Yesterday, Easter Sunday, was the culmination of all the disciples together. We partook of the Lord’s Supper as a congregation. As I partook, as I meditated on my own sin, I realized that I too could ask “Is it I, Lord?” Maybe I don’t deny Him but I certainly sin. I loose my temper. I put other things, other people before Him. I don’t set His day aside for rest. My list is endless. We sang “O The Blood”. What an incredible time of worship. What a wonderful reminder of the price He paid. What a precious thought that He took my shameful sin — a sacrifice that saved my life — that His blood is my victory. So “it is I” that betrayed Him with my sin. But praise God that I have victory. I pray you know Him. I pray you have victory in Him. Joy to you!
Is It I, Lord? Is It I?
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. ~Hosea 6:3
What my friend wrote following the verse was just as comforting to my burdened heart. She wrote, “His promises are sure. His love. His faithfulness. His coming again. His will being done. As sure as the spring rains. We’ll keep preaching truth to our hearts, the same truth. Over and over.”
The next day, I received an email from another friend who is bearing a heavy weight right now. As I read about what she is dealing with, this verse immediately came to mind. I shared it with her.
Isn’t God good to give a verse filled with so much comfort so that I could share it with another, hoping that it would also bring comfort to her hurting heart?
I encourage you to meditate on the simple words and I pray that it also brings comfort to you.
Joy to you!
Do you remember that old nursery rhyme about sticks and stones?
It goes like this:Sticks and stones will break my bones, But words will never harm me.
It has been my experience, even as an adult, that words do hurt. Even when they are said in jest.
I am sure that those comments should just be overlooked. The person on the receiving end should consider the person that made the comment and know that they were only kidding but there’s this thing called self-esteem and as humans, sometimes, our self-esteem is a little lacking. Sometimes words said at the wrong time can be painful. Sometimes words said at the wrong time can make a person wonder if they are liked, even loved.
This happened to me recently and, to be 100% honest, my feelings were hurt. I then begin to think about the words I say. Sometimes I say things to my husband, my kids, my friends that I really, truly mean as a joke. I would never intentionally hurt their feelings. As I contemplated what was said to me and if this person has ill feelings towards me, I was reminded that sometimes I am guilty of the same.
Then the Lord tugged on my heart and reminded me of His word.“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” ~Proverbs 16:24~ “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” ~Ephesians 4:29~
I want to be more intentional with my words. I want what comes out of my mouth to be kind. I want to be the one building others up and not tearing anyone down. I want the words of my mouth to be pleasing to the Lord — see Psalm 19:14.
This is my prayer! For me! For you!
Joy to you!
These are the verses that I am working on memorizing this week in the challenge to memorize 100 Verses in 2013.
Aren’t they powerful?
Especially at this time of year as we prepare our hearts for Easter.
The eternal life that I have is because of Jesus.
Because He came.
Because He was willing to take on the sin of the world.
Because He died.
Because He rose from the grave.
I am so thankful for this gift from God.
Joy To You!
Bible verses represent the most healing, clarifying, bolstering, uplifting data we can insert into our brains.
Then, last week, while our internet was down and I couldn’t access my daily reading plan through YouVersion, I read Psalm 119. As I was reading, I noticed that it lists many benefits of the Word of God. Here are just a few of those benefits?
- My footsteps are established (133)
- That I may live (116)
- Gives light………understanding to the simple (130)
- Is my delight ….. my Counselor (24 & 92)
- My strength (28)
- Keeps my way pure (9)
- Produces a reverence for God (38)
- Comfort in affliction (50)
- Revives me (multiple verses)
- Deliverance (170)
- Good discernment and knowledge (66)
- Psalm 119:11 — I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
The other verse for this week is:
- Joshua 1:8 ~ Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
- Romans 5:8 — But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 10:9 — That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I began to think of how I so often forsake the Lord with my actions and attitudes. And yet, He has not forsaken me. I am not one to get into controversial issues, but I believe that it often seems that our nation, even the world as a whole, has forsaken the Lord. And yet, He has not forsaken us. The two verses in Romans reaffirm/confirm this. He provided a way out of our sin. He loves us.
I feel like I am rambling on and on…….I apologize but I just can’t get into words what I am thinking or how I feel but I do know that God loves us. He will never leave us or FORSAKE us.
Thanks for letting me share. The verses for Week 5 are:
Joy to You!