Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Owning Your Life

Morning Glory...

Psalms 101:8..."Morning after morning, I will root up all the wicked in the land, that I may eliminate all the evildoers from the city of the Lord."

The Israel Bible states that this Psalm was a report from King David to God.  He was responsible to ensure justice and maintain the sacred character of Jerusalem so that the people could dwell safely within their land.  This entire Psalms is a lesson on how men should conduct the affairs of life both private and public.

The Benson Commentary states that the princes of the land should be the patrons of religion and virtue.  It was up to them to maintain the honor of laws, and to punish transgressors.  They were expected to consecrate a just portion of their time to public service and to promote the real happiness of the people of Jerusalem.  They were to be "patriot kings", honored of God and esteemed and beloved of men. (quote)

How wonderful this sounds!  To have rulers over you that would seek to be a benefit to an entire nation.  But, if you go back to the very first verses of Psalm 101, you will clearly see the pronoun "I".  It started with King David's heart.  He "owned" his responsibility, first to God, then to his personal life and actions, then to his lifestyle before others, and then to the nation of Israel.

How can we expect others to behave themselves wisely, if we do not "own" up to our own lifestyle, and take it under serious consideration before God?  The beauty of the anointed Word is this...the MORE you personally injest it; it begins to sift and cleanse and bring into focus the state of your own life.  It brings responsibility to its most crucial level, and that is personal accountability.

How can I expect punishment for others, and yet, let myself off the hook when it comes to thoughts, words or deeds that bring displeasure to the heart of my Father God?  How can I judge or criticize others transgressions when I justify mine?  Before God...I cannot.

To own my life is to take the highest responsibility over the spiritual, soulish and physical aspects and to daily go through the "land of my heart" and root up all that is wicked before God.  Oh,  I don't mean to be overly obsessed with looking for sin. But, to wait before God each day and let His Word come in and examine, expose, reveal, comfort and heal that part of me so that I can have the godly perspective and insight to benefit others.

Let us take from the lesson of Psalms 101 to seek to be "patriot kings", for are we not as believers called "kings and priests in the household of God"? (Revelation 1:6; Hebrews 4:6; I Peter 2:9).

Our prayer is for the Holy Spirit of God to help us maintain our private and public life that we will be known as "patrons of religion an virtue".  As King David reported to God, "I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart", let us also daily give our report to the One of Whom we bear His Name.

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Are You Willing?

Morning Glory...

This morning the Lord asked me a question.
It was..."are you willing to love, even though you receive nothing in return?"

What prompted that question was the intense feelings of love that I have for my children and grandchildren.  This love I have felt has been both a blessing and a torment (at times).  Loving others can feel that way.

When we express love to someone in whatever form, we genuinely desire a response to that love.  It seems to validate the worthiness of what you have given.  But, when no response comes, we tend to feel as though what was given was not good enough, because if it had been, then surely that person would want to express their appreciation for it...right?

The question the Lord asked me this morning, was to help me examine my own intentions in giving love.  God's heart in giving is always just in the "joy" of the act.  He considers the one that He is giving to as precious in His sight.  John 3:16..."for God SO loved the world, that He gave...".  

Ephesians (my favorite book of the Bible) describes in detail the intense love that God loves with.  My understanding of that kind of love needs the inspiration and help of the Holy Spirit.  God loved spiritually dead people. People that could not even respond.  He gave His love in spite of their condition.

Our way of loving is to give, but..., if we don't get the proper response, we withhold from giving again.  We then mete out love to the more deserving.  But, to love God's way, then I must learn to just GIVE, even though, the object of my love may or may not even appreciate the heart that gave the love.

Only through a revelation of Ephesians and I Corinthians 13 will I walk in a "godly" love.  It's Source never fails.  Even when it is strained to the nth degree...it never fails.  I want to grow in this kind of love even though it can be scary.  This love demands a desire for the "best" of others even if they are currently living the "worst".

God's love does not compromise holiness, though.  It does not enter the sin of others in order to prove that love.  God's love sees beyond the sin, and places a preciousness on the receiver.

Love simply gives because of the joy of knowing the quality of the love that is being given.  I need to trust the Holy Spirit to take this amazing gift and pray for the one I am sending it to that they will recognize the true Source of this love...Jesus.

How shall I answer God's question to me?  "O, Lord, open the eyes of my understanding, reveal Your way of loving to me that I can walk in the experience of it for the blessing of others.  Thank You, for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me, teach me, and train me in this marvelous love that is revealed in Your Word."

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What Should I Pray For You?

Morning Glory...

What should I pray for you?
There is only one thing that is truly more important than all others.
It is that the "eyes of your understanding" be enlightened.

About what?
JESUS.
When the heart truly, truly receives the understanding of how great the love of God is for them, and how it was through JESUS that that love was manifested, well, it is a life changer.

Jesus came by the Father's kind intent to change our lives.
He was filled with GOOD NEWS, and was under Heaven's direction to find each one of us so that we could HEAR what that GOOD NEWS would mean to us.

Jesus came in the flesh.
His flesh was crucified to take sin's punishment away from us.
When He left this earth, He sent Someone just like Him to carry on that GOOD NEWS telling.  The Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit breathed upon men who sought after God.
He filled them with the GOOD NEWS and had them write down what they heard Him say.
In doing that, you and I, and all generations to come would not miss out on the love of God.

But, we need our hearts to open to this GOOD NEWS.
Each one of us needs to SEE for ourselves and HEAR for ourselves the great love that God loved us with.

