Let Go And Let God

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)

As believers, it is imperative that we pay attention to ourselves and learn from God what things we should deny ourselves of such as the pride of life, the lust of the eyes, and the lust of the flesh. Our emotions play a big part in our lives, but we must present ourselves before God on a daily basis which includes our emotions and how we feel about the things that we should let go of and forget. Just knowing the Word of God is not enough to help us to forget and let things go, but applying the Word of God to our hearts it what makes the difference in our walk with The Lord.

When trails and tests come our way we must put our trust and faith in God that He will bring us through and out like pure gold because our faith is in Him and not in ourselves. Let go of the things that are holding you down and put aside every weight so that we may not let the devil have his way. Our faith will be tried, but continue to press toward that prize and high calling of God that will bring us out and make us free.

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One God & One Standard

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:3-6, KJV

Don’t Let Your Heart Fool You

The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? (Obadiah 1:3, KJV) 

One of the minor prophets of the bible, Obadiah is warning the king of Edom of his pride. This king was exalting himself higher than he ought to be according to the measure and standard that God has set. The Word of God speaks of the powers that be and are coming are of God. God through His wisdom sets kings, prime ministers, presidents, and governments in office for his plan and purpose. God ordained and set up governments for order and standards. With the freedom that God has given America, we need order and standards to maintain our freedom. That which is most important is what is in our hearts. Sometimes pride gets the best of us, but we are still able to live by the standards of God through His Son Jesus Christ that will benefit us in this life and in eternal life. Before pride, comes destruction. We must submit and humble ourselves to God through Jesus Christ. Salvation is promised by God to Israel and to the rest of the world through His Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us hold in our hearts the gift of righteousness that God has freely given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, His Son. Amen.

The Gift Of Giving

Then again she became with child and gave birth to Abel, his brother. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a farmer. And after a time, Cain gave to the Lord an offering of the fruits of the earth. And Abel gave an offering of the young lambs of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering; But in Cain and his offering he had no pleasure. And Cain was angry and his face became sad. And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your face sad? If you do well, will you not have honour? and if you do wrong, sin is waiting at the door, desiring to have you, but do not let it be your master. (Genesis 4:2-7, Bible In Basic English)

The art of true giving comes from the heart and not out of obligation. We are under the dispensation of grace and not the law as Israel was. Therefore, the majority of that nation have shown us what not to do because of their hard hearts and they would not glorify God in all that they were allowed to do by His grace and mercy. Therefore, let us commit ourselves to giving from the heart and not because we have to.

Bumps and Bruises

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:18-21, NASB)

We as God’s creation will suffer some things in this life, but all of us will not suffer the same trails and temptations. God’s grace is sufficient for all us that do suffer as we walk with Him in the faith that is of Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus have suffered the greatest suffering like no other for our sins. Therefore, we should learn from Jesus how He endured through His sufferings even unto death in order to defeat death and all of it’s workings through this lifetime that we are living in now. He made the greatest sacrifice of Himself that shows the love of God to this world for the saving of souls from His wrath that is to come. Jesus sacrificed himself for those that are His friends and followers that does the will of the Father for the sufferings of righteousness. Jesus suffered in His righteousness as a man without fault or sin. Therefore, we should suffer in the same way and like of Him who is perfect in all His ways. It does not please God for us to suffer for our own faults and sins, but it pleases God when we suffer for righteousness’ sake. As you read the scriptures below make it applicable to your heart, soul, mind, and body.

“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you— not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. (1 Peter 3:12-22, NASB)

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10, NASB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7, NASB)

How Are We Living?

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21, KJV)

In this scripture of Matthew, Jesus is teaching to the multitudes on the mount. He was letting them know to not worry about worldly things. The hearts of people that are of this world is based on self-gain. Jesus is emphasizing that we should keep our hearts in the right place in all that we do for Him. Many of us are too concern about ourselves and worldly things that cannot save us nor give us the life that we ought to live by. Living the life starts from the heart. The things that matters most to us is where our heart resides. Our decision making, actions, and words come from the heart. If we are to follow Jesus, it is important for us to examine ourselves on a daily basis to see what matters most to us. As we consider what matters most to us, we will make better decisions and live a better life in spite of our circumstances. The decisions and actions that we make in this life will determine our rewards in eternity.