God’s Blessings: Increase

Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris

4/24/2015

1 Corinthians 3:5-7 KJV
(5) Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
(6) I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
(7) So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Without God speaking to the heart of man, no increase happens. Increasing the family of God is a blessing, but we are only a participant in the big picture of leading someone to Christ. Without God’s conviction, the sowing one did or the watering of word of God in a person life, the conviction of the need of Christ never comes. Over the years I have watched my nieces and nephews grow up. Yet without a daily allowance of food and love children do not grow well. Blessing of love and food is not enough to increase a child’s development and growth, it takes lessons of life to bring about maturity. Without the fight on the school house lawn, or the general teasing of school mates one never knows the truth of opposition if raise solely in loving environment.

Blessing help a person to be productive, but blessings are gifts from God. To sprinkle with love and hope only comes from the author of hope and love. Without us first knowing what love is one can not understand the hope that comes through faith in Christ Jesus. Hope of heaven can only come through faith in Jesus. That seems more of a law then a blessing, yet the blessing of that hope comes with the realization of the need for Christ and reception of the gift of salvation that can only come from God. Increase then can only come from God, yet we can wrap or dress the package of hope for someone to receive. To dress the package one has to be able to demonstrate how the hope of God is important in one’s life. How the need of a Savior is important to one’s on life. In other words one is a living testimony of the hope of Christ before others understand the need for a Savior. Of course did Abraham see a need of God blessing before he left to go to the promise land. His father was idolater and perhaps the sacrifices that were offered on the ialtar were enough for him to know to follow this God of promise was the direction he wanted to go in. The promise of land if he followed God was enough. The promise of many offspring gave him the hope, he would be a wealthy man. The promise of prosperity, would mean many blessings if he followed the voice of God. Noah followed God’s instruction to receive the blessings of God. Yet Noah and Abraham faced their own trials during the journey. Noah faced a flood and Abraham faced the foreign kings that worship idols, but heard the voice of Abraham‘s God. . Abraham refuse to take money from king because he wanted his wealth to come from God. He wanted it to be known God had made him rich.

Waiting on God to bless will take one relying on the promises of God first. Relying on God’s promises. The first promise a believer relies on is salvation. The blessing that comes from receiving Jesus as Lord, the hope of eternal salvation. Yet hopefully that is a promise that is afar off. The first promise being a continual hope of faith. Yet the second hope is the open doors that come by the walk of faith. These open doors must come from God in a believers life. An open door from the devil is torment. Taking the wrong door does not mean that mud puddles you had to walk through was not of God. Jeremiah stood in the sewer before being rescued. Joseph had to be sold into slavery before being jailed and then given the ring of control of the palace. Just because you are in the mud right now does not mean God’s blessings are not going to flow further down the road. Just plow on through the mud puddles of life knowing that when you come through it you will be clean like Naaman leprosy.

God has a purpose for your trials. God has a purpose for school house rules. God has a reason for you seeing the devil raise his ugly head once more to try and tell you, you do not need the word of God in your life on the day of judgment. You need an advocator who name is Jesus even on the day of judgment. You need a Savior, that will bring you the continual hope of faith, his name is Jesus. The promise of God to the believer from generation past of hope of his coming and us now being on this side of the cross the hope of know Christ will one day return. If you think you do not need this hope you are slowly mistaken. If you think you need not God’s word to realize your name is either written or not written in the book of life you are sadly mistaken. Without God’s word present, the judgment of knowing one is lost without Jesus can not come to pass. The need for every knee to bow and every tongue to confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God can not happen. The knowledge of God’s blessing can not come without the Holy Spirit speaking to the heart, or the oral voice of God speaking to the ears of man, who must decide to listen or not. Jesus will stand at the throne declaring before the Father whether you are one of His or not.

God is the one increasing his kingdom how do you testify for or against God. Are you watering or sowing the things of God or the devil? Are you receiving the blessing of God in the continual walk of faith. Are you relying on the promises God makes to your heart after salvation, to see if they are true and relying on learning that God is giving you the extra needed hope of faith of homeward and heavenward through confession of faith in Christ Jesus. The open doors of God are not only blessings but the reminder of the hope of heaven.

