Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7
Prayer which may include all sorts of ways: mental, vocal, private, public, ordinary, or extraordinary. Prayer may design petition, or asking for good things that are wanted; and “supplication” however is a plead for help of evils that are feared. These two are often used together for the same thing, for prayer in general: which should always to be together with thanksgiving. Thankful for mercies we received. In 1Timothy 2:1 it says “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people”… We should make known to God the petitions of or hearts without fear but first be thankful for His mercy, love, and for His Blessing.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’ and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39
In John 18:37 Jesus tell Pilate “…for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth.” See Jesus came to the world to exactly that! This section in my bible is called “Christ Brings Division” Jesus says for I have to set a man against his father. But wait a minute! In the 10 commandments it says that I should honor my father, is scripture wrong. No both are true but it’s not really as simple as: ok I have God now I don’t have to obey my earthly father. But we must Love God much than our beloved ones and choose Him above even our own children. That doesn’t mean that we don’t love our family, spouses, parents, brothers and sisters. But we must be willing to put God above all and follow Him even if it means to turn against Him. Hey that’s persecution! I guess in this situation that’s what it means to take up your cross and follow. At some point we must me willing to give up our own understanding our own power our own strength and loose our life. So that we can find our life and allow God to mold us, give us strength, even to have our loved one do the same. And choose God Above all things and everybody. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…” I want to Love the Son so much that ill be willing to give up the world an Follow.
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1Peter 4:10
Gifts are given to us to use in the kingdom of God. Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit. It all depends on whether we think of it as “What can I spare?” Or as “What can I share?” Those who will use their skill and constructive imagination to see how much they can give for a dollar, instead of how little they can give for a dollar, are bound to succeed. So we must share with joy. An importantly the gifts that are giving to us is for use in the kingdom of God.
Lord help to use our gifts in the right manner. Teach us to minister to one another with great joy. Led us not into selfishness. but help us be more like you. Amen
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel. Proverbs 27:9
What a blessing is a friend with a heart so trustworthy that you may safely bury all your secrets in it, whose conscience you may fear less than your own, who can relieve your cares by his words, your doubts by his advice, your sadness by his good humor, and whose very look gives comfort to you. On this day the pleasant friend child of God both earth mother and spiritual mother. She is that friend that God has giving to me and she brings joy to my heart. Thank you Father.