Posts Tagged ‘Grace of God’

“Let this same attitude and purpose and mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5)
 
COMMENT: I wear glasses and many of you do likewise. The lenses are shaped to change the way the eyes see things. If I don’t wear them, I’d have problems reading, driving and even seeing faces clearly. We Christians are like people who need glasses. If our focus is not right, we can’t see anyone the way God wants us to see them. If we have the wrong attitude, it’s like wearing the wrong pair of glasses. We might think of the mind of Christ as the spiritual spectacles we need to have Jesus’ attitude of love for others. . . unconditionally!
 
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:44 and John 15:12
WISE SAYING: THE EVIDENCE OF A RENEWED MIND IS CHANGE!
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“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

COMMENT: “Computers for Dummies” is one of a host of books written in simple terms for people who are “technologically challenged”. Well, I fall into that category, but I prefer the term “novice”. One of the problems I have is sending an e-mail to someone who is not in my address book. I have to make sure that every single character in the address is correct; otherwise it will not be delivered. If I make the slightest mistake in searching for a website, I am rebuked.

In cyberspace one has to be perfect in order to communicate.

I thank God that He is not that way. We don’t have to go through any particular ritual to get the Father’s ear. It is not necessary to bow our heads, close our eyes, bend our knees, or lay prostrate. Of course, if you feel prompted to practice any of these gestures you can, but they are not prerequisites. When Peter began to sink in his attempt to walk on water, he didn’t have time for rigmarole. He cried out to Jesus and the response was immediate.(Matthew 14:30,31) However, we are given some instructions regarding prayer and it’s in John 14:13,14. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

SCRIPTURE STUDY: Isaiah 65:24, Mathew 7:7,8, John 15:7 and Hebrews 4:16

WISE SAYING: GOD IS AS NEAR AS A WHISPERED PRAYER. (Linda Grayson)

“Now when he was in affliction, he (Manassah) implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.” (2 Chronicles 33:12)
COMMENT: There is an old bromide that goes this way: “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. Well, as you know, that doesn’t always happen. Manassah, son of king Hezikiah was a blatant exception. As you know, the kingdom of Judah see-sawed between loyalty and disloyalty to God. When Hezikiah became king, he became a reformer. He cleansed the Temple, restored Temple worship, kept the Passover and removed the altars devoted to other gods. After that reformer died, 12 year old Manassah became king. Evidently he got some really bad advice because “he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” (2 Chron. 33:2) As a result of his actions, the Lord allowed the army of Assyria to capture and carry off the offending king to Babylon. The errant monarch then humbled himself and prayed fervently unto the Lord. The Lord showed him mercy and made a way for him to return to Jerusalem. Manassah was so grateful that he finally followed the footsteps of his father and made reforms that brought his kingdom back into the good graces of God. Finally, that “apple” made its way back toward the “tree” that produced it.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Numbers 14:18, Psalm 52:8 and Ephesians 2:4,5
WISE SAYING: NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE, KNOW THAT GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU WITH OPENED ARMS.