Dear brothers and sisters,
Let's worship the Lord today! Jesus came to set us free and so we live! He suffered and died for us. He gave His all for us. He is coming again for us! Are you excited to be called His beloved? WE are the reason Jesus came.
As long as the day is ours we have every reason to lift up His Holy name. There are no circumstances that can keep us from exalting His precious name. Are you breathing? Is your heart beating? Then you have the time. I have the time.
Another of God's promises is found in Psalm 86:5, actually two. God's love is steadfast to those who call upon His name. God has promised you the crown of life. "For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You."
The reason Jesus came to earth was to save us from ourselves and point us to the Father. He is a good, good Father! So, let's look at this Father Who Loves us so much. Reading the descriptions of Him throught the eyes of King David we will search out this great and mighty God.
David begins humbly admitting that he is poor and needy, distressed and desirous. As the servant of the Lord he places his trust in God. (Leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt). This is the way to enter the presence of the Lord. Psalm 86:1-2.
In Psalm 86:3-4 David prays, "Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day. Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up." How often do we cry out to the Lord to make us His servant? It may be that you live in an oppresive situation. One that is so heavy you can hardly tolerate the circumstances. Life seems to permit suffering and all you can do is endure.
Humbly come to the Father and declare His loving-kindness over you. Call on His name and receive abundant mercy. The outcome will be as verse 5 says. Go back and read it, pray that your eyes would be open to see His goodness. Now, read on.
"Give ear, O lord, to my prayer; and listen to the cry of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me." Now declare..."There is none like unto You among the gods, O Lord, neither are their works like unto Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and work wonders! You alone are God."
We know the days are coming to a close. All we have to do is listen to the unrest of our nation and others. Wars. Signs in the heavens and on the earth. Erruptions everywhere to destroy our peace. Little gods that can do nothing, yet, many serve them. We are called to look to Jesus, God's Son. Only He can save us.
David asks in verse 11..."Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name."
Declaration...verse12-13, "I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; and You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol [from the exceeding depths of affliction]." Confess and glorify His name!
Always. This world is always against the children of God. "O God, the proud and insolent are risen against me; a rabble of violent and ruthless men has sought and demanded my life, and they have not set You before them." Don't be surprised if persecution comes kicking at your door. Our future without the Lord is most desolate. Draw near to God!
Verse 15..."But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth. O turn to me and have mercy and be gracious to me; grant strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaiden. Show me a sign of [Your evident] good will and favor, that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because You, Lord [will show Your approval of me when You] help and comfort me." Amen.
Jesus hadn't come yet in David's time. He called out to Almighty God. David believed God and knew he could talk to Him. Today, we have the Father's Son walking beside us every moment. He goes before the Father and prays for us too. His Holy Spirit fills us and leads us into truth all the way to heaven.
So, my friend, what keeps you from coming to the Lord? We can blame our distractions, the internet, family business or our poor health and lack of finances. It could be that everything is really good too. Focused, good family, good health and no financial problems. These too can be what keeps us from coming to the Lord. Either way give us all the more reason to call on the Lord. There is still time, this moment. Will you?
Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending Jesus to redeem our lives from the pit of darkness and destruction. You have called us by our name and set Your heart upon us. Forgive us for trying to live as though we are in control. We are not. You are. Thank you for showering us with You goodness and giving us fresh life. We choose to give You all honor and glory. Make us ready to see our King coming in Glory. We bless Your name and trust You with our lives. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Thank you for stopping by today. Heartstrings is my heart journey shared with you. I love that we are all heading the same direction. Encourage one another for the days are evil. Pray for one another. Stand beside each other in the strength of the Lord. Until we meet again, God bless, Patricia.
Abundance is...He is the reason I live
Dear brothers and sisters,
I pray you are well in spirit and have great peace of mind as you go about your day. Have you experienced God's limitless and abundant mercy and grace? Do you want to know Him? We are given so many gifts as His children.
We find promise after promise from the Father everytime we pick up His Word. My Bible is my best place and I am feeling pressed to lean in and see what God thinks about the things that concern me. We do have many don't we? Relationships are the most important to succeed in. My responses to others either shows that God is at work in my life or just the opposite. It only takes the things that I am dwelling on to roll off my tongue and bring life or death.
Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]."As we are learning to trust and obey the Lord in all things, I think this is a weapon for good or evil. Which will I choose?
