Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 992 of Giving Thanks

I am grateful for His work for me... for us. I pray that we will all be with the Father in eternity. We must not be concerned with the outcome of this world, but the overcoming of it through Christ. Let us be ready to receive His coming again, by sharing His first coming and the need and reasons with others. Let us be people of action, and in tenderness reveal Him through our love of others.

We are such fickle people... are we really different than those who hailed Hosanna as Jesus entered the gates of Jerusalem? When push comes to shove, will be deny Him, claim Him, edify Him or be more like Him in times of trouble? Will we be the ones who cry out, "crucify Him" or weep at His feet? Let us pray for boldness and faith in amazing strength. His strength. Daily it is our plea and request Father.

We have to know:
Who He is and whose we are. 

We have to know: 
His promises. 

We have to know: 
That He is the way; the only way.

"I am the resurrection and the life... he who believes in me will never die". ~King Jesus

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” ~John 3:16-17 (New American Standard Bible)

The LORD will draw you toward salvation... are you listening? He is calling. He is pursuing you. He desires you to know Him. His blood is new life for us. AWEsome God...

Father God, You are my everything today, tomorrow and yesterday. Thank You for loving me when I did not know this truth. And continuing to love me still.

The testing of faith... I think of Job, or the amazing saints today who fight daily in prayer for the life of their children or their spouse. I think those of faith being held captive in the middle east, and their families. All those who are being actively prosecuted for their faith today - these are exemplary examples of faith and dependence on our mighty God. Today as you go through your day, pray for them - allow the Holy Spirit to move and grieve your heart for these brothers and sisters in Christ. Allow the Spirit to share Jesus more with others, to step out of our comfortable environments, and into the work of our LORD in trust and in hope. Praise HIM FOR the ultimate work of the cross, the journeys yet to face, the lessons learned, the blessings from ashes, the stronger faith from trial. Praise your Creator, your Savior, your Comforter, your Healer, your King today. In the many moments of busyness, stop and praise; stop and pray; stop and reflect; stop and rest in Him.

The Christian can even welcome trouble - "When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him. But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not. The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn." ~James 1:3-8 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Father, as we continue through our day today, remind us as we cry out, that we not only cry out for ourselves, but on behalf of others. In our own despair or worry, remind us that it's about serving You first and in the process, our needs will be met. Help us to expect You to work in amazing ways on behalf of us. We are victorious, let us live like victors.

"No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the one who has loved us." ~Romans 8:37 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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