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“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:11-12)

images-1Hello! How are you? It’ s Labor Day weekend! How crazy is that? Time is flying by. Even though time seems to be moving quickly, it also appears as other things in our lives are standing still-making it appear that we are sleeping or wasting our time on frivolous matters when we know better.

As one grows with the LORD, one should always continue in the application of His principles and apply it to their life. That is where commitment and discipline come into play. Unfortunately, people confuse “good intentions” with commitment. I wrote myself a Proverb years ago that says “Good intentions do not always bring about good results.” What do I mean? I mean, “what good are intentions without actions?” Now, there are some who are “well-intentioned” meaning they wanted to do something nice or good for another but never quite got around to it. I think that’s why the saying “well, it the thought that counts” is used with this type of implication.

In any event, with each passing day we are getting closer and closer to Jesus’ return. For those who do believe, our salvation is here and it draws closer and closer to eternity with God. For those who do not believe yet, but are inquiring and thinking they still “have time” really need to re-think what they are searching and hoping for. Some peopled have the attitude that they can always repent and call on the name of Jesus “tomorrow”; or keep doing everything they want to do because they believe they can repent once they are old or had their fun. But, scripture says “Today is the day of salvation.  “For God says,“At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

We are not promised tomorrow and we do not know when we will be meeting our Savior. For those who are His, He will welcome you with open arms and enter into your rest. God the Father will see His Son, Jesus when He sees you. For those who are NOT His-first you will bow before Him and acknowledge Him as King of Kings and LORD of LORDS; and then He will say “depart from Me, I never knew you! “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day,‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire(M) prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:34-46)

Can you imagine that? Eternal separation from God. There is no second chance on the other side of the grave-no matter what religion may say. That is a lie. Redemption is only on this side of the grave. Only on this side will one get chance after chance to repent from sin up until your last breath.; after that, you will be face to face with God …who will either be your Advocate or your Judge. “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5: 9-10)

As you walk Every Day with Grace, my encouragement to you is for you to realize that salvation is here and now and that we are to walk in the precious gift of our Salvation . This means we are to come out of our slumber of complacency and daily live according to God’s word and embrace our new life in Jesus.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)

image004-4For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God.

Hello. How is everyone? It appears that we, in the Northeast have a reprieve from the snow (at least for the moment) There is a rumor that we are to have snow Sunday into Monday; and Monday into Tuesday-now it may be on Wednesday…oy vey! I find that in addition to the snow, there has been an addition of “angst” in the air. I would say that there is a legitimate amount of stress that is affecting everyone and it seems to be hitting most people in the wallet and in their spirit.  “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives,that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:1-3)

It’s like what my friend Amy says “just leaving the house even to go somewhere local (like a   grocery store) costs so much money!” As we all know, everything is so expensive-gas, food, rent, mortgage, medical bills, co-payments,now there is co-insurances, etc…  Notice, I am not referring to extravagant things like vacations, huge houses or cars-just the everyday cost of living and I am hearing people say the craziest things regarding their expenses. The problem when this situation occurs, is that we focus more on money than on God. Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) So, what can we do?  We cry out to our God. “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:1) We have to be careful when we let circumstances take over our mind and emotions because then we take our eyes off of God and put our eyes on ourselves and then worry and doubt subtly  begin to take over. Then we try to figure things out because we don’t think God will help us or answer our prayers-and that my friends, can open a door for mental and/or physical illness. “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25) Worrying is the opposite of trusting God. The reality is God has never failed His children-we just feel that way when we are in crisis mode. We have to be careful when we let circumstances take over our mind and emotions because then we take our eyes off of God and put our eyes on ourselves and then worry and doubt subtly take over our focus. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1Peter 5:7) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Worrying is the opposite of trusting God. That’s why we try to plot and figure things out. We try to use worldly wisdom and resources and make it a godly application. But God is in control of all things and He will take care of His children. This is the reality for believers in Jesus Christ-God has never failed His children-we just feel that way when we are in crisis mode.“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:30-33) “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”(James 4:8)  In order to remedy our situations during tough times (trials), we must go to God in prayers so that we do not forfeit our souls but instead, protect our souls through our prayers. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippian 4:6-7 NLT) “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)  God will always direct our paths-it is so much better then taking matters into our own hands. We just need to submit to His will and trust Him. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) 

Please don’t think this easy-it is not. But God loves us and will always care for us. Do not give up your heavenly inheritance for this temporal world and what you think it can offer you.  Even our journey on this planet is temporary.  I encourage you to be heaven bound and heavenly minded because nothing can separate us from God’s love towards His own.“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered. ”But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39 NASB)

There is a cost to be a disciple of Jesus Christ: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also]. For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].” (Matthew 16:34-35-Amplified)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave you with some scriptures that are food for thought (and application). Be encouraged knowing that God loves and cares for you and is always there with you in your circumstances.

In His love,

Melody 

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.(1 Timothy 6:6-8)

“Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it” (Proverbs 15:16)

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:3-5)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “(Matthew 6:19-24)

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.(1Timothy 6:17-19 NASB)

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” (1Timothy 6:10-11)

“Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. (Psalm 37:16)

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” (Proverbs 28:6)

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:7-8)

“Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? (James 2:5)

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)

“Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,” (Proverbs 30:8)

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”  (Psalm 34:8)