ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,    John 3:16

  1/17/20,    (Over my desk from Joel.)

Today’s Scripture
“…Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light…”(James 1:17, MSG)
Be on the Lookout

Just like the sun radiates heat, God radiates goodness. It’s not just what He does; it’s who He is. God’s very nature is good. It’s important that we recognize that every good gift comes to us from our Father in heaven, both large and small.

You need to be on the lookout for God’s goodness. Too many times, God is working in our lives, showing us favor, protecting us, sending us healing, but we don’t recognize His goodness. When something good happens, make sure you give Him the credit and thank Him for it. The question is, are you recognizing it? Look around today. Be more aware. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” If you’re going to taste God’s goodness, you have to realize that every good break, every time you were protected, every door that opened, and every advantage you’ve gotten has been God working in your life. Don’t take it for granted.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are constantly working, constantly showing me Your goodness with every good gift that comes into my life. I want to live today with an attitude of thankfulness and gratefulness. I will not take Your goodness for granted. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts,
We all love Blessings & Gifts and especially from our Creator.   The problem is that we tend to forget that obedience is blessed and dis-obedience is not.   So how much do we know of what our Creator wants of us?    I picked up a hitch hiker yesterday on the way to town,  he was broke and hungry.  We talked a lot about how to know the voice of God.   So I worked into my schedule to take him with me to Costco and share a pizza,  and get gas and then back to town and later back to his space on a farm.   I ate a piece and gave him the rest and we had a good talk about the LORD.   He talked like a Christian the whole way so invited him to the Bible Fellowship Friday night…Even had a ride set up for him but no show.   Made like he was very interested.  But I wonder how many know how to speak Jesus talk without the walk   We enjoyed good food and fellowship at our Friday gathering but he was not there,  perhaps another time.  But even in my own life it is difficult to have my walk and talk be the same.  There are times when being a Christian is not really socially acceptable.  We tend to hid HIS light so to be better received by the world.  But if we do the light tends to dim a little.  So it seems to me that if we really want God’s Blessings that they will flow through our humility and obedience.  And of course if we don’t know the will of God, how then can we obey.  So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  So God’s Blessings are tied together with HIS Commandments as found in the New Testament.  Jesus taught us that if we found HIS commandments and kept them that we would be honored by our Heavenly Father.  Is this not totally logical?   Is this not what we do with our own children.  Our Creator has taken the time to have HIS desires for us written down and collected in a New Testament or “WILL.”   How do you think it makes HIM feel when we read and obey HIS best for us?   And if we don’t?

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  Ken<><

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