We are heading into a New Year and many will be making resolutions but instead of making resolutions the coming New Year would be a good time for us to take a good look at ourselves and examine the state of our heart and where we stand with God.
How often do we think about the state of our heart or if our heart is pure and clean before God. Jesus said in the beatitudes in Matthew 5 verse 8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” First of all, I want us to consider what the heart is. What exactly is this heart to which Jesus refers? We know the heart pumps blood through our bodies, yet there must be something more Jesus is referring to?
Our heart is often thought of as the center of our emotions and thoughts. We often say “I love you with all my heart.” Or we say “Let us get to the heart of the matter.” In other words we are getting to the very center of the depth of our being. Again Jesus said if our heart is not pure we will not see God.
So how do we know if our heart is pure and clean?
We must example ourselves, taking a good look at what we think about and talk about; at the things we look at or let our mind dwell upon. The things that are most often on our minds are what our heart is set on. Are those things the things of God or the world?
There are so many things in this world that can tempt us and draw out minds and hearts away from God: TV shows, commercials, movies, games, Facebook, our phones, Utube, the people we pass on the street that are not dressed properly, the list goes on and on. All of these things will eventually draw our hearts away from God. If we are not very careful we then begin to think on then look at and do these things not acceptable to God.
Sin is all around us to the point we can become immune it’s effect on us. We begin to indulge in those sins and our heart becomes unclean before God. We no longer see the wrong we are doing and our hearts can become hardened. Matthew 15:8-19 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
We may try to hide our sins but the Lord knows our hearts. Nothing is hidden from Him not even out thoughts.
Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
I Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
The Lord was talking about David here in this scripture. We know David from a young boy had faith in God and often accomplished much through is faith and willingness to serve God. Yet David allowed his heart to be turned from God and be tempted to do things that displeased God.
David Prayed in Psalms 139: 23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Even David, a man God said was a man after his own heart (Acts13:22), had to examine himself and pray for God to forgive him.
Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
If David had not been willing to examine himself and recognize that he was sinning against God then God would never have used David again and Jesus would have never been born from his blood line.
Yet David humbled himself, sought God and prayed to God in Psalms 51 for God to create in him a clean heart. Psalms 51:10-13 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
The condition of our heart matters. So how do we keep ourselves clean, and if we know we are sinning what do we do to make things right with God?
We examine ourselves as it says in I Corinthians 11:27-32
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
We need to daily take a look at our heart and lives to make sure we are living a life that is pleasing to God.
We then confess our sins before God and ask Him to forgive us. I John 1:6-9
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We repent and turn from those sins Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
We can’t hide our sins from God and denying them to ourselves and others with not save us from our sins.
Seek God! Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
5. Fast and Pray if we have sin and boundages that we are having a hard time removing from our lives.
Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Remember the Lord loves you and only wants the very best for you.
Wishing each of you a Blessed and Happy New Year. May The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26 KJV
In the world we live in today most people have the concept that life is all about “Me”. People are always looking for their purpose in life and trying to find what makes them feel fulfilled in this life. There are millions of self-help books to help us find who we are and how to feel fulfilled, but true self worth is not found in the “Me” concept but in who we are in Christ. Each person is individual with talents that the Lord has given us to help us fulfill who we are in His Kingdom.
We were made to glorify God and be part of His Kingdom. The Lord loves us, we were bought with a price. The Lord is our strength when we are weak, our hope in times of trouble and sorrow. There is no other like Him. He is the only one who can guide us into our purpose on this earth.
Let us discuss some signs we are not fulfilling our purpose and what the Word of God says about each of them.
Six signs you are not fulfilling your purpose in life and what the scriptures say about each one.
1. You constantly think about “Me” and everything you do centers around you and how it will affect you with little regard for how your actions or lack of actions will affect other people.
We were made to serve first God then others. Our first thought for each day should be “Lord what can I do for you today and how can I help others physically but most of all spiritually?”
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Luke 6:30-38 “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Galatians 5:13-14 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Hebrews 5: 10-12 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
You lack joy and excitement. …
2. If you wake up every day filled with dread or with a feeling of boredom you’re probably not doing what you were meant to do. God has created you uniquely and has good things planned for you. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. Even though there will be difficult things you encounter that require patience and persistence, overall you should have a sense of joy and peace that fills your days, your work and your relationships.
Galatians 5:23-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law
3. You don’t feel much fulfillment in life/You feel something is lacking in your life.
If you go through your days experiencing little fulfillment, you may be wandering from your God-given purpose. Fulfillment comes from doing rewarding, meaningful, purposeful things. From a job that taps into your skills and passions. From a relationship that involves giving and receiving. From hobbies that are invigorating instead of mind-numbing. Yes, you’ll have to do certain things that are boring and unfulfilling, but if you’re life feels empty you probably need a change.
