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Life is like a jigsaw puzzle
Each moment is a piece.
Some are filled with laughter
Others filled with grief.
We can only see glimpses of what
Was and what we think will be
Would you rather trust God
Or fuss over a little piece
God can see our entire life
From beginning until end
Enjoy all the good parts
Give all the bad to him.
He is more capable than we
To fit the pieces together
We only see little glimpses
But he sees the whole picture.
Lisa Collier Clewis
So often we fail. We are slapped in the face with the humbling and terrifying fact that we will never be good enough regardless of how hard we try? That question that has burned a rut into our brain, "How could I ever be good enough" starts pricking our heart every time we make a mistake because we want so much to be perfect and holy, without spot or wrinkle for our father who gave his Son for our sin. We want our wedding garment to be perfect.
But what we aren't remembering is that Christ died for our sin and God says we are made righteous through faith. It is so easy that it becomes a stumbling stone. All we have to do to please God is believe in Christ and do our best, just be ourselves and don't let feelings or works hinder us in worshipping and having a relationship with our heavenly father.
God has forgiven us and made us clean and knows that we will not be perfect until Christ returns or we go to heaven but we are learning, he is preparing us for our wedding day to Christ. But he wants us to live in joy and peace and knowledge of his word and his love for us and we have been given gifts which enable us to play a specific part in the family of Christ now. We learn every day how to put on the mind of Christ and keep it on for longer periods of time.
Works will not get us into heaven but faith does. Honor God today by realizing that you will never be good enough on your own but through the blood of Jesus you are righteous to stand before God without any sense of sin or guilt because you have been set free from the bondage of sin and sacrifice and are a joint heir with Christ, a son or daughter to the one true God. You are family. Pull a chair up to the table and sit down with your family, your Father, your brother, and the holy spirit.
Read Romans chapter 3 then bask in God's love. Don't cheat him from giving his child everything you need and good gifts. Let him be a loving and attentive father.
Have you ever wondered why most church covenants state that a member should not drink any alcoholic beverages? The word clearly states that everything should be done in moderation. Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
How often do people do anything in moderation? How many people actually just have one glass of wine or one mixed drink or just one or two beers? How many people buy their kids fast food often to save money or time even though it isn't healthy? How often do people let their kids fill up on empty calorie foods so they won't have to cook? How many people never drink water because soda taste better? It is so important to do things in moderation.
But what else goes along with that? Why should godly people do everything in moderation? Why do we have to do things in moderation? We have to exercise self control. Let's read the rest of that passage of scripture. Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Nine times out of ten when we are not doing things in moderation we are not keeping ourselves in check and our thoughts are running wild. But why else would the word instruct us to do everything in moderation? And why do most church covenants instruct us to not drink alcoholic beverages? The word states that a drunkard will not inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Let's see how this works: 1. We don't do things in moderation. 2. We don't keep our mind in check with the word. 3. We take for granted our salvation by giving in to the flesh, and; 4. Sin enters our minds and hearts. It is true we all make mistakes but if you will be honest with yourself you consciously make the decision to not do things in moderation because the holy spirit tells us right from wrong.
Church covenants do not state to not drink alcoholic beverages out of religion but out of knowledge of the common human being. Do yourself a favor, if you know you can't do something in moderation don't do it at all to resist temptation. God bless you.
God is still our great physician. He hears our petitions. I know what it means to be kept by God because I can look back over my life and see where he has healed my body, healed me emotionally from baggage that I was carrying around from my past, protected me from being drowned, kept me from being killed in a car accident, and kept me from being paralyzed from the neck down. God has healed me from a heart condition and seizures, a bone spur and many other times.
God wants to heal you too. God is no respecter of persons. We are all special to him. He loves us each and every one. And He deserves our love and respect. He is Yahuah Elohim. He created the heavens and the earth. He is our sufficiency in all things. He woke us up this morning. He deserves our praise. We should glorify His name and be thankful for Him and bless him.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I owe God my life. He has saved me from dying. He has given me life over death. And he has healed me from fibromyalgia, mitral valve prolapse, enlarged heart, hypertension, tonsillitis and so much more.
He has not only saved me in this life but given me hope. He has cleansed me from my sins. He has given me eternal life. I look forward to the return of Christ. God is my everything and he is yours too. He is perfect. He is love. He is a caring and giving father.
Won't you give all your worries and cares to him. Won't you give your heart to the keeper of hearts and God of love. God is love.
For the thief cometh not, but for to kill, and to steal, and to destroy: but I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.
If you want to give your heart to God and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and don't know how or just want someone to pray with you or talk to contact me at email@example.com.