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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.

 

 

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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.


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February 4 – Verse of the Day

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Verse for the Day

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.

Prayer for the Day

Lord, continue to help me have a joyful heart, a thankful life, and allow me to be fervent in prayer. Thank you for helping me endure in trials, and persist in hope.


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Sharing Quiet Moments

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Proverbs 17 1

Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.

Life today is so complicated and busy. Most work, raise a family, and have other community activities that take over their days. Families run around trying to get everything done and lose track of the time gone by without interaction, time that could be used to gather as a family and enjoy the finer moments in life, those moments when a quite word is better than a thousand activities.

Why is it that today’s demands have replaced family time? Do we have to be so busy that we lose sight of each other’s necessary interaction? Is work so important that we allow it consume us? Has family lost its value?

Unfortunately, it seems that the answers to those questions may lead us to think that the pace we chose for our lives can interfere with the important family time and God’s dedicated time.

Time for Family

The times that we spend together as a family are the times that memories are built from. Yes, the memories that we keep in our hearts, minds, and soul that can never be replaced or forgotten. It is so nice to enjoy dinner together, cook the meal, and then enjoy a family conversation at the table. It is wonderful to be of a sincere heart and participate in a heart to heart conversation. It is wonderful to practice our active listening skills and really pay attention to each other, listen to what is said, and respond with conversation. Usually, these are the times when we enjoy the laughter of our children, the silliness of others, and the fun facts heard throughout the day. It is a time to enjoy each other without judgment, or criticism, but with a loving heart.

Time for God

In addition to family time, we need to have time for God. We need to set aside time to read, study, and learn the Bible. It is time that we can use for our own Christian devotionals. It is time to be quiet of heart, gentle in spirit, and humble in thoughts. It is the time that we communicate with God and enjoy a conversation with Him. We can confess our sins, be grateful for our lives, ask for help, declare our love for Him, and most of all, it is a time to be still and listen to his guidance, acceptance, and encouragement. The greatest moment with God is every moment we spend with Him, for there is no greater moment in this world.

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