The LORD was with Joseph

I am going against the flow of today’s view of success with an old idea. An idea that people will frown upon and scoff at because it will be an upopular personal stance about my perspective of success.

My view of success is that it comes from God.

But people will always find it easier to say that success is because of hard work, connections, their education, their investment or even luck. However – sadly I think most people will find it hard to attribute success as God-given.

Watching the recent Oscar Academy awards or even other such awards, rarely would you hear anyone acknowledge God for their win (it is odd though that when I saw the UFC fight between Dos Anjos and Pettis and Dos Anjos won – he thanked Jesus Christ – probably no one will dare rebuke an MMA fighter for voicing out his faith!)

In the scriptures, we read about Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob or Israel as he would later be known.

He was well favored by his father because he was his first born child with the love of his life, Rachel. One should note however the attitude of Joseph. He showed he was faithful to his father as a shepherd. He was the one who reported back to his father about the mischief done by his elder brothers. (Gen. 37:2)

When Joseph was sold into slavery by his envious brothers and came to Egypt, in the household of Potiphar, God was with him and in all that Joseph did, he prospered. The fruits of Joseph’s labor caught the attention of his master that he entrusted him with more work (Gen. 39:4).

When Joseph was imprisoned because of his master’s wife’s false accusations, God was with him and the prison keeper saw this that he placed all the prisoners under Joseph’s care. (Gen. 39:22)

When Joseph stood in front of Pharaoh to interpret the king’s dream, Joseph made it clear that what he does comes from the Lord – the interpretation is not of himself but of the LORD. (Gen. 41:16)

When Joseph revealed himself to his brethren, he told them that the events that befell him – both what seemed good and bad in the eyes of men are of God’s doing (Gen. 45:5,7).

The common factor here is that God was with Joseph, Joseph found favor in God’s eyes and blessed him. Joseph’s works were rewarded by God because the people around him saw the the LORD was with Joseph (Gen. 39:3).

How does one who may not have known who God is understand that the works of our hands are of the LORD?

They saw these through our works. Such magnificent truth presented here – that Faith without Works is DEAD.

The FAITH of Joseph despite what seems to be misfortunes seen by the human mind was not upon his circumstances, it was not upon his fate, he did not complain why being a favored son, he became a slave in a foreign land. He did not complain for being thrown into prison. He never complained or murmured against God and present his case to him. He just continued to work and rest upon his Faith upon the LORD.

And at that opportunity to show his good work, he said it was not of himself but it was because of God.

And at the opportunity to blame others and remind them of their wrong, still he attributes it to God – another truth – all things work for good for those who are in the LORD.

TRUE SUCCESS comes from the LORD.

When Joseph looked after the flock of his father, he never acted as if these were his.

When Joseph looked after Potiphar’s household and field, he never acted as if he owned all these.

When Joseph became the overseer in prison, he did not act as if he was the prison keeper.

When Joseph was appointed second in command in Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh, he never acted to be a king of Egypt.

How did Joseph act? He was a STEWARD. A faithful servant of God who exhibited exceptional leadership.

Look at the works of your hand right now. Are you in charge with little or great things? Are you handling your own business or working for an organization? Do the people around you see the fruit of your labor? Will they say that he/ she is with the LORD because they see the quality of your work? In your success, do you ever realize who truly is responsible? In your failure,do you blame others or have ever thought that it may also be due to God?

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When the World No Longer Needs a Savior

