Thought For Today = November 30 - Kept Secure In The Love And Care Of God !
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Kept Secure in the Love and Care of God!
"O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139: 1-14.
How wonderful and comforting it is to know and have the assurance that we are always in God's thoughts, and that he is ever mindful of us and is thinking of us. He knows our down sitting and uprising and knows all our thoughts afar off.
We cannot escape from God's spirit, nor God's care for us, nor do we want to. When we awake in the morning he is immediately with us, and when we lay our head on our pillow at night, we know that all is well for he gives his angels charge over us and keeps us while we sleep. Because God loves us so much and takes such good care of us, let us love God with our whole heart and soul as he gives us the grace to do so, and let us love his word and want to be obedient to his commandments.
Let us love one another as Christ loves us, and let us care for one another as God cares for us and meets our needs. Let us hate the things that God hates and love the things that he loves.
God has a will and plan for each of our lives from the very beginning of our conception. All aspects of our lives, our personality, and each step that we would take were contained in the embryo of our beginning in God.
Are we living in the light of God's love and care, and forgiveness, and God's strength, or are we dwelling in darkness as those that have been long dead? As we look at ourselves this morning, are we oppressed and burdened by all the cares and worries of this life. Is it a difficult thing for us to arise this morning and to face the challenges of a new day? Is the enemy’s hand heavy upon us? Are we cast down in our soul and heavy hearted? It may be that our spirit is overwhelmed within us. Our hearts may seem to be desolate.
We need to remember all the wonderful works of our God in ages past, and even in our own lives, how God has come through for us and lifted our spirits and eased our burdens. God is merciful and kind and an ever present comfort and help in time of trouble and need. We need to stretch forth our hands unto God and call out to him , for he is ever ready to hear us and help us if we thirst after him and his righteousness. He will hear us speedily. All we need to do is to believe and trust. And he will cause us to hear his loving kindness this, and every morning. He will, if we will allow him, show us the right road to take to avoid all the pitfalls and traps of our enemy for his own sake because he loves us.
"Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me." Psalm 143: 8,9.
Thought For today - November 19 - God Does Not Lie !
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Thought For Today - November 19
God does not lie!
Calling God a liar is a grievous and dangerous sin. God has manifested his word in the person of his son the Lord Jesus Christ, and he has made known his word through the printed page and through the foolishness of preaching. He has given us the prophets and the apostles, more importantly he has given us the witness of the Holy Spirit.
When we worry, we are doubting the word of God which, if we examine it carefully, we find gives us full assurance of God's love and care and protection for us. Doubting the word of God is akin to calling God a liar. this is a grievous sin and keeps us from enjoying the peace and comfort, and the entering in to God's rest that he has prepared for all who will believe.
Before we can enjoy the peace and rest of God, we must take the testimony of the prophets and the apostles, and the witness of the Holy Spirit, and the teaching and example of our Lord and Savior, and allow the word of God to dwell in our hearts and be mixed with faith that God gives us to believe, and we need to encourage ourselves and others in the promise that God said it, I believe it, and that settles it forever.
"Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, as I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4: 1-3
"Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called to day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. While it is said, today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." Hebrews 3: 12-15.
Thought For Today - November 18 - Desire To Be Lijke Jesus !
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Thought For Today - November 18
Desire to be like Jesus !.
Oh, That we might be like Jesus! What a high and holy and noble calling to be formed in his likeness , and to be joint heirs with him! To have the mind of Christ; to have the heart of Christ; and the attitudes of Christ; that we might know him whom to know aright is eternal and everlasting life.
He who was from before the beginning and is and shall be, let us worship him and let us desire to cease to be what we are and become what he is. Oh, to be like Jesus! God hath appointed him heir of all things. Oh, to be like Jesus, the brightness of God's glory, and the express image of his person. Oh, to be like Jesus, who being so much better than angels and hath obtained a more excellent name than they.
We will never attain to the perfection which is in Christ while we are in this body, but we ought to desire to be made perfect as he is perfect. God looks upon the heart, and the motives, and honors good desires.
Oh, to be like Jesus! "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he hath made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." Hebrews 1: 1-4.
Thought for today - November - 17 -Something To Look Forward To !
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Something to look forward to!
What are we Christians looking forward to today? As we begin this new day which God has given to us, do we have something to hope for, something that has been promised to us that we can with assurance look forward to?
We all ought to be looking for Jesus to come. What a glorious morning that will be when : "the trump shall sound and the dead in Christ shall arise and we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4: 16,17.
We ought to be diligently scanning the heavens," looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Titus 2: 13,14.
Meanwhile, as we wait and watch , and long for his coming, we ought to occupy until he comes as good soldiers and ambassadors. "Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." Titus 2: 12.
Let us rejoice and be glad. There is a great day coming when we shall enjoy the fruits of our labor, but rejoice today for this is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it because this is the day that we still have opportunity to labor for the master so that when the bridegroom comes we will have oil in our lamps, trimmed and ready to meet him .
Thought For Today - November 16 - Grace, Mercy, Peace!
