Tag Archive | God’s faithfulness

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Isaiah43v19.jpg.w560h396Hello! How are you? Can you believe it is New Year’s Eve already? I don’t know where 2014 went! It seems the older one becomes, the faster the clock turns.

The good news is that with the New Year one has the opportunity to do new things-which means New Beginnings.  I know many people make new resolutions for their new year. I now prefer to look at my new year as looking at new opportunities. Believe me, I wasn’t always like this. If anything, I tend to over-think and over analyze everything. So, what do you think God wanted me to learn?  “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

As my friend Amy reminded me-reflection isn’t a bad thing, but, we need to be aware the about the amount of time we spend on the things that have passed and can no longer be changed. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) It can be very self-absorbing-which means self focused rather than God focused. The truth of the matter is that we walk through seasons within our lives. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

As you Walk Every Day with Grace, know that God has everything new waiting for you should you want His will for your life. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.” (Ezekiel 36:26-28)

Know that with God comes newness of life but, we need to commune with Him and we do that through prayer…which is basically talking to God. “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,…” (1 Chronicles 16:11-12) “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25-26). Also realize that in order to move forward, we can not keep looking at one was-whether it is past glories, or past regrets.  We need to have continual progression forward. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

In His Love,

Melody

I wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year in Jesus! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 

“For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.” (Proverbs 5:21)

IMG_0493Hello! How are you? How is your week? Mine has been a very long week-life happens and circumstances occur that affect one’s family. So of course, when things happen people may think “where is God in all of this?” “I didn’t see anything like this coming…so how can God allow this to happen?” “Didn’t He know?” “Doesn’t He care?” Well, the truth of the matter is this…Yes! God does see specifically what is occurring in one’s life. He doesn’t get distracted and He is able to listen-regardless of how many people are on the planet. God’s part is not new and it has not changed. He is still sitting on the throne  because NOTHING and NO ONE  can remove Him from it.“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

Believe it or not, God has a plan and a purpose for your life. It could be something big like an Astronaut; maybe a scientist who discovers a cure; maybe the purpose is to be a Pastor or a leader of a congregation who truly has a Godly influence. It could be a “celebrity,” but, I’m a little hesitant to use that term because people tend to idolize people who have somewhat of a public face-even within some religious organizations. Anyway, one’s purpose could also be a mother  or grandmother who teaches and raises children to love and obey God; or to care for a sick child. It could be a faithful father, who works three jobs to support his family and to put food on the table and goes to church and worship together as a family. I know many today, do not have a family situation like this, but the family (father, mother, children) was God’s perfect design-for a purpose and with a purpose. The family relationship is something tangible that God uses for us to identify with Him. The purpose: “to be fruitful and multiply.” Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28) Please do not confuse having a family or a large family for that matter as breeding. I know there are people who cannot comprehend having more than “2.5” children in the United States, but God distinctly says that children are a gift and a heritage from the LORD.  “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them” (Psalm 127:3-5) So what else am I saying?  We have choices in our decisions; no matter what they are-the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Some choices may be clear cut; some may be difficult; and still-some may be confusing; and God sees how we choose-especially since He gave us free will. ‘For [God’s] eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps.” (Job 34:21 Amplified) “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:15)

God is there for us no matter what-even we go through bad or sad times. You know those times when it feels like the world is closing in on you and you feel all alone and you don’t think you can go on. “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) We should take comfort that God is there for us whether we need to make a decision or if we enter into trials; either way, He is there. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  (James 1: 2-8)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that everything comes from God. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:16-18) As we get to know God and His Word, we need to apply what He is teaching us and learn to be more Christ minded instead of earthly (or fleshly minded). “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of( all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:19-27)

In His Love,

Melody