When the World No Longer Needs a Savior
When everything is going well
When there is no tumult or big problem
When people think they were successful because of their own doing
When everyone is at peace with each other
When people think they are not doing anything wrong
When their intelligence is higher than everyone else
When paychecks are able to buy them happiness
When they want to enjoy the pleasures of their sins
Yet when times we hit a brick wall
When we fall
We remember to look up
To seek forgiveness
To make silly promises we do not intend to keep
We cry and lift our voices to heaven
Save us Oh Savior
But when the rainbow appears and the wind and waters stilled
We put our Savior in the back burner
As if we have a lucky charm or a get out of jail free card to use every time we are in a rut
Why would Jesus Christ even save a wretch like us?
Does he leave us in times of our trouble?
Or does he leave us in times when we are prosperous?
Does he leave us when we sin against him?
He gets hurt but he does not leave – he waits for us to repent but looks forward for us to learn and change.
Will darkness and light have fellowship with each other?
But beware and be mindful
Lest your hearts be calloused and your ears stopped
God is holy and you ought to be holy
God hates sin and so should you
You are drawn to sin because of your lusts
Do not think or tell yourself it is because you are only human
Remember that Jesus Christ himself became fully human
He was subject to all human needs and was tempted
Yet in his earthly walk, he did not fall into temptation and sin
He relied upon prayer, fasting and a continued relationship with God the Father
Was he free from suffering?
Was he hungry? Was he thirsty? Was he tired?
Yet his strength was drawn from the word of God
His perseverance in continuing his mission came from the Father
To do the Father’s will
God was with him
And he was God with us
Yet the Jews and the world back then said they do not need Jesus Christ as Savior
The Pharisees were people of power
They were the experts of the law
They held high offices of influence and sway
They were righteous in their own eyes
They do not need a carpenter’s son to tell them about the will of God
They were sons of Abraham
And they did not need a Savior
Those who realized how far they have gone from God
Those who strayed far and sinned
They were those who truly repented upon the preaching of John the Baptist
They followed after Jesus Christ for forgiveness and wholeness of body and spirit
They cried for a Savior
They know they are unable to save themselves and repair the breach
Someone has to intercede
Someone has to come in between them and the Holy God
They needed a Savior
I have no riches
I have no expertise
I have no wisdom
I have nothing to show the world but a declaration
A witness to the goodness of my God
A statement to reveal his works
His mercy and grace upon my life and my family
To stand and say
God is good in all that I go through
God is sufficient to supply all I need
God is my comfort from the storms I encounter
God is with me through the flame and the flood
God is with me in my sorrow and pain
God is sufficient in my hunger and shame
God is merciful, gracious, kind, my provider, my redeemer
God satisfies my soul
God gives me rest as my world seems to crumble around
He is my anchor
His words hold me down that I am unmoved
The world may shake and quake
My heart may weaken and lose sight
Yet my God is here always near
He comforts
He sees my suffering
He knows my pain
He knows my poverty
He knows my lack
Nothing is hidden
All is naked before my God
Through Jesus Christ my Savior
I can come boldly into the Throne of Grace
For help and mercy in time of need
I need my Savior, my Redeemer and my Lord
Without Jesus Christ, I am NOTHING.
When this world no longer needs a Savior
I will stand and shout
We NEED JESUS CHRIST
Who can save us from the destruction of our souls?
Who tore the veil for us to enter in?
Who from all the gods of this world, lived to die and live again, promised to come back and take us to his heavenly mansion?
Who gave his own life, his blood to atone for our sins?
Who despised the sorrow and the shame willfully?
Who restored that which was lost in the garden of Eden?
I NEED A SAVIOR, I NEED YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST
My friends, we all NEED JESUS CHRIST as LORD and SAVIOR
Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your heart
Choose you this day whom you will serve
As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD

Be Established in Every Good Word and Work

2Th 2:16-17

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
We have often heard people say to err is human. I would beg to differ.

When Jesus Christ came to earth, he came in human form yet he did not sin – he was 100% human yet he is divine. Jesus was tempted and knew the temptations that a human being is faced with every day. He lived for 33 years on this earth subjected to the same temptaions yet without sin.

We have to remember that Jesus Christ came in the flesh but he never sinned.

Is it possible then for man not to sin? According to scripture, the capacity to do good works is not in man – for the heart of man is evil above all else according to Paul but he also said thanks to God because Jesus Christ is greater than our hearts.

When we were saved from the punishment of our sins through grace by faith in Jesus Christ, did he live us on our own? No – he gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us in our daily living and his Bible as our daily bread.

These verses in 2 Thessalonians show that it is ONLY through the POWER of GOD, the POWER of JESUS CHRIST that we are ESTABLISHED in EVERY GOOD WORD and GOOD WORK.

Citing Paul again, he noted that if he does what he does not want, it is the SIN of his FLESH warring against the SPIRIT.

