What’s in Your Package?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t Christmas make you think of the beautifully wrapped packages we find under the tree. We anticipate something beautiful  on the inside. Sometimes what is inside exceeds our expectations; but we could also be sorely disappointed. People can be like that too.

 

Sometimes the ones that are “beautifully wrapped” are a disappointment once we know them better. On the other hand the “plainly wrapped” people sometimes contain the “jewels” we expected to find inside the “beautiful wrapping”.  So I ask you:

 

What’s in your package?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of us spend a lot of time working on our wrapping We eat in such a way as to stay thin and healthy.  We exercise to tone and strengthen our bodies.  We choose clothing to flatter the bodies we are working so hard to perfect.  And we spend a bundle on skin care, hair care products, and makeup.  Most of us are on a passionate quest to look the best that we can possibly look on the outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But what about the inside?

 

What is on the inside of people?  It is character.  But what forms our characters?  Our life experiences; both good and bad, affect our character.  Our upbringing plays a part. People, particularly people close to us, help to form who we become.  Our status, particularly financial status, can be a factor. Faith in God can also change us for the better. There are many factors that contribute to forming our character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible has this to say about character forming.

 

Romans 5:3 – 5:  (3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  (4)  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  (5)  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

What are some characteristics of good character?

 

 

 

According to the Bible:

 

Galatians 5 – (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

Colossians 3 – (12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Character should exhibit the “fruit of the Spirit”

 

  1.   Love

  2.   Joy

  3.   Peace

  4.   Longsuffering

  5.   Gentleness

  6.   Goodness

  7.   Faith

  8.   Meekness

  9.   Temperance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good character will show in these ways:

 

  1.   Loves and is loved in return

  2.   Shows mercy to others

  3.   Is kind, not cruel

  4.   Is humble, not proud

  5.   Is meek, not raucous or crude

  6.   Longsuffering and patient

  7.   Willing to forgive

  8.   Exudes peace of God

  9.   Is thankful, not entitled

  10.   Allows the word of God dwell in them

  11.   Shares the wisdom of God with others

  12.   Does all things in the name of Jesus

 

 

 

Ten Characteristics of good character

 

  1.  Caring

  2.  Truthful

  3.  Trustworthy and dependable

  4.  Kind

  5.  Thoughtful

  6.  Forgiving

  7.  Positive

  8.  Thankful

  9.  Helpful

  10.  Humble

 

We can all ask ourselves, is this what people would find inside our package?  As they begin to know us better, will they uncover more and more of these characteristics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are some characteristics of bad or flawed character?

 

Galations 5 – (19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, ( 21) e, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Ten Character flaws

 

  1.  Think and act negatively

  2.  Cannot be trusted or depended upon

  3.  Will lie and steal

  4.  Use people for their own gain

  5.  Hatred, anger, and vindictiveness rules

  6.  Stirs up trouble

  7.  Substance and sexual abusers

  8.  Unkind and rude

  9.  Proud and arrogant

  10.  Feel they are untitled

 

Have any of these attributes crept inside your package? As people get closer to you, do they find any of these difficult traits as part of your character?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can we improve our character?

 

The answer is a definite yes.  Character is formed by many different factors, as I stated above.  And because of all those factors, we form habits that become a way of life.  Habits are hard to break; but they can be broken. They can then be replaced by positive habits.

 

What will you need to activate change?

 

  •  A desire for change

  •  A belief that you can change

  •  The determination to change

  •  Action to implement the change

  •  Time and patience to accomplish the change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day is a new day.  If we don’t like some attributes that are a part of our characters; we aren’t stuck with them. We can change.  Whatever formed those less desirable traits is a part of the past.  We can’t live in the past, or the future.  We have some choices to make.

 

Do we remain as we are; simply because it is all we have ever known?  Do we convince ourselves that we can’t change?  People will just have to put up with who we are. Circumstances made us who we are, and we can’t do anything about it now.

 

Do we “poor me” ourselves into a state of immobility?  Or try to convince ourselves, and others that we could have been better person if life had dealt us a better hand?  Do we rehearse our failures and hard knocks, and use them as proof that we can’t change?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or…do we realize that circumstances, good or bad, affect us and try to mold us; but we can change!  We do not have to be defined by life’s circumstances.  We have a choice. We can choose to let the past in the past, and take the reins of our life in our own hands.  Change may not always be easy; but it is possible, and even desirable.

 

We can choose to stop “shooting ourselves in the foot” with all of our negative thinking and talking.  We can open our minds to the fact that as long as we have breath, we can change, grow, and evolve into the person we want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here we are, wrapped in the beautiful package that we have so carefully crafted for the world to see and admire. But what is inside?  Have we taken the same care to make our character a thing of beauty?  Or have we wrapped up a stagnant piece of garbage in beautiful paper tied with colorful ribbons and bows?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the day to start taking charge of our lives.  The day to let go of our negativity and self pity  This is the day that we can start to change.  Today is the only day we can live in.  Let the past in the past.  Live today!  

 

Believe that you can achieve.

 

God has promised that if we would believe on Him; He would make us a new person.  Feel like you’ve tried everything and can’t change?  Try God!

 

2 Corinthians 5:1 – Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading  I hope this post has given you food for thought. Please feel free to use the comment section to contribute your thoughts on this subject.

 

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Please come visit again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Why Should I Have the Heart of a Servant?

Do you have the heart of a servant?

 

 

 

 

 

At this point, you might be asking why anyone would want to be a servant. We all want to be free, right?  We often confuse the term servant with the term slave.  When we hear the word servant; we connect it with a loss of freedom and being a slave to others.  But a servant is simply someone who serves others. 

 

Galatians 5:13 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only (use) not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 

We become servants to our children because we love them.  We care for them and nurture them because of the love we have for them in our hearts.  Having the heart of a servant means that you willingly serve others, nuture and care for their needs; because of the love that is in your heart for them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many reasons why we should have the heart of a servant. We should need no other reason than the first one listed; but since there are other reasons, I will state some of them.

 

The Lord requires us to have a servant’s heart

 

 

 

 

Philippians 2:3-5 – (Let) nothing (be done) through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.

 

If the motive behind our service to others is to receive honor or praise for ourselves; we are not serving with the attitude the Lord desires.  Instead we are serving to receive whatever is in it for us.  The world would teach us to serve self first; but not the Bible.  Even Jesus himself came to serve and to give his life as payment for our sins.  He humbled himself to a servant position and called himself the Son of Man when he could have called himself the Son of God.

 

Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

Jesus set the example for us to follow in John 13

 

 

 

 

 

At the Last Supper, Jesus surprised the disciples; by taking the place of a servant to wash the dust and dirt from the road off of their feet.  He was setting an example for his disciples.  To be good leaders and teachers, they must first be servants to each other.  He was putting forth an example of humility that he expected his disciples to emulate.

