Inspiration In Words

Words from the heart of God


3 Comments

Uphold my Heart, Oh! Lord

isaiah 41 10

 

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.

Advertisements


Leave a comment

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.


Leave a comment

Love In Our Hearts

Ever said aloud, “I hate ……” then felt guilty for even saying it. I have. Just saying the word fills me with guilt, shame, and remorse. How can I, blatantly, say that word, yet profess to love God? Exactly!!! Once we have the love of God in our hearts, it is hard to be mean, say hateful words, or be disgruntled. On the other hand, maybe, we can. However, with God’s love, guidance of the Holy Spirit, and a humble heart, the correction of our actions it is immediate.

God’s Love

God’s love resides in each of us who believe in him, who trust him, who seek him. Within us are his teachings that help us lead a better life and strive to be an example to others.

1 John 4

8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 Corinthians 16

14 Everything you do should be done in love.

Guidance of the Holy Spirit

As we go through life, the Holy Spirit guides us. It teaches us to love, to do right by others, and to follow God’s example.

2 Corinthians 6

6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine

love

Galatians 5

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, being jealous of one another.

Humble Heart

As God’s love resides within us and his Holy Spirit guides us, our hearts become humble, tender, and loving. We allow it to love all that surround us. A humble heart cannot hate. It cannot, intentionally, hurt others. If we do, we are, immediately, reminded of what we have done. We do not feel pride by demeaning others, or stepping over them. On the contrary, we place ourselves at their mercy.

Psalm 25

9 May he show the humble what is right! May he teach the humble his way!

Ezekiel 11

19 I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; I will remove the hearts of stone from their bodies and I will give them tender hearts.


Leave a comment

My Eyes Are on You, God

 

psalm 139 23
 Do your eyes wonder? Do your thoughts make you ashamed? Do you think, maybe, you are not worthy? Then you are human, imperfect, and filled with doubt. That’s Ok. Because as long as we take a breath, as long as we live in this world, our lives will be filled with all the above.

 However, there is an answer to our daily struggles, God. If we keep our eyes on him, he will help us through each day. He will remind us not to wonder, not to be ashamed, and not to feel unworthy. You see, the adversary wants us to feel that way so we can take our eyes of God. Don’t let him win.

 Keep your eyes on God

Every day, when I wake up, I wonder what kind of day I am going to have. I wonder if I am going to make it through the day. If I am going to be worthy of God’s grace or if I am going to fail miserably. The truth is that by keeping my eyes on God, I will have the best day possible.

Keep your thoughts on God

 When I feel my thoughts attacking me, I think of God and how he works in my life. I read a passage in the bible, or I pray for help in keeping my thoughts on him. I will not allow the adversary to win.

 Feel God’s presence in your life

 When I take a breath, I feel God’s presence. He gave me the air to breath and the lungs to breathe with. When I open my eyes, I see his masterpiece surrounding my life. The wonders of God are all around us. Each marvel brings a thought of his amazing powers.

 If you feel as if you are wondering about life, then do so with God by your side. Let him help you find your way, let him fill your thoughts, and let him remind you that you were worth dying for. He gave us his son Jesus. Why would he not give you a good day?

 Exodus 33

 14 And the Lord said, “My presence will go with you”

 Psalm 139

23 Examine me, and probe my thoughts Test me, and know my concerns!

 Mark 12

11 This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?


4 Comments

For God so Loved the World

john 3 16

 

 

Acts 20

27 For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God.

Today, I was speaking to a lady who is a strong believer in the faith. When I told her I manage various blogs for the glory of God, she said I was helping spread the Word of God to many who otherwise may not be able to hear it. Then, I thought, “I am doing the Lords will with my life and helping spread his word. It can’t get better than that.”

I am His vessel. God is using me at his will. All I do is obey his command and spread his Word, the Word of salvation through him, and him only. For there is no other way to eternal life but by believing in Jesus, who died, was buried, and resurrected to atone our sins.

 

What is the plan of salvation?

A very simple one. Believe that Jesus died, was buried, rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father and we shall have eternal life.

 

John 3: 16

16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

There is no need to add, take away, nor embellish the simple plan of salvation. It speaks for itself. Believe in the Son of God, and we shall be saved.

