Do You Stumble? Do You?


Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet thay are kept from falling altogether. William Secker

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. though they stumble, they will never fail, for The Lord holds them by the hand. Psalms 37:23-24

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Accurate Understanding of Self


…Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3 The Message

The Goodness of God


The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men. He is tenderhearted and of quick sympathy, and His unfailing attitude toward all moral beings is open, frank, and friendly. By this nature He is inclined to bestow blessedness and he takes holy pleasure in the happiness of His people. . . .

The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of Heaven, though exalted in power and majesty, is eager to be friends with us. A W Tozer

For The Lord God is a sun and shield,
The Lord gives grace and glory,
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Psalms 84:11 NASB

Credits:
GOD As He Longs for You to See Him
Chip Ingram, Author
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Day 15 – Thankful


November is a month when many people – me included – tend to be more aware of our blessings. In this age of “cyber-communication and social networking” we choose to share cyber messages of something that we are thankful for each day.

This year as I have sought to post a single entry each day on Facebook, I have struggled. It’s not that I am not thankful or blessed — for I am. I am blessed beyond measure — love of family, good friends, health, emotional gifts, monetary and material gifts and daily needs met consistently. My list of specific items goes on and on. Yet at the end of the day I have wrestled with choosing just one area of gratitude.

Everything I have pales in the shadow of the love of a triune God. Everything begins and ends with God. Everything I have comes from Him. Without Him I would not exist. Without His Son, Jesus Christ, choosing to die for me on The Cross, I would not know the greatest love of all time and my life would be void of hope. Without the Holy Spirit who lives in me and walks with me, who guides me, comforts me each day, how would I face the daily struggles, life’s heartaches and the trials of this world?

So today – Day 15 of November, 2013 – I am thankful for all things, all circumstances and most of all that I know the love Almighty God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Alpha and Omega, the creator and giver of all things.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.   (Revelations 1:8 KJV)

Always give thanks for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Ephesians 5:20)

A Man Named Bob


Today I am thankful that I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know ‘Bob’. Bob is a 67 yr old widower, we has had back surgery, 2 knee replacements and lives in an Assisted Living Center in a small, remote community. Bob is one of the most outgoing, giving men. Although faced with many challenges in his life, Bob volunteers every other weekend at a local museum, voluntarily preaches to a small congregation at little country church every Sunday and Wednesday (although he is not an ordained minister), and actively participates in the activities at the Assisted Living Center.

This morning I attended a Bible Study that Bob was leading on the 4th chapter of Acts. As he read the chapter, discussing each verse, his passion, knowledge and love of Jesus rang in the emotion of his words as he shared with us one of his favorite chapter of scripture. Not one note. His entire lesson was from his heart as he shared Luke’s words and the personal insights that God had laid on his own heart.

Bob, a humble, simple man who loves Jesus with all his heart and soul; a man who has found joy and peace in the challenges of his life; a man whose greatest desire is to serve Jesus and share the gospel in both word and deed — made an impression on my life today as he challenged me to be BOLD in my faith, to speak out in BOLDNESS and to share with others — Thanks to Bob, I will never ‘simply read’ Acts 4 and especially verse 12, again. Each time I read and study this scripture in the future I will remember Jesus’ servant, Bob, the sacrifice of the disciples and the gift of salvation offered only through Jesus.

Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else (but Jesus), for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Thank you Lord for crossing my path with Bob’s. May you bless Bob and may he continue to serve you all his days and may I serve you, too, with the passion and love exemplified so clearly by this simple man named Bob.

 

Trust In The Lord


It is better to trust in The Lord
Than to put confidence in man
It is better to trust in The Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.
.PSALM 118:8-9

It is not an accident that these two verses are in the very middle of the Holy Bible . Simple words with a powerful message that our trust at all times is to be in The Lord regardless of what we may be experiencing in our lives at any given moment.

When we are filled with The Holy Spirit, our relationship with God is restored to the pre-fall of man relationship in the Garden of Eden. His provides ALL OUR NEEDS and sometimes even our wants when we commit it all back to Him.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

When we walk in His Glory and Grace we are rich!