I have nothing to say against recreation in its proper place. Certain forms of recreation are needful and useful; but it is a wretched thing when amusement becomes a vocation. Amusement should be used to do us good "like a medicine": it must never be used as the food of the man. From early morning till late at night some spend their time in a round of frivolities, or else their very work is simply carried on to furnish them funds for their pleasures. This is vicious. Many have had all holy thoughts and gracious resolutions stamped out by perpetual trifling. Pleasure so called is the murderer of thought. This is the age of excessive amusement: everybody craves for it, like a babe for its rattle.
(Colossians 1:10): so asto walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Have we placed ourselves at His feet today to be graced up maintaining our indefatigable love for Christ's will over our own? I pray it to be so! :) God Bless you all! May we all practice His presence daily and in all ways.
As I start my Day I am reminded of the fact that God's grace turns us out with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ; and that God never tells us what He is going to do. He reveals who He is. May God richly Bless us with reality today. The reality of Jesus Christ in all its glorious details! And may He Grace you up to fit His will perfectly for your life in cooperation with Him according to His will.
Ok, I must confess something LOLOKGal - the real reason why you love the Dr. Peppers I've been serving you is because they are well-springs from Jesus Himself. Ain't no hydration like the Dr. Jesus! So, change the label to Dr. Jesus, as it should have been properly labelled that way in the first place, and I will drink them with you often.... LOL. Come on over anytime, Jesus is always up for where two or more are gathered! Amen! ... :cool:. He is the best!
Reflections on your reflections LOL :"You also be ready....." (Luke 12:40). Our greatest need is a readiness to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn. This is not easy, no matter what our experience has been. This battle is not against sin, difficulties, or circumstances, but being so absorbed in our service to Jesus Christ that we are not ready to face Jesus Himself at every turn. The greatest need is not facing our beliefs or doctrines, or even facing the question of whether or not we are of any use to Him, but the need to face Him. If we do face Him - we will be ready to face anyone and anything at anytime.
Treat others with kindness. I was less than welcoming to a fellow peep who popped into a thread. I thought it funny to be a bit cheeky with him in response to his careless demeanour, but upon my reflection, I realise that he may have been searching for help. I'm going to PM him to offer my support. Thanks for helping me to see the light, dear one. God bless you... Pure Sugar
Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
When we pray, we must remember three things. We must remember the love of God, which always desires only what is best for us. We must remember the wisdom of God, which alone knows what is best for us. We must remember the power of God, which alone can bring to pass that which is best for us. He who prays with a perfect trust in the love, wisdom and power of God will find God's peace.
The result of believing prayer is that the peace of God will stand like a sentinel on guard upon our hearts. The word that Paul uses is the military word for standing on guard. That peace of God, says Paul, passes all understanding. That does not mean that the peace of God is such a mystery that man's mind cannot understand it, although that also is true. It means that the peace of God is so precious that man's mind can never produce it. It can never be of man's contriving; it is only of God's giving. The way to peace is in prayer to entrust ourselves and all whom we hold dear to the loving hands of God.
Living for Him is the most satisfying state of being that we could ever hope to achieve. It's not always easy, but the rewards are huge and the complete and utter peace and contentment that you feel from living this way, cannot even be described with words...
Phil 4:7 "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Glory to our King HALLELUJAH!
Amen and Amen! ... "....according to the power that WORKS IN US!....." We LIVE, therefore, beyond ourselves and for His glory; yet we do not live beyond ourselves as we mature into holiness; for we live to His standard successfully - which is in us to live according to His good pleasure and will in Christ Jesus! ... Amen and Amen! = Our Transformation!
Yes absolutely! And I find that the more I put my trust in Him and have Him direct my steps, allowing Him to conform me to His will instead of my own, the more I can relax and stand back and experience Him implementing His plans and purposes, which always turn out to be greater and more breathtakingly beautiful than anything I could have ever envisioned or imagined for myself.
Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen."
"If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them ...." (2 Corinthians 5:13-15).
In this we are never discouraged, for discouragement then is disenchanted egotism. Be possessed by God's love - to do that we must hand over our will to Him volitionally; even picking up our cross daily.
Discouragement always comes when we insist on having it our way. May the love of God transform our understanding; each and every one of us thru righteousness. Therefore as we change into His likeness - what is our hearts desires, except for the will of God seeing the fullness of Christ Jesus; ourselves fully realized in Him? :). Press on toward what is ahead in Jesus = Our Transformation.
Isn't it wonderful that we can come to God in prayer and ask Him for our heart's desires? But isn't it also wonderful that He doesn't give us our every desire, because if He did we'd probably land ourselves in some hot water, lol. Praise Him for His Sovereignty in our lives, Amen!
Tourist - I thank you for sharing those moments and for being able to have your feet washed by others, as well as washing the feet of those who are in the body of Christ as well. God's encouragement has reached me many times by your willingness to love Him as poured out wine! Sometimes we don't always see who we touch - right? But as we remain in Christ we know He is touching all who are around us somehow.
We may be the mouthpiece for God's truth to the unsaved, but we cannot nourish the flock of God unless we are rightly related to the Shepard, unless we are willing to let God use us as broken bread and poured-out wine to feed His sheep. God Bless you for tarrying onward and upward in faith my friend, and may God Bless you for it as His will is served!
I know how hard it is to get out of bed when it is time to go to work. The workplace can often be a hard and hostile environment and the world itself will chew you up and spit you out. I call the act of getting out of bed, even if your tired and don't feel good, to go to work to meet your financial obligations 5 o'clock in the morning courage. I ask for this on my knees each morning before I go to work praying for God to provide for my daily needs and give me the strength and courage to venture boldly into the world and do the best that I can with what he provides.
Good Morning Vietnam! .... When I go to a worldly job I realize I must later wash my feet with my brethren's fellowship and with God's prayerful annointing for the worldliness as I experience it gets stuck on my shoes no matter how godly I am. Thus, I must wash my feet and have others wash them as well as I wash theirs.
Today I wake up and go again into the world!....Why? Well, to pay bills for one, but more than that - I know God is responsible for my life since He owns it - and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him. As I tarry on into the world system I am right where God would have me be.
"Go into the world and preach the gospel," Jesus exclaims. Let us never forget who we are there - for we are separate from the world yet we serve it as the light and salt of God's message and messages. Jesus prayed to God for us to be protected there, so be confident and let God work thru you! AMEN! Let it be so!