Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible (AMP) –
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
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God is speaking to us in so many ways, but on this first day of a New Year, I just want to sense that He is first. Above everything else. If I observe, I will see Him, I will hear Him, I will follow Him. I think He wants us to recognize Him first so that everything else falls into proper order. He is God of order and purpose. Genesis 2 tells us that we are given the task of subduing the earth and everything in it. He also tells us that He has a great purpose for each of us. That is enough to set our course, to give us correct motivation.
Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) –
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
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Bible Reading today: Genesis 1, 2. Luke 1. The beginning of all human conversation with God. Luke 1 tells us the supernatural story of the prophet John The Baptist and Jesus our Messiah.
sometimes what we read is just better than if we put it into our own words. This blog came from:
Barbara Lardinais in her Hannah’s Cupboard website writings.
The Love Slave
What do you think of if I say "love slave"? There is a beautiful picture of the real meaning in the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament. God was telling the Israelites about the requirements of the Sabbath Year which was every seventh year in their calendar. All debts were to be forgiven and if you had a slave, they were to be set free.
However, what if the slave did not want to go? "And it shall come about if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you." (Deuteronomy 15:16)
If that happened there was a special ceremony marking the slave for the rest of his or her life. "Then you shall take an awl and pierce it through his ear into the door, and he shall be your servant forever." (Verse 17) The slave would bear an earring that basically said to all: "I chose this; I am a voluntary slave for the sake of love."
Are you a bond servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? Paul, Peter and James often called themselves such in their greeting when they wrote letters to the churches. Their Jewish audience readily understood the original imagery. They did not want to go free; they wanted to be a love slave of the Lord for life.
Have you called on Jesus to be your Savior? That’s wonderful – you have made the right choice. But have you also called on him to be your Lord and Master? Did you ever say to him; "I will not go out from you"?
Well then, you know what that makes you.
…when life is intolerable and you really do not want to go on, or you are so discouraged, even feeling that
GOD has forgotten you, consider
…remember the LORD who has a way out of anything…
” Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Luke 18:41
This painting was inspired by the moving devotions penned and published by Oswald Chambers in the early 1900’s. His powerful book, My Utmost for His Highest, continues to touch my life and draw me closer to Jesus. I hope that this art and verse do the same for you!
Read the devotional from My Utmost For His Highest that inspired this work.
What Do You Want The Lord To Do For You? VerseVisions® Art; Luke 18:41. Mark Lawrence, 2008. Digital mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. Copyright ©2008 by Mark Lawrence. All Rights Reserved.
Large format, Christian contemporary paintings by artist Mark Lawrence of Alpharetta, Georgia.
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