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“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13
Do you know anyone who would die for you? People say it all of the time. Some say they will take a bullet for another. But when it comes right down to it, will they? I wonder who other than the Lord would die for me? I wonder who would give up his life for mine if it came down to it. There is no greater love than to do so. I am glad Jesus has already done that for us all. Is there anyone here on earth who dare possess the same intensity of such love? Who are you and where are you? Greater love hath no man than this.
“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good! For his mercy endures forever.” Psalm 136
Take time out today to give the Lord thanks for all that he has done. Appreciate him for things great and small. Tell him how grateful you are. Even when we have bad days, we are blessed. A bad day alive is better than a day six-feet under. His mercy is a gift to us all and is available for the rest of our lives. Give thanks to him today.
But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”
I can not tell you the number of times that I have called on the Lord to save me from one thing or another. Crying to him in distress, unfortunately has become an art with me. It is not intentional. However, I find myself in situations that leave me distraught and most of them did not come from something that I created or initiated. But I have found that the Lord did not discriminate against whether or not I caused the situation to occur. He still delivered, saved and rescued me from it. I do not like crying out in distress but it feels wonderful to know that he hears me when I do. Be encouraged today and know that the Lord is able to hear your voice when you call. He hears distress.
Today my guest for this post is Apostle V.W. Jones, Sr., Senior Pastor of Crusaders for Christ Evangelistic Center in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., North America.
Many know my love for the Hebrew language even though it was awesome this morning in the Hebrew I was stunted and stuck in the Greek as I did a word study on:
This word in the NT of the bible, is the Greek word “Metanaio”. Essentially meaning
“Change Of Mind or Heart” among other things…
In Greek, composite words that have μετα- (meta-) as the initial element are most frequently used “of change of place, condition, plan, etc.”, as in the English word “metamorphosis”. Even in a non-religious context, the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), in particular, meant “change of mind or heart, repentance, regret” or, in rhetoric, “afterthought, correction”.
Acts 17:30 (ESV)
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent”
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
We only have a short time here on earth. We need to appreciate every day that the Lord gives us and to use our days wisely. Life is too short to be spent in anguish, anxiety, strife, anger, disappointment, heart aches and other negative aspects. Everyday we need to thank God for life and spend each day sowing good seeds of wisdom, while at the same time trying to help someone else to grow. Life enhancement is wonderful. Enhance someone else’s life by speaking encouraging words. You will then enhance your own life. Live each day to the fullest because you only have a few days in this life. Make the best of your days because they are numbered.
“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives” Proverbs 27:23
“The praise we receive from others tests us as to how we will respond either in pride or in humility. An attitude of pride reveals self-deception in our hearts, for we do not realize that what we are and what we have done are largely due to God and others. Our actions must never be done for praise or self glory, but must flow from our commitment to God. When we pass the test of praise, it confirms that we are living to please God rather than other humans and that our hearts are pure and our spirit one with God.” (NIV, study notes)
We all like to be appreciated for who we are and what we do. Acknowledgment feels good. But do you know what is really in your own heart when it comes down to being praised by others? Be mindful of the praise that you receive from others and be sure to redirect the praises to God.
“… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1
Be encouraged today to run the race of life the best that you can. But please remember that you will need a little help. Be patient and ask the Lord to lead and guide you as you travel the highways of situations, challenges, blessings, and the unexpected. Lay aside the heaviest concerns and put aside unrighteous living. Trust the Lord to heal, deliver and comfort you. Look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith. He is the “end all and the be all” to your existence. He is your final answer.
Live each day to the fullest because you will never see that day again. Enjoy “moments” during the day as you go about your business. It’s not always necessary to take long vacations to enjoy life. You can enjoy your life some time during your day each day. Every minute counts. Live your life!