This God — His Way is Perfect

This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalms 18:30 ESV

There are times when things change in our lives and in our plans and we wonder if God is really looking out for our best interest.

But his way is perfect.

Recall when things go insanely off route but in the end, everything worked out smoothly. This God, whom we call on, looks not just at the present but at the future.

He is our protector. And as situations arise and try to knock us out cold, he stands guard and shields us from the full impact of the situation. But this is only accessible if we take refuge in him.

When we rest securely under his wings, as he shields us, we will see that his plans are perfect and even as things seem out of place, they will work out perfectly in the end.

Thank you!

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I do not take your likes, comments, or follows lightly. With every new comment, like, or follow, I tell Daddy thanks for allowing you to find my blog. Thank you!

I love you! Blessings.

I Will Trust Him

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 KJV‬

This is one of those verses that I personally love. It’s a verse that I learnt from primary school. I loved the flow of the words, and over the years, I learnt to love and treasure the meaning behind those words.

Trust signifies the “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, and/ effective” (Merriam-Webster). As used in Proverbs 3:5, trust means “properly to hie (to cause oneself to go quickly) for refuge” and “figuratively to trust, be confident or sure: – be bold (confident, secure, sure)” (Strong’s Concordance).

Therefore, the words, “I will trust him”, indicates that we are making the conscious decision to quickly seek God as our refuge and boldly (without fear) putting our confidence in this reliable, honest, and faithful being.

I will trust him.

Many view trusting God as this “process” that you have to go through. And while our trust in God will definitely mature as we go through the tests and trials, the act of starting to trust Jehovah is not a process. It’s a decision.

It’s a decision as easy as making as it is easy to make a decision to “eat breakfast” or “ visit a friend”. Whether you believe it or not, making the decision is that simple.

Babies don’t make a decision to trust their parents, it’s something that comes naturally to them. The problem we Christians face, is that as spiritual babies, we have decided that trusting God is optional; something that he must prove to us that he’s worthy of receiving.

This is the same God who forgives us and washes away our sins without requiring that we “earn” his forgiveness. Yet when we say and demonstrate that we don’t trust God and say that it’s not easy to trust him, we’re basically telling our Redeemer that he has to prove to us that he’s reliable, good, honest, and faithful before we can run quickly to him for refuge.

I admit that trusting a God that’s high above us, in heaven, is a little challenging. But let’s go back to the comparison of babies and their parents. Babies naturally trust their parents because since conception, they’ve been continually building a relationship with their parents.

Since your rebirth, have you just been going to church and absent-mindedly reading the bible and praying to this heavenly figure (which is equivalent to a baby being raised in foster care)? Or have you been building a meaningful relationship with Jehovah (equivalent to being raised in a loving family)?

If we work constantly and consistently on building a relationship with Jehovah, then trusting him will not be as difficult as we think it is. If we focus on bonding with our Father, rather than with this being who is way up in heaven, trusting him will come naturally to us.

  • Do you trust God?
  • Is trusting him challenging?
  • What’s your relationship really like with him?
  • Is he your spiritual father or your foster father?

I want to encourage us all, let’s build a meaningful relationship with God, that goes further than surface actions, and then we’ll see that making the decision to trust him will be as easy as it is to say, “I will trust him”.

Trust in the Lord – run quickly, without hesitation, to him for refuge, and boldly (without wavering) put all your confidence in him with all your heart, leaning not to your own understanding but relying totally on him and in all your ways be secure in him and he will guide you.

Will you make the decision to trust him?

Collective prayer:
Father, for far too long I’ve viewed you as just the supernatural being above. Help me to see you as the Father you are to me. Help me to draw closer to you so that when it’s time to trust you, i will run to you without hesitation and put my confidence in you. Amen.

By Your Fruits…

Matthew 7:20 (KJV)
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
Questions we need to ask ourselves daily:

  • What fruits do I bear?
  • What do my fruits tell others about me?

Have you ever heard the following statement?  “And (s)he said (s)he is a Christian!”  This comment is usually spoken after someone sees a bad action (fruit) from a Christian.  Yes, the person may truly have made a mistake and is indeed deserving of forgiveness.  No, we should not allow others to determine how we act and what we do.  BUT, the fact remains that we are responsible for our actions AND as Christians, we have to behave differently (Romans 12:2).

We have bad fruits and good fruits. According to Ephesians 5:3-5 (AMP), the bad fruits are: sexual immorality, [moral] impurity [indecent, offensive behavior], greed, filthiness
silly talk,  and coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking. 

