God's Words For US
by Cecelia Lester
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 )
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