Monday, August 31, 2009

Serenity Prayer

Did you know The Serenity Prayer had more to it than just what is repeated at the AA meetings? 

T H E  S E R E N I T Y  P R A Y E R

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
if I surrender to Your will,
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
and suprememly happy with You forever in the next.

B y  R e i n h o l d  N i e b u h r
Don't leave Jesus out of your prayers.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Until Then

One of these days I will be in Your full presence Lord. Nothing will be between us. Nothing of this world, no worries, no cares, no concerns, no hurts, no hurries. I will have given them to You.  I will be engulfed in Your love with nothing keeping me here. I will have no more little tasks to complete on this earth. I will be in Your presence Lord. No more prayers for the unsaved, sick or hurting. Just me and You Lord. I will rest in Your presence. I will sit at Your feet. I will be content, I will be complete.

Until then, I will sit in Your presence. There will be nothing between us. Nothing of this world, no worries, no cares, no concerns or hurts or hurries. I give them to You Father. Until then, I will be engulfed in Your love with just a few things keeping me here. I have little tasks to complete on this earth, but I do them in Your presence Lord. I pray for the unsaved, sick and hurting- just between me and You Lord. I rest in Your presence. I sit at Your feet. I am content, I am complete. - L. White

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Job Measured Up

Job had everything that a person could possibly want. He had seven sons and three daughters. He had many servants and possessions, thousands of sheep and camels, hundreds of donkeys and oxen. He was very wealthy. His name was the greatest among men of his day.

One day, Job was sitting in his home and a messenger came to tell him about the Sabeans that came and killed all the servants, and stole all the oxen and donkeys. He was the only one that escaped. While that guy was still telling him this, another servant came and started telling about a disaster that took all of his sheep and herdsmen. Then, if that wasn’t bad enough, here comes another messenger telling him of all the camel that were stolen and servants that were killed elsewhere. All this chaos had just hit Job in the same day, but the worst was yet to come. He was about to find out that all of his children were just killed by a freak sand storm.

Job had gone from the most renowned man in that time, to a man in total despair. Tragedy struck every aspect of his life. All he possessed and all he cherished were taken away.

Job knew where every one of these blessings had come from. They were God’s to begin with; they were God’s to take away. In all of this suffering, Job didn’t sin or even blame God. This is found in Job:1.

Still more tragedy was on its way. After all of this happened Job is struck with a horrible, embarrassing disease. His wife, who was the only family member still in his life, told him to just curse God and die. His friends tried to convince him that he was guilty of something or even sinning, that’s why all these things happened. He didn’t know why these trials had come so suddenly or even why they happened at all, but Job still did not blame God. Instead, he cried out and asked his Heavenly Father for understanding. God seemed like He was far away and not listening but Job knew deep down he was still a righteous man and God was still with him. He had realized that his integrity and moral standards had remained with him through all of these trials because he trusted the Lord.

Job 31:5-6 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.

Job wanted to be weighed with God’s accurate scales. He knew he hadn’t sinned in anyway, and he never turned from God: he still had a relationship with the Lord. Job’s confidence was still in the Lord. He knew His judgment was righteous. Job wanted to be measured by God’s standards, not what the world thought.

The Lord knows our heart, nobody else can claim that. Our God knows all. He understands everything; He is omniscient.

Thru all of these trials, Job had come to a better understanding of God. He had grown closer to Him. He relied on God to be there with him at all times. He kept the Lord first and foremost in his heart. Job didn’t understand why things went this way, but because he kept his trust in the Lord, he gained more insight and extraordinary wisdom from God. Job became a bigger man of God because he had stayed with Him instead of turning.

We could turn to things around us when we go through trials, turn to our best friend, someone we love, somebody professional, or we can decide to turn to God during hard times. If our heart isn’t directed towards the love of God, we will not grow in His ways. We might even be condemned as Job was by his “friends”. Going thru hardships helps us realize how much God really does love us and what He can do for us.

God knew Job’s heart. He knew what he was made of and where his heart was. The Lord knew ahead of time that Job would stay with Him no matter what. (Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:3-6) God was adding on and building Job’s character.

