Meditations From the Heart

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Posted 10/25/15 at 9:53 PM | June Samuel

Turn Right or Left - Neither

Last Sunday in the church service the following verse was referred to by the speaker: Joshua 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left….”. Immediately I was alerted in my spirit regarding these words “to the right or to the left”. I thought this is my next blog.

The following day I searched for verses with the same words “to the right or to the left”. Moses is asking the king of Edom permission to pass through his country. ”. Numbers 20:17: “Please let us pass through your country. …….. we will not turn aside to the right hand or to the left until we have passed through your territory.”

God is speaking to Moses. Deuteronomy 5:32: “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” The reward is in verse 33 of the same chapter: “That you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land …..”. FULL POST

Posted 10/16/15 at 3:28 PM | June Samuel

Marriage Life

This week my husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary. Our wedding day was sunny with temperatures in the 70s. It was truly a beautiful day. If I may say so the bride also looked beautiful. The groom looked great as well. The flowers in the church’s gardens were still in bloom adding to the look of a summer day. I still love church weddings.

Our marriage has enjoyed many sunny days. Having and nurturing our three children were sunny days. Every graduation and every achievement were sunny days. Transporting our children from and to school and from and to every event throughout the years were sunny days. We had some cloudy days along the way, but the Son always shone through. Intermittent showers of blessings always rained at the right time, meeting needs and spreading smiles on our faces. There were a few thunderstorms, not many, thank the Lord. We rode through them speaking the truth – not always in love, sometimes gracefully, sometimes not, praying silently, giving and accepting apologies, hugging and the like. The Son always shone forth brighter after the storms had passed. God has been great!! We have not encountered any hurricanes. Trust is very necessary in a marriage. Both spouses ought to trust each other. FULL POST

Posted 10/9/15 at 3:22 PM | June Samuel

Be An Overcomer

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7

Jesus said in Matthew 13:9: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Here in Revelations chapters two and three Jesus is saying the Spirit is speaking to the churches. Individuals make up the churches, so it becomes personal, he /she who hears.

Whoever is willing to hear – listen to the Spirit of God. We are to listen to the Spirit of God as He speaks to us in His Word. We are to listen as the Spirit speaks to us through the preachers and teachers of the Word, and through whomever the Lord sends in our path. We are to listen to the Spirit as He speaks to us in our daily living. Whoever is willing to hear, pay attention. We must hold on to what we hear the Spirit says to us. If we allow what we hear to slip away from our minds and our hearts, we will miss the blessing God intended for us.

There is always a blessing awaiting us when we listen and obey God. We cannot overcome our weaknesses, our frailties, our trials, tribulations, temptations without the Spirit of God. We are powerless to do so. It is the Spirit of God who causes us to overcome. We need the Holy Spirit actively working in our lives and empowering us to overcome through faith and with our obedience to Him. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/15 at 9:16 PM | June Samuel

The Time Is Now

“Now it is high time to awake out of sleep.” The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Rome over two thousand years ago. Here we are in the 21st century, and the same words apply to us today. “It is high time” for us “to awake out of sleep”. Why are we sleeping and why should we awake now?

Paul the Apostle said, “Now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed”. Romans 13:11 The Lord Jesus’ return for His Church is two thousand years closer than when those words were penned. Our Lord’s return is closer now than when we accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior. Paul said, in Romans 13:12. “The night is far spent, the day is at hand.” ….. If “the night was far spent” then, we are very close to the dawning of the morning. The Son is about to rise from his seat at His Father’s right hand.

Are you ready to meet Him? Will He find you sleeping or will He find you alert and overcoming the enemy? Verse 12 continues, “Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness,…” This is a deliberate act of our will. An image comes to my mind of a wrestler going into the ring with his flowing robe. Once in the ring he yanks the robe off his body, and he is ready to wrestle. We must do the same if we have not as yet. We have to throw off the works of darkness. Deny ourselves of any pleasure we derive from them, and serve the Lord Christ. This 21st century we are living in calls for no less. It is time to awake! FULL POST

Posted 5/21/15 at 6:43 PM | June Samuel

The Christian, The Church is to be the Silencer - Not the Silenced

We are saved unto good works. For we – the believers in Jesus Christ are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10. We are not created for the gospel. We are commissioned to go and preach the gospel. We are not created to protest. We are commanded to love. We are created for good works.

The early Church got the message. The Lord Jesus when He was here on earth went about doing good. The disciples now apostles witnessed those good works. Upon the Day of Pentecost the Apostles understood they were to do as their Master had done. Do good works. Acts 2:44-47; 4:34 -37 tells us of their good works. “They distributed to each as anyone had need.” Verse 35. Today, there are many Christian organizations and churches that do good works. Some of their good works are giving food, providing clothing , educating and caring for the poor and underprivileged. Some of these organizations assist in disaster areas. It is not only those organizations that should engage in good works, but each local church and every individual Christian should also do good works.

Some of us have heard so often that salvation is not given through good works. For by grace we are saved. We know we cannot earn salvation through good works. Good works, therefore, have been minimized in our thinking to our detriment and to the detriment of the local church. We have recited Ephesians 2:8 and 9 and have stopped there instead of continuing onto verse 10. God prepared before hand – before the foundation of the world that we should live a lifestyle of good works. FULL POST

Posted 4/15/15 at 10:13 PM | June Samuel

Forgive Them

Our Lord Jesus is our example in every circumstance of life. When He was on the cross being pummeled with the hatred of men, and with the vitriol of hell, He said, Father, forgive them…..Why did Jesus ask His Father to forgive them? In the midst of intense hatred Jesus loved. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. Jesus came to redeemed us back to our God. He died for us, so we can be forgiven.