 

I find what Jesus says in verse 17 interesting.  If we never learn to serve others out of love, then we will learn to be self serving and to be a taker.  I’ve found that people who are takers are not usually happy.  They can never take enough; and no one can ever give enough, to satisfy a self seeking person.

 

12.  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13.  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for (so) I am. 

14.  If I then, (your) Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

 

 

 

15.  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 

 

 

Serving others is serving the Lord

 

Our Lord tells us in Hebrews 13:2 that while we are serving others; we may be entertaining angels without knowing it.  He also say that when we do good to others; it is as though we are doing the good to Him.

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

 

Ephesians 6:7 – With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

 

Esteeming others above ourselves teaches humility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serving others means esteeming them above ourselves.  It means being humble and submitting to one another as unto the Lord.  It sometimes means putting our needs on hold for the good of another.  God resisteth (is against) the proud; but He gives grace to the humble.  Remember pride is the sin that brought satan down.

 

1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all (of you) be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

 

Serving others makes us better leaders

 

The world strives to teach us to be self sufficient, self motivated, and self confident.  These are not necessarily bad traits; but sometimes they lead to being self absorbed, self seeking and unconcerned about others and their needs.  In contrast, Christ teaches us to die to self and serve others in love.

 

Mark 10:43-45 – But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

 

2 Corinthians 4:5 – For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves (are) your servants for Jesus’ sake.

 

The Lord defines greatness by our service

 

 

 

 

The world we live in doesn’t glory in servants.  We tend to esteem people in power or people with money.  In contrast, Christ says that whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  When people reach a certain “position” in life; they wouldn’t think of doing menial tasks that a servant would do.  They think they are above others, and need not do what people with less status do.  They believe that they are here to be served by others; not to serve others.  But Jesus said that the greatest among you will be your servant.

 

Matthew 23

11.   The greatest among you will be your servant.

12.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 

To show our love for one another

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become (as) sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 

Love is a verb.  It means little without action.  The action that love should spur is service.  Love causes us to want to fill the need of another, and put their needs above our own.  Love is not self seeking; but concerned with the needs of others.

 

Our Lord set aside his deity and came to earth to live as a man; as an example of the self sacrificial love he wants us to have for one another.  He humbled himself to come to earth with the purpose of living as a man (yet without sin), suffering and dying as a sacrificial lamb for those who will confess their sins, believe in Him, and serve God and mankind.  This free gift of salvation was bought with Christ’s blood.  He willingly became the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.  That is the picture of sacrificial love and service.

 

 

 

 

 

Not serving is to deny the faith

 

 

 

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

 

It takes love to be a true servant. Jesus put great emphasis on love throughout the Bible. He has told us to love one another as he has loved us. If we truly love someone, we will serve them regardless of what we receive in return. So many times people love and serve others, with a hope to get something in return. Our reward is in Heaven. If we serve out of the love Jesus placed in our hearts; we won’t expect to get rewarded for our actions.

 

 

I hope this post has given my readers (and myself) a renewed interest in serving others as our Lord has taught us.

 

In what ways are you being a servant?  Are you active in your church?  Do you teach a Sunday school class or participate in worship?  Do you help others when they need help?  Do you take care of an elderly parent; or visit the elderly in nursing homes?  Do you participate in a prison ministry?  Do you share knowledge that you have accumulated to help others?  Do you give financially to the ministry of your church or other charities?  Are you using the talents that God has given you to be of service to others?

 

If you would like to leave a comment that is relevant to this post; please do so in the comment section below.  Your thoughts, comments and questions are important to me and I will answer them all as soon as possible.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Do I Have a Guardian Angel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do I have a guardian angel?  Have you heard some of the stories of supernatural intervention by some unknown force?  These stories are hard to discount; though they are beyond our human understanding.  We like to think that these stories are “proof” that we have a guardian angel that watches over us; ever ready to protect and serve us.

 

The Bible doesn’t say we have our very own personal “Guardian Angel”. A celestial servant who is there to supply our every need, and push us gently out of the way, or block any harm that may come to us.

 

However, there are many Bible references about angels protecting people in the Word of God. And the Bible says that He (God) would give the angels charge over (to care for and protect) us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalms 91:11

 

“For He shall give his angels charge over thee,

to keep thee in all thy ways.”

 

This verse seems to suggest that there is not just one angel who watches over us. He will give his angels (denoting plural) charge over us. It does say that they will keep (protect) us in all our ways.

 

We’ve all seen the caricatures of a someone with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. Sometimes it seems like there might be a grain of truth in that analogy.

 

There is a definite battle going on between the forces of good and evil in this world, and in our lives. Paul calls those forces “laws” in Roman’s 7; and explains the struggle of a new Christian. When we become Christians; we get a new nature; but the old nature doesn’t give up easily.

 

Roman’s 7 verses 21 through 25.

 

21.   I find then a law, that, when I would do good,

evil is present with me.

 

22.   For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

 

23.   But I see another law in my members, warring

against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity

to the law of sin which is in my members.

 

24.   O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me

from the body of this death?

 

25.   I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;

but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

 

It stands to reason, that if there are angels sent to protect us; there are also “rulers of darkness” that are here tempt and harm us. So, on the battle rages for our soul.

 

Ephesians 6:12

 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,

but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world,

against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

 

 

There are verses that tell us that God sends angels to the earth to do His bidding. This verse says that they excel in strength.

 

Psalm 103:20

 

“Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his

commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”

 

 

When the King of Syria sought to harm Elisha, the prophet; God sent chariots of fire to protect him. Were they being driven by angels? I have never actually seen an angel. Have you? Elisha’s servant couldn’t see the chariots of fire until Elisha prayed for his eyes to be opened.

 

 

2 Kings 6, verses 13 through 18

 

13.   And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and

fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.

 

14.   Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host:

and they came by night, and compassed the city about.

 

15.   And when the servant of the man of God was risen early,

and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city

both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him,

Alas, my master! how shall we do?

 

16.   And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us

are more than they that be with them.

 

17.   And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee,

open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes

of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain

was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

 

18.   And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed

unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people,

I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them

with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

 

 

Psalm 104:4

 

“Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:”

 

When Hezekiah; King of Judah heard that the Sennacherib king of Assyria was coming to war against him; he put on sackcloth and ashes, and prayed to the Lord.

 

 

Isaiah had this to say to him:

 

Isaiah 37, verses 33 through 36

 

33.   Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria,

He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,

nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.

 

34.   By the way that he came, by the same shall he return,

and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord.

 

35.   For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake,

and for my servant David’s sake.

 

36.   Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp

of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand:

and when they arose early in the morning,

behold, they were all dead corpses.

 

The Lord promised to defend the city of Judah, and to save it for his own sake; and for His servant David’s sake.  He sent an angel (this time singular) and the angel smote 185,000 men from the Assyrian army.  God is the giver of life, and He can take it away.

