God’s Presence Is All Encompassing

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Sing (your) morning praise to God. He loves to hear our voice. God is our defense against all ills, daily annoyances, and monumental concerns. He surrounds us with His love and mercy throughout the day and the night, our daily cycle of life.

“God dwells in us, and we dwell in his presence!
All encompassing love.” ~LAB

Jesus Is Always The Same

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Jesus never changes, He is always the same. Throughout the day remember Jesus is always the same. Our relationship with Him is not dependent upon our feelings, expectations, or daily responsibilities.

Just thank Him when you see Him at work, which is all the time. Look for His infusion in all that you do, and in everything around you.

Our Lord lives in us, the atmosphere, and the universe.

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He is the great ‘I AM’.

  1. I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Genesis 17:11
  2. I am the God of your father, Abraham,” He said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. Genesis 26:24
  3. I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14
  4. And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—‘the Lord.’ Exodus 6:2
  5. “I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
  6. I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. Exodus 20:2
  7. I am merciful.” Exodus 22:27
  8. “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6
  9. “If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10
  11. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. Isaiah 28:16
  12. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  13. I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else, nor share my praise with carved idols.” Isaiah 42:8
  14. I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your rescue, then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world. No foreign god has ever done this. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the Lord. Isaiah 43:11-12
  15. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” Isaiah 43:13
  16. This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer and Creator: “I am the Lord, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth?” Isaiah 44:24
  17. “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.” Isaiah 46:9
  18. “I, yes I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?” Isaiah 51:12
  19. I am a God who is near,” says the LordI am also a God who is far away. No one can hide where I cannot see him,” says the Lord. “I fill all of heaven and earth,” says the LordJeremiah 23:23-24
  20. “For I am the Lord! If I say it, it will happen.” Ezekiel 12:25
  21. I am the Lord, and I do not change.” Malachi 3:6
  22. Jesus answered, “I am. And in the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God, the Powerful One, and coming on clouds in the sky.” Mark 14:62
  23. Then Jesus said, I am He [the Messiah]—I, the one talking to you.” John 4:26
  24. “I am the bread that gives life.” John 6:48
  25. I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.” John 8:12
  26. Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!” John 8:58
  27. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
  28. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die. John 11:25
  29. Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.” John 14:6
  30. “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done.” John 14:11
  31. The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
  32. “I am the One who lives; I was dead, but look, I am alive forever and ever!” Revelation 1:18
  33. I am coming soon. Continue strong in your faith so no one will take away your crown.” Revelation 3:111
  34. The One who was sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this, because these words are true and can be trusted.” Revelation 21:5
  35. Jesus, the One who says these things are true, says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20

He is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

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Scriptures – 35 Powerful I am Verses
References/Resources – Deb Wolf, Counting My Blessings.com

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Why Can’t We Forgive Ourselves?

None of us are perfect. We were born sinners. We made and make mistakes, some worse than others. Why can’t we forgive ourselves and believe we are forgiven? Why can’t we believe we are forgiven? The beauty of being a Christian is that we can repent of our sins, and God will forgive us. Jesus died on the Cross for us. We are born into sin, but unlike those living during the Old Testament dispensation, we will not be doomed to sin for all time. When Jesus died, the new dispensation began. We live under the law of the New Testament, not the Old Testament.

Paul was a Christian hater, he persecuted and murdered Christians, but God forgave him and make him his apostle. Paul referred to himself as the”chief of sinners” because of his wicked ways.

1This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.  Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of ChristYou are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.  13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. 15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. 20 I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie. 22 And still, the churches in Christ that are in Judea didn’t know me personally. 23 All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” 
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The things man has done are not revelations to God. He created us before we entered our Mother’s womb. He knew we would be challenged, He knew we would fail.  He knew we would sin. He knew we would kill, steal, destroy, commit atrocities and crimes, yet He loves us so much, He sent His son to live, walk the earth, and then be given over to man to reconcile unforgivable sin. When Christ was crucified, we were forgiven of our sin. Yes, we have a sin nature and must work hard to separate our sinful desires from our being, but there are times and seasons when we fail and live an ungodly life. Thanks to God, we are not destined to remain in those sins for eternity.  He gave us an out. We can repent from the heart, and He will forgive us.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 1:9 NLT

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God always planned to rescue us. Can you accept His love for us, despite our wicked past? Despite everything, God wants our repentance to be genuine. The problem is that we have to believe God has forgiven us for everything we did against others and then, this is keywe have to forgive ourselves. 

