A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.16.9.KJV
Many people don’t feel this way at all. Even those who are rich with wealth that the world recognizes see their wealth as their right or as a tool to get more. If you are a believer in Jesus and you know that He is your Savior then you are more wealthy than this world can know. The world around us doesn’t recognize this type of wealth because it is not the kind that you can see. It is wealth in heaven above. It is our forgiveness and our promise of eternal life with God in His house.
Jesus told us to “lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven where rust and moths cannot destroy and thieves cannot break in and steal“. The world around us doesn’t recognize this as wealth because it cannot be spent here and now but it is more than any wealthy man or woman has on this Earth.
God loves each of you even if you don’t believe in Him or His Son, Jesus. But beware…God loved Isaac but only one of his children did God place as the most favored. He said that “Jacob I loved but Esau I hated”. Today it’s not so simple, especially in our society. Everyone wants a new home and a new car now! Nobody wants to wait and save up some money for a down payment. This “microwave generation” wants everything right now regardless of how Mom and Dad did it. It’s the same with the way people view a relationship with Jesus. They want to be assured of a place in heaven and if they don’t feel like they can learn that at this church or from this pastor or denomination then they will go somewhere else.
Many are encouraged to join a church during a revival or some special event and some do but joining a church is not the same as gaining your salvation through the actions of the Holy Spirit. Some people get caught up in the singing or the emotions of the sermon and they “feel” led to make this decision tonight and it may be the Holy Spirit touching them. The problem that we have in churches today is that once they are on the rolls of membership, they are almost forgotten. Unless they are mentored at home or join in a youth group study or Sunday school regularly they will not learn how God wants them to live and be a part of His family.
The Scriptures that are referenced in the paragraphs above are good ones to learn from but unless you read and study them more than once the principles that they have to teach will not stick in your head or your heart. Listening to God is learned through reading His Word in order to know His voice and His ways of teaching. You can’t learn by osmosis from carrying a Bible to church, if you don’t read it then none of God’s wisdom will ever take root in your heart and your life.
The book of Proverbs is one of the greatest collections of wisdom in the world but very few people read it even once in their lifetime. They will read through a novel or a self-help book by someone who says they have the answers regardless of the length or the thickness of it. Proverbs is only thirty chapters long so reading one chapter a day takes about a month. Then go back and read it through again and pray about what you have read, asking God to show you which parts apply to your life and situation. Then…read it again. Usually after the third read your brain cells will realize that this is important stuff and we should remember this. You won’t have it memorized word for word but when problems come along, you will remember that you read about that somewhere recently.
Try reading God’s Word and asking Him to show you what you need to learn from it. He will answer you with more than you were expecting to learn.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.13.35.KJV
We are not supposed to seek ways to hurt each other. If you believe in Jesus for your salvation, you should show love to those around you. Reflect His love and compassion for every person that you meet today and see what a difference it will make.
The first thing that you have to understand is the Trinity of God Himself. God the Father, Jesus the Son of God and our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit. Think of them as a coin. God is on the face of the coin, Jesus is on the reverse side and the Holy Spirit is the edge of the coin that shows how they are joined together as One God and it is the combination of them Who created mankind and all that is found in Creation.
In truth we cannot understand God because He is our Creator and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and we can’t understand Him or His ways. God is sending His Son back to Earth soon to gather all of those who have believed in Him for their salvation. It may be today or tomorrow or next year but Jesus told His disciples that He would return to take them and His Bride, the church (believers in Him since the beginning), back with Him to their home in Heaven. Then the time of tribulation will begin and those still here will know what the time is and what is coming if they have been in church and studied the book of Revelation.
The prophecy in God’s Word has been fulfilled completely with the exception of those about the church being taken away and those in the book of Revelation. I pray that all who read this site will be curious enough to read and seek His wisdom so that you can be saved from the terror that is coming.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 3:18-19 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/hab.3.18-19.KJV
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.4.4.KJV
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.15.5.KJV
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/deu.31.6.KJV
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalms 143:8 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.143.8.KJV
Some of you who read this page may not think so but if you are past the age of forty you kn it’s true. The more candles that are on your cake it seems that the celebration of your birthday comes around faster every year. It’s just the opposite of when you were young. We never thought our birthday would get here and Christmas always seemed so far away.
It doesn’t matter if you celebrate the day of your birth or not, the days go by in the same way every year and every week. The hours in a day have not changed and the same goes for the weeks and the years. It’s our perception of them that has changed from childhood to adulthood.
Time just keeps slipping into the future and there’s nothing that we can do to change that. I know that I used a part of Kansas’ lyrics but it is true. If you are a believer and you read your Bible then you know that we are also coming to the end of the age. How much longer will this be? Nobody on Earth knows for sure but global warming will not end our world it will happen when Jesus comes for His bride, the church, which is made up of those who truly believe God’s Word. Many people and some denominations have gone through the Bible and picked what they will teach and what they will believe and by doing this they are not teaching the full gospel of Jesus or the story that God placed in His Word.
God’s Word is true and it is sound in all of it’s wisdom. One day soon the whole world will know this.