Paul, the author of Ephesians, says that these bad fruits “must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith].  For be sure of this: no immoral, impure, or greedy person—for that one is [in effect] an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God [for such a person places a higher value on something other than God].”  Please note, these are just some examples of bad fruits (Gal 5:19-21).

However, good fruits can be found in the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 15: 22-23, “But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.  There is no law against such things as these.”

When the scripture said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”, it was referring to false prophets. Likewise, there exists false Christians, false teachers, and false leaders.  This is what Jesus said about what will happen to trees that bear bad fruits.  Matthew 17: 17-19 says, “…every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”

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Do not let people wonder if you are a child of God.  Do not let them say, “nuh (she)him ‘say’ (she)him a christian.”  If you have heard that comment about you, maybe its time to bear new fruits.  It is by your fruits (actions, words, lifestyle) that everyone will be able to clearly see if you are a child of God or not.  Yes, we can pretend but we will not be able to fool everyone at all times and worse, we cannot fool God.  

Remember that it’s all about God and, whether we live right or wrong, it all reflects on Him.  Determine in your heart to please God and not yourself and let your tree bear good fruits.

Written by: Klasik Krys ~ Creator of the blog site, lover of God, and an inspirational speaker.  Developer of the YouTube Channel “Purposeful Inspiration”.

Get a Little Closer

“ … At this moment, each one of us is as close to God as we choose to be. ”

Do you ever just spend time with God because of who He is, not for what He can do for you?  Have you spent time with Him to tell Him how much you appreciate Him and to thank Him for all that He’s done for you—not just to give Him a whole list of everything you need to be happy?

It’s easy to be busy all the time with an endless to-do list instead of stopping to spend time alone with God.
 

Whatever you’re doing—or not doing—the truth is, at this moment, each one of us is as close to God as we choose to be.

The Choice of Busyness

In Luke 10:38, there was a woman named Martha who made a choice. She kept herself so busy while Jesus was visiting her and her sister. Jesus took notice.

“…Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone?

Martha was distracted and kept herself busy. She was distracted from Jesus by work! Do you ever find yourself saying, “I do all the work around here. Everybody else is always having a good time while I just work, work, work, work!”

Martha may have thought the same thing, because she pleaded with Jesus for Mary to help her. “But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only ONE thing and Mary has chosen  the good part…” (verses 41 & 42).

What’s Really Important

Work is definitely important, but it wasn’t the most important thing for Martha to be doing at that particular time. You know, learning what to do and when to do it is a very key issue because when we do the right thing at the wrong time it becomes the wrong thing to do.

This was not the time for Martha to be working because Jesus was passing by. There was an opportunity for her to spend time with Him that she might not ever get again. What Martha needed was to make a better choice. She needed to make a wiser choice, and that choice was to spend time with Jesus.

Paul prayed that the Phillipian church would be able to make wise choices so that they would “surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value  [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing  the moral differences].”  (Philippians 1:10)

We need to begin to discern the better choices in our lives, and we need to make those choices. And time is the number one thing we need to choose to invest for intimacy in any relationship, not just a relationship with God.

What Kind of Relationship Do You Want?

God loves you so much and He wants to have a personal, intimate relationship with you. If you want to have a closer walk with Him, you’ll need to make some changes and some of them will be challenging.

To make more time with God a priority, you may have to say “no” to some people that don’t want to hear “no,” and you may have to cut off some things that really aren’t bearing fruit in your life anymore. But the reward of growing closer to God will always be greater than the difficulties you experience to get there.

Make a determined decision today to get as close to God as you can be.

 

By: Joyce Meyer Ministries

Jesus’ Love Language

For God so loved the world that he GAVE his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but live eternally (John 3:16).

Love languages are ways in which someone is best able to interpret/feel loved when these ways are demonstrated. The five ways to express and experience love are: receiving/giving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch (Dr. Gary Chapman).

The general principle of a love language, according to Dr Gary Chapman, is that persons normally give love in the way they would feel loved. For example, I give you a gift for being my friend, because I feel loved when I get gifts for simple reasons. This does not mean that you feel loved when I give you the gift. You may like it but not see the point in getting a gift. In like manner, John 3:16 says that because God loves us, he GAVE Jesus to die for us. Jesus, because he loved us, GAVE his life for us to be reconciled with Jehovah.