 

 

 

God considers those who believe in Him as His children. He is concerned about all of His children; but especially the little ones.

 

Matthew 18:10

 

“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones;

for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always

behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven.”

 

 

Angels behold the face of the Father; and the angels, authorities and powers are subject (or in subjection) to Him. Angels live to do the will of God. They don’t act, or react, out of selfish motives. Obeying and carrying out God’s commandments is their purpose, and reason for being.

 

1 Peter 3:22

 

“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;

angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

 

 

So what have we learned about angels from the Word of God?

 

  • There are angels (Psalms 91:11)

  • God has given them charge over us (Psalms 91:11)

  • They are spirits (Psalms 104:4)

  • They are as a flame of fire (Psalms 104:4)

  • They excel in strength (Psalms 103:20)

  • They do His commandments and follow His word (Psalms 103:20)

  • They don’t act with selfish motives (Psalms 103:20)

  • They come to earth to carry out the will of God (Isaiah 37:36)

  • They are in subjection to God (1 Peter 3:22)

 

 

 

Do we have a guardian angel? Perhaps we have a whole host of guardian angels? But they will only act on our behalf by the command of God. We do not want to make the mistake of thinking that angels are the ones who protect and watch over us; and let God out of the picture.  Or give them more reverence than is due them.

 

God has said that He would be our protector. He said that He would hide us in the shelter of His wings, that He is our strong tower, and that He is the tower the righteous run into and are safe. He said He would hide us in the cleft of the rock; and that He would be our shelter in the time of storm.

 

God is worthy of all praise.  He is the only God.  We are to have no other God’s before Him. Make no mistake. The angels obey the voice of God. Worshiping angels, or giving them honor that is not due them is a form of idolatry.

 

Angel means “messenger”. They are the messengers of God. They have come to do His bidding. They are spirits, perhaps beings of light. Our fleshly minds can lead us astray if we delve into this subject too deeply. We must not let anyone tell us we should give angels undue honor or worship. God warns us not to worship angels.

 

 

Colossians 2:18

 

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility

and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things

which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”

 

It’s not a good idea, in my opinion, to try to get in contact with our guardian angel or seek to know his name or other things about him. Some people are using seances as a means to get in touch with your guardian angel. Other people are saying they can provide you with the name of your guardian angel for a price. Just remember that satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.

 

 

2 Corinthians 11:14

 

“And no marvel; for Satan himself

is transformed into an angel of light.”

 

 

Do we have I guardian angel? I believe God has angels that He sends out on our behalf. Is it the same angel always. I don’t know. But it is God’s angel; not mine. The angels do the will of God; not my will.

 

God is our refuge and strength and ever present help in time of trouble. Whether He chooses to use angels, or some other means to accomplish His will, is entirely up to Him. I will seek to trust in God and to obey and worship Him, and Him alone.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or comments about this subject; feel free to use the comment section below.  Your comments and questions are important to me.  I will answer them all as soon as possible.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you come again soon.  I love company; and my door is always open.  I will be posting every week; so there will be something new for you to read when you return.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

 

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Jump for the joy of the Lord

 

Remember when you were a child and something made you happy? You couldn’t contain yourself. You jumped for joy. As we grow older we learn how to control these impulses. And as we get even older, we may not be physically able to “jump for joy”.

 

I’m sure, in most instances, it is good that we learn to curb this urge in a physical sense; but sometimes we learn to curb the emotion that causes us to want to jump. Then we are unable to experience the “joy of the Lord” in the fullest manner of wanting to “jump for joy”.

 

 

I have a friend at church who has the “joy of the Lord” as much as I do. I don’t know how it got started; but I think it was in response to a song. We took each other’s hands and jumped in a circle. Church was over, and just a few people remained to witness our spontaneous jumping spree. Some of them may have thought we “lost it”; but all of them couldn’t help but smile. It became something that we do every now and then. Sometimes others join us, or just smile or laugh. Is it silly? Yes. Is it good for us. Yes.  Is it an expression of the joy we have in our salvation?  Yes.

 

 

Why do we have this joy? Is it because we are free from problems? To the contrary; we both have had our share of problems and heartaches. We know each other well enough that we know some of what the other has been through. And yet, we have joy. A joy that makes us want to jump! Where does it come from?

 

It is the “joy of the Lord”. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory! It is joy in our salvation. It is being thankful for all our blessings and trusting the Lord with all our problems. Our Lord has told us to cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us. (He will take care of us)

 

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

 

One day as my friend and I were jumping, another woman from our church wished to join us. This woman had just survived a long hard battle with cancer and was just beginning to regain her strength but she had the joy of the Lord and wanted to jump with us. She was mostly just bending her knees and popping back up; but she was having fun (until she lost her balance).

 

It made a huge impact on me, that after everything she had been through (and was still going through), she still wanted to jump for the joy of the Lord! What a contrast to the stodgy grumpy faced Christians who inhabit the back pews of some churches, so they can rush out as soon as church is over. What a testimony to those who still possess their physical health; but have lost their joy! Our sister has since gone to be with Jesus; but her spirit lives on.

 

 

Our Lord in His infinite wisdom, knew that we would be overwhelmed with cares, worries, temptations and heartaches in this world. He knew that it would be too much for us to bear. That’s why He tells us that we don’t need to bear our own burdens; we can cast (or throw) them on Him.

 

Did you ever play the game “Hot Potato”? It may be played differently in some groups; but in my experience, this was the way it was played.

 

The group sits or stands in a circle. An object is chosen, such as a bean bag, a stuffed animal or a ball that is soft. Then the group is to treat that object as though it is a hot potato. Throwing it immediately to the next person in the circle as though it was hot and burning their hands. A designated person yells “Hot Potato”. The person holding the ball at that point is considered “out” and must leave the circle, and the game resumes.

 

It can also be played with music playing, similar to musical chairs. When the music stops, the person holding the hot potato is “out” and must leave the circle. If I remember correctly, a stuffed potato was also marketed for the purpose of playing this game.

 

 

The Lord knows that the burdens we carry will burn into our soul if we hold on to them. He asks us to cast them on Him as though they were a hot potato. The longer we hold on to our worries, our fears, our anger, our unforgiveness, and our heartaches; the more chance they have of forming permanent scars on our hearts and lives.

 

How many people continue to carry excess baggage around all their lives? Our Lord wants to carry that baggage for us. He says that His yoke is easy; and His burden is light. He didn’t create us to be beasts of burden, trudging through life bearing a heavy load of sin.

 

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30

 

 

It sounds so simple.

 

Just cast (or throw) all your burdens to the Lord. Don’t hold on to them. Don’t clench them tight to our chest. Just open our hands and throw them to the Lord. Put all our cares in His capable hands. Believe that He will take care of the problem, heal our heart ache, deliver us from the temptation, teach us to forgive, and enable us to live within His will.

