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Taste and See

May 4, 2016

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Taste  and See

“Self-help” books are very popular.     It makes one think about how God has promised  to be our help  in time  of need.     So much  of the time  people don’t even think  of going  to the Lord  for the help  they long for.     But,  Psalm 34:8  invites us to,

O taste  and see  that the LORD  is good;
How blessed  is the man  who takes refuge  in Him!

With whatever sort  of challenge  we might have,  God wants us  to go  to Him.     Only God  can guide us  in ways  that will be honestly right  and good  in this world.     For instance,  some people are really looking  for the approval  of others,  and 2 Timothy 2:15 shows us  what kind  of approval  we really should be looking for.     It says,

Be diligent  to present yourself approved  to God  as a workman  who does not need  to be ashamed,  handling accurately  the word  of truth.

Then,  many people  are very concerned  about their self-image.     They desire  to feel good  about themselves.     In Romans 8:29,  Paul tells us about the image  that will make us feel  so much better  about ourselves.     It says,

For whom  He foreknew,  He also predestined  to become conformed  to the image  of His Son.

We should all  be concerned  about self-improvement,  and actually need  to aim  for the very best kind  of self-improvement  as shown  in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore  if any man is  in Christ,  he is a new creature;  the old things  passed away;  behold,  new things  have come.

We often wonder how we can muster up  the human resources needed  to be all  that we can be  in this world.     2 Corinthians 3:5  shows us where  to look,

Not that we are adequate  in ourselves  to consider anything  as coming  from ourselves,  but our adequacy is  from God.

Life is different  when we know  our help comes  from the Lord.     The people  in the “self-help”  section of bookstores  are looking  for ways  they could use their self-efforts  in making themselves  into better people  according  to puny,  worldly standards.     We have it all turned around  from God’s wisdom.     Galatians 2:20  shows us  that it is much more important  to simply let Jesus live  in us.

I have been crucified  with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live,  but Christ lives  in me;  and the life  which I now live  in the flesh  I live by faith  in the Son  of God,  who loved me,  and delivered Himself up  for me.

What a difference there is between God’s improvement plan  and man’s “self-help”  ideas.

When it comes right down  to it,  the Bible  is the absolute best  “self help” book  anyone could ever have.     It has proven itself over and over  for thousands  of years  —  and its Author  is none other than  God Almighty,  Himself.     The authors  of all the other books  have their own foibles  and impracticalities.     But,  God is perfect  in all His ways  and His word  can mold us  to be pleasing  and useful  in His sight.

As we taste  and see  how good the Lord is,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You created us  and You alone know us perfectly well.     You know where we need self-improvement,  and You alone know how  to rightly mold us  and perfect us  in Christ Jesus.”

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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To Bully, Taunt and Demoralize

May 3, 2016

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To Bully,  Taunt  and Demoralize

When morally corrupt people  want  to grab power  and wealth  for themselves,  they will bully,  taunt  and demoralize  those they want  to defeat  and overcome.     They will boldly try  to deceive others  into imagining  that they are  more right  in their goals  because they are perceived  as the strong  and capable ones — the winners  in life.

God’s children might feel devastated  as they are constantly demoralized  into feeling  like losers  —  unloved by their God.     That is  what was happening  in Israel’s time  of exile,  when the psalmist wrote  in Psalm 42:10,

As a shattering  of my bones,  my adversaries  revile me,
While they say  to me  all day long,  “Where is  your God?

Note that the bully’s  taunting is  “all day long”  —  day after day.     And,  the bully questions  the existence  of their God  —  suggesting  their stupidity  for believing  in such a God.     The constant taunts feel like  “a shattering  of my bones”.

Jesus taught His followers  that the world  would hate them  —  just as  the world hated Him.     We are  to expect  that the world will make fun  of our God  and try to demoralize us  into unbelief.     As Jesus said these things  in John 15,  He specifically said  in John 15:21,

But  all these things  they will do  to you  for My name’s sake,  because they do not know  the One  who sent Me.

They are actually unbelievers  —  even as they might try  to deceive others  into thinking they are believers.     Their actions prove them otherwise.     Hosea 7:2 says about such people,

And they  do not consider  in their hearts
That I remember  all their wickedness.
Now their deeds are  all around them;
They are before My face.

God Almighty knows  and cares  for His children  —  and He will surely judge  all the wicked  in His good time.     God’s children are  to always look  to Him  in faith,  knowing  that He is in full control  of all things  at all times.

Trusting  in our Savior’s care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for being with us  as we face  our trials  in this world.”

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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Real Knowledge and Discernment

May 2, 2016

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Real Knowledge  and Discernment

When  we have  a precise  and correct knowledge  of something very good,  our love  for that very good thing grows.     When our mind perceives  the absolute ethical perfection  of that something very good,  our heart sees  how totally wondrous  it is  to be close  to that good thing.     We are able  to discern  that there is something here  that we have been really longing for,  something good  we need  in our lives.

