Pauls’ epistles, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians are some of my favorite books in the Bible. There is so much here to learn from, about life and about Jesus Christ our Lord. Within them, he shares His love for the church and other believers, as we all ought to. He encourages them by telling them the that He prays for them and what He prays for. I try to pray for my family and my church for these as well, though not as often as I should. Of course, I try to stay away from ‘recited’ prayer, but I think using scripture within your prayer is good. As believers, we need to be intercessors for others. That is what Paul is doing in His letters. These intercessory prayers encourage and guide us in our prayer life and in our life. When I read them, I also feel He was praying these prayers for all of us.
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”
What are ways we can live that reflect we are a child of God? How are we to live our lives? We have talked about “carrying your cross daily” and reading 1 John to know if we are truly saved. This is one thing 1 John says:
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
John uses the sins that Adam and Eve were seduced by causing The Fall, separating them from God and cursing all of us. Thanks God He sent His one and only Son to take our sins upon His shoulders and nail them to the cross to redeem us from our sins. How blessed we are to have a loving God and savior to do that for us. Continue reading “The 3 sins of this World”
During the holidays, many have the spirit of giving. What if we did this all the time? We should have this spirit throughout the year. Today’s scripture is about love and giving. How do we know that we are God’s children? By loving others. Continue reading “Be a Servant”
Do you ever wonder what God has planned for your life? What His will for you individually is? What your ministry is? Are you waiting for a call from Him? I think sometimes He just wants you to go. Try something. Get involved and then see if that is where He is leading you. God told Abraham to go but He didn’t tell Him where at first. Jesus told His disciples simply, “Follow Me.” They didn’t know where He was going, they simply followed.
Now the Lord had said to Abram, ‘Get out of your country, from your family, and from your Father’s house, to a land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to Him.
Abram (who was later named Abraham) obeyed the Lord and had faith to go wherever He was lead. He didn’t ask where he was going, He just went. Because of His faith, we all are blessed, for through him, Jesus Christ, God’s One and only Son, came to earth as a child, became a man, died on the cross and rose again on the third day to save us from our sins.
And He (Jesus) walked by the Sea of Galilee. He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called to them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat, with the hired servants, and went after Him.
Like Abram, God called and they followed, not knowing where they were to go. He calls each of us to serve in His kingdom, “to make us fishers of men.” We all have a ministry. It is up to us and follow until God reveals what that is. I believe that God has called me at different times to do different things. Sometimes I was faithful, sometimes I was not. But each time that I followed His calling, I received a blessing. In a few days, I leave for Haiti. The first time was a bit scary and I didn’t know what to expect. This will be my fourth time now, and I am so excited, I cannot wait! I thank God for this opportunity to experience God working in my life and in the lives of these children. What a blessing! May you follow God’s calling for you, and see what great things God can do and how you can share those blessings with others! May the Lord bless you all.