The theme is focused on identifying Jesus’ love language. In other words, we will be looking at what Jesus uses to tell if we love him. Jesus’ love towards us is unconditional and pure. It has no hidden agendas. He does not need us to love him in order to show us his love. But just as how we love others and seek to feel loved in return, Jesus also asks us to show that we love him.

If you love me, keep my commands. St John 14:15 NIV

“If” is a conditional word. It usually indicates that a conditional clause will follow. For example, “if you are late, I will leave you”. If the condition (being late) is not met, then the conditional clause will not be necessary. Meaning, if the person arrives on time, I will have no reason to leave them. Therefore, Jesus was saying that if we meet the condition, which is to love him, then it must be evident in our keeping the commandments.

“Love” is derived from a Greek word which signifies making a deliberate decision to treat affectionately as a matter of duty, principle, and propriety (the condition of being right, appropriate, or fitting – Dictionary.com) (Strong’s Concordance G25). Simply put, Jesus was saying, if you intentionally decide to treat me affectionately because it’s the right thing to do, then you should keep my commandments. Loving Jesus should not be based on mere feelings/emotions, but on a conscious decision because you have realised that it is the appropriate response to someone who died for your sins.

Jesus asks us to demonstrate our love for him through the Acts of Service love language. Acts of Service demands that actions speak louder than words. Basically, if you are not willing to show your appreciation by physically/manually doing something, you are saying you do not value the person who receives love this way (SheKnows). In John 14, we see Jesus repeatedly telling us to do something.

  • John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
  • John 14:21 says, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me.”
  • John 14:23 states, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word.”

Yes, I agree that obeying the Ten Commandments do not prove that you love Jesus. However, bible scholars believe that Jesus was not referring to the Ten Commandments, which were given under the law. It is believed that he was addressing all the commandments he issued in the Gospels, under grace. (Read 50 Commands of Christ – Summary List). Some of them are listed below:

  • Repent—Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3
  • Let your light shine—Matthew 5:16
  • Keep your word—Matthew 5:33-37
  • Go the second mile—Matthew 5:38-42
  • Love your enemies—Matthew 5:44
  • Practice secret disciplines (giving, praying, fasting)—Matthew 6:1-18
  • Seek first the kingdom of God—Matthew 6:33
  • Do unto others—Matthew 7:12
  • Listen to God’s voice—Matthew 11:15, 13:9,13:43, Mark 4:23, Luke 14:35, 1 Kings 19:11-13
  • Deny yourself—Luke 9:23 (Also Matthew 10:38
    and Mark 8:34)
  • Forgive offenders—Matthew 18:21-22 (Also Proverbs 19:11)
  • Lead by being a servant—Matthew 20:26-28
  • Love the Lord—Matthew 22:37-38
  • Love your neighbor—Matthew 22:39

If we take a second look at the above list, we will see that anyone who does not love Jesus will not keep all his commands. Deny self? Forgive offenders? Go the second mile? These are not easy tasks to do, even for us Christians, because the flesh wants to do the opposite. However, we do (keep) them because we love Jesus. When we follow through with acts of service to Jesus, we will end up spending quality time with Jehovah when we practice the spiritual disciplines (fast, pray, and study the bible), we will use words of affirmation when we witness to others telling them of the goodness of Jehovah, we will touch him when we touch his people, and we will also give him gifts by us sacrificing ourselves and our resources for his glory. Keeping the commandments, showing our love through various ‘acts’, is like saying “I love you” to Jehovah.

In John 14:24 Jesus clearly states that “whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” You cannot say you love Jesus when you do not keep his commandments.

Are you keeping his commands?

Waiting Expectantly

Wait on the Lord ; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord !” Psalms 27:14 NKJV
(This devotional was prepared for a day of fasting.) 
Fasting points:

👉Consecration
👉What do I do while waiting?
👉Is my faith solid or wavering?
👉How can I start waiting expectantly?
👉God’s fast: Make breakfast, wrap it up and give a homeless person or someone who may be hungry.

Heavenly father, we marvel in the way you can show up and show off. We are grateful for the small and large blessings. We ask that you speak to us all today. We need a word from you. We clear the way and say, “let the Spirit move,” amen.

The Scripture focus says my soul waits ONLY for God. The words are so simple but carry so much faith.

How many times have we been “waiting” on God but went to start the process for him?

How many times have we said that we want to hear what God wants us to do yet we call up our friends and say, “hey, I need your help, what do you think I should do?”

I know I’m guilty of that. I’m waiting on God but on my own terms. 

