Tag Archives: God’s Word

Preparing for Christmas

1 Peter 3:15 KJV — But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I’ve been struck by these words often of late.

When preparing for the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ve not always thought to prepare my heart to the same degree in which I prepare the meal.

This I state to my shame, but am thankful for the Lord’s correction.

Thus, for the days leading up to Christmas, I’ll be focusing upon preparing my heart to celebrate the birth of my Savior.

Not neglecting the preparations of food and hone, but rather looking at these things as an out pouring of my heart’s desire to bring glory to God and gratitude for the greatest gift: salvation.

Psalm 30:12 KJV — To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your precious sacrifice and gift of salvation. Thank You for the gift of life eternal through Your redemption. Please make my heart ready to set apart myself for You in a special way as I celebrate the blessings You have given. Please place Your Word in my heart and may my lips sing Your praises continually. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Build your faith

Romans 10:17 KJV — So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

How do we build our faith?

Through God’s Word.

Jesus told a parable which helps us understand this truth of building one’s faith.

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Luke 8:4‭-‬8 NKJV

The disciples were unsure of the meaning and asked Jesus for the interruption.

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Luke 8:4‭, ‬9‭-‬15 NKJV

How the seed, Word of God, is accepted and allowed to grow is different per the individual.

God’s Word guides us in how to live for Him.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 NKJV

It warms us of the snares of the enemy.

1 Peter 5:8 KJV — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Peter 5:9 NKJV — Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Scripture instructs us how to cut down the thorns of the sinful nature, which wants to crowd out room in our lives for God and His Word.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Ephesians 5:15‭-‬21 NKJV

The Bible gives us clear direction in how to live fruitful lives.

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
John 15:3‭-‬8 NKJV

May we purpose to build our faith through time in God’s Word applying it continually to our thoughts, our actions, and our attitudes.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your scriptures! Please help each one of us to walk daily abiding in You and applying Your Word to our lives. Lord, please open our understanding of Your Word, continue to instruct us through Your Holy Spirit, washing our hearts daily with scripture. Lord, unto You alone do I want to live. Unto Your precepts do I want to be faithful. Lord, please build my faith today that I might bear a life of fruitfulness for You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

Wheelbarrow

This wheelbarrow was a gift from my husband a few years ago.

One might think it a strange thing to give, but I was thrilled to receive it.

I’d been hauling things in five gallon buckets since our last wheelbarrow broke beyond repair.

We’d been doing some digging in our yard and had uncovered so many rocks.

If you can imagine the time and effort it was requiring for me to move rocks with a five gallon bucket, you should have an understanding of the blessing of a wheelbarrow.

I’m even more thankful for it here as I clean out pens or cages and haul the refuse to the compost or into the garden.

A wheelbarrow is a simple tool which makes my life easier everyday and I’m so thankful to both my husband and the Lord for His provision.

As I was thinking about the blessings of being able to use my wheelbarrow it occurred to me that it’s such a blessing because I use it.

If I were to ignore the benefits of using it and continued to haul everything in five gallon buckets, I’d not appreciate the gift.

But it’s ridiculous to try to use five gallon buckets to move soiled hay or manure when the wheelbarrow is available.

God’s Word, salvation, and the Holy Spirit are the most incredible gifts.

Yet, how easy is it for us to return to the “old ways” of doing things rather than avail ourselves of these precious gifts?

For those who have yet to believe in the Lord Jesus as their Savior, they are missing the most important gift anyone was ever offended: forgiveness from sin.

For those who believe and have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, if they are not in the Word their maturing in Christ will be extremely slow and difficult, for without the Word their spirit is starving.

For those who have both believed and are in the Word, it is folly to ignore the Holy Spirit and His place in our lives, for He was sent to Comfort and convict of sin, righteousness, and judgement.

John 16:7-8 NKJV — “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

To be truly grateful for these gifts of God we must regularly be recognizing the importance of each and diligent in our application of God’s blessings.

