Ability of God Sunday, Aug 21 2016 

Ephesians 3:20-21Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Jude 24-25Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

If you can’t think of a reason to glorify God, these few verses ought to give you a pretty good idea that we should glorify Him for His ABILITIES.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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Counting the Fourth Saturday, Jul 4 2015 

How do we count the value of a day? Do we value it by the amount we purchased or sold? Or by the amount we contributed to a cause? Do we add up all the time and effort of all those who lived before us gave so we could celebrate our freedom? Or is it the amount we spent on fireworks? What are the criteria to be included in the calculation that definitively answers the question, “For what does the fourth count?”

For some it will be can we feed our children today? Or do we have a place to lie our heads at the end of the day? For others it will be a tower of beer cans and barbequed chicken bones, spent sparklers lying in disarray upon the ground, and watermelon rinds where flies gather.

What is the value of time spent with family and friends? Are some moments more valuable than others? Perhaps it is the day your grandchild took their first step? Or your precious daughter got married? You would count those moments as precious.  Or for you maybe the fourth is filled with bitter memories of years gone by when you lost a loved one or you yourself came out injured or maimed?

Whatever your circumstance the one thing we all have on the fourth is freedom. We have so many freedoms.

And in this time we honor those privileges of being American, let’s thank God for the priceless gift of His Son and all the countless fathers and mothers whose sons and daughters also died.

When adding up all the things let’s include intrinsic values of fortitude, righteousness, and service. Let’s count the time praising God and honoring one another above ourselves.  And while we are at it, let’s include the glory of God gained by all the answered prayers we’ve prayed today.

I would venture to guess that if we added these all up there wouldn’t be room enough to put the figures down. There wouldn’t be enough paper or ink, or computer memory to hold all that God has done to bring us to this day of celebration.

Abundance (Getting Ready to Receive) Saturday, Feb 1 2014 

Do you know that God wants abundance for you?  What are your expectations? Every good and perfect gift comes from God.  Do you remember the queen of Sheba?  She was the queen who visited King Solomon.  When she came before him she brought gifts of spices.  There were one hundred and twenty varieties. Never again would anyone ever bring such an array of wealth to the feet of a king.  To his day people will say, “Who do you think you are, the queen of Sheba?”

            It is in this same lavish way that God blesses us.  He writes his word on the tablets of our hearts.  By the power of His Holy Spirit we may ever draw from the well of living water.

            Remember, Psalm 72:7 says; “In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound until the moon is no more.”  That is a lot of time for the righteous to flourish.  Flourishing is steady continuous growth not just a one-time burst of luck.  And remember Eccl. 5:10 which says, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.”

            Our attitude about money is more important than the amount we have.  God’s economy is not like the world’s economy.  With the world’s economy you have to do something to get paid but God loves you unconditionally.  You don’t have to do anything.

            I remember what amazement I had the first time I pulled apart one dried blossom from a marigold flower and found hundreds of seeds.  The first year I had a few marigolds out front and the second year I had marigolds all the way around my garden.  And the added bonus was that marigolds; are a natural bug repellant so, I didn’t have to buy expensive chemicals.  So how do we prepare ourselves to receive the abundance God has prepared for those that love Him?

Being Blessed (Seeing is Believing) Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 

Jesus is the great teacher.  His words throughout the centuries have taught and comforted the world over.  During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to be happy.  He began at that point where we are ready to come to God our great provider: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  Heaven is the grandest gift of all.  Notice that God gives to those who have nothing. Notice that he gives the most to those who have the least.

            Being poor in spirit is the very lowest of lows.  Next: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Imagine having all of your emotional needs met.  The Spirit of God is the comforter. It is in God’s nature to comfort us.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.  The earth is the third best gift.  Happy are they who inherit it by their meekness.  “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” These are all of the Christians who have put on Christ and walk after the Spirit.  They can’t help but be righteous, 1 John 3:7-9.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  This is the center of happiness where the golden rule reigns supreme.  What you reap you sow and vice versa.  God has mercy enough for the whole universe.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Can you even imagine anyone who is pure of heart? Who? When? Where? I ask you would it not be all the children. Yes those babes who died in childbirth, or who were aborted, or who never saw the light of day?

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”.  Peacemakers are selfless. They are shrewd negotiators.  They see the big picture.  They seek the good of the greatest number of people.  They trust God to make a way, a way for peace.  “Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Here we have come full circle, which tells me that the poor in spirit will very likely also be persecuted for righteousness.

            Jesus taught the multitude on the mountain: “Happy are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

So what does all of this happiness have to do with financial serenity?  If you are not worried about things on this earth, then money doesn’t matter.  You can be happy with God’s abundance.  Be happy with God’s Spirit in you, a life of meekness, righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.  This is beauty, to let the Spirit of God dwell in you richly.  Be filled.  Be blessed. Be a child of God.