Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

 LET US BE GRATEFUL!

Whatever is true: 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

Without Him, how would we find the way, know the truth, or have eternal life?

Whatever is noble:

 1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?  ²The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps an oath even when it hurts,   and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.  Whoever does these things will never be shaken.(Psalm 15)

Without Him, how would we know how to live a life that is noble before others? Where would we seek guidance to find the way to work on becoming that person who is beyond reproach before our children, our family, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters—and before Him?

 Whatever is right:

For the Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. (Psalm 33:4)

Without Him, how would we know what is “right and true” and how would we know the real meaning of faithfulness, only given through His Word and the example of Jesus?

 Whatever is pure:

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. (Psalm 119:9)

Without Him and His Word, what would we have to guide us–at any age– on the right path that leads us to Him?

Whatever is lovely:

 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Without Him, how could we grasp the concept of true beauty—that which is within us from Him?

Whatever is admirable, excellent or praiseworthy:

 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. . .  22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:15-16, 22-26)

Without Him, how would we know the way to developing a good and honorable character, one that can bring others to Him?

Thank you, Lord, for Your Word and Your example of how to live in this mortal life–that we might prepare to enter that eternal home with You. We are ever grateful!  Amen.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/19/17) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

 

 

 

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We Are Orphaned Without God

ADOPTED CHILDREN-WITH GOD.

Orphans none with God

 ORPHANED- WITHOUT GOD.

O: Outcast
R: Rogue
P: Poor
H: Hungry
A: Abandoned
N: Needy
E: Excluded
D: Desperate

Outcast: We are the cast out from God’s promise of heaven if we do not follow and obey His Word.
Rogue: Without the Father, we are wandering beggars in this world without the hope of His grace and Providence.
Poor: We are only rich through the love of God, through His blessings, through the sacrifice of His Son, and through His grace. Without Him, we face the poverty of an existence devoid of God.
Hungry: Within every human being, God embedded a soul that yearns for His Presence. When we ignore this longing, we remain constantly hungry and unfulfilled.
Abandoned: God cannot bring us into His Light if we do not accept Him as the Father and His Son as our Savior. We are alone, abandoned in the darkness.
Needy: As the Lord provides for the birds of the air and the flowers in the field, His adopted sons and daughters are cared for more abundantly than we can ever imagine. Our needs are never met without Him.
Excluded: When the Judgment Day is upon us, we will not be welcomed into His Presence, excluded from His grace and love for a timeless eternity.
Desperate: Our situation is desperate without Him. There is no hope; there is no true understanding of love; there is no future; there is no peace in our souls. The final desperation will be upon us when He speaks the words: “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23)

We are not Fatherless, unless we choose to be ORPHANED- WITHOUT GOD.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/12/17)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

Inside God’s Light: The Absence of Darkness

 

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:5)

Eyes stare–

Finding no focus;

Feet drag–

Shuffling in fear;

Hands grope–

Unable to touch;

Inside the darkness

Absence of Light.

Called out of Darkness to the Presence of Light:

 13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of Me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ ” (Acts 26:13-18)

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (II Corinthians 4:6)

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.(I Peter 2:9)

Eyes stare—

Focused on Jesus;

Feet move—

Swiftly to Him;

Hands reach—

Touching the Savior;

Inside the Light

Absence of darkness.

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/05/17 )  teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Onward to the Goal for Christ


18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

G–Go

O–Out

A–And

L–Love

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (I Timothy 1:5)

Love was made known to us through Christ when He gave His life for us while we were sinners, knowing we would sin yet and continually need His saving love.

THE GOAL

— Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1-2)

–Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17)

–Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)

–Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

–Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

–“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

–Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

PERSEVERANCE

–But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.      (II Chronicles 15:7)

–So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. (II Corinthians 8:11-12)

–Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

THE WAY

–I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

–But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

WHEREVER WE GO, WE WILL FIND THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF WHAT WE CAN GIVE THROUGH LOVE IN CHRIST. DO WE HAVE THE GOAL? THE PERSEVERANCE?

