Archive | May 2014

Attitude

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; — Ephesians 5:19

Isn’t attitude a choice? When you rise in the morning is your attitude one of thankfulness to God for a brand new day of life; reverence of Him who IS; and seeking His wisdom to make the most of your time? (Ephesians 5:15-16)
Paul tells us to not be foolish but understand what the will of the Father is. Be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:17-18) How is this accomplished? By reading and studying the Bible and by prayer. Our attitude is greatly influenced by our involvement with the Lord Jesus.
Attitude is a choice and I choose to seek Jesus so that my attitude overflows into my day to touch the lives of others all the while singing and making melody with my heart to the Lord!
Are you ready for an attitude adjustment?
Continually seeking Him,
Sharon
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Do Not Lose Heart

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. — Galatians 6:9

The great work of the Lord is good. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to continue His work on earth through us when He went to be with the Father.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:5 8) Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, (2 Corinthians 4:1) Do not grow weary of doing good. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

The work of the Lord will bring persecution to those who do the work.  You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. (Matthew 10:22)  But we are not alone.  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3) Jesus is our example of endurance. He endured the cross for the sake of fulfilling the Father’s plan.  When we compare our lives of doing the work of the Lord to the work Jesus did, and is still doing, we can’t even endure what He did. Our sufferings pale to the sufferings Jesus encountered.

Think about the saints who endured. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. (James 5:11) God is with us in our ministry giving us the endurance we need to sow good and then reap.

So do not lose heart as you seek Jesus knowing He is with us always.  He endured the cross so we can endure the work of the Lord and then He arose from the dead. Now we must keep enduring for you too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.  (James 5:8)

Continue the work of the Lord with endurance because of the mercy shown you by the Lord Jesus Christ knowing that our toil is not in vain. Remember, when things get tough, what Jesus did on the cross for you and don’t grow weary. We have received mercy so let us be patient, strengthen our hearts for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. O glorious day!!!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

See His Greatness

‘O Lord God, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? — Deuteronomy 3:24

What a word of praise and awesome wonder when God reveals Himself to His surrendered servant. When we trust and rely on Jesus Christ with our fully surrendered lives, we see His greatness and strong hand in our lives. There is no doubt that God is alive and working among His people.

I believe there is no greater work or mighty act today than the reconciliation of us to God Himself. God is actively working in our lives to mold us into His perfect people. The transformation process, although tough, is a beautiful thing to behold. In ourselves it is usually seen in hindsight but watching it in others is so exhilarating and exciting. Let me share an example:

My future son-in-law and daughter found a wedding dress the other day for
their upcoming wedding on Saturday. They left the store with the security
tab still attached to the dress. My son-in-law tried to remove the tab that
has ink on the inside and of course the ink bled all over the dress. My
son-in-law is a baby christian – accepted the Lord as a child but never
experienced any walk. I have been praying for him for many years . . .
but back to the story. He returned the dress and got a new one but that
is not the best part of the story. This is the text I received from my
daughter when I asked what happened with the dress situation: “He got it.
Last large they had. . . he said he kept praying and when he found it he
was thanking Jesus over and over”.

I was rejoicing and thanking the Lord for this transformation experience. Thanking the Lord for His greatness. Who can do such works and mighty acts as these? My God and Him alone.

Thank God for His transforming work in the lives of His people. Something only He can accomplish.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Hope, In God or Riches?

My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken. — Psalm 62:1-2

My soul waits in silence for God only. In silence. Quietness to hear the still small voice of the Lord. To be filled with the peace of God that comes in the silence of my prayer closet. He is my rock and salvation, my stronghold.

My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. — Psalm 62:5-6

Addressing my soul, I say, “wait in silence for God only”. He is my hope, my rock and salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, my strength.

On God my salvation and my glory restThe rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. — Psalm 62:7-8

On Him alone rest my salvation and glory. I shall not be shaken! I shall trust Him at ALL times and pour out my heart before Him in prayer.

If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them. — Psalm 62:10b
He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf. — Proverbs 11:28

Where is your trust today?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Ambassadors For Christ

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. — 2 Corinthians 5:20

Ambassador: an authorized messenger or representative

What is our message if we are messengers for Christ? Reconciliation. To be an effective ambassador we must first reconcile ourselves to God through Christ.

and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves,
but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
— 2 Corinthians 5:15

Our repentance and surrender to Christ as our Savior, accepting His grace/favor and believing God raised Him from the dead reconciles us to God. We are in Christ:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature;
the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
— 2 Corinthians 5:17

Being in Christ our love for Him controls us. (2 Corinthians 5:14) God has prepared us to be ambassadors for Christ and given us the Spirit. (v.5) By the Spirit we walk by faith, not by sight. God reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (v.18)

What is our message?

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
— 2 Corinthians 5:21

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Walk In A Worthy Manner

be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:9b-10

We cannot neglect the reading of the Word of God and expect to know or do God’s will. Without prayer we cannot be freed from the encumbrance of sin that entangles us. (Hebrews 12:1) Fixing our eyes on Jesus as we read His Word and pray, we are filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Want to know how to walk through life with fulfillment — bearing fruit in all good work — and increase in the knowledge of God? Read the Word and pray so that you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. You won’t regret it and you will please God in all respects.

Don’t wait. Starting today make it a priority in your life to seek God through His Word, Jesus, and pray for understanding, spiritual wisdom and the knowledge of your Creator.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Looking At You Who Do They See?

Take pains (meditate upon) with these things; be absorbed (give thyself wholly) in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. — 1 Timothy 4:15 NASB (KJV)

Meditate upon these things:
1. constantly nourish on the words of faith and sound doctrine (v.6)
2. discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness (v.7)
3. fix your hope on the living God (v.10)

So that your progress will be evident to all:
1. Show yourself an example in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity (v.12)

Which is only accomplished by looking to Jesus so that we can be like Him. And when we do, others will see Jesus in us.

I don’t know who wrote this but it fits:

By looking to Jesus
Like Him thou shalt be,
Thy friends in thy conduct,
His likeness shall see.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon