Joyful Submission

Psalm 37: 1-8

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers , neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed .

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass .

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. 

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil .

Let your cares drive you to God. I shall not mind if you have many of them if each one leads you to prayer. If every fret makes you lean more on the Beloved, it will be a benefit. —Charles Spurgeon

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This time of year seems to provoke everyone, even true believers, to get all “wrapped up in the mess of commercialism” instead of getting “caught up in the joys of eternal love given to us by the One whose birth this time is truly about”.   May you bless others by giving where it means the most… “WHERE GOD LEADS YOU TO GIVE”.  ♥ Streim

Do You “Disrespect” Your Father?

Do you disrespect the LORD your God… our Heavenly Father… our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ… His blessed Holy Spirit? 

Do you abide by His Word or the traditions of men?  Do you surrender each day to Him, knowing that He alone is the reason you are alive?  Do you praise Him, worship Him, thank Him every single day for the gift of salvation? 

Our society here in America keeps us running in overdrive most of the time.  Gotta go here, go there… work longer hours… spend hours in useless pursuits of worldly things.  (I hear some of you complaining about your toes hurting…)  I am being extremely serious!

When we do not abide in His Word; surrender each day to His will;  praise, worship and thank Him for the gift of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that He so freely gave to all—-  WE ARE DISRESPECTING THE ALMIGHTY LORD GOD!

Psalm 18:1-2 “ To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said: ‘I will love You, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.’ ”

Isaiah wrote ” Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee.  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” (ch. 26:3-4)

Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 8:6 ” Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him.”

Jesus said  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.  “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”

My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in “public.” Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  Charles Spurgeon

I know it is not ‘easy’ sometimes… but we must live according to the Word of God.  Everyone we know is watching us…  where we go, how we spend our time, who do we listen to, how we live each day?  Remember the beauty of the Gospel message daily.  God sent His ONLY Son, Jesus Christ, to be the living sacrifice for our sin!  Those of us that are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ and reconciled to the Father must show the world RESPECT for Almighty Living, Loving LORD GOD!  ♥ Streim

Light in/of the World

My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in “public.” Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  Charles Spurgeon

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John 12:44-47 ” Then Jesus cried out and said, ‘He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.  I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.   And if anyone hears My words and does not believe,  I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. ”

Have a blessed day as you allow the Light of your Savior shine through… ♥ Streim