Psalm 86:5 says, "For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You." We have to keep in touch with the Father and continually be aware that our fallen nature needs to be redeemed daily.
The meaning of the word redemption is to purchase a slaves freedom. Can you picture yourself in chains, heading to the lions when all of a sudden a man stands up and says, "Wait, I want this one!" Now, you know what the thief on the cross beside Jesus experienced. Freedom from eternal death! Jesus paid the price for you today!
I have been reading this morning about Moses. You know the guy in the old testiment who was face to face with God? He just couldn't get past the fact that God called him to speak to Pharoah on behalf of his fellow Hebrews. He complained that he couldn't talk well enough, gee God, can you get someone else attitude. It made God angry but he said okay.
After Moses and his brother Aaron went to the Hebrew slaves and told them that God would set them free from their captivity, they were all for it. Until Pharoah heard and so piled on more to their labors. Then, they turned against Moses, complaining he really blew it, "just let us be". The plot thickens with miracles, signs and wonders. All the while God was in control.
This wasn't about Moses though. It was about God and what He wanted to do. I think in the mass of people; thousands, there had to have been a remnant of believers. As a representative, you would think God could have picked a better guy. Someone built like King Saul for instance, a strong warrior and very confident...well, you remember how that went? Basically you can go made without the influence of God in your life!
Today, trying to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ may seem daunting. Do you agree? My world is pretty small in comparison to others. I am home and delight in that. But, even when talking with family, it can be like talking to the wall. Sad. Sad to me and really sad for them. To think that they choose to believe the lie that they are okay before God because...whatever. Just have to keep praying, a lot.
We know as followers of Christ how much we ourselves have sinned. We fight our flesh everyday, right? Go back to Proverbs 18:10 to see, "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong." Praise the Lord! Salvation means to be rescued from danger. If you are feeling like you are in danger of sinning again and again, then seek God and speak His name, the name of Jesus and be saved, safe above the evil lurking around you. We have to hang out in the tower of the Lord. (verse 20)...Our conscience integrity and sincerity with Him is the kind of righteousness the Lord rewards.
I guess what I am trying to say is, if, If we really know our hearts belong to Jesus Christ, then we must keep sharing and let God take our tongues and help us to speak for His glory. You know how the story goes with Moses. It turns out pretty interesting and so like people today. The things we complain about! When right above us is the pillar of smoke by day and the pillar of fire by night. Who are we going to trust then? WE all need the Lord! Plain and simple.
Well, though I stumble with my words, my thoughts racing faster than my fingers can type, I know I have to trust the Spirit of God to say what He wants. The Holy Spirit will speak just what we need to hear today. It is up to us to listen. I am blessed to share Heartstrings with you day after day. At this time we have that freedom. We don't know how long it will last, but we must share Jesus Christ with as many as we can.
Let's make Psalm 86:11 our prayer..."Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [soley, reverently] to fear and honor Your name." In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...as we call, He answers
Good morning dear friends,
With Spring coming I am thinking of a garden. We enlarged the boundaries so we could have a bigger harvest. I am thinking on these good things because the days have been foggy and gray. I even try to wear brighter colors to cheer my soul. The garden of tomorrow gives me hope. This time of year I suppose God gave us, to pause before the labors increase.
Whatever we need, He will provide. Another great promise in His Book. We know His resources are unlimited...but, he won't give us what we don't need. When someone told me this I cringed inside because of course I think I need so much! Not true. And so it comes down to being grateful for the everyday, little conveniences I so often take for granted. They are gifts and God can just as easily take me where comfort is like treking on the desert.
Here is another promise for today found in Philippians 4:19 which says, "And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Wait a minute! Then you might ask, why do I have holes in my socks, have a bare cupboard and empty bank account? Any number of complaints. Why is really up to the One Who knows you and can see to the end of your days. Yesterday our water was off to fix something. Funny how much I thought about water over those hours. When it was back on, you bet I rejoiced!
When was the last time you just thanked Him for the little patch of blue sky? Or that He feeds the birds gathered on the snowy ground? Or the simplicity of a genuine hug from a grandchild? We must remember where our supply comes from. I must remember where my supply comes from.
