Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Loaves and Fish and the Presidential Election



Reading about the miracle of the loaves and fish in the Gospel of John in my quiet time and v. 11 struck me: "Jesus took the loaves, GAVE THANKS, and distributed to those...." Looked up the words "gave thanks" in Greek dictionary (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Bible) is "eucharisteo" and means to show oneself grateful, be thankful, give thanks. And it occurred to me that Jesus, the Son of God, was truly grateful to God for those five small barley loaves and two small fish. He didn't just give lip service. Jesus couldn't pray half-heartedly. For the first time I had the slightest insight into that moment when He prayed--thankfully, gratefully. And it made me think, "Am I thankful for the small amounts that I have? That anything God provides will be more than enough when I give thanks from my heart? And then I thought about our elections today. No matter who wins the Presidential election, God has provided, and I can be thankful for what little they have to give, and I can pray that God will multiply that so it makes a difference for our country and for His kingdom and His glory. This gives me peace this morning.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Humble Yourself and Cast Your Anxiety On the Lord


1 Peter 5:6-7: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you." ESV

Bible Commentary Note: God knows what He’s doing in our lives. Don’t submit to circumstances but to the Lord who controls circumstances.

Similar verses: Ps. 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.
Ps. 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you.
Ps. 40:17 God is our helper and our deliverer.

Bible Commentary Note: Humbly obey God regardless of circumstances and in His good time, either in this life or in the next, He will lift you up. Jesus humbled Himself completely when He died on the cross and God exalted Him to the highest heaven.

God is faithful. God is trustworthy. And He cares for you. You CAN let go. Humbly admit that you can't fix things and cry out to God.  Cast your anxieties on the Lord. You weren't meant to bear the burdens that are causing anxiety and fear in your heart. Throw off everything enslaving you and let it land on God. He's big enough to handle it! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Definition of Glory



Looking up the definition of “glory” used in 1 Peter 5 and I just have to share this. I’ve read this several times and each time I had to get up and go get a Kleenex.

“Theologically, with respect to believers, it signifies their exalted status….It is a state in which one is accorded the fullest enjoyment of the admiration and honor of God—the object of His highest regard and praise. God’s expression of “doxa” (Greek for “glory”) consists in the bestowal of exaltation to His right hand, the inheritance of His kingdom, resurrection, and the enjoyment of fullness, satisfaction, joy, righteousness, and ceaseless delight. Although this eschatic glory has not been revealed but awaits Christ’s return, the believer presently possesses this glory in spirit by the Holy Spirit (2 Co 3:18,; 1 Pe 4:14). The expression “the Spirit of glory” in 1 Peter 4:14 means the Spirit who even now imparts glory spiritually, invisibly, and secretly to the soul of believers as a foretaste and promise of full, open, future glory. While believers suffer public shame and ignominy in the eyes of men, the Holy Spirit inwardly testifies through the gospel that in the eyes of God they are honored and that one day, therefore, in the eyes of all men (especially their persecutors) God will honor them. All of this is granted solely through Jesus Christ who, by His perfect obedience, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection, secured so great a salvation for God’s elect.”

The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Bible’s New Testament Lexical Aids

We do not deserve anything but because of Christ, we gain everything!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Suffering

After studying 1 Peter 4:1-11 for Sunday School (which talks about suffering and that Christ suffered), I was reminded that Jesus not only bore the full wrath of men--being beaten beyond recognition, mocked, spit on, reviled, shamed, crucified--He also bore the wrath of God. Whatever suffering we experience as a believer, we will never suffer more than Christ Jesus suffered for us.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jesus Saves

Jesus Saves, by Travis Cottrell. Favorite part of the song--as one who will never forget the pit of darkness and fear I was in before Jesus set me free:

Freedom's calling
Chains are falling
Hope is dawning
Bright and true
Day is breaking
Night is quaking
God is making all things new
Jesus saves
Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

There is Hope in the Midst of Anxiety and Panic

There is hope in the midst of anxiety and panic and that hope is in Jesus. He alone has the power to break through the stronghold of fear in our lives. Draw near to Him, cry out to Him, tell all to Him, and then, like David in the psalms, start speaking His praises because He is for you and will help you. Cling to Him and don't let go. If you don't know Jesus well enough to praise Him, then open your Bible and get to know Him. Read about Him in Colossians, Hebrews, John, and the other Gospels. Then read the other books of the Bible because they all point to Him. John tells us He is light and the darkness has not overcome Him. So He can give you victory over depression and panic and anxiety. Get the truth of God's Word into you regarding these areas--see the Bible verses I used to focus on the greatness and unlimited power of Jesus and of His love for me. For all of us. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Follow Him and He will lead you out of your darkness and panic and fear step by marvelous step. He will never lie to you. He will never abandon you. He will give you life, and life more abundantly. He is trustworthy! He is life! He is hope!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

God Sent A Little Visitor

God sent this female ruby-throated hummingbird to visit with me while I was on my patio. I was delighted! She waited for me while I ran inside and grabbed my camera and didn't seem to mind me snapping pics or taking videos of her. I love it when God sends something special into my life to let me know that He IS watching over me. "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Ps.37)
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