Dear Heavenly Father you have the map of faith for my life. The road I am on is heaven bound by salvation by Christ Jesus that you promised from the beginning of time. Grant us your blessings in life journey, to reflect the hope of heaven. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Matthew 10:32-33 KJV
(32) Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
(33) But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 10:9-13 KJV
(9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
(10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
(12) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
(13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

God’s Blessings: Unjust And The Just

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris

4/23/2015

Matthew 5:44-45 KJV
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
(45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

My thoughts this morning is concerning the love of God and his blessings. It is more disturbing to me that church teach that they are the only one’s blessed by God. We all live on the same playing field called earth. We all have the ability to achieve some goaled. And I know right now if you looking at a disabled child, or mental handicap child that when he is full adult will never be able to work you say how can he/she achieve anything. The reason God allows certain problems perhaps is to teach us compassion. Those achievements are not about prosperity, but about being all God intend you to be. Often the incapable are those who bring a smile even when there should be a frown. Our enemies are people that to show compassion take a greater effort then to those that we can walk up and hug.

The enemy will one day lay down with lamb, and the enemy will rise up and fall down. The enemy does seem to be wealthier then sometimes those that are said to be God’s children. Yet God’s irony with his enemies is one day he will completely either save them or destroy them with fire. Fire of the Holy Spirit convicting their hearts of sin, or fire that eternal torment day and night that never passes away. A fire that burns without God presence.

Proverbs 17:17 says A friend liveth at all times, and a brother is born to adversary. No one wants to think of an adversary being a brother. Yet a true friend loves no matter what. A brother is someone that might not be kin. Yet is born to test who you are as a person. He is often a protector as well as a tormentor. He has compassion in battle and revenge. Enemy unless he so mentally in left field even shows kindness to his enemy. There are stories of woman being taken captive by the enemy only to have children of the enemy. To survive by compassion of the enemy, even when facing wrath at times as a piece of property easily abused and misused. There seems no justice in those situations. Yet the captive learn to love sometimes in those situations, perhaps only to survive instead of to die. Yet it happens. Those women raise their children to love, despite their own situation.

To love in trying situation the person you hate is often a battle of will verses insanity of hate. To see your enemy needing help on the side of the road and stopping and aiding that person is compassion of God. God loved Adam and Eve enough to provide fur coats in their new world. To provide food in a land of thorns and thistles. God allowed Cain to build a city despite he cast him out of his presents. God destroyed Babel by confusion, because of sin of trying to reach God by their own human design. Yet God gave prosperity to Abraham and David because they were his children. Yet he promised them the hope of eternal life beyond the grave. Hezekiah found himself in sin that would not effect him and so he left his error for future generation to come. Did he have a curse for those to come, yet the curse that was to come would only come when God allowed the enemy to overcome his people physically but not spiritually, because of the sin within the tribe. Judgment on a nation that would effect the individual. Sin of person can effect the entire nation. Yet the sin idolatry effects all generations to come. God’s protection on his people in enemy lines as well as in a time of prosperity despite the nation’s sin. A remnant that survives despite the sin of the nation.

One is taught to love the opposition by being placed in the camp of opposition. Missionaries called by God went into enemy territory of opposition to their faith and showed human love to people in need of human kindness. If nothing more then humanitarian aid and the best book of all God’s word. God’s word being a lamp to their feet to help a tribe not like themselves, but of customs that were killing a tribe or nation, by unsanitary conditions. Taught those people how to over come and be like the nations that oppressed them. Teaching them to filter water, teaching them to clean their environment for better health. Teaching them how to use their talents of necklace making and pottery for profit in a world that was different then them. Taught them how to trade fur for money to a modern society. Yet it was the gospel of love and tolerance for what these people customs and laws were different then their own. Bring people into modern century with them that would be lost culturally if they could not learn to survive. With this came the open door for the Gospel to be taught, because their love was understood by a people in need.

Any group that helps a person gains allies. Yet those allies can be disguised as friends only waiting for opportunity to their quote friend in the back. These people are in position to show love despite what else they do. Judas sought repentance despite his betrayal. Yet before that time he had followed and watch Jesus. Yet silver was worth more then friendship to Judas. Judas realized what he did he was in distress, maybe even fearful, seeking opportunity to change it. Yet he could not, because he knew not how to ask God. Not knowing we all nailed Jesus to that cross with our sin. The enemy of God grasping the love of God’s forgiveness and mercy despite our sin. Until repentance comes we are an enemy to God. We are in opposition to his plan of salvation through Christ Jesus.

Dear Heavenly Father bring us to our knees knowing you loved your enemy despite sin that nailed your Son to the tree of Calvary. Reminds us of your love, mercy and forgiveness that comes with our repentance. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verse: Romans 12:20-21 KJV
(20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
(21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 5:10-11 KJV
(10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
(11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Series: God’s Blessings: The Complexity Of The Promise

Daily Devotions for Tuesday: Series: by Christina Farris

4/21/2015

Romans 15:8-13 KJV
(8) Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
(9) And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
(10) And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.
(11) And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
(12) And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
(13) Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

The blessing of salvation coming not ever by the law, but by God’s grace. The covenant of Abraham, which is the covenant of circumcision, is about the covenant of faith. It not about circumcision of the flesh but of the heart. The circumcision of believing God and obeying God. Moses took Israel into the desert only for them to reject God the first time they hear his thundering voice. Yet they would not reject their leader Moses who God had sent to deliver them out of Pharaoh hand. The reception of the minister but not God.

