Sometimes life can just get us down. The key is to not stay down. It may seem a little like tough-love, but the best advice sometimes is to just get up and keep going. Of course we have God as our help. He is ever ready to hear and to answer our prayers. He lifts our heart and clears our mind; so we are able to get up and follow after Him.
Get Up, the Two-Word Sermon
When life gets you down, you need to do one thing; Get up, and continue serving your King. When you are tired and weary, there is no other choice, Get up and pray, in thanksgiving lift your voice. When anger or fear or even bitterness takes its toll, Get up to change your viewpoint; God is in control. Get up when you are lazy, do that good thing for another, When hungry or thirsty, get up and read God’s Word, and you will discover, Your hunger is satisfied, and the thirst is quenched. When you are ashamed or guilty, get up and quickly repent. When Jesus healed the lame man, He gave him a project to do; He said, get up and remember what God has done for you. Peter’s mother-in-law was very ill and sick in bed; Jesus healed her and she in turn got up and the disciples fed. The young girl was asleep, and was brought back to life; She got up, to her parents delight. Get up and get busy doing whatever needs to be done; And you also will be a glory to Jesus God’s Son
Job 17:9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
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I remember working hard trying to receive a smile of approval from my step-father. My concept of God was tainted by the harshness of my experiences when young. Even after I received the gift of salvation, I acted much the same way as I did back then. I toiled extra hard to please my heavenly Father too. Just as when I was growing up, I did not feel I was doing well and was disappointing God. I now know He smiled upon me before I was born. I do not need to work for His love and approval. Jesus already loved me enough to die for my every lack and sin. He knew I could never be pleasing without His help. My heavenly Father’s smile is always upon me because of my Lord’s work in my behalf.
All Because of God’s Smile
It all started because of God’s smile on man; Hope lifted up high and beheld His plan. His love smiles down in favor each day, Inviting, and calling, to behold the Way. All because of His smile light shines within, The blind beholds and recognizes the darkness of sin. In this special appointed time, There is sweet release of soul, heart, body, and mind. Salvation’s smile of mercy and grace, Draws seeking hearts to God’s embrace. There the joy knows no bounds. The lost is indeed found. Heaviness vanishes, with new awareness and new life, Introduced to cause sweet inner delight. A warm settling of assurance; all is right with your soul, As new direction and new purpose overflows and unfolds. All because of a smile pointed your way is this story true; Your thanks, praise, and worship is a smile to Him from you. Go forth and deliver the gift of love to another. Preach the Gospel so God’s smile is by another discovered.
Numbers 6:24-26 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.
We tend to believe the ultimate destination for the soul is from our birth to the day we die. Now I know the greatest journey is from death to eternal life in Jesus. From the day we are born we are dead to the Spirit of God. When we accept what Jesus did for us in His sacrifice on the cross we are reborn into eternal life in God’s kingdom.
Eternal Destination is found in Him
Eternal destination is secured in Christ. Through death’s door is found life. Life like never imagined will be. Such is the place secured for thee. The flower of heaven walks at your side. As you bloom; grandly completely wholly alive. The air sparkles with expectation and joy that surrounds. Your feet are planted forever on Holy Ground. Joyous songs fill the heart, soul, and mind, With sweet assurance and gratitude as designed. Love wraps you in a forever embrace, All eternally provided by His amazing grace. Oh what joy, peace and love flows, To and from every blood purchased soul. The loving Father smiles; the knee bows in worship and praise, As hearts are filled they lift their gaze, To behold the wondrous beauty of the one they adore. They are overwhelmed with love for the Lord. Jesus, the Savior and closest friend, An eternal destination of joy is found secured in Him.
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
We are surrounded on every side with the troubling circumstances of the day. It is wise to be informed but with the conflicting information swirling about; less is more. When our hearts are overwhelmed and worry fills our day; it is past time to get into the World of God to allow God’s wisdom and assurance to restore our ability to see with eyes of faith instead of fear. It is such a joy when an almost impossible situation has lost it power over us. The circumstances perhaps remain the same but the atmosphere has changed. Faith has filled our eyes with the promises in God’s Word. For… we remember that nothing is impossible to our God!
Faith Sees Beauty where Ashes are still
Faith filled eyes choose to see, Exactly what God’s Word says will be. Circumstances are not held in thought for long; For the pull of the Word of God within is too strong. Minds are trained to turn away from lie and fraud, And to place in high honor the Word of God. Faith filled eyes see beauty where ashes are still; For they know that the Word for them is fulfilled. Faith filled eyes see the answer that will come, Almost before their prayer requests are done. Yes the one with faith filled eyes may dance and will sing, As they agree with God’s Word praise is brought to Jesus their King.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
My feelings have been like a roller coaster ride. I really never like roller-coasters by the way. Hope then fearful, beginning to think I understand and then complete confusion. Light at the end of the tunnel and then it seemed to be blocked again. Oh my, but for God and His sure touch on my life.
