Tag Archive | eternal life

Psalm 18:30 ” As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.”

Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us, ” He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”  So let’s ponder the word “perfect” in both these Scriptures  for a moment.  Everything the Lord does is complete, truthful, and faultless.  His manner and means will always be sincere and pure, for there is no deception  found in Him.  In a very imperfect world,  He is our shield and refuge and the Rock we can run to in times of fear and confusion.

Proverbs 15:1 ” A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Romans 12:17 tells us to, “not repay anyone evil for evil”…and I Corinthians 13:6 reminds us that,  “Love doesn’t delight in evil.”   The war of words is waged on a bloody battlefield… with many casualties and walking wounded that never recover from the pain inflicted by unkind and caustic words.  When we simply take a moment and answer a mean verbal attack with kindness instead…it defuses the situation immediately…for we deprive the enemy of  ammunition.

Job 23:10-12 ” But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”

Bread has been a staple of the human diet for centuries…it’s simple, filling, and easy to obtain.  The Word is a lot like bread.  In John 6:32-33 it says, “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  Jesus is the bread of life, and grasping ahold of His Word…being self-disciple in your study of it…will enable you to cherish and hide it deep in your heart.  The Word is a lot like bread, it’s simple…just open the book.  It’s filling…satisfying your very soul.  And it’s easy to obtain…you can do it yourself.

John 21:17 ” Jesus said, ‘Feed My sheep.’ “

The Lord’s commission to “Feed My sheep” is without exception for all Believers.  But for all of you who have been around livestock and done chores, you know that it can be very frustrating moving and feeding animals.  They don’t want to go where you want them to…they’re noisy, dirty, stinky and pushy.  And on top of that, daily chores are mundane, boring, and at times unnerving when the animals act up.  You find yourself saying, “I wish someone else would do this!”  But “Feed My sheep” means much more than just giving nourishment.  For God, it means shepherding, tending, guarding and leading a group of at times unruly people.  People that you can tenderly lead to (Living) water, but then watch as they refuse to drink. That’s when discouragement can set in, but remember it’s not about you, so don’t take it personally… just continue to do the chores you’ve been called to.

John 4:11 ” ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.’ “

Jesus had just offered the Samaritan woman  Living Water, but by her observation…He had no means of drawing water from Jacob’s well.  We seem to quickly revert back to our humanness anytime we doubt that Jesus can really do what He says.  We question if He’s in touch with reality or even realizes the gravity of our circumstances.  Subjectively, our biased opinion says, “I can’t see how You can possibly do this Lord.”  But if we put aside our humanness and instead take Jesus at His word…miracles will happen.

I Samuel 3:10 ” The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’ “

If you have ever been part of a marriage conference or counseling…they teach you the art of active listening.  Each has the others undivided attention as they converse back and forth…repeating back to the person what they heard and asking, “Is this what you meant?”  There is much more listening done than speaking, and more unselfish attention given than self-centeredness.  Listening to the Lord is a lot like that.  It is not  blabbering on incessantly about our own feelings and emotions…it’s listening with all our being…taking the time to be quiet…hearing and then heeding His voice.

Isaiah 45:22 ” Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

The Lord says to you today…come back.  Turn around and face Me, for it’s only by Me that you can be delivered from all the evil that still clings to you.  You may have accepted Me in the past, but you are still a slave to things you have not been able to give up.  You have been set free of those things, but you either don’t fully realize it or just don’t want to leave them behind.  Change directions today… for those chains that have bound you in the past  have been broken off  –  you are no longer a victim…you are a victor.