God Wills That We Live a Fruitful Life

God Wills That We Live a Fruitful Life

First of all, it is God’s will that we become His children. Then after salvation, God does not leave a newborn believer to face the hardships of the world and the wiles of Satan alone. At Salvation, the Holy Spirit takes His abode in each believer’s heart. After Jesus ascended into heaven, while believers were assembled in the Upper Room, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in every believer’s heart, and not only to them but to every believer since that day. Not being aware of this truth when I became a believer, I was confused about the struggle being waged in …

General and Personal Will of God

General and Personal Will of God

Since God knows all things, He knew who my parents would be, where they would live, when I would be conceived and born, the color of my skin, my talents, and the date of my birth. He knows these things about every individual, and much more. And though God had a better plan for my life from birth, He didn’t force His will on me; so not knowing Him nor having opportunities to learn about Him and His will for my life, the first twenty-one years were wasted living day by day with no plan or  purpose for my life. Then on August …

Putting My Will into Neutral

Putting My Will into Neutral

To put our wills into neutral, we need to take Paul’s advice in Romans 12:1-2. ” I beseech you, therefore, Brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” So with this scripture in mind and with a renewed mind dedicated to God and to doing His will. we come to him with a mind ready to go …

Become Better Acquainted with God!

Become Better Acquainted with God!

The wisest man who ever lived on earth other than Jesus, wrote in Proverbs that the better we know God the better we will know what pleases him. And the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 37: 4,  “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.“ This really makes sense to me: because the same is true with a good husband and wife relationship. After living with my husband many years, I was aware of his likes and dislikes. I knew that he liked most sports and loved his church and family, but some foods he did …

Rewards for Doing God’s Will

Rewards for Doing God’s Will

First, it brings peace to know we are living according to God’s will. I can not think of anything that gives more joy and satisfaction than knowing we are serving God where He wants us to serve. And when we feel that peace, we can put all our energies into doing His work. Then when Satan tries to defeat God’s will in our lives, we can with confidence call on the Holy Spirit to help us gain victory. As we saw in our devotional for Friday, the better acquainted we become with our heavenly Father, the easier it will be to know what He likes and dislikes. God …

Why Not Me?

Why Not Me?

Why Me Lord?…Why not Me? Being the oldest of several siblings, when my parents told one of us kids to go outside and draw a bucket of water or get wood off the porch for the fireplace or heater and no one else made an attempt to obey the command, I felt responsible to obey the command. Though some of God’s commands are general and for all His children, I am glad God designates which child is to obey a specific command. Some commands may not be easy to obey, and sometimes I may question in my mind why He …

God Can Bring Good Out of Bad Circumstances

God Can Bring Good Out of Bad Circumstances

Why me, Lord?…God Can Bring Good out of Bad Circumstances One of the best examples of this is God allowing His only Son to come to earth and die on the cruel cross to pay our sin debt. Jesus was One with God in creation dwelling in the purity and beauties of heaven. Then man disobeyed God and it would take a drastic measure to redeem mankind. I do not presume to know the discussion in heaven, but the decision was made for Jesus to come to earth in the form of a tiny baby born in a manger, and …

Some Suffering Results from Ignorance and Wrong Choices

Some Suffering Results from Ignorance and Wrong Choices

Why Me, Lord?…Some Suffering Results from Ignorance and Wrong Choices Almost 100 years ago we were unaware that sunlight was harmful to our skin; therefore, many days we girls worked in the fields long hours without wearing sunscreen, big brim hats, and long sleeves on our arms. Now many years later I am coping with skin cancers on my face, left hand, arm, and leg. I have not determined why my left arm, hand, and leg have suffered and thus far not my right ones, but evidently my left side was exposed to more hot sunshine than my right side. …

Rewards for Suffering

Rewards for Suffering

Why me, Lord?…Rewards for Suffering: My long life has not been spared some suffering, but compared with many, I do not feel competent to write about the subject of suffering. In fact I don’t know many Christians who have suffered as many New Testament believers did: Stephen was stoned to death, Paul and Silas were beaten and then thrown into prison for preaching God’s word, and I believe after Judas betrayed Jesus, all Jesus’ disciples were executed except John, who was exiled to the lonely Isle of Patmos. Though Paul suffered many hardships during his ministry, instead of bemoaning his …

Are Sons Punished for Sins of Fathers?

Are Sons Punished for Sins of Fathers?

Why Me, Lord?…Are Sons Punished for Sins of Fathers? In Exodus 20:5,  we read: “You shall not bow down to idols or worship them: for I the Lord God am a jealous God, punishing the children for sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations who love Me and keep my commandments.” Wow! What a difficult commandment to fully understand. But We must not take one verse out of context and base our understanding of God’s love for mankind. God deals with each individual and his/her …

Why Do the Righteous Suffer?

Why Do the Righteous Suffer?

Why Me, Lord?…Why Do the Righteous Suffer? This is a question asked throughout the years; Job thought to be the oldest book in the Bible, deals with this problem; so it is not only an unanswered question of our day. Job is described as blameless and upright: a man who feared God and shunned evil. Also he was a wealthy man with seven sons and three daughters, and owned much livestock and many servants. In fact he was said to be the greatest man among the people of that time. Then one day Satan accused God of putting a hedge …

Some Heroes of Faith

Some Heroes of Faith

Day 6   Some Heroes of Faith Already we’ve read that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen and that by faith God created the heavens and earth. Also we are told by faith the elders obtained a good report. Hebrews 11- 1-3. “By faith Abel made to God a more excellent sacrifice than his brother Cain. By faith Enoch was translated from earth to heaven without undergoing physical death. By faith Noah and his family were spared when God destroyed the earth with a flood. By faith Abraham obeyed God, went to the land of promise, waited …