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“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD.” (Psalm 33:12)


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Hello! How are you? I hope all is well since I have last spoken with you. Life has way of continuing on no matter what goes on in one’s life.  What’s the saying? “Life happens while you’re making plans”. Many people in many countries make plans but do not necessarily have the freedom to carry out their plans or wishes because they simply are not allowed.

Tomorrow is July 4th-our Independence Day in the United States. American citizens  will celebrate and honor their freedoms by attending barbecues, parades, togetherness with family, friends and, by the end of the day-fireworks.  The Declaration of Independence was written specifically for the CITIZENS of the  United States…not for the “guests” that stay in our country.  The men who wrote the Declaration were all God fearing, God honoring men. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

These men held the Bible, and its’ principles as the highest Authority to govern a nation and the future of that nation.  These men prayed separately and corporately as they sought the counsel of God to write our Declaration of Independence.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776). images

These visionary men knew that this nation could not survive without God governing it. So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts” (Psalm 119:44-45).  As long as the Unites States continue to acknowledge their Creator in their lives, laws and government, it will be a Blessed and Free Nation under God. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. (John 8:31-32) One might say “what truth?” The truth that because of God and His Son Jesus, we have freedom-in various ways in our lives and in this country. These truths are also the promise of God to His children and to His Creation; and He cannot deny Himself. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bonds laves of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16).So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The freedom God offers us exceeds the physical and crosses directly into the spiritual. “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life” (Romans 6:17-18, 22).
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21).

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I wish you a sobering reflection into our Country’s history and that you will see God in your celebration of our Freedom.

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The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early lighT What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land. Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.                                             Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”                                                                                          And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave. O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” (Psalm 73:28)

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Hello! How are you? I hope your New Year is progressing forward as you continue to trust God and  learn to depend soley on Him.  I don’t think it matters where you are on your walk with God, it is always good to draw near to Him-to seek God and find out His will for your daily life because things happen in life and sometimes we don’t know where we should go next.

When life’s distractions happen, we shift our focus off of God and on to our situation(s); which means our focus goes back on to ourselves. For example-Long Island just had their 2nd nor’easter a little over 2 weeks; January 3rd and yesterday, January 21st. Talk about distracting-at least it is for me! Think about all the preparation that comes with it and then the clean up that comes after it. I admit, I could not focus on much else and it stresses me out something crazy… and I know that God is in control and no matter what He will be there for me and take care of me-so why do I stress?

When distractions occur, we get “stuck” and do not move forward with God. Have you ever played scenarios over and over in your mind? The enemy of our soul (Satan) works constantly to take as many believers in Jesus away from God as possible on a continual basis. He does not relent from this task because he does not want us to work out our salvation with God and wants to keep us a part from God eternally.  The enemy wants  us to be confused and have self doubt; and he wants us to feel he condemned. However, we do not have to give in to his lies. God gave us instruction on how to handle these things when it comes our way. “[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) (2 Corinthians 10:5-Amplified)

Satan wants us to stay where we are so that we do not believe can come to God with any of concerns no matter how big or small. He even has his children that belong to him and he sends them to us to try to dissuade us away from with their subtle whispers of doubt. Why do we fall for the lies even for one moment? Satan is the father of lies! “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)  Why do we fall for it?  I’ll tell you why. It’s because we do not stay in constant fellowship with God.

 Our commune with God is like every other relationship-the closeness is there because of the intimacy we create with one another. We need to be in God’s Word and in prayer for our communication with Him.  But, when we become distracted, we  lose focus and hence we become a little desensitized from the Holy Spirit (which lives inside those who accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior) and if we are not careful, we can begin to drift away. “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4: 1-10)

People always want the blessings of God without the responsibility that comes with this relationship.   Selfish? I think so! [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I want you to know that no matter what happens in our distractions, we can come back to God. But when we return, we need to ask forgiveness because we have walked away from Him. However, He is our refuge once we put our trust in Him and then we are safe from whatever the world tries to throw at us. Remember, the devil is a liar and he loses the battle against Jesus.

“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Revelation 12:7-12)

In His Love,

Melody

 

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

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Hello! How are you? How is the New Year treating you? How are you progressing with your personal changes for your life? (I do not like saying resolutions. One can always change if one chooses)  I have to admit that since I have made some personal decisions, I have already encountered much opposition. I have not discussed my decisions with anyone, but there are some people out there who just want to provoke you to no end. I also know it’s not just physical-it’s also spiritual. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but  against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  (Ephesians 6:12) The enemy of our soul does not want us to succeed in any area of our lives.