People see minister as people kind, good, and even seemingly at rest. There messengers from God to the people. People not willing yet to speak to God on their own, or have faith to believe beyond the messenger of faith. It easy to see a messenger as a person faith and a person God speaks too, but that translation is lost if one never realizes the greatest blessing of knowing Jesus is to know one can have that relationship with God. The need for God to have his word come in the flesh, was to take the worship of the minister away. The ideology of a church belonging to a minister and God or not God in some cases. Meaning the minister takes on the role of leader in a person life as a type of mentor, yet the only mentor a person needs is Jesus. Yet to first learn about God it might come through ministers, yet it is still the Spirit of God that teaches who Jesus is.

Relying on God begins with hearing the word of God and knowing His promises are true. Without the evidence of promise the hope will never come. God by His Spirit has direct the believer to step out in faith inorder to teach others about faith. Yet until one believes one is only looking to the teacher for knowledge of God and faith and trust in His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ. Without the promise of Jesus the prophecy of old seem meaningless. The promise of the Messiah come from each generation. Yet the God that spoke to a six year old boy named Samuel, to King David when he was a shepherd boy, and all the prophets, still speaks to human soul today, either audibly, or by His Spirit. God speaks and communes with the believer. That is a blessing. Yet our sin being the stumbling block that needs changing is only done through the new covenant of faith through Christ Jesus, of the sin covered by the promise of God’s word that one man must die for our sins, Hope of salvation received with faith in Christ Jesus. Giving us the hope of salvation. The hope of God’s Word being true.

To walk in the blessed hope of salvation the new covenant through Christ Jesus. A covenant with the markers of faith in God’s eternal salvation plan. God never intended for us to follow the minister as a god, but only to have the minister teach the people who He is, so that people could come to the saving grace through faith. That they to can learn to commune with God, and the relationship begins with faith as small as a mustard seed, that can bring one to repentance, knowing we are not God but our imperfect causes to fall short and in need of salvation, because of one’s sin.

Dear Heavenly Father may the hope of eternity come to the believer knowing Christ paid the price for sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Hebrews 8:10-13 KJV
(10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
(11) And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
(12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
(13) In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Daily God’s Promises: Titus 1:2-3 KJV
(2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
(3) But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Series: God’s Blessings: Stopping By

Daily Devotions for Monday: by turtle30c

4/20/2015

Luke 19:1-10 KJV
(1) And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
(2) And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
(3) And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
(4) And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
(5) And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
(6) And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
(7) And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
(8) And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
(9) And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
(10) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

I often wonder about that crowd around Jesus what was wrong with them to think Zacchaeus was not good enough to receive hope from God. Yet it is clear with Zacchaeus’ repentance that he had done evil in that town. Most people in church would rather see a evil person come to the saving grace of God with the hope that real repentance and change had come to that sinner person. Yet unfortunately that person with Jesus is fixing to face more judgment then the world ever gave one of their own.

What then can we see but faith beyond hope, or judgment to those that receive hope of salvation through faith and true repentance of turning away from sin and even fixing some of those mistakes that were done. Repentance of Zacchaeus brought blessings to Jericho and not just to Zacchaeus. The blessings of salvation of another can mean blessing to you. Not only have you gain a brother or sister in Christ but you gain someone that might have been once your enemy because of their evil deeds.

Repentance was a blessing to Zacchaeus, because he now had hope of salvation in his life upon belief and recognize he had done evil and wanted to change. Change in one’s life can be a blessing. Man can make resolutions to change without God, that is no mistake, but repentance and seeking God for help, for forgiveness, for strength to do what is right, is about spirituality and faith in God and Christ Jesus. Believing Jesus is the answer to the problem of the guilty heart, the heart with ego that thinks he is God, and the heart that blacken by the road of sin. Sin reaching the very core of the human spirit. People can change but they can not change their evil heart toward the idea of God or even others, without God. If one can take fifty dollars from a friend that only left on the table by mistake or coercion, then one can loose a friendship. Yet repentance can often restore a friendship if money is paid back. Yet the trust issue is often broken. Zacchaeus even with paying the people in Jericho back would have a long road ahead of him. Yet he would be restore in time to the people of the town, but he had been restored that day as one of God’s children of faith as Abraham, because of repentance.

