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The Holy Spirit is God’s Reminder

My Devotion today is I Corinthians 13:12   “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  God Bless you, Zoey.

The time in our days can so easily be filled with the craziness of our culture.  We walk around with this “craziness” like it is the norm, until something changes our thinking.  There is a scripture in the bible that says in Rev. 3:15:  “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.”

Do we, as individuals bring our thinking to a point of acceptance of our environment?  In my early adulthood, I believed that man is a product of his environment.  My personal philosophy hasn’t changed over these 40 plus years.  What has developed before me is different from what has developed before you and vice-versa, right?  I am reminded in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”  You cannot serve both God and money.  This is the modern day challenge to our culture.

Look around you today, as you wake up in the morning and then going through your entire day till night.  A full 24 hrs.  Make a list of what you observe.  Ask yourself questions about what you are perceiving in your mind, first.   Maybe your list has several items or only a few observations worth noting.  To bring a little light on the matter…this is the 24 view you will also be giving to God. Thinking about what I said earlier, how a man is a product of his environment, you can now see the reality of this concept.  We live in confusion and it is not getting any better.  We read in James 1:8, “I double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  It’s makes us take a hard look at ourselves, right?  By first, thinking about our perception of how we are living before the Lord and secondly, it helps also to bring the transparency for God’s Light to shine through the “darkness’ that besets us. In other words, our personal issues are making us dig down deep into our hearts with a more honest view.  (My fav: “Please be patient with me, God is not finished with me yet.”)

Another verse in the bible states in I Corinthians 13:12: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”   God knows us better then we know ourselves.  We do have a choice each day to better the “reflection” we mirror back to others and in our walk of faith.  But you might say something like…”I don’t have any control over things, let alone people!”  I understand this thinking, totally!  Although, we feel this way, the fact is we don’t have to stay in the messes or our difficult environment, right.   The answer is with the Lord, He enables us to take it on little by little and day by day.  The battle is the Lord’s and we can give our list to him daily.  You can start today…right now.  He is faithful to teach us how to handle the stressors, disappointment, long suffering and difficult circumstances that make up our “personal environment”.  Each day will be filled with His tender mercies and His loving kindness. His Spirit is like a invisible reminder and will show up in your daily moments to bring hope and grace.

“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” [Proverbs 23:26].  God is not Santa Clause…his list is not complied from “naughty or nice” behavior.  His list is his word.  In this passage in Proverbs 23, He says to give your heart to him and our responsibility is to watch Him work it out for our good.  He is a good God and he does good things for us.  He is Good.  Believe He is on it and in it for your good.  He loves you, he asked for your heart, right.  He asks for our heart so he can abide in Love with us.  He will remind us first of his love for us…it was great enough to send his only Son so that we could be with Him in His Heavenly place.  Think about that.  Believe and trust him with all the levels of your day, your moment and your heart.  I pray this message of promise found in Jeremiah 31:3: …The Lord says… “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” And in John 6:4, Jesus says…”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.”  Amen

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Amazing Love

 

Beyond the steps pass personal salvation, is our testimony of what Jesus has done in our everyday life.  We become living epistles the Word tells us. My devotion takes me to the events leading up to the Crucifixion and of the many miracles Jesus performed; one single act spoke to my heart profoundly.

While still with the people of Jerusalem, he was present to comfort the hearts that sought him, knowing his time was short to be amongst those he loved…even unto the end.

In John 13:1, Jesus took his garment and washed the feet of his disciples after the last supper with them.  Afterwards, He asked the disciples if they knew what He had just done for them. [John 13:15]

He went on to explain that He had given an example for them to follow.  It was a very simplistic and humble act. He spoke a truth to bond the disciples to each other.  I wonder if He fought back tears as he spoke to them – of what the Father must have whispered in his heart many time throughout his own ministry…”a servant is not greater than His Lord.” [John 12:49,50]

He washed their feet that showed the grime of the day.  Could he tell where each had been, from dirt that left it’s stain or stench?  As he knelt washing them clean, He saw past the filth. He focused on the purpose destined for each disciples present before him.  It signified that these men where his chosen Apostles, with the exception of Judas of Iscariot, who Satan would soon enter to betray Jesus. [Although, that did fulfill the OT scripture Psalm 41:9]

As I prepare for this upcoming Holy Week, I will hold dear this simple but profound message from our Lord, Jesus.  Let me take each day as an opportunity to love one another; as He has loved me. For He has shown us how from the simple act of washing of feet…to the Glory of the Cross…His Love is Greatest of All.  Amen.

Blessings to you as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Much love, Zoey.

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I am a Child of God…No Longer a Slave to Fear

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.[f]

Doxology

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

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Even life’s broken pieces may be recast

 

Even life’s broken pieces may be recast.

                And the vessel that he made of clay was marred

                in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another

                vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

                                ~Jeremiah 18:4~

 

In a clay pit in Jerusalem, in the valley between the upper and lower city,

Jeremiah saw a potter fashioning a lump of clay into a lovely form.  Just as

He was completing it, the work crumbled in the workman’s hands, and

some of the fragments fell to the ground.  He thought the potter would

let them go and begin with new clay, but he gathered the broken pieces

and began to make them over.  So God, although He had failed with His

people, would try again.  We have the same God.  If our lives are marred,

our ideals broken, and we are but the shattered bits of what we might

have been, we can have another chance.  We can be made over.

 

Thou, O God, art the potter; we, the clay.  Our disfigured failures we

bring to Thee. Make of them something beautiful and useful to Thee.  Amen

(Prayer and devotion by Walter Moore)