THE WAY IS THERE FOR US.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/29/17) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Do We Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)

H—Hunting                            T—Transforming

U—Understanding.                H—Hunger.

N—Needful                             I —Insatiable

G—Growth.                             R—Redemption.

E—Emancipating                  S—Summoning

R—Renewal.                           T—Truth.

Do we truly hunger and thirst for righteousness before God? A hunger is a need to be satisfied, to be filled. It is a gnawing pain inside that growls, telling us that we must find a way to ease it.

What does our “hungering” for God and His righteousness sound like in our everyday lives? Does it find expression in our words, in our prayers, in our actions? Do we hunt for the understanding to try and be what God wants us to be? Do we pursue the change we need in order to reach an emancipating renewal in our lives?

Once our hunger seems satisfied with understanding and change, will we continue to thirst? Will we always have an insatiable hunger, a strong desire for His redeeming love in our hearts?

 . . . like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. . . (I Peter2:2)

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. (John 6:35)

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)

I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.  (Psalm 143:6)

Transformation will occur when we truly listen to His summoning Truth. It calls us to be His, beckoning us to share His Word with others that they may hunger and thirst as well–and be filled.

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”(John 4:13-14)

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. (John 6:35)

. . . Until the time when we will hunger and thirst no more—for we will be with Him. Amen.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/22/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

A Beautiful Mind: The Mind of God

Have we truly considered the beauty of the Mind of God? He is both the Creator of worlds and the Creator of butterflies, every intricate and minute particle. He is the Artist of rainbow colors, fall splendor, and white sands. His creativity is evidenced in each snowflake, each seashell, each pebble, and each seed.

The Mind of God is imaginative in design.  He made the tiny hummingbird and the flamboyant peacock, the bleating lamb and the growling tiger. His protective design allows the color-changing chameleon, the shape-shifting mimic octopus, and the winter white/summer brown snowshoe hare to merge with its environment and thrive.

God has a Mind beyond the scope of any scientist’s understanding.  Albert Einstein, an acknowledged agnostic and theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, wrote this in 1954, “I don’t try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.” 1  Einstein later made this statement in 1955: “I want to know how God created this world. I’m not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.” 2 A man whose name is usually associated with the highest form of human genius does not know how this world was created, cannot find the answer in science, and is in awe of its structure–as designed by God.

The Mind of God created man, granting him the mind to choose. How does one comprehend the awesome wisdom of the Creator of everything in this decision to grant mankind the choice to love and worship Him or deny and turn from Him. This beautiful Mind of our Father sent His only begotten Son to die for us, His adopted children, offspring who could love Him or reject Him.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.   (Romans 11:33-36)

To Him be the glory forever! Amen.  

Citations:

1 Letter to S. Flesch, April 16, 1954; Einstein Archive 30-1154. 

² From E. Salaman, “A Talk With Einstein,” The Listener 54 (1955), pp. 370-371, quoted in Jammer, p. 123.

Sharon G. Tate blog (10/15/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

Perspective from the Mountain

Mountain Climbing of faith

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them …  (Matthew 5:1-2)

 Did every person hear what Jesus had to say?

Did each one listen attentively?

Did some only catch a phrase and miss the next when distracted?

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There was an incident. Witnesses were summoned to report what they saw or heard.

The first witness heard tires squeal and saw a red car turn around and race past him. He could not really see the driver inside but was sure it was a male.

The second witness was on the other side of the road and caught a glimpse of the driver who appeared to be tall inside this vehicle and wore a baseball hat backwards.

The third witness saw another man run out of a convenience store with a bag in his hand and jump into the red car that seemed to be waiting outside, but he did not see the driver inside.

-The fourth witness, the store clerk, said the man forced him to hand over the money in the cash register and then ran out. The clerk was calling the police and never saw the car or the driver.

The fifth witness was texting in the middle of the street crosswalk and just looked up in time to jump out of the way of a speeding vehicle that did not stop at the sign. He dropped his phone, bent down to pick it up, and didn’t really see what kind of vehicle it was or get a description of the driver.

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Angle of view. Senses of hearing, of seeing. Perspective.

