Are You Walking in a Manner Worthy of God?

For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

How heavy this command that we walk in a manner worthy of God. Stop and consider his divine perfection, there is nothing to equal him! We would say it is unworthy of kings to dress in rags, but here we are in our rags, in the tattered garments of our actions, offering ourselves to God as though anything we do could be worthy of him.

But thus saith the Scriptures: walk in a manner worthy of God. God does not instruct his people to do the impossible. We cannot shake our heads and slouch our shoulders and mumble that we are unable to obey.

In Philippians 2:13 we learn how we can walk in a manner worthy of God: …it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Saint Augustine once prayed, “O God, command what you will, and grant that which you command!” The good we do is God at work within us. Knowing this, we realize that to walk in a manner worthy of God is to walk in such a way that our walking is God walking through us. His arm moves my arm. His power sends my feet across the earth.

Still, we must walk. We must move our feet and set our eyes on the hills he has called us to ascend. We must avoid the snares of the tempter, flee from sexual temptation, abandon consuming greed, put aside the ways of the world. We must stretch out our hands to the poor, open our mouths to the lost, lift up the eyes of the downcast, set straight the path of a wayward brother.

On the day of Christ’s appearing we will be found worthy but we will know it was not we ourselves who performed such deeds but it was Christ, formed within us, who carried out the works of righteousness through us.


I’m Dieting Lord

I’m dieting Lord and it is a bore.

I’m dieting Lord, what a difficult chore.

Lord, if you love me, shouldn’t I be

Getting all that I want from Thee?

Lord, if you love me, shouldn’t you be

Sending chocolate and macaroni to me?

Lord forgive me, my attitude’s wrong.

Whatever you will me, give me strength to be strong.

You’ve shown that obedience to weight loss is your wish

So help me Lord, to pass up this fattening dish.


Numbers 21:5-And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread (KJV).

Some things never change.

Prayer- Lord, never let us doubt your goodness to us, no matter what the circumstances. Amen

Brenda J Wood

(From Heartfelt Too, more devotions for commonsense wisdom, by Brenda J Wood

Our Gifts

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! NKJV

We all have gifts. Some we are aware of and use prolifically, while others lay hidden deep within us – dormant.

We live our lives, staying within our comfort zone. The thought of taking a new step and learning a new hobby or venture, stay rigidly in STOP mode.

I once read a story about a man arriving in heaven, being asked about his life and how he had lived it.

“God, I’ve been kind and generous towards others all my life. and I’ve been the best person that I could be”.

“Could I ask you a question, God?” “Go ahead” he was instructed.

“Well, I know it isn’t Christmas, but beside You is a Christmas tree laden with gifts. How come”?

“Well” God replies. “It is the tree of life and blessings”. “The gifts represent the many talents I bestowed upon you. A few you used. Those on the tree remain unopened, because you refused to consider yourself capable of doing more”.

We are all guilty of similar behavior. I can stay in one spot thinking myself incapable of attempting more or living life differently; knowing full well that all I need to do is try, to discover that maybe I can do it.

Our tendency is to give up too easily. I am so glad that God does not give up on us. He pursues us and guides us. He forgives us and chides us. He bestows great and wonderful gifts upon us, then waits for us to use them.

I don’t want to reach the end of my days to find out how many unopened gifts I have left. I want to have the determination to try something new (legal, ethical, edifying), whenever the opportunity arises.

Prayer: God, we ask for the strength to do more; to try more. We ask that You grant us discernment in using the gifts You have given us. May we become conscious of those we have, that remain unopened. May we grow them and use them for Your glory. Amen.

Don’t Be Like Jonah!

Early in the day, I can be heard asking God to reveal His will for me. Many times, I am quickly aware of a direction I should take. Sometimes, though I am not so sure.

At times, such as these, I continue on with my day by being productive and only doing those things that I feel God would be pleased with. I prefer to please God, not annoy Him.

Not so, Jonah. He was given a clear directive from God. He was to travel to Nineveh and confront the people living there, of their wickedness. They were guilty of pride, greed, brutality and adultery. God was not pleased with them.

