From time to time I will send out little thoughts to some of my friends. I do this by text message. I thought I would put these in a blog so others who come here that I don't know might also benefit. I will show the date originally posted just to separate the thoughts.
"Our Father who art in heaven" I am often amazed that we are encouraged to call the creator of everything by such a familiar name.
A soldier always knows who he is, when he is in uniform. If I have put on the armour of God I too should be aware of who I am (Eph. 6:13-17)
King David said "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." I must put my hope and trust in God my loving Father always.
The purpose of the commandment is cherity from a pure heart, and from a healthy conscience and from a faith that is genuine. (I Tim. 1:5)
Get to know Jesus. Read in the Gospels every day. Read to become familiar with him and the people around him. Grace and Peace to you.
If I am suppose to follow in Jesus footsteps, I need the power he had. The only way to get that power is by total surrender to the father. Just like Jesus.
The Jews call themselves the children of Abraham. Those who receive Jesus, receive the power to become the Children of God. Think about that. (John 1:12)
Noah worked 100 years building a box that could have held 189 tractor trailers. How quickly do I get discouraged, doing what God has told me to do? (Heb. 4:16)
God knows everything! God loves me & only wants the very best for me! God's way and will is always the very best for me to choose. ALWAYS!!
He who has my commandments & keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me shall be loved by my father. And I will love him & will reveal myself to him. (Jn 14:21)
How I respond in difficulties tells more about what I really believe than anything I could say or write.
Grace: The desire and ability to do God's will. (Bill Gothard; IBYC) God gives grace to the humble. (Js. 5:5) Look at them together.
Pride that knows how to improve my current situation stands blocking the path to the blessings God has for me here.
Repentance: One of God's best gifts, is the desire and ability to turn from my foolish way and persue his perfect way.
As I am with others today, my hope is to think of them and their needs, to see if there is any way I can encourage them to be more loving and just better people.
I John 2:1a; My little children, these things I write to you so that you may not sin. That is just as exciting and the second part of this verse. Think about it.