Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Sometimes we let life take over and unconsciously take a step back from God. He tells us in Psalm 46:10 to BE STILL and lately I have struggled with this. I haven’t studied for a week, haven’t shared any verses, I couldn’t tell you I prayed daily, I certainly know that I haven’t spent any time with the Lord just being still. He tells us not to be conformed to this World as in Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I think we all need to be reminded of this daily, not to be caught up in a moment or situation that only last for a little bit and loose focus on the bigger picture, spending eternity with our father in heaven. This next week I will be focusing on getting back to my routine and truly spending time with my father and being still, listening, absorbing and realizing he is God. Our lives should be built around him and everything we do, say or think must be centered around him and his Glory not our own, no one else’s and we certainly need to stop focusing on things of this World.
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
In this verse God is trying to explain to Samuel that Saul the former King no longer had the blessing of God to rule over Israel. Saul had started out as a man passionate for the Lord but soon was distracted by things of this World, Greed, Power and Stature. Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this World but a renewing of the mind and may prove what is Good in the sight of the Lord. God explains to Samuel in Verse 7 that he refused Saul because he focused on who he was instead of how he got there he placed more importance on who and what instead of how and why. God continues to tell Saul that while man looks at the outer appearance and only sees what one has and who one is. God looks on the inside at a Man’s heart and soul. That God places value on what a man does and how he serves him and not the World. God doesn’t care what you drive, what you wear and how nice your house is, he cares about what’s in your heart. The Bible tells us the in Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. God didn’t choose the Pharisees to bring his word and love to the World he used Tax Collector’s, Murderers, liars, thief’s and fishermen to introduce the Gospel. So my question is How are you serving the Kingdom of God? Are the things that you are doing today helping spread the Word of God? Are you bringing other’s to Christ by your actions? Are you more worried about what you have, what you are wearing and how you are living in compared to the World or to what God wants and expects?
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
In a John Chapter 14 Jesus tells the disciples if he is to go away that God will send some one else to be with them always. He is referring to the Holy Ghost which is a living person that resides in the heart of every believer. He is the third person of the God Head, the Trinity the Father, the Son and the Holy ghost. 2 Corinthians 13:14 Tells us The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen
As believers we are to Yield to the Holy Spirit and his purpose in our lives in doing so his influence with empower change within us. Christians that understand his role in their lives will grow and become an example of his power to others.
It is important to view the Holy Spirit has a person in doing so we can build an important relationship with him and understand his purpose. The Holy Spirit lives in us, he has emotions, he is our comforter, he reproves us for our sins, he empowers us, guides us, becomes our Intercessor between us and God. Knowing all these things the Holy Spirit can do for you why would anyone turn him away? He never leaves us and is always there for us, we just have to accept in him and believe the things he can do for us as promised.
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something
“women bear children and take responsibility for child care”
the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
Accepting personal responsibility – which is taking ownership of your own behavior and the consequences of that behavior. Until you accept responsibility for your actions or failures, it’ll be very difficult for you to develop self-respect or even have the respect of others.
It’s a simple truth that all human beings make mistakes and poor choices. The same goes for when we fail to act the way we know we should especially to certain situations or others reactions. So, you should first understand one thing – you’re not the first person nor will you be the last who has fallen short in the personal behavior department from time to time
The real difference between being responsible and being irresponsible is an indication of how we’re managing our lives when the opportunity to make a good or bad choice presents itself. Accepting responsibility is one of the most important factors in defining a person’s true character. When that responsible moment comes, what you do – or don’t do – is an indication of the type of person you really are
Sometimes we may need to have tough Love and receive reality checks from those around us. It doesn’t mean we aren’t Loved or that the other person isn’t being Unchristian like. It simply means that maybe it’s time the to accept some Responsibility for your actions, learn to be grateful and become unselfish. If someone is willing to help you and goes out of their way to do so learn to be grateful and open minded. The alternative may be worse than the help being offered. Maybe it’s not ideal for you or you may not like all the details but keep in mind if you are in need of help there has to be some personal responsibility and acceptance that decisions you made are the reason why you are in need of help to begin with.
It’s only when you accept that everything you are or ever will be is up to you, that you are able to get rid of the negativity of excuse making that can so often prevent you from succeeding. You may find yourself in your current position and remain convinced that if all’s not going well, then it’s ‘so and so’s fault’. However, we all have free will which means that we are completely responsible for all of own actions and must accept the consequences.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Scripture tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Matthew 17:20 also tells us that even a tiny amount of faith pleases Him. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’ ”
A mustard seed is tiny, but once planted, grows into a huge tree. Jesus said a little faith can have incredible results. We don’t need a lot of faith – just as much as a mustard seed to produce great results. Why? Because our God is an awesome God and our faith depends on Him – not us.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Decision making is one of the hardest things we as a society have to deal with and honestly it should be the easiest. We often tend to lean towards our Worldly desires instead of What God wants us to do. I myself had to recently pray on a life decision for many days this week and I went to God several times before I made a final decision. I had to ask God what to do, because I had always made quick decisions in the past and it really it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. It took 7 years of faithfully going to Church and truly submitting unto God before I realized all my thoughts and prayers are under his subjection. I recently had been so blinded by excitement and anticipation I really was about to embark on a journey I feel would not have been the best for my family. It would have been rooted in God and he certainly would have been involved but I had to step back and analyze the entire relationship and go to God and ask him if it really was the path he wanted me to take.
