Made Sorrowful

1 Peter 1:5-7

By the power of God, you are guarded through faith for a salvation which is ready to be revealed in the end time. In this, you should exult, if now, for a brief time, it is necessary to be made sorrowful by various trials, so that the testing of your faith, which is much more precious than gold tested by fire, may be found in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

We are made sorrowful for a time, not by God, but by the trials and tribulations of life inn this sinful broken world. But this world is temporary. The world to come it’s where we will be glorified, even as Jesus it’s glorified.

There is a saying, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Not bad advise. Sometimes the only way out if a trouble is to outlast it. We, who follow Christ, have been promised a crown puff glory when we have endured.

Prayer:

Lord God, lover of my soul. You have promised good to me, if I overcome the trials and temptations of this present life. Lead me not into temptations but deliver me from evil. All praise and glory is Yours now and forever. Amen.

A Person After God’s Own Heart

1 Samuel 16:6-7 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.”But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Samuel was led by the Lord to choose a new king, even though Saul was still considered king. However, because Saul had unrepentantly disobeyed God, the Lord head withdraw from him. When Samuel saw the oldest of Jessie’s sons, he may have thought that this tall good looking man must be the chosen one. After all Saul had been chosen because he was handsome and head and shoulders above all of the Israelites.(1) God, however, had a different criteria for choosing the new king. He looked upon the heart and found David to be a man after His own heart.(2)
(1) 1 Samuel 9:2, (2) 1 Samuel 13:14
As I write this, we are in an election year. We will soon cast votes for the person who will lead our nation for the following four years. How Will we choose that person? Will we look upon the outward appearance or will we pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit to choose as God would choose? Perhaps God’s chose isn’t even inn the ballot. We may need to pray that God changes the heart of the elected person. Prayer: Lord, God, our true sovereign, King of the Universe, enlighten us to your will. Help it’s to choose wisely the person to govern us. Amen. Also visit my other blogs
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    Salutation

    Romans 1:1-7 1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called as an Apostle, separated for the Gospel of God, 2. which he had promised beforehand, through his Prophets, in the Holy Scriptures, 3. about his Son, who was made for him from the offspring of David according to the flesh, 4. the Son of God, who was predestined in virtue according to the Spirit of sanctification from the resurrection of the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ, 5. through whom we have received grace and Apostleship, for the sake of his name, for the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, 6. from whom you also have been called by Jesus Christ: 7. To all who are at Rome, the beloved of God, called as saints. Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.



    In this one sentence, at the very beginning of his letter, Paul lays out so much of his beliefs and theology. He could have just said, “Dear Church at Rome, it’s me Paul.” He could have, but he didn’t.


    He begins by identifying himself. He is Paul not Saul. No longer is he the zealot Pharisee and persecutor of Christ’s followers. No longer is he sent forth by the power of the Jewish leadership. He is now Paul, an apostle (meaning “one who is sent off”) not by the Great Sanhedrin, but by Jesus. The same Jesus who was persecuted, prosecuted, tortured, and executed at the will of the Jewish hierarchy.


    As Paul gave witness to his transformation through the power of Christ, so are we to share our testimony of our transformation. For some of us it may be a dramatic 180° turn around. For others it may have been only a 1° adjustment in our life path that sets us straight with God’s will. No matter the degree of change, our transformation is what we are to share. This is not the gospel according to long dead men, but OUR gospel of what Jesus means to us.
    • Prayer. Most gracious and loving God, we praise you and thank you for our salvation. We recognize that even if we were only slightly off your straight and narrow way, we would have missed the way that leads to life eternal with You. Help its to show others the Way the Truth and the Life. Amen
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    Be United

    1 Corinthians 1:10 “Brothers and sisters, I encourage all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to agree with each other and not to split into opposing groups. I want you to be united in your understanding and opinions.” I was a member of a church that was split into factions. Most members were descendents of the original founding families of this century old church. This fact was a symptom of the largest situation facing the church. There was no out reach seeking new souls for Christ. Even worse, they resisted letting anyone in. It was a de facto exclusive club. And within that club were families warring against family like the Hatfields and McCoys. There were a series of ministers who came and went. Some Loved by one group while hatred by others. I imagine that each of them stopped on their way out to shake the dust from their sandals. (Matthew 10:14) And then a new minister arrived and, through the power of the Spirit, had people united in outreach to the community. They began to behave like true brothers and sisters of Christ.

