Monday, July 20, 2009

June 13

Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things. Let this be known throughout the earth.
Isaiah 12:5

What excellent thing has He done? He created us! He created us to worship Him and what better way can we worship Him? PRAISE. We have got to learn this an start expressing it more. I say the best way to praise Him is in the car! Turn up the music and sing along. What better way can others see you expressing your love for Him than when you are singing to Him, raising your hands up and soaking Him in! (But do keep one hand on the wheel when driving) You can't tell me you have not heard God say, "Do it, just raise your hands and worship Me." Do what He says, I promise you it's refreshing. It's time to start practicing for our eternity with Him.

June 12

Pour out Your indignation on them, And may Your burning anger overtake them.
Psalm 69:24

This is so me, when I know I have an adversary I am the first one to say, "Sick-em Lord". But should this be what we say? I think it is our first thought, but shouldn't we be more kind and compassionate? Instead of saying sick-em, we should be saying, "Bless them, pour our grace and mercy on them Lord". We should be more like Jesus and love them in spite of their ways and yes when we ask God to bless them we are going to have to ask God for grace and mercy ourselves so we can love them. It's time to be examples of Christ and strive to be more like Him. How are others going to see Jesus if we are not the ones showing it to them?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

June 11

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled."
John 14:27

Wow, looking up the meanings of Peace and Give - so many meanings!
Peace: freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity; silence; stillness; a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity:
Give: to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; to place in someone's care; to furnish, provide, or proffer; and the one that seems to really stand out: to relinquish or sacrifice.

Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we can have that stillness, tranquillity, that hope! When He says He gives us a gift, we must be willing to receive it. When is says, "not like this world" I think of how others just want us all to get along, it's not like that, I believe that He wants us to have a calm assurance that everything will be just fine. When you receive that gift from somebody, how do you feel? You feel special, like the person who gave you that gift loves you so much that they thought only of you when they got it for you. That is exactly how God wants you to feel. So each time you hear the word peace - know that it is a gift that God gave you - He chose it just for you - He loves you! Accept His calm assurance that all is going to be okay!