A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

If you’re a child of God, this verse offers a warm fuzzy feeling and you feel loved and protected.  If you’re not His child, it could possibly scare the hooey out of you – and for good reason.  It’s one more reminder that sitting on the proverbial fence is not an option.  You’re either God’s kid – or you’re not.  There’s no in-between.

Jesus loves you!  He does… and there’s not a thing you can do about it.

God is love, but don’t be deceived.  Our God is all-powerful and is in control of everything.  He is not a senile old man who puts up with sin and laughs it off.  He’s not going to give anyone a pass when it comes to transgression of His law!  Your earthly grandfather may do that, but the God of the universe will not.

When Jesus told the sea to be still…  it obeyed!  As I write this, I’m reminded of a song we sang in our youth group called “SEA WALKER”.  Some of you younger folk are gonna laugh, but hey…  I’m old.  LOL!

Who is Jesus?  He’s the only begotten Son of God.  He was sent by God to earth as a baby and was raised in a Jewish family.  Is there more to it?  Of course – so much more!  Without His teachings about His Father and our Heavenly Father, we would be clueless.  Without His ultimate sacrifice on Calvary…  wow – we’d be in such big trouble in eternity!  Many people have the idea that Christ HAD to die for our sins.  Um…  nope!  He could have changed His mind any time – He could have said we’re not worth His sacrifice.  Did He say that?  NO, He didn’t – and we should make it part of our daily prayer to thank Him for going through with it.

Lucinda wrote an amazing poem for today.  It’s enlightening and uplifting to my spirit!  I’m so happy to share it with you!

Jesus is our link to God, therefore, we are careful to end our prayers with “In Jesus’ name”.  If we take the time to study the Bible and get to know our Savior, Christ Jesus, we will get a glimpse at our Father God.  If we know Jesus, we basically know God.  That’s why it’s so important to study the Bible.  Study, trust and obey.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.  – Psalm 119:34

When we lean on our own understanding, the end result is disappointing, to say the least.  Our Father can see the whole picture of our life and we see through a glass dimly.  How many times have you asked God for wisdom and understanding, just to have Him reveal a truth to you that is a game changer?  When we humble our hearts, minds and agendas to our Father…  it is amazing what a difference it makes in the outcome.  ❤

I know some of you are thinking of the movie BIG with Tom Hanks.  The weird genie machine – you know, the one they asked questions to and the answers popped out and Tom Hanks turned into a kid?  No, it’s not like that.  God is not a magic machine or a carnival game.  He is Holy and omnipotent, just and fair in everything.  He is Almighty God.  When we bow before Him and humbly ask for help, He notices the motive of our heart.  Do actions and intentions matter to God?  Yes, they most certainly do.  ❤

In this verse, David humbles himself before God as he asks for understanding and tells God that he will keep His laws and obey it with his whole heart.  Isn’t it wonderful that we have the awesome privilege to bow before the throne of God Himself and do the same thing?  ❤

When we let God know that we will keep His law and obey it with all our heart, He is not only able, but willing to help us along in our decision-making in life.  May I remind you that the reason God created human beings was for companionship?  He wants a best friend to help through this maze called life.  ❤

The Bible is a road map for life.  It’s so precious to study it and keep its precepts in our minds.  She is to be cherished because She is gold!  ❤she-is-gold

You know, I used to wonder why we had the Ten Commandments and other rules and regs from the Lord.  It seemed like God just didn’t want me to have any fun.  Did you know that we have all these dos and don’ts because God wants to keep us safe?  Good parents have house rules.  Curfew, punishments like grounding, dress code for going out…  it’s all an attempt to keep kids safe.  God is our Father and He wants to help us stay safe.  I love Him for that!  ❤

 

 

JAMES 1:25 ON 1/25

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But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.  – James 1:25

(1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Gen. 1:22; 24:35; Job 42:12; Ps. 45:2; 104:24, 35).

(2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Ps. 103:1, 2; 145:1, 2).

(3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God’s blessing (Isa. 65:16), or rejoices in God’s goodness to him (Deut. 29:19; Ps. 49:18).

(4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Gen. 24:60; 31:55; 1 Sam. 2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Gen. 9:26, 27; 27:28, 29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deut. 33). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deut. 10:8; Num. 6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic benediction (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18; Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 5:10, 11).

