Encouraging words

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”

1 Peter 4:12-19

Ooops

“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)

Give Thanks

” O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalms 107:1

Marks of the True Christian

1.Let love be genuine.
2.Abhor what is evil;
3. hold fast to what is good.
4.Love one another with brotherly affection.
5.Out do one another in showing honor.
6.Do not be slothful in zeal,
7. be fervent in spirit,
8. serve the Lord.
9. Rejoice in hope,
10. Be patient in tribulation,
11. Be constant in prayer.
12.Contribute to the needs of the saints
13.and seek to show hospitality.
14.Bless those who persecute you;
15.bless and do not curse them.
16.Rejoice with those who rejoice,
17.weep with those who weep.
18.Live in harmony with one another.
19.Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.
20.Never be wise in your own sight.
21.Repay no one evil for evil,
22.but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
23.If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
24.Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
25.To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
26.Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:9-21 ESV

Psalm 101

“He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.”
Psalm 101

The beauty of animals;

“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,  In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?… Job 12:7-10

I stand in awe of reading the above words. I wonder about my limited thinking for not seeking answers from God’s Kingdom through understanding the animal kingdom. Each day as I interact with dogs of senior age and puppies alike I find so often they reflect back to me the reality of my humanity. We learn dogs are guileless, spontaneous  and unlike people they do not deceive. Whoa, like a drink of fresh water in a parched land, or better!

Do do you have a true story to share from your life showing the truth found in the book of Job as quoted here?

Need Help!

“To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:22-23,

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)

Now let me get my daily notes in order with your help, become weak when I see weak …and, I might win some to my way of thinking? And, I get a big reward! Right or wrong? If, right, how?

But, nevertheless, whatsoever, don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world…change my way of thinking and God will transform me into a new person. What will I look like? A) My spiritual gift will be a Star with a brilliant light to help guide the weak to a safe haven? B) Make sure my ego and charisma lets them know I know what God wants or what God is doing in their life. C) sit and rock and do nothing D) Other——.

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