4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
May Psalm 27:4 be every ones desire, to seek after God and to dwell continually in him.
During these times of uncertainty, know that in God will provide.
Have you ever heard the saying, “the early bird gets the worm”? This bird is the one who gets up early before all the others and watches the ground. He is not just watching, he is studying the ground to see how the soil is moving. In his studying of the ground, he knows exactly where to be to get his morning meal, the worm.
If we, humans would take the time out just like the bird does to study, we too will put ourselves in position to get thing(s) that we need. Our studying is the preparation to achieve our goal.
In Proverbs 24:27 ( KJV) it states, 27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
Preparation is the key!
King James Version (KJV)
15 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
The sin of one man, caused mankind amiable cord with God to be broken. When Adam ate of the fruit in the Garden of Eden, his disobedience thrusted man into sin. But God, had a plan to bring us back into right fellowship. God gave his son Jesus to die for mankind to redeem us from sin. Redeem means to buy back, repurchase. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate (Psalm 34:22).
Apostle Mark tells the story on the death of Jesus in Mark 15:34-38 (KJV);
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. 37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
It was when the veil of the temple was broken that sin could not longer reign and the amiable cord with God was put back in place.
May we remember the great sacrifice that took place when Jesus was whipped, slapped, beat upon, mocked, scourged so that we could have to eternal life and not an external death!
The hearer of the word, just goes for the promise. They do not do any prepraration they just jump right in ready to receive the prize.
The doer of the word, hears the word and does the prepration needed to receive the promise. After getting themselves prepared for the promise, they receive the promise.
To earn a Medical Degree, you must follow the set program of studies and take the required courses/labs. The degree is the promise for completing course.
To whom much is given, much is required.
Are you a hearer or a doer of the Word?
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No matter your profession, background, race or creed, in order for so you to work in a job or particular skill, there has to be a foundation. You can not go to Wall Street and trade securities if you do not have a foundation on how the security industries works. You need to be licensed. You can not build a house on the water and expect it not to sink if you do not have the knowledge on how to build a house properly over water.
In our Christian walk we too need to have a foundation. Let’s look at Luke 4:48-49.
Luke 4:48-49 (King James Version) 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Our Christian foundation is the word of God. In the beginning was the word and was God and was with God (John 1:1). In order to be successful in our Christian walk, we have to study. The bible says my people parish because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Strive to be like the man who built his house with the proper foundation and you will succeed.
Use this principle for every area of you life, not just your Christian walk.
5 So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 6 And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 10 Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
In story of Jonah, God changed his heart towards Nineveh because they changed their ways and Jonah gets upset with God. Now here is what stands out in the passage above. Jonah has compassion on the gourd because it withered. A gourd is a hard-shelled food and ornamental plants of the family Cucurbitaceae. Jonah did not create or labor for the gourd,yet he has compassion towards something that can not take credit for its begin. God who created all things and made man in his image has pity on the 120,000 people who could not distinguish between right and wrong because they changed their way of thinking. With repentance comes a second chance.
God knew the people would change their hearts, but Jonah did not. Jonah just needed to be the willing and obedient vessel to bring the word of God to lost people of Nineveh. Just as God used Jonah, he will use you, myself and others to bring the word to the loss so that they can be saved.
For the people you see that are heading in the wrong way, have compassion for them and give words of encouragement. Give them the word of God and as you have planted the seed, God will bring the increase, so that they will change their ways.
Repentance equals a second chance.
5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Do not be happy when calamity comes upon someone or something. How does the saying go? Who is laughs first, laugh last.
Pray for repentance and reconciliation.
Proverbs 11:26 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (NIV)
Remember the parable of the rich fool in book of Luke Chapter 12, verses 16-21. The rich man trusted in his riches and he did not get far at all.
“The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
The righteous will thrive like a green life, because their trust is in God. The righteous are sowing into the Kingdom of God and God is obligated to fulfill his word to make you thrive. In Malachi God states prove me now that I will not pour you our a blessing that there is not room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10). God will rebuke the devour for your sake.
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