 That is why He calls upon us to love our enemies. In Matthew 5:44 our Lord said, ….“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Love your enemies. It is only through God’s love that we can love our enemies, we can do good to those who hate us, we can bless those who curse us. It is only through God’s love that we can pray for those who use us, abuse us and persecute us. God’s love in us will enable us to love our enemies. The love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We have no excuse not to love our enemies. To love our enemies is to forgive them. FULL POST

Posted 3/3/15 at 8:54 PM | June Samuel

Giving Thanks

Giving thanks is always a bit difficult. The Lord Jesus when He was here on earth once healed ten lepers, and only one returned to give Him thanks. I do not know about you, but sometimes I do not feel like saying “thank you”. Sometimes I forget to say thank you to the person holding the door for me to step into a building.

Giving thanks always – means all of the time – no excuses, no forgetfulness, no apprehensions. It takes effort and discipline to always say thanks.

Giving thanks always for all things means everything is included. No item is left out. We are to give thanks for the things we consider good. The things we consider bad. The things we consider to be inconsequential, and the things we consider unworthy of our thankfulness. We are happy to give thanks for the good things, the good happenings in our lives. We are overjoyed to do so, and we – I know I do – let everyone around us know that we are.

Giving thanks for the things that we consider bad or negative is like swallowing a bitter pill. Sometimes we choke on the words – thank you. We see the happening, the circumstance, the event, the item as having no value for us. Why then give thanks? I know I have in the past offered a few thank yous sarcastically to ones who have offended me. FULL POST

Posted 2/13/15 at 11:51 PM | June Samuel

Speaking To One Another

How often do you speak with your friends, family members (not living with you), and members of your church family? I hope regularly. We are so busy living our lives that some of us hardly make the time to chat with friends, family, colleagues or even our church family.

Speech is a gift from God. We should cherish our speaking and use our tongues to encourage others. Have your conversations taken a back seat to texting, facebook and twitter? I hope not. Ephesians chapter 5 tells us how to live our lives daily. V1 : Imitate God as children imitate their parents. V2: Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, ….” Jesus is our example of what love looks like.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

One of the habits we are to adopt (v19) is “Speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Has anyone ever spoken to you in Psalms? How would that sound? I am thinking we should weave some lines or verses from the Psalms into our conversations. How do we do that? We must first know some lines or verses from the Psalms. This means we aught to be reading the Psalms regularly – everyday or several times during the week.

Speaking to one another in Psalms does not mean continually repeating a catchy phrase. A popular phrase I hear quite a bit is: “God is good.” “All the time God is good.” Yes God is good, and it is good to remind ourselves and others of this fact. A verse in Psalms continues, “He does good.” Psalm 119:68. We should not stop at that one truth. There are many more truths about God in the Psalms. In fact, God’s truth is written throughout the Bible. The Psalms are poetic and easy to remember. Two truths that come into my mind are: How excellent is God’s Name in all the earth. Psalm 8:1, 9 and “My help comes from the Lord.” Psalms 121:2 FULL POST

Posted 1/30/15 at 11:50 PM | June Samuel

A New Beginning

A new year is a good time for a fresh start – a new beginning. Thirty days of 2015 have already passed. That’s okay. We have three hundred and thirty five ahead of us. Now is a good time for a new beginning. God also love beginnings. God may be saying to some of us if not all of us, hinting even, trying to get our attention on what He wills for us this year.

 In Genesis chapter 12 after the death of Abram’s father, God called Abram to a new beginning. For some of us our new beginnings come after the death of a loved one, or after the loss of a job, or a move to a new neighborhood, or even during or after an illness or tragedy.

“Now the Lord had said to Abram:”And He may be saying the same to some of us. “Get out of your country,” Before you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, in what country did you live? Some believers in Christ Jesus are still living in the country of their first birth. The “country” of our first birth is this world of worldliness and ungodliness - apart from God. “For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life…” 1John 2:16 We were born into this world’s system of ungodliness. We were living a life uncharted, without God. We were using our own guidelines and some of us were following the guideposts of ungodly people, who knew nothing of God and His ways. God is calling you to get out of the world of worldliness and walk, live in His light. Follow His word and His guidance. FULL POST

Posted 1/19/15 at 10:37 PM | June Samuel

God's Wisdom and Knowledge

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! Romans 11:33 When we think of riches, we think of money, mansions, luxurious vehicles and on and on. This verse is telling us that God has riches of wisdom and knowledge. The depth of the riches of God’s wisdom and God’s knowledge is so deep, no human being can fathom it. God's wisdom and knowledge is seen in His creation and judgments. We cannot search out God’s judgments. We should not even try.

 When we see an unusual occurrence in a person’s life or in our own, the temptation is usually to analyze or explain the reason for the event. God’s ways are vastly higher than ours. We should not even try to give a reason for any event in anyone’s life or in our own. The only reason we are exhorted to give - is the reason for the hope that is within us. 1 Peter 3:15 Do not try to analyze God’s ways. We will only end up committing sin.

 Isaiah 55:8 and 9 says: “ For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways, says the Lord.” Verse 9: “ For as the heavens are higher than the earth,” (measureless?) “ so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” When God sent the prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king of Israel, Samuel looked at the first son and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him”. Eliab had the physical attractiveness that one would expect of a king. This is how we think. But God said no. “…….For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7 FULL POST

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