“Open Thy Mouth Wide”

“Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10b

As I watched these newly hatched baby birds, I smiled and thought of the verse quoted above.  That verse has always been such an encouragement to me in my prayer life, because I knew I could bring many many prayer requests to the Lord and He would graciously hear and answer each one according to His Will.  ” For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” Psalm 107:9
But something else happened as I began studying and referencing this verse.  I found that opening my mouth wide did not only mean “asking,” but also meant “giving.”  Giving what?  Let’s see what God’s Word says:
Psalm 107: 1 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness.”
Psalm 107:22b Tell of His works with joyful singing.”
Psalm 108:1b “Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good.”
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord.”
Psalm 34:8 “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Psalm 44:8 “In God we have boasted all day long.”
Psalm 34:9 “O fear the Lord, you His saints, For to those who fear Him there is no want.”
It’s obvious that first and foremost, with our mouths wide open we should be praising, thanking, delighting, tasting, blessing, boasting (in God), fearing (with reverence and awe), joyfully singing, and telling others about our Mighty God.  For when we do these things, our hearts are uplifted and our wills are conformed to the will of our Sovereign God and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It is then that we are made humble and submissive and our spirit gently yields to God’s answer to our prayers AND our mouths are filled as His Word says!
 
The Better Way: Glorifying God With All Our Hearts Should Be Our First Desire
 
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A Journey of God’s Faithfulness

Psalm 118:17 “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the LORD.”

It was four years ago today, February 20, 2014 that my special Journey of God’s Faithfulness began. Being a rather healthy person, thoughts of any serious medical problems rarely entered my mind.

Then suddenly and without warning at the young age (what I consider young) of sixty-six, I had a brain bleed, a hemorrhagic stroke and I learned “How frail I am.” Psalm 39:4 It affected the right side of my body leaving me 90% helpless and numb, unlike some strokes which cause paralysis. Now starts the thanksgiving part. Unlike some strokes——-since all strokes are not the same and all strokes affect different parts of the body, I can thankfully say that my speech, swallowing and facial muscles were not affected. Psalm 63:3 “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”

During these past years I have felt God’s presence and peace carry me through therapies that taught me how to walk again, (God made our brains so they can learn a new path) a precious husband and family who stood faithfully by my side, lovingly caring for me, and a church family and friends who visited, provided food and prayed for us. Psalm 71:16 “ I will go in the strength of the Lord God.”

I have also seen God open doors for my husband and I to witness to others about Jesus Christ —-people that we would never have met otherwise. It’s such a joy to be used by the Lord. God’s plans are always good and right. Isaiah 58:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”

And so on this special day, since God allowed me not only to live but restored me almost to my former health, I want to remember all His goodness, declare it to others and praise Him for all He has done and is doing in the lives of my husband and myself. Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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Teach Them Diligently

Deuteronomy 6:6-9  These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

 
     Have you ever watched a spider spin a web?  She produces a small thin seemingly very insignificant threadlike substance.  At first she starts with a few main anchor lines, from perhaps a porch ceiling, and runs them to lower places such as the posts.  This allows for a triangle area in which to work her creation.  The threadlike substance appears to be very fragile, as if it could be easily broken, but when you pluck it with your finger, you’ll find it to be very strong and elastic and sticky.  As the spider works diligently she begins to join together piece after piece until her web becomes a large masterpiece of strength and beauty.
     In our Scripture verse for today, God’s first command is to have the Word of God in our hearts.  In other words: to be sure that we know Jesus Christ  as our Lord and Savior.  Once He has an established place in our heart this verse instructs us to be very diligent to set forth the Lord Jesus Christ before our family.  Like the spider weaving her web, God’s Word should be emitted from our lives as we sit, as we walk, as we lie down and as we rise up.  Do you see how our path crisscrosses each other day after day?  “For precept must be upon precept; precept upon precept: line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”  Isaiah 28:10  What a web of strength is built for our children, our family, our friends and even strangers to see as we go about our daily lives!
    We are also to wrap these Truths around us.  Strong’s concordance says the word “bind” means to “tie, join  together, knit in love.” Likewise, they are to be in conspicuous places upon our hands and between our eyes; even to the “doorposts” and “gates” of our houses.  Then to our children and those people who come in contact with us, who see us and know us, it will be obvious that we know the Lord.  Our lives will then be a wonderful witness and will bring much honor to God.
     Dear Lord, forgive me for my slackness and carelessness.  May I be diligent to live as these Words command.
 
Theme: The Better Way: Training our Children is Good: Teaching God’s Word and Being a Daily Living Witness is Better
 
Here’s a link to help them learn Bible verses through song:
 
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Preparing Your Heart For The New Year

Ezra 7:10  “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

What type of person are you?  What makes you feel best about yourself?

Since sin is in our lives it’s not possible to have order in all areas of our lives all the time, but there are some things that make us feel more orderly and in control if they are complete.

Some women like a well-made bed, others prefer their floors being swept or toys picked up or the laundry folded or their desk organized or their kitchen/dishes cleaned up etc.

My “thing” is having the dishwasher emptied before I cook another meal, having some make-up on and having my hair combed.  I function better if these three things are done.

But most importantly, I also function better if I start my day having spent some time alone with the Lord even if it means getting up early. Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”

Creation is a perfect example of God’s order.  All things are set in place to perfectly move in harmony with all other things.  Not one alignment or molecule is out of place, otherwise there would be chaos. I Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

Colossians 2:5 ” Though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.”

Good discipline (good order), the stability of your faith in Christ are all military terms meaning a solid rank of soldiers drawn up for battle.  Sounds like battle, right?  Colossians 2:6 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Your walk, your daily conduct, is a life patterned after Jesus Christl

It’s good to be focused, but focused on what? Getting what you want, what you think is best?  That creates a negative atmosphere. Lay aside these desires and fill yourself with the Word, so that what comes from us is the love of Christ, encouragement and support. We can’t make someone do something or think like we want them to think or act.  It has to come from the heart and only God can change the heart!

The Better Way:  Purpose and Discipline=Structure and Order=Rest and Strength and Peace in the Lord Jesus Christ

 

 

 

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A New Year, A New Purpose

Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”
Psalm 119:105  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
 
God’s Word is precious, and in this constantly changing fast paced world, it is encouraging to know that we do have access to something that is unchanging–the Word of God, the Holy Bible, the Scriptures, the Truth.  Malachi 3:6 “For I Am the Lord, I change not.”  God is immutable.  
Time is valuable for all of us and yet we need to take time to read God’s word and pray every day.  To do this requires that we must, like Daniel (Daniel 1:8) “purpose in our hearts” and discipline ourselves to this “purpose.” Such purpose and discipline is valuable because it gives us structure and order in our often hectic and chaotic lives and structure and order gives strength and rest. So the formula is: 
 Purpose and Discipline=Structure and Order=Strength and Rest
How do we go about finding help to read God’s Word daily?
There are many Bible Reading plans–one year, two year, three year etc. In the past, I followed a two year Read Through the Bible Program which had me read some of each of the Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs and the New Testament everyday except Sunday.  I enjoyed the pace of this plan. 
 But for those of you who might find that program too aggressive, especially you moms with small children, I found a 4 year plan (see link below) that has you reading some of the New Testament and Psalms more than once, but if you follow it diligently you will read through the entire Bible in just 4 years!  The passages are not lengthy, so even if you miss a day or two you can easily “catch-up.”  As you complete the reading of a passage of God’s Word each day, just put a check in the little box and you will find you have a feeling of satisfaction that you have completed this worthwhile privilege.  May the Lord lead you and bless you as you seek Him through His word.
 
