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Uphold my Heart, Oh! Lord

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Today’s Word

Uphold

To support against an opponent

 

Today’s Verse

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God!  

I strengthen you – yes, I help you – yes, I uphold you with my saving right-hand

 

He Fights for Us

God is going to help us against our opponents. There is no need to be afraid. If we lack strength to fight our battles, we must reach out to God. He will provide us with all the strength we need. He goes ahead of our troubles and resolves them for us. He knows how much we can or cannot handle. He takes care of the excess.

The Catch

However, we must be willing to let Him be a part of our lives. We must trust Him to be in control. If we feel we can do it alone, He will not intervene. He will let us go and fight our own battles. Problem is we can be stubborn. We may think we can handle something without His help. How much easier to resolve our situation can be when He leads the way!

Surrender

What we must do is fully surrender to God, for he will go ahead of us and fight for us. He is the Captain of our conquest. For, if we surrender our will to God, we will never need to surrender unto our enemies, problems, turmoil, heartaches, nor burdens. He will triumph and intercede in our behalf.

So, we need not be afraid, we must give it all to God. Let Him bring us to victory.

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Revelation of His Will

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Today’s Word

Revelation

God’s disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.

 

Today’s Verse

Ephesians 1:17

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,  may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him.

 

After we are saved, we seek knowledge. We do so by reading the Bible and learning as much as we can about our salvation, our Lord Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. In the process of learning and through our salvation, the Holy Spirit resides in us and reveals to us the mysteries of God.

We learn of God’s will to us, of wisdom and power that lay within his Word, and we grow in knowledge of the Kingdom of God. All learning leads us closer to his will and guides us to lead a life of godliness. We strive for closeness to God and daily comfort of our heartaches. We seek guidance from the Holy Spirit to gently tug at us and convict us when we err. We seek approval when we do right.

God’s revelation of his will opens our eyes to a heavenly realm and unimaginable possibilities. We now have our eyes opened as the scales of our eyes are removed and our blinders fall. How awesome it is to partake in his revelation!

If you do not know Jesus, seek Him. Allow his wondrous revelation to be instilled in your heart, mind, and soul.


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Spiritual Understanding: Compassion Towards Others

Today’s Word

 Understanding

A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy:

Characterized by or having good sense or compassion

Today’s Verse

 Job 32

 8 But it is a spirit in people, the breath of the Almighty, that makes them understand.

I remember at times, thinking, “I don’t feel sorry for them. They got what they deserved.” However, who am I to judge a person? I may not have all the facts. Even if I did, I am not to judge others. I am to have compassion, instead. Our flesh is of man’s thoughts and teachings. However, our spirit is of God’s thoughts and teachings. To understand the difference we must have our heart listen to God’s guidance.

 Carnal Understanding

  From the day we are born, until the day we die, we live in a world filled with selfish thoughts. Our world thrives on self-pleasing and self-preservation. If anyone hurts us, we, naturally, want to hurt them back, or at least we want them to have a piece of our mind. We go through life with the understanding that we are not to be treated harshly nor should we be disrespected.

 If anyone does us wrong, we want to get back at them, we want to get things straight, we want to resolve it. However, we are limited, in our resolve, by our carnal understanding of what is fair.

 Spiritual Understanding

 Whereas in carnal understanding we depend on our own thoughts, in spiritual understanding we rely on God’s thoughts. He speaks to our hearts through the Holy Spirit within us and helps us discern. It is the spiritual understanding in each of us that allows us to show compassion instead of despise, love instead of hatred, kindness instead of meanness.

 We no longer rely on our own actions of righteousness, but on God’s expertise in the matter. He intervenes with our human nature and allows his spirit to prevail.

For it is his spirit in us, his breath of understanding, that should think and act for us.

Let our fleshly understanding die each day, so that our spiritual understanding may live forth.

 

Let us be a godly example filled with love, compassion, and kindness towards others, so thatChrist in us will show outwardly and win others to join in the family of believers.

 

Let not our carnal understanding be a stumbling block to those that may be wavering in faith.

 


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The Bible: Our Inspiration

 

 

Today’s Word

 Inspiration

 Divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.

The divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

Today’s Verse

 2 Timothy 3

 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 

17  that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.

The Bible, a book inspired by God in order to convey to us His message of salvation, His message of love, and His message of inspiration for our lives. As we read it, we see His words written, His message explained, and His love for us.

Message of Salvation

How beautiful is the word of God! As we read it and learn from it, we grow in wisdom, grace, and faith. All are gifts from God. They are gifts that were paid by the sacrifice of his only son, Jesus Christ. He died for all of us so that we could enjoy eternal salvation. All we have to do is believe that Jesus died, was buried, resurrected, and now sits at the right hand of God.

God’s Message

Not only must we believe, but also we must read His Word, the Bible, a book with many authors who, by the inspiration of God, wrote a guide for us to learn, study, and follow. God used each author to convey His magnificence, love, hope, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Inspired Application

As we read the Bible, we are amazed at its application to our daily lives. No matter what we need, we can reach to it and find words of wisdom. If we are having a bad day, we can find words of encouragement. If we are weary with our troubles, we can find peace. If we are grieving, we can find understanding.

 

Reach to your Bible, today.

