Archive for May, 2015

Gods Good Love

Posted in Blogroll on May 31, 2015 by activeinspiration

Psalm 107:1 Book Five, Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! #Bible

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Giving thanks to God our Father is one of the best ways to keep from taking God for granted.  It also keeps us in a humble frame of mind towards Him, allowing us to see His Goodness.
We tend to want to take credit, or glory for what we do or accomplish. If we are honest we would have to admit or maybe confess that it is God’s hand or direction that has brought us to our place of accomplishment.
Nobody loves us like God. Just think of Jesus our Lord, and that should overwhelmingly prove that. Think about how roughly 2000 years before we were born or even a thought, God sent His Son Jesus to pay the requirement for our rebellious sins. Yes God was thinking of us, and Loving us back then, not to mention Jesus who joyfully submitted to our Father.
I am thankful for God’s steadfast and enduring Love because I fail so often remembering to be thankful to my Lord God. I try to make it habit to be thankful, but even that can be dangerous, because I know our Lord Loves honest sincerity.
Maybe that’s when we should just worship Him even if its just us in our own heads, because our
God’s Love is steadfast towards us forever.
God is Good and it is proven by His Love, or His Love is proven by His Goodness. You decide on that one.

Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.

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Life, parasites, pleasures, and possibilities

Posted in Blogroll on May 28, 2015 by activeinspiration

This is a repost from a while ago.

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We go through life living these peculiar lives, absorbing things around us, enduring the unknown.  Everything effecting us, influencing our actions, directing our paths.  It seems at times that it is quite insane, even the feeling of how can I go on with things like this.  Only to give way in the next moment to a feeling of bliss as something good happens.  It’s crazy at times, yea real crazy, but we go on, enduring and enjoying, being entertained if we can step back in our heads and take a look at the bigger picture.

I think the biggest problem we have is that we are so into ourselves, caught up in what we are going through, saying to others “you just don’t understand me”.  We live blind to the basic truth that is all around us, “Life”.  So we come back to that basic question that each one of us have to ask, and I believe do quite regularly.  What’s it all about?  Why am I here?  What for?  Even in this dilemma, we have the feeling that makes us say “Time please stop, so I can rest”

I don’t believe there is any human being that has the right or complete answer.  I believe it is something that is necessary for us to look away from ourselves, if we want to in any way understand this dilemma called Life.  There are those that do this in a partial sort of way.  Maybe give the appearance of doing this only to be discovered down the road of life to be stuck on themselves.  Maybe that is the best we can do to accomplish this task, maybe the point is to keep striving to accomplish this quest of perfection or completeness.

I have no clue what made me write this other than Inspiration.  A sort of boiling within me wanting to get out.  You see I believe I have found this Truth of Life, and I found myself so dissatisfied with what I had accomplished in my life that I had to look away, knowing there was nothing left in me that could answer my questions.  Being a realist and maybe I don’t know exactly what that means, but for me what ever I found outside of me had to be real.  I’m not a follower, nor am I one who can lye to myself, well not for long.  So it must be real, period.

To my surprise the Answer of Life was right next to me all the time.  He was there speaking to me in a soft voice that dripped like honey with His Love for me, the most perfect love that required me to learn about it, just to understand.  It didn’t happen all at once for me to understand, it took time, and I had to learn His Love.  Yes it took Life to do that, I had to begin living with Him involved in my life, I had to listen, and apply, and obey His direction for my life.  As I did, there was a sensation of awakening, a feeling like I had just got my sight, I could see for the first time.  My perspective on life had changed and I was no longer thinking like me, but I found myself thinking like Him.  Everything was new, everything was beginning to make sense. 

Thinking like me just caused me to live a life of wanting, and always what I didn’t have.  Contentment and satisfaction were impossibilities, and only my futile attempt at attaining this level of security which was just show for others.  Until I became honest with myself and confessed that I needed God to keep living.  Now I know that there is no life away from God, because HE IS LIFE!  His Love for us He expressed in His Son Jesus the Christ, not in words but in action, in Life. 

He came to our planet and lived like us, even looking like us, enduring life just as we do in all of the issues we face.  Not only did He survive, but endured the worst punishment that man can dish out, even the rejection of His own Father God.  Jesus could have just entered Heaven, because He lived the Perfect Life, but He choose to take my punishment which is death, because of my rebellion against God. 

So I understand and appreciate this life I now live.  To my surprise the life I lived wasn’t even life at all, I was just groping in the dark trying to find meaning.  Well Jesus didn’t let me stay there in that state of uncertainty, He lifted me up to a life with Him.  A life that is based on contentment and satisfaction in Jesus and living in His presence for the rest of my life in peace with God my Father.  No more rebellion insisting on my own way, but now God’s way because it is the right way.  And you know what?  I can’t help but tell you this, you know when you have a good thing you want everyone to have it?  Well Jesus is the “Good Thing”, and I can’t understand now, why anyone would want to live another minute without Him in your life.  So if you don’t know Jesus, or you have wandered away from Him.  Call His Name ask Him to forgive you and come into your life, and He will, I know it, because He is real.

