Friday, December 10, 2010

Being A Christian

Sometimes it just seems really hard to be a good Christian. That is why Jesus left us with a comforter, the Holy Spirit. I need the Holy Spirit to guide me continually, I don't need Him just a couple of times a day.

Sometimes an evil thought can come to our mind and if we don't watch it we will yield to that thought. He will take it from us if we just ask the Lord to be with us (He already is) and ask Him for guidance in our thoughts.

When someone does something to us that hurts us, sometimes our first thought is to do the same to them. Whoops, this is evil for evil. What is it the Bible tells us? Well, it tells us not to return evil for evil, this is found in Romans 12:17; "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men." Romans 12:29; tells us "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Even though our mind says 'get even' we know in our heart it is not the right thing to do. I am not saying this is an easy task to do especially if it is the same person doing the same thing over and over, but we know what the Word tells us and with us having the Holy Spirit it is easier and it is the right thing to do.

Prayer is such a wonderful and powerful thing. We can overcome so much easier when we pray. Prayer is something no one can take away from us. The Holy Spirit will help us as we are praying if we just let Him.

When we show kindness towards others and yes, this means the one that has done us wrong, this is showing the world what Jesus can do in our lives. It is easier to do wrong than to do what is right when we are hurting but Jesus is with us. It is He who encourages us and gives us His strength. We learn about His encouragement in II Thessalonians 2:16-17; "Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, v.17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work." We know Jesus would never encourage us to do wrong, that is what Satan does.

Our enemies need our love and prayers as well as Christians. Who better than us to pray for them? Matthew 5:44; "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you:"

It is expected of us to pray for the ones we love and care for, even our enemies do this for the ones they love and care for. Matthew 5:46 says to us; "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?"

Won't you join me in showing the world what Christians are all about?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Second Grade - Did We Do Right

When I was in the second grade, my sister and I were waiting in the foyer at school. If the kids got to school before the doors were unlocked this is where we had to wait. I can not remember what time it was but it had to have been before 8:30 AM. That was when the doors were opened for us to get in the main part of school.

It was in the winter, snow was on the ground, the wind was blowing, and it was very cold. The foyer was heated so that was good. While we were waiting for the doors to be opened a boy came in that was about two years older than us, we knew the boy by sight only. As usual we all spoke. My sister and I looked at each other, this young boy didn't have any shoes on and he only had a light jacket on. He must have guessed what we were thinking. He said and this is a quote "I bet you aren't as tough as I am." I remember saying "what do you mean?" He said, "could you walk to school without shoes and a heavy shirt?" He called his light jacket a heavy shirt. My sister said, "no, we couldn't have done that." He went on to say, "other kids don't have to know."

I felt this young boy was to proud to tell us his parents didn't have the money for shoes and a winter coat for him and his siblings. Of course we didn't want him to think we would tell anyone about our conversation and we didn't. We did go to our teacher and tell her about the boy that came to school without shoes and a light jacket, all the while we wondered if we had done the right thing. The teacher told us not to discuss this with any of the other school children. We hadn't planned on talking to anyone about him.

Before the end of the school day our principle had gone to the store and bought him some socks, shoes and a winter coat. The principal asked the teachers to 'pass the hat' so the siblings would be able to have shoes and a winter coat. All of them received the shoes and coats.

My sister and I told Mom and Dad what had happened. There was a discussion between them after dinner that night. The next morning Mom gave us an envelope to give to the principal, she said there was some money in it and be sure not to lose it. I am sure there was a note in there also but Mom didn't say there was.

The boy wasn't in school for several days, I have no idea why, back then and to this day I have prayed that he didn't get in trouble. No one else seemed to know why he wasn't in school or at least it was never mentioned but when he came back to school he showed off his new shoes and winter coat.

The Bible tells us to help those in need. One of the verses can be found in Luke 3:11. This particular one says; "He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hat meat, let him do likewise."

I did not know this principal other than from school but I would like to think he gave to this young boy and made it possible for his siblings to have some shoes and coats because his heart was full of love for Jesus and he was showing this by what he did. Not grudgingly or out of necessity but because of his love for Jesus. II Corinthians 9: 7; "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."

I wonder if the principal ever knew of the impact he made on my heart and mind for what he did.

Do you know of anyone that needs shoes or a coat?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Who Is God II

Yesterday I was writing about Who Is God, today I am writing on the same subject. If I were to write about Who Is God I would have to write about it everyday for quite some time. There would never be enough time to write about Him. So, this is only things in part about who God is.

God takes care of us. As God picks up a lamb and carries it close to His heart to protect it, He does this with us also. God cares for each of us in a personal way. God is so great but we should never feel He ignores us as His children. Isaiah 40:11; "He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." What an awesome thing for Him to do for us!

God showers us with His love. I John 3:1; "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not." I am so excited just knowing that I am a son of God, but so many things about God can really get me excited.