So, what do I pray for you?
I pray your heart will be led to the Bible.
This Book of Books contains the thoughts and intents of the Father's heart towards YOU.
Oh, yes it is filled with all the ways humans have failed to understand God.

It is also filled with God's promises to each human born on this planet to show them grace and mercy for those failures.
It is filled with human witnesses that tasted for themselves the goodness and the wrath of God.

God has never hidden Truth from us.
We have hidden ourselves from Truth.
We have chosen to be ignorant of Him.
We have decided that God is not worth our time to get to know and understand.

People perish because of a lack of knowledge.
God desires you to KNOW and come out of ignorance about Him and His ways.

When was the last time YOU found time to open God's Thoughts...the Bible...and asked Him to speak to you?
He has given you time to spend any way you choose.

What do I pray for you?
That you will CHOOSE to spend time with God, and SEE and HEAR His Voice.

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sallie's Morning Glory

Morning Glory...

A dear friend in Texas sent me a picture of her morning glories that are blooming.  I saved it with her permission so that I could use it on my blog.  The friendship that our families had many years ago in Forney, Texas,  and that has since been restored through social media has been a treasure.

Sallie and her family lived just behind us as we were growing up.  We were always playing outside and at each other's houses.  I loved going to her house because they had a piano, and I would sit and try to play it. 

There is something special about people who share your past, that "know" you.  Although I have been away from Texas for too many years, yet, whenever I have visited, Sallie has always asked to see us. 

Thank you, Sallie, for sharing your "morning glories" with me.  I love them and will use them often.  Thank you for being a dear friend to our family, and for continuing to share your life with me.

Loving Him and you,
Charlotte



Friday, May 19, 2017

Not Suggestions

Morning Glory...

Jesus gave commands.
Very bold commands.
Commands that stops a person in their tracks.
Commands that demanded a response.

Now that response could be the rejection of His commands.
But, even in that rejection, the person KNEW that they had made it on their own.  Jesus left it up to them.

What does that say to you and I?
Well, we need to HEAR His commands to give a proper response.

1. "FORGIVE EVERYBODY OF ALL THEIR OFFENSES AGAINST YOU."
            (Forgive, and be forgiven.)
        2. "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN."
        3. "ABIDE IN ME, AND LET ME ABIDE IN YOU."
        4. "LET PEOPLE SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS." (Do not hide your light
            under a basket.)
        5. "END DISPUTES QUICKLY."
        6. "WHATEVER CAUSES YOU TO SIN, GET RID OF IT."
        7. "DO NOT SWEAR OATHS AT ALL."
        8. "DO NOT RETURN OFFENSE FOR OFFENSE." (Turn the other cheek.)
        9. "GIVE WHAT PEOPLE ASK OF YOU, AND GIVE MORE THAN IS REQUIRED."
            (Go the extra mile.)
       10. "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO WORK AGAINST YOU."
       11. "GIVE TO THE POOR TO PLEASE GOD, NOT TO GAIN APPROVAL
            FROM OTHER PEOPLE."
       12. "PRAY PRIVATELY AND SIMPLY, NOT TO IMPRESS OTHER PEOPLE."
       13. "MAKE YOUR PRAYERS BE LIKE THE LORD'S PRAYER."
       14. "WHEN YOU FAST, DO IT SECRETLY, NOT FOR SHOW."
       15. "STORE UP YOUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN, NOT ON EARTH."
       16. "DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR MATERIAL NEEDS."
       17. "DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE."
       18. "MAKE GOD YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITY, AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF
            ALL YOUR NEEDS."
       19. "DO NOT JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE." (Judge not, lest ye be judged.)
       20. "DO NOT GIVE HOLY THINGS TO DOGS OR CAST YOUR PEARLS
            BEFORE SWINE."
       21. "ASK GOD FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO HAVE." (Seek, and ye shall
            find.)
       22. "FEED THE HUNGRY, CLOTHE THE NAKED, SHELTER THE HOMELESS,
            COMFORT THOSE IN DISTRESS."
       23. "FOLLOW THE NARROW PATH TO LIFE." (Enter by the narrow gate.)
       24. "BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS."
       25. "EXERCISE POWER OVER UNCLEAN SPIRITS."
       26. "LOVE LITTLE CHILDREN, DO NOT DESPISE THEM."
       27. "DO NOT TAKE THE TITLES 'MASTER' OR 'FATHER' FOR YOURSELF."
       28. "RESOLVE DISPUTES IN AN ORDERLY WAY, LIKE THIS . . . "
       29. "DO NOT OPPOSE OTHER BELIEVERS IN CHRIST WHO ARE NOT IN YOUR
            GROUP."
       30. "HAVE TOTAL FAITH IN GOD FOR EVERYTHING."
       31. "BE LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN." (Go, and do likewise.)
       32. "LOVE OTHER PEOPLE AS I HAVE LOVED YOU"
       33. "EAT BREAD AND DRINK WINE IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME."
       34. "WASH ONE ANOTHER'S FEET."
       35. "BE MERCIFUL."
       36. "GO AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM."
       37. "KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
       38. "BE PREPARED FOR YOUR MASTER TO RETURN."
                              
Now...what if you looked these scriptures up and made a decision to read them daily, and seek to obey them?
Do you think that your life would change?
I do.


Remember...a command is NOT a suggestion.  Jesus was serious.  Eternally serious.  Are you?  Am I?

Loving Him ( and HIS Commands), and you
Charlotte