Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pleasing God

Pleasing God

One constant battle I have within my marriage is my husband is always telling me I need to be more social. Well, I am not the social butterfly that my husband has become; in fact, I am totally opposite. I am an introvert, a loner and have some difficulty speaking to people; sometimes I even stutter or freeze up because my brain doesn’t want to move with my mouth. Nevertheless, you know that saying, “Opposites do attract.” However, I often feel that I can never please my husband because I am not the Social Butterfly he wants me to be. The enemy will often lead me down a road of depression, doubt and fear. Doubts my husband should have married someone more like him, he would be better off; a feeling of being an outsider at church, struggling to get into the gate, unsure of myself, scared of what others may think of me but knowing there is a fierce burning desire inside of me to yell out at the world how great God is and share it with everybody. Unfortunately, I let the enemy control my anxiety, fears and doubts and many times the enemy holds me back from sharing. But I have discovered through prayer,  trusting God, and learning God’s Word that being a wife is not merely just about pleasing my husband , it’s about pleasing God.  

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There are several ways I have discovered to please God through the Word that I think are important for Christians to strive for each and every day.
Faith -  The first way to please God is through faith. One must have faith in God and believe that God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, and that Jesus died on the cross for all our sins so that we may have everlasting life. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6.

Love - The second way to please God is to love God. He is our creator. He gave us life and He loves us. How could anyone not love the creator who created the beauty that is all around us and gave us life? “…to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 11:13

Trust - The third way to please God is to trust in God. Trusting God is such a hard step for many Christians to follow because we live in a world that is all about “me” and with the enemy lurking about it is a constant struggle to depend on God. We want to do everything on our own. We tend to forget that the Father wants us to be dependent upon him. He wants us to let him guide our footsteps, lay everything into his hands and believe he will take care of everything. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Forgive - The fourth way to please God is to forgive one another. A forgiving spirit is a quality many of us fall short of and something we should all strive to attain; our example is in Jesus and what better role model to follow as he forgave us all and died on the cross for all of us.  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

Thanks - The fifth way to please God is to give thanks to God. Something many of us forget is to thank God for the blessings he bestows upon us. Would any of us be where we are today and have the things we have if it were not for God?  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Prayer - The sixth way to please God is to pray. We tend to let the things in and of this world be our excuse as to why we don’t pray. I have to go to work, I have to go to gym, I have to cook dinner, and I have to do this or that. There can be no end, but you would not be able to do any of these tasks or partake in any of them if it were not for our Heavenly Father.  Why do we only seek Him in our most dire time of need? We should be seeking Him at all times - telling him we love him and thanking him for all things.  Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Philippians 4:6

Obey -  The seventh way to please God is to obey God. Obeying God should be the heart of our Christian walk. Many of us Christians have fallen and have been disobedient to God. Our goal should be to strive to be Christ-like and to thwart the enemy’s plans and win over sin and temptation so as to serve as witnesses to this world.  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”  Luke 11:28

Worship - The eighth way to please God is to worship God and only God, not today’s idols or false gods. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.”  Chronicles 16:9

Knowledge - The ninth way to please God is to grow in the knowledge of His Word. Dedicate daily devotion and reading time. Spend time with him, seek his Words and get to know him.  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”  Colossians 1:10

Rejoice - The tenth way to please God is to rejoice in the Lord. The Lord is like a brightly burning candle. If we let the winds of the world blow in, that bright flame will be snuffed out. His light burns brightly in each and every one of us and because of the light we can rejoice in all things of the Lord – for his blessings, rescues, miracles, companionship and for life. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

Spiritual Gifts - The eleventh way to please God is to exercise our spiritual gifts that He has bestowed upon us. He does not want us to neglect these gifts but to use them to spread and share His Word with others who maybe lost. "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Giving - The final way to please God is by giving. Being generous not only in tithing but also in giving of your time to help someone in need, to help a church out, a friend, or even some non-profit organization.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.”  Deuteronomy 16:17

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Conversations with God

Conversations with God

As Christians we tend to ask requests from God in our most desperate times or in our greatest hour of need. Unfortunately, many of us Christians forget that God should not only be sought out during our darkest times or greatest of need, but we should also seek the Lord God out every day. We need to be conversing with him every day, as one would with their own father. The Lord takes great delight in conversations with his children, if we would just stop, look and listen. His voice may not be vocalized as it was with Adam and Moses, but one can hear his voice in the Word, in a Christian song or hymn, in one’s surroundings, and in people who are present in one’s life.
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Moreover, what better way to develop a stronger relationship, an everlasting relationship, and a loving relationship than having daily conversations with God.

 Just as Adam talked with God in the Garden of Eden so can we talk with God, if we just stop, let him into hearts and soul, look and listen for him. God is there for us, cheering and smiling when we slam that ball into the crowd and make a home run; He is there beside us, comforting and wrapping his arms around us when one of our family members or close friends pass away. He is there with us, shielding us, and calming us when our vehicle spins out of control and almost goes over a ledge; He is right there walking beside us as we discover the awesomeness of the world he created through the beauty of a flower, a sunset or a smile on someone’s face; He is there beside us, talking to us, when we are sitting right next to a bottle of pills thinking about ending our lives, pleading to us not to end our lives. We are precious to God, despite our many faults and failings and he has a plan for each and every one of us.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Do not let the enemy win. Strike up a conversation with God right this moment and tell God that you love him and tell him how your day went. Thank him for sacrificing His Son on the cross for our sins, so that we may live.

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.

Moreover, what a glorious revelation to know and share with others that God is with us always and forever and we can have a conversation with the Lord anytime.

Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

May God Bless you throughout the week!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Calling Upon God's Name

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A thought to ponder...

Many of us Christians may seem fine on the outside, but no one can truly see what inward battles and struggles we go through each and every day against the enemy. The enemy viciously attacks us neverendingly to bring us down to our knees. Score one for the enemy or so he thinks. 

However, we anger and infuriate the enemy when we are down upon our knees looking up and seeking the Lord. When we are feeling worthless and empty, God beckons us to call upon His name. God loves each and every one of us and He will never abandon us. He lifts us up when we are down. He holds us in His arms and comforts us, when in distress. He brings us joy when there is sorrow. He gives us hope when all looks dim. 

King David sought refuge and peace in the Lord and knew God heard his pleas. In Psalm 55: 16-18 he wrote:
16As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me. 17Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice. 18He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.
God hears our pleas and cries. He wants to wipe away all of our tears and fears..
He wants us to call upon his name to seek him in all that we do. All we have to do is call upon his name: 
Lord, Jesus, I humbly beseech your help. Darkness surrounds me and You are my only beacon of light. You are my anchor, my strength and my guide. I cannot overcome these vicious attacks without You. Please help me to withstand the attacks from the enemy and place a shield about me to protect me. Help me to stay completely focus on you and place all my trust in You. Thank you for your love, your mercy and your kindness. Thank you for always being by my side and always listening to my prayers. May Your will be done. Amen.

May you all have a blessed week!