In my church family, I have observed the work and labour of love of several ladies recently. Each lady has her own ministry gifts to share and her own style of sharing her gifts. How beautiful is the bride ~ the church ~ when she ministers in the ways God has gifted her to do so – doing her own part. There is no cause for one to envy the gift of another or the opportunity of another, for one’s own gift is the best gift – fitted for the Master’s use. What a joy when the church body works together and ministers to each other!
Sometimes, grapefruits are extremely sour, and sometimes they are sweet. You cannot know for sure until you cut it open and taste it. I was prepared to add a sprinkle of sugar, but there was no need because it was sweet. Only the Lord knows the inside contents of a grapefruit, and only the Lord knows the inside contents of our hearts.
My Bible Reading Challenge 60 is completed! It could be correctly renamed “Bible Reading Challenge 96” as it took me 96 days instead of 60. Time does not permit me to share all the wonderful Truths found in these books. I am convinced that I need to saturate my mind with God’s Word. When I have God’s Word filling my mind, I am strengthened for the bumps in the road of life that come.
My Bible Reading Challenge is 89 percent completed! This week has been a “Gospel” week! Reading through the Gospel books – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John- has kept my heart nearer the Cross. I trusted Jesus Christ to be my Savior when I was nine years old. The Cross was very real to me as I realized my sins had been nailed to a Cross. As years go by, it is easy to “know” what Jesus did for me, but to let the amazing work that He began in me become an annual fact rather than a daily celebration of new life!
In my Bible Reading Challenge 60, part of the challenge is reading straight through from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation on a faster than normal schedule. Finally reaching the New Testament in my reading is a point that delighted me. The day that I “crossed over” into the New Testament, I happened to be reading my Bible at our family dining room table. The Saturday was unusually and thankfully quiet. The winter air was chilly outside, yet there was a warmth I felt from the sunshine pouring in the nearby front window. With my handy dandy phone, I took a picture to record progress and to display where the ribbon marker was in relation to the whole Bible. When I reviewed the picture, I realized that the shadow of the window panes pictured a cross over my open Bible. Thus, I titled this post “The Cross Point.”
I assumed that reading through these books would be easy reading in my Bible Reading Challenge 60, but it was not so. One verse that is encouraging to keep before me this year is Micah 6:8. In light of the LORD’s goodness to me, I need His Truth saturating my life in order to do justly; I need His love in order to be merciful; and I need a proper perspective of my Most High God in order to live humbly before Him.
Some days render within me a deep longing for the day to be done… for the morning to come. I am so thankful that the LORD promises new mercies every morning. He made the evening and the morning.
The books of Ezekiel and Daniel brought me to seventy-one percent of completing this Bible Reading Challenge. Throughout the book of Ezekiel, the theme seemed to be that God does things in order that “ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.” (13:9) He cannot bless unrighteousness, and He must judge unrighteousness. He is no respecter of persons or countries. The book of Daniel reminded me of the person of Daniel, the purpose He had within his heart, and the position of service in helping the king.
Look through, look over,
Look up, look out,
With eyes of faith,
Fear not; flee away doubt:
In place familiar,
In places unknown,
Look Upward! Oh, my soul,
Live in view of Home.
God is faithful. A faithful person is one who can be trusted and relied on. When we are confident in God and His choices for us, we have realized His faithfulness in all things.
“Called” means to be told or to be named. God calls us to be with Him, and He assigns unique tasks for each of us in this life. God has given us names – proper and common. What are your names?
If I miserably fail in carrying out the tasks of my names…
If no one acknowledges or appreciates my names…
If my names are way different than the names of others..
If I lose the ability to perform the responsibilities of my names…
I am still called by His Name – I am His.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – I Corinthians 10:13