 

 

Why is it sometimes hard?

 

I am reminded of when my children were little. My son was mechanically minded and loved to take things apart to see how they worked. Sometimes that was okay. He took it apart, and put it back together. Sometimes though, he would succeed in the taking apart process; but the putting back together didn’t work out as well. Then he would bring the toy to me to be “fixed” “Fix it Mommy”. If it was a simple fix; I would take the toy and snap it back together and he would go happily on with his day.

 

But if it was a more time consuming fix, he would grow impatient and snatch it back; only to return later with the plea, “Fix it Mommy”. It was frustrating, when I would have it almost together, only to have it snatched from me before it could be completed. When he returned later, I would have to start all over again.

 

Sometimes we grow impatient with God. We think He is taking too long. We have “cast” our burden on Him; but now what? We want that quick fix, so that we can go happily on with our life. We begin to doubt that God is able to handle it alone. Maybe He needs a little help. How many times have we snatched back our problem; when (unknown to us) God was close to a solution? How many times has our action of snatching it back; caused grief and inaction on God’s part?

 

We are not only to cast our burden;

but also, leave it there.

 

I am reminded of an old hymn called “Leave it There”. The verses go through problems and difficulties that we may experience during our lives, and end with…”Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”.  The chorus then chimes in with, “Leave it there, leave it there. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. If you trust and never doubt; He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there”.

 

The key to leaving our burdens in God’s hands is contained in the last two sentences of that chorus. “If you trust and never doubt; He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there”.

 

The taking it there, or casting our burden on Him is the easy part. It is the trusting and never doubting, that seems to make many of us stumble. Why is it so hard for us to trust? Why do we doubt that the one who created us, and knew us even before we were born, is capable of handling anything that life throws in our path? What makes us think that we, the created being, can handle things better than the Creator himself? Perhaps it is the temptation put before us by the lion that roams this earth seeking whom He may devour. He loves to devour our trust, and chew on our devotion to God; trying to replace it with discouragement and disillusionment.

 

 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

 

Why do we snatch our problems back

if they aren’t taken care of immediately?

 

One reason could be impatience. We are so used to instant gratification. It is an instant world. We don’t have a need to cultivate patience; because so much of the time, everything we need is at our fingertips. Technology has contributed to our quest for instant gratification. We can find out almost anything by typing our quest in a search engine and hitting “enter”.

 

But God holds patience or “longsuffering” in high regard. As evidenced by these verses:

 

2 Peter 1:5-7

5.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6.  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7.  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

 

 

Romans 15:5 – Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

 

James 1:3-4

3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

 

Colossians 1:11 – Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

 

Do you have the joy of the Lord? Are you thankful for your blessings? Have you given all your burdens into His care? Do you “Leave it There”, like the song says? Are you cultivating trust and patience? Do you look at your trials as a means of working patience in your life? Are you willing to “wait” for the Lord to work in your life; or do you continue to snatch it back and try handling it by yourself?

 

These are not questions I want an answer to. These are some questions for you to ask yourself and God. I ask myself these and other questions daily. Sometimes I am glad to answer them or hear God’s answer to my queries. Other times, I have fallen short of His righteousness. Sometimes my answer or God’s answer to my questions grieves me. Then I realize that I have taken something back and I am trying to handle it myself. I have not trusted fully; or I have not had the patience neccessary to wait for His timing. So I must go back to where I got off track; ask for forgiveness and hand the part of my life back to God that I have snatched from His hands.

 

 

When that happens, I am so thankful to know that my God is a God of mercy; and that He has the patience and longsuffering that I sometimes lack. And most of all, I am thankful that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

 

1 John 1:9 -If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

When we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, we are free to enjoy the joy of the Lord. We can jump (either inwardly or outwardly) for the joy of the Lord! We can celebrate the joy of our salvation with a jumping in our spirit; if we can’t physically jump anymore. If we open our hearts and receive; He wants to bestow us this blessing of a joyful buoyant spirit. He desires to give us joy unspeakable. Joy that is not governed by our circumstances. A joy so abundant that we want to jump with glee.

 

 

You are never too old

to experience

this kind of joy!

 

For more on this subject, please see these posts:

 

Why Do We Need Patience?

Rejoice in the Lord Always

Peace is a Blessing From God

 

I would like to hear your thoughts on this subject; so please feel free to leave a comment.

 

I hope you stop in again sometime. I love company, and my door is always open.

 

At your service,

Jeannie

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Peace is a Blessing From God

Are you feeling peaceful today? Are you calm in your spirit? If you answered no to these questions; there is something you should know. Peace is a blessing from God. It doesn’t have to do with our present circumstances, our bank account, our relationships, or our lot in life.

 

Peace is a spiritual gift. It is not dependent on anything or anyone on this earth. It is a peace that the world can’t understand. The world can’t give it to you, and the world can’t take it away; unless you allow it to. Only God can bless us with peace that passes all (earthly) understanding.

 

Psalm 29:11 – The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

 

 

God’s peace guards our hearts and minds

 

Philippians 4:7 NIV – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

The peace that God gives has the power to guard (or protect) our hearts and our minds. When we believe the gospel message and give our hearts and minds to God the power of Christ comes into our life in the form of the Holy Spirit. Christ lives in and through us:

 

Romans 8:10 – But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.

 

 

It is the power of Christ, in us, that will protect our hearts and minds. But there is another component here. We must have righteousness. That righteousness is Christ in us; but we can make that power weak by indulging in sin. In a sense, indulging in sin is like calling off the guard Christ has put on our hearts and minds. It is like saying to Christ; I want to live my way, so leave me alone.

 

Though He doesn’t completely leave us, (Thank goodness), He allows us to move away from Him and the guard He has placed on our hearts and minds moves away with us. This leaves us open to attacks from satan; and more temptation to sin. If we don’t confess our sin; and forsake it, we move into a rebellious condition, and that in turn can lead to moving further from Christ.

 

 

 Peace is part of the Fruit of the Spirit:

 

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

 

Notice that it is called the “fruit of the Spirit” and not the “fruits of the Spirit”. These characteristics combine to make up the fruit of the Spirit. We can’t truly possess the fruit of the Spirit unless we have all of these together. Peace is a blessing from God; but it needs to be combined in our spirit, by the Holy Spirit, with love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.

 

 

To receive peace, we must seek and pursue it

 

Psalm 34:14 -Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

 

Notice that the first requirement is to “turn from evil and do good”. To receive God’s peace, we must first receive His salvation. We must have a change of heart and mind that can only come by believing the gospel and inviting Christ to live in and through you. Once our heart is turned to Him; changes will start to take place in the way we think and how we act. We will feel a call toward holiness and righteousness that wasn’t there before we gave our heart to Him.

