God’s Word (An Expected End)

“God’s Word and His love softens the most hardhearted hearts and warms the soul as it reaches into the innermost depths of our thought processes to enlighten our inner souls. The quick, and powerful Word (Hebrews 4:2) lifts up the downtrodden, comforts the bereaved, and encourages those who have lost hope, as the penetrating Word gives men and women the joy of inspiring them, individually, to become more Christ-like. So I encourage you to spend some time in God’s Word, seek and enjoy His thoughts, 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– Jeremiah 29:11.” ~LMJ~

Work Now – Reap Later

“I Corinthians 9:10 declares, he that ploweth should plow in hope, because we do not reap the harvest at the moment we have plowed, rather the produce comes in after the ground is prepared, the seeds have been planted, the soil has been watered, the weeds have been pulled, the temperature cooperates, and the sun has supplied its energy. Still, the hope was also planted on the very day of tillage in the heart of the farmer, for he has expectation for a future crop, to give him hope in his final outcome (Jeremiah 29:11). A farmer sows and cultivates with the hope that there soon will be a bountiful harvest for him to reap while his work continues.” ~LMJ~

The Christian’s Future Hope

“Whenever we cannot believe for something that the Bible promises we shall receive, then the Bible tells us so by placing them in the category of HOPE, which is to be a future reality, a definite certainty, but we just cannot have them now. All of the hope that God reveals in the Bible is given to bring comfort to believers as we read in Jeremiah 29:11 from The Amplified Bible, *For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for {your} welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” ~LMJ~

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

Deliver Us from Evil

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The will of God is our deliverance from all evil. Some people believe or at least suspect that God tempts us, and that He also punishes His children when they slip up. This is not the truth of the Bible. God’s desire is that we may escape all temptations, and He can indeed help us out of any negative situation in which we may find ourselves. Let us read what God said in II Corinthians:

II Corinthians 1:10 – Who {God} delivered {past tense} us from so great a death {because we are saved}, and doth deliver {present tense}: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us {future tense};

Not only has God delivered us in the past, but He continues to deliver us currently, and in our future we also have the promise of even more deliverance to be given to us. As a child I always thought that God was out to get me, and that He was keeping a score, and I was absolutely afraid of Him. However, I have learned by experience that “God is love” (I John 4:8), and that He in love always wants to deliver us from evil.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Well praise God! God says “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” (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves us and He desires that we have “an expected end,” an end that is really just the beginning that we can look forward to in anticipation rather than being in any kind of fear.

II Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

I Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer {allow} you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

God Himself is faithful and He is always able to keep and to protect you from evil. True, temptation and evil do come our way from time to time, but they never come from our God, and whenever there are temptations to deal with He will always make a way to escape. As we resist our temptations, God will always deliver us from evil, for He is our “refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4).

Whenever you pass through a temptation believing that God will help you out, you will inevitably become stronger, more courageous, and be victorious. Evil never lasts, it always subsides and God will always show you the light at the end of the tunnel, and guide you to the easiest and best way out.

So today please look to your heavenly Father and allow Him to be your guiding light.

Good Gifts (Good Things)

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him– Matthew 7:11? Matthew 7:11 commences with If ye then, being evil; this simply means ‘having the potential of being evil,’ and does not mean that all people are evil, plus Jesus was teaching his disciples, i.e., good people. Although people have the potential of being evil, we normally give good gifts to our children; however, God is never evil, in fact: God is even kind unto the unthankful and to the evil- Luke 6:35 (also see Jeremiah 29:11 and James 1:13), and He will only give good things to us. Giving comes and is offered in many forms, from sharing our talents with others, our resources, our time, and sometimes from our finances. We are never instructed or commanded in the Church Epistles simply to give mindlessly despite our own feelings or apprehensions about giving. Giving needs to be freely offered from the heart and in the love of God in order to receive the full spiritual benefit. When we share without restraints, demands, or coercion, then the spiritual blessings will return many-fold because your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him!“ ~LMJ~