Archive for December, 2016

Another Endearing Scripture…

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

     Let’s focus today on a very heartwarming Scripture that makes us feel secure and at peace as it reminds us how much Jehovah God loves us.   Psalm 94 provides us with comfort and confidence.

              Let’s look at a few verses  from this memorable psalm.

      Remember that psalms are basically zealous and beautiful songs…pure poetry!

        14 “For Jehovah will not forsake

               His people

  Nor will He abandon His inheritance.

         15  For judgment will once again be righteous,

              And all the upright in heart will follow it.

        16.  Who will rise up for me against the wicked?

          Who will take a stand for me against me against the wrongdoers?

             17.    If Jehovah had not been my helper,

                    I would soon have perished.

                  18      When I said:  ‘my foot is slipping,’

       Your loyal love , O Jehovah,  kept supporting me.

         19    When anxieties overwhelmed me,

          You comforted and soothed me.”

           What a beautiful Scripture!

      Jehovah has always been loyal to us, and It  is our responsibility to be loyal to Him.   How strengthening to know that our God will always be there to love and protect us!

Another Scripture To Apply To Our Lives

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

“Above all things, have intense love for one another because love covers a multitude of sins .”

                   1 Peter 4:8

     The most important emotion of all is love.  Without love, nothing else would have real importance, for love elevates everything else and reaches our hearts.

     Love softens us and molds us into something vulnerable and kind.  Love has a way of transcending us and leaving us in a warm place, where we find it hard to recognize  ourselves because the layers of pretense have all melted away.  We are left with who we really are deep beneath what we allow others to see.

    Love leaves us with the reality of our true selves because all the superficial , external layers have been scraped away.  What is left is the reality of ourselves, and more often than not, it is sweet, wholesome and lovable.

     Once we show our true self to others, and our love  radiates through, that love attracts love of all types: agape love, love between parents and children, romantic love, spiritual love and so much more!

    And whatever we are not and can not be, the love that we have for one another covers and compensates for that lack within us!

     Isn’t that truly beautiful?

     Remember: when we love, we are close to God  because “God is love.”

       1 John 4:8

The Fruits of the Spirit

Monday, December 26th, 2016

     I hope your weekend was filled with joy, family fun, great food, including fantastic desserts, and the making  of marvelous memories!   

Now we are reflecting upon the past year as it draws rather  quickly to a close.   There are joyous memories and sad ones, but with a good relationship with God, we can find peace within ourselves and solace.

God’s Spirit is what propels us forward in righteousness.  One of my favorite Scriptures (and I have many)  is Galatians 5:22, 23.  It tells  us about the many blessings that Jehovah God gives us through His Spirit if we ask for them.  We should try very hard to acquire these qualities or improve upon them since these are the wonderful traits that please God and make ourselves feel good.  Let’s take a look at that Scripture.

“22.    On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit  is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,   23     mildness, self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”

With God’s help we can keep developing these Godly qualities, and as we do, we will feel so much better and have a happier life!

 

 

 

 

We All Need Faith…

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

What is faith?   I have often read the description of “faith”  in Hebrews 11:1, but in the inspiring article I read today and heard my congregation discuss, the description  took on new and very special meaning!

First, my favorite definition of “faith” from Hebrews 11:1 is as follows:

” Faith is  the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities  not seen.”

Faith is a gift from Jehovah God,  a precious quality that is actually a fruit of God’s Spirit.   We should be so thankful to possess it because few people do.

Yes, it is a privilege to learn about faith,  but one we want to share with friends, family, neighbors and even complete strangers.

Did you know that gaining faith in Jesus makes it possible to be forgiven for our sins?  That, in turn, brings forth the opportunity of having an everlasting relationship with God.  Nothing could be more wonderful than that!

We did nothing to deserve this blessing, but Jehovah God saw potential in us and drew us close to him, opening our hearts to the good news of the Kingdom.   And that blessing could lead to life eternal.

One amazing example of faith is Noah, who, on faith, built a huge ark in obedience to Jehovah and even preached God’s message to his neighbors, even though they ridiculed him for constructing the ark, along with his sons, and for his spiritual beliefs.

To truly exercise faith, this beautiful quality must go past our intellect to our heart.  We must then be motivated to bring the message of God’s Kingdom and the sanctification of God’s name  to all who will listen.

1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us that faith, hope and love are necessary and important qualities, but love is the most important.  Faith is a component of our love, and we acquire it through learning to trust God over a period of time through the blessings that He bestows upon us.  Gradually, trust turns into faith and faith to love!