 

 

We are still free to ignore that call and go our own way; but not without suffering within our spirit or possibly feeling separated from God. When this happens, the only way to get right again is to confess our sins and ask forgiveness.

 

 

When we are spiritually connected to God we are free to seek peace from Him. Remember, that the Holy Spirit lives within you and will give you peace from within. There may be a storm around us; but we can seek and pursue the peace of God within. The world can’t touch that kind of peace.

 

 

Let vengeance to God, to inherit the blessing of peace

 

1 Peter 3:9 – Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

 

A heart full of vengeance cannot receive the blessing of peace. Do not seek your own revenge. God has said “Vengeance is mine”. Do not return evil for evil (of your own), or insult for insult (of your own). To do so will forfeit your peace.

 

Repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. Peace that passes all earthly understanding, is a blessing that God wants to give us. But we are called to forgive, and to let the vengeance to God.

 

Romans 12:19 & 20 – 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

 

 

 

Attempt to live at peace with everyone

 

Romans 12:18 – If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

 

We should attempt to live at peace with everyone. Sometimes that isn’t possible. The other person may not desire to be at peace with us. Or they may be unwilling to forgive. But we should do all that is within our power to live in peace with those around us.

 

 

Surrender your anxiety to God

 

1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

God has told us to cast all our cares, or anxiety on Him. We cannot experience His peace without first surrendering our state of worry. Anxiety is the opposite of faith and trust.

 

God wants us to have faith in Him and trust Him completely. If we hold on to worry, anxiety, anger or an unwillingness to forgive; we are not trusting God to take care of the situation in His way and in His time. Therefore we forfeit the peace He longs to bless us with.

 

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

Overcome evil with good

 

Romans 12:21 – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Evil exists in this world. We will all come in contact with it at one time or another in our lives. God tells us that we need not be overcome by evil. He doesn’t say we won’t have evil in our lives; but that we don’t need to be overcome by it. In fact, he says we can overcome evil with good. Instead of dwelling on the evil; we are to think about the good, and to be faithful in doing good. The evil will be in our lives; but we need not be overcome. We can overcome evil with good.

 

 

Peace in the midst of trouble

 

John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

God doesn’t promise that we will not have trouble; in fact He says we will have trouble in this world. But He wants us to know that we can have peace, in Him, during the storms in our life. He wants us to take heart and believe that He has overcome the world! His Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and will give us peace if we seek and pursue it in His righteousness.

 

 

Perfect peace for those who trust in God

 

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

 

The peace that God gives is perfect, as He is perfect. But we must trust Him and surrender all unrighteousness to Him . We must cast all our cares upon Him; knowing that He cares for us, and is able to deliver us. Conditions must be right in our life for us to receive the peace that He desires to give those that love, trust and obey Him.

 

 

 The God of all hope

 

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Our God is the God of all hope. All of our hope comes through Him. This verse tells us that He will fill us with all joy and peace. But don’t miss the second part of that sentence “as you trust in Him”. We must trust in God to receive the blessing of His peace in our hearts and minds. Then we will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

 

 

The Lord of peace

 

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

 

As I write this post; I am praying for each of my dear readers. My prayer is that if you are not saved, you would be able to come to a saving knowledge of Christ.  And believe that he died for our sins, confess to be forgiven, and surrender all unrighteousness to the healing presence of the Holy Spirit within. Then when all conditions are right; may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord of peace be with all of you.

 

 

Please feel free to contribute your thoughts in the comment section.  Your thoughts and opinions are important to me and I love comments.

 

Come back again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

If you would like to read more like this, please click on the links below:

 

What Does The Bible Say About Aging?

Rejoice in the Lord Always

The Light That Overcomes the Darkness

 

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Jeannie

 

 

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What Does The Bible Say About Aging?

 

What does the Bible say about getting older? There are many Bible verses that directly speak about aging.  A favorite verse of mine is:

 

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,

yet the inward man is renewed Day by day.   2 Corinthians 4:16

 

It seems as though elderly people; particularly males, were respected in Biblical times. It was assumed that people who have lived a long time have acquired much knowledge and therefore were to be listened to and respected.  They were referred to as elders.

 

We used to be taught to respect our “elders”.  (Back when parents taught their children about manners, etc.)  Teaching children about manners hasn’t been of great importance to many parents in the last 20 years or more.  Though there still are a few who do teach their children to respect others.

 

Instead of commanding respect as we get older; we are more likely to find ourselves to be the targets of disrespect, flippancy and impertinence.  Fortunately by the time we get a certain age; most of us don’t really care what people think anymore.  Lol.  Our self worth shouldn’t be in what others think of us or how they treat us anyway.

 

Our self worth is best measured by the one who created us and

knows us even better than we know ourselves.  Jean Brickley

 

So let’s get down to business and see what the Bible has to say about aging.  I was able to search out quite a few verses; but I’m sure more could be found.

 

 

Bible Study

 

Bible verses that have to do with aging

 

Give honor to elders

 

Leviticus 19:32 – Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

 

Job 32:4 – Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

 

Proverbs 23:22 – Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

 

Deuteronomy 32:7 – Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

 

Respect for both men and women

 

1 Timothy 5:1 – Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

 

1 Timothy 5:2 – The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

 

Older teach younger

 

Older men teach younger men:

 

Titus 2:2 – That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

 

Titus 2:6 – Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

 

Older women teach younger women:

 

Titus 2:3 – The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

 

Titus 2:4 – That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

 

Titus 2:5 – To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

 

Bible study and devotions.

 

 

Age brings wisdom and understanding

 

Job 12:12 – With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

 

Job 32:7 – I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

 

Psalms 90:12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

 

Grey hair and old age:

 

Proverbs 16:21 – The hoary (grey) head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

 

Isaiah 46:4 – And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar (grey) hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

 

Psalms 71:18 – Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

 

 

The crown of old age

 

Proverbs 17:6 – Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Note:  Do you glory in your grandchildren and great grandchildren?  I know I do.

 

Baby and Kitty

 

 

 

 

Renewed in old age

 

Ruth 4:15 – And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.

 

Isaiah 40:29 – He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Note:  This is one of my favorite Bible verses.  How many times He has given me strength, when I had none of my own.  How many times has he lifted me up above my troubles (as if on eagles wings).  If we don’t have all this at our age; we can still look forward to having all this and more in Heaven!

 

1 Corinthians 1:8 – Who shall also confirm (reinforce) you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Living to a “good old age”

 

Psalms 91:16 – With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

Genesis 15:15 – And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.  (Abram)

 

Genesis 25:7 – And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.

 

Genesis 25:8 – Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

 

1 Chronicles 29:28 – And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.  (David)

 

Job 5:26 – Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

 

Psalms 71:9 – Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

 

Yielding fruit in old age

 

Still Life, Fruit, Maroon, Flowers

 

Psalms 92:14 – They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

Note:  I can relate to this verse.  How about you?

