Advent

Today’s verse……

“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. (‭Malachi‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ ESV)

….is a perfect verse to start this advent season off. The messenger of course is JESUS who is coming as a baby (Isaiah 9:6-7) and who is coming back as a KING (Revelation). I pray that you will find JESUS before it’s too late.

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Thankfulness part 3

This is the last post of a three part series on thankfulness. In the past two posts I related Paul’s awe filled passage in 2 Corinthians 9:15:

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭15‬ ESV)

Now I want to bring it home. Practical application. How can I be thankful?

Three ways:

1) Praise God when things are tough.

Job praised God when his kids were killed. (Job 13:15 ESV)

2) Offer a prayer of thanks for others to God.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭1‬:‭2-3‬ ESV)

3) Share the blessings in Christ with others.

The Corinthian church Paul talks about in 1 and 2 Corinthians was generous. Generous people share with others.

Lord,
Help us be thankful for all You have done. Help us be generous and living. In Jesus Name AMEN.

Thankfulness part 2

Let’s revisit 2 Corinthians 9:15:

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭15‬ ESV)QB

You may remember that Paul expressed his adoration to God for the gift of eternal life, freedom, and love. Paul wrote this verse in 2 Corinthians (as well as the entire book of 1 and 2 Corinthians) to the church in Corinth. The church in Corinth was known for its generosity. Earlier in the 9th chapter, Paul takes note of that generosity by saying “This service you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of THANKS to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:12 ESV)

Also in Hebrews, the writer of that book says, “Let us be THANKful and so worship God.” (Hebrews 12:28)

So Paul (numerous times in 2 Corinthians 9) and the writer of Hebrews mention thankfulness and thanksgiving. That brings me to ask this question…..
ARE YOU THANKFUL TO GOD?

I am every day. I was a 2 month preemie. I fought for life. God found me. So I say Thank You God for first saving my spiritual life from the pit and saving my physical life from an end.

Thankfulness part 1

To all of my blog friends, happy thanksgiving!!

This is the first of 3 posts in a series entitled “Thankfulness”.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 9:15:

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭15‬ ESV)

You might be asking me “what is this inexpressible gift?” The gift is eternal life. The gift is freedom. The gift is love.

Paul says “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

“Thank You God for the gift of eternal life.”

What are you thankful for? Comment below. I pray you are thankful for Eternal life.

Tomorrow I will post more about God’s eternal life and thankfulness.

Obey Him in the Little Things by Gloria Copeland

November 23, 2014

He who is faithful in a very little [thing], is faithful also in much.
Luke 16:10

Obey Him in the Little Things
by Gloria Copeland

Have you ever wanted to take on some really big project in the kingdom of God, but the Lord just wouldn’t seem to let you? If so, there’s probably a good reason why.

You can see what I’m talking about if you’ll read about what God did with the children of Israel after He brought them out of Egypt. He wanted to take them on into the Promised Land. But before He could do it, God had to know if they would obey Him. He had to know if they would listen to His voice. Because if they didn’t, the enemies they were about to face would wipe them out.

So, do you know what He did? He tested them in a small matter.

Exodus 16:4 tells us about this simple test. “Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or not.”

God took a little, insignificant matter, the food they ate–and used it to see if they would listen to Him or not. He told them how much of it to gather, when to gather and when not to, and what to do with it after they brought it in.

And the Israelites went right out and violated those instructions. They showed God by their actions that His voice was not important to them. They were not willing to obey even His simplest commands.

God works the same way today. Before He sends you on a major mission, He gives you the opportunity to prove you can be trusted with small instructions.

But many of us miss that opportunity. We pray, “What do You want me to do, Lord? Where do You want me to go? I’ll do anything You say.” But then when the Lord says, “I want you to get up and pray in the Spirit one hour every morning,” we fail to obey Him. We say, “Oh yeah, that would be good. I ought to do that.” But somehow we never quite get around to it.

Don’t make that mistake. Start today obeying God in the little things. Let Him see that He can trust you out there in a place of much authority. Let Him know you’ll be faithful to His Words and to the voice of His Spirit. Once He knows you won’t let disobedience wipe you out, He’ll start sending bigger assignments your way

Sing a song….

I am a HUGE Southern Gospel music fan. I could tell you (after looking it up) all the members of the Cathedrals in a certain iteration (Kirk Talley, Mark Trammell, George Younce, Glen Payne). Or sing a song that is just plain fun to sing Gold City. Point is, if you find something you like POUNCE ON IT.

Glory

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. (‭Psalm‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ ESV)

Just think about that verse. But you, O Lord, are a

1. shield about me,

2. my glory,

and

3. the lifter of my head.

I’m mighty glad about that aren’t you?

Walk in Wisdom

Wisdom is:
the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

Today’s verse….
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭20‬ ESV)

Is what happens when a person walks
in wisdom and when a person accompanies a fool.
Which path are you going to take today?