God's Words For US
by Cecelia Lester
Do you know someone who seems to never get upset about happenings that come their way? They always appear to come through a time of problems unscathed. What is it with these people? They have learned patience. The King James Version of the Bible uses a descriptive term that I really like-long-suffering.
The Apostle James tells us something that we sometimes forget.
“Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the LORD. As you know, we consider blessed those who persevered.” (James 5:10-11a, ( Click for more )
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” John 14:27 (NIV)
Do you know someone who never seems to get upset about things? Do you wish you could be like that person? Do you try to take a stand only to have your position cause a problem?
As children of God, we learn to yield ourselves to His plan. He guides us through the sticky circumstances of our lives. We have to trust that He knows what He is doing in each area of our lives. Jesus remakes our inner selves, our souls to be more aligned with His.
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What do we know about this thing called joy? It is a fruit of the spirit. Joy comes from within us. Having it is better than being happy. Why is it so important, so sought after? Why do some people in our lives want to steal it from us?
We feel joy when something happens that fills our hearts with gladness. A friend of mine received a new grandson a few months ago. She is joyous about this baby-it’s her first grandchild. Some people find so much joy in being grandparents they joke about wishing they had grandkids first.
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We who speak English use the word ‘love’ to describe how we feel about our spouse or that one significant person in our life. Also, we use the same word to describe our favorite flavor of ice cream or our favorite food or snack.
The Greek people had four words to describe the various meanings of what they meant by ‘love’. They called romantic love, Eros. When they described brotherly love, they used the term, Phileo. For love that seeks the betterment of others, they used the word Agape. The fourth word is Storge, which described love between family ( Click for more )
Faith That Heals
“Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.” Matthew 9:22 (NIV)
We read several accounts of Jesus healings where he commends someone’s faith. Jesus told the people that the Centurion possessed faith to such a degree that he had not seen in Israel. He spoke to the woman with the bloody discharge, saying she was healed because of her faith. What does it take to have the kind of faith that allows us to be healed? Honestly speaking, ( Click for more )
The Light of the World
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me
will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NIV)
Our neighbor has a security light that comes on when someone gets to a certain spot on his driveway. Several years ago, it came on and scared some police officers when they received a call about a strange recurring sound that came from the yard. While it startled the two police investigators and any others who venture there, it brought peace to our neighbors.
We read in our Bibles that Jesus identifies ( Click for more )
The Alpha and the Omega: The First and the Last
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 (NIV)
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God,
who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’”
Revelation 1:8 (NIV)
“‘Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me,
and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.’”
Revelation 22:12-13 (NIV)
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The Resurrection and the Life
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?’” John 11:26-27 (NIV)
Jesus is in Lazarus’ home. Lazarus has died; his sisters are in mourning. The Master comforts the sisters.
The Lord says something to Martha that she doesn't fully understand. Her brother will rise again. She knows Lazarus will rise ‘in the resurrection at the last day.’
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“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 (NIV)
From time to time in our Christian walk we face situations where we feel helpless. By this, I mean we don’t feel we have the strength to do anything to fix the issue. It seems we have to live with it. But really we don’t because we have Jesus interceding before God on our behalf.
I recently made a visit to a hospital to see an elderly lady from our church. My visitation partner and I came away blessed by the dear lady’s spirit. She spoke with difficulty ( Click for more )
In my reading, I happened upon a fact I hadn’t realized before. In Exodus, God instructs Moses that He has a very special name, “I AM WHO I AM”. (Ex.3:14a) God then goes on to advise this hesitant emissary, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent you’.”
During my freshman year of college, I took an introductory religion class. One thing I remember from that class is the early Hebrews did not say God’s name. They wrote the letters YHWH that have become the name Yahweh. What I learned this week is Yahweh comes ( Click for more )
Thanksgiving is a holiday we celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November. We, as a nation spend time preparing and or eating a ‘traditional’ dinner. During the day we may find some time to reflect on things for which we are thankful.
However, thanksgiving encompasses much more. As God’s children we, on a regular basis, are to express gratitude to God for all He has done for us. God’s word has several scriptural passages that speak of giving thanks to God for His presence, His miraculous deeds, and His gifts to us and the people He sends into our lives ( Click for more )
What does it mean to have a thankful heart? I have come to believe that we need to have a thankful heart in order to grow in the Lord.
A Humbled Heart
Can we appreciate an act of God and not be humbled by that one deed? Jesus Christ, by his very willingness to go to death on the cross for our sins, humbled Himself before God. (Philippians 2:5-8) We have written evidence that Jesus wrestled in prayer over this.