We do not have to give in to sin, we have to give in to the POWER of God and allow the Holy Spirit to have his way in us. Many times we give in to sin because we DESIRE, because of our own LUSTS – ask God to remove these from our hearts. Realize that we are NO LONGER OUR OWN – we have been bought by a price to NOT PLEASE MEN NOR PLEASE OURSELVES but PLEASE GOD whose ONLY BEGOTTEN SON became our RANSOM.

SUBMIT yourselves then to God, RESIST the DEVIL and he will FLEE from you.

CAST DOWN ALL IMAGINATIONS, ALL THOUGHTS that seek to EXALT ITSELF ABOVE JESUS CHRIST – rebuke it.

And find rest in the arms of the Shepherd of our souls.

God is able to establish our hearts in EVERY GOOD WORD and GOOD WORK.

We cannot say we LOVE GOD and remain SINFUL, doing the deeds of darkness, cursing, vices, fornication, hurting others. GOD will establish our hearts in EVERY GOOD WORD and GOOD WORK.

If there is a struggle then bring these in prayer to the LORD and allow him to teach you. Pray and have valuable quiet time with him as you walk in your life as a child of God.

As the song of the Human League goes, “I’m only human, born to make mistakes..”, remember this is what the devil and the world wants to tell us. It is POSSIBLE to be HUMAN and AVOID SIN through faith in JESUS CHRIST for the glory of GOD.

Whatever is pure, whatever is of a good report – think on these things…in other words, avoid gossip, do not feed your minds with wild imaginations, with vain fantasies, with pornographic materials, with materials that bring down Jesus Christ and profane the Lord God.

Is there anything hard for the LORD?

He created the heart in man but man because of his foolishness and pride strayed. God restored through Jesus Christ, he can restore your heart and establish you to walk in uprightness.

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In The Presence of God

DanielDavid wrote in his Psalms of how he longed to be in the presence of God. Of how it would be better to stand and just be at the gates of God’s kingdom than to be anywhere else.

When the disciples were on that boat and the wind and the waves became violent to the point of sinking the boat, Jesus Christ was with them sleeping. They were with God and have been first hand witnesses to the many miracles that Jesus Christ have done yet they were afraid.

For this reason when they woke up the Master, Jesus Christ asked them where their faith were.

They fail to realize that though there is a tempest, with God they will be safe.

During the time of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, when they refused to bow down to the idol of the king and got thrown inside the furnace, God was with them – someone like the Son of God joined them in the midst of the flames and they were not burned nor were their clothing charred – not even smelled like smoke.

Paul and Silas were bound in chains and yet found the heart to sing praises and hymns to God.

Daniel continued to pray and though thrown in the lion’s den, God was with him.

Let us take an example that did not end happily. The case of Stephen, although he was being stoned to death by the angry mob, he saw heaven open and was in the presence of God.

Being in the presence of God would not mean the outside world is at peace. It does not mean the world we live in is not in turmoil.

Remember that the peace God offers is unlike the peace the world can give.

We have to realize that God is present in good times and bad times but whenever He is present, we are sure that the waves, the wind, the fiery furnace nor the mouths of lions will not harm us. And though the stones hurled may kill us, the pain will be taken away by God. In his presence there is fullness of JOY – not happiness.

Long to be in the presence of God – though you may not be rich, you know in Him you shall have your fill, you will be provided for, you will not hunger nor thirst as God is our provider. But if you are rich, do not put your confidence in your riches but in God. Distribute and give to them that are in need and find your contentment in the Lord.

He keeps us more precious than the sparrows, will he not hear the cry of a broken and contrite heart?

If we are with Jesus Christ then rest upon his love and wait upon him. He will take you upon eagle’s wings.

As He was with Joseph from the pit, to the house of Potiphar, to the prison and then at the right hand of Pharaoh – he continued to bless Joseph wherever he was.

As He accompanied Daniel serving under three different kings, although in captivity, he remained blessed with wisdom and stood firm in the faith.

He was with Paul through the shipwrecks, the stones, the narrow escapes and all the trials. Paul even saying that in his weakness, he was strongest in the Lord.

We see here that as long as the Lord’s presence is with us or we stand in His presence then essentially there is nothing else we need. Though we live or die in His presence – this does not matter anymore.