That’s what Paul was  talking about  in Philippians 1:8-10,

For  God is  my witness,  how I long  for you all  with the affection  of Christ Jesus.

And this I pray,  that your love  may abound  still more and more  in real knowledge  and all discernment,  so that you may  approve the things  that are excellent,  in order  to be sincere  and blameless  until the day  of Christ.

Paul wrote this  while in prison  for preaching  the gospel.     It was hard  for him  to have to be away  from the Philippian congregation  and wonder how their faith  was coming along.     Paul knew  that this congregation  stood up  for the gospel  of Christ,  and he was so glad  for that.     But,  those people were  so new  to the faith,  and had  to face  so much opposition,  temptations,  and various false teachers  that Paul wanted  to make sure  they stayed  on the right track.

It’s important  that we,  also,  stay  on the right track.     Paul tells us  how we can.     Paul says  that our Christian love  for God  and one another needs  to  “abound still more  and more  in real knowledge  and all discernment.”

Christian love needs  to be based  on a very precise  and correct knowledge  of exactly  who God is  and what He has done  for us  in Jesus Christ.     Our knowledge  of God needs  to be based  on reality  —  not the figment  of some man’s wild imagination.     We will never come  to love God  if we are only able  to think  of Him  as something  He is not.     The many ways  people have  presented  their views  of God  present nothing but falsehoods  and silliness  because  all the imaginations  of people  are not based  on truth.

So,  instead  of getting waylaid  with falsehoods,  we need  to  “abound  still more and more  in real knowledge  and all discernment.”     The only place  we’re going  to get  that  “real knowledge”  is in the Bible.     When we get  to know God  for who He really is,  our love  for God  and our fellow Christians will  “abound still more  and more.”     It will abound  because we will be dealing  with reality  and truth.

As we study  the Bible,  we will gain  an intellectual  and moral discernment  for all sorts  of ethical matters.     Paul tells us  that our ability  to discern ethical matters  will help us  to  “approve  the things  that are excellent,  in order  to be sincere  and blameless  until the day  of Christ.”

Isn’t that  just what we need?

If our love  for God  is to remain strong  and true,  we need  to know Him  for who He really is.     Knowing God  will enable us  to love Him enough  so that we will have the strength  and wherewithal  to remain  “sincere  and blameless  until the day  of Christ.”

In order  to get a handle  on our lives,  we need  to get  to know God  and His ways  for us.     That will only happen  as we take time  each day  to study  what God has  to say  to us  in His word  —  and then  to pray  about what God wants  in our lives.

As we grow  to love God more  and more  for who He is,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  has been so powerful  and faithful  down through the ages.     Come  and draw us  closer to You,  so that we may grow  in faith,  hope,  and love,  to serve You now  and forever.”

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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Good Marksmanship

May 1, 2016

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Good Marksmanship

Being a good marksman  is a science.     The good marksman knows everything  about what can be expected  from his particular firearm.     He knows all sorts  of information  about the bullets  that will work best  for each situation  and in consideration  of all sorts  of weather factors.     But,  that is just the beginning.     He also needs disciplined  and diligent practice;  strength  to hold his firearm correctly  with a strong,  controlled grip  for proper trigger control;  good concentration;  knowledge  of the proper stance;  and the ability  to line up  on target rightly  with his aiming eye.

Championship marksmen have  disciplined control  and knowledge  of how  to hit their mark.

The good marksman has  to be able  to keep his mind  and eye  on the target.     Christians have a target  —  a goal  in mind.     It is essential  to keep our mind  and eye  on our target,  which is  eternal life  in heaven  with Jesus,  the LORD of lords.     If we miss Jesus,  our target,  we will not get the prize.

Just as  a champion marksman knows  for sure  exactly where his bullet  will end up,  Christians need  to know  exactly where their faith,  hope,  and love  for Jesus  will land them.

As a good Christian,  we need  to know  about what we can expect  from God’s word  as our appropriate weapon  of choice.     We need  to consider  how trust  in God’s word is  the only way  we will be enabled  to reach heaven.     Other religions  and philosophies are  no better  than a malfunctioning plastic toy.     They are totally incapable  of hitting  the distant target.     No champion marksman  would ever consider using a toy  to hit the bull’s eye hundreds  of yards away.     That would be totally ridiculous.     Likewise,  Christians need  to realize  that it is ridiculous  to use cults,  false religions  and philosophies  in their quest  for heaven.

