Friday, April 16, 2010

Spiritual Blessings

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus

Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3 NIV

God bestows numerous blessings on us through Jesus Christ. They are precious to us, His children.

Salvation the remission of our sins.

Eternal Life the promise we will spend eternity with God.

Peace our knowing that because of Christ we don’t have to worry.

Contentment being satisfied with what God has given us.

Grace His unmerited love, given to us.

Justification He looks on each of us “justas ifI’d” not sinned.

None of these blessings are material they are given to us by God to strengthen our spirits. We can’t attain them in the marketplace. The only place we receive them is at the feet of Jesus.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

God By Our Side

Read: Isaiah 41:810

“So, do not fear, for I am with you;  
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

As humans we have times when we fear. The world hands us circumstances where we don’t know what to do. God tells us He is with us. He doesn’t qualify this thought. He simply says, “I am with you.”

Our Father states further that we are not to be disappointed because He is our God. Whenever I read this thought, my heart gets full and my eyes fill with tears. Knowing God is there for me comforts me as I walk through my life.

El Shaddai reminds us that he makes us strong while he helps us understand the circumstances that have come upon us.

The creator of Earth and all that is in it stands beside us and allows us to survive the meanness of our world. He acts as a fortress against the nastiness of those who try to hurt us, be it with words or deeds.

As my husband and I traveled,earlier this week, to the area he called home as a child, he noticed our car was doing strange things. The further we drove the more it misbehaved. We reached our destination, first going out to visit his friend’s mother who lives out in the county. When we arrived at our motel and checked in, the engine would not slow to idle speed. Husband’s friend got us into the dealership that handles our make of car. The mechanic thought he had found the problem. We drove home and didn’t have any problems until we got about 45 miles into our return trip. Our car got overheated and started doing as it had done the day before.

Today, he called our mechanic and then drove around town trying to get the vehicle to do what it had done the past two days. He took past the mechanic’s garage twice. The second time the man could see how the car acted. He said the problem could be electronic.

I (We) have tried to stay calm about this. But  signs of stress bother both of us over this. We have vacation plans made for the two of us. They might have to be canceled. If the problem can’t be remedied, that means we need to be looking for another car. All the other times we have looked, it was because we wanted to.


Dear God, We thank you for Your presence with us as we go through days of dread, difficulties, and uncertainties. We thank You that You are our God.   Amen

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