 

Genesis 21:1 – And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

Genesis 21:2 – For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Genesis 21:3 – And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

Note:  I’m not sure I would be up to this particular fruit bearing at my age.  What do you think?

 

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I hope you have enjoyed reading some of what the Bible says about aging.  I’m sure if you researched, you could find more.  If any verses come to mind, feel free to list them in the comments section.  I love comments.  I will answer them all.

 

Come back again soon.  I love company and my door is always open.

 

To read my post with a collection of retirement quotes, go here:

Retirement Quotes

 

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Rejoice in the Lord Always

Hello my good friends.

 

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Have you lost your joy? Is it hard to find something to feel joyful about? There is so much evil in this world you say. Does anyone really have joy? Yet the Bible tells us that we are to rejoice in the Lord always. So how does God expect us to rejoice always? Does He really mean in all circumstances?

 

Rejoice in the Lord alway: again I say, Rejoice.

Phillipians 4:4

 

The word rejoice is in the Bible 194 times,

rejoiced, 45 times, rejoiceth, 18 times,

and rejoicing, 28 times.

 

Do you think maybe God was trying to get our attention? If the word rejoice, rejoiced or rejoicing is the Bible that many times; the Lord wanted us to recognize the importance He places on our rejoicing in Him and in our salvation.

 

For our heart shall rejoice in him,

because we have

trusted in his holy name. 

Psalms 33:21

 

It’s easy to rejoice when everything is good in our life; or as the song says, when we are up on the mountain; but what about when we are down in the valley? It is when we are in the valley (or hard times) in our life, that our faith is being tested.

 

It’s much harder to rejoice in the valleys of our life.

 

When someone we love has gone on ahead of us to be with the Lord; we feel lost and alone, sad and depressed, and rejoicing is probably the last thing on most people’s mind who are in this circumstance. But our Lord, in His infinite love, doesn’t want us to stay down in that valley. If we can rejoice in His salvation and in Him; then our heart is drawn away from our pain; and in to His comforting care.

 

And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD:

it shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalms 35:9

 

Can we rejoice in this circumstance? It hurts. It makes us cry and feel alone. But we are not alone. This is our first reason to rejoice. Our Lord is always with us. He will never leave us or forsake us. And like the Bible verse above says; we are to rejoice in the Lord alway; again I say, Rejoice!

 

Let your conversation be without covetousness;

and be content with such things as ye have:

for he hath said,

I will never leave thee,nor forsake thee. 

Hebrews 13:5

 

The next reason we can rejoice is to rejoice in our salvation. We will see our loved one again in Heaven. Our separation is only temporary. And we can rejoice that our loved one is already in Heaven where there will be no more pain, tears or sorrow. They are free. They have been released from the constraints on this earth. They are now enjoying the benefits of their new “Heavenly” body.

 

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:

and let such as love thy salvation say continually,

Let God be magnified. 

Psalms 70:4

 

We can rejoice in the fact that we can place our sorrow at the foot of the cross. We don’t need to bear it alone. There is a comforter who lives inside of all Christians. The Holy Spirit that Jesus sent will comfort us and give us peace.

 

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 

John 14:18

 

He wants to reach down and pull us out of the valley we are in, to a higher place with Him. There we can dwell in the shelter of His wings.

 

Because thou hast been my help,

therefore in the shadow

of thy wings will I rejoice.

Psalms 63:7

 

If we place our trust in Him; and look to Him for our help; He will deliver us. That is reason to rejoice.

 

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice:

let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them:

let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Psalms 5:11 

 

When our marriage ends after a long battle of trying to save it. We feel betrayed. We feel like failures. We feel exhausted and spent. We fear living our life alone. But we are not alone! Rejoice in the Lord; again I say Rejoice! Our Lord is with us!

 

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help,

whose hope is in the LORD his God:

Psalms 146:5

 

We can take our failed relationship to the foot of the cross. Jesus will bear our sorrow. The Holy spirit will comfort us. He will heal our broken heart, and bind up our wounds. He will give us His strength in place of our weakness.

 

He healeth the broken in heart,

and bindeth up their wounds.

Psalms 147:3

 

When we give Him our sorrows; He can begin the healing process. When we place ourselves in His loving hands, He will give us peace in the midst of whatever hard circumstance we are going through. And He will keep us (the righteous) safe in His strong tower. So rejoice in the Lord.

 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower:

the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 

Proverbs 18:10

 

What if we lose our employment and have no source of income? We feel unappreciated, undervalued, like we have failed, and lost the ability to provide for our family. Then when money gets tight and the bills pile up, stress mounts. How will you provide? May I introduce to you Jehovah-Jireh, your provider. Let me remind you that He does not leave us alone.

 

What do you do with your unemployment situation? Take it to the foot of the cross and leave it there. Trust in the Lord to provide. Pray and tell Him your needs. You will be surprised at how He will provide for your needs. (not to be confused with wants)

 

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,

believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 21:22

 

Are you beginning to see a pattern emerging here? Okay. Once again, the Holy Spirit can give you peace, comfort and healing. Once again, your help comes from the Lord. Our provider will reach down to provide food, shelter and all your needs. Your job is rejoicing in the Lord always. His job is to provide your needs.

But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus

Philippians 4:19

 

You may have to do some work toward receiving provision; such as signing up for unemployment; contacting the bank about your mortgage payments, coming up with a plan to pay partial payments on bills, picking up odd jobs until you find something permanent. Or maybe putting aside your pride to let others know you need help, etc. But if you put your trust in God, He will direct your steps. He will show you the path to take.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life:

in thy presence is fulness of joy;

at thy right hand there are

pleasures for evermore 

Psalms 16:11

 

Let’s see if we can come up with some definite steps

we can take to insure that we can rejoice in the Lord always.

 

Ten steps to take toward Rejoicing in the Lord always.

 

  • 1.    Face your situation. Don’t try to hide from it or pretend it’ not happening.
  • 2.    Remember you are not alone, no matter how alone you feel.  God is with you.
  • 3.    Take the problem to the Lord and leave it there. Jesus will bear your burden.
  • 4.    Put your focus on God, and not on your problem.
  • 5.    Surrender control to God and He will comfort, strengthen and sustain you.
  • 6.    Take action where you can; and leave the rest to God.
  • 7.    Trust that no matter what you face, you and God can handle it together.
  • 8.    Rest in His care; don’t worry or fear, just trust.
  • 9.    Pray for your needs and His provision, healing, peace, and joy.
  • 10.   Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say Rejoice!

 

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous:

and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Psalms 32:11

 

This is the point where you are all saying, “It sounds good in print; but I don’t see how it will work in practice.”  Obviously, we will all suffer in this life; and faith in God is not a band-aid that will cure all.  There is a period of mourning when we lose someone we love.  It cannot be escaped.  But our faith definitely can ease the amount of anguish we experience; if we are able to surrender and trust God.