Our Father’s standards are not unreachable, they are just. They are not too high for us; God puts them at a level He knows we can reach. We just have to trust Him to get us there. Knowing in our heart that God is with us and relying on Him completely brings us more than we can imagine. We are brought His peace, joy, wisdom, knowledge, love, and more. Best of all, it brings us the His presence.

Are we measuring up to what God expects of us, or do we put the world’s standards in front of us and forget about the Lord? Do we look at what God wants, or do we see what the world wants? Do we see what God has given us or do we see what we have gained for ourselves?

Job didn’t measure himself by what he owned or used to own. He measured himself by what was in his heart. This is what we are to do.

Sometimes we are too concerned with what we have or could have. We are concerned about how many hours we put in at the job or the raise we can obtain. These things can be good if God is in the picture first. All this stuff can be used for God’s glory, but we have to remember to make God our first goal. We have to rely on God’s strength, not what we think we have.

The main idea here on this earth is to have God’s Word in your life. Relying and trusting in the Lord and knowing that He is here with you is what counts. His presence within you is what makes you worth something. Christ gives you quality in your life.

How much Jesus do you have in your life? You can have more every day if you live for God. Like Job, you will grow bigger and better. God will give you everything you need to measure up.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Measure of a Man

Many times the measure of a person is seen as the amount of success there is, the size of the bank account, the car driven, what size home or what kind of toys that are obtained. Sometimes we look at how big and tall a man is or how beautiful a woman is in the world’s eyes, or maybe even how intelligent someone is. None of these are the true measures of a man (or woman).

“The place to take the true measure of a man is not in the darkest place or in the amen corner, nor the cornfield, but by his own fireside. There he lays aside his mask and you may learn whether he is an imp or an angel, cur or king, hero or humbug. I care not what the world says of him; whether it crowns him boss or pelts him with bad eggs. I care not a copper what his reputation or religion may be; if his babies dread his homecoming and his better half swallows her heart every time she has to ask him for a five-dollar bill, he is a fraud of the first water, even though he prays night and morning until he is blue in the face and howls hallelujah until he shakes the eternal hills. But if his children rush to the front door to meet him and love’s sunshine illuminates the face of his wife every time she hears his footfall, you can take it for granted that he is pure, for his home is a haven and the humbug never gets that near the great white throne of God… W.C. Brann

We can certainly realize that the measure of a man should not be what he owns or the job he holds, but how much he loves- and what he loves.

Revelation 21:17 and he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

The wall measured here is from the holy city Jerusalem that is descending out of Heaven from God.

According to the Strong’s concordance, measure is a limited portion (a degree). To measure is to find out the quality of something, and estimate of what is to be expected (as of a person or situation), a basis or standard of comparison.

The wall is a basic structure on which something is built- this comes from the word teko which is to produce from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc. literally or figuratively: bear or be born, bring forth, be delivered. A wall is protection, it defends.

An angel brings tidings, he is a messenger, he is a recipient of the Word of God, he receives the truth from the Lord and brings it to others. By implication, an angel can be a pastor. Angels in Heaven are in spiritual form. We are angels in human form.

The angel here was measuring the basic structure. He was finding the quality of the wall, what it was made of, what is was brought forth from. The basic structure in our life should be the Word of God, the love He has given us. These walls defend us from the enemy. We should be built on this solid structure because everything else passes away.

In the next verse we find the wall was made of jasper.

Rev 21:18 and the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Jasper comes from a word meaning to polish; jasper is a gem, a precious stone. And the city was pure gold- which signifies love. Whenever “pure gold’ from the Lord is mentioned, it refers to pure love. The gold was like clear glass. This city is made of pure love, it is transparent- no flaws. This city is built with the Word of God. It is pure and total truth. The structure is polished and shiny. It has been polished by the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ.

This is how we are when have Christ within us. When we stay in His Word, it cleans and polishes everything within us. God’s Word enlightens and takes our darkness. Every Word we receive from God is total truth within. Our mind and heart can be filled with His love.

This is our measure. How much love do we have? How much Christ do we have? Jesus should be our foundation; God’s Word should be our structure. Are we letting the love of God rule our life or is the love of something else taking over?

Everyday we should read God’s Word and let the pure light and love of Christ grow within our heart, our mind and life. The true measure of a man is found within him.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

You Are Blessed

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and married, you are very rare, especially in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.