I was so intent on getting married from before I left high school. Always getting into relationships then praying about it. I didn’t even ask God what he thought about the guys, much less to think of waiting on Him.

When the year started, I saw myself. So focused was I about one thing, that I allowed it to distract me from nurturing my gifts and walking in my purpose. So I stopped.

Waiting expectantly means that we don’t stop where we are until we get what we want.

It means walking with God, working for God, and believing without doubt that what we need will be granted in the right time.

Don’t Murmur.  Wait

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.  And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?  And he cried unto the Lord ; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. Exodus 15:23‭-‬25‭, ‬27 KJV

In the verse above, we see the Israelites being thirsty and they began to murmur and complain. Where would we get water? Doesn’t God know are we are thirsty? What kind of God is this to make us die of thirst?

Because of their insistent murmuring, God told Moses to put a specific tree into the bitter water to make it sweet. But if we look at the last verse we will see that their DESTINATION had 12, TWELVE…. not 4, not 6, but 12 wells and SEVENTY coconut trees.

Some of us may be saying/doing the same thing: Murmuring in our heart.

What happened to God? Doesn’t he see I’m in need? Doesn’t he see that I can’t take anymore? Why isn’t my answer here yet?

So I encourage us, let’s wait expectantly. Matthew 6:33 says we should seek God and his righteousness FIRST, and all our needs will be given to us.

Don’t murmur and complain for your water today. Keep walking.  Tell God this 👉 “I know that you see that I’m thirty but I’m heading to my destination because I know that, at the place you created for me to stop on this journey, there will be 12 Wells and 70 coconut trees. I know that you’ll provide much more than I’m asking you for right now.”

Wait expectantly.

Theme: “The whole armour: put on prayer”

Scripture: Ephesians 6. 11&18: 

11. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

~Topic: Armoured Lifestyle~

The whole armour of God is described as:

👑 Helmet

👕 Breastplate

🎯 Shield

∞ Belt

✂ Sword

👟 Shoes

Finally, 🙏 prayer should be constantly given for all believers.

When I used to think about the armour, I used to picture a  soldier of the middle ages standing in the metal suit.  Then I would imagine it being on me.

But the armour of God isn’t metallic. It’s spiritual. It is a lifestyle. 

👑 Helmet of salvation – Strongholds begin in mind.  The Word says we should be transformed by the renewing of our MINDS.  We are free!  Salvation, as a helmet, breaks our ties to sin.  No longer must we continue in our sinful deeds.  Do I believe that and live like I’m free from sin or do I still think I cannot be free and give in to the temptations?

👕 Breastplate of righteousness – Righteousness means to have right standing with God.  It means our actions, words, and thoughts are reflective of our faith in Jesus Christ.  Do I protect my heart by doing the things that are right and honourable?   Do I protect my chest by believing that Jesus’ blood has the power to cleanse me from sin and make me pure bbefore God? 

🎯 Shield of faith – We must believe.  Not only should we belive, we must work (act, live, walk) because faith without works is dead.  Do we trust God to provide, protect, heal? Do I believe the promises in the Bible are for me? Do I live the life of an overcomer?  

∞ Belt of truth – requires honesty. It will hold us up, support us. Are we speaking the truth or do we lie often/occasionally?

✂ Sword of the Spirit – we  need to know (study and live) the Word.  Without this part, we will find ourselves fighting without a weapon.  That is very dangerous.  Do I make time to read the Bible?  Do I apply the Scriptures to my life?  Am I a hearer only?

👟 Shoes of peace – that means we seek peace everywhere we go. Am I a warboat? Do I stir up conflict at home/work/church?  Do I intentionally pick fights with my friends by saying things I know will yupset them. 

🙏 Praying – is talking to God, that means we seek to hear what he has to say. Do I pray for others more than myself? Do I pray asking for blessings more than I say, “thanks for life”?  When I pray, do I stop to listen to God’s response?

The armour is a lifestyle, if we don’t live the parts, we won’t be protected.  If we don’t put on the armour by the way we operate daily, we’re wasting time praying for it because we still won’t have it.  Do we have on the armour?

Free……in spite of ….

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Thank you, Daddy for this day. Open our hearts to your newness and let our hearts be receptive to all you show us and ask us to do for your glory. Amen.

The focus scripture, John 8:38 is a well known one. It’s quoted many times to address the freedom that we have as we received it thru the Son.  Who the son sets free, is free  indeed.

The truth is, many of us don’t fully understand exactly what this freedom does and we sit and listen to what man says our human state is capable of doing.

