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How Glorious to be Saved

ephesians 1 13Word for Today

Seal

To decide irrevocably: as in “to seal someone’s fate”

 

Verse for Today

Ephesians 1:13

And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ  you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit

 

The day we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our fate was sealed. We received the promise of the Holy Spirit and God accepted us into His Kingdom. What a glorious day that was.

 

“Oh! How I love Jesus, for all He has done for me.

Oh! Wonderful savior who gave His life for me.

 

I remember long ago when my savior freed my soul,

What a glorious day that was.

It all seemed to be the end, but his mercy intervened.

Now, I am saved.

 

When temptation came up close,

He made sure that it was gone”

 

How wonderful is to be saved, to have the Holy Spirit dwell in us, to have Jesus by our side, and to be called a child of God.

It is a decision to which I have no regret.

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Desperately Seeking God

james 4 6 7

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you desperately need God? Many of us have. Is it because we wait too long to ask him for help? Or, Is it because we forgot to pray to him to be with us through our difficulty? Either way, did you know that God is with us at all times? He waits for us to seek him. He waits for us to pray, He waits for us to ask.

 From the moment we face a decision, small or big, we should be seeking God. There is no need to wait for a situation to become desperate. I know, sometimes, we feel as we can handle things on our own. Maybe, we can. However, would it not be simpler to handle our situations with God’s help? Of course it would. For that reason, seek God, pray to God, ask for help, and humble yourself.

 Seek God

 In all we do, we need to seek God for guidance. Ask him to provide a path that will be difficult to ignore. Ask him to close the wrong path. There is no harm in seeking his guidance with specific outcomes. Whatever you do, seek him.

 Pray to God

Pray to seek wisdom. Pray to help you discern right from wrong. Pray to listen. Many times, we pray, but we forget to listen with our heart what God is saying to us. Open your heart and listen carefully.

 Ask for Help

Ask God for what you need. Let him know that with his help you can do better. Ask him to help you accept his help. Ask him to hold your hand or carry you in difficulties. He will do so.

 Humble yourself

 Humble yourself when you seek God, when you pray to him, and when you ask for help. A humble heart is ready for God’s guidance and help.

James 4

6 But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” 

7  So submit to God.

 


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God Guides: We Pray and Listen

It is easy to go through life pretending we do not make mistakes. On the other hand, it is difficult to acknowledge when do make them. It may be a conscious decision, or maybe we are embarrassed by what we did. Either or, it is still difficult to acknowledge.

I am guilty of making mistakes along the way. I know they were mistakes because I have lived to see the end results. Some, I regret, others, I wish I could completely erase. Not because of the consequences that they had in my life, but because they also affected others.

What have I done to prevent making more mistakes? I understand that when I go through life thinking I can do whatever, I make a mess of things. However, by consulting God before I make crucial decisions, I have been able to make better decisions and less mistakes.

Mistakes from My Own Understanding

When I rely on my own understanding of a situation, I see it with my emotional side. If I was hurt, I want others to know my pain. I may get angry and lash out. I may say words that will resonate forever. Once these actions are out, there is no way to take them back. I may say I am sorry, but even if I am forgiven, I am sure that it is not forgotten. That damage remains. Trust may be lost. It is so easy to react. It is not so easy to hold back.

Mistakes not Planned

There are mistakes that we do not plan on making. There are times that we say or do something without realizing it is not the right thing. Those are the hardest to understand. We did not mean to do them, they just happened. We may feel shame or get embarrassed about what we said or did. If we admit to it, we may be looked down upon. Same as with any mistake, acknowledge, ask for forgiveness, and try to remedy the situation. However, damage is done and trust is lost.

Acknowledge God

What could change, if our understanding of situations or decisions came from God, instead of ourselves? What could change, if we consult God before we make a decision? Could that help avoid mistakes? I believe so. When we take time to speak to God about our situations, we are not reacting in the heat of the moment, we are explaining and reasoning the decision, and we are willing to listen to his answer. We are opening our hearts, and we are thinking things through.

Wait for His Answer

Time is of the essence. While we feel we need an answer here and now, maybe there is a bit of time that needs to pass by for things to be right. While we are praying, he is listening. He already knows what is in our hearts before we pray to him. It may be that he is working on it as we speak to him. It maybe that he needs to work on other’s hearts to get the answer we seek. The importance is to wait for his answer.

Does this Mean that we Will Never Make a Mistake Again?

No, it does not mean that. Why? Because there will be circumstances that we will continue to react without consulting God, first. However, as we build our lives with him in it, learn to rely on his understanding, little by little, we will learn to do better, to react less, and to consult him more.

Related Verses

2 Timothy

3:16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

3:17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.

James


3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well.