God wants us to change and leave behind the past. How do we do this? We have to believe if we want God to forgive us. There are rules (precepts) we must follow, and actions we must take to be forgiven.

We must,

  • Believe that God will forgive us
  • Repent of our sins (wicked acts)
  • Forgive ourselves
  • Stop looking back

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Like Paul, God has a plan for our lives, but if we do not repent for our sins (wickedness), He cannot forgive us.  If we do not ask for His forgiveness (repent) He cannot forgive us. Many of us repent, but do not forgive ourselves or truly believe God will forgive us because we think the sin (wicked acts) was too vile and we are eternally bad. We feel condemned by our own actions. The fact is we are wicked and we are sinners. The degree in which we sin differs from person-to-person. But none-the-less, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of our wickedness. God saves hardened sinners, murders, and evil people. He gave us free-will to determine how we will live our lives, because of this, He allows us to sink into flagrant wickedness and then redeems us when we recognize our wicked ways and ask for His forgiveness.

Will you take time today to once and for all, acknowledge your sins before God, repent, believe you are forgiven, forgive yourself and walk into the grace and mercy our Lord provides, and walk the path He has designed for you, never looking back?

The reason God does not want us to look back is that when we look back, it opens the door to temptation and our return to our sinful state. My pastor shared with the congregation that we must run from temptation. We can not stand and engage it on any level if we do, we will lose. We must do as Forrest Grump was instructed to do, ‘Run Forrest Run’.

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It is time that we forgive ourselves.
Once we repent, we must continue to look ahead and hear God tell us this is the way.

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Scriptures – Biblestudytools.com
References/Resources – bible.com; biblestudytools.com

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Mary and Martha as Archetypes

Mary and Martha can be seen as archetypes. We possess both archetype personalities, that of Mary and Martha. Martha, who invited Jesus to stay at her and her sisters home, scurried around preparing the house and meal. She was practical and efficient. There is nothing wrong following custom unless it becomes a problem. She placed doing things before God. We need to be alert and recognize when we are distracted.

Mary broke custom to sit at Jesus’ feet. She knew that custom would adversely affect the result of spending time with Jesus. She later did not spare cost and poured expensive oil, spikenard, on Jesus’ feet to wash them and dried them with her hair, demonstrating intimacy and reverence.

While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:38-41, ESV

Martha also sat by Jesus, but only after she completed her tasks. There was a level of trepidation involved in her steps. Jesus told her not to worry or be troubled.

There are several takeaways from this story. Mary made a conscious decision between the two options, to help her sister or sit at Jesus’ foot. Today take time to study this: living a Christlike life is a radical way of life. We can either sit at Jesus’ feet and experience his love for us and learn from Him like Mary, or scurry around busily like Martha and miss the calmness He provides that reduces and eliminates worry, anxiety, and fear. We have to make choices every day, do we take time to seek our Lord and Savior or stay busied secondary things. Matthew 6:33 tells us that Jesus is clear about our choices and shared, we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

But Martha, though posed to follow custom when she noticed Mary was sitting down at the foot of Jesus, went to God in prayer. Jesus responded, do not worry or be troubled. The point is that Martha still loved Christ, still revered Him and called upon Him. Both knew and loved the Lord. We love the Lord as well. Our choices will determine if we acknowledge Him as being more important to us than life itself and not letting the ‘good part’ that cannot be taken from us or miss daily opportunities to spend time with our Lord. The things we seek before Christ will pass away, the Word of God will live in us and direct us throughout time. 

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References/Resources – www.ucg.org. Beyond Today. Profiles of Faith: Mary and Martha-Lessons from Two Sisters.

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Seek God’s Strength

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God reiterates throughout the Bible, seek me and I will give you strength. This is not a suggestion, but rather His covenant with you; He promises that He will be with you from everlasting to everlasting.

If you seek Him, call on Him in prayer, He will respond by giving you the strength to see your way through.

What should we seek?

1) Seek His mercy and grace.
2) Seek strength for His Service. His power is made perfect in our weakness.
3) Seek His Face, meaning Seek His presence.

God will never forsake us or leave us if we establish a reverential relationship with Him. He is everlasting in good times and harder times. The scripture says, glory in His Holy Name, think of this as sitting in the sun, in the grass on a warm day. It is during these moments that we rejoice in His presence because we feel His love and his warmth.  In the midst of this calm, we feel the strength of the sun just as we feel His strength. Visualizing this depiction of sitting with the Lord in the warm sun will revive you when you are in good times and when you are wary, questioning, and having difficult moments.

