It's morning again,
This question is on my mind and maybe for you too. Is it well with my soul? Although earlier than I normally write, I am feeling compelled to just pray. Will you join me?
Father in Heaven, thank you for this new day. Your mercies are new every morning and your faithfulness endures through every challenge we face. The sun hasn't come up yet, but I know You see each of us whether in this time zone or another around the world. You are mighty, all powerful, all knowing, eternal and so we praise You today!
There are many who will cross our path today that are lonely. Let us be encouragers and fill our hearts with kindness toward them. There are many who are anxious and worried. Use us to bring a measure of peace to them, even in passing. There are many who are completely lost. Help us to be that lighthouse that leads them to a true place of safety in Your arms.
Make our lives be reflections of perfect love as we meet with challenges. Help our desires to come in line with what Your heart desires. When the battle rages, give us strength to keep pressing on. Fill our hearts with the joy that comes with knowing You. Teach us Your ways, oh Lord.
Holy Spirit, we have been given the counsel of the Father's heart and fruits that bear more fruit. Show us where we need direction. Teach us how to walk where Jesus is. Remind us to bring every thought before the throne of grace.
Lord Jesus, You are a wonderful friend. May we know you intimately. Place a hunger and thirst for The Word, for You. We take the cup of living water that you offer us and drink deeply today. We are so blessed to be in Your presence every moment of every day.
Thank you Father for choosing us. Lord Jesus for redeeming our lives from the pit. Holy Spirit for placing an eternal seal upon our lives. Thank you that our name is written down and that soon we will see You face to face.
As I go about my business today and you have things to take care of too; know that you are loved, highly prized and dear to God's heart. It really can be well with your soul, all the time. Have a sweet time with your Lord and Savior today. Trust Him with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding. In all your ways seek Him and you will find your soul worshipping God and loving Him with all that is in you. Amen?
Abundance is...my soul longs for Him.
I have been wanting to understand about our soul. After looking it up in the dictionary I learned the soul is "the part of one's being that is thought of as the center of feeling, thinking, will, etc. separate from the body." In my mind then, it is the life, the person part of me. We are fearfully and wonderfully made aren't we?
Psalm 54:4 says, "Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul." We are made with the purpose to love God with all our soul. From the place that we put our trust in the Lord, we can know that; Deuteronomy 4:29..."But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul." He will be our sustainer of life, our soul, as we seek Him with all that is within us. The Word promises that we will find Him.
We are always looking for something or someone to satisfy our souls aren't we; to make us feel good. We can listen to others talk about the void they have in their life and how frustrated they are; when they really don't understand that what they are searching for is a relationship with their Creator. The soul longs for truth, justice and mercy. It longs for companionship and friendship to help us through any situation. That God would not only be with them but, for them. To know that you have God Almighty on your side is incredible! Hey, you can do anything and go through anything knowing that.
We have God's laws that restore our souls...Psalm 19:7. We have the Great Shepherd Who restores our soul...Psalm 23:3. Our soul thirsts for God like the deer after water brooks...Psalm 42:1-2. Our yearning causes us to seek God to satisfy our souls...Psalm 63:1-2. Our souls bless the Lord for the great things He has done...Psalm 103:1-5. Again, He satisfies the thirsty soul and feeds it with good...Psalm 107:9.
These are just a few that I found. I love that Jesus is referred to as The Living Water. We can go without food for a time but not without water. My relationship with Jesus is the same. Since really making it my purpose to meet in the Word with Him each day; now, I can't go without it! My soul will thirst with longing to be in His presence.
What is it that your soul longs for today? A better job? The Lord will sustain you in the time you are waiting. More joy? The Lord will renew and refresh the joy of your salvation. Healing? Again, Jesus is your healer and He will work through this time of waiting. Your testimony will become stronger as you lean on Him in your weakness. That is believing with a whole heart.
Hebrews is a book that I am just getting to know. It is becoming deeply personal to me. Hebrews 6:19-20 is a wonderful promise..."This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one that enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek."
Our hope is in God. His promise and His oath are true and He will never deceive us. He is our refuge and indwelling strength and strong encouragement. Hold on to the anchor of the soul because it cannot slip or breakdown under the weight of who you are. Stand on it, hope will hold you up! Praise the Lord!
Your soul is preserved in faith, hope and love. Will you take a chance and stand on that anchor that will never slip. You will not be plunged into deep waters, but be saved. So whatever you are feeling about your life today, search for God and He will show you the way. Amen?
Abundance is...sustained in the Lord.
Good morning dear ones,
Another beautiful Autumn day awaits. I do pray that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing as you walk with your hand in the Lords.
How will we be able to love the Lord God with all our souls? This weekend I kept thinking about Colossians 3:1-2. I realize that due to many conditions in our lives that can take up our full attention, we need a go~to word from the Lord. His Spirit will teach us how. "If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth."
Oh, I want this so much! Not that we would be walking around with our heads in the clouds, ignorant of what is going on in this world, but that we would be found at the task He calls us to. Altogether His, hands extended with the grace we have been given. Reaching out to a lost and thirsty world with the cup of hope we have drank from. Always looking ahead to His appearing.
So, how do we live this way? I want to know. I want to put the application of God's Word to the path I walk. That this would not just be talk. The first thing I think of is how so many are seeking happiness in every way but up. Matthew 6 starting with verse 19-21 talks about storing up treasures on earth..."Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven..." Verse 21 says, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
I love Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11. He prays that our love may abound more and more; a greater depth displayed. "So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble]."