Now I realize what Paul meant that for him to live is Christ and to die is gain. For he would ever be face to face and be together with God – no more hardships, no more trials, no more prison but while he lived, he lived for Jesus Christ and though the world hates him for Jesus Christ, he will stand firm and go forth to the ends of the world to tell them of how God loved and gave his only begotten Son that all who believes will not perish but have everlasting life.

What then is the key to being in the presence of God?

1. Be Holy
We serve a Holy God above all thus it is only appropriate for us to accord to Him the glory and respect due to His name.

If we provide such honor and reverence to famous people here on earth, how much more we ought to show it to the Creator?

2. Be Humble.
God resists the proud but gives ear to the humble. Those who believe in God submit to his will. They should not seek their own otherwise God is not their God. They should rely upon him thus should not worry but depend on the grace and mercy of God for all their needs. God will provide.

3. Check your Heart.
We were told to keep our hearts for out of it come the issues of life. It was told that the heart is evil above all but take comfort in this – that Jesus Christ is above our hearts. Let the Lord Jesus Christ heal our hearts, purify and clean us and keep the law of God written upon it.

4. Forgive.
As uttered in the prayer thought by the Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us our transgressions as we also forgive those who transgress against us. Jesus also taught that whosever has a brother who has wronged him, to leave his gift, make amends with this brother before offering the gift to the altar. This shows how important it is for us to learn forgiveness before entering into the presence of our Holy God.

5. Be Born Again
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become new creations. The old self should be buried – our sinful nature buried in death just as Jesus Christ died for us but as he resurrected so we also share in his new birth, new life. We come boldly into the throne of grace not by what we have done but by what Jesus Christ has done and it is through our faith by grace we come.

God has the power to change us. He is the God of the impossible.

PRAISE THE LORD

PTLPRAISE THE LORD

PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE HEAVENS
PRAISE THE LORD FOR WHAT HE’S DONE
PRAISE THE LORD ALL CREATION
ALL THE SAINTS GATHERED AROUND

FOR THE BLIND HAVE SEEN
THE LAME HAVE WALKED
AND THE CAPTIVES HAVE BEEN SET FREE
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
HAS BEEN POURED OUT
AND WE CAN SING IN LIBERTY

FOR THE POOR HAS HEARD
HOW THE GOSPEL SAVES
OF GODS MERCY AND AMAZING GRACE
FOR THE NAME OF JESUS
SHOULD BE LIFTED HIGH
AS WE PRAISE HIM IN THIS PLACE

PRAISE THE LORD

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 : The LORD OWNS

We are presently on our 5th Week of Crown Ministries’ Biblical Financial Study and half way through, there is great learning from God’s word regarding riches and how to be faithful stewards of the LORD.

From this passage in 1 Chronicles, a reality is declared that ALL THAT IS, IS THE LORD’S. God never gave up the ownership of the world he created to man, he appointed man to take care of these.

God is the OWNER of everything we (think) we own. The CAPACITY to EARN, the blessings and possesions are not truly ours but as STEWARDS, we should be sensitive to what God wants to do with his money.

From the study, I have realized as it was taught that the way we handle MONEY reflects our RELATIONSHIP with GOD.

If we are not faithful in those things we do not own, then how much more are we to be entrusted with true riches.

The LORD OWNS EVERYTHING. He does not need anything MATERIAL from us. He desires a RELATIONSHIP. He LOVES us much that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS CHRIST so that all who believe will not perish but have everlasting life.

We cannot give back anything to him for all is his. It is in this that we have confidence that our GOD is truly a ROCK, a STRONG FOUNDATION, IMMOVABLE. He can supply all our MATERIAL NEEDS yet he values our SPIRITUAL NEEDS MORE.

SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM and ALL ELSE will be ADDED.

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I Am Not Ashamed

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

Romans 9:23 “As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Romans 10:11 “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”

The apostle Paul is seen to be very bold in preaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here was a man that persecuted the church yet through God’s power has been changed. He who once drove away those who preached about Jesus Christ has himself become God’s mouth piece reaching the Gentiles and the Jews abroad. He was not ashamed of what his former Pharisee colleagues would say against him. His experience with Jesus Christ on that road to Damascus convinced him that he cannot hit hard against the pricks.

One of the boldest people we may fail to recongize and see was that other criminal that hung on the cross besides Jesus.