Bill Collier

http://mindworthy.mypodcast.com

God’sThoughts and Ways

Posted in Blogroll on May 28, 2015 by activeinspiration

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,  declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. #Bible

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Notice verse 7 is connected by the word “For” in verse 8.
Isa 55:7 ISV Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous person his thoughts. Let him return to the LORD, So he’ll have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he’ll pardon abundantly.

God’s way of doing is not as ours. The example is our inability to do anything as good or exact as God can.
Interestingly as we see, for us it isn’t a two way street so to speak, but for God it is, and probably in more ways than two.
We have trouble forgiving completely in any situation, yet God does it every time we sin. Can you imagine on a world level? My brain just crashed and had to restart just thinking about that, I can’t even think like our Father who by the way resides in a place we can’t comprehend, even its location.
In order to try to be like God in thought or action, God declares to the rebellious sinners, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous person his thoughts”. Then we can return to the Lord who will have mercy on us and pardon us abundantly. The words ” mercy” and “abundantly” are absolute, they don’t go half way and stop, they finish the job.
So I will respond by submitting completely to our Father in Heaven and start learning His ways, and thinking like Him as I am instructed by His Word, the Bible. I will strive to become more like Jesus my Lord and Savior who is the expression of God the Father’s abundant Mercy and Forgiveness. Praise the Lord God Almighty!

Wait

Posted in Blogroll on May 26, 2015 by activeinspiration

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! #Bible

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Timing is everything, our world is based on timing, our lives are orchestrated by timing.
What’s wonderful is God created it.
I’ve used expressions like, time will tell the truth, and give it time to ripen, and of course, I don’t have time.
We notice with the Lord here its – “wait”. We humans even have a hard time with that. Waiting for me can be torturous, like waiting to be picked up, I hate that.
There is something beautiful about waiting on the Lord though. I think its because of being a Christian for a long time I have learned It gives me the opportunity to see God do things in my situation. God works things out so much better than my impatience does.
Waiting allows us to do as the writer says, “be strong, and let your heart take courage;”.
The Lord prepares us for what we are facing, strengthening us, giving us courage, and even rest.
After I have waited on the Lord and His timing, I am ready to face what ever is ahead with our Lord’s leading.

Philippians 4:12-13 I know how to be humble, and I know how to prosper. In each and every situation I have learned the secret of being full and of going hungry, of having too much and of having too little. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Gods Light

Posted in Blogroll on May 22, 2015 by activeinspiration

Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. #Bible

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Whether we know it or not everyone around us is watching one way or another. Jesus is saying shine or reflect the light of God so that others see the Love of God upon us.
The light of God is our human reaction to Gods Love upon us. God’s light is our lives directed by His Law written upon our hearts, and His Love pouring through us to those around us.
The obvious reason to let our light shine, is not to be ashamed, or continue to live in the dark ignorance of our life before we received Jesus the Christ as our Savior.
We are born again into the marvelous Light of God, knowing now the truth of His Love found in the Gospel.
As new creatures in Christ Jesus we need not worry but confidently shine the fact that we are children of our Father God and our Big Brother and fellow worshiper of Elohim is Jesus the Christ.  

1Pe 2:12 ISV Continue to live such upright lives among the gentiles that, when they slander you as practicers of evil, they may see your good actions and glorify God when he visits them.

Wait for the Lord

Posted in Blogroll on May 21, 2015 by activeinspiration

Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord! #Bible

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Be strong, you are capable, you muster or take hold of your strength. Let your heart be encouraged, your inner self, your consciousness. All who wait, and depend and hope for the Lord!
We Christians need to remember that when the trials of this life come our way, when we reach for strength, or confidence, or solution in our situation. God, Jehovah, is right there giving us His strength, confidence, and solution, all wrapped up in His Heavenly Peace. Where we fall short in our fears Jehovah picks us up in His Peace, that transcends our human understanding.
Whether we continue on, or live or die we are with Jesus the Christ. That is the Peace worth having.
Remember when we fear for our situation or future, it is the signal to pray to Jehovah in Jesus Name, He has all the answers. Praise the Lord!

We are the Lord’s

Posted in Blogroll on May 18, 2015 by activeinspiration

Romans 14:8  For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

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Its quite simple for the Christian, death has no bearing on our lives. We live here or we live with Jesus.
Myself included, a lot of Christians have a fear of death, especially because of our love one’s who we would leave behind. We need to remember just as we trust Jesus with our lives, so can our love one’s trust in Jesus. It sort of points out the importance of our responsibility to make sure our love one’s are raised up in Christ Jesus, and also those we need to share Jesus with who are nonbelievers. Maybe even with more determination knowing the days are fewer for The return of Jesus.
We are living in the end of this age and I believe the return of Jesus is definitely closer than when I first believed. But only God knows when that will happen, and I trust God. The beautiful reality is we are the Lord’s.