Sunday, August 26, 2018
Some say 'Don't pray for patience, because God will give you more opportunities to practice and display it'. While I can understand that kind of logic, I still believe in praying for continuous help with my own forbearance. On a greater scale, I believe in praying for peace through my struggles with patience. The opposite of peace is war. I think we can create a war within our minds as we deal with our impatience in all things. We tend to get anxious, short-tempered, frustrated, doubtful, and generally unhappy in our impatient circumstance. In these moments, it's best to pause and talk with God. He can best calm our thoughts, emotions and fears.
"When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Psalm 94:18-19 , supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy."
"Trust Me in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm--your Peace in My Presence--need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch My Peace." [Jesus Calling]
John 16:32-33 "A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In Colossians 1:9-14, Paul and Timothy recognized the importance of patience and encouraging endurance through it. "
God is in control and hears our cries, therefore be patient for his answers and comfort.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 Peace is given to us through the Holy Spirit. Guidance through our troubled times is a comfort like no other on Earth. Proverbs 19:11 "A person’s wisdom yields ; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense." May we all remember God's patience with each of us and let us pass on the same grace and mercy with ourselves and others.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Revelation 1:1-3 "
God’s plan for our life also contains time-sensitive elements. He orchestrates events to accomplish His will, bring Himself glory, and benefit us. This is why cooperation with His timing is so crucial." [intouch.org]
1 John 2:3-6 "
Sometimes we make the mistake of viewing the Bible as a list of rules. Certainly obeying God (John 14:21) and spending time with Him are important, but not because we need to be rule-keepers. Jesus and the Father had a loving relationship. When we have a relationship with God, we desire to spend time with Him and obey Him so we can become more like Jesus. When we want to understand how to love, or how to be humble, or how to have faith, or even how to set our priorities, we can look at Jesus and follow His heart." [odb.org]
1. It is a blessed privilege to enjoy the oracles of God. This was one of the principal advantages the Jews had above the Gentiles.
2. It is a blessed thing to study the scriptures; those are well employed who search the scriptures.
3. It is a privilege not only to read the scriptures ourselves, but to hear them read by others, who are qualified to give us the sense of what they read and to lead us into an understanding of them.
4. It is not sufficient to our blessedness that we read and hear the scriptures, but we must keep the things that are written; we must keep them in our memories, in our minds, in our affections, and in practice, and we shall be blessed in the deed.
5. The nearer we come to the accomplishment of the scriptures, the greater regard we shall give to them. The time is at hand, and we should be so much the more attentive as we see the day approaching.
May we all be time-sensitive to God's will for our lives and cooperate with Him. Each of us must die to self, relinquish our own desires and plans in order to pursue His because the time is near and none of us know when the trumpet will sound.