I changed the title heading because it has always meant
‘TODAY’S WORD FOR YOU (AND ME)’.
This new year let us draw closer to God so that He can reveal Himself as our Abba Father, El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One in our lives. Who is God in our lives and how well do we really know Him?
In David’s ‘Song of Thanksgiving’, David extols God (2 Samuel chapter 22).
AND DAVID spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivererd him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul: (vs 1)
This is who God was in David’s life:
And he said, The LORD is
- my rock
- my fortress
- my deliverer
- my shield
- the horn of my salvation
- my high tower
- my refuge
- my savior
- my lamp
- a buckler
- my strength and power
- the rock of my salvation
- the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
God delivered David from calamitous situations for this reason in 1 Sam 22:20:
. . .he delivered me, because he delighted in me. (22:20)
Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. (22:25)
This is what the apostle Paul said regarding David,
‘. . .he (God) raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will’.
Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (Acts 13:22-23)
May we know our God, and like David, seek after the heart of God to fulfill His will, His plan and purpose for our lives. AMEN.
ARE YOU A JOYFUL PERSON? Or is joy elusive and not a big part of your life? Where can one find JOY, if it can be found?
If JOY is equated with happiness, then what can help people experience happiness? Speaking as a middle-class American, these are my thoughts. The younger set like my grandchildren are happy to be on holiday break from their mountains of school homework; they are overjoyed to meet friends at the mall, to go to the beach or movies, and just hang out together. The older youth and young adults may be fortunate to find joy in academic success, good jobs, and to date and get married to their perfect mate. Many mature adults are content with stable jobs to be able to raise and provide well for their families, fill their refrigerators and pantries with food, pack their closets with clothes, and furnish their comfortable homes with the necessities and luxuries of life and living. Then there’s some healthy retired folks, of whom are my friends and family members who drive the latest model Infinity or SUV and go on world cruises twice a year, not counting the vacations in between. Such is a brief picture of what makes some people happy or joyful.
BUT, the reality of JOY, however, is too difficult to experience for the masses of humanity, not only in 3rd world countries, but also in America. How can these multitudes fathom happiness and peace when faced with living with the threat of unemployment and/or homelessness and house less ness like here in Hawaii where there is very little affordable housing for rent or purchase. How can one feel any JOY when faced with mounting problems of personal and family crisis of every kind; desperate needs for finances, food and shelter; major health issues, and life threatening adversities.
REAL LASTING JOY, sorry to say, is not attainable as long as we live on this earth because there will always be adversities (John 16:33), and there is nothing that is of tangible or of any permanent value. It is futile to pursue after worldly things and riches because the new things can get old, wear out, or damaged; what you want to hang on to can get lost, become unfashionable or no longer ‘trendy’; and worse, thieves can break into your home and steal your ‘precious’ possessions, or snatch your purse or wallet and then go on a spending spree with your credit cards. All of this has happened to me and maybe to some of you, too. And we are living not only in troubled/perilous times, but also on borrowed time.
This is what the Bible says about our treasures, the fragility of life, and about REAL JOY:
TREASURES– Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break though and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. (Mt 6:19-21 AMP)
LIFE-(Yet) you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappeared [into thin air]. (James 4:14 AMP)
REAL JOY– The source of REAL JOY comes from placing our faith and Trust in God and His Word. REAL JOY comes from God our Heavenly Father; REAL JOY is to know Him as our LORD and SAVIOR.
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10b)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. (1John 1:4)
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12)
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18)
IN 2017 I CHOOSE TO BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD. WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO?
I plan to work on my relationship with God, my family and others, and make the time spent with God and others quality time.
I want to live in God’s JOY every day, rejoice in the JOY of my salvation and with JOY look with anticipation for the SOON COMING of my Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST. AMEN!
TO ALL OUR VIEWERS AND THOSE WHO VISIT drgoldsite.wordpress.com, my husband’s site- May God abundantly bless you and meet your needs in 2017.
GOD LOVES YOU!
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If you’re in Honolulu this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, 6-7:00 p.m., Mark will be directing and singing with Voices of Aloha Christmas Concert at McKinley High School. Tickets may be bought at door $10-15 prior to concert.
Mark Yasuhara could have been one of the greatest Metropolitan opera singers and was chosen twice to sing at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. He sang as part of the gospel group ‘The Hawaiians’ quite a few years ago and serves God in the ministry today on Hawaii island.
HO, EVERY ONE THAT IS THIRSTY!
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even…
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Please read this reblogged post. Let us not be found among the apostates! (Shofar)
Let God’s Word be our guide.
Romans Chapter 13 regarding ‘Submission to Governing Authorities’:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.
MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA!
ARE YOU SAFE IN GOD’S SHEEPFOLD, OR HAVE YOU GONE ASTRAY AND ARE LOST?
Isaiah 53:6 says ‘All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.’
Luke 19:10 tells us ‘For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’
The ‘Son of man’ is JESUS who said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’ John 14:6
HOW MUCH DOES GOD LOVE THOSE WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY?
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray.
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.’ Mt 18:11-14
GOD CARES FOR YOU AND WANTS TO SAVE YOU!
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. John3:16
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1Peter 5:7
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
(Read about the Good Shepherd in John 10:11-16 or go to Search Box ‘Good Shepherd’)