Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Lord Preserves


Love the Lord, all His faithful people!
The Lord preserves those who are true to Him,
but the proud He pays back in full.
Psalm 31:23

stacked papers: Spring Whispers by Kristmess Designs

Heavenly Father, Thank you for your great faithfulness!  Thank you for all you do for us each and every day.  Thank you for finding us when we were lost and bringing us to yourself.  Please help us to remain true to you, to abide in Jesus, and to never take the credit for anything you've done.  Please help us to humbly submit to your will--we know that is how we have power to resist the devil and make him flee from us.  Please increase our desire to please you in all we do on a daily basis and transform us from within so that your will is truly what we want most and the blessings we seek are for your glory.  We love you and we want everyone to come to know and love you as we do.  Please use us to reach those who are still lost so that we can all rejoice together in your kingdom forever.  In Jesus' indescribably beautiful name, Amen.

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. Matthew 18:12-13

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.  You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?  But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:3-10  

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2