 

Prayer for the Day

Lord, today I heard your simple plan of salvation and I believe in your son Jesus Christ. I believe that he died, was buried, resurrected, and is now sitting at your right hand. I accept the truth of salvation and want to live eternally by your side.

If you said this prayer, and believe it in your heart, then you are now a child of God. Read the Bible, join a church, and continue growing in Faith.

God be with you, today and always.

 

 


Leave a comment

God is in Control: Let Him do the Driving

Psalm 73:24

You guide  me by your wise adviceand then you will lead me to a position of honor.

I have a tendency to drive when I am in the passenger seat. That means that I give directions on how to drive, I press my foot on the imaginary break, and I give my opinion on what route to follow. As a passenger, I have no control over what the driver does. If someone else is driving, I need to understand that they are in control of the vehicle, not me. I have a hard time practicing this simple task. The same situation happens in my relationship with God. He is in control, and I need to trust his driving. I need to trust that he is doing what is best for me, that he takes me at his own speed, and that I need to let him pick the best route for my life.

 What is Best for Me
 I have an idea of what I think is best for me, but I found out that he does not always agree with me. I feel as if God has a great sense of humor, although I do not think it so at times. I remember saving a couple of thousand dollars to purchase an old used vehicle. I said to him, If you think a vehicle is for me, maybe it should appear out of nowhere, and let it be parked right in front of my eyes. Ironically, a couple of weeks later, a friend went to trade in his old vehicle and because he was only offered a few hundred dollars, he did not trade it in. Instead, he asked if he could park it in front of the house with a for sale sign. I asked how much he wanted for the car, and to my surprise, he said only $1,000.00. You guessed it. I bought the car.
 However, when I asked for the vehicle, I never stated that I wanted to drive it, I just asked for a car to be in front of me and there it was. As it turns out, my daughter’s car broke down a couple of days later. Total engine fail, no fix for it. Since, I worked from home, I let her use it. Once she figured she could not save for her own, she asked if she could keep it. We made an agreement, and she bought it six months later.
I ended up without a car, again. I had been trying to get one for two years. I felt that he knew the circumstances of my daughter ahead of time, and made it possible, through me, for her to get a vehicle. Her work was 45 minutes away and there would have been no way for her to get to it, had I not had one available. 

There lies the irony. I thought I had it all figured out, yet he had a different plan, all together.

 At His Speed
 A year later, I had decided that I was going to save money for another vehicle, but this time I put my sight on a newer model. I made a budget, and it would take me one more year to save the money for the down payment. In all, it would be two years I would wait to have a car again.
I was speaking to my son about the decision I made, and he said, “Mom, how about if you buy my car, instead.” I asked him how much he wanted up front, and he said, “Absolutely, nothing. You can have it in a couple of weeks.”
Needless to say,  few weeks later, I had a newer model car, no down payment, and a year earlier than I thought possible.
God’s speed is his own. When I thought I was ready to have a vehicle, he made me wait a year, but when I thought I had to wait a year, he did not make me wait.
 The Best Route

After this story, I wonder, “What is the best route to take”? Not because I do not have any direction in my life, but because it may not be the right one. Since I bought the car, there have been situations where I thought I was on the right path, yet, he put on the breaks and made me stop and think. Over the summer, I applied to start my Bachelor’s degree. I was registered, had financial aid approved, and had purchased the books. I was on my way to become a college student. A couple of days before school started, I received an email from Financial Aid, that there had been an error, and I could not get approved.

 I contacted the school, spoke to everyone that I could, and the end result was that I had to stop pursuing it. It was short notice, and I could not come up with the tuition. I had to drop. I cried. I was upset. I was disappointed. I looked up in Heaven, and asked him why. Well, I had asked for the right things, but it was not what he wanted me to do. In the meantime, as I browsed the internet, I found out that Yahoo had a network for writing contributors. I looked into it, applied, was accepted, and I started writing. I never thought that while looking for a way to fix my situation, he was leading me into the path that he had laid for me.

