Keep the Candle Burning

What do you say about the last few days and weeks of the terrible events that are taking place in the World? The Boston Marathon bombings, the killing of innocent people. People who were all created in the image of God, participating in cruel acts of murder and mayhem! This has been going on since the days of Adam. How do you live in a world that is so hateful, cruel, selfish, and mean? You live in it because you are a child of God. A mere reflection of His light, although we as Christians, often dull our own flame, we never put it out. The light of God continues to slowly burn in us, often like a candle that sometimes gains momentum with the wind when it is fed oxygen, we too burn in passion for Christ. If the wind blows too hard, and blows out the flame; we relight it. The wax of the candle once it cools goes right back into the mold in which it was formed. We do the same as Christians. When life knocks us down, or breaks our heart, we carry on, we get back up, by the Grace and Mercy of God we Rise up! God gives us so many promises in His Word, we are assured by His Covenants! He said in His Word, satan is already defeated! When Christ rose back to Heaven after the Resurrection, He left us not alone, but with a Helper, The Holy Spirit! He is in your heart, and when you allow his presence, in your body and mind. He will intercede for you, He will carry you when your heart is broken, and you can no longer go on. He will tell you that you can go on, when your loved one is gone. Things that seem eternal in our world, are only temporary in time and place. We are not supposed to stay here, we are not supposed to be settled her, this is only a temporary place before our eternal life. So if someone leaves you, or passes on, remember, they were never meant to stay, we all aren’t. satans only hope is that you feel alone, that you do not know the Word, because if you do, you will understand, you will know and be complete I often ask myself, why is it so hard to pick up the Bible and read it on a consistent basis? I have read so many secular books in one setting. Why, because satan knows if I get a hold of that book, in my heart, and spirit, we as servants of the Lord are on fire, and unstoppable! Keep your flame going, don’t let the air of life slowly smother out your flame…. Stand in Faith! Until next time, Traci

One of God’s Greatest Gifts is Wisdom

knowledge bible photoOne of God’s Greatest Gifts is Wisdom

“Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.” (Ecc. 10:10).

I am reading a very good book right now; it is called “Decision Making and the Will of God.” By Garry Friesen.   The book begins that God uses the Bible to give us direction. There are certain things written in the Bible that has either a yes or no, do or don’t answer, what I refer to as a plain answer. It is the way that it is, because that is what God says it is. There are situations in life where can go right to the Bible and find the answer, but what about the questions we have that are not addressed?

God in his love for us wants us to love him freely and by our own choice. He is so polite that he will never go where He is not welcomed, so knowing this, He gives us free will. He wants us to choice Him, to love Him! We have an open invitation to join Him and walk with Him, to have a loving relationship and a place in eternal Paradise, if we believe……

Believe it what? Believe in Him, believe that He is the one and only true Living God! He is the I AM, the Alpha and the Omega! God, who sent His only child to die for us for our sins, so that we can have an opportunity to live forever with Him in Heaven. I cannot even imagine sending my child to die for sins of another!

Back to Wisdom, another gift that He gives us for the asking. When I am not sure of the answer, and it is within the realm of free will in making my decision, I pray for God to give me wisdom to make that choice and to do His will, always bringing Glory to Him!

“The pursuit of wisdom in decision making permeates the entire Bible!” The Bible is full of writings on wisdom. Proverbs is direction after direction on how to apply wisdom to your life! I love how Jesus commanded His servants to be wise- “Be shrewd as serpents.” (Matthew 10:16).

People in the Bible asked for wisdom, and received it because they asked for it. They were not any different than us; they simply asked and received it. They followed God’s directions as he said in His Word, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened for you. “Matthew 7:7.

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

       “In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.” Colossians 2: 3 (Amplified Bible).

What have you asked for today?