him.
Heavenly Father, We come to you today asking you to comfort us and strengthen us as we face the oppression in today’s world. We know Lord you are in control. Comfort our hearts and minds so we can live in peace knowing you are with us always just as you promised us you would be. We thank you Lord for you love and presence in our lives. We give you all the honor and praise. In Jesus Name, Amen
Meditation is focused thinking. When we think about our problems over and over in our mind it is called worry. When we think about God’s Word over and over in our mind it is meditation. If you know how to worry you already know how to meditate, you just need to switch from letting your problems play over and over in your mind to speaking God’s Word over and over again in our mind. Each time a worry comes to mind immediately replace your thought with a memorized bible verse. The more we meditate on God’s Word the less we will have to worry about. Our worry (lack of faith) is replaced with the promises God has given us. We now have established faith! When our faith grows our world becomes brighter and our steps become lighter. The weight we once carried is replaced with a feeling of contentment. We now rest in God’s Word knowing He is in full control.
Psalms 119:97 O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
I have had a sense of restlessness lately. I know the Lord has a calling on my life to teach and to speak God’s truth to others in love. Lately I have not been doing that. When I returned to my Facebook site a few weeks ago I felt the Lord wanted me to go in a different direction from what I was posting before. I intend to change that now. Some may leave my site. That’s OK, but I have to do what God places within my heart. So here goes.
We are living in a world were evil is abounding and we as Christian are sitting by in our comfort zone afraid to speak out against the evil taking place. We all want to see pretty pictures and read uplifting verses. That’s all great; God is love but he is also a God of judgment. I was reading in Ecclesiastes this morning in Chapter 3 verses 16-17 where it says: And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Evil is abounding in our world today because the righteous are afraid to speak up and call sin a sin. We are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation or we fear Facebook will shut us down. Yet, where would we be today as Christians if Jesus and the disciples had not been willing to speak out? We would not have the opportunity for Salvation, nor would we know the gospel of Christ without those willing to stand for what is right and good in God’s eyes.
Our world is filled with iniquity. Here are just a few examples of many. This morning I was reading a post by Franklin Graham where he talks about a rapper, I will not call any name just look it up for yourself, who is promoting a new pair of sneakers called “Satan Shoes”. Each pair of these shoes has a drop of human blood on them. They are only producing 666 of them, each one numbered. One of this rapper’s videos shows him dancing on a stripper pole while going down into hell to give Satan a lap dance. Can you just imagine how abhorred God must be by such actions!
I did not watch the Grammy Award but I have seen videos of songs on the show promoting sexual content. This is evil again being promoted as good. We are being faced with the censorship of Dr. Seuss books and the cartoons we grew up on being taken from off the air for fear it will SOMEHOW brainwash our children into violence. But the videos our younger generation plays is filled with killing, violence, the spilling of blood being splattered across the television screen. Yet we wonder why there is so much violence in the world today??
God has been taken from our schools, we can no longer pray in public for fear of harassment. The Ten Commandments (the very essence of what our laws are based upon) are no longer displayed in public. We fear speaking the truth by God’s Word in a world were evil has become rampant for fear of retaliation for those truths spoken.
Isaiah 5:20 says; Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! God sees my friends, He see the evil taking place; and He sees where we who call ourselves His people are standing in the mist of all that is taking place.
God loves all mankind but He hates sin. He will only tolerate the iniquity of this world so long before He will call an end to it. We are living under His grace and mercy right now but there will come a day of judgment; a day when the good will be separated from the evil (Matthew 13:49). As for me I want to be found as one of those following Christ, doing His work, teaching His Word, and showing His love to others. I pray many others are willing to do the same.
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God Bless each of you! Jeanette
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Paul is writing to the Church at Ephesus to comfort and encourage them them in their Christian walk. There are times in life, especially in our Christian walk that we all need encouragement from others especially our church leaders and our Christian family. I don’t know of anyone especially in the world we live in today who doesn’t get discouraged. As a Christian we have an obligation to comfort others in need but there is no greater comforter than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Father in heaven, and the Holy Spirit. When things are not going well we can take comfort in God’s grace and in the peace that only He gives us in times of trouble.
Ref: II Corinthians 1:2-3 Blessed (worthy to be praised) be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation (troubles), that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Through God’s grace and comfort to us we learn to comfort others in need.
Our Heavenly Father is worthy of our praise and honor. He is not only Jesus’ Father but He is our Father as well. He is our comfort in times trouble. All that is required of us is that we ask Him to comfort us. He blesses us with hope through Jesus Christ and He blesses us with the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us every day, giving us the ability to comfort others.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your comfort to us in times of trouble. Give us a heart of praise and worship for you and give us a heart willing to reach out and comfort others in their times of need. In Jesus Name, Amen
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
While in this world we are faced with two options: to walk after our fleshly desires (and we all have them) or to walk after the teachings of the Holy Spirit (God’s perfect way). If you have not given you heart to Christ and accepted Him into your life you are walking daily after your flesh, living under the curse of the law. Only Christ living within us allows us to walk after the Holy Spirit. First, if you do not know Jesus as you Savior I encourage you to ask Jesus into your heart today. No one has gone so far He will not accept you as His own. It’s not hard just go to Him in prayer, confess with a sincere heart you are a sinner in need of His forgiveness, then ask Him to come into your heart and wash you clean. Ask Him to give you a new heart. One He can mold and change into His likeness.
