Thought For Today - July 31 - Have now ! Pay later !
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Thought For Today - July 31
Have now! Pay Later!
Have and enjoy now, but pay later. This seems to be the philosophy of the modern day world, but is it the wise philosophy? Many are willing to sacrifice all their future success and happiness on the altar of the present to satisfy their undisciplined lust and desires. It is possible to beg and plead with God to give us what we want now without ever sitting down to count the cost and the consequences of our obtaining our request, and if God does not seem to respond to our lust, we sometimes kick down doors to make it happen. Blessed are they who wait upon the Lord and ask for things only in his will. Jesus taught that a man's life does not consist in the abundance of things possessed, and that man should not live by bread alone ,but by every word that cometh from God. A storehouse full of things with the absence of the blessing of God is nothing but pure misery. On the other hand, a poor beggar who knows God and fellowships with him is rich indeed.
God was so good to Israel. He miraculously brought them out of Egypt and caused them to pass dry shod through the Red Sea. He provided water and manna for them in the wilderness, yet, how they lusted for onions and garlic of Egypt.
"They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel: but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul." Psalm 106: 13-15.
Oh! God forbid! That because of our ill advised importunity and lusting for things that God would grant our desires against his will, but send leanness unto our souls.
Let us learn to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and, pray only in his will, and enjoy the fatness of our father's house.
Posted from the book - "Morning Thoughts and Meditations" - by Robert A. Searles Available thru our website - www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html
Thought For Today - July 30 - Is It Well With You Today ?
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Thought For Today - July 30
Is it well with you today?
We want for it to be well with us and with our children forever. This is our humble prayer to God our father, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. God has already indicated in his word that this was his will for his chosen people Israel, and it holds true for us, even today. The promises of God are trustworthy and reliable. He has said that if we would :"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6: 23.
"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" Deuteronomy 5: 29.
All the commandments can be summed up in one commandment: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
"Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever." Deuteronomy 4: 40.
God our father has provided for us in his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, every thing we will ever need for our spiritual and physical well being. He was offered to the world as a love gift from God, but he must be received by faith by each individual. Will you , dear reader, receive him as your savior and Lord that it might be well with thee and thy children forever?
Posted from the book - "Morning Thoughts And Meditations." - by Robert A. Searles Available from our website at - www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html
Thought For Today - July 29 - In Times Like These !
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In times Like These!
There are times when we as Christians find ourselves in seemingly impossible situations. It seems that the sea is in front of us, the enemy pursuing behind us, and barriers on either side of us. We don't know what to do, and it seems that there is no escape. We think that there is no help for us, that we are lost and forsaken.
In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, we read that Jehoshaphat king of Judah, found himself in a similar situation. We are told that : "It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle." 2 Chronicles 20: 1.
The bible says that Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
"And Jehoshaphat feared and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. and Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord." 2Chronicles 20: 3-4.Jehsohaphat did the smart thing. He set himself to seek the Lord, and all Judah committed themselves to prayer and fasting to ask help from the Lord.
My Christian brothers and sisters, we know from the teaching of the word of God, and from the witness of the Holy Spirit within us, and from the reproofs of life, that the wisest thing that we can do if we are lost, backslidden, or in any kind of trouble is to seek the Lord and ask his help, Recognizing that we who by faith have received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, God's Love gift to us, are the born again children of God, and God has promised to care and provide for his own.
Principles involved here are: When we know not what to do in any given situation, focus our eyes upon the Lord: "Casting all your care upon him for he careth for you". 1 Peter 5: 7.
When we, who are the children of God, call upon the Lord for help, he fights our battles for us, and we shall not need to fight, but stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
Before any visible signs of victory are evident, start singing praises to the Lord, and be thankful for what he will do.
When we believe God, and our praise and thanksgiving begins, God begins to work in our lives.
Jehoshaphat told his people to start singing and praising the Lord for what he was about to do for them.
"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, praise the Lord, for his mercy endureth forever. and when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten." 2 Chronicles 20:21-22..
God is present wherever people are truly praising him. He inhabits or lives with the praises of his people. Wherever God is present, his enemies, and our enemies flee away and are destroyed.
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Blessed is he who's sin is forgiven!
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, who's sin is covered." Psalm 32: 1.
We know when we have done wrong, we know when we are trying to hide from God. We know our own shortcomings. They bear heavy upon us, and make us weary, sad, and fearful.
When I kept silence, that is, when I refused to judge myself and admit my sins and shortcomings: "My bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me....". Psalm 32: 3-4.
Being convicted of sin, and estranged from God our father is not pleasant. I acknowledged my sin, and agreed with God concerning my condition and received pardon and forgiveness through Christ my Lord. Then I can know that God is my hiding place. He shall preserve me from trouble: he shall compass me about with songs of deliverance.
"I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said , I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin,. Selah". Psalm 32: 5
"Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart." Psalm 32: 10-11.
Thought For Today - July 27 - Why Go Back To Egypt ?
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Why Go Back To Egypt?
The children of Israel always had a pull toward Egypt from whence they had so miraculously been delivered. They so quickly forgot how God had delivered them from the bondage of Pharaoh, and brought them across the Red Sea, and led them in the wilderness and how he fought for them and delivered them from their enemies, and gave them angel's food to eat.
Likewise, the Christian is prone to wander away from God, and tends to desire again the things of the world, the flesh, and the devil. How soon many of us forget, once we have been delivered, how terrible the bondage and slavery of sin. Sinful pleasures look attractive to us again, and the deceitfulness of the things around us seem to draw us back into the very bondage that we have so miraculously been delivered from by the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God warned his ;people Israel of the danger they were in when they allowed this to happen, and the same warning is given to Christians today who tend to have their affections alienated away from their Savior.
"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt. Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh, be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion." Isaiah 30: 1-3.
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A Threefold Cord!
My Christian friend, and brother, who can find a virtuous woman? "For her price is far above rubies." Proverb 31: 10.
If you are blessed of God with a good wife, you ought to treasure her above everything else under God. "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones." Proverbs 12: 4.
"Who so findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord." Proverb 18: 22
A good wife, my friend , is from the Lord, and if you have a good wife, love her and care for her, and give yourself for her as Christ hath loved the church and has given himself for it.
I thank the Lord for my good wife. "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She maketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afar. she riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. she considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and she strengenth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night, she layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet." Proverbs 31: 11-21.
My father, I thank you for giving me a virtuous woman to be my life companion. Help me to be to her as Christ is to the church. May our lives together bear fruit for your glory, and may we walk together, hand in hand with you, for a threefold cord is not easily broken. In Jesus name. Amen
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All fool's Day!
April 1 is commonly known as all fools day. If you are a fool, this is your special day.
"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God..." Psalm 14: 1. No God for me - no God will direct my life - no God will tell me what to do. I am my own man. Thou fool, thou knowest not what thou sayest. Know ye not that the only freedom you really have is the freedom to choose masters? Jesus said: "No man can serve two masters, either he will love the one and hate the other, or else he will despise the one and cleave to the other".
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7.
Do you despise wisdom and instruction? Then if you do, this is your special day.
"The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools." Proverbs 3:35
What do you have to look forward to,? Shame or glory?
"The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.." Proverb 10:8
"The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom." Proverbs 10: 21
Will the cause of your death be for want of wisdom?
"It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom." Proverbs 10: 23
Is your favorite past time that of doing evil and serving the devil?
"Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor." Proverbs 14: 9. "A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent." Proverbs 15: 5.
Will you heed our father's instruction this morning, or will you play the part of the fool? The father's instruction, to all men and women everywhere is that God is. He is a rewarder of all those who will seek him. God is spirit and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, came into the world to save sinners. "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, he was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures".
Our father's instructions warns us that :"There is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3: 10. "For all have sinned , and come short of the glory of God.." Romans 3: 23. "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6: 23. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3: 16.
Don't be a fool. don 't take a chance on you eternal destiny. Receive Christ today as your savior and be sure you have passed from death unto life.
"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5: 15-17.
Posted from the book - "Morning Thoughts And Meditations" - by Robert A. Searles Available from our website - www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html
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Thought For Today - July 24
Because he Lives!
In the midst of all his troubles and afflictions, Job could say: "I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for my self, and mine eye shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." Job 19: 25-27
This kind of assurance and faith would enable anyone to endure the light afflictions of the moment, in light of his immortality promised in the word of God to all who are the redeemed of the Lord. Nothing can hurt, and nothing can destroy that which God has ordained forever. Christ our Lord came to earth to save sinners. Death could not hold him. He was the first fruits of all them that sleep.
Through him and by him we have everlasting life. This mortal shall put on immortality. This corruptible body shall put on incorruption, and we shall be preserved forever in the presence of our blessed Lord.
Take heart dear Christian friend, some day the clouds will clear away, and the son of God shall appear. "The dead in Christ shall rise first, and we who are alive and remain on the earth shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. So shall we ever be with the Lord."
Believe it! receive it! and enjoy it! This is your comfort, your strength, and your joy. That which God has ordained forever cannot be altered by men, nor time, nor circumstance.
Posted from the book - "Morning Thoughts And Meditations" - by Robert A. Searles Available from our website at - www.telehelppublications.com/Christianbookstore.html
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A goodly Heritage!
"The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." Psalm 16: 6
In spite of all the difficulties and problems we may face from day to day, how fortunate we are if we have been the recipient of God's grace and have been saved and born again into God's family. I thank God for my salvation . I thank God for a savior who was willing to leave the splendor of Heaven and come to earth to rescue me. I thank God for Calvary, the old rugged cross, the death, burial and resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I thank God for the person of the Holy Spirit who is my constant companion, my guide and my overseer. I thank God for the written word of God, which administered by the Holy Spirit, is my source of nourishment and renewed strength as I feast upon it.
Yes, because of God's amazing grace , I am a fortunate person. I do have a goodly heritage, the lines are fallen unto me in a pleasant place.
"I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalm 16:7-11
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Grace to All!
“Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1: 2. Grace, the unmerited favor of God, which God gives to those whom he chooses. Thank God he has chosen me to be the recipient of his grace. God has poured out his riches upon me at Christ’s expense, for he paid it all for me on Calvary’s cross. “He was wounded for my transgression, he was bruised for my iniquities, the chastisement of my peace was upon him, and with his stripes I am healed.” Isaiah 53
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”. Ephesians 1:4-7
Friend, do you have the peace of God ? The peace of God comes as the result of “redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of time he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him: In whom we have obtained an inheritance, being ;predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ”. Ephesians 1: 7-12
Friend, if you are reading these lines, if you have heard the gospel message, you have also been chosen of God to be a recipient of his grace, to stand blameless before God, redeemed by his blood. Salvation is free to all who will believe and receive.