Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

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Stand Together

In It for The Long Haul

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 (NLT)

Ever ask yourself why Daniel prayed three times a day in front of an open window when the law said that if he did, he would be thrown into the Lion’s Den? Why didn’t he go to an inner room and pray there? Why ask for trouble? I am sure he knew the men who had gotten the decree signed were after him. He was super high up in the kingdom so he knew of the law and exactly what it said.

Maybe it had something to do with his history with God. Daniel had been captured and taken away to a foreign land. He had gone through lots of frightening stuff.  First, he was probably made into a Eunuch. Then, he found the courage to stand up for himself and ask to eat his preferred diet to keep his strength. He was high up in the kingdom which means the competition and subterfuge were palatable. The kingdom had changed rulers which also created possibilities for death.

All through this Daniel counted on God to protect and deliver him. Day after day God kept his promises and cared for Daniel and his friends. Daniel looked to God for his strength and made him his refuge.

What would you do?  If God had proved over and over again that he was there for you, would you deny your relationship with him because something bad happened to you? Would you look back and remember who God was and what he had done in your life or would you only look at your current circumstance and make decisions based on that?

Often it is easier to walk away and call it quits but if you truly know who God is, you can’t. No matter what the cost, you know that this is the side you want to take a stand on. It’s always better to trust the God you know than the devil you don’t.

–Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

He is LORD of All

Don’t Conceal this Weapon

We Are Children of God

So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. (1 Peter 1:14-15 NLT)

Children of God are children of obedience.  We strive to be like our Father in Heaven but we fail miserably.  We can’t do it on our own.  That is what is called salvation by works.  We can never be good enough.  That is why Jesus came to earth so that we can be covered with His righteousness.  Does that mean we should ignore God’s law?  God forbid as Paul says.  God’s law is a guide for righteous living.  The first four commandments (Exodus 20:2-11) tell us how God wants us to honor Him and worship Him.  The last six (Exodus 20:12-17) tell us how to love others.  God’s law is holy just as He is holy.  God’s law is love just as He is love.

 

What if we mess up and don’t treat others or God with love and respect?  1 John 1:9 says we can come to the Lord and confess our sin and He will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  No sin is too great for God not to forgive.  Now that is the love of God in action.  That is grace!

–Diane