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Neither Useless Nor Unfruitful

April 17, 2015

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Neither Useless  Nor Unfruitful

Most everyone  wants  to feel useful  and worthwhile  in this life.     We don’t want  to feel  like a worthless,  good-for-nothing waste  in this life.     The apostle Peter  doesn’t want us  to have  wasted lives either.     So,  he gives us  some responsibilities  to guide us  into making ourselves useful.     First,  Peter reminds us  that we surely do  have a Savior  —  Jesus Christ.     He tells us  that because  Jesus is our Savior,  we have every reason  to strive  to live  according to Jesus’ promises,  as we look forward  to our home  in heaven.

Then Peter explains  how we should strive  to be  the very best child  of God  that we can be.     He writes  in 2 Peter 1:5-8,

Now  for this very reason also,  applying all diligence,  in your faith  supply moral excellence,   and in your moral excellence,  knowledge,   and in your knowledge,  self-control,   and in your self-control,  perseverance,   and in your perseverance,  godliness,   and in your godliness,  brotherly kindness,   and in your brotherly kindnesslove.      For if  these qualities  are yours  and are increasing,  they render you  neither useless  nor unfruitful  in the true knowledge  of our Lord Jesus Christ.

These life characteristics  are describing  a real faith  in the fact  that Christ Jesus  has totally paid  for all our sins  and  that He desires  that we now live  the way a child  of God  should live  to honor  our Lord.     When we live  in the kind of love  Christ has  for us,  we will be doing things  that honor God.     Lives  that honor God  are “neither useless  nor unfruitful”,  whatever  our job  or life situation  might be.

In our various  earthly jobs,  we will be serving  God’s purpose  for us  on earth.     Glad in living  for our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  let our days  glorify Your love  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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In Your Presence Is Fullness of Joy

April 16, 2015

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In Your Presence  Is Fullness  of Joy

As we think  about heaven,  we can consider Psalm 16:11,   with King David,

In Your presence  is fullness  of joy;
In Your right hand  there are pleasures  forever.

That  “fullness  of joy”  David refers to  includes the awesome blessedness  of a sure,  eternal peace,  security,  and all the surrounding love,  goodness,  holiness,  and purity.     It’s far more  than anyone  can comprehend  on this earth.

When the apostle Peter thought  about those things,  he wrote  in 1 Peter 1:3-5,

Blessed  be the God  and Father  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who according  to His great mercy  has caused us  to be born again  to a living hope  through the resurrection  of Jesus Christ  from the dead,  to obtain  an inheritance  which is imperishable  and undefiled  and will not fade away,  reserved  in heaven  for you,  who are protected  by the power  of God  through faith  for a salvation ready  to be revealed  in the last time.

As we look forward  to heaven,  it is comforting  to know  that we are now  “protected  by the power  of God  through faith  for a salvation ready  to be revealed  in the last time.”      During our trials  on earth,  God protects us  “through faith”.     Our faith  is in Jesus only  —  not in ourselves,  our goodness,  or our efforts.     It is Jesus  who blessed us  with this gift  of “salvation”.

We don’t even know  all the blessedness  of heaven  —  but we do know  that it is more  than mere humans  can ever perceive  on earth.     This should lead us  to always  go to Jesus  in prayer  and trust Him  to lead us through  every deceptive temptation.     Let us keep on  looking to Jesus  and the joy He wants  to bless us with.

Knowing  we will enjoy  the “presence”  of our Savior  for all eternity,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for protecting us  in the true faith.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Prepare Your Minds for Action

April 15, 2015

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Prepare  Your Minds  for Action

The apostle Peter knew what it was like  to be confused  and afraid  —  to let scary circumstances  dictate  one’s actions  and faith.     Peter was the disciple  who was very sure  that he was willing  to die  with Jesus  —  and then,  ended up fearfully denying  any knowledge  of Jesus three times.     But,  after Jesus’ resurrection,  Peter regained  his confidence  and surety  of faith.

