A Weekly Devotional
Tune in for An Encouraging Word weekdays at 12 noon. With Psalm 95:1 as her inspiration, Jennifer Alden uses her own private devotionals from her “Joy And Music” ministry as a way to connect the body of Christ together to celebrate and “make a joyful noise unto the Rock of our Salvation”.
|Posted on January 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
In studying the book of Proverbs this morning, I came upon this commentary: Many wander and wonder through life, wishing they knew God's will for them; but, His will is not a mystery, and much of the answer is in this proverb, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established" (Proverbs 16:3).
I believe that when we accept people where they are, knowing that only God can change them, we develop a better understanding of who we are in Christ and how much He does love each and every one of us.
As a body of Christ, I can see how we can all fair well in doing this more. I am guilty of not always being patient with others, and some have had to be more patient with me this last year than ever before. Life choices have turned into life-consequences. My heart is to make it a better year, no matter what our circumstances may be. The Lord is calling us to bear one another's burdens, and so I will do my best to fulfill this call.
I've been singing the song lyrics, "You are the light of the world; You are the city on the hill," and how true that is.
Matthew 5:14-16 states, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
You are each a special light in this world. It appears, at times, we are diamonds in the rough, as the Lord continuously works in and through us. I can't help but imagine that all the years of pressure on our lives, and in living like coals, we've developed these beautiful hidden diamonds.
He sees our diamonds and our lives are more than worthy of His grace. It is through His precious son, Jesus Christ, who has lived and died for all of our sins that we can each be made worthy!
We are truly precious in His sight.
No matter what the world sees or says about you, always know who you are in Christ. Allow Him to take this coal in your life and turn it into these beautiful diamonds!
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). I do choose to walk in them. This is my hope, and this is my prayer for you.
It is in our times of uncertainty, we can sing this hymn and pray: "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."
It is His glory and grace that we have the privilege of claiming in our own life. When we allow Him to work "in" us, then He can work "out" of us all of what may be disabling to us, enabling us to be that vessel He can work "through". It's a delicate process that our heavenly Father has entrusted Him to do.
Philippians 2:13 states, "For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose."
Allow Him to become the focus of your circumstances, today!
And remember, it is in these times of uncertainty that it is better to be lowly in spirit, along with the oppressed, than to share plunder with the proud.
Let us allow Him to polish and refine that everlasting light within us, so that we can stand out from the crowd!
|Posted on December 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
How do we have unity in a world of such adversity?
There are those who come into our lives under what seems to be false pretenses. I have found that regardless of what their original motive or agenda may have been, through love, we can still be a friend to them. We can teach through our own example by demonstrating this love, patience and the many other fruits of the Spirit, given to us. Praying for His will in our lives, living by His example everyday, practicing what we preach, and of course doing what we'd expect "others to do unto us," this is when we'll see the fruit of these choices.
Proverbs 16:9 states, "Man's mind plans his way, but God directs his steps." It is accepting people where they are and knowing that only God can change them.
The spirit of Christmas is given each day in every act of kindness that we show one another. It's in how we love our families, our wives, our children, and in how we treat a perfect stranger. Peace on earth will come, when we choose to live everyday as if it were Christmas.
Jesus is God's perfect gift.
We can choose to share this gift, every day of the year.