Have a wonderful day!
Last year Mike was in Iraq. This year he’s in the states and I am so very thankful that he is “home”. So many aren’t tho. I want to honor and remember our military that won’t have the luxury of family or “home”, I’m sure you are on their mind as well. Please take a moment to remember them in your prayers. Thank you Papa for this video. 🙂
We have been saved, 1 Timothy 1:9 “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”………
Will be saved, Romans 13:11 “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”…… and are being saved……
Matthew 24:13 “but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Phillippians 2:12 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out you savedr own salvation with fear and trembling.“
So yes, I’m going somewhere with this, but would love to get some thoughts on these scriptures and what they mean to you 🙂
I am so blessed to live less than an hour from Crater Lake. I go there a couple, three times a year, and just sit and look. One thing I would never do is go there to increase my self-esteem. Sound crazy? Maybe. But, it tells me that the deepest joys in life do not come from savoring myself, they come from seeing His splendor. We were made to enjoy God.
During our walks with God, we all at one time or another become bent into thinking that we are the center of the universe. It is a joy destroying disease, this self-centeredness, because the only center of the universe is God Himself.
The Old and New Testaments, both tell us that God’s love for us is a means for us to glorify Him. Romans 15:8-9 “Christ became a servant…..in order that the nationsmight glorify God for His mercy” He has been so merciful to us, that we would magnify Him. Ephesians 1:4-6 says it again “In love, God destined us to adoption…..to the praise of the glory of His grace.” God’s goal in loving us is obviously that we may praise Him. His love is not about Him making much of us, but rather saving us from our self-centeredness, so that we can make it about Him. Any “love” that terminates man, is destructive. It is not the kind of love that leads people to the only lasting joy, God. It has got to be God-centered, or it is not true love, and leaves people without their hope, Him… or their joy….. Him.
At the cross, His death was the ultimate expression of love as stated in Romans 5:8. The Bible also says that the aim of His death was to “demonstrate God’s righteousness, because in the forbearance of God he passed over the sins previously committed” Romans 3:25. The mercy of God put the justice of God in jeopardy, or as a God who lets the criminal go free, so He does the unthinkable. He puts His son to death.
If I have the gall to stand in front of the love of God and turn around and make another feel low, lose their joy that is their strength, and make myself Lord of their life instead of Him, then I am simply a person who stands on the rim of Crater Lake, and feels no satisfaction until it is translated into my own significance. I want to be one who remembers that there is no conflict between my passion and love for people and His passion for glory. He died to forgive those that have turned from savoring Him to savoring self. I for one will do my best to love them as He does.
Nothing is more satisfying to us, nor magnifies Him more.
but it’s 11:36 and I’m just winding down for the night/weekend….. so, I’ll try again tomorrow… in the meantime, anything ya wanna talk about??? 🙂
Still my favorite…. this says it all…..time for sleeps…….thank you Lord!
This year is going to be a strange one on Thanksgiving, for the holidays in general. Mom and I are usually baking like crazy by now, I just haven’t started yet. Things are very different this year than the years past and it has forced me to reflect on some things. Turkey, as wonderful as it will be and as thankful for that as I will be, will not be the focus of my day.
Celebrating Thanksgiving to me means having something I’m thankful for, and having someone to thank. Seems like a Dr. Obvious moment, but I’m amazed and how many people I have heard say, “I’m thankful for _____,” without admitting that God is there to hear their thanks. Nor will He get any credit for what they are enjoying….
How will you express your thanks to God this year? For me, it will begin with a Psalm. Psalm 95.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is His for He made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care.”
Whatever changes have happened this year, make Him the center, make Him the focus…. in giving thanks, giving Him thanks and praise, I am finding that even in the hardest of days, His grace is indeed sufficient for me.
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…..whom I created for my glory” Isaiah 43:6-7
We were created to magnify God, in His greatness. We were created to put His goodness and truth, beauty and wisdom on display. I think the greatest display of God’s glory, comes from our deep delight in all that He is. God gets the praise, we get the pleasure. When He is the most glorified in us, we are the most satisfied in Him.
Knowing that He made us for His glory, we should live that way. Our first obligation then is to show Gods value by being satisfied in all that He is for us. It is the very essence of loving Him, trusting Him and being thankful to Him.
It is the root of all obedience, especially to loving others.
Today, I want to think about, believe in and praise Him for all that He is…. that is finding true Joy. What does “The joy of the Lord is your strength” mean to you?
Is it true that all that matters is presenting the gospel message, or do our actions, which I feel also represent Christ within us, matter as well?
What will it take, for us to love eachother where we’re at, with His love, and allow Him to move on the lives of others in His time. It’s HIS amazing grace that have removed the chains… that transforms lives. Can we stop with our own agenda, our own timeline, long enough to allow Him to have His way? Honestly, I am weary of “friends” who are only “friends” when they feel you are “on the right track”… their track. I truly have had enough of it.
I believe that God takes you through things to learn how to be more like Him. I just want to love people where they are in their walk, and leave the rest to Him. My chains are gone, and if you can love me without an agenda, I’ll love you right back. Friends for life I say… 😉 ***Officially Off Soapbox*** 🙂
I love Switchfoot… this video is a good one.
A discussion with a gal yesterday prompted this… her and I will watch this together today, along with one called “Silent Scream” from YouTube. Harsh? I’m sure the babies think so. Please pray for her, that her “choice” becomes a decision not to murder her baby. I pray for anyone today, who believes “choice” is an option. I pray for anyone today who think a baby is not a baby until it is born.