Peter realized  that other Christians  could also face  his situation.     So,  Peter has written to us all,  to bolster our faith  during our trials.     In the First Epistle of Peter,  he reminds Christians  of their living hope,  God’s powerful nearness,  and the proofs  of fulfilled,  Old Testament  prophecies  in Christ Jesus.     After all those reminders,  Peter tells us  in 1 Peter 1:13,

Thereforeprepare your minds  for action,  keep sober  in spirit,  fix your hope completely  on the grace  to be brought  to you  at the revelation  of Jesus Christ.

God’s word tells us  many times  that in the end days  we will have to face  many trials  and tribulations  as the hearts  of the people grows cold.     Our knee jerk reaction  will be to automatically  become fearful,  doubtful,  faithless,  angry  —  you name it.     To prepare  for those testy times,  we are told  to study  God’s word,  so that we can become  very sure  of God’s power  and love  in every situation.     God has proven  throughout history  that He alone is almighty  and in control  of every circumstance.

As we learn  and study all  that God has done  to fulfill  His promises  of a Savior,  we will become strengthened  in the true faith,  and better enabled  to withstand  whatever trials  we will need  to face.     It is vital  to pay attention  —  and not forget  what God’s word promises.

In the strength  of God’s nearness  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the power of Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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You Who Have Shown Me Many Troubles And Distresses

April 14, 2015

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You  Who Have Shown Me  Many Troubles  And Distresses

Old people  have many memories.     They will tell  of many experiences,  times  of joy and sorrow,  disasters  and blessings.     Those  who have lived  with faith  in Christ Jesus  will say  with the old psalmist  in Psalm 71:20,

You  who have shown me  many troubles  and distresses
Will revive me again,
And will bring me  up again  from the depths  of the earth.

When this old man  reviewed his life,  he had  a great appreciation  of God’s almighty sovereignty,  love,  mercy,  and faithfulness  throughout his time  on earth.     He certainly  had experienced  “many troubles  and distresses”.     But,  God had repeatedly shown  His faithfulness,  and this old man  had learned  a sure lesson  in his lifetime  —  God  will revive me  again”.

In every trouble,  God lifted him up again  and put him  on a sure footing again,  so that he  could face life again  with a stronger faith  in our Savior.     This old psalmist  even remembered  his early youth  and recollected  how God was teaching him  even way back then.

Not everybody learns  the lessons  this old psalmist learned.     Instead,  as unbelievers,  they are bitter,  suspicious,  afraid,  and refusing  to trust  the LORD.     They don’t appreciate  the many times  that God  brought them out  of their  “troubles  and distresses”.     Instead,  they imagine  that their own ingenuity  and strength saved them.

But,  this old psalmist  of faith  was filled  with joy  and trust  as he knew  God would also  “bring me  up again  from the depths  of the earth”.     He knew  that his earthly death  is not  an eternal death.     Instead,  he would be resurrected  unto eternal life  with his LORD  and Savior.     May we know God  as he knew God.

Acknowledging  our Savior  for who He is,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for being  ever near  throughout our lives.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

**************

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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.

.

Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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No Counsel Against the LORD

April 13, 2015

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No Counsel  Against the LORD

All sorts  of people live  as if  there is  no LORD.     They live in  any and every sin  that strikes  their fancy.     And…….  they really think  they’re smart  in doing so.     They perceive themselves  as being  in control  of their lives  —  “in-the-know”  about the intelligent,  satisfying way  to get what they want  in life  —  and clever  in being able  to get the better  of any higher power,  if there is  such a thing.

They love  having power  over those they consider “dumb”  in some way  or another.     And,  their lives  are consumed  with efforts  to make  a great name  for themselves,  as they grow  in self-esteem.

They don’t have time  to deeply consider  all the powerful works  of God Almighty  —  like all  of creation  and the long history  of what God has done  to perfectly fulfill  all  of His prophecies  of a Savior  from sin.     As they are sure  of being able  to get everything  they want,  they are clueless  that God’s eternal word  has already said  in Proverbs 21:30,

There is  no wisdom  and no understanding
And no counsel  against the LORD.

No matter how wise  they imagine themselves  to be,  their  “wisdom“,  “understanding“,  and “counsel”  are ridiculously puny  and stupid  in comparison  to God’s  “wisdom“,  “understanding“,  and “counsel“.     They will never  get the better  of God.