If I never used my wheelbarrow I’d not be blessed by the benefits it offers to my day.

As a believer if I forget the sacrifice of my Lord Jesus, or put off time in His Word, or grieve the Holy Spirit by choosing to live counter to the Word, I’m missing the incredible blessings God has bestowed.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit. Lord, please continue to hone my heart that I might not forget these glorious blessings in my life. Lord, cut down anything that might eat away my time and waste my attention. Lord, please reveal my heart, that when I fall into sin I’m might repent of it quickly. Lord, please continue to grow my through Your Word and direct me. Thank You for teaching me so much. Thank You for Your wonderful gifts! I love You, Lord. Amen.

Train up a child

The enthusiasm of our grandchildren having preschool at our house is such a joy.

When Bubba found something green in the kitchen he gladly pointed it out multiple times stating proudly, “Green one!”.

When Faye discovered my socks were the color she was searching for (blue) she excitedly pointed, shouted the color, jumped up and down while clapping her hands.

Scripture is clear that we as parents and grandparents are to train our children.

They are not always excited about that training, but our responsibility is equal whether teaching something they enjoy or not.

God never intended us to “guess” what was the best things to teach, He gave us a guide.

We should revere God and teach our children to do so.

Proverbs 1:7 NKJV — The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

We should be reading, studying, memorizing, and applying God’s Word to our lives as well as using it for the foundation of all we train our children in.

Proverbs 30:5 KJV — Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV — For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

As parents, we should avoid using anger as our motivation for obedience, for even young children resent being bullied into action.

Ephesians 6:4 NKJV — And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Rather, we should train them to honor God and the authority God has placed over them, steeping our attitudes and actions in the reality of the value each person has before God, every single one so precious that He died for them.

Romans 5:8 KJV — But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

There are more instructions for parents within the scriptures and it’s both our pleasure and responsibility to seek God’s guidance as we train up the children He has placed in our families.

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV — Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Clearly, the way we should go and train our children to follow is the one Jesus opened to us through His sacrifice and resurrection.

Matthew 7:14 KJV — Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gift of Your Word. Thank You for children. Lord, please help each one of us to apply Your Word and Your truth daily. Thank You for how You have given us all we need in scripture, especially the instruction to train our children in Your ways. Lord, You are the One who not only created us, You understand us completely, You died to save us from our rebellion against You. Lord, thank You for Your gift of salvation. What an awesome God You are! Thank You for the opportunity to raise up others in the training and admonition of the Lord. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Faith in the Word

Our family watched a movie called Play the Flute last night.

I’ve seen it before, but it was the first time our son had seen it.

When it was over we discussed it and something he said stuck with me.

“It’s about having faith in the Word of God.”

He went on to say he knew others who didn’t have that faith.

We discussed the importance of God’s Word as well as the costly price just to have it in our language.

I told him about William Tyndale and his passion for the Word.

As our conversation drew to a close, my heart was challenged.

Do I revere God’s Word as I should?

Am I passionate about it?

Have I given it the time and attention which something so profound deserves?

I feel there’s room for improvement.

Not only do I want to study, memorize, and meditate upon God’s Word, I want to apply it.

I want to seek answers from God’s Word, looking to Him for my plans, the standards I set, the measure I use.

If someone was to ask me if I believe the Bible, I’d respond quickly with a harty “Yes!”.

However, I know, I don’t always respond to God’s Word with that same quick “Yes!”.

I want to, but I’m still learning how to surrender myself before God in all things.

Things like:

Trusting God completely with our children, that He is using all things in their lives for good.

When suffering in one form or another, giving God praise and seeking His will for the circumstance.

Am I willing to surrender everything before God, including my physical abilities?

