For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Philippians 4:13-15
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
I just do not understand. Why ought things be this way? Loneliness overtakes me and drives me into a deep depression. At times the pain of it all, of a child unwanted and unwelcomed by her own family. And this has brought me to feel unwanted, unneeded, unloved and no place that I can truely call home. You are my Shelter, ALL this is temporary
Please make yourself known to me more through this. Please make me strong for the battle. Help me to fight and fight strong. Let not satans arrows pierce through me.
Despite all the hardships I face everyday, I will praise You Lord. For You work all things for the good of those who Love You and are called for Your purpose.
So Lord, use me for Your glory. Use me to minister to those around me.
Want to die eternally? First! What is eternal ‘life’?
Eternal life traditionally refers to continued life after death, as outlined in Christian eschatology.
In the verses above we see that eternal life is a gift of (from) God. A reward is a bonus in return for something done. It is a show of appreciation in return for some good thing done by the recipient. So, when we give someone a “gift” in return for some kindness shown we are actually giving them a reward.
When it comes to biblical salvation we must be able to distinguish between a gift and a reward. In the verses above we see that eternal life is a gift of (from) God.
A gift has no strings attached to it. A gift is given out of love (grace, kindness, benevolence) it is not payment for something done. In law, when something is “gifted” ownership is given to the recipient and cannot be reclaimed by the giver. Thus, it is with the giving of eternal life. God gives us this life only through faith (trust) in Jesus Christ and the blood that He shed on the cross for the remission (forgiveness) of our sins. As the Apostle Paul stated Romans 3:24-25 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” (Romans 3:24-25). Jesus made it clear that once this life is given, it cannot be taken away: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
A reward is a bonus in return for something done. It is a show of appreciation in return for some good thing done by the recipient. So, when we give someone a “gift” in return for some kindness shown we are actually giving them a reward.
The Bible is plain to any who think that they can gain heaven based on their own goodness, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
We cannot appreciate the magnitude of God’s gift of eternal life until we first understand that the wages of sin is death. Wages are what we “earned,” what we “deserve.” “Death” is not only physical death, here, but spiritual and eternal death. Our sin was an offense to the infinitely holy God, and thus justly deserved eternal punishment. But God’s grace, which was greater than all our sin, brings us eternal life instead.
And we pray:
Lord, help us to see that your punishment for sin is just and to sense something of the true heinousness of sin. Help us to appreciate more fully how much we were forgiven, and having been forgiven much, to love much.
Lord God, I pray for Your protection as I begin this day. You are my hiding place, and under Your wings I can always find refuge. Protect me from trouble wherever I go, and keep evil far from me. Amen.
Yes!!! Hallelujah, victory! IS granted to all who seek The Essence of The Creator, Amen.
Spring is a wonderful time of the year. The world begins to turn green and bright. Grass, trees, and flowers create an array of refreshing color. The weather begins to warm, the sun shines brighter and birds begin to sing. Spring is a visual representation of joy. The Earth shouts with joy unto The Creator every Spring. As fellow creations of God, we also, should burst forth, showing our colors to the world, singing our songs of praise–all for the glory of the One who made us all.
Our spring is eternal, Amen.
And we pray:
Father, my heart sings to You this day. You are my Creator. You gave me life and You gave me purpose. As the Earth shouts joyful praise unto You, so do I. You are worthy of all my praise and I will shout Your name for all to hear. Thank You for Who You are and ALL You have done and are doing in my life. Amen.
The word “gratitude” first showed up in the mid-fifteenth century. Adapted from the Latin word gratitudinem, which means “thankfulness,” gratitude came to express deep, reciprocal appreciation for kindness received.
When Christians talk about how to become more like Jesus, a lot of disciplines come up, things like prayer, Bible reading, and community. What doesn’t come up enough—and might have a bigger impact than we imagine—is developing an attitude of gratitude.
So Much to Be Grateful for
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”