Giving Thanks Unto the Father

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet {worthy} to be partakers of the inheritance of {all} the saints in light– Colossians 1:12. The Father has indeed made us worthy to partake in our heavenly inheritance. The saints in light are believers who have experienced their inheritance which is discovered and enjoyed from within the light of God’s Word.” ~LMJ~

Lamentations – Revealing Our Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of The Lamentations of Jeremiah contains many of the reasons why Jeremiah and Israel would have cause to lament. Zion, the Holy City of David, was destroyed and the people were taken into captivity.  This can be traced back to their rejection of God’s Word and His guidance which took Israel out of God’s promised rest.

God did not forsake His people, rather they by their actions and disbelief were turning their backs on God’s Word and they walked away from the guidance of His prophets and became encased in unrest as their hope in the coming Savior dissipated from their hearts.

When reading Lamentations, we find a sad and lowly state of the chosen people of God.  We find them engulfed with loneliness, having to bear the suffering that bondage begets, weakened with heart-wrenching disappointments, and living in their own shame for turning their backs from the true blessings that come from God.

And still, even in the Book of Lamentations there is a ray of hope, a beacon of divine light shining through their days of great darkness with a promise of continued hope if and when they would (as a nation) try to again turn their ways back to God’s Word. God would give them hope, which grows in the believing heart from anticipating the Savior’s day of redemption.

Lamentations 3:22-26; 57-58:
-22:  It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
-23:  They {God’s mercies} are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
-24:  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
-25:  The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
-26:  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
-57:  Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
-58:  O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul {knowing my heart}; thou hast redeemed my life.

Hope is manifested in the lives of God’s people when Christ is acknowledged to be our genuine entrance into the promises, mercies, and graces of God.

God is always faithful to His Word, ever renewing His daily mercies. Jeremiah said “Great is thy faithfulness” because he knew that God never left him without a lifeline of hope, and that hope is “Jesus Christ which is our hope” (I Timothy 1:1), and he leads humanity to God.

James 4:8a – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you . . .

In Acts 17:28 we read “in him {God} we live, and move, and have our being;” because our God is everywhere present. When we draw nigh to God with our believing actions we will begin to realize that God never left us alone, rather we are drawing near Him by our believing.  James 4:8 literally means that when we decide to draw nigh to God we will find Him to be as close as our very own breath.

When we believe in Jesus Christ who is the way to the Father, then we will clearly recognize our God’s presence.  Jesus said “I shall shew you plainly of the Father” (John 16:25), and the more we believe in Jesus Christ who is the way, he continues giving us divine hope and inner spiritual rest “for we which have believed {on Christ} do enter into {his} rest” (Hebrews 4:3).

Matthew 11:28-30:
-28:  Come unto me {Jesus}, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29:  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly {humble} in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30:  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The word “light” is an interesting word; it is an adverb reflecting on the light burden that we have with Jesus, and this relieves us of our earthly burdens that often weigh heavy on our shoulders. The word “light” also implies God’s spiritual light which is uplifting to our souls and this “yoke is easy” to bear.

Jesus enlightens the heart with inner assurance that we may have continued rest in hope because we have believed on the redeeming work of him who gave his life for us, and he reveals to our hearts the Father in true spiritual light.

God Delivered Us

Who {God} hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom {God’s dear Son} we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins- Colossians 1:13-14. As we believe in the power of God, we will, from a spiritual prospective, acknowledge the diminishing of the power of darkness around our lives. The word translated means to be given citizenship into God’s heavenly kingdom, accomplished by the redeeming work of God’s dear Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have been given complete redemption, and the forgiveness of our sins and I know that as you consider this, you will be noticing plenty of God’s marvelous light.” ~LMJ~

Living in the Care of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 34:10:
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Even the kings of the jungle lack the power to provide the complete supply for their young and so they have lack and suffer hunger. This shows that it really does not matter how powerful or rich a person is, without seeking God first he will have lack, not only in physical things but even more so, mentally and spiritually. We who “seek the LORD shall not want any good thing,” means that our God can meet our needs in life, and that living without want is available because our God is the supplier and our true sufficiency.

Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things {food, clothing, and the things that give men and woman mental, physical, and spiritual abundance in life} shall be added unto you.

Philippians 4:19:
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Living in the care of God is contingent upon believing the words in the Word of God. When God’s Word expresses that God will “supply all your need,” then that is exactly what He means.

Psalms 37:23-25:
-23: The steps of a good man are ordered {ordained} by the LORD: and he {God} delighteth in his {your} way. {The Lord God is in total delight when anyone walks in the steps that God ordains.}
-24: Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
-25: I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed {his children} begging bread.

Who is a “good man” according to the Scriptures? A “good man” is a man or a woman who does one thing and one thing only; and that is they think about the Word of God (to the end that they believe His Word), they think the Word of themselves, and they believe the words God promises when He promises that He will not forsake them.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible):*
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Life is such that people, no matter the strength of their faith, may from time to time fall, yet God promises that He will, with His hand (by His power and strength) lift them back up again.

Matthew 12:35 reads, “A good man out of the good treasure {i.e., the Scriptures} of the heart {that we have purposely placed there} bringeth forth good things,” and in Psalms 119:11 we also read, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” We Christians, by believing in God’s Word will bring forth good things into our lives, families, and surroundings. This is the promise of God to His own children.

Psalms 84:11:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. {Walking uprightly is walking with the Word in our hearts, and these are steps that God ordains.}

The challenge in life is to elevate our believing to the standard of God’s Word, for it is the truths and standards of His Word that allow us to genuinely and honestly live in the care of God.

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:7).

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Strength and Power Behind Prayer

Strengthened with all might, according to his {God’s} glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness– Colossians 1:11. God has most definitely given to His children power, spiritual power and although at times we may not feel all that powerful, or think that this could possibly be true, it is true!  Patience and longsuffering with joyfulness are God-given qualities of life that prove to our minds that we have the spiritual power of God. God’s strengthening, glorious power is known to believers through patience, for this patience allows God to manifest His power to us. We have been given longsuffering which is spiritual endurance to have continued inner trust to know that when we need something, even if it appears beyond our own abilities to receive, we will not give up in our believing with prayer, but rather we can have continued trust that God will answer our prayers. In all this there is joyfulness because we will see the strength and power behind prayer, and our believing in God’s healing Word will continue to grow.” ~LMJ~