Meditations From the Heart
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June Samuel

I am a child of God, and an heir and joint heir with the Lord Jesus Christ. I live to honor Him in my life. I am married thirty six years and God has given us three children. My life for His glory

Posted 6/29/16 at 6:27 AM | June Samuel

Be Ready

In the wake of the mass killing of innocent victims at the club in Orlando, Florida; we should be awaken to the fact that this act of terror can happen anytime and anywhere. There was the incident last year at the church in South Carolina. This too was an act of terror. We should consider that we are no longer safe from terrorism. In this awareness, how are we to live our lives? Are we ready to meet our Lord with open arms? God forbid any of us should fall victim to this type of crime.

None of us knows the date and time we will leave this earth whether by our passing or via our Savior’s coming. Therefore we are to live in a state of readiness. Luke12: 39, 40 reads: But know this that if the Master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Verse 40: Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

When we are expecting a friend or a family member to visit us, and we are not sure of the time of his or her arrival we will remain on the lookout. We will continue our activities, and our ears will be listening for the call. This is how our Lord wants us to be - always on the lookout for Him. If we knew the day and the hour our Savior would come, many of us would wait until the time is near, and then engage ourselves in His service. Thank the Lord He did not give us this information. We do not know when our Lord is coming. We do not know when we will pass on from this earth. We have to work while it is day. The night comes when no one can work. FULL POST

Posted 6/10/16 at 6:32 AM | June Samuel

Human Beings and Animals

I saw the video online of a four year old boy’s encounter with a 450 pound gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. The Zoo employee saw the danger the gorilla posed to the child and the gorilla was killed. There has been outrage and anger over the killing of the gorilla by many. A four year old child cannot defend himself from a 450 pound gorilla. Even a man in that situation may be hard press to find a solution to avoid a confrontation with the gorilla.

I was amazed at the outcry of many people who seem to care more about the life of the gorilla than the life of the child. Which life is more valuable? Which life has more potential for good on this earth? The gorilla’s or the child’s? A human’s life is more precious than any animal. Human beings were made in the image of God. We are eternal beings. Animals are not. God breathed eternity into man. This is why we can never be satisfied with just earthly stuff. We desire more. We yearn for more. Eternity is in our hearts.

God has given humankind dominion over the works of His hands. God has placed all animals, birds, fish, every living creature under the submission of mankind. Psalms 8. Human beings are not on the same level of life as animals. We are made a little lower than the angels. Psalms 8:5. The Zoo took the correct action in killing the gorilla and saving the life of the child. FULL POST

Posted 6/3/16 at 6:29 AM | June Samuel

Shout Now

Ever so often in our worship service, my church sings the hymn “O Lord Jesus, how long, how long ere we shout the glad song? Christ returneth! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen!” The thought came into my mind some time ago while we were singing those words. Will we have the time to shout those words when our Lord returns?

 1Corinthians 15:52 reads “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I do not know if we will have the time to think, furthermore shout. The Lord’s coming will be in an instant. As we blink our eyes to take it all in we will be in heaven.

 1Thessalonians 4:16 informs us: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

 Our Lord Jesus will be doing the shouting, and what a shout that will be. His shout will awake the dead in Christ. The voice of an archangel and the trumpet of God will also be heard. WOW!!! No need for us to shout then. What a welcome!! I think we will be awestruck. God is really looking forward to having us bodily in His presence. Don’t you think? FULL POST

Posted 5/26/16 at 12:36 AM | June Samuel

Believe God

Do you believe God? or do you believe in God. There is a difference.

Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Romans 4:3 Abraham believed God when He told him his seed will be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. God justified Abraham because he believed. It is God who justifies, who makes us righteous. Romans 3:27

Do you believe in God? Are you working for your salvation? Those who work for their salvation are really working to pay off a debt. A debt they can never live long enough to repay. Therefore, their work is hopeless. Their works are all done in sin. Sin cannot redeem you from sin. When you think you are finished working you will be still a sinner. Isaiah 64:6 says: "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;....."

Romans 4:4 states: "Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace, but as debt." Salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are working for their salvation are on their own. For God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

If it were possible for us to work, work, and then work to pay off our sin debt, what then? How can we have salvation? Can we work for our own salvation from sin? No way. We have tried keeping the ten commandments and that hasn't worked for us. So what then? FULL POST

Posted 5/20/16 at 5:30 AM | June Samuel

I Am In His Presence

Where can I flee from Your presence?” asked David concerning the Lord. As I was praying a few days ago after I had awoken from sleep, I thanked the Lord for watching over us during the night. The Holy Spirit whispered to me, that we were in God’s presence. In other words, while I was sleeping I was in God’s presence. WOW!!!

David said, “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, …. You are there.” David said if he lived in the uttermost part of the sea, God would be there. There is no place in the universe that we can go and be removed from God’s presence. Even in the darkness God sees us. His eyes are as a flame of fire. Darkness and the light are both alike to God.

