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12:04 PM   [31 May 2010 | Monday]

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 309

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children--with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. (Psalms 103:17,18) 

Serving God faithfully, yet worried about your children or their future? Here's a great promise for you, even though it's from the Old Testament. 

God really cares about your children; even more than you ever can. Here are a few other promises about your children because you fear the Lord and obey his Word. 

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. 
His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.(Psalms 112:1, 2) 
He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. (Proverbs 14:26) 
The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. (Proverbs 20:7) 

Do you believe that? 

King David, the great psalmist gives his testimony in this manner: 
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. (Psalms 37:25,26) 

The Lord is true to his promises and he will never fail you. God Bless.

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12:59 PM   [29 May 2010 | Saturday]

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 308

 Simple Thoughts On Promises- 308 

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
 

This is one of the great promises of the New Testament. Jesus here, was telling his disciples that they were going to be clothed with power from on high. The disciples must have wondered what kind of power this could be. They had seen power flow from Jesus all through the time that he was with them. Could there be anything new? Jesus wanted them to stay in the city and wait for it. They obeyed him and so they could experience the power first hand. This is how Luke, the physician, writes; 

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 1:14, 2:1-4) 

Have you been clothed on from high? Jesus told his disciples before ascending to heaven; 
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) 

And after the disciples were clothed with power from on high, the Bible says, 
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the LORD Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:33) 

Even regarding Jesus, Luke writes; 
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:38) 

You need to be clothed from on high, to be constantly victorious in your war against sin and satan. May the Lord grant you that great blessing if you have still not received it. God Bless.

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12:02 PM   [24 May 2010 | Monday]

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 307

 Simple Thoughts On Promises- 307 

All these were sons of Heman the king's seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. (1 Chronicles 25:5)
 

King David, together with the commanders of his army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying. The Bible gives a list of 14 sons of Heman and then we read, "All these were sons of Heman the king's seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters." 

Notice the part of the title verse that says, "They (sons) were given him through the promises of God to exalt him." 

There are some in our generation who consider "children" a burden and a nuisance and some choose not to have children though they are married. Here, "children" were a gift from God to Heman the seer. 

Do you consider your child/children as a gift from God? 

We read in Psalm 127; 
Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. (v3) 

Do you consider your child/children, a heritage and reward from the Lord? 

And about "grand-children", the Bible says, 
Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. (Proverbs 17:6) 

As a parent...Are you the pride of your child/children? 

Many questions to be answered here! Hope your decisions and answers match well with the Word of God. God Bless.

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12:50 PM   [20 May 2010 | Thursday]

Notes On Miracles From The Bible- 6

 Notes On Miracles From The Bible- 6 

Four people came, carrying a paralytic to Jesus. When they could not come near him because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof where he was and let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Immediately Jesus, knowing in his spirit that they reasoned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you reason these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to tell the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven;' or to say, 'Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the paralytic: "I tell you, arise, take up your mat, and go to your house." He arose, and immediately took up the mat, and went out in front of them all; so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!" 

NOTES: It's all about faith and authority here. Jesus gave no room for human reasoning to be an obstacle to the miracle working power of God, but honored the faith of the 4 who brought the paralytic to him. The 4 who brought the paralytic had only one aim in mind (to get a healing for the sick man) and they were willing to take risks. Perhaps they would have had to repair the roof later on or pay damage expenses to the owner of the house, but they must have taken all that joyfully seeing the deliverance of the friend they brought. As for the paralytic, it was a glorious day. Sins forgiven, malady healed, all in a few moments. Thanks to the Son of God.

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12:48 PM   [18 May 2010 | Tuesday]

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 306

 Simple Thoughts On Promises- 306 

I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)
 

This was one of the many promises given to Abraham when God commanded him to get out of idol worship and serve him. God wanted him to separate himself from his own people and make himself available to pursue God's goals in his life. And that is exactly what he did. 

You may have set up many goals for yourself to pursue but it's always best to find out what goals God wants you to pursue and then fulfill them with God's help and guidance. 

The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls and to this end we must keep our eyes fixed. Of course, Satan may bring hindrances as we set out to pursue God given goals but we must overcome them with prayer and faith. King Herod was a hindrance to Jesus fulfilling the goals that God had set for him and regarding this Jesus said with faith: 
Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.' (Luke 13:32) 

We must press on towards the God given goals in our life. The Apostle Paul had this to say regarding his goal which was attaining the resurrection from the dead. 
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." (Philippians 3:12) 

Let's all then press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us. God bless.

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11:44 AM   [13 May 2010 | Thursday]

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 305

 Simple Thoughts On Promises- 305 

If you return to the Lord, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will come back to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him. (2 Chronicles 30:9) 


Hezekiah, when he was king of Judah, sent word to all Israel and Judah, requesting them to come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord, according to the law, because they had not kept it in great numbers. So runners went with letters from the king through all Israel and Judah, saying, "O children of Israel, come back again to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that he may come again to you who have been kept safe out of the hands of the kings of Assyria. Do not be like your fathers and your brothers, who were sinners against the Lord, so that he made them a cause of fear. Now do not be hard-hearted, as your fathers were; but give yourselves to the Lord, and come into his holy place, which he has made his for ever, and be the servants of the Lord your God, so that the heat of his wrath may be turned away from you." 

Hezekiah ended by saying, 
If you return to the Lord, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will come back to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him. 

The last part of the above verse is so very true. God does not turn his face from those who return to him. Yes, God is compassionate and forgiving, and he doesn't turn his face from those who repent of their sins and back-sliding. 

If you have been unfaithful to the Lord in your walk with him, God is calling you today to repent and come back to him so that he can have sweet fellowship with you again. God Bless.

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12:24 PM   [07 May 2010 | Friday]

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 304

 Simple Thoughts On Promises- 304 

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 1:8)
 

Called to the work of the Lord at a very young age, Jeremiah was anxious of how he was going to fulfill the Lord's commission. But we read of God assuring him that he would be with him. 

Not only Jeremiah, God assured many of his chosen ones that he would be with them and help them to fulfill his plans in their lives. 
Here's the assurance he gave to Jacob, 
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." (Genesis 28:15) 

And this is what he told Moses, 
"My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." (Exodus 33:14) 

The Lord God who assured Jeremiah, Jacob and Moses is with you too as you do his work of building his kingdom. 

We must never forget what Jesus told his disciples when he entrusted them with the Great Commission. He said, 
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20) 

Yes, he is with us always, to the very end of the age. Praise the Lord.

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12:02 PM   [03 May 2010 | Monday]

Notes on Miracles From The Bible - 5

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, he was followed by large crowds. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. 

NOTES: The leper had faith but was unsure of God's will regarding healing of his sickness. The willingness of Jesus to honor faith is again clearly seen here. The healing was instantaneous as is seen in most of the healing miracles that we read of in the gospels. Jesus is willing to honor our faith too. We can approach him with confidence, because the Bible says, 
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)

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