What a lovely and significant message!

 

 

 

 

The Power of God’s Word in the Hebrews 4:12

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

I have both known personally or heard about many individuals who have changed their lives completely as a result of studying God’s Word.   The power  and incredible strength of the Bible’s message can produce changes in our words and deeds.  It is amazing!

Hebrews 4:12 shows the Bible’s power to change our lives.  Let us see the strength of the words of this Scripture.

“For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow , and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

When we learn the truth of the Bible, we can never go back to our former way of thinking  and acting.   I have known of people who have made extreme changes, such as living moral lives,  abstaining from drugs and alcohol, working harder on alleviating or curing emotional problems,and even working on controlling one’s temper, to name just a few.  Cleaning up one’s act is putting it mildly!

Yes, reading the Bible daily and applying the message of its Scriptures to our everyday life will enrich our lives and bring us comfort, joy and the satisfying knowledge that  we are pleasing God!

 

Sharing A Beautiful Scripture… is that

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

I think most people would agree that Philipians 4: 6,7 is truly encouraging and just what is needed when we are feeling down!   Let’s take a look at this positive, warm and beautiful Scripture!

“6 Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with Thanksgiving, let your petitions be known to God;  7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guide your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.”

How do I react to this Scripture?  It makes me feel safe and secure, knowing that Jehovah, the Father, and Jesus, the Son, are both always there for me, especially when I am lonely and depressed.  We all feel sad and disillusioned at times, but knowing that we have the two strongest, most compassionate, merciful and brilliant Spirits in  the universe on our side, protecting and helping us,  can’t help but buoy us way up beyond even the momentary sadness in ourselves!

Then I focus on prayer.  Jehovah God is always there for us when we call upon Him in prayer.  We can ask Him for a better outlook on life, improved mental and physical health, less stress and anxiety in our lives,  and any other personal concern to us.Also, we can thank God in prayer for all the wonderful things – beyond compare- that He has given us!

And then we can be assured that a warmth and serenity will permeate us as we have shared these moments of love and peace with our Heavenly Father, Jehovah, and His beloved Son, Jesus!

Write down your own reaction to this beautiful Scripture!  More Scriptures in my next post!

May your day be warm and blessed!

 

 

 

Two More Encouraging Scriptures

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

 

Keep praying to God and He will hear you and bring you consolation and love at the right time!

Scriptures can pick us up wherever we are and whatever we are doing!  They bring us consolation and God’s love whenever they are needed!

” 5.  Trust in Jehovah  with all your heart,

And do not rely on your own understanding.

6. In all your ways take notice of Him,

And He will make your paths straight.”

Jehovah God knows how and when to help us!  Rely upon Him, for He is the only One Who can help us resolve the most  serious problems and leave us with inner peace.

Another powerful Scripture is at Psalm 1: 2.

“But His delight in the law of Jehovah,

And He reads His law in an undertone day and night.”

It is so important to read God’s Word on a daily basis. It readjusts our thinking  when we are depressed and anxiety-ridden.  It gives us stronger faith and therefore builds us up!

At the same time pray to God  for some of His Holy Spirit to help us to cope with our problems and keep enduring!

Conquer your problems with faith, hope, endurance, reading God’s Word and helping others to do the same!

 

 

SCRIPTURES THAT ENCOURAGE

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

 

Jehovah God is a loving Father, Who is always there for us in a much more momentous way than even our earthly father, who loves  us, too.  Fathers are sensitive to their children’s problems and exude love and comfort.

2 Chronicles 6:28-30 shows how we can rely upon our Heavenly Father when we have a problem and need comfort and counsel.   Jehovah (the name of God) , knows that we require His help in so many ways!  Life is a challenge and we are imperfect humans   When we find it difficult to cope, we depend on Him.

“If a famine occurs in the land, or a pestilence, a scorching blight, mildew, swarming locusts, or voracious locusts or if their enemies besiege them in any of the cities of the land or if any sort of plague or disease occurs, 29 whatever prayer, whatever request for favor may be made by any man or by all your people Israel( for each one knows his own plague or his own pain) when they spread out their hands towards this house, 30 then may you hear from the heavens, your dwelling place, and may you forgive; and reward each one according to all his ways, for you know his heart( you alone truly know the human heart)…

God is love.  He knows our pain, especially when we pour out our hearts to Him in prayer when our problems(s) overwhelm us.   He listens and answers our prayers… if not immediately… in the right time, according to Hus discretion and if these prayers are according to His Will.