The Apostle wrote often of his life belonging to Christ. One passage I am falling in love with is Acts 27:23: “Last night an angel of God whose I am ( Click for more )
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:2 (NIV)
One of the first things small children are taught by their parents is the phrase, “Thank you.”
When they learn those words, the parents introduce “You’re welcome” into their vocabulary.
When a child is a preschooler and he or she receives a gift or a favor, the parents may have to remind the children by asking, “What do you say?”
As God’s children, we learn to express our thanks to Him in many different ( Click for more )
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold
You with My righteous right hand. For I, the Lord your God,
Will hold your right hand. Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
(Isaiah 41:10,13 NKJV)
As humans, we sometimes have fears. Some of us chose not to voice them to others because we think might be looked at as being silly. Small children are afraid of the dark. Certain adults, as children, got scared of storms and have that fear with them their ( Click for more )
“Do not worry about tomorrow.
It has enough troubles of it’s own”
Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything to change it. Some people call the issue “just plain nerves” I speak of stress.
Several years ago, when I took classes from a community college, I heard stress was an element found in all activities. There is good stress–eustress and bad stress–distress. Eustress is the oohs and aahs we experience when we watch fireworks celebrations. Distress is the feeling we have when we hear bad news. ( Click for more )
As children of God we learn to respect those who are in our lives. Respect is a feeling of honor or esteem that, in the world, sometimes a person feels another needs to earn. However, with God it is different. He commands our respect because of Who He is.
When we come to God, we are to humble ourselves and give Him the attention He deserves. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face . . . then I will hear. . . .”(2 Chronicles 7:14) What are the roles or qualities of God that we are to respect?
He is our creator. ( Click for more )
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life
worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing
fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
When we see children after a while of not being around them, it seems the first words we speak
to them are, “My, how you’ve grown. Last time I saw you, you were so high.” And we hold our hand to the approximate place they stood.
I remember a group of siblings who came to our former church several years ago. I remember that all but one of ( Click for more )
When we are asked about why we go to church, how do we respond? Do we say we go to be with people, to get caught up on the lives of our friends, or do we realize that we go out of habit?
Our main reason for attending church is to worship God. How does God tell us to do this?
Throughout His Word, God tells us about how he wants us to approach Him.
“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2 (NIV)
The psalmist advises us to have glad hearts when we approach God. When we have a lot of evil in our world, He still gives ( Click for more )
Humble, Gentle, Patient
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
We can’t turn on and off humility and gentleness as we do a water spigot. We shouldn’t choose to be humble one day and haughty the next. In other words, we can’t come across as if we know it all.
Gentleness should be worn every day. Once we ask Jesus into our hearts, we belong to God at all times. We are to model Him before those in our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Therefore as God’s ( Click for more )
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and hear their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
When you encounter problems in life, do they tend to get you anxious? Does it seem that you cannot forget the hurt someone has caused you? How do you solve them? What about the issues our cities and towns face? What about the states and the nations? We have available a tool that can cause improvement in our outlook and in our world. King ( Click for more )
“I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26 (NIV)
From time to time, we receive blessing from God. He chooses to grant us special favors to make our lives richer. We spend a certain season of the year counting the ways God has blessed us. Could it be possible that we are to acknowledge His blessings upon us throughout the year?
This spring I started a journal listing of blessings God showered on me. My goal is to be able to share one thousand blessings in my blog ( Click for more )
“This day I have called heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life. . .” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)
As individuals, we make choices every day of our lives, starting from when the alarm rings each morning to when we retire for the night.
We had an elderly relative who was a very early riser. She called me once and asked me to meet her the next day at the building where her doctor was located and go with her to her doctor appointment. The hospital’s patient van would transport ( Click for more )
“. . . and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Poets write about it. Songwriters pen lyrics and spark something in our hearts. The apostle Paul tells us it is “. . . the greatest of these. . . .” He also calls love “the most excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:31)
Jesus tells us to “love the Lord, you God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Mark 12; 30) He also commands us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Mark 12:30)
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“Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will open.
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
When we have a need and we approach someone as we seek help from him or her, how do we bring up the need? Do we use force and demand that need be met? It doesn’t work like that. We have to ask. When I was a child, there was a saying. “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” I didn’t fully understand the meaning until I became an adult. We will be received better when we present our needs as requests.
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Bond of Peace
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
As children of God, we strive to seek tranquility in our lives. Every area of our life-home, workplace, and our business relationships- is to bring comfort to those we encounter.
Given the state of the world, we may find this difficult to do. We get hit from every side by events and happenings that the devil plans to undermine our beliefs and our faith in our way of life.
Paul tells us to ( Click for more )
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