Today’s Meditation 12/14/2017

“Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry?” Jonah 4 v4

After Jonah had delivered the message of repentance and judgment to the city, the people took heed to the word of the Lord. God spared the city. Jonah was angry. God showed Jonah through the life of a gourd that he would spare who he spares. The gourd spared Jonah of momentary grief and then was taken away. God’s mercy and long-suffering goes far beyond our capabilities. At times we are the messenger, and when the message is received God is the deliverer of true justice and mercy, always.   read Jonah 4

May you be blessed today. 12/14/2017

12 days until Christmas-a Partridge in a Pear tree 🙂

Today’s Meditation 12/13/2017

And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.” Luke 19 v17

Jesus taught in parables (examples of life) and during this particular time he was teaching to those who thought the kingdom of God should immediately appear, so he used the example of a “nobleman.” There was a lot of discontent with the nobleman and people hated him and some refused to serve him.

This particular servant had taken a pound and gained ten pounds with it by trading. Jesus taught that this mans work would be rewarded because he had been faithful over the “very little” he was given and caused it to grow he would be given authority over ten cities.

For some time now, I have tried to focus on three major area’s of life, physical, financial, and spiritual. The challenges of  built in cultural influences make the task difficult at times to say the least. I work not only for survival but also to pay debts that we have accumulated by our own decisions. We are always looking for healthier ways and choices but also allow outside influence to set us back at times. Spiritual is the greatest blessing of our lives, we work and study, and understand that failure is not an option. Christ Jesus and his mercy lives in us and surrounds us every day, but we also know we are required to make an effort with what we have been given. He will multiply those efforts.

May the Lord bless you all this day.  12/13/2017

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13 days until Christmas.

Today’s Meditation 12/12/2017

The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgement with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” Luke 11:42

The message of repentance did not come easy, even for Jonah, who knew that he had the power of God with him. “And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.” Jonah 1 v9. The storm came upon the ship that he had boarded to try and escape God’s calling to him. In order to calm the storm he was cast into the sea, where the Lord had prepared “a great fish to swallow up Jonah” Jonah refered to this experience as “out of the belly of hell”.

Jonah’s repentance came in this manner. “When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that I have vowed, Salvation is of the Lord.”

The message goes on to tell us that “God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;” and for that time he spared them.

The message of repentance and observance of God’s way in our lives is not of any man, but of God. Grace is an awesome gift from God in the form of forgiveness, it is also the spiritual witness in us that we can, with the guidance and strength of the spirit of the Lord work to live as pleasing to the Lord.

Chastisement comes to those the Lord loves in the essence of true love and compassion for the individual. That love will manifest itself through the individual by the Lords strength to helping others by the word of their testimony. Guard your testimony by the way you live before the Lord and before others. In Jonahs words again, “I fear the Lord, the God of heaven,…”

We are travelling today and I apologize for the late posts, I am glad you visit the page. It is an encouragement to know that we can search the scriptures together. May the Lord continue to bless you and draw you closer to him. Your prayers are appreciated. Nick and Debra

14 days until Christmas ☺️

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Today’s Meditation 12/11/2017

“And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.” 2 Chronicles 7 v12

The Lord appeared to Solomon in the fashion he chose and confirmed to him that he had heard his prayer. That day set forward a place for lasting time to this day of a place of prayer. The Lord will hear our prayers as well.

Life is conditional upon the choices we make as individuals, as a community, and as a nation. The people who profess to belong to the Lord are very important to how our nation prospers far more than anyone else. He said, “If my people will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will … 2nd Chronicles 7 v14.

The explanation of how to live with the assurances of God and live as far away from his precepts and standards as possible if difficult to find. The confirmation that the Lord gives when we are on the right track (or seeking to be on the right track) is not necessary to explain, but serves well at times as a testimony to him.

May our prayers be heard in heaven, and our lives reflect his ways while we are here. Amen. 12/11/2017

15 days until Christmas

Today’s Meditation 12/10/2017

“But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things of God, but those that be of men.” Mathew 16:22

Jesus addressed Peter straight on when Peter displayed his thoughts of how things should or should not happen over what God’s plan was. He loved Peter with all of who he was and even said that the spirit of Peter “the rock” would be what the church would be built upon. Even with all that Jesus knew what had to come to pass. In the next verse Jesus went further in laying out how our relationship with him is to be. he said “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” 

The continuing verses are even more descriptive how the results of our decision will affect us. Although he loves us, his purposes of him in our lives must be allowed to come to pass. To me that is to learn how to trust him, he will not misguide our lives. Our possessions of this world are only temporary, his purpose in our lives is for eternity. Jesus will come and his reward is with him. May you be blessed today and bless others. Amen 12/10/2017

16 days until Christmas, that is if you count today and Christmas day. 🙂

 

 

Today’s Meditation 12/9/2017

“Touch not; taste not; handle not” Colossians 3 v23

Our heart is to apply the direction of how the spirit of the Lord guides our lives. In humility the joy of the Lord is manifested in our opportunity to be a part of what he is doing with us. To know the dimension of living with him beyond what we can do or accomplish and still realize we are human is to understand who he is in our lives.

Our blessing is to share with others our part in his living in us. May we bless the Lord, Amen.

17 days until Christmas

Today’s Meditation 12/8/2017

“For the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.” Romans 9 v9

The word of promise is God’s word, and he made it clear that Sarah would have a son. Due to her age she herself thought this not possible, but God had another plan. God’s plan goes much farther than we ourselves can imagine. All we have to know is that his plan for our lives is good for us. May the Lord truly bless you all today, his mercy endures forever. Hallelujah.

Lord, I thank you for the safe travels on this journey, Amen.

18 days until Christmas 🙂