As a matter of fact, something happened to me today at work, that provoked to my core. However, I had to choose immediately how I was going to handle it. The situation made me very angry and hurt my feelings deeply, but I had to decide how I was going to process and respond.  As Kay Arthur of Precept  Ministries,(one of my all time favorite Bible teachers) taught years ago: “Do we act or react? ” I chose NOT to react. How? By recalling scripture to help ease my mind and emotions. I also shared this with a friend, (I’m only human) but, I also read my Bible at lunchtime. That’s why I choose the above scripture. ‘Believe me, I wanted to react in so many ways, I would be repenting for a very long time-that’s why I went to my Bible and looked up scriptures that had to with anger. “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” (Proverbs 29:11)  Sadly, I spent many years venting out to everyone-even as a Born Again Believer. It didn’t matter to me-I wanted everyone to know what I had to say. It never even crossed my mind how I looked or what people thought. What’s worse is I never thought about what God thought when I reacted that way only to find out He thought I was acting like a fool. Talk about sobering!  Sometimes I wonder how I had any friends at all because of my behavior. Can anyone relate?

As I read, I came across some other scriptures that referred to anger: “A hot tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calm a quarrel.” (Proverbs 15:18) “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) “Do not make friends with a shot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” (Proverbs 22:24-15) I know I have been hot-tempered. I also know I have been ensnared (riled up) by someone else’s anger.  Have you ever found yourself going from calm to crazy as you join in with someone else’s emotion?

You see the real issue is not the other person. It is our personal action (or, reaction) to a matter.”Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)  “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick tempered man displays folly.” (Proverbs 14:29) How does God want us to respond? Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but, those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” (Psalm 37:8-9)  “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8) “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18-Amplified) The Spirit of God lives within those who has accepted Jesus as LORD and Savior; therefore, it would make sense that the provoking we experience effects us in our spirit, soul and body. But, God is faithful to His own; He leaves us with His instruction manual (the Bible) as to how we are to conduct ourselves as believers. He loves us so much that He wrote it down for us to study and to imitate. “But Jesus looked at them and said, with men this is impossible, but  all things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, please read the scripture below so you can know that only with God we can change and control our behavior and reflect His.

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].”

Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

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].”

Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him”  (Colossians 3:12-17 Amplified)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“Moses asked, “When I come unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God said unto him, “I AM THAT I AM … I AM hath sent me unto you “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14)

names-of-god Hello! How is everyone doing? How is your relationship growing with God? I hope you are seeking God on a continual basis. As I have previously stated, I am in transition right now in my life as well as with my walk with God. I think that God will allow us to “revisit” certain areas of our lives so we can see how far we’ve come; or to let us know that we may not have come as far as we have hoped. Nevertheless, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

I must admit, it is not the easiest thing to wait on God when we are in the “during” stages. You know… the “waiting for change” stage; the “going through” stage. One thing I can say about this period of time with God is, that I get to learn (or re-learn) His character again and apply it to my life. The above scripture was chosen because it is here when God declares who He as well as His character attributes to the Israelites by saying that He is the “I AM”.

Of course you are probably are thinking “what?” I don’t get it. How is “I AM” attributed to character qualities. I will explain. God is eternal and therefore, His love and caring never ceases towards His creation. The reason God introduced Himself as “I AM” was to let the Israelites then (and for the gentiles now) know that He has always been there and cared for them-much like He does today. When the Israelites wandered through the wilderness they had much needs during this journey. When we go through our “wilderness” experiences, we have needs that need attending to met as well. When we feel alone, God, (Jehovah Shammah) is there is to say “I AM” here with you. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) As we continue on in our walk with God, we learn that He is “El Shaddai”-God Almighty-the All Sufficient One. He says “I AM all that you need. When there is a need for provision, He is “Jehovah Jireh” the Lord, our provider. Here He says, I will provide your needs. I think here people get very confused (me included) about wants and needs For example, right now during my trial I had to leave my apartment. I wanted another apartment. God provided a place with family for me to live at this time. My need was met. I needed a place to live and God provided one. Not the way I thought it was going to unfold, but, here I am.God is all things and everything to His own. He is constantly saying, “I AM” your Salvation when you are looking for truth. He is saying “ I AM” Jehovah Shalom, peace when you are looking for peace. “I AM” Elohim, your creator and loved you enough to create you in My image. God is EL Roi-the God who sees. He sees what we are going through and is with us and guides us through our situations. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8)

When Jesus first declared who He was, He used the same content of meaning to the Israelites regarding who He was. “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “ Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  JEAnd they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon  Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17)  You see, Jesus is the great I AM. He has always made Himself  known to us. In  the Old Testament, He was everything man needed. In the New Testament, He confirms  that He  still everything we need and the only way to God so we can have eternal life.

