Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. Psalm 145:3-4 NKJV
Lord, I praise You! You are marvelous. Wondrous. Glorious. I praise You for the glory of Your grace, the riches of Your mercy, the abundance of Your blessings, the depths of Your kindness, the greatness of Your power, the splendor of Your majesty, and the overwhelming generosity of Your love. I see Your goodness in every direction I turn.
I praise You for the miracles You work, for the mystery of Your ways, for all the things about You that are past finding out—You are above and beyond anything I could know, think, or ever imagine about You.
I praise You for working in my heart, for being in my day, for sustaining me each moment. I praise You for each time you made a way for me when there seemed to be none; for each time You came to me with an answer when I didn’t know what to do; for each time You revealed something new about the wisdom of Your will and the goodness of Your ways.
I praise You for the unique way You made me and for the unexpected ways You use me. I praise You with a happy heart, with uplifted hands, with a voice of singing, and with a shout of joy—for You alone are the God of all my joys!
Scriptures: Psalm 28:7, Psalm 30:12, Psalm 33:1, Psalm 35:28, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 48:10, Psalm 50:23, Psalm 54:6, Psalm 63:3, Psalm 69:30, Psalm 71:8, Isaiah 25:1
Devotion by Roy Lessin
Joni and Friends Daily Devotional October 19, 2013
God's Narrow and Wide-Angle Lenses
"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men."
When my paralyzing accident happened, I know the Lord took no pleasure in it. I believe it pained His heart to see me hurt, just as any father has compassion on his children. Yet I also know it pleased the Lord to permit my accident. He was as delighted then as He is now to work it all out for my good and His glory. Sound confusing? I can understand why: In some scriptures, God is described as grieving over affliction; in others, it doesn't seem to bother Him.
Dr. John Piper explains it this way. God has the capacity to look at the world through two lenses, a narrow lens and a wide-angle lens. When the Lord looks at a painful event through the narrow lens, He sees the tragedy for what it is in itself, and He is deeply grieved, as Ezekiel 18:32 says, "For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord..." He hates the isolated incident of disease, crime, or violence.
But when God looks at a painful event through His wide-angle lens, He sees the tragedy in relation to everything leading up to it, as well as everything that flows from it. He has in mind Romans 8:28, "...in all things God works for the good" and Ephesians 1:11, "...according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will." The connections form a mosaic stretching into eternity. This mosaic, in all its parts of good and evil, dark and light, brings Him delight.
God often wills what He despises because He has two lenses. You can trust Him today that your painful trial is part of a pattern. One day you, too, will put on that wide-angle lens. When you do, what a beautiful mosaic you will see.
My shortsightedness, Lord, keeps me from seeing how pain can result in good. Help me to look through the lens of faith.
Joni and Friends
Devotion by: R.T. Kendall
A Problem of Forgiving?
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. —Matthew 6:14-15
Do you have a problem forgiving people? Perhaps you cannot forgive an unfaithful spouse. You cannot forgive your father because he wasn't a good parent, and when you think of praying to God and calling Him Father, something inside you just switches off. Perhaps you are angry with your mother because you were not her favorite. Perhaps that boss of yours wouldn't give you that recommendation. Maybe someone was unkind or unfair to your child, and you can't forgive them. Perhaps you have a son-in-law who has mistreated your daughter. You live with the feeling of being let down. Someone gave you a promise; you believed it, but he or she didn't keep it.
Do you know what it is to want to see another person hurt, smashed, humiliated, or put down? You'd like him to get sick, or you would love to hear of somebody falling into sin, all because he did something to you that wasn't very nice.
What a way to live! We can never come to terms with ourselves if we are unable to forgive others. When I can't forgive, I am the one who is hurting; I am the loser. And yet, because I have such a wicked, sinful heart, even though I know in my head I'm hurting myself, I still want to hurt someone else.
The truth is that the degree to which you hold a grudge will be the degree to which you damage your own health, and not just mentally. A person who holds a grudge and doesn't deal with it eventually gets out of touch with reality, not to mention the physical effects. The point is this: is there someone you need to forgive? Then do so; do it quickly, because the only one you are hurting is yourself.
Excerpted from All's Well That Ends Well (Authentic Media, 2005).
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Now these items are real cheap...won't cost you a whole lot, but a life full of hopelessness and dread.
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7. Unconditional love
The List Goes on and on...I am very easy to get a hold of, I AM open ALL THE TIME
No numbers to dial...Just say my name JESUS...I will be right here...Ready and Waiting!!