Visit us online at www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore,htm Thought For Today - November 16 Grace, mercy and peace! To every Christian believer is given grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. Grace: God pours out upon us his unmerited favor because he loves us. He gives us all the good things from his storehouse of compassion and love, even though we deserve none of it. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. :"For by grace are ye saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9. God has promised to make his grace sufficient for us to meet our every need. "While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"-this is grace. God is the giver, we are the receiver of all things freely to enjoy in Christ - this is grace. Though we have no credentials of our own, even now we sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus - this is grace. We are joint heirs with Christ forever, though by nature we are outlaws from the kingdom of God - this is grace. Oh, my friend, when God wraps his arms around the prodigal, and puts a ring on his finger, and a robe on his back, this is God's amazing grace. In mercy God shields us and puts a hedge around us to protect us from judgment, and wrath , and the results of our own folly. God keeps from us, by his mercy, the things that we deserve. He keeps from us the wages which we have earned. "The wages of sin is death", but by grace he gives us the gift of life. What person can ever really fathom the depth of God's love and mercy? How many of us really know how close we may at any given time have come to complete disaster except for the mercy of God? Oh Lord, we thank you for your mercy which has kept from us our just deserts. Oh, the peace of God that passes all human understanding when our hearts are right with God and in proper fellowship with him. Peace with God and the peace of God that assures our hearts that all is well with my soul, and there is nothing between my soul and my savior. Thank you dear Lord this day for your grace, mercy, and peace.
Thought For Today - November 15 -Where Is Our Faith ?
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Thought For Today -November 15
Where is our faith?
I am the Lord's and he is mine. "And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" 11 Timothy 4: 18.
Regardless of the afflictions and fiery trials that we must pass through in the course of our lifetime here on earth, we who believe God's word have the assurance that we will be delivered from the workers of iniquity and every evil work, and we will ultimately find ourselves safe and secure in the heavenly kingdom.
Jesus was in the boat with his disciples, and he commanded them to depart for the other side of the lake, and though they encountered a storm at sea that all but overwhelmed them, the die had been cast and the decree had been given to depart to the other coast. When the disciples, being afraid in the midst of the storm, awoke our Lord from sleep, he asked them: "Where is your faith?"
Christian brother and sister, let us take a good look at our situation. It may be at the moment we are almost completely overwhelmed by our "storm at sea", as it were, our problems, our fears and fiery trials; but where is our faith? We have the infallible, unfailing word of God which assures us that the Lord will carry us safely to the other shore.
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. the Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. the Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Psalm 121.
Thought For Today - November 14 - Lovers Of Ourselves !
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Lovers of ourselves.
We are warned from the scriptures: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more that lovers of God; having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 11 Timothy 3: 1-5.
This describes the world in which we live today; but if we are truly Christians, and in love with Christ, it should not be descriptive of us.
As we examine this passage of scripture, if it can be said that any of these things are true of us, then it is time that we fall on our knees and repent of our sins and get right with God. We who have at one time experienced the love and grace of God being poured out upon us ought to know better.
Child of God, it is expected of us as the dear Children of God that we: "Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." Timothy 3: 14, 15.
Thought For Today - November 13 - My Defense Is Of God !
Visit us online at www.telehelppublications.com Thought For Today - November 13 My defense is of God.! My defense is of God which saves the upright in heart. I am glad that God looks on the heart of man. God knows our hearts, he knows if there has ever been a time when we, from our hearts, have cried out to him in sorrowful repentance of our sins and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and received him into our hearts as Lord and Savior. We can judge no man, for we cannot know what is deep in the heart of any man, only God can know that , but if we believe that our own heart is right with God, then we can rightly say that our defense is of God, and knowing that God's word is sure and steadfast, we can agree with God that he is angry at the wicked every day. We ought to be good evangelists and sound forth the warning that all may hear what God has proclaimed to all: "That God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors." Psalm 7: 11-13. The arrows of God's judgment, aimed at the wicked, are already set and under the pressure of a bent bow. Only God's mercy and long suffering prevents the release of God's arrows of judgment. God is merciful and kind, not willing to pour out wrath, but to bathe us in love. We all ought to examine our own heart very carefully to see if we are among the wicked in heart, or if our hearts are right toward God so that we may say, my defense is of God.
Thought For Today - November 12 - Study To Show Thyself Approved !
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Study to show thyself approved!
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2: 15.
This is one area where many of us who are Christians are disobedient, and of course, all disobedience is sin. The bible commands the believer to search and study the scriptures daily to see if the things we hear are really true, lest we be led astray and deceived by false doctrine. God has given us the written word to be a compass for our lives, to lead us through uncharted seas. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a guide unto my pathway." Psalm 119: 105.
Many times we wander out of the will of God because we do not mediate on the Word of God to know what his will is for us. If we search the scriptures, we shall find , if we knock, it shall be opened unto us. If we ask in faith, we shall receive.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect , thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3: 16.17
If any of us have been negligent in this area of our lives and are not actively engaged in the study of the scriptures, we ought to confess this to God that we might be forgiven of this sin and get back into the perfect will of God as he instructs us from his word.
Thought For Today - November 11 - Abundantly Blessed !
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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Are you one of those persons whom God has blessed over and abundantly more than you could ever expect? Are you rich in the things of this world? Do you own a large estate? Do you have houses and lands, and bank accounts at your disposal to do with as you wish? Have you attained a high degree of education, and do your peers look upon you with great admiration for your apparent success? I must warn you to take heed that you do not glorify yourself and pat yourself on the back, as it were, for having attained these things, because, but for the grace of our living Savior, you would have nothing and you could become nothing.
The bible says: "Men of corrupt minds and destitute of truth, suppose that gain is godliness." 1 Timothy 6: 5. But the real truth of the matter is that: "Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out, and having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, o man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." 1 Timothy 6-11
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." 1 Timothy 6: 17