 

There is a peace that passeth understanding.  The world will wonder how we can have peace in the midst of our wretched circumstances.  It is a peace that only God can give.

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,

shall keep your hearts and minds

through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

 

I can’t think of a better place to end this post than right after that wonderful Bible Promise.  My dear readers, may the peace of God, which cannot be understood by the world, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  May you experience His peace and rejoice in your salvation today.

 

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From Heart of Stone to Heart of Flesh – The First Heart Transplant

Why Do We Need Patience?

The Light That Overcomes the Darkness

 

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From Heart of Stone to Heart of Flesh – The First Heart Transplant

Hi friends.

 

Today I want to talk about heart transplants. The first human heart transplant was on December 3, 1967, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. A 25 year old woman died in an accident and her heart was transplanted into 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky, making him the recipient of the first human heart transplant. He lived 18 days, while the heart beat normally. He died of double pneumonia. Since then there have been many heart transplants, with patients living for longer periods with better anti-rejection medications.

80% now live 2 years, 70% live for 5 years, and 50% live 10 years or more.

 

But today, I want to discuss how we can go from having a heart of stone to having a heart of flesh.  God performed the very first heart transplant in Biblical times and He is still doing the same today for those who believe!

 

Ezekiel 36:26 – “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

 

A heart of flesh.

 

He said he will take away the stony heart out of our flesh, and give us a new heart of flesh. And with this new heart of flesh, He will also put a new spirit within us. He was in the business of heart transplants back in Biblical times; and He still is today!

 

I looked up “stony heart”.  It means unfeeling or cruel. If we have a heart that is unfeeling or cruel; we need our God to perform a heart transplant.

 

Only God can really know what is inside our hearts.

 

And this is what he says about the condition of the human heart before salvation:

 

Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it.

 

We can’t judge another person’s heart; because “man looks on the outward appearance and God looks on the heart. (1st Samuel 16:7) We can’t even know the true condition of our own heart. Only God knows our heart. And he says it is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked!

 

Now that we’ve established our need of a new improved heart of flesh; let’s discuss the differences between the old stony heart and the new heart of flesh. Let’s compare a stone to the flesh on our hand.

 

Stone – Dead (not living), non-porous, hard, imovable.

 

Beach, Sand, Stones, Heart, Love

 

 

Flesh – Living, porous, soft, moveable

 

Treatment, Finger, Keep, Hand, Wrist

 

If you look at a stone, I think you will agree that it is not alive. It is non-porous. Which means that it can’t take anything in, or allow anything out. If you push on the stone, you will also agree that it is hard to the touch. Then take your finger and move it across the stone. The whole stone will move; but it will not allow you to move it’s surface or shape it.

 

Now let’s compare with the flesh on our hand. It is alive. It has pores, which allow it to take in things such as hand cream, etc. The pores also allow the body to get rid of impurities and perspire. When you touch your flesh; it is soft. If you apply light pressure with your finger, and move it, the skin will move with it. So flesh is living, soft, pliable or moveable, and porous.

 

When we allow God to perform a heart transplant on us, He takes out the heart of stone. He removes the heart that is hard, and immovable, that can’t take anything into it or give anything out of it, the dead (in sin) heart. And He replaces it with a new heart of flesh. This new heart is living and breathing, it is soft and pliable. It is a heart that can receive the Word and the His Spirit; and share God’s love and the Good News from the abundance of the Holy Spirit within.

 

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The Lord tells us in Joel 2:13 – And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.

 

In Biblical times, there was a ritual that people observed when they were hurting, mourning or in deep distress about something. They would “rend” or tear their garments. In the above verse, God is telling them that instead of rending their garments, they should rend (or tear) their heart instead. He desires that they open their heart before Him; and turn to Him. For God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness. When we come to Him with an open, repentant heart; He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

1st John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

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How do we get a new heart of flesh.

 

Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

We need to confess our sins, ask forgiveness, and believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and that God raised Him from the dead. Then we will be saved. God will give us a new heart and a new spirit as He promised.

 

What can we expect now that we are saved and God has given us a new heart?

 

We will receive the power to believe:

 

Roman’s 10:9, (read above)

 

We will receive the Holy Spirit:

 

Ephesians 3:16 – 19 – (16) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; (17) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19)And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

We will receive power from the Holy Spirit:

 

2 Samuel 22:23 – “God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.”

 

We will be able to love God fully:

 

Matthew 22:37 – Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

 

We will be equipped to better obey God:

 

Ezekiel 11:20 – That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Ephesians 6:6 – Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

 

We will be able to understand the word of God.

 

We are not able to understand the word of God apart from the Holy Spirit. Spiritual things can only be discerned by the spirit. Before we are saved, we understand the things of the flesh, or things of man; but we can’t comprehend the things of the spirit. We must receive the Holy Spirit, which we do receive when God completes our heart transplant. Then we can understand the deep things of God!

 

1st Corinthians 2:10 – 13 (10) “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. (12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

White Dove, Nature, Bird, Animals

We will be in a better position to be purified and sanctified by God:

 

We can’t purify and sanctify ourselves. It is a work of the Lord within us. He is the author (he writes faith on our hearts) and the finisher (he works out our salvation, growing us and forming us to be more like Him) until our life here is finished. Then we receive a new body, that will never die, and go to Heaven to be with Him eternally.

 

1st Peter 1:9 – Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

Hebrews 12:2 – “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

James 4:8 – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

 

1st Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

 

Through the Holy Spirit we receive peace and have joy:

 

Philippians. 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

1 Peter 1:8 – Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

 

In conclusion, God is the only one who can truly know the thoughts and intents of the heart. Therefore, we need to accept His conclusion that our hearts are “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”.  The next conclusion we must come to is: if God is right (and we know He is), then we need a heart transplant. We need to have the heart of stone, or stony heart (unfeeling and cruel) removed, and we are in need of a new heart of flesh.

 

We can confess our sins, ask forgiveness, and believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and He died on the cross to save us from our sins; and that God raised Him from the dead. Then you will be saved!

 

Cross, Sunset, Sunrise, Hill, Sky, Sun

 

The Lord will replace that hard heart of stone with a new living, breathing heart of flesh. A heart that his love and Holy Spirit can flow into and through. A new heart of flesh, that can be devoted and surrendered to Him. A heart through which He can impart to us His love, peace, understanding and hope through the Holy Spirit. A soft heart that He can mould to obey His Word; and through which He can purify and sanctify us. A new heart of flesh, through which the Holy Spirit can live and breathe, and have it’s being.

 

Psalms 139: 23 & 24 – (23) Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: (24) And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

I am so glad that God has promised to take that sin diseased, hard heart of stone out of us and replace it with a new heart of flesh, so that we might have life and life more abundantly!

