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This week I got some news that could be unsettling. And I knew that I there were 2 ways for me to handle it. I could get depressed and worry about what the future might hold. I could pull into myself and not trust. I could do my own thing and get frantic trying to find a solution to the problem. Or I can trust in God to take care of it. I can give it to him. I can continue to do what I know I need to do and let God handle the rest. This isn’t saying that I’m not concerned about my future, but that I know that God has a plan and will bring it to pass if I let him have all control.

As I was going through my morning the song His Eye is on the Sparrow came to mind.

 

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Civilla D. Martin

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart be lonely
And long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
My constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Chorus:
I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
For His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Let not your heart be troubled
His tender word I hear
And resting on His goodness
I lose my doubts and fears
I draw Thee closer to me
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Repeat Chorus

And I know He watches me

I was reminded that there is no need to be worried about the future. If God is concerned about the sparrows, wouldn’t he be concerned about us? In Luke 12 we are told that we are more to God than the sparrows. We have no need to worry, for God is watching over and protecting us.

As I was thinking of this I went to the scriptures looking for a specific verse and while I didn’t find the one I wanted I found 2 others that were just what I needed.

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

And speaking of Abraham:

Romans 4:18-22 – Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

I was so encouraged. God has promised to supply ALL my needs, not my wants, not my desires (even though he does consider them), but my needs. Because of this promise, I can trust as Abraham did. His situation was more impossible than mine and he staggered not. He trusted that God would come through on his word and do as he promised.

We can hold on to this. When life brings trials our way, we can trust in God and his promises. There is not one promise that he as broken, one prayer he hasn’t answered, one time that he has left us alone. God is. And we can have confidence in him.

(photo borrowed from Birds of the Bible)

Memorial – serving to help people remember some person or event

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. KJV

 

Example – something selected to show the nature or character of the rest

Set an example – to behave so as to be a pattern or model for others to imitate 

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: KJV

 

Word – a promise, affirmation, assurance; as he kept his word

Matthew 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. KJV

“Never swear: for he that swears will lie;

and he that lies will steal;

and, if so, what bad things will he not do!”

 

Conversation – talking together, verbal exchange of ideas or information

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. KJV

“Minister grace unto the hearers”, but grace is unmerited favor, does that mean I’m to speak gently and kindly to others even when they don’t deserve it? I’m sure that is what it means. 

Proverbs 31:26, She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. KJV

 

Charity – the love of God for man or of man for his fellow man

                        The quality of being kind or lenient in judging others

 

John 3:16-17  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. KJV

 

Spirit – real meaning: true intention, attitude

2 Corinthians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver KJV

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice evermore.   Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. KJV

 

Faith – complete trust; confidence (steadfast adherence)

Mark 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God KJV

John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. KJV

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. KJV

 

Purity – free from anything that taints, unmixed, clear

            Free from sin or guilt;

 

1 Peter 1:22-23  Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. KJV

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. KJV

 

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

Do they see hope?

Do they see love?

Do they see charity?

When the world looks at me what do they see?

A Vessel for the Lord’s Use

 What is a vessel?  A utensil for holding something

 Whose vessel am I?         What kind of vessel am I?

 In my musings about being a vessel, I thought I might as well wear a ‘V’ on my chest, and I grimaced. My mind then made the leap from vessel to victor, and I smiled.

 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. II Corinthians 4:7,10

However, we possess this precious treasure (the divine Light of the Gospel) in (frail, human) vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may  be shown to be from God and not from ourselves … so that the (resurrection) life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.  Amplified Bible

I can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth me. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:13,19.

Then I thought of vocation:  a call, summons or strong inclination to perform a certain function or enter a certain career.  What is my vocation?

Mark 12:29-31  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;   Ephesians 4:1-2

Meekness – The opposite to anger and irritability of disposition.

Long-suffering –  Long-mindedness – never permitting a trial or provocation to get to the end of your patience.

Forbearing one another –  Sustaining one another – helping to support each other in all the miseries and trials of life: or, if the word be taken in the sense of bearing with each other, it may mean that, through the love of God working in our hearts, we should bear with each other’s infirmities, ignorance, etc., knowing how much others have been or are still obliged to bear with us.     

I will remember that this earthen vessel can manifest the life of Christ.

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