“Golden apples.”A word spoken at the right time is like a golden apple which has been perfectly ripened in a beautiful silver basket. There were many different people through the years that I received instruction and knowledge from in the things of God that I had not attained yet. Like a huge sponge I have absorbed them and am able today to share them with others!! How many folks are there that are so weary of this world and all the evil and discourse in it, who when presented with the Gospel of the Sweet Lamb of God will grab onto it as an anchor as they are drowning in the pit of despair!!!! I love seeing the saying that “My Lifeguard walks on water!!” Yes He does!!!! The Lord Jesus meets us right where we are – we don’t have to attain some lofty height before turning to Him!!! Oh precious and loving Abba – maker of the heavens and the earth!!! Father I thank You with gifting me through the years with many “golden apples” from godly sisters and brothers to bring me to where I am at in You today!! I thank You for Your precious and holy Word, that is hidden in my heart and that I can share it with others and introduce them to a life with You in charge. There is no better way in which to live our lives Lord and I praise You!!!!!
Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.
“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”
Today I would like to thank and praise God for creating a pure heart and a steadfast spirit in us!! It is not something that doesn’t come without work on our part. We need to be open and surrendered to Him in order for Him to do a mighty work in us – for Him to renew our integrity and uprightness and for us to be not self righteous but to be righteous through Him!!! King David did so many things which were so ungodly. Yet he was so often called a man after God’s own heart. Here he pleads with God to make his heart pure and to renew his spirit. This Psalm was written after Nathan spoke to David about his sins following his being with Bathsheba wife of Uriah. This is a Psalm that is one of repentance and renewal and is one that is good for us to pray to God following anything we have done that has been not godly. Oh Abba Father thank You – that Your love for us is so great that our sins are forgiven not by our merit but by the death of Your Son on the cross. Lord that we might be as repentant as King David was when confronted by Nathan!!!
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart and does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully
How would it be if all the churches today would start out their sermon, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is near?” Do people want to hear that today or do they want their ears tickled with a bunch of junk. We need to repent – admit our sins and let God work in their lives. Not just today or the day of your salvation, every day turn from our sinfulness because – we sin every day!! John the Baptist was the forerunner for Jesus and was different from the other religious leaders of his time. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of the coming of John the Baptist. John also was a prophet, who like Isaiah urged the people to confess their sins and live for God. At that time in history the people did not have the entire Bible as we have, John knew the truths of the Old Testament. People were curious about John because he was so different. Even today, followers of Jesus are sometimes considered different by the rest of the world and it is so important to live our lives as witnesses of the name we bear as Christians. John used baptism as a visible sign to acknowledge an inner change in the lives of the people who repented of their sins.
In those days, John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”. The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,
“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness. Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!”
He was a Roman soldier and according to his faith his servant was healed. How is our faith, would it line up with his? Jesus is still in the miracle business – every day when He wakes us up it is a miracle!!! That we can see and hear is a miracle!! In His amazing Creation – look at a bird or a caterpillar or a sunrise or a sunset. 🙂 In His precious Name I praise Him!!! Abba Father thank you for the miracle of life!!!!
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.