Can to Will

There are several different definitions for the word CAN.  To be able to, accomplish, have knowledge, used to indicate possibility are all listed in the Webster dictionary.  All of them define God’s abilities BUT to me, personally, it also gives a little leeway to failure which is NOT God.  God doesn’t fail. We as humans fail but God does not.

 

So I have decided to replace can with WILL!  Webster dictionary defines will as used to explain a future happening, a choice, a willingness, and a command (my favorite).  Yes, God can do all things for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). But the best part is that He WILL do all things for those who love Him.  He WILL strengthen you when you need to be strengthened. He WILL love those who love Him. Best of all He WILL and He has saved us from ourselves.  

 

God is everything and He is all powerful.  So “can” is a given when it comes to Him. Of course He “can”.  Instead of saying “God can do such and such” start saying “God WILL do such and such” and feel how powerful and how reassuring that will be for you.  He WILL be your everything if you let Him.

 

Lord, Help us to remember that not only can you hold on to us and help us but you WILL be here for us.  Thank you for the little things in our lives. Thank you for your amazing love and Thank you for everything you have and you will continue to do for us.  We love you and we praise you. AMEN

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV

 

‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength. ‘
Philippians 4:13

Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.”
2 Samuel 10:12 NIV

Commit your way to the Lord ; trust in him and he will do this:
Psalm 37:5 NIV

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Signs

October 3, 2018

 

Signs.  They are everywhere!  There are signs telling you to eat this or buy that.  There are signs telling you to hire this person or call this number.  Signs telling us to stop, slow down, one way. All of them telling us to do or not do something.  

 

How about the signs that are from God?  Do you listen to them? Do you even realize they are Him speaking to you?  I for one have missed LOTS of signs and had to learn the hard way on things because of missing them or ignoring them.  We listen to the guidance of the physical signs in our lives why don’t we listen to the ones that God give to us?

They aren’t physically seen, that’s why.  Even if they are we question if they are really from God.  We could hear Him talking to us and not even realize that it is Him.  I still to this day struggle on if I know it is God or if it is just my subconscious making it’s own decision trying to mask it as God.  

 

One thing that I am learning is to just start following the tug of what is right and aligns with what the word would say not the world.  Start listening to the little things that just seem so random and you have no clue where they could have come from. That stop sign that seems to be louder than the others could be telling you to stop whatever harmful behavior you are doing.  The Only sign showing you one direction is telling you to follow God’s path only. The Wrong way or U Turn sign could be saying turn around and try again.

 

Most of all though in order to hear these signs and start to understand them we need to be still and just listen.  Stop talking, stop requesting, stop praying. Just listen. You will eventually start hearing and recognizing His voice and His signs.  Just take that leap of faith and you will land where He wants you.

 

“Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, Virgin Israel, return to your towns.” Jeremiah 31:21

 

How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation  Daniel 4:3

 

I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  Acts 2:19

 

God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.  Hebrews 2:4

 

Lord, thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow with you.  Thank you for allowing us to see and hear your signs and your voice.  May we begin to hear you more and more through everything in our lives.  Amen

 

Bipolar world

The Psalms seem to be what we would call bipolar.  One minute he is crying out for God to save him the next he is talking about how great God is and how much He loves us.  Life is this way. One minute all is great the next we are falling apart. We wonder if its because there really is not a God or if it’s because He isn’t as loving as we are told.  But that’s not it. It’s because first of all we have free will. We are not God’s puppets or robots. Also like any parent does, God has to sit back at times and allow us to fail and can’t save us from the big bad world.  Giving us a chance to hopefully learn from those mistakes.

Most of all, though, we are not from this world.  We are fighting a battle that will only be won when the Lord comes back to us.  It will only be won when we leave it and are forever in His glory. We must always remember this and keep out eyes and heart on the home we are headed to.  Keep remembering that we must not act like this world but live as we would and will when we are in His presence for eternity.

Hear my prayer, Lord,
listen to my cry for help;
do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
a stranger, as all my ancestors were.”
Psalm 39:12

Lord, thank you so much for loving us so much as to allow us to be ourselves and not your robots.  Thank you for allowing us to fall when we need to and soar when we figure it out. May we keep our eyes and our hearts on the prize of being with your for eternity.  Amen

Watch your mouth!

We are so hurt and complain about how others have hurt us with their words we tend to forget what we do to others.  Sometimes we don’t even realize what we are saying because we think we are saying it with love but the enemy is actually using us to cut someone down to their very core.  I believe it is time to step out of “the world is against me” attitude or the “it’s all about me” frame of mind and start realizing what we are doing to others.  Time to step out of ourselves and be about God and His children.

