Here's the Thing... In His Word 4-15-2024

 

Here’s the thing…In His Word 4-15-2024


Sometimes things happen and we blame people, or God Himself for the issues that we caused. Sometimes we just don’t understand there is a reason and a purpose for what we have to walk through. God has a plan, but that does not mean it’s His fault in our suffering. Today, as we read through James Chapter 1. Let’s think about what can come from the issues we face. Let’s look to God for the answer to how to get through it, or to get away from it, whichever He shows us.

And let’s ask God—"What are you going to do with this?”

*Today’s scriptures are in NASB, but I encourage you to use the version God speaks to you with!

Sometimes we walk through trouble. It may look like mud, or mire, or it may look like glass shards that we have to walk through, but God is with us no matter what!

We have been given proof of this in the true story of Shadrack Meshack and Abednego who were thrown into a furnace turned up to the highest high heat, and yet four people were standing in there when they looked. Now if you are like me you may have thought about how big that furnace must have been cause todays are tiny, in comparison. Not that it matters too much because we are looking at the 4th person, He was there. God stood there in the fire with them and protected the three men. They lived when they went out of the furnace and the king of the country believed! (Read the story in Daniel chapter 3).

They went on to keep serving the Lord God. They did not fuss about  having to do that to get to serve openly either.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1 1-8

They trusted God, like it says in James they did not waver.  How many of us can do that?  Ask yourself do I pray believing that it will happen or do I pray hoping it will?

If we pray believing, there is peace, confidence, and positivity in our prayers.

If we pray hoping, there will be a ‘maybe possibly if you feel like it God…” type of prayer and that can fall into the category of being double minded.

We need to be solid in our prayers! We need to know that our prayers are heard, that God cares, that He will listen and answer them!

We are His people, we are His children, He loves us and He cares about our desires. We just need to trust Him with all of our heart, and then don’t try to figure it out! That figuring it out from Proverbs 3:5-7 is what makes us stumble, and weak in our prayers. The trust part is what makes us strong!

Totally,

Relying,

Unconditionally,



Steadfast

Talking to God

That is what we should do when we pray!

 

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wildflower.  For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:9-12

Knowing that we may struggle through trials or troubles yet also trusting that God will bring us through makes us blessed. It makes God proud of us, and us feel like glorifying Jesus!

You know, sometimes you don’t feel like you can do it all on your own, and you think  you prayed right but then you find yourself pulling it back and trying to take care of it because God did not move in your timeline. Sometimes we need to put God’s timing into our trust!

We need to walk in faith, trusting that God will answer our needs and desires when He sees it is time. Keep reading on!

James 1:13-19 gives us great instruction in righteousness, and it gives us great steps to take to not over exaggerate or complain about things not working  how that we want it to. Sometimes it is not about us.

I mean it is about God’s plan but maybe we are waking through the mud so some else doesn’t have to. Look to Jesus  the author and the finisher of our faith today and seek Him as to what He will do with the place you are in at the moment. And read the rest of James, and Daniel! They are great books! Full of excitement and directions!  In Jesus’ name.

Got it? There is no other! ~ In His Word 4-8-2024

 


 Got it? There is no other! In His Word 4-8-2024

Sometimes it really bothers me when I hear people say ‘to each his own’ or this god or that god. I feel bad for the One True God! How would I like it if someone else got praise for raising my kids? Or cooking the dinner I just cooked, or cleaning up after my kids?

Well, the One True God really does all of that for us! He feeds and clothes us and yet we think we know better than He does at times. He has had to pretty much wipe out humanity at least once through history and still the people, even those who claim we know Him, try to do things on our own. Do we think we can do it better? Maybe we need to delve back into the Old Testament for a good bit of depth and direction? God has a plan for your life, and mine, and we cross paths for a purpose as well, so let’s get on with it! Let’s start talking about the Lord God Almighty!  Jesus and Salvation are very high on the list of people’s conversational topics lately, but did you know God has been around for the entire history of the world and he has a gazillion stories about how He is God, not any of the little ‘g’ gods like Baal, or Buddha. Jesus lived and died and came back to life so we would have the chance to know Him personally. To show us that He is our Lord. To get our attention, and many other reasons as well as our Salvation Story.

Today as you read through these chapters, I posted portions but there is so much more to each chapter mentioned, I want us to really get a clue, to know that God has chosen each of us to read His Word and get the plan. Then to go tell someone about it!

“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord. “You are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God— there never has been, and there never will be. Isaiah 43:10

What did you learn about in church yesterday? What did you read about today? Why did it stand out? Did you ‘get it’?

I went to a woman’s brunch recently and we made this great design it yourself tote bags. The words on it were ‘She has chosen’ by design. Someone seeing mine asked me “what did she choose” ?

Immediately I was able to quote what area of the Bible we had learned about from our key speaker!  Mary chose to spend time with Jesus, while Martha did not quite understand, and her job was important too,  Mary chose the best thing. The thing we should be choosing, to spend time with Him today!

Sit at His feet today! Good things happen when you cross paths with Jesus!

 

Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”

Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.”  Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.” John 1:49-51

 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?”  So, the people came streaming from the village to see him…

“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe[e] for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true.  I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest. Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”

 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So, he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe.  Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4:28-42

The woman at the well became an instant evangelist! She shared what Jesus told her, just like we need to do! Look, when she shared she did not know if they would  even listen, or maybe she did not even think, she was just so amazed at what she heard! What she knew was she had to tell somebody!

That is what we should want to do, that’s what we should really ‘get’!

Today think on these things, and even more, share what you read!  Now I want you to go read the rest of the chapter!  John 4, read it all the way through. Then reread the portion above and think about how Jesus used her life to bring a village of hope, and renewed life, and salvation by the words He shared.  Now it’s in our hands! Or, in our mouths? We need to tell somebody what Jesus did for us today! Share the post if you are afraid to speak! Open up your Bible, paper, or screen and share it! Send out a snap shot! Post it on insta!  Tell someone what God has done in your life so they too can “get it!”

In His Love… in Jesus’ name…