 

John 10:10 – “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

 

Beautiful Day, Cheerful, Munter            Abundant life!

 

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Why Do We Need Patience?

Today I’d like to talk with you about patience. What is patience?  How do we get patience?  Where does patience come from?  Why do we need patience?  I will try to answer these questions from the Bible.  (and Websters)
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What is patience?

Patience is to “be patient”. Websters defines patience as being able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people.

So how is your patience? Are you easily annoyed? Do you become impatient when things aren’t going the way you think they should? How do you feel, think or act, when the car in front of you fails to go, when the light is green? What happens when you are completely ready to go to an appointment, and your spouse is still in the shower? How do you feel when someone less qualified than you secures the position you have been working toward? Is your patience tested when the person in front of you, in the 20 items or less aisle, clearly has more than twenty items? Our patience can be tested in many ways. It seems  almost impossible to keep from becoming impatient; but we can control our reactions to that impatience.

How do we get patience?

James 1:3  says that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:4  Let patience have it’s perfect work that you may be perfect and complete and lacking nothing. What a wonderful reason to cultivate patience in our life.

Where does patience come from?

Romans 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience.

Tribulation is described by Webster as an experience that is hard to bear, or distress or suffering resulting from cruel and unjust treatment or misfortune. Some synonyms are: affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, torment, torture, travail, distress, woe. This is why we are sometimes told to be careful of praying for patience. Patience comes from going through and enduring hard experiences. Each time we lose our patience or become impatient, it is a new opportunity to become more patient in the future.

Why do we need patience?

1.  To be more like God.

Romans 15:4-6 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (5) Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus. (6) That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God is called the “God of patience and consolation”. If we desire to be more like God, then we must cultivate the characteristics of God in our own lives. He also wants us to exhibit that “likemindedness” toward one another. In verse 6 He gives us a reason why we should be patient and consoling: So we may with one mind and one mouth glorify God. He wants us to be in accord with each other so that we will worship Him with one mind and one voice. We are to be united in Christ. The more Christians exhibit the characteristics of God, the more united the body of Christ, or the church, can become. If you desire to be more like God; study, learn and copy his characteristics.
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2. To have patience toward others, in love.

Romans 12:10 & 12 (10) Be kindly affectioned toward one another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another. (12) rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

We are to be kind to others with brotherly love. This verse asks us to put other’s needs above our own. God wants us to rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation; and continue in prayer. If we have trouble maintaining our patience; we need to pray for the Lord to be patient through us. If we are not treating people with patience and love; we need to be praying that God will enable us to be more kind and loving; and less impatient.

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3.  To have rest.

Psalms 37:7  Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself because of one who prospers in his way; because of the man who bringeth evil devices to pass.

We have rest in the Lord if we wait patiently for Him. God’s timing is not always like ours. We need to be patient until he answers our petition. He asks us to be patient during the trying times in life. (tribulations) He desires that we even be patient with those who hurt us or do evil against us. He doesn’t want us to worry or be upset over what someone else is doing or not doing. Our job is to keep our eyes on Him. His job is to take care of all the evildoers. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord. We must trust that “God will work all things together to the good; because we love Him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

4.  To bring forth fruit.

Luke 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

If we desire to be a seed that falls on the good ground, first, we must have and honest and good heart; second, we must not only hear the word, but keep the word; and third, we must bring forth fruit with patience. We need to be patient with others; but also with ourselves. Satan loves to attack believers with discouragement. If we are not patient with ourselves, we can easily fall into the trap of discouragement. God says bring forth fruit with patience.

5.  To make us complete.

James 1:4  Let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete and lacking nothing.

What a wonderful promise. Wouldn’t you love to be made perfect, be complete and lack nothing. All that can become reality if we trust completely in God. It may not come when we think it should. And you say “How can we be perfect”? You can be perfect in Christ; because you are covered by His blood. When He died on the cross, He took all our sins (and mistakes), past, present and future, upon His sinless self to be the propitiation for our sins. Our sins (and mistakes) were crucified with Christ; leaving us washed white as snow. We are not perfect in ourselves; but we are “perfect” in Christ. If our trust is completely in God; then we are complete in Him, and we lack nothing. The problem comes in because we are sometimes of “little faith”. We say we trust God; but we are trying to solve the problem ourselves. When we make mistakes we feel condemned; but Christ crucified those mistakes with Him on the cross. When we feel condemned; there is an action we must take: repentance. But there is no need to be living in condemnation. He is faithful and just to forgive.

6.  To receive the promise.

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 10:36  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

We will, through faith and patience, inherit the promises. We need patience to do the will of God and to inherit the promise of God; which is eternal life. He tells us not to be slothful (or lazy). God asks us to actively follow those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. If we read and study the Bible we will learn what the will of God is. Then we need to pray that God will do those things through us. He is the “author and finisher of our faith” Hebrews 12:2   But we must believe that He is, and that He is able to do what He promises.

7.  To possess our souls.

Luke 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Do you want to possess your own soul?  If we don’t possess our own souls…who will?  We must have the patience to read and study the Bible.  We need patience to exercise self control.  Patience is the cornerstone to dealing with others in love.  We need to be forgiving toward those who have hurt us or wronged us in some fashion.  We need to have patience when things don’t happen when we think they should.  Sometimes we want immediate satisfaction over long term reward.  With our patience we will possess our own souls If we don’t possess our own souls, we are open to being mislead, possessed by the wrong desires and temped to move in non-Christian directions.  Be patient.  Possess your own soul!

8.  To the coming of the Lord.

James 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the lord. Behold the husbandman (farmer) waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and the latter rain.

Here the Lord asks us to be patient for His coming. He uses the analogy of the farmer and his crops. When we plant a seed, it won’t immediately produce a plant; and when we have a plant; it won’t immediately produce fruit. The farmer must be patient until the seed germinates under the ground and begins to grow. The sunlight and rain also have a place in this process. When the gospel seed is planted in a heart; it begins to grow or germinate. Usually we can’t see that growth, just as the farmer can’t watch his seeds while they are under the ground. The seed needs water at this point; not necessarily light. When a person comes to Christ, they just come to know a little of the light that God can shine into their lives. As they grow and learn, they will need more of the light of Christ and a continuous flow of the Holy Spirit’s teaching. If that seed is not given the right things to develop and grow; it will wither and die. A seed that goes unwatered in the ground; will not produce a plant; let alone fruit. A seed planted in the heart of someone who has no desire to learn and grow in the Lord, will also not produce fruit.

 

Patience is the companion of wisdom – St Augustine

 

I will pray for patience, peace and rest for all my readers. Go forth and cultivate a patient, loving and kind heart. The next time you feel yourself start to be impatient; stop, take a deep breath and pray for patience in the difficult situation; no matter what it may be. May God bless and keep you safe in His care.

 

At your service,

Jeannie