(5.) Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Ps. 116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1 Cor. 10:16, where the apostle speaks of the “cup of blessing.”

How do we receive blessings from God?  Do they just randomly drift down from the heavens like snowflakes in a hit-and-miss fashion?  Are they bestowed with purpose to those who spend their lives seeking Him?  I believe with all my heart that God’s blessings are bestowed with purpose to His children.

God’s perfect law gives freedom!  Why would anyone shy away from that?  It’s a battle of wills to be sure – the human nature’s will against the will of God.  When will we finally understand that we’re given rules and commandments from God because He wants to keep us safe?  When we go off on our own without God, our pathway is not usually lined with wisdom and is certainly not blessed…  right?

I WANT TO BE FAITHFUL

We are to look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom…  how do we do that?  We read God’s Holy Word, the Bible and humbly bow before God, through Christ Jesus, in prayer.  A daily desire for all that God wants for us is what He desires for us.  It’s not complicated – God blesses us because we bless God in our attitudes and actions.

SHEILA CRAGG QUOTEWe’re so diligent about taking a daily multi-vitamin and getting a half hour of physical activity in every day for your physical health …  but what about your spiritual health?  Do you want blessings from God this year?  Have you sought Him yet this year?  You can begin today to seek His wisdom and His direction for your life.  🙂

 

JANUARY 18-24 IS NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK

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A BOOK WITH PROMISE

Have you hugged your Bible lately?  We should be hugging it every day as we have devotionals – but I get it…  life gets busy.  The year is young, so isn’t this the perfect time to get back in the swing – the habit – of daily devotionals with the LORD?  He’s so patient with us, isn’t He?

Since this is National Bible Week, I thought a few passages of Scripture for this new year may be appropriate.  Here we go!

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  – 1 Peter 1:3
Don’t remember the prior things; don’t ponder ancient history. Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.  – Isaiah 43:18-19
I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that is going to be revealed to us.   – Romans 8:38
Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.  – Lamentations 3:22-23
Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  – Revelation 21:5

Look among the nations and watch! Be astonished and stare because something is happening in your days that you wouldn’t believe even if told.  – Habakkuk 1:5

Sing to the Lord a new song because he has done wonderful things! His own strong hand and his own holy arm have won the victory!  – Psalm 98:1

I will give them a single heart, and I will put a new spirit in them. I will remove the stony hearts from their bodies and give them hearts of flesh.  – Ezekiel 11:19

May God richly bless you as you study His Word in 2016!  🙂

And we are having our first annual CHRISTIAN AUTHOR’S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA this coming Saturday, January 23rd from 2-4 pm CST.  If you would like to be a part of this great event, please send me a FRIEND REQUEST on facebook and I will make sure to send you an invitation so you can RSVP.  If for some reason I don’t send an invitation – send me a message and remind me please.  :-/

Remember – this is a VIRTUAL TEA PARTY – no traveling involved – except to your own computer – it will take place on the facebook event page!  Our wonderful Christian authors will be standing by ready to post all sorts of goodies and we want YOU to post your questions and comments to them!  It will be a fun time of getting to know our favorite authors – those who God has clearly gifted with such talent – and they turn around and share it with us!

So – friend me on facebook!  Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/linda.palmer.399041

I look forward to your friend request and having you join us on Saturday!  🙂

CHRISTIAN AUTHOR'S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA 2016I’m taking a little break but will begin writing again on Monday, January 25th.  🙂

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.  – Charles Wesley

 

LUKE 8:12 ON 8/12

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Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.  –  Luke 8:11-15

GET THEE BEHIND ME

The Parable of the Sower shows us how we are to receive the Word of God effectively.  When the seed hits the soil of your soul, are you moved to action, or do you just shake it off and go about your business?

  • A person with a hard heart is hardened by sin and considered one with hard ground.  Satan plucks the message away which keeps the heart dull and prevents God’s Word from making a serious impression.
  • A person who professes delight with God’s Word, yet does not have a heart that has changed is considered stony ground.  When trouble comes along, faith wavers and quickly disappears.
  • A person who seems to receive God’s Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures and lusts has no time for Bible study because these other things are more fun.  This is thorny ground and it is certainly not considered a rich soil.
  • A person who not only reads God’s Word, but allows it to sink in and prays that God will be alive and working inside.  This is good ground and is the truly saved one because there is evidence in this person’s life and lifestyle.  It’s pleasing to God and honors Him.

