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God's Words For US

    by Cecelia Lester

December 1, 2023
As a writer, I choose one word each year to adopt as my word to study and to learn about. This year, 2023, I chose the word "Forgive" and its allied words. This is what I learned from a book I discovered in my 'stack'. I recently found a small book by Dr. David Jeremiah in my pile of ‘things’.……  ( Click for more )
November 24, 2023
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry, I Timothy 1:12 (NKJV) Words of Paul Paul originally was an enemy of Christianity. The Lord confronted Paul as he was on the way to cause havoc in Damascus.……  ( Click for more )
November 17, 2023
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully with psalms. Psalm 95:2 (NKJV) The message in this verse speaks to my heart. We should always look forward to meeting with the Lord, be it in personal or corporate worship. Our focus should be on giving……  ( Click for more )
November 10, 2023
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Words of Paul Be……  ( Click for more )
November 3, 2023
Be Thankful, Bless His Name Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4 <NKJV) How we enter God’s house can forecast what we get out of the worship experience. If……  ( Click for more )
October 27, 2023

Whatever is True. . .

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John18:38)

People have searched to find an answer to his question. Once, my Sunday school teacher asked this question of our class. A saintly lady answered with, “That which measures up to reality.” My concordance defines truth as: ‘that which is reliable, trustworthy, and consistent with the character and revelation of God.’

In my childhood parents instilled the idea that telling the truth was what was the expected avenue to take when their children were ‘called…  ( Click for more )

For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) Words of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah. The Lord had just informed the exiles, who were being punished for sin, that the promise of peace……  ( Click for more )
October 20, 2023
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving, one another, even as God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV) Words of Paul: What is he telling us? Be kind: We are supposed to treat others as we want to be treated. (Luke 6:31) tenderhearted:……  ( Click for more )
Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-- Psalm 51:4 (NKJV) Words of David David, confronted by Nathan the prophet, realized that he had sinned by his actions with Bathsheba. He knew he had transgressed God’s law immediately when he heard the……  ( Click for more )
October 6, 2023

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 (NIV)

"Persecuted” ‘ to be afflict constantly so as to injure or distress especially for reasons of religion, politics or race.’1In the 20th Century, Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin, Moa Zedong, and Joseph Stalin are men remembered in history as people who persecuted those who lived by a set of life guidelines they did not follow.

In today’s world, Christian people overseas endure unspeakable acts done…  ( Click for more )

September 29, 2023
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. Luke 1:49-50 (NKJV) Verses from the Magnificat of Mary. Mary, the future mother of Jesus, sang praise to the Lord.……  ( Click for more )
September 22, 2023
Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:12-13 (NKJV) Words of Jesus Our Lord has been criticized……  ( Click for more )
September 15, 2023

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God”

Matthew 5:9

1 Peter 3:8

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another . . .” Peter speaks to everyone who reads this letter. He tells those chosen by God to live at peace with one another.

“ . . . be sympathetic, love as brothers. . .” Peter advises us to treat each other as you would a beloved family member. Also, the Golden Rule states that we should treat others as we wish to be treated if we were in their place. My favorite passage for…  ( Click for more )

September 8, 2023
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”……  ( Click for more )
September 1, 2023
God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among the nations. Psalm 67:1-2 (NKJV) These verses form an invocation. The writer asks God’s blessing……  ( Click for more )
August 25, 2023
Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2 (NKJV) Blessed Looked upon with favor. When a child of God receives a blessing, that child realizes the special degree of God’s……  ( Click for more )
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 (NKJV) The LORD chose the children of Israel as His special people. We sometimes wonder why He opted to do this. We come to realize the God’s grace and love for those who He made is……  ( Click for more )
August 11, 2023
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Psalm 34:1-2 (NKJV) Words Penned by David I……  ( Click for more )
August 4, 2023
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; Psalm 1:1(NKJV) The writer of this Psalm shows a progression that evil brings to a person. Blessed……  ( Click for more )
July 28, 2023
...when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 (NIV) Words of Jesus Jesus shares a very basic thought with His disciples, the importance of forgiveness. What this passage tells me is the importance……  ( Click for more )
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:17-18 (NKJV) Paul tells the believers at Rome that God is to be thanked that they……  ( Click for more )
July 14, 2023
... then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” ...”Therefore if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.” John……  ( Click for more )
July 7, 2023

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Jesus highlights a reward for those who remain true to God. What does He mean by ‘the pure in heart?’

Purity has several meanings; among them are ‘cleanness; clearness; Freedom from sin; innocence; chastity.1

Pure water is usually transparent. I remember, when I was a teenager, my mother told me that a person could see through iced tea that was good—not too strong.

As Christians, we strive for perfection. This asset has some qualities attached…  ( Click for more )

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) Has anyone ever asked, “Why do you Pray?” How would you respond? Here are some reasons Jesus’ children pray. *We pray to tell……  ( Click for more )
June 23, 2023
Awaken to God’s Presence My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;/ I will sing and give praise. Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp!/ I will awaken the dawn./ I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;/I will sing to You among the nations to give praise……  ( Click for more )
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