The freedom we have is a gift given by grace. This grace is able to teach us to deny the lust of the flesh and help us to walk in the Spirit.  We are not just free from our past sinful lives, we have been set free from living future sinful lives.  That’s why the world hates us as well. We are no longer doing what they do or living how they live. As a result, we indirectly show them that their lives are sinful. Regardless of how they feel about us, and what they do to us, we are still free

➡We are free to love them even though they hate us
➡We are free to bless them when they curse us
➡We are free to forgive them when they hurt us
➡We are free to help them right after they misused us

➡We are free to see sin and leave it alone as God said that with every temptation, he has given us a way to escape it (James 1)

I hear the following statement at least every month…..”we are humans and we sin everyday, we sin without knowing”.  And I believed it

However, the Word says who the Son sets free is truly free.  God commanded us to be holy like he is and to be perfect. If that were impossible to attain, he would not have commanded that we be holy and perfect.  Therefore, we limit God’s transformational move in our lives because when we look at our flesh and how it operates, we forget totally that it’s not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of God.

We have been made free. Our tongues are no longer slaves to lies and our hands are not our accomplices to stealing. We are free. Us committing a sin here and a sin there is either by our choice or our ignorance (lack of knowledge) of the Word. If we know what God wants and expects, we won’t be committing a sin without realizing it.

Consequently, our freedom is limited by us. We say we are humans so we’ll sin, we say we have no control over our thoughts because even there we sin so each day we should repent. Really? Is that freedom?

Thy words have I hid in my heart so that I may not sin against thee. Psalm 19:14

It makes no use we say we’re different from the world if our minds reject the truth of God.  This freedom is a spiritual one.  This freedom was not made by flesh nor was it given through the flesh.  This freedom is spiritual.  Therefore, let us stop basing our ability to walk in freedom within our fleshly limitations.

We the son sets free, is free indeed. John 8:38

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Lord, thank you for your words and thank you for freeing us from living a life which condemned us to hell. Help us to live and walk in the spirit (freedom). Amen.

The Unthinkable Hour

Prayer: Most loving and gracious God, we thank You for this beautiful day. Cleanse us of every sin and present us pure before you. I ask that You use this devotion to bless even one person who needs to hear Your words and receive all the glory and honour due into your name, amen.

Luke 12: 40
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Have you ever been in the act of doing something, usually sinful, and you think, “what if God were to come now?” And then you say, “No, God cannot send Jesus now.” ?  It’s like you’re saying that God will give you a chance to repent.
Have you ever thought about your future: the job you want, the car you love, getting married and  starting a family, and you think, “no, God cannot come until I’m married and buy mi house”?

I have. I remember one night in 2010 like it was yesterday.  I was in the town with my boy friend idling, I looked up into the sky and the thought crossed my mind, “would I be ready if God came now?” I knew the answer was no, so I reassured myself that He couldn’t come yet as I needed to get ready.

This is what Jesus was talking about, in an hour when we are saying that “God cannot come,” He will.  At a point in time when we think that God couldn’t possibly send Jesus, at that moment, He will come.  That is why Jesus, in Luke 12: 40, encourages us to get ready, so that when this unthinkable hour comes, we’ll be ready to look towards the heavens rather than trying to hide.

How can we get ready? Just as how we’re aware of our sinful actions while we do them, instead of continuing in them we need to stop, halt, cease, /desist immediately and say “if God were to come now, I will be ready.” 

How will we know when we’re ready?  We’d be able to think of the house, car, spouse & family and say, “The presence of God is worth much more than worldly treasures.”

In closing, I remember this song and Bible verse in which Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He asked, “Lovest thou me more than these, My child?” What will your answer be?  If we love God, we’ll always be ready,  but if we love this world more, Jesus will come only to hear us saying, “He cannot come yet.”

Shalom.

Written by: Krystelle Scott (Nia Klasik)

Unconditional Love with Boundaries

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Heavenly Father, as we use this week to reflect on You and highlight Your amazing love for us, we ask that You pull us into a closer relationship with You. I ask that this devotion will bless our hearts and minister to us individually. Amen.


As I thought about the concept of unconditional love, one thing stuck with me … How often do we take advantage of this unconditional love that God gives to us? This lead me to my topic…

“Unconditional Love with Boundaries”


We know that God will continue to love us no matter what we do or how often we do it.