Jonah, did not agree with God’s calling for him. He wanted “out”. Instead, of fulfilling God’s Will, he chose, instead, to attempt to hide. He wanted to get as far away from God as he could. No way, did he want to confront the inhabitants of Nineveh. So he stole away on a ship to Tarshish; thinking it would solve his predicament. Instead, it only made things worse. The ship succumbed to a mighty storm at sea and Jonah found himself, not only overboard, but swallowed alive by a leviathon of the ocean.

Read Jonah 1 – 4

We might say, he went from the frying pan, into the fire! Realizing what he had done, he beseeched God to forgive him.

Jonah’s story contains a strong warning to all godly people. We can easily miss the blessing of God’s grace, when extended beyond our comfort zone. In our human-ness, we only have enough vision to see our circumstances where we are at. God, on the other hand, sees the whole picture. He has planned our lives, and He will fulfill all His plans if we trust Him.

Jeremiah 29:10-13 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord. “They are plans to give you hope and a future. When you call upon Me, and pray to Me with all your heart, I will be found by you and I will bring you to a place, that I kept exclusively for you”.

I’m not sure I am getting to the point – – but, what I am trying to say is, I would prefer to do God’s bidding, rather than go against His leading for me. So, each day I pray that I will hear His directive and I will not just agree, I will obey.

Abba: We are such wimps, at times. Thinking more about our own condition rather than trusting You to lead us. Help us to, not only hear your voice, but give us the strength to obey Your calling for our lives. Amen

Patricia Day
Innisfil, Ontario

Care for One Another

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power. (NKJV)

Valentine’s Day is almost here again. A form of insanity takes over as we are urged by manufacturers to show our love for one another, by giving something packaged in red or in a chocolate box.

It is a day to show loved ones how much we care for them; but what about those who had loved ones who are now gone?

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another…………(NKJV)

I think God would want us to reach out to, not only, our own loved ones, He would be greatly pleased if we showed compassion to others too. We, as Christians are called to love one another. We are expected to care about all people. Not only on one day of the year, but every day.

We are to remember that the power of the world is self-serving, but the power of God is always good. He does not expect us to spend, spend, spend to show that we care. He expects, in fact commands us, to love one another unconditionally, as He loves us.

The greatest gift He has given us is love. It is unconditional love – where we give without expecting anything in return.

So tomorrow, perhaps someone you know is hurting because of a loss in their lives. Do you think that person would be greatly encouraged by receiving a hug, or a telephone call or a card telling them that they too are cared for. I am sure of it.

So have a happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Brighten someone’s day as you are led.

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God is All

Hearts can easily be broken, as life deals out blows and challenges. We feel lost, empty and hopeless, as we battle to overcome adversity and take a new direction.

God is all we need – spiritually. He can strengthen us and bring us hope, as we trust him more and more, in our daily lives.

Psalm 103 gives us strong reassurance of what He willingly does for each one of us, as we bring Him into our lives.

1. He forgives all our sins. 2. He heals all our diseases. 3. He redeems our lives from destruction. 4. He crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies. 5. He satisfies our mouths with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6. He executes righteousness and judgment for us against oppression. He sets us free. 7. He makes known His ways to us. 8. He gives us His grace and mercy in times of need.

All these things can be available to us, but we have to claim them through accepting Him through Jesus Christ.

God is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is everything we need and we can tap into His unending power, any time, by taking a different direction in life, and including Him in all we think, say and do. His promises can be trusted.

Ephesians 21-10 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (NKJV)

–dead in trespasses, means, spiritually dead and lost.
–you once walked, it could be a path of moral carelessness or a dark alley of evil, believers should no longer live according to their past evil ways.
–prince of power, namely the adversarial spirit Satan. To continue to disobey God’s way of living, is to support the devil.
–we were dead, because of Adam’s sin, the entire human race is spiritually dead. Only God can grant new life and save us from our wrong choices. His mercy and kindness prevail forever through Jesus Christ, His Son.
–the gift of God, is something we cannot earn by any good works. We cannot earn our salvation. Everything is received from our merciful and gracious Father, once we have faith enough to trust Him and believe in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, for us.

All that God is, we need. First we have to invite Him into our lives and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

“Dear Lord, I want to know you personally. I know that I have done wrong and I am sorry. I am willing, with your help, to turn away from my sins and turn to You. I believe, Jesus, that You died and rose again for me. Please come into my life. I welcome you as my Saviour and Lord, as best as I know how. Right Now”.

Patricia Day