Sometimes, in our human inability to under God’s  ways,  we don’t understand how He is answering our prayers, for it may not be what we expected.  At other times we can easily see how our prayers have been answered!

Jesus, the Son of God, reflects His father’s attributes and also is our comforter.

“18 Jehovah’s spirit is upon me, because He anointed me to declare good news to the poor.  He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ines away free.  19 to preach Jehovah’s acceptable year.”

Luke 4:18,19

So we have Jehovah God and His Son to turn to when our problems seem impossible to deal with!  More comforting Scriptures on my next post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Few of My Favorite Scriptures and Why…

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

I know that it is, not only important,but urgent, that we study the Bible daily.  Why is this true?

Life is filled with anxiety.  That is an undisputed fact.   People lose their jobs and face financial insecurity.  Most seniors must struggle from month to month to meet their expenses.  Crime runs rampant, not only in this country, but globally.  There is always a war somewhere, somehow.  We must accept the loss of loved ones, who were instrumental in our lives!  Without God’s Word and prayer, we can’t cope very well,  if at all!

There are so many magnificent Scriptures that hold so much meaning for all of us!  The ones that I chose for today are very special for me and actually feel personal because they address my personal problems so well. They are Revelation 21: 3-4 and Isaiah 41:10.

“3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘look!  The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be His people,  And God Himself will be with them.  4 And He  will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away.”

My father quoted this Scripture to me whrn I was young.  Hearing this Scripture made me feel safe and afterwards always reminded me of both my earthly father and Heavenly Father.

To know that there will be no more pain of any kind one day, no death and no suffering is a promise that restored my faith and hope.   It made me feel stronger and more confident.  Yes, it brought back my childhood joy.  And whenever life’s sadness gets to me,  I know that I can reread and reflect upon this healing Scripture to replenish me spiritually!

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not be anxious, for I am your God.  I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold onto you with my right hand of righteousness.”    Isaiah 43:10

This Scripture makes me draw closer to Jehovah  God and feel His love for all of us.   I feel safe because I know that God is keeping me secure, holding my hand the same way that my parents held my hand when I was  a little girl and the same way I held my own grandchildren’s  hands when they were little.

Scriptures can change our whole mood as they strengthen our faith.  When we are nervous, worried or afraid, reading our Favorite Scriptures can upbuild us!

More of my favorite upbuilding Scriptures in my future blogs!

 

 

The Power of Prayer and Faith

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Life itself is the greatest challenge.   What does this sobering fact mean for us?      It tells us that, when life’s difficulties seem most formidable, it is impossible to confront them on our own.   We need Jehovah God’s help to deal with them!

Today, at my place of worship, I listened to a wonderful talk about having faith in Jehovah’s comfort, especially in times of great distress.  The love that our Heavenly Father has for us consoles us and builds us up.  Therefore, our trust in God increases as we gain confidence that He will always be there for us!

There are times that God, the Father,  doesn’t seem to answer our prayer the way we would expect Him to, but our expectations as a human sometimes do not correlate with what Jehovah has  in mind for us.  His wisdom is what prescribes our path for the future.

His love for us has been displayed over and over again, but especially with His allowing His Son to die an agonizing death to give us the Hope of eternal life.  Jesus’s Resurrection has been a source of, not only great hope, but also full confidence in both the Father And the Son!

In a very short period of time, God’s plan for us will be fulfilled!  The Bible, God’s Word, promises us a Paradise like the one originally intended for us before Adam and Eve made their fatal decision to alienate  themselves from God.

In the meantime, I know that I have experienced great comfort from prayer.  In my worst moments of fear and trepidation, Jehovah has been there for me, calming me and giving me strength and renewed courage.   Just talking to our Heavenly Father has always been a peaceful and blessed experience for me.  Knowing that He understands my problems and will help me gives me hope.  He gives some of His Holy Spirit to all who call upon Him and want to do His will in complete obedience.

There are beautiful, faith-strengthening Scriptures throughout God’s Word, but the following is one  of my favorites!

Revelation 21: 3-5:  “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘Look!  The tent of God is with mankind, and He will reside with them, and they will be His People.  And God Himself will be with them.   4 And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be snymore.  The former things have passed away.’  5  And the One seated on the throne said:’Look!  I am making all things new.’  Also He says: Write, for these  words are  faithful and true.’

More of my favorite faith-strengthening Scriptures in my next few posts!