My Father

My Father, it all began with Him. He gave me life. I love my Father very much, but not as much as He loves me, which is clearly demonstrated through His only begotten Son Jesus (John 3:16). There is so much to love about my Father and one of the things I love the most is that He keeps His promises (Titus 1:2). He never lies; He can’t (Numbers 23:19).  I spend time with Him every day and read His inspired word daily (2 Timothy 3:16). My Father is the author of the greatest book to ever be written. A true masterpiece, guides me in all truth (Psalms 119:105).

He has always provided for me just as a good Father should. He knows me so well; He even knows what I’m going to say before I say it (Psalms139:1-4). I can tell Him anything and not be embarrassed. I can openly express all my mistakes and failures and all of my hopes and dreams. I can always ask Him for guidance, just so you know He is always right (Psalms 33:4) and I’m not just saying that because He is my Father. He always knows what to say to encourage me when I’m feeling down or when I’m struggling to understand the why’s of life. I recall His words “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

I know my Father has expectations of me and sometimes I know I have disappointed Him, but He never gives up on me. He continues to show me grace and mercy every day. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalms 118:1)

I’m so grateful to be blessed with a Father like mine.

All Scripture is KJV only.

Related Scripture:

(John 3:16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

(Titus 1:2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

(Numbers 23:19) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

(2 Timothy 3:16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

(Matthew 4:4) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

(Psalms 119:105) “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

(Psalms 139:1-4) “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  {2} Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  {3} Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  {4} For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

(Psalms 147:5) “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”

(Psalms 33:4) For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

(2 Chronicles 16:9) “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

(Psalms 68:11) The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

(Psalms 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Proverbs 30:5) Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 

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Awake O LORD!

(Psalms 44:23-26) “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.  {24} Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  {25} For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.  {26} Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake.”

In Psalms, 44 verses 22 through 26 David expresses his thoughts to God on needing His help. David describes God as one being asleep, unaware of his dire need for help. “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord?  Isn’t this how we feel sometimes when we cry out and plead to God for help on whatever we may be facing. We continually pray and it seems as though we aren’t being heard because nothing has changed for the better, at least from what we can see. “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? Every day we look and hope for what we have been waiting on. “Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? I confess there are times when I have asked: “LORD do you even see me”? Even though, like David we have felt this way, there is good news to know that God neither slumbers nor sleep (Psalms 121:4) and Psalms 94:9 states; “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?”

Please be encouraged to never give up hope, be patient, and keep your faith in our merciful God.

Related Scriptures:

(Psalms 116:5) “Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”

(James 1:6) “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

(Psalms 121:1-8) “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. {2} My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. {3} He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. {4} Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. {5} The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. {6} The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. {7} The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. {8} The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

All Scriptures are KJV only.

Sedimentation

I love turmeric tea for its many health benefits. If you didn’t know turmeric is a spice that has been used for thousands of years for many reasons, one being its anti-inflammatory properties. I can go on further of the many benefits of consuming turmeric but I’m not. This blog is actually about what I call “Lessons from the Mundane”, doing common ordinary things that lend lessons of life, so here comes the lesson. I was drinking turmeric tea and it constantly needed to be stirred because all of the turmeric powder settles at the bottom. This process is called sedimentation, when gravity pulls down the solid particles in a liquid. The heavier the particle the faster it will settle.

I then realized this can be a demonstration of our lives spiritually. Day to day life situations and struggles, let’s call it gravity, can have an effect on us and can cause us to become stagnant or comfortable. We can’t let the things of this world pull us down. We need to stay stirred up by daily praying, reading the Bible, and immersing ourselves in things that build up our Spirit. We are called to work for the Kingdom of God, to be fishers of men and live out the life He planned for us.

Related Scriptures:

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Hebrews 6:10  For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Hebrews 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

James 5:20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Philippians 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

New Year, New Me?