 

Let God speak to your heart.

 

Let God inspire you.


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Wisdom: Slow to Anger

Today’s Word

 Wisdom

 A disposition to find the truth.

 Judgment as to what actions to pursue and deliver the correct outcome.

 Requires control of our emotional reactions so that reason prevails.

Today’s Verse

 Proverbs 19

11 A person’s wisdom makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense

As we grow in the knowledge of the Word of God, we acquire spiritual wisdom. It guides us in making good decisions. It helps us with reason and control of our emotional reactions. It allows us to seek the truth in all we see and do.

Wisdom as a Guide

The study of the Bible helps us gain knowledge and understanding of God’s standards for our daily living. It is a guide to Christians as to what is right or wrong, and as to what is expected to be our reaction to all that we encounter. It is a guide to help us control our emotions so we do not exercise outbursts of anger or wrong judgment.

Wisdom as Reason

As we grow in knowledge, we learn to use reason. We learn to make decisions with our spiritual heart, which is guided by God’s word. By using our spiritual knowledge, we learn to reason with our emotions. We allow the Holy Spirit to keeps us calm, think, evaluate, and contain our anger. We use reason as to not offend others, yet glorify God.

Wisdom as Truth

Our pursuit for the truth is led by our Christian thirst for knowledge. We seek justice, truth, compassion, love, and acceptance. Our quest for the truth drives us to use reasoning and knowledge, in order to discern right from wrong, good from bad, holy from unholy, and godly from ungodly. We set all judgment aside until we have examined all the facts and found the truth.


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Truth and Mercy in Our Spiritual Heart

Today’s Word

 Mercy

 Kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly

Kindness or help that is given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation

Today’s Verse

Proverbs 3

 Do not let truth and mercy leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 

The best asset that can be used to win others to salvation is our daily Christian example. The manner in which we conduct ourselves can leave an imprint, whether positive or negative, on those that surround us. On a day-to-day basis, we must be truthful in our words and actions and we must show mercy unto others. Proverbs 3 says to bind truth and mercy around our neck and write them on our hearts.

Be Truthful

We must use our words carefully each day, so as not to offend others. I have always understood that my rights end where others begin. What do I mean by that? I mean that I must choose to respect others, treat them with kindness, and show them a true heart. I must choose to not deceive, hurt, nor use harsh words against them.

Show Mercy

Many persons come along our path throughout our lifetime. Some are more or less deserving of our kindness than others, or so I thought. However, today’s verse says to not let truth and mercy leave us. Hmm. In other words, no matter whether I think they are more or less deserving, I must not judge and show them mercy equally.

     Imagine, I must be truthful. I must show mercy to all.

     What about my human side that does not want to do that?

     Then, it must be entrusted to God. He must be in control of our human heart so that we may speak and act with our spiritual one.


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Verse of the Day – February 22, 2015

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Verse for the Day

Ruth 2:2-3

 One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields so I can gather grain behind whoever permits me to do so.”  Naomi  replied, “You may go, my daughter.”

 So Ruth  went and gathered grain in the fields  behind the harvesters.

Ruth, knowing that they needed food, went to the field and picked up what she could for her and Naomi. She was willing to pick up only what was left behind. She did not care for her pride, but for a few leftovers on the field that would be sufficient to feed themselves. What a great attitude to have. Instead of whining about going hungry, she did something about it without having to ask for a lending hand. She knew that she must do something about her situation and act upon it.

If only we could have that attitude about all we do in life. We could humble ourselves like Ruth did, and God will provide rewards for our good actions.

Prayer for the Day

Oh! Lord, give us a sense of humbleness in our daily endeavors. Remind us that you see all we do and know when to award your just rewards. Thank you for all the leftovers in life that become a way to an abundant life. If only we could accept our place on Earth, we shall be exalted in Heaven.


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Can You Hear My Heart?

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Do you ever sit across someone, listen to them speak, and all you hear is their heart pouring out?How beautiful it is. On the same token, Do you ever sit across someone, listen to them speak, and all you hear is me, me, me? How different can words from a person sound. Some are sincere, while others are so fake. Some touch our hearts, others hurt our ears.

Do people realize how selfish they can be? They invite you for a cup of coffee and they talk about themselves the whole time. They do not take a breath. They just keep going on and on. Do they even care about the person sitting across from them? Hmm.

Nevertheless, there are those that speak and a melody is heard through their words. Their words are inspiring, encouraging, and sincere. They stop, ask how we are doing, and take a turn listening.

I wonder what makes a person either way. I believe is humbleness, caring, and compassion. These are character traits that beautify a person inside and outside. Those that lack them tend to be selfish, self-absorbed, uncaring, they boast, and lack social understanding of others.

My goal is to be humble, caring, compassionate for the world, giving, and most of all, understanding. I want to carry those things in my heart and in my soul. I want to be the person that people can believe in my words, and trust my understanding of theirs.

As I go through life, I hope I can leave a positive imprint, a love that lasts ages, and memories worth remembering.


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February 7 – Verse for the Day

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Verse for the Day

Romans 5:5

And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

 

Prayer for the Day

Holy Spirit, guide me today, give me purity in heart, soul, and thoughts so that love only abounds.