In most incidents, events, and occurrences, we only see dimly.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly just as He knows us! (1 Corinthians 13:12 The Message)

Our view is an earthly one in all things, while His is from on high, looking down from a clear perspective of the whole—from the very beginning of creation. Christ saw the multitudes and went up on a mountain. He was a witness to everything below Him, seeing and knowing all, and He taught what this representation of humanity needed to hear from that perspective. The lessons are still “heard” today through the scriptures, if we truly listen, for He spoke to us as well.

We are each a witness. What we share in our testimony will depend on our willingness to focus intently on His Words, to see with eyes that want to learn, to hear with ears that want to listen, and to view from a place of least distraction to obtain a clearer and a higher perspective. We, too, must climb the mountain.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/08/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

 

Holding Steadfast to Faith


58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

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Relationship with God       —Comparison—        Societal, Cultural Relationships

S—Stay————————————————————- F—Fluctuating

T—True————————————————————-O–Objection

E—Evermore——————————————————R–Rarely

A—Always———————————————————-M–Maybe

D—Dedicated——————————————————E—Erratic

F —Faithful———————————————————T–Temporary

A—Ardent———————————————————–I–Indifferent

S —Steady———————————————————–M-Makeshift

T—Trustworthy—————————————————-E—Errant

God’s Steadfast Relationship with Us:

 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in Him.(Psalm 32:10)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

 In a “for-me-time” society and culture, relationships are not steadfast. The only relationship that is enduring and faithful is the one with God.

 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

 Doing good for others as onto Christ.

 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’” (Matthew 25:34-40)

Our connection with God is the sole true relationship that will never fail us, never disappoint us, never leave us, NEVER.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/01/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

The Lord Will Come Again–Is It Time?

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens

 will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat,

and the earth and its works will be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:10)

 NOTE: The world will end on the day this blog is posted. It has been predicted by a man. The times are said to be right to justify this prediction with earthquakes occurring around the world, nations thrust against nations vying for power and greed, immorality and narcissism increasingly the norm, signs in the sky with the eclipse of the sun, the seas raging against the lands in hurricanes. Surely, the time has arrived for the Lord to come again:

 1 This know, also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God . . . (I Timothy 3:1-4)

 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21: 25-27)

NOTE: You may– or may not– read this post before the end of the world. The Lord could come before the publication of this blog. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”(1 Thessalonians 5:2) And, yet, He, also, could not come until sometime in the distant future of human time. Jesus clearly states that only God knows when His Son is coming again:

But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven,

 but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36)

It is dangerous for men to presume to be the predictors of God’s timing. He is God. Our lives are in submission to His plans. We must always be prepared for the Lord’s coming:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:25-28)

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The clock hands move to the clockmaker’s timing,

Winding down when the lifespan wanes,

Stopping when a man-made power source dies,

While the planets move in motion set by the Creator,

Continuing until He speaks the end of time,

The Words of His choosing, of His day and His hour.

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Let us watch and pray always. Let us live for Him every moment of time given to us.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/24/17)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

THE GRACE OF BIRTHRIGHT– ABBA FATHER

ABBA Father

Hands clasped

Prayers lifted

Words spoken

Child requests

Patient Parent

Love listens

 ABBA Father.

EL SHADDAI, Almighty God, is also ABBA Father. He is the One with awesome power controlling the seas and the storms that we fear. But He is also the Father protecting His children from the storms of life. Magnitude of power with one hand and gentle intimacy with the other hand, EL SHADDAI and ABBA are one.

ABBA is Love personified: Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

ABBA adopts each of us as His own son or daughter:  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)

 ABBA gives us understanding and comfort: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort . . . (2 Corinthians 1:3)

 ABBA provides strength and support: May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6 )

ABBA sends the Holy Spirit to watch over us, His children: 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  (John 14:15-17)

ABBA has love enough for everyone: You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psalm 86:5)

ABBA Father

Quiet talking

Soul connect

Heart whispers

Love listens

Safe slumber

Ever present

ABBA Father.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/17/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word