Print this out and cut it in bookmark size strips to place in your Bible.  Store the other 3 years in another pocket of your Bible.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly 4 years pass by
The Better Way: Seeking God daily through His Word is the Better Way.
See also: Joy In Purpose
 
See also: Self-Discipline
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Pressing Forward In The New Year

Philippians 3:13-14 “Forgetting those things which are behind….I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

 
      A New Year.  A Fresh Start.  Paul tells us in the above verse how to start fresh…“forgetting those things which are behind.”  Our mistakes and failures of the past often remain with us and become a weight that prevents us from moving forward.  Are you in Christ?  Are your sins forgiven?  Are they covered under the blood?  Then rise up!  Go forward! Our past failures should be remembered only to encourage us to learn from them and not give up.
      Many trials and troubles, worries and discouragement’s face us in the coming year.  Likewise, many doors will open with challenges and opportunities.  We have much to face, both good and bad, happy and sad, but remember God has called us.  The Word of God calls it a “high calling.  Not only does that word invoke thoughts of challenge and honor but also directs our minds toward where we should look to seek our direction—-UP—up toward our Heavenly Father.
      Let’s purpose then, to gather our heart, mind, soul and body together this new year, not crawling on our hands and knees in discouragement and fear (for then the pace is slow and it’s almost impossible to look up), but upright on our feet, in eager anticipation, with our whole eye on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
Theme: The Better way: A Fresh Start is Good: A Fresh Start with our whole eye on Jesus Christ is Better
 
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Commitment For The New Year

Daniel 1:8 “Daniel purposed in his heart….

 Five years ago I made a two year commitment to read through the Bible using a Two Year Bible Reading Plan.  When I started, two years seemed like a long time but now it has already come to a close. Just think, if you had purposed to follow a three year Bible reading plan, you would already be completed, and if you had purposed to follow a four year plan you would now also be through.  
     Time has a way of passing more quickly than you think.  Don’t waste it saying “Later, Later.”  Purpose in your heart to make a commitment to start January 1st, 2018 to follow some type of daily Bible reading, making yourself accountable.  Checking off a list kept me on track and kept me from getting too far behind. (Yes, I was not always on track !)
    Two years was just right for this grandma/great-grandma, but a three or four year plan will probably be better for you very busy moms with children. Reading the Bible should not cause stress and make you frustrated. Here is a link to one of those plans: http://www.esv.org/assets/pdfs/rp.esv.study.bible.pdf
Print this out and cut it in bookmark size strips to place in your Bible.  Store the other 3 years in another pocket of your Bible.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly 4 years pass by 
If this plan does not fit your desires, many more plans are available, through other sites on the internet. The MacArthur Daily Bible at http://www.gty.org (read through the Bible in a year) is good.  Remember, if you overcommit, you might fail and feel guilty.  Be sensible and prudent.  It’s better to read a little of the Bible than not to read anything at all. 

 

What are a few of the blessings?
1. The joy of watching God’s great plan of salvation unfold from Genesis to Revelations.
2. Reading books of the Bible I might not have read, or don’t read much. These books were a blessing and I found passages of Scripture to underline in each one.
3. Learning more and more how much God cares for us as individuals.
4. Being reminded that God uses all types and kind of people.
5. Seeing the longsuffering of God.
6. Seeing the judgement of God.
 
     Remember, every book in the Bible was written by the inspiration of God and has a purpose and reason for being in the Bible.  
Perhaps you have just finished reading through the Bible, then set for yourself a new goal, a new plan, a new purpose and commit to staying with it.  This year I’m ready to embark on another adventurous journey in God’s Word  as I commit to memorize passages of the Bible. I have already started this commitment and have received much joy and  just like reading the Bible is an attainable goal, so memorizing is also a goal which can be achieved.  Let’s ask the Lord to bless our commitment and He will give us the strength and time to fulfill it.
Purpose and Discipline=Structure and Order= Rest and Strength
 The Better Way: Reading The Bible Is Always Good, Reading The Bible With A Plan, Purpose And Commitment Is The Better Way
 
See Also:  Joy In Purpose
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Good Tidings of Great Joy

The story of Christmas is the story of Jesus Christ’s humiliation.  There are many verses in the Bible that express this and as we celebrate Christmas, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ (God in flesh), I want to share some of these verses with you to read and ponder, that all these things might remain in your heart.


Isaiah 9:6-7
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

 
Romans 8:3
 “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh.” 
 
Galatians 4:4-5
 “But when the time had fully come  God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
 
I Timothy 1:15
  “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am chief.”
 
Romans 1:3
 “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.”
 
John 1:14
 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
 
I John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;”
 
Philippians 2:7
 “Rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
 
Philippians 2:8
 “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
 
I Timothy 2:5-6
 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
 
Acts 2:29-30
 “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.  Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.”
 
 
It is amazing to think the God and Creator of the Universe came in the flesh, because of His great love for us. Oh, how our hearts rejoice with thanksgiving for this “Indescribable Gift.”
II Corinthians 9:15.  May we never take it for granted.
 
 
 
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Who Is The Christ of Christmas?

Children in a third, fourth and fifth grade Sunday School class that I taught several years ago, found these Attributes of the Godhead on their own.  They come from various versions of the Bible.  Even though there are over 700 attributes listed here, these are but a few because God/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit are Indescribable.  These were written on a scroll and unrolled once a month.  It was wonderful to watch it grow.

Abba_Father Mark—-14:36

Above All gods—–Psalm 95:3

Above_all_Kings_of_the_Earth—- Psalm_2:3

Acceptor of the meditations of my heart—-Psalm 19:14

Adonai (My Lord, My God)