In my heart I have assurance that the Bible is God’s Word and I can rest in its truths to guide and direct.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 KJV

I’m still learning how to put these truths into practice; still learning how to die to my flesh.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the wonderful gift of Your scriptures. Lord, thank You for showing me the error of my ways, where I need to have faith in Your Word and walk bearing my cross with joy. Lord Jesus, thank you for your patience with me, a slow learner. Please continue to hone my heart and help me see the areas that I need to surrender to You. Lord, thank You for Your truth and the many people who have given so much to translate the Bible throughout the Earth. Lord, thank You for teaching me to love Your Word and to hide it in my heart. I’m so grateful for Your promises and the blessings which come from applying the scriptures. Lord Jesus, I am picking up my cross today and following You, for there is no other way to Heaven and a fruitful life here on Earth. Thank You! Amen.

How do you deal with mistakes?

This morning I was in the garden briefly and noticed one these beauties laying on the ground.

I found a stake and tried to put it in the dirt, but it was way too dry.

I got the hose and watered the area then set the stake in.

As I gently lifted the plant my hold slipped.

Crack-snap!

I’d broken the plant clean off at the base!

“Oh no!” I exclaimed, but no one was around to hear it.

I felt like crying, but realized my best response would be to gather the flowers from the plant and thank God.

Maybe it sounds strange to be thankful to God at a moment when I just ruined something He gave me, but I’ve been asking the Lord to help me learn to have a thankful attitude.

Here was my chance.

And there is much to be thankful for.

How I handle myself when I’ve made a mistake speaks loudly to the condition of my heart.

Especially, if it’s something small and no one is around.

Luke 19:17 KJV — And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

God has been working on my heart a lot this past week through a variety of circumstances and His Word.

(It’s been a difficult journey.)

Challenging me to step up to His standards more fully.

Praise God continually.

Philippians 4:4 NKJV — Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Submit myself daily before Him, including my schedule.

Proverbs 3:5 KJV — Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Don’t worry, and always bring requests before the Lord with a grateful heart.

Philippians 4:6 NKJV — Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Be humble.

James 4:10 KJV — Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

The Word of God is true and should be applied daily to our lives.

For through it we can see a more accurate picture of ourselves and what God is calling us to.

Personally, it was a struggle to realize I needed to revisit truths I know and to humble myself before God and people.

Yet, through the submission came incredible blessing, and I can testify to the goodness of God.

It’s one of the wonders of God’s Word, how it can be so familiar, yet still teach something new, still unearth something hidden inside our hearts, and still bring us closer to Our Heavenly Father.

No matter how much we know about the Lord, there is always more to learn and more to apply, for this is a journey.

But the path of the just is as the shining light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4:18 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for this past week and the difficulties You used to teach me and deal with me. Lord, thank You for holding me in Your hand and walking with me through this. Lord, thank You for helping me see that through humility I find clarity. When I’m proud in any area, I’m going to struggle with total surrender. Lord, thank You for bringing these things to my attention. Thank You for surrounding me those those who love me through my struggles and encourage me to do what is right. Lord, thank You for Your Word which teaches me so much. I love You, Jesus. May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.

Man of faith

How can we know what a man or woman of faith looks like?

Scripture lines it out clearly

The Lord knows the heart, and He gives us practical truth to help us direct and discern what is acceptable before Him.

Psalm 15:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

Psalm 15:2 NKJV — He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;

We can observe the works of righteousness in others as well as mark those who walk uprightly.

This can also be applied to ourselves, giving us a standard to live by.

Although, we can’t weigh the words of someone’s heart, we can only weigh our own and work to speak truth therein.

Psalm 15:3 NKJV — He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;

Ahh, the tongue!

James speaks of the difficulties of taming the tongue. James 3: 2-14

We must be mindful of what passes through our lips, for Jesus said words come from the overflow of the heart. Luke 6:45, Matt. 12:34

The next two lines speaks directly to the people around us.

How often do we sin against those closest to us?

Maybe because we feel secure in the relationship or we think it doesn’t matter or worse, we expect them to “get over it” so we are less restrained.