Restoration to God is one of the greatest blessings that came through God’s only begotten Son whose name is Jesus. Jesus came to restore the lost sheep to God. He came to set those captive in sin free through his death and resurrection. Without God the realization of repentance to a friend can be realized, but with God eternity is made assure. The one in sin might be restored to a friend, but can not be restored without repentance and receiving God’s salvation plan to God. Blessings of God is His salvation plan. His way, your works can not redeem you to God. It is God’s grace that saves a person. His love for you brought the hope of all the wrong one does in disobedience to God would be forgiven by belief in His Son.

Dear Heavenly Father may our debt in life to you be fully realized as a curse, and the blessing of salvation comes through belief and faith in your Son Jesus and you. May we realize our faith changes us in a positive way. Thank you for the blessings of your salvation and the change in a sinners life upon repentance. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 KJV
(17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 John 2:1-2 KJV
(1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
(2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Series God’s Blessings: Every Sunday A Psalms: Finding God To Be

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by turtle30c (Christina Farris)

4/19/2015

Psalms 31:1-24 KJV
(1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
(2) Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
(3) For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
(4) Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
(5) Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
(6) I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
(7) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
(8) And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
(9) Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
(10) For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
(11) I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
(12) I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
(13) For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
(14) But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.
(15) My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
(16) Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.
(17) Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
(18) Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
(19) Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
(20) Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
(21) Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
(22) For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.
(23) O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
(24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Every Sunday we have been working on a Psalms for the past 31 weeks. Each week as been meet with a new challenge and each challenge a little harder then the next. It is almost like the dance of marriage to keep it alive you have to put forth effort, to allow it to go would be to quit and divorce in this case the book of Psalms. Yet I can not and I will meet my challenge once more with the thought of the blessings of God with God‘s help. David found many blessings over the years, though upon looking at this Psalms the word blessing itself is only used once. David calls God his Rock, His Fortress, His Strength, His Redeemer, His Mercy, His God, He is preserver of the faithful and rewarder of the proud doer. The blessings of God comes in the form of who God truly is to the believer.

David found hope in who God was and is to him. He found God to be a rock, and protector through out his days whether he was tending the sheep of the pasture or God’s sheep in his kingdom. Whether the enemy was a bear or a lion or a military Giant or tribe. The blessing of protection is not to be taken lightly. It like God’s protection of one’s health whether sick or whole, the body surviving over the attack of illness. In war it over the attack of the enemy. The survivor victory of knowing the swamp he came through, or the land mine field where he should of died, yet lived to tell the story. The soldier knows the protection of God but knows the hour of his friend is called to be with the Lord. How you will die is up to God, our job is just to keep recognizing his blessing of protection until the end.

God preserved David life on more then one occasion , and yet David found hope by following after God and doing whatever God required of him. He found prosperity by doing the will of God. He found God’s shelter in life by doing the will of God. He found the blessings of God in who He is as His God. Those same blessings David found are the same blessings for you and I throughout our life time. It not about wealth or prosperity but the hope only God can bring in every situation knowing He is ultimately in control. Where ever you are in life whether facing another storm or just going up the hill in victory to the top of mountaintop with rejoicing, one can face tomorrow because one can know God is real and real down deep in your soul when one puts their trust in Jesus to be their Lord and Savior of one’s life. There hope in faith in Christ. There is hope knowing He lives, that He did not stay in the tomb. There is a tomorrow and a place tomorrow never ends. Yet we are in this world, the hope for deliverance must remains in God who will help in times of need, and be there in times of joy and sorrow, if one wants to receive the blessings of God.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank for your blessings, of protection, hope, mercy, truth that one can know you are the rock not only to the world but in one’s own life, if one will trust in your as God and deliver of those who diligently seek you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 Thessalonians 4:1 KJV
(1) Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Peter 1:2-3 KJV
(2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
(3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Series God’s Blessings: Time Of Christ: What Is Profit?

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by turtle30c

4/18/2015

Matthew 25:31-46 KJV
(31) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
(32) And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
(33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
(34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
(35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
(36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
(37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
(38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
(39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
(40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
(41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
(42) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
(43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
(44) Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
(45) Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
(46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

I read a sign the other day that said or implied you must trust God at some point but you never have to trust other human being. Anyone not understanding the concept of trusting God fails to understand that God has your best interest at heart. He desires good things and he knows everyone that you come in contact with. He knows if they are good or if they are bad. He knows if they have a heart to give or a heart to only be takers. What if you are in position that you can only take and you can give at the most a smile, are you forgotten by God. No your purpose is to smile. What if you can only take and can not reach up to grab hold of the giving back, are you less saved?

The separation of goat and sheep as little to do with obedience factor, though it seems to be a greater divider between goats and sheep. Both the goats and sheep believe in God. Goats being the unrepentant and much like the devil as being takers and not givers. The sheep are believers and obey the voice of God. There is times when you tell a person no and times you help a person. Sometimes no is helping them learn to stand and sometimes yes is only a hand up for today that leads to someone finding work tomorrow and being productive.