John 6:51:“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”

John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:11: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:36: “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”

Acts 7:32: Stephen speaking of Moses’ encounter at the burning bush  “saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.”

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, this week, try to take hold of the fact Jesus says “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6:). My prayer for you is that you enter into life that Jesus has for you. “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

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Hello! How is everyone? Fine, I hope.  I am sure that there are plenty of people who have come across trials that are affecting them and tempting you to take your eyes off God and to put your focus on self.  I know how you feel, as I, myself have recently have a entered a crossroad-which can easily be viewed as tough trial. By recently, I mean a few days ago, and like most people, I have a lot of things going on. Actually, some of the issues I am dealing with is from an answer to prayer. Be careful what you ask for-you may get…but, not always the way you think.

I have been praying for change for months. But, the way God is answering me is not the way I would have handled things. Actually, I would have thought about the process until it’s death and then resurrect it again.  Have you ever done that?  The reason I even bring this up is because NOW I have to make decisions-or should I say Godly decisions.  And what does that entail? It entails my responses as to my current situations. I am tempted to sin in my behavior and attitude.  Yet, what does the above scripture say?  The grace of God teaches me to say “NO” to ungodliness and wordly passions and to be self-controlled, upright and godly. Passions aren’t always sexual, but, they are usually fleshly (physical/emotional) in response.  For example, one of my fleshly passions is to “correct” someone strongly when provoked. Doesn’t that sound nicer then screaming at someone and telling them they are wrong? It does not matter who is right or, who is wrong (especially since I am always right. Did somebody just express ego? :))  What matters is how am I showing God’s grace in this matter? Can you imagine what it would be like or feel like if Jesus returned during my retaliation? I am sure I would hang my head in shame.

When Jesus offered salvation to me, I said yes to His offer and He accepted me…warts and all. I didn’t have to wait to become  a better person. God does not really want us to be better in ourselves; rather He wants us to conform to the image of His Son. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”(Romans 8:29) The moment I said “yes” to Jesus, is the very moment He redeemed my soul. To redeem is to “buy back”. He bought and brought my spirit, soul, and body from hell, as well as a living an eternity without  Him. He filled the gap between us and God. I am now one of God’s children through and because of Jesus Christ. As I continue to live for Him, it is a process of “un-doing” some former things that I thought were normal or right. But, as God purifies me from the world (and myself), my renewed mind wants to do good towards all people. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:26-28) I know you are saying “What?!? “Are you kidding me” “Fat chance” “Do you even know what so and so said (or did)?” I never implied this would be easy.Actually,in our own strength it’s impossible. But, God is not a man-therfore. He does not act like a man.(To be clear I mean mankind-not specifically male) He is holy and wants all people to come to Him. That’s where God’s grace comes into play. You see, grace is God’s unmerited (undeserved) favor towards His own. I have God’s favor (through His forgiveness of my sins) even though I did absolutely nothing to earn it.  No one can. Grace is the by-product of salvation-which is a gift from God. Have you ever earned a gift?  No. That’s why it’s a gift. It is because of God’s gift of grace that we can endure the trials that come our way. It spurs us on to do better in life; thus, spreading God’s love to all in spite of one’s difficulties. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) “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.” (Ephesians 4:29)

I encourage you to accept the grace (favor) of God that is offered through salvation. “So you, my son, be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1-amplified)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I wish you well in your coming week. I also want to leave you with this word from the Bible which is God’s Word to those who are walking with God; or for those who have recently accepted His gift of salvation; “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.”) (Hebrews 4: 16-amplified)

In His Love,

Melody

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3)

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Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well-despite the provoking spirit that lingers in the air. I am finding that more and more people are bitter, angry, and just plain crazy.  I maintain it is because many are so needy and insecure that they truly believe life is all about them!  Oh, try telling them it isn’t all about them and see if you  can do it without an argument…”Holy smokes, Batman!” It would be impressive if you got away without a scratch.  The choice one needs to make is this “do I retaliate? Or, do I let it go?” Sadly, you might not win either way because misery loves company and will do whatever it can to make you act the same. I just went through this myself today. I thought I took the “high road” by not engaging in conversation, and instead the person hung up on me.  See what I mean?