Matthew 6:31-33; "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? v. 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all things. v.33 Bust seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." If we should feel we need something then pray, God already knows what we need and He will provide. He may not provide exactly what we want but he will provide. The next thing we need to do is to give Him praise and thank Him for what He does provide for us.

We receive blessing after blessing from God and He continues to do for us in abundance. It says in Ephesians 3:20; "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." This would depend on the degree of the Holy Spirit's presence, power, and grace operating in our life.

I John 4:16; "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." God's love for us is far beyond our understanding. As I stated yesterday, He gave His only Son for us, this was so we could be reconciled with Him. This is a love that is far beyond my understanding even though I know He loved us that much.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever," this is found in Hebrews 13:8. How many times have we said to someone, "boy she/he has sure changed?" Yes, we do change from time to time and sometimes more often than that. But God is the same today as He was when the world was created and He will always be the same. We don't have to worry that one day He will come up with something else and then we have to start all over again. Isn't it great to know this?

As I said in the beginning, there is not enough time to tell everything about God. We just know He is great, awesome, wonderful, merciful, forgiving, helpful, loving, and the list could go on forever. Isn't it wonderful that we have Him in our lives?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Who Is God

The name of my blog is "Who Is God," so I would like to tell you some things about God. I want to say He is an awesome, wonderful, merciful, and precious God to me.

God is the one who created everything. He created heaven and earth, light and darkness, firmament, dry land, light bearer, fish and birds, animals and humans, then He rested, creation was complete and it was good. This is found in Genesis 1.

God knew us before we were ever conceived. Jeremiah 1:5, there are other verses found in the Bible also. If God knew us before we were ever conceived then He had to have planned for us to be here. We are not here by mistake. God brings us into life with a purpose. God has a plan for us. He knows everything about us. Psalms 139:3-4; "Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether."

We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God's work is marvelous. This is found in Psalm 139:14; "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." We are made in the image of God. When we think about this we should feel proud to have been made in His image, Genesis 1:27; So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created He them." We should give Him praise and glory continually.

God loves us with an everlasting love; this is found in Jeremiah 31:3. How could anyone love us anymore than this? He has so much love for us that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16; "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." This is extreme love, I don't know that I could give my son for people that would deny, spit upon, laugh at, and mock him.

The thoughts of God toward us are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalm 139:17-18 tells us; "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee." Isn't it awesome just knowing God thinks about us?

God comforts all of us who have troubles, II Corinthians 1:3-4; "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; (v. 4), Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." By Him comforting us we will know how to comfort others who may need comforting. There are times when God will allow afflictions in ours lives so that we will be able to respond to others. What better way for us to learn?

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." This is found in James 1:17. Every good gift comes from our Heavenly Father, could we expect anything less from Him?

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our Heavenly Father. I will share a few more things about Him tomorrow. Would you please join me in praising our Heavenly Father?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Future

Have you ever stopped to think about tomorrow or your future? I have many times and along with that I have thought about the past.

Did you ever think that you are the one that may dictate tomorrow what you think about today?

If we have negative thoughts about what might happen tomorrow you will probably have a negative tomorrow. If you think about the happy thoughts of tomorrow that is what you will have.

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Found in Proverbs 17:22. I think Dave, my husband, lives by this as he always seems to have merry thoughts no matter what the circumstances, so most all the time he has a merry tomorrow.

In Proverbs 15:15; it tells us "All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast." We need to have our thoughts on the Lord and His love, also in what way we might serve Him and bring glory to Him.

Proverbs 15:14; "The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness." With so much on television, internet, and the radio we really need to guard our minds and hearts. When we watch and hear these evil things we offend the Holy Spirit and it shows disrespect for the righteousness of God. A wise Christian fills their thoughts with what is good, true, and pure.

We can not change what has happened in the past but we can learn from our past and put an effort into our thoughts and what will happen because of our thoughts. If you need help in changing your thoughts Jesus is only a prayer away, after all He is always with you. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28; "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, I will give you rest." We need help from Jesus to keep us from sinning, when we watch or hear things that are unbecoming that will cause us to sin, we must never be afraid to call upon Jesus.

I used to watch a couple television shows that is comedy but they started showing things that God is against, it seems television is showing a lot of things that are against God. I don't believe we should watch these shows. Believe me I really liked those two shows but one night the Lord spoke to me, it was in the middle of one of the shows and I set straight up and I knew if I watched them anymore I would be sinning. I have not watched those shows since then. These shows could make people believe that the life style they were showing was okay. I praise the Lord that he spoke to me.  Jenifer of Sweet Blessings had a blog named  Entertainment, click on this to see what she had to say entertainment.

There are so many shows that should not be watched and if we are watching them we need to pray and leave them at Jesus' feet. Are you watching any of those television programs? If you are, won't you give them at the feet the Lord?