Whatever excuse we concoct, scripture makes it clear we are to treat those around us with love, as Jesus loves us. John 15:12

Psalm 15:4 NKJV — In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

This seems out of step with the “love one another”, but the scriptures are full of warning for those who simply turn a bling eye to wickedness and let those who practice such dwell among them.

It’s dangerous for both parties.

Those who are practicing evil need to hear the truth and being allowed to continue in the acts of wickedness doesn’t lead them to respect that consequences come from both good choices and bad ones.

The truth for those practicing evil is their own choice to reject God and His salvation, choosing instead eternal death and separation from God, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For those who know what is right, but allow evil to live with them, they are in danger of growing accustom to that which God hates.

Sin hurts people and it separates us from God, we cannot live with it and not be negatively influenced by it.

Thus, the righteous despise evil and honor those who fear the Lord.

The upright has such strong convictions, that even when he promises something that ends up costing him, he will not go back on his word.

Psalm 15:5 NKJV — He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

The upright do not take advantage of others, especially when it comes to money.

Whether, by lending at a fee or trying to use money to get their way, they don’t do it.

Finally, the chapter brings us back to the point: Who is allowed to dwell with God?

Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Taken alone, this list could seem impossible, but remembering that it is only a piece of the scriptures, we can find both hope and faith in these practical steps.

For the Word of God is clear that we can do no good thing on our own, it is only through our salvation through Christ Jesus that we are made righteous.

Then, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds through the washing of the Word do we find God’s strength teaching us to walk in righteousness.

And that is why these steps are not impossible, God gave them to help us.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for continuing to teach me from Your Word. Please continue to help me learn how to walk in Your truths daily, especially in the areas I find challenging. Lord, I thank You that You cleansed me the moment I accepted Your gift of grace. Thank You that You are so patiently renewing my mind and understanding to be more like You each day. Lord, for those who are seeking You and learning to apply Your truths, please encourage them and bring them up in Your Word, plant them firmly in Your truth. Lord, for those who feel they are a failure or have let You down, please remind them of the truth, that they are valuable, priceless to You and You are waiting for them to return to You. Lord, for those who feel comfortable in their walk, too at ease in their day-to-day and have grown callous to Your Word, please bring them to the truth and help them be humble, steadfast, and uncompromising in respect to application of Your Word to their lives. Lord, for those who are these upright people, faithful and true, thank You. They are such a blessing and encouragement. Lord, You are amazing and I praise Your holy name!

Open wide!

One of my earliest memories is standing on the footboard of my parents’ bed as my father carefully explained why I had to go to the dentist.

I didn’t want to go to the dentist.

It sounded scary, but it seemed really important to both my parents, so of course I agreed.

That began years of appointments to both a dentist and a therapist to try to correct my severe overbite.

I had four molars removed, because my teeth were so big in my little mouth.

As a teen I had braces for 4 years, correcting all that was wrong with my teeth.

And I’m very thankful to my parents for all the time and money they put into my mouth.

I’ve been told often, that I have a beautiful smile.

As an adult, I have gone to the dentist, but rarely.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I broke a tooth last week.

But I was.

I’ll be honest, I was tempted to feel sorry for myself, but I felt instantly that the Lord was with me.

I knew, I had done this to myself in not taking better care of my teeth.

I got a hold of my dentist and the earliest they could get me in was today.

It’s really poor timing, I’ve had to rearrange my schedule.

And I’m feeling nervous.

But I’ve been praying about it and this morning the Lord answered through a friend.

She sent me this verse:

Psalm 81:10 NKJV — I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

It spoke so clearly to me that God understands and has already provided.

Today, I’ve gained a whole new perspective for the words: Open wide!

When they are spoken by my Lord and Savior I can respond with joy and assurance that it will be good.

And when spoken by my dentist or hygienist, I can trust that God is using them to help me have healthy teeth.

Psalm 81 continues and this verse stuck out as well.

