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Archive for July, 2012

Matthew 15:8

25 Jul

8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

We can give all the right gifts, say all the right words and do all the right things, but what matters most to God is that we have the right heart!

Isn’t that true of our earthly relationships also?  How many times are hearts broken because we believed that someone loved us?  They did all the right things and told us all the right stuff, but then something changes and they leave.  Whether this is a good thing or not, isn’t the point.  The fact is that our hearts are broken and it changes us.

Too often we do that to God.  When things are good we are there and we faithfully give our tithes, we pray every day and attend church every Sunday.  However, when things are not going the way we think they should or when money is tight, we change.  It’s not the gifts we bring but the condition of our heart that pleases God.  Doing good isn’t what tells the story, being good is what shows the true condition of our heart.

This week, ask God to reveal the true condition of your heart.  Then pray every day that your life is a mirror which reflects God’s love to everyone you meet and a window that shows you the condition of your heart.

Enjoy God’s gifts,   Thelma

 

 

 

Romans 8: 38-39 – Everyday…All the Time

14 Jul

Romans 8: 38-39

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What more assurance do we need that God loves us…what could He do that would confirm this love?

In reality, you can not prove love, it is something you know and feel.  If you have ever asked God at a time of crisis, “Where are you? How could you abandon me?”  Then you know that  when all is said and done, you were either given a door to go through, strength to survive until tomorrow, love that surrounded you, forgiveness that was given you or the knowledge and peace that God was in control.  If you believe in God, then you will have recognized the answer.  If you don’t believe, then God still heard you and answered your prayer, you just didn’t recognize it or you didn’t like the answer.

Trust, love, belief are all a choice and until you give these things, you cannot understand or receive these things.

I pray that you have a wonderful week, knowing that God is in control and loves you more than you will ever know or understand.

Thelma

 

Matthew 24:13

08 Jul

“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

The ultimate promise of God.  In verse 12 it says, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

Does that describe you?  When things gets get tough, or things don’t go the way YOU planned, does your love grow cold?

Verse 10, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.”

Do you turn away when someone hurts your feelings?  Do you betray those who say something about you?  Do you forgive and then forget and move forward?

Verse 11, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”

When you hear something that doesn’t sound right or ‘feels’ wrong,  do you turn to the Bible to see what the Bible says about that situation?  Do you rely on others to tell you what you should think and how you should act, or do you rely on what God shares with you from His word?

Verse 13 sums it up…“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Surround yourself with those who strive to do it God’s way and together you will endure.

Have a blessed week.  Thelma

 

John 18:17

01 Jul

“Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?”  He said, “I am not.”

Christ told Peter he would deny Him three times.  Pete was sure he would not because he had stood by Christ for many years.  Peter left his fishing nets to follow his Lord and he stood up for Christ many times in many places.  Just hours before, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter was ready to fight for Him.  But when Christ was in the middle of His most desperate time of need, Peter denied Him.

The emotional scars left on Peter’s life must have devastated him.  However, within forty days, Peter stood in the temple only a hundred yards from where he had just denied Christ and  proclaimed Jesus before thousands of people.  Why do you think he changed?  Could it be because three days after his denial, Peter was a witness to a risen Christ?  The love and forgiveness he received from Jesus freed him from those scars.  Christ died to give Peter a new life, free from the pain and scars of his past…and Christ did this for you and me, too.

Sometimes, on purpose or unwillingly, we choose not to include Christ in our lives.  But Christ does not forget us, he forgives us.  There is no sin too great or too severe to separate us from the love of God!  Turn your denials into declarations of His love and forgiveness for all.  Then, like Peter, go and boldly tell the world what Jesus has done for you and for everyone!

Have a safe and blessed July 4th!    Thelma