When everyone else reviled Jesus Christ, saying he who has freed many should show himself a true Son of God by rescuing himself from the cross of his shame. If he was truly God then he should come down from the cross and liberate even those two that were crucified beside him.

The majority was shouting out and ridiculing Jesus Christ. Yet this one criminal, rebuked his fellow and recognized the innocence of Jesus Christ. It was only fair that they should suffer upon the cross for their offences but Jesus Christ – he is innocent – he should not be here among the two of us – SINNERS.

This man was bold enough to declare in front of the MAJORITY that Jesus Christ is KING. He asks the Lord Jesus Christ to REMEMBER him when he comes to his KINGDOM.

He was not ASHAMED to declare Jesus as INNOCENT and as KING in the face of many who felt differently about him,

Truly NOT everyone will come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the gospel – this marvelous plan of God to save fallen man.

It is not our business to SAVE people – this is only by GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Our contribution to the kingdom is to be BOLD – Be NOT Ashamed of the GOSPEL. Show the life that Jesus Christ has changed. Tell them of God’s plan – share the gospel of Jesus Christ to them BUT DONT WORRY ABOUT THEIR SALVATION – this is God’s business.

In a society where morals may be accepted by the majority yet these are still degenerated ideas, do we choose to compromise or stand and not be ashamed of what God’s word declares? Do we cry out and say Jesus Christ is King and remeber me?

They that put their trust in the LORD will not be ASHAMED.

 

 

God Is My Strength

Psalm 19:14  “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Psalm 52:7 “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and streghthened himself in his wickedness.”

Judges 14:6, 19“And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him,…”; “And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him,…”

Judges 15:14 “…and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him,…”

Judges 16:6,17 “And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.”

“That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

The true strength of a man is not how heavy he could lift weights. It is not seen in how many other men he can throw down or knock out with a single punch.

The true strength of a man was seen thousands of years ago when one man chose to die for his enemies. He chose to carry the burden of a cross that was not meant for him. He bore upon him the punishment that was supposed to be mine. He chose to remove his deity, his strength as God and become feeble as a man. He chose to restrain the forces of heaven from storming down on that day when God’s only begotten Son was crucified upon that cross in Calvary. This is TRUE STRENGTH.

In his Psalms, David address the LORD God as his STRENGTH. He realizes that all the wars he has fought were not won on his own and alludes the victory to the “God, my strength”.

Here was the King of Israel confessing that there is no other source of strength he sees but the LORD. He even credits God as teaching his hands to war.

To contrast, we have a judge, Samson who thought his strength was due to his long hair, because he was a Nazarite and have obeyed the rite of a Nazarite, he had unusual strength. He confessed that if his hair got cut then he will become weak as an ordinary man.

He failed to realize what David knew. That God is his STRENGTH. He failed to realize that without the Spirit of the LORD upon him, he would not have torn the lion into parts nor won victory over his enemies.

Psalm 52:7 “Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and streghthened himself in his wickedness.”

As believers, we must realize that we can only go through our daily walk in the strength of the Holy Spirit. We must seek his counsel and help in EVERYTHING.

We believe that Jesus Christ is able to save our spirit and soul but we seem to hold back the other matters of our life. When we accepted Christ and surrendered our lives to him, did we only submit partially or WHOLLY?

We must realize how STRONG our God is. From the beginning of time, we already saw of how he created the world and all that lives upon it, the heavens and the stars. We saw how mightily he saved a nation enslaved from the most powerful man and nation during their time and all the other nations that enslaved them in captivity.

Yet we hold back and think that God is able to save my soul but he cannot provide for my daily needs, he cannot promote me, he cannot bring justice to people who have been wronged, he cannot redeem nor restore me and we just trust and hide behind our wickedness – our possessions, our education, our achievements, the people we know have become the sources of our strength.

Here is the God who causes it to rain upon the earth, causes the sun to shine upon the good and the evil. He gave his ONLY begotten Son to save us, will he hold back what he knows is good for us? Will he hold back his Holy Spirit to those who asks in Christ?

It is true that I have had my share of “downs” and at times lost my sight of Jesus Christ yet I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who always leads me back to the reality of the Cross, to the power of God’s word and comforts me. Even though the problems may not have gone away yet he gives me the STRENGTH to REST upon his love and the PEACE that surpasses all understanding sets in and comforts my weary heart.

