God’s Book of Rememberance

Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:17
“And they will be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on that day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

In the scripture just before this in Malachi 3:16, God tells us He has a book of remembrance of everyone who fears Him (holds Him in awe) and who esteems His name. That means to hold His name in high regard.

Those will be His. They will be counted as His own possession (His treasure). There must be coming a terrible danger, because He makes a solemn promise to spare (pity, have compassion on) those who serve Him.

That word “spare” refers to those people He is going to spare as servants or subjects. Subjects are people ruled by a king. Do we see Jesus our absolute ruler, our king, our Lord? Are we serving Him and doing His bidding? Do we hold His name in high regard or use His name as a swear word?

Lord Jesus, on that day You prepare Your possession,
may I still hold You in awe, and honor Your name
above every name in heaven and on earth.
May I receive Your pity and compassion
as one who serves You with every fiber of my being.
Thank You for Your iron-clad promises
to those who follow You, my Lord, my King.

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Our Place before God

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Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

The word “contrite” means “dust.” “Humble” means “in low station, lowly, humble of spirit.”
All these terms speak of humbling yourself before God. Getting in the dust—recognizing that dust is what we came from. Admitting God is God and we’re not.

Humbling ourselves before God puts us in a position to receive restoration to life and health of our spirit and our soul.

We need to stretch out on the floor, face-down before God; pour out our heart to Him. It never hurts. It’s the best place to hear His voice and receive His answers, bar none.

Father God, God of all comfort, wisdom, and restoration,
I humble myself before You.
Bring me into right relationship with You.
Please meet my needs as You see them.
Fill me with Your joy and assurance.
Thank You that I am Yours and You are mine,
now and forevermore.

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Jesus, Our Only Savior

Jesus

John 3:16
(Jesus said) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

To adhere to the truth of this scripture is not a passing acknowledgement that Jesus lived. Our faith must go deeper than that.

True faith in Jesus believes He willingly went to the cross for each one of us. He came back to life and He desires each of us to have a one-on-one relationship with Him, the living Lord. To those who receive and believe Him, Jesus will save us from an eternity with Satan and his angels in the lake of fire—for forever (Revelation 20:10,14-15).
Jesus makes a place for us in heaven (John 14:2-3), though we deserve hell.

Saving faith is a strong conviction that Jesus really did die on the cross and after three days, came alive again, appeared to many and then rose into the sky. A trust He will return just like He left (Acts 1:9-11).

If you don’t have that assurance, that faith, ask for it. He is anxious to give it to you.

Lord Jesus, come live in me; forgive my sin.
Cleanse me of everything that grieves You.
Make me a new person as I walk day by day with You,
the Living Lord who is coming for His own.

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Jesus, Our Need-Meeter

Jesus Hisotry Channel

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

In the Greek, this scripture not only refers to the healing of individuals. It also includes healing of nations and involves restored favor. Do you know any person or nation that is brokenhearted (is a wreck; is crushed or ruptured)?

Some come to mind immediately. They need more than a bandage and a couple of aspirin. They need a major overhaul. No amount of human effort is going to bring healing to these wounds.

Only Jesus, the All-Powerful God, can restore, heal, bind up, these gaping injuries and sorrows. He is Jesus the Great Physician. He’s waiting for us to ask. Will you?

Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth,
come in and bind up these wounds.
Set the crooked straight.
Heal the unhealable.
These situations are beyond our help;
only You are our Healer, our Deliverer,
our Hope.
We stand to see You, Jesus,
bring the healing we so desire.

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Myth vs Truth

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In the Bible God tells us, “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).

In case we miss it, He tells us again in Deuteronomy 12:32, “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.”

In His final instructions in Revelation, He makes sure we haven’t forgotten. Revelation 22:18 and 19 says, “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”

Sounds like he means it, doesn’t it? I wonder if those people who are so quick to poo poo parts of the Bible and declare certain passages “myths” and “folk tales told around a campfire for generations and finally written down,” understand the penalty they place themselves under when they choose to disregard God’s word. Some even go so far as to teach their unbelief to others.

In II Timothy 3, verse 16 we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”

I have a question. By what criteria does one choose what to believe as God’s truth, and what is myth or campfire stories? Are the campfire stories the stuff they don’t want to do, or passages they don’t understand?

In II Timothy 4:3,4 God says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”

The real myth is the insinuation that God’s word is untrue.

I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where God says, “OK, people, everything I’ve said before this is merely stories. This is the part where you need to listen up.”

Perhaps, if people spent time digging in the Bible to find God’s message to them for their life today, there wouldn’t be such a plague of unbelief.

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Don’t Grow Weary

impatient

Galatians 6:9
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due
time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Just a couple of verses before this we’re reminded we reap
whatever we plant. What do you think that applies to? Does the Lord limit
Himself? Hardly! Will we sow kindness and harvest a crop of hatefulness?
Or joy and receive sadness in return? God’s kingdom dynamics don’t work
that way.

But sometimes it takes longer than we expect before the crop
ripens. When that happens it’s easy to lose heart. Do you get tired of
constantly trying to please someone when he’s never satisfied and you
don’t see anything good come from your efforts? That’s when it helps to
remember that our timetable isn’t God’s and He never said everything will
work out immediately.

Instead, He encourages us not to grow weary and concede defeat. I
think God wants us to do what pleases Him just because we love Him.
When we persevere, even though we can’t see the end result, we can
almost hear Him say, “Well done, My faithful servant.”

Father, when I grow weary,
strengthen me.
When my heart fails,
renew me,
that I may see Your glory.

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God the Need-Meeter

The Savior

Psalm 146:5-9
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and
earth, the sea and all that is in them; who keeps faith
forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who
gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord raises up
those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord protects the strangers; He supports the
fatherless and the widow; but He thwarts the way of the
wicked.

There is absolutely no need the Lord cannot fulfill. He says only
the wicked will find themselves thwarted and not have their needs met.
Those who harbor evil schemes or want to harm God’s people will run into
trouble everywhere they turn. They may look good on the surface and even
seem successful, but nothing is actually right and they aren’t content.

Sometimes we see a person as virtuous simply because he or she
has a winning personality, but what does the Lord think? And what
difference does it make if people only succeed in temporal things?

If our heart’s desire is to please Him, we can depend on God to
supply every need. When we’re so close to Him we hear His heart, our
needs will truly be satisfied.

Father God, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit,
I praise You for Your all-sufficiency
that meets every need.

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