This thought was SO on my heart today… I didn’t feel like it was just for me so I wanted to share with others. 🙂 Each day I ask God to show me what He wants me to do today… some days I fail and some days I get things right. All I know is spending time with Him makes everything better. His ways are not always our ways…. but His ways are the BEST way! 🙂
Spending time with God… This is what He said to me:
Ephesians 4: 2 & 3 reads… Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3. make every effort to keep unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Cross Reference: Colossians 3:12 ~ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
What a WONDERFUL God we serve to speak His Word to us in such a special way! This made my day!! …now to live it! This is the true test. He gives each one of us a choice of what to do each day. We just need to make the CORRECT choice! Thank you Lord for showing me how to live out my life for you. Please continue to direct my path!
We do need to value the opinions of wise men and women but they are just that… opinions. The WORD of God is TRUTH and offers the help and wisdom needed to make the wisest choices. Sometimes we are to… be still and know HE is LORD (Psalm 46:10). We pray and seek God for the answers and wait for direction. Oh, how hard it is to be still at times and wait… but the answer will come and be so much better by our waiting.
The other day I was reading Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. If you really think about this scripture you may see that some key words are IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM. How do you do this???
In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your paths! HE will make your paths straight! HE will be there for you!
Trust in HIM,
When salt is left on the earth or exposed to the sun, rain, and air it loses its flavor and becomes worthless. If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. Why even have it a part of your meal or snack if there is not a difference of whether you add it or not? Salt is a seasoning and preserving chemical but if the product has no flavor then it becomes worthless.
As Christians if we are too much like the world we lose our effectiveness and uniqueness to make a difference. So why should a person choose to be a Christian if there is no real difference from someone who is a non-Christian? We should not blend in with everyone but we should make a positive difference everywhere we go. We need to be an effective Christian. Just like seasoning brings out the best flavor in our food, we need to bring out the best in everyone we meet.
[ Salt] “You are the salt of the earth, [Mark 9:50; Luke 14:34] but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
My hearts desire is to add seasoning to my life to become more effective….
The seasonings that work for me are:
WOW! God has once again opened my heart to His power and the evidence of our belonging to HIM. My heart and life are SEALED by HIM and no other! By belonging to Him I have access to ALL that belongs to HIM and to EVERY promise in HIS WORD.
To confirm ownership a seal was used in the ancient world. To your left is a picture of an ancient Hebrew seal which is believed to be owned by Jezebel, the wicked Queen of Israel. Seals were usually made of hard stones or metals with an engraved image on each one to indicate a persons worth or possessions. In research I found a seal usually had the engraving of a diety (god), a hero or a portrait. Slaves and livestock were marked as possessions by their owners with a family seal just like we brand cattle today to show their ownership. In some cases people claimed to be owned by a diety (god) and wore the seal of their god.
The one TRUE God has marked His possessions as well! We as believers are marked (SEALED) by God Himself. His SEAL does not leave a physical impression on us… however, His SEAL (of the Holy Spirit) is as a sign of you belonging to Him. As you demonstrate your faith you show others who you belong to.
What does God’s SEAL mean to me and you?
1) The Holy Spirit (SEAL) is a guarantee of the full experience of salvation.
2) The SEAL is a guarantee He will do what He promised in His Word.
3) His SEAL is like a binding contract with each one of us.
4) His SEAL lets others know who we belong to.
5) His SEAL secures… (is the evidence) of eternal life for us.
Passage (English Standard Version) Ephesians 1:13-14:
13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Passage (New Living Translation) Ephesians 1:13-14:
13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
Showing others the SEAL of God (through the Holy Spirit) is the evidence needed to confirm who owns your life.
Signed… Sealed… Delivered… I’m Yours God!
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In the midst of praying this evening… my heart became thirsty for more of God. The room was quiet, the lighting was dim, however my heart was full and a light flooded from within like I haven’t experienced in months. In the background I heard playing on the CD player, Hillsongs’s Worship CD, “Overwhelmed”. I stopped and listened and left myself and my agendas behind along with all MY desires to follow HIS desires. The song playing was “Hear Our Prayer” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEkX0tBUW2I which describes a deer panting beside the waters as the heart yearns for more of God. A desire came from within me to start blogging again and to express the call God has placed on my heart to minister to others. When you seek God and thirst for Him… HE will quench every dry place inside you.
Read: Psalm 42: 1-2
1As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
He’s calling you back to HIM…. listen. What has God been telling you lately?
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