Thursday, 23 November 2017

How To Approach God

Psalm 119: 153 - 160

APPROACH GOD KNOWING THAT HE IS LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE


Psalm 119:156
Your compassion is great O Lord

verse 159
Preserve my life O Lord according to your love

Psalm 119:153
Look upon my sufferings and deliver me

Approach God Through Jesus

Hebrews 4:14 - 5:10

Hebrews 4:14
Therefore we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God
Let us hold firmly to the faith we profess

Hebrews 4:15
He has been tempted in every way just as we are yet was without sin

Hebrews 4:16

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Ephesians 2:18

for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Romans 5:1-2
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
Hebrews 10:19-22
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, read more.

Psalm 65:4

How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.
Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Jeremiah 29:13

'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come " And let the one who hears say, "Come " And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
Ephesians 2:13

But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Hebrews 7:18-19
For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:25

Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Jeremiah 31:34

"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Matthew 5:8

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Matthew 6:6

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Genesis 18:27

And Abraham replied, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.
Psalm 24:3-4
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
   

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Nature Is Magnificent















A Smile A Day - November 23rd

















Even In The Midst Of Difficulties

God's benefits even in the midst of pain and suffering

2 Corinthians 1: 1 - 11

1) You will be comforted
2 Corinthians 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort

John 14:26
He is not aloof from suffering.  He comes along side us and suffers with us.  His Holy Spirit is the Comforter

2) You will be a help to others
2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God

 3) You will be changed
2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are distressed it is for your comfort and salvation
If we are comforted it is for your comfort which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer

4) You will not be alone
2 Corinthians 1:7
Just as you share in our sufferings so you will share in our comfort

5) You will learn to trust God
2 Corinthians 1:9
Indeed in our hearts we felt the sentence of death but this happened so we might not rely on
ourselves but on God who raises the dead

6) You will be rescued
2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril and he will deliver us.  On him se have set our hope
that he will continue to deliver us

7) Your prayers will help others
2 Corinthians 1:11
As you help us by your prayers then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many

FIVE SCRIPTURES YOU CAN TRUST IN YOUR DARKEST MOMENTS

Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

This is an awesome chapter because of the many promises God gives the believer. In these two verses, the Apostle Paul writes that the Holy Spirit is bearing witness within us that we are the children of God; and as children of God, we have the privilege of calling out to God in prayer. Verse 17 tells us that we are suffering with Christ “in order that we might be glorified with him” after our death or at His second coming, whichever comes first.

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

If you’ve ever seen a mother wipe the tears away from her young child, you can appreciate this tender scenario. Here it says that God will eventually wipe away ever tear from our eyes; and then all of our past suffering, mourning, weeping, pain, and even death will be gone forever. I pray that can give you hope in your darkest moments.

Second Timothy 1:12 “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”

The Apostle Paul wasn’t hoping or wishing God would guard the deposit in us by His Spirit. Paul was convinced that God “is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” His confidence wasn’t in his own ability to persevere. His confidence was in God, Who would keep him as His own “until that Day,” meaning the day of his visitation and judgment of the world.

Psalm 118:5-6 “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Years ago my cousins and I were exploring some honeycomb caves in Arkansas. Of course, we took flashlights with us, but they started to die. And, worse, we were lost. The only thing I could think of was to pray to God. I called out to God “in my distress,” and “the Lord answered me and set me free.” We were able to find our way out. That was a very scary moment for me and my cousins; but as the psalmist declared, He was “on my side” all the time, even if I didn’t see Him.
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Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

How sure are you that nothing can separate you from God’s love? Do you think fallen angels, rulers, things to come, heights, depths, or even death can keep you from God? The Apostle Paul reminds us that nothing can separate the children of God from God Himself. Take comfort in that. You can be as sure as Paul was in writing this.

Conclusion

A person’s darkest hour may bring God’s greatest victory in that this person finally humbles themself, comes before God broken and empty, and has only the Lord to turn to. That’s why God may allow our dark moments, that we might more easily see the light that is found only in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who as the Light of God, illuminated the darkness so that we might see our sins, repent of them, and then put our trust in Christ.