When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.” Soren Kierkegaard
The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. Psalm 19:7-8
“No other Book has had a greater impact and influence on the course of human history than God’s word.” It is a lamp unto our feet. It is power, and authority. This love sonnet contains the eternal truths of God written to restore and transform mankind.
John Quincy Adams once said, “So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read thought the Bible once every year.”
God told Joshua upon his commission to take the nation of Israel into the promised land to “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 NLT.
God commanded Joshua to meditate on His word daily. It is the same for us. Our mighty God wants us to dig deeply into His word daily so we can experience Him more fully. Sink into the word, cover your bodies, spirits and souls with the life-giving Word of God. Make it a priority stay in His word for it is life unto our very life.
Begin this new season by reflecting upon our great and merciful God. Leave the stains of despair, regrets, sin, mistakes, worry and concern in His capable hands. Return to him fully and allow the Holy Spirit to create in you a clean heart for worship and service.
“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it! ” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 The Message
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17 KJV
Enjoy this prayer for this new season from our Hebrew brothers. Sanctifying the Month of Tammuz birkat-hachodesh
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12: 4-12 KJV)
We are many members, but there is but one Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit gave each of us a special gift to build up the body of Christ, and bring hope to the world. Do you know what your gift is? If not, ask God to reveal what your gift is. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in using your gift. Your special gift will strengthen the body, so we can continue kingdom building work.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Philippians 4:4-10 KJV
According to Wikipedia, a “selfie” is a type of self-portrait photograph often associated with social networking. They are casual pictures typically taken at arm’s length or in a mirror, and include either only the photographer and as many people as can be in focus.
As the number of these mini photos increases, I began wondering about their impact on our consciousness. I looked up the root word “self” and its meanings which included personality, nature, character, identity, person, and ego. Other words came to mind, such as selfish, self-centered, self-image, self-motivated, self-talk, self-contained, self-absorbed the more I studied.
The “selfie” catapulted the world into new layers of photography, and increased the desire to be noticed. Lots and lots of people are taking “selfies” and some are being taken in exotic and challenging places because the technology makes it easy. These snapshots capture our “selves” wanting to be exposed. With each one we become objects of curiosity. These self-portraits may intensify the war raging between our spirit and our flesh, and create a hunger to be seen.
There are lots of things that divert our attention. And the more and more our internal lens becomes blinded by self, the easier it becomes to yield ourselves to the “self.” God created us in His image and likeness. Are we worshiping the creation more than the Creator?
What do you think? I am interested in your thoughts on “selfie.” Drop me a comment.
Looking for Greater is the theme for our organization’s annual convention and for our church. Facing obstacles and challenges amid everyday life and major assignment there is need for hope. Psalm 33:4 states, “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteous. Our greater is wrapped in the truth of God’s word and work. Our obstacles and challenges can withstand the power and majesty of God. The word of the Lord carries truth, power, security, love, and his promises. Whatever you are facing, hold on to the word of the Lord.