Saturday, August 21, 2010
48 "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says:
49 " 'Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord.
Or where will my resting place be?
50 Has not my hand made all these things?'
51 "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
Friday, August 20, 2010
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 1 1Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 1 3 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.1 7 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Corinthians 3
16 Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
1 JOHN 4:19
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 2 1And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
God, my relationships with others reflect my relationship with You. When I know that You love me and accept me, I am free to love and accept others. When I know that I am a child of God, I am free to love others as brothers and sisters. Thank You for Your abiding love -- may it be seen in my relationship with others. In Jesus' name. Amen. [From Prayers At Work by James H. Daughdrill, Jr.]
I have a hard time with loving people who are manipulating or loving that attribute in them and I know it is because I don't like it in myself. It seems the more "stiff-necked" I become toward the individual(s) who is manipulating or controlling, the more they become more hateful towards me. According to the scriptures, this is because I am becoming more hateful towards them, when I need to ask the Lord for help in this situation. "LET GO AND LET GOD take over." Submit to Him and love my enemies. I think these things happen to me because I am NOT trusting in God fully; obviously, the more I write about this and think about what Jesus preaches, I need to submit to the Lord wholly. I am going to do this fully and keep this project updated on this blog. Because I am of a human spirit but made in the image of our creator God, I know this will work out but have a slight doubt, because I do not want to get hurt, because I have been hurt in the past. Jesus wants me to know and feel His love as His father loves Him, so does Jesus and His Father love me.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
2 CHRONICLES 30
6 At the king's command, couriers went throughout Israel and Judah with letters from the king and from his officials, which read:
"People of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 Do not be like your fathers and brothers, who were unfaithful to the LORD, the God of their fathers, so that he made them an object of horror, as you see. 8 Do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were; submit to the LORD. Come to the sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the LORD your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you. 9 If you return to the LORD, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will come back to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him."
10 The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but the people scorned and ridiculed them. 11 Nevertheless, some men of Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.
18 Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets his heart on seeking God—the LORD, the God of his fathers—even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary." 20 And the LORD heard Hezekiah
and healed the people.
26 There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.