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Immovable!

I needed to shampoo my hair, but the shampoo would not cooperate. I had shaken the container once, twice and more times – each shake progressively more vigorous than before; but the shampoo remained unmoved inside! I wanted to give it freedom; admittedly a freedom to benefit me.

It reminded me of times when I had remained unmoved in my thinking. When I had approached a crossroad in my life, refusing to take another path; preferring to stay where I was.

God attempts to shake us up. He wants us to move from our comfort zones and reach out and trust His promise. He wants us to share Him and His longing to give us more than we can imagine while here on earth, as well as an eternal kingdom filled with His freedom!

Instead, we often stubbornly refuse to cooperate? We choose to remain stuck – unmoved – snug inside our bodies and our mind sets. We are either comfortable or we are stuck! Either one can keep us from the growth and the amazing blessings that God wants us to enjoy!

Hebrews 12:28

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom, which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. (NKJV)

Prayer: Abba, we seek Your guidance and ask that you keep shaking us up in order to get our attention to what You need us to do for You. Amen

Patricia Day, Innisfil, Ontario

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Storm Clouds

Today, the day began with a storm; actually a thunder and lightning storm!  In March!  In Ontario!

The weather this winter has been very different to what we normally receive.  There have been few snow storms – I can count them on one hand – and so a thunderstorm this morning really came as no surprise.

I am content with this because I don’t “do” snow sports.  There are many though who depend on the snow and ice to make a living and I sympathize with their losses.

Life can be unpredictable too!  We can have good days when everything is in perfect harmony, then there are days when we seem to be sitting underneath our own storm clouds.  We get hit from all directions with trouble of one kind or another, and we can’t seem to catch our breath because of the intensity of life.

When times like this occur, it is a huge help to open your bible – or a bible – and search for words of comfort.  There are many to be found, but you do have to open the book and turn the pages in order to find them!

Philippians 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Seeking peace through prayer to God, can fill us with a calm and solace beyond our meagre understanding.  He will honor our diligent and sincere prayer, and will meet us where we have greatest need of Him.

Psalm 119:135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.  (NKJV)

Prayer:  Abba – we come to You for some peace and quiet.  There are too many storms in life and we need the reassurance of Your presence.  Please take control and guide us according to what You want for our lives.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Patricia Day

Innisfil, ON

 

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A Dream Come True

Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.  (NKJV)

A very dear friend of mine married recently.  She had suffered the gauntlet of loneliness and uncertainty, but during that time had totally relied on God’s Grace and trusted in His Will for her life.  There were desolate times while she waited, but then God revealed a very special gentleman chosen to become her husband.  This man is a deeply devout man of faith.  He places God first and foremost in his life, as she has done.

It was my privilege to attend their wedding.  It was a glorious day of celebration and thanksgiving and prayer, as well as lots of  fun!

When I hear from her, she is transformed from uncertain and doubtful into confident and sure, knowing she is exactly where she should be in her life.  No more dreaming of wonderful things to come or change – she is living her dream and now her reality is good!  She had put her trust in God and He gave her the desire of her heart.

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

God longs to give each of us the desires of our hearts, although the dream will be different for each of us.  We are not all intended to marry of course, but we will each have learned life skills to equip us for our specific callings.  Such great expectations are not given to us quickly either, sometimes our wait is so long that we think our dreams will never come true.  What is important is that we persevere and trust God to reveal the right path in life for us, knowing it will be worthwhile and timely. 

It is when we are content to accept that His plans are best for us and we welcome and embrace all He wants for us, that He can transform our realities into dreams come true.  He is the One and only giver of all things good, and by trusting in His promises in the Bible, we can all reach a happier place in life. We will find our dreams really have become our realities.

Prayer:  Father God, when our lives are in turmoil or in the shadows of doubt, may we totally lean on You.  Please lead us along the pathway of life that You have determined for us: grant us the perseverance to await Your perfect Will for our lives, no matter how long it may take.  Make our reality a good place to be and let us rejoice in You always.  Amen.

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Wholesome and Clean

Ezekiel 37:23b – I will wash away their sin and make them clean, and I will protect them from everything that makes them unclean. They will be my people, and I will be their God. (CEV)

There is a major house renovation going on close to where we live. Actually, it has been in progress for weeks and weeks – new roof, insulation, siding, windows, doors, sunroom and storage addition – a complete overhaul! I don’t know, because I have not seen inside, but I have to assume that there is a great deal of updating, repair and cleaning being addressed inside the home too: and I assume this due to the time it is taking to complete the work.

I recall when my husband and I, were looking for a home in this park, that we viewed one particular unit that was in a beautiful location, the price was amazing (it would have left a great deal of ‘spare’ cash for renovations) but the condition inside was nothing short of ‘disgusting’: how anyone could have lived in the home in the condition it was in, was beyond our comprehension.

We had agreed that we were willing to move into a house of our choice and do work while living there, but the filth and the updates needed in that particular house, were way too bad for us to even consider moving in and living there in – there was far too much to do to make it habitable.

When some people are challenged to give their lives to God and invite Jesus into their hearts, they recognize the truth that they have sinned before God. As a result, they want to clean up their lives before they issue an invitation to Jesus. They don’t yet understand that God comes into our lives to clean us up, precisely because we can’t do it for ourselves.