Within a few weeks, I started my own website, and started a blog. Before I understood where he wanted to take me, I started writing. I realized that he wanted my voice heard for him. I realized that getting a Bachelor’s Degree was for my own benefit, but that a Blog with him in it, with his guidance, and inspiration, could reach others, which may need uplifting.

 It was not but a week into my first blog, that I received a comment. It said, “Thank you, God knew, I needed to hear these words today.” That comment certified that the route I wanted was not at all the best route.

I share this small story because I felt compelled to write about it. I only write when I feel him guiding me to do so. His voice needs to be heard, not mine. Yes, I do the writing, but he gives me the words. He is the author. I am just a vessel. As he writes the story of my life, I put the words together. When the words are wrong, I erase them and he gives me the right ones.

 To trust God to be in control is not an easy task. As a human, I question it, but as a believer, I follow it. I have to say, that when I trust him to drive for me, the path is clearer, straight, and the destination is always reached.

Do you trust God to be in control?

Do you let him drive you?

Does he guide your life?

  Psalms
119:35      Guide me  in the path of your commands, for I delight to walk in it.
119:105     Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.

Proverbs

 3:6           Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
4:11          I will guide you in the way of wisdom and I will lead you in upright paths.


3 Comments

Falsely Accused

deuteronomy 20 4

  • Has anyone accused you of committing an act for which you had no guilt?

  • Has anyone falsely witnessed against you?

  • Have you been a victim of a lie?

 If you have,

  •  Did you defend yourself?
  • Did you get angry?

  • Did you retaliate?

  • Did you ask God to forgive them?

  • Did you pray for God to intervene and fix the situation?

  • Did you let God have control?

Hopefully, you asked God to forgive them, intervene and fix the situation, and allowed him to have control.

I have been in that situation, and at different times in my life, I have done all of the above. However, when I allowed God to have control, the situation was fixed by him. Why? Because I prayed to him to handle it, I waited for him to take care of it, and I saw the results. They may have not been immediate, but they were at the right time, his time.

 When we ask God to forgive them

 Not only, do we need to forgive the person, but we also need to ask God to forgive them. Why? Most people that falsely accuse others do so with intentions to hurt, damage, and humiliate. It is not easy to forgive them, but it is what we are commanded to do. If we ask God to forgive them, he will deal with them in his way. God has a way of teaching lessons that persons can learn from.

By asking God to forgive them, we are saying “God, take a look at this person. Check them out. They need your help. They need your guidance. Please have mercy on them and teach them about your love and understanding.” God knows everything and sees everything, but there is nothing wrong with asking him to notice someone. There is nothing wrong with interceding on their behalf.

  Psalm 86

    86:5      Certainly O Lord, you are kind  and forgiving,

                  and show great faithfulness to all who cry out to you.

 When we pray for God to intervene and fix the situation

 It is very easy to become angry when a person has falsely accused us. It is just as easy to retaliate and give the person a piece of our mind. But, what can we accomplish, besides getting angry? Not much.

 However, when we pray for God to intervene and fix the situation, then we have no need to get angry. We put our concern in his hand. We allow him to take over, and he looks for ways to ensure that the situation is corrected.

 We pray to God to let him know what happened. He knows our heart. He knows that we have been falsely accused. Who better to defend us than he who knows the truth beyond a reasonable doubt?

 Jeremiah

        29:12     When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your  prayer.         

        29:13     When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you                  seek me with all your heart and soul, 

        29:14     I will make myself available to you, says the Lord. 

 When we let God Have Control

 After we ask God to forgive the other person, and after we ask him to intervene and fix the situation, we need to let him have full control. We need not intervene. We need not worry.

 When he is control, he will guide any step we take. He will direct any words we say. He will continue to work on what is needed until he declares victory over our accuser. Once he is in control, all we need to do is wait. In his time, he will triumph over our situation.

Deuteronomy

        20:4      for the Lord your God goes with you to fight on your behalf against  your enemies to give you victory.

 Do no let your anger be your guide. Do not let pride take over. Do not let revenge be what feeds you.

 Seek God on all you do. Seek God on all you want to do. Pray, ask, and wait.

Have faith. Have hope. God will answer. God will guide you. God will take care of you.

Today, tomorrow, and always. 


Leave a comment

February 7 – Verse for the Day

romans 5 5

 

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.