    (Prayer by Karen Kennedy)

    Lord, I humbly pray to you for your holy church, and ask that you fill it with all truth. Where hypocrisy exists, help those who suffer it to see their fault and correct it. Where disputes exist, let them be resolved in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, help us to establish and nurture it through your mighty power; where it is in want, provide for it; and where it is divided, reunite it. All this I pray for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever lives to intercede for our very souls, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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    Fatherly Advice

    2 Timothy 2:1-7 NRSV You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things. Paul wrote to Timothy and gave him advise as from a feather to a son. Here are the bullet points of that advise.
    1. Stay strong in what you’ve heard and seen.
    2. Teach others what you know to be true.
    3. Endure the sufferings while continuing your mission.
    4. Do not be sidetracked by the day to day. Focus Inn the future.
    5. Stay true to the commandments of Christ.
    6. Accept the fruit of your labor.
    7. Meditate and pray, seeking God’s guidance.
    These same wise words I now give to you. Prayer: Lord, by Your Spirit, keep me always focused Your path and Your will. Give me all I need to do the job before me. Teach me that I may teach. Lead me that I may lead. Give me wisdom and understanding as I sell Your will. Accept my praise and works for Your glory. Amen Also visit my other blogs
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    Renew My Spirit

    Psalm 51:10
    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

    Lord, I pray that your holy and life-giving Spirit may move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear and hatreds cease. Please let our divisions be healed, and let us live together in peace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

    Seek Wisdom

    James 1:5
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

    Lord, I pray for wisdom in these times of uncertainty. I look deep into my heart and soul to find your truth. I pray for comfort in times of spiritual restlessness — as I journey through the murky waters of sin and self-doubt. I pray for your word to enrich my life and bring me to a closer relationship and understanding with you, through your Son, Jesus Christ. And I ask that all your children be granted the same wisdom, comfort, and the promise of your word throughout their daily lives, that we all can gather in your house and praise you more lovingly and faithfully from this day forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

    God’s Approval Made Plain

    Romans 3:21-24 Now, the way to receive God’s approval has been made plain in a way other than Moses’ Teachings. Moses’ Teachings and the Prophets tell us this. Everyone who believes has God’s approval through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no difference between people. Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God’s glory. They receive God’s approval freely by an act of his kindness through the price Christ Jesus paid to set us free from sin. God’s plan is too simple for people to understand.
    1. You sinned
    2. God in Jesus forgave
    3. Believe have faith
    That is it, no contact to sign. It is expected that this new life in Christ will be different than your old life. Those changes should be evident to those around you. It is expected that you share this good news with others. Do not try to “save” them, Jesus has completed that work. Just share the gift you’ve been given. Prayer Lord, forgive me a sinner. I accept your free salvation. Help me to share what’s been freely given. Amen. Also visit my other blogs
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    Firstfruits

    By Karen Kennedy

    James 1:18

    He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

    Lord, into your hands I surrender myself, my family and friends, and all who confess your Holy name. Protect us today from all evil and from sins and temptations of the devil. Keep us safe from harm. Please enlighten my heart with the grace of your Holy Spirit and grant that I may ever be obedient to your commandments. Let me never be separated from you, and to know your Holy presence always. In Jesus name, Amen

    Not Only Bread

    Matthew 4:4

    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

    Psalm 119:103

    How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!

    As my bodily life needs bread (food) to survive, so does my eternal life need to be fed inn God’s words.

    The psalmist knew the value of God’s words. But I just noticed something. He did NOT say that God’s words were sweeter than honey to his EARS but you his MOUTH.

    If we want the fullness of His words, we must speak them to others, then will they become “sweeter than honey.”

    Prayer :

    Fill me, Lord, to overflowing. Cause Your sweet words to pour forth from my mouth.

    Amen

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