It is Saturday. At last. This has been a crazy week. I think I got a lot accomplished at school, but not at home. I need to be cleaning house but instead I am writing. Oh well…priorities I guess.
Lesson Plans…they come around so fast. It seems I just finish and it is time to do them again. They are going pretty well though. Robin and I collaborate on them. Two brains are definitely better than one.
We are in a battle.
The forces of God on one side and the forces of darkness on the other side.
Knowing that there is a battle going on helps to know why things are always at unrest. Knowing our role will assure a safe passage. We must recognize when it is Satan and resist him! We must stand firm in the tools that God gives us. For I am a new creature in Christ…and we are on the winning team.
Does my life magnify God? God is worthy of our praise. Do I need to praise him more? Joy. Happiness. A Word. Songs. Excitement.
He is concerned about the humble. Am I too boastful? Do I rely on him or do I try to fix it myself? Do I give him a chance to let him take care of us.
God alone is capable to take care of his own.
Christmas is all about love. God loved us so much that he needed a way to have a relationship with us. But there was that sin issue! He made a way though. He offered his son to be the sacrifice for our sins. He did this from the very beginning. Family. Your family. My family. God’s Family. So glad to be a part of God’s family.
I Philippians 4:8 tells us…
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
We spend a lot of our time thinking on things that do not matter….think on praise and it will lead us to a path that carries us to a higher place than we ever imagined. Love u lots
Such an interesting week…I appreciate having an extra day for the weekend…(since there was a holiday on Monday!) However, it does make the rest of the week just a little crazy.
Such a learning experience this week. We know that God’s wants a relationship with us. I feel him at my side, even as I am writing this blog. But I also know that he is with me every minute I am awake, and every minute I am asleep! It is not just a “feeling.” It is a trusting. I trust him, and he said he would never leave me.
The lesson I learned this week was one that I have noted before, but it was so real this week that it is worth mentioning again.
In Romans 8, it says that “Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ.”
Intercede…someone who goes to work for you on your behalf. Jesus is doing that right now! A fact I know…but everytime it happens…why am I so surprised and so amazed?
On Tuesday my heart was heavy, dealing with a couple of issues that I knew only God could take care of…I prayed and prayed and prayed. Everyday this week I prayed. On Friday, when it was taken care of…by God…I was so relived, and amazed, and surprised. I thanked God immediately. But God was not amazed or surprised, for he had taken care of it probably back at the beginning of the week!
Did I keep going because of a lack of faith? No, I think if I hadn’t had the faith then I wouldn’t have prayed so long. Did it enter my mind that God had already answered it? Perhaps or perhaps not. By waiting did it show me that he is the one with the power to accomplish what needed to be accomplished in my life. Definitely! And would you believe me if I said that Satan tried to persuade me that God would not come through, or that he would not be on time? Oh, he tried. But I knew that God was bigger and stronger. If God was not in the middle of it, Satan would not have bothered me.
My prayer now is that when the next issue comes…and it will…let me not be surprised or amazed…let me just start praising God the first time I pray…for Jesus is there praying for me, interceding to the Father. It doesn’t mean I should stop, it is just a comfort to know that I am not alone. Jesus has my back.
Thankful. What does it really mean. Why do some people seem to be thankful for the things you do and some do not. Does it mean that they are not thankful. Is the very act of verbalizing it the only evidence of thankfulness.
God wants us to be thankful. He wants us to act thankful, but it also wants to say the words. Thank you. Thank you to each other…to your family…to those you work with…to those you interact with…
Some people only say the words. It just what you say. It doesn’t mean they are thankful…it just means they said it.
A real thankful person will combine both…the words and the action. They say the words and live like they mean it. They do acts of service that “show” they are thankful. They do not put stumbling blocks in others’ way…instead they try to make others feel as DESTRESSED as they want to be. May I be that type of person.
So what exactly is worship?? We go to worship services. We say that we worship God. But is what we are doing what God is wanting.
Somehow it leads me back to have we were saved in the first place. We didn’t have to take care of things first…we didn’t have to “perfect” first…we didn’t have to wait until the time was right. He came to us, offered us eternal life, and we accepted it. Right there and then…no waiting and no preparation on our part. It was because of what God had already done!
Worship is an expression made to God. It can be formal (with others) or it can be private. Worship can be music, although it doesn’t have to be. Worship can be speech, although it doesn’t have to be. Worship can be drama, although it doesn’t have to be. Worship can be the lifting of hands to God, although it doesn’t have to be.
It is that expression we make to God–directly from the heart. The one thing it is NOT — it is never boastful or showy…it does not draw attention to ourselves…only to God!
Only God knows if it is real. Sometimes it is all of these things–but only if it comes from the heart.
I had two students recently who said things to me that got me to thinking.
The first….a female student came up to me and asked me to pray for her dad. In all my 18 years of teaching…that was a first. I was happy to do it. She doesn’t live in my town, nor does she go to my church. I have not sit down with her and told her of my beliefs…I am not permitted UNLESS they ask. She did not have to ask. She simle ask me to pray. Is that because she sees God in me!!!! That made God smile!!
The second…a male student said to me this week. “Do you believe in ghosts?” I was still thinking about the first conversation, which had happened on the same day. I replied to him…”I believe in angels. Just because you can see something doesn’t mean it is NOT there.”
My words rang loud in my own ears. Just because you don’t see God doesn’t mean he is not there! MY GOD IS NEAR ME ALL THE TIME!
In 2 Samuel 22 it says David was calling out to the Lord in his distress. He tells how (verse 17) that “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters…”
Sometimes in our own distress we feel surrounded by our problems…God is able to reach down for us, too!
I think it is kind of like what we would do if a child was in deep water and was drowning…we would snatch them out of the water…to save them. Just thinkin’!
Does Faith = knowledge?
If faith is made up of things we cannot see–what does knowledge have to do with it?
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes from hearing the message. Hearing the message comes from hearing the words of Christ…thus, gaining a “knowledge” of the scriptures will deepen our faith. The more we read his “words”, the more we study his “words”–the more we “know his words.” Faith and knowledge!
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.” 1 John 2:3