To me this is the true picture of an assured Believer in Christ. And, remember, Paul is writing this from prison! He knows why he is there. For the sake of the Gospel. I for one, am not perfect! But, I pray that my life would reflect Jesus Christ and that as my mind is captured by His love so will my soul be. Separated from the things of the world that used to look so delicious. I desire to feed my spirit as I strive to love God. That my flesh would take the back seat, my emotions led by Holy Spirit to show a picture of love to those I meet. Oh, how I need Jesus!
My prayer for you and I today is in agreement with Paul. Verse 11 says, "May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [that His glory may be both manifested and recognized]." Can you say, "Amen?"
Pause and think of these things. These treasures of truth have been freely given as you walk the path of His choosing. He is a good and loving Father and desires to bountifully supply all that you need for this journey. The outcome, eternity! Long to see His face. Think on things that are above. Be free from the entanglements of the world to better serve others and always give God the glory for the great things He has done. In the sweet name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...treasures of the soul
Good morning everyone,
What a beautiful morning we have here in Darby, Montana! Fresh snow on the mountains, a brilliant sunrise and hope for today.
With all that we have shared about loving God with all our minds I am sure we have only scratched the surface. Like thinking beyond what I see this early morning to the reasons behind all of God's wonders. The Who is easy. The hows and whys are much deeper. This morning I want to bring His Word into the now of our lives. Each of us have a different set of circumstances but, I hope to show you a bit of wisdom that makes us all the same. Ready?
Romans 8:16 says, "The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God." Assured!
Psalms 107:2 says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered from the hand of the adversary." Delivered!
Colossians 1:13-14 says, "[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kindom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins." Redeemed!
Ephesians 2:8 says, "For it is by free grace (God's unmeritied favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith, and this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God." Grace!
Romans 5:1 says, "Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)." Justified!
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spirtual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!" Reborn!
So, you see a picture of who you are because of Who He Is! This list is small. Search out His Word for more treasures. Like watching the sunrise, the changes of colors, the glistening of snow and rain...so will you find that you too can worship God in all the beauty He has bestowed on your soul. All creation worships Him! He did it all because of His great love for you. He did it all because He could!
Do you want more of God? He wants more of you too. Get to know Him through His precious, unchangeable Word. See His character of love through the gift of His Son. You can know the Lord Jesus intimately as you take Him with you along in your day to day.
I will return on Monday, if God wills. Take care and stand courageous. The grace, spiritual favor and blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Abundance is...Knowing Him is knowing who I am in Him.
This is another day for snow. I love how it covers the dry, brown places from summer. My heart is joyful today for nearly the same reason. The dry, brown places in the depths of my heart are covered and made new; white as snow as I press on to know the Lord, my Redeemer.
Reading this morning in Nehemiah I came across more insight about my mind. If you haven't read this wonderful, courageous story you must! God put on Nehemiah's heart the great desire to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. They had been burnt and broken down and left to ruin with time. God had another plan for His beloved city. He uses Nehemiah to take on the task, along with many others. Wouldn't you know it though there come those who are outraged at this project. True enemies of God's purpose.
Like our minds, we are in the rebuilding process due to hurts from our childhood. The stories that others have written and the boxes they want us to live within. Finding God's purposes will set us free and healed.
So, the people are working long hard hours. Due to the attacks of the enemy on the project, they have to divide the work with those who would take a stand with swords, spears and bows. They took turns protecting what was being accomplished. Could they too have had thoughts to give up? What was on their minds?
God frustrates the purposes of the enemy, so the builders are able to return to their work on the wall. Then, Nehemiah 4:14 says, "I looked [them over] and rose up and said to the nobles and officials and the other people, Do not be afraid of the enemy; [earnestly] remember the Lord and imprint Him [on your minds], great and terrible, and [take from Him courage to] fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."
The times when I am afraid and my thoughts are imprinting the work of the enemy, he seems even nearer. Those pesky, irritating thoughts and worries over my loved ones make me weak. I need to cling to the Lord, imprint Him on my mind and return to the wall! Are you with me? Instead of listening to the ridicule, the remarks that cause doubt that God does have a good plan, I have to take up the full armor of God and pray in the Spirit and with my understanding. I have to raise up a standard of praise as I keep my hands busy.
The laboring sometimes seems endless doesn't it? Children taking care of aging parents. A parent praying for the child who has run away to destruction. A church standing in the gap for a community. People rising up to make a difference in a wounded nation. Our God will fight for us!
Say it again! Our God will fight for us! Whether it is a battle of the mind or for another person. A business struggling to meet requirements or the loss of home. There is an enemy taunting us to give up. He never seems to tire of heckling and poking us. But, our God will fight for us.
As you tend to the work of repairing the walls of your mind by reading The Holy Bible or sitting quietly in His presence, know this, He is for you and not against you. He has plans to keep you now through eternity. He won't let go!
Take your thoughts today and train them to come under the command of Truth. Eat of His mercy like manna this morning. Rejoice in His faithfulness. Dance without restraint as an offering of thanksgiving. Then drink of Living Water, be refreshed. And, listen for the sound of the trumpet! It won't be long from now.
There is so much application as we read this book of Nehemiah. Continue on for more insight. Have a great day. Be expectant as you watch for the Lord's direction and keep on building. God bless you and we will return soon.
Abundance is...more to come!