As a good marksman needs  to have an accurate knowledge  of his gun  and bullets,  the Christian needs  to attain accurate knowledge  of God’s word  and how  to use the Bible correctly.     You don’t put a .22 caliber bullet  into a .50 caliber gun.     Likewise,  you don’t take a Bible passage out  of context  and expect it  to hold true  in dangerous situations.     Learn  to know  the Bible  as God has given it  to us  —  not as the sinful human mind desires  to twist it.

Good marksmen consider  all sorts  of weather factors  that affect ballistics.     Christians also need  to consider  the effects  of the sinful world around us.     We need  to concentrate  on our target  and realize  the effects  of temptations  in our lives,  false preachers,  disastrous situations,  and everything else  that affects  our faith.     As a good marksman takes  all conditions  into consideration,  we need  to realize  how all  outside influences  will prevent us  from hitting our target.

With the right stance  on God’s word,  a strong grip  on God’s truths,  diligent practice  in learning God’s word,  and keeping our eyes  on our target,  Jesus,  we will be sure  to receive  the trophies  of a true champion  in heaven.     Hebrews 12:1-2  reminds us  of these concepts,

Let us also  lay aside  every encumbrance,  and the sin  which so easily entangles us,  and let us run  with endurance  the race  that is set  before us,  fixing our eyes  on Jesus,  the author  and perfecter  of faith,  who for the joy  set before Him  endured the cross,  despising the shame,  and has sat down  at the right hand  of the throne  of God.

Let us diligently  discipline ourselves  to use God’s word rightly  with all the power  of its truth  and keep our eyes  on Jesus,  as we take aim  at eternal life  with our Lord.     Then,  following  all the training  that God leads us through  in His word,  we will hit the mark  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is only Your blood shed  on the cross  that gives us  a victorious championship  in 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.

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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

.

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

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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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All His Thoughts

April 30, 2016

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All  His Thoughts

People have not changed.     There are those  who believe  and trust God  —  and there are those  who lift their noses  in the air  and with a sneer,  boldly claim,  “There is no God.”     They are at odds.

We look  at the world  around us  and see  how the wicked  are always devising sneaky plots  to cheat  and take advantage  of God’s children.     And they seem  to be getting away  with it  much of the time.     With a sick smile  and chest proudly jutted out,  the wicked  are proud  of their deceits  and oppressions,  their lies  and mischievousness.     They think  it’s funny  that no one is  “smart enough”  to outwit them.     They boast  about their ability  to take advantage  of others  and get a free ride  through life.

The writer  of Psalm 10  lamented  about the evil,  underhanded ways  of the wicked.     In verses 3 and 4,  he says,

For the wicked boasts  of his heart’s desire,
And the greedy man curses  and spurns  the LORD.
The wicked,  in the haughtiness  of his countenance,  does not seek Him.
All his thoughts are,  “There is no God.”

Ones does not have  to live long  on this earth  to experience  such wickedness  and arrogance.     There evidently is  a rapidly growing number  of those who claim,  “There is no God.”     They feel  that whatever parameters  they set up  for their own standards  of living  are their prerogative,  simply because they think  they are superior  to everyone  around them.

Feeling  the affliction  of such constant wickedness,  the psalmist asks  and answers  in Psalm 10:13,

Why has the wicked  spurned God?
He has said  to himself,  “You  will not require it.”

The wicked  actually feel  God does not care  what they do.     They don’t see their wickedness  as a punishable evil  because everyone else  is doing it  and seemingly getting away  with it  —  so,  why shouldn’t they?     In their grandiose self-deception,  they refuse  to believe  what the apostle Peter says  about them  in 2 Peter 2:3,

In their greed  they will exploit you  with false words;  their judgment  from long ago  is not idle,  and their destruction  is not asleep.

For now,  we do have  to live amongst such people  in this world,  but we need  to always remember  that all the wicked  will be judged  with eternal destruction.     They will all pay dearly  for their wickedness.

In the mean time,  how are we supposed  to be amongst  so many godless people?     Are we  to nonchalantly say,  “Well,  if you can’t beat’em,  join’em”?     Hardly.     The number  of God’s children  is much fewer,  but we are  to follow  Paul’s instructions  in 1 Timothy 6:11-12,

But flee  from these things,  you man  of God;  and pursue righteousness,  godliness,  faith,  love,  perseverance  and gentleness.     Fight  the good fight  of faith;  and take hold  of the eternal life  to which  you were called.

God’s children  have good reason  to flee  all ungodliness.     God is the Victor  and the Judge  of all things  —  us included.     Jesus Christ  suffered  and died  to pay  for our sins  and we have sinned more than enough already.     It is time  to start living  in the love  and truths  of God.

As we live  for the one and only Lord God,  He will lead us  in all righteousness,  and we say,  “Hallelujah!     Savior  and Shepherd,  Your leading  is so good,  and right,  and true.     Lead us  through  this weary land   to Your home above.”

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

.