Psalm 81:13 NKJV — “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!

Following through on those things I know are right is walking in God’s ways and today I’m choosing to do so with a grateful heart.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and the promises therein. Please forgive me for neglecting my teeth and refusing to get them checked regularly. Thank You for the area of dental health and how blessed we are to have people who know how to treat our teeth. Please bless my dentist today and all his staff. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for Your promises and the wonderful gifts in Your Word. Lord, I want to listen to You. I want to walk in Your ways. Thank You for continuing to hone my heart and speak clearly. Lord, as I open my mouth wide today I will be treasuring Your Word. Thank You. Amen.

Finding unity in Marriage

Malachi 2:15 NKJV — But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

Living as one is not easy.

Yet, the Word clearly tells us, God has standards for those who are married.

Genesis 2:24 NKJV — Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

It begins at the covenant, when they say “I do”.

This vow is before God and the couple are no longer to live as two separate people, but as one.

They are to live in unity.

Finding such is complicated, thus God gave us His Word to guide and direct us.

Ephesians 5:22-24 NKJV — Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:25‭-‬31 KJV

This is heavy, but God’s Word is truth and we are to apply it.

And if one begins to doubt whether marriage was meant to be for life, Jesus made it clear.

Matthew 19:3 NKJV — The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

Matthew 19:6 NKJV — “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:9 NKJV — “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

God sees a husband and wife as one and so should we.

No two people are exactly alike, nor are any two marriages, but God’s Word is applicable to all.

Not just these few verses, but many others as well which are our instruction on life and the keys to finding unity in marriage.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for creating marriage. Thank You for Your Word which guides and directs us. Lord, thank You for speaking so clearly and saying so much about marriage. Lord, for myself and my husband, I humbly request that You continue to teach us how to be one. Continue to strengthen our ability to understand both Your Word and one another. Lord, please help us to be thoughtful and prayerful, not rash nor easily offended. Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for Your restoration. Thank You that You have patiently walked us forward each day, each year, teaching us, chastening us, loving us. Lord, thank You for my husband, my family, and the difficult things which brings us closer. Lord, for those who are suffering from deep hurt, wounds of the heart, loneliness due to loss, and struggles from discord, I humbly request You reach each one where they are and heal them. Lord, that You would reveal Your perspective. That You would guide and direct each one, bringing them to Yourself. Lord, Your Word says: Psalm 68:5 NKJV — A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. Let it be understood, for You are our Salvation and our future. Thank You. Amen.

“Know your why”

Yesterday evening, I watched a video clip on YouTube by Michael Jr, titled “Know your why”.

As the video inspired me, I want to inspire you.

Why are you doing the things you are doing?

Why are you living the way you do?

For those who are called by the name of Jesus Christ, the answers are in scripture.

John 14:15 KJV — If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Our reason for choices should be based on following God’s Word.

1 John 5:2-3 KJV — By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Our daily walk in following Christ should be a joy, for we choose to follow, to obey, because our love of Jesus and His love for us.

1 John 2:28 KJV — And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

As children of God, we should each be abiding with God, in such a way that we are not ashamed of His return.

John 14:23 KJV — Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

To be a child means looking to the parents for direction, instruction, and guidance.

To be underneath their authority, trusting that they want what is best and they understand that better than the child does.

It’s that kind of abiding we should have daily; living with God our Father.

Personally, I don’t always follow what God’s Word directs,

to my shame.

But I’m seeking the Lord daily, looking for guidance in His Word, and humbling myself before Him.

My “why” should always be based in scripture.

And with the Lord’s continued guidance it will be.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV — For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the video which inspired me, yesterday. Lord, thank You for reminding me to check my motivates with You and Your Word. Lord, please continue to hone my heart and help me find truth in these days when it has become forgotten. Lord, please sift the information coming at me, that I might discern that which aligns with Your Word and that which does not. Thank You for Your scriptures. Thank You for truth. May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.