Saturday, May 25, 2013

Given to the simple

Matthew 11:25
25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;"

The wise and prudent spend money in costly books and libraries and learn little that helps their eternal destiny.
This knowledge is given by God to the simple and little children.

Isaiah 55:1-2

55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money,come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food."

The best things in life are not things.
Everything is grace.

Luke 1:53
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,and the rich he has sent away empty."

Friday, May 24, 2013

Gift of Friendship

" Faithful friends are beyond price, no amount can balance their worth. Faithful friends are life-saving medicine; those who fear God will find them. Those who fear the Lord enjoy stable friendship, for as they are, so will their neighbors be. (Sirach 6 :15 - 17)

Lord Jesus thank you for the friends you have given me. One thing is though very certain: You are my best Friend.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The word of God is compared to a mirror

"And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe."  (1 Thessalonians 2: 13)

How is the word of God at work in us who believe?  First, you hear or read the word through preaching, teaching or bible study.  James in his Letter compares the word of God to a mirror:
"For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like."  (James 1: 22 - 23)
A mirror is a necessary tool we use to ensure that all is well with our  appearance before we we head to the door. But if a mirror shows a smear on the cheek and you do nothing about it before going out, you have not helped yourself.

The word of God becomes effectual in us when we hear the word, understands it and adjusts our life in line with what the word reveals.

"Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."  ( John 13: 17)
Change happens not because of what you know but because of what you do daily.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Secret of Profound Peace

"Lovers of your law have much peace;
for them there is no stumbling block"  (Psalm 119: 165)

I share a beautiful commentary on the above verse from Matthew Henry Complete Bible Commentary below:

"Verse 165 Here is an account of the happiness of good men, who are governed by a principle of love to the word of God, who make it their rule and are ruled by it. 2. They are easy, and have a holy serenity; none enjoy themselves more than they do: Great peace have those that love thy law, abundant satisfaction in doing their duty and pleasure in reflecting upon it. The work of righteousness is peace (Isa. 32:17 ), such peace as the world can neither give nor take away. They may be in great troubles without and yet enjoy great peace within, sat lucis intus—abundance of internal light. Those that love the world have great vexation, for it does not answer their expectation; those that love God’s word have great peace, for it outdoes their expectation, and in it they have sure footing. 2. They are safe, and have a holy security: Nothing shall offend them; nothing shall be a scandal, snare, or stumbling-block, to them, to entangle them either in guilt or grief. No event of providence shall be either an invincible temptation or an intolerable affliction to them, but their love to the word of God shall enable them both to hold fast their integrity and to preserve their tranquility. They will make the best of that which is, and not quarrel with any thing that God does. Nothing shall offend or hurt them, for every thing shall work for good to them, and therefore shall please them, and they shall reconcile themselves to it. Those in whom this holy love reigns will not be apt to perplex themselves with needless scruples, nor to take offence at their brethren, 1 Co. 13:6, 1 Co. 13:7 .

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The missing ingredient

"Cast your care upon the LORD,
who will give you support.
He will never allow
the righteous to stumble."  (Psalm 55: 23)

This is Pentecost.  For 50 days of the Easter Season, I prepared for the feast with the Church with great expectation.  I know in my heart that things must be different for me from now going forward.  I have prayed.  I have listened to the word.  I have done everything I can think of in order to gain the Freedom that will launch my purpose.

All that remains is faith.  Do I have the faith to make this quantum leap?  Today,I heard these words from Jesus from the Gospel of the day:  "Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” I understood the one thing that I lack, the missing ingredient!  Miracle producing faith that will enable me to cross over. How do I get this faith?

Following an inspiration from the same Gospel, I cry out, "“I do believe, help my unbelief!”"  And then I cast all my care with confidence upon the Lord who will support me and will never allow me to stumble. (Psalm 55: 23 NABRE) 

  • I believe in prayer
  • I believe in the word of God
  • I believe in miracle
  • I leave the rest to God

All that I need now is to leave the rest to God, to cast all my care upon the Lord and wait.
If I live, I live.  If I die, I die.