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Part of the Family?

For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew12:50.

Read this I can’t tell you how many times but this morning it hit me like a rock. We are not part of the family with Jesus unless we are doing the will of the Father. I’ve been meditating on this for a bit and am overwhelmed by this statement.

What is the will the Father? The Bible tells me.

How many are reading it to know? How many professing Christians don’t know? How many are seeking in prayer confirmation of the Word in them? How many are seeking to know, desiring to obey and are actually brothers, sisters, mothers of Christ.

Wow, conviction here. Am I seeking God’s will? Am I being obedient? Am I truly part of the family of God that Jesus is? Just thinking and pouring it out.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

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Going Through the Motions?

Genesis 34:7-32

Circumcision is a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham and His descendants. Jesus replaced that covenant with His blood He shed on the cross.

Here’s my heart — Hamor and his people get circumcised for their own selfish reasons (21-23). Many accept Jesus for what they can get out of it, not for the purpose of being transformed into the image of God. Result? What they thought they had — a bright future was their demise. Wrong motives, wrong reason.

Are we living for Jesus, doing and saying (existing) to bring Him glory? Or are we going through the motions?

I’d say it’s a time for prayer:

“Examine me, O Lord, and try me;
Test my mind and my heart.” Psalm 26:2
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;” Psalm 139:23

Examine me, search me, try me. . .

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Amen.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

The Trip of a Lifetime

Matthew10:20 “Because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.”

O that we would be surrendered fully to our Lord God, that in serving Him He would be our thoughts and words. Reading the Bible everyday helps. As we fill our hearts and minds with the word of God, the Holy Spirit given to us, brings to mind the words we have hidden in our hearts. Thus, it is not we who are speaking but the Holy Spirit of our Father. Reading the Bible daily opens unlimited opportunity to serve our Lord. Wow!

Is the Word of God infiltrating your very being? Are you letting the Spirit lead and guide you on the trip of a lifetime? The trip of your lifetime.

Prayed that God would use His Word to guide you in your life for His glory.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Prayer

What a beautiful story of prayer in Genesis 24:1-54.

The prayer story begins with Abraham’s statement to his servant, “He (God) will send His angel before you, and you can take a wife for my son from there” (v.7). For Abraham to make that statement, I believe Abraham had to be praying for and about a wife for Isaac.

Skip to v.12 The slave prays to God. Where did he learn about this God of Abraham and where did he learn to pray? Abraham must have been quite the man of the household, spiritual leader. Remember that all the males of the household, including slaves had to be circumcised. This slave was under the covenant and Abraham was responsible for those in his household under the covenant. Abraham taught his servant to pray. The slave begins his prayer by acknowledging God and then prays specifically for his need — according to God’s will. With Abraham sending his slave and believing he had been praying about this I believe the slave is praying according to God’s will.

Was it God’s will for Isaac to have a wife from Abraham’s family? You bet. Just look at how God answered that prayer. Is it coincidence that Rebekah was from the family of Abraham or that she shows up right when she does? God is amazing and shows Himself when we pray. God answered that prayer just as the slave prayed it. That is confidence in prayer. This is where prayer warriors are born. But you need to pray before you see results.

What was the response of the slave to his answered prayer? V.26-27 The man bowed down and worshipped the Lord! What a beautiful response to answered prayer. Today prayer is so often reading off a list and when prayer is answered we don’t even take the time to thank our Lord. It never ceases to amaze me how many prayer requests people share but when asked for praises it becomes silent. Is God not answering prayer?

After that what did the man do? He shared. He testified of God and His provision by telling about how God worked in this situation from the initial prayer to the answer from God! . . . .

What I learned from this passage:

1) Learn how to pray. 2) Pray specifically. 3) Pray according to God’s will. 4) Praise God and thank Him for answered prayer. 5) Tell others what He has done — this exalts Him and it gets people excited about prayer.

Hoping your prayer life is a blessing both to you and our Lord God.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

What Will You Hear?

Matthew 7:13-14. 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

The Christian life is not an easy life. The road that leads to the narrow gate is difficult. That is probably why few find it.

Matthew 7:15-20. 15 “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.

Look for the fruit. As a Christian our lives should be bearing fruit that people can see and in it we bring glory to our King. If we are not bearing are we truly disciples of Christ? Or are we walking the wide road pretending? And in fruit bearing — look for those that are bearing fruit and glean from their crop so that you may grow.

Matthew 7:21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!

This is my heart verse. The verse that tugs at my heart. Many walking that wide road are going through the motions of Christianity and expecting to hear something different from our Lord and their reply? Verse 22. Then the judgement: depart from Me. (Eternal Hell). Breaks my heart. Are you going through the motions? Earning your brownie points? What or should I say, Who are you living for? Who are you doing for? Yourself or for the GLORY of GOD? Wide road or narrow road? Bearing fruit for God and His kingdom or for your own glory? What will you hear on judgement day?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Part of My Morning Reading

Psalm 130:1-4

Out of the depths I call to You, Yahweh!
Lord, listen to my voice;
let Your ears be attentive
to my cry for help.

Yahweh, if You considered sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness,
so that You may be revered.

Proverbs 28:13

The one who conceals his sins
will not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them
will find mercy.

1 Peter 1:3-4

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable,uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

What a blessing, encouragement and hope for the day.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

I Love The Way You Love Me

While rummaging through some old paperwork I found this poem I wrote a couple years ago. . .

Lord, I love the way You love me,                  You are so good to me.                                       I love the way You love me                             For eternity.

God, I love the way You love me,                    In the way that You direct.                              God, I love the way You love me,                    Always to protect.

God, I love the way You love me.                     You’ve always got my back.                             I love the way You love me.                             In You I never lack.

God, You are amazing                                      That You would love even me,                        So much that You would send                        Your Son to Calvary.

Jesus, I love the way You love me                   In Your faithfulness so true.                             Jesus, I love the way You love me,                   Help me to be faithful too.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon