Today’s Scripture (not written by me but worth considering.)
“If you believe, you will receive…” (Matthew 21:22, NIV)
All through the Bible, there are so many promises of what God has already done for us. It says in Ephesians that “God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.” It says in Colossians that “God has made us worthy.” There is mercy for any mistake we will ever make. It’s already been taken care of. He paid the ultimate price through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. He’s done His part. Now it’s up to us to do our part. We have to start believing it so we can receive.
In the natural, when someone gives you a gift, what’s the first thing you say? “Thank you.” When you give thanks, it’s a sign that you are receiving the gift. Today, receive what God has given you by saying, “Father, thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for supplying all of my needs. Thank You for Your goodness in my life.”
As you learn to give Him thanks, you are learning to receive from Him. Open your heart by faith today and thank Him for all of the blessings He has in store for you!
A Prayer for Today
“God, I come to You today giving You thanks and praise for Your faithfulness in my life. I receive Your Word which is life and strength to my soul. Help me to keep my heart focused on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
I love these positive spiritual reminders, as follows, that I receive in my mail. But there are issue that sometimes seem to be missing. Obedience to God’s Truth (not traditions) brings blessings and disobedience brings weeds and pain. So for “Faith” to be effective there must be an accompanying action. If I truly have faith that it is going to rain I take an umbrella with me when I leave home. James supports that, “ Faith without Works is dead…” James 2:25. James is an exceptional book on how to get healed and about faith. He grew up with Jesus and it shows. Be good to read James once a month, at least.
So if your faith does not have the support of your actions then it is only head faith and not heart faith, Rom.10:9-10 and will not work. James 5:13-18, notice the comment, “Righteous Man.” There is the Jesus imputed righteousness as we, by faith, make Christ Jesus our LORD and Savior and our sins are blotted out. But then there is the process in which the Holy Spirit then begins the work of restoring and transforming us into the likeness of Christ Jesus and into the image of GOD. It was GOD’S original design plan to make us in HIS IMAGE and LIKENESS. GOD will absolutely complete what HE begins to do or HE would not have started.
Of course we also are involved as HE has given us a free will and we must also allow the needed changes to happen to be made into HIS IMAGE. Those who do so will live with our Creator forever. But those who do not, may find themselves consigned to be alone to outer darkness for eternity. Hope you choose wisely, Be Blessed in your Day as you obey the KING of KINGS. Ken<><