April 5, 2021 – Praise & Adoration
Psalm 92:1-4b: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord to sing to thy name, O Most High, the works of my hand I sing for Joy.”
In days of trials, it seems so difficult at times to sing praises to our Lord. But nothing delights him more that to have one of his children give him praise and adoration no matter the circumstance.
During these times of viewing our Sunday service on the computer or watching one of the evangelists on TV, we too can sing along. It doesn’t matter if we are the only one in the room. The praises are received and we can have a heavy heart lightened. Singing praises will change our thought process. Jesus loves to hear us give him the time to praise and sing our thoughts. Our attitude can change and our day can be brightened when our thought process turns to the Lord.
Father God, help us to remember that you love to hear us praise you at anytime and anyplace. Lord, I love you.
March 15, 2021
“Therefore, do not worry saying, “What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6: 31-34
In my quiet time early one morning last week I read, “When we commit ourselves and our lives to God and desire to do His will, He promises to take full responsibility for providing whatever we need,” based on Matthew 6, vs. 31-34. It was really comforting to read.
Then later in the day I opened a little devotional book I have and read, “His strength is at our disposal. Outward circumstances may be hard, but the Lord is with us and makes his presence known.” This too was comforting to read. I smiled when it gave reference to Matthew 6: 31-34.
And before I went to bed I read, “One step at a time. If calm is broken, get away alone with the Lord until your heart sings. The devil is like a roaring lion seeking who he can devour – but if you can keep your heart at rest, alert against unguarded spots, then no evil force can harm. God’s army is already doing battle. He doesn’t need us to impede the progress.” Ok, that wasn’t as comforting – but it was reassuring.
A while back I heard sermon on Matthew 6:24-34, and what my heart heard was that while it is very hard NOT to worry when faced with averse situations, our Lord knows and understands and lets us know that He is ever present, reminding us that he loves and cares.
So, if I have this right, my Father is letting me know that…
I need to put my relationship with the Lord first.
If I turn everything over to Him, He’ll take full responsibility for my needs.
His strength is at my disposal.
I’m to take one step at a time.
I’m to keep calm and remember He’s already involved in the battle.
He is always present, loves and cares.
I’m not to worry.
Father, help me to walk in joy today, confident in your love and guidance. Your protection and Grace. Thank you for the reassurance that you not only have my back, but you lead and walk beside me as well. You are God. You are my Father. I love you,
March 8, 2021
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The idea that some have faith and others don’t is a popular one. I do not think that is true. Everybody has faith. Everybody is following somebody. People with specific beliefs about God end up backed into a corner, defending their faith against the calm cool reality of others. As if they have faith and others don’t. Some people believe we were made by a creator who has plans and purposes for his creation, while others believe there is no greater meaning to life, no grand design, and we exist not because of some divine intention but because of random chance. Both are faith perspectives, built on systems of belief. The person who says we are here by chance and there is no greater meaning has just as many beliefs as a person who says there’s a creator. Maybe even more.
An atheist is a person of tremendous faith. In our discussions about the things that matter most then, we aren’t talking about faith or no faith. Belief or no belief. We are talking about faith in what? The real question isn’t whether we have it or not, but what we have put it in.
Everybody follows somebody. We have been formed, everyone of us, by this complicated mix of people, places and things. Some insist that they aren’t influenced by any person or any religion that they think for themselves. The problem is they got that perspective from…..somebody. They are following somebody even if they insist it is themselves they are following. We are all believers.
Dear Lord, As a Christian I am trying to live a particular way. I think the way of Jesus is the best possible way to live. It is merely being honest that we all are living “a way.” Amen
P.S. Maybe a better question than who’s right, is who’s living rightly? Two Fingers