'Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.'
Romans 5:1-5 NKJV
Behold, I look at the Sky
I lay my hands over my mouth
I know that You, LORD my God
Can do everything and nothing is too big
By faith I am justified through Christ Jesus
By faith I have permanent access to Your loving kindness
Even when the storms comes crashing
My hope is on our eternal Heavenly Father
Who is our shield and exceedingly great reward
I will rejoice in hope of the glory of God
That has produce perseverance in me
And that perseverance refines my character
My soul let us come to the Lord
For this character building leads us to hope
And hope is not a disappointing fantasy
It is the endless love of God cascading into our hearts
Through the Holy Spirit that lives in us
And restores the joy of His salvation
Let us lay down our crown
And let His Spirit leads us
'I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]'
John 16:33 AMP
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Happy Friday and hope your week went well. My glass was full this week so I am definitely looking forward to the weekend and glad it is Friday 😀
What a friend we have in Jesus
Learning not to lean on my own understanding is journey
God is so good With a glass full,
You Lord quiet my soul
You remind me to be still and
know that You are Lord
You teach, strengthen and make a way
So I can seep through to end and
not relying only on my strength
Thank You Father for another day
My soul God is good and all that
He does is good
After a weekend of thinking and praying, I continue on the journey with Paul. We enter the second half of the scroll.
Inspired by Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians 1:5-7,
I absolutely love the way He starts the letters. I will do good to learn from Paul. His identity is found in Christ Jesus. I, Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus. I was chosen and it is okay to imitate me but your focus should always be on Christ Jesus for we are all servants of the LORD.
Gratefully praised and adored to our God
The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
The Father of mercy and the God of all comfort
Honour and glory belong to Him
He deserves all the praise
From the bottom of my heart
As I continue the journey, nothing is a coincidence
My dear beloved,
Be strong in the Lord and in the Power of His might
Put on the whole armour of God
That you maybe able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil
Do not think the things of the world as strange
Or when the fiery trials come your way as strange
Or think why me? But think why not me?
Instead hold up the shield of faith
And rejoice in the Lord Jesus Christ
And take the helmet of salvation and the
sword of the spirit which is the word of God
Know that you have a chance to partake of Christ
suffering and when His Name is glorified
you may also be glad with exceedingly joy
Yes take heart even when it is counter cultural
Walk not in the things of evil
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
having put on the breastplate of righteousness
And having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace
in preparation to face the enemy with a firm foot stability
and readiness produced by the good news.
Suffer not as murderer, a thief, an evil doer,
or as a busybody in other people’s matter,
walk in the Lord, praying at all times
Yet if you suffer as a Christ follower
Do not be ashamed but let God be glorified in this matter.
"Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with the will of God must [continue to] do right and commit their souls [for safe-keeping] to the faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19 AMP
'How blessed (fortunate, happy) are your men!
How blessed are these your servants who
stand continually before you, hearing your wisdom!
Blessed be the Lord your God who
delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel!
Because the Lord loved Israel forever,
He made you king to execute justice and righteousness.” '
1 Kings 10:8-9 AMP
How blessed are we
How blessed we are to be in the presence of the LORD
How blessed are we to walk with the LORD
Blessed be the LORD our God
Who delights in us
Blessed be the LORD our God
Who loves us so much
How great is our God
That we are adopted into His family
How great is our God
That we are chosen and not forsaken
Great is our God
And greatly to be praise
For the LORD our God has given us
His full armour to walk this earth in
How blessed are we to be in the presence of the LORD
Who is greater than anything in this world
And who came to save us
Nothing compares to Him
Blessed be the LORD my GOD
For He will never let us down
His faithfulness is unsearchable
In His presence there is fullness of joy
'I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me;
remain in My love [and do not doubt My love for you].
If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching,
you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.
I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing. '
John 15:9-11 AMP
How can I doubt the Love You have so generously given to us
Yet I do sometimes or most times
I let the worries of the world cloud my mind
But You never give up or forget
In prayer, You shield my taught
The Lord my God,
The King of my heart
Without You there is no life
It is in Jesus that I can smile
Come and see the Lord that restore my life
Come and see the Lord that has made me whole
Come and see the One Man who told me all things that I ever did
And He still loves and call me His own
And His joy overflows and makes me complete
He is the King of my heart
Jesus was once asked by the Jewish religious leaders,
“When will God’s kingdom come?” Jesus responded,
“God’s kingdom does not come simply by obeying principles or waiting for signs. The kingdom is not discovered in one place or another, for God’s kingdom realm is already expanding within some of you.” '
Luke 17:20-21 TPT
Happy Friday! Welcome to the month of March…
Hope your week was good, this week in London the temperature dropped and we saw a bit of snow one day, rain another day and sunshine another day. What a glorious week.
As I reflected and meditated on the book of Psalm, a few words stood out.
“My righteous God”
My God that will never deviate from what is right
My God will never move from His righteous principles and promises
My God is a God of justice
“Lie down and sleep in peace”
In Acts 12:6 - Peter demonstrated what he saw Jesus doing in Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41
My soul, let us give thanks
Work does gets hard and can lead to the path of unrighteous
My soul, it is in peace we switch off daily
For we work not to earn favours
My soul, we work for the Lord
Yahweh our God and Saviour
For He makes us lie down in peace
It is in Him we find safety and security
Our Protection is only found in the Lord our God.
What an amazing God we serve!
Also learned something at work… Resilience “the ability to receive a successful outcome in the face of adversity”. Something the Dr said that stood out. Having a support network is good for you. Basically part of the structure of resilience is who you have around you. Don’t walk it alone. Take care of yourself, have positive relationships, have a purpose in life. Before you start with eating healthy and exercise. Build the foundation first and that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Figure that out….
It is short and sweet today, as I continue on Paul letter: This week I started 1 Corinthians 16:
Paul reveals eternal purposes for us as Christ followers. I am encouraged by Paul’s letter. I know the heart of Paul as He reveals what is in God’s heart for Corithians and all that will read the letter and be encouraged. We could learn from the letter.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. ‘.. (verses 13-14)
Jesus commanded us to stand and watch
Like soldier that is always alert
Watch (Matthew 24:42, 26:41, Mark 13:37).
Peter in 1 Peter 5:8 says that we are to be sober, and be vigilant.
As I listen to the words of Paul…
What do guards do?
A guard is a person who keeps watch, especially a soldier to protect or to control access to a place.
In beginning was the Word
And the word was with God
And man was created to be fruitful and multiply
To take care of the earth as servants of the LORD
And then sin came…
We are to guard our hearts above all else. Why? Because all things flow from it.
Luke 17: shows that the Kingdom of God is not by observation but the Kingdom of God is within us, so we are to guard the precious treasure.
We are not to take offence but if someone sins against you, rebuke them, and if he repents forgive them, each time they come, forgive them. We are to not take offence for life is short to carry that burden, or that yoke or bonds around our necks.
We are not to think high and mighty of ourselves and think that our works should be rewarded.
A reward is a gift and not for the work we do. We have not earned our salvation. Salvation is a free gift.
My soul let us gorify the Lord our God and give thanks for giving us another chance whenever we miss the mark.
For days are coming when you will desire to see the Son of Man, and you will not see it. Just as Noah, people eat and drink. Lot, people eat and drink. So will our generation.
We never stop sharing the good news, blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of God.
We are in the times where peacemakers are needed. Love above all is needed. We are to be courageous, brave and walk with the LORD