To hear it is not enough.  It’s important to know the Word of God.  We can read it, but it’s a lot like the image we see in the mirror.  If you take a quick glance in that mirror, you will soon forget whether your hair looked combed or not.  When we take the time to study God’s Holy Word, we will know it.  We want to know it, because that is what God wants us to do. If we walk along and merely hear the Word of God, we are more susceptible to the devil’s schemes.  Nobody puts a spin on things better than he does!  He can make us believe his lies and call them gospel truth. We see it in our world today. The devil is so sneaky and whispers lies such as God doesn’t really care about you, or if God really did care, He would do something about things.  If you are experiencing serious doubts about these types of things, don’t keep listening to the devil’s deceitful lies.  Open your Bible and read it for yourself.  God will never put a spin on anything and He certainly will not lie to you – ever!  🙂

ROMANS 8:8 ON 8/8

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Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  – Romans 8:8

DON'T GET STUCK

This portion of Scripture is fairly straight forward.  In order to honor God, we have to embrace His Word and His Way of living.  God’s Holy Word – every bit of it.

I was reading about how important it is to have proper lighting surround you when you are chatting on Skype.  It’s not a simple fix, but you can look lovely if you put forth some effort, they say.  The article went on to explain that if you position your light directly behind your gadget’s camera and place a sheet of white paper on the table, directly below your chin (which will bounce a soft glow onto your face) – then you will look really good!

How much effort are we willing to make to look good for our Heavenly Father?  Do we care if He is pleased?  Does it matter if He sees us in a flattering light?  Will we put more effort into looking good on Skype than we do in being godly?

Is anyone else saying OUCH… ???

We do tend to spend a lot of time on the external, don’t we?  If Christians (I’m pointing to myself too) would spend half the time working on the internal, how great would that be?  That’s why daily devotionals and Bible study classes are so important.  We need to have that head knowledge of God’s Word to make us wise.  We need to have that heart knowledge of God’s Word to make us strong.

Let’s have the proper lighting on board as we walk in God’s Way…  God Himself.  Before you step out into the world today, don’t forget to pray.  Ask the Lord to light your way and point you in the right direction.  Ask Him to keep you safe from harm and hold you closely.  He will honor that heart-felt prayer and protect you along life’s way.  Why?  Because He loves you, silly!  🙂

 

 

 

 

JOHN 5:30 ON 5/30

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By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  – John 5:30

Not my will but Thine…

Christ is once again asserting Himself as the Son of God.  If He saw the importance of seeking His Father’s perfect will, what makes us think we don’t have to find out what God wants us to do?  For people of God the judgment must be just, because it is not one of an isolated will, but one in accord with the eternal will of God.

ALWAYS

I’ve heard people ask, “How do you know what God’s will is?”  I know, right?  Wouldn’t it be nice if God would write a message in the clouds – make it very clear to us what His will is?  That would be great – if we could just pray and ask what He wants us to do and then get a little personal message in the sky with the clear, precise answer.

Well – sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

There are so many variables involved.  We have free will – and some people think that’s a bad thing, but here’s the deal.  God wants to have a relationship with us, but He will never force us to love Him or pray to Him.  He loves us so much that He gives us the ability to choose to accept or reject Him.

When our hearts are so full of ourselves…  our pride, our ambition and love as the world knows it, there is no room for God’s Word, God’s voice or God’s will.  He cannot abide in us until we make Him more important than ourselves.  Only then can we seek God’s will for our lives.  He wants the best for us, but we need to get out of His way so He can work in us.

If we choose to make our judgments according to God’s Word and His will, doesn’t it make sense that we acquaint ourselves with what that may be?  If we spend some time every day reading the Bible and praying, then we will have more than a nodding acquaintance with right, wrong – good, bad.  We are given boundaries to protect us – believe it or not, those THOU SHALT NOT’s are not there to keep us from having fun.  God wants the best for His children.  He really does.  🙂