But nowhere did He promise to keep us safe, favoured, or blessed if we continuously (repetitive actions) and consistently (making no attempts to change) rebel against Him and refuse to repent when He gives us the opportunity.

Yes, His love is unconditional, but it has boundaries. Meaning that after a while, He’s just going to stop trying to get us to change (repent).

The key verse says He will not always strive with man. In other words, He’s going to stop fight with our inner man to get us to do what is right. He’s going to tell the Holy Spirit to stop being our voice of reason and our conscience.

He will stop….if we don’t repent

In Ezekiel 18:23, God tells us that He finds no pleasure in the death of a sinner. That shows the true passion of His unconditional His love. However, if we read the entire chapter, we will see where God says that if we are sinful when the end comes, we will be rewarded accordingly.

Romans 6:23 say that the wages of sin is death. If we continue to take His love for granted and not change from our sinful ways, thoughts, and pattern…His unconditional love will not save us from death.

Let us be grateful for His love and live a life that reflects this gratitude.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandment <<—that is the boundary within which His love will guarantee us eternal life with Him.

In Deuteronomy 28, God said there is life and death, chose life. Let us persistently dwell in the path of life. By doing so we won’t take His love for granted.

Thank You, Lord, for Your words to us all. Let it saturate our hearts and help us to change in the areas that You have been showing us over the past few weeks. Let Your love be seen, as You said that You rebuke and punish those You love. Amen.

Make “Every Effort”

Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
—2 Peter 1:5-7
 
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
Sometimes we get so frightened by the thought of “works-won” salvation that we forget that love and grace ultimately call us to action, and not just reflection. Action means effort. That’s exactly what Peter is calling us to make — “every effort.” Peter explains why this effort is important in the next few verses. “If we possess these qualities in increasing measure,” they help us be productive in our knowledge of Jesus! Let’s be productive! As we make “every effort,” we can be assured that the Holy Spirit is the power at work producing the fruit that makes effectiveness possible! (cf. Galatians 5:22-25)
 
My Prayer…
Mold me and make me, Father, more perfectly conformed to your will and more perfectly consistent with your character. I do not pray this for my glory, but so that you can more effectively use me to share your blessings and grace with those around me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

Do Not Enter His Presence Empty-Handed

Psalm 100: 4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
A good relationship is based on being sensitive to the other person’s needs and to do that you must make the relationship a priority and spend time together.  The difference between just ‘catching a few moments’ with the Lord and spending quality time with Him is like the difference between driving through the drive-through at Burger King or KFC and spending the evening at a fine exquisite restaurant.
In a fine restaurant, you sit down, savour every bite in a relaxed atmosphere, which leaves you satisfied and nourished.  While at KFC, you drive up, shout into a microphone to place your order and drive around to a window where they hand you the bag of food.
Too many of us as believers live on spiritual fast foods, and never experience the amazing banquet God has for us. The Bible says, “Seek His face continually” 1 Chron 16:11. Have we learned how to stay in God’s presence long enough to enjoy the beauty of it?
When we seek to enter into God’s presence, there are 2 problems that believers commonly face that seem to rid us of our joy.  Hence, we feel like we have entered His presence empty handed.
1) Lack of desire
We often time complain about lack of time, but the truth is we often make time for what we truly care about and enjoy.
2) Distractions
Find a place with no distractions. Take ur Bible and notepad with u as “reading the Bible from ur cellphone” may be one of the biggest distractions in the book as the temptation is there to open a pop up message or something else.
I’ve just highlighted 2. In your spare time, you can evaluate yourself and see whatever it is that has been causing you to enter into God’s presence empty-handed.
What’s ridding you of your joy?
What’s ridding u of your hallelujah?
What’s ridding you of that heart of thanksgiving that God deserves and nothing less?
Let’s evaluate ourselves today…
Let’s pray.  Most Holy Lord, forgive us of those many “drive-through” experiences we’ve had with You.  Thank You for being so patient with us long enough to show us that You have a banquet awaiting us.  Help us, Lord, to identify and to put a stop to all those elements that are the source of our sadness and run into Your presence, as there You await us with open arms. Thanks for Your Word today. Have Your way, Lord, in Jesus name, Amen
By: Seyvonnie Campbell
From: Operation Youth Reap Devotional

Taming the Tongue


James 3:5-10

5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankin
8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10.Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Lord, we thank You for this new day. Have mercy on us and teach us the way to go, the way to do/say things, and the way to obey.  Speak to us this morning, amen.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Luke 6:45 KJV

Our focus is “Taming the Tongue”

The tongue is a small organ but it has the ability to destroy. What’s interesting is that the scripture says, the tongue cannot be tamed (v. 8). Yet, it seems as if James is saying that the tongue should be tamed as he says that we should not bless God and curse men with the same tongue.
However, I agree with verse 8. The tongue cannot be tamed. Why? Simply because the tongue isn’t the problem.


