One of Many Favorite Bible Verses

1 Samuel 17:36 one ofmy favorite verses spoken by David. Why do I like this verse so much? I am not sure,  maybe it’s David’s confidence and how he felt so strongly to defend God’s name and work on behalf of the Lord God.

“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

I Samuel 17:36 NKJV

Faith in Action

“We are saved by faith, not works, but we live out our faith by loving others and caring for their needs.”

Our Daily Bread for June 29th 2017

For the last two days,  upon seeing indivduals with an obvious need, I thought about this scripture in James. If I wish for someone to be better off than they are,  a prayer works, but a prayer from me is not all that works.  If I have what they need it is my responsibility to help them,  not to just pray for them. 

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:14-20

Wisdom

“For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord;” – Proverbs 8:35 NKJV

Here in proverbs, wisdom is talking. So if we find wisdom we also find life and receive favor from the Lord. Favor from the Lord is the best favor there is because I believe you can have favor with the Lord, which can result in favor with God as well. Think about the story of Joseph in the bible! After being taken to Egypt as a slave, He had God’s favor and wisdom! Plus he had the favor of those he interacted with everywhere he went. If you don’t remember the story, please go ahead and read it. Read it also in a version that you know you will be able to understand, or switch to a different version like the amplified if you’d like some points explained more. Don’t stick to the version you are used to if you have been a Christian for many years.
“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.” – James 1:5 NKJV

I love that if we are lacking wisdom, all we have to do is be humble, go to God and ask for His wisdom. His word gives us assurance that He will give us wisdom, because as the verse above says, He gives liberally and without reproach (freely, no restraint).

Let’s look at the Amplified Bible,

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides]. James 1:5-7

The amplified version gives more explanation for some verses, I tried to expound a bit more on James 1:5 I’m not sure if it helped, but I hope the amplified version helps you all out.

Love God

TC

 

Hebrews 8:6-13

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord , when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord . For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord : I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord ,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant ,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 8:6‭-‬13 NKJV

May Your Priorities Be Mine

Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract–let Your priorities be mine], And restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways.

PSALM 119:37 AMP

Psalm 119 verse 37 is such a meaningful verse to me. I read the amplified version and it is cut straight. 

I do believe that all the things around us is vanity compared to where we will spend eternity. Some are consumed with fashiom and clothes, others are consumed with make up trends, some are consumed with the newest tech, some are consumed with romance in their lives, in movies or in books, some are consumed with food, how it tastes, how to make it and how it is made. Perhaps ‘consumed’ is a heavy word to use. Obsessed can be used also. The point I’m making is that these things are not only interests, but they are things that have the focal point of our attention.

Yesterday, I finally got a fitbit! I’m excited about it. I do know that I can not center my focus and attention on what it can and cannot do. I am glad about the things I know it can do, like count my steps. Counting my steps was the main reason I wanted one, but for those of you who know about the fitness watch it can do so much more than count your steps, which for me is an added bonus. This takes me to a verse I read for the Our Daily Bread devotional. Psalm 119:33-40 Fifteen-Minute Challenge. The reading was about reading for 15 minutes a day. It started out with an introduction about the president of Harvard University writing books that he suggested can help the individual reading it, if they read it for 15 minutes a day. The author of todays reading then raises the question of what if we read our Bible for 15 minutes a day? I wonder what if we commit to spending time with God for 15 or more minutes a day? Reading His word, praying, and praising and worshiping Him. This is what I hope to do until I get hired for paid work. All of our situations are different though. Some of you reading this post may already have a part time or full time work position, some of you may work from home, some of you may be stay at home moms and dads. This is why I use the word ‘commit.’ It is our choice as to how much time we spend with God. I read something that Rick Warren wrote, I think it goes something like how close you are with Good depends on you. I agree and understand because God is available and He wants to have a relationship with us.

So, as I  desire friendship, I realize that I don’t have to focus on friendships now.  I can focus on my relationship with God though and strengthening that friendship and relationship. I took a look back on how my friendships with others have progressed throughout life.  Elementary school friendships were good. Junior high school friendships were okay, not like elementary school though. Then high school. In high school I think I had people who I called friends and they’d say the same about me,  but it never really developed  into a continuous friendship. Hence why I have few friends now, plus I’m learning the whole friend thing I think. Oh, and I also was not outspoken and I’m still closer to not being outspoken. Enough about me and friendships.

Psalm 119 verse  37 is a prayer for me. I’m so glad I have a fitbit now. Yet, I do not want to focus on that all day. I think that would become boring. I want to enjoy the things in this life and appreciate  them, but not let them become my focus or the center of my attention. I know who should be my focus and the center of my attention, and that is God my Father, my papa, the Holy one, righteous in all of His ways, I love Him, I praise Him, I worship Him, I give Him the glory due His name. He is a mighty God and I believe I will continue getting to know Him in my life and how He also works in the lives of those I interact with. 

Are you getting to know Him? God, Jehovah, Jesus, the giver of peace, grace, mercy, and love? 

You should get to know Him. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. 

Go to the salvation page on this blog and choose whether you will accept Jesus to be Your personal Lord and Savior.

♡God

TC