Giving to a child in need is not a hand out but a hand up, if those helping the child is able to help them to learn to work and be productive beyond the hand up. The hand up is a blessing, but the hand not extended but total uncaring is a disaster of doom on people not able to get a footing in life. One might not think the little loaf of toast is that big of a deal, but is to a person that is hungry. One might throw away a loaf of bread if a piece is molded and another might choose to throw only the molded away. Cutting the mold off the cheese and eating it, or tossing the whole block of cheese away can be a difference in a meal and starvation for some. Some who see no danger in any of it, will say what the big deal. Look it up on the internet. What one does to protect their Stomach or kill it may depend more on the way you were raised.

Yet the point of whether to eat something that had mold or not, is kind of like deciding if a person is good or bad. We all were evil in God’s sight until the day of our Salvation. Our salvation beginning when we first trusted God. That is the point of when we began to turn around to hearing God and then becoming a doer of His word because we recognize the hope found in following Jesus. Let us begin with the thought that if you can only trust one person who would it be. A person that can squash you like an ant and raise you up to live a more prosperous life. Or one that can squish you and toss you to the curb.
God is just in all his ways, but he sees man as evil, his creation that turned away from Him. Yet He believes there is hope for some of us that recognize his compassion and love. He wants to give everyone a choice to follow and obey, or to turn away. Part of following God is giving to those in need without expecting anything in return. No one totally gives without expecting a reward even if it is later in life. No one gives a hand out without later in life if they have a need wondering why they can not find help.

Why is it that some of the most loving people that give generously only find themselves in nursing home with few friends. It because those receiving there help were only takers and not givers. If the world is consider evil, then how can you expect to find givers. Truth is reliance on God to help one find those who will help without receiving something back is hard. Does God expect something back with his giving. Yes He expect respect and obedience, yet he already knows your heart.

The dividing of sheep and goats is simply defined not by just the nature to give, but the heart to give. Many give without the concept of obeying God. If God only took the ones that obeyed then many believers who are unable to give could not. What I am saying is though this passage is true, there is more involved then this one passage of scripture of giving and choosing. In school one might choose teams in gym class, only to find they only picked the best there was to win. Yet God does not pick the best to win but those that believe and do. A poor widow feed Elijah and became rich, because of blessings from God during a time of famine. Her vats never running dry, yet she had not desired to obey the prophet of God, but did so anyway. God chose to bless her. Giving her work and not just hand out. God’s hands hold both the goat and the sheep for a time, yet at the end of life comes a decision of where the goats will go for eternity. They go to the devils den if they be goats. If they are sheep they go to heaven.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the choice to obey you. Thank you not just for hand outs and but your hand ups. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 KJV
(9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
(10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Daily God’s Promises: Ephesians 1:3-7 KJV
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
(4) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
(5) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
(6) To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
(7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Series: God’s Blessings: Beatitudes

Daily Devotions For Friday: Christina Farris

4/17/2015

Matthew 5:1-12 KJV
(1) And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
(2) And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
(3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
(5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
(6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
(7) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
(8) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
(9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(10) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(11) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
(12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The blessings of God is often only thought of in regards to faith. Jesus taught the blessings were found in a person’s attitude, If I told you this morning I had a attitude of a grizzly bear, you perhaps would figure I either did not get out on the right side of the bed, or something in this world had changed by peaceful rest into rage, whether it be the car that ran the traffic light or that car that cut me off on my way into town. Yet you might assume as well that the cat decided to take a chunk out of my leg, instead of rubbing contently because he wanted to play, and had not learn to be aggressive. Yet no matter the reason for the poor attitude this morning, I have to ask what is attitude, but emotion and response to the things around us, that others can see. A person can not see a facial expression without a camera or physically being present with eyes that can behold the facial expression of a person. Attitude defines a person, more readily. To put on a smile even when one is sad, only defines that person as a smiling person, yet the covering of that smile is the true attitude. In the “super Christian” the attitude is yea and amen, not a negative attitude unless it has to do with evil or sin. That upbeat personality of a Christian often can be irritating to the world. The worlds sees one having a rough day only to see a smile. Is it a camouflage or is it a representation of the hope of a believer.

No one is happy all the time, but the attitude of a “super Christian” is the hope of tomorrow not the trial they are going through. They see the future that lays ahead and not the one that is current or left behind if going through a valley in life.