Advocate—–I John 2:1

Afflicter—-Psalm 44:2

All Suffieient—–II Corth 3:5

All things He can do in one simple act

All_Knowledge—– I Sam 2:3

Almighty_God_ Genesis 17:1, Pslam 91:1

Almighty—-Ruth 1:21

Alpha„„„„Rev_1:8

Always Living—–John 1:1

Amazing—Deut 11:2-3

Amen—–Rev 3:14

Ancient_of_Days„„„„Daniel_7:9,_Psalm_102:25„27__

Angel of the Lord —-Exodus 3:2

Angered by sin—-Deu 6:15

Angry —–Deu_13:7,_Psalm_85:3_

Anointed_One„„„„Psalm_2:2_

Anointer—-Hebrews 1:9

Appointer—-Acts_10:42_

Ark—Gen 6:1-9:17

Artist—–Gen 1:1

Ascender—-Luke 24:51

Author and Finisher of our souls—–Heb 12:2

Author of Life—-Acts 3:15

Author of_Eternal_Salvation_ Heb_5:9_

Author of_our_faith ——Heb_12:2_

Authority—-Jude 25

Avenger ——Psalm_26:1

Avenger of evil deeds—-Psalm 99:9

Awareness—–Psalm 125;2,Deut 10:17

Awe-inspiring—-Neh 9:32

Awesome—– Psalm_47:2, Neh 9:32_

Banisher ——Psalm_125:5

Beautiful—–Psalm 27:4

Beginning —–Col._1:17_

Beginning of the Creation of God—Rev 3:4

Beloved—–Eph 1;6

Bishop of our souls—- I Peter 2:25

Blameless—-Eph 1:4, Eph 5:25-27

Blessed_ Psalm 72:17_

Braker of weapons of war—-Psalm 76:3

Branch—— Jer._23:5_

Bread of Life—–John 6:35

Bread of the Presence—-Ex 25:30

Bridegroom—–Matt 9:15

Brightness of God’s Glory—-Heb 1:3

Bringer forth into a large place—II Sam 22:20

Bringer of Israel out of Egypt—-Psalm 136:11

Buckler (my)—— Psalm 18:2

Builder—- Heb 11: 4

Burden Bearer—-Psalm 55:22

Burning Bush—-Exodus 3:2

Caller of sinners—-Matthew 9:13

Caller—-Romans 8:26-27, I Thess 5:24

Capstone —–I Peter 2;7

Caretaker of the widow—-Psalm 68:5

Caretaker—-Psalm 55:22

Caring —–I Peter 5:7

Chief Cornerstone—–Eph 2:20

Chief Priest—-Hebrews 6:20

Chief Shephard—-I Peter 5:14

Chosen of God —–Luke 23:35

Chosen One —–Luke 23:35

Christ Jesus, the Lord—– Col 2:6

Christ of God—– Luke 23:35

Comforter—– John_15:26, Mark 1:44

Commander —–Acts 10:42

Commander of Armies—-Psalm 80:7

Compassionate Father—–Pslam 103:13

Compassionate—–Nehemiah 9:31, Lam 4:22

Complete—–Col 2:10

Consuming Fire—–Hebrew 12:24,Deut 4:3

Cornerstone—– I Peter 2:4

Counselor—– Isaiah_9:6_

Covenant Keeping God—–Deu 7:9

Creator of the ends of the earth—–Isaiah 40:28

Creator—- Gen.—1:1, Psalm 8:1,6

Cup (of blessing)—–Psalm 16:5

Dayspring—–Luke 1:78

Decent—-Pslm 25:8

Defender—-Psalm 68:5

Delight—— Psalm 119:24

Deliverer from the evil one—-Matt 6:13

Deliverer if them that hate me—II Sam 22:18

Deliverer of me—–II Sam 22:20

Deliverer of my strong enemies—II Sam 22:18

Deliverer of the Poor—-Psalm 35:10

Deliverer—– 2 Sam._22:7_

Desire—– Hag_2:7_

Destroyer of sin—-Deu 6:15

Divider of the Red Sea—-Psalm 136:13

Divine Nature—-Acts 17:29

Doer of great wonders—-Psalm 136:4

Dominion—-Jude vs 25

Door of the sheep—-John 10:1

Door—– Rev 3:20, John 10:7

Dove—-Matthew 3:16, John 1:32

Driver out of nations—-Psalm 44:2

Dwelliing Place—-Psalm 90:1

El Elohe Israel—– Gen_33:20 (God, the God of Israel)

El Gibbon—Mighty God

El Hagadol—Great God

El Hakadosh—Holy God

El Hana-eman—Faithful God

El Shaddai—-Gen 22 (God Allmighty, All Sufficient God

El-Elyon—-Genesis 12:20, Most High God, God Most High

El-Olam—–Isaiah 40:28, The Eternal God

El-Roi—–Genesis 16:13 (God Who Sees)

Elohim—–(creator, plural, trinity)

Encloser—–Isaiah 40:12

End_(the)—– Col._1:17

Endurer—-Psalm 136:1

Enlarger of my steps—–II Sam 22:37

Enthroned over Zion—–Psalm 9:11

Enthroned—–Rev 22:3

Eternal Creator —-Gen 2:4„25

Eternal—– Deu 33:27_

Everlasting God—-Isaiah 40:28

Everlasting Righteousness —–Psalm_119:142_

Everlasting_—–Father Isaiah_9:6

Everlasting_King—–Jer 10:10

Exalter of me above my foes—Psalm 18:48

Excellent„„„Psalm_8:1_

Exhaulted One—-Psalm 35:7

Exhaulted—— I Chronicles 29:11

Expected One—-Matt 11:3

Fair in all His ways—-Psalm 145:17

Faithful —–Deu_7:9

Faithful Witness—–Rev 1:5

Father ——Matt 6:8

Father of all—–Ephesians 4:6

Father of the Fatherless—-Psalm 68:5

Favorous Shield—–Psalm 5:12

Fear of Isaac—-Gen31:42

Fearful—— Psalm 25:2

Fierce Anger—— Deu 18:7, Psalm 85:3

Finisher_of_our_faith___Heb_12:12à

First/Last—-Isaiah 41:4; Rev 2:8

Firstborn of the dead—–Rev 1:5

Firstborn_from_the_Dead____Col_1:18

Firstborn_of_all_creation___Col_1:15

Flawless words—–Psalm 12:6

Flawless—–II Samuel 22:31

Forerunner—-Hebrews 6:20

Forgiver—– Isaiah:6, Ex 34:6

Fortress—— Psalm_31:3_

Foundation of wisdom—-Prov 9:10; Isaiah 33:6

Foundation_of_Life—-Proverbs_13:14_

Foundation—-I Corth 3:10-11

Fountain of Life—–Psalm 36:9

Fountain_of living_waters—–Jer 2:13

Friend—— Matt11:19,_Luke_7:34__

Fruit of life—-

Fully Man—-John 11:35

Fury—Jer._9:25

Gate—–John 10:9

Gentle —-Psalm_18:35,_II_Cor_10:1_

Gift_of_God—– John_4:10

Girder of strength for battle—II Sam 22:40

Giver of bread—-Matthew 6:11

Giver of food—–Psalm 138:25

Giver of land—-Psalm 136:21

Giver of Life—–Job 33:4

Giver of manna—-Exodus 16:4

Giver of quail—-Exodus 16:13

Giver of the shield of salvation—II Sam 22:36

Giver—–Ex 20:12, Deu 19:14

Glorifier—-Romans 8:30

Glorious—–Psalm 72:19, Ex 15:11

Glory—— Rom._8:28, Psalm 61:7

God Almighty—-Genesis 35:11

God Alone—-Psalm 86:6-10

God my Savior—— Luke 1:47; John 4:42

God of all flesh—-Jer 32:27

God of all people—-Jer 32:27

God of Bethel—-Gen 31:13

God of forgiveness—-Nehemiah 9:17

God of Glory—Acts 7:2, Psal 29:3

God of gods—–Psalm 136:2, Deut 10:17

God of My Father—-Gen 31:42

God of my salvation—-Psalm 18:46

God of our fathers ——Acts 3:13

God our Saviour——I Tim 1:1

God over All—Isaiah 37:16

God Who Sees—–Gen 16:13

God with us—– Isaiah 7:14

God_my_Strength—-Psalm 18:1

God_of__Isaac—— Luke_20:37_

God_of__Jacob—– Luke_20:37,_Isaiah_2:3

God_of_Abraham—— Luke_20:37,_Ex_3:6_

God_of_all ages—-Jude 1:25

God_of_Hope—— Rom._15:13_

God_of_Hosts—– Isaiah_10:16_

God_of_the army_of_Israel

God_of_the living—— Luke_20:38_

God_of_Wonders—-Job 37:14, Acts 2:22

God, The One of Sinai—-Psalm 68:8

God, the_God_of_Israel—— Psalm_72:18_

Good —–Psalm_107:1_

Good Shephard—–John 10:11

Goodness——Nahum 1:7

Governor—–Matt 2:6

Grace——John 1:14

Gracious—— Jonah 4:2, Neh 9:17

Granter of Salvation—-Psalm 85:7

Great Commissioner—— Matthew 28:19

Great in Israel—Psalm 76:1

Great King—-Psalm 95:3

Great Shephard of the sheep—-Heb 18:20

Great Shephard—-I Peter 5:14

Great_and_awesome_God—- Nehemiah_9.32

Great_I_am—–Ex 8:14

Great_Light—— Isaiah_9:2__

Great—–Psalm 145:3, Neh 9:32

Greater than Jonah ——Luke 11:32

Guardian of Your Souls—-I Peter 2:25

Guide ——Psalm 31:3, John 1:113

Guide away from widkedness—-Psalm 119:110

He that liveth—–Rev 1:18

He which hath the sharp sword with two edges—Rev 2:12

He Who come from ancient times—-Micah 5:2

He Who holds the government—-Isaiah 9:6

He who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks—Rev 2:1

He whom you seeketh after—John 18: 8

Head crusher—–Genesis 3:15

Head of the corner—— I Peter 2:7

Head over all—-I Chron 29:11

Head_of_the_Body,_the_Church„„„„Col_1:17_

Healer ——Psalm_30:2_

Healer of the brokenhearted—Psalm 147:3

Hearer of my cry—–Psalm 5:2

Hearer of My Prayer—-Psalm 86:6-7

Hearer of my voice—Psalm 18:6

Heaven’s Gate——Psalm 118:20

Heavenly_Father„„„„Matt._6:14_

Heir of All Things—-Heb 1:1

Help of my counteneance—-Psalm 42:11

Helper out of many waters —II Sam 22:17

Helper to leap over a wall—II Sam 22:30

Helper to run through a troop—II Sam 22:30

Helper—–Psalm 46:16

Hiding Place—— Psalm 119:114

High Priest—-Heb 4:14

High_and Lofty„„„„Isaiah_57:15à

High_Tower_(my)„„„„Psalm_18:2_

Highest ——Luke 1:35

Highest Joy—-Psalm 43:4

Him who alone does great wonders—Psalm 136:4

Him who made the great lights—Psalm 136:7

Him who made the heavens with skill—Psalm 136:5

Holy and Righteous One ——Acts 3:14

Holy Bread—-Ex 25:30

Holy One of God—Mark 1:24

Holy Servant —-Acts 4:27

Holy_One of_Israel—– Psalm 71:22, Psalm 78:41

Holy_One—— Acts 3:14,_Psalm_16:10_

Holy„„„„_Isaiah 6:3__

Honest—-Psalm 25:8

Honorable —–Psalm 96:6

Hope—–I Tim1:1

Horn_of_my Salvation—– II Sam 22:3

Hosanna in the Highest—Matt 21:9

Husbandman —–John 1:1

I_Am„„„„John_8:58_

Illuminator—-Psalm 18:28

Image_of the_Invisible_God—– Col_1:15

Immanuel ——Isaiah 7:14, Matt 1:23, God with us

Immortal—— I Tim 1:17

Immutable ——Heb 6:17, Psalm 102:26-27(unchangeable)

Incarnate—-John 1:14

Incorruptible —–I Peter 1:23

Indescribable_Gift—-II Corth 9:15

Indescribable—-II Corth 9:15

Infinite —–Psalm 147:5

Infinite Grace—— Romans 5:20

Infinite_understanding—— Psalm_147:5_

Innocent of Transgression—-Psalm 19:13

Instructor —–Isaiah 8:11

Intercessor—-Romans 8:26-27

Invisible—– Col_1:15_

Jealous—– Exodus_34:14_

Jehovah ——Psalm_83:_18_

Jehovah McKaddesh (the_Lord_who_Sanctifies)_Ex 31:13_

Jehovah Nissi (the_Lord_our_Banner)—- Ex 17:15

Jehovah Rapha (the_Lord_our_Healer)_Ex 15:26

Jehovah Sabaoth_(the_Lord_of_Hosts)„„„„Isaiah_1:2_

Jehovah Shalom_(the_Lord_our_Peace)„„„„Judges_6:24_

Jehovah_Elohim_(Eternal_Creator)„„„„Gen._2:4„25__

Joy—— Psalm 43:4

Judge —–Psalm_26:1, James 4:12

Judge of Israel ——Micah 5:1

Judge of the Widow—-Psalm 68:5

Judge_of the_Living_and_the_Dead„„„„Acts_10:43_

Just„„„„_Neh._9:30,_Psalm_72:1_

Justice ——Psalm 89:14

Justifier—-Romans 8:26-27

Keeper from hours of trial—Rev 3:10

Keeper from sin—Matt 6:13

Keeper of Promises—-Acts 13:23

Keeper—-II Sam 22:44

Key Holder—-Rev 3:7

Kind —–Luke 6:35

King Eternal—–I Tim 1:17

King forever—-Psalm 10:6

King of glory—–Psalm 24:9

King of Judah—–Heb 7:14

KING OF KINGS —–Rev 19:16

King_of_all_the_Earth„„„„Psalm_102:15__

King_over_all_the_Earth„„„„Psalm_47:2_

King„„„„Jer._23:5_

Knowledge„„„I Sam_2:3

Known—Psalm 76:1

Knows fully—–Heb 9:6

Lamb_of_God—-John 1:24

Lamb„„„„Rev_7:14

Lamp_to_my feet—– Psalm_119:105

Lamp—–II Sam 22:29

Lawgiver—–Psalm 119:97, James 4:12

Leader of Your Souls—-I Peter 2:25

Leader—–John 3:10

Life„„„„John_11:25„26_

Lifter up of His voice—–Psalm 46:6

Lifter up_of_mine_head—–II Sam 22:49

Light of Life ——John 8:12

Light_(my—-) Psalm 27:1

Light_of Israel—-Ex 13:21

Light_of my_life—– John 8 :12

Light_of the_world_ Matt 5:14, John 9:5

Light_to my path—— Psalm 119:105

Lighter of my darkness—–II Sam 22:29

Lily of the Valley—-Song of Solomon 2:1

Lion_(the)„„Hosea_5:14_

Lion_of_the_Tribe_of_Judah„„„„Rev_5:5_

Living Father—— John 6:57

Living God—– Jer._10_, Psalm 42:2

Living One—-Luke 24:5

Living Stone—— I Peter 2:4

Living Water—– John_4:10_

Living Word—-John 1:14

Living—–I Thess 1:9

Long_Suffering—– Ex 34:6, Num 14:18

Lord and King—–Gen 15:8

Lord God of Israel—– Luke 1:68, II Chronicles 30:1

Lord God—-Ezekiel 114:16

Lord is God—-Psalm 19:27

Lord most High —–Psalm 47:2

Lord of all—-Acts 10:36

Lord of Glory—I Corth 2:8

LORD OF LORDS —-Rev 19:16

Lord our God—Psalm 99:8-9

Lord Strong and mighty—-Psalm 24:8

Lord Who blesses His people with peace—-Psalm 29:11

Lord Who gives strength—-Psalm 29:11

Lord your God—– Deu 6:17

Lord_God of_hosts —-Isaiah_10:23, Jer 31:5_

Lord_Most_High_Psalm„„„„47:2_

Lord_of_Heaven_and_Earth„„„„Matt_11:25_

Lord_of_hosts„„„Isaiah_28:29; Pslam 24:10

Lord_our Healer——Ex 15:26

Lord_our Righteousness_(The)„„„„Jer_23:6_

Lord_our Sanctification—-I Thess 5:23

Lord_who is_Faithful„„„„Isaiah_49:7

Lord_who lives—-II Chron18:13

Lord, Mighty In Battle—-Psalm 24:8

Lord, the Keeper of Israel—Psalm 121

Love —–I John 4:8

Loving Lord—–Psalm 146:8

Lovingkindness—–II Sam 22:51, Ex 34:6

Majestic—— Job 37:22, Psalm 93:1, Heb 8:1

Majesty on high—Heb 1:3

Maker of homes for the lonely—-Psalm 68:6

Maker of the heavens—-Psallm 136:5

Maker of the Wise—-Psalm 10:7

Maker_of all_things—- Proverbs 22:2, acts 4:24

Man of Sorrows—–Isaiah 53:3

Master ——Matthew 23:8

Master God—–Gen 15:8

Mediator Between God and Man—I Tim 2:5

Mediator of the New Covenant—-Heb 12:24

Merciful ——Psalm_115:5, Neh 9:17

Merciful Kindness Psalm 17:2

Merciful One—-Psalm 78:38

Messiah—— John_4:25„26_

Mighty Arm —–Psalm_89:13

Mighty Deliverer—-Psalm 18:2

Mighty Firmament„„„„Psalm_150:1_

Mighty God„„Isaiah_9:6_

Mighty in Battle—–Psalm 24:8

Mighty One_of_Israel„„„„Isaiah_1:24_

Mighty One_of_Jacob—-Psalm 132:2, Gen 49:24

Mighty One„„ Isaiah_10:34_

Mighty Rock—-Deu 22:4

Mighty to_save_ Isaiah 63:1

Mighty_in Power„„„„Psalm_147:5

Mighty—–Luke 1:49

More Majestic than the Mountains of Prey—Psalm 76:4

Most High God—-Hebrews 7:1

Most_High_Over_all_the_Earth—- Psalm_88:18_

Most_High—- Psalm_92:1, Num 24:16

My Beloved Son—Luke 8:22

My Desire—–Isaiah 26:8

My Father —–John 14:2

My Salvation ——Psalm 27:1

My Shephard—Psalm 23:1

My Song ——Ex 15:2, Isaiah 12:2

My Stay—–Psalm 18:18

My_God_my_Strength„„„„Isaiah_49:5_

My_God„„„„Psalm_104:43_

My_Light ——Psalm 27:1

My_Path„„„„Psalm_119:105_

My_Support„„ Psalm_18:18_Nehemiah_9:31

Name—III John 1:7, II Sam 6:22

Near—- Psalm 75:1

Never Alone—–John 16:32

Never Ending—-Isaiah 9:7

Never Fading (God’s Word—-) Matt 24:35

Never faints or grows weary—Isaiah 40:28

Never slumbers or sleeps—Psalm 121:4

Not of this world—–John 17:11

Not Self-Seeking ——I Corth 13:5

Not_able to_be_fully_known_by_man_

O God of my righteousness—Psalm 4:1

O God, my God—-Psalm 43:4

O Lord ——Psalm 139:4

O Lord God of armies—-Psalm 144:10

O Lord, My God—-Psalm 30:12

Oath Keeper—–Psalm 15:14

Omega—- Rev 1:8

Omnibinevolent—-(all_giving)_

Omnipotent—-(all_powerful) II Sam 22:33

Omnipresent_(everywhere_present) Psalm 139:7

Omnisapient (All Wise)—–I Timothy 1:17

Omniscient (all_knowing)_ Ecc 12:14, Heb 9:6

One and only Son—John 1:14

One of Sinai—- Judges 5:5

One to be worshipped—-Heb 1:6

One Who binds up their wounds—-Psalm 147:3

One who binds up their wounds—-Psalm 147:8

One Who brings peace to your borders—-Psalm 147:4

One Who brings wind out of His storeroom—-Psalm 135:7

One Who considers the poor—-Psalm 41:1

One Who considers the weak—-Psalm 41:1

One Who determines the number of stars—-Psalm 147:4

One Who divides the Red Sea—-Psalm 135:7

One Who does miraculous things—-Psalm 136:4

One who gathers the outcast—-Psalm 147:2

One who gave victory to kings—-Psalm 144:190

One Who gives snow like wool—-Psalm 147:16

One Who has concern for helpless people—-Psalm 41:1

One who has eyes like a flame of fire—-Rev 2:18

One who has feet like polished bronze—-Rev 2:18

One who has the sharp double-edged sword—-Rev 2:12

One Who is to come—-Matt 11:3

One Who made the great lights—-Psalm 136:7

One Who made the heavens by His understanding—-Psalm 136:5

One Who makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth—-Psalm 135:7

One Who makes lightening for the thunderstorm—-Psalm 135:7

One Who scatters the frost like ashes—-Psalm 147:16

One Who sends His promises throughout the earth—-Psalm 147:15

One Who throws His hailstones like bread crumbs—Psalm 147:4

One who was dead and come back to life—-Rev 2:8

One whom God raised from the dead—- Acts 3:15

One whom you delivered and disowned—- Acts 3:13

One_true God—-Jer 10:10

Only Begotten of the Father—John 1:14

Only Begotten Son—- John 3:16

Only God—–Gen 1:26

Only Wise God—–I Tim 1:17

Orderly—— Genesis 1

Our_Desire—— Psalm 73:25

Our_Father„„ Matt_6:9_

Our_Foundation—-I tim 3:15

Our_Maker—–Psalm 95:6

Outstretched arm—-Psalm 136:12

Overseer—— I Peter 2:25

Overthrower of Pharaoh and his armies—-Psalm 136:15

Owner of many mansions—- John 14:2

Patient—– I Corth 13:4

Peace——I Tim 1:2

Peaceful—–I Tim 1:1

Peacemaker—–Heb 13:20

Perfect—–Psalm 18:30

Perfection of beauty—-Psalm 50:2

Perfector of my way—–II Sam 22:33

Performer of mighty acts—Exodus 7:4

Performer of miracles—-Psalm 44:1

Pilot—-

Place„„„„Psalm_119:114_

Planner—-Romans 8:36-37

Planter of peoples—-Psalm 44:2

Portion—– Psalm_119:57

Possessor of heaven and earth—Gen 14:19

Potter—–Isaiah 6:48

Power giver to the weak—–Isaiah 40:29

Powerful Ruler—-Psalm 69:6

Powerful—-II Sam 22:33

Pre-eminant—-Col 1:18

Precious Cornerstone—-Isaiah 28:16

Precious—– I Peter 2:7

Predestinator—-Romans 8:26-27

Present——Psalm 95:6

Preserver of my life—Psalm 119:93

Preserver___Psalm 79:11_

Prince of Life —–Acts 3:14

Prince of the Kings of the earth—–Rev 1:5

Prince of_Peace„„„„ Isaiah_9:6_

Prophet—Acgs 3:22

Propitiation for our sins—- I John 2:2; 4:10

Protector„„„ Psalm_5:11_

Provider of my life—-Psalm 54:4

Provider of rain—-Psalm 136:8

Provider„„ Isaiah_1:2

Punisher of Satan—-Genesis 3:14

Pure—–Job 4 :17, Prov 30:5

Purifier of sin—-Heb 1:3

Quencher of my thirst—-

Rabbi—-Mark 9:5

Radiant—-Psalm 19:8

Rebuilder—–II Sam 22:16_

Receiver—–Luke 15:2

Recompenser—–II Sam 22:25

Redeemer_of_Israel„„„„Isaiah_49:7_

Redeemer—-Psalm 19:14, Psalm 107:2

Refuge ——Psalm_46:1

Refuge for the oppressed—Pslam 9:9

Refuge in time of trouble—Psalm 9:9

Reigns forever—–Psalm 9:7

Reigns Supreme—-

Rejoicing of my Soul—-Psalm 35:9

Replendent—-Psalm 76:4

Rescuer of the Poor—-Psalm 35:10

Rescuer—-II Sam 2:2

Resting Place—-Isaiah 9:6

Restorer of my soul—-Psalm 23:3

Resurrected Savior—-Luke 24:6

Resurrection of Life—-John 11:25

Resurrection—-John_11:25_

Rewarder of my righteousness—-II Sam 22:21

Rewarder—–II Sam 22:21

Rich in mercy—Eph 12:4

Righteous One—– Acts 7:52

Righteous Scepter—-He 1:8

Righteous—–Psalm 31:2

Risen Savior—–Col 3:1

Rock —–Psalm_18:2, Habakkuk 1:12

Rock of Israel—-Genesis 49:24

Rock of my salvation—-Psalm 89:26

Rock of Offense—— I Peter 2:8

Rock of Refuge—–Psalm 94:22

Rock of Strength—–Psalm 31:2

Rock that is higher than I—- Psalm 61:3

Root_of_David —–Rev_5:5_

Root_of_the_Righteous—– Prov_12:3_

Rose of Sharon—-Song of Solomon 2:1

Ruler of Israel—– Micah 5:2

Ruler over all—–Daniel 4:17,25,32

Salvation —–Psalm_27:1_Psalm 18:2

Sanctifier_—-Romans 15:16

Saver from violence—–II Sam 22:3

Saver of others —–Luke 23:35

Saver of the lost—-Luke 19:10

Saver of the meek—Psalm 76:9

Savior from the evil one—Matt 6:13

Savior of the Poor—-Psalm 35:10

Savior—– Luke 1:11

Scapegoat—–Lev 16

Scepter—–Numbers 34:17

Searcher fo the minds and hearts—-Rev 2:23

Self Existant—–Gen 1:1

Self-Sufficient—–Gen 1:1

Servant—– Isaiah_53, Acts 3:26

Shade—Psalm 121:5

Shaker of the earth—–II Sam 22:8

Shelter for me—– Psalm 61:3

Shephard of Israel—-Psalm 80:1

Shephard of Your Souls—-I Peter 2:25

Shepherd—- Psalm_23:1_

Shield —–Psalm_3:3

Shield around me—-Psalm 3:3

Shield of Victory—–Psalm 18:35

Shield of your Salvation—Psalm 18:35

Shilo—–Gen 49:10

Show-er of favor to your land—–Psalm 85:1

Slayer of mighty kings—-Psalm 136:18

Slow_to_Anger—- Neh 9:17, Ex 34:6

Smasher of the heads of His enemies—Psalm 68:21

Solace (My)—-Job 16:5

Son of the Blessed One—-Mark 14:61

Son of the Highest —–Luke 1:35

Son_of_David„„ Luke_18:36_

Son_of_God —–Matt 14:33, I Corth 3:16

Son_of_Man ——Luke 22:48_

Song—–Isaiah 12:2,Psalm 118:14

Source of Life—-Acts 3:15

Source of_Eternal_Salvation—– Hebrews_5:9_

Source—–Gen 1:1

Sovereign—— I Tim 6:15

Soverign Lord—–Gen 15:8, Acts 4:24

Speaker—-Joshua 1:1

Speaks with_Mighty_Power— Isaiah_8:11_

Spirit of Christ—-I Peter 1:11

Spirit of Truth—— John 15:26

Spirit of_Council —–Isaiah_11:2_

Spirit of_Knowledge—— Isaiah_11:2_

Spirit of_Might„„„„ Isaiah_11:2__

Spirit of_Understanding„„„„Isaiah_11:2_

Spirit of_Wisdom„„„„Isaiah_11:2_

Spiritual Rock—–I Corth 10:4

Spotless Lamb—— I Peter 1:19

Star Out of Jacob—-Numbers 24:17

Stay—– II Sam 22:19

Stone of Israel—-Genesis 49:24

Stone of Stumbling—– I Peter 2:8

Stone which the builders rejected —-I Peter 2:27

Strength of my heart—–Psalm 73:25-26

Strength of my life— Psalm 27:1

Strength_(my) —Psalm_18:2 Hab 3:19

Strengthener of my feet—II Sam 22:14

Strengthener of my hands—–II Sam 22:34

Strong Fortress—-II Sam 22:33

Strong hand —Isaiah_12:2_

Strong Refuge—-Psalm 71:7

Strong tower—- Proverbs 18:10

Strong—– Psalm 24:8

Stronghold—–II Sam 22:2

Subduer of nations under me—Psalm 18:45

Subduer—-II Sam 22:40

Suffering_Servant —–Isaiah_53

Sun—-Psalm 84:11

Supplier—-Phil 4:9

Support_—-II Sam 22:19

Supporter of the afflicted—-Psalm 147:6

Sure Foundation—-Isaiah 28:16

Sure—-Psalm 19:9

Sustainer of all who fall—-Psalm 145:14

Sustainer of my soul—-Psalm 54:4

Sustainer—–Psalm 3:5

Sustainer—-Psalm 55:22

Sword of the Lord —-Judges 7:18

Tabernacle—-Psalm 43:3

Teacher of Israel—-John 3:10

Teacher—-Matthew 8:19

Temptation Fighter—-Matt 4:10

Terrible—- Rev 5:5

Testifier of myself—–John 8:18

The Word Of God—-Rev 19:14

The_Eternal_Creator —-Gen_2:4„25_

The_Lord our_Righteousness—- Jer_23:6_

Thunder from heaven —II Sam 22:14

Thy Spirit—– Psalm 149:7

To Be Feared—-Psalm 76:7

Too Wonderful for me—–Psalm 139:5

Tower of deliverance—-II Sam 22:14

Tower of Salvation—-II Sam 33:51

Tower of strength—-Psalm 61:3

Trainer of my hands—-II Sam 22:35

Trainer—–II Sam 22:35

Tree_of_Life—–Pro 13:12

Tried Stone—-Isaiah 28:16

Trinity—-Luke 8:22

True God—–John 17:3, Jer 10:10

True Light— I John 2:8

True Vine—– John 15:1

True Witness—–Rev 4:14

True„„„„Jer_10:10

Trustworthy—–Psalm 19:7

Truth—– Psalm 31:5, Ex34:6

Ultimate Sacrifice —–Heb 10:12

Unchanging—–Mal 3:6, Heb 6:17

Uncontainable

Uncorruptible—–Romans 1:23

Understanding—-Pro_9:10_

Unfathamable—–Ex 3:10-14, Romans 11:33

Unknowable—–Ex 3:10-14,

Unsearchable greatness—-Psalm 145:3

Unsearchable Understanding—-Pro 9:10

Unspeakable Gift—-II Corth 9:15

Upholder of All Things—-Heb 1:3

Uplifted Arm—-Acts 13:17

Upright—-Psalm 25:8

Very present help in trouble—-Psalm 46:1

Victorious —–I Cor 15:57

Vindicator—-Psalm_26:1_

Vine —-John 15:5

Voice of Thunder—Job 37:2

Voice over many waters—-Psalm 29:3

Voice that breadks the cedars—-Psalm 29:5

Voice that hews ou the flames of fire—-Psallm 29:7

Voice that makes the deer to calve—Psalm 29:9

Voice that shakes the wilderness—-Psalm 29:8

Washer of Iniquity—-Psalm 51:2

Way—–John 14:6

Well Beloved_(my)—- Isaiah_5:1

White as snow—-Isaiah 1:18, Dan 7:9, Rev 1:14

White—– Song of Solomon 5:10

Winner—-Psalm 4:4

Wisdom —–Proverbs_9:10_

Wise —–Romans 16:27

Without sin—-Heb 4:15

Witness Bearer—–John 8:18

Witness between us—–Judges 11:10

Wonderful_Counselor—-Isaiah_9:6_

Word—-John 1:1

Worthy to be praised—II Sam 22:4, Psalm 18:3

Worthy—-I Corth16:25

Wrathful_upon_sin—-Ezekiel 30:15

Yahweh (I Am Who I Am) Exodus 3 13-15

Yahweh Shalom—-Judges_6:24_

Zeal of the Lord of Hosts—- Isaiah 9:7

Zealous—-Isaiah 37:32

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Take Heed During This Christmas Season

Luke 12:15 “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

This Christmas season as we focus on Jesus Christ and His amazing gift of laying aside His glory and coming to this earth in human form (the Incarnation) in order to die on the cross to pay our sin debt and rose from the dead that we might have the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life, let us “take heed.”

Take heed that our love of giving to others (which is not necessarily a bad thing) does not consume us and cause us to overspend and put ourselves into debt.

Take heed that we do not indulge our children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren with all their desires which once fulfilled do not truly satisfy anyway.  Ephesians 2:3 “fulfilling the desire of the flesh.”

Take heed that we realize that the self-indulgent desire for money, only results in discontentment which is sin.

Take heed that the treasure of our heart is not with material things.  Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34

Take heed that the sparkles and shiny lights do not make us discontent with what we have.  Hebrews 13:5 “Be content with such things as ye have.”

Take heed to remember that covetousness is idolatry.  I John 5:21 “keep yourselves from idols.”  Colossians 3:5 “covetousness, which is idolatry.”

Take heed that when Christmas is over, our focus should still be on Christ and “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

The Better Way: Let Us Be Very Careful That We Take Heed

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Elizabeth, The Mother of John the Baptist

The Christmas Story, the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, involves one special wife and mother besides Mary.  Her name is Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharius, a priest.  She was chosen by God to be the mother of John the Baptist, who was born six months before Jesus Christ.  

Unlike Mary who was young, Elizabeth was old and never expected to have children anymore.  She and her husband are described as “righteous in the sight of God,” and as “walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.” Luke 1:6.  What an amazing and wonderful statement!  “Righteous” meaning they were believers, justified in God’s sight, not within their own selves, but through Jesus Christ.  “Blameless” does not mean sinless but means “a life that cannot be criticized because of sin or evil.”
 Elizabeth’s one main hardship that we are made aware of is that she was barren and did not have any children.  During that time and culture barrenness was seen as a “disgrace among men.”  Luke 1:25.  Still this condition of childlessness did not turn her into an angry bitter woman, but as we read she remained faithful to God throughout her life.  What a wonderful testimony to her trust in God!  Then when she finds herself expecting a child, how we can share in her joy and gratitude as she says, “The Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me.”  Luke 1:25 
As we read on in the account of Elizabeth, we see that God had kept her for one purpose, to be the mother of John the Baptist, a very special man, a man filled with the Holy Spirit even “from his mother’s womb.” Luke 1:17.  A man who was set apart for a special task in life–to announce the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  God chose her to take part in the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy. Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me.”  John the Baptist said of himself, “There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.” Mark 1:7
For most of her life, Elizabeth was an obscure woman but her life is a wonderful example of faithfulness and devotion to God.   Living a life of commitment and above reproach, she trusted that God’s will for her life’s situation was best and accepted this with grace, never wavering in her faith.  Long suffering and patience are all part of her character and qualities that we should all seek diligently to make a part of our commitment to God through our husbands, homes and families.
 
The Better Way: A life of commitment and dedication to God’s Will is the Better Way
 
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Thankful To God

I Thessalonians 5:18  “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
 
     The above Scripture verse is very convicting, because it reminds us to be thankful in “everything”, and that word covers all with no exceptions.  No matter what the circumstances are in our lives, we are to give thanks. How is that possible?  Well, since we know that God will always do what is right for us, our thanksgiving will flow from our trust in the Almighty God, and our hearts will be made willing.  Thus we will be encouraged and uplifted.
 
The following hymn was written by John Oatman Jr in 1897:
 
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
 
Refrain: 
Count your blessings name them one by one.
Count your blessings see what God hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your many blessings see what God hath done.
 
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, 
And you will be singing as the days go by.
 
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven, not your home on high.
 
So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your many blessings, angels will attend.
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
 
    Counting our blessings is indeed a very good thing, but our greatest joy and thankfulness should first be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His great sacrifice on the cross.  Without Him we would have no hope.  How my heart is filled with praise and thanksgiving to God for sending His only begotten Son to die in my place, that I might have the forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life.
 
See also: Strength For Today 
 
 
Theme: The Better Way: Saying “Thank You” is Good: Having a Heart Full of Thankfulness to God is Better  
 
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Remembering God’s Blessings

Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders and the judgements of His mouth.”I Chronicles 16:12 

 

      My husband had a witty elderly aunt and in her last years her memory started fading. After asking the same question three or four times and patiently receiving the same answer, she would look at my husband with a little grin on her face and a sparkle in her eye and say, “The thing that works best about me is my forgetter!”

     Well, I suspect we all have remembering/forgetting problems at various
times in our lives, and we either laugh or groan when this happens.  We may joke about forgetting, but remembering is serious business with God. In the Old Testament, God was continually telling the Children of Israel to
“remember.”

Deuteronomy 6:1 says, 
“Beware,lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” God had given them a great deliverance from the hand of Pharaoh through displaying His power and His might in the ten terrible plagues. Then He gave them passage through the Red Sea on dry ground, then He gave them fresh clear water out of the Rock, and then there was the amazing manna that appeared daily without fail for their food. You might think the Children of Israel would never forget these miraculous events, but sadly they did. Judges 8:34 says, “And the Children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God, who had delivered them…..”  Just as soon as Moses, their leader, was gone for only 40 days on Mt Sinai, they built a golden calf to worship.

     Amazing, you might say. How could they forget all that God had done for them so quickly? That answer is easy—–look at ourselves. Like the Children of Israel our selfishness and unconcern carry us along in this fast-paced, instant-information society. We move so quickly that we often do not take time to savor and enjoy and be thankful for the blessings we have received and are receiving, but are frantically grasping at what’s ahead, seeking something new— never satisfied.
But read again what David calls us to do in the above verse from I Chronicles.

     As children of God, it shouldn’t take much effort to recall how God has blessed us and brought us through different trials and been our Guide and
directed our path
and taught us many lessons. Let us carefully take these experiences and build them one upon another, and put them in a “Book of
Remembrance”. (my book is very thick). Then when we have a new trial or a new temptation, or need a new direction, we can draw from these 
past victories and say, “I Remember, what the Lord God did for me in the past, and I trust He will help me now.” This will give us courage, strength, confidence, wisdom, guidance and faith for the present situation. O Lord, may I daily
REMEMBER !

Theme: Remembering To Recall God’s Past Mercies Is The Better Way

Also read: A Thankful Heart

Read Also: Thankful To God



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Sarah’s Handmaid, Hagar

 I must leave” said Hagar in desperation to herself.  Expecting a child by her master Abraham, Hagar had wrongfully shown an open attitude of contempt toward her mistress, Sarah.  Thus the mistress-servant relationship has been broken and Hagar was treated so harshly by Sarah she felt compelled to “flee from her presence.” Genesis 16:6  Even though Hagar was an Egyptian, while living in the household of Abraham and Sarah, she had been introduced to the One True God.  Now fearful and alone, sitting beside “the spring on the way to Shur, “(Genesis 16:7) an Angel of the Lord came and spoke to her saying “Where have you come from and where are you going?” (Genesis 16:8)  Replying that she was running away from her mistress, the Angel instructed her to go back and humbly submit to Sarah’s control and authority with respect. 

Hagar was then given many promises concerning Ishmael, the son of Abraham, who was to be born to her.  The Lord had heard her and gave attention to her affliction.  Filled with wonder and thanksgiving, she called the Lord who spoke to her,  El-Roi “The God Who Sees Me.” Genesis 16:13. The well was given the name Beer-lahai-roi, The Living One Who Sees Me.  How encouraged we should be to claim this wonderful attribute of God also, and be able to say with Hagar that the Lord is “The God Who Sees Me.”
So Hagar returned to Abraham and Sarah and was obedient to God’s command, being in submission to Sarah again as a maidservant.  This obedience must have continued for 17 years since nothing is recorded in the Bible about Hagar until Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, is about 3 years old.  On the day of Isaac’s weaning, a great feast was made and it was during this feast that Hagar’s son, Ishmael, was mocking Isaac.  Because of this, Hagar and Ishmael were sent into the wilderness, but instead of finding the well as before, they became lost.  When their water was gone, and all looked hopeless to live, Hagar and Ishmael lifted up their voices and wept.  But since the Lord is “The God Who Sees Me” the Bible records in Genesis 21:17-20, that “God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter with you, Hagar?’  Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him.  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water—–and gave the lad a drink. God was with the lad, and he grew; and lived in the wilderness, and became an archer.”
 God spoke to Hagar, not once, but twice. As I read about Hagar, I saw how her humble obedience to God, became a great blessing to her. Obedience and humility, two great virtues that a woman of God should seek and strive to obtain.
 
The Better Way: Seeking God’s Will And Way First Before Our Own Desires Is Always The Better Way.
 
As a bonus—some interesting facts:
 
1. Genesis 24:62-67  The well, Beer-lahai-roi, is the place where Isaac first met Rebecca
2. Genesis 25:9  Isaac and Ishmael met together at Abraham’s death to bury him.
 
 
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Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  Take time to read this……..

Romans 16:1-16 “I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae,……… Greet Priscilla and Aquila,my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my
life,……..Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners…… Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of
Narcissus. Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa.
Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet
Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to
me as well. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and
the brothers who are with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and
his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. …….All the churches of Christ greet you.”

      Paul did not work alone.  Above we read a long list of men and women who came alongside Paul as his helpers, his friends and his brothers and sisters in Christ. He had many faithful workers, who played an important part in the advancement of the kingdom. This is the Body of Christ, the Church, I Corth 12:27, and is a blending of all the unique gifts and talents of each member.  Ephesians 4:1-6

     We are the Body of which Christ is the Head, the Great Shephard, and our pastors are the Under Shepherds.  Let us come alongside them with constant prayer and much encouragement.  Let us seek out needs and fill them without being asked.  Let us give of our time and our resources.   Let us “be there” for them, standing with them as they fulfill their calling from the Lord to labor in His Vineyard, so they can Shepherd the church, “joyfully spreading the fragrance of Christ.” (II Corth 2:15) to a lost and dying world.  And let us remember always that “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”  Colossians 3:17

Read also: Dwell Together In Unity

Read also: The Whole Duty Of Man

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Joy In Purpose

Psalm 5:3  “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up.”

