FULL CIRCLE WITH GOD

13 For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.(Psalm 139:13-14)

Winter comes to every child born. It may arrive early in one’s life, during youth, in mid-life, or at a more expected older age. When that time comes, the child, the youth, the adult, or the elder returns to the Father, the Creator who masterfully made each one of us in the beginning. We come from God, and we return to Him.

FULL CIRCLE.

Our spring, summer, and fall within that life circle become our life choices. God is always present, but the life we live through each season is one of personal decisions. Where will we turn to help us make these life choices, so we have the assurance that the Father will welcome us into eternity with Him?

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 The answer is in His Word, but our hearts and desires often forget this as we try to direct our own paths, becoming entangled in the world’s ways which lead to heartache, grief, loss, distress, chaos, turbulence—SIN.

We may face heartache, grief, and loss when we seek God’s direction as well, but there is the promise of peace and calm when He is with us in our choices and decisions.

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  7 And the peace of God, which transcends  all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

WE ARE NOT ALONE.

 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. (John 14:27)

  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) 

WHEN WINTER COMES.

 (1) For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (2) Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, (3) because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. (4) For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (5) Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (I Corinthians 5:1-5)

During the seasons of our lives, when we long to be with Him yet live in this “earthly tent,” we must prepare for the winter when our burdens are lifted, and we meet Him again in the eternal dwelling.

 FULL CIRCLE WITH GOD.

 (Sharon G. Tate blog 01/13/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

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I AM RESOLVED: 2019 BIBLICAL RESOLUTIONS

               

As we form–and affirm–our own resolutions for this new year, may we take to heart the Word of the Lord our God; the counsel of His servants Paul and Joshua; and the prayers of David, whom God called a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22).

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.   

Philippians 3:12-14 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.                                 

Colossians 3:14-15 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.       

Luke 6:31  And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.        

 Ephesians 6:17-20  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.                                                                            

Luke 6:27-28 27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”          

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.                                  

Joshua 24:15  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.   

Isaiah 43:18-19 This is what the Lord says: 18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

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As we contemplate a new year of promise, let us follow Biblical examples of resolve. What “new thing” can we do for the Lord? What “road in the wilderness” can we tread daily so others can clearly see the path to follow, joining us in our walk with Christ? What “rivers in the desert” will flow with Living Water when we share Jesus with those who thirst?

With man alone, resolve fails. With God, all things are possible.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: 365 DAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE LORD.

(Sharon G. Tate  blog 01/06/19)   teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word