A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.   – 1 John 3:1

Maybe you’re like me and this verse makes a familiar song pop into your mind.  It happens to me all the time – not just Scripture songs – but I get earworms about secular stuff too.  In this case, I’m thinking about this sweet little song:

If you have to get an earworm – that’s not a bad one to have.  I’ll probably walk around humming this all day long.  It’s good to stay focused on the love that God has for us, isn’t it?  There are so many negative forces at work in our world – and they seem to be everywhere, don’t they?  God wants us to think about HIM – think about HIS GOODNESS.  Oh wow…  another earworm:

Great is the measure of our Father’s love.  Not kinda sorta might be okay – but GREAT!  When the situations and circumstances in day-to-day living get overwhelming and stressful and negative…  think about the GREATNESS of God’s love for you!  He’s so happy when we think about His goodness and His mercy and grace.  Another earworm to think about:

Nothing injects a note of positivity into your day like taking a moment among all the burdensome situations in life to just meditate and concentrate on God’s love and goodness in our lives.  God gives His great and wonderful love in Jesus Christ, and all the gifts and powers which live in Him like fragrance in the rose. He has not failed you and He will never fail you – remember that.  One more earworm – I promise it’s the last one – well, it probably is – maybe:

God’s love is measureless and strong!!!  Keep your mind focused on His love for you today!  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.  – 1 John 2:25

God is not a man – so He never goes back on any promises He makes.  If you have not heard anything positive yet today…  you just did!  If nothing has given you reason to smile yet today…  this should.  God will keep every single promise He makes to His children!  You can take His Word to the bank – you can bet that His promises can be trusted.

What has He promised us in this portion of Scripture?  He’s promised us eternal life!  We have hope if we are a child of God – that even when this life is over, the best is yet to come!  I’m looking forward to it – not that I’m in a hurry to die – it’s not like that.  I’ll get to Heaven when God says it’s time, for He has stuff for me to do here.  But it’s a comfort to know that I don’t have to agonize about what lies beyond this life.  There’s a peace and an assurance that I’ll be alright because I’ll be with my Lord.  There’s no better place to be.

This promise of eternal life in Heaven is for all who have repented of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ with all their heart, soul and mind.  Those who lead a holy life will one day live with God in Paradise.  We can’t base the promise on intellect or strength or any other sort of measure – believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

This is good news!  This is hope for anyone who is feeling as if there is no hope.  God has made provision for us and today He is telling us that we may rest in the assurance that we will live beyond this limited time on planet earth – in Heaven – with Him.

I’m reminded of an old hymn – Blessed Assurance.  I know – I’m old – but I still love the old hymns of the church.

So…  today if you are needing a reminder as you continue your Christian walk…  if you need to be uplifted, empowered and injected with some positivity…  here ya go!  Be strong and keep the faith.  The best is yet to come – God says so!  🙂

 

1 CORINTHIANS 8:6 ON 8/6

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…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.  – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Lately I’ve heard about different gods.  In this verse we are told that there is one God – the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.  The Father of our Savior, Christ Jesus.

There are terrorists running around the world trying to kill everyone who does not share their belief in Sharia Law – the infidels.  They hate Christians and want to kill us.  They yell the name of their blood-thirsty God before they start killing – and they don’t think it’s a big deal to die and plan to be rewarded handsomely  on the other side.

Isn’t it sad that they are rewarded for murder by their god – and I’m rewarded for loving others by mine?  Have you ever seen the annoying bumper sticker that says COEXIST – ?  Sigh…  well – I can’t think of a way that Christianity and radical Islam can do that – seriously.

It’s messed up to think that it could ever happen.  I’m not going to go looking for trouble, but neither do I condone letting this cancer spread until it gets bigger and bigger.

My God is just.  Life may not be fair – but I’m sure that God is.FIX OUR EYESAllah is not my God.  My God is about love, not hate.  My God is about life, not death.  My God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to die for everyone.  If you believe in Him you will be saved for eternity and when you die you will go to heaven to live with Him.  John 3:16.

Forgiveness, not revenge.  We accept diversity, but share our faith.  If any deny what we say, we accept it and walk away – but we continue praying for them.  We don’t hate or kill anyone who disagrees with us.  We just share – we plant seeds and pray that God will help those seeds to grow.

THEY'RE NOT GONNA WINGod is faithful and the battle is His.  He has a plan for you and one for me.  Be very vigilant in prayer and confident in His ability to take good care of you.  We serve a mighty God who is good and strong.  He knew from the beginning what was going to take place in the last days.  He will walk with us every step of the way.  🙂

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 ON 4/8

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.   – Philippians 4:8

The apostle Paul reminds us to avoid “stinkin’ thinkin'” and keep our thoughts on those things that are worth thinking about.  When we waste time worrying or fretting about the future, that is time we are not focused on our Savior and His awesome goodness to us.  When we spend time revisiting the past (which by the way, we will never be able to change), we are also stealing joy from ourselves!  We need to get rid of the phrase “if only I would have…”  The fact is, I didn’t – and I can’t go back and make a different decision now.

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?  – Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Our thought life matters to God.  He knows we are most happy and healthy when we keep our minds in the present moment – and on Him.  When we are praising God for Who He Is and what He will do – we can be the grateful children He wants us to be.

BRING PEACE

The way to gain peace of heart and mind is to think on God and His unmatchable riches.  In this day of large, corrupt government, threats of terrorism and other frightening situations, it’s not easy to stay positive.  That’s why it is so important to keep having daily devotions with God’s Word.  Pray to find out what God has to say about you, your life, and how He wants you to live it.

 Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  – Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Your enemy will accuse you – but God will not.  He is the One who will lift your hope ratio, your sense of humor, your positivity ratio and your overall spirits!  Let God’s Holy Spirit fill you and share what He gives you with others.  That is the only way you can be positive when the world around you is so very negative.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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JOY
Joy apart from Christ is happiness. It is fickle and dependent on circumstances. Joy in Christ is not understood by the world. They don’t “get” it and they think we are crazy as coots. Well, you know what they say about name-calling, right? I’d rather have the joy of the Lord than all the hyped-up happiness that the world has to offer, how about you?

According to the book of James, we should “be full of JOY” when we have many kinds of troubles!

When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need. – James 1:2-4

In fact, that first chapter of James goes on to tell us that if we practice patience we will be rewarded!

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. – James 1:12

So, even when life doesn’t seem picture-perfect (and let’s face it, when does it?) – there are promises from our Lord that if we will just practice JOY in the midst of less than perfect circumstances. Did you ever think of joy as something you should practice at all times?

Some people say you should never pray for patience because it usually means that you are going to head for troubled times that will test your faith. I am going to say here that God NEVER tempts us – but oh yes He definitely tests our faith! There is a difference. The enemy of our soul tempts us and he wants to see us crash and burn. God does the testing and He does that to grow us up and make us stronger and more mature in our faith. He wants only the BEST for us! He loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.   ❤