I knew God was watching over us while we slept. In my mind, God was in heaven and I was in my bed on the earth. To know that I am sleeping in God’s presence is profound to me. This means to me, God is in my space. I am encircled by God’s presence. My sleep will surely be sweeter now. Psalm 4:8 reads: I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

For there is not a word on my tongue but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalms 139:4 WOW!! Before our words ever leave our tongues God knows them. This verse should be a fantastic influence on us to monitor the words on our tongues, as well as, a great deterrent to subdue our speech. Confessing and repenting to our Lord before those ugly words roll off of our tongues would also be very rewarding for us. O how much trouble and heartache we would save ourselves and others if we would recognize that God knows the words on our tongues. FULL POST

Posted 5/13/16 at 6:10 AM | June Samuel

The Just Shall Live By Faith

For in it - the Gospel - the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith". Romans 1:17

....Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9 How did Noah become a just man? Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8 God made Noah just. God is Just and He is the justifier of those who believe in Him. Romans 3:26 Noah was perfect - fully matured - in his generations.

How did that happen? Noah walked with God. When you walk with someone, you have conversations with him or her. You learn about that person and they learn about you. A level of intimacy results from your walking and talking to each other. You or the other person limits or controls the level of intimacy between you. Thus Noah didaccording to all that God commanded him, so he did.  Noah was obedient to God - all the time.

Another just man was Joseph - Mary's husband. Matthew 1:19, 20 He did not want to make Mary a public example, so he was thinking to quietly break off their engagement.

Another just man was spoken about by Pilate's wife. Matthew 27:19 ....."Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him" (Jesus). Acts 3:13, 14 - Jesus was delivered up in the presence of Pilate. v14: But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. FULL POST

Posted 5/5/16 at 6:18 AM | June Samuel

O Lord, Hear!

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your Name. Daniel 9: 19

 Daniel through his studies saw that God would complete seventy years in the desolation of Jerusalem, so Daniel decided to pray. Daniel chapter 9

Today we see the decline of our society in everything that is God’s, and we come to pray. God knows what we are going to pray. While the word is on our tongue God knows. God does not have to wait until we are finished praying to act or to respond. At the beginning of Daniel’s prayer God sent forth his command.

“At the beginning of your supplications, the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:” Gabriel told Daniel Verses 21-23

God answered Daniel’s prayer by showing him His plan – what would take place in the future. God may surprise you in the way He responds to your prayer. God acted immediately even before Daniel could speak two words. God knew Daniel’s heart. God knows our hearts and He will respond accordingly to our prayers. FULL POST

Posted 4/28/16 at 6:20 AM | June Samuel

God Is The Authority in the Earth

God appoints the leadership in every country, island, state and jurisdiction in the earth. Are these leaders Christian conservatives? Look around the globe and answer the question for yourself. Whoever is in leadership positions around the world is there because God allowed it. God places people in leadership according to His Will and His purposes.

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, in his dream in Daniel Chapter 4, was told by the watchers in the dream, “in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” Daniel reiterates the same truth in verses 25 and 32. God is in control in the earth. In verse 31, the voice was heard from heaven “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken the kingdom has departed from you! Verse 32: …… “until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. “ Three times this truth is stated in this chapter 4 of Daniel. God is reinforcing this truth to us – even today - that He is the One who rules in the kingdoms of men. It is God who will, and has already selected the next President of the USA. God wants us to know that He promotes men and women and He removes them in accordance with His Will. FULL POST

Posted 4/19/16 at 8:59 AM | June Samuel

Godly Sorrow versus Worldly Sorrow

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

An example of Godly sorrow - Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times". So he went out, and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:75; Mark 14:72 Peter remembered; he called to mind what Jesus had said. He thought on Jesus' words and he cried profusely.

Peter recognized he had sinned against God. He was sorry for his sin - for his denial of the Lord Jesus - and he wept in repentance. The next time we heard about Peter? He is running to the sepulcher to investigate for himself - the empty tomb. Note in Mark 16:7 the angel said to the women, "But go, tell his disciples and Peter ..." Peter is restored in his relationship with the Lord Jesus.

I am sure Peter was there observing the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Peter went back and joined the other disciples. Most likely he told them or some of them his story - how he denied the Lord. Peter repented to God. He had godly sorrow.

An example of the sorrow of the world - Matthew 27:1-5 FULL POST

Posted 4/11/16 at 6:33 AM | June Samuel

God is Clothed With Majesty

Psalms 93:1: The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. ……

Our Lord God is clothed with majesty. When I think of majesty, my thoughts take me to one of the many portraits of the Queen of England – Queen Elizabeth II. In the portrait that I am seeing in my mind, the Queen is sitting in her royal robe with a blue band diagonally across her chest and a crown of jewels on her head. She definitely looks like royalty. The verse in Psalms 93 tells us, God is clothed with majesty. He is the majestic One. His majesty is like no other. I cannot begin to imagine how majestic God is. Psalm 29:4 says His voice is full of majesty. When the Queen of England speaks, her voice sounds dignified and proper with her British accent which adds to the dignity of her tone. God’s voice is as the sound of many waters.

Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on a throne high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Close your eyes and try to envision that scene. Isaiah did not tell us the color of the robe. It was the train of the robe that caught his attention. The train was magnificent, too magnificent for words, and it filled the temple. God is a magnificent God. He is a God of beauty. He loves beauty. Job37:22 says, “With God is awesome majesty.” The Psalmist David said “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty”. Psalm 145:5. FULL POST

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