For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. (Psalm 84:11, NIV)
What God has in your future can’t be accomplished on your own. There are places He’s going to take you that you can’t get to by yourself. There will be obstacles that look too big, dreams that seem impossible. If it were only up to you, you’d get stuck. The good news is that God has bestowed on you something that gives you an advantage, that opens doors that you can’t open, that makes you stand out in the crowd. It’s called “favor.” Favor will cause good breaks to come to you that you don’t deserve. You weren’t next in line, but you got the promotion. That’s the favor of God.
You’ve been faithful, honoring God. Get ready for favor. Get ready for an explosive blessing. God is about to do something unusual, something that you’ve never seen, promotion that you didn’t work for, and good breaks that you didn’t deserve. You can’t explain it or take credit for it. It’s the favor of God.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that Your favor has been upon my life in so many ways. Thank You for the countless things You’ve made happen for my good that I could never make happen. I am getting ready for explosive blessings that are gifts of Your favor that I don’t deserve. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Ken’s Thoughts: (Missing the Grace/Favor of God is our usual issue.) Letters written…..
If your hand causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It is better for you to enter life crippled, than to have two hands and go into [a] hell, into the unquenchable fire, 44 [b][where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.] 45 If your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]! It would be better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell, Mark 9:43-45 (Jesus, Just one of many verses on the subject,):
Obviously, Christ Jesus was not talking about externals as chopping off something would not change the heart. It is our heart that needs to be changed to be able to then walk with Jesus in love, honor, respect and obedience by choice. When we find and believe in the Great and Precious Promises of God and choose to change than we find God’s Grace to help us make the needed changes in Christ Jesus. The letter of the law kills but the Spirit gives LIFE. And it is also obvious that if we don’t want God’s change there remains only a painful eternal darkness to embrace our eternal souls. With the Creation there is always balance. With the Joy of the Heavens there is also the opposite in hell. At this time on earth, with an eternal soul, we are in the middle of that eternal choice. God is in the process of creating an eternal Kingdom and Family of Righteousness that follows Jesus as King of Kings. We have been invited. But it is up to us as to whether we join or not. And if we do accept we must elect to put on the righteousness of Christ Jesus and walk it out to the end of our life on earth. It is not how we start but how we end up that decides our eternal consequences in eternity.
God is using lucifer’s pride and rebellion to fit out an eternal spiritual gym with the weights that can either make us very strong or can send us off into a Christ less eternity. It is fool proof for victory if we find and follow the directions. But if we try to do it on our own then along with lucifer (who also tried to do in on his own) our soul will eventually be consigned to an eternal black hole where light does not exist. Ezekiel 28:11 & Isaiah 14:12 tell a lot more about that story.
Of course we are in mid process of seeing this all come to pass due to the sacrifice of our LORD JESUS CHRIST as the lamb of God, sent to save us from our sins if we will let HIM. Rom. 10: 9-10. He is the fire and if we are in HIM we have the ultimate victory. Better to burn out than to rot out, for sure. Don’t you think.
The Holy Bible is the only authority. And the unity of the Old Testament with the New Testament is amazing. Over 300 verses in the Old Test. concerning the advent of Christ Jesus and most have already been fulfilled like Ps. 22 and Isa. 53….. Jesus is the guarantee of Heaven. Jesus returned in HIS resurrection and told the apostles all about it, especially John in The Revelation. All of the disciples, even Judas agreed that Jesus is the Son of God as well as the Son of Man. And all 11 + Paul witnessed to the resurrection of Christ Jesus. I am working on a book called: “Handbook For Atheists:” (who want to believe.) interested? The Bible is full of scientific facts that could not have been known except for Intelligent Design of a Creator. I was an Earth Science Major in College. I had to find answers to a lot of questions prior to becoming a Christian in 1955. So write me if interested.
So logically, unless you know all that there is to know about everything in creation, how can you logically be an atheist? How can you be sure that Intelligent Design is not working behind the knowable so that your Free Will can be totally valid with no manipulation AND YET TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE. Perhaps you are simply an agnostic? But then it would seem logical to ask questions rather than exposes a lack of knowledge? Certainly if logical, you would want to know. It would be so very sad to pass through life and miss the last flight out. By the way I also agree that the flood may have been the known world and not the whole world. Perhaps an axis shift and it took a while for the water to settle down to a new rotation pattern. There are many other issues with a world wide flood. But this is not a life or death issue. So if you are interested in seeking some answers for your questions, I would be happy to try to help. Long ago, 1950, I was on the path that you may be on today in my Cosmic Glue Theology without God. But don’t get emotionally bent because you think you know me, or know what I know or believe. Before honor is humility.
Yours in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy. Ken<>< www.trinity-aloha.org