It’s a New Year and with that comes a new me, at least that is the many notions of people today. The New Year for many represents a time for a change, a time for a new beginning, out with the old, and in with the new. I’m glad to know that my new me didn’t come from a New Year but from a loving God who sent His only begotten Son to die for my sins. The day I made the decision to put my hope and trust in the LORD I was made new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

I know the hope of a New Year excites us all and it should as we reflect on our lives and see the things we would like changed but the biggest change should start with your soul. If you are reading this and you don’t know that you need salvation for your soul and that salvation can only come from Jesus I invite you to read the Romans Road to salvation. The Romans road to salvation begins with the acknowledgment that we all have sinned stated in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and there are consequences of sin stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You don’t have to die spiritually and spend an eternity in hell because God demonstrated His own love toward us stated in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His death paid the price for our sins. Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 8:1 states, because of Jesus we will never be condemned to hell because of our sins, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The final scripture ends with a promise, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, {39} Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

I pray that you decide to put your hope and trust in Jesus and become new.

 

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 10:12   “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

Psalms 86:13   For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Ephesians 4:22-24   “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; {23} And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; {24} And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Colossians 3:10   And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

All Scriptures are KJV only.

He is a Buckler

In the coming weeks we will be in a new year, God be willing and these passages of scripture come to mind. (Psalms 18:29-36) “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.  {30} As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.  {31} For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?  {32} It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.  {33} He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.  {34} He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.  {35} Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  {36} Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.”

Psalm 18 verse 29 states, “For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. God has given us the strength this year to get through the tough situations in our life. In battle you can’t just run through a troop without being attacked by the opposition, so God blocked all attempts of destruction. All those walls that were set to block you, you leaped over.

Psalm 18 verse 30 states, He is a buckler to all that trust in Him. A buckler is defined as a kind of shield or piece of defensive armor used in war. It was composed of wood, or wickers woven together, covered with skin or leather, fortified with plates of brass or other metal. God definitely has been our buckler to shield us from seen and unseen danger daily.

He truly has blessed us with many benefits and I am so grateful. Psalms 68:19 states, Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. His grace and mercy is unending. O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever (Psalms 136:26).
 

Related Scriptures:

Psalms 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Proverbs 18:10  The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Psalms 145:8  The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

All Scripture is KJV only.

Our Lifesaver

Tribulation, you have been here many times before but this time it’s different. The waves are stronger and the current is rough. Time keeps passing and you’re drifting farther away from the shore. Your arms and legs are getting tired and you’re gasping for air. It feels like you are about to drown so you start to panic. DON’T PANIC! Remember, God’s word is a lifesaver and able to keep you afloat (buoyant). His word is true (Numbers 23:19), so whatever He has told you, have faith and believe it. Keep holding on to God’s word and hold on like you have never held on before.

 

Related scripture:

John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The Eye of the Storm

The recent onslaught of hurricanes has saddened me to know the destruction that it will cause to many, but at the same time I’m in awe to know how good God is. God is always with us through the storm. In our everyday life, spiritually we go through many storms and just like the many people who prepared for the recent hurricanes we also need to be prepared spiritually.

A hurricane is a storm with violent winds and has a structure that consists of an eyewall, eye, and outer rain bands according to Accuweather.com. I only want to focus on the eyewall and the eye. The eyewall encloses the eye of the hurricane with surrounding thunderstorms. The eyewall is also where the most strongest and dangerous winds are located. In contrast the eye of the hurricane is so calm which I think is very fascinating that something so violent can have calmness. This happens because the now strong surface winds that converge towards the center never reach it. The coriolis force deflects the wind slightly away from the center, causing the wind to rotate around the center of the hurricane (the eye wall), leaving the exact center (the eye) calm.

The storms of life can be likened to a hurricane and it is very important as a believer to be spiritually prepared. We should daily pray, read our Bibles, and recite scripture and so when the storms come we will be ready. God’s word will be our barrier and surround us and deflect the dangerous winds from ever reaching us which will enable us to be in the eye of the storm where it is calm.

Whatever you are going through or whatever you will be going through you must put all of your trust in God and know that He is always there no matter how bad it looks. Keep your focus on Him and not on how big the storm is. Psalms 9:10 states, And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Related Scriptures:

2 Samuel 22:3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

2 Samuel 22:31  As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Psalms 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psalms 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psalms 115:11  Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

Proverbs 30:5  Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Isaiah 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

All Scriptures are KJV only.

 

Cited source:

Cochran, M. Hurricane Eyewall Home to dangerous Winds. Retrieved from https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-glossary/hurricane-eyewall-home-to-dang/14454057