Sweep it out of your room, there’s no room for gloom!
“ For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJ).”
What is in your future? You are not privy to details; in faith, seek the LORD and pray. He is listening. Rejoice!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJ).”
“Therefore I [Micah] will lament and wail; I will go stripped and [virtually] naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals and a lamentation like the ostriches. For [Samaria’s] wounds are incurable and they come even to Judah; He [the Lord] has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem (Micah 1:8-9 Amplified Bible).”
These are not the words of a lunatic or one on mind-altering drugs.
If voiced today, authorities might put the speaker in a padded cell. No matter, he would make it his prayer room.
The Prophet Micah had inside information from the Lord God about the future destruction of Samaria. As we grieve impending death of a loved one battling cancer, he saw the effects of sin in its advanced stages. He diagnosed it as an incurable spiritual disease.
“For the wages which sin pays is death (Romans 6:23a Amplified Bible).”
That reads like an obituary. Praise God, a birth announcement follows!
“For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23 Amplified Bible).”
How’s your night vision?
My perception changes in darkness, making it difficult to see the road ahead when I drive at night.
In times of trouble, dark clouds have formed. I have entered valleys of despair.
Darkness blocked the illumination rays of the Son and my spiritual perception of God’s presence.
He alone has the power to restore vision.
“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee (Psalm 139:11-12 KJV).”
I wonder; I mull the subject in question over in my cluttered mind.
What will my body be like after I die?
(1 Corinthians 15:42-52 KJV).
42 “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1 Corinthians 15:42-52 KJV).
God created Adam and Eve in his image; in rebellion, they sinned and tarnished that image. Once more, his children by adoption will bear his image.
Glory to his name!
“For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD (Proverbs 8:35 KJV).”
I’m a bargain shopper; it makes my day when I find something I need at a low price. When I found Jesus, I discovered that he had been what I needed most all along; I found life eternal.
Our lifetime relationship began with his gift of favour (grace).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV).”
He keeps me securely in his hand. “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand (John 10:28 KJV).”
Finders, keepers! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13 KJV).”
I am a stickler for requirements; when I began new jobs, I wanted to know what my employer expected from me. Pam is not a perfectionist; my clutter is proof positive.
Yet, when it comes to fulfilling responsibilities, I have tried to meet and exceed requirements.
What does the Master require of you and me?
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (Micah 6:8 KJV).”
Easy as 1-2-3?
No, but it is clear-cut. He seeks those who know his priorities.
Jehovah is just in his dealings with his people; he is merciful. Created in his image, we should mirror his ways.
Lest we become proud in our position, we are to humble ourselves in our walk of faith…
I hate washboard roads.
You get the picture; they have ruts and potholes and make a driver miserable.
That may be a leading factor in road rage, just a matter of opinion…
In contrast, a freshly paved road is smooth sailing. I can actually drink a favorite beverage without spilling it all over me.
Life with the LORD is a journey.
I do experience bumps in the road along the way; yet, at His discretion He levels the path.
“The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level (Isaiah 26:7 NAS).”