GOD-THE GREAT “I AM”–HEARS OUR CRIES

 Control God's all thru time

IS ANYONE IN CHARGE AROUND HERE?

                            “I AM!” 

13) Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
15) God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation. ” (Exodus 3: 13-15)

In times such as ours–when the world seems to be in complete disorder with constant news and views of threats; terrorism; violence; greed; the political morass; immorality; moral decay; and loss of innocence in children facing poverty, homelessness, war, famine, and slavery—we must remember WHO is truly in charge “from generation to generation” and trust in Him.

2)The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3) I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4) The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5) The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6) In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears. (Psalm 18:2-6)

Let us remember to call unto the Lord, the great I AM, who hears our voices.

16)He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17) He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18) They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
19) He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
20) The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21) For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God. (Psalm 18:16-21)

Let us remember to always keep the ways of the Lord and never turn from Him.

OUR GOD IS IN CONTROL:
I AM is with us-His followers-in the present, as He has been to the faithful before us,
as He shall be for those who keep His ways after us.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/29/15) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

Advertisements

Blessed by God: Beyond Human Understanding

thanks to God for blessings

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name. (Psalm 100:4)
AMEN! AND AMEN! AND AMEN!

Gratitude, appreciation, obligation, indebtedness, thanks… How can what we express ever be enough for what God gives to us:

Love beyond our capability: Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

Gifts beyond our asking: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

Peace beyond our conception: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.(John14:27)                                                                                                                             

Strength beyond our capacity: I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) 

Forgiveness beyond our expectation: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ( 1 John 1:9)

Salvation beyond our understanding: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Grace beyond our worth: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— (Ephesians 2:8)

Eternal life beyond our mortal grasp: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Thanksgiving and Praise to Our Lord, Our Savior, Our Father:
I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High. (Psalm 7:17)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17)

Let us daily remember to Whom we owe our thanks and praise for the blessings we have.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/22/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Continue reading

CALLED TO SERVE: SERVING GOD BY SERVING OTHERS

serving God through-serving-others-3-728
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
*************************************

“Service! Anybody?”
“Where’s the service around here?”
“Hey, who’s in charge of service at this place?”
“The service is terrible.”
“I wouldn’t come back if someone paid me.”
“You call this service!”
“I don’t have all day.”

The world’s perspective on “service” is to be served. “Wait on me—now. Meet my expectations of how I want to be-or deserve to be-served.” Cashiers, waiters, waitresses, clerks, aides, tellers, and many others can be categorized as “servers” who are, sometimes, looked down upon and treated as “less” in comparison to the ones being served or waited on. How many times have we been guilty of this? Have we spoken these words—with the expectation that we should be properly and deservedly served?

In contrast to the world’s viewpoint, God’s perspective on “service” is to serve. We are not to be the ones waited upon, but the servants who serve. This is how we can “become great.” (26) Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, (27) and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—(28) just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)

Our example is Jesus, who left His Father’s realm to live among us as a servant. He sacrificed His life in service to each one of us so that we might live in that heavenly realm one day. He is the King who is the Ruler over our lives—and, yet, Jesus says “the one who rules (should be) like the one who serves” and He declares Himself as one who serves:
(25) Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. (26) But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. (27) For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.“ (Luke 22:25-27)

Humility is not usually a trait associated with high achievement in our world today. Yet, we are called to be humble and serve. Such is the mark of “greatness” with God. (13)You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)

The work we do in this life is really in service to Christ and, through Him, to each other-our brothers and sisters in the Lord and to those we want to bring to the Lord: (23) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (24) since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Service? Anybody? We are called to serve.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/15/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

CHILDREN OF GOD: BECOMING “SUCH AS THESE.”

                                     children beckoning to come

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder

them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

(Matthew 19:14)

     *********************************
He picked a dandelion to place in a vase.
“ A beautiful flower, just for you.”
She scribbled a drawing to mount in a frame.
“ A picture I made, just for you.”
They snuggled closer, needing my presence.
“I love you”, each said, with adoring eyes.
Secure in my arms, in peaceful trust,
My little ones came unto me for rest.

The gifts are simple, openly given with innocent love. The desire to be near in the presence of the parent, a need deep within, is one that must be met. The trust is given with no fear or worry, knowing security and peaceful rest are found in the parent’s embrace.

What can we learn from our little children? Jesus says that “the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When we are like these young ones who willingly give, adoringly love, unconditionally trust, and willfully seek the comforting arms of the parent—we can become the “such as these.”

Christ teaches us that we must be like these little children in order to “belong” in heaven. As adults, we need to understand the perspective of the child whom Jesus welcomes. It is from the child’s level, kneeling down and lowering ourselves, where we can look upward to our Father with adoration, unconditional love, complete trust, and the sincere faith that true rest is only found in His presence.

We are the adults with the responsibility to provide loving and secure earthly homes for our children. We must be worthy of their love and trust.
We are the adults who must become like our little children to approach Our Father in Heaven and be welcomed by His “come to me.” He will not hinder us; only we can prevent our acceptance, our belonging, into the Kingdom of Heaven.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 11/08/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

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 11/01/15)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word