Yet has I think on Christ sermon concerning the Beatitudes, I am taken back by the thought Christ is talking not just about spiritual heaven but a physical earthly godly kingdom. There were times of Israel history where things were at peace. Where things were at rest, and the neighbors no longer war with Israel. That time was the time of David, when the kingdom was brought through many battles, only to finally come to a place of rest. Some might say it was those golden years of David that one can see the beatitudes being a part of the attitude of poor in spirit, and the time of the mourning. Yet the time of inheriting the earth was definitely his as far as a time of rest for the kingdom.

The time of perfect peace in the world around us, is the stabilizing of the world when goodness reigns over evil. Evil being knocked down or no longer in existence. The kingdom of God is seen in David empire, seen in the empire of several kings, though evil still tormented their kingdom. When one thinks of the worlds economy and even my own nation economy, things are more peaceful when things are leveled out then when there is a rising or falling in the market world. When gas prices are lower long enough for the human to finally not feel the sting on one’s budget, or grocery prices are lower to make a person feel things in the world must be a little better. These little things changes the attitude of the nation. One might say going through higher prices when the prices drop one appreciates it a little more.

The kingdom of God is a place of rest. A place of comfort and not mourning, a place peace and not war. A place of good attitude place of humbleness/gratefulness. God’s kingdom is only inherit by God’s people not evil. Inherited by those people who’s attitude has been changed by the hand of God. I watched a young girl’s attitude change when she received Christ. Her attitude before was not of kindness, or pleasant, but evil and hateful, yet when Christ got a hold of her, her attitude changed. She knew her attitude was not good, and she learned that with forgiveness through grace and not chastisement, gave her a new leash on life.

When the believer gets to heaven so many things concerning attitude and hope is going to change, for the reality of the hope will have been revealed. The healing of the destruction of evil, will be a life changing experience. We will all be given a clean slate by Christ healing in our life. Healing first comes with salvation through Jesus Christ in this world we live in, but the complete healing comes with the fruit of the trees in God’s kingdom for the nations and for us as individuals. Just like the time of David, there was war, but in the end was those happy golden days and not just destruction. Sin caused war in David’s spirit and kingdom. Yet hope of peace through repentance came forgiveness. The humble Spirit comes to all that repent. The understanding of what Christ has done by paying the price for our sin. Meekness is something that comes with time and not always all at once. The more the human spirit learns about what Christ really delivered them from, the more one reaches up toward God in humbleness, bowing to the throne of God.

Dear Heavenly Father brings us to a place of rest, with an attitude of humbleness before your throne as we walk this earth, waiting for the completely healing from the destruction of evil has on your heart and soul. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Romans 4:13 KJV
(13) For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Daily God’s Promises: James 4:9-10 KJV
(9) Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
(10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

 

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Series: God’s Blessings: God’s Calling

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris

4/16/2015

1 Kings 19:15-21 KJV
(15) And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
(16) And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
(17) And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
(18) Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
(19) So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
(20) And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
(21) And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

The Prophetic call of a prophet, or any person in ministry is not the same as the call of salvation. Yet God’s salvation call is similar in regards to the minister might know that call to salvation is for you, but you have to take hold of it yourself, just as a minister/prophet must take hold of that call of God on their life themselves. God calls our need to answer it ourselves is important. Your decision to minister must be your own. Someone might call you out to minister, but your decision to is your own.

God told Elijah to anoint Elisha. Yet the call on Elisha life was not of Elijah choosing, but of divine origin. Elijah was just a minister with his own call from God. To be a servant of God is to do whatever God ask. Not to do necessarily what another minister might ask you to do, but to do God’s will in one’s own life as God directs not man.

The walking with the Spirit of God is simply obeying God’s divine direction. Elijah was told to go anoint Elisha and he did with his cloak covering him or passing the torch so to speak. Elisha knew how to plant a field, but did he know how to preach. God can send people of leadership ability to teach some ministry skills, but not what to speak. Though the message of God is the same, it not all spoken in the same language or in the same way for each group. In other words a farming community might not understand the message as well as the message to the sailors. Jonah was cast to sea because of sin, but because of being casted into the sea, the men worship Jonah’s God. The fear of the gods of the sea is the same as fear of the aliens making crop circles in the farmer field. Unless you seen a crop circle or a huge fish the fear of can only be imagined. I can only imagine be fearful of a shark but until I see a shark that is 25 feet long I can only imagine what it is to be fearful of a shark unless I realize it size a girth of such a huge fish. I can describe a whale named Moby Dick, but I can not feel that fear without seeing it. If asked how fearful is it to be struck by a train, one can only imagine until you have one barrel down right on top of you.

