What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? Psalms 116:12
Our Father has done so much for us there is no way we can repay Him or match what He does. He has given us life, health, livelihood, kept us safe, food, shelter, and the list can go on and on. But one thing we can do is to give our lives to Him as a living sacrifice by living holy and become pleasing in His eyesight (Romans 12:1). He has allowed mercy and grace to walk by our sides each day not because we are so good (for our righteousness are like filthy rags….Isaiah 64:6), but because of His great love for us. Let’s love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and with all of our strength. (Mark 12:30)
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
There is nothing like God’s peace! Everything in our lives and around us can be in an uproar, yet God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds. His peace will keep us from blowing up from under the pressure. When we allow worry to take over, we are saying to God that we don’t trust Him to fix it and we tie God’s hands from helping us to get through our struggles. We becomes stressed, depressed, angry, restless and sleepless. When we allow His peace to take over, we no longer fret about the situation because we cast our cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7). His peace will surpassed all understanding that it even amazes us. He will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our mind stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3). When we keep our mind on Him we cannot dwell on the negative, but we think on things that are pure, just, noble, honorable, and of a good report (Philippians 4:8).
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
What a powerful verse of scripture that God is already anticipating our call and that He is already answering it even before we ask for it. When I had my first-born son, seasonal mothers told me to go ahead and run the vacuum cleaner or have noises so that the baby would become use to hearing them while they are in their crib sleeping. I would be in the kitchen cooking with the television playing in the background. But I would be listening attentively to hear my child if he would cry or make a sound. I was ready for him because I anticipated that he would soon wake up for his feeding and be prepared to feed him. Just think that I am a mother who is sensitive to the cry of her child, how much more God our spiritual Father, who sees and knows all things, is sensitive to our cry and he is already providing for our needs.
I have a guest writer today. G. Elizabeth Moore gave this Inspirational Word at our service Sunday morning which was a blessing to our congregation.hearers.
I know this word will be a blessing to you too!
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive
you:" MATTHEW 6:14
To the point and simple, right? Well to the point yes, simple, not so much!
Forgiveness is HARD! It is not easy to give up our right to be hurt, to be
angry, have to need to get back at or hate the other for what they have done to
you. You may have had terrible things done to you by someone you loved and
trusted. You may have even lost a great deal because of someone's action. I
know for myself I've lived the forgiveness fight.
The Bible tells us the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was sold
into slavery by his brothers. Joseph went from slavery to prison, and then to a
place in Pharaoh's court, and finally to being in charge of all Egypt, second
only to Pharaoh himself. When the famine drove his brothers to Egypt, Joseph
then had his brothers, his enemies in the palm of his hand.
Just before he revealed himself to forgive them, we are told he went to a place
of solitude and wept so loudly that the whole palace heard it! By their
standards at that time, he had the right and the power to kill them, but
instead, he embraced them, but is was not easy, it was hard for him. Joseph
says to his brothers: "But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant
it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save as much people alive"
We are able to forgive because God is in charge. We are also able to forgive
because God takes even the things that were meant to hurt us, and He uses them
for good, if we let him. IF WE LET HIM!
We must forgive from the inside (the heart) and bring forth love in obedience to
We must forgive those who have hurt us: because our own forgiveness hinges on it.
If we can not forgive, then we do not have love in our heart. When we refuse to
forgive the bitterness grows like a cancer within us and eats away at us,
causing stress and illness and a great lack of joy. Whether we like it or not,
the only therapy for this cancer is the surgery of forgiveness!
When we refuse to forgive, we allow the sin that was committed against us to
hurt us twice; once when we were first sinned against and again by keeping us
from receiving God's forgiveness.
Jesus lets us know that if we refuse to forgive, then we really haven't grasped
our need for forgiveness, or how much God has forgiven us, and thus in our
pride, we have not truly repented, and God will not forgive us.
BUT WHEN WE HAVE OUR EYES ON THE CROSS, AND THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT JESUS
WENT THROUGH IN ORDER TO FORGIVE US AND CLEANSE US FROM OUR SIN, IT BECOMES
PRETTY MINOR TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HARM US TODAY,
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Whatever the problems or struggles we may have in our lives, we must not give up. God wants us to keep bringing to Him, however great or small the problem maybe to us, to Him in prayer. It is God’s will that we suffer because He has a greater purpose in our lives. No, we can’t always see now what the total result maybe. Yet he is working it out for our good. Come before His presence with thanksgiving and praise and know that He is our Father and He loves us.