Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Restore us, O LORD God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
For me, people are the most important part of my life. I love people, do not want to see anyone suffer. My family and friends are the biggest blessings Christ has given me, after Himself of course. Whether or not they cause me to be frustrated at times (justifiably or not) I love them.
So, for me, yesterday was pretty perfect. Nothing big, nothing grand in terms of the world. But, I was gathered in my grandma’s home with my husband and kiddos, my parents and grandparents, my aunt and uncle and my father in law…all whom I love dearly. Each one, every one, has been an ENORMOUS blessing in my life. I am indebted to all of them and I am thankful to God for each moment I get to spend with them.
Yeah, I know this may sound like a cheesy, mushy post, but it is right on. God has given me an amazing family whom I treasure. He has blessed us beyond imagination with each other and a safe place to lay our heads at night.
I hope everyone else was able to enjoy Thanksgiving yesterday and remember the true things to be thankful for.
Most of all, we need to remember to give thanks to God each day. For without Him we are nothing, have nothing, can do nothing.
Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
I am a prayer warrior. I don’t say that to pat myself on the back or to condescend myself that I can’t do it on my own. I say it because I cannot do anything on my own. I am nothing without Christ. And because He loves me, He asks me to pray and bring myself to Him each day; to leave my heartaches, my sorrows, my joys, my triumphs, my everything at the cross. It is all His already, it is just for me to let go and give back to Him.
Jesus Himself spent a great deal of time in prayer. Jesus tells us throughout the Bible to pray, to come to Him, to ask in His name.
He doesn’t promise us sports cars and diamond rings. He doesn’t promise us that life will go on the way we want it to simply because we pray. He does promise He will walk through life with us, share in the joys and carry us through the sorrows. And, He does promise that if we pray in His name according to His will, our prayers will be answered positively. My husband and I have been greatly blessed to see Him answer our prayers with a resounding yes in terms of our children’s health before they were born. We have also been blessed when the answer was not the one we wanted and He carried us through the pain.
Even if His answer is “no”, “not yet” or “not in this way” it doesn’t mean His love is any less. Rather, His love is more. He knows the final outcome, knows the plan, knows the hurt and lives through all of it with us. Each time we pray, we come closer to our Lord and Savior. Even if your prayers begin with one word, just His name, each time you come to His feet, you will grow closer and He will guide you more. I encourage each of you to ask Him today to help you to pray more and more each day and thank Him for listening, for being and for loving.
2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Matthew 7:21-23 ESV
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Romans 8:1 ESV
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
John 3:16-17 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
The other day I was with a group of people. The group was a mix of Christians and non – Christians. One of the Christians in the group is quite outspoken and opinionated. This person likes to have attention and isn’t too concerned if anyone is offended. Another person in the group quietly takes it all in, as in many other areas of life, but then is quick to make little snide comments about certain situations or people. They are unheard by most and I am sure there are a number of thoughts for every comment that comes out. Neither is better than the other. They are both sinning, one quietly and one outspokenly. And guess what? So am I by judging them instead of looking at myself instead of them.
Christians sin. We are no better than anyone else in the world. But we love and believe in a Lord and Savior who forgives us; who died for us knowing every horrible thing we would do in our lives.
There are some Christians who come across as judgmental and hopefully their intentions are good. If you are a Christian and believe in heaven and hell, the last thing you want is for anyone to live in hell for eternity. So sometimes we try to “help” others come to Christ in a misguided way. We aren’t perfect. We love all people, whether or not they sin, because we know we are sinners. We know we are lost without Christ. We know we are saved and going to Heaven and just want as many people to come with us as possible.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”