 
     At night I am weary from the days work.  At night I cannot concentrate, for the activities of the day keep interfering and interrupting my thoughts.  At night I fall asleep before my prayer is completed. At night my desire lacks importunity.
    In the morning, my mind is fresh and rested.  In the morning, I come first to the Lord while my thoughts are clear and unencumbered by the days activity.  In the morning I am alert and eager to pray with persistence.  In the morning I do not fall asleep.
    This is my experience.  Rising early is not for everyone, but you’ll never know what a blessing it can be until you try it.  Many years ago, after the Lord saved me, and I was a young Christian, I had the desire to pray and study His Word, but usually once the days activities began I spent most of the day saying to myself, “I’ll read my Bible later.”  But “later” usually never came.  Finally, at the end of the day, I would fall wearily into bed with a brief prayer on my lips as I fell asleep.  I continued in this pattern until a great need arose.  This need caused me to have a heartfelt desire to seek God’s help and draw closer to the Lord by reading my Bible and praying. But as a busy wife and mother there was no “alone” time.  Thus the Holy Spirit caused me to purpose in my heart to arise early so I could spend some quiet time with the Lord.  At first the time was only 15 minutes.  At first I could barely hold my eyes open and I wondered if I was being sensible.  But I had purposed to spend some time alone with the Lord each day.
    Well, it wasn’t long at all before the blessing of such a time became apparent.  Soon the JOY of being alone with the Lord made me eager to arise early and made me want to spend more than just 15 minutes.  I asked the Lord to provide me with more time and He made everything convenient.  Oh, how I thank Him for giving me such a desire.  May He grant you the same desire also.
    Early morning, middle of the day or late at night, may we all purpose anew in our hearts to spend some time alone with the Lord each day.
 
Theme: The Better Way: Purpose and Discipline = Structure and Order= Rest and Strength
 
    
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Dwell Together In Unity

Psalm 133  “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard:  that went down upon the edge of his robe; It is like the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

 
     For years our family attended a family reunion, to gather together with a family that has met once a year for over 70 year.  These Bible verses always reminded me of this event.  These “brethren”—-these mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers, and cousins of all ages, meet in unity to hug, laugh, cry and fellowship, because everyone is related by blood, by adoption or by marriage.  Yes, it is “good” and it is “pleasant” to see each other, to see each other’s children and grandchildren and in some cases great-grandchildren.  God’s Word gives us two descriptive examples to compare this unity to.
     The first one is like the “precious oil” as it is poured on the top of the head and runs down the whole length of the body, even to our feet.  When family comes to together and shares their heritage, it becomes a rich blessing that covers us.  Family provides ties to the past, encouragement for the present, and examples for the future.
     The second comparison of unity is: It is like the dew on top of a mountain that flows down and provides a refreshing blessing.  When we meet in love and talk about Jesus Christ with those that know Him, or share Christ’s love with those that don’t; when we talk about loved ones who have gone on; when we talk about sweet memories of the past, it is a refreshing blessing.
       I have compared these Scripture verses to “kinfolk,” but just as importantly, these verses can also be true of our “spiritual family,” our brothers and sisters in Christ, our church family.  When we serve the Lord in a local church, these people become our family.  We share joys and sorrows, we pray together, and we study God’s Word and fellowship together.  All of these provide that same “precious oil” and “refreshing dew” of unity in the Lord Jesus Christ.  “How good and how pleasant it is.”
 
Theme: The Better Way: Unity is Good:  Unity in the Lord Jesus Christ is Better
 
See also: Forgiveness
 
 
     
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Brokenness, A Way Of Life

Proverbs 21:4 “….a proud heart….is sin.”

Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes.”
 
Rooted in pride is a high view of ourselves
and who we are.

 

In the past I completed a Bible Study on the book “Brokenness” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Having realized that pride is the main hinderance to brokenness, I have written out a list of personal ways to fight pride that I would like to constantly put before my mind. At this time, I am going to open up and share them with you.  The following are not written in any special order, except for the first one:

 
Brokenness, A Way of Life

Ways to fight pride in my life.

 
1.  Regularly recite the Bible verse from Galatians 6:14 “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
 
2.  When I am criticized or accused wrongly, don’t always try to defend myself.
 
3.  Consider other people’s opinions and views on things and don’t always think I’m right.
 
4.  Keep my mouth shut more.
 
5.  Let other people make their own mistakes and don’t think I should try to spare them.
 
6.   Continually strive to avoid any type of praise or compliments.  When they come, graciously receive them, but give God the glory.
 
7.   Be thankful— have a heart full of thanksgiving.
 
8.   Purpose in my heart that if a revival, generated by the Holy Spirit breaks out  that I would not quench the Spirit in myself.
 
9.    Reach out to others–avoid selfishness–be conscience of the needs of others.
 
10.  Quench a critical spirit.
 
11.  Pray for those we believe are in the wrong, asking God, if it is His will, to change the situation.
 
12.  Seek to love others supremely.
 
13.  Seek a refreshing daily from the Lord.
 
14.   Present Jesus Christ, then stand back. Don’t try to convince others.  Trust that the Holy Spirit will work in others lives.
 
15. Overlook and accept other peoples personalities and peculiarities that are different from my own.  We’re all different–that doesn’t make us either right or wrong, just different.
 
16. Expect and accept and realize that life is continually changing and move with it. There will always be ups and downs, busy and quiet, and sad and happy times.  This lowers stress and creates contentment.
 
17. Be a good listener.
 
18. Forgive, forgive, forgive, for I have been and am continually being forgiven.
 
19. Put before my mind the enormousness of the universe, realizing the awesomeness of God and His power and attributes. Don’t limit God.
 
20. Confess, confess, confess.  Repent, repent, repent.
 
21. Reflect often on God’s goodness and all His blessings.
 
22. Remember His faithfulness to me in
past experiences.
 
23. Be “thirsty” for Christ and His Word.
 
24. Realize that thinking “my way is the right way” is idolatry.
 
25. When critical thoughts enter my mind about others, –stop–don’t let the words come out of my mouth, and pray for them.
 
26. Don’t major on the minors–strive not to get out of sorts over small things that don’t really matter in the long term.
 
27.  Continually pray for the lost.
 
28.  Realize that I cannot bring glory to God if I’m worried about bringing praise to myself.
 
The Better Way: Do all we do for the glory of God.
 
Read also:  Spiritual Dryness
Help children memorize Scripture through song: http://www.thbmm.com/scripture-songs.html
 
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Through the Flood

Isaiah 43:2  “When you pass through the waters. I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.”

 

 
    Saturday, August 29, 2017, will be the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  I could not let it pass without relating to you how good and how gracious the Lord was to my husband and I during this very trying time. I also pray that our experience might be an encouragement to others who one year ago went through a flood.
     Twelve years ago we had been married for 37 years and had lived in our home in Slidell, La for 23 years.  I say this to make you realize how much “stuff” we had accumulated.  (Yes, some of it was junk, but much of it was things that meant something to us, mainly because it was ours.)  Well, the storm sent the flood and put 6 foot of water into our home and four trees on the roof.  No, it was not just water, it was muddy filthy water.  Ninety-nine percent of our possessions were ruined and the house had to be completely gutted.  It was quite a shock………..but we can’t dwell there long…………. for the abundant gracious love of our God, who brought us “through the water,” was overwhelming.  Our precious children here in Baton Rouge, La took us into their homes, giving up their own beds and bedrooms for our comfort.  Never once did we feel “homeless.” 
      Phone calls, cards and gifts came “flooding” in.  Not only did local family and church people help, but one month and one week later a 24 foot rental truck arrived and it was filled with furniture, clothes, and household  items—–everything needed to set up housekeeping again.  These had been collected by family and churches in North and South Carolina.  We never lacked for anything.    “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19.  It was amazing and we know God provided.
     Actually, our “loss” was minimal for it was only earthly possessions which “moth and rust doth corrupt”  Matthew 6:19.  Many many people had experiences similar to ours, but many people also lost the lives of their loved ones or their own lives.  God’s Word says in Romans 8:28, ” And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.”   In God’s great and wonderful plan for our lives, He knew all about this and worked all things for our “good.”  How thankful I am.  How I praise and glorify Him. Now twelve years later, God is still taking care of us, as we have faced other serious trials.  Five times in the Bible God says,  “The just shall live by faith.”  Hebrews 10:38   Let us continue to live by those words believing and trusting God’s plans for our lives.  Then we shall have the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding, which shall keep our hearts and lives through Christ Jesus.”  Phil 4:7
 
Theme: The Better Way: Believing in God’s Plan is Good: Trusting God’s Plan Completely is Better
 
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