Hi everyone! Wow, I can’t believe the number of comments I’ve received on my blog since the beginning of the year. Don’t forget to subscribe if you like it, that way you will get an email with each new blog I post.
I have to admit, I’ve been in a “slump” over the last few months and these comments have really been encouraging, even the negative one I got. 😀 Love to have constructive criticism as well, helps to make one better.
Still not ready to “write” another blog, but I can feel it coming back soon!!! But here are some scriptures that I’ve been mediating on over the last few days. Thought I’d post them here for two purposes. 1) It’s an easy place for me to access when I’m online. 2) Maybe there one here that can touch someone else’s life at just the time the Lord decides.
Joh 3:19-21 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. [Isa. 5:20.] (20) For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved. (21) But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].
- Companion scripture: Eph 5:11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
- Another interpretation: “Be a person of light and people of the light will be drawn to you and people of the darkness will not be able to tolerate the truth you embody. “
- Walk as a citizen of the Kingdom, not as a worldly society. Sometimes it’s not something about us personally that makes people not like us or uncomfortable around us, it’s about the light within us. If we are standing for things that fit the culture of the Kingdom, then it’s not about our personality, it’s about theirs. If we are living contrary to the culture of the Kingdom, then those of the light will make us feel uncomfortable or defensive when they are around, it’s not about their personality, it’s about ours.
Pro 24:3-4 Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation], (4) And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
- Companion scripture: Pro 8:14 I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.
- Another interpretation: “It takes wisdom to have a good family (or life) and it takes understanding to make it strong by love and practice of what we know.”
- It isn’t always about what we do, but how we do it. If we do it in a wise, understanding loving manner, it will establish a good foundation and be filled with love.
Psa 37:4-5 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. (5) Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
- Companion scripture: Pro 16:3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
- Another interpretation: “Keep company with God, get in on the best. Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done.” (MSG)
- We should seek our happiness in God – in his being, his perfections, his friendship, his love. Because we seek our happiness in him our desires will be regulated and we will be ask only those things which it will be proper for him to grant. And because we find our happiness in him will be a reason why he will grant our desires. If we find our happiness in man, our desires will need to be met by man, which will always set us up for failure.
Pro 4:23-24 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. (24) Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
- Companion scripture: Mat 12:34 “You offspring of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks.”
- Another interpretation: “Be careful what you think and say, because your thoughts and words run your life. Where there is abundance of wickedness in the heart much of it will come out by the lips; as is a man’s heart, ordinarily is his language.”
- The heart is our feelings, will, and intellect and it is vital that we guard those things because they are what makes us the real us. It is easy to act like a Christian, but it important that we ARE a Christian at heart (in our feelings, will, and intellect). We shouldn’t talk out of both sides of our months, have careless banter, tell white lies, gossip, swear, speak things that are untrue, unchaste, unjust, foolish, and filthy; and we should put away everything that is repugnant to truth and justice. If we can not do these things, we need to look back at our heart (feelings, will, and intellect) and make adjustments there.
Col 3:15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
- Companion scripture: Php 4:7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
- Another interpretation: “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.” (MSG)
- The peace which God gives to the soul is to be to us what an umpire or referee is at games is to those who contended there. It is to preside over and govern the mind; to preserve every thing in its place; and to save it from tumult, disorder, and irregularity. The soul is liable to the agitations of passion and excitement – like an assembled multitude of men. It needs something to preside over it, and keep its various faculties in place and order; and nothing is so well fitted to do this as a deep sense of the presence of God. The “peace of God” will thus calm down every agitated element of the soul; subdue the tumult of passion, and preserve the mind in healthful action and order. A spirit of thankfulness, also, would tend much to promote harmony and peace. An ungrateful people is commonly a tumultuous, agitated, restless, and dissatisfied people. Nothing better tends to promote peace and order than gratitude to God for his mercies.