This verse tells us that “all things work together for the good of those who love God.” If we love God, then we live in obedience. The “all things” refers to the providence of God and all the things that relate to Him: His Holy Spirit, His love and mercy, His truths, etc. All of these things come together for our good if we love God and show that we do by our behavior. But it’s not only required that we love God, but that we are called according to His purpose. This refers to the purpose that God has set before us. He calls us to a specific purpose in this life. As long as we are obedient to this purpose, to His call, then all of His resources come together for our good. This is a very encouraging scripture to let us know that, if we follow the will of God, everything will be okay with us. More than okay, actually. They will be “good,” because God is on our side. Hallelujah!!!
And we pray:
Father, You are always working for my good. All You ask is that I follow the purpose You have set out for my life. How can I go wrong with that? You only want what is best for me. I Love You for that. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Here we see a Biblical example, the greatest such example of all perhaps, of how God’s will and man’s will relate. God chose from all eternity to send Christ to die for sinners and secure for his people an everlasting salvation. But the men who crucified Jesus, or who betrayed Him and handed Him over to be crucified, did so wickedly and of their own free choice. God is fully able to rule over Man and over all His-story without making Man “robots” or “puppets on His strings; ” and in fact, He does so rule.
And we pray:
Let us never think, Lord, that Your providence ruling over all somehow excuses us of our sins. We know that we are guilty when we sin, for that is the overflow of sinfulness in our hearts and minds. But let us never doubt Your Sovereign rule either, for You are The Creator, a God whose will cannot be thwarted and defeated by mere mortals. Amen.
A hard day’s work is an accomplishment. We come home, tired as tired can be, seeking a little rest from our labors. We work hard, physically or mentally, and push ourselves to the limit. But when payday arrives, all of the pain is worth it. We see the benefits of our labors and we know we have not worked so hard for nothing. In this verse, Paul encourages the believers to keep working for the Lord. He exhorts them to be “steadfast” and assures them that their toil will not be in vain. Sometimes, as Christians, we work hard for Christ. We pour ourselves into His service. We minister in His name. We pray. We study. We counsel. And sometimes we grow weary when the harvest eludes us. We, too, can take heart in this verse. There will be a payday someday, when we will finally see the reward for our service. At that moment, it will be worth it all.
And we pray:
Father, I ask that You help me always to keep my eyes on the prize. When I grow weary in service, lift my head and remind me of why I am doing this. Send people to encourage me along the way and thank You for the opportunity You have given me to minister to Your people. Amen.
Should we scour the whole face of the earth and cross all barriers of time to search through all the years of human history, in search of a righteous man, we should find none except for the Man Christ Jesus. Both Jews and Gentiles of every nation are fallen and sunk in sin to the point that there is “none who seeks after God” (verse 11). We cannot trust in the merits of mere men or in our own righteousness to be declared just in the courtroom of God
And we pray:
God, help us to feel the force of that statement, “There is none righteous, no not one. ” Let us not think of it lightly, as if it meant, “No one’s perfect, but that’s no big problem after all. ” Far from it! Our sinful state required the blood of your dear Son before we could be made righteous in Him. Teach us, we pray, to walk in Your righteous Law but to trust our eternity to a righteousness not our own (that of Your Son – Jesus). Amen.
This passage from 1Kings refers to the question of who was God – Yahweh or Baal. There had been a severe drought and the prophets of Baal set up a test with Elijah as to whether the God of Israel or Baal could end the drought. No matter how the prophets of Baal tried to bring fire to their sacrifice, they failed. As we see, when Elijah prayed, God brought fire down that consumed everything and the people believed. We have just ended the Easter Season and celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost but are we still looking for a sign?
We are given signs all the time but we need eyes of faith to see them. They’re not as dramatic as with Elijah, but no less powerful. We hear all about the disasters that happen and don’t quickly forget, but we don’t always hear of the miracles that occur. We know about plane crashes when all die, but there have also been those when all lived. A mine collapses in Chile and all are rescued. A hurricane or tornado or other natural disaster occurs and millions of people work to put things right with money or volunteering their expertise, whatever it takes. All of these are signs that God is working in our world. What kind of sign do we need? There will never be an end to tragedy. So much of what is wrong in our world is a direct result of the action of people using their free will. There’s not much we can do about that, but we can look for the little miracles that happen every day instead of the tragedies. The cancer that is caught in time, the donor match that means a person will live, the couple that has tried for years to have a child and now are pregnant, the day you were late for work and missed being involved in a terrible accident, all these are daily miracles. If we look, we’ll see the signs.
And we pray:
Father LORD, to Your Essence be all the glory, Amen. Touch me and fill me with Your Spirit till I overflow in my thoughts, words and actions and to Your be all the glory, Amen.
Fear is defined as to be afraid of someone or something. A feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence or nearness of danger, evil, pain, etc.; timidity; dread; terror; fright; apprehension.
This includes the three basic types of fear: primal, irrational, and rational.
Fear of God is a fear or a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to a deity – The Creator of ALL. People subscribing to popular monotheistic religions might fear divine judgment, hell or God’s Omnipotence.
Some days, it seems the impossible just keeps mounting up. For some, it can even seem as though all hope is lost. The strength that God provides is unfathomable, much greater than any hopelessness anyone has ever experienced. God does not want us to fear anything but His Essence. Even when we don’t know the solution to our most pressing problems. God will be there (The Presence of God is everywhere) with His mighty hand if and when we remain in Him.
And we pray:
Oh Heavenly Lord and savior, I praise Your holy name. You are there for me when I need You most and always. You hold my hand through the hard times and You wrap me under Your wing when I am cold. I know that there is nothing You cannot do, and I will not fear. I will be without worry as long as You are my God, Amen.
Sin is “a word, deed, or desire in opposition to the eternal law of God,” or as scripture states, “sin is the transgression of the law.”
Scripture clearly indicates that God does view sin differently and that He proscribed a different punishment for sin depending upon its severity. While God does see sin differently we now have Jesus to forgive us of our sin.
Most will admit that all are sinners, that no one is perfect. But the problem that often arises in sharing this news is that many men do not see it as a great problem that they are sinners. But as our sins, Paul tells us, merit the “wages” of death. Death is defined as cessation of a cardiac rythm and cessation of life. BIG question; What next? What occurs after death? Decomposition begins several minutes after death with a process called autolysis, or self-digestion. Soon after the heart stops beating, cells become deprived of oxygen, and their acidity increases as the toxic by-products of chemical reactions begin to accumulate inside them.
Big question, Who, what are you? Memories and experiences; where do they go? We are created in The Image of God. Has anyone seen God? The Spirit of God? Yes! At Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist people there observed a dove alight upon Jesus. Did it disappear? Fly off?
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment Heaven was opened, and He saw The Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. Matthew 3:16
In answer to the question: You are who God says you are! Psalm 139:14.
we see that sin is much more serious than most realize.
Lord God, our sins have made a breach between us and You, a gulf or chasm that is too vast for any man to build a bridge across. But Your grace, through the blood of The Redeemer, has made a way for us. Teach us to hate our sin more and Love You more with each passing day. Amen.