Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The KING'S daughter is all glorious WITHIN...

" So shall the KING greatly desire thy beauty; for HE is thy LORD; and worship thou HIM. " Psalm 45:11

As I was reading though the Psalms the other day, I came across Psalm 45.. a Psalm where I stopped a bit and meditated...

The love of Christ, my King.... I was reminded yet again of Christ's work on my behalf... making me a child of God.

And the Lord's desire for me... 

That my garments would smell beautiful. (verse 8)

  • " For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ..." 2 Corinthians 2:15

That I might be all glorious from within. (verse 13)

  • "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26

That my clothing would be of wrought gold. (verse 13)

  • "I put on righteousness, and it clothed me..." Job 29:14

What a wonderful reminder the Psalm was to me ... that God has done a beautiful work for me. And I am to reflect the image of  His Righteousness in how I live...

... for I have been given the Royal garments... made a child of the KING.

There's been a change of raiment... a robe of righteousness, a garment of salvation... and a new heart.

"... put on the new man, which after God 
is created 
in righteousness and true holiness. " 
Ephesians 4:24

Therefore, my heart shall rejoice and be glad... for I can enter the King's palace!

May you be encouraged to shine brightly as a child... of a Righteous and Holy King.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

" And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things; may abound to every good work. " 2 Corinthians 9:8

God's Gift. Abundant Grace. All sufficiency. 

Have you ever marveled at God's provision for you? How God is able to make all grace abound toward you? 

I often think how God's provisions to me are minimized by my lack of thanksgiving.  I go through the day focusing on things not being met... because I either ask for the wrong things... or I don't trust my Heavenly Father. 

And the thing is...  He knows exactly what I am in need of. 

God supplies for my every  need.

And in supplying, He equips me for every good work.

" Now He that ministereth(supplieth) seed to the sower 
both minister(supply) bread for your food, 
and multiply your seed sown, 
and increase the fruits of your righteousness, " 
2 Corinthians 9:10

The heavenly Father supplies...

... the seed needed,
... the bread for your food,
... and multiplies the seed sown,
... and increases the fruits of righteousness.

How equipped we are with God's unspeakable gift towards us!

Enriching us in everything... so that we might overflow in thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father.

" being enriched in every thing,
 to all bountifulness, 
which causeth through us thanksgiving to God." 
2 Corinthians 9:12

How thankful I am for God's provisions to me... that I might walk worthy of His name... being fruitful in every good work.

May you be encouraged to have a thankful heart... for God's unspeakable gift to you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

O God, Thou art My God; early will I seek Thee....

" And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out and departed into a solitary place and there prayed. " Mark 1:35

While reading through the first chapter of Mark this morning, I was yet reminded of the Lord's need to rise up early and find a solitary place to pray. How important it was for Him to withdraw from the daily activities and be strengthened in the presence of the Father.

Thinking about the Lord Jesus...

... tired and weary while living on this earth, 
... yet finding solace and strength in rising early and praying.

Once again I found encouragement... through the example of the Lord Jesus.

How I need to follow in His steps.

Over the past few years I have been blessed to write my thoughts here... to pray and thank the Lord for His wonderful reminders He gives me through His Holy Word. And while I don't write daily, I continue to set aside time in the mornings to be in the presence of my Lord.

I continue to pray that He would draw me closer and closer to Him. 
For I long to grow  more and more in the knowledge of Him...

... to know His power.
... to know His strength,
... to see His glory.

The world may bring all sorts of  "weariness"... but I want to be able to lay aside every weight that hinders me from setting aside time to be strengthened in His presence.

Psalm 63 says it so well,

1. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: 
my soul thirsteth for thee, 
my flesh longeth for thee 
in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, 
so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, 
my lips shall praise thee.

4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: 
I will lift up my hands in thy name.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; 
nd my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

6 When I remember thee upon my bed,
 and meditate on thee in the night watches.

7 Because thou hast been my help, 
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

8 My soul followeth hard after thee: 
thy right hand upholdeth me.

In the presence of the King...

... I see His might. 
... I feel His peace. 
....I rest... because He works... to complete that which concerns me.

He alone gives strength to the weary . For when I am weak, He is strong.

" GOD hath spoken once; 
twice have I heard this; 
that power belongeth unto GOD. " 
Psalm 62:11

Oh, the need for each of us to set time aside... and be strengthened in His presence.

May you be drawn to the mercy of the Lord... finding rest and peace in His Holy Word.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

And the servant of the Lord must not strive...

"... let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. " 2 Timothy 2:19

These past few days I've been thinking about my need to follow unto righteousness.... by putting aside iniquity and striving to be a vessel of honor unto the LORD. 

Iniquity comes in all forms... discontentment, unthankfulness, pride, selfishness, lying, evil thoughts, judging, etc.

A vessel of honor. Meet for the Master's use. Prepared for every good work.

 My thoughts have been much on a recent verse I read in Matthew, where it says,

" And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." 
Matthew 24:12

Why do we even allow iniquity to dwell in our hearts? Why do we even strive? Why do we want to be the greatest? And why do we not grow in love, rather than wax cold?

Is it because we do not purge away the "leaven" or evil from our lives... and depart not from that which is iniquity in God's eyes? 

Being a servant of the Lord requires that we flee from all that is unrighteousness... and pursue or follow after godliness. 

This of course means that we keep our peace even when we are being reviled. It's not easy... to not lash out when a comment is made against us. Our nature is such... that we want to defend ourselves. Yet we have the Lord Jesus Christ as a perfect example,

" For even hereunto were ye called: 
because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, 
that we should follow in His steps:... 

Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered He threatened not; 
but committed Himself to Him that judgesth righteously." 
1 Peter 2:21,23

How important it is for me to not render evil for evil, but rather bless... in humbleness. Being humble is probably the hardest thing to implement. And yet, if I am a child of God, I am called to be gentle unto all men... and in  meekness correct or instruct those that oppose.

 How often I find  myself correcting with an ungentle spirit. Or uttering that unkind word when hurt...

Only when I purge away the fleshly desires will I ever be a vessel of honor... meet for the Master's use... prepared for every good work.

... growing in love.

May you be encouraged live as a servant of the LORD...