If you know that God sent His Son Jesus to die to pay for your sins, and you have received Him in your heart, you are truly the most blessed person in the whole world.

Author of this piece is unknown.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

So....Why Did God Make Me?

Originally we we’re all going to be gardeners.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15 RSV

But the fruity thing happened and…

So the Lord God banished him forever from the Garden of Eden, and sent him out to farm the ground from which he had been taken. Genesis 3:23 LVB

Our privileges were messed up from then and we couldn’t enter His presence anymore. Thank God He had plan B. He sent His Son to rescue us from eternal damnation. Life without Jesus is hell. He created a way that we could come back to God. We can enter His gates again. Our Father doesn’t want any of His children away from Him, He wants them all in His presence.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 KJV

All you have to do to obtain eternal life in heaven with our Father is turn from your sins and believe in His Son Jesus. He is ready and waiting with open arms for you to come home again just like the prodigal son as in Luke 15:11-24. Just believe that Jesus died for you and took your sins, know that He loves you.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18
Now that we’ve turned back to Him, it’s our duty to stay on track and walk the right way.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13

We are to fear our Father- know that He is God- and do as He says- it for our own good and safety. What exactly does God command?

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments abideth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he gave us. 1 John 3:23-24

The most important reason we are brought here is because of God’s love. We’re here for His pleasure and glory, to praise Him and spread His Word, which is His love, to others. We are to walk with Him and be by His side. We are also supposed to obey His commandments- which are not hard at all. We can do all of this simply by having Jesus in our heart.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Everything we do should be for God, and with God. Our life is all about Him. It’s obvious when we look around that God exists. He created us and loves us. He didn’t create us in His image so we would burn in hell.

And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great and first commandment. Matthew 22:35-36
Please read Why did God Make Me?, Our Purpose, and Another Purpose also with this series. click on the Labels below.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another Purpose

When we take that first step towards Jesus Christ, we will want to praise Him. He saved our soul and our heart rejoices. We begin to understand and know Him better as we stay close and walk beside our Savior. Once we begin to comprehend the love of God, we will continue to praise Him for being in our life.

This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. Psalms 102:18

We were created because God loves us, because He wanted to. He gave us a purpose while we're here also. We were not created to just sit around and be lumps. We have to stay busy doing something. God wants us to work and live for His glory, and also to praise the Him.

When we fully accept Jesus into our lives, it will be our pleasure to celebrate Him. Our eyes will be open and we will begin to see that He is worthy to be worshipped and adored. Once we find out who Jesus really is, what He wants to do for us and what He has already done for us, we won’t be able to keep it to ourselves. We will want to declare the Good News.

To praise is to boast about or glorify. When you have great news, you have to tell somebody, you want to shout it out. You don’t want to keep it to yourself.

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalms 145:4

Praising the Lord goes right along with the purpose He gave us. We are spreading His Word and living for His glory when we praise Him. It is boasting about His goodness and letting people know about His love. We will tell each other about His works and what He has done.

All of our life is based on God whether we admit it or not. It started with God, and it will end with Him. God uses our life for His good, for His purpose.

We know that all things work together for good for people who love God. They are called for God's purpose. Romans 8:28 SIM

All lives are incomplete without Him. Our mission on earth is not fulfilled without God in our life.When our time has ended in this world, we will be judged by the Almighty.

I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. Ecclesiastes 3:17 ASV

Our works will in no way get us to Heaven, it's the fact whether or not we have invited Jesus Christ to live in our heart or not that determines this. We will, however, be accountable for everything we have done. Have we confessed our sins or have we just pushed them aside? Have we worked for God or did we work for ourselves? Did we walk with the Lord or follow our own path? Did we hear Him callings us or did we ignore His voice? Did we live our life for Jesus, with Jesus? Did we reflect His image? Did we tell anyone about Him? Did we glorify His name or live for our own gain?

God gives us choices. He gave us a free will. He hopes that we will choose Him and His ways. All other choices lead to death.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you that today I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Oh, that you would choose life; that you and your children might live! Deuteronomy 30:19 LVB

The life God has given us is Jesus Christ- believe that He is God's Son and accept His forgiveness, or don't believe and die. It’s that simple. We can choose to praise and glorify the Lord, testify of His goodness and live in His blessings, or we can choose not to and die. I think it’s easier to live the life that was planned and purposed for us than to go against the grain and get rubbed the wrong way and then come out bruise and battered.