Look at the last line of Luke 6:45…”of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”.  The tongue can be a weapon or a tool (for building), but it’s use is dependent upon it’s owner. 
Our challenge is to transform the heart by renewing the mind. If our hearts are not focused on continuously displaying the love of God, it will do what comes naturally to us, which is to judge, tear down, and curse. Then, when we encounter these persons, our uncontrollable tongue gets the best of us.
Luke 6: 45 differentiates the good man from the evil one by saying that it’s out of the treasure of their heart their goodness/evil is revealed.  If we are feisty to the point of being rude/insulting, like myself, that is because our hearts are not where God wants it to be.

Did you know that it’s possible to be feisty in such a way that it makes others laugh and fill them with joy? (This kind of feisty is called a joke.)

It all depends on the heart with which we speak.

We can determine in our hearts that we will ignore some comments.
We can purpose in our hearts that we will change how we respond to other comments.  
It starts from the heart.
Can the tongue be tamed?

No.

But imagine the immense impact that an uncontrollable tongue can have when the heart is completely good.

Thought for the day:
Don’t try to tame the tongue.
Change the source which gives it power.
~ Nia
Prayer starter: Lord, I thank You for revelation from Your Word. I ask that You help me to focus on goodness of my heart so that my mouth will no longer bless You and curse others. Help me to take advantage of the wildness of the tongue to speak encouraging words without holding back. (End with your own words).

God is speaking to you. . Are you listening?

It somehow amazes me how God speaks to His children.

Today, I was feeling a little discouraged, feeling somewhat defeated but God knew just what to do to shift the atmosphere from discouragement to encouragement. God did something and as a result, I begin to smile because I knew it was God telling me that He’s there, just have faith and don’t give up.

As a result, I began to think of how God speaks to us every day; I’m sure in many ways than what we know. I believe we, as Christians, sometimes forget that God in fact desires to speak to us daily– not just in His word but in everyday living situations as well. God wants to converse with you because the two of you have a relationship together–after all, what is a relationship without communication?

As Christians, we should constantly seek to hear from the Lord because He’s there. Job 33:14 states, “For God does speak—now one way, now another— though man may not perceive it.” This means that God speaks to us in many ways although many do not recognize it.

I believe we should be more aware of the presence of God in our lives. Look for God to speak to you every day. Expect God to speak to you through people, situations, impressions, while spending time with him, in prayer, in His word, in dreams, through the unction of the Holy Spirit and etc. Don’t limit God to being able to speak to you in just one particular way because Job 33:14 lets us know that God speaks to us one way now, another way later.

In my own life, I’ve witness God speak to me through other people when I was feeling down, worried, scared, depressed or just needed confirmation of something God has told me. I’ve also witnessed God speak to me through everyday circumstances just to let me know I wasn’t alone and that He’s there with me every step of the way, although I may have felt otherwise.

I share this with you to let you know that God will send people in your direction with words of encouragement detailed just for your particular situation. I encourage you today to expect God to speak to you daily and not just on special occasions. Expect God to speak to you through normal every day events and situations – because He is; regardless of what the situation may look like, how hard it may look, how much the devil tells you God is not there ; silence the devil with the blood of Jesus because God is there- speaking to you; giving you confirmation, direction and instruction.

Now that you know God desires to speak to you on a daily basis, I encourage you to seek God with an expectancy of hearing His voice. Be blessed and encouraged in Jesus name.

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By: Jada Morrison         Retrieved from: Operation Youth Reap Whatsapp Group – Devotional

Draw Close to Him

James 4: 5 AMP
“Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says,
The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us
and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?”
Do you want to be closer to God? He wants to be closer to us.
The proof is that He lives inside of us. How much closer can you be?
We can always draw closer in our relationship with God. In fact, we are the ones who determine just how close our relationship with Him will be. Even though He lives in us, the Holy Spirit won’t force a relationship with us. He wants us to make Him welcome in our lives.

