God Has A Plan For Us – Jeremiah 29:11-13

JEREMIAH 29:

[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

[12] Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

[13] And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (KJV)

The Lord is instructing Jeremiah, what to write as the Prophet was penning a note to his countrymen who were overseas.

Obviously God knows them personally. He says that he thinks of them and his thoughts are of peace and not of evil.

Best of all, The Lord promises they can have an expected end because of their lifestyle and good hearts. There will be a home for them with Him for eternity.

The Father tells them to call upon him and because of the way they pray (with all their hearts) he will listen to them.

When they earnestly search for God they will find him, as long as they continue searching with their hearts.

Heavenly Father,

You know me inside out. You have known all that I have ever said, done, thought and felt, long before I was even born into this world. You know everything about me. There is nothing that I can hide from you.

So I pray Lord that when you think of me, your thoughts are of peace and not of evil, so that I too can have an expected end with you, in Heaven.

Lord, I come before you in prayer. Help me to live my life for you, praying from my heart so that you will listen and hear me. I know that when I truly search for you, I will always find you.

Father may my prayers and actions will always bring you glory!

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Hallelujah

Jesus, our High Priest – Hebrews 4: 14-16

HEBREWS 4: 14-16

In Jesus’ time there were priests, high priests and great high priests. The great high priests were above all the others. Paul is saying that Jesus also carried the title of great high priest. The biggest difference is that Jesus was, still is and always will be, above all priests as he received his title from God.

The Jewish high priest did not lead the life of a normal man. He didn’t feel the grief and sorrow of the person who was asking for forgiveness. He was doing his job with an unfeeling heart.

However, Jesus, the Christ, the great high priest, lived a life just like the people of his time and like we do today. He was tempted, just like we are every day. He felt the type of emotions we feel. He lived in tougher times then than we do now. He felt pain, was beaten and hurt. He was despised for things he wasn’t even responsible for. Yes, his temptations were far greater than ours and he stood up to them, for you and for me.

The Jewish great high Priest would be allowed to enter into the holy of holies once per year with the animal’s blood of atonement to release man of his sins.

Through Jesus’s pure life and the blood he shed for us at his crucifixion, he was able to sprinkle atonement directly onto the mercy-seat, for everyone declared as a Christian.

Right now Jesus is in the heavens, at the right hand of God, ready to make intercession for man on a continual basis.

In the days before Jesus, people had to live by the laws of Moses to receive mercy. Those who did not abide by the laws of Moses died without mercy.

Paul is telling all who will listen, what will happen to those who reject the Son of God. Death. It will be the same for all those who have or are presently rejecting Jesus, (since his crucifixion). They will die without mercy.

He appeals to them to accept the free gift of life that Jesus willingly died for and to receive life.

I looked up the words mercy and grace

I understand that MERCY is something we receive when we’ve messed up and God is forgiving us, when we could actually be punished for our act. We can ask for mercy.

GRACE is something God gives us freely. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, it’s not something that we will receive if we pray for it. We receive it unexpectedly from God. It’s a divine assistance given by GOD.

(My way of remembering)

Mercy=Messed up Me. I can ask for forgiveness

Grace=God Gives Generously. Divine assistance

Father,

You are a merciful and loving God.

I thank you that Jesus went to the cross for me. I thank you Father that He was born into this world as a man who felt the way man is tempted. I thank you Father that Jesus was not touched by those sins, enabling Him, that he could sacrifice himself as a pure lamb for the sins of the world.

Because of the way Jesus lived and what he did for mankind on the cross, I may now come before the throne of mercy and ask for forgiveness when I don’t deserve it all. Thank you merciful Father.

I am so very blessed to be living in a time and place where I can talk to you through the Son. Where I can read your Word for myself and know that it’s true. Where I can speak of my love for you, out loud, and not be killed for it. Where I can belong to a church and we can meet in a building. Some people must sneak around and have secret locations.

I ask you to bless the people who may not openly praise you Lord and keep them safe. May they continue to grow in number, spreading your Word.

Thank you Father for allowing me to live in this time period in a country where choices are free. May I repay you Lord by spreading the good news about Jesus Christ and by being your hands and feet.

In His glorious name I pray,

Amen.

Do We Give Our All? – Philippians 4: 15-19

Philippians 4:

[15] Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
[16] For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
[17] Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
[18] But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
[19] But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The author Paul was writing to the Philippians. These were people who loved and gave their all in the name of the Lord. They gave out of sacrifice and love for God. Most other Church’s gave what was required, but the Philippians gave willingly, above and beyond what was necessary.

They had been the only Church to support Paul’s missionary efforts in Europe and now they are supporting him again.

