As I look outside my window this morning, I see the wonders of God. Snow covered hills, trees, flowers, a river, mountains and clouds and a big blue sky. The river is teaming with life. We often see swans and geese and ducks, and the occasional otter. Quite often a bald eagle will swoop past us or perch in the trees. Deer frequent the paths in our yard. Squirrels play in the trees.
God created it all. In harmony. And then there are the heavenly bodies. A full moon on a clear night reflecting off the water of the river.
A rainbow after a rain. The sun and the stars. And then there is the fascinating and unusual phenomena that occurs. Eclipses, blood moons. Aurora. Thunder and Lightning. Sunrises and sunsets. And the still, soft wind. God is in it all. He created it . The universe and everything in it. He created you and me. And he loves His creation.
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In our last discussion we talked about how Paul encouraged others in his prayer for them. He also never ceased to give God praise for all that He has done. This is something we all should remember in our prayers. As we talk to God, we should acknowledge how great a God He is, how good He is to us and all the things He has done for us. There are so many scriptures to choose from that have prayers of praise, particularly from the Psalms, but also many in both the Old and New Testaments. Many scriptures acknowledge God’s greatness and may not actually be part of a prayer, but I think by reading these and perhaps using some of them in our prayer will honor God. As the authors do, let us not only acknowledge Him in our prayers but share it with all those around us. Continue reading “Praise Prayers”
There are so many blessings of being a child of God. God promises us many things and He is always faithful to keep His promises. But along with these blessings, we also have responsibility and we also will go through struggles and even persecution just because the world hates God and hates His followers. See my blog post, Cost and Blessing of Following Jesus Continue reading “God’s Children Will Face Persecution”
In our weakness, God gives us strength. When we struggle, He comforts us. We will go through hardship; we will have times of weakness. He doesn’t keep us from those times, He helps us to get through them. He is always there for us, even when we don’t realize it. The Spirit will guide us and strengthen us and pray for us. Continue reading “God’s Promises: Comfort and Strength”
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The words of Jesus:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.” But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy. That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart. That God will lead you through it. That Christ is by your side. That the Spirit within you will give you strength. That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”