Because we live  in a world  of people striving  to be arrogantly superior  to everyone else,  we need  to be aware  that no matter what sort  of worldly status  they seem to attain,  God our Savior  is still  in actual control  —  always has been and always will be.

Resting  in the eternal truths  of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is comforting  to know  that You  are always  in control  of everything  in this world.     In You  we trust.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

**************

.

The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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.

.

Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Do You Not Recognize This About Yourselves?

April 12, 2015

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Do You Not  Recognize This  About Yourselves?

Sometimes,  in our sinful nature,  we act very unbecomingly  —  inappropriately  —  just plain ol’ sinfully.     It’s like  our hearts are darkened,  and we forget  who we are  —  children  of God Almighty.     Maybe we’re letting ourselves  be dragged down  into depression,  unbelief,  or rebellion  of some sort.

We should not forget  that God  is nearby  wanting  to help us through  whatever  is tempting  and wearing down  our weak natures.     That is why 2 Corinthians 13:5  tells us,

Test yourselves  to see  if you are  in the faith;  examine yourselves!     Or do you not recognize this  about yourselves,  that Jesus Christ  is in you  —  unless indeed  you fail  the test?

So,  we are instructed to  “test yourselves  to see  if you are  in the faith”.     We need  to take a deep look  into what  we really think  and believe  about God our Savior.     Do our actions  and beliefs  really show  “that Jesus Christ  is in you”?     Or,  have we kicked Christ out  of our lives?     Whatever  is going on,  Jesus will always be  the “Christ”  —  the Messiah  —  the Savior.     Nothing  will ever change  that truth.

But,  are our hearts  and minds  accepting that truth?     To help us review  the truth,  we can open up our Bibles  and learn more  about God  and His saving ways.     That would be a step  in the right direction.     When we come  to realize  God’s love  for us,  John 1:12 assures us,

But  as many  as received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become children  of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name.

That’s marvelous!     God still wants us  to grow  in His truths  and accept  His gift  of salvation  in Christ.     He still  wants us  as His children.     When we let God  teach  and strengthen us,  Galatians 3:26 assures us,

For you are  all sons  of God  through faith  in Christ Jesus.

That is God’s faithfulness  and mercy.     In appreciation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank you  for shepherding us  through this life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

**************

.

The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

.

.

.

Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Away With This Man

April 11, 2015

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Away With  This Man

In society,  there always seems  to be some  who are rejected  as some sort  of misfit.     All sorts  of reasons  are made out  to be valid:   different clothing  —  too fat or thin  —  too tall or short  —  uncomfortably intelligent  or lacking  in knowledge  —  different accent  —  different personality  —  different beliefs.     The list goes on.

When Jesus was rejected,  people were  most uncomfortable  with the truths  He spoke.     Jesus’ truths  revealed  corrupt hearts  and minds  —  sins of every sort.     Nobody wants  their pet sins  revealed.     Nobody wants  to admit  guilt.     So,  when Jesus was  on trial  before Pilate,  the people guiltily  deemed it necessary  to cry out  in Luke 23:18,

Away  with this man,  and release  for us  Barabbas!

What do we  anxiously want  to do  with Jesus?     Do we want  to lock Him up  so that others  won’t recognize us  as so-called Christians?     Do we want  to deny Him,  so that  we can live  more boldly  in our sins  —  as the rest  of this world?     Do we want  to openly deny Him  as a Savior  of any sort?     Do we just want  to get rid  of Him  in our lives?     Is Jesus  an embarrassment  to us?     Do we cringe  at the thought  of praising Him?

Our earthly thoughts  are quite the conundrum  —  aren’t they?

What kind  of corruption  —  like Barabbas  —  do we replace Jesus with?

In general,  people don’t want  the embarrassment  of accepting Jesus  as their honest-to-goodness  Savior  from all their sins.

Maybe it’s time  to dig more  into God’s word  to be reminded  of all the reasons why  we need a Savior  from our sins.     Our eternity depends  on our facing the truths  of our being  —  and our Maker’s salvation  through Christ Jesus alone.

When we let Jesus  relieve us  of our guilt,  we exclaim,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  there is true joy  in knowing You  as our Savior!     Thank You!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

**************

.

The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

.

.

.

Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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