Psalms 16: 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Psalms 37:4-9 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
4. You work so that you don’t have to work. …
You know the feeling of pointless work. You go to the work, clock in, do your job, then go home and collapse in front of the television. You work for the weekends and for retirement and you find no joy in what you accomplish.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”
Would you say that this kind of joy characterizes your life and work? If not, you may need to rethink where you’re headed in life.
5. You feel stuck or have no direction in life If you desperately want a change but also feel totally stuck in your life, that’s almost certainly a sign that you’re not walking according to God’s purpose. Those who are stuck want to go in a particular direction but don’t know how to get there so they spin their wheels, feeling endlessly frustrated but unsure of how to make the frustration end. Do you feel trapped, or feel like your wondering around aimlessly?
6. Maybe you don’t know God’s purpose for your life or you constantly feel a sense of aimlessness. You feel as though you’re wandering from thing to thing without any forward progress. Nothing excites you and you don’t have any specific goals you’re working toward. All actions start in the mind and what we dwell on is what we will accomplish. So let you mind dwell on God, think on the good things of life.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
As you think on the good things of God He will begin to show you direction in your life and give you a drive to accomplish His purpose for His kingdom.
GO TO GOD IN PRAYER.
Again, let’s start with the obvious. If you feel purposeless, ask God to give you wisdom and direction.
James 1:5 states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
That’s incredibly good news. God wants to give you a purpose. He wants to bestow divine wisdom on you. God is not holding out on you to make you miserable. He desires for you to have a joyful, ambitious, purposeful life. Ask God for purpose and wait faithfully for Him to give it to you.
DIG INTO GOD’S WORD. The primary way God speaks to us is through the Bible. This means that one of the first things you should do in your search for God’s purpose is to start digging into scripture. Now, you won’t find any verses that tell you to become a dance instructor or painter, but you will begin to understand the heart of God.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word brings light to paths that otherwise seem dark. In the Bible you learn how to live wisely in God’s world, which is the first step toward finding your purpose.
DETERMINE YOUR GIFTS AND STRENGTHS.
God has given you very specific gifts and strengths. Maybe you’re a math whiz or a wise counselor. Maybe you have a mind for electronics or business. Maybe you’re great at organizing people and getting things done. God’s purpose for you probably involves the things you’re already good at.
DETERMINE YOUR PASSIONS AND WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL SATIFIED.
What is one thing you’re particularly passionate about? Really, this can be anything. Business, art, economics, alleviating poverty, whatever. If you could choose anything in life, what would you love to do?
Determining your passions often helps you figure out what God has called you to do. It’s often said that God works at the intersection of our gifts and our passions. Where do your gifts meet your passions? That may be God’s purpose for you.
ASK OTHERS TO PRAY WITH YOU FOR GOD TO SHOW YOU YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
SPEND TIME ALONE WITH GOD IN PRAYER AND STUDY OF HIS WORD.
TRUST THE LORD THAT HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH AS YOU LISTEN FOR HIS DIRECTION.
Psalms 23:2-3 “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
You may feel confused, but God doesn’t, and he will show you your true direction of life if you will just put your faith in Him.
We all like for others to think we are a good person, and so many of us do wonderful things in life that help others but the truth is being a good person will not save us. Only by our accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, asking Him to come into our heart to clean us up will we be saved and go to heaven. When we ask Christ into our hearts he will begin to clean us up and give us a new purpose in life. I pray each of you will ask the Lord Jesus Christ into you heart and allow Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and His wonderful peace and love.
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From My Front Porch
From my front porch a day beginning
The joyous sound of the early birds singing
Through the early morning air their joyous songs are ringing
Upon my heart each note is clinging
From my front porch I hear laughter ring out
As my grandchildren greet each new day with a shout
Rocking chairs softly rocking on my front porch here
The joy of family is almost more than I can bear
From my front porch at end of the day
I’ve been blessed from above I can surely say
For my Lord has given me family to love
And a quiet place to hear from my father above
From my front porch I find His sweet peace
As from this world’s trials all worry does cease
So I just rocking and reading my dear Saviors word
As from my front porch His wondrous glory is heard
Written By Jeanette
Words of Encouragement
The Lord loves us, and he promised He would never leave or forsake us. The Lord is our strength when we are weak, our hope in times of trouble and sorrow. He is our joy for each day. There is no other except Him in whom we can put our trust.
Please read these words of encouragement, print them off and keep them with you. When the weight of this world and its troubles try to overcome you get them out and read them and hold in your heart the promises of God.
Isaiah 43 1-7 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Isaiah 44: 1-6 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
We are never alone for Jesus promised us He would never leave us.
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Job 5:11 “He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
2 Corinthians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
Psalm 119:76 “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 139:11-12 “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”
Isaiah 49:13 “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God Bless, dear friends, may the Lord be with you today and always!
Tonight my brother entered his eternal rest. He is at peace now in the arms of Jesus: He has his new body with no more sorry no more pain just peace and joy in the presence our the Lord. He will be greatly missed by so many who loved him dearly but it’s not really goodbye, just see you later when we to get home. RIP my Hubie. I love you!
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.