Paul writes and tells them that although he is thankful for their support, it’s knowing that they will be blessed by God for their giving that makes him happy.

The Philippians held nothing back from God, always giving their all, and that’s the way the Father gave back to them…above and beyond.

Heavenly Father

I pray Lord that I could be more like the Philippians and give more than required in all areas of my life. Not for the blessings that I may receive, but out of my love for you.

You look after me each and every day Father and when I compare at the end of the day, what you have done for me and what I have done for you, I come up very short each and every time.

Lord, even though I could never bless you as you do me, I want to give everything, to the best of my abilities. Thank you for placing compassion and love in my heart.

You are the greatest love I will ever know and I am blessed to be your child.

In the holy name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

God’s Mercy Endures Forever – Yes Forever

Psalm 118 1-7

There are many opposing views as to who wrote this Psalm and why it was written. The most accepted view is that David wrote it when he became King of Israel.

David was writing to God in thanks for allowing him to be the King of Israel and for bringing him through the times that Saul had been chasing him.

Whenever David’s Psalm was sung, it was a reminder of how gracious God is. Three times David writes that thanks must be given to God for his mercy that endures forever.

1 – Let Israel say: “that his mercy endureth for ever. “

David tells a part of his story of how he overcame fear. He called out to God for mercy and was answered with the faith he needed to survive.

David knew that God was with him and because of that knowledge he tells the children of Israel that they also can receive God’s mercy and feel love and peace.

2 – Let the house of Aaron now say: “that his mercy endureth for ever.”

When God is within the priests, then the priesthood remains solid.

3 – Let them that now fear the Lord say: “that his mercy endureth for ever.”

There were many gods in those days and David reminds the people that only those who call out for mercy and become believers of the one true God will be watched over by The Lord eternally.

David goes a step further and asks a question to which he already knows the answer. “What can man do unto me?”

Nothing – is the answer. With God by his side, David knows, without doubt, that he can stand up to the enemy without fear and the enemy will be defeated.

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Heavenly Father,

How great is your loving kindness and mercy! How wonderful you are to teach me, as your child, the lessons I need to learn.

Although David’s song was written for his people of Israel, all Gentiles are also included. That is awesome Lord! Every person throughout the entire world, regardless of the era or race, colour, position, mind, sex, or sins, has (or has had) the opportunity to be your child and we are privileged to have you by our sides for eternity. All we have to do is ask!

Like David, I have lived through many wonderful and many difficult times. I realize now that the difficult periods have been times of growth and they have taught me how to stand strong in you and ride them out.

I know that I can cry out to you Lord in my difficult times, as did David. Because I have faith in you Father, through Jesus, I can pray for mercy, for strength, wisdom and advancement. You will hear my prayers and you will enable me to stand strong at all times knowing, without doubt, that you are giving me the strength to endure.

Like many people in the Bible, David made it through his trials, Jesus made it through his trials and I can make it through mine and will come out the other side a better person than when I went in.

Many, many thanks Father for the mercy you have shown me and for the love, courage, strength and faithfulness I have in you. I am blessed to be your child, now and forever.

Your name is Holy and I hold it above all other names. In Jesus, I pray.

Amen

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When Chaos Comes – 2 Corinthians 5:7

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We are placed in certain circumstances to grow and to learn. We don’t know the why’s or how’s but we need to accept that we will experience exactly what God wants us to learn.

This particular verse says that it doesn’t matter what our eyes are showing us. We need to be thankful (and keep smiling) whether we are in good or bad circumstances, remembering that our Holy Father is always in control of everything. If he has allowed certain situations to come into our lives, then there are very good reasons for them.

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Heavenly Father

If only it could be so easy to walk by faith and not by sight! When I am in a position where everything is going smoothly, I can easily walk by faith.

However, as soon as chaos hits, the enemy jumps in immediately and starts whispering to me. He loves to expand on my worries. Pretty soon I find myself in a place that is so very far from you; a place of sadness, fear and sometimes close to panic.

Father, help me to be prepared for times like these. Remind me instantly to block those satanic thoughts. Remind me to immediately go to the Bible and look up verses that “fit” with my situation and then read them aloud. That way the enemy can hear my voice become confidant as I am filled with the Word of God.

Thank you Father that I CAN stand solidly on your Word!

Thank you Lord that I can depend on you, to catch me when I’m falling. You will help me stand upright and I will walk in faith with you and not with what my eyes and situations are showing me.

You are awesome in power God! I will always trust you completely, despite what my eyes see.

In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

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Thanksgiving/Gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1 Thessalonians 5:

[16] Rejoice evermore.
[17] Pray without ceasing.
[18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (KJV)

I thought today, being Thanksgiving, a scripture of Gratitude would be appropriate.