A Strange Thing Occurs
Father, the world is talking loud threats; Of sure difficulty ahead, and even more death. My heart hurts at the loss I see on every side; From financial strain in families of those who died. Confusing mind-blowing, whistle-blowing words, circle and attack. It seems there is very little we can know are facts. In my quiet times when I travel to God’s Word, A very strange and wonderful thing occurs. My heart is settled as in Your care I rest. Again I find the truth and it again I confess. My God is able and on Him I depend; All things, on earth and in heaven, bows down to Him. I am firmly in His sight and on His mind. He loves me to spend with Him some time. Life’s complications are calmly handled the best way. The outcome of it all is already portrayed. God is in control, it is already written what will come. So in Jesus’ name I pray Lord, thy will be done; In my life, and in the world that seems to be in such chaos and woe. I will listen instead to the Spirit of God that brings peace and confidence again to my soul.
Proverbs 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
There are always things that cause our hearts some disquiet and these troubling times are no exception, but one thing we can and must do is think on the things that are beautiful, kind and good. Think on the things beautiful, kind and good about your mother today to honor not only her or her memory but also the God that gave her as a gift to you.
Mother’s Day Today
Mother’s day today may seem a little strange, And perhaps may not be celebrated quite the same. But let’s concentrate on what is and always will be true; What your mother is to you. She is the very first heartbeat you heard. And no matter how old you are you can recall her words. Some assurances that directed or encouraged in troubled times, Perhaps are some of her talks that come to mind. She is the one that always was first to comfort you, And the one that quickly kissed your boo-boos. Her work done for you, you could never repay; Think alone at all the meals she’s made. The laundry, and hours of toil, perhaps even on her knees; Praying and working to hungry hearts and mouths to feed. Mothers are indeed a wonder so great that only time, Can testify all their attributes packed inside that come to mind. Shower her with gifts yes, but greatest gift of all would be, A very thankful heart that honors the high place she deserves to be. When you honor her you honor God above. As you praise her you are also showering upon God your love.
Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Proverbs 1:8-9 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
When life rains on our parade it is our choice to allow it to cloud our day, steal our joy, and sour our outlook for the future; or we can place all in God’s hands and allow Him to bring comfort and peace and joy into every situation we face. God is in control and He is good. It is always the right time to rest in His care wrapped in His embrace.
Wrapped in His Embrace
Sweet comforts of joy fill up and overflow, With healthy life-giving strength, to the well-loved soul. The day’s new light closes yesterday’s door; Another day to offer in service to the Lord. Makeshift plans are laid aside, So God’s purpose can arrive. The heart sings even in the rain, For in God’s sunshine it remains. Joy has some friends that desire to stay, The wise will not turn them away. Peace and contentment along with trust, faith, and rest, Are sent by the most-loving Father who plans for your best. Make room for them; wisdom and direction is ready to speak, Giving the assurance that you seek. Love and rejoice and allow God’s helpers to assist. At their direction and ministration do not resist. Allow the Comforter to wrap you in His embrace. This is a gift of love provided by God’s mercy and grace.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.
Our day’s hours are completely rearranged in these trying times. Everything that we spent time on from work to play has been altered. The evil one is a time stealer that encourages one and all to waste time in selfishness, fear, and worry. Time is a precious gift that can never be recovered; it marches steadily on with no promise of tomorrow. Our life is put to good use when it glorifies and fits into God’s plan and purpose. Help us Holy Spirit to spend our time on earth well.
Wasted time consists of things that disgrace, Time spent on words or deeds that you wish were erased. Wasted time is when you look back and see, Missed opportunities. Many people waste time nourishing the flesh; With things they believe bring happiness. Time is wasted on lust, strong drink, drugs and harmful food, Or on whatever things the flesh wants to do. Unmindful sluggish pauses melt time away; Along with silly busyness that eats up the day. The wise allots their day’s hours well, When they look back they have a good report to tell. Prayer, praise, and worship, testimony and good deeds, Are all valuable time- spending seeds. Of value are times of fellowship and when lending a helping hand, And when lifting names in prayer whenever you can. When willing to hear the cry of the lost and those alone, Time is well spent and to the Father a profit well known
Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
We have a tendency to look at how far we need to go to be like Jesus. The evil one is sure to point out everything that does not measure up. Our worth needs to be seen by the light of the Word of God. When we allow God’s truth inside, it indeed will set us free. The truth is God loved us before we loved Him. Jesus died to set us free from the bondage of sin. The truth is…. Grace saves us, not our own goodness. We are saved by Jesus’s work on the cross, not by our own works of the flesh. When we compare ourselves with others, we may come away feeling condemned and greatly lacking. When we measure ourselves by the sacrifice on our behalf, we will know that God loves every person with the same passion. We do not need to feel inferior or jealous of another again.
The Measure That Is True
Measure yourself not by others, but from where you have come. Do not look at another to see how well you have done. For always, you will see the example that makes you feel small. The most important thing is God loves all. You are just as large in His sight as the one you so admire. You are dressed in the very same attire. The same robe of righteousness was placed upon each back. When you have accepted Jesus, you have no lack. Measure what you are by the only measure that is true. The measure of your worth is the work of the One that died for you. In the Father’s eyes, He sees you tall and pure. There is no need to fear when you are in God secured. See how far you have come – the great changes that have taken place. The old man is no more; you are born anew under grace. Love one another and appreciate how far they have come too. Be glad and rejoice for you both in the same Spirit move.
Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.