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

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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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Only a Few Things Are Necessary

April 29, 2016

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Only a Few Things  Are Necessary

We all relish  the good part  of something,  whether it be the good part  of a book,  a meal,  a job,  or a trip.     What we consider  the good part  is the part  that is most beneficial  and most enjoyable.     It will satisfy  our desires.

Mary felt  the same way  when Jesus came  to visit  her house  in Luke 10:38-42.     The good part,  the most satisfying part  of having Jesus over  was to just sit  at His feet  and really listen  to Him.     Mary was oblivious  to everything else.     She just wanted  to listen  and learn  —  to soak in  all the wonders  of God’s ways  with His people.

Mary’s sister,  Martha,  truly loved Jesus, too.     But,  she wanted  to show  her love  with all the busyness  of preparing a meal  and being a good hostess.     Martha was  sweating it out  in the kitchen  all by herself  and ever so worried  that things wouldn’t be “just right”.     It takes a lot  of effort  to be the perfect hostess  at a time  like this  —  after all,  Jesus was  the most important guest.     In all her hard work,  Martha’s initial desire  to lovingly serve  turned into nothing but  an irritation  and a pity party  because she felt  not enough  was being done.

And,  in all her anxiety  and busyness,  Martha  was ignoring Jesus.     Here was Jesus,  right in her house,  and she was not listening  to a word  He said.

We are often  like that.     We are so busy,  busy,  busy  taking care  of all the so-called  necessary things  in life,  which are really nothing  but busy work.     And  in the process,  day after day  we ignore Jesus  and His desire  to visit  with us  —  after all,  we have  “important”  things  to do.     But,  the bottom line is  that nothing is more important  than learning  from Jesus.

And,  Jesus said so  when Martha came  to Him  complaining  that Mary  was not helping her.     Jesus answered  in Luke 10:41-42,

Martha,  Martha,  you are so worried  and bothered  about so many things;  but only a few things  are necessaryreally  only one,  for Mary  has chosen  the good part,  which shall not be taken away  from her.

Have you chosen  “the good part”  today?     Go for “the good part”  and it will  “not be taken away”  from you.     It is the one thing  that is  “really”  “necessary”.

As we quietly enjoy  and listen  to our Lord,  by reading His word  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  and grace  for Your people  have been so true  and faithful  since the beginning  of time.     Let us abide  in Your love  now  and forever.”

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

.

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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A Thorn in the Flesh

April 28, 2016

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A Thorn  in the Flesh

Everybody  has a weakness  of some sort  or another.     Whatever our weakness  or problem,  we most likely  don’t feel good  about it.     Weaknesses  can be more than  just a bummer  —  they can really get a person down  because they simply  don’t go away.

The apostle Paul  felt that way  about his personal weakness.     We don’t really know  what his  “thorn  in the flesh”  was,  but it bugged him  so much  that he prayed three times  that God would just make it  go away.     In 2 Corinthians 12:9,  God told him,

My grace  is sufficient  for you,  for My power  is perfected  in weakness.

As we abide  in our Lord,  He gives us grace  to help us deal  with our weaknesses,  one day  at a time,  in a godly manner.     That certainly was true  for Paul,  but nevertheless,  Paul still wanted  that particular problem  to just go away.     He was tired  of it  and felt he would like  to enjoy  some relief  for once.

But,  God gave Paul  a very good reason  for not taking away his  “thorn  in the flesh”.     Referring to Himself,  God said,  “My power  is perfected  in weakness.”     When we are weak,  we learn  to depend  on the Lord  and His power  to get things done right.     When we depend  on the Lord,  He is able  to better work  through us  and in us.     When God  is enabled  to work  through us,  He can do more powerful things  in our lives  of eternal benefit.

In other words,  when we feel proud  of our abilities  and strengths,  there is no way  we will be able  to depend  on the Lord.     In our pride  and independence,  we will want  to do everything  all by ourselves.     That would include  pushing God out  of the picture  of what goes on  in our lives.     With God out  of our lives,  our lives  become worthless  —  of no eternal value.

It is  of much greater eternal value  to be weak  in this life.     We need  to be weak  in order  to grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.     Pride  and arrogance  do not enable  any sort  of faith,  hope,  or love.     Quite the opposite.     So,  having weaknesses is,  in actuality,  a great gift  from God.

We can thank God  for His almighty wisdom  in guiding  our lives.     Whatever God allows  in our lives  is for our benefit.     We need  to see that  with thankful hearts  and be content  with whatever God sends  our way.     Whether our weaknesses  include insults,  distresses,  persecutions,  or physical difficulties,  we can learn  to be content  in the Lord  and His power,  as we grow  in faith,  hope,  and love.

Accepting God’s grace  for another day,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  lead us  in Your ways  unto eternal life  and Your glory.”

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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