I used to wonder how I was supposed to pray without ceasing. If I were to pray all day without ceasing, I would never get anything else done.

But then I realized that our Father doesn’t want us praying continuously, neglecting all our other responsibilities, he just wants to be included in our day.

For example upon waking, we could thank him for the day and ask him to be a part of it. While showering or bushing our teeth, we can thank him for the fresh water that we are enjoying. We can thank him for the food and coffee for our breakfast. Thank him for our car, bus or however we get to work.

We can spend some time telling him about the problems or situations that we are expecting during the day and ask for his help.

When arriving at work, we can ask our Father to bring peace to all the people (workers and bosses alike) and we can ask that he help us maintain a Christian manner in all of our words, thoughts and deeds, so that others may see Christ in us, and perhaps be drawn to The Lord as well.

Keeping our Father included throughout each day IS praying continuously. Not as hard as we may have thought!

Father God,

I am blessed that I live a life where I have a job, water, transportation and freedom of religion along with many, many other blessings.

It is my pleasure to pray continuously and I thank you for being a part of my life. I thank you that you are always walking with me and that I can call out to you no matter what the situation and you are ALWAYS available to help or rejoice with me.

I pray for your “Will” to be done every day. I ask you to help me live according to your will and not my own. Whatever plans you have for me to accomplish today, may I do them willingly and with love.

I will praise you and love you for all of my days here on earth and right through into eternity.

In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray

Amen.

Thanksgiving – Psalm 105:

Psalm 105:

[1] O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
[2] Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
[3] Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
[4] Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
[5] Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;(KJV)

David had been praying and was reminding the people to draw close to God. He was reminding them that everything they had was because God had blessed them with it.

Everything Christians have is because God has blessed us with it. I’m not just talking of the good things, I am also talking about the trials and tribulations the Lord brings us through. At the time, are we happy to be going through the bad times? No of course not. But at the other side, have we learned something and have we grown because of it? Of course we have and we thank the Lord that although he allowed us to go through the hard times, he was always there, right by our side, giving us the strength to prevail. Thank you Father.

Because of what the Lord does for us we should be out there telling people of how wonderful he is. Whether we are going through trials or wonderful circumstances, we can glorify God by trusting him and showing that trust to others in how we act.

Father

I was just praying and asking you to draw me closer to you and you led me to this Psalm. I believe you were telling me specifically how stay close to you… Thank you.

I need you in my life and I thank you for the gift of salvation.

We are all weak but you LORD are strong and we must draw close to you to feel and receive that strength.

You are willing to give us strength, but we must be close enough to you to receive it.

We must accept you as the supreme GOD, the one and only and we must accept that JESUS came to the earth to give us not only salvation, but so much more.

We should never forget what you have said or done. All your words, that you have so kindly given us, through the Bible, are true and we should stand on those words and praise you that you have given us a way to understand them and to live in you.

So my job in this life is to…

  • Draw close to you so you can draw close to me.
  • To praise your mighty name and to spread the good news to everyone.
  • I stand in awe of you Father. Thank you for loving me so very much.
  • I’ll praise you today and always.

IN THE HOLY NAME of the LORD JESUS CHRIST,

Amen.

Thanksgiving – Colossians 3:

Colossians 3:

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (KJV)

This scripture tells us that God must be the ruler of our hearts. All decisions that we make must be ruled with peace. If we do not rule with peace that means we are not right with God. But, when we do rule with peace, God is seen in us by others. When we are not ruling by peace, then others can see that we have allowed evil into our minds and hearts. It shows that the peace of the Lord is not living in us.

We must be connected to the Father in mind, body and spirit. We are to be dependant upon the Lord in all aspects of our lives.

We didn’t go to the Father and ask him to let us be his child. The Father called us to him and we answered. We are his children by choice not by chance. But once chosen, it is up to us to keep the connection to our Father open and to be of one body with others he has chosen.

We must always remember to be thankful for the privilege of being amongst those who accepted the call and are the body of God.

Heavenly Father,

How blessed am I Lord that you have chosen me to be your child. I am so very grateful. Help me always to show the world that I am your child by the way I act, the way I speak and the way I behave.

No matter what circumstance I am in, allow me to always be leaning on you for peace. That way I can relax in you and show others that I have faith in you and you are working in me because I exude peace.

Thank you Father for allowing me to be a part of your family. Thank you Father that you called me to you. Thank you Father that I am one part of the body. Thank you Father that I know I can always find peace in you, especially the peace that passes understanding when I am in a bad situation.

May I always be your extended hands, feet, eyes, ears, mouth and thoughts in everything I do. May I always be seen as a good representative of you Lord.

In the name of your precious son, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen,  Hallelujah.