“Do Not Quench the Spirit”
excerpted from Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional
QUESTION: If Jesus truly is the only name that matters to me (or you), what is keeping me from proclaiming His name “at all times”?
SUGGESTIONS: I (we) get involved with other activities such as…..?
PRAY, the Heart of a Ready Christian:
Hope is the state, which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "looking forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence" or "feeling that something desired may happen".
Other definitions are "to cherish a desire with anticipation"; "to desire with expectation of obtainment"; or "to expect with confidence". In the English language the word can be used as either a noun or a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.
“O Lord, You alone are my hope.” Psalm 71:5
“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” James 3:10
This month St. Patrick’s Day, Good Friday and Easter fall together this year, my mind started thinking about these two words, lucky and blessed. Searching various translations of the Bible, I could only find the word luck or lucky in the Amplified translation in Leviticus 19:25, “You shall not eat anything with the blood; neither shall you use magic, omens, or witchcraft [or predict events by horoscope or signs and lucky days]. Also, in Esther 3:7 and 9:24 referencing “lucky days” and Haman’s plot against the Jewish people during the time Esther was Queen. The conclusion is that the child of God does not live life depending on luck.
How many times do we use the work luck or lucky when we really mean to use bless or blessed? We know each day and our future do not depend on luck. As believers we understand that we are blessed to be under the God’s care and are not just living a random life. We should not attribute it to luck, but see the blessing of God’s love providing for our every need.
Blessings(Listen and meditate on the message of this song before we begin), Blessings by Laura Story http://youtu.be/4mmgV6mPvb0
This song has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it several years ago. Our son in law Kraig was discouraged because of his physical heath and this song brought comfort and continues to today.
Reflecting on events from the past, each of us can claim disappointment and sorrow, but today let’s again ask ourselves these questions.