One can only grasp what it is like to watch a seed grow, from learning about it, but the excitement of actually watering a seed and seeing it sprout and produce is far greater. I can study how to minister but I can not study how God is going to speak or instruct my heart to minister until God actually moves in my life to speak. Anyone can prepare a speech, or tell a story, but to minister by the calling of God is not done by someone putting words in your mouth other then God. If a wife needs to write a husband sermons, then he no more a preacher, but a puppet.

Elijah could not worry about Elisha call, his only task was to anoint him as God instructed him to do. Elisha felt the call to minister to Elijah and to serve him, but he had a desire to celebrate this call on his life with his family and say good bye. He did not have to follow Elijah, he only needed to follow God’s calling on his life to sow the word of God.

Samuel heard the voice of God as a child, but upon hearing he needed someone to help him know how to respond to God, for he was only a child in need of instruction. Yet God gave that prophet child words to speak to old Eli. The blessings of the call of God is not returnable, but it is receivable. The call of God on all people is receivable but one can not follow man instruction into that field or call. One has to learn to obey God’s instruction for the call of minister, just like the calling of salvation, after repentance comes the need to follow after Jesus.

One’s call and one’s instruction might be known by others, but it is only you that can follow God’s leading for your life. God’s blessing of His call, is individualized. It is not a call of a group, but individual that might work with others, but the call is not of man. You might be lead to sing with a group, but not remain but only a short time, and the group will understand this by God’s own calling and direction to be part of a group. Elisha would know the day of Elijah call to go home to be with God, but Elisha could not prevent or aid in the journey, he could only walk with Elijah until the chariot of fire came to take him heavenward.

God’s call on your life is a blessing, because God allows you to know His business, His grace and mercy. God’s call allows you to know his judgment and truth. Yet you might not understand it all, the knowledge and understanding will. Each of us is called to share what we know, but do we do it.

Dear Heavenly Father may your grace be sufficient in your call on each of our lives, as we strive to know that bless call in our individual lives. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Peter 1:10 KJV
(10) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 11:4-5 KJV
(4) But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
(5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Series God’s Blessings: Boils Are They Really A Blessings

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by Christina Farris

4/15/2015

2 Kings 20:1-21 KJV
(1) In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
(2) Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
(3) I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
(4) And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
(5) Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
(6) And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
(7) And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
(8) And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?
(9) And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
(10) And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
(11) And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.
(12) At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
(13) And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.
(14) Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.
(15) And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.
(16) And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.
(17) Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
(18) And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
(19) Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?
(20) And the rest of the acts of Hezekiah, and all his might, and how he made a pool, and a conduit, and brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
(21) And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

Last two days I spent time in the hospital. That meant my work here did not get done. That can be a blessings and it can be added stress to me. However it means, God had other plans for other people that day that enjoy my writing style. That is cool as well. God’s plan for you might not be the same as mine, but what is guaranteed is something are for both of us. God’s plan for eternity is designed for every one of us. God’s revelation is not just for a minister or even a king, but for all of God‘s children. Ministers and kings were often public figures that the whole area witnessed their life. I have to wonder is this the life style that many would really want. Somewhere there needs to be a separation of private and public. Yet the drama of many public figures are often because of curiosities because of their popularity. When will God get the popularity He deserves. When people are genuinely curious of the ways of God not from just history, but applied to their life today. History speaks of blessings and curses as if the prophetic voice of the prophet was a God. Yet the prophet was only the messenger and their uncanny ability to just show up is like a comic in Shakespearean play. Yet in all reality God’s Word is for the hearer and doer that will obey.

Hezekiah had a problem of relying on his past relationship with God and not relying on God for his spirituality, or work as overseer of God’s people for the current moment. Hezekiah was instead a king that found himself cursed and fixing to die according to the word given to the Prophet Isaiah, only to repent and remind God of his faithfulness in his younger years. The Prophet returned to tell Hezekiah God would allow him to worship Him again and that his life would be spared. A sign was also given to Hezekiah that was not naturally, but supernaturally possible. Boils that caused the king to reflect on God for a moment. Was not enough to keep him in check when visitors came from afar.

What was Hezekiah thinking when he showed the enemy all the treasurers in his kingdom and in the house of the Lord. Had the enemy concern for Hezekiah health really soften the king to the point that he put down His guard, in remembering to protect His kingdom and the knowledge of wealth that was there. God used Isaiah to call on Hezekiah error, Hezekiah only response was will it effect his time of rule. God’s grace might not be destruction for today because of someone being a worshipper of God, which might be consider a blessing, but if you care about the next generation it is a curse.

Hezekiah concern was only how would it effect him. He care not for the consequence how his actions might effect others. If we ever thought about how our responses effect others we might never leave the house. Yet if one walks by the Spirit of God one will fulfill the will of God. The king in his error only allowed the time of which the enemy would arise. The warning of God to Israel for not obeying Him would come to pass. The consequences of sin was for God to have the enemy in his back pocket, ready to unleashed on people of disobedience. Yet to every generation that protection of God would be on His people that obeyed Him. The kingdom of Israel at the time of exile was in disobedience to God.