We need to watch out mouth.  What we say can tear someone down or it can lift them up.  Wouldn’t you rather someone who lifts you up rather than tear you down constantly?

I”m not saying that we should just brush each others egos.  NO that is far from what I am saying.  Yes, hold each other accountable and such but be more loving.  Don’t say things because you feel you should correct them.  Say it because you truly love them and are trying to help them.

Also before you say it make sure to do a heart check first.  So many times a person will tell someone something and cover it up as “loving them” but they have their own agenda when telling them things.  If you are telling someone something about what they are doing or want to do and you are trying to discourage them from it make sure you are discouraging them from it because it is truly something that they shouldn’t do rather than discouraging them because you feel they are encroaching on your territory or because you want to look better than they do.

We are supposed to be building each other up not tearing each other down.  We are supposed to be His body, His hands and feet and we have to work together to accomplish His goals.

Ephesians 4:29 says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

We need to love one another and bring the lost to the Shepard.  How can we do this if we have unwholesome talk coming out of our mouth?  We need to be prepared and we need lift those that are ready to listen up and into the Lord’s hands.

 

Lord, I ask that you help us to keep a tight lid on our mouths and our thoughts.  Help us to be encouraging rather than discouraging to those that we come into contact with everyday.   Help us to remember that we are to treat others they way we wish to be treated and that we are to keep unwholesome talk from our mouths.  Let only love and praise for you pass our lips.  Amen.

Let Him fight

One thing is a guarantee in this life.  The enemy is always waiting to attack. He knows that God is going to be victorious but in egotistical mind he seems to think that he can change this and he tries his hardest to detour Gods people. 

We need to stay on guard at all times.  Stay in His word, keeping His armor on and covered in prayer.  The enemy attacks our families, our jobs, and our churches.  He goes for what he knows will hurt us most.  He never lets up so we should never let out guard down.

Remember God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)  Nehemiah says “wherever you hear the trumpet, join us there.  Our God will fight for us.”(Neh 4:20)

None of us are exempt from these attacks for even David was attacked physically and mentally by both enemy and friend.  The Lord stayed by his side. He stays by the needy. He saves them from those who would condemn them.(Psalm 109:31)

So stay strong child of the Almighty.  He has not forgotten you.  He is by your side and wants you to trust that He will fight your battle for you.  You’ve got this with Him by your side.

First time?

So I automatically assumed that people have always worshiped or called out to God because He is the creator and it shows that Cain and Abel gave the Lord offerings.  But then in Genesis 4:26 it states that “people started to call out to the Lord” or they “called on the Lord’s name.”  So does this mean they didn’t call His name before?

Well I googled it…………..

According to commentaries this is when it is believed that they started attaching divinity to His name.  This is where actual religion started.  One commentary even said we were foolish to think Eve (It didn’t mention Adam?)  thought of God this way after what she did and then what Cain did.  Honestly this commentary didn’t make any sense to me………….

So this is how I am thinking about this.  Cain’s actions caused an even bigger rift between God and man then the one Eve caused.  So people were just wandering around.  Well then Seth is brought into the world to anchor us and bring things back the way it should be.  Seth’s role, in my opinion, was similar to Jesus’ (maybe not as extreme.  lol)  and brought the world back to the Lord and His commands and ways.  So man started calling on His name and seeing that He is the all powerful.

Just my thoughts on the whole thing.  :):)

 

Lord, may we never forget or stray again from you.  May we always follow your path and ways for the rest of eternity.  AMEN

Lord’s help

In Genesis 4:1 Eve says “with the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.”  She has made this statement after giving birth to Cain.  It made me realize today that we can do NOTHING worthwhile without God’s help.  We can’t succeed and be happy without the Lord.  We can fool ourselves thinking we are but we truly aren’t.  We can’t bear children, raise children or let our children go without the Lord.  We can’t even breath the air that we breath without the Lord.

So why do we try?  Why do we try to live our lives without the Lord?  What do we need to give back to the Lord today?  For me its my life, my children and my grandchildren.  He is my everything, He gave me everything and daily I need to pick up my cross and give it all back to Him.

 

Lord, Thank you for everything that you have given me. Thank you for the air, the sun, the moon, and all my loved ones.   May I remember every second of the day that none of this would be possible without you.  You created everything so that I may be here and may I always remember that and show others that.  Amen.