God still loves us no matter what choice we choose, but we can’t live in Heaven with Him if we have made the wrong choice simply because sin does not enter into His Kingdom. God would rather see His children come home to Him than to burn in hell any day. So why not praise Jesus as your Savior and glorify God for the life He has given you.

Knowing Jesus is all we need. Getting to know Him is even better. Live your purpose and praise Him.
Please also read Our Purpose and Why did God Make Me? Click on the Labels tab below.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Our Purpose

While we are here, God has given us a purpose. We’re supposed to work for Him. We’re to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.

But life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about God's mighty kindness and love. Acts 20:24

We’re to tell others of God’s message so they can know about His love, so they can seek His righteousness, goodness, and freedom. God wants to spread His love, His Word, so every single person in the world can have it.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

The gospel is God’s Word. God’s Word is Jesus Christ, His one and only Son. Jesus Christ is the good news.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
John 1:14

We are God’s tools in spreading His Word and telling about the love of Jesus. We don’t have to be a preacher to let somebody know how good God is. We can speak publicly or tell just on person at a time. We can publish a book about God’s ways or write a simple note to a friend. We could sing in front of thousands or we can sing to one child. We can paint a huge mural of Jesus Christ for all to see or we can draw a picture for grandma’s fridge. We can show somebody God’s love thru a smile, or speak through our actions and our lifestyle. We are to in someway let everyone around us know that our God reigns. We’re to let them know about the love and goodness that Jesus has for us. It’s our duty to let everyone know that He is available for them wherever they are and that His love is free for all, no matter where they have been or what they have done or what they are doing at the moment. Forgiveness is for the asking.

God designed each on of us before we even entered this earth in His image and for His glory, to speak His Word, to spread His news. We have Jesus’ example to follow.

But Jesus said to them, ``I must tell the Good News about God's kingdom to other towns, too. This is why I was sent.'' Luke 4:43 SIm

We’re to tell the ones who have their eyes closed and help them see, just as the ones before us have labored for Him and helped us to see the Light.

God’s desire is for us to see the whole Truth and then to share and testify of the Truth, which is Jesus Christ.

Revealing His son is our task in this world. We’re supposed to speak and show His love, His mercy, His grace, His forgiveness. We’re to repeat the Good News to others so they can receive as we have received. God wants everybody to know Him.

If you had known me, you would have known my Father. But even now, you do know Him and you have seen Him.'' John 14:7 SIM

There’s a big difference in knowing who God is and really knowing Him. Being made in His image, we have the opportunity to know our Father personally. God wants every single person to be close to Him. This is where our purpose on this earth comes in- spreading His Word so His children can know His ways.

We’re created like God because He wanted us to be able to fellowship with Him.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 RSV

Did you know the Almighty on calls us friends? (John 15:14-15) He wants us around Him. God made us in His image so we can grow to be like Him. We as humans will not become gods, but being a child of God, we have the traits of our Father. We have the ability to love as He loves, to be peaceful as he gives us peace, to become wise as He gives us wisdom. We can have knowledge as He reveals His knowledge, we can understand as He gifts us with understanding. We can know His will the closer we are to Him. If only we would get to know the Holy One better, spend more time with Him. He will teach us His ways. We can reflect our Creator’s image in our lifestyle.

I want the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you insight and a wise spirit. Then you will know Him better. The eyes of your heart will receive light. Then you will know the meaning of the hope of God's invitation. You will know the riches of His glorious inheritance among the holy people. You will know God's great power which is available to us who believe. Ephesians 1:17-19 SIM

When you truly know God, you’ll want to share what He has given you. You’ll want to share the peace that He gives, the contentment, joy, and forgiveness. He gives truth, healing and prosperity in all areas. He gives abundance and quality of life. Knowing God is comprehending and really believing He is who He says He is and does what He says He does. God is pure love and all that goes with it.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

We can truly let this grow in our heart and show this Word to the people around us. We can fulfill our purpose that God has for us and be used for His glory.

Please also read Why Did God Make ME? Click the link in Labels below