“Give thanks in all circumstances … for this is the will of God concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Good Morning Union
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him.” Colossians 2:6
And, how do I do that? If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word! It must be important because here’s what Paul says:
“The Lord your God is with you…” Zephaniah 3:17
Not the most read book in the Bible but wow, what a verse of promise and hope; and what a picture of God! “The Lord your God is with you, He is might to save.” It’s about the “promise” of His perpetual presence, and the “hope” in His ability to offer me eternal life. And then brother Zeph painted three pictures of God for me this morning:
“He has shown you O man, what is good…” Micah 6:8
Just kind of passing through the Old Testament right now stopping at marked passages and reminding myself why I underlined or highlighted them. We used to sing this song when praise music first began, and I still enjoy the tune and the message. So clear, so concise, so right on!
“He has shown you O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you?
“When I fed them, they were satisfied… then…” Hosea 13:6
Hosea is quite an interesting book, to say the least. The prophet marries a prostitute, under the guidance of God; then when she runs off, over and over again, he goes and buys her back!! I think God was trying to illustrate the depth of His love for His children and His willingness to do whatever it takes to redeem those whom HE loves but who continually wander away from Him.
“We do not make this request because we are righteous…” Daniel 9: 18
“My God has sent His angels and He shut the lions’ mouths so they have not hurt me.” Daniel 6:22
Straight from the Kindergarten Sabbath School memory verse or from “My Bible Friends.” Or how about the children’s song with these lyrics?! It’s a great story; it’s a great song; it’s a great memory verse; but this morning it was an even greater reminder of HOW it all happened, because it can happen for me as well!
“This is the new covenant…” Jeremiah 31:33
Here it is- the “new” covenant, in the “OLD” testament! A covenant is an agreement between two people or groups. God’s “agreement” between Himself and His people (that’s you and me!) is four- fold:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11
This verse has become a VERY popular verse, quoted almost every time we have an event where we ask for “your favorite verse.” The plans God has for me are two fold, according to Jeremiah:
“… asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will.” Colossians 1:9
This weekend I read about how Paul prayed for the believers in the city of Colossi, now a mound of dirt (where I picked up some broken pieces of pottery) but once a city in western Turkey not far from Laodicea. I first saw Paul’s faithfulness in prayer, “since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you….” It apparently was not an act but an attitude of prayer that existed in Paul.