Do you feel weak? David said, my HEART and my FLESH many times they fail but GOD is the STRENGTH of my HEART. Take courage, God is our ROCK.

 

God Of Wonders

Exodus 15:11 – “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”

1 Chronicles 16:12 – “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;”

Psalm 77:14 – “Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.”

Many times, God has proven himself to be a God of Power, a God of Might, a God of Signs and Wonders.

He showed himself to Abraham as the God who could make one near death to become the father of the nations and bear a son in his old age. He showed himself to the nation of Israel through Moses as he led them out of Egypt with many signs and wonders. God showed his power by allowing the Israelites to cross the Red Sea as on dry ground but swept the Egyptians with the raging waters.

God has shown the wonder of his love by giving his only begotten son, Jesus Christ to a world that rejected him yet his promise of salvation through Jesus Christ remains and stands the test of time.

Many people have seen and even believe in the awesome power of our God.

We believe that God is able to rescue our souls from eternal damnation and from the lake of fire.

Sadly though, we fail to believe upon him for our daily bread. We would believe that he can move mountains and yet not be confident that he can remove this mole hill in front of us. We declare that we are saved by grace through faith and have everlasting life yet we worry about living every day – is my job secure? where should I get funds to support my children’s education? why can’t I give up my vices? From out of the same mouth that declares liberty from sin and eternal death comes doubt.

One believes in a God of Wonders but wonders if God is able to do simple things?

I am guilty of falling into a mindset that thinks this way. Boldly will I stand upon my faith upon the Lord knowing that if I die at this instant, I know I am saved and will go to him. Nevertheless as I continue to walk upon the earth, there is fear, worry, anxiety for those things which God already knows I need.

Teach me dear Lord as what is written in your words to REMEMBER. To remember the Wonders of Old – of how you showed your power to break the chains of Egypt from Israel, from how you delivered your nation from Babylon and all the other nations that enslaved them and above all of how you have given victory through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice.

Teach me Oh Holy Spirit, to put my confidence upon God alone. Teach me to understand God’s fulness during my time of need, to understand God’s sovereignty during my time of fill. Keep me grounded in God’s love, mercy and grace.

Help me to stand firm but with head bowed in reverence unto my King. Let me not hold my brows high before my God, let my heart understand that I have not done anything that deserves his love, that the boldness to come in front of his throne of grace is only because Jesus Christ has clothed me with his righteousness, keep me dear Lord near your heart.

Such greatness as yours is too much for my mind to bear. I cannot fathom nor will fully understand your wonders O God.

Let me rest upon your love and be still as you reveal yourself the one true faithful God of Wonders.

Salt

*[[Mat 5:13]] KJV* Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Jesus Christ addressed the multitude and his disciples after delivering the beatitudes during his sermon on the mount as the “salt” of the earth.

Those people -the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the pure in heart, they that mourn, the peacemakers, those who are reviled for the name of Jesus Christ – these are the salt of the earth.

Our present world is full of Anti-Christ-like attitudes and principles.

Instead of being poor, it teaches people to get rich materially, it teaches people to be proud of what they have gained or achieved rather than being humble.

It accepts injustice to others especially the poor, an ” I don’t care attitude” and it is all rigt to be myself even when all that is done is wrong and immoral. We frown upon mercy.

The world system loves the “bad boy/girl” image, the violent rather than the peacemaker. The world says toot your own horn while the word of God says humble yourself uner the hand of God that he may exalt you. Submit to God yet the system says be your own boss, your own man/woman.

To stand upon the word of God and hold on to the truth of the Word though it reviles and persecutes you is to be the salt of the earth.

Become the moral preservative of this decaying world. Intercede and pray. Let the light of the life of Jesus Christ in you life shine forth that others wonder when they see what is your hope. What reason do you have to move aginst the worldly system and preserve what is right.

Lord, teach us to be the salt of this earth, to preserve this dying world, to intercede that people may see you as Lord and Savior through our changed life, a testament of Jesus Christ’s redeeming power. May we remain humble, hungry for your righteousness, peacemakers following after you. AMEN.