Archive | July 2012

God’s Word for Today

These blessings will follow us if we will listen and be obedient to his commandments:

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.  — Deuteronomy 28:1-10

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A New Song

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.  — Psalms 40:3

When you have been delivered by God (from persecutions, from difficulties, from sicknesses, from troubles) you will have a new song to sing.  You will sing praises of his grace and mercies and when others hear of it, it will caused them to reverence God and put their trust in him.

All things

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. — Romans 8:28

The story of Joseph is a great lesson to any one who reads it.  Here we have a young man who was sold off into slavery by his own brothers.  He was the second youngest of twelve children. His father, Jacob, loved his mother dearly. She died after giving birth to their child, Benjamin. Joseph was his father’s favorite and Jacob showed it by giving him a coat made of  many colors.  Joseph brothers hated him because of this.  One day his father asked him to go and check on his brothers. When they saw Joseph coming, they conspired together to kill him. So they strip him of his coat and threw him into a deep and empty pit. One of the brothers talked them out of killing him,  and they agreed to selling him to a passing caravan for twenty pieces of silver.  So Joseph starts a new life in Egypt.  In the beginning life seem to be fine, then all of a sudden things begin to change quickly, but not for Joseph’s good or was it?  Yet God had a purpose in his life.

 
Just when we think all is well in our lives, all of a sudden things changed quickly and it does not look good.  It seems when trouble comes, it comes in threes.  News come that a dear friend received a bad health report and it’s cancer.  There maybe marriage difficulties, but who does not have them, then the news come that the spouse wants a divorce.  Then there’s a phone call, your daughter been picked up by the police for drinking. Or maybe the check for the rent has bounced, and another unexpected bill come in the mail and of course, the funds are not there.  Then another phone call regarding your son totaling out your car, and he walked away without a scratch.  Trouble will come to all of our doors.  We may not always understand the purpose of it, but we continue to trust God and know that he loves us.  He is aware of every detail, and he knows how to turn the things in our lives that are meant for evil and work them out for our good.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. — Romans 8:35-37 (NLT)

Affirmations of Prayer

Pray with faith:

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22

Pray with confidence:

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11:9-10

Pray for healing:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:15

Pray about everything:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil 4:6

Prayer is powerful:

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:15

God sees us and hear us when we pray:

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12

Two paths

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. — Matthew 7:13-14

There are two paths that leads to two gates, but only one we can follow.  Which gate are you willing to open?  The one path is very large and a well-traveled road.  It’s an easy road to follow and many people choose to follow that path, but at the end of that path is death.  Not only is it a natural death, but it’s a spiritual death for eternally.  People do not want to believe that there is a hell.  Hell was not created for man, but it was originally created for the Devil and his demons.

God created The Devil, Lucifer,  to glorify him and he was a beautiful angel.  Lucifer name meant “Son of the Morning”.  Lucifer was beautiful and covered with various stones such as topaz, diamonds, sapphires, and rubies.  He also had stringed instruments in him that he played music. (Ezekiel 28:13)  God literally made him a walking instrument. Then one day he became full of himself and thought he would exalt himself to be like the most high God.  Lucifer was a powerful angel, because when God kicked out of heaven he took one-third of the angels from heaven down to earth with him.

The Bible tells us that hell enlarges itself.  How?  By those who refuses to accept the Lord in their hearts and turn from their sinful ways.  Some people may say well I’m a good person and I don’t do wrong.  I treat people respectfully, I give to the poor, and I attend church and give my offering.  They may do all of that, but if you have not repented of yours sins and accepted the Lord in your life, all the good that you do is in vain.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. — Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)

The path that leads to heaven is a one that is straight and narrow.  It is a path that is less traveled and few will find it.  Why?  Because this path requires a commitment to follow Christ.  We have to give up the ways of the world to follow him.

For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. — 1 John 2:16 (NIV)

One senior church mother who is no longer alive today, use to say, “If  I had two souls, I could lose one and save the other.”  We only have one and we must decide which path we will take.

Yet I will rejoice

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. — Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)

However bleak the circumstances may look in our lives, whether its our health, our finances, our family, our employment, our housing; our reactions to our circumstances by faith is to rejoice in the Lord.