Isaiah 64:6a – But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. (NKJV)

The good news is that God loves us just as we are. So when we become willing to accept God into our lives, thankfully, He does not shun our dirty lives like we rejected that dirty home. He welcomes us and cleanses us. He does not leave us as we are, with our disparaging thoughts, our criticism of others, our idolatry of all things material, and all our major and minor sinful ways. This process is called “sanctification”.

 Isaiah 1:16Wash yourselves clean! I am disgusted with your filthy deeds. Stop doing wrong. (CEV)

Just as the house we viewed had much to clean up before being habitable, so God needs to clean up our lives, thoughts, and actions, so that we become a true reflection of His Son, Jesus, in our hearts, minds, and spirits.

James 4:8 – Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you people who can’t make up your mind. (CEV)

Prayer: Abba, make us aware of all that is in our lives, our thoughts, and our deeds, that is unworthy of Your presence within us. Wash us clean, and renew our spirits and hearts so that we are wholesome, presentable, and welcoming to all who look at us and the ways that we live. We want to be acceptable to You and winsome to them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Bible Verses On Righteousness

Righteousness: “acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin.”

Below are a group of Bible verses on righteousness. Some are passages that show the lack of it. These are by no means exhaustive. But hopefully they will help you in a study of man’s righteousness, and that which can be found through Jesus. Feel free to add verses you think work well with these.

God’s Word is clear on who is righteous:

“As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;” Romans 3:10

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” Isaiah 64:6 NIV

“Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” Ecclesiastes 7:20

People deceive themselves and think they are righteous when they are not:

“Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel–but not in truth or righteousness–” Isaiah 48:1

“If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.” Ezekiel 33:13

“See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright–but the righteous will live by his faith–” Habakkuk 2:4

What does it take to be righteous?

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

“So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Galatians 3:6, Genesis 16:3, Romans 4:3

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

“My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.” Isaiah 26:9

How can we receive righteousness?

“The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; He will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.” Jeremiah 33:14-16

“and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—” Philippians 3:9

What does righteousness look like?

“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.” Romans 3:21

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” Genesis 6:9

“There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” Job 1:1

Does righteousness exempt us from difficulty?

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19

“The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.” Psalm 11:5

“but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. ” Hebrews 10:38-39

If we try to achieve righteousness apart from Christ, we fail. We cannot possibly measure up to Jesus. That is what makes God’s grace so wonderful. He gave us His Son and made us righteous in Him.

Compiled by © Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2011

Opps! Be Careful!

We never know just what it is that can trip us up.  We walk along in life without a thought to the traps being set for us.  We must be careful.

For some reason, today, I found myself singing: “Be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little eyes what you see.  For the Father up above is looking down with love, be careful little eyes what you see.”  I don’t recall when I learned that little song, but its simple lyrics pour forth tremendous truth. It goes on to warn: “Little hands, feet, ears, mouth”.  Each gives caution to guard what we do with our hands.  Where we go with our feet.  What we listen to with our ears.  What we say with our tongues.  There are so many warnings we could add to that little song:  hearts–what they hold; minds–what they dwell upon; desires–what they long for.

Why is that so important in the scheme of things?  Perhaps because our faithfulness depends upon the health and well-being of all we are.  Everything that collects in our hearts flows forth into every relationship we have–be it with others here on earth–or our Father above.

“For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].” 1 John 2:16 Amplified

Everything in this world has the possibility of being in conflict with the Almighty God.  Everything has the means to draw us away from our Lord, claim our attention, our loyalty, our allegiance.

Some worship earth–creation itself; they care more about minnows than people having water to grow crops.  Some worship the moon, the sun, the stars. People literally get up each morning and read their horoscopes to determine what they will or will not do.  Others take such pride in their work, they cannot see or acknowledge the Creator who gave them ability to accomplish all they do. Others must have more and more, and better and better; they live lives of constant discontentedness.

We crave things which satisfy, comfort and give pleasure — to the eyes, to ears, to mind, to heart.  If it feels good, we do it–regardless of others and how they feel about it.  When work is more important than a means by which to live, and becomes an obcession to attain status or position to feed one’s ego, we are guilty of serving the world–not the Father.  Indeed, we serve the prince of this world.  With what did Satan tempt Eve in Eden?  Things she could “know”, “see”, “be”.

I relate.  I have been there.  I go there still.  It’s a never-ending battle.  The world draws. Illumines.  Colors.  Coaxes.  Entices.  Just when I think I am putting God first, something pops up and draws me away.  Am I weakest after my closest encounter with God?  What should not be, is possible if I take my eyes off God.  But as the song goes, “the Father up above is looking down with love”.  God is watching me, to grab hold of me, to convict me, to alter my course.  Yes, He will remind me what my eyes focus upon, my heart hungers after, my ears hear, my mind dwells upon,  my hands are busy doing, my mouth is sharing.  He will never forsake me, nor leave me.  He will keep bringing me back to His arms of  steadfast merciful love.

Lord, I know it is You who keeps me in this world.  It’s You who keeps me from all harm.  Lead me not into temptation, deliver me from evil.  And keep me ever mindful that: “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4b  May I disappear in You, O Lord, and be lost forever in your presence.

© Hariette Petersen, SelahV Today, 2011