I read somewhere that, contentment is being satisfied with what God is doing and knowing there is much more, so keep climbing up onto His lap! Content is equal to a container. Christ is All in us. We can be satisfied because we know the source of our help. Jesus in us, filling our cup every day. Giving thanks with a grateful heart is healing the soul, the mind and our emotions become calm.
Yesterday, I needed particular strength and focus. At the end of the day, looking back, I could see He provided just what I needed! I realized this as I was writing my thanks to Father in my journal. We have abiding peace and confidence through the daily grind, don't we?
By taking time in His presence and Word each morning, I am finding a new resolve. My dedication to that time has increased. This isn't to pat me on the back by any means. Obediance to the place God calls me is most important at this particular time. Like being on a diet. Not easy at first to control the flesh, but the results are wonderful! Yes, I am being stretched, reshaped and watered down like a lump of clay in the Potters' hands. Always changing form to become like Him.
When tending a garden, lots of preparation goes into the plan. Same goes true for the garden of my life, if I want to witness a great harvest. Every seed planted from God's Love letter will grow as I invite His Spirit to tend to the details. Here is where I find out what is really important. It seems all the other "needs" just fall to the side.
What will today bring? I don't know. I do know Who is in control. I will trust His judgements, His ways and His Words. He is our Jehovah Jireh! Pray this promise today and believe, (trust in, cling to and rely upon Him). Pray..."Just give me enough to honor You Lord". Pray and pray some more. Get all soaked in the Living water of His Word.
That requires faith! Over and over again we see He Is Faithful, don't we? I pray you find the boundaries of your faith enlarged. That your life garden will flourish and bring glory to God Who supplied the seed. May He bless you today. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...His provision
Good evening family and friends,
Was there anytime today that you felt like you were forsaken? Here is something you should know if you are a believer in Christ Jesus. When He became your Salvation, this promise also became yours.
Deuteronomy 31:8 says, "It is the Lord who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit-depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm]."
How wonderful is this promise? All wonderful as you allow God's promise to sink in and become your lifestyle. A promise from Him will never change with time or circumstance. Jesus told the disciples this same thing in the Gospels. He is speaking to us today. Do not fear. He will never leave you.
What are you concerned with tonight? Is tomorrow a cause for alarm? I know we are seeing so much in the news that could make our hearts beat faster. Whether about the government or the things happening in nature that we cannot control. Do not fear. He will never leave you.
Sometimes all the mess and drama makes me want to lift up my hands and say, "I want to just run away." But, where could I go? Well, today I did have to make a trip to town. On the way home I decided to turn onto Lost Horse Road. My granddaughter was with me and the fog was lifting so we could almost see the mountains. I had such a longing to get out and walk. So, we did. I parked the van on the side of the road and we got out and walked a ways.
It was quiet, and so very different than living in town. The air was brisk, well, actually very, very cold. The sun was trying to lift the fog and so we could feel the warmth on our backs. Great! No problem. That is until we headed east to the van again. Wow! What a difference to have the wind at your back! Now, the wind was face on and bitter! So, we did what anyone with a brain would do...we walked faster!
After driving back toward the highway I noticed a dark movement off in the pasture to the south. I slowed and then stopped because a herd of about 50 elk were coming toward the fence. Their gait was pretty fast and I figured they intended to jump the fence, cross the road and jump into the facing pasture and hill. We were in awe! They were magnificent creatures as they seemed to glide over the fences. All but the last four. Very young, barely able to see over the fence. So, they had to go back and make a run for it. It wasn't as easy as the adults made it to be. Finally, the last one made it clumsily over.
You know what really caught my attention was that every elk on the other side turned to watch as a group for the last little ones to make it safely. It made me think that is how awesome our Father is with His children. Some of us are new to the family of God, so need patience and love and encouragement. Some are older in the Lord and wait for others to catch up. They disciple, teach and encourage the young ones. What a wonderful family we live in!
Do you think it is unreasonable for the new born in the Kingdom to fear sometimes? No, in fact fear can effect anyone at any stage in life. Sometimes just with a change of scenery and that fence that looked pretty small, until we got closer. Yet, we know that we can trust in the Lord, turn to His Word and make it our own. WE can glide over that fence!
Instead of lifting up my hands in frustration over a situation, I am to lift up my eyes to the Lord and my hands in worship to Him. He is calling me to trust, obey, seek and abide in Him. Can I do this? Absolutely! Is my path brightly lit all the time. Nope. But, I can trust the Light of the Lord.