That’s one of the reasons I chose this scripture. What will be our action? Or, will there be a reaction.  Actually, I had this scripture picked  BEFORE this happened.  Blessed is the person who does not walk  with the wicked.  Wicked means anything or anyone who is behaves ungodly-un-Christlike. The person I dealt with was acting wicked by picking a fight and then hanging up on me. They want me to react. Had I reacted, I would have then “stood” in the same way that sinners take-meaning now we are interacting pretty much the same. That person throws insults, then I throw insults and it seems like we are the same type of person.  The we eventually would “sit”with mockers.  Do you notice the progression of behavior? We walk in sinful behavior, then we stand (no longer moving towards godliness; then we sit with ungodly. That’s how easy and comfortable it can become.  Bad or ungodly behavior is very natural to mankind.

But, to the person who delights in God’s laws (ways), he/she focuses on God constantly. They meditate (think about) God  so, therefore, they are putting God and His ways in place of themselves and their ways.  When a person puts God ahead of themselves, they become spiritually fed by God. That’s why they can be “like tree planted by streams of water”  These trees are strong and healthy and flourish because the roots go way down deep in the soil and are constantly being watered because the soil soaks up the water-which gives the trees life; which  produces fruit.  It is the sane knowing and walking with God. When we are rooted into the Word of God (scripture), we begin to produce new life and we begin to bear fruit as well. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)  Do you see how this is the complete opposite of sinful behavior and mocking? One type of behavior is acted out in the flesh and the other is a by-product that can only come from new life through Jesus Christ. “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus] Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:17-19)  As we delight in God, we  begin to obey His precepts-which replaces our previous behavior. PLEASE NOTE: it is not always instantaneous.  I still fail and sin, but, I know that forgiveness is only a prayer away and so it is with you.

I leave you to read the entirety of Psalm 1 as you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His love,

Melody

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” (James 1:26)

Do you ever think about the tongue?  If you do, what do you actually associate with the tongue.  Let’s see, the tongue lets us know if something taste yummy (like ice cream), or (quite frankly) something disgusting.  The doctor looks at our tongue when he/she asks us to “ahh.” Some use their tongue for kissing and some (not just children) just like to stick their tongue at someone as a way to “so there!” or “leave me alone!”  I guess most people take their tongue for granted.

I know what you’re thinking…what an odd topic-and you are right.  It is an odd topic for discussion but, I would guess that most people do not realize that their tongue will contradict their own religion by the way they speak. I believe that the tongue is a tool that leads to hypocrisy and the reason is because many times we say one thing; or imply something, but our actions are contrary to what we said.  It is also true that one’s emotions dictate the words the tongue puts out.  When a person presents themselves as religious, but spits out anger or hurt on others, then their religion (or as I like to say their faith) seems phony.  Everybody has bad days. I’m not talking about that. I am talking about when people are deluded in thinking that their words do not effect anyone.  This is what the above scripture means.  Piety is not holy. I am guilty of this very thing myself.  I am a sinner saved through the grace of my Lord, Jesus Christ.  I am not perfect-but Jesus is.  The people who know me would consider me a “religious” person. However, I know they have seen and heard me when I let that tongue of mine take control and then act completely un-Christlike.  My tongue may be small in my body, but it has big opinions and wants to be heard. In the book of James it says “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5-6)

When we let the tongue get the better of us, we become automatically become pharisaical.  We appear high and mighty. We take our priceless salvation and make it worthless by our very own words and condemn ourselves.  There have been instances where I thought my heart was with God-but then I opened my mouth and blew my testimony as a Christian.  I do not want to be known as a “Christian terminator” but, I brought that label upon myself and I know it!  I think my biggest disappointment is not what people think of me; it’s what does God think of me as His representative! Thank God, I can always come to Him and repent for my words and actions and He is always faithful to forgive me when I ask.

So the next time you want to spew something foul; or even give an unkind word (even in self defense) take a moment to honestly reflect what is in your mind and reign in the tongue before it breaks free.  It is challenge I am presenting to all of my readers.  I also value the accountability.  Until we meet again, walk everyday with grace that only God can give.

In His Love,

Melody