Thursday, June 26, 2014

Psalms 80-85

Thanks to our loving Savior, we don't have to store up enough good works in our lifetimes to make it to heaven.  We'd worry and work ourselves to death.  God's love for us is already enough to get us to our heavenly homes one day.

But, let's also face the truth.  Psalms 80-85 remind us that God blesses the faithful, both in this life and our eternal life with Him.

The closer we are to God- our Father, our Savior, our Holy Spirit, the better off we are in this life we are living.

Don't get me wrong.  Life isn't always guaranteed to be picture perfect and easy with God (just read through the life stories of Jesus and His disciples), but it is definitely amazing and full of purposeful blessings with God.

God blesses the faithful in so many wonderful ways.  God promises us certain identifiable blessings that come from walking the walk with Him that are able to transcend any and all circumstances.  

These blessings are like holy kisses from God reminding us of His everlasting and powerful love for us.  

Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;

Love and faithfulness meet together;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
    and righteousness looks down from heaven.
The Lord will indeed give what is good,

    and our land will yield its harvest.

Our faith is a gift worth opening and cherishing each and every day.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for making Yourself known to us and for sending Jesus to pay the price for our sins.  

Your unfailing love is such a gift.

Forgive me for all the ways I take it for granted in the things I do and say or don't do or say.

I need You, Lord, to be the director of my steps. Help me push through my imperfect thoughts, fears, hesitations, and feelings to act on Your will for my life.

I pray for all those who need to nurture their faith this day.  I pray for those who need to say "yes" to Your saving grace and begin something new and wonderful with You.  I also pray for those who have drifted from You and need to come back into your loving, welcoming arms.

Revive us, Lord.  Strengthen our faith.  

You and the gift of Your salvation make such a glorious difference in our lives.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,

Grace, love, and peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more. 


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