Remember the story I shared yesterday? The she, was me. We all have a road to walk and we all have to place our faith in the One Who made us and knows what is best for us. No matter how messed up we have lived. God can do a new thing and change us! We will get there. He promised to finish what He started in us. I am forever grateful for this promise!
Romans 8:28, another promise..."WE are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose." Amen.
We don't have to ever feel forsaken, ever! God is just a whisper away and sometimes that is all the breath we have. But, He knows. God is so good. Will you tell Him you believe this? I am sure He would love to hear your voice.
Don't worry okay? It is going to be alright, the Father promised. So, let's pray for one another as we part tonight. I look forward to seeing you again. God bless you and keep you in the Beloved. In Christ's precious name, amen.
Abundance is...no worries
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today I want to share a story with you. I pray that you will find renewed hope through your own experience, chapter by chapter.
We have been talking about the promises of God. We know without a doubt that God will fulfill every letter He has written. We know truly that someday that great day of the Lord will arrive. We only have two choices in this world. You know what they are.
Once upon a time, because that is how most stories begin, there was a young girl who asked Jesus into her heart. She sang the songs, prayed the prayers and yet, she always found the intrigue of what could be. Outside of her loving, caring home. Beyond the fence that surrounded her family. But, as I said, she was intrigued and wondered what it would be like to be in someone elses shoes. There always seemed to be comparisons in her life.
As she grew into a young lady, hate for the way she looked and all her disappointments in God, grew stronger. She thought she was saved, but hadn't the understanding of God's grace. An insight that only came to her many years later. Right now, God just seemed too gruff and mighty, always wanting perfection. Which she knew she was far from. The hatred grew.
Until one day the thought slipped easily into her mind that life was hers to take. She could and should be the one in control of her future. This led her down a traitorous path. The lies became truth and everything got mixed up. It was so easy to step outside of the fence of safety.
Yes, she still prayed at night. She wasn't sure if she would be heard due to the fact that she couldn't stop sinning. Church only became more oppressive, except for the singing part. She loved to sing and could imagine that was the only time God listened.
Skipping ahead many years. She married and had children. As everyday was a matter of choices and change, she started searching for truth. She so wanted the promises of God to be her own, as though directly from Him. After many trials, thoughts of taking her life, trying to make changes in her appearance...well, nothing lifted her heart.
One day, during a snow storm on the high desert, she decided to go for a walk. That was even dumb in her own mind! But, it got her out of the confines of where she lived. As the winds becames stronger and the cold turned more bitter, stinging her face, she found a place to hunker down and try to wait it out. The direction of the house was now only a guess.
During this time she screamed out to God that she didn't need Him. She had hoped that would get His attention. But, only the sound of the wind. No tears formed. Only more anger until she raised her fist to the sky and said, "Help me because I don't want to be helped!" Not long after, still with no words from God, everything began to calm and so she journeyed back home.
Something had changed that day. She couldn't quite put her finger on it. But, it was stirring in her breast. Warmth, peace, and the beginning of a new thing called contentment. Words that were not in her vocabulary. She became hungry for the Word of God so picked up her Bible. Not just for appearance sake but for her own search. She found and still knows that God, her Father, is a good God and loves with endless love.
Why did I share that? Well, other than feeling very impressed to, for the reminder that God is the only Way to Truth. Jesus makes the way to the Father. WE have nothing to fear by leaning on Him. We can go where He sends us and share what He says to. All the while the story progresses. There are many chapters to this one, as with yours; this was only a once upon a time.
There is a promise from 1 John 1:9 that I love..."If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteouness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]." Pause and think about this.
Would that we could stay on the path of His choosing and not stray. Pilgrims Progress is a story that each of us can relate to. What will carry us away in the wild pathways of this world? What can make us whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
I could go on but know it is time to close. In all the choices we make there is only one that is good. We can seek His face and really find out His heart in any matter. You can even holler and scream at Him and He won't get offended. He will wait until you calm down, take a breath and can listen to His still small voice. Be still then, my soul.
God bless you. I pray that nothing will occupy your heart, soul, mind and strength but Jesus Christ. There are no substitues! Will you give Him first place today? I will be praying for you. Your sister in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...within the boundaries of His love