Archive for the 'Faith' Category

01
Feb
09

Be Obvious!

I have been reading Ezra for a couple of weeks. It is sooo good!

Ezra 7:10 Principles to Live by
Ezra had Set his Heart to STUDY the law of the Lord, and to PRACTICE it, and to TEACH His statutes and ordinances in Israel…(Fill in your name…. and Angel and set in her heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it and to teach His Word in our home…)
Set your Heart on the things above and not on this earth! 2 Cor 4:18 Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal.
What have we set our heart on these days… always needing to reevaluate the things we are participating in, the shows we are 
watching, the acquaintances we share…. Set your heart on Him, to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him with all of your heart! Is there anything taking up your “time” that is not pleasing to the Lord? Is our hearts set on His kingdom and His righteousness? Matt. 6:33 
Study  Are you studying the Word? (i can not figure out why this is black or how it got that way ) Oh how I want to be in a bible study right now.. Esther sounds wonderful! My ever grateful heart is so privileged to finally realize that I can study at home. There are seasons when I will not be in a bible study but there is never a time when I can not be studying God’s Word. It took me some time to get to this point! I LOVE studying the Bible with my kids!!! We are learning of the life of David and now of his rebellious son Absolom… What a joy to study right alongside of my children! 2 Timothy 6:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
Practice.. oh how i mess up everyday…. but we have to be practicing what we are learning, applying God’s truths to our lives. I love the verse a friend reminded me in Proverbs 6:16-19 What a great verse we can practice everyday!! (read it)
Joel’s big word these days is “obvious” We are going to be focusing on 1John 3:10  By  this the children of God and the children of the devil are OBVIOUS… anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not LOVE his brother…. Now I know my kids “love” each other… but my goodness sometimes we we are not showing it at all, especially my boys!! We are going to be working on this… My kids say they know Jesus personally…. these are the kind of things that should be beginning to show in their walk with the Lord. Let is be OBVIOUS that we Love Jesus! Let it be OBVIOUS that we are different from this world!.. Be praying for our kids… praying that they would know, love and serve Jesus with all of their hearts!!!! Be Obvious to all those around you!
Teach…We are teaching everyday. Every circumstance is an opportunity to teach Jesus. Are we teaching them righteousness by 
what we are practicing? Are we teaching them holiness? Not only are we teaching our children but we are teaching each other.
This is a great thought in accountability. I am thankful for those of you in my life that hold me accountable. I pray that any of you reading this also has that type of relationship with someone. If you don’t begin to pray for it! Let us continue to spur each other on to a deeper level in our Christian Walk. Teach one another. 1 Thes 5:11
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17
Sep
08

Longing for God’s House

Psalm 84                        

How lovely is Your dwelling place, I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the Living God… How Happy are those who reside in Your house, who praise You continually. Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage… Better a day in Your courts than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather be at the door of the house of my God than to live in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and a shield. The Lord give grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity. Happy is the person who trusts in You!

Do you long for God’s house? Does your heart and your flesh cry out for MORE of Him? Reside with Him! Praise Him! Trust Him! Set your sight, your pilgrimage on Him and let nothing get in your way! He is our sun. He warms us, He lights our way, He is life to us. He is our shield. He protects us from the enemy! Get behind Him! He goes before us! Accept His grace. Accept His glory! Only in Him is  true happiness, true peace! His dwelling place is lovely! Have you found it?

08
Sep
08

Love and Faithfulness

Psalm 36:5-10

Lord, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountain; Your judgements, like the deepest sea. Lord, You preserve man and beast. God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They are filled from the abundance of Your house; You let them drink from Your refreshing stream, for with You is life’s fountain. In Your light we will see light. Spread Your faithful love over those who know You, and Your righteousness over the upright in heart.

07
Sep
08

A Clean Heart

Psalm 51:10-12 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.                                                                                                                                                 v.6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self, and You teach me wisdom deep within.                                  v.17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit and humbled heart.

Heart. It is all about Heart! Our life with Christ is not at all about outward appearances or what we are doing for Jesus but what is on the inside, what is in our heart!  What is on the inside? Integrity? Wisdom? Joy? My quiet time today says that David went from overwhelming remorse (from his sins) to overflowing joy (a restored relationship)! What about the sin in my life? How many times do I ask forgiveness for my sin without remorse? I pray God would quicken my spirit, that I would not become so calloused to the things around me but that I would be sensitive to my sin. Sin robs our joy! Sin robs our fellowship. I am thinking about the “little” stuff. The impatience, the anger, the laziness, the disrespectful attitude… the list goes on and on. I pray that we all would know the overflowing joy that comes from a clean heart before God! We are born sinful.  (v. 5) May we realize on a daily basis that nothing good dwells in us (Ps. 53) and that only by the blood of Jesus are we privileged to be called a child of God! Everday Lord, Create in me a clean heart.

28
Aug
08

Speaking Truth

Recently a friend of mine was sharing about her weekend to her friend’s house. Even among 11 children they were able to have meaningful discussion! 🙂 They were all about the tough questions on this weekend. Are you in the Word, how are you treating your husband, are you disciplining the children consistently in love… the list can go on and on. It made me think of how often we get together with our friends and our relationship with God does not even come up!  Proverbs 28:23 One who rebukes a person will later find more favor than one who flatters with his tongue.. I am not necessarily talking about rebuking as I am our everyday conversations. Too often I think I may flatter with my tongue.. I speak “things” instead of speaking the Truth of God’s Word! We talk about “stuff” instead of talking about what God is doing in our lives! I just finished reading through Job this morning and WOW! He has lost “everything” from an earthly perspective and now his wife and closest friends accuse him of being evil, even wicked.  As a friend I pray that the Lord would give me a heavenly perspective and not one of this world, that I would be able to comfort and speak the Truth and not just my “opinions” on any given matter, not judging the outward appearance but finding what is from the heart. No one around Job was speaking Truth! May we all have the courage to speak the Truth, to find the Truth when we do not know it. May we take our relationships one step deeper and hold each other accountable by asking the “tough” questions.  May we have “meaningful” conversation. Job’s “spiritual” friends were giving him “advice”  from an earthly perspective. Job 22:7 says that the Lord was angry with them for NOT speaking the Truth about Him… May we be so careful about our words and may we always speak the TRUTH about Him! 

Job 42:3,6 Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things to wonderful for me to know. Therefore I take back my words and repent in dust and ashes.

James 1:19 Let everyone be quick to hear and slow to speak…