This is what all of us should do more often. Go to God acknowledge he is in control and let him lead you. Do not make haste decisions based on want, a false sense of need or out of carnal desire. Truly go to God tell him you know he created you for a purpose and that you trust in him and that you need him to show you the way you must go. Give it to God and he will lead you in the correct direction. Acknowledge, Trust, Listen and Obey is all we need to do and everything else will fall into place.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Some have been led to believe and been falsely taught Salvation is by the way of good works or living a good life. The Bible solemnly warns against this. No amount of good works will ever open heavens gates. And a good life, even the very best life will fall short of God’s standard of perfection. The truth is that salvation is just simply not obtained that way.
It doesn’t come by Baptism, Church Attendance, Burning Candles, Prayers to Saints, or contributions to worthy causes. Salvation is by Grace through Faith in Christ Alone.
Christ died for the sins of the entire World past, present and future, every living soul that has lived, died or will ever live. But Understand the He died for you too. When you realize this old things will pass away, your old desires and way of life, your old habits and old ambitions will fade away. All things will become new. You will learn and desire a new life, make new friends, unfortunately new enemies will be made, you will gain new power, and of course gain a Heavenly Father.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
Peace pēs/ noun noun: peace; noun: the peace.
freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
Peace as defined by man is the ability to find freedom from chaos or finding quiet and tranquility. The Bible uses the word peace in many different ways. Peace sometimes refers to the relationship between God and man. This peace between God and mankind has been created by Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, “having made peace through the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20). This relationship with God is a prerequisite for the second kind of peace, that which sometimes refers to a tranquil mind. It is only when “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1) that we can experience the true peace of mind that is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22).
Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. When a believer comes to know the God of all Peace and brings him into their hearts (1 Corinthians 6:19), He begins to produce His own characteristics in their life. Inner peace comes from knowing that situations are only temporary and that God is in control over all (Isaiah 46:9–11). Peace comes from having faith in an all powerful God and His Word. We can have peace in the face of challenges when we remember that “all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We can choose peace rather than give way to fear and worry. Inner peace resulting from a relationship with God allows us to keep things in proper perspective. We soon learn we can accept difficult situations we go through on Earth by remembering that our true home is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9
Peace is knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ will always be there. Peace comes from knowing He will always provide. Peace is knowing that God is in control and we are to completely surrender unto him. Life isn’t about who has the better car, shoes and clothes. It isn’t meant to be worried about how to pay bills and how to feed the kids. Peace comes to those who serve him correctly, by having obedience and obtaining true faith. He tells us do not worry, do not care about things of this World but have faith and know he will always provide, protect and bring peace to you…..as long as you serve him and him only.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:26-34
Peace of mind and the tranquility of spirit are only available when we have true peace with God through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross in payment of our sins. Those who attempt to find peace in worldly pursuits will find themselves sadly deceived. For Christians, however, peace of mind is available through the intimate knowledge of, and complete trust in, the God who meets “all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)
Remember not the former things, Behold I will do a new thing
God is always trying to remind us to look towards our future and not the past. We can’t control the past, but we can focus on the miracles around us today. People hold so tightly to the past that they missed the new things God wants to show them. What controlled us in the past doesn’t have to control us in the future.
It doesn’t matter if our past is full of regret from our own decisions or from being involved in a negative situation. We are to realize can’t go back to make changes and we can’t control negative people, but we can choose joy for ourselves. We can’t in hear the words that once shaped our hearts, but we can replace them with truth from Scripture.
God wants to give us hope and remind us that tomorrow doesn’t have to be like yesterday. Yesterday we might have been burdened by others’ expectations or by our own choices, but today we can walk in the freedom of a new life in Jesus.
My help comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and Earth Psalm 121:2
Matthew 16:24, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”
Verse of the Day Luke 18:22
It’s easy to assume Jesus is simply talking about money. We could be tempted to label this a story for “those” people — the ones we think have more money than they know what to do with. But the words in this conversation are for every single one of us. But what Jesus is really getting at is: What holds the key to your heart?
Jesus could be referring to anything that takes attention from him and the Gospel. It could be anything you spend to much time on such as Work, Sports, Social Media, Drinking even kids activities and of course money. Anything that consumes our lives.
We are instructed to give Everything to Jesus. Everything you have. Everything you own. Everything you hope for. Everything you fear. Everything you love. Everything you dream. We are to say It’s all Yours, Jesus. I trust You in completely and we are to abandon things of this world and focus on Christ.
Because the life that follows Jesus with abandon is the life that gets to experience His presence, His provision, His promises, His soul-satisfying abundance.
Pray this Prayer
Father God, please forgive me for all of the times I have settled for lesser things. I want to want You most. Today, I am handing You the key to my heart. The key to everything in my life. I love You. I need You. And I want to follow hard after You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.