God’s blessing and protection is for those who would agree to serve Him. Yet God’s protection is only promised to children of faith. God’s even blesses us in our mistakes, because He is a safeguard of protection to those who generally love and serve God. Christ is our advocator before God, If God’s children will call out in regards to His promises, God chooses to follow His Word in regards to His people. His mercy according to His word. Even when we get off track. Hezekiah got off track when He showed that wealth, but He found mercy and grace of God because He was a child of the king. A believer of God’s word. If nothing but the prophetic truth the Hezekiah feared when asking would it effect His generation. God’s grace to His follower Hezekiah.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your blessings even in our human error, of your mercy and grace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 John 2:1-2 KJV
(1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
(2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 8:27-28 KJV
(27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
(28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Every Sunday A Psalms: Series God’s Blessings: A Blessed King

Daily Devotions for Sunday: By Christina Farris

4/12/2015

Psalms 30:1-12 KJV
(1) A Psalm and Song at the dedication of the house of David. I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
(2) O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
(3) O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
(4) Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
(5) For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
(6) And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.
(7) LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
(8) I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
(9) What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
(10) Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
(11) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
(12) To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

What does a king need from God? If one only look at David as being a rich prosperous man, one never sees David humanity displayed before the world, in his Psalms. The humbleness of King David will either get on your nerves or you will find it refreshing knowing even a king in all his richness and glory of wealth still found a need for God. Still found time to humble himself before the Lord. The most impressed I even been with a Presidents that have been a believers is their humbleness before God, yet not all have carried the torch of faith in their presidency. Anyone can take a cameo kneeling to God but it is the humbleness to say I am just like everyone else before God and must seek God grace too, that puts us all in place of understanding that even with wealth and power there is a responsibility to seek God’s favor beyond the wealth and power of man.

To David, God was his healer, Savior, merciful and His wrath short lived, made His mountain/kingdom strong, answer of supplication in mercy and truth, became his helper, and deliver, and turned things in life from mourning to dancing and turned his mourning to joy. David claim was seen in his life. Despite where he found himself, he found himself in the need of someone mightier then he was. David began as a shepherd boy in life only to be anointed as king by Samuel, and then to stand up against Goliath, to begin his road as a future king of Israel gaining the favor of the people. Yet David with a thousand voices singing and calling his name still found he needed to pray.

No matter your lot in life the need of God will always be their whether a person recognizes it or not. God’s blessings of mercy to all that believe and do not believe is great, yet His mercy is for a moment, and his wrath on the sinner short lived for those who come to repentance. Those who truly seek God’s deliverance. The blessings of God is his salvation, mercy and grace, sometimes this application of a need for these thing is overlook because the ability to buy and protect his often seen in wealth.

I use to get this annoying call from security agency that wanted to give me security. Finally one day I said I have all the security I need in Jesus. Yet the security still comes with a need to repent a need to trust, a need to depend on a living Savior found in God and Christ Jesus. God is our only Savior scripture says. Yet one might say Jesus is our Savior. Yes He is our Savior, but without God there is no Savior name Jesus. God sent Jesus to be the Savior to the World. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus demonstrated for us how to live, even allowing ourselves to be sacrifice for others. David needed God not to be silent but to speak even his judgment to him. David did not want to be cut off from God but to hear the truth from God. Nathan was sent to tell David of his transgression, but without repentance, and God’s correction, there was no deliverance. David want it all despite the pain of correction, and yet he still found mercy and grace from God.

God’s blessings are not always about prosperity in life in the monetary means, but seen as spiritual. Anyone working hard can achieve many things, but God’s mercy is not obtainable, but receivable. God’s love and salvation is not buyable, but receivable. David understood this before Christ came to die physically on the cross. Yet it was through the cross all could understand God’s mercy and grace. Christ physical agony was short, but the spiritual agony continues as the sinners He died for runs from the cross instead of too the cross, because of the church not demonstrating their own need of mercy and grace. The greatest blessing of them all is our spiritual need being meet by Christ through God’s willingness to send His grace.

Be like David despite your station in life, or be the person running away instead of seeking God’s deliverance? It is up to you? The choice is yours. His unobtainable mercy can only be received by simply asking.

Dear Heavenly Father, I am a sinner in need of your mercy and grace found in Christ Jesus. I receive your grace and mercy for my sins first and forever in every aspect of my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Romans 3:22-24 KJV
(22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
(23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
(24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 22:17 KJV
(17) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.