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

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Morning Text Message • 09/04/2014 • Faith In Action

To Believe is to accept something as truth.
When you show or demonstrate what you believe, it is your faith in action, in what you believe.
+++In Hebrews chapter 11, we learn that by faith we understand the things of God, and without faith it is impossible to please God.
+++Some of us want the full understanding of things of God before we can exercise faith in God. This is not faith and this is unacceptable with God. You cannot know God without faith in God. That’s just how God designed the system.
John 20:29
Jesus says unto Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
+++Don’t be like Thomas. Continue to believe, trust and exercise faith in God.
+++ Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen!
-Bro. A. Rose

Morning Text Message • 08/11/2014

+++Remember as a man thinks in his heart so is he.
Matt 12:34
…for out of the abundance of the HEART the mouth speaks.
+++Words spoken from the HEART are supernaturally powerful.
Mk 11:23
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his HEART, but shall believe (in his HEART) that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.
+++Think in your HEART, believe in your HEART, speak from you HEART, and you will experience the miraculous and the supernatural.
+++ Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen!
-Bro. A. Rose

Morning Text Message • 07/30/2014

Matt 9:29
Jesus said: According to your faith be it unto you.
+++Your faith in God is the deciding factor on you getting your requests from God.
+++Jesus is still saying to you “Be it unto you according to your faith”.
Rom 4:20-21
20. Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21. And Abraham being fully persuaded that, what God had promised him God was able also to perform.
+++Your key to receive from God is your faith. Keep your faith in God. He is faithful. By faith you will always receive your blessings.
+++ Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. In Jesus Name Amen!
-Bro. A. Rose

Waiting Is More Than Just Patience…

…it’s about faith.

Waiting on the Lord gives us time to prepare for what is to come and it also shows or proves how much faith we really have. If we are waiting for something like breakthrough, salvation for someone we care about, healing or anything else according to God’s will and His word, we must not give up. If we give up waiting and move on to something else this shows that we need more faith. More faith to wait and to believe that soon what we are waiting for will be manifested. We cannot rush God, He works in His own time, He is all-knowing, He sees everything, His word says that He loves us*. His word says all things work together for good to them that love God to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). There comes a time in the waiting season where it’s not only about patience but about faith. To keep on believing, trusting and yes, to keep on waiting.

*John 3:16, Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:38-39, Psalm 107:8, John 15:13.

Waiting isn’t always a matter of patience, it is more a matter of faith.

Simeon waited to see Christ(Luke 2:22-38). Abraham waited for God to manifest His promises in his(Abrahams life) even though through it Sarah or Abraham himself may have doubted for a short time. I guarantee there are many others in the Bible who waited on God.

Let us hold tightly to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Hebrews 10:23

Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
      And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
      For the LORD is a God of justice;
      Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

—————————————-Isaiah 30:18 (New King James Version)

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
   therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
   Blessed are all who wait for him!

—————————————-Isaiah 30:18 (New International Version)

Earlier caught myself thinking I’ll wait on someone, but ultimately I want to wait on the Lord. I’m not taking about waiting for someone to come out of the mall or waiting for the fast food delivery, but about waiting for the Lord with trust in life’s circumstances, in the hills and the low streams, the rocky mountains and the flowery fields, in it all I shall wait on the Lord, with expectancy.

Sometimes waiting is more about faith, than it is about patience.

Who are you waiting for? What are you waiting for? and Are you waiting with patience and faith?

♥God

-TC