Enter into His Presence freely

God created us for fellowship and He greatly desires relationship with us. He longs to talk to us, to listen to us, to teach us and guide us, simply to be a part of our lives. And we are the better for it! We are renewed when we fellowship with God. The benefits of spending time with the Father are endless.
My friend, I encourage you to be relentless in making time for fellowship with the Father. He is waiting. He is saying, “Come to Me…” So go ahead…and see what’s in store!
Prayer Starter: God, it amazes me how You desire fellowship with me. I want to be closer to You, too. Thank You for loving me and drawing near to me as I draw near to You.

You Can Come Over Anytime


Hebrews 4: 16
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.


God has given us permission to fearlessly, confidently, and boldly draw near to His throne of grace.

In fact, we are encouraged in Ephesians 3:12 to approach Him freely. (Ephesians 3: 12, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”)

This means we can go into the presence of God anytime we feel like it. We can go 200 times a day if we want to go, with an “in and out” type of privilege. God doesn’t even tell us we have to knock on the door or wait for someone to say, “Come in.”

Suppose you have a friend who says, “You know what? You can come over anytime you want to come. You don’t even have to knock because you are welcome anytime, day or night. Just come on in!”

Now just think…God is saying that to you, unreservedly, which means you don’t have to be careful or hesitate or wonder if you’ve worn out your welcome. It means even if you make some mistakes or do things you shouldn’t do, you can repent of your sins, be cleansed in the blood of Jesus, and go boldly into His presence.

Prayer Starter: Lord, how wonderful it is to be able to enter Your presence anytime. I am so grateful for this privilege, and and thank You for encouraging me to come.

Sold Out for Christ

To be “Sold Out” for Christ means that no matter what happens or what people say, you will remain with Christ. In addition, it signifies that we are fully surrendered so that if God asks us to do anything – anything at all – your immediate response will be, “Not my will, let Yours be done”.

To be honest, this is not easy to say. Some times I want to give up, some times I do give up. At times I get mad at God, I get rude and tell Him to keep whatever He promised because the process is too hard and I don’t want it anymore. And then I have to use the remainder of the time to repent and re-surrender myself to Him (what a hectic run around!)

My aim is to be sold out and to live Ecclesiastes 12, which says my whole purpose is to “Fear God and keep His Commandments.”

What is your aim?

Matthew 6:21 declares that, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light“. This means if we have our eye on the light of God, then our entire being will be focused, sold out, and surrendered as the light will overtake us.

Do we live a life that is sold out or one that is contrary?
Do we only read, pray, worship (the lifestyle, not just the singing) and fast when troubles arise?

Jeremiah 2: 11-13 and 32, “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have (1) forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and (2) hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.”

We are just like the Children of Israel whom we criticise so harshly:

  • When we feel “ok”, we walk away from God.
  • When we feel like we’re ‘holy’ enough, we stop pursuing holiness.
  • When we feel loved, we stop seeking His love.

Look at vs 11. God says that other nations, who worship idols (things that are not real), remain faithful to their fake gods. They do not change them. Yet His people, exchange worshiping Him to honour these same idols or the ones we create ourselves.

This is called unfaithfulness.

Jeremaih 2: 32 “Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.” —»» In other words, would engineers forget to make phones without the charger’s port? Would doctors forget to cut a child’s umbilical cord? Yet we have forgotten to read our bibles and listen to the voice of God for numerous days.

Let’s all seek to be sold out and never turn our backs on God again.

He desires that we be faithful to Him; fully surrendered and sold out.

Who is Jesus to You (Me)?

Jesus is hailed the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
He is called Emanuel, God with us.
He is crowned the Saviour/Redeemer.
He is the only begotten son.

But who is He to Me?

The song says – “I call Him ‘Jesus, my Lord’. Wonderful Jesus, my Lord. John wrote about Him in the book of the Seven Seas. They call Him, ‘the Rose of Sharon’, they call Him, ‘the Prince of Peace.’ But I call Him, ‘Jesus, my Lord’.”

Is that who I really see Him as though?

What is my personal opinion of this man who died for my sins?

The thing I love with this man, who walked around and performed countless miracles, was His personality. He wasn’t just a “God”, He became a friend to all who encountered Him. This friend stands by me through thick and thin. Through big and small.

1 Corinthians 15: 45 calls Him the “quickening Spirit”. He is able restore life, joy, hope, and love within me when I feel empty. He is able to erase my wrongs so I can be spotless before the Father. This is a true definition of a friend. Someone who loves you no matter what, ensures your best side is being displayed and who never let’s you feel condemned, belittled, or like a loser.

This is who Jesus is to me. He is my friend.

Who is He to you?