Once we allow Christ into our heart we then ask the Holy Spirit to come live within us to teach us and guide on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit opens our spiritual eyes so we see who we really are in God’s eyes and allows us to see how we are conducting ourselves. The more we walk in the Holy Spirit the more we walk in love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (self-restraint). We are not longer under the law or the curse of sin Galatians 5:18. We now have freedom from the old life of sin. When we walk in the Holy Spirit we walk in peace and happiness in our relationship with God and others. Romans 8:2-6
Heavenly Father, We come to you today asking you to forgive us of our sins against you and others. Come into our heart and wash us clean through your son’s blood that was shed on the cross for the sins of the world. Teach us to crucify our flesh with its weaknesses and sinful nature. Pour your Holy Spirit into us to teach us and guide us each day allowing us to walk in your Holy Spirit. We need you Lord for we cannot produce the fruits of the Spirit without Your Spirit in us. We thank You for Your love and forgiveness, as we turn our hearts over to You. In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen!
Rewards of a Soft Answer
Do you ever just let words fly out of your mouth without thinking? If asked I would have to say I have been guilty. It’s so easy when in a state of anger or disappointment to just spew the first thought that comes to mind. Yet the Lord does not want us to be quick with our words. He wants us to be wise using restraint, grace, and kindness when we are angry. Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace (angry words), is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips (refrains from speaking when angry) is esteemed a man of understanding.”
When in a disagreement we often do not listen to the other person we are upset with when they are speaking. As they try to tell us why they are upset we are already forming the words of our retaliation without really hearing what the other person is trying to tell us. Quickly spoken words never bring good results but the wise will listen, really listen to what the other person is saying before giving an answer. Proverbs 1:15 teaches us that a soft answer turns away wrath but harsh words stirs up anger. More angry words thrown back and forth only intensify hurt feeling, never allowing the disagreement to be settled. James 1 verse 19 says, ““Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift (quick) to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (anger):”
Paul teaches a good lesson on how we should conduct ourselves as a Christian in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 29-32, where he says we are not to allow any bitter, angry or evil speaking to come from our mouth but to use words that edify and minister grace to the hearer showing them kindness, tenderness, and forgiveness.
It’s not always easy to be quiet and use wisdom when in a disagreement. Yet, with the help of the Holy Spirit we can do it. And the results are definitely worth the effort for it gives us harmony in our relationships, allowing us to live more peaceful lives.
Heavenly, Father we come to you today asking you to teach us how to deal with our anger when we are in a disagreement with someone. Teach us how to love and forgive others as you have loved and forgiven us. Instill in us a kind, tender, and forgiving heart. Let our words spoken be pleasing in your sight as we work to settle our differences. In Jesus Name, Amen
Ecclesiates 3:1-2 kjv
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
The Lord has a purpose for every season. The seasons come and go each year from spring to summer, which is a time to plant, and fall and winter, which is a time to pluck up or harvest what we have sown. Our lives upon this earth also have seasons. In the spring of our youth we grow as a person and as a Christian if we know Christ. Our days are filled with new learning experiences and developing a Christ like character, constantly growing more and more into what Christ made us too be.
Time passes and we come into our later years (the fall and winter of our life). In this season if we have developed and grown as we should as a Christian we become more and more of a living example to all those around us. As we watch our children and grandchildren, maybe even great grandchild develop we begin to receive the harvest of what we have sown in them grow and mature. Nothing brings more pleasure than watching our families grow in Christ.
The seasons of our life should never be wasted as they pass away far too quickly. No matter what season of our life we are in we can become a living example to others around us.
Heavenly Father, no matter what season of our life we are in teach us and grow us into the very best example of your love and grace to others. Let your love and mercy show through us, then when our life upon this earth is finished take us home to receive the greatest harvest of all; a home in heaven where we will rest forever in your glorious presence. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
Sometimes we feel we are rushing through life without ever having time to fully enjoy the moments the Lord has given us. We often feel we just exist; going from one task to another doing what has to be done without any joy in our heart, always trying to accomplish a goal that can never be reached. As I sat down an talked with the Lord today I asked Him why do we so often feel we are in rush with our lives full of turmoil? As I sat in the quiet room I felt the Lord spoke this into my heart; “To often my people dwell on their past and the things they cannot change; or constantly worrying what tomorrow will bring.” I thought how true this is for I am guilty of that far too many of my days.
One truth I have found is we cannot dwell in our past or live our days always worrying about tomorrow. We have to grasp each day and find the joy in it; the joy of knowing the Lord in our heart and the joy of loving Him and loving others around us. When we stop dwelling on our past or worrying about our tomorrows and start walking in the gift of each new day the Lord gives us, our steps become lighter, the sun shines brighter even when its overcast, the beautiful sounds around us become clearer and more pleasing to our ear. Life begins to have meaning and purpose. We then find we have peace and joy in our days again. Each day is a gift from God my friends, embrace it with all your heart and live in the joy of God’s precious gift; “The present.”
Lord, we come to you today seeking your peace, joy and purpose in our life. Help us to see the joy of each new day. Remind us we cannot change our past and only you know our future. Today is a gift you have given each of us to enjoy. Helps us Lord to learn to live in the gift of each day you give us. We thank you for the precious gift of each new day and for your abiding love and guidance in our life. In Jesus Precious Name! Amen