“Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptabe unto thee, and break of thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquility.” Daniel 4 v27
A dream came as a warning to the king, Daniel was called upon for thee interpretation of the dream. It was a description of what was to come and Daniels council to the king was to (break of thy sins) change the way he was living and begin living righteous to the Lord, not self righteous but Godly righteous. Also he was counselled to show mercy to the poor. This may have resulted in the lengthening of (tranquility-define as a state of calmness or peaceful). Question is, did the king listen. More so today, do I listen when the Lord speaks to me about living the way I should and treating others the way that I should. Lord, let our ears hear what your spirit is saying to us as a church-the body of Christ. Amen 12/2/2017
23 days until Christmas
“And judgement is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Isaiah 59 v14
When our worlds judgment seems all backwards and true justice looks like a place that in none existent in the streets of our land, fairness and equity cannot enter. True righteousness in the Lord Jesus’s redeeming power will shine through in his time. His promises will not fail. Hallelujah to the king of kings, the Lord of Lords will prevail and justice and equity will be blessed upon his children. Lord, this day forgive me for my failures, my iniquities, and let me seek that closer walk with you. Amen. 12/1/2017
24 days until Christmas
“Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him” I Kings 1 v5
Lord, thank you for this day. Help me dear Lord not to assume that I am exalted above the place you would have for me this day. While I know some men trust in horses and chariots, or in our day their own abilities. Let us put our trust in you. I thank you for those skilled tradesmen I work with from around our God fearing, respecting nation and ask that you would guide them today in their work, in their relationships with family and others, and most of all in their relationship with you. Let me and all my family and friends always take our refuge, and strength in you. Amen. 11/30/2017
“Thus saith the Lord unto this people, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord doth not accept them; he will remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.” Jeremiah 14 v10
Lord, help me not to be prideful. Set my feet, my ways, my thoughts on you and your ways. Lord, I know that there are things of this day, in this world that challenge who we are as Christians. Forgive me Lord, for the simple things I should handle but fail to do. Help me Lord to take better care of myself physically, help me Lord to think on you rather than some of the thoughts and words that I may think or say throughout the day. Lord, strengthen me to be strong and faithful to you, amen. 11/29/2017
“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.” Proverbs 18 v1
Lord, let me first begin to examine myself in a way that is by your standards. If I should do anything with a wrong attitude or spirit of myself, let me feel the good convictions that will take me back to where I need to be with you. Help me today, to understand this verse so that I may enjoy good fellowship with others. Amen.
“Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face to be changed. I counsel the to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard to the oath of God. ” Ecclesiastes 8 v1,2
It is good to know that following God’s commandments, and relying on his promises with our commitment to him, we will be strengthened with the ability and the good countenance to be who we need to be. May I put my trust in him today.
Do you want to learn? Why?
If the answer to the first question is yes, the answer to the second brings more depth to the first question. On the job or in our work place learning is part of advancement most of the time. To increase our skill is to connect with the needs of our employer at the work place and often time brings more compensation. Our increased skill brings more job security, and often adds to our peace of mind because of our connection with those who have worked on increasing there skilled trade.
To say I want to learn, one must be willing to work, and more importantly be open to accepting the beginning of knowledge. We as humans are small part of what has been set in motion from the beginning of time to honor one much greater than ourselves with our lives. This truth provides as it is understood, a much greater path for our individual lives to be blessed abundantly. To respect our creator is the beginning of understanding of how to respect our neighbor (friend, co-worker, acquaintances, etc…), it also builds on positive character from the inside to reflect on the outside of who we are.
Proverbs 1 v7 ~The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.