Pr 27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
Trust is not an all or nothing proposition. It comes in stages, some now, more later. It must be earned and that doesn't happen all at once.
Trust with something small. Then as the person proves trustworthy, trust them with a little more.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Ps 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.
2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”
Grumbling blinds you to God’s blessings, but gratitude opens your eyes to enjoy them.
1 Cor 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,
:2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
:3 all ate the same spiritual food,
:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them and that Rock was Christ.
:5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
:6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
:7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
:8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;
:9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;
:10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to hear it.
Beware of pride when you hear or see someone stumble in their walk with Christ. It could happen to you.
Your temptation may not be exactly like theirs, but yours can make you stumble also.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Mt 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
:35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
:37 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
:38 This is the first and great commandment.
:39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.”
The questioner wanted to test Jesus, but the Lord answered him with the key element in pleasing God.
First and foremost, our relationship with Him is a matter of the heart.
If we see God as a taskmaster and consider obedience to Him as a burden, then we have joined those of whom the Lord said:
Rev 2:4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”
Joy is to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind.