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God’s Saving Power

cross w- world N America    Psalm 67:2 “May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.”
John 14:6 “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (Both quotes New Living Translation)
Yes, Father, Your saving power is Jesus crucified and raised to life. Through His shed blood, I can approach Your throne of grace, covered with His righteousness. There I can receive mercy for my faults and failures, as well as help for each day’s living. You’ve made us who believe in Jesus Your children and Your representatives. Thank You. Please help us represent You well and to make You known to people everywhere. Amen.

Thoughts on John 6:44-47
Jesus says in John 6:44 that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws the person. However, in verse 45 He says that the Father draws everyone who hears and learns from Him(the Father). Then in verse 46, Jesus says no one except He, Himself, has seen the Father, so apparently people can hear and learn from the Father without seeing Him directly.
Indeed the Father has been revealing Himself through nature, through His interactions with people and through His Word throughout history. Then at the right time, He revealed Himself through Jesus. Those who receive and believe Jesus have abundant, eternal life through Him.
 Eternal, loving Father, thank You for revealing Yourself to us. Please open our ears to hear Your voice. Thank You for placing all our sin on Jesus at the cross. Let me live only for You today. Let me have the humble mind in me that was in Christ Jesus in all my interactions with others. Amen.

(See also Hebrews 4:16, John 1:12, II Corinthians 5:20, and Philippians 2:5)Gospel of John icon

 

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Days of Our Lives

SUNRISE1“And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” –Psalm 139:16 New King James Version

My days were planned
babyinwomb cartoonBefore I began,
Each one prepared for me.sunset_1a
So let me walk
In my todays,
Living life, Lord, for Thee.
Amen.

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Link to “Getting Past the Me Thing

I found this blog post by our pastor, Randy Huddleston, to be very helpful. Hope it will be a blessing and help to you also.

GETTING PAST THE “ME THING”

A huge obstacle on my way to the relationship with God He has prepared for me is “me.”  Have you noticed that?

God wants to reveal more, but I am busy with me.  God wants to show me His love, but I am filling my heart my way.  Look at this in Galatians 5 for a tool to test when too much of “me” is running things.  Ready? Check off any which show up in your life.

More available at…

http://gbc-pryor.blogspot.com/2013/11/getting-past-me-thing.html

Randy Huddleston, Pastor, Grace Bible Church Pryor, Oklahoma

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DADDY TIME!

DADDY TIME!. Another great sermon by Pastor Tom. He’s doing a series on the book of Galatians. Excellent series.

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What Satisfies a Hungry Heart?

I’ve often sung an old hymn that said, “[Jesus] satisfies my longings as nothing else can do,” but I’ve sometimes lived as though it weren’t true. I’ve tried to get people, accomplishments, events, or things to fill my hungry heart. In most cases I found disappointment, and always less than lasting satisfaction. In addition, when God did fulfill a particular desire, something else seemed to jump up to stand in the way of my contentment.

But what if I did let go of my hopes and expectations? Maybe that would make room in my heart for God to satisfy my soul with something “superabundantly, far over and above all that (I) [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond (my) highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” (From Ephesians 3:20 Amplified Bible).  What if God wants to “fill my cup” with more than I can even imagine—something of eternal value? If I believe He does, that would make it easier to let go of the desires I’ve clung to.

Maybe these scriptures would also help: 1 Timothy 6:6 “…godliness accompanied with contentment is great and abundant gain.” Hebrews 13:5 “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money…and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God]  Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor  give you up nor leave you without support….” (Both quotes Amplified Bible)

God’s presence is more than enough in any situation, and what He wants for me is worth far more than the rubbish that I thought I absolutely had to have.

 

Post Script: I’ve also heard a song that says, “Only Jesus can satisfy your soul” and “You’ll never find true satisfaction until you’ve found the Lord.” I thought it was talking only about salvation and going to heaven since Jesus is the Way to the Father, the only way. Now I see it can apply to more. One only finds true satisfaction when one finds Jesus in the place(s) where the soul felt dry and thirsty.

© Tricia Opitz Jan.-Dec. 2012

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Abundant Life

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 New King James)

The abundant life Jesus came to give us is much more than I had thought. I receive it as I draw closer to Him. I experience more of that life when I make Him and His work my top priority instead of continuing to try to manage life and circumstance my own way.

Abundant life for me includes freedom from some things, like addictions, compulsions, fear of disapproval that makes me dishonest, worry, anger, jealousy, the desire to get all the attention and approval, self-focus, greed, hoarding, obsessions, and the drive to control everything from ink pens to people. It also includes freedom to –enjoy God, appreciate His blessings, love others, and experience peace of heart and soul.

Dear Lord, You extend many invitations to me for banquets where You want to pour out Your love and draw me closer to Yourself so I can have more of that life overflowing. Often I’ve let the world drown out Your voice or thought I was too busy to come to the banquet. But I don’t want to miss another one! By Your grace, I won’t waste a minute responding to Your call. Amen.

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Of Rags and Riches

My ways are human—they are rags. They’re often foolish, hurtful, selfish, or twisted, and always imperfect. God’s ways (obedience to Him), on the other hand, are riches and treasures. They’re always good, perfect, loving, pure, generous, helpful, and wise. Why would anyone choose rags over riches? Who would want trash when God offers treasure?

Instead of choosing selfish, short-sighted “grabbing for all the gusto,” let me keep my eyes on the prize. Rather than coveting what others have, why not reach for what really satisfies—trusting God and loving with His love? Today, because the Holy Spirit lives in me, I can say “no” to self-pity, and acknowledge God in each situation. I can listen to what God wants to teach me instead of getting mad, grumbling, or blaming when problems come. I can exhibit graciousness instead of being touchy, irritable, or rude.

It’s more effort to go God’s ways instead of my own, and I often don’t recognize the choice. Nevertheless, when I do actually open my hand for the riches rather than grasping the rags, I find real treasure—valuables like godliness with contentment, peace beyond understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory, and everlasting hope. And best of all, I discover fellowship with Jesus who fills my cup of life to overflowing.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” New Living Translation

Copyright Tricia Opitz 8/3/10

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Enemies in the Promised Land

When the Israelites entered Canaan (the Promised Land), God told them they could make treaties with the “far off” nations.  People of these nations could be forced to pay tribute or serve Israel. Likewise, there are aspects of my life that I can use to honor God that don’t become distractions. These might compare to the distant nations for Israel.

However, the Israelites were to totally destroy the “nearby” inhabitants of the Promised Land, partly because their worship of false gods would draw God’s people away from Him. I’m easily tempted in areas such as pride, greed, and envy. So these are “close” enemies of the abundant life God promised me, and they must be eradicated. As I “take more of the land” I’ll experience more of Christ’s promised joy and peace.

I discovered one of those “close nations” the other day. Self-pity giants live there. They’ve built a walled fortress and have been shooting out whining, complaining, and blaming for most of my sojourn on this earth. Now that they’ve been found out, they can be overcome.

In these moments of prayer I’m transported and drawn nearer to You, O Lord.

I’m refreshed in Your Spirit and heartened and renewed in the light of Your Word.

Open my ears so I’ll listen. Open my eyes. Let me see.

Lead me in bringing down strongholds so I can live fully for Thee.

Psalm 73:28 New Living Translation “But as for me, how good it is for me to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.”

Copyright Tricia Opitz 7/31/10

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