Remember this feeling when it seems God is not present. There are moments when He is quiet or we cannot hear Him. The warmth of His presence will see you through.

“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Look to the Lord for his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.”

Note: King David wrote 1 Chronicles.

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Worried and Troubled About Many Things

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“And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:41‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

How many of us stay busy because we believe it means we are doing the Lord’s work? I can raise my hand, guilty as charged. Luke 10 is about two sisters, Martha and  Mary. The two women learned that Jesus was going to visit their home. This immediately set an expectation that they had to ready the house, at least that is what Martha thought. On the other hand, Mary thought – what an opportunity. When he arrived, she perched herself at Jesus’ foot breathing in His every word, loving the feeling of his presence. Depending upon where we are in life, we will become a Martha or Mary. But, the Lord is not asking us to prepare things for or around him. The Lord does not want us to worry, or fret over the issues that surround us. He wants us to still ourselves, feel his love, and spend time in His Holy Presence.

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Like Martha we become distracted. We lose sight of the purpose, our dependence upon the Lord, and our desire to listen to Him, learn the practicality of the Word and then share the Good News. But, we are not wholly Martha, we also embrace the wonderment of Mary, waiting to serve, listen and learn.

We are told in John 15, the Lord is the true vine and God is the vinedresser. The vine cannot bear fruit by itself. In other words, we cannot bear fruit by ourselves. Without sitting at the Lords’ feet, we will wither. We need to be still and listen, and not become distracted by the things around us. The scripture reads, “He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” The Holy Spirit must dwell in us. It is His blood that flows through our veins, our heart, and our soul. The scripture further shares, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered. Mary scurried about during the visit reading the house, preparing a meal, and doing all of the ceremonial things. Her sister Mary wanted more of Jesus. She wanted to breathe Him in, be a student of his Word and spend as much time as possible with Him; food was not important, a clean home was not important, spending time at the foot of our Lord was all that mattered. She knew she would be stronger for it, that sharing her story about what she learned that day with others would bear fruit.

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When we feel the urge to become busy rather than sit still, it is more than a tick, it is a red alert.

Mary and Martha clearly loved Christ; we can gain more from this story, we can look at this in the scope of Spiritual Warfare. When we feel the Mary-Martha tug, we should acknowledge that it is often the devil trying to distract us and delay us from spending time with the Lord. His purpose is to kill, steal,  and destroy. He wants to kill our relationship with the Lord, steal our time with the Lord and destroy our hope to reach heaven.

Like so many, I try to stay alert. I know spending time with the Lord every day is imperative, yet there are times when I become enveloped in the stuff around me. But as the scripture says, only one thing is needed, not the fluff and circumstance, only one thing, to spend quality time with the Lord.

In the end, we must ask ourselves when we are falling into oblivion, who do we belong to, where do we reside?  Do we respond to Jesus’ invitation like Martha or like Mary? Will we wither or bear fruit?

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References/Resources – Finding Rest In a Busy World Devotional, Bible.com. Study – http://www.susannarjala.com

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Romans 8:9 – The Holy Spirit Lives In Us

God is a Triune God. He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. When we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were forgiven of our sins and received the Holy Spirit in our being. He dwells in us. As the scripture states, the Spirit we received brought about our adoption to sonship.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him, we cry,“Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:14-16

This means that we, carnal man, by the power of Divine grace has been made subject to Gods law, but as humans, we must always strive to control our sin nature. We must question our actions, listen to the Spirit (the quiet voice) when we are preparing to stray and develop a heart for carrying out the Word in our daily lives.

The Holy Spirit is our pathfinder, our guide, and our teacher. If we pay attention to His urgings we will avoid many of the pitfalls the devil lays before us, attempting to divert our walk, and undermine our ability to fulfill our destiny.

Just as we abide by our parent’s rules, it is even more important to abide by the Word of God. First God, then family, and all else follows. In short, if we abide in His Word we are on the path to spiritual maturity.

If we fail, falter, or sin in any manner, i.e., ignore the Holy Spirit who dwells in us we can repent, and God will forgive us, giving us another opportunity to suppress our sin nature, regain our footing and continue to walk down the path to spiritual maturity.

Praise our God, the Holy Spirit dwells in us, and our God is a God of countless chances.

This coming